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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Bates Wells Braithwaite

At Bates Wells Braithwaite, practice head Richard Marke is the secretary and a member of the City of London Law Society Commercial Law Committee, and the firm is a member of the Parlex Group of European Lawyers, enabling it to attract work with an international flavour. The β€˜very responsive and knowledgeable’ team handles a full range of commercial agreements for a client roster that includes Nikon, British Council, British Film Institute and Pearson Education. A recent highlight involved advising 118 Business Information on an agreement to develop a new interactive marketing database for npower. In another highlight, in 2016, Marke led the advice to the Royal College of Nursing on an agreement with Liverpool Victoria (LV) for the insurer to offer special discounts to the client’s members for LV products. Associate Viral Kataria is β€˜commercially-savvy, very personable and drafts well’.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m - ranked: tier 2

Bates Wells Braithwaite

The β€˜pragmatic, technically excellent’ team at Bates Wells Braithwaite handles β€˜a great variety of good-quality work’ and provides β€˜thorough, detailed, accurate and prompt advice’. Private M&A in the technology, financial services and non-profit sectors is the department’s core strength. β€˜Very commercial’ practice head Mark Tasker is β€˜calm under pressure’; he advised Eos Wealth Management on its sale to Close Brothers Asset Management, and acted for Schleuniger Holdings on its purchase of a 20% stake in Laser Wire Solutions. David Davies, who handles β€˜very complex matters’ and β€˜really knows his stuff’, assisted NCFE with its acquisition of For Skills, and advised P2i on a Β£13m equity issuance and sale. He also acted for Chatham Capital Management on its $2m investment in Scuf Gaming. Technology and natural resources expert Stephen Callender, who made partner in April 2016, is β€˜very competent, diligent and efficient, with a good eye for business realities’. In an example of the practice’s increasing presence in the infrastructure space, he advised FM Conway on its purchase of United Construction Materials, and acted for Perkbox on a Β£4.5m fundraising equity sale. Other recent client wins include Blenheim Natural Resources, Prospect Publishing, HW Fisher and Orbital Express Launch.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite handles a steady flow of work covering a range of partnership issues including advising on partnership and LLP agreements, partner appointments and retirements, and also has experience in partnership disputes. Notably, the department has expertise in partnership structures involving social and charitable investors. Indeed, Luke Fletcher acted for a charitable investment client on its transition from an LLP to a company. Department head Peter Bohm has been instructed by partnerships and LLPs in the legal, financial services and accountancy sectors, and provides ongoing partnership advice to clients such as Carter Backer Winter LLP. Additional clients include IMAS Corporate Finance LLP and Charities and Social Enterprise Insurance Management LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice is led by Melanie Carter, who β€˜excels at giving practical advice’ and advises regulators across the health, social care, and accountancy sectors, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (for which Carter sits as a legal assessor), the General Dental Council, the British Association of Social Workers, and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Carter led the team advising the IPA on a highly sensitive disciplinary matter concerning possible breaches of confidentiality in a deceased former member’s working papers, and is assisting with the development of a framework which will be used by IPA’s members globally, taking into consideration a variety of local laws. Emma Dowden-Teale joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP and was promoted to partner; she was part of the team advising the Council of the Inns of Court on issues arising from the appointment of its tribunal members. Consultant John Trotter is noted for his β€˜first-class attention to detail’. Selman Ansari joined Bindmans LLP.

Shah Qureshi and John Halford jointly head the practice at Bindmans LLP, which combines a β€˜very high level of competence and professionalism’ with an β€˜absolute commitment to clients’. The team provides β€˜sound, measured, and useful advice’, representing clients across the healthcare, legal, and financial sectors and acting on behalf of regulators and individuals in judicial review claims. Halford advised the Association of Child Psychotherapists on a number of disciplinary investigations and proceedings, including on data protection issues and on the impact of domestic violence allegations on fitness to practice. Other recent work includes acting for a surgeon in a judicial review claim challenging the GMC’s decision to begin fitness-to-practice proceedings for concerns arising outside of the β€˜limitation period’ for regulatory action. Also recommended are associate Nick Fry, who is praised for his β€˜legal acumen’, β€˜approachable manner’, and ability to β€˜understand his clients’ priorities’; Peter Daly (also an associate); senior consultant Selman Ansari, who joined the team from Bates Wells Braithwaite; and Sharney Randhawa, whose expertise extends to whistleblowing matters involving the NHS.

