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Osborne Clarke LLP

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

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP leverages its UK and international network to handle all types of commercially-sensitive and high-value domestic and cross-border agreements. One of the sweet spots of the practice is in digital business, media and advertising, where members of the team advise on outsourcing, general commercial contracts (including supply, agency, advertising and cooperation agreements) and IT contracts. The team, which is jointly led by John Buyers and Lara Burch, also has a wealth of experience of agreements connected with highly regulated industries, such as energy, healthcare/life sciences, financial services and transport (particularly rail). Burch, Will Robertson and others advise Western Power Distribution on all of its procurement contracts, including those for key equipment and assets, such as switchgear and IT contractcs. Another client is medical products supplier GAMA Healthcare, for whom Burch, and senior associates Zoe Hodgins and Jane Whitcombe have developed a suite of contracts to facilitate the distribution of its products by distributors across multiple jurisdictions, as well as distribution agreements where the client is the distributor for another manufacturer's products. Simon Spooner, Mark Taylor, Nick Johnson and Ian McKenzie are among other recommended individuals. In 2017, Tamara Quinn and Nina Cummins joined from Berwin Leighton Paisner and Facebook respectively.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP advises a mixture of corporate and funds clients, with niche expertise in tax issues arising from fund formation and complex partnership restructurings. Drawing on the expertise of 'very knowledgeable' practice head Tracey Wright, the team also has a strong offering of real estate-related tax services. Wright advised Balfour Beatty Investment on all tax structuring in relation to the Sussex University student accommodation project, which was funded by a £200m wrapped bond. Erika Jupe advised Actavis UK on the tax elements of its £603m divestment by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to Intas Pharmaceuticals. Following Michael Bell's departure to an in-house position in September 2017, the team welcomed David Nisbet from White & Case LLP in October 2017, adding significant expertise in private equity transactions.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team at¬†Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery prompt, very enthusiastic, approachable and pragmatic‚Äô, with the technology, media & telecoms and retail sectors areas of strength and holding a niche in advising on procurement and merger control issues around rail franchising. The ‚Äėvastly knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Simon Neill¬†heads the department; he provides day-to-day competition advice to Danone UK and its subsidiaries and assisted matchesfashion.com with the merger control aspects of the sale of a majority stake to Apax Partners. Neill has recently been working with ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô associate director¬†Katherine Kirrage¬†on the provision of strategic competition law advice to Admiral Group. State aid expert¬†Marc Shrimpling¬†and associate director¬†Jeremy Godley¬†are recommended.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Particularly strong in the payments and asset management sectors and with a growing amount of work on the consumer finance front,¬†Osborne Clarke LLP¬†handles 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. 'A pleasure to work with',¬†Kate Johnson¬†and¬†Paul Anning¬†lead on the payments front, with Anning recently handling major PSD2 implementation projects for JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. The 'technically strong and strategically impressive'¬†¬†Rachel Couter¬†heads up the firm's offering on the contentious front and benefits from 'vast knowledge of financial services regulations'. Couter has 'a particularly strong background in cases involving the FCA, having valuable experience of how the Regulator approaches cases¬†'; she recently acted as an Independent Skilled Person under s166 FSMA 2000 in the HSBC customer redress review relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. Associate director¬†Nick Price¬†is 'a very able and cerebral lawyer, with an academic but practical approach to cases'.  

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

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP has longstanding relationships with a number of institutional clients (such as Investec Bank, Peel Hunt and Canaccord Genuity), which is complemented by the size of its corporate client base (it acts for more than 60 listed companies). The firm's outstanding reputation in the market is underpinned by the consistency in which the firm features in large, high-profile and strategically-significant AIM IPOs, secondary transactions and AIM-related acquisitions and disposals. In one of the largest AIM listings of 2017, practice head Jonathan King, Rebecca Gordon and senior associate Kate Mellor acted for Grant Thornton UK LLP (as NOMAD) and Joh. Berenberg , Gossler & Co (as global coordinator and broker) in the £163m IPO of Alpha Financial Consulting Group Plc. The team is also highly active in the Main Market space, as was illustrated by King leading the advice to Shore Capital (as sponsor and joint bookrunner) and Cenkos Securities (as joint bookrunner) on UP Global Sourcing Holding Plc's £105m IPO. Mulberry Plc, Patisserie Holdings Plc and Porta Communications Plc are among other active clients of the firm. Matthew Bodfield specialises in acting for clients in the real estate/infrastructure sector, as well as those in the staffing/recruitment sector. Mark Wesker's work spans industries such as digital business, financial services and energy and utilities. Senior partner Andrew Saul is another active practitioner.

