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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

ADELAIDE HOUSE, LONDON BRIDGE, LONDON, EC4R 9HA, ENGLAND
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Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP β€˜recognises its role not just as lawyers, but also as business advisers’. The firm’s extensive practice handles commercial and IT outsourcing, as well as all other contract types for a roster of blue-chip UK and international clients including Dell, Nike and Travelex. Richard Shaw and Mark Lewis head the group, which include Marcus Pearl, whose experience β€˜enables him to troubleshoot issues encountered in negotiations’, and IT and outsourcing expert Usman Wahid.

Leading individuals

Richard Shaw - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s sizeable practice, headed globally by the β€˜technical and very commercial’ Michael Wistow*, is β€˜a go-to team for property tax advice’, and also stands out for its broader transactional expertise. Recent transactional highlights include advising Banque FΓ©dΓ©rative du CrΓ©dit Mutuel on its acquisition of GE’s equipment finance and receivables finance businesses in France and Germany. The practice also handles private client related tax mandates for family offices and financial institutions. Neal Todd, Elizabeth Bradley and Richard Harbot are also recommended. *Michael Wistow joined White & Case LLP in September 2016.

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 β€˜practical, commercial’ team advised several large banks on the FCA’s market study of investment and corporate banking. Practice head Andrew Hockley and the β€˜very approachable’ James Marshall assist Thames Water with all competition and regulatory matters; Marshall gives β€˜succinct and clearly presented’ advice. Other clients include Hermes Investment Management and Arcadia.

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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

The β€˜responsive and thorough’ team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP β€˜has been making great strides on the contentious front’, where it acts for both individuals and corporates. Nathan Willmott continues to advise various institutions in UK/US enforcement investigations surrounding the manipulation of various benchmarks including LIBOR and FX. Sidney Myers has β€˜very strong strategic vision’, and dual UK and US-qualified solicitor advocate Aaron Stephens provides β€˜top-flight’ advice to corporates and individuals on multi-jurisdictional white-collar matters. On the non-contentious front, the β€˜responsive and approachable’ Matthew Baker is well regarded in the investment management space and recently provided regulatory advice to Axiom European Debt Fund on its launch and admission to the specialist fund market of the LSE. Newly promoted partner Polly James is β€˜one to watch’ and β€˜fights tenaciously for her clients’.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is particularly prominent in the mid-cap space, where it advises clients from a broad range of sectors on AIM and Main Market offerings. Alex Latner and Paul Miller acted for Adgorithms on its $125m AIM IPO, while on the underwriter side Nicholas Myatt assisted Canaccord Genuity with the Β£81m Mortgage Advice Bureau flotation. Julian Stanier has also been developing key bank-side relationships. Gareth Jones was promoted to partner while former head of corporate David Collins joined Dentons.

Leading individuals

Alex Latner - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds: Hedge funds - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Private funds - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Retail funds - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s market-leading reputation in real estate sees it act for sponsors and investors in real estate funds matters. Justin Cornelius led the advice to Frogmore in its Β£580m successful fundraising for Frogmore Real Estate Partners III. The firm is also active in the listed funds area; Richard Werner and Nicola Hopkins are recommended.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s β€˜diligent, highly professional’ practice is particularly strong in real estate transactions. Michael Anderson and Benjamin Lee head the team, which counts Blackstone, TPG, Carlyle and Resolution Properties among its clients. The β€˜commercial’ Adam Bogdanor gives β€˜clear, robust advice’, and has β€˜strong all-round knowledge’; he acted for Banque FΓ©dΓ©rative du CrΓ©dit Mutuel in its acquisition of GE’s equipment finance and receivable finance businesses in France and Germany.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has β€˜strong technical and practical knowledge of property tax’, making it β€˜one of the best for real estate issues’. Elizabeth Bradley and Alan Sinyor are the key real estate contacts and act for a client list including Land Securities and Carlyle Europe Real Estate Partners. Sinyor has also handled cases involving the VAT treatment of a number of services including international phone calls.

