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TLT

ONE REDCLIFF STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6TP, ENGLAND
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Work 0333 006 0000
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Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and 1 more

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT fields distinct corporate and commercial groups which ‘regularly outperform many of their regional counterparts’. An ‘excellent communicator and a known deal-maker’, John Wood heads the corporate department and advised Convivality on its £30m acquisition of certain business operations and assets owned by WS Retail, which was funded through a placement of new ordinary shares. A testament to the firm’s commercial expertise, the commercial group, which is headed by Perran Jervis, sits on the Crown Commercial Services’ tier one panel. Indeed, acting across the table from one of London’s Magic Cirle firms, Jervis counselled Sainsbury’s on a strategic collaborative agreement with the owners of a national chain of petrol station forecourt convenience stores. Bill Hull leads the firm’s commercial services group, and Alice Gardner helped secure a joint venture agreement for one of the department’s major ongoing clients, Greene King. Jon Gill has experience of fund-backed transactions and Kay Hobbs is active in the renewables sector. Moreover, the department has enviable clients across a variety of industry sectors, such as WHSmith, Dyson and Lloyds Development Capital.

Leading individuals

John Wood - TLT

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT provides transactional and ongoing tax advisory support to its multinational client-base, which often includes advice on real estate tax, cross-border structuring in the context of M&A, employer and employee taxation and enterprise investment scheme (EIS) fund investments. Working across the firm’s London and Bristol offices, Nathan Williams advised Conviviality plc on the tax aspects of its acquisition of a particular business operation of WS Retail (in administration), which included the acquisition of 127 convenience stores under various ownership structures. Legal director Mark Braude counselled Green Hedge International on a European investment fund’s £30m equity investment in Green Hedge Energy UK by way of a share sale. Braude has also assisted local authorities with multimillion-pound freehold investment acquisitions. Ben Watson specialises in employee share incentive schemes and is another key figure in the department.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

TLT

The team at TLT has expertise in merger control and competition regulatory compliance and is regularly instructed by corporates involved in CMA investigations. Department head Miles Trower provides ongoing competition assistance to the National Franchised Dealers Association, which has included advising on trade advocacy and potential compliance issues following Brexit. Further, Trower acted for BGL Group in connection with the CMA’s digital comparison tools market study, and represented West Coast Property Services in the CMA’s real estate agency services cartel investigation. The team also assisted Conviviality with the merger control aspects of its £25m acquisition of certain business operations from WS Retail. Bill Hull advised Mineral Products Association on compliance with CMA-mandated remedies following the well-known investigation of the aggregates market. Imperial Brands, C&J Clark and WHSmith are among the department’s major clients.

Leading individuals

Bill Hull - TLT

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

TLT Solicitors

TLT Solicitors  acts for a large number of estates that own and operate licensed premises. It also deals with estate management licensing applications such as changes of designated premises supervisors (DPS),  variation to layout, transfers and gaming applications. Clients include single site events such as Glastonbury Music Festival, which has the largest premises licence in the UK, and also large pub chains with thousands of licensed premises such as Punch Taverns or Greene King. Other clients include Barburrito, Las Iguanas, Hawthorn Leisure, SA Brain & Company and Boston Tea Party. Recent highlights include undertaking the licensing for the sale of hot food and drink late at night for the YUM! estate, which encompasses Pizza Hut delivery, Taco Bell and KFC. In another highlight the practice acted for Eastern Electrics Festival in a bid to move the event to a new location in Morden Park. Objections were received from the Metropolitan Police, the Licensing Authority, the Fire Service, the Environmental Health Service and local residents. After dialogue and discussion with the authorities and a successful hearing, permission was granted to move the festival. Matthew Phipps  leads the team and has extensive knowledge of the Licensing Act 2003 and related legislation, and often provides clients with in-house training on licensing issues.

