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Osborne Clarke LLP

ONE LONDON WALL, LONDON, EC2Y 5EB, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP acts for domestic and international clients in a broad cross-section of UK-centred commercial agreements, as well as matters with complex cross-border aspects. Reflective of the breadth of the practice, the team advises clients across multiple sectors on agency and distribution, marketing and sponsorship, manufacturing, IT/telecoms and other technology-related outsourcings. Russell Bowyer advised Hyundai on commercial issues related to its sponsorship of the UEFA European Football Championship. In another matter, Dolf Darnton and Will Robertson have been advising new client Bunnings on its rebranding from the Homebase name, as well as commercial contracts issues associated with the client’s separation from Home Retail Group. Practice head John Buyers has a particular specialism in commercial contracts connected with the financial services and TMT sectors, while Simon Spooner focuses on the transport industry, with particular knowledge of the automotive arena. Bristol-based Lara Burch has acted for clients such as Arriva and Western Power Distribution for more than 10 years. Paul Anning has particular experience of transformational commercial projects in the payments industry. Senior associate Ian McKenzie is another name to note.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke LLPprovides exceptional advice’ to corporates and funds clients, and with ‘personalised service at out-of-London prices’ the firm provides clients with ‘compelling reasons’ to look beyond the normal City firms for tax advice, according to one source. Michael Bell was instructed by the management team of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group to handle the international tax structuring of its £921m sale to AMC Theatres. Erika Jupe is advising Solarplicity on the tax aspects of the formation of a group structure incorporating a portfolio of solar PV assets. Tracey Wright is highly recommended. Senior associate Tom Pygall joined from King & Spalding LLP in 2016.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Osborne Clarke LLP is headed by ‘exceptional lawyer’ Simon Neill (who is ‘vastly knowledgeable’, ‘likeable’, and a ‘reassuring presence in difficult discussions’), and ‘goes over and above’, helping clients make the ‘correct commercial decisions’. Neill advised SMART Technologies on the CMA’s review of its acquisition by Hon Hai Precision Industry, securing unconditional clearance, while legal director Marc Shrimpling from the Bristol office advised Dyson on its European distribution model in relation to EU and national competition laws. Associate director Katherine Kirrage is part of the team advising Nomad Foods on competition law compliance in all areas of the business across the EU. The team is also advising EE in connection with the Home Office’s procurement for the emergency services mobile communications programmes, and News UK on a wide range of competition law matters. Bristol-based senior associates Rebecca Malone and Zoë Hare are also recommended.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP

Providing a mix of standalone advisory work, regulatory advice pursuant to financial services M&A, and the regulatory aspects associated with the bringing to market of new products, Osborne Clarke LLP’s three-partner team is particularly noted for its expertise within the consumer finance, payments and asset management space. Paul Anning spearheads the team’s work on the payments front; he has been advising JPMorgan on the regulatory aspects associated with several payments projects including on the application of PSD2 (the second payment services directive) to all of its Treasury Services products. Tim Simmonds is also recommended, in particular for his regulatory expertise surrounding fund formation within the alternative asset management space, as is Kate Johnson who has a particular niche advising on crowdfunding regulatory work.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘incredibly responsive’ team ‘avoids trivia and helps clients focus on the things that matter’. In addition to acting for FTSE AIM 50 and FTSE AIM 100 clients, it also attracts mandates from brokers, investment banks and other financial institutions. In 2016, practice head Jonathan King and senior associate Jake Turcan acted for Investec as NOMAD, broker and bookrunner in Blue Prism’s AIM IPO and £20m institutional placing. In another matter, Mark Wesker was the lead adviser to Tribal Group on a £21m rights issue, which followed the client’s circa £20m disposal of its non-core Synergy business to Servelec Group. Other key figures include Matthew Bodfield, who made partner, and Rebecca Gordon, a notable hire from Dentons.