Leading individuals

Alan Sinyor - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

β€˜Creative thinker’ and US and UK dual-qualified lawyer Aaron Stephens leads the β€˜superb’ practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Stephens’ team benefits from the firm’s global presence, but still offers β€˜specialist niche advice of the highest quality’.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

The β€˜clear and pragmatic’ group at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is led by Segun Osuntokun, commended for his β€˜commercial acumen and genuine desire to do the right thing’. Andrew Tuson made partner in March of 2016.

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 has a comprehensive and β€˜highly effective’ gambling practice, with experience in litigation, licensing issues and compliance advice as well as expertise in online and land-based gaming matters. Alex Latner, Jeremy Bark and Craig Baylis are recommended for their β€˜down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach’.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s β€˜all-star’ licensing department is headed by the β€˜highly effective and resourceful’ Craig Baylis. The team acts for developers, banks and owners as well as a wide range of well-known operators such as Tesco, Marriott and Harrods. The β€˜hardworking’ Jeremy Bark is also recommended.

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 recently advised Central Bank of Nigeria in a high-value case involving financial fraud and jurisdiction and limitation issues. Oliver Glynn-Jones is β€˜a heavy-hitting litigator’. Graham Shear, Segun Osuntokun, Oran Gelb and Daren Allen* are also highly rated. *Daren Allen joined Dentons in August 2016, following completion of our research.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is especially strong in the financial services, real estate, construction, sport, and energy sectors, and β€˜provides a pragmatic approach’. Oliver Glynn-Jones heads the practice, which includes Graham Shear, Joby Davies, who has β€˜strong client-handling skills’, and Oran Gelb. Richard Power joined Clyde & Co LLP.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP acts for both claimants and defendants; on the defendant side, Chris Bryant led the team representing a multinational client in numerous follow-on damages actions arising from the global automotive parts cartel investigation. On the claimant side, practice head Andrew Hockley led the team representing Scottish Power and National Grid in a multimillion-pound damages claim stemming from the power cables cartel investigation. Hockley β€˜draws on huge experience to offer the client a range of strategic options – his judgement is spot on’.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP recruited Ania Farren from K&L Gates LLP, while Richard Power joined Clyde & Co LLP. The practice distinguishes itself in construction, insurance and reinsurance, and hotels and leisure disputes. Roman Khodykin is noted for his β€˜effective advocacy’ and is recommended alongside Michael Polonsky (who is β€˜deeply experienced’), Carol Mulcahy and Terry de Souza.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP β€˜brings the resources and knowledge of a substantial City firm’ to bear for corporates and individuals alike. Graham Shear is a β€˜first-rate practitioner’ and Joby Davies is β€˜very experienced, efficient and sensitive’. Ian de Freitas is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Graham Shear - 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’s contentious tax team includes the β€˜determined’ Neal Todd and highly regarded VAT expert Alan Sinyor, as well as very active senior associates such as Kate Ison, who acts for a broad range of corporate and financial clients, and Kunal Vyas, who regularly advises on structured asset finance disputes.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides a β€˜responsive service’ to banks (including Barclays and Lloyds), sponsors (including Patron Capital and Mount Street) and corporates, predominantly in the mid-market space. Derek Hrydziuszko advised Haversham Holdings on its financing of its reverse takeover of British Car Auctions from Clayton, Dubilier and Rice for Β£1.2bn. The β€˜energetic and highly professional’ Daisy Reeves is also recommended.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Led by the β€˜highly strategic and technical’ Russell Clifford, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s two-partner practice has a particularly strong presence in rail transactions, where it acts for clients including Beacon Rail Leasing and Bombardier. Clifford advises Angel Trains on all its leasing and procurement transactions including on the re-leasing of fleets of trains owned by Angel Trains and operated under various franchises. The β€˜excellent’ Jamie Wiseman-Clarke is also recommended, and consultant Tom Budgett provides β€˜confident and commercial advice’ on aviation finance transactions.