Leading individuals

Jonathan King - Osborne Clarke LLP

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

Osborne Clarke LLP

Well known for its strength in the digital businesses and marketing sector, the ‚Äėhigh-quality‚Äô practice at¬†Osborne Clarke LLP¬†possesses¬†‚Äėstrong industry knowledge‚Äô and provides a ‚Äėcommercial, reliable service‚Äô. Core strengths of the practice beyond technology and telecoms include financial services, real estate, infrastructure and energy.¬†Simon Smith¬†heads the department jointly with the Reading-based¬†Greg Leyshon;¬†Smith advised the shareholders in Service Works Group on the company‚Äôs sale to Swedish-listed software business Addnode Group for SEK 194m. In the technology space,¬†Jonathan King¬†and associate director¬†Tom Try¬†handled RM‚Äôs ¬£56.6m acquisition of Connect Group, a deal which was conditional upon clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Private equity specialist¬†Mark Spinner¬†is recommended as ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable, with good communication skills‚Äô; he notably advised Investis on the acquisition of Phoenix-based digital marketing agency ZOG Digital. The pharmaceuticals sector remains an area of strength for the practice;¬†Janita Good¬†and associate¬†Samantha Peacock¬†advised Actavis on the ¬£60m divestment by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to Intas Pharmaceuticals.¬†Chris King¬†,¬†Tim Birt¬†and¬†Jonathan King¬†are all ‚Äėsolid and reliable‚Äô. Other clients include Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Iris Worldwide Holdings and Leisure Pass Group.¬†Tim Hewens¬†and¬†Alan Francis¬†both joined from¬†Squire Patton Boggs, while associate director¬†Kenneth Wilkinson¬†joined from¬†CMS.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Reflective of Osborne Clarke LLP's growing deal activity, and its commitment to investing in its private equity offering, Simon Jones made partner in May 2017. In addition, the firm more recently hired Tim Hewens and Alistair Francis from Squire Patton Boggs. The team, which is led by Alisdair Livingstone, acts for more than 25 private equity firms in many of their most important mandates; clients include Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), Synova, Inflexion, HIG European Capital and MML Capital. Its management advisory work is also on the increase. In 2017, Livingstone, associate director Chris Yeo and others acted for LDC and the senior management team of A-Gas in the sale of A-Gas to KKR. Hewens recently acted as the lead adviser to UK midmarket investor Tenzing Private Equity on its investment in Converge TS, as well as its acquisition of CitNOW Video Limited. In another notable deal, Greg Leyshon, associate director Caroline Drummond and others advised Vita Group's management team on the sale of the company by TPG to SVP Global. Mark Spinner, who has nearly 30 years of private equity experience, is recommended along with Russell van Praagh and Robert Wood. Associate directors Mark Saunders and Mike Freer are other notable individuals.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Headed by Robert Wood out of the firm's Reading office and able to draw upon the expertise of practitioners spread out across the firm's national network of offices including London and Bristol, Osborne Clarke LLP 's four-partner team excels in handling later stage and growth capital financing rounds for European and US investors including Highland Europe, Notion Capital and Prodigy Finance, as well as investee clients active in the digital business, fintech and renewable energy space. Wood has a particular strength advising on complex transactions involving investor syndicates as exemplified by his recent work for Touchstone Innovations and Draper Esprit on the £18m funding round into Ieso Digital Health, and representation of Highland Europe, Touchstone Innovations and Nesta on the £16.5m funding in FeatureSpace. Mathias Loertscher is particularly accomplished at handling transactions within the digital business sector and recently advised Bizagi Group on a $48m growth equity investment by Invus. Recently promoted partner Simon Jones  is active for investors and investee clients in the digital business sector and recently acted for Prodigy Finance, a London-based fintech start-up, on raising $40 million from venture capital funders Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. Matthew Lewis has a focus on handling investor side work within the cleantech and energy sectors.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†advises on international and cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes and has particular experience in dealing with matters in Russia and the CIS. The firm advised UKPF, a Kazakh foods business with regards to a cross-border fraud committed by its employee, this matter is worth around $4m. It also advised Koch Media in relation to a fraud involving an employee and an English business, this involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction against the defendant and was worth around ‚ā¨1m. Adrian Lifely¬†and Tom Ellis¬†head the team, supported by Andrew Bartlett. Artem Doudko¬†joined as partner from White & Case LLP.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†advises on a broad range of white-collar crime matters. Recent cases included a cross-border money laundering and tax evasion investigation. The firm is particularly adept at advising persons under investigation by the SFO and it is currently advising individuals involved with six of the largest SFO investigations of 2017. Jeremy Summers¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėthoughtful, responsive and provides good insight to the issues coupled with sound advice‚Äô. Rachel Couter¬†joined the firm from KWM Europe LLP¬†.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's 'excellent team' is well known for disputes in the firm's core sectors of technology and digital business, energy and natural resources, and financial services; and the team specialises in disputes work for CIS clients. The team acted for BB Energy (Gulf) in in English Commercial Court claims against the former directors of Societe Anonyme Marocaine de L'Industrie Du Raffinage (In Liquidation), which relate to oil trading contract debts worth over £100m. Adrian Lifely leads the disputes practice in London; Tom Ellis is head of the UK corporate and commercial disputes team; and Andrew Bartlett is 'able to form and implement effective strategies in complex cases'. Other highly rated individuals include Rachel Couter and Ashley Hurst, while construction disputes partner Rob Horne joined from Simmons & Simmons and Nick Price is a notable associate director. Matthew Heywood joined Clyde & Co LLP.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP 'combines deep expertise of international arbitration with strong advice on strategic direction'. The practice regularly represents clients in the energy sector in international arbitrations and has a rare specialism in digital business arbitration. It is also noted for construction disputes, with a particular focus on the Middle East. Greg Fullelove is 'very bright, client focused and understands how to achieve results that meet clients' objectives'; and Adrian Lifely is 'a trusted and reliable senior statesman in the arbitration world'. Recent growth saw Rob Horne, who has projects arbitration expertise, and Russia and CIS disputes lawyer Artem Dudko, who is 'hard-working and creative in his approach', join from Simmons & Simmons and White & Case LLP, respectively.

