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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 (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s ‘standard of work is exceptional and the speed with which it delivers is very impressive’. The firm acts for lenders, shareholders and conglomerates on cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate finance matters; areas of sector expertise include technology, aviation and energy. It assisted the UK shareholders of CD-adapco on its sale to Siemens, and advised Asquith Nurseries on the sale of its parent company to Bright Horizons. Other highlights included advising ENER-G on the sale of its cogeneration division and the ENER-G brand to Centrica in a deal work £145m; and acting for the shareholders of Semantico on its acquisition by Highwire Press. Gama Aviation, Debenhams and Esquires Coffee are also clients. Restructuring expert James Waddell heads the corporate practice, which includes ‘truly amazing’ M&A specialist Keith Syson, ‘excellent’ corporate finance expert Joe Bedford, and partnership specialist Jenny Robertson, who ‘goes the extra mile with patience and clarity’. Beverley Whittaker heads the commercial team, which features contracts expert Beverley Flynn and franchise specialist Nicola Broadhurst.

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 (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s ‘exemplary’ practice is ‘highly recommended for complex tax matters’ and provides ‘great value for money’. The group specialises in advising entrepreneurs and owner-managers on exit tax planning and M&A transactions, and continues to develop a standalone equity incentive practice, advising on a range of incentive schemes including EMI schemes and unapproved option schemes. Practice head Kate Schmit is ‘brilliant and attentive throughout the matter’, and frequently advises on exit planning, acquisitions and disposals, corporate reorganisations and real estate tax matters. Highlights included advising Ener-G Holdings on the high-value sale of its cogeneration division to British Gas owner Centrica, including pre and post-sale restructuring, and also acted for longstanding client Asquith Nurseries on the sale of its parent company to the New York Stock Exchange. Corporate partner Keith Syson recently advised Volution Group on the tax aspects of its acquisition of NVA Services. Senior associate Jamie Crawford advises private companies and owner-managed businesses on the full range of corporate tax matters, and associate Sarah Balchin has strong expertise in the life sciences sector. Other key clients include Stackhouse Poland, Origami Energy and Rock Rail.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLPtakes an insightful and directed approach to complex matters,’ and ‘all instructions come highly prepared, well researched and meticulously thought through’. The group undertakes a broad range of competition-related work, and has notable strength in the life sciences, TMT and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. Team head Gustaf Duhs is ‘a highly impressive solicitor- client-focused, practical, and able to interact effectively with regulators’. Duhs recently acted for Ylem on the competition aspects of its sale of Ener-G Cogen to Centrica, and advised a sporting goods manufacturer on issues around international trading following the result of the EU referendum.

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP fields a ‘pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ team with a fine reputation for cross-border litigation, shareholder disputes and breach of contract cases for shareholders, owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals. It can also utilise the property litigation, construction and IP teams for multi-disciplinary cases. The firm acted for Energy Infrastructure Solutions (ENIS) in a breach of declaration of trust case and represented the shareholders of Greenlight Credit in a matter concerning alleged fraud and manipulation of an independent study into a departing shareholder’s shares. It also defended mining entrepreneur Frank Timis against Gerald Metals, who sought a global injunction against the client’s family trust. Other clients include Wincor Nixdorf, Kia Motors and Syniverse. Accredited mediator Richard King became managing partner of the firm in May 2017, with aviation litigation expert Richard Mumford taking over as head of department. Other key figures include the highly regarded Michael Frisby, Andrew Quick and the ‘client-focused and pragmaticSarah Murray; they bring experience in international arbitration, franchising disputes and disputes in the retail space respectively. Experienced commercial court litigator David Steinberg is also recommended.

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 (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s banking department works closely with the insolvency and restructuring team, and has seen a significant rise in restructuring work following the arrival of David Steinberg from Clifford Chance LLP. The group also handles mid-market acquisition finance, real estate finance and corporate debt transactions, advising an even split of lenders and borrowers including major banks, alternative finance providers and large corporates. Practice head Jonathan Porteous is advising Rainworth Energy on the £13m financing of its anaerobic digestion facility in Nottinghamshire, and Andrew Steele is advising Lloyds Bank on a high-value financing of two commercial mixed-use sites in London. Other key clients include Santander, HSBC and Papa John’s.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice in Guildford delivers a ‘top-quality service at regional pricing’ when it comes to restructuring and refinancing as well as corporate litigation and bankruptcy. Tim Carter (‘bright, clear, concise, commercial and pragmatic’) now leads the team jointly with David Steinberg, who arrived from Clifford Chance in 2016. Another new hire is senior associate Matthew Padian, who joined from Baker McKenzie in August 2016. Steinberg represented mining entrepreneur Frank Timiș against a claim from Gerald Metals, which applied for a global freezing injunction, and also advises Ernst & Young as provisional liquidators for The Home Insurance Company. Carter supported Energos in its contingency planning and in related problems with key contractors. Quantuma, Kingston Smith & Partners and KPMG Botswana are active clients.

