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Pinsent Masons LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Manchester, Pinsent Masons LLP is a first tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP ‘takes an innovative, flexible approach grounded in experience and knowledge'. The practice has a strong reputation for private equity transactions, recently advising shareholders on the sale of CSC to Trimble, and representing Inflexion on a secondary buyout of an online travel company. Corporate head Gregg Davison is ‘an engaging orator and extremely client-focused', recently advising Co-operative Group on the sale of Priory Motor Group to Vertu. Other clients of the practice include Lookers Group, Balfour Beatty and Speedy Hire.

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Within Corporate tax, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP is recommended for contentious matters, with department head Lynette Jacobs noted for her expertise in share incentives, and senior associate Steven Porter also attracting praise. Clients include Allianz Insurance, Speedy Hire, Halfords and William Hill.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Manchester, Pinsent Masons LLP is a third tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Julian Diaz-Rainey‘just gets it, complementing technical expertise with common sense and commerciality'. The team has been advising the trustees of the Jerome Group pension fund in a claim for return of monies subsequent to the liquidation of Rangers FC. Other clients include The Co-operative Group and Manchester City FC.

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North West: Finance

Within Banking and finance, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP ‘quickly gets under the skin of a business to advise on a position that works for all parties'. Matt Morgan recently advised banks on the Bruntwood, European Metal Recycling and Daisy Group refinancings. Samantha Rollason is another key contact. Clients include Santander, Investec Bank and M&G Investments.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP focuses on representing banks, and also recently advised Grant Thornton on the pre-pack sale of Gelert to Sports Direct, and KPMG on the Montgomery Tomlinson administration. Newly promoted partner James Cameron is the key contact.

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North West: Human resources

Within Employment, Pinsent Masons LLP is a third tier firm,

Key clients for the team at Pinsent Masons LLP include Balfour Beatty, National Express and Costain. Neil Black heads the team in Manchester. Simon Horsfield and Sara Sawicki left to join Gunnercooke LLP in February 2014.

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Within Health and safety, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Key clients at Pinsent Masons LLP include Morgan Sindall Group, Seddon Construction and Balfour Beatty. Kevin Bridges has ‘an excellent tactical brain' and associate Zöe Betts is ‘a real rising star'.

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Within Pensions, Pinsent Masons LLP is a first tier firm,

Led by the ‘outstanding' Stephen Scholefield, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP‘consistently delivers' for clients such as Balfour Beatty Pension Fund, Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme and Eurotunnel Pension Schemes. Howard Ridley and Pippa Read are recommended.

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North West: Overview

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Energy, Pinsent Masons LLP is a first tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Chris Hallam has been advising on a number of waste-to-energy projects, while Mark Job is instructed on international nuclear new-build developments.

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Within Project finance and PFI, Pinsent Masons LLP is a first tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP lends its expertise to large-scale national and cross-border projects for clients including Balfour Beatty, EDF Energy and the Ministry of Justice. ‘Bright, pragmatic and commercial' department head Graham Alty is acting for Carillion on a Manchester-based regeneration scheme, and Chris Hallam is advising Keepmoat Regeneration on the Salford social housing PFI development. Mark Job has been handling PPP and nuclear projects.

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North West: Public sector

Within Education, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘proactive team' has ‘excellent industry knowledge', and recently advised The University of Sheffield on the significant development of a new engineering building. Team head Mike Pocock is recommended. Ian Stubbs and Nicola Buchanan were promoted to the partnership.

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Within Local government, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP is recommended for its ‘deep' expertise in regeneration, social housing and waste projects, and advising on alternative service models, and alternative investment models for infrastructure. Clients include Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL) Oldham MBC, Westminster City Council and Kier Project Investment Limited. Celia Cullen heads the team, and Nick Ogden is also recommended.

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North West: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Manchester, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘excellent, very responsive and commercially attuned'. It handles matters across a broad spectrum of industries, for clients including Aldi Stores, HCA, Hotel Future and Langtree Group. Highlights included advising DHL on a pre-let agreement with Manchester Airport Group, and Barwood Developments on arrangements with Halton Borough Council regarding the Venture Fields regeneration scheme. Practice head Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman are recommended.

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Within Construction, Pinsent Masons LLP is a first tier firm,

‘One of the leaders in its field', Pinsent Masons LLP’s team handles national and cross-border construction matters. It represented Doosan Babcock on contracting matters regarding the Gardanne power station in France, and advised both Keepmoat Regeneration on the £450m Pendleton social housing development in Salford, and Carillion on a Manchester regeneration scheme. Graham Alty is very knowledgeable on the transactional side', and Michael Hopkins handles contentious matters. Mark Job also focuses on transactional matters, and Chris Hallam has expertise in energy and infrastructure. Andrew Denton transferred to the London office.

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Within Planning and environment, Pinsent Masons LLP is a third tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘consistently excellent' planning team is led by Mike Pocock. Known for big-ticket mandates, recent work includes advising the University of Sheffield on a judicial review matter regarding a listed building, and Tata Steel on an application to further develop Port Talbot power station. Both Pocock and solicitor Elizabeth Wiseman, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP, are ‘diligent and considered, providing extremely informative advice'. Simon Colvin left for Weightmans LLP in January 2014.

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Within Property litigation, Pinsent Masons LLP is a third tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP’s newly promoted partner Nicola Buchanan and associate Stuart McCann are both ‘very responsive and have an impressive amount of industry knowledge'. New clients include Balfour Beatty, Duff & Phelps and Cheshire East Council.

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North West: TMT

Within Intellectual property, tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP advises clients such as Monster Energy, Luxfer Group and Jack Wills. Samantha Livesey is recommended.

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Within IT and telecoms, Pinsent Masons LLP is a second tier firm,

Pinsent Masons LLP’s expertise includes the development, procurement and licensing of digital platforms, on-line trading, and SAAS licensing, as well as telecoms. Clients include Balfour Beatty, Quinn Group and Cornerstone Infrastructure Telecommunications. Samantha Livesey heads the team.

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