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Foot Anstey

100 VICTORIA STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6HZ, ENGLAND
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Work 0117 915 4900
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Fax 0117 915 4999
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151765 BRISTOL 30
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www.footanstey.com

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey’s corporate and commercial team provides ‘commercial and down-to-earth’ advice in the technology, energy and utilities sectors. Jonathan Oddy leads the commercial group, which includes Martin Cuell, who acted for Smiths News Trading on the negotiation and amendment of a business critical contract with Daisy Group. Other key figures in the Bristol office include Emily Settle, a ‘strong deal negotiator and clear communicator’ who was part of a team led by Plymouth-based Chris Worrell acting for Centrica on a £145m acquisition of ENER-G Cogen International. Senior associate Ed Bodey is also recommended, as is Joanne Rumley, who joined the Bristol team in 2017 from Bond Dickinson LLP.

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Corporate and commercial: The West Country
Corporate and commercial: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton)

Foot Anstey’s Plymouth and Exeter offices have ‘an exceptionally strong corporate team, where clients deal with the principals rather than the assistants’. The cross-office team has specialised partners handling a range of corporate matters, and also works closely with the Bristol-based commercial, banking and restructuring departments. Corporate head Chris Worrell acted for Centrica in relation to the client’s £145m acquisition of ENER-G Cogen International. On the sell side, ‘supportive and pragmatic’ practice head Duncan Sykes acted on the multimillion-pound sale of the entire issued share capital of C3 Resources to Cofely UK. The firm has a very active private equity team led by Matthew Stoate, who advised Chinese private equity house, Sailing Capital, on the high-value acquisition of Astrum Education Group from Sovereign Capital. Stoate also acted for Silvergate Media on an investment into the company by US-based private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors. Ken Lewins was made partner in 2016 and leads the entrepreneurial and private company offering in West Devon and Cornwall. James Evans joined Tozers Solicitors LLP and Mark Langford left for gunnercooke LLP in 2016.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Plymouth)

A great proactive and technically proficient firm’, Foot Anstey’s tax group is known for providing ‘succinct and clear advice’ in relation to M&A, employee share schemes, company reorganisations and property investment structures. Noted for his previous experience working for HMRC, clients of practice head John Pindard consider it ‘difficult to get similar service at the same value’; his clients include investors, entrepreneurs and regional, national and international corporates. Pindard acted for Best Nature on the structuring of a property development programme with a joint venture party, and advised China Fleet on the formulation of an overpaid VAT claim and on liaising with HMRC and other tax tribunals. Other highlights for the group included acting alongside the corporate and financial services departments for Succession Group on tax due diligence and related post-transaction tax documentation in connection with multiple acquisitions.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter)

Foot Anstey is known for its ability to manage state aid and competition law across a range of sectors, such as energy, water, fisheries and agriculture. The department also handles procurement issues and has particular experience of the regional implications of the State Aid Modernisation reform package. The procurement, competition and state aid department is led by James Falle, who has expertise in competition investigations and multi-jurisdictional merger control filings. Falle assisted Pennon Group with the merger filing of a joint venture with South Staffordshire Water regarding an agreement to merge their non-household water and sewage businesses. He also acted for new client, the British Tourism Authority, on the state aid aspects and structuring of the Discover England Fund, which will create available funding for third parties to develop new products. Additional clients include the Met Office, Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and North Devon District Council.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol)

Foot Anstey advises on complex licensing and gambling regulatory work for large venues including Ashton Gate and Principality Stadium. Practice head Chris Pritchett has particular expertise in outdoor events, festivals and sports stadia, also regularly acting for online and mobile gaming clients. Another area of strength is advising on regulatory and commercial issues in the events sector. Clients include Monopole Portfolio Wine Management, Dyson, the University of Bristol Student Union, and Bristol City Football Club. The team advised Yoyo Foods on the preparation and submission of an application to vary a premises licence for a hot foot takeaway to include the off-licence selling of alcohol. Cearnsport, the operator of Sittingbourne Greyhound Stadium, instructed the practice on Gambling Act matters as well as commercial issues and reputation management. The team also assisting Copas Partnership with event contracts as well as the corresponding licensing issues, and advised Bristol Sport on several matters including obtaining licences to extend opening hours, temporary event notice applications, concert promotion contracts, advertising and sponsorship terms and conditions, as well as safety stewarding contracts. Another highlight was assisting Warner Music UK with a variety of licensing and entertainment issues, including video and music licensing, the takeover of new premises from EMI music and applications to authorise changes to a building layout.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey’s ‘responsive and approachable’ dispute resolution department in Bristol is noted for its strength in banking, financial services and retail, and also handles IP and media disputes. The disputes team was strengthened in 2016 with the addition of Mark Rhys-Jones, who joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and now leads the department. Rhys-Jones has experience of a variety of contractual disputes and public procurement challenges and is acting for one of three shareholders in an educational joint venture in relation to a dispute among the shareholders. Neil Parkes is a ‘safe pair of hands’ for media litigation and contentious IP and is defending Sky UK in a comparative advertising/trade mark infringement claim brought by BT.