Next generation lawyers

Rebecca Walker - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Human resources

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

The ‘friendly and accessible’ team at Stevens & Bolton LLP advises on TUPE transfers, cross-border employee outsourcing agreements and senior executive exit strategies, among other employment matters. In 2016 the firm acted for Linde Group on multiple unfair dismissal cases, discrimination issues and health and safety mandates as well as corporate restructuring across several areas of the company. Other highlights included advising Bunzl on employment matters relating to multiple acquisitions, and assisting Nintendo with redundancy procedures, internal restructuring matters and secondment arrangements. The firm also has strong pensions, immigration and tax teams. Other clients include Wincor Nixdorf, RBB Economics, Kia Motors and Veeam Software. Stephanie Dale leads the team and is experienced in handling company restructurings, redundancy issues and employment tribunal cases; she is ably supported by data privacy expert Lloyd Davey, Paul Lambdin, who has a focus on trade union law, and immigration specialist Kerry Garcia whose ‘advice is particularly clear’.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLPs team provides ‘a commercially-focused service which is excellent on all levels’ and the team ‘is good a working to tight deadlines’ and ‘is always quick to respond’. The practice has strong expertise in business immigration, most notably in Tier 2 matters, and also advises on investor, spouse and EEA family permits, permanent residence, indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation applications. Practice head Kerry Garcia advises a mix of employer and individual clients on the full range of business immigration issues, and senior associate Adam Landy is ‘a great support – highly personable, and easy to have a good working relationship with’. Hghlights included acting for Asahi UK, formerly part of Miller Brands, in a sponsor license application following its acquisition by Japanese brewing company Asahi, liaising with the Home Office and successfully obtaining the licence under a tight timeframe. Other key clients include Kia Motors, WhiteHat Security, CipherCloud and Nosce Education Consultancy.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP experienced an uptick in work for excepted group life policies and reviewed FW Kerridge’s trust deed and rules for an excepted group life policy that the client was establishing. Recently promoted partner Gabrielle Holgate heads the practice and ‘always provides excellent legal, technical and commercial advice in a highly responsive and pragmatic manner’ to employers and the trustees of defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. The trustees of Kaye Enterprises 1996 Pension Scheme instruct the firm on day-to-day matters relating to liability management and reducing risk. The practice also provides ongoing advice to Greenclose Hotels and thus far, has handled an enhanced transfer exercise and funding arrangements for the company’s pension scheme, which saw the firm restructure the company’s contributions to the scheme and assist with security documentation. Wincor Nixdorf International and CBRE are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Gabrielle Holgate - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises on claims against firms of solicitors, accountants, surveyors and tax advisers, and has significant experience in the construction and engineering sectors. Highlights have included advising on a claim against solicitors when a sale and purchase agreement failed to reflect the agreed terms; advising on a claim against an investment bank in relation to transfer of savings to an offshore trust; and handling a claim against an accountant firm in relation to negligent audits. Dispute resolution partner Andrew Quick is the name to note.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team advises on the establishment of charitable trusts and companies and handles the full range of employment, property and corporate matters. Recent work included acting for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice on a commercial participator agreement between the client and an independent travel agent, and advising the Royal Horticultural Society on an agreement to acquire a fifth garden in Bridgewater. The firm is also active in the education sector, advising various schools on mentoring and business simulation programmes. Stuart Skeffington heads the practice, and has substantial experience in the establishment and administration of charitable organisations. Commercial law expert Beverley Flynn is the other key figure.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP is ‘a thorough and professionally managed team of individuals, progressive in outlook and pragmatic in approach’. Its highly regarded financial work includes experience in handling high-value divorce proceedings, pre-nuptial agreements and spousal maintenance conflicts, plus the team is well-versed in child arrangement order applications, Children Act disputes and sexual abuse cases. With a client base that extends through the South East region into London and internationally, the roster features high-net-worth individuals, guardians and commercial business owners. The real estate, tax, trusts and commercial teams frequently collaborate with the practice on asset management matters, wealth protection mandates and trust management issues. As well as extensive ligation expertise, the outfit includes several trained mediators and collaborative lawyers for alternative dispute resolution methods. The team is led by Nicola Harries who ‘is incredibly thorough and a real tactician’; other recommended lawyers are Caroline Gordon-Smith who ‘is attentive and sympathetic to client needs and progressive in problem-solving’, the ‘professional, knowledgeable and efficient’ senior associate Elen Stritch and senior associate Grace Parker-White ‘who has a keen eye for detail’.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLPis a first-class firm’ that handles the full remit of private client matters, including succession planning, business restructuring and estate management for clients business owners, landed families and high-net-worth individuals. The team also works closely with the firm’s tax, litigation and real estate departments on contentious and non-contentious matters. Stuart Skeffington leads the team, with experience in onshore and offshore tax structuring, international succession issues and probate. Other key figures include the ‘very professional, thoughtful and responsiveRosie Todd, who was promoted to partner in May 2016 and has particular expertise in handling tax matters and tax planning for entrepreneurs; and Matthew Carman, who was promoted to partner in May 2017 and is ‘an outstanding private client lawyer with the ability to handle the most complicated of mandates’. Probate and estate administration practice head Daryl Fox, who is ‘an outstanding practitioner’, and the ‘vastly experienced’ Nick Acomb are other key names. Senior associate James Lister joined the team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in March 2017 to head the firm’s trust litigation practice.

