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TLT

20 GRESHAM STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7JE, ENGLAND
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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

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

TLT

TLT has a sizeable team which is spread across six offices UK-wide. Led by Perran Jervis, it acts for UK and international FTSE 100 and FTSE 250-listed corporates, public sector organisations and high-growth companies. Recent highlights included Jervis advising Sainsbury's on a franchising agreement with a national chain of petrol station forecourt convenience stores. In addition to its work in the retail industry, the group's other areas of industry expertise are consumer goods, energy and renewables, financial services, leisure and the public sector. The firm is one of only 12 in the UK to be on the Government's Crown Commercial Services tier one legal panel. Its other notable clients include French Connection, learndirect, Dyson and Elavon Financial Services. Alison Deighton, Daniel Lloyd, Stuart Campbell and Nick Fenner are recommended individuals. Associate Alex Williamson is another name to note.

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

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Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 4

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Jointly headed by Russell Kelsall ('has a wealth of knowledge in the industry') and Noline Matemera, TLT provides 'timely and very appropriate advice' to a range of retail financial services clients across the regulatory concerns affecting their businesses including as it relates to MiFID ii and PSD 2. Kelsall is particularly knowledgeable on consumer credit, retail mortgages and payment services matters; he has provided the regulatory input on numerous transactional matters for Cabot Credit Management including advising it on the regulatory due diligence associated with its acquisition of Wescot Credit Services. Former head Emily Benson  joined Keystone Law in August 2017 and former head of investigations and enforcement Jake McQuitty joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in October 2017. Clients include RBS, Santander and Lloyds.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

TLT

‚ÄėProfessional, helpful and responsive‚Äô TLT¬†advises on a broad range of civil fraud matters. The firm is acting for a consortium of Indian banks with regards to the registration of an Indian Judgment in England and Wales against Dr Vijay Mallya, it has also obtained a freezing order against Mallya for ¬£1.15b. Clients include Lloyds Banking Group, Santander, Titlesolv, State Bank of India and RBS. Key practitioner Russell Kelsall¬†is ‚Äėan excellent communicator, who gets the message across to the client in an immediately comprehensible way‚Äô. Richard Hayllar¬†has ‚Äėexcellent engagement skills with clients' and is ‚Äėpragmatic and very knowledgeable‚Äô. Emily Benson¬†left the firm for Keystone Law¬†and Jake McQuitty¬†left the firm for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

TLT

TLT's¬† ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team provides ‚Äėsuccinct and strategic service with great outcomes and good value,‚Äô advising on bespoke licensing for a vast array of nightclubs, restaurants and hotels, and obtaining grants and variations from Westminster‚Äôs licensing authority. The department is headed by Julian Skeens, who is ‚Äėa doyen of licensing‚Äô. He recently acted on securing a new premises licence for the ¬£300m Manhattan Loft Gardens project in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and advised the Blakes Hotel on a mediation meeting following complaints and threats of a review of a premises licence.¬†Luke Elford¬†is a ‚Äėhardworking, street-wise up-and-coming licensing lawyer‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Julian Skeens - TLT

Next generation lawyers

Luke Elford - TLT

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London: Dispute resolution

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

TLT

TLT 'has a major banking and financial services litigation practice'. The City-based financial services disputes and investigations team is led by Andrew Lyon; the team’s main focus is on retail, commercial and wholesale banking litigation and investigations. Paul Gair led advice to a consortium of 13 Indian banks in relation to the registration of a high-value Indian judgment in England & Wales against Dr Vijay Mall`ya, who owns the Force India F1 team. Other recommended advisers are Russell Kelsall, who has a particular focus on consumer credit, regulated mortgages, payment services and savings; Peter Richards-Gaskin, who heads the London professional negligence team; and Michael Isaacs, who joined in 2018 and was previously the national banking litigation at Pinsent Masons. Former investigations and enforcement head Jake McQuitty left for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and former financial services regulatory head Emily Benson joined Keystone Law.

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 3

Kerry Gwyther - TLT

TLT's Kerry Gwyther leads the firm's group of eight solicitor-mediators; he 'gets to the crux of the matter and works relentlessly to get the parties to reach a satisfactory conclusion'. His specialist areas are breach of warranties, indemnities and misrepresentation; directors, shareholder and partnerships; franchising; medical and professional negligence; and high-value inheritance claims.

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London: Finance

Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

TLT

TLT provides advisory, transactional and disputes services for clients across in the financial services, energy, renewables, housing, leisure, TMT public, retail and consumer goods sectors. In the emerging markets, it has a close association with several Indian banks and the London office is frequently involved in finance transactions in the region. The firm has almost 30 years' experience in the Indian market, where its finance work includes the structuring of bilateral, club and syndicated transactions, guarantees, security, priority and subordination issues, and cross-border issues including asset finance. Restructuring and insolvency partner Peter Carney in the firm's Bristol office, and Paul Gair in London are the key partners. The practice recently acted for State Bank of India as lenders agent for a consortium of 13 Indian banks, in matters arising from loans to a prominent Indian businessman, and acted for Bank of Baroda in two loan facilities with a combined value of $25m.