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Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Taunton, Truro, Plymouth)

Foot Anstey’s West Country team works seamlessly with the Bristol office and acts for clients both regionally and nationally. The ‘pragmatic and unflappable’ Steven Richards heads the West Country offering and specialises in corporate and financial services litigation, fraud and contentious insolvency. Richards is acting for a group of investor clients on the recovery of a high-value overseas property investment. Peter Singfield handles IP and brand protection issues out of the Exeter office and in 2016 acted for an online market service operator in a high-value cross-border matter regarding the enforcement of the client’s terms and conditions. Dickon Court is a ‘thorough and robust’ senior associate with particular expertise in civil fraud matters.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Truro)

Foot Anstey’s team has specialists in acquisition and real estate finance and banking litigation, in addition to having among the best UK Islamic finance practice outside of London, led by Imam Qazi. The ‘approachable and pragmatic’ Will Whitt leads the non-contentious banking team and is acting for Greenridge Investment Management on facility agreements and security and inter-creditor documents related to the £77m acquisition of the 3M headquarters in Bracknell through an Isle of Man SPV. Corporate finance expert Chris White joined the team from Shearman & Sterling LLP and acted for the lenders on the financing of the acquisitions of Brightwater Holidays and Action for Charity by Specialist Journeys. Other key figures include Paul Clark, who is active in the real estate finance space, and Robin Brown, who leads the ‘excellent’ banking litigation team.

Leading individuals

Will Whitt - Foot Anstey

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey

The ‘very goodFoot Anstey provides ‘practical, supportive and prompt employment advice’ on strategic and operational issues to regional, national and international clients. The ‘succinct’ and ‘very personable’ Richard Neary specialises in acting for employers on matters ranging from the enforcement of covenants and consultations in the context of collective redundancies to TUPE transfers. The practice has experience in advising on the employment aspects of corporate acquisitions, contractual documentation, and changes to remuneration structures and their implementation, including carrying out large scale audits of HR operations. It represented Halfords in tribunal claims and acted for it on complex employment issues, including TUPE outsourcing. Another highlight was representing Hinduja Global Solutions UK in a series of tribunal claims and providing ongoing advice on employment law issues, particularly in relation to pension issues, including TUPE and public sector pension considerations. The team also assisted Hinduja with tactical advice on government contracts under public procurement and with two large-scale inward TUPE transfers. Clients include Kingfisher, Odeon Cinemas, Torbay Council, TNT and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Exeter-based Karen Bates heads the practice. Senior associate Nick Davies is recommended.

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Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Truro)

Foot Anstey has in-depth knowledge of the employment law aspects of board level disputes and departures, as well as of restructuring arrangements including TUPE matters. It is adept at acting in complex discrimination tribunal claims and also advises on post-termination restrictive covenant issues. Clients include Kingfisher, Screwfix, DAS Insurance and Torbay Council. Karen Bates heads the practice following the departure of Matthew Huddleson to OTB Eveling in April 2017. Patrick Howarth recently represented Screwfix in five Employment Tribunal claims, some of which were particularly complex. The group also handled a series of matters for Halfords, which included advising the retailer on senior level exits, restructuring, salary as well as incentive issues, implementing new apprenticeship arrangements and tribunal litigation. James Collings, alongside Howarth, assisted Odeon Cinemas with intra-group secondments, cinema relocations, service provision changes, implementing the apprenticeship levy and the employment aspects of its sale to AMC Theatres.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Plymouth)