Leading individuals

Nick Acomb - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stuart Skeffington - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Carman - 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 (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLPprovides insightful, proactive and sensible advice that is trusted’. The team’s expertise covers commercial property financing matters, including secured lending, as well as portfolio management, corporate occupier and divestment mandates. Development matters are another key area of expertise; highlights include advising the Royal Horticultural Society on its acquisition of a 156-acre Bridgewater garden, with the intention to develop the land into one of the largest gardens in Europe. Other highlights included assisting Asquith Nurseries on its sale to Bright Horizons Family Solutions, including assisting with the leasehold agreements for 90 properties and advising on multiple Scottish properties to be sub-contracted to McRoberts. It also advised Kia Motors on the acquisition and refurbishment of a showroom in London, which will be the client’s largest in Europe. Emirates, Octopus Healthcare Development, Store Property Investments and JMH Group are also on the client roster. Andrew Steele is well-versed in advising on corporate occupier issues and healthcare property matters. He leads a team that includes retail development specialist Howard Lupton, Alex Watt, and Michael Laver, a portfolio management expert. Also recommended are senior associate and property finance expert Bethan Dodd, and Daryl Rivero, who was appointed to the partnership in November 2016 and is well-versed in handling commercial property investments.

Leading individuals

Andrew Steele - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team is noted for its ‘quick responses’ and for its ability to provide clients with ‘a range of different options and approaches’. The practice has been notably active in the healthcare, leisure and high-end residential sectors, advising on every stage of the construction project lifecycle along with procurement, development agreements and funding arrangements. Recent work includes reviewing a range of contracts on behalf of SAB Miller Procurement, negotiating a development agreement for the purchase of land for a major logistics business, and assisting Shanly Homes with two adjudications related to subcontractor accounts. Practice head and chartered engineer Stephen Rockhillunderstands the industry very well’ and advises on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s wide-ranging practice has ‘a superb level of expertise in the field’ and provides ‘a great level of service and ongoing support to its clients’. The firm advises on environmental liabilities claims and insurance policies, climate change law, flood risk and environmental permitting, and also handles the environmental aspects of regional and multinational transactions. The team continues to advise WWF-UK on environmental issues arising from its offshore oil and gas operations in the Arctic, and has advised a range of corporate clients on the environmental issues arising from various real estate transactions. Practice head Catherine Davey specialises in environment and planning law, and Valerie Fogleman advises on climate change, environmental insurance and health and safety law. Other key clients include XL Catlin, The BOC Group and Accord Healthcare.