Leading individuals

Michael Phipps - TLT Solicitors

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South West: Dispute resolution

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

TLT

With specialisms in ADR and banking and financial services litigation, TLT has ‘earned its spot at the top of the tree in the South West’. The department is jointly led by Chris Owen and Jonathan Hoey, who specialises in financial services disputes and investigations. Owen continues to act for The Union and President of India in a long-running dispute with The High Commissioner for Pakistan regarding ownership of the Hyderabad funds. Ed Fiddick is representing Czech-based Optaglio in a multimillion-pound claim against former directors alleging breach of directors’ duties. In the financial services space, Richard Hayllar is defending a high-street bank in a dispute revolving around a high-value loan portfolio granted to a prominent property developer; the team is currently defending claims including malicious prosecution, breach of contract and professional negligence. Victoria Mabbett is instructed by household name corporates such as WHSmith. Sian Ashton has expertise in leisure-sector disputes and consultant Philip May is an experienced mediator. Additional clients include Conviviality and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

Leading individuals

Chris Owen - TLT

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

TLT

Highly regarded in the South West for its banking and financial services work, TLT has an active secured recoveries team, which is regularly instructed by many of the UK’s best-known banks, such as The Royal Bank of Scotland. Headed by Graham Walters the secured recovery group regularly works alongside the firm’s specialist banking and financial services litigation team led by Jonathan Hoey. The department also supports a mortgage enforcement and lender sales group, which assists clients such as Lloyds Banking Group with litigation and enforcement of mortgage defaults and also handles the subsequent sale of repossessed properties. The department is becoming increasingly active in motor vehicle recoveries. Deborah Sheldon and Richard Hayllar are additional contacts in the department, and Richard Waller leads the wider banking and lender services group.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT is ‘a first-rate firm for corporates looking to undertake a debt financing project’ and is ‘among the leading finance teams for mid-market renewable energy deals’. The department has an enviable investment-grade borrower practice led by the highly recommended Jon Stewart, who advised Dyson Finance on the £180m expansion of its borrowing facilities with lenders based in the UK, Australia, Singapore and Japan. On the lender side, Stewart counselled AIB Group on the provision of refinance facilities regarding a private equity-backed portfolio of marina assets. Gary Roscoe runs an ‘excellent’ renewables lending practice, which was recently involved in a debt funding mandate of market-wide significance. In other highlights, Roscoe advised Santander on the provision of a £28.5m facility to Battery Energy Storage Solutions for the development of UK’s first-ever debt-financed battery storage projects, and advised a UK borrower on high-value term loan and revolving credit facilities with a major domestic bank. Roscoe also acts for Tridos Bank in renewables-related transactions. Peter Carney has particular experience of non-contentious insolvency, property finance and loan portfolio transactions.

Leading individuals

Jon Stewart - TLT

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

TLT

TLT demonstrates ‘real expertise across the gamut of restructuring and insolvency contingency planning’. The practice handles work emanating from administrators and liquidators, investors and lenders, and distressed asset purchasers. Department head James Forsyth has acted for the Official Receiver in numerous matters, including the liquidation of Keeping Kids Company. On the contentious side, Forsyth successfully defended a high-net-worth individual in a claim brought by the trustees in her husband’s bankruptcy regarding a £20m residential property in Hampstead. The team also represented the joint administrators of Global Hospitality Services in High Court proceedings to appoint new administrators to facilitate a particular transaction. Peter Carney is advising a senior lender and shareholder on restructuring matters in connection with the high-profile failure of an airline. Abigail Hadfield is noted for her ‘clear and transparent client communication’, and legal director Richard Clark is also recommended. Additional clients include RBS, Deloitte and FRP Advisory.

Leading individuals

Peter Carney - TLT

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

TLT

TLT's  sector strengths include financial services, retail, social housing, leisure, energy and renewable, and technology. The employment practice (which is ‘excellent in all areas’ and ‘looks for pragmatic ways to assist in complex matters’) advises on whistleblowing, equal pay, outsourcing, business-critical employment issues, benefit change processes, industrial action and board-level exits. Stuart Bride heads the team and is acting for a high street bank on general employment advisory matters, regulatory issues, and TUPE matters. Recently promoted partner Siobhan Fitzgerald provides ‘pragmatic advice’ and is ‘responsive and understanding of strategic objectives’. She is advising a social housing association on a merger, which involves restructuring, general employment issues, pension scheme liability, TUPE implications, contractual changes and departure of senior staff. Esther Smith is advising a large insurance company on day-to-day HR matters, as well as representing it in tribunal litigation. Key clients include Imperial Brands, J Sainsbury, Savills, Ageas Group, Southern Water, Biffa, Westfield, Homebase/Bunnings, WH Smith, Good Energy Group and the National Crime Agency.

