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Pinsent Masons LLP

3 HARDMAN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 3AU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 234 8234
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Fax 0161 234 8235
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14490 MANCHESTER 2
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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 enjoys a β€˜strong presence in the market’ and is highly rated for its M&A and equity capital markets expertise, as well as for its β€˜private equity prowess’. The practice’s sector-focused approach enables it to attract high-profile mandates in the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, life sciences, retail, real estate and financial services sectors. Gregg Davison (who is praised for his β€˜wealth of expertise’) heads the firm’s international private equity practice and led advice for Metronet on the Β£47.8m acquisition of M247 Ltd, and advised Co-operative Group on the Β£43m sale of its crematoria businesses to Dignity. In an illustration of its cross-border capability, Manchester office head Helen Ridge led the team advising UDG Healthcare on the €407.5m disposal of its pharmaceutical supply chain services division in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the MASTA travel clinic business in the UK, to McKesson. Ridge also acted for the same client on its Β£84m acquisition of STEM Marketing and advised Equistone on its MBO of Apogee Group. AMEC Foster Wheeler, Livingbridge Equity Partners LLP and LDC are also clients. Andrew Phillips joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March 2017, while the team welcomed private equity specialist Kieran Toal from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2017. Senior associates Amie Norris and Alasdair Weir are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gregg Davison - Pinsent Masons LLP

Helen Ridge - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alasdair Weir - Pinsent Masons LLP

Amie Norris - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP fields a β€˜very strong corporate tax department’ that houses β€˜expert advisers’. It handles direct and indirect tax matters, tax advisory mandates, share plans and incentives, and is β€˜able to add an extra edge to its tax advice’ by drawing on its β€˜first-class’ tax-litigation expertise, which covers a range of issues such as residency cases and VAT disputes. Highlights included providing incentives advice to AMC on its $1bn acquisition of Odeon and UCI from Terra Firma. Other clients include William Hill, Tullow Oil and Teva Pharmaceuticals, and the team advises Imperial Brands on its share plans globally. Recently promoted partner Steven Porter has a β€˜first-class litigation practice’ and β€˜has an extremely good all-round knowledge of tax, and applies this extremely well in practice’. Porter is leading on a series of Judicial Review challenges brought by taxpayers against HMRC's decision to issue them with payment notices as a result of their prior involvement in tax avoidance schemes. Team head Lynette Jacobs has β€˜in-depth experience’ and advises on employee share plans. The β€˜brilliant’ Heather Self is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser, and a CEDR-accredited mediator.

Leading individuals

Lynette Jacobs - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Steven Porter - Pinsent Masons LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

According to clients, Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜technically excellent’ team is β€˜the full package; it has great litigators who are commercially minded, efficient and personable’. It handles a broad spectrum of commercial litigation cases, often with a cross-border element. It is particularly noted for its expertise in sports, media and entertainment litigation, as well as regulatory disputes. Highlights included acting for Allied Irish Bank (AIB) in multimillion-pound proceedings brought by an individual alleging AIB was not entitled to repayment of sums loaned and secured against properties and that AIB fraudulently signed documents. It is also representing The Green Home Company (South) as one of twelve claimants in a multi-party claim against the now-defunct Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) relating to a proposal by the DECC to reduce feed-in tariffs within the solar power industry. Manchester City Football Club & City Football Group, Everton Football Club and Balfour Beatty are also clients. Department head Julian Diaz-Rainey is a β€˜superb lawyer, strategist, and commands a very strong team’. He is ably assisted by senior associates Andrew Mitchell (who is a β€˜very savvy commercial litigator with good instincts’) and Jo Seed, who is β€˜a very safe pair of hands’ and β€˜just the kind of person you want assisting you in large-scale and complex litigation’. Associate Michael Hannon is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Julian Diaz-Rainey - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Mitchell - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jo Seed - 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’s β€˜excellent banking and finance department’ advises on a range of real estate finance, corporate lending, acquisition finance and asset based lending instructions. The lender-focused practice acts for a range of clearing banks and leverages its national and international network of offices to advise on cross-border transactions. Team head Matthew Morgan (who is β€˜well-respected in the North West legal market’) led advice for Select Property Group on the Β£169m development financing of three student accommodation schemes in Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle, which involved a Β£108m senior debt facility provided by Lloyds Bank and Wells Fargo, and Β£61m in junior debt provided by Pramerica. The team also advised a group of seven lenders on the Β£310m financing of The Hut Group, and assisted Equistone Partners Europe with the financing of its acquisition of Apogee Group which, which involved Β£95m of debt facilities provided by Alcentra and RBS. Investec Bank, Speedy Hire and Select Property Group are also clients. Other key figures include Samantha Rollason, who advises on real estate restructuring matters and is experienced in education finance; and senior associate Tim Fearn, who specialises in corporate financings, acquisition finance and asset based lending.