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 seven-partner banking team handles  general corporate lending and acquisition finance matters for a balanced array of borrowers and lenders. Particularly strong in areas of sector strength for the firm as a whole, for example, the team is regularly engaged in transactions within the technology space and has developed a particularly strong reputation in relation to handling fin-tech related financing work. Dominic Ross, Ben Truman and Akmal Ghauri all regularly handle acquisition finance work as part of their respective broad-ranging financing practices. Clients include RBS, HSBC, Santander, Caledonia Investments and Phaedon International.

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

Osborne Clarke

Now headed by Lara Burch following the departure of Clive Smith   to Addleshaw Goddard in November 2017, Osborne Clarke's team is well-equipped to handle rail finance transactions, particularly in light of Burch's strong relationships with clients including Eversholt Rail Group and Porterbrook. Recent highlights include advising XC Trains on all rolling stock-related aspects of its recent Direct Award to continue operation of the CrossCountry passenger rail franchise, including the leasing, maintenance and depot arrangements for all of its train fleets.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's 'highly responsive and knowledgeable' team is led by Michael Carter, who is 'very helpful and has strong share plans expertise'. The group regularly acts for national and international clients on corporate mandates; recent highlights include assisting Alfa Financial Software Holdings on the executive remuneration and employee incentive aspects of its IPO, advising HH Global on the share elements of its reorganisation including the rollover of share options and a new cash-based long-term incentive plan, and acted for Topps Tiles on the creation and implementation of a new save-as-you-earn scheme. The team also fields associate director Mairi Granville-George and senior associate Dan Sharman, who joined from Bird & Bird LLP in 2018.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP

Key figures in Osborne Clarke LLP's 'absolutely excellent' department include group head Victoria Parry and London office head David Cubitt; Parry is praised as 'exceptional at working with clients, getting into their cases and generating confidence' and Cubitt has 'outstanding knowledge and advice alongside a great calmness that really helps in stressful situations'. Parry's recent work includes representing Nomura International in a whistleblowing claim, advising it on Gender Pay Gap Reporting obligations, and acting for Standard Chartered Bank in a constructive unfair dismissal claim. Cubitt recently assisted First Agency with its contractual agreements involving TUPE and handled European employment issues for DocuSign. Lazard, Manpower, Eurostar, Marks & Spencer and Silicon Valley Bank are also clients.  Kevin Barrow is a key name for contingent workforce mandates.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP provides 'top-class representation and guidance' and 'outshines some of its competitors with the quality of its advice'. Team head Mary Lawrence is 'hugely experienced' and regularly handles crisis management situations and contentious health and safety issues. Other key individuals include Katie Vickery, who is 'practical, pragmatic and an excellent strategist'; Catherine Wolfenden, who leads the regulatory group; legal director Breige Murphy, who handles personal injury-related matters; and senior associate Jo Forbes, who focuses on the healthcare and retail sectors. The team is also highly regarded for its international health and safety expertise and acting for clients in high-risk sectors including the energy, transport, construction and infrastructure sectors. Example clients include RWE Npower, Barratt Homes, EDF, Wales and West Utilities and SSE.

Next generation lawyers

Jo Forbes - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is praised for its ‚Äėgreat customer service‚Äô and the team is particularly experienced in acing for US multinational clients, particularly digital businesses, on the establishment of their UK operations. The team also advises clients in the energy, financial services, insurance, recruitment and luxury goods sectors on immigration matters. Stora Enso, VICE Media, Zuffa, Boiler Room and Refinery29 are clients.Gavin Jones¬†heads the team and regularly acts for multinationals, professional services firms and educational institutions, and high-net-worth individuals, with a particular focus on inward investment.

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

Osborne Clarke

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke

Jonathan Hazlett leads the 'excellent' team at Osborne Clarke and is recognised as 'a good team player who can always be relied on for sensible and practical advice' with notable experience in PPF matters and the not-for-profit, railway and shipping sectors; clients include TfL and the Environment Agency. Recent contentious highlights for the team include representing the representative beneficiary of the Gleeds Retirement Benefits Scheme in a High Court appeal relating to a Part 8 application and Paul Matthews acting for Vocalink in rectification proceedings. On the non-contentious side, Matthews advised trustees of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund on the implications of an employer leaving the fund, Hazlett assisted the trustees of the Lincoln Staff Pensions Plan with liability management exercises, and Mark Womersley handled the creation of the Brunel Pension Partnership for ten Local Government Pension Scheme funds.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke, which handles work for institutional investors and smaller fund sponsors from offices in London and Bristol, provides 'good and thorough advice and reliable service'. Helen Parsonage in Bristol advised Notion Capital Managers on forming its third venture fund, which raised £107m, and advised start-up manager Brent Capital (created by lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman) on forming its first fund, Firstminute Capital, which secured commitments of £64m.  The 'very commercial and practical' Tim Simmonds in London advises Hollyport Capital on various secondaries transactions, and advised Deutsche Alternative Asset Management on creating a African energy infrastructure debt fund. Investor clients include the Brunel Pension Partnership, which Parsonage advised on forming an investment manager of a "virtual pool" of ten local authority pension schemes, and BAE Systems' pension plans.

Next generation lawyers

Helen Parsonage - Osborne Clarke

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's Tim Simmonds¬†¬†advised Deutsche Alternative Asset Management on creating an open-ended Luxembourg-domiciled fund, which raised ‚ā¨588m at its first close. Other highlights included advising Bridges Fund Management on the final closing of its Bridge Property Fund Alternatives IV, which raised ¬£220m. Other highlights include advising CBRE on a club deal to purchase the Park Plaza London Waterloo Hotel with several pension schemes. The firm also acts for Newcore Capital Management and Cording Real Estate Group.

