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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's team is ‚Äėexcellent'¬†for corporate M&A and commercial services work. It serves clients ranging from local startups, especially in the technology sectors, to international corporate clients including US investors. It advised the shareholders of e-Travel, which is based in Athens and has an office in Ireland, on its merger with Etraveli, a global online travel platform based in Sweden. James Waddell¬†leads a team that can ‚Äėfocus on the key issues‚Äô even during tight time frames and Nick Atkins¬† ‚Äėis pro-active, responsive, ¬†easy to speak to and commercial in his approach to understanding the client‚Äôs needs‚Äô. Joe Bedford¬†and Ken Woffenden¬†are highlighted for ‚Äėtheir great understanding‚Äô of clients' commercial needs. Other core names include Jenny Robertson, highly experienced duo¬†Richard Baxter¬†and Keith Syson, and head of commercial Beverley Whittaker. Senior associates James Floyd¬†and Oscar Horwich¬†¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Keith Syson - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Richard Baxter - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP has wide-ranging corporate tax expertise, with a particular focus on advising entrepreneurs, owner managers and SMEs on tax issues, including exit tax planning and equity incentive structures. The firm has continued to develop its capability in the latter category, with 2017 seeing it advise on a range of schemes, including EMI schemes, unapproved option schemes and employment-related incentive structuring for private equity transactions. In a highlight matter, practice head Kate Schmit advised the management team of Thesis Asset Management on the tax aspects of the wealth management company's £47m sale to a buyer funded by a consortium of private equity investors as well as the existing management team. The team was joined in 2017 by Jamie Crawford, who handled the tax aspects of Metropolis International's acquisition of 11 former Emap business-to-business magazine brands, as well as the amendment of the company's term and revolving loan facilities.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's highly-rated practice is headed by Gustaf Duhs, who is many clients' 'first port of call for competition queries', thanks in part to his 'razor-sharp advice and upper-class service; he cuts to the heart of a problem and goes the extra mile to solve them in the most commercially elegant way'. The practice is regularly called on to advise FTSE corporates multinational clients on strategic competition matters, with particular strength in the life sciences, TMT and FMCG sectors. Duhs is acting alongside senior associate Maliha Carey for the British Generic Manufacturers Association in relation to developments that may have an impact on pricing of medicines; this involved an application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal to intervene in several appeal cases. They are also advising advising a former director of a pharmaceutical company on the CMA's ongoing investigations into suspected anti-competitive agreements and conduct in the pharmaceutical sector. Other highlights included providing merger control advice to media and technology group Metropolis in relation to its acquisition of former Emap business-to-business magazine brands and advising HF Holding on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Gantrail International.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP  Guildford provides 'very good quality advice and service at non-City rates' on corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Its expertise extends across an array of sectors including retail, insurance, finance, pharmaceutical and aviation. Managing partner Richard King has extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration in areas including energy and head of the department Richard Mumford advises on a range of disputes especially in the aviation sector. Michael Frisby and Andrew Quick are other key partners, as is Sarah Murray, who is particularly 'good at advising on cost effective strategies'. Murray and senior associate Catherine Penny 'provide pragmatic advice'. Highlights included acting for CI Plus in a High Court claim against German company Impex-Sat in a dispute pertaining to infringement of licence terms, breach of confidence, and IP infringements.

