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Michelmores LLP

WOODWATER HOUSE, PYNES HILL, EXETER, EX2 5WR, ENGLAND
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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: The West Country
Corporate and commercial: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP’s corporate team is among the largest in the region. In an example of the group’s experience of emerging markets related work, Henry Taylor advised African Agricultural Fund on a high-value investment into General Plastics Limited. Taylor also assisted Succession Group with the £10m acquisition of Clay Rogers & Partners. Richard Cobb heads the corporate department and acted for St Austell Brewery in relation to its acquisition of Bath Ales and its portfolio of pubs and restaurants. Cobb was also involved in the management buyout of EMC Advisory Services, working alongside Stephen Morse, who heads the business group. Ian Holyoak heads the commercial department and specialises in the renewable energy sector. Holyoak and newly-promoted partner Alexandra Watson acted for Downing LLP on establishment of a crowdfunding platform and a series of bond issuances, which raised nearly £10m.

Leading individuals

Ian Holyoak - Michelmores LLP

Stephen Morse - Michelmores LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

At Michelmores LLP, Exeter-based tax specialist Brian Garner has extensive experience of corporate and transactional tax matters and regularly works alongside the firm’s corporate, employment, disputes, private client and family departments. With previous experience working for one of the Big Four accountancy firms, Garner has been exposed to various facets of tax; recent highlights include advising on the tax aspects of the £8m management buyout of EMCAS. He also advised Succession Group on tax issues related to a series of acquisitions, and assisted the same client with an employee share incentive programmes. Garner also acted for the ex-finance director of The Plastic Surgeon Limited regarding his decision to exit his role and sell his interest in the company.

Leading individuals

Brian Garner - Michelmores LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Bristol, Exeter)

Michelmores LLP handles national and international procurement, state aid and competition law matters. Ian Holyoak heads the commercial team in Exeter and focuses primarily on merger control issues arising from contract or trading arrangements, and also advises on procurement and state aid matters, particularly relating to EU structural funding. Holyoak recently acted for a listed company on the competition aspects of the proposed acquisition of a US-based competitor. David Thompson is also a member of the commercial team and handles competition law matters in the context of IP, especially for clients in the food and drink sector. Michail Papadakis joined the London office in 2016 and focuses exclusively on procurement, competition and state aid. Papadakis works closely with the projects team and has advised clients such as MOPAC, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Indigo Group. Working between the firm’s London and Exeter offices, Andrew Oldland QC has experience of contentious competition matters and has been involved in the ongoing CMA investigations into anti-competitive practices in residential estate agency services.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP offers contentious and non-contentious legal services on a broad range of matters, reaching from advice on compliance issues and fraud prevention, to providing specialist advice on fraud in commercial litigation. It represents clients in internal and external investigations, stepping in at an early stage, and assists clients with enforcement matters. The team also has expertise in commercial litigation connected with financial crime, including areas where this work overlaps with police investigations. Its clients come from a variety of sectors, including real estate, manufacturing and aerospace, but the roster contains many clients from the finance and investment sector. Highlights included advising Ticketus, a part of city fund Octopus Investments, on the recovery of £27m used to purchase season tickets from Glasgow Rangers Football Club. The practice also provides ongoing compliance advice to an international manufacturer, including advice on an anti-corruption investigation and advice on the implementation of new policies and procedures. It is experienced in advising on matters involving several foreign jurisdictions; it provided compliance advice to a manufacturer in the aerospace and defence industry, which included an anti-corruption review and implementing new policies and procedures, working on issues relating to India, Spain, Italy and the US. Senior partner Andrew Oldland QC heads the team and provides in-depth knowledge to financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals on complex anti-money laundering issues and other aspects of financial regulation.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP’s ‘top-class’ litigation team is ‘always focused on getting a sound commercial outcome without unnecessary compromises’. Though involved in a wide variety of commercial disputes, the team has seen increased activity in private wealth, finance and investment related work. Jonathan Kitchin (‘a calm and balanced operator’) was promoted to partner in 2016 and has been involved in a number of high-value finance and loan disputes. Sara Chisholm-Batten (another new partner in the group) assisted Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing with obtaining an emergency injunction against a telecoms provider in India for breach of contract and secured a summary judgment against the company. Tim Richards heads the dispute resolution department and specialises in shareholder and contract claims and trade mark disputes; he also has experience of cross-border litigation and ADR. In 2016, Richards successfully resolved a partnership dispute for a well-known commercial law firm through mediation. Simon Barnett successfully acted for The Lord Chancellor in a claim against a solicitor’s firm regarding the breach of civil and criminal legal aid contracts.

