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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite undertakes a significant amount of work for charities, not-for-profit organisations and public bodies; clients include the Royal College of Nursing and British Council. Richard Marke, heads the practice, which also acts for well-known brands, such as Nikon UK, Olympus and Thomson Directories. Areas of expertise include franchises, distribution and supply arrangements, and joint ventures.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

β€˜Stellar’ department head Mark Tasker at Bates Wells Braithwaite is praised for his β€˜commercial acumen’; he advised Research Views Limited on various transactions, including the sale of its healthcare business to Progressive Digital Media Group. David Davies is β€˜practical and completely unflappable’, as is senior associate Natalie Knight-Wickens; clients describe the practice as β€˜superb value for money’.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite β€˜ably balances the need to be detailed yet commercial in its advice’. Peter Bohm (who is β€˜extremely knowledgeable and a great negotiator’) advises professional partnerships, particularly accountants, on their partnership agreements and M&A activity, while Luke Fletcher is a key contact for social finance and charities investing into partnerships.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Melanie Carter heads the team at Bates Wells Braithwaite, which acts for the General Dental Council, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and the British Association of Social Workers. Recent work includes advising the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) in connection with a complaint made against a high-profile political figure, which involved potential criminal and civil proceedings.

Leading individuals

Melanie Carter - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Bates Wells Braithwaite

At Bates Wells Braithwaite, Rupert Earle (who is rated for his β€˜ability to make a strong, convincing case’) defended The Sunday Times and two journalists in libel and malicious falsehood claims brought by Peter Cruddas. The β€˜excellent’ practice has extensive experience representing charities and other clients including ActionAid and the Royal Society of Arts.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Bates Wells Braithwaite

While traditionally strong in the not-for-profit sector, Bates Wells Braithwaite continues to expand its commercial client roster, which includes Caffe Nero, Euromoney Institutional Investor and Corporate Media Partners Limited. Practice head William Garnett advised the English National Opera on the removal of its chief executive and also negotiated the departure of its artistic director. Paul Seath, who β€˜has excellent judgement’, is recommended for senior executive mandates, and Martin Bunch is β€˜beyond insightful’. Paul Jennings is also recommended.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice is β€˜a beacon of excellence’, with clients citing its β€˜extremely good reputation for very difficult cases’. β€˜Extremely knowledgeable’ practice head Philip Trott acts for high-profile entertainers, film and television companies, and members of foreign governments. Also recommended are β€˜brilliant’ senior associate Christopher Randall, who specialises in human rights and asylum-related applications, and β€˜excellent’ associate Chetal Patel, who primarily advises on Tier 2 visas. The team was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Tim Barnden from Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP; he has β€˜a wonderful rapport with clients’.

Leading individuals

Philip Trott - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for- profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite is singled out for its β€˜unique combination of the largest department of expert charity lawyers in the UK backed up by first-rate specialist departments such as employment and public policy’. At the helm are Philip Kirkpatrick, adviser to the trustees of Kids Company, and Julian Blake, who is one of β€˜the most effective charity lawyers in the country’. The β€˜fantastic’ team also includes Thea Longley, who is a β€˜delight to work with’; β€˜absolute star’ Rosamund McCarthy; Lawrence Simanowitz, who β€˜always offers a solution where we can’t see one’; and β€˜top-class’ senior associate Erica Crump, who is singled out for her specialist arts and culture knowledge.

Leading individuals

Abbie Rumbold - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Julian Blake - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Lawrence Simanowitz - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Philip Kirkpatrick - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Rosamund McCarthy - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Thea Longley - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Bates Wells Braithwaite

The highly regarded Melanie Carter heads the team at Bates Wells Braithwaite, which is noted for its β€˜quick responses and good degree of pragmatism’. The practice acts for respondents and claimants and has expertise advising on regulations and policy amendments. Recent highlights include acting for the Advertising Standards Authority in defending a judicial review application by UK Services Support. Rupert Earle is praised for his β€˜subject knowledge’ and β€˜calm and collected approach’.

Leading individuals

Melanie Carter - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Mary Groom - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 2

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s longstanding clients include Trinity College London, University of the Arts London and Lambeth College. In 2015, Julian Blake and Caraline Johnson assisted with Bromley College and Greenwich College’s merger. Practice head Mary Groom has β€˜a strong, principled approach’ and her β€˜breadth of vision and attention to detail is remarkable’. Employment specialists William Garnett and Lucy McLynn are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Mary Groom - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite has β€˜a real feel for the education sector and a strong commitment to promoting better education for all young people’. It is praised for its β€˜sharp focus’ and β€˜deep understanding of the complexity of the subject’. Mary Groom provides policy advice to academies and school sponsors, including assisting with school structures and governance matters. Paul Jennings and senior associate Caraline Johnson are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Mary Groom - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Electoral
Electoral - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

A leading name for non-party campaigning, Bates Wells Braithwaite’s β€˜understanding of electoral law and its interaction with charity law is of the highest standard’. The β€˜very smart’ Simon Steeden was part of Lord Hodgson’s review team investigating third-party campaigning. Rosamund McCarthy and Melanie Carter are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Simon Steeden - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite is noted for its β€˜thorough and robust’ advice and is frequently instructed by Grant Thornton to handle the external audit of local councils, including assisting the client with an investigation into unlawful revenue generated through car parking charges. Key figures include the β€˜invaluable’ Melanie Carter, who has established a national practice for local government audits; Abbie Rumbold, who is a specialist in social enterprise models and public service mutual; and senior associate Augustus Della-Porta.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice β€˜treats all work with the same high level of care’. The team has particular expertise in the charities and education sectors and advised on a number of leases. Tony Cartmell and Nick Ivey head the department.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Bates Wells Braithwaite

A β€˜consistently excellent service’ is provided by Bates Wells Braithwaite, where Lesley Robinson and William Scott are recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Bates Wells Braithwaite

At Bates Wells Braithwaite, Rupert Earle defended the ASA in a legal challenge brought by UK Services & Support against a decision that the company’s passport services website was misleading, and also advised the ASA on legal issues arising from investigations into numerous high-profile advertisers. Richard Marke advises non-profits on their marketing campaigns. Other clients include News UK and Ireland and Corporate Media Partners.

Leading individuals

Rupert Earle - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Bates Wells Braithwaite

The β€˜excellent’ team at Bates Wells Braithwaite is β€˜very good at liaising with other parties to find practical solutions’. Clients include the English National Opera, the British Film Institute, the Man Booker Prize and Endemol, as well as some of the UK’s best-known theatres. Lawrence Simanowitz heads the practice, which includes Rupert Earle, who is known for his advertising expertise, and senior associate Erica Crump, who is β€˜an astute negotiator who grasps significant issues quickly and gives clear and concise advice’.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

The team at Bates Wells Braithwaite, which advises governing bodies and amateur sports clubs, dovetails with the firm’s strong charities practice. Thea Longley advised an amateur rugby club on registering as a charity. Martin Gunson provides β€˜an efficient service’.

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