Leading individuals

Michael Frisby - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Richard King - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's banking and finance team - which is now a separate practice having previously been housed within the firm's corporate and commercial department - has continued to win new panel appointments (including most recently securing appointments on the HSBC and AIB panels) alongside existing panel appointments for banks such as Santander and NatWest. In an illustration of its growing asset-based lending workload, the team recently advised Merino Private Equity and Paul's Cycles on asset-based facilities lent by Shawbrook Bank and a term loan facility lent by Merino Industries to fund the purchase of Paul's Cycles and provide general working capital to the group. Other highlights for Jonathan Porteous's team included acting for Metropolis International on the amendment and restatement of its existing facility to raise an additional £10m to assist with its acquisition of EMAP Publishing; assisting ICP Nurseries with the redemption of external loan facilities provided by Oak North Bank and the refinancing of that debt alongside an upsizing of new loan facilities with Beechbrook Capital; and acting for Stackhouse Poland Holdings on untranche and super senior acquisition/leveraged finance facilities, which was structured to enable the client to carry out three pending acquisitions, as well refinance existing third party debt. Also recommended are Andrew Steele, who regularly acts for developers, occupiers and funders on residential and commercial developments; Joe Bedford, whose clients include a number of leading UK and European banks; and restructuring and insolvency expert David Steinberg.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Porteous - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's 'reassuringly quick, professional and in-depth' insolvency team is able to 'provide the big-firm service at reasonable rates' and is considered particularly 'strong in restructuring matters'. Other key areas are enforcement of security, asset sales, refinancing, cross-border regulatory insolvency recognition, bankruptcy instructions and insolvencies in the insurance sector, among other industries. In an ongoing matter, the 'creative and thoughtful' Tim Carter is advising Australian firm Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants as trustee in an attempt to obtain recognition of two bankruptcy appointments in the UK. Another highlight was David Steinberg's work for a Swiss private entrepreneur in his claim as a major creditor concerning the Boris Becker bankruptcy. BDO, Ernst & Young, SecurMed UK and True Telecom were all added to the client base in 2017. Senior associate Rebecca Walker is recommended for her 'excellent technical ability and experience in section 110 restructurings and solvent liquidations'.

Next generation lawyers

Rebecca Walker - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises on all aspects of employment and immigration law and counts senior executives as well as corporations among its clients. It has deep expertise in TUPE issues and works closely with in-house HR departments. It also handles the range of dismissal, discrimination and pay disputes, frequently before employment tribunals. Employment and immigration expert Kerry Garcia leads the team which includes Lloyd Davey,  whose expertise encompasses data privacy as well as employment matters, especially within the technology and media sectors, and recently made-up partner Hannah Ford. Stephanie Dale left the legal profession in November 2017.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's immigration team is 'very strong, very thorough and provides effective guidance and solutions throughout the process'. The practice's business immigration expertise covers Tier 2 applications (including advising on the Resident Labour Market Test, obtaining certificates of sponsorship, entry clearance and sponsor compliance), and acts as Level 1 Users for a number of clients. It also handles Tier 5 and sole representative applications, among other immigration matters. Practice head Kerry Garcia ('sharp, responsive and to the point') is continuing to advise Asahi UK (previously called Miller Brands UK) on sponsor licence issues arising from the sale of Miller Brands  to Asahi's parent company, as well as advising on Tier 2 applications to transfer staff and bring across new hires. Other clients include Godiva UK, for which it is advising on immigration matters arising from a complex re-organisation; Air Navigation Solutions, for which it obtained a sponsor licence application for a New Zealand national under Tier 2; and Diebold Nixdorf (UK), for which it provided strategic advice in connection with transferring Tier 2 migrants into another area of the business.

Leading individuals

Kerry Garcia - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The 'value for money' Stevens & Bolton LLP¬†gives ‚Äėexcellent advice and support and clear useful advice provided in a timely manner‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs expertise covers a broad range of pensions matters, such as governance, benefit changes, winding-up and Pension Protection Fund-related issues, across a wide range of industry sectors including autmobiles and parts, consumer product manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Key figure¬†Gabrielle Holgate¬†‚Äėgives an outstanding service; she is thorough and knowledgeable and gives easy to understand advice‚Äô; she recently assisted Godiva with the review of a life assurance trust deed and relevant rules for the provision of life assurance benefits and continues to advise the trustees of the Wincor Nixdorf defined benefit and Diebold Nixdorf defined contribution pension schemes. Senior associate James Lister¬†joined the team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP,¬†bringing his substantial experience of advising pension scheme trustees and employers regarding their position in contentious situations.

Leading individuals

Gabrielle Holgate - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Lister - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

According to one client, Stevens & Bolton LLP's team is 'a beacon of quality'  and'the client’s best interests are at the centre of its values'. The team handles all aspects of family breakdowns, including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, financial arrangements and proceedings, nuptial agreements and children's law matters. Its work often involves cross-border complications involving residency or assets in various jurisdictions. Nicola Harries, who heads the team, is'calm and professional and provides good advice' and clients 'trust her judgement'; she is a key name for high-value relationship breakdowns, often involving complicated financial proceedings. Other key practitioners include collaboratively trained Caroline Gordon-Smith, whose expertise spans both financial and children's law work, and senior associate Grace Parker-White; the duo are'constructive throughout the process with a view to the de-escalation' of the conflict.