Leading individuals

Tim Richards - Michelmores LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP has a dedicated asset and debt recovery department that acts for a wide-ranging client base, from large public sector bodies to multinational corporates. Through its network of international referral relationships, the team is well positioned to handle cross-border asset tracing and recovery matters. The team acts as sole recovery advisers for a number of national and international governmental agencies and corporates such as Intelsat. Simon Barnett heads the asset and debt recovery team, which works closely alongside the commercial and regulatory dispute resolution department, headed by Tim Richards. Bill Duncan, Ellen Yeates and Shona Houghton are also active members of the recovery team. Sara Chisholm-Batten handles a variety of commercial disputes and has particular experience in cross-border enforcement matters. The group also works closely with the insolvency team in recovery matters following personal or corporate insolvency.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP’s banking team has strong sector focuses in renewable energy, healthcare and education, and strengthened its banking group in 2016 with the addition of Bristol-based Asheesh Das, who acts for both lenders and borrowers and has particular experience of emerging markets work. Charles Maunder heads the practice and advised Rowe Estates on a £12m facility with Barclays for a restructuring of the client’s property portfolio. Maunder also assisted St Austell Brewery Company with term and revolving credit facilities of up to £45m provided by Barclays and RBS. Sally Rice leads the secured lending team and acts for a variety of high street banks.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

The restructuring and insolvency department at Michelmores LLP regularly handles high-profile insolvency matters. Headed by Charles Maunder, the team continues to advise York Global Finance BDH as a creditor in relation to the application by Lehman Brothers’s UK administrators for direction on the distribution of £7bn. The team is also acting for Ticketus I LLP and Ticketus II LLP as main creditors of Rangers Football Club in relation to its liquidation. Sacha Pickering is advising Octopus Investments on the £1.5m bankruptcies of two individuals. Pickering has particular expertise in voluntary arrangements; he and associate Anna Thompson are providing ongoing assistance regarding the creditor voluntary arrangements related to Sunshine Care Limited. Karen Dunstone is an accomplished senior associate with particular expertise in property-related insolvency transactions and has been involved in numerous high-value and cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters. Additional clients include Quantuma LLP, KPMG, Lameys Accountants and Leonard Curtis Recovery Limited.

Leading individuals

Charles Maunder - Michelmores LLP

Next generation lawyers

Karen Dunstone - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP provides employment law advice for a mix of private and public sector clients, in particular those active in the health and education sectors. It has experience in advising on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including senior executive termination matters, breach of covenant injunction claims, TUPE outsourcing issues, and high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing tribunal litigation matters, with particular strength in advising on the implementation of external investigations into such allegations. The practice was appointed to the National Police Legal Framework Panel to provide employment law support to the Metropolitan Police Service (Met) and a large number of other police and related public bodies nationally. Work undertaken for the Met included the defence of unfair dismissal and discrimination tribunal claims. Andrew Tobey heads the practice. James Baker has experience in advising on complex safeguarding claims and matters involving allegations of bullying, harassment and victimisation. Consultant Nikki Duncan is ‘a great tactician’ and has experience in handling sensitive and complex matters relating to the health sector. Clients include Enotria & Coe, the South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Carey Group.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP is particularly experienced in handling cases involving workplace fatalities, providing initial crisis management and representing clients in prosecutions. It can also apply this expertise to cases involving serious injuries. The team handles reviews of policies and procedures, offers trainings to employees of large corporations and advises trustees, working closely with the firm’s employment and private client teams. Senior partner Andrew Oldland QC QC heads the practice and has considerable experience in prosecuting for the HSE.

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP undertakes work in three key areas: private wealth; finance and investment, with particular strengths including distressed and overvalued assets as well as product suitability; and real estate. Other areas of work are agricultural professional negligence and veterinary negligence, including subsidy claims, the purchase of agricultural property, the presale vetting of horses and valuation issues in relation to pedigree livestock. The practice acts for high-net-worths, SMEs, private investors, and large national and international companies. It is experienced in handling complex high-value matters. Simon Barnett heads the team, which includes senior associate Jayne Clemens and recently made partner Jonathan Kitchin.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Bristol, Exeter)