Leading individuals

Matthew Morgan - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tim Fearn - Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

The β€˜first-rate’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP operates as part of the firm’s national team and advises on contentious and non-contentious matters for banks, asset based lenders, insolvency practitioners, corporates, directors, turnaround practitioners, private equity houses, distressed investors, pension trustees and clients in the public sector. The Manchester team is particularly noted for its expertise in the pensions sector; key mandates included advising Hilco Retail Services on a consultancy agreement with Duff & Phelps, the administrators of BHS. It is also advising FRP Advisory as administrators of Dean House, a supplier of fitted kitchens and bedrooms under the Betta Living brand, and advised DM Opco on its initial acquisition of New Earth's business and assets out of administration, which involved complex bond and EA permit issues, and new facilities from The Co-operative Bank. James Cameron is β€˜a strong all-rounder; he is responsive and adopts a commercial approach’, and is noted for his experience in pensions restructurings. The team was also instructed by the board of Somerfield to advise on its disposal by the Co-operative Group to Hilco. Senior associate Louise Kappes and associate Daniella Thompson are also recommended.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

At Pinsent Masons LLP, team head Neil Black handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters with particular experience in TUPE issues, reorganisations, collective redundancies and strategic HR advice. Financial services, energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and universities are all key areas of expertise. Its blue chip-client base includes household names such as MΓΌller Dairy (UK), Weetabix, Arqiva and British Engineering Services Limited. Ian Deakin is now at Browne Jacobson LLP.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is β€˜very practical, responsive and proactive and has real experience of how to manage incidents and investigations’. The β€˜immensely experienced’ Kevin Bridges β€˜truly understands what corporate clients need at the highest level’; he leads a β€˜very strong team’ that has real strength in depth with some β€˜very capable associates’. Recommended individuals include β€˜very thorough’ senior associate Zoe Betts, and associates Emma Evans (β€˜very knowledgeable’) and Gareth McManus. The retail, construction, energy, manufacturing, financial services and care homes sectors are all key areas of strength for the team, which is handling eight fatal accident cases in addition to other matters such as a corporate manslaughter investigation and matters arising out of the high-profile Crossrail construction project in London.

Leading individuals

Kevin Bridges - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Zoe Betts - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP β€˜combines excellent technical pension knowledge with genuine litigation experience’. The β€˜pragmatic and responsive’ Stephen Scholefield heads the team, which includes senior associate Hayley Goldstone, who is β€˜tenacious and determined to get a good result for her clients’; the β€˜extremely well-respected’ Pippa Read, who advises employers and trustees; senior associate Robert Tellwright, who is β€˜very well thought of’; and associate Helen Connor. Howard Ridley specialises in large buy-ins and outs, scheme changes, corporate support work and various contentious matters in particular Pension Ombudsman complaints. Highlights included advising Balfour Beatty Pension Fund on a wide range of issues, including asset backed funding and security arrangements held via Scottish and English limited partnerships, investment matters including the appointment of a fiduciary manager in a multi-billion mandate, and procedures to simplify the day-to-day operation of the fund. Other clients include Royal Ordnance Pension Schemes and Baxi Group Pension Scheme.

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 has β€˜outstanding knowledge of the industry’ and β€˜an excellent track record in delivering high-value projects’. The team advises on a range of UK and international energy projects for infrastructure, energy, support services, government, real estate, manufacturing and banking-sector clients. The team also has expertise in procurement structures; including incentivisation models, LABVs, contractor finance projects, and energy-from-waste projects. Highlights included advising Watt Power on the procurement of two newbuild gas plants, and acting as part of the national team for York Potash Limited (YPL) on the design and construction of a Β£1.7bn potash mine in North Yorkshire. It is also noted as a β€˜leading firm in supporting nuclear projects’ is advising Sellafield in on more than Β£10bn in projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria. Viridor Laing, Zeus Renewables, PΓΆyry Schweiz, Watt Power, Balfour Beatty, and Laing O'Rourke are also clients. Key figures include β€˜first-rate construction specialist’ Graham Alty, who heads the projects team, and Mark Job, who is the UK head of construction and engineering. Also recommended are Anthony Bradley, who advises on large-scale construction and civil engineering contracts, with a particular focus on legal risk management and dispute resolution; and legal director Ian Fairclough, who is experienced in energy, construction and infrastructure projects.