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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

Headed by the β€˜knowledgeable and helpful’ Emma Howdle-Fuller, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s seven-partner team displays β€˜outstanding technical and commercial expertise’ for banks and borrowers including Tesco, Goldman Sachs and Lloyds Bank. Derek Hrydziuszko has handled numerous mandates for Barclays, including on the provision, alongside RBS, of a Β£100m secured term loan and revolving credit facility to Restore plc. The β€˜proactive and enthusiastic’ Daisy Reeves is also recommended.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Headed by the β€˜responsive and proactive’ Ben Jones, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s four-partner team provides β€˜a pragmatic and solutions-oriented service’ to a range of mid-market clients including IPs, banks and funds. β€˜Insightful and clever’ insolvency litigator David Leibowitz advised the trustees in bankruptcy on the largest UK Ponzi scheme to date, which involved a court resolution on the most effective way to get the recovered sums to the investors in the scheme. Also recommended are Marc Trottier and Ian Benjamin, who provides β€˜robust and definitive advice’.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is known for β€˜practical and targeted advice’ on both regulatory reform and transactions. Tariq Rasheed advised Deutsche Bank on clearing documentation for OTC trades, and acted for Goldman Sachs on developing its listed futures business. He also handled the addition of structured note products into Bank Hapoalim’s notes programme. Prashanth Satyadeva is also recommended. Paul Severs moved to Paul Hastings LLP.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has a growing profile in the energy sector. Alexander Keepin, who jointly heads the mining group, advised Ncondezi Energy on an agreement with Shanghai Electric Power Company to develop a coal-fired power plant in Mozambique.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides β€˜practical and targeted advice’. Nick Butler advised sponsor and issuing group on various UK RMBS deals including the Β£513m securitisation of buy-to-let and owner-occupied residential mortgages by Residential Mortgage Securities No. 28 plc. Prashanth Satyadeva and Jayne Black are also recommended. Paul Severs joined Paul Hastings LLP.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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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 β€˜tremendously responsive’ team provides β€˜practical, sensible and commercially-oriented advice’ and is co-led by managing partner Lisa Mayhew and the β€˜focused’ Rob Eldridge. The β€˜hands-on and straightforward’ Rebecca Harding-Hill is recommended for contentious issues including discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The department is prominent in the financial services sector, and also has numerous clients in the retail, tech and energy sectors; its client roster includes Tesco, UBS and Credit Suisse. Marian Bloodworth joined Kemp Little LLP.

Leading individuals

Lisa Mayhew - 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 provides β€˜sound commercial advice’ and has particular experience advising on fire safety and asbestos issues. The β€˜incredibly valuable’ Craig Baylis leads the department, which includes associate Jeremy Bark, who is β€˜always on the button’.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Norman Russell led advice to the trustees of the LINPAC Group Pension Fund on several liability management and incentive exercises. Other clients include the trustees of Roche Pension Fund and Lockheed Martin UK Pension Fund. David Dennison leads the practice.

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London: Insurance

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s recent work includes acting for The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (ICSOP) on a $6m claim for various losses, and representing Imagine Insurance Company in a dispute regarding the commutation of a reinsurance treaty. Anthony Lennox heads the group, and dispute resolution head Jonathan Sacher is the other key contact.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s Adam Bogdanor advised Pembroke on five new warranty and indemnity matters, and acted for BLP on twelve new W&I deals. Geraldine Quirk is β€˜a market leader in corporate insurance, regulatory and restructuring work’.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s β€˜very reliable’ team is β€˜highly knowledgeable about the complexities of insurance insolvency’. David Leibowitz is β€˜absolutely brilliant – very clever, and always delivers for his clients’. Highlights included acting for Markel International Insurance Company on the Β£60m disposal of its business to RiverStone Insurance (UK).

