The Legal 500

Pinsent Masons LLP

3 HARDMAN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 3AU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 234 8234
Fax:
Fax 0161 234 8235
DX:
14490 MANCHESTER 2
Email:
Web:
www.pinsentmasons.com

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘top-quality’ and ‘proactive’ department delivers ‘tremendous personal service with excellent response times’. The ‘brilliantGregg Davison heads the ‘outstanding’ private equity team and led ECI Partners and its management team on the sale of the Fourth Hospitality Group to Insight Partners, and advised a number of individuals, including management, and Livingbridge on the sale of 80% of the share capital of Inov-8 to Descente. Manchester office head Helen Ridge and newly promoted partner Andrew Phillips ‘epitomise professionalism in their field’. Ridge advised a prominent manufacturing group on a €405m disposal. Phillips led Palatine Private Equity on its investment in the WHP group. Senior associate Amie Norris is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gregg Davison - Pinsent Masons LLP

Helen Ridge - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

The ‘knowledgeable and professional’ department at Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘able to provide quality advice in a timely fashion, with an understanding of the business context’. Clients include William Hill, Speedy Hire, Halfords Group and Greene King. Lynette Jacobs heads the team, which includes senior associate Steven Porter and chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser Heather Self.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

At Pinsent Masons LLP, department head Julian Diaz-Rainey is considered to be ‘one of the biggest names in litigation outside London’. Key clients include Manchester City Football Club, Triple S Sport and Entertainment Group, Clydesdale Bank, Balfour Beatty and Northumbria University. Senior associates Andrew Mitchell and Jo Seed, and associate Michael Hannon are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Julian Diaz-Rainey - Pinsent Masons LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP is experienced across real estate finance, corporate lending and leveraged finance, and has a growing practice in asset based lending. It advised a club of four banks on the £500m refinancing of 19 warehouse and distribution centres for Tritax Big Box REIT. RBS, HSBC, Barclays Bank, The Co-operative Bank and M&G Investments are also clients. Team head Matthew Morganenjoys a fantastic reputation’ and is ‘very astute’, and Samantha Rollason is ‘extremely hardworking’. Debra Cooper joined Squire Patton Boggs in January 2016.

Leading individuals

Matthew Morgan Pinsent Masons LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Led by recently promoted partner James Cameron, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘sound, commercial advice’. It advised William Sinclair Holdings on the pre-pack sale of its horticulture business to Westland Horticulture for £13.5m, and continued to advise Deloitte as administrators to Bank Fashion. Senior associate Louise Kappes is also noted. Jamie White recently retired.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for household names such as Weetabix, Müller (Dairy) UK and Costain. Senior associate Ian Deakin is ‘sensible and commercial’.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Kevin Bridges is ‘an incisive tactician with a first-rate knowledge and client-care skills that are second to none’. Senior associate Zoe Betts is ‘industrious and provides robust and practical advice’.

Leading individuals

Kevin Bridges - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘full of outstanding individuals’, including the ‘very knowledgeableStephen Scholefield, who leads the team and ‘explains really complex and technical issues in layman’s terms’; and Pippa Read. The ‘commercially aware’ team advises clients including Balfour Beatty Pension Fund and Rentokil Initial.

Leading individuals

Stephen Scholefield - Pinsent Masons LLP

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on a range of domestic and international energy projects. Highlights included advising Watt Power on the procurement of two newbuild gas plants, and acting for NNB Generation Company on the procurement of Hinkley Point C. The team is headed by Graham Alty and Mark Job (who is ‘very good at negotiating complex issues’), and includes the ‘excellentScot Morrison.

Leading individuals

Graham Alty - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP advised the EPC contractor on a $1.7bn railway project in Ethiopia, and acted for the Cayman Islands government on the structuring of new procurement models for its infrastructure investments. Graham Alty, Scot Morrison and Mark Job are all recommended. Chris Hallam joined Nabarro LLP in March 2016.

Leading individuals

Scot Morrison - Pinsent Masons LLP

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North West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘first-rate’ team acts for major universities, contractors, landowners and developers on high-profile projects in the education sector. The ‘unflappable, hardworking and extremely knowledgeableMichael Pocock has particular skill in campus developments and student accommodation fields.

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Health
Leading individuals

Michael Pocock - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP regularly acts in high-value and complex projects and is currently advising the London Borough of Wandsworth on a joint venture to develop a landmark regeneration scheme on a large piece of land adjacent to Clapham Junction station. Scot Morrison is known for his skill at structuring public sector joint venture vehicles and partnerships with local authorities and other government bodies.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘outstandingMike Edge leads the team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which delivers ‘sound legal advice’. It advised St Modwen Developments on the sale of new facilities in Liverpool and Stoke to GM Investment Trustees and on the acquisition of Kirkby Shopping Centre and surrounding land. It also acted for Ardstone Regional Office Fund on the acquisition of Pall Mall Court, Manchester. Rachel Pitman is ‘speedy with her responses, commercially minded, and can explain all the complexities in simplistic terms’. Senior associates Dan Hargreaves and Phillip Birchall are also recommended. Helen Robinson joined from Eversheds LLP and Ann Draper joined from Hempsons. Jim Purves left to join Hill Dickinson LLP in May 2015.

Leading individuals

Mike Edge - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

The ‘strength in depth’ at Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘simply unrivalled’. The team, which is praised for its ‘strong sector knowledge and commercial awareness’, advised NNB Generation Company on the £18bn procurement of Hinkley Point C, and advised York Potash on the design and construction of a £1.7bn potash mine in North Yorkshire. The ‘first-rate’ Graham Alty leads the transactional construction and projects team, while Michael Hopkins (who attracts praise for his ‘sound knowledge of construction law’) leads the contentious practice. Anthony Bradley’s ‘advice is focused and is always on point’. Mark Job is also recommended. Chris Hallam joined Nabarro LLP in March 2016.

Leading individuals

Graham Alty - Pinsent Masons LLP

Michael Hopkins - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is headed by the ‘exceptional’ Mike Pocock, who is ‘hugely experienced in planning matters’ and led London Borough of Croydon on a judicial review regarding the redevelopment of a shopping centre. Legal director Claire Gregory is an ‘expert’ and heads the environmental team. Associate Alison Messenger specialises in contentious environmental work and joined from Eversheds LLP in November 2015.

Leading individuals

Mike Pocock - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

At Pinsent Masons LLP, the ‘brilliantNicola Buchanan and senior associate Stuart McCann act for national clients including Aldi Stores, Balfour Beatty Group, The University of Manchester and Aviva Group.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Samantha Livesey leads the team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which has considerable expertise in IT, digital and data protection issues. It has also been involved in a considerable number of major technology transactions and has particular expertise in the sport, retail and consumer brands sectors. Clients include Manchester Airport Group and William Hill.

Leading individuals

Samantha Livesey - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s diverse practice has particular expertise in IP litigation, patent opposition and data protection advisory work. Monster Energy (Europe), The Jockey Club, Silentnight Group, Regatta and LiverpoolOne are clients. Samantha Livesey leads the team, which is also well regarded for its digital and online work.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Julian Diaz-Rainey acts for major football clubs, sporting bodies and leading individuals on a broad range of issues from contractual disputes, disciplinary proceedings to sponsorship agreements. Samantha Livesey is also singled out for praise for her experience in sports law and equine matters.

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