Leading individuals

Jonathan King - Osborne Clarke LLP

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Well known for its strength in the digital businesses and marketing sector, Osborne Clarke LLP’s practice also counts financial services, real estate, infrastructure and energy as core sector strengths. Simon Smith, who heads the department jointly with the Reading-based Greg Leyshon, acted for ByBox Holdings on the auction process that led to its management buyout, which was backed by LDC. In the technology space, Mark Spinner advised Group IMD on its £96m sale to Inflexion by Vitruvian Partners, while Leyshon acted for IDscan Biometrics on its sale to GB Group for up to £45m. Leyshon also assisted Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group on its £930m sale by Terra Firma to AMC Theatres. In other media-related highlights, Chris King advised Time Inc. (UK) on its purchase of Collective Europe from Collective, while Jonathan King and Conrad Davies acted for Progressive Digital Media Group on its £67m purchase of GlobalData. Janita Good advised Actavis UK and Actavis Ireland on their £603m sale to Intas Pharmaceuticals by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries. The group saw a number of significant changes to the team in 2016: Edward Persse and corporate real estate expert Paul Smith arrived from Irwin Mitchell, corporate finance specialist Rebecca Gordon joined from Dentons, associate director Tom Try joined from Slaughter and May, and senior associate Alexander Underwood, who is an energy specialist, arrived from in-house at Tempus. Matthew Bodfield, a real estate, infrastructure and recruitment sector expert with significant experience in the digital business space, made partner in May 2016. Other recommended partners include Kate Johnson, Russell van Praagh and Mathias Loertscher.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP generates a significant amount of work from private equity funds such as Synova, LDC and HIG European Capital, and has noted a marked uptick in management advisory instructions. Mark Spinner and associate director Mark Saunders acted for the management team of Kew Green Hotels on the £410m sale of the business by TPG Special Situations Partners and Goldman Sachs to CTS Metropark. In another matter, Saunders and Greg Leyshon advised the management team of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group on the Group’s £921m sale to AMC Theatres. On the investor side, practice head Alisdair Livingstone and associate director Chris Yeo advised LDC on the MBO of heating systems specialist ADEY. In recent team developments, Edward Persse and Paul Smith joined from Irwin Mitchell, and Simon Jones made partner, while Paul Cooper retired from private practice.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP (London, Reading, Bristol)

Based out of London but with a significant regional presence in Reading and Bristol, Osborne Clarke LLP has a ‘deep bench and broad market knowledge’. The firm acts on behalf of investors and investees across the full range of sectors which are most prevalent within the venture capital space, although it has a particularly high level of expertise on work within the digital business, marketing and advertising sector. Team head Robert Wood has notable strength advising on complex transactions within the digital business sector, often involving investor syndicates; he recently acted for Highland Europe on the $30m investment in global software company Condeco Group. Wood also acted for Lepe Partners on the $6.3m Series B financing round in Festicket, a UK start-up that allows customers to book a wide range of music festival experiences. Mathias Loertscher has a particular niche assisting corporates in the digital sector raise finance; he recently advised Dovetail Games on its £6m Series A financing from Alcuin Capital Partners. Private equity head Alisdair Livingstone also has an active growth capital practice, which sees him regularly representing Business Growth Fund, including on its recent £3m investment into Direct Online Services. Bristol-based partner Matthew Lewis has a focus on the cleantech and energy sectors and is a key member of the team that also includes Russell Van Praagh. Other clients include Touchstone Innovations, Bridges Ventures and LendInvest.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‘responsive, effective and professional’ team Osborne Clarke LLP has a strong track record in cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes, and also handles Bribery Act and corruption investigations on behalf of its corporate clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes representing Kenvett in English High Court proceedings regarding alleged fraud between business partners, a matter worth upwards of $200m, and acting for claimant Koch Media, who sought to recover the proceeds of a fraud involving an employee and an English business. Adrian Lifely and Tom Ellis co-head the practice, and Andrew Bartlett wins plaudits for his ‘practical and pragmatic approach’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has notable strength in the investment funds sector, and also regularly handles criminal matters in the real estate, energy, media and high-tech fields, amongst others. Practice head Jeremy Summers ‘demonstrates great professional care and competence’, and ‘is compassionate and supportive of clients on a personal level’. Other key figures include Tom Ellis and Charlie Wedin, who focuses on cross-border disputes involving technology.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘a strong firm with excellent practitioners and offers very good value for money’. The firm hired Rachel Couter, who specialises in financial services regulatory investigations and banking and financial markets litigation, from King & Wood Mallesons, and Ashley Hurst, who is experienced in digital business-related commercial litigation, from Olswang. The practice has specialisms in disputes work for CIS clients and Middle East-related matters; and its sector strengths are technology and digital business, energy and natural resources, and financial services. It acted for Vision Games, a Guernsey-based fund, in its pursuit of claims against Relentless, which is now in administration. Adrian Lifely ‘has deep experience and expertise’; Andrew Bartlett ‘has a sharp understanding of foreign, substantive and procedural law’; and Tom Ellis is ‘very good’. Eugene Matveichuk joined Fladgate LLP while Matthew Heywood joined Clyde & Co LLP’s Dubai construction team in July 2017.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLPcompares well with other firms; it can take on disputes where much bigger firms are instructed and not be outgunned in the least’. The practice regularly acts in international arbitrations involving the energy sector, digital businesses (including video-gaming) and construction; and the team has particular experience in Middle East, Russia and CIS-related arbitrations. Greg Fullelove and Adrian Lifely co-head the international arbitration group. Fullelove is ‘an excellent lawyer, who is very sharp and with a keen sense of what is a good argument - he combines an academic approach with an ability to get to grips with practical points’; and Lifely is ‘a very strong arbitration practitioner’.

