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Osborne Clarke

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Lara Burch

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Osborne Clarke

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

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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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing

Within: Asset finance and leasing

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: Transport

Rail

Within: Leading individuals

Lara Burch - Osborne Clarke LLP

Within: Rail

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¬†.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy

Within: Energy

Osborne Clarke‚Äôs energy lawyers have particular expertise in corporate energy transactions and litigation, and in those respects the team ‚Äėcompares favourably to its South West competition‚Äô. Department head Alan John¬†advised Foresight Group on its acquisition of Shotwick, which is the largest solar park in the UK. David Ferris, who has ‚Äėreal expertise in energy sector corporate transactions‚Äô, counselled innogy on its acquisition of Statkraft‚Äôs 50% holding in the Triton Knoll offshore wind project. Additionally, the team acted for Solarplicity in relation to a joint venture investment by Maas Capital for the installation of solar panels to provide electricity for affordable housing tenants across the UK, and also advised John Laing Investments on the acquisition, development and refinancing of an onshore wind farm. On the contentious side, Catherine Wolfenden¬†is co-leading a team that is involved in a major judicial review procedure with nationwide industry effects. Also recommended are Carl Thompson, Matthew Lewis¬†and Lara Burch.

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South West: Transport

Rail

Within: Rail

Osborne Clarke¬†advises manufacturers, rolling stock leasing companies and train operating companies on issues such as procurement, leasing, corporate and commercial issues, public law and pensions. Lara Burch¬†heads the team and led on advising Cross Country Trains in the award of the Cross Country rail franchise and subsequent implementation in a deal worth around ¬£1.5bn. Another highlight includes providing day-to-day advice to Eurostar, dealing with employment tribunals and also Eurostar‚Äôs multijurisdictional IP portfolio. A further highlight includes advising Eversholt Rail Group on new build rolling stock projects involving multi-party negotiations with train operators, manufacturers and stakeholders. The firm also advised Ricardo Rail‚Äôs commercial team on collaboration, sales, supply and maintenance arrangements with another rail technology company in relation to marketing and provision of on-board rail asset monitoring equipment. Jeremy Godley¬†deals with franchise bids, rolling stock procurement and rail regulation. Simon Smith¬†deals with corporate issues. Catherine Wolfenden¬†specialises in procurement, she is ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô and has ‚Äėa great knowledge of her practice area‚Äô. Clive Smith¬†left the firm for Addleshaw Goddard.

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