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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s UK team benefits from an ability to work with members across the firm’s wider international network in cross-border matters, and also collaborate with the professional services side of the business to provide an integrated offering of specialist business and legal services. Led by Juan Crosby, the group advises clients on all facets of general commercial and IT-related contracts, including outsourcing projects and joint ventures, as well as distribution and licence arrangements. Latika Sharma specialises in value chain transformation projects.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

Commended for its ‘short response times’, ‘very broad international network’ and ‘good support throughout deals’, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s department is led by Mark Crofskey; it is noted for its strength in due diligence, which complements its transactional offering. It handles public and private M&A as well as disposals, demergers and joint ventures, and counts real estate as a sector strength. Stuart Hatcher advised Alan and Susan Burke on their sale of Universal Meats (UK) to Brazilian food company BRF, and acted for CRP Hotels on its sale of Bow Street Hotel Ltd to the Doha-based Business Trading Company group. Crofskey assisted Eurazeo with the due diligence aspects of its acquisition of several UK nursery groups. Recent client wins include Cable & Wireless Communications, Weetabix and eBECS; Iron Mountain, Tullett Prebon, Selwood and HTG Ventures are more longstanding clients. ‘Responsible’ associate Tim Sydor is ‘great at guiding clients through transactions’, has ‘comprehensive knowledge’ and provides ‘timely, useful advice’. Peter Workman, Thomas Colmer, Oliver Williams, Cynthia Chan and due diligence expert Richard Wood are also recommended. Alistair Hogarth left to join DWF in December 2016.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

Multi-disciplinary practice PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP has ‘an accomplished team that is getting stronger and stands out for its ability to provide all-round advice’. Dipti Hunter, who is ‘a very forceful litigator’, was recruited from DAC Beachcroft LLP. The team acted for Beech Holdings in a contentious proof of debt claim. Agnes Quashie is department head.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLPprovides responsive and client-focused advice in highly complex tax disputes’. As part of a Big 4 network, the team is able to draw on a wide range of expertise to advise across the whole spectrum of contentious tax issues. Department head Mark Whitehouse is acting for a group of litigants including Orange Spain in restitution claims against HMRC concerning the charge of SDRT and stamp duty. David Anderson successfully defended Dollar Financial UK in the first-tier tribunal (FTT) against HMRC’s attempt to claim VAT payments for supplies that were thought to be tax exempt. The ‘indefatigable’ Peter Halford and Holly Rowland are also key contacts.

Leading individuals

Mark Whitehouse - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s team excels in handling employment litigation matters in addition to its tax expertise. It is led by Ed Stacey, who has been leading advice to Phones4U (in administration) on Employment Tribunal claims brought by more than 1,000 employees alleging failure to carry out collective redundancy consultation. Nick Willis has been advising a number of NHS trusts on tax-related and risk management issues concerning a structure to engage locum doctors and personal service companies. Also recommended are Chris Perkins and Tom Kerr Williams, who has particular expertise in collective bargaining and trade union issues.

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Immigration: business - ranked: tier 1

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s ‘very experienced’ team handles complex immigration compliance matters for both corporate and private clients, and is well versed in planning and compliance, work visas and permit applications, coordinated worldwide migration, entry for inward investors, business visitors, emergency business evacuations and business continuity. It acts for a range of major corporates, with significant expertise advising clients across the education, financial services, IT and technology sectors. Practice head Julia Onslow-Cole is ‘a true expert in immigration’, and ‘very highly regarded’. Solicitor Kelly Whiter is head of private client immigration, and Katrina Cooper is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Julia Onslow-Cole - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

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Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s pensions group has experience across the full gamut of pensions law matters, with particular strength in pensions indexation and bulk annuity transactions, as well as VAT and other tax matters. Recent highlights include assisting Dairy Crest in relation to a new deficit recovery plan for its scheme, as well as compliance advice regarding a member benefit option exercise. The group is headed by Oliver Reece, who specialises in regulatory matters and pensions litigation. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Carol Dick from Squire Patton Boggs, who is regularly instructed on the pensions aspects of mergers, buy-ins and buy-outs, as well as advising on benefit changes. Director Philip Tooke, Fraser Sparks and David Farmer are also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP provides ‘good general support on deals’ to a range of international investors and developers including Simon Property Group REIT and Hines Real Estate. Amit Unadkat heads the team, and was once again active in the hotel and leisure sub-sector, advising CRP Hotels on the sale of Bow Street Hotel to a business trading company group based in Doha. In another significant investment mandate, Unadkat advised Lee Kum Kee International Holdings on the £40m acquisition of Harbour Exchange Square in the Isle of Dogs.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

Stewart Room leads PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s ‘brilliant’ practice, which continued to grow with the hire of James Drury-Smith from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP and Kate Macmillan from Collyer Bristow LLP. Macmillan attracts praise as ‘a real star in the space, who is building a formidable team around her’; she is ‘a very clever litigator with huge experience, and is masterful at managing tricky cases’. The practice, which ‘has made a real impact in the market’, is recognised as a leader for compliance projects and recently handled GDPR compliance programmes for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies, Prudential, Sainsbury’s Bank and State Street. It also delivered a privacy transformation project for Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and assisted Intel in reviewing the data protection practices of its outsourced service providers in India. Other clients include BBC Worldwide, Dixons Carphone, Network Rail, Visa Europe and TalkTalk Telecom Group.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s ‘commercial approach is a hallmark of the firm as a whole’, and the ‘great coordination between the forensic accountants and the legal team goes a long way in improving the overall client service’. The firm is noted for its strength in tax issues, corporate finance, investment funds and financial services regulation, and it has substantial expertise in cross-border investigations and disputes. Practice head Agnes Quashie is ‘a trusted team leader with excellent judgement’, and Chris Cartmell is ‘a committed and experienced case handler’. Keily Blair focuses on regulatory compliance and enforcement issues.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s practice head Juan Crosby has particular expertise in ICT and business process sourcing arrangements, and is also highly regarded for his expertise in areas including enterprise software licensing, open-source software and e-commerce. James Castro-Edwards joined the firm from Wedlake Bell LLP.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s team is led by Latika Sharma, who has notable experience in acting for early-stage and fast-growth businesses. The team is well known for advising on international IP licensing and transactions, and acts for clients including Bupa, Tantalum, Just Eat, Chemical Intelligence, Thunderhead, Hindawi Publishing Corporation and Su-N Technologies. Mark Lewis joined the firm Kemp Little LLP.

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