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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

ADELAIDE HOUSE, LONDON BRIDGE, LONDON, EC4R 9HA, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team regularly handles BPO and IT outsourcing projects, as well as advising on a broad spectrum of commercial contracts involving sectors such as retail and hotels, financial services, retail and energy/natural resources/utilities, among many others. In the advertising/marketing arena, senior associate Charlotte Pham advises clients on media-buying arrangements and the procurement of creative agency services. Pham also has expertise in the online and retail sectors. In 2016, Mark Lewis and senior associate Benjamin Wheeler acted for MGM Advantage Services (trading as Retirement Advantage) in a £40m life and pensions outsourcing arrangement with Equiniti. In another highlight, Richard Shaw and senior associate Melissa Manski were part of a cross-practice team that advised BCA Marketplace on the outsourcing by Lex Autolease Limited of its vehicle remarketing operations. Shaw is ‘an exceptionally safe pair of hands’. Elsewhere, Marcus Pearl counselled UBM on marketing arrangements concerning its brands, and also its digital marketing presence. Associate director Mimi Curran is also recommended. Data protection specialist Kate Brimsted recently joined from Reed Smith LLP.

Leading individuals

Richard Shaw - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Melissa Manski - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

With extensive experience of ‘the breadth of real estate transactions’, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP specialises in real estate taxation, including the tax aspects of real estate investment funds. Elizabeth Bradley, who leads the global tax group, acted for China Life and Brookfield on the £346m acquisition of the corporate structure owning Aldgate Tower, and also assisted China Life with the joint venture and asset management arrangements in connection with the acquisition. The department head also worked alongside Matthew Poole in relation to the tax structuring of Time Inc’s £415m sale of IPC Magazines Group to a joint venture. Richard Harbot is known for providing ‘high-quality, commercial tax advice’ to clients such as household name private equity clients and multinational corporates. John Overs and Paul Shaw are also partners in the tax department. Michael Wistow left for White & Case LLP in 2016 and Neal Todd and Gary Richards both retired. In 2017, the team hired Mark Brailsford from Osborne Clarke LLP.

Leading individuals

John Overs - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘responsive’, ‘client-focused’ practice attracted a number of new clients in 2016, including Royal Mail, BT, and the Department of Health. The team, which has particular strength in regulated sectors, is particular active in mandates related to utilities and financial institutions. Notable clients include National Grid, Heathrow Airport, and Tesco. ‘Fantastic’ practice head Andrew Hockley (who is praised for his ‘high-calibre, laser-focused, sound and sensible advice’) is advising BT on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of IP Trade, which is under review by the CMA. Brussels-based David Anderson led the team advising the Michael Jackson Estate on the sale of its interest to Sony Music for $750m, which involved obtaining unconditional clearance from the European Commission. The practice also advises on state aid, dawn raid, and competition law compliance matters. James Marshall takes a ‘practical, commercial approach to his advice’ and provides an ‘extremely high level of client service’. Also recommended are ‘very professional’, ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘fast-thinking’ associate Victoria Newbold; Edward Coulson and associate Andrew Leitch, who joined the team from Hausfeld; and consultant Anthony Rosen, who joined from Sky.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hockley - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP contentious and non-contentious teams provide an integrated offering to clients, including banks, insurers and funds which require highly informed advice on the whole range of regulations and their options in response. Described by one client as ‘one of the best financial services litigators around’, team head Nathan Willmott provides ‘tactically excellent, commercial and responsive’ advice and has been heavily involved in the recent market manipulation benchmark cases (LIBOR and FX), as well as the more recent sovereign, supranational and agency (SSA) bond trading manipulation. The ‘very responsive, commercial and personable’ Andrew Tuson has a ‘great depth of legal knowledge’. Sidney Myers and dual UK/US qualified solicitor/advocate Aaron Stephens are also recommended. On the non-contentious front, Matthew Baker advises banks on fund managers across a range of UK/EU regulations including MiFID II and AIFMD. Formerly a secondee at the FSA’s enforcement division, Polly James is well-placed to prepare senior managers for regulatory approval interviews and Section 166 Skilled Person reviews. Clients include AIG, Aviva, Investec and AXA.

Leading individuals

Sidney Myers - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Michael Anderson and Benjamin Lee jointly lead the team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, which has a first-class reputation in the mid-cap arena, where it handles Main Market and AIM IPOs and secondary offerings for corporate issuers, brokers and investment banks, among other clients. The practice is marked by its broad sector coverage; Alexander Keepin is particularly knowledgeable about listings involving energy and natural resources companies. Elsewhere, the group handles matters involving companies in the betting and gaming, healthcare and retail industries. In 2016, Lee, Richard Werner, senior associate Matt Oliver and others acted for Secure Income REIT on a secondary placing of ordinary shares. In addition, Nicholas Myatt advised Canaccord Genuity (as joint bookrunner and NOMAD) and Shore Capital Stockbrokers (as joint bookrunner) on a £40m secondary placing by AIM-listed pharmaceutical company Vernalis. Julian Stanier, Gareth Jones (who made partner in 2016) and senior associate Brian Mulkerrins are also recommended. Alex Latner joined Playtech as general counsel.

