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Pitmans LLP

46 THE AVENUE, SOUTHAMPTON, SO17 1AX, ENGLAND
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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP advises on M&A matters, private equity and debt financing. Its expertise covers leveraged buy-ins and buy-outs, investment and equity funding as well as corporate reorganisations. In one highlight, it acted for Panoramic Growth Equity on its investment into Majestic Polymers and DSA Chemicals via a management buy-out/buy in; the team handled the acquisition, equity and banking aspects of the deal. Other clients include Red Funnel Group Ferries, Altitude Partners and ITS Technology Group. Oliver Kelly heads the group and Sean Kelly has expertise across all aspects of corporate and commercial work.

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Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

Sean Kelly¬†heads the team at Pitmans LLP,¬†which handles a range of transactions, principally in the private company M&A arena but with an increasing weight of expertise in private equity and cross-border transactions. Clients of the practice include Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, Westcoast Group and Bridges Fund Management. IPO and AIM listing expert Oliver Pilkington¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėoutstanding service‚Äô and for ‚Äėexplaining any issue and decisions to be made very clearly with a recommendation on the option to take‚Äô. Pilkington assisted finnCap as nomad and broker to K3 Capital Group in relation to the latter‚Äôs IPO and associated ¬£17.8m fundraising, and advised Sipsmith on its partnership with Beam Suntory, from conception and initial fundraising right through to partnership. Stephanie Perry¬†advised Key2 on its ¬£9.5m sale to Horizon Care and Education Group. ‚ÄėCommercial, intellectual and driven‚Äô managing partner John Hutchinson¬†continues¬†to be a significant figure in the practice, having previously headed the team. Philip Weaver¬†routinely offers advice to high-tech companies on M&A, fundraising, shareholder issues and commercial agreements. Roger Gregory¬†divides his time between Reading and London and is renowned for US and European mandates, concentrating on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions.

Leading individuals

Stephanie Perry - Pitmans LLP

Next generation lawyers

Oliver Pilkington - Pitmans LLP

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP undertakes the gamut of licensing matters from applications for new licences and applying for variations to negotiating with various authorities and representing clients at hearings. It also advises taxi licence holders and taxi companies. It is advising Doveglade, owner of Oxfords Bar & Restaurant in Southampton, on the variations of licences for two premises involving a restaurant and a bar and club. In other work, it assisted a client in obtaining a licence to sell and supply alcohol. Other clients include Delicious Dining, which owns numerous restaurants and bars, Dancing Man Brewery and Concorde Club and Hotel. Experienced practitioner Jonathan Gray heads the team.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP stands out for being 'a regional firm that competes with more established players in a more cost-effective way'. It is known for its expertise in complex, high-value fraudulent insurance claims, subrogated property damage and product liability cases, as well as for handling broader commercial disputes. Practice head Rick Munro is 'a very good strategist who cuts to the chase and has a really good grasp of what is important for the client' and is a mediator as well as a litigator. Alan Davies 'is very good on procedure and organising a team'; the 'highly proactive' Claire Collings 'is on top of the facts and keeps a level head'; and senior associate Sylvia Yendall is 'brilliant at assimilating and analysing large amounts of information quickly'.

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Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Pitmans LLP

The team at Pitmans LLP¬†is ‚Äėrated very highly for its responsiveness, value for money and knowledge‚Äô, with particular strengths in IT disputes, professional negligence claims, corporate and shareholder disputes, and substantial commercial disputes including logistics, distribution and international trade matters. Practice head Tim Clark¬†is advising an individual client on a shareholder dispute in the context of matrimonial proceedings relating to a company valued at around ¬£3m. Phil Smith¬†is ‚Äėfirst rate; he has a sharp, analytical mind, identifies and advises clearly on key issues, and is very user-friendly‚Äô. Clark and Smith have together been advising Dutch YouTube services company Zoom.In on the UK aspects of a dispute with MNN which involves content-hosting arrangements, services and a shareholders‚Äô agreement. William Richmond-Coggan, who¬†has higher rights of audience, has been acting for One Step (Support) in bringing a non-competition and non-solicitation clauses claim against two individuals, which was heard in the Supreme Court in late 2017. Other clients of note include Veritas Technologies, Symantec and Banner Homes. Deputy managing partner and insolvency expert Suzanne Brooker¬†is also noted, as is contentious construction and engineering expert David Gwillim.

Leading individuals

Tim Clark - Pitmans LLP

Next generation lawyers

Phil Smith - Pitmans LLP

William Richmond-Coggan - Pitmans LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP is 'excellent technically and commercially, has depth in the team and offers good value for money'. The group provides a comprehensive range of services across debt recovery, insolvency and corporate turnarounds. Its impressive client base spans global organisations, sole traders, public and government entities, professional service firms and banks. Debt recovery practice head Donna Goddard is 'an excellent leader' and Suzanne Brooker,  who heads the insolvency and restructuring group, is able to draw on some 20 years of experience in debt recovery, providing clients with 'great support and advice'. Other noted lawyers include 'excellent adviser'  William Richmond-Coggan, who is a key name for more general dispute resolution cases.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