Leading individuals

Stuart Bride - TLT

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

TLT

TLT advises clients on compliance, incident management, investigations and prosecutions by major regulators including the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA), Local Authorities, BIS and the CMA. It also defends against complex, multi-jurisdictional prosecutions. Recent highlights include advising Glastonbury Festival in relation to a prosecution by the EA in which the client was accused of polluting a river with effluent. The client admitted breaching regulations but successfully argued that this did not constitute negligence. The practice also acted for WHSmith on the international recall of travel adaptors, which involved analysing safety reports and interacting with regulatory bodies in the UK, EU and other territories. Kerry Gwyther heads the team and specialises in fatal incident cases and representing clients at inquest. Other clients include Punch Taverns, Greene King, Severn River Crossing, Merlin Entertainments Group, Vertase FLI, Energy Savings Trust and Gaskell Waste.  

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

TLT

TLT  Bristol advises trustees and employers on all pension scheme types and asset-backed funding arrangements, innovative multinational restructurings and flexible buy-ins. It provides an extranet service to customers with interactive trust deed and rules, as well as governance compliance information. The firm has a particular focus on public sector pensions and advises on pensions investment and SIPPs and SSASs. Chris Crighton was promoted to partner and led in advising the UK branch of an international bank on complex funding arrangements with regards to its UK defined benefit pension scheme and also risk reduction exercises. Sasha Butterworth (who is ‘a pleasure to work with and always proactive in meetings’) heads the team and advises on all aspects of pension schemes, including scheme governance.

Leading individuals

Sasha Butterworth - TLT

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT is 'a very strong performer' that handles a broad range of professional negligence matters including those relating to fraud, insurance coverage disputes and regulatory issues. The practice specialises in claims in the financial services, corporate, pension and construction sectors. Neil Franklin  jointly heads the team and is ‘intellectually incisive, inspiring complete confidence in clients’. He is assisted by co-head Richard Hall , who specialises in high-value claims against solicitors, valuers, surveyors, accountants and IFAs. The ‘excellent’ team delivers ‘great customer service’ and is ‘very easy to deal with’. Recent highlights include taking over 76 professional negligence claims from a city firm, these were in relation to solicitors and surveyors who acted for a lender in retail mortgage transactions, the claims were valued at around £7m. Another highlight includes acting for a high-net-worth individual in a claim against two firms of solicitors whom the client alleges did not carry out the necessary work in order to achieve a fair settlement in her divorce. Clients include Royal Bank of Scotland Group, UPS, Lloyds Bank, WHSmith, Fitness First, Northview Group and Avon Rubber plc.

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South West: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

TLT

TLT is ‘an extremely strong and impressive firm’, and the family team is led by Natalie Drew. All members of the team handle high-net-worth financial cases following divorce or dissolution, involving non-UK pensions, share options, 'Black-Scholes' valuations, Part III 1984 Act applications following foreign divorce, offshore taxation and trusts, company valuations, non-matrimonial assets, complex High Court financial cases involving marital acquisition and assets accumulated post-separation. Associate Sarah Green advises on CSA variations and appeals, as well as intractable contact disputes, parental alienation, physical and psychological harm, sexual abuse allegations, and fact-finding hearings. Green also handles permanent removal from jurisdiction cases. Associate Mark Sage has considerable experience in international cases and jurisdictional issues, representing many UK expatriates across the world and particularly those in Hong Kong; he typically handles complex financial matters arising from the breakdowns relationships. Solicitor Joanna Newton advises on children matters, including parental alienation and child abuse.