Next generation lawyers

Gareth Jones - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 6

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Primarily known for its strength in corporate real estate, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s practice is active in other sectors including TMT, manufacturing and utilities. Real estate expert Chris de Pury assisted China Life Investment Holding and Brookfield with their £346m purchase of the corporate structure that owned Aldgate Tower. Other real estate clients include Secure Income REIT and Go Native Holdings. Murdoch Currie acted for Playtech on its acquisition of Consolidated Financial Holdings for up to $120m, while Benjamin Lee, who heads the practice with Michael Anderson, advised BCA on its £105m purchase of Paragon Automotive. On the utilities side, John Bennett acted for Thames Water on the £99m sale of its retail business for non-household customers to Castle Water, and Nicholas Myatt assisted Ancala Partners with its £79m takeover offer for Dee Valley Group.

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Trade, WTO, anti-dumping, and customs
Trade, WTO, anti-dumping, and customs - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

The ‘extremely strong’ practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has particular strengths advising clients on sanctions, with an emphasis on sanctions affecting Russia; it also handles export control issues in relation to dual-use equipment, and on trade investigations. The ‘experienced’, ‘knowledgeable’, ‘straightforward’, ‘client-friendlyChris Bryant jointly leads the team with Aaron Stephens; they are ably assisted by senior associates Irene Cummins and Kate Ison (who is ‘bright’, ‘hardworking’ and ‘personable’).

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is well-known for its expertise in real estate, and the tax team has particular experience of real estate VAT, in addition to customs duties, insurance premium tax (IPT) and other national and international VAT issues. Aside from its real estate capabilities, it handles a range of strategic planning, business transfers and compliance advice to clients in the consumer goods, retail, not-for-profit and financial services sectors, regularly finding itself across the table from the Big 4 accountancy firms. Alan Sinyor is a full-time specialist in VAT and indirect tax; in 2016, he was involved in capital markets and project financing transactions, SDLT and real estate deals, contentious VAT cases and also provided strategic advice regarding VAT and IPT issues. Elizabeth Bradley heads the firm’s global tax group and Paul Shaw specialises in real estate taxation and investment funds structuring.

Leading individuals

Alan Sinyor - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP continues to attract complex fraud, corruption and dishonesty mandates from high-profile companies and individuals, and is noted for its strength in cases involving embezzlement of state funds, breach of management, recovery of fraud proceeds and security enforcement. In a recent highlight, the team successfully acted for the Central Bank of Nigeria in a Supreme Court case regarding the misappropriation of trust assets, a significant matter valued at £900m. The group also continues to act for Access Bank in a claim against its former CEO and managing director, and is currently advising Thames Water on various fraud-related issues. Segun Osuntokun heads the department, and Graham Shear is the other key practitioner.

Leading individuals

Segun Osuntokun - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides ‘a professional and responsive service’ and ‘has a strong, well-established reputation within the leisure industry, particularly in the hotel sector’. The team regularly advises on licensing for large developments, its clients including a number of casinos, betting shops, developers and banks, and cross-border matters are a notable area of expertise. The firm successfully handled a number of liquor and gambling applications for the Hippodrome Casino in London, and continues to provide gambling and associated regulatory advice in connection with Playtech’s acquisition of Consolidated Financial Holdings. Practice head Craig Baylis is ‘a hardworking solicitor’ who is ‘highly respected in the licensing world for his no-nonsense approach and his depth of knowledge’, and key practitioner Jeremy Bark ‘provides sound advice and guidance, ensuring the client has the full background and detail to assist with any decision making’.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides ‘comprehensive advice’ and ‘builds a great relationship with clients, taking the time to really understand their business, culture and values, which makes it an integral extension to the team’. The firm regularly advises on licensing for large developments, the Olympic Park Development and the Nova Scheme in Victoria being notable highlights, and also assists various operator clients with the full range of liquor and gambling licensing matters. Other work examples included advising TGI Fridays on the procurement of new licenses across the country, including stress areas such as Westminster and minimum pricing areas such as Newcastle, and the group also assisted Tesco with technical issues in relation to its online models and successfully dealt with opposed licensing hearings around England and Wales. The team is headed by the ‘practical and effectiveCraig Baylis, and key lawyer Jeremy Bark is ‘well respected throughout the industry, and has an extensive network of contacts’.