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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 acts for the owners of some of the UK’s leading businesses and household name brands. It has grown its client base of international families and now acts for a member of the Saudi royal family and other significant individuals/families from the Middle East and the US. The team has particular expertise in advising families with US connections and banks/investment managers who wish to develop new funds and investment offerings in the UK. The department is well-equipped to handle complex cross-border and international matters. Stuart Janaway is recommended for his work with business owners/entrepreneurs and is particularly well-known for his work with families with US connections. Andrew Goodman continues to act for UNHW international families, private offices, trust companies and banks covering the full raft of private client advice from personal tax, UK and offshore trusts as well as succession and philanthropy through to trust and estate litigation.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

The 'extremely proactive and responsive' infrastructure lawyers at Osborne Clarke LLP 'are always working on the next thing and highlighting potential issues before they arise'. Chris Wade is based in Bristol and 'devotes a significant effort to understanding the business and the objectives of the transaction'; he recently teamed up with David North to advise Arlington Seaside as investor on the acquisition and debt financing of a portfolio of four student accommodation projects. On the energy front, James Watson represented Gas Power Developments in its acquisition and financing of gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake support, and acted for John Laing Investments in its takeover and development of an onshore wind farm. Other key names to note include Andrew Normington , regulatory specialist Simon Hobday and financing expert Omar Al-Nuaimi . The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of construction litigator Rob Horne from Simmons & Simmons and Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

The renewables practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has a particular expertise in solar projects and recently gained in strength through the arrival of project finance partner Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and financial services regulatory expert Michael Lewis from Pinsent Masons LLP . Solarplicity appointed the group to advise on the $160m investment by Maas Capital for the installation of panels to generate power for affordable housing in England and Wales, James Watson handled the acquisition, development and re-financing of an onshore wind farm, and practice head Simon Hobday acted for Gas Power Development in the purchase and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake. On the regulatory side, Catherine Wolfenden is part of the team assisting a group of energy companies with a judicial review of Ofgem cuts to the embedded benefits scheme, and on the contentious front Adrian Lifely is currently representing a UAE-based oil trader in a Commercial Court claim against an oil major pertaining to payments for LPG shipments.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†¬† advises public, private and third-sector clients on health-tech matters, NHS outsourcing, PPP and funding matters. The ‚Äėprofessional, extremely competent and commercially astute‚Äô team led by Simon Hancock¬† assisted John Laing Integrated Services in a contract to provide services to Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust‚Äôs new mental health unit. ‚ÄėIndustry leading lawyer‚Äô¬† Catherine Wolfenden¬†specializes in regulatory and procurement work; she continues to advise GAMA Healthcare on several NHS tenders and Grifols on major NHS procurement for blood testing technology. In the life sciences arena Janita Good¬† assists international corporations on issues relating to licensing, strategic partnering, co-operative research and development, and drug supply.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP‚Äôs commercial property group is ‚Äėthorough, responsive and exceedingly pragmatic‚Äô and provides ‚Äėpartner-led advice‚Äô to a litany of domestic investors, developers and retailers. The team has extensive experience in residential development and has been particularly active in the PRS sector. Of particular note, Rajindh Mangat¬†advised M&G Real Estate on a number of forward funding PRS mandates, including the ¬£71.4m investment into a PRS development in Ilford. Mangat is also acting for Henry Boot Developments in relation to the ¬£100m GDV regeneration of Montagu Industrial Estate. In the residential space, William Gay¬†assisted Barratt with the acquisition of a site in Cambridge with potential for 750 housing units. The department, which includes Louise Cartwright, has been increasingly active in single-asset transactions and assisted Redevco UK with the sale of 120 Moorgate to a US PE fund, which is backing WeWork. Further, the highly recommended Nick Simpson¬†advised CLS Holdings on a ¬£31.4m acquisition of a portfolio of office buildings, which marks the client‚Äôs first major acquisition in the UK. Simpson also advised Dalata Hotels on the ¬£23m sale and leaseback of the Clayton Hotel in Cardiff. Dolf Darnton¬†handles real estate issues for retailers including Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, French Connection and Homebase. Department head Peter Day, Colin Kearney¬†and Jo Footitt¬†are also recommended. Alice Conway¬†was promoted to partner.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Hart - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP provides 'strong legal advice, made more valuable by thoughtful commercial overlay and regulatory understanding.' Rob Horne heads the disputes team, which traditionally acts for employers, with a notable specialism in solar projects. Philip Davies and energy-from-waste expert Carl Thompson head the transactional team and split their time between London and Bristol. Thompson is recommended for his 'excellent knowledge of market participants and the positions they will accept.' Recent work includes advising Gazeley on the construction aspects of its £120m UK development programme of industrial logistics warehousing; and advising Brighton and Hove City Council on the redevelopment of the existing Brighton Conference Centre including the construction of a new £150 million arena and conference centre, and the extension of the Churchill Shopping Centre.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

