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London: Corporate and commercial

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


At TLT, team head Emily Benson focuses on regulatory work in the retail financial services sector.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

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 experienced the departures of former financial services regulation head Clare Hughes to Eversheds LLP, and Richard Clayton to Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Andrew Lyon is recommended for financial mis-selling matters, and Emily Benson is noted for contentious Financial Conduct Authority regulation.

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Mediators - ranked: tier 4

Kerry Gwyther - TLT

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London: Human resources

Pensions: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

TLT Bristol

With offices in all three UK jurisdictions, TLT provides comprehensive pension coverage. It is ‘far superior and more attuned to the pressures facing today’s trustees’; clients have moved across from competitors due to the firm’s ‘plain language and commercial knowledge’. Standout individuals include the ‘worth her weight in gold’ Sasha Butterworth, and James Dean, who ‘provides comprehensive information and advice’. Clients include The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, The Co-operative Group, and Trustees of the UPS Pension and Life Assurance Plan.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6


With ‘in-depth financial services expertise’, TLTprovides clear and commercially appropriate legal advice’. Led by the ‘astute’ Andrew Lyon, clients include Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays Bank and UKAR. ‘Commercially tough and emotionally intelligent’ rising star Peter Richards-Gaskin was promoted to partner in May 2014. Working from the firm’s London and Bristol offices, Richard Waller is also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 4


Lewis Silkin LLP has an excellent track record in major redevelopment programmes and regeneration schemes. Highlights included advising key client Peabody on the property and tax aspects of its £150m mixed-use regeneration of the former University College London Archway Campus site. The firm’s enviable client following includes 13 of the G15 housing associations and names such as Octavia Housing and Housing Solutions Group. Linda Convery and Gillian Bastow moved to TLT.

The ‘proactive and thorough’ team at TLT is noted for its ‘excellent industry knowledge’. The firm advised The Guinness Partnership on its phased acquisition of over 250 affordable housing units in Kent. Other clients include One Housing Group and Peabody. Kate Silverman heads the team.Derek Moore and associate Andrew Shaw are also recommended. Linda Convery and Gillian Bastow joined from Lewis Silkin LLP

Leading individuals

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5


The ‘excellentTLT manages BGL Group’s trade mark portfolio, which includes and Other clients include Merlin Entertainments Group (the owners of Madame Tussauds), and WHSmith, which it has advised on a number of international matters. The ‘efficient’ Nick Fenner heads the practice.

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Franchising - ranked: tier 2

TLT Manchester, Bristol

TLT has particular expertise in international franchise agreements in the Middle East, and is also noted for its ‘extensive experience’ in the automotive and retail sectors. Perran Jervis and Bill Hull are the key contacts, while associate Iain Taylor is a further name to note. Well-regarded franchising practitioner Pauline Cowie joined the firm’s Manchester office from Millbank Edge LLP in June 2015.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 5


TLT acts for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and assists oil industry software company KBC Advanced Technologies with arrangements for the distribution and licensing of its products. James Touzel leads the team.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5


TLT’s clients include Simon Harrison Jewellery, Provexis and gaming machine Budget Insurance. The technology sector is a particular area of expertise for Nich Fenner’s team.

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London: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 5


TLT is noted for its dry shipping and super-yachts expertise. Department head Duncan Bateson is ‘experienced’, and Nigel Willson is also recommended.

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