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

Regional review
Regional heavyweights - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘experienced’ department at Pinsent Masons LLP was instructed by Aventas Manufacturing Group on the strategic disposal of a number of businesses in its portfolio, and the team also advised Sun Capital Partners and TDR Capital on the co-investment and buyout of Keepmoat. Team head Gregg Davison is ‘an outstanding private equity lawyer’, and Manchester office head Helen Ridge is ‘very able’. Claire Edwards joined from DLA Piper UK LLP as a legal director; Howard Gill left for Nabarro LLP, and Richard Parkinson joined JMW Solicitors LLP.

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)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘highly regarded’ team is led by the ‘client-focusedLynette Jacobs, and acts for clients such as Balfour Beatty, Drax Power, William Hill, and IP Group. Senior associate Steven Porter and Heather Self, a chartered tax adviser, are also recommended.

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘user-friendly and expert’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP acted for the trustees of the Jerome Group Retirement Benefits Plan in a claim arising out of the administration and subsequent liquidation of Rangers FC. Julian Diaz-Rainey is ‘commercially minded and a very good strategist’.

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 has ‘in-depth knowledge’, is ‘very responsive to client needs’, and gives ‘commercially focused’ advice. It advised the lenders on the refinancing of Euro Garages and the provision of an acquisition facility; and acted for Speedy Hire on the refinancing of its asset-based financing facilities. Matthew Morgan is ‘knowledgeable and well respected in the North West market’, and Samantha Rollason is also noted. Senior associate Debra Cooper is ‘clear and concise in driving the direction of a deal, providing well-placed professional and commercial advice throughout’.

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)

Pinsent Masons LLP is valued for its ‘excellent partner input’. It advised Deloitte in relation to the administration of Bank Fashion, including ongoing arrangements with former owner J D Sports; and acted for Printpack on the disposal of its UK subsidiary, Printpack Enterprises. James Cameron is recommended, as is Jamie White, who ‘develops excellent client relationships’.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

The ‘brilliantNeil Black heads the department at Pinsent Masons LLP, which acts for clients such as Mondelez International, Weetabix and Arqiva.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Notable clients of the ‘consistently well prepared’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP include Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty, Viridor Waste Management, and Seddon Construction. Department head Kevin Bridges’ ‘health and safety knowledge is second to none’, and ‘he brings that vital focus and critical analysis to a case, as to what is important and what is not’. Key associates include Zöe Betts, who has ‘the energy and drive to move a case forward’; and Gareth McManus, who is ‘very focused, hardworking and intuitive’.

Leading individuals

Kevin Bridges - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

At Pinsent Masons LLP, practice head Stephen Scholefield is ‘very practical, timely and knowledgeable’. The firm advised Legal & General on the £2.5bn buyout for the TRW Pension Scheme, and also attracts instructions from clients such as Balfour Beatty Pension Fund, Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme and Rentokil Initial. Howard Ridley and Pippa Read are also recommended. Senior associate Robert Tellwright joined from Allen & Overy LLP in March 2014.

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 advised Watt Power on various development consent order applications, and also acts for EDF Energy and Sellafield. Graham Alty and Scot Morrison lead the department, and Chris Hallam specialises in construction and engineering projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Mark Job is also noted.

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’s ‘top-quality’ team is led by Graham Alty and Scot Morrison. It advised Yapi Merkezi Inşaat ve Sanayi on a $1.7bn railway project in Ethiopia, and acted for Sunderland City Council on a regeneration and investment portfolio joint venture. Chris Hallam and the ‘very experiencedMark Job are recommended.

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 advises on high-profile construction projects, and acted for the University of Sheffield in relation to a development at Sheffield Business Park. Mike Pocock heads the team. Nicola Buchanan is experienced in matters relating to student accommodation.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP advised Sunderland City Council on a high-profile regeneration project, and acted for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council on a project to promote the Knowsley Industrial and Business Park. Scot Morrison is noted for his ‘client understanding and flexibility in service delivery’, and heads the team. Former practice head Celia Cullen joined Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Praised for its ‘proactive’, ‘practical’ and ‘commercial’ approach, Pinsent Masons LLP advised the Homes and Communities Agency on the acquisition of Liverpool Innovation Park and Exchange Station, and was instructed by Sunderland City Council in relation to a joint venture to deliver a regeneration programme. Mike Edge is ‘outstanding’, with ‘a wealth of experience’. Rachel Pitman and senior associates Dan Hargreaves and Phill Birchall are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Mike Edge - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘unrivalled’ and ‘consistently top-quality’ team is led by the ‘experiencedGraham Alty and Michael Hopkins; the latter’s ‘ability to cut through to the important issues that will unlock a dispute is rivalled only by his encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law’. Also recommended are Chris Hallam; and Mark Job, who led advice to Yapi Merkezi Inşaat ve Sanayi as EPC contractor on the $1.7bn Awash Woldia/Hara Gebeya Railway Project. Balfour Beatty, Carillion, and Capita Property and Infrastructure are also clients. Ian Stubbs is now based in the firm’s London office.

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 ‘fantastic team’ acted for the London Borough of Croydon in a judicial review challenge against planning permission for the redevelopment of the new Whitgift Centre shopping centre, and assisted the University of Sheffield on planning issues concerning a development at Sheffield Business Park. Practice head Mike Pocock is ‘greatly respected for his knowledge, experience, and down-to-earth commerciality’. The team welcomed legal director Claire Gregory from Brabners LLP, and senior associate Melanie Grimshaw from Shoosmiths LLP.

Leading individuals

Mike Pocock - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

Pinsent Masons LLP’s clients include DHL Group, Balfour Beatty Group, The Co-operative Group, and Aldi Stores. Nicola Buchanan is recommended, and senior associate Stuart McCann is ‘very responsive and thorough’.

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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’s ‘esteemed’ technology team ‘delivers a very good level of service and is always responsive’. The ‘first-rateSamantha Livesey heads the practice, and is noted for her expertise in IT, digital and data protection matters. The firm advised Omnigon Communications and its new UK group company Omnigon on a contract with the International Rugby Board regarding the official mobile application for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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 is noted for its expertise in online brand exploitation matters, and has strength in the sports, retail and life sciences sectors. Monster Energy (Europe), The Jockey Club, Silentnight Group, Sweaty Betty and LiverpoolOne are clients. Samantha Livesey is ‘extremely responsive, knowledgeable, professional, commercially astute and attuned to client expectations’.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP (Manchester)

The team at Pinsent Masons LLPis willing to listen to the client’s needs’, and is instructed by names such as Manchester City FC, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, The Jockey Club, and Omnigon. Julian Diaz-Rainey is ‘excellent’ on sports-related disputes, and Samantha Livesey is also singled out.

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