Leading individuals

Greg Fullelove - Osborne Clarke LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke LLP

Supported by strong and well-established offerings out of Bristol and Reading, Osborne Clarke LLP’s six-partner banking team in London is seen as a credible option by banks and borrowers on mid-market deals, particularly in relation to deals within sectors which the firm has a focus on. Technology accounts for a significant amount of acquisition finance work handled by the team; Dominic Ross advised RBS on the financing (which included a £36m term loan facility) to Maintel Holdings to facilitate its acquisition of Azzurri Communications. Ben Truman is also recommended. Other clients include HSBC, Santander and Silicon Valley Bank.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke LLP

Led by the ‘very experienced’ Clive Smith, ‘who knows the rail industry very well’, Osborne Clarke LLP’s one-partner asset finance group handles work for a varied mix of participants in the rail industry including operators (Arriva), manufacturers (Siemens) and banks (Barclays Bank and Lloyds). The firm is particularly active for leading rolling stock operating company Eversholt Rail Group, which it acts for on the financing, acquisition and leasing of large fleets. Smith’s other recent highlights include advising Stadler Rail Valencia on the modification of an existing fleet of Class 68 locomotives, owned by Beacon Rail, for the purposes of integrating them with new coaching stock to be built by Spanish train manufacturer CAF, for lease initially to First TransPennine Express.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s share schemes team ‘never falls short of excellence’. It was bolstered by the arrival of Michael Carter from Addleshaw Goddard; he has replaced Karen Cooper as practice head after Cooper’s departure to found Cooper Cavendish. Recent work for Carter includes advising Stagecoach Group on remuneration and share scheme issues, while associate Sue Hachmi and corporate partner Mark Wesker acted for Tribal Group on the incentives aspects of its delisting from the London Stock Exchange and subsequent AIM listing. The team includes associate Mairi Granville-George. Other clients include Provident Financial Group, Metal Tiger and Britvic.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s group often handles high-profile mandates from clients in the financial services sector. Group head Victoria Parry has been advising Silicon Valley Bank on compliance issues arising from the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Parry also acted for Standard Chartered Bank in a constructive unfair dismissal claim arising from a restructuring. David Cubitt, who heads the national employment practice, acted for Excel Group Services with an employment status claim brought by one of the client’s bike couriers as one of four consecutive claims brought by bike couriers against courier companies that include CitySprint, Addison Lee and eCourier. Cubitt has also been assisting Yahoo! with cross-border employment issues arising from the acquisition of the company by Verizon. Other recent highlights include advising on senior executive terminations, trade union and TUPE matters for Radwell and Unipart Manufacturing.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Experienced and very easy to work with’, Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice has notable experience advising on contentious and compliance matters with international elements. Practice head Mary Lawrence, who was promoted to partner in 2016, is ‘a pleasure to work with from counsel’s perspective’. The team includes commercial and regulatory partner Catherine Wolfenden and senior associate Jo Forbes, who ‘provides a high quality service’ to clients in the healthcare and retail sectors. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Katie Vickery, who is ‘clearly an expert within her field’, from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2016. Other clients include RWE, Vodafone and Marks & Spencer.