‚ÄėVery professional and personable,‚Äô the team at Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is led by Alan John,¬†who brings particular expertise on power and heat purchase agreements, private wire arrangements and renewables incentives, with clients including Fred Olsen Renewables, Foresight Solar, SUEZ Environment and BNRG Renewables. Recent work includes advising Northacre Renewable Energy Limited on their ¬£150m development of an advanced thermal treatment facility for turning waste materials into renewable electricity. Matthew Germain¬†led advice for a JV between Barratt London and SEGRO to deliver one of the UK‚Äôs first large-scale regeneration schemes at the former Nestle chocolate factory in West London, including remediation works and the apportionment of environmental liability. ‚ÄėVery supportive, proactive and knowledgeable‚Äô senior associate Caroline Bush¬†and associate Kiera Taylor¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matt Germain - Osborne Clarke LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‚Äėhardworking' John Baird¬†heads the ‚Äėexcellent team‚Äô at Osborne Clarke LLP, which specialises in housebuilder developers. Baird is leading advice on the proposed ¬£100m 500-acre expansion at IDI Gazeley's flagship logistics park at Magna Park, Lutterworth; he is also acting for Student Home on a 500-unit student accommodation development in the heart of Oxford, involving complicated affordable housing contributions and restrictions of use for the property for student occupation. Senior associate Anna Harlow¬†provides ‚Äėconsistently accurate and timely advice to developers‚Äô. The team has also acted on multiple projects for Welbeck Strategic Land, including continuing to advise in connection with the proposed development of an ¬£80m urban extension of 300 acres at South Worcester.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Madeleine Clark leads the 'user-friendly' team at Osborne Clarke LLP, which boasts a strong lender-side practice, with clearing banks, debt funds and other alternative lenders among its clients. Among other highlights, Nick Padget advised Clydesdale Bank on the provision of facilities to Wealth Property secured against a BTR scheme in Marylebone, drawing on the team's BTR specialism, and the 'knowledgeable, calm and collected' Jason Lawrance acted for Lloyds Bank in relation to a syndicated facility to subsidiaries of Ace Liberty & Stone secured against a portfolio of 14 properties. The team is also handling an increasing amount of borrower-side work; Clark recently acted for Student Castle on a major refinancing. Key clients include Santander, RBS, Tyndaris, Aeriance Investments and U+I Group. Dominic Ross and Ben Truman are also noted.

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 ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice specialises in development litigation, rights to light issues and is increasingly a choice for power and utilities companies. Practice head Gary Lawrenson¬†and senior associate Donal Kelly are ‚Äėexcellent in thinking outside the box‚Äô. Lawrenson is acting in a Supreme Court matter where a neighbouring property claims the right to use certain facilities at a hotel belonging to client Summit Developments. Other highlights include representing Student Castle in High Court interim injunction proceedings and acting on a breach of contract claim which was referred to the Court of Appeal. Associate director Carl Roche is ‚Äėdiligent and helpful‚Äô and has particular expertise in property issues encountered in the energy sector.

