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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 remains best known for its private equity expertise but has also been active in M&A and commercial mandates for clients such as The Co-operative Group, GDF Suez and SilentNight. National head of private equity Gregg Davison advised LDC on its purchase of a stake in Bolton-based law firm Keoghs LLP, and office head Helen Ridge advised AMEC on acquiring a Serco Group business. Commercial lawyer Samantha Livesey is highly regarded.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Lynette Jacobs has particular expertise in employee share schemes and incentives, and key clients include Speedy Hire, William Hill and Allianz Insurance.

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

Pinsent Masons LLP hired Julian Diaz-Rainey from Hill Dickinson LLP as practice head to strengthen its regional offering; he is ‘absolutely excellent, and undoubtedly one of the best litigators outside London’, with a track record including acting in prominent public inquiries and advising major sports clubs. He joined with associate Andrew Mitchell, who is also recommended. Emma Flower has expertise in export control work. Legal director Emma Flower, whose expertise includes export control work, is set to join TLT LLP’s new Manchester office.

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North West: Finance

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

Pinsent Masons LLP’s well-regarded department head Matt Morgan leads on real estate, corporate and leveraged financings, and has particular strength in private equity. Morgan recently acted for Lloyds TSB Bank and Handelsbanken on the £49m refinancing of Renold. Other clients include The Co-operative Bank, Santander Corporate Banking and HSBC. Samantha Rollason focuses on real estate finance work. Associate Debra Cooper is also recommended.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP takes ‘a practical, common-sense approach, and has strong relationships with banks’. Senior associate James Cameron led a cross-office team advising Hein Gericke on incorporating a new company to acquire stores from administrators. Other clients include KPMG, Hilco, BDO and HSBC. Associates Alex Darbyshire and Jenna Bartlett are also recommended.

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North West: Human resources

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

The highly regarded Simon Horsfield leads Pinsent Masons LLP’s employment team, which counts Manchester United FC, Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC among its clients. Sara Sawicki is also recommended.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for major corporate entities, and has secured a number of significant panel appointments in the past 12 months. Clients include IKEA, Seddon Construction and Morgan Sindall. Practice head Kevin Bridges is ‘highly cerebral in his approach, and very combative in court’.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team has dedicated pensions litigation expertise, and is led by the ‘responsive and thoughtfulStephen Scholefield. Pippa Readprovides excellent advice in a friendly, approachable way’, and Howard Ridley is ‘particularly knowledgeable and experienced’.

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North West: Overview

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Pinsent Masons LLP handles national and cross-border projects, with a strong energy sector focus. Graham Alty is advising NuGeneration on a Cumbria-based nuclear power plant scheme. Chris Hallam focuses on infrastructure outsourcing work, and Mark Job advises on international energy projects. Clients include the MoJ, the HCA, Carillion and Balfour Beatty/Skanska.

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North West: Public sector

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

Led by Graham Alty, Pinsent Masons LLP continues to advise the universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Salford on significant projects. The firm is also assisting Sheffield University with its proposals to create a new £80m engineering faculty. Michael Pocock joined from DLA Piper UK LLP.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP’s experience in the local government sector includes advising on regeneration, health and housing projects as well as assisting with public sector joint venture models and service delivery. Celia Cullen is ‘pragmatic, solution-focused and knowledgeable’. Scot Morrison is an ‘excellent lawyer, and listens to the brief’.

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North West: Real estate

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

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘excellent, well-rounded legal practice’ recently advised Amec on acquiring properties from Serco, and acted for DHL on its acquisition of a new London headquarters. It also acted for Aldi Stores, Goodman International and Wilson Bowden, and gained Barwood Developments, Peel Media Group and Lancashire County Council as new clients. Practice head Mike Edge has ‘excellent knowledge, and is very commercial, well respected and well connected’.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP has ‘a strong team that understands the requirements of clients and their industry’. It handles high-value UK and cross-border matters for clients such as NuGeneration, Sellafield, Carillion and Balfour Beatty/Skanska. Mark Job is advising Initec Energia on a Brazil-based power project. Department head Graham Alty, Michael Hopkins, Andrew Denton and Chris Hallam are also recommended.

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Within Planning and environment, tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘very professional, and has very good-quality lawyers who work as part of a client’s team’. Senior associate Simon Colvin, who is ‘very knowledgeable’ in environmental matters, acts for clients including United Utilities, St Gobain and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Planning lawyer Mike Pocock, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP, is ‘particularly excellent, and focused on providing a high-quality client service’.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP’s key clients include the University of Manchester, Capital & Counties Properties, and The Co-operative Group. Senior associate Nicola Buchanan and associate Stuart McCann ‘blend together sound judgement, tactical skills and an ability to think outside the box’.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Intellectual property, tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP specialises in the exploitation of commercial and digital rights in the sports and gaming sectors. Samantha Livesey is ‘particularly responsive, and provides incisive advice’.

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

Led by the highly recommended Sam Livesey, Pinsent Masons LLP provides IT-related advice to William Hill Organisation Limited, Frontier Agriculture, and The Co-Operative Group. It also recently advised Greenhous Group Limited (GGL) on renegotiating a major outsourcing agreement with General Motors UK.

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