Next generation lawyers

Jo Forbes - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke

Always there when clients need them’, Osborne Clarke’s ‘skilled’ lawyers have ‘strong awareness of the market and developments in pensions law’. In addition to its specialism in public sector work and litigation, the team also handles data protection compliance matters for trustees. Practice head Jonathan Hazlett, who ‘has a cool head’ and ‘is strong in negotiations’, advised a number of employers (Praxair Surface Technologies, Total Produce and Hollingsworth & Vose) on the closure of their respective defined-benefit schemes to future accrual. Mark Womersley has been assisting the trustees of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund in relation to the participating employer’s exit from the fund, including the use of a flexible apportionment arrangement and investment matters. On the contentious side, Paul Matthews acted for the representative beneficiary of the Girls’ Day School Trust Pension Scheme on a claim brought by the previous employer concerning a transfer of assets and liabilities. Clients single out the ‘highly competent’ and ‘indispensable’ Brent Wright, who has ‘a good balance of knowledge, responsiveness and interpersonal skills’. Other clients include the PPF, Transport for London and the trustees of the Kier Group Pension Scheme.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP

Associate director Claire Temple leads Osborne Clarke LLP’s product regulation service line and advises clients on various matters in relation to bringing their products to market, including assisting with by assisting with labelling, regulatory issues and packaging; handling product recalls and representing clients in regulatory investigations and disputes are among other strengths. Products wise, Temple’s expertise includes drones, driverless cars and food and drink. The firm has experience in acting for automotive, media and technology companies and other diversified clients.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP handles a range of work regarding venture capital and technology fund formations, as well as some investor-side and secondary market matters. Helen Parsonage advised Notion Capital Partners, a manager with a track record in venture capital, on its £60m entrance to the world of growth capital funds; she also acted for Foresight Group on creating an Enterprise Investment Scheme in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, a sister company of the Formula One team. As far as secondary market work is concerned, Tim Simmonds advised Hollyport Capital on a range of purchases of fund interests. Other clients include BAE Systems’ pension schemes, which Parsonage acted for on the acquisition of several limited partner interests, and PROfounders Capital Partners, which Parsonage advised on the launch of its second venture capital fund.

Next generation lawyers

Helen Parsonage - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘excellent, pragmatic and commercial’ practice advises a number of leading managers on high-value fund formations, conversions, secondary transactions and managed accounts. Tim Simmonds has ‘a fine grasp of commercial practicalities’ – he acted for Niam, a Swedish manager, on forming an €820m closed-ended real estate fund, and Palmer Capital Partners on an unusual arrangement to transform a closed-ended fund into an open-ended fund. Also in the open-ended funds space, he represented Deutsche Bank on creating an open-ended Luxembourg-domiciled fund open to both German and non-German investors.

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London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s team is ‘always responsive and knowledgeable, and provides a high-quality and excellent service, with particular strength in helping entrepreneurs. Stuart Janaway has ‘a flexible style that appeals to a variety of clients, and also has a strong knowledge of US tax issues. He provides practical advice’. Andrew Goodman is ‘superb with clients, and very knowledgeable. The team is best known for acting for entrepreneurs, business owners and international families, often acting on cross-border matters, and has strong US connections. On the investment side, the team works with the firm’s financial services and funds team in advising on the UK tax treatment of a variety of investment structures, assisting banks and investment managers looking to develop new funds and investment offerings in the UK.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s 11-partner practice is split between Bristol and London and is headed by Chris Wade, who focuses his practice on the university, secondary market, road and energy sectors. DIF appointed the team to oversee its acquisition of SSE’s three remaining street lighting PFI projects in the UK, and the Bristol-based Catherine Wolfenden acted for Siemens in its public procurement challenge against Abellio in connection with its rolling stock contract for the new East Anglia franchise. In the university sector, Wade has recently advised bidders on the delivery of student accommodation for the universities of Falmouth and St Andrews. Simon Hancock is assisting EE with its programme to provide a next-generation communication system to the UK emergency services. As for emerging markets work, the team continues to assist a leading UAE contractor with its joint venture to deliver a mixed-use development and related infrastructure at Saadiyat Island. Omar Al-Nuaimi and Andrew Normington are additional key contacts. Matthew Heywood joinedClyde & Co LLP’s Dubai construction team in July 2017.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