In addition to featuring on 10 bank panels, including panels for Clydesdale and Santander, Pitmans LLP 's banking team handles a range of national and international transactions for financial institutions, corporate borrowers and high-net-worth individuals. Stephanie Perry heads the team, which includes Jim Meecham, who has more than 30 years' experience in the banking sector, both from an in-house perspective and within private practice. Other key figures include Paul Brame , who acted for Metro Bank on the refinancing of a portfolio of 23 residential properties in West London; Robert Wallace, who regularly handles the real estate aspects of banking transactions; and Sarah Potter. Laurel Knight joined Knights Professional Services Limited. Patrick Long joined Gateley Plc.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Pitmans LLP

The insolvency team at Pitmans LLP has 'great strength in depth across all geographical areas, and excellent levels of experience'. The lawyers handle both insolvency proceedings and restructurings in the IT, telecoms, construction, retail, hospitality, healthcare and automotive sectors, among others. In 2017, the number of contentious matters increased, especially in terms of antecedent matters, director claims, bribery, corruption, criminal proceedings, injunctions and asset tracing. In a recent highlight, the 'vastly experienced' Suzanne Brooker and David Williams represented the trustee in a six-figure bankruptcy and the bankrupt's application to annul the proceeding and set aside the judgment, as well as in a claim for the possession of their home. 'Rising star' Stacey Jones, who was promoted to partner in 2017 and has an 'incredible work ethic', acted in a multi-million-pound misfeasance claim against two directors of a company in liquidation. Further recommended are Southampton partner and 'very good strategist' Rick Munro and senior associate Sylvia Yendall, who is 'brilliant at getting to grips with technical detail'.

Next generation lawyers

David Williams - Pitmans LLP

Stacey Jones - Pitmans LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

The 'excellent' team at Pitmans LLP, which is led by Jonathan Gray, advises on HR and corporate support matters,  in addition to handling constructive and unfair dismissal cases, disability claims and sexual discrimination actions. Gray is also a mediator and conducts his own advocacy at employment tribunals. In recent work, the team defended a client in a constructive dismissal and age discrimination case, and it is assisting Toshiba UK with day-to-day HR matters as well as handling disputes. Associate Claire Anderson is another name to note.

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Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP's main areas of activity include the technology, automotive and manufacturing, and retail sectors; it regularly advises clients on an ongoing basis about their HR issues. Department head Mark Symons notably acted for a private client in his successful appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a claim against the British Council, a decision which is set to have a longstanding impact on global employers’ HR policies. Angela Shields possesses a wealth of experience in the telecoms, media and technology, and pharmaceuticals sectors, and senior associate Jenny Littlewood is a key team member.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP benefits from strong connections with UK Trade and Investment and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Dorset Chambers of Commerce, making the firm a natural choice for overseas businesses seeking to engage in inward investment in the region. The immigration practice's specialisms include handling Schengen travel visas; Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence applications; Tier 1 applications for highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, and applications for indefinite leave to remain. Recent work includes advising a management consulting firm on the ongoing management of its sponsor licence, as well as on the implementation and maintenance of an appropriate HR system to enable the client to discharge its sponsorship obligations. Jonathan Gray heads the practice and has a longstanding track record of assisting clients in the technology, oil and gas, entertainment and hospitality sectors.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

The Pitmans LLP team possesses considerable experience in benefit restructuring cases, while also having a niche specialism in creating self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), small self-administered schemes (SSASs) and other executive arrangements, drafting master trusts, and buy-in and buy-out projects. David Hosford heads the team and deals with all areas of non-contentious pensions law, including reorganisations, scheme mergers, and restructuring and general compliance advice. Hosford recently advised the Hitek DB Pension Scheme Trustees on a proposed flexible apportionment arrangement and advised the Trustees of the Eason & Son (NI) Superannuation Fund regarding the employer’s proposal to pay enhanced transfer values. Symon Rowley left the practice to join DWF.

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

The defendant personal injury team at Pitmans LLP is best known for handling motor, employers' and public liability and industrial disease claims. Other growing areas include claims involving animals and accidents occurring abroad. A recent highlight was the defence of a bus driver in a trial concerning a six-figure 'road rage' claim, which alleged that the driver struck a pedestrian with a bus deliberately, despite the claimant being found guilty in related criminal proceedings. Partner Ferhat Choudri is the key contact.

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South East: Private client

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

The 'excellent'¬†Pitmans LLP¬†team is headed by Matthew Heyworth,¬†who specialises in all aspects of family law, including divorce, matrimonial finances and children matters, and routinely acts on cases involving complex asset holdings such as business interests, assets held in trust, multiple properties and foreign assets. Heyworth is recommended for his ‚Äėvery good listening skills, being thorough in meetings and managing a smooth process‚Äô. The team has been strengthened in recent times by the hires of senior associates Claire Burton¬†(‚Äėexceptional practitioner; she is organised and efficient‚Äô) and Tanya Dhillon.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Pitmans LLP