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)

The β€˜commercially aware’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of UK and international projects spanning the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors for blue-chip companies and public-sector bodies. The team is advising the Ministry of Justice on the Β£1.3bn Prison Estate Transformation Programme, and is assisting Bouygues with several contracts in relation to a Β£1.35bn financed scheme, which includes a contract with the Battersea Power Station project company. It is also advising London Borough of Wandsworth on a joint venture to deliver an innovative and landmark regeneration scheme in Clapham Junction, London. Other clients include Sellafield and the Homes and Communities Agency. Graham Alty heads the projects team; he is ably assisted by Scot Morrison, who has β€˜excellent client skills’ and leads the structured solutions team, and Mark Job, who leads the construction and engineering team. Legal director Ian Fairclough recently joined from Ashurst.

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 has a β€˜knowledgeable and very responsive team that is particularly well equipped to deal with complex and high-value development work and projects’. Michael Pocock is experienced in development, planning and environmental matters, with significant skill in large developments in the university and higher education sectors. The team is advising London Borough of Croydon on a proposed redevelopment of Fair Field Halls into a new cultural and educational hub. It is also advising the University of Sheffield on the expansion of its advanced manufacturing research centre on the outskirts of Sheffield.

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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)

Scot Morrison at Pinsent Masons LLP is well regarded for his experience in structuring public sector joint venture vehicles and partnership structures involving local authorities and other government bodies. The team is currently advising the Homes and Communities Agency on a number of sites throughout England and Wales for the purposes of affordable housing. In another high-value matter it is advising London Borough of Wandsworth on the creation of a joint venture to deliver a landmark regeneration scheme in the Winstanley and York Road Estates, which will deliver new housing, community, leisure and commercial uses on a key London transport hub within a designated housing zone.

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North West: Real estate

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

The β€˜very commercial’ department at Pinsent Masons LLP is noted for its complex and high-value transactional expertise. Department head Mike Edge led advice for Stockport Council on the purchase of Merseyway Shopping Centre, and acted for St Modwen Developments on a development agreement with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, which set out a joint commitment to develop Kirkby Town Centre. Rachel Pitman also advised St Modwen Developments on the Β£2.7m acquisition of a town centre investment block at Moor Lane, Crosby. Phillip Birchall, who was recently promoted to partner, and senior associate Helen Robinson, who specialises in regeneration schemes, are leading advice to ASF European Holdings on a OJEU competitive process to acquire and develop Albert Island, a 25-acre site overlooking London City Airport. Robinson is also advising the Homes and Communities Agency on the development of the former Whittingham Hospital site in Preston. Aldi Stores, Balfour Beatty, DHL and HIMOR Group are also clients. Daniel Hargreaves joined Shoosmiths LLP in 2016.

Leading individuals

Mike Edge - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Helen Robinson - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP fields a β€˜pre-eminent’ that β€˜stands out for its dedication and commitment to the industry’ and attracts praise for its β€˜breadth and depth of experience’. The team, which has β€˜an excellent track record in delivering high-value projects’, handles a range of complex UK and international projects for clients including blue-chip companies and public sector bodies. Its project expertise spans the energy, transport, hotel and leisure, social infrastructure, defence, commercial development and waste management sectors. The team is advising the Cayman Islands government on the structuring of new procurement models for its infrastructure investments, including the design and construction of a $50m access road and infrastructure works in Grand Cayman and a $200m PPP project for a new ferry berthing facility at George Town Port. It is also acting for Connect Plus (M25) in a dispute with Highways England Company. Other clients include Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Electricite de France and Capita Property and Infrastructure. β€˜Construction specialist’ Graham Alty leads the transactional construction and projects team, while Michael Hopkins heads the disputes practice. Anthony Bradley combines β€˜exceptional legal skills with sound judgment and an acute sense of the client’s commercial interests’; he handles large-scale construction and civil engineering contracts, with a particular focus on legal risk management and dispute resolution. Mark Job heads the engineering team and is recommended alongside legal directors Sian Hughes, who is β€˜responsive and reliable’, Katherine Sneddon, who is β€˜very experienced and committed to meeting her client’s needs’, and Ian Fairclough, who joined in 2016 from Ashurst.