Foot Anstey provides the full range of health and safety advice to public and private clients, delivering strategic and operational guidance on risk management, but also assisting clients with investigations and enforcement actions. It offers in-depth knowledge of prosecutions by the HSE and is adept at liaising with other regulatory bodies in case of health and safety breaches. Sector strengths include healthcare and charities, advising on serious incidents including fatalities and acting in inquests. Key work also includes advising on sports grounds, stadia and events safety issues. Nathan Peacey heads the team, which also includes Chris Pritchett who led in advising Bristol Sport on a dispute with its stewarding support partner, making sure the client’s stewarding practices met the Green Guide standards as enforced by the Safety Advisory Group. Other highlights included assisting Ashton Gate with the review of a draft special police services agreement for the provision of police at football matches at Ashton Gate, subsequently negotiating with the police on police liability and operational control on match days, and being appointed to BMW’s advisor list for health and safety. Senior associate Liz Perry joined from Bond Dickinson LLP. The Royal Shakespeare Company and Livewell Southwest are other clients.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Plymouth)

Foot Anstey has ‘expert knowledge’ on all aspects of pension law, including the full range of issues in relation to final salary pension schemes, pension harmonisation and reorganisation issues, as well as public sector outsourcing arrangements. Its expertise also includes handling strategic pensions advice, assisting with the pension aspects of corporate transactions, and dealing with issues relating to occupational defined benefit, defined contribution pension schemes and automatic enrolment legislation. Clients come from a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on media and technology, financial services, local and central government, and charities. Karen Bates took over the lead of the practice from Matthew Huddleson who left in April 2017. Senior associate Helen Trethewey, whose ‘level of knowledge is second to none’ according to a client, led in advising Odeon Cinemas/UCI on Odeon’s two final salary pension schemes. She also assisted Vospers Motorhouse Group with the transition from one master trust to another pension provider. Other clients include Morgan Lloyd Administration, and the County Councils of Somerset and Devon, as well as Plymouth City Council.

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South West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Enable Law (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Truro)

Enable Law is part of the Foot Anstey Group and was launched in May 2017, delivering ‘excellent advice’ on an impressive variety of clinical negligence matters to ‘extremely professional’ standards. It specialises in handling maximum severity cases and is particularly adept at handling cases involving complex spinal or brain injuries as well as high-value birth injury compensation claims. The ‘experienced, competent and committed team’ is led by Robert Antrobus, who specialises in claims resulting from injuries sustained at or shortly after birth and in claims resulting from orthopaedic injuries. The ‘charismatic and caring’ Mike Bird is ‘second to none’ and has particular expertise in acting in cases involving children with acquired brain injuries, while ‘extremely able’ and ‘stand-out lawyer’ Claire Stoneman is ‘fantastic at marshalling persuasive evidence’ and excels in birth injury claims, including stillbirths and neonatal deaths, as well as in claims arising from paediatric cardiac surgery. Andrew Hannam, who is experienced in birth injury and cerebral palsy claims, led the advice in two major cases, demonstrating his strength in handling high-value claims. Paul Sankey joined the team from Slater and Gordon, bringing with him his expertise in advising clients with serious injuries including stroke, sepsis, haemorrhage, meningitis and raised intracranial pressure. Other arrivals include senior associate Alex McKnight, who joined from Pryers Solicitors LLP, as well as legal director Laurence Vick, executive director Bernadette McGhie and legal director Angie Maxwell, who all joined from Michelmores LLP. DAS and ARAG are clients.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hannam - Enable Law

Laurence Vick - Enable Law

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Enable Law (Plymouth)

Enable Law is part of the Foot Anstey Group and specialises in advising on serious injury claims, such as amputee claims and spinal injury claims, with acquired brain injuries being a particularly strong area of expertise. It also acts in group actions for clients who have suffered abuse in nursing homes or care homes, including acting for clients who lack mental capacity; the practice had the lead role in the Cornwall NHS Trust group litigation and the Winterbourne View group litigation. It handles asbestos cases as well as claims for military personnel, including injuries sustained at training exercises, advising on claims by personnel suffering from PTSD and diseases caused by using military vehicles. Robert Antrobus heads the practice’s clinical negligence and personal injury team, while legal director Juliette Clarke leads the personal injury team in the Plymouth office. The ‘highly experienced’ Clarke ‘is able to build up a good level of trust with her clients’. She has handled several high-value claims, advising on cases involving severe injuries such as major amputations, paraplegia, and traumatic brain injuries.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth Taunton)