Leading individuals

Craig Baylis - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Jeremy Bark - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is ‘an excellent and well-regarded outfit’. The practice acts for top-tier financial institutions and much of its work is cross-border, including Nigeria, the US, Iceland, and much of continental Europe; it also offers an in-house forensic accounting unit, with a chartered accountant-led forensic services team. The group acted for Access Bank, one of the largest banks in Nigeria, in its successful claim against its former CEO and managing director, Erastus Oladipo Akingbola; this $1bn claim included allegations of misappropriation of the bank’s funds and the operation of an illegal share purchase scheme, as well as international enforcement action. Oliver Glynn-Jones is ‘an astute lawyer with excellent communication skills’; Oran Gelbpays close attention to detail and is not afraid of the technical aspects of a case’; and Segun Osuntokun is also a key contact. Daren Allen left for Dentons.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLPleaves clients feeling very happy with the overall level of service; its well-resourced team quickly grasps the key issues and its commercial approach adds value to litigation’. Most of the firm’s work is cross-border and it has specific sector expertise in energy, retail, hotels and leisure, and utilities. The practice advises on disputes involving contracts, joint venture agreements, professional negligence claims, fraud issues, and privacy and defamation actions. It acted for an international oil company in a claim for breach of a drilling concession sale agreement; and successfully represented an international bank in a breach of trust and fraud-related case. Oliver Glynn-Jones is ‘very much trusted by clients and he has an excellent sense of judgment’; Graham Shear is ‘an excellent litigator with great client management skills and a keen tactical brain’; and Oran Gelb is ‘a bright, focused and meticulous partner’. Joby Davies is also well regarded and Andrew Tuson was made partner.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides ‘an excellent blend of legal and commercial strategy over the full range of competition work for an array of top clients’. It is instructed by both claimants and defendants, though it has achieved prominence as claimant counsel of late; a position that was strengthened this year with the hire of Ed Coulson from Hausfeld. Indeed, Coulson and Andrew Hockley have taken a lead role in the trucks cartel litigation, acting for Royal Mail in connection with a damages claim against DAF, which is the first of these cartel claims to be brought in England. Again on the claimant’s side, Joby Davies is representing National Grid in its £143m damages claim arising from the well-known power cables cartel; the firm is also acting for Scottish Power, another major claimant in this piece of litigation. In the defence space, the team advised Tesco in the second ever fast-track damages claim at the competition appeal tribunal (CAT). Chris Bryant, James Marshall and senior associate Rachel Ziegler are recommended.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLPprovides a truly international approach, but with a deep understanding of national specifics and mentality’. The firm’s sector specialisms include construction and engineering; insurance and reinsurance; hotels and leisure; and energy and natural resources. ‘A first-class arbitration partner and a great advocate’, Roman Khodykin is ‘tremendously hard working and goal-oriented, and he delivers the best possible service at all times’; Carol Mulcahy is ‘a superb technician, with great attention to detail and sound judgment’; Michael Polonsky has extensive experience in handling shareholder disputes, and claims for breach of contract, fiduciary duty and warranty; and David Robertson, who has particular experience in advising Korean contractors on power, water and oil and gas projects, re-joined the London team from Singapore. Terry de Souza and Ania Farren are highly rated.

Leading individuals

George Burn - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has ‘a growing presence’ in the contentious tax space, with particular expertise in real estate taxation. Its work is not restricted to real estate tax, however; the team is involved in multiple disputes involving the taxation of equipment leasing, the recovery of overpaid VAT, customs and trade duties and the taxation of remuneration schemes. Indeed, Ron Downhill acted for Brain Disorders Research Limited Partnership in a tax avoidance case concerning whether partnerships are trading on a commercial basis. Senior associate Kate Ison is ‘quietly brilliant’ and is building a dedicated tax litigation practice, having been involved in varied high-stakes matters in 2016-2017. Andrew Tuson was promoted to partner in 2016. Alan Sinyor heads the indirect tax group, while Elizabeth Bradley leads the wider, global tax practice. Richard Harbot and Chris Bryant are also key contacts.