Leading individuals

Nicola Harries - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The 'first-class' team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is 'terrifically responsive' and 'quickly grasps the essence of the matter and provides clear, timely and commercial advice'. Practice head Stuart Skeffington provides 'advice which is of the standard expected from the very top City firms, but at a fraction of the price' and Rosie Todd is also in demand as a 'go-to adviser'. The team assists with all areas of private client work, including succession planning, tax and tax regulatory and trust matters concerning complex, high-value estates, as well as international tax advice for non-domiciled residents. It advises high-net-worth individuals, business owners and trustees including those based offshore. Other key team members include Nick Acomb, Daryl Fox and senior associate James Lister, who heads the contentious trusts and probate division. Matthew Carman left private practice in September 2017.

Leading individuals

Nick Acomb - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stuart Skeffington - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's team 'has a broad range of skills, a lot of depth and provides well-balanced, practical advice'. Its clients include developers such as Lynton Developments and Equinox Living and corporate occupiers including BOC/Linde Group, Emirates and Kia Motors UK. In one highlight, it acted for Antares Underwriting Services on the development of its new London headquarters, including the grant of a 15-year lease. Head of department Andrew Steele, Howard Lupton, Daryl Rivero and Bethan Dodd are key names. The 'exceptional' Alex Watt and Alice Donzelot are 'great as a team' and Ian Craig joined the firm as a partner in 2017 from CMS.

Leading individuals

Andrew Steele - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP fields an 'excellent' team of construction specialists that provide advice that is 'second to none'. Clients single out practice head Stephen Rockhill his training as a chartered engineer, giving him 'a unique ability in drafting and negotiating contract and warranty documents, as well as an unrivalled understanding of the practicalities of the construction process'. His track record covers contentious and non-contentious procurement and contractual construction matters. Other key figures include Michael Frisby, who handles disputes in a range of sectors including manufacturing, IT and insurance; Claire Perry, who handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters; and Kimberley Eyssell, who joined in 2017 from Kennedys and who has notable expertise rail-related disputes. Eyssell recently acted for Michael J Lonsdale in a series of adjudications concerning sums due to a sub-consultant, and represented specialist cladding sub-contractor Century Facades in a dispute against Vision Homes. On the non-contentious side Rockhill is advising the Institute for Cancer Research on a large laboratory at its Sutton site, which involved ensuring the construction documentation took into account issues the client had experienced on previous projects.

Leading individuals

Stephen Rockhill - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

In addition to carrying out environmental impact assessments and due diligence, and handling warranties and indemnities arising from commercial transactions, Stevens & Bolton LLP also has a strong track record carrying out  carrying out cutting-edge environmental governance projects for the European Commission. Recent highlights include assisting WWF-UK with envronmental issues related to its offshore oil and gas operations, acting for Joffe & Associés on the environmental law implications of tis acquisition of a manufacturing site in the UK, and representing XL Catlin in various claims concerning environmental liabilities in insurance and general liability policies. Valerie Fogleman heads the practice and provides training to judges and prosecutors across the EU in environmental law. Catherine Davey retired from the practice.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides 'high-quality, client-focused advice', with clients singling out property litigation specialist Helen Wheddon, who 'doesn't miss a beat - she is excellent at making sure her consultants and counsel are up to speed'. The firm recruited the 'excellent' Paul Grant from Coffin Mew LLP to head the practice following the departure of Catherine Davey; Grant has wide-ranging expertise handling planning issues related to sports and leisure developments, as well as major road schemes and judicial review matters. Other areas of expertise for the practice include advising on planning and highway issues, applications for planning permission and appeals, and enforcement matters including stop notices and enforcement appeals.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's property litigation team is 'a pleasure to deal with', thanks in part to its 'total commitment and availability, and its cool guidance when the pressure is on'. The practice continues to handle a growing workload  for developer and investor clients, as well as acting for a wide roster of corporate occupiers. Recent work includes acting for a corporate trust as freeholder of commercial properties in London in rights of light claims arising from a proposed redevelopment with a new tower building of a substantial neighbouring site at Leadenhall Island; and defending a private client against proceedings for possession of land brought on grounds of trespass. Helen Wheddon heads the practice; her 'extensive knowledge of property law acts as a reassuring hand on the client's shoulder'.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP¬†is recommended for ‚Äėproviding the same professional and high quality of service as the major international firms, for more reasonable fees and with some extra friendliness thrown in‚Äô. The insurance, food and drink, and pharmaceuticals industry sectors are important for the practice, as indeed is IT itself. Beverley Whittaker¬†heads the firm‚Äôs commercial and IT team and has expertise in a broad range of IT work covering outsourced services. In the past year Whittaker and Gary Parnell¬†completed two global deals for the provision of cloud intranet services by client BrightStarr. ‚ÄėHighly competent and responsive‚Äô partner Beverley Flynn¬†and senior associate Charles Maurice¬†have been advising SecurMed on a complex matter relating to the establishment of a medicines verification system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK. Maurice and fellow senior associate Oliver Kidd¬†are noted as up-and-coming stars in the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Charles Maurice - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Oliver Kidd - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

