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Freeths LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Tom Rowley heads the practice at Freeths LLP; he has particular expertise in the aviation sector, and has also handled a number of AIM transactions, including acting for AIM-quoted eg solutions on its £26m public takeover by Verint Systems. Peter Hill advised specialist healthcare business Selborne Care on the £17m sale of the company to CareTech Community Services; he also acted for Korodo on the sale of Smiths of Smithfield to Young & Co’s Brewery. In the leisure and hospitality sector, Andrew Bretherton acted on a series of transactions: he advised Ten Entertainment Group on the acquisition of a tenpin bowling business from David Lloyd Leisure and JM Fitness Studios on the acquisition of three gym studios in Winchester, Aldgate and Islington, also from David Lloyd Leisure.  Senior associate Francis Dalton, who focuses on private M&A transactions in the media, technology and healthcare sectors, is also noted. Other key clients include Business Growth Fund, Quixant, Autins Group and Stockdale Securities.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's practice covers corporate and M&A litigation; commercial disputes; fraud, breach of confidence and data theft; and insolvency. Recent work included acting for Eddie Stobart, one of the UK’s largest logistics companies, in a claim arising from an alleged breach of contract for the supply of agency drivers. Philippa Dempster is highly rated.

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Mediators - ranked: tier 2

Charles Powell - Freeths LLP

Mark Keeley - Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP' Mark Keeley in Nottingham is 'frequently recommended as a mediator because he is practical, approachable and very client friendly; he also knows when to push and when to back off, and he is particularly good with vulnerable clients'. Keely undertook 36 mediations in 2017 and specialises in contentious trust and probate disputes as well as professional negligence claims.

Charles Powell at Freeths LLP 'handles mediations exceptionally well; he establishes a good relationship with parties and assists in achieving results; he also has a good grasp of the facts and the law and explores the strengths and weaknesses of cases in a sensible manner'. Powell has over 25 years’ experience as a mediator, has now conducted over 450 mediations, and is a commercial litigation and professional indemnity specialist. Charles is also at In Place of Strife.

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London: Human resources

Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Freeths LLP

The ‚Äėhighly skilled‚Äô and ‚Äėprofessional‚Äô business immigration department at Freeths LLP¬†handles a range of immigration mandates such as; advising on sponsor licence applications, outsourced licence management, compliance audits, right to work support and immigration risk management issues. The team is led by Tom Bradford, who joined in 2017 from Russell-Cooke LLP, and has a ‚Äėmasterful command of immigration law and displays a passionate understanding of the subject matter‚Äô; he ‚Äėdisplays excellent judgement and is able to advance his client‚Äôs case with exceptional clarity and persuasion‚Äô. Associate Shradha Virji, who also joined in 2017 from Russell-Cooke LLP, stands out for her ‚Äėcool and calm attitude‚Äô.

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Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is active in the charity sector, regularly acts for local government clients and handles new pension products, PPF issues and corporate transactions. The 'responsive and understanding' Parminder Latimer leads the national group; her recent work includes advising Ultra Electronics Pension Trustee Company on new consolidated Trust Deed and Rules and GDPR compliance, and assisting Kikki.K with its UK obligations relating to auto-enrolment and overseas secondees. Tarmac Holdings and Travis Perkins are also clients. Other key practitioners include litigator Louise Wilson and Nigel Bolton, who joined the Leeds office from Irwin Mitchell.

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP¬†¬†has an ‚Äėexcellent team‚Äô. Melanie Williams¬†and Jane Maitland¬† have been appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian‚Äôs Panel of Deputies for sometime. The majority of its clients are brain injured and have received multimillion pound compensation awards. Other areas of expertise for the team include preparing expert reports on court of protection costs for litigation proceedings and preparing statutory wills and gift applications. It also acts as professional deputy for clients with valuable estates including several with large agricultural estates and businesses.

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London: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Freeths LLP

The regional and national teams at Freeths LLP have considerable  geographical reach. Nathan Holden, based in Birmingham advises on real estate and commercial projects including town centre expansions and Mitchell Ball, also based in Birmingham, has extensive retail development expertise. Other key names to note are Stephen Pearson and Christopher Waumsley in Nottingham and Philippa Dempster in London. It is dealing with all the 'right to buy' work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich and is advising the London Borough of Havering on the acquisition of Havering College of Further and Higher Education’s Quarles Campus for £5.5m and the subsequent leaseback of the campus to the College for two years.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's¬†‚Äėresponsive and reliable‚Äô real estate team provides ‚Äėclient-focused service at competitive rates‚Äô. The team has a strong reputation in the retail sector, which has attracted new clients such as Selfridges, Inditex and Ermenegildo Zegna. Sarah Griggs¬†advises Hotel Chocolat on all of its property matters, and also acts alongside Jenny Cooper¬†for PVH UK Group in relation to all of its property work across its Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands. Senior associate Matt Stephens¬†assisted Australian retailer kikki.K with the property aspects of entering the UK market, including the opening of its first store in Covent Garden. Department head Ian Rowson¬†and the highly recommended Clive Pearce¬†have experience handling strategic investment and development mandates for local authorities and developers.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Freeths LLP

The team at Freeths LLP is noted for its 'excellent level of service', 'commercial approach' and 'unparalleled attention to detail'; it handles a range of work for borrower and lender clients, including  specialising in development finance, mezzanine lending, distressed property finance, and matters in the healthcare sector. Practice head Richard Williams, who is 'highly effective, very intelligent and a strong and personable  negotiator', and 'rising star' senior associate Helen Jones advised City North Finsbury Park on a loan for the development of a mixed-use property in north London. On the lender side, the team acted for ICG Alternative Investment on its £15m senior facility to an international investment and asset management platform; Chris Freeston also advised Clydesdale Bank on the senior debt financing of a development programme for a care home in Berkshire. The team has also handled several Islamic financings, and has acted  for overseas banks including Ahli United Bank.

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