According to some, Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘a firm of great experience in UK energy matters and has a thriving renewable energy practice’; its team includes ‘thought leaders in the decentralised energy and energy technology market’. The practice advised InfraRed on its acquisition of the Afton wind farm, acted for a leading renewables developer on the development and financing of a new UK waste to energy project, and assisted Solarplicity with the implementation of a £115m refinancing of a solar asset portfolio. London head of energy Simon Hobday leads the team ‘with an infectious enthusiasm tempered by an unshakeable professional core’ alongside Bristol-based global energy head David Ferris, who ‘seems to be driven by a desire to help technical innovation’. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of financing expert Jakub Kibicki from DLA Piper. Also recommended are James Watson and senior associate Simon Jones, who is ‘a sound corporate lawyer and provides clear and concise advice’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Able to see both sides’, Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘practical and commercial’ team underwent further expansion in 2016 with the hires of Louise Cartwright and Jo Footitt from Irwin Mitchell; their arrival has helped to broaden the practice’s landlord-side retail work. Tenant-side retail work is led from Bristol by Dolf Darnton, whose impressive client list includes Homebase, Selfridges and Halfords. Aside from retail, the practice has a strong sector-focus in areas such as energy, student housing and build to rent/PRS. In one example of the latter, David North acted for Palmer Capital and Cubex Land on the forward funding of two eight-storey towers comprising around 200 private rented homes, together with leisure space at ground level. In the development sub-sector, the team advised on a range of residential mandates for housebuilders and land promoters such as Welbeck Land and Taylor Wimpey East London. National head of investment Peter Day leads the London offering, where clients include UK and overseas institutions, public and private property companies and private investors; his recent work includes advising Savills IM on the £75m sale of 33 Gracechurch Street, London, by way of transferring the Jersey Property Unit Trust to a private overseas investor; and representing Orchard Street Prime UK Property Fund on its acquisition of a freehold interest in Broadway House, 1-15 King Street Hammersmith. Legal director Tim Hart and senior associate David Kerr are also both recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Hart - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP reported an uptick in contractor work during 2016, with the contentious team busy on domestic and international mandates for clients such as Midas Construction, Arabtec, and San Jose Construction. Jonathan Brooks, who divides his time between Bristol and London, is acting for Midas Construction in a final account dispute with Anchor 2020 concerning the construction of a £37 million retirement village in Hampshire, and the team is representing Knauf Group on a substantial dispute arising from the supply of materials for a very large UK PFI build. The non-contentious offering is led by Philip Davies, and energy and utilities specialist Carl Thompson, who –like Brooks– divide their time between Bristol and London. Asser ‘impresses on power cable projects’, and is also recommended for his solar expertise – he continues to advise Foresight Group on its entire UK solar park portfolio. Davies’ recent caseload took in a number of major development mandates, including advising Palmer Capital Partners and Cubex Land on the construction of a mixed-use development at Finzels Reach in Bristol, and acting for Bristol Sport on the £45m redevelopment of Ashton Gate football stadium. Matthew Heywood joined Clyde & Co LLP’s Dubai construction team in July 2017.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s Bristol-based practice continues to impress in the renewables space, where it advises on a variety of technologies including solar, wind, biomass, waste and landfill gas. In one highlight, the team advised Oxford Capital Partners on its acquisition and development of a large portfolio of farm-based anaerobic digestion projects in England and Wales. Legal director Matthew Germain was particularly busy, handling a range of mandates including product stewardship, Environment Agency investigations and corporate transactions; Germain is currently acting for Northacre Renewable Energy on the environmental aspects arising from the construction and development of a merchant energy from waste project in Westbury, Wiltshire. The practice also enjoys a strong housebuilder following; Germain assisted clients such as Taylor Wimpey and Barrett Homes with environmental matters concerning the acquisition and sale of land. Alan John heads the team.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Germain - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