Leading individuals

Anthony Bradley - Pinsent Masons LLP

Graham Alty - Pinsent Masons LLP

Mark Job - Pinsent Masons LLP

Michael Hopkins - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ian Fairclough - Pinsent Masons LLP

Katherine Sneddon - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜first-class planning and environment team’ handles a range of development planning, energy and infrastructure projects, as well as contentious and non-contentious matters across the utilities, waste, chemicals and advanced manufacturing sectors. Highlights for the planning team included advising the London Borough of Croydon on the proposed redevelopment of Fair Field Halls in Croydon for residential housing and a new cultural and educational hub; acting for the University of Sheffield on the proposed expansion of its advanced manufacturing research centre on the outskirts of Sheffield; and assisting HIMOR (Carrington) with the redevelopment of the former Shell refinery at Carrington. On the environmental side, the team continues to defend United Utilities in a claim brought by Manchester Ship Canal Company, and is acting for Yorkshire Water in several contentious and regulatory matters. β€˜Exceptional’ team head Mike Pocock stands out for his expertise in highways and compulsory purchase matters. Senior associate Melanie Grimshaw and associate Elizabeth Wiseman are also recommended for planning matters. Legal director Claire Gregory heads the environmental team and has β€˜excellent knowledge’ of contentious and non-contentious waste and water sector matters, as well as handling the environmental aspects of transactions and developments. Alison Messenger left the firm in 2016 for an in-house role.

Leading individuals

Mike Pocock - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elizabeth Wiseman - Pinsent Masons LLP

Melanie Grimshaw - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

The β€˜commercially aware’ and β€˜very experienced’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP delivers β€˜speedy response times’ to investors, developers and occupiers on landlord and tenant disputes and development matters. The agriculture, financial services, housing, development, infrastructure, retail and education sectors are key areas of focus, and it stands out for its specialist experience in areas such as vacant possession strategies, residential tenants' rights and non-domestic business rates. The team is acting for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in securing vacant possession for the redevelopment of the Merseyway Shopping Centre, and is also acting for clients such as Wirral Borough Council and Leeds City Council on vacant possession strategies. Team head Nicola Buchananis experienced in the investment, retail, education and development sectors and is noted for her expertise in housing, mixed-use regeneration schemes and student accommodation projects. Senior associate Stuart McCann β€˜works incredibly hard for the client, and is always ready to go the extra mile’; his experience encompasses the financial services, retail, infrastructure, agriculture and development sectors.

Next generation lawyers

Stuart McCann - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for landowners, residential developers, local authorities, funders, grant givers and contractors on transactions in the sector and β€˜is very experienced in estate regeneration for local authorities’. Its expertise spans residential planning, residential structuring, tenant rights and housing litigation, and acts for clients including the Homes and Communities Agency, which the team advised on the roll-out of starter homes as a new tenure of affordable housing. The team is also advising a number of London boroughs on high-profile projects to regenerate housing stock. Senior associate Helen Robinson heads the housing team in Manchester, and leads the firm’s relationship with the Homes and Communities Agency in the North West. Also recommended are Nicola Buchanan, who leads on contentious property matters, and Michael Pocock.

Next generation lawyers

Helen Robinson - Pinsent Masons LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP has an β€˜excellent, very responsive and pragmatic team’ that is β€˜always one step ahead on each transaction’. Samantha Livesey is β€˜very knowledgeable’ and legal director Claire Edwards has β€˜the knack of making complex matters sound simple, which allows her clients to focus on the commercials’. It is adept at running major technology projects and has a strong digital and online practice. The team has also been advising both private and public sector clients on how to respond to cybersecurity breaches. Highlights included acting for Celtic Football Club on a number of key IT contracts and mobile application procurements, and advising on the telecoms acquisition by Metronet (backed by Livingbridge private equity) of M247 Limited (an internet infrastructure and web hosting provider).

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 team attracts praise for its β€˜concise and commercially focused’ advice. The team is led by Samantha Livesey, an β€˜excellent communicator’ who is β€˜extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional’. It has a strong digital and online practice with particular expertise in sport, retail and consumer brands. Clients include the Jockey Club, Silentnight and the English Football League. It is also recommended for its data protection advisory work. The team advised Monster Energy Europe on a 41-jurisdiction sales promotion relating to the latest release of the Call of Duty computer game, where consumers could redeem free in-game content from codes printed under ring-pulls on promotional Monster Energy drink cans.

Leading individuals

Samantha Livesey - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜top-notch team’ is headed by the β€˜commercially astute’ Julian Diaz-Rainey, who is one of the β€˜go-to people for sports disputes outside of London; he is an excellent litigator who has a very strong following in sport’. His main area of expertise is sports-related litigation and arbitration, but he also covers issues concerning governance and regulation in sport. He represents Premier League players as well as Premier League and Football League clubs. The β€˜dedicated and knowledgeable’ Andrew Mitchell (a senior associate) also has an β€˜impressive pedigree in this area’. β€˜Hardworking, switched-on and very experienced’ senior associate Jo Seed is also recommended. Clients include Everton FC, Sport England, Rugby Football League, London 2017 and British Equestrian Federation.

Leading individuals

Julian Diaz-Rainey - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Mitchell - Pinsent Masons LLP

Jo Seed - Pinsent Masons LLP

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