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 7

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 advises traditional charities and corporate foundations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and Tesco. Neasa Coen is key charities adviser at the firm following the departure of head of not-for-profit solutions, Janet Turner QC, who has moved to an in-house role. Martin Paisner and head of private client Jonathan Kropman are also recommended.

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s β€˜utterly excellent’ team provides β€˜very fast response times and practical solutions’, and β€˜can handle the most demanding litigation’. Rupert Ticehurst heads the practice and is β€˜outstanding; technically excellent and with a knack for putting clients at ease while explaining issues in layman’s language’. Also recommended are the β€˜incredibly hardworking’ Damian Bloom, senior associate Jessica Henson and associate (and β€˜very strong litigator’) Simon Goldring. Clients include Rothschild (Singapore).

Leading individuals

Rupert Ticehurst - 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 β€˜technically excellent, accessible and versatile team’ regularly advises on high-value cross-border wealth, governance and tax structuring in addition to shari’ah wealth and succession planning. The β€˜first-class’ team is also recommended for its work for institutional clients and on complex trust restructurings. Damian Bloom is β€˜extremely competent’ and Simon Phelps is β€˜very proactive’. Martin Paisner β€˜provides clear, incisive and effective advice, especially on trust matters’. Paul Whitehead gives β€˜well-thought-through advice, while also being keenly aware of the families’ needs’.

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’s β€˜extremely responsive’ group has seen an increase in instructions from institutional investors, including pension and insurance funds. Group head Mark Richards is advising Amber Infrastructure and Aviva Investors as the funders on the Β£110m financing of 12 schools as part of the Priority Schools Building Programme. Christian Drage has been acting for National Grid on the UK’s first EU-funded carbon capture and storage project. Other clients include Barclays and 3i Infrastructure Partners.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s mining and resources team covers the full life cycle of mining matters, including advising on construction matters such as EPC contracts and handling disputes. Marc Trottier advised the Pension Protection Fund on the Β£150m sale of old UK Coal assets to Coalfield Resources. Practice head Alexander Keepin specialises in IPOs and secondary issues in the Main Market and AIM.

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

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, practice head Adam Dann and planning partner Tim Smith have been advising Halite Energy Group on all aspects of its Β£600m development of an underground gas storage facility in Lancashire. Segun Osuntokun leads on oil and gas disputes. The team was strengthened by Alexander Sarac’s arrival from DLA Piper. Mark Saunders has left.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s group regularly handles finance, planning, environmental and regulatory matters. Oliver Glynn-Jones has been leading the team acting for key client Thames Water in a Β£55m dispute brought by the Canal & River Trust regarding Thames Water’s right to abstract water from the River Lee. Keith Stella is also recommended.

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London: Public sector

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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is part of its planning, construction and real estate department. The team advised on four infrastructure projects, which were promoted by way of DCO and is acting for clients petitioning against HS2. Tim Pugh provides β€˜shrewd and realistic advice about what is sensible to achieve and how best to go about getting it’. Parliamentary counsel Daniel Greenberg and Parliamentary Agent Helen Kemp are valued for their β€˜in-depth knowledge’.

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 has established itself as a major name for large-scale residential and infrastructure regeneration projects. Andrew Yates is leading a team advising the Greater London Authority on the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula site. Consultant Alan Aisbett joined in 2015 from Pinsent Masons LLP and has considerable expertise in the financing of housing schemes. Lesley-Anne Avis and Vicky Fowler are also recommended.

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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

For some clients, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is β€˜head and shoulders above the rest’. In one key deal, chairman Robert MacGregor advised Quintain Estates and Development on the Β£700m recommended cash offer by Bailey Acquisitions. The firm continued to be highly active on behalf of key clients such as Land Securities, Blackstone and Tesco. The team is particularly recommended for its hotels work, where the β€˜technically brilliant’ Karen Friebe advised hotel owner YC Amsterdam on a new hotel management agreement with Intercontinental Hotels. Other key figures are practice head Chris de Pury, investment specialist James Knox and Claire Milton.