At Osborne Clarke LLP, John Baird and senior associate Anna Harlow have particular expertise acting for housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey and Barratt David Wilson Homes on planning for large residential schemes. The practice is also noted for its leading position in the growth area of student accommodation, with key clients including Student Castle and UNITE. Asda Stores is a longstanding client in the retail space.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP fields a ‘strong, very responsive team’ that provides ‘very good coverage’ of a range of property finance matters and has cross-border capabilities. It is well known for its borrower- and sponsor-side strength, but is handling more and more matters for lenders. ‘No-nonsense, commercial and client-oriented’ practice head Madeleine Clark ‘knows the market well’; she advised Campus Living Villages (Salford) UK on the £9m refinancing of student accommodation at the University of Salford. On the lender side, Nick Padget and Dominic Ross acted for Santander UK on the £60m refinancing of three of NewRiver Retail’s shopping centres. Other clients include Infrared Capital Partners, Meyer Homes, Delph Properties and Aeriance. Louise Cartwright and real estate expert Jo Footitt, who are noted for their experience with logistics and shopping centres, joined from Irwin Mitchell in November 2016. Jason Lawrance made partner in May 2017. Akmal Ghauri and Ben Truman are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Madeleine Clark - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s practice, led by Gary Lawrenson, stands out for its expertise in development litigation and landlord and tenant disputes. Recent highlights include acting for Oxford Capital Partners in several landlord and tenant matters arising out of the construction of an anaerobic digestion energy plant and representing New Printing House Square in a rights to light case against the Royal Mail regarding the redevelopment of the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site. Lawrenson also successfully acted for G Park Skelmersdale in the Court of Appeal, in a case pertaining to compensation for the depreciation in the value of land caused by overhead electricity lines. Associate director Carl Roche is noted for his energy sector expertise, senior associate Donal Kelly regularly advises corporate occupiers, and energy-related dispute specialist David Shakesby, who is based in the firm’s Bristol office, made partner in 2017.

Leading individuals

Gary Lawrenson - Osborne Clarke LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP provides ‘quick, accurate and carefully judged advice to clients facing cybersecurity issues’, and recently advised Yahoo! EMEA on a range of data protection issues relating to its digital advertising business. Further highlights included assisting Wirecard Group with the data elements of the payment processing delivery methods used in its mobile payment technology; handling multiple cross-border privacy projects for Alibaba; and representing Russian businessman Vladimir Scherbakov in a data privacy claim against the Daily Mail relating to issues of misidentification. Mark Taylor leads the department, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Will Robertson and Ashley Hurst from Bond Dickinson LLP and legacy Olswang LLP respectively. Robertson is highly regarded for his cross-border data transfer expertise. Hurst focuses on litigation and is ‘a rising star with a deserved reputation as a high-quality lawyer’.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘highly supportive throughout the client’s involvement with various regulatory bodies’, and ‘always keeps the client informed of any new articles related to your case’. It acts for a mix of domestic and international companies, advising on anti-bribery and corruption issues along with data breaches, fraud and all aspects of white-collar crime. Jeremy Summers ‘demonstrates great professional care and competence’, and is ‘compassionate and supportive in his treatment of clients on a personal level’. Tom Ellis is also a key practitioner.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s department, which is recognised for its online defamation and privacy expertise and acts for claimants and defendants, is led by Ashley Hurst, who joined from legacy firm Olswang LLP in 2016. Recent work includes defending banker David Longmuir against a libel claim brought by Svetlana Lokhova relating to defamatory emails; representing former USSR deputy prime minister Vladimir Scherbakov in claims for damages caused by an article published by the Daily Mail; and handling pre- and post-publication libel issues for Emap Publishing. Other noteworthy practitioners include Charlie Wedin, who advises on the reputation elements of cyber and data security matters, and senior associate Alexander Vakil, who handles defamation, privacy and social media-related disputes.

