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London: Corporate and commercial

Within Financial services, tier 5

The ‘first-class’ team at TLT LLP displays ‘tremendous gravitas’ across the spectrum of regulatory concerns affecting retail financial services clients. Team head Clare Hughes has ‘comprehensive knowledge’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Within Banking litigation: investment and retail, tier 5

Working closely with the firm’s Bristol-based team, TLT LLP’s London practice is led by Richard Clayton. It focuses on corporate and investment banking litigation, with growing areas including advice to Indian banks and pensions mis-selling matters. Clare Hughes heads the financial services regulation team.

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London: Finance

Within Asset finance and leasing, tier 6

TLT LLP has a good reputation for its work in the superyacht sector.

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Within Corporate restructuring and insolvency,

Also recommended are ‘brilliant operator’ Joss Hargrave at Bird & Bird LLP; Brown Rudnick LLP’s team head Louise Verrill; the ‘excellentJohn Verrill at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, in particular for insolvency litigation; Collyer Bristow LLP’s Steven Heffer and Jeff Roberts, who have ‘great depth of knowledge and experience in restructuring matters’; the ‘knowledgeable and pragmaticRichard Baines, who leads a ‘compact and effective team’ at Druces LLP; ‘thorough and tenacious’ team head Ali Zaidi at Edwin Coe LLP; Michael Arnott and David Fletcher at Farrer & Co, who are praised for their ‘diplomacy and ability to find consensual solutions’; the ‘excellentEmma Menzies, who heads a ‘practical and commercial’ team at Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP; Vernon Dennis, whose team at HowardKennedyFsipunches above its weight’ and is particularly active in the real estate sector; ‘thoughtful’ and ‘impressive’ team head David Grant at Locke Lord LLP; Manches LLP’s team head Alex Fox; the ‘brainy and tactical’ Jonathan Wheeler at Morrison & Foerster LLP; and the ‘approachable and customer-focused’ team at TLT LLP.

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London: Human resources

Within Pensions, tier 6

Also new to the ranking, TLT LLP’s growing practice is on an upward trajectory; hires include the ‘excellent’ James Dean from Osborne Clarke. The Bristol-based team acts for a number of London and City-headquartered clients, including the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (formerly the Metropolitan Police Authority). Department head Sasha Butterworth and consultant Richard Leigh are ‘extremely skilled, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with’.

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London: Insurance

Within Professional negligence, tier 5

An ‘extremely good claimant firm’, TLT LLP has an ‘outstanding team’ and a ‘forward-thinking approach’. Team head Andrew Lyon is ‘very experienced’ and ‘proactive’. It has recently advised clients such as Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, and Paratus AMC.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Mining and minerals, tier 4

Bristol-based Katherine Evans at TLT LLP has strong experience advising mining companies, building contractors and trade associations on the planning and environmental aspects of domestic projects. Clients include Western United Mines and Mineral Products Association.

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Within Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables), tier 4

TLT LLP’s renewables-focused practice recently advised Triodos Renewables on the acquisition of a wind farm project in Avonmouth, Bristol. Maria Connolly’s team also counts EDF among its clients, and has been advising a variety of stakeholders, including local authorities and housing groups, on the government’s Green Deal initiative.

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London: Real estate

Within Social housing: local authorities and registered providers, tier 4

TLT LLP’s Kate Silverman acted on the establishment of a joint venture between contractor Mulalley and One Housing Group, and continues to advise it on an £80m regeneration scheme for Enfield Council. Silverman now heads the London housing team, following Lynne Murray’s retirement. Paul Butterworth heads the practice nationally.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Brand management, tier 4

TLT LLP handles trade mark portfolio, advertising and sponsorship matters for WHSmith,, Punch Taverns and Parragon Books. Practice head James Touzel is ‘user friendly, and has an incisive grasp of the issues and an impressively sharp intellect’.

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Within Franchising, TLT LLP is a second tier firm,

TLT LLP’s ‘stellar-quality partners’ provide ‘good, professional advice’ and ‘excellent value for money’. The firm has particular expertise in the automotive sector, and recently assisted Daihatsu UK in negotiating its master franchise arrangement with a Japanese manufacturer. Julia Lucas is ‘a superb, client-focused lawyer’, and Matthew Phipps is ‘incredibly well connected and very client friendly’. Practice head Bill Hull is ‘excellent’.

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London: Transport

Within Shipping, tier 5

TLT LLP’s ‘prompt and professional’ department is led by the ‘efficient’ Duncan Bateson. Key clients include Atlas Copco Energas, Coastal Zone Services, ESO Capital, Global Marine Systems and Golden Union. Jeremy J Thomas excels in contentious matters, and Nigel Willson is ‘good at finding quick solutions’.

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