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London: Corporate and commercial

Within Financial services, tier 5

TLT’s team head Clare Hughes has ‘in-depth knowledge of consumer credit issues and the residential mortgage market sphere'.

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London: Dispute resolution

Within Banking litigation: investment and retail, tier 6

TLT focuses on corporate and investment banking litigation, including advising Indian banks and acting on mis-selling matters. Richard Clayton and Clare Hughes are recommended.

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London: Finance

Within Corporate restructuring and insolvency,

Also recommended are team head Louise Verrill at Brown Rudnick LLP, who recently advised the upper tier 2 and preference share retail holders of The Co-operative Bank on its restructuring; John Verrill at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, for insolvency litigation; Collyer Bristow LLP’s Steven Heffer and Jeff Roberts, who act for a growing number of investors, in addition to IPs; team head Richard Baines at Druces LLP, who is ‘highly experienced and thorough'; Edwin Coe LLP’s team head Ali Zaidi, who is particularly accomplished in fraud-related cases; the ‘very knowledgeable' David Fletcher and Michael Arnott at Farrer & Co; ‘knowledgeable, efficient and hardworking' senior associate Sian Robertson at Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP; Vernon Dennis, who heads the team at Howard Kennedy and has a focus on mid-market domestic mandates for IPs; the ‘very practical and personable' David Grant at Locke Lord LLP; the newly merged Penningtons Manches LLP, which has a focus on restructuring within its key sectors of retail, science and technology, and property; and TLT, which advises banks and IPs from its London and Bristol offices.

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Within Emerging markets, tier 4

TLT ‘offers Indian banks good value for money' on mid-market deals. Richard McBride is ‘on top of all deals and brings Magic Circle quality to the table'. He recently advised Bank of Baroda and Bank of India on a $50m refinancing.

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London: Human resources

Within Pensions, TLT is a third tier firm,

TLT has ‘increasing depth and experience' and ‘stands out well in the market'. In particular, Sasha Butterworth has ‘outstanding knowledge and experience'; James Dean is ‘enthusiastic, rigorous, personable and pragmatic'; and Richard Leigh is ‘very helpful'. The expanding client base includes MITIE Group, Trustees of the UPS Pension and Life Assurance Plan, The Co-operative Group, and Trustees of the Fujitsu Technology Solutions International Plan. Contentious work includes rectification and professional negligence claims.

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London: Insurance

Within Professional negligence, tier 6

TLT’s ‘commercially driven' team has ‘genuine strength in depth', and is ‘particularly strong in the financial services arena'. Clients include Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and RBS. Team head Andrew Lyon has ‘formidable industry knowledge'. Also recommended is Richard Waller, who is based in the firm’s London and Bristol offices.

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London: Real estate

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

TLT handles high-value, complex regeneration projects for registered providers and local authorities. Kate Silverman heads the London team, with Bristol-based Paul Butterworth leading the practice nationally. Silverman acted for Peabody Trust on its acquisition of an island site on the Thames. Panel wins included Catalyst Housing Group and London & Quadrant.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Brand management, tier 5

TLT’s Nick Fenner has been advising clients such as Bonmarché and Delos Living on trade mark portfolio management and brand protection matters. IP partner James Touzel, in Bristol, is ‘very commercial'.

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Within Franchising, TLT is a second tier firm,

Bill Hull’s team at TLT is experienced in franchise agreements and disputes between franchisors and franchisees, and has specialist expertise in the automotive sector. Key clients include Isuzu UK, WHSmith and Peacocks Stores.

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London: Transport

Within Shipping, tier 5

TLT’s ‘excellent practice' is led by the ‘brilliant' Duncan Bateson. Clients include Bank of Baroda, Global Marine Systems and Global Ship Lease. Jeremy J Thomas and Nigel Willson are recommended.

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