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London: Human resources

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

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Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

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Sasha Butterworth leads the pensions and incentives team at TLT, which advises trustees and employers across asset-backed funding arrangements, restructurings, buy-ins and litigation. Butterworth's work includes outsourcing issues, risk reduction work and scheme mergers, and associate Chris Crighton advised an industry-wide pension scheme on its proposed closure to future accrual and assisted the UK branch of an international bank on funding arrangements for its DB pension scheme. Ed Fiddick, newly promoted partner Victoria Mabbett and Chris Owen are the key names for contentious mandates; Mabbett recently represented the trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme in a Part 8 claim.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT’s London-based claimant lender professional negligence practice works closely with the firm's Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast offices. Team head Andrew Lyon advised a property developer in a £2m claim against a solicitor for failure to advise on the correct date by which a notice had to be served under a conditional contract and for failing to serve said notice by the correct date. Lyon also defended a major UK clearing bank against a £1m negligence claim for breach of duty of care. Peter Richards-Gaskin represented an Irish bank in a claim against solicitors for failing to ensure the bank obtained adequate security. Richards-Gaskin and Lyon also defended Coutts & Co and RBS in a £6m group action relating to the banks' involvement in lending money to well-known ex-professional sportsmen to invest in a Spanish property scheme. Legal director Nick Curling and associate Claire Kershaw are also noted.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT¬†has ‚Äėa good reputation in this field‚Äô and is led by the ‚Äėgood all-round experience‚Äô of Jason Juden. Clients include Native Land, Battersea Power Station Development and UCL. Juden recently acted for WH Smith in a high-value water damage claim and also represented clients Blue Diamond Investment and Stegasis Investment in injunction proceedings related to the ownership of two central London properties. Juden has considerable experience in professional negligence claims, restrictive covenants, rent review arbitrations, possession recovery, rights of light and CVAs.

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

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Split between the firm’s London and Bristol offices, TLT’s social housing group handles land acquisitions and major regeneration schemes for some of the nation’s best-known housing associations. In one example of the team’s involvement in high-profile regeneration work, Gillian Bastow advised L&Q on agreements for the development and transfer of 550 affordable units in the Elephant Park project at Elephant and Castle. Linda Convery assisted Network Homes with the £30m acquisition of a site for the development of 400 homes and a commercial space. Legal director Hugh James acted for a London borough in relation to the acquisition of a housing development including shared-ownership and affordable units, and associate Shazia Bashir advised a housing association joint venture on a £14m acquisition of affordable units from Countryside Properties. Paul Butterworth joined Ashfords LLP in September 2018.

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

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TLT  advises retail, financial and technology sector clients on a range of trade mark issues and domain name registration oppositions. London based Nick Fenner  regularly works with tech start-ups, James Touzel advises Compare the Market on cross-border trademark portfolio management, and Graeme Orchison  is acting for Matalan Ltd in an appeal from the UKIPO  against a well-known retail competitor.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

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Operating from its Manchester and Bristol offices,TLT 's client roster includes a number of big names including Sainsbury's, WHSmith and Merlin Entertainments. Manchester-based Pauline Cowie leads the franchising team and is an expert in advising on transactions. Notable work highlights of hers included advising  Co-operative on its wholesale supply agreement with Costcutter. Bristol-based Perran Jervis  leads the broader commercial team and recently advised Conviviality, which is the owner and the operator of the Bargain Booze brand, on its acquisition of Central Convenience stores.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

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Praised for being 'engaged and fully aware of the business context' TLT's IT team handles commercial, transactional and contentious matters.The group is instructed by companies including J Sainsbury's, Telegraph Media Group, ARRIS International and data centre developer 5NINES. Key figures include Daniel Lloyd, who heads the team in London, and James Touzel, who heads the national practice; both are described as 'real subject matter experts who are completely on top of technical developments in the IT world'. The 'hugely dedicate' associate  Juliet Mason is also singled out.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

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TLT's intellectual property team handles contentious and non-contentious matters for well-known brands. The group handles trade mark matters for Compare The Market globally, including monitoring and responding to online infringements. Practice head Nick Fenner is leading a team advising digital-only bank Starling Bank on management of its portfolio and IP issues associated with new product launches. The group also acts for Provexis plc on patent protection and on collaborations and licensing arrangements, including with BYHealth in China. TUI Travel, BT Sport and digital agency Cogora are all clients.

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