Next generation lawyers

Kate Ison - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘lean and dynamic’ four-partner team provides ‘concise, relevant and timely advice’ to a balanced mix of clearing banks and corporates. Praised for its ‘tremendous work ethic and unstuffy approach’, the team has an excellent perspective from both sides of the table and is thereby well-placed to get the deal done in a ‘very commercial’ manner ‘without unnecessary point-scoring’. Derek Hrydziuszko recently advised BCA Marketplace on consents, amendments and accessions required under its £375m syndicated financing relating to its £135m acquisition of the Paragon Automotive Group. ‘A delight to work with’, Emma Howdle-Fuller is an ‘experienced and strong negotiator’ and is overall banking team head. The ‘commercialDaisy Reeves also handles acquisition finance mandates as part of her broad-ranging finance offering. Clients include HSBC, Lloyds, Tesco and Playtech.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides a ‘responsive and cost-effective service’ and is best-known for its work in the rail sector where its clients include Angel Trains and Beacon Rail. Involved in all of Angel Trains’ leasing and procurement financings, as well as on some financing matters, the firm recently advised it on the procurement, leasing and financing of 665 new Bombardier Aventra electric multiple-unit passenger vehicles as part of Abellio’s winning East Anglia rail franchise bid. Asset finance head Russell Clifford led on this deal and also co-ordinated the firm’s efforts, along with lawyers in Germany, on its representation of Beacon Rail on its acquisition of Ascendos Rail Leasing. The ‘excellentJamie Wiseman-Clarke is also recommended for rail finance work. Consultant Tom Budgett leads the firm’s efforts on the aviation front and recently advised CCB Aviation Corporation on the sale and leaseback of eleven aircraft with Wizz Air. ‘Very approachable’ consultant Rebecca Quayle provides ‘practical and resourceful solutions’ to numerous clients in the aviation industry including CityJet.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides a ‘responsive, commercial and cost-effective service’ to a balanced mix of lenders and borrowers across a range of corporate lending matters. Praised for its ability to provide ‘deep technical knowledge’ as well as the ability ‘to pull together specialists throughout the firm, to support where necessary’, the four-partner team has the capacity to handle a variety of commoditised and highly bespoke mandates (where it often works closely with colleagues in the structured finance group). The practice continues to receive a regular flow of corporate lending work for longstanding borrower clients including Tesco, and is expanding its client base, recently handling work for rapidly growing corporate Gett in relation to a $100m financing from Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank. The ‘commercialDaisy Reeves acted on the aforementioned matter and also advised Hippodrome Casino on a £18m facility with Barclays. As part of his broad-ranging finance practice, Derek Hrydziuszko handles less conventional work including margin loan financing, and recently advised Goldman Sachs on the provision of such facilities to high-net-worth and ultra-high net-worth individuals. ‘Helpful and knowledgeable’ team head Emma Howdle-Fuller is also recommended. Other clients include Lloyds, HSBC, RBS and Mount Street.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Led by the ‘business-minded and practicalBen Jones, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘responsive’ four-partner team excels at advising IPs, funds and banks in mid-market restructurings and benefits from ‘excellent industry knowledge’ in key firm-wide sector specialisms including real estate, hotels/leisure and healthcare. Marc Trottier is regularly involved in oil and gas-related restructurings; he recently advised SDX Energy on the $30m acquisition of a portfolio of oil and gas production and exploration assets from the administrators of one of Circle Oil Group’s subsidiaries. The firm also has significant contentious insolvency expertise, where the ‘excellentDavid Leibowitz is the primary practitioner within the group. The ‘intelligent and considerateIan Benjamin is also recommended. Clients include Lloyds Bank, Cerberus, KPMG and Lonestar.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, ‘all lawyers respond very quickly and show a high level of knowledge’, says a client who highlights derivatives and structured products team head Tariq Rasheed. The firm is a standout advisor on regulatory reforms including EMIR, CRDIV, SFTR and MiFID II. ‘The partners are very hands-on and very adept at implementation on the regulatory side’ remarks another client. Rasheed regularly advises investment banks, funds and corporates on securitised and OTC derivatives. Clients of the practice include Bank Hapoalim, United Bank of Israel and Bank of East Asia. A key highlight was the provision of advice to Goldman Sachs International’s futures business on the reworking of internal and counterparty documentation to reflect changes in regulation, and the negotiation of derivatives clearing give-up agreements and variation margin support annexes. For Deutsche Bank, Rasheed and associates Iman Roy and Mikhail Kleptsov assisted with complex ISDA and FIA client cleared derivatives documentation and clearing agreements with key buy-side clients.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP continues to grow its standing in the energy sector, particularly in the power, renewables, infrastructure and oil and gas sectors. It also has significant expertise in the mining sector, with Alexander Keepin growing that practice’s presence in Africa along with litigator and head of the firm’s Africa group Segun Osuntokun. Deepa Deb heads the India group; his experience covers commercial real estate including office, retail, hotel development and investment acting for domestic and foreign companies, developers, institutions and funds. Head of energy and natural resources Adam Dann, who is also head of finance, handles a steady pipeline of transactional oil and gas sector work in emerging markets. Head of banking Emma Howdle-Fuller is also recommended. Keepin advised a sovereign wealth fund on its $100m subscription as part of a larger fundraising by Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine in Mozambique. He also acted for Ncondezi Energy, which holds a large coal resource in Mozambique, on an agreement with Shanghai Electric Power Company to develop coal-fired power generation capacity in the country’s Tete province.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has developed a strong reputation for bespoke deals and has a significant presence in UK RMBS market. Its recent work in the real estate space includes advising originator clients such as Kensington Mortgages and Bluestone Mortgages, and advising the Homes and Communities Agency and the Department for Communities and Local Government on amendments to capital raising documentation related to the Affordable Housing Guarantee programme, which included £500m in new issuances by SPV Affordable Housing Finance. Another key deal saw the team act for LaSer UK as seller, originator and servicer of a £600m securitisation of unsecured personal loans. Prashanth Satyadeva leads the structured debt and capital markets group in London; in addition to advising on the LaSer deal, he also acted for Patron Capital Advisers on the securitisation of 3,500 home reversion equity release assets. Eleanor Hunwicks stands out for advice to servicers such as CBRE and Situs International on CMBS deals. Jayne Black joined the Homes and Communities Agency.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s multidisciplinary group is noted for its ‘clear, detailed advice’ and ‘prompt responses’. Group head David Dennison, who is appreciated for his ‘wealth of in-depth knowledge and practical advice’, advised AIM-listed company H&T on the implementation of a new company share option plan. Tesco, FairFX and Panmure Gordon are also clients.

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Employment: employees/unions
Leading individuals

Lisa Mayhew - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s practice handles a broad range of employment matters for clients in the financial services sector, including high-profile matters with significant reputational risk. Key figures include the ‘excellentRebecca Harding-Hill, who ‘excels in complex cases’, including discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and joint practice heads Lisa Mayhew, who handles regulatory matters, and Rob Eldridge, whose experience covers the enforcement of restrictive covenants in the High Court. Senior associate Bradley Houlston is also recommended. Clients include Tesco, Deutsche Bank and Thames Water.

Leading individuals

Lisa Mayhew - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Bradley Houlston - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s practice handles a broad range of health and safety matters, including asbestos, fire safety and serious accidents. Associate Jeremy Bark advised Angel Trains on various regulatory issues. The practice is led by Craig Baylis, who is experienced in representing clients in high-profile cases, including those pertaining to fatal accidents.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has experience acting for corporates and trustees, with particular strength in the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. The team is led by David Dennison, who specialises in assisting clients in the establishment and operation of pension arrangements, including pension plan mergers, windings up, and Pensions Ombudsman claims. Norman Russell is also recommended. Clients include Thames Water, as well as the trustees of the Roche Pension Fund and World Duty Free Group Pension Fund.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, insurance and reinsurance disputes practice head Anthony Lennox is ‘very easy and trustworthy to work with’ and is well respected, as is the ‘world-classJonathan Sacher, who leads the insurance sector and international arbitration teams. Praised for being ‘very professional and to the point’, the firm shines in complex reinsurance matters and cross-border coverage disputes. Highlights included acting for Imagine Insurance Company in bringing a counterclaim in relation to a commutation amount that was calculated by Markel International in a reinsurance treaty, and representing Vibe Syndicate Management in an appeal, where it challenged the decision of an arbitration action brought by another Lloyd’s syndicate regarding reinsurance payments pertaining to respiratory disease claims that were made by individuals who removed debris following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Insurers and reinsurers have also instructed the practice in a large claim relating to the Arab Spring. Travelers is a significant client of the practice, which includes senior associates Oliver Saunders and Kelly Jones.