Leading individuals

Ashley Hurst - Osborne Clarke LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Many consider Osborne Clarke LLP to be a market leader in sponsorship, advertising and marketing. The firm is also singled out for its expertise in ad-tech and marketing-tech matters; recent highlights include advising on privacy, advertising and contractual issues associated with ad-tech, programmatic advertising, customer audience segmentation and targeting. Representative clients in this space include YuMe, Sonobi and Integral Ad Science. The team was further bolstered with the arrivals of reputation management specialist Ashley Hurst from Olswang LLP, as well as IP litigator Arty Rajendra and trade mark attorney Mark Foreman, both of whom joined from Rouse IP Limited. In other highlights, practice head Nick Johnson is advising L'Oréal on prize promotions, as well as a range of advertising and marketing activities, and continues to assist Facebook with advertising, marketing and brand issues; Tom Harding is advising Bose on brand exploitation issues, including its sponsorship of the Mercedes F1 team; Anna Williams is advising new client Yahoo! on advertising and privacy issues and on internal policies relating to matters such as sensitive ad targeting and customer segmentation; and Robert Guthrie is advising a private members club on the exploitation of the brand internationally and the management of its trade mark portfolio.

Leading individuals

Nick Johnson - Osborne Clarke LLP

Next generation lawyers

Anna Williams - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Payments and IT outsourcing are the fintech areas Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘well-resourced’ practice is best known for, though peer-to-peer lending and cloud services are also areas of experience. The ‘experienced, creative’ team is commended for its ‘deep industry knowledge’. Payments and consumer finance specialist Kate Johnson acted for Wirecard on its launch of Supercard, a pre-paid card whereby domestic bank accounts are loaded onto the Supercard app enabling the app to be used for all foreign transactions. Wirecard also instructed Johnson on the transfer of its merchant acquiring business from Germany to the UK. On the corporate side, Johnson advised iZettle on its acquisition of intelligentpos. Johnson also acted alongside Bristol-based corporate partner Mark Wesker for digital banking service provider Advanced Payment Solutions on obtaining a settlement account with the Bank of England, with a bond issuance and with obtaining £20m-worth of loans from Shawbrook Bank. Other clients include Tech Mahindra Fintech Holdings, J.P. Morgan, Terra Payments Services and, in the insurtech space, Admiral Group. The ‘adaptable and considerably knowledgeable’ Paul Anning is an expert in payments; commercial and outsourcing specialist Mark Taylor is also recommended. The team was joined in Bristol by commercial partner Will Robertson, an expert in technology and privacy, from Bond Dickinson LLP in May 2016; and in London by financial regulatory specialist Nikki Worden from Addleshaw Goddard in June 2017.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Osborne Clarke LLP acts for clients including Vodafone and KPMG. Mark Taylor and John Buyers, who has ‘a robust approach’, specialise in commercial outsourcing and IT. Buyers advised Vodafone on outsourcing projects relating to its HR and Enterprise IT services, and assisted Micro Focus with international software licenses and IT implementation agreements. Jon Fell heads the telecoms team and has notable expertise in commercial transactions; he serves as the firm’s relationship partner with EE. Consultant Simon Rendell is a key name for mobile payments and cyber security matters, and Marcus Vass has a particular focus on Asia and significant experience in outsourcing and data protection. Senior associate Ian McKenzie handles non-contentious IT and technology matters. Will Roberston, who specialises in IT outsourcing and procurement, was a new arrival from Bond Dickinson LLP and Nina Cummins re-joined the firm from an in-house position at Facebook.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

