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TLT

ONE REDCLIFF STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6TP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0333 006 0000
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7815 BRISTOL
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Web:
www.tltsolicitors.com
Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and 1 more

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

TLT

The lawyers at TLT are ‘diligent, knowledgeable and creative in trying to find specific solutions’. Highlights for the practice included Jon Gill’s advice to the shareholders of Sub10 Systems on its merger with Fastback Networks; and Andrew Webber’s advice to Francis Flower on its acquisition of a blast-furnace slag plant from Hanson Cement. Retail specialist and ‘first-rate lawyer’ Perran Jervis has assisted with a number of high-profile outsourcing transactions. John wood and Bill Hull are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

John Wood - TLT

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT advises on the tax aspects of M&A transactions, and has particular expertise in employment tax, pension tax and capital gains tax. New clients include Southern Housing, Smart Transactions and Next Energy. Ben Watson and London-based Nathan Williams are the names to note.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s team, led by Miles Trower, is praised for its ‘in-depth understanding of competition law’. In a recent highlight, Trower acted for the National Franchised Dealers Association before the European Commission in connection with the CARS 2020 and GEAR 2030 projects, which involve proposed industry codes of conduct and initiatives to promoted competitiveness in the automotive industry. Bill Hull (who is singled out for his ‘ability to capture the essence of the client’s aspirations’) advised Energy Saving Trust on state aid issues in relation to the Local Energy Challenge Fund.

Leading individuals

Bill Hull - TLT

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s Matthew Phipps assists with all manner of event and licensing issues, including variation applications and enforcement. Glastonbury Festival and Boston Tea Party are clients.

Leading individuals

Matthew Phipps - TLT

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

TLT

TLT’s team is praised for its ‘sound judgement, good knowledge and attention to detail’. In a showcase of its ability to handle high-profile cases, the team is acting on behalf of the Indian government in a dispute with Pakistan concerning £35m held in a British bank account since 1948. It also has a national reputation for financial services litigation, acting for clients including Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and RBS. Chris Owen is a ‘level-headed litigator’ who is able to ‘take charge in difficult situations’. Edmund Fiddick and Siân Ashton ‘take care to understand the aims of their clients’.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s disputes practice has particular strength in financial services sector work; it has a dedicated banking and finance services litigation team led by Jonathan Hoey which includes Graham Walters, who advises banks, mortgage lenders and LPA receivers in mortgage-related disputes and litigation. Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and RBS are all clients.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT is ‘extremely responsive to the needs of its clients’. The team is particularly active in project finance; a recent highlight included advising Fengate Capital on its acquisition and debt financing of two UK solar PV projects. Gary Roscoe handled a number of real estate developments, social housing finance facilities and renewable energy transactions. In another highlight, Jon Stewart acted for Dyson on its investment grade global finance facilities, involving eight banks and seven jurisdictions.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s client roster includes a number of leading financial institutions. Group head James Forsyth recently assisted a pension provider with the administration of a loan portfolio, which involved managing existing loans, restructurings and refinancings. Peter Carney and Abigail Hadfield are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Carney - TLT

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

TLT

Stuart McBride’s practice at TLT handles TUPE issues, reorganisations and multi-jurisdictional outsourcing matters. Esther Smith has ‘expert knowledge’ of multi-claim tribunals. Imperial Tobacco Group and Merlin Entertainments are clients. Graham Shaw has retired.

Leading individuals

Stuart McBride - TLT

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

Kerry Gwyther leads TLT’s practice, which represents corporates in regulatory prosecutions and investigations, and also handles asbestos-related inquests and prosecutions in the housing sector. Glastonbury Festival and Merlin Entertainments are clients.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s expertise includes pensions-related governance, public sector outsourcing and cross-border investments. Department head Sasha Butterworth and James Dean act for clients including The Co-operative Group, Travelers and the trustees of Fujitsu Technology Solutions International Plan.

Leading individuals

Sasha Butterworth - TLT

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT provides cross-border advice on corporate, pensions, financial services and construction claims. Clients include UPS and WHSmith. Practice head Richard Hall, Neil Franklin and Chris Owen are key contacts.

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South West: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

TLT handles financial remedy cases taking place or in assets in multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Natalie Drew and associate Mark Sage have ‘excellent reputations’. David Wheeler was promoted to legal director and undertakes international children work.

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

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s Patrick Wooddisse assists high-net-worth UK and non-UK residents with tax, trust, estate and succession planning matters. Woodisse ‘not only understands the law, but knows how to apply it to specific client cases’.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT has ‘an excellent all-round practice’ with ‘extensive understanding of complex technical issues related to renewable energy’. Maria Connolly is a recognised leader on solar farm development, and advised Ecotricity on the refinancing of its existing portfolio of wind and solar projects. Gary Roscoe has ‘a very pragmatic approach’, and advised Fengate, a Canadian investment management firm, on the acquisition of two solar parks.

Leading individuals

Maria Connolly - TLT

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT’s real estate team is led by renewable energy specialist Maria Connolly. Recent highlights include acting for Punch Taverns on the sale of 158 tenanted pubs to NewRiver Retail, and assisting PINE Unit Trust with its nationwide property investments. Julia Lucas and Andrew Glynn are the main contacts.

Leading individuals

Julia Lucas - TLT

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT has an established reputation for handling transactional work and disputes in the conventional and renewable energy sectors. Key figures include Simon Goss and Neel Mehta, who have ‘profound understanding of the construction industry’; and Tom Wrzesien, who assisted a housing association in relation to disputes regarding a PFI regeneration contract. Ecotricity Group, Midas and Wates Construction are also clients.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT has a ‘strong team of experts’ that handles the full spectrum of environmental matters, including environmental litigation and defending against criminal prosecutions. Katherine Evans advises on property-related environmental issues, with a particular focus on waste regulation and contaminated land. Clients include Barclays Bank, The Environment Agency and Viridor Waste Management.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s team works closely with its licensing and real estate team and handles planning due diligence work in relation to corporate acquisitions and disposals. The group also has a track record in inquiries and High Court proceedings. Clients include WHSmith, Punch Taverns, Swan Housing Group and British Solar Renewables. Katherine Evans has ‘great all-round experience’.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

TLT advises on a broad range of contentious property matters, with significant strength in the retail and leisure sectors, for clients including Southern Housing Group, BBC and London Borough of Lambeth. Mark Routley and Kane Kirkbride are ‘very good all-rounders’.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

TLT (Bristol)

TLT had a prolific year advising a number of housing associations on big-ticket deals. Recent highlights for property regeneration specialist Paul Butterworth include acting for Swan Housing Group on the variation of a major development agreement with the HCA and Basildon Borough Council, and assisting Aster Communities and Aster Homes with the acquisition of 328 affordable dwellings across eight schemes. Kane Kirkbride is highly recommended for housing and property disputes for registered providers and other housing clients.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
TMT (Technology, media and telecoms): IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

TLT (Bristol)

At TLT, James Touzel ‘knows the IT world inside out’. The practice handles outsourcing, software development, SaaS, cloud computing and systems integration. Imperial Tobacco, The Co-operative and Applied Card Technologies are clients.

Leading individuals

James Touzel - TLT

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

TLT (Bristol)

TLT conducts IP litigation and manages portfolios for clients including BGL Group and Merlin Entertainments. Jo Pritchard was promoted to legal director and handles contentious work.

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