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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

Active across a range of sectors, with a particularly strong track record in aviation, manufacturing, technology and care homes, the team at Freeths LLP saw ‘thorough, quick, experienced, user-friendly’ insurance expert Peter Hill join from RPC, and senior associate Francis Dalton arrive from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Hill advised LONMAR Global Risks on its sale to Global Risk Partners. The ‘knowledgeable, flexibleAndrew Bretherton acted for Polestar Applied Solutions on its purchase of the Applied Solutions print and packaging business from PricewaterhouseCoopers, and assisted Polestar Print Holdings with its sale of Polestar Applied Solutions to Adare Communications. ‘Calm, assertive, knowledgeable’ group head Tom Rowley advised shareholders of Cuts Ice on their £35m sale of a minority stake in the company to Lloyds Development Capital.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’ disputes practice covers banking and finance, commercial fraud, contracts, warranty claims, and debt recovery. Other areas of note include injunctions, insolvency, IP-related claims, partnership disputes and professional negligence. Philippa Dempster is highly rated.

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Mediators - ranked: tier 2

Charles Powell - Freeths LLP

Mark Keeley - Freeths LLP

Charles Powell at Freeths LLP is ‘an experienced mediator, who has the necessary gravitas to get a deal in difficult cases’. Powell’s active mediation practice specialises in commercial disputes, including professional negligence claims; subrogated claims; banking and finance matters; and partnership and shareholder disputes.

Mark Keeley at Freeths LLP is ‘extremely practical, has in-depth knowledge of this field and goes the extra mile’. Keeley conducted 34 commercial mediations in 2016, and specialises in contentious trust and probate disputes, and professional negligence claims.

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London: Human resources

Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 6

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’s ‘excellent’ team covers all areas of pensions law for clients in both the public and private sectors. Team head Parminder Latimer continues to acts for Ultra Electronics Pension Trustee Company on various issues following the scheme’s closure to future accrual. Latimer has also been acting for Australia’s kikki.K in relation to issues such as auto-enrolment and overseas secondees. The team includes litigation specialist Louise Wilson and associate Anne Taylor.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Freeths LLP

At Freeths LLP, Jane Maitland is praised for her ‘thoughtful handling of delicate matters’, and Zandra Houston for her ‘comprehensive knowledge and common sense’. Team head Melanie Williams works as a professional deputy managing substantial awards of compensation, and senior associate Veronica Cowdrey is ‘enormously experienced in this practice area’.

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London: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’s team has notable experience handling real estate work, with recent examples including advising Guildford Borough Council on its £20m acquisition of an office building, acting for Guildford Borough Council on multiple transactions spanning property management issues, development site acquisitions and asset disposals; and handling an investment property acquisition for Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. Other areas of expertise include employment issues and commercial work. Birmingham-based Nathan Holden heads the team nationally and is recognised for his commercial property project expertise. Outsourcing and regeneration specialist Stephen Pearson, property expert Mitchell Ball, Clive Pearce, who joined the firm in 2016 from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, London real estate head Ian Rowson and consultant Nicholas Dobson are other names to note.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 7

Freeths LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’s ‘competent and reliable’ team provides ‘excellent client service’ to a mix of public and private sector clients, including London Borough of Newham and GAM. The practice was boosted considerably by a number of hires in 2016, including ‘great negotiatorClive Pearce, who joined from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP; and retail specialists Jenny Cooper and Sarah Griggs, who both joined from Clyde & Co LLP. Pearce focuses on development projects but also handles investment work and is advising London Borough of Guildford on the £20m acquisition of a fully tenanted office building in Guildford. In the retail space, Cooper and Griggs act for various luxury retailers such as Hotel Chocolat and the PVH Group. The practice is led by Ian Rowson, who has ‘an ability to eloquently explain complex matters’.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Freeths LLP

Development finance, distressed property finance, mezzanine loans and inter-creditor negotiation are key areas of expertise of Freeths LLP’s ‘cost-effective’ practice, which counts healthcare, student accommodation, residential and mixed-use real estate as sector strengths. ‘Stellar, incredibly knowledgeable’ department head Richard Williams advised a leading British non-bank lender on the amendment and restatement of an existing £59m loan facility extended to a Manchester-based investment and development group, while on the borrower side Chris Freeston acted for a specialist fund manager on an £11m facility from Lloyds Bank to be cross-collateralised with an existing £50m facility, to finance the acquisition of eight UK office sites. Other clients include Waterfield Group, City North Finsbury Park and Longbow Debt Investments No 4.

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