Leading individuals

Claire Milton - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

James Knox - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Robert MacGregor - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

β€˜Construction law is a particularly strong area of specialism’ at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, where the practice is a favourite with clients such as Great Portland Estates, Balfour Beatty and Thames Water Utilities. On the non-contentious side, the highly rated Marc Hanson was active in a number of real estate projects, including advising Hermes Real Estate Management on the Paradise Circus regeneration project in Birmingham. Of the various β€˜top-drawer litigators’, key figures include the β€˜experienced and tough’ Bob Maynard, the β€˜clear-sighted’ Caroline Pope and Terry de Souza, who has β€˜impeccable judgement’. The team is acting for Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a substantial PFI dispute with Healthcare Support (Newcastle).

Leading individuals

Bob Maynard - 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’s practice handles a steady flow of environmental compliance and liability instructions arising from contaminated land, water pollution and waste, in addition to which head of department Aidan Thomson is β€˜a leading expert on environmental insurance issues’.

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 provides β€˜excellent and thorough service, focused on mitigating the risk of legal challenge through the planning process’. As well as continuing to advise on nationally significant infrastructure projects, the team also assisted clients such as the Homes and Communities Agency and Land Securities with planning applications and judicial reviews of major development and regeneration schemes. The seven-partner practice is β€˜an incredibly strong team at all levels’; key figures include β€˜the very measured and knowledgeable’ Tim Smith, Timothy Pugh and practice head Tim Hellier.

Leading individuals

Tim Hellier - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Tim Smith - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Timothy Pugh - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Claire Watson at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is praised for her β€˜quick turnaround times’. β€˜Very high-calibre, well-respected’ department head Naveen Vijh advised Barclays, RBS and M&G Investment Management on their Β£300m senior financing of the Brocktun Dunedin industrial property fund to refinance existing assets and acquire others from Hansteen Industrial Property.

Leading individuals

Claire Watson - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Naveen Vijh - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is β€˜commercial but also top of the class analytically’. The β€˜knowledgeable and fun’ Roger Cohen and rights of light expert Wendy Miller jointly lead the β€˜very strong’ team, which also includes recommended lawyers Rashpal Soomal and Jeremy Stephen. Clients include Canary Wharf Group, National Securities Group, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management and National Grid.

Leading individuals

Michael Metliss - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Roger Cohen - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Wendy Miller - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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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

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP acts for a heavyweight client base including HCA, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and Greater London Authority. Andrew Yates and Tessa Kimber are leading advice to LLDC on a transformational residential project at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to create two new neighbourhoods, East Wick and Streetwater.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Ian Gruselle heads the brand management and trade mark group, Simon Clark heads the intellectual property group and Richard Shaw advises clients such as Tesco and Travelex on advertising issues. Breville, BAFTA and the Financial Times are also clients.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP acts for Balfour Beatty, National Grid, Thames Water, Lonely Planet and Tesco. Disputes and regulatory expert Ian De Freitas heads the data team and Tamara Quinn leads on non-contentious data and privacy matters.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s clients include Tesco, Tata Consultancy Services and Dell. The firm has particular expertise acting for providers on outsourcing agreements, and is active in corporate finance in the IT sector. Mark Lewis heads the department, which includes Marcus Pearl, Usman Wahid, Richard Chapman and litigator Ian De Freitas.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is defending Fraser-Nash Research and Ecotive in claims regarding the trade mark infringement of the shape of LTC’s classic London taxi designs. Other clients include the Financial Times, Monsoon Accessorize and Rocco Forte Hotels. The practice is led by Simon Clark and includes Ian Gruselle, Ian de Freitas and Toby Headdon, who are β€˜immensely hardworking and imaginative lawyers’.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (London)

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is experienced in the management of trade mark portfolios worldwide and represents household names such as BAFTA and the Financial Times. In two highlights, group director Ian Gruselle is acting for Breville regarding the development of its brands in Europe; and partner Simon Clark recently acted for Fraser-Nash Research in defending claims of trade mark infringement relating to the shape