Next generation lawyers

Kelly Jones - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s full-service offering covers corporate transactions, restructuring issues and regulatory advice, and the group also supports insurance and reinsurance companies facing investment management and governance issues. Clients include a mix of general insurers such as Aviva, MS Amlin and CNA Europe, along with life insurance and pension companies, healthcare insurers, and Lloyd’s syndicates. Highlights included advising Chubb/Ace European on its warranty insurance policy concerning Bupa’s acquisition of Oasis Dental Care, the UK’s main private dental provider; acting for Markel International Insurance Company on the transfer of its book to RiverStone Insurance; and assisting Randall & Quilter Investment with its £12m acquisition of all shares in The Royal London General Insurance Company, a non-life insurance company in the run-off space. Adam Bogdanor heads the practice and advises on M&A transactions, Part VII transfers and schemes of arrangement, among other matters, and Geraldine Quirk is well-regarded for her expertise in portfolio transfer schemes.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Leading individuals

Geraldine Quirk - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP handles capital markets work concerning listed funds. Richard Werner advised Hadrian’s Wall Secured Investments, a credit fund, on its £80m IPO on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange. Werner also advised Liberum Capital on its role as sponsor and placing agent of Phoenix Spree Deutschland’s raising of £38m via an offer for subscription, and acted for Secure Income REIT on a ‘re-IPO’ secondary placing of shares.

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Clients get a high level of service with quick response times and good practical advice’ from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The firm covers the gamut of real estate funds work, covering private equity real estate fund formation and co-investments, secondary sales, advice for limited partners and capital markets work concerning listed real estate funds. Kate Binedell advised CBRE on merging one of its funds with the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme’s portfolio to create a £1.4bn property authorised investment fund (PAIF), while practice head Antony Grossman acted for Ribston on the launch of the Ribston UK Industrial Property Unit Trust with £75m of equity commitments. Justin Cornelius is ‘an outstanding and trusted lawyer who always provides sensible and valuable advice’ – he advised Morgan Sindall Investments on a joint venture with the Universities Superannuation Scheme to invest £100m in housing for people with physical and learning disabilities. In addition, Kieran Saunders is also a name of note. Other clients include Unite Students, Transport for London and Aviva Investors.

Next generation lawyers

Kieran Saunders - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team provides ‘timely, efficient and quality advice’. Martin Paisner, Neasa Coen and Jonathan Kropman are all ‘first rate and highly professional, and have a very good understanding of how the Charity Commission and the HMRC work while also being able to communicate and be empathetic with the trustees’. The firm is experienced in complex and large-scale matters, acting for a blend of more traditional clients, such as high-net-worth trusts and foundations, through to an increasing number of corporate charitable foundations. It has advised on various insolvency matters for charities recently, and has also acted for several charities in the Orthodox Jewish sector (both charities operating schools and charities making grants).

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is ‘a go-to firm for complex and high-value trust work’, with ‘a perfect litigation team’. The ‘top-classRupert Ticehurst heads the practice, and ‘really knows his trust law (both contentious and non-contentious). He provides sound strategic advice’. Associate Simon Goldring is ‘hardworking and determined’, and he and Ticehurst ‘together manage very difficult clients with apparent ease’. Another ‘real star’ is senior associate Jessica Henson, who is ‘efficient, smart and bright, with a really in-depth knowledge of the law which she delivers with a smile’; she is ‘one of the most impressive lawyers at associate level in London’. Highlights included acting for the second and third claimants in Isaac Moussa Salem & Ors v Faraj Moussa Salem & Ors, a partnership dispute relating to a multibillion-dollar African trading business and a Mayfair property portfolio; the claim raised myriad complex issues under UK and Lebanese law. The team is also acting for the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough in relation to a number of contentious issues following the death of her husband.

Leading individuals

Rupert Ticehurst - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jessica Henson - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘technically excellent’ team advises on high-value cross-border wealth, governance and tax structuring matters. It is also experienced in shari’ah wealth and succession planning issues, and is recommended for its work with institutional clients and on complex trust restructurings. Murray North is ‘knowledgeable and professional’, and the ‘excellentMartin Paisner acts for many very wealthy international families originating from the US and across Europe, as well as advising numerous high-net-worth individuals and families with connections to Israel. Simon Phelps heads the Asia private client group, with a significant number of individual and family office clients based in the Middle East and the Far East, and specialises in estate planning, capital and income taxation as well as offshore and onshore trusts. Damian Bloom advises high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial clients. Associate director Reshmi Manekporia is also recommended for her experience in complex cross-border structures, particularly those with a shari’ah component, and works with shari’ah scholars to provide shari’ah-compliant wealth structuring solutions.