Leading individuals

Melanie Carter - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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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

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s β€˜strong’ team is rated for its β€˜clear advice, tailored to business demands’ and β€˜fantastic awareness of the demands facing public institutions’. It is headed by William Garnett, who acted for former principal of North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot), Sunaina Mann, in a dispute regarding aggregate remuneration; following Mann’s transfer to the subsidiary Women’s College in Jeddah as principal and CEO, Garnett has been representing Mann in constructive dismissal claims before the Employment Tribunal. Paul Jennings (β€˜responsive, commercial and scintillatingly bright’) successfully represented Margaret Dewhurst in a test case regarding the employment rights of couriers brought against CitySprint before the Employment Tribunal. Clients akso single out the β€˜truly exceptional’ Lucy McLynn, who assisted City and Islington College and Westminster Kingsway College with TUPE issues arising from their high-profile merger; Paul Seath, who has β€˜strong industry knowledge, is able to identify key issues and provides sound advice’; and Martin Bunch, who has β€˜top-rate knowledge’.

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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 is β€˜one of the top firms in the country for immigration’ and has β€˜an excellent team that offers a very high level of service, and attracts high-quality work in all types of cases’. With expertise across business and personal immigration, it advises clients across the media, education and charity sectors, acting for clients such as Endemol UK, The Royal Drawing School, Tyrus Capital Services, Rock Corps, Intersystems and Hillsong Church London, as well as advising a range of individual clients from domestic workers to chief executives of well-known companies and high-profile personalities in the entertainment business. Team head Philip Trott is β€˜an exceptional lawyer’ with β€˜immense knowledge and experience'. Senior associate Chetal Patel specialises in business immigration, and has a focus on advising clients on Tier 2 applications. Recently promoted partner Tim Barnden β€˜combines excellent client skills with years of specialist experience and enviable knowledge of the law’, and is noted for his personal and human rights immigration practice. Christopher Randall has recently left the firm.

Leading individuals

Philip Trott - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Next generation lawyers

Chetal Patel - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Tim Barnden - 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 β€˜a 21st century law firm with a very knowledgeable and flexible team that provides pragmatic advice. The service it provides is second to none’. The charities team is β€˜very innovative and responsive to the needs of the social enterprise sector’, and is co-headed by Julian Blake and the β€˜practical and commercially minded’ Philip Kirkpatrick. The firm’s β€˜knowledge of the charities and not-for-profit sector is unparalleled, particularly in an international context’, and it fields a large team of β€˜excellent lawyers along with some superb junior solicitors’. Among them are the β€˜calm and unflappable’ Laura Soley, who is β€˜responsive and completely client focused’; Lawrence Simanowitz, who β€˜applies practical solutions to complex problems’; Stephanie Biden, who is β€˜great with clients and explains the most complex matters in simple terms’; the β€˜technically excellent’ Thea Longley, who works with a broad range of not-for-profit organisations; Rosamund McCarthy, who is particularly experienced in legal issues with public policy implications and has β€˜a deep understanding of the charities sector’; Abbie Rumbold, a leading charity and social enterprise lawyer; and head of social finance Luke Fletcher, who β€˜provides straightforward advice on the most complex matters’. Erica Crump was promoted to partner, and associate Pippa Garland is β€˜very clear, efficient and concise’. Recent work for the team includes advising the Samaritans and Royal Albert Hall on a variety of matters, and providing extensive governance advice to Amnesty International (UK section).

Leading individuals

Abbie Rumbold - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Julian Blake - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Laura Soley - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Lawrence Simanowitz - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Philip Kirkpatrick - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Rosamund McCarthy - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Thea Longley - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Next generation lawyers

Pippa Garland - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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London: Public sector

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

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Melanie Carter heads Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice and is lauded as β€˜a highly able lawyer, who is excellent at client management’. Advising the National Audit Office on the legality of local authorities entering into lender option borrower option loans was a highlight for the practice, which is assisting NCS Trust with gaining independence from the government and establishing itself as a Royal Charter body. The Advertising Standards Authority is a long-standing client of Rupert Earle, who β€˜provides sound and clear advice’ and acted for the regulator in several matters, including opposing an injunction application from JB Global to prohibit the publication of a ruling relating to misleading information in a television advertisement. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Portman Group and Single Source Regulations Office are key clients of the practice. Recently promoted partner Emma Dowden-Teale joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP and is β€˜someone in whom clients feel complete confidence in’, standing out for her niche expertise in awarding body regulation, while Claire Whittle is highly regarded for her β€˜knowledge and pragmatism’ and was made up to senior associate.

