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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

BrookStreet des Roches

The 'brilliant team' at BrookStreet des Roches is noted for its broad base of work, with particular strength in the food, engineering, technology and healthcare sectors. Head of corporate Paddy Gregan routinely handles significant transactions affecting the food production sector, notably advising on PD Hook Group’s acquisition of Bernard Matthews turkey business following the insolvency of the latter. Gregan also acted for Nuffield College on the formation of a public-private corporate joint venture between Nuffield and Oxford City Council to develop a major £200m mixed-use scheme in Oxford’s West End. Hugh Tebay heads the commercial side of the practice and recently assisted Smeg UK with the drafting and negotiation of logistics and warehousing agreements. Gayle Curry joined from Blake Morgan LLP to head the practice's healthcare transactional offering.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

BrookStreet des Roches

The team at BrookStreet des Roches advises clients on a broad range of complex litigation matters, with recent highlights including breach of contract claims, professional negligence claims, insolvency litigation and commercial litigation for real estate clients. Philip Shaw heads the team, with 30 years’ experience as a commercial litigator under his belt. Shaw and associate Gemma Tolmie are continuing to act for Smeg in a cross-jurisdictional contractual dispute with its former Irish distributor NAA and are representing The Beaming Smile Company in a professional negligence claim against the client’s former solicitors, together with senior associate Simeon Fenn. Senior consultant Peter Moody] specialises in the hospitality and leisure sector and advises clients in the technology, offshore, finance and transport sectors.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Knights Professional Services Limited

The clinical negligence team at Knights Professional Services Limited is led by Helen Niebuhr, who is most renowned for her experience in brain injury, cerebral palsy and fatal injury claims, while Jonathan Phillips additionally covers inquest matters, misdiagnosis and spinal injury. Other key practitioners include partner Kay Taylor and senior associate Laura Cook. Brain injury specialist Matthew Heap joined from Serious Law LLP in May 2017.

Leading individuals

Helen Niebuhr - Knights Professional Services Limited

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Phillips - Knights Professional Services Limited

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

BrookStreet des Roches

Comprising ‚Äėexperts in their field‚Äô, BrookStreet des Roches'¬†team ‚Äėreally understands property‚Äô and is seen as a market leader in the retail and pharmaceuticals sectors, as well as being strong for property investment, development and joint venture work and land development and promotion. Rosie Gibb¬†heads the retail and leisure sector service offering and specialises in technical and high-profile landlord and tenant work, particularly for clients with complex group structures and property holdings. Gibb and associate Amy Brown¬†acted for Parkwood TopShop Athletic, a joint venture between Topshop and popstar Beyonc√© Knowles, on the acquisition of office space within a newly redeveloped premises to house the ‚ÄėIvy Park‚Äô sportswear brand. Head of team Martin Billings¬†specialises in property investment, development and asset management work. Billings and associate Ariella Rubenchik¬†assisted MEPC with the variation of a planning agreement at its business and technology park Milton Park. Jamie Barton, promoted to partnership level in April 2017, is noted for his work in the retail sector, servicing big-name clients including Arcadia, The Body Shop, McDonald‚Äôs Restaurants and Moss Bros. Charlie Seaward, Justin Winterbottom¬†and Sarah Wildsmith¬†are also noted as key practice members.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Barton - BrookStreet des Roches

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

BrookStreet des Roches

BrookStreet des Roches fields a construction and engineering team that is 'extremely knowledgeable of the relevant law and has a deep understanding of clients' business needs, enabling it to anticipate their needs and flag key points very early in negotiations'. The practice handles a range of work related to commercial property developments, from procurement issues, construction contracts and professional appointments to construction disputes. It is continuing to provide ongoing advice to MEPC Silverstone GP on a development project adjacent to Silverstone race track, most recently acting on the construction of a campus made of fourteen industrial units at the park totalling 125,000 sq ft. Other recent work includes acting for Arcadia Group on a garment handling process plant to be installed in a new warehouse building in Northamptonshire; acting for a client on professional appointments for a large mixed-use development in Battersea in London; and acting for the tenant, 3M, on office and laboratory leases, which involved handling agreements lease, landlord and tenant works. The 'very responsive' Joe Bellhouse heads the team and is 'an extremely reliable source of technically sound, commercially sensible advice'.

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Planning - ranked: tier 3

BrookStreet des Roches

BrookStreet des Roches attracts praise for its 'commercial, pragmatic approach', with practice head Nigel Hewitson singled out for his 'excellent grasp of planning law combined with an understanding of the commercial realities, meaning clients get pragmatic, commercially sensible solutions'. In keeping with the firm's historic strength in real estate matters, the planning practice acts for landowners, promoters and developers in mixed-use developments, and is noted for its strength in the holiday and leisure sector, as well as the retail sector, where it acts for national operators. Recent highlights include acting for Dartmouth Park Estates on planning issues related to a 300-plus unit housing development and, in an illustration of its track record acting for caravan park operators, acted for HH Country Park on planning enforcement action taken by Broadland District Council against one of the operator's sites alleging that caravans intended for holiday use were being occupied as permanent residences.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

BrookStreet des Roches

The property litigation team at BrookStreet des Roches is 'a pleasure to work with', providing 'well-informed, conscientious advice that takes into account clients' needs and anticipates how they would wish to proceed in a given situation'. The practice is particularly singled out for its retail sector expertise, where clients include Arcadia Group and McDonald's, among other prominent retail brands. It also acts for a sizeable roster of investment clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals and charities clients. The practice is acting for Arcadia Group and The Body Shop International in a number of high-value central London lease renewals, which involves handling oppositions to the renewals on the grounds of redevelopment. It also acts for The Beaming Smile Company in a professional negligence claim against the client's former solicitor concerning two commercial lease renewals. Katy Kirk heads the practice and is 'very proactive and highly motivated'. Philip Shaw is also recommended.

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South East: TMT

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

BrookStreet des Roches

BrookStreet des Roches' team is experienced in commercial and contentious IP matters, with particular specialisms in franchising, software and app development and licensing transactions, and data security, management and licensing. Significant clients of the practice include Whittard, Toni & Guy and McDonald‚Äôs Restaurants. Practice head¬†Hugh Tebay¬†has ‚Äėoutstanding legal acumen‚Äô and is ‚Äėhighly trusted and very well respected‚Äô. Tebay and senior associate¬†Claire Jacques¬†acted for Atomo Diagnostics on the licence of its intellectual property rights in its range of diagnostic kits for a number of diseases and illnesses to licensees based in Europe, India, South Korea, the US and the UAE. Health sector IP expert¬†Gayle Curry¬†joined the team from¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†in August 2017. Senior consultant¬†Peter Moody¬†is also noted.

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