Leading individuals

Gary Lawrenson - Osborne Clarke LLP

Next generation lawyers

Carl Roche - 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

The data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has experience acting for clients in the technology, financial services, retail and energy sectors. Mark Taylor heads up the practice and has been particularly focusing on GDPR compliance. Taylor is leading a team advising, and drafting guidance for, UK Finance and its members on the application of the regulation to the payments space. The team is also instructed by TripAdvisor to advise on both implementation of GDPR compliant processes and on subject access requests. 'Excellent tactician' Ashley Hurst frequently handles contentious data protection matters and Charlie Wedin represents clients in contentious cyber security issues. Will Robertson is a key name to note for advice relating to IT projects. Tamara Quinn joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP advises national and international corporations in relation to various investigations. Key client sectors include financial services, investment funds, real estate, energy, media and high-technology fields. Areas of expertise include internal investigations, bribery, corruption, dawn raids and due diligence in relation to acquisitions.Jeremy Summers heads the team, supported by Tom Ellis.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP

Headed by Ashley Hurst,¬†Osborne Clarke LLP's¬†team act for corporates, high net-worth individuals, online platforms and print publications. Key work included acting for Appleby¬†in a breach of confidence claim, and defending David Longmuir in a libel case brought by Svetlana Lokhova. Other clients include EMAP Publishing Limited, TripAdvisor and Wilmington Healthcare Limited. The ‚Äėhardworking and engaged‚Äô Charlie Wedin¬†and ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô Alexander Vakil¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ashley Hurst - Osborne Clarke LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is noted for¬†its ‚Äėoutstanding knowledge‚Äô in digital advertising, adtech, data protection and IP enforcement. Nick Johnson¬† is a prominent figure in the advertising and promotional regulatory sector; recent instructions include assisting L‚ÄôOr√©al with promotional activities, advising Facebook, Oath on adtech, e-Privacy and GDPR issues alongside¬†Anna Williams¬†, and assisting the Expedia group with marketing matters. IP litigator Robert Guthrie¬† acts for WePay on brand protection and defending against a number of oppositions and EU trade mark cancellation proceedings in several jurisdictions. On the trademarks side, Mark Foreman¬† manages the global portfolio of Fred Perry and Arty Rajendra¬† continues to advise brand-owners in consumer goods, automotive and retail sectors on brand protection and enforcement matters.

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

Widely praised by its peers, particularly for its strength in payments-related work, the practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has deep expertise in IT outsourcing, peer-to-peer lending and cloud-related services, and has excellent strength in depth. Cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies and blockchain are also areas of experience. Kate Johnson, who heads the firm's financial institutions group, is especially strong in payments and consumer finance; she and Bristol-based corporate and finance expert Mark Wesker are the key partners. Clients of the department include Wirecard, iZettle, Advanced Payment Solutions and Tech Mahindra Fintech Holdings; Admiral Group is an insurtech client. Nikki Worden is especially experienced in consumer finance, especially in the digital sphere; payments expert Paul Anning and commercial and outsourcing specialist Mark Taylor are also recommended, as is associate director Tom Try, who has a fintech sector focus. Financial services regulatory expert Michael Lewis arrived in September 2017 from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

Highlighted as 'one of the strongest practices in IT and telecoms, in terms of strength, depth and expertise', Osborne Clarke LLP 'provides value for money' and 'good solid advice'. 'Formidable lawyer' John Buyers 'combines deep expertise with commercial nous' and jointly heads the IT department alongside Mark Taylor. The team acted for new client Cytora, who is a provider of artificial intelligence risk assessment solution to the insurance industry using, on several matters including a licensing deal with insurers Starr Group and QBE Insurance. On the telecoms front the team acted for Vodafone on significant IT and outsourcing projects, payments technology advice and in relation to its internet of things products. It also advised Saint-Gobain Building Distribution on three separate agreements with Telefónica relating to the procurement of telephony services. The 'immensely knowledgeable, pragmatic, approachable' John Fell heads the telecoms practice. Also recommended are Nina Cummins, who has particular expertise on IT and telecoms regulation, and Will Robertson, who is a key figure for outsourcing and procurement work.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP has a strong and growing intellectual property team with particular expertise in disputes, trade mark advice and brand protection. The 'excellent' and 'thoroughly recommended' Arty Rajendra was appointed head of IP disputes in May 2017 following her arriving at the firm from Rouse IP Limited in February of the same year. Rajendra is leading the team acting for the tenth party, Unwired Planet LLC, in the high profile Unwired Planet FRAND licensing litigation against Huawei, relating to standard essential patents. In another work highlight, a team led by Robert Guthrie successfully acted for Expedia on the registration of HOTELS.COM as an EU trade mark, which required substantial evidence for the acquired distinctiveness of the mark. The department is also instructed by Fred Perry on the management and enforcement of its global trade mark portfolio, and continues to advise Harley-Davidson Europe on trade mark enforcement in the UK. The team has been further bolstered with the arrival of Tamara Quinn who previously headed up Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's intellectual property practice. Other new additions from Rouse IP Limited include director of trade marks Mark Foreman, senior associate Richard May and trade mark attorney Leanne Gulliver.