Leading individuals

Melanie Carter - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Next generation lawyers

Claire Whittle - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Emma Dowden-Teale - 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 β€˜expert’ group houses β€˜lawyers who are innovative in their thinking, demonstrate superb judgement and provide prompt and incisive advice’. The group’s strength lies in organisational changes and restructurings, and mergers between further education institutions and universities. Julian Blake, who has β€˜an unequalled sector expertise and track record’, is leading a team that includes Caraline Johnson, Mary Groom and employment expert William Garnett in assisting Bromley College with its proposed Type B merger with Greenwich College. Lucy McLynn handled a merger for Westminster Kingsway College and City and Islington College. Groom is assisting Activate Learning with the acquisition of ATG, a charitable training provider. Simon Steeden led a team advising Universities UK on matters concerning the Universities for Europe campaign, following the EU referendum. Garnett β€˜strikes the right balance between advocacy and outstanding tactical prowess’. Chichester College, London Metropolitan University, Association of Colleges, Palmer’s College and Seevic College are new clients.

Leading individuals

Mary Groom - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s β€˜leading’ team utilises its β€˜excellent sector and policy knowledge’ to provide β€˜clear and insightful support on legal points within the broader context’. The group assists schools, multi-academy trusts, academy sponsors and public bodies with a wide range of matters such as governance, structuring and charitable law. β€˜Extremely knowledgeable, technically astute and pragmatic’ practice head Mary Groom provides β€˜authoritative and clear advice in an effective manner’. Groom is leading a team, which also includes senior associate Caraline Johnson, advising Mulberry School for Girls on setting up a multi-academy trust, and is assisting Olive Academies with its development and expansion, including recently managing the transfer of two pupil referral units into the trust. The team provides ongoing legal advice to Greenwich Free School and is handling governance and regulatory matters for Langley Park Academies. It is also advising Catch22 Multi Academies Trust on issues ranging from governance to employment and post-conversion matters. Beech Lodge School was among new client wins. Paul Jennings is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Mary Groom - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Electoral
Electoral - ranked: tier 1

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’ team β€˜really knows its stuff’ and is β€˜a top pick for many clients due to its industry knowledge and exceptionally impressive pragmatism’. Simon Steeden and Rosamund McCarthy jointly lead the practice, which is β€˜a leader in the field’ and has core strengths in non-party campaigning. This is particularly evident through the department’s work for Britain Stronger in Europe, the lead advocacy group for the Remain campaign; the team also separately acted for Universities UK, Trades Union Congress and 38 Degrees on their involvement with EU referendum campaigning. Steeden is also part of a review into the regulation surrounding non-party campaigning led by Lord Hodgson. The Green Party of England and Wales, Avaaz and the National Union of Students are also clients. Melanie Carter, who is β€˜incisive, an expert and extremely highly regarded’, is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Simon Steeden - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

The β€˜exceptional’ group at Bates Wells Braithwaite provides β€˜an extremely high’ level of service, and stands out for its β€˜rigorous approach to any problem, approachable manner and solution-driven attitude’ and β€˜a team that goes above and beyond for its clients’. Practice head Melanie Carter, who is β€˜a very good communicator with an Olympic-standard knowledge of public law’, also leads the firm’s local government audit team, and recently advised the National Audit Office on an external audit of local government legal queries arising from the client’s functions. The β€˜genuinely brilliant’ Abbie Rumbold specialises in public service delivery and social care issues; Rumbold’s recent work includes acting for Hounslow Music Service on the transferral of its music services to an independent charity. Lawrence Simanowitz assisted Lincolnshire County Council with the movement of its music services into an independent charitable incorporated organisation.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite offers β€˜practical, down to earth advice at a good price’ and the practice has an β€˜excellent understanding of the charity and commercial property sectors’. In one recent example of work in the charity sector, Nick Ivey is advising YMCA London Southwest on the purchase of land with a view to development as a housing project providing 36 units of accommodation for the homeless. The team also has a strong leisure offering, which takes in cultural and creative organisations; β€˜intelligent’ deputy head of department Mark Traynor and β€˜efficient’ senior associate Karli Hiscock are advising the British Film Institute on the acquisition of a long leasehold interest in part of the Hungerford Car Park for the construction of a new National Film Centre on the Southbank. Tony Cartmell heads the department.