Next generation lawyers

Mark Sage - TLT

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

TLT

TLT provides ‘a very strong knowledge base: practical and commercial’, particularly for clients in the banking sector. Recently, the firm has taken over the entire probate business of a leading private bank, and has also become the principal trust adviser to the fiduciary branch of two of the UK's largest banks. The firm also possesses strong links to international private banks, receiving regular referrals from trust companies based in the Channel Islands, Geneva and the Bahamas. Clients also include a number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals from the banking industry. Practice head Patrick Wooddisse is ‘technically highly competent, responsive and personable’, advising UK and international trust companies on their precedents and standard documentation. Wooddisse also has niche expertise advising on UK/US cross-border issues, and advising clients from India and Pakistan. ‘Down to earth and a good communicator’, Chris Williamson has considerable experience working on the creation, implementation and restructuring of wealth-holding structures for international families.

Leading individuals

Patrick Wooddisse - TLT

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

TLT

The team at TLT has extensive experience in battery storage projects, and is perhaps ‘the region’s leading legal advisers for mid-market renewable energy deals’. Of particular note, the ‘deeply experienced’ Gary Roscoe advised Santander on the provision of a £28.3m facility to Battery Energy Storage Solutions, which marked the first debt-funded battery storage project in the UK. Department head Maria Connolly and Matthew Grimwood assisted Ecotricity with the development of a wind park in South Gloucestershire, which received additional planning permission for a battery storage project. Kay Hobbs, who ‘brings a depth of experience to renewables transactions’, acted for an energy investor in connection with nearly a dozen solar share acquisitions. Hobbs also advised The Renewables Infrastructure Group on a £20m investment in an energy storage project in Scotland. Triodos Bank, The Co-operative Group, Low Carbon and Anesco are among the department’s key clients.

Leading individuals

Maria Connolly - TLT

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South West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

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TLT advises local government organisations on refinancings, planning issues, regeneration projects, renewable energy projects, data protection and LGPS. Recent highlights include advising London Borough of Hounslow in relation to right to buy property sales worth around £5m. Bill Hull specialises in public procurement and jointly heads the team with Andrew Glynn, who focuses on commercial property investment. David Isaacson has ‘a helpful manner’ and ‘broad corporate and commercial expertise’. Clients include London Borough of Lambeth, London Borough of Ealing, Public Procurement Solutions and Cornwall County Council.

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South West: Real estate

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

TLT

TLT 's real estate department ‘consistently delivers high-quality service’. Acting for banks, developers and corporate occupiers, among other market participants, the team handles development, asset management and investment mandates for clients across a range of industry sectors. David Smithen advised General Mediterranean Holdings on the conditional site assembly, development, planning and funding of a £182m mixed-use development project at London’s Bridge Park. In the investment space, Andrew Glynn assisted PINE Unit Trust (a specialist education JPUT) with its £95m real estate disposal to USS Investment Management. Daniel Halstead has experience in the student accommodation and healthcare sectors and recently advised The Mansion Group on its disposal of various operational student housing schemes in Colchester and Bristol. Halstead also assisted 90 North Real Estate Investment Partners with its £50.5m disposal of 12 care homes to two REITs. Additional key figures include Julia Lucas, department head Maria Connolly, who has expertise in renewable energy development, and Julian Mant, who provides ongoing portfolio management advice to Greene King.

Leading individuals

Julia Lucas - TLT

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT’s construction team provides ‘consistently high-quality service, on time and at a competitive rate’. Headed by Simon Goss, the team has strength in contentious and non-contentious work in a number of areas including energy, residential development and public sector mandates. Neel Mehta is advising Wates Construction on various capital projects operated by Birmingham City Council, and is also assisting Galliford Try with the design and construction of a university building in Greater London. In the contentious space, Tom Wrzesien is acting for a wind farm developer in connection with disputes arising out of the construction of several wind turbines. Wrzesien has also been instructed by a national housing association concenring alleged defects in a residential development block. Additional clients include Anesco, Midas Construction, Integral UK and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

