The Legal 500

Osborne Clarke

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

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s versatile practice advises on an array of contract types, with expertise in the key sectors of digital business, energy, retail, financial services and transport/automotive. John Buyers heads a large national team, which acted for KPMG on a major strategic alliance with F1’s McLaren relating to the latter’s Applied Technologies business. Vodafone and Western Power Distribution are also clients.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

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Under Simon Neill’s leadership, the practice at Osborne Clarke is ‘developing a burgeoning reputation in the field’. Neill and Katherine Kirrage provided merger control and competition law advice on the £3.8bn merger between Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Group. Senior associate Zoe Hare arrived from Ashurst. Jorren Knibbe is now with Guildhall Chambers.

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

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

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At Osborne Clarke, David Blair’s ‘knowledge of UK and EU financial regulation is unmatched’, particularly in respect of crowdfunding regulations. Headed by the ‘very ablePaul Anning, the three-partner team is also well versed in payments, consumer financing and funds regulation matters.

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

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Osborne Clarke's practice head Jonathan King had a particularly active 2014, advising, among others, carbonated mixer supplier Fever Tree Drinks on its £154m IPO and also acting for Patisserie Holdings on its £170m float. The cross-office team also includes Mark Wesker in Bristol and James Massy-Collier, who splits his time between Reading and London.

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Investment funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 3

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Retail funds - ranked: tier 4

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Osborne Clarke’s ‘nimble team delivers a personalised service’. Tim Simmonds is ‘approachable and commercially focused’; he specialises in real estate funds and regularly advises institutional managers, property fund managers and institutional investors. Financial institutions group head Paul Anning acted for Notion Capital on the launch of its second VC fund.

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

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Osborne Clarke’s team under Simon Smith advised Carphone Warehouse Group on its £3.6bn merger with Dixons Retail. As well as continuing to dominate the digital marketing and advertising space, acting for clients such as Iris and Fetch Media, the team was also active on a number of renewable energy deals. The arrival of Russell Van Praagh from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP has helped to offset the departures of Alex Worner to McCarthy Tétrault, and Kalpesh Tanna in-house.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions: mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

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Osborne Clarke provides an ‘excellent, partner-led service’ and ‘legal advice appropriately shaped by commercial acumen’. Paul Cooper and associate Karen Pettigrew led advice to August Equity on two new investments. Russell van Praagh joined from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in 2014, alongside legal directors Wyn Jones and Mark Saunders, both formerly of Eversheds LLP. Sarah Crabtree is now with Reed Smith LLP

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

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Osborne Clarke provides a ‘strategic and value-for-money service’ to investors and investees from its London, Bristol and Reading offices. ‘Excellent’ team head Robert Woodknows his stuff and does not raise unnecessary points’. Having previously represented them on numerous financing rounds, Wood advised a group of investors, including Imperial Innovations and Invesco Perpetual, on the £581m IPO of the venture capital-backed biotech company Circassia. The Bristol-based Matthew Lewis is also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

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Osborne Clarke’s team, which includes Tom Ellis and Adrian Lifely, specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing disputes. ‘Great tacticianPeter Clough acted for Wirecard Bank in a large fraud claim involving the UK, Barbados and France.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 4

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Practice head Nick Johnsonstands out for his concise and commercial advice’ at Osborne Clarke. The firm acts for clients such as Facebook, Cancer Research UK and News UK on regulatory matters.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

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Increasingly present in large disputes’, Osborne Clarke acted in a software licensing dispute against Israel’s second largest bank. Adrian Lifelyhas foresight’, and Andrew Bartlett is ‘excellent’.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

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Osborne Clarke is recommended for its energy expertise, including advice on ECT claims, and Russia/CIS arbitration work. Adrian Lifely is ‘tactical’, and Greg Fullelove is ‘a calm presence’.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

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Particularly active in core areas of sector strength such as technology and real estate, Osborne Clarke handles mid-market leveraged finance transactions for a growing cadre of banks including Lloyds, Barclays and Santander. Akmal Ghauri heads the team.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 7

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Osborne Clarke’s Clive Smith has an excellent reputation for rail financing matters, and regularly advises clients such as Hitachi Rail, Siemens and Porterbrook Leasing.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

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Karen Cooper leads a busy national practice at Osborne Clarke, handling both transactions and significant advisory work for the likes of Mitie Group, luxury brand Mulberry Group, and student accommodation provider UNITE Group.

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

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Victoria Parry’s team at Osborne Clarke provides ‘tailored advice’ and acts for clients including Standard Chartered Bank, Lazard and Silicon Valley Bank. Parry and David Cubitt led advice to Box.com on the client’s pan-European expansion programme. Senior associate Christopher Stack is ‘very professional’.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

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Osborne Clarke has an ‘established crisis management team’, and provides ‘commercially relevant’ advice to clients including Motorola, Virgin Media and Cross London Trains. Associate director Mary Lawrence, who is ‘vastly experienced’, leads the team, which includes Catherine Wolfenden, who is valued for her ‘excellent industry contacts’. Associate director Breige Murphy, who is ‘smart and super-organised’ and a personal injury specialist, is also recommended.