Recognised as ‘one of the main agricultural litigation firms in the south west’, Foot Anstey’s five-partner team also advises on asset and reputation protection as well as strategy planning matters. Some of the work recently handled includes a proprietary estoppel claim, a farming partnership dispute, an arbitration relating to repossession of land rented under an Agricultural Holding Act tenancy, and an enquiry from HMRC connected to a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) return on the purchase of a rural property. The group is led by Joel Woolf, who has particular experience of handling agricultural bank recoveries matters, and also includes property litigation specialist Edward Venmore, who has ‘the ability to grasp and focus on the key issues in a case, taking a pragmatic view when it comes to achieving a settlement’. Other key clients include the NFU, The Newnham Estate and The Bolitho Estate.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter)

Foot Anstey’s team is now led by Lucy Gill following the departure of James Evans who joined Tozers Solicitors LLP in January 2017. The group’s strength lies in legacy administration expertise, advising clients such as Scope and Age UK. Gill advised The Brooke on its appointment as executor to two estates and assisted Truro High School for Girls with the establishment of a trading subsidiary through which the school plans to channel its commercial letting of facilities. Other instructions include a will validity claim, the removal of the executor of an estate, and a misleading and false report dispute. Anna Phillips is advising Broadway Lodge on a number of matters related to the provision of addiction treatment services. Eden Project, Royal Shakespeare Company and Family Action are other clients.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Exeter)

Foot Anstey provides advice across the whole spectrum of private client issues for high-net-worth individuals, corporate trustees and national charities including Scope, Age UK and Dogs Trust. It regularly works with its real estate and private client groups, and leverages its expertise in the agriculture sector to handle complex disputes. The team recently handled a number of will validity claims, a proprietary estoppel claim, claims against executors as well as trustees, and a number of legacy disputes. Recently promoted partner Lucy Gill has a solid track record in advising charities in relation to legacy disputes. Senior associate Alex Rogers, associate Emma Facey and property litigator Edward Venmore are also recommended. Legacy specialist Helen Hoare joined as a consultant from Age UK in 2016.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Truro, Exeter)

Foot Anstey advises high-net-worth individuals across the southwest and its Truro office, which is particular strong in divorce, financial remedy proceedings and cohabitee disputes, is a key player in Cornwall. The team also has notable experience in advising clients on alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation and collaborative law. It is increasingly advising farming families and business owners on pre and post-nuptial agreements. Family finance specialist and high-value matrimonial team head Mark Chanter is ‘a sound negotiator who is also able to remain objective under pressure’. Exeter-based senior associate Jessica Pitt, who ‘can be relied on to provide good advice at all times’, advises on divorce matters, financial remedy proceedings pre-nuptial agreements. Consultant Nigel Gosden’s representative clients include business individuals, landowners and farmers.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton)

Foot Anstey is ‘extremely good’, providing ‘up-to-date knowledge’ combined with ‘clear and concise advice’. The group is under the ‘dynamic and decisive leadership’ of Bristol-based Deborah Carrivick, who acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, trustees, landed estates and international financial institutions on cross-jurisdictional tax, trust and succession planning. She also works with the firm’s Islamic finance group advising on the UK tax treatment of Shari’ah-compliant alternative financial products and trusts. The team advised an ultra-high-net-worth client on the tax aspects (stamp duty land tax and capital gains tax) of its acquisition of multiple properties using alternative finance products. Other recent highlight saw tax specialist John Pindard advising UK and US beneficiaries of two offshore trusts on new rules applying to the structures of non-domiciled individuals. Within the sizeable team, Exeter-based Simon Gregory focuses on advising farmers and landowners on tax and wealth planning. Consultant Michael Evans has notable experience in advising financial institutions and individuals on international trust and tax matters, with particular focus on the Middle East. Patricia Wass leads the mental capacity unit and is recommended for Power of Attorney and Court of Protection work. Senior associate Anna Parker has ‘great client handling skills’ and is ‘definitely one to watch’, while Michelle Seddon is ‘thorough, prompt, accurate and always willing to listen and answer any questions’. Kirstin Cook joined from Hay & Kilner while Bart Obszynski left for Burroughs Day LLP.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 4

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter)

Foot Anstey has traditionally focused on solar projects, although the firm has strengthened its presence in the offshore wind and energy storage markets, thanks in part to the arrivals of Luke Gabb and Ian Stubbs from Bond Dickinson LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP, respectively. Department head Chris Pritchett negotiated a novel energy storage PPA and services agreement for Arenko Cleantech, which regulates the flow-through of power at large-scale commercial energy storage assets. In an example of the group’s work in wind energy, a cross-departmental team acted for Clean Earth Energy regarding the development of wind and solar installations, which involved advising on property and planning agreements, OFGEM regulations and project rights. The department also remains active in solar energy for clients including British Solar Renewables.