At Osborne Clarke LLP, the team covers a number of different areas of IP, and has gained a reputation for its cross-jurisdictional advice. The team recently received a significant boost, hiring four partners from Rouse IP Limited, including IP litigator Arty Rajendra, trade marks specialist Mark Foreman, senior associate Richard May and chartered trade mark attorney Leanne Gulliver. Clients include Facebook, the European Commission and Ubisoft, while Toni & Guy, Motorola and Hays are new clients. Practice head Lorna Brazell is conducting market analysis for the European Commission in a study pertaining to how IP laws affect data. Robert Guthrie joined from King & Wood Mallesons, and is known for his work in contentious IP. Nick Johnson focuses mainly on marketing and advertising law issues. Other key names include commercial transactions specialist Paul Gardner, life sciences and healthcare expert Janita Good and John Davidson-Kelly, who has particular expertise in content acquisition and licensing.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘always contactable and is able to turn around high-quality commercial advice at very short notice’. Its digital business team is active across advertising, marketing, TV, gaming, social media, interactive entertainment, publishing and digital platforms. It advised Dovetail Games on a fundraising and various related strategic IP and contractual matters. It also acted for Gram Games on the opening of a London office and the acquisition of a game from another developer. Other highlights included advising Time Inc (UK) on its acquisition of digital creative advertising business, Collective Europe, from Collective Inc. Robot Wars, Vodafone, AdTech, Expedia and Yahoo! are also clients. Paul Gardner is experienced in computer games, and has a particular focus on the interactive entertainment and media industries. Other key figures include Adrian Bott, who heads the digital business sector group; Chris King, who heads the advertising and marketing services team; Nick Johnson, who is ‘great on advertising and marketing, and is very pragmatic and approachable’; John Davidson-Kelly, who is ‘very commercial, always contactable and is able to give a common-sense view’ and is noted for TV work; Tim Birt, who advises marketing, media and technology-focused businesses; and corporate partner Mathias Loertscher. Ashley Hurst, who is active in disputes and recently joined from CMS. Associate director Anna Williams is also noted.

Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Paul Gardner - Osborne Clarke LLP (Computer games)

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP (London)

Osborne Clarke LLP made a strong push into the market with the recruitment in February 2017 of a team of four trade mark specialists from Rouse IP Limited. The firm advises a large number of clients from a diverse range of industry sectors, with wide-ranging expertise covering filing and prosecution, portfolio management and enforcement and litigation. Highlights included assisting Qualtex UK and Amec Forest Wheeler with their global trade mark portfolios, and representing Sapphire Brands and TPad in defending a cancellation action against the TPAD device mark by Deutsche Telekom. Toni & Guy, Fred Perry, Stanley Black &Decker and PA Consulting Group are also clients. Mark Foreman, IP litigator Arty Rajendra, Richard May and Leanne Gulliver are the main contacts.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is particularly strong in the transactional space, as illustrated by its advice to Actavis UK and Ireland on its £603m divestment by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to Intas Pharmaceuticals. It is also assisting with a number of CMA investigations, and acted for a biopharmaceutical company in an EPO opposition against the grant of a competitor’s patent relating to a change of dosage regime for a blockbuster cancer drug. Transactional lawyer Janita Good is ‘a very good communicator with a great deal of experience in the industry and a very client-oriented approach’. Lorna Brazell heads the patent litigation group, and has notable experience advising on IP licensing, global patent portfolio management, opposition and appeal proceedings, as well as litigation. Competition lawyers Simon Neill and Marc Shrimpling have notable experience in handling merger control and abuse of dominance matters. Ben Goodger left for an in-house role at ASLAN Pharmaceuticals in November 2016.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘well-connected’ team is noted for its ‘excellent client care’ and ‘ability to understand the suite of (policy as well as legal) issues that are live in the industry’. It has rail franchising, concessions and rolling stock expertise, and also handles a range of broader corporate and commercial matters, including providing public law advice and advice on procurement challenges. Highlights included advising Eversholt Rail Group on the finance, acquisition and leasing of a new fleet built by Spanish train manufacturer CAF, acting for Stadler Rail Valencia on the modification of an existing fleet of Class 68 locomotives, and advising XC Trains on the renewal of its operation of the CrossCountry passenger rail franchise. Team head Lara Burch is ‘up to speed with policy issues in the sector and is able to link the legal advice to these issues’. Other key figures include Clive Smith, who handles asset finance matters in the rail and rolling stock arena, corporate partner Simon Smith, and disputes partner Charlie Wedin. Also recommended are associate director Jeremy Godley, who has ‘in-depth rail expertise’, and senior associate Craig McCarthy, who stands out for his experience handling domestic and EU procurement regulation maters.

Leading individuals

Lara Burch - Osborne Clarke LLP

Next generation lawyers:

Jeremy Godley - Osborne Clarke LLP

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