Leading individuals

Martin Paisner - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Simon Phelps - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is ‘an extremely strong firm in the field of infrastructure planning’, where Tim Smith is ‘one of the big players’ according to one source. The practice handles both domestic and international work, especially in connection with infrastructure asset transactions, regulatory issues and dispute resolution cases. Clients recommend ‘very able planning lawyer and safe pair of hands’ Daniel Freiman, who ‘always gets the job done and is an absolute pleasure to work with’, and experienced planning and environmental partner James Good, who ‘applies himself with extreme diligence to his clients’ cases’. Mark Richards heads the team and has acted for clients such as Amber Infrastructure and Aviva Investors.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s mining department is spread across several of the firm’s offices. Head Alexander Keepin, who is a member of the firm’s corporate finance group, recently advised a sovereign wealth fund on the equity fundraising and debt restructuring of Kenmare, and acted for Peel Hunt and Tamesis in a fundraising initiative for Berkeley Energia. Other key contacts include senior associate Brian Mulkerrins, who supported Keeping in a high-value placing for the AIM-listed Shanta Gold, the operator of the New Luika gold mine in Tanzania. Senior associate Tim Sumner, who sits in the projects group, was part of the team assisting Ncondezi with its non-binding memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Electric Power to prepare a transaction which could see the latter become controlling shareholder in the Ncondezi power project. Gareth Jones is also a key name and represents clients such as Liberum, Canaccord Genuity and Cenkos.

Leading individuals

Alexander Keepin - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

The multi-disciplinary oil and gas team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP handles the full range of upstream and downstream matters for a range of oil and gas companies. Recent highlights include advising on a joint venture for the operation of an offshore oil field in Western Africa. Practice head Adam Dann is acting alongside senior associate Tim Sumner for an international drilling client on financial and strategic matters related to its drillship operations. Carol Mulcahy, who was recently joined in the international arbitration practice by Ania Farren from K&L Gates LLP, handles a range of multi-jurisdictional oil and gas disputes. On the domestic front, the firm is assisting an energy group in connection with the development of an underground gas storage facility in the UK which involved equity and debt investment into the project.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Sumner - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, planning and environment partner Christian Drage is continuing to act for National Grid on the first EU-funded carbon capture and storage demonstration project based on entirely new infrastructure, including a new onshore compressor station. Energy department head Adam Dann and Kiran Arora are overseeing the development of a combined energy from waste, pulp paper and water treatment plant in the South of England. Mark Richards heads the projects, energy and infrastructure group and acted on the restructuring of a 90-year high voltage electricity distribution agreement. James Marshall handles competition and regulatory matters.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP services water companies, such as Thames Water, as well as investors in corporate, financing, regulatory, construction and environmental matters. It has recently been active in competition and regulatory work, including handling the sale of a non-household retail businesses to a new market entrant and advising on the liberalisation of the market. Projects, energy and infrastructure practice head Mark Richards advised, with James Marshall and corporate partner Nick Myatt, Ancala on the merger and regulatory issues arising from its public takeover offer for Dee Valley. Other highlights include assisting Bazalgette, the new vehicle created by Tideway to finance and deliver the Tideway Thames Tunnel project, with the development of this mega-project. Oliver Glynn-Jones is a key contact for contentious matters.

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London: Public sector

Infrastructure (Parliamentary)
Infrastructure (Parliamentary) - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

The parliamentary infrastructure team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is part of the firm’s planning, construction and real estate department. James Good is advising on the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Vicky Fowler is assisting the Woodland Trust and other entities in securing assurances pertaining to the environmental statement and other issues arising from the proposed construction of the HS2 railway line and related infrastructure assets. Tim Pugh and parliamentary agent Helen Kemp are the other names to note.

Leading individuals

Helen Kemp - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘efficient, practical and knowledgeable’ practice excels in handling large-scale regeneration, housing and infrastructure mandates. Its recent work includes advising the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLA on the Blackwall Reach regeneration project, which includes the redevelopment of the Robin Hood Gardens Estate. The group handled several matters for key client the Homes and Communities Agency, including advising on the funding of several housing schemes across London, including the financing of four residential towers in Canary Wharf; advising on its accelerated construction scheme; assisting it with the government’s private rented sector housing guarantee scheme; and handling a land assembly for the client in Northstowe, which will ultimately create a 10,000 home community including affordable housing units, schools and sports facilities. Newcastle City Council, Transport for London and East Sussex County Council are also clients. Practice head Andrew Yates, consultant Alan Aisbett and regeneration and development expert Lesley-Anne Avis are the names to note.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is ‘exceptionally good on most performance criteria’ and as a result is regularly instructed on the largest transactions in the UK market; in 2016 head of practice Chris de Pury acted for CC Land Holdings on its £1.15bn acquisition of the Jersey company that owns 122 Leadenhall Street from a joint venture between The British Land Company and Oxford Properties; and in another example of cross-border investment work, de Pury and Adam Bogdanor assisted China Life and Brookfield with the £346m acquisition of the corporate entity that owns Aldgate Tower from a privately controlled Irish developer and investor. On the development side, the team saw involvement in some of the largest new public sector housing development schemes, including Andrew Yates’ advice to the Homes and Communities Agency on the delivery of a 10,000-home new community at Northstowe, outside Cambridge. In the private sector space (where clients include Canary Wharf and Land Securities), Samant Narula continued to advise Hermes Investment Management on its Paradise Circus development in Birmingham. The practice is particularly recommended for its hospitality work, with department head Karen Friebe a ‘standout for hotel management agreements for boutique hotels’. Examples of hospitality work include Friebe acting for Qatari Diar on the redevelopment of the old American Embassy site in Grosvenor Square London into a luxury hotel, and Claire Milton assisting Derwent London with the sale of 120-134 Tottenham Court Road, which comprises a 330-room hotel, as well as retail and restaurant floor-space. Other key figures are James Knox, who leads on retail work for clients such as Tesco and Westfield Shopping Towns, and chairman Robert MacGregor.