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton)

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.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter)

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.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Truro)

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.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey’s Bristol-based property team was strengthened in 2016 with the arrival of the new department head, Martin Hirst, who joined the firm from Blake Morgan LLP. Hirst is acting for a large residential developer on its the high-value purchase of several hundred homes in the UK. In another highlight, Richard Sutton is advising South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in relation to a brownfield regeneration project on the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratory, which will be redeveloped as a new campus and technology park. The practice works closely with the firm’s corporate and banking teams; Imam Qazi advised Greenridge Investment Management on two separate property investment transactions using an Islamic-compliant structure. The team also acted for Rosette Merchant Bank and Wallace Properties on the £36.9m acquisition of a House of Fraser store in Cardiff.

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Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Truro)

Foot Anstey’s West Country real estate team acts for investors, corporate occupiers and developers in the public and private sectors and has a strong housebuilder focus, in addition to specialist knowledge of energy and infrastructure related property matters. Richard Walford heads the real estate department and is acting for Weston College on all real estate aspects of its £20m plan to create a new Law and Professional Services Academy. Walford also advised Screwfix on a forward-funded development agreement to take on a new 562,000 sq ft warehouse distribution centre. Duncan Tringham focuses on energy and infrastructure real estate and is acting for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on its involvement in a three-party joint venture for the £300m regeneration of Blackwall Reach. Simon Gregory acted for Wessex Investors on the development of a new retail park in North Devon. The team also acts for infrastructure clients on high-profile property portfolio matters. Other key clients include Westco Properties, FirstGroup and Cornwall Council.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Taunton)

Foot Anstey’s construction team has undergone several personnel changes: Ian Stubbs joined the construction team from Pinsent Masons LLP, while Chris Hoar left for Michelmores LLP in 2016 and Stephen Ovenden joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2017. Stubbs has more than three decades of experience in construction law and specialises in the funding, procurement and contractual aspects of large construction projects. Other key figures include Zac Spyrou, who has expertise in construction and engineering transactions and acts for major corporates and construction companies in relation to high-value construction projects. Tris Tucker is an active senior associate in the department and is regarded by clients as a ‘great communicator’.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton)

The Exeter-based planning department at Foot Anstey specialises in supporting large housing developments and also advises on judicial review claims and other contentious planning issues. Practice head Tim Taylor is representing Ocado Group in a CPO compensation claim regarding the impact of Crossrail 2 on the client’s property. Other 2016 highlights included advising Berkeley Homes on section 106 agreements for multiple housing developments. The team also handles planning agreements in connection with large housing developments for Cornwall Council, Torridge District Council and Exeter College. Taylor is singled out for his expertise advising nightclubs facing closure due to noise complaints, with past clients including Ministry of Sound in London, Eddie’s in Haverfordwest and Sugarhouse in Lancaster. The team also handles infrastructure planning and has advised Devon County Council in relation to highway planning agreements.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Truro)

With deep expertise in litigation and ADR, Foot Anstey’s property litigation team is active in development disputes, insolvency matters and contentious agricultural property issues. The department is headed by the highly regarded Richard Bagwell, who attracts praise for providing clients with ‘realistic probabilities of success and alternative approaches’; he regularly acts for landed estates and public authorities. Bagwell also acts for private sector clients, and is representing the tenants of Exeter Fun Park and Arnold Palmer Golf Club in relation to a contested lease renewal in a claim brought under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 against East Devon District Council. He is also acting alongside Daniel Cuthbert for The Mayor and Burgess of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in a right to light claim against Sainsbury’s. St Austell Brewery Company, Berkeley Homes and the Police and Crime Commission for Devon and Cornwall are also clients.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Taunton)

