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TLT

20 GRESHAM STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7JE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0333 006 0000
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Fax 0333 006 0311
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431 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.tltsolicitors.com
Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and 1 more

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

TLT

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

TLT

TLT has a focus on advisory and contentious work across the retail sector. Russell Kelsall is active across both non-contentious and contentious work and is noted for his ‘knowledge in relation to consumer credit matters, in particular’. Kelsall and Emily Benson, who was herself formerly at the FSA, have been involved in a considerable amount of advisory work for consumer credit sector clients following the transition of regulation from the OFT to the FCA. Formerly head of investigations and enforcement at Barclays, Jake McQuitty heads the firm’s contentious offering. Clients include RBS, Nationwide Building Society and Santander UK plc.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT advises on fraud prevention, financial services litigation, private prosecutions and cybercrime, amongst other issues. The group is also handling a number of payment fraud matters, and is currently dealing with several cases for major banks related to invoice, mandate, impersonation and safe account fraud. Notable individuals include Emily Benson, who has substantial expertise in financial crime risk management and recovery strategies, and Jake McQuitty, who deals with infrastructure and banking-related matters. Russell Kelsall is also a name to note in the non-contentious regulatory space.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘a professional and effective service for a reasonable price’, advising on bespoke licensing for a vast array of nightclubs, restaurants and hotels, and obtaining grants and variations from Westminster’s licensing authority. The department is headed by ‘the vastly experienced and well-connected’ Julian Skeens, who recently acted for Nobu Hotel on its license application for a luxury hotel in Shoreditch, and also advised the Ministry of Sound Gym on a new premises license for a gym attached to the iconic London nightclub. Other highlights included advising Manhattan Loft Gardens on a license for a hotel in the Olympic park in Newham, and assisting Blakes Hotel with a variation to its premises license at a contentious hearing, which aimed to enable a renovation and substantial extension of its restaurant and bar.

Leading individuals

Julian Skeens - TLT

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

TLT

TLT’s City-based financial services disputes and investigations team is led by partners Andrew Lyon, whose experience includes professional negligence and fraud claims, product mis-selling claims and bank security issues, and Jake McQuitty, who is a former Barclays Bank head of investigations and enforcement. The team’s main focus is on retail, commercial and wholesale banking litigation and investigations; it successfully acted for Lloyds Banking Group in a high-profile case, which related to allegations of failing to provide advice to the borrower. Emily Benson heads the financial services regulation team and is a former senior member of FSA Enforcement; other key London partners include Russell Kelsall and Peter Richards-Gaskin.

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 4

Kerry Gwyther - TLT

TLT’s Kerry Gwyther is ‘excellent, attentive and grasps the crux of matters quickly; he also works tirelessly with parties to reach settlement’. Gwyther’s specialist areas are contractual disputes; issues involving directors, shareholders and partnerships; franchising; medical and professional negligence; and high-value inheritance claims.

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London: Human resources

Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

TLT (Bristol)

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

TLT (Bristol)

TLT’s national practice ‘demonstrates a depth of knowledge normally only found in larger competitors’. It is headed by the ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Sasha Butterworth, who has experience acting for employers and trustees on a broad range of matters, including scheme mergers and outsourcing issues. On the contentious side, Ed Fiddick has been representing the trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefit Scheme in Part 8 proceedings brought against a number of defendants (including the employer) before the High Court and Court of Appeal. The team includes Chris Owen, who regularly handles high-value claims, and James Dean.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT is ‘excellent for banking-related professional negligence’ disputes and handles claims against financial advisers, accountants, insurance brokers, claims handlers, tax mitigation advisers, and law firms, and also defends claims against valuer subsidiaries of its banking clients. It acted for a major clearing bank in a professional negligence claim against a property valuer pertaining to the valuation of a care home. RBS, Nationwide Building Society, Paratus AMC, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and Santander are clients. Andrew Lyon has ‘a fantastic claimant practice’ and Peter Richards-Gaskin, who ‘builds an excellent rapport with clients and can lead a team in the most complex disputes’, is defending a number of large lenders against high-value claims. Recently promoted legal director Nick Curling, and associate Claire Kershaw, who is an ‘astute lawyer who is totally dedicated to the client’s cause’, are also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation
Leading individuals

Jason Juden - TLT

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 3

TLT

TLT’s ‘genuinely excellent’ team provides ‘a high level of service, accurate advice and good commercial acumen’. Paul Butterworth heads the department, which also includes key names Linda Convery and Gillian Bastow, who specialise in social housing developments and housing-led regeneration projects respectively. Associate Shazia Bashir, who ‘has an excellent reputation in the industry with an attention to detail and diligence that should be applauded’, is also noted. Convery is leading advice to Swan Housing on the regeneration of a housing estate in Tower Hamlets, which will ultimately provide 1575 housing units. Bastow’s recent highlights include acting for One Housing on a high-value redevelopment project using the land surrounding King’s Cross station, which will include 400 affordable housing units, and assisting London & Quadrant with the redevelopment of a former council estate in Southwark. The Guinness Partnership, Peabody Trust, Notting Hill Housing Trust and Network Homes are also clients.

Leading individuals

Gillian Bastow - TLT

Linda Convery - TLT

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT advises high tech start-ups and international brand owners on the full range of trade mark issues and domain name registrations. James Touzel and Nick Fenner are recommended. Touzel recently advised a financial services company on advertising issues relating to its social media campaign.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

TLT (Manchester, Bristol)

TLT advises a number of high-profile domestic and international franchise mandates. The highly recommended Perran Jervis is advising WHSmith on its nationwide roll-out of a new convenience store using franchising model as a way of expansion, and is assisting with obtaining accreditation from the British Franchise Association. Bill Hull is advising a major supermarket chain on a franchising and wholesale agreement with a large petrol station owner and operator, and Manchester-based Pauline Cowie recently assisted a luxury childrenswear brand and a British household retailer on their expansion in Europe. Merlin Entertainments, Jane Norman International and Peacocks Stores are also clients. All individuals mentioned above are based in Bristol unless stated otherwise.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

TLT

TLT’s practice is headed James Touzel, who recently advised C. & J. Clark on an e-commerce platform with Accenture. Daniel Lloyd, who is able to draw on his previous experience in-house with BT, and associate Juliet Mason, who specialises in IT transactions, are also noted. Sainsbury’s, the Metropolitan Police Service and Merlin Entertainments are also clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT’s team covers a wide range of IP issues for clients including include Barclays and Merlin Entertainments. Practice head Nick Fenner has particular expertise in technology disputes. Daniel Lloyd joined the firm in 2016 from an in-house position with BT. Recent highlights include advising BGL on Compare the Market and its related brands, as well representing BT Sport in a dispute pertaining to the broadcasting of its TV channel without a license.

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