Next generation lawyers

Karli Hiscock - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Bates Wells Braithwaite

The β€˜responsive, thorough and knowledgeable’ department at Bates Wells Braithwaite β€˜acts in a first-class professional manner that clients find incredibly impressive’. Lesley Robinson and senior associate William Scott are the key names to note in the practice, which focuses on the charity sector; the group’s client roster includes YMCA, the National Rifle Association, Diabetes UK and The Guide Association. Other areas of expertise for the team include handling telecoms disputes and possession claims, and advising clients in the education and retail sectors.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice β€˜benefits from the combination of being a small specialist team of true experts with being part of a larger firm with all the resources that brings’. Practice head and β€˜consummate professional’ Rupert Earle provides β€˜balanced and realistic advice’ and recently advised Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust on a complaint to the IPSO relating to an inaccurate headline published in the Daily Mail. The group also acted for Times Newspapers in the Supreme Court claiming that the High Court was unjust in awarding an individual the costs of a libel action, and successfully represented an individual in a right to be forgotten request to Google. The National Union of Students, Fair Trade Federation and the Advertising Standards Authority are also clients. Associate Ross Allan is β€˜clearly a highly capable litigator, who is bright, hardworking and great to work with’.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite attracts praise for its β€˜excellent response times, solid business advice, great value for money and superbly attentive and personal service’. The highly regarded Rupert Earle is advising the ASA on a number of advertising cases involving UK and EU law issues and threats of judicial review. The group also has niche expertise advising charity sector clients on a range of trade mark issues; in an illustration of its capability in this area, Rosamund McCarthy is advising the charity Girl Effect on branding, advertising, IP rights and governance matters, and trade mark attorney Mathew Healey is assisting a household charity on its international portfolio of registered trade marks and pending applications spanning more than 40 jurisdictions.

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

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s β€˜professional, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly team’ provides β€˜thoughtful and helpful advice’ and its β€˜response times are impressive’. It is noted for its expertise in theatre, film, TV, marketing and advertising, as well as its strength in advising charities and not-for-profit clients in the arts sector. It is advising Akram Khan Dance Company on its group restructuring, registration for charitable status, IP rights and contractual matters, and is advising Pallant House Gallery and Friends of Pallant House Gallery on the restructuring of the gallery and related organisation. Royal Albert Hall, The Space CIC, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice and British Council are also clients. Head of media and arts Lawrence Simanowitz has β€˜in-depth expertise in the sector’. Other key figures include Rupert Earle (β€˜an excellent communicator and deals well with clients’), who is noted for his advertising and marketing expertise. Recently promoted partner Erica Crump is β€˜first-rate’ and co-leads the firm’s culture and creative team with Simanowitz, solicitor Molly Waiting and associate Tom Pratt.

Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Rupert Earle - Bates Wells Braithwaite (Advertising and marketing)

Next generation lawyers

Erica Crump - Bates Wells Braithwaite (Theatre; film and TV)

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Known for its strength in the charity sector, Bates Wells Braithwaite’s β€˜diligent’ team primarily acts for sports charities and national governing bodies. The practice provides β€˜comprehensive and accurate advice’, is β€˜good value for money’ and goes β€˜above and beyond’ expectations. Department head Thea Longley is a β€˜great communicator’ who, according to one client, β€˜steers you towards the best option’; she acted for Football Foundation on a new sports funding programme Parklife, which involves closer cooperation with local authorities to improve the provision of football facilities. The team has niche expertise assisting sporting bodies with obtaining and structuring grants. Other clients include the RFU, the Lawn Tennis Association and several high-profile sportspeople.

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