Leading individuals

Arty Rajendra - Osborne Clarke LLP

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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‚Äôs digital business practice is ‚Äėvery attuned to the needs of its clients and is able to put forward a comprehensive service‚Äô. The team provides corporate, dispute resolution, commercial, competition, financing and regulatory advice for clients across publishing, advertising and marketing, TV, digital platform, gaming and interactive entertainment. Department head John Davidson-Kelly¬†is ‚Äėextremely pleasant and personable and provides a good service‚Äô; he is active across digital media and technology-related matters and advised Gram Games on the establishment of its London office. Nick Johnson¬†is an advertising, marketing and sponsorship law specialist, and advises L‚ÄôOreal on a range of matters including its UK prize promotion activities. Square Enix, Bigballs Media, Microsoft, Yahoo!, 7Digital, Discovery Communications and S4C are also clients. Adrian Bott¬†heads the digital business sector group, while¬†Tom Harding¬†heads the interactive entertainment practice and¬†Chris King¬†leads the advertising and marketing services team. Other key figures include¬†Tim Birt, who¬†is experienced in marketing, media and technology; Robert Guthrie, who¬†handles contentious IP cases; and Victoria Parry, who¬†handles employment matters in the media and entertainment sector. Corporate partner Mathias Loertscher, commercial litigator Ashley Hurst¬†and senior associate director Anna Williams¬†are also recommended, as are senior associates Hannah Willson¬†and Ben Dunham. Paul Gardner¬†joined Wiggin LLP¬†in 2017.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP has expertise in portfolio management and litigation and looks after clients such as Fred Perry, Toni & Guy, and Stanley Black & Decker. Team head Arty Rajendra advised Qualtex on trade mark applications and enforcement and assisted Miniclip with obtaining clearance for new games and enforcing against cloned games. Other key names include trade mark attorney Mark Foreman and chartered trade mark attorneys Richard May and Leanne Gulliver.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's presence in this space stems from its transactional and intellectual property work. Transactions expert and team head Janita Good advised Takeda Ventures on its IPO investment in Arix Bioscience and assisted Millennium Pharmaceuticals with its purchase of GammaDelta Therapeutics. Other noteworthy names include Lorna Brazell, who heads the patent litigation team, and competition experts Simon Neill and Marc Shrimpling.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‚Äėhighly-regarded‚Äô team at¬†Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is based across its London and Bristol offices and is experienced across rail franchising, concessions and rolling stock, and is also noted for its experience in procurement challenges, as well as railway pensions advice. It acted for Cross Country Trains on the direct award of the Cross Country rail franchise and the subsequent implementation; is advising the Rail Delivery Group to design and implement fares and ticketing simplifications; and is advising Eurostar on employment matters. Eversholt Rail Group, Ricardo Rail and Arriva are also clients. Marc Shrimpling¬†handles competition, procurement and state aid issues; commercial disputes partner Charlie Wedin; corporate partner Simon Smith; Alistair Curzon; associate director Jeremy Godley; and senior associate Craig McCarthy¬†are key members of the team, which is led by Lara Burch. Senior associate Keir Pimblett¬†recently joined from Dentons. Clive Smith¬†has joined Addleshaw Goddard¬†.

Leading individuals

Lara Burch - Osborne Clarke LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jeremy Godley - Osborne Clarke LLP

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