Leading individuals

Chris de Pury - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Claire Milton - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

James Knox - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Robert MacGregor - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, the practice has ‘knowledge of not just the legal processes involved but also the development sector as a whole - this gives great confidence’. The non-contentious team continued to handle a stream of high profile domestic development projects in 2016; practice head Marc Hanson, who provides ‘clear and concise advice’, is acting for Hermes in relation to the construction aspects of the Paradise Circus regeneration scheme in Birmingham; and Nazir Dewji is assisting Qatari Diar in relation to all design and construction aspects of the redevelopment of the 12.8 acre Chelsea Barracks site in London. In the infrastructure sub-sector, ‘great lawyer’ John Hughes-D’Aeth is advising Highways England on the delivery and procurement process for the Government’s £15bn Roads Investment Strategy. Bob Maynard leads the contentious offering, which received an increasing number of instructions from Korean contractors including Samsung Engineering and Hyundai Engineering & Construction. Besides a strong portfolio of international work for both contractors and employers, the team was also involved in a number of major PFI and development disputes in the UK, including Terry de Souza’s representation of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a dispute concerning the standard of completion of 2 phases of the construction of a hospital and clinical office blocks for the Trust. Other litigators to note are the ‘very brightCaroline Pope and senior associate Marcus Birch, who ‘runs cases well’.

Leading individuals

Bob Maynard - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

John Hughes-D’Aeth - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Marc Hanson - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has a strong focus on environmental compliance and liability issues arising from contaminated land, water pollution and waste, and Thames Water Utilities remains a key client of the practice. Aidan Thomson acted for said client on a number of mandates including continuing to advise on the environmental aspects of the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project. In another environmental compliance matter, Thomson is assisting a government authority with its discussions with the Environment Agency over the renewal of an environmental permit for a type of waste material. Thomson is also noted as being ‘extremely knowledgeable in the field of environmental impairment liability insurance and connected matters’, where he regularly acts for clients such as AIG and International Underwriting Association. The practice also leverages the firm’s substantial commercial property offering to advise on a range of real estate transactions; recent highlights include advising Perryman Properties on all environmental issues in relation to the acquisition of Discovery Park from a joint venture, and assisting BlackRock UK Property Fund with the sale of a portfolio of 20 non-strategic UK assets to Westbrook Partners.

Leading individuals

Aidan Thomson - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP maintains a reputation as an ‘experienced and trusted organisation that provides sound, relevant advice in a timely manner’; in 2016 the team continued to be instructed on the UK’s most high-profile mandates, including numerous recovery actions by the London Mayor. In the development space, head of practice Tim Hellier and Tim Smith have considerable expertise in mixed-use regeneration; recent highlights include advising Stratford City Developments on planning for a major retail extension to the Stratford Shopping Centre along with more than 1,300 residential units at Cherry Park, and assisting the Homes and Communities Agency with all planning matters related to the development of the government-owned former RAF base in Northstowe, near Cambridge. The team also experienced growth on the infrastructure side; Christian Drage acted for National Grid on various matters, including the UK’s first EU-funded carbon capture and storage demonstration project based on wholly new infrastructure, while James Good continues to represent Tideway on planning relating to the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Other names to note are newly promoted partner Sarah Fitzpatrick, associate director Paul Grace, who is ‘very personable and has an unparalleled breadth of knowledge’, and consultant Timothy Pugh. Vicky Fowler left for Gowling WLG.

Leading individuals

Tim Hellier - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Tim Smith - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

With an excellent lender-borrower split and experience across an exceptionally wide range of property finance matters, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s 11-partner team is ‘very efficient, commercially pragmatic, and shows real understanding of market norms’. The ‘trustworthy, pragmatic and extremely experiencedClaire Watson has a ‘can-do attitude’; she advised Capital & Regional on the £373m refinancing of its existing loan facilities, which were secured against The Mall Fund. She also acted for Project Blue on obtaining a £664m development facility from HSBC and Qatari National Bank for the first three phases of the £3bn Chelsea Barracks redevelopment, and assisted Chine Life Investment Holding with the £208m financing of its purchase of the corporate structure owning Aldgate Tower. Senior associate Payam Yoseflavi advised King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership on obtaining a £191m facility from Helaba to finance the development of the S2 and T2 buildings, part of the King’s Cross development. Practice head Naveen Vijh and ‘very responsive, detail-oriented’ senior associate Lydia Boos are ‘diligent, experienced and decisive’; Vijh’s clients include HSBC, Barclays and Wells Fargo. Other lender-side clients of the practice include AIG, RBS, Santander and Cheyne Capital Management; Blackrock, Quintain, Tristan Capital Partners and Qatari Diar are borrower and sponsor clients. Steve Clark, Daniyal Ansari and senior associate Gordon McMillan are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Claire Watson - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Naveen Vijh - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gordon McMillan - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLPsits at the top of the tree’ with ‘a hugely knowledgeable and proactive team’, which ‘has an excellent sense of the client’s commercial concerns and provides the clear and direct advice that helps it to achieve its goals’. The ‘hugely experiencedWendy Miller and ‘true masterRoger Cohen jointly lead the group, which excels in rights of light work – an area of focus for Miller and associate director Rashpal Soomal. In a recent highlight, Miller and Soomal advised Aviva Investors on the development constraints (including rights of light issues) surrounding an office space on Fenchurch Street. Other team highlights include successfully representing the British Property Federation and the Rating Surveyors Association in a case heard in the Supreme Court, where the clients sought permission to intervene in a ratings case regarding the length of time a developer must pay rates on a site that is being developed, and acting for Tesco in an appeal against rating assessments made regarding the store’s ATM machines; both matters were led by ‘go-to expert’ Cohen. Clients also single out Michael Metliss, who regularly acts for institutional landlords, ‘absolute starAkhil Markanday and associate director Jeremy Stephen, who advises on insolvency-related matters and has a ‘no-nonsense approach’. Joanna Lampert joined Mishcon de Reya LLP in 2017.