With ‚Äėall the firepower of a heavyweight London firm‚Äô,¬†Stevens & Bolton LLP¬†possesses an ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô IP department who ‚Äėknow their stuff and are extremely efficient and pragmatic‚Äô. Practice head¬†Tom Lingard¬†and¬†Charlotte Tillett¬†are the key figures and are ‚Äėfirst-class lawyers‚Äô who are ‚Äėa joy to work with‚Äô. Solicitor-advocate Lingard‚Äôs primary focus is on litigation but he also advises clients on complex IP licensing and transactional matters. Lingard is representing endurance event company Tough Mudder in a variety of brand and trademark enforcement matters, as well as in opposition proceedings in the UKIPO. Tillett heads the life sciences sector offering and has experience of contentious matters including pharmaceutical patent litigation, trade mark and passing off disputes, copyright and designs litigation, and actions involving breach of confidence and defamation. Tillett is advising CI Plus on a complex claim in the High Court against Impex-Sat for breach of licence terms and circumvention of technical devices applied to copyright works, among other claims. Senior associate¬†Elaine O'Hare¬†has a particular expertise in the fashion and retail sectors, with recent projects including advising a leading French fashion house on a comparative advertising dispute. Communications practice head¬†Gary Parnell¬†is noted for his advice on IP-related matters concerning software solutions.

Leading individuals

Tom Lingard - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Tillett - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Elaine O'Hare - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises both on contentious matters (including copyright and trade mark infringement issues, defamation and contractual disputes) and advisory and licensing work. Solicitor advocate Tom Lingard heads the sector offering and is primarily involved with litigation matters; Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare are other key figures on the contentious side. Lingard and Tillett advised digital content marketing agency Mediablaze on its investment from iCrossing, while Lingard and O’Hare represented Future Publishing in a claim for declaratory relief, breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. On the advisory side, commercial partners Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are key figures; project highlights include Broadhurst and associate Tom Collins handling the drafting and negotiation of an endorsement and image rights licence between client T.M Lewin & Sons and BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's full-service sports law practice has been particularly active in commercial and IP matters throughout 2017 - recent highlights include assisting Tyrell's Potato Crisps with drafting the sponsorship agreement connected to is sponsorship of the Tyrrell's Premier 15s league, the UK's premier women's rugby competition in the UK . It also handles contentious matters, and recently acted for personal trainer and online fitness blogger, Ross Dickerson, in a dispute arising from a commercial book publication agreement. Other clients include Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Tough Mudder Incoporated. Charles Maurice and Tom Lingard are the key figures. Tom Collins is also recommended.

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's 'excellent' aviation department 'is very quick to respond and provides thorough advice and good value for money'. The team is best known for engaging in international aircraft and engine transactions and air charter matters, as well as litigation concerning supply, repair and maintenance, aircraft management, ownership, insurance claims, fraud, leasing and financing disputes. Recent highlights include the advice provided to Royal Aero on leasing engines to Russia, Ukraine, China, Mauritania, Germany and the US, as well as the representation of an aircraft management company in a maintenance dispute with the owner of a corporate jet. Bellinger Asset Management, Eastern Airways, Emirates and Gama Aviation are other key clients. Litigator and asset recovery expert Richard Mumford serves as team lead. Daniel James joined asb law LLP in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Richard Mumford - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel James - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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