Foot Anstey’s social housing and housebuilder practice was strengthened in 2016 with the arrival of Martin Hirst from Blake Morgan LLP. Hirst leads the social housing offering from the Bristol office and advises registered providers on the development and funding aspects of large housing schemes. Richard Walford acted for Westco Properties in connection with its JV with Halsall Homes for the acquisition of a development site and subsequent arrangements for a golden brick transfer of affordable units to Devon & Cornwall Housing. Rachel Langley advised Ocean Housing Limited on the £4m acquisition of land for the development of affordable and social housing units in Cornwall.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton)

Foot Anstey significantly enhanced its practice in 2016 by hiring Mark Rhys-Jones from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and senior associate Alexandra Leonidou from Warner Bros. Entertainment. Rhys-Jones is strongly recommended for technology and IT disputes, while Leonidou has notable experience in data protection and data-related marketing issues. The technology team, led by Martin Cuell, acts for a range of digital innovation, technology, energy and media companies as well as software developers, licensors and customers, working on complex software and hardware procurements, software licensing and cloud-based cyber services. Cuell and Ed Bodey acted for Connect Group in its contract negotiations with Daisy Group for the provision of hosting and fixed network services to multiple sites across the Smiths estates, and advised Egress Software Technologies on its contracts with a major banking group and a national infrastructure company. Jonathan Oddy is advising The Royal Shakespeare Company on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance in the context of its strategy to monetise its customer database and assisted a large newspaper, magazine and digital publisher with data protection strategy and compliance issues. Leonidou and Cuell advised comic book publisher Time Inc. UK on data protection-related direct marketing issues. British Solar Renewables, SVGC Technology and the University of West of England are new client wins.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth)

Foot Anstey acts on a range of IP issues for national and international clients from, predominantly, the media, energy, retail and leisure sectors. Neil Parkes represented Sky in comparative advertising and trade mark infringement proceedings in the High Court and acted for an international film studio and a mass media and entertainment conglomerate on copyright issues involving UK, EU and international law in connection with cloud-based remote recording and storage services. Martin Cuell assisted Aardman Animations with licensing a number of pieces of original Aardman artwork to The Illustration Cupboard Gallery as part of an exhibition, and, in a separate transaction, advised a media company on the IP aspects of a cross-border acquisition. Parkes is ‘very approachable, diligent and thorough’, and Cuell is ‘a safe pair of hands’; both are based in the Bristol office, which also includes senior associate Ed Bodey, who has experience of advising on branding and sponsorship, advertising and data issues. Exeter-based media specialist Peter Singfield focuses on contentious copyright, confidentiality, trade mark and passing off issues. OneE Investments, Blueprint Partners, University of West of England and Lucasfilm are other clients.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol)

Foot Anstey continued to strengthen its media and entertainment team in 2016 with the hire of senior associates Alexandra Leonidou from Warner Bros. Entertainment and Jennifer Agate from Farrer & Co. Building on its strong client base in publishing, it has made significant process in the fields of film and television, marketing and music. Demonstrating this, it advised Silvergate Media on its investment from Los Angeles-based private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors and assisted Aardman Animations with exhibition agreement and website privacy issues. Main contacts include practice head Richard Neary, who acts for employers in the media sector on the enforcement of covenants, TUPE transfers and on employment liabilities in the context of corporate and commercial transactions; Tony Jaffa, acts for Mirror Online, The Independent and the Evening Standard on a broad range of pre-publication advice including issues related to libel, privacy, data protection, contempt and copyright; Neil Parkes, who is ‘commercial, pragmatic and sensible’ and specialises in media litigation, content protection and contentious IP matters; and Martin Cuell, whose clients include rights owners and licensees.

Leading individuals

Tony Jaffa - Foot Anstey

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol)

Foot Anstey is a key adviser to Bristol Sport; associate Mark Searle advised it on the negotiation of a proposed rugby shirt sponsorship, assisted with its arrangement with Ashton Gate Stadium, which included licensing, intellectual property rights and health and safety considerations, and represented it in its dispute arising from the termination of the relationship with its stewarding support partner and the subsequent setting up of its in-house stewarding function. Commercial law team head Jonathon Oddy is a key name to note for sports and stadia matters; he advised Bristol Sport on its ticketing technology platform SRO4, a remote software solution devised in conjunction with Top Tix Sport. Commercial property specialist Richard Sutton advised Plymouth Argyle GC owners Akkeron Group on a £503m mixed-use development.

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