Leading individuals

Michael Metliss - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Roger Cohen - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Wendy Miller - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jeremy Stephen - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Rashpal Soomal - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, practice head Prashanth Satyadeva, who also heads the firm’s structured debt and capital markets practice, is ‘the key name for housing financing matters’. Satyadeva recently advised Homes and Communities Agency on a £175m bond funding for London & Quadrant Housing Trust to facilitate the planned building of 16,000 homes, and assisted the same client with a £265m bond issuance to Tipi Properties for the refinancing of two private rented sector tower blocks in Wembley. The team also advised Homes and Communities Agency on a £200m funding to Canary Wharf Group to facilitate the development of four new residential towers, and assisted it with development funding provided to Realstar Group. Eleanor Hunwicks is also recommended.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Andrew Yates ‘does a top-notch job’ leading the ‘truly exceptional’ department at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The team handled various matters for the Homes and Communities Agency with recent work including advising on the funding of housing schemes across London, including four residential towers in Wood Wharf and 460 new homes in Elephant and Castle; advising on its accelerated construction scheme; and handling a land assembly in Northstowe for a development that will include several thousand affordable units. The University of Cambridge and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets are also clients; Yates assisted the latter and the Greater London Authority with the Blackwall Reach regeneration project, which will ultimately involve the construction of over 1500 affordable homes. Other key names include consultant Alan Aisbett, associate Janany Kathirgamanathan and associate director Mark Mallon.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘insightful’ practice is now led by Kate Brimsted following Ian De Freitas’ move to Farrer & Co; Brimsted joined the group from Reed Smith LLP in early 2017 and is highly regarded for data protection strategies and compliance, particularly relating to GDPR. The team, which sits within the firm’s commercial department, advises on data transactions and personal data issues, with a particular emphasis on the transport, energy and financial services sectors. Consultant Tamara Quinn is recommended for non-contentious mandates including data mapping, audits and GDPR compliance.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLPhas made huge strides to establish itself as a solid corporate crime firm’, with the London team working closely with the firm’s Russian and Asian offices to provide cross-border expertise across all areas of corporate crime and financial regulation. Key clients include Thames Water, Marubeni Corporation and Tesco. Practice head Aaron Stephens is ‘a calm, intelligent and thoughtful person who has great client care skills’, and Oran Gelb has a strong track record in financial crime matters.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team has ‘a very strong position in the corporate reputation management arena’ and has ‘substantial expertise’. Noteworthy corporate clients include Tesco and Thames Water, while the team also advises private individuals including Andrew Marr, Ashley Cole and Kieron Dyer. The team advises across the full spectrum of issues, with particular expertise in confidential information issues, data protection and cyber-security matters. Graham Shear and Joby Davies, who ‘are very experienced and well-established practitioners in the area’, are the practice co-heads. Ian De Freitas is noted for his experience in handling reputational elements of data breaches.

Leading individuals

Graham Shear - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s impressive client list includes Tesco, the National Grid, The Co-operative Bank and Barclays. IT and outsourcing specialist Mark Lewis, who heads the practice, recently advised Retirement Advantage on a complex outsourcing arrangement with Equiniti. Usman Wahid, who focuses on business critical IT outsourcing programmes. Marcus Pearl has expertise in outsourcing and technology transactions; he advised PRS for Music and Phonographic Performance on the creation of a joint venture that will focus on serving all PRS for Music and PPL UK public performance licensing customers through a single company. Ian De Freitas heads the firm’s data practice and IT and outsourcing litigation team; his clients include Tata Consulting, T-Systems and Cisco.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is active in a wide range of areas; sports finance, dispute resolution and corporate and commercial transactions are particular strengths. Group head Graham Shear and restructuring expert Marc Trottier advised Rights and Media Funding on receivables financing work involving Premier League football clubs such as Everton FC and West Ham United FC, as well as European clubs including RCD Espanyol and Málaga CF. Other clients include Tottenham Hotspur FC, Nike and the FA. Marcus Pearl is recommended for IP and technology transactional and commercial work, and commercial dispute resolution expert Joby Davies has longstanding experience in representing high-profile sportspeople in defamation and breach of privacy cases.

Leading individuals

Graham Shear - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s cross-practice department acts for financiers, operating lessors and other investors in rail assets such as rolling stock and real estate. It is also experienced in competition law and sectoral regulation, as well as planning, IT, technology and disputes in the sector. It continues to advise Land Securities on the Ebbsfleet and Eastern Quarry development, as part of the government's Thames Gateway initiative, and advised Angel Trains on the £900m procurement, leasing and financing of 665 new Bombardier Aventra electric multiple-unit passenger vehicles as part of Abellio’s winning East Anglia rail franchise bid. Beacon Rail instructed the team on the EU and national merger control and regulatory aspects of multiple proposed acquisitions of competitor rolling stock leasing businesses and portfolios. Russell Clifford heads the asset finance and rail industry group, which include Jamie Wiseman-Clarke, who specialises in rail finance mandates, and James Marshall, who provides competition law advice.

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