Leading individuals

Valerie Fogleman - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP is praised for its ‘prompt and appropriate responses as well as its good mixture of technical and practical advice’. The group ‘demonstrates a good understanding of planning and local government operations’. The team’s diverse roster includes clients in the healthcare, high-end residential development, retail and leisure sectors, and the practice regularly advises on highway issues and development site assembly. ‘Experienced planning consultant’ Catherine Davey is the key practitioner and is ‘very thorough in her knowledge of the intricacies of the area, particularly in enforcement cases and listed building issues’. Davy is also well-regarded for application advice and assistance with CIL issues, regeneration projects and section 106 agreements, amongst other matters. Senior associate Markus Klempa is also a name to note.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team provides ‘pragmatic, sensible advice’ and is ‘highly pro-active, with a great depth of knowledge and insight into its clients’ needs’. The firm has seen an increase in instructions from development and investor clients, and also handles the full range of landlord and tenant matters, including easements and covenants. Senior associate Markus Klempa is ‘tenacious and personable’, and is currently acting for Papa John’s in a substantial terminal dilapidation claim. Helen Wheddon heads the practice, and has ‘excellent technical knowledge’.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Noted for its ‘commercial and collaborative approach’, Stevens & Bolton LLP excels in the insurance, drinks and pharmaceutical sectors. The ‘very personableBeverley Flynn is ‘an expert in her field’, who is advising UK Medicines Verification Organisation (UKMVO) on implementing a UK medicine hub; advice has included system maintenance and appointing an IT supplier. Practice head Beverley Whittaker, Gary Parnell, who leads the technology and media team, and up-and-coming senior associate Oliver Kidd have been handling a range of work for TGI Fridays, including advising on data sharing arrangements and payment apps. Parnell also assists Staffcare with contracts to supply the Staffcare personal benefits online platform to its clients. Vision Asset Management is another client. Senior associate Charles Maurice arrived from Macfarlanes LLP and is adept in technology outsourcing, data protection and e-commerce issues, among other matters.

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 (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLPpunches well above its weight’ in all manner of work, including patent disputes, database rights and trade mark instructions. ‘Astute’ practice head Tom Lingard routinely acts for food and beverage sector companies in protecting, enforcing and exploiting their IP rights; he recently represented food manufacturer Bakkavor in a High Court misuse of confidential information case. In other work, he acted for Acro Aircraft Seating in filing a counterclaim to invalidate a patent following a dispute that had been brought by RECARO Aircraft Seating regarding the alleged infringement of its patents for a passenger aircraft seat. The ‘very strong’ and recently promoted partner Charlotte Tillett leads the life sciences group and has advised clients from this sector on patent infringements and licensing, copyright and a broad range of other matters. A fashion company also instructed Tillett to assist with licensing arrangements and its acquisition of an international trade mark portfolio. TGI Fridays and Cineworld also instruct the practice, as do SMEs and start-ups. Senior associate Elaine O'Hare is another name to note with technology, media and communications practice head Gary Parnell, who advises 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 (Guildford)

Tom Lingard leads Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice and is well regarded for publishing agreements, IP, defamation and a plethora of other mandates. Advising Ross Dickerson and his company DR Physique on copyright issues and a publication agreement with Misfits Publishing was a highlight for the practice, which is also acting for Dickerson in a dispute concerning the book’s publication. Lingard, together with senior associate Elaine O'Hare, also represented Belgian company BONJOUR in bringing a copyright infringement claim against freuds and Greater London Authority in relation to films made by the companies. Other mandates included trade mark infringements, license revocations and employment matters. Cineworld, Centaur Media and Nintendo UK are also clients.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP acts for a strong client base in the sports and leisure sectors, advising a mix of high-profile sports personalities, large corporates, clubs and start-ups on the full gamut of IP, commercial, corporate and employment matters. In a recent highlight, the group acted for German e-commerce group Jago in an online trade mark infringement matter involving its gym and fitness brand "Physionics", where the mark was used to sell a competitor’s products via the online platform Amazon. The team also advised an international online fitness blogger on a book publication agreement with Misfits Publishing, and assisted Knog in a UK-based registered design infringement matters. Intellectual property lawyer Tom Lingard heads the practice.

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

The ‘excellent’ aviation practice at Stevens & Bolton LLP in Guildford demonstrates ‘interest in clients’ businesses’ and provides ‘reliable advice, industry knowledge as well as prompt turnarounds and availability’. Both practice head Richard Mumford and senior associate Daniel James are recommended. While Mumford focuses on international litigation (including lease and charter disputes, fraud and insurance claims), commercial litigation and asset recovery, James primarily handles transactions, leases and the financing of aircraft and their components. The latter is also experienced in contentious matters involving repossession, insurance claims and regulation. James recently advised Royal Aero on its first purchase of an aircraft, which was also leased to an airline, from an Asian bank. Another highlight was advising SaxonAir Charter on the acquisition of a new Agusta A109 helicopter and the management of an Embraer Legacy 500 jet. Together with James, Mumford represented a private equity investor during the joint venture financing of an aircraft purchase. Acro Seating and LHI Leasing are recurring clients, while DHL and Bellinger Asset Management received their first consultations in 2016.

Leading individuals

Richard Mumford - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel James - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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