TLT

TLT’s ‘highly specialised department’ is ‘more than capable of dealing with most serious environmental concerns’. Headed by Katherine Evans, the team regularly advises its enviable corporate client-base on compliance and environmental due diligence in connection with corporate and real estate transactions. Additionally, Evans is counselling an energy company on its liabilities in connection with a headline national energy project. The highly regarded Kerry Gwyther acts for Punch Taverns in relation to its statutory nuisance proceedings, and is also advises a major UK festival on compliance and risk mitigation. Similarly, legal director Duncan Reed is advising a prominent UK educational institution on a matter regarding an alleged asbestos exposure. The Bristol team regularly works alongside the firm’s specialist environment lawyers in Manchester and Belfast.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

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TLT is involved in large regeneration projects and renewable energy developments, and is particularly active in contested planning matters and judicial reviews. Indeed, Katherine Evans is advising Crematoria Management on judicial review proceedings regarding a decision by the Secretary of State to grant planning permission for one particular site rather than the competing site. Similarly, Evans assisted Viridor with the removal of various planning restrictions in the face of judicial review. The team is also acting for a prominent local body in relation to a number of compensation claims arising from a highly publicised infrastructure project. In the non-contentious space, legal director Fergus Charlton is assisting a joint venture comprising Persimmon Homes and Elan Homes with the planning application for over 800 homes and infrastructure works, including highways and schools, on the outskirts of Barnstaple. Other key clients include WHSmith and London Borough of Brent.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

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TLT combines ‘the size and expertise of a national firm with the individual client service one would expect from a smaller, regional firm’. The property litigation group is known for advising public sector bodies and clients in the retail and leisure industries on landlord and tenant issues and development disputes. Department head Mark Routley advised Covent Garden Market Authority on the landlord and tenant aspects of the £470m redevelopment of its 52-acre site at Nine Elms, London. Kane Kirkbride defended Knightstone in a FTT claim by an adjoining landowner for prescriptive easement against the client’s land. The team has also handled disputed lease renewals for clients such as WHSmith and Greene King. Additionally, legal director Alex Payne advised an aggregates supplier on an access dispute with a farmer, and also defended a local authority in a misrepresentation claim regarding a tenancy lease.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

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TLT  is well known for advising local authorities, registered providers and private contractors on major London regeneration projects, property transactions and disputes. David Isaacson  acted for TPG in a joint venture with Blackthorn Homes for the development of private for-sale housing on land acquired jointly by the two parties. Further, Isaacson is assisting New Charter Housing Trust with the due diligence for its proposed merger with Adactus Housing Group. Employment lawyer Siobhan Fitzgerald  specialises in housing-sector work, Kane Kirkbride  has experience with disputes in the social housing sector, and Isabelle Clement  is an active associate in the practice group. Paul Butterworth joined Ashfords LLP in September 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Isabelle Clement - TLT

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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TLT fields a team of 'expert business advisers' who specialise in transformational IT projects including, SaaS, systems integration and cloud-based solutions for national and international clients. Practice head James Touzel ‘leads from the front with a steady hand’; he specialises in large-scale transformational procurement and assists large companies on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. Dan Read focuses on IT procurement and outsourcing and is noted for his ‘outstanding pragmatic advice and ability to get the job done’. The team provides ‘clear commercial advice in the areas of IT and data protection’ and HAS ‘a practical approach that builds a framework to avoid future issues’. Clients include 5NINES, J Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Imperial Brands, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), BT and WHSmith.

Leading individuals

James Touzel - TLT

Next generation lawyers

Dan Read - TLT

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

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TLT advises on trade marks, brand protection, patents, copyright, IP-related technology matters and IP litigation. It acts for a variety of blue-chip clients and household name brands with a particular focus on leisure industry clients. Legal director Jo Pritchard recently led on acting for Conviviality a leading drinks distributor, in relation to its acquisition of Central Convenience, the team advised on all IP-related matters. James Touzel heads the team. Clients include Merlin Entertainments, British Telecommunications (BT), Brabantia (UK), WHSmith and Muji Europe Holdings.

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