The specialisms of the Pitmans LLP¬†private client team include advice to wealthy families on UK and offshore assets and trusts, complex probates, insurance and pensions-based trust/tax advice and planning, probates with Inheritance Tax Act claims over land, and estates with real property and other assets in several jurisdictions. The practice is led by the ‚Äėparticularly knowledgeable and very experienced‚Äô David Ainslie,¬†who is singled out for inheritance tax, succession planning and other private client matters. Sheilagh Magee¬†specialises in complex UK and cross-border probates, with one notable instruction seeing her handling the UK probate for a former pop star with a California will and trust conflicting with a UK will. Alexander Morgan,¬†recently promoted to senior associate, specialises in will drafting, complex inheritance tax returns and administering estates.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP's team is 'good at identifying the key commercial points and good at negotiating those' and is 'excellent all round and responsive and pragmatic'. Senior partners John Newton and Nick Todd are 'able to apply commercially workable solutions to legal problems'. The team has an established specialism in matters concerning harbours, foreshore, docks and marinas, and farms and agricultural estates. The group also handles the sale, acquisition and letting of freehold and leasehold property together with options and conditional agreements. It is assisting ferry company Red Funnel with negotiations for the purchase and redevelopment of a substantial part of East Cowes.

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Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

‚ÄėThe level of service is always great‚Äô at Pitmans LLP, which has a ‚Äėfocused, personal and commercial‚Äô approach and is ‚Äėexcellent value for money‚Äô. The real estate practice is seen as a market leader for residential development work, with the team acting on CALA Homes‚Äô acquisition of various residential sites with an aggregate value above ¬£100m and other substantial projects for Bewley Homes and Montreaux Developments. Practice head Delphine Mehouas' expertise includes contracts and options, strategic land purchase, collaboration agreements and joint ventures; she recently acted for Vanderbilt Thames Valley on the purchase of land in Dunsford with the benefit of planning permission for 42 dwellings. On the commercial side, Mehouas also acted for Waylands Automotive on the negotiation of a 20-year lease with Volvo for a new dealership in Reading with two car showrooms. Other key members of the team include Paul Brame,¬† Sarah Potter, Marcus McCluggage¬†and 'commercial lawyer with a can-do attitude' Paul Murray.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP handles a mix of non-contentious and contentious work for a range of clients including developers and housebuilders. It has a particular focus on marine engineering where it acts for ferry operators such as Red Funnel Group, as well as owners and operators of marinas on the south coast. It also regularly handles hotel refurbishment, valuation and refinancing mandates. Non-contentious highlights included assisting CVD diamond producer Element Six, part of the DeBeers Group, with upgrades and extensions to its existing facilities, and acting for CALA Homes on the refurbishment of its head office. On the disputes front, the practice acted for the Bookworth Group in claims brought by a series of residential developments, successfully representing Anglo-Malaysian architectural practice Space-Q Studio in adjudication proceedings in relation to a waste energy plant in Peterborough, and negotiating a favourable settlement on behalf of contractor Inside Out Developments related to a payment dispute. Practice head David Gwillim has more than 30 years' experience in construction law.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Pitmans LLP

Clients of Pitmans LLP's planning team are quick to praise it as 'excellent on all fronts'. The practice has an extensive track record handling s106 agreements, providing strategic planning advice on major sites, and acting in judicial review proceedings. Recent work includes acting for Highwood Land on the renegotiation of a s106 agreement for a 700-unit development including affordable housing, local retail, a primary school, community facilities, and a care home, among other facilities; and advising for Redrow Homes on a definitive map modification order application to downgrade the status of an ancient highway to prohibit vehicular use, which if successful would result in serious issues surrounding access for the client when building out the development. Christina Daniels heads the team and is praised for her 'clear communication and knowledge of planning matters'. Daniels is assisted by senior associate Lorna Bowry, who has more than 20 years' experience in regeneration work.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Pitmans LLP

Pitmans LLP acts for a number of the region's leading property developers, and also handles landlord and tenant litigation, insolvency-related disputes, and construction litigation. The practice recently represented the applicants in an application for the registration of land based upon adverse possession, which was opposed by the adjoining owners. Key figures include practice head David Williams, who regularly handles lease renewal claims, dilapidations litigation, and possession applications; Phil Smith.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Pitmans LLP

'First-class' Pitmans LLP¬†is recommended for its ‚Äėsector knowledge, turnaround times, commercial rates, personable team and overall level of service‚Äô. Commercial litigator Phil Smith¬†heads the firm‚Äôs IT and telecoms offering, advising big-name clients including Sky, Humax and Symantec. Tim Clark¬†acts on contentious IT disputes, particularly those relating to cyber security and breaches thereof, and is currently advising Dutch YouTube services company Zoom.In on the UK aspects of a dispute with MNN. On the advisory side,¬†Philip Weaver¬†has been handling the renewal of licence and maintenance agreements for KAI Computer Services and giving legal guidance on GDPR compliance to the UK arm of an international business which manufactures electronics and hardware.¬†‚ÄėHighly personable‚Äô legal adviser Marie Evrard¬†has wide-ranging expertise in areas including data protection compliance, software and master service agreements, with one recommendation that ‚Äėin such a "dry" subject it helps that Marie has a great sense of humour and is a great relationship builder‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Marie Evrard - Pitmans LLP

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