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Pensions
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

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Pensions: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

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Osborne Clarke has a ‘strong team across the board’. Practice head Jonathan Hazlett takes a ‘pragmatic and sensible approach’ that ‘benefits all parties’, and led advice to the representative beneficiary in Honda in the Court of Appeal in 2014. Public sector specialist Mark Womersley won a panel place for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) National Framework, and advised the trustees of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund on an innovative funding mechanism.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

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Osborne Clarke has the ‘expertise of a top City firm without the hefty price tag’, and acts for some well-known manufacturers and retailers, such as Energizer/Wilkinson Sword, which it advised in respect of defective shaving products and batteries. Virgin Media and Nintendo of Europe are clients. The ‘very cleverCatherine Wolfenden heads the practice.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 5

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Osborne Clarke has a notable procurement practice, and advised Imtech UK on an energy services agreement with North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Janita Good leads the team.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

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Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

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Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

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Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

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Rajindh Mangat led the team at Osborne Clarke advising Barratt Metropolitan LLP on an amendment-and-restatement in connection with a regeneration project in West Hendon. William Gay and associate Dave Kerr are recommended. In the retail space, Dolf Darnton is praised as being ‘personable, professional and commercial’. Colin Kearney heads the team.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

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Osborne Clarke’s Bristol-based practice includes Jonathan Brooks, who leads on contentious work and divides his time between London and Bristol. Philip Davies, who heads the non-contentious team, has been advising Development Securities on the Abbey Wood and 399 Edgware Road developments in London.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

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Osborne Clarke’s practice, led by Alan John, handled a large amount of advisory work, including advising Powerday on a feedback supply contract for a large Hoddeston energy project. It also advised 16 water companies on a high-profile case – ultimately heard by the ECJ – about whether or not water companies should be subject to environmental freedom-of-information law.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

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Osborne Clarke’s ‘proactive team’ acted for Maidstone Medical Campus in securing outline planning consent for a medical campus. John Baird is recommended. Brian Greenwood joined Winckworth Sherwood in April 2015.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

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Led by the ‘personable, realistic, and commercially attunedMadeleine Clarke, Osborne Clarke’s team has ‘positioned itself well with lenders in particular’. It acted for Santander in relation to facilities made available for the acquisition of eight multi-let industrial estates, a matter that required interdisciplinary advice.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

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Led by the ‘experienced’, ‘enthusiastic and well-briefedGary Lawrenson, who is renowned for his rights to light expertise, Osborne Clarke is ‘excellent with very impressive service levels’. The firm has been advising The UNITE Group on a development.

Leading individuals

Gary Lawrenson - Osborne Clarke

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

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Osborne Clarke’s many prestigious clients include utility company SSE, which it advised in relation to the client’s 2014 advertising campaign featuring Maya the orang-utan, and L’Oréal, which team head Nick Johnson continues to advise on prize promotions. Facebook, Marks and Spencer plc and News UK are also clients.

Leading individuals

Nick Johnson - Osborne Clarke

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

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Osborne Clarke assists clients, especially in the technology and financial services sectors, with contentious and non-contentious data protection and FOI matters. The firm advises EE on compliance issues, and acted for TripAdvisor on marketing and subject access requests. The team continues to advise 16 water companies in a case that will determine whether water companies should be subject to environmental FOI laws. Facebook, EE and Dyson are also clients of James Mullock’s team.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

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Highlights for Osborne Clarke included helping KPMG to establish a strategic alliance with the McLaren Formula 1 team, which will allow the client to use McLaren’s technology for its auditing services. EE, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom are clients, which has particular expertise in new, transformational technologies. John Buyers, who has extensive experience of commercial outsourcing, leads the practice. Simon Rendell is also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

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Patent and designs litigator Lorna Brazell leads the team at Osborne Clarke following Theo Savvides’ move to Bristows LLP in September 2014. The team was boosted by the arrival of Rob Guthrie from King & Wood Mallesons in January 2015. Brazell advised Celltrion on the launch of its monoclonal antibody.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

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Osborne Clarke’s digital media-focused practice is led by well-respected media and technology partner Paul Gardner, who specialises in commercial transactions and regulatory issues relating to the crossover of technology and entertainment. Nick Johnson, John Davidson-Kelly and Adrian Bott are recommended.

Leading individuals

Paul Gardner - Osborne Clarke (Computer games)

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Media finance
Media finance - ranked: tier 2

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Paul Gardner at Osborne Clarke advises clients investing in media, and interactive media in particular. Recent work includes acting for a game fund on preparing its project documents and a series of project investments.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

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Osborne Clarke’s practice group, led by the ‘highly knowledgeable’ transactional expert Janita Good, provides ‘very good high-level advice’. Lorna Brazell handled Celltrion’s opposition of Genentech’s dosage regime patent at the European Patent Office. Other key practitioners include Ben Goodger, formerly of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, and Andrew Bartlett.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

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Osborne Clarke advised Arriva UK Trains on franchise and concession bids, including Crossrail, Caledonian Sleeper and Scotrail; and acted for Eversholt on a range of rolling stock projects. Team head Lara Burch enjoys a ‘fantastic reputation’, and Clive Smith, Simon Smith, Simon Spooner and Jonathan Brooks are also recommended.

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