The ‘absolutely first rateMichelmores LLP is ‘one of the foremost leaders in the field’ - ‘an outstandingly excellent firm with a huge amount of agricultural experience’. It handles complex contentious matters such as agricultural arbitrations, Chancery Division disputes on estoppels, misrepresentation actions and right of way disputes. The team is also recognised for its ‘great client skills, commercially sensible approach and tenacity in fighting its client’s corner’. The ‘knowledgeable, intelligent and tactically astuteBen Sharples has ‘an excellent grasp of the law as well as the technical aspects of agriculture and property’. He recently acted in the successful defence of proceedings in the Chancery Division of the High Court seeking the winding up of a family farming partnership and the sale of the farm and assets, and acted for the Sutton family in the successful defence of a High Court claim issued against it by land promoter Gladman Developments. Vivienne Williams is ‘particularly strong on arbitration appeals’, while Tom Hyde is a key name to note for non-contentious agricultural law and rural property transactions, regularly handling multimillion-pound purchases of large agricultural farms. Also in the team, Rachel O’Connor is ‘a real star in the making’ who is ‘incredibly hard-working, absolutely great with clients and wonderful to work with as counsel’.

Leading individuals

Ben Sharples - Michelmores LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rachel O’Connor - Michelmores LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP has ‘genuine charity expertise’, especially in the education and faith spaces, and is particularly strong in property-related matters. Exeter-based disputed wills team head Tony Cockayne defended a charity in a claim which was brought by the children of a deceased parent regarding the deceased’s estate which was left to the charity. Senior associate Barny Croft specialises in legacy-related disputes where he acts for charities as well as individuals. He also recently assisted a well-known charity with its restructuring process aimed at maximising available funds and prospective income streams. Associate Andrew White is ‘an accomplished and incisive lawyer’ who successfully combines a charity practice with private client work. Bristol-based Sandra Brown heads the private wealth team and advised a charity on succession planning for the retiring and new trustees, also advising its trustees on their obligations under charity law.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Bristol, Exeter)

Michelmores LLP’s value for money is ‘excellent’; it advises across the entire spectrum of private client issues and acts for a broad range of clients including executors, beneficiaries, claimants, defendants and charities. ‘The firm keeps you involved in determining the strategy and never overreaches itself, recognising where it is appropriate for it to step back and allow the client to retake control of matters’. Clients also choose the firm because of its ‘understanding of the client’s needs and its capability of providing strategic guidance’. Group head Tony Cockayne ‘works really hard for his clients’ – ‘he tries to cover all angles, the legal and the practical’, ‘seeks feedback during negotiations to make sure of client satisfaction and engagement throughout’, ‘gives pragmatic advice’ and ‘really goes into battle to get the best outcome’. Senior associate Barny Croft is ‘well experienced and sensitive where dealing with a vulnerable client’, drawing on his ‘depth of knowledge’ to ‘provide a superb all round level of service’. Bristol-based Miles Farren focuses on advising agriculture sector clients while recently promoted partner Jennifer Ridgway is recommended for trust disputes.

Leading individuals

Tony Cockayne - Michelmores LLP

Next generation lawyers

Barny Croft - Michelmores LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter, Sidmouth)

Michelmores LLP is singled out for its niche expertise in surrogacy. Family and fertility specialist Louisa Ghevaert has particular expertise handling complex international commercial surrogacy cases in the High Court, making her ‘one of the country’s small handful of top practitioners in this field’. Her knowledge is ‘second to none’, her attention to detail is ‘painstaking’, and her manner with clients is ‘exemplary’. Family team head Simon Thomas is another name to note, he handles all family law issues and specialises in complex, high-value financial remedy cases. His recent instructions include acting for an entrepreneur in divorce proceedings with a number of business interests held in different jurisdictions and in different vehicles, and advising an EU resident based in Portugal on the post-divorce financial provision for his children who were resident in the UK. Associates Sue Dowen and Rachel Shearmur are also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter, Bristol)

Michelmores LLP fields a team of ‘knowledgeable, flexible, approachable, and business-minded lawyers who manage clients’ expectations very well’. Private wealth team head Jonathan Riley, who splits his time between Exeter and London, advises UK and non-UK domiciled clients on tax issues, specialising in estate and succession planning as well as mitigating inheritance and capital gains tax. He is advising trust beneficiaries in respect of the restructuring of a multimillion-pound estate, and is assisting a global private bank with the preparation of trust documentation for its worldwide client base. Bristol-based Sandra Brownstays in touch with clients to make sure they stay focused on the area of planning’. She focuses on preservation of personal wealth, with a particular interest in the use of trusts and has notable experience in advising trustees of onshore and offshore trusts. Jennifer Ridgway is advising a UK resident non-UK domiciled private equity fund owner on tax issues and creating a property trust. The group also regularly acts for vulnerable persons; it has solid track record of advising on the protection of significant clinical negligence and personal injury awards. The team also includes a chartered account and tax adviser who advises on complex accounting for offshore trustees and preparing trust accounts for landed estates. Senior associate James Radcliffe has expertise in assisting clients with US connections on cross-border tax and estate planning.

Next generation lawyers

James Radcliffe - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP’s energy team is ‘very knowledgeable in the renewables space’ and is ‘able to apply that knowledge effectively to transactional matters’. The energy department works closely with the firm’s construction department, which enables the firm to handle energy projects at all different stages. Ian Holyoak heads the energy and renewables department and regularly advises on the corporate and commercial aspects of large transactions in the energy space, including site and plant acquisitions. Holyoak is instructed by clients such as Thrive Renewables Plc and British Solar Renewables. Alexandra Watson is a highly recommended partner in the group and has handled a variety of corporate, fundraising and structuring matters for clients in the renewables sector. Other clients include Brigg Lane Biogas, Solar Power Generation, Linton Hydro Limited and Renewable Energy Connections limited.

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

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP is known in the South West and nationally for its non-contentious and contentious expertise in the healthcare and education infrastructure arenas. The team has also been increasingly involved in energy project financing and works closely with the firm’s emerging markets practice. Highly regarded practice head Carol McCormack splits her time between the Exeter and London offices and is especially well known for social infrastructure mandates. She is acting for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust on the contractual procurement strategy in connection with the client’s £190m redevelopment programme. On the education side, McCormack is acting for Aberystwyth University in relation to a large strategic PPP. In another highlight, Ben Hogan advised a London educational company in connection with a PFI project to amend one of the group’s sites, which was required to enable the local authority to construct a new facility. Also recommended are senior associate Michail Papadakis, who is experienced in public procurement and state aid law, and associate Hannah Slater.

Leading individuals

Carol McCormack - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP combines a level of service that is ‘never less than excellent’ with ‘superb’ knowledge, giving it the capacity to ‘meet education sector client’s legal needs across the range of work’. Within the team, which includes ‘specialists in human resources and property matters’, practice head Antony Power and Laura Partridge are ‘willing to listen to clients’ needs and ensure that they have get good value for money as well as the best advice possible’; barrister Russell Holland provides ‘excellent advice, swiftly and succinctly enabling some tricky situations to be handled well’; and Charlotte Antoniou is singled out for her ‘outstanding client service, work ethic and commitment to the sector and its needs’. It advises a large number of multi-academy trusts and schools on establishing company and related governance structures, property and commercial transfer agreements, funding issues, restructurings and establishing new schools. It also acts for higher and further education institutions on student residence transactions and IP commercialisation. Recent highlights include assisting Link Academy Trust with establishing its multi-academy trust status, advising Truro and Penwith College on the development of a new campus and representing a multi-academy trust in an ongoing Education Funding Agency (EFA) investigation in relation to governance, procurement, conflict of interest and employment issues. Plymouth University, St James School, Woodland Academy Trust and Aberystwyth University are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Antoniou - Michelmores LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP advises on a wide range of joint ventures between the public and private sectors, and its caseload spans redevelopment as well as regeneration projects, state aid and compulsory purchase orders; it is assisting a local council on a proposed investment into a research centre development project which will be publicly and privately funded. Brian Hitchcock is acting for Plymouth City Council on several regeneration projects while Sally Rice assisted Swindon Borough Council with its regeneration project involving the restoration of grade 2 listed buildings and their transformation into mixed-use properties. PPP and infrastructure projects expert Carol McCormack heads the team. Mark Howard, Ben Hogan, Andrew Tobey and Tom Torkar are also recommended.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Noted for its ‘in-depth knowledge of property development’, Michelmores LLP’s real estate team is ‘among the best in the area’ for public sector mandates. In an illustration of its public sector prowess, Richard Honey advised The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime on its phased disposal of 19 hectares of land at Hendon Police College in North London. David Howe (who attracts praise for his ‘wealth of experience across all aspects of commercial property’) acted for St Austell Brewery to carry out property due diligence in relation to the client’s takeover of Bath Ales. The group is led by Emma Honey, who specialises in property development and is particularly active in the education sector; she is handling a multimillion-pound transaction for a development site, and is advising an aggregate supply company on a promotion agreement. The ‘diligent, hardworking and professionalJoanna Damerell focuses on large commercial property projects and is acting for Yelverton Properties Developments on its acquisition of land from Exeter City FC, Exeter City Council and Yeo & Davey for the development of student accommodation. The ‘excellentStephen Newson has wide-ranging experience of transactional and development matters, as well as landlord and tenant issues. The highly recommended Lucy Smallwood leads the residential development team.

Leading individuals

David Howe - Michelmores LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP’s ‘outstanding construction department’ was strengthened in 2016 with the addition of new practice head Chris Hoar, who had previously headed the construction and engineering department at Foot Anstey. Hoar’s arrival strengthens the group’s non-contentious offering, supplementing the already formidable contentious practice. On the development side, Hoar has been advising Mount Wise Devon on a £30m residential development on former MoD land in Plymouth, which is currently in the last of four stages. In an example of the group’s public sector work, Brian Hitchcock is acting for Plymouth City Council on procurement, stakeholder, tenant and contractor negotiations in connection with the £34m Plymouth history Centre regeneration project. Similarly, in the healthcare sector, a sizeable team is advising Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust on the procurement for the £486m 3Ts hospital redevelopment programme. The ‘exceedingly tenaciousGerald Offen specialises in construction disputes and is representing Midas Construction in a dispute with the owners and operators of Pendennis Shipyard, which has been referred to adjudication.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

The Michelmores LLP environment department routinely assists the projects team with environmental due diligence in relation to energy projects; handles public procurement issues; and is experienced in Environment Agency investigations. The practice is led by Mark Howard, who handles non-contentious issues for clients such as Dorset County Council, and acted for a major aggregates company in relation to a pollution investigation undertaken by the Environment Agency. Andrew Oldland QC, who splits his time between the firm’s London and Exeter office, has extensive experience of procurement and contentious environmental matters.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

The planning team at Michelmores LLP is well known for advising public sector clients in relation to planning objections, neighbourhood planning and public law ultra vires issues, and also has expertise in marine licencing and costal development. Department head Mark Howard has ‘unrivalled knowledge in the area’ and is ‘excellent at thinking outside of the box’. Public sector clients include Cornwall Council, which Howard is advising on negotiations with the developers of a large development comprising housing, retail space, a hotel and community space. Howard is advising NDCI Limited on multiple planning applications to North Devon District Council for the development of residential and live/work developments in North Devon. Howard’s other highlights included advising The Met Office on the potential impact of wind farm developments on the client’s weather radar, and acting on planning matters for Yelverton Properties Developments, South Devon College and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. Andrew Oldland QC splits his time between the London and Exeter offices and has handled a number of marine and coastal planning permission matters.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP’s property litigation team attracts praise for its ‘pragmatic, first-class advice’. The practice is on the panels of a number of public sector bodies, and also acts for a range of housebuilder and developer clients. Practice head Andrew Baines, who has more than two decades of contentious property experience, has been involved in the relocation of commercial tenants in relation to a large regeneration project, and also acted in a multimillion-pound property finance dispute. Senior associate Naomi Cunningham has experience in cases concerning right to light, restrictive covenants, dilapidations and rent reviews. Michael Langdon retired in 2016.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Showcasing its ability to handle projects on a national scale, Michelmores LLP advised the Metropolitan Police Service on the procurement of a national framework for the delivery of IT solutions. Other standout transactions include acting for Flybe in its contractual negations with customer relationship management solutions provider Boxever and acting for an e-commerce software company on the launch of various mobile technology products, which included handling associated e-commerce compliance issues. Team head Tom Torkar, who splits his time between London and Exeter, advises has expertise in the IT, media, big data, e-commerce and financial services sectors. Commercial litigator Tim Richards handles a wide range in commercial disputes, and is supported by Sara Chisholm-Batten and senior associate Jayne Clemens, while David Thompson acts for a number of high-profile businesses from the food and drink sector, handling commercial and IP matters. Key clients also include the British Transport Police, The Met Office and Pay4Later.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP (Exeter)

Michelmores LLP is singled out for its ‘superb value for money, responsiveness and quality of advice’. The team can always demonstrate its ‘deep understanding of clients’ commercial drivers and constraints, taking these into account in any advice given’. It increasingly handles international IP matters relating to Europe and China. Tim Richards and David Thompson jointly lead the intellectual property team, specialising in contentious and non-contentious IP respectively. Tom Torkar is praised for ‘his range of expertise, responsiveness and standard of work’, ‘showing great awareness and understanding of a client’s business’. Recent highlights include acting for TOMY on IP licensing matters and commercial partnering arrangements, assisting St Austell Brewery Company with the IP aspects of its acquisition of Bath Ales, advising a university on the drafting of a patent licence and collaboration agreement, as well as representing Trolley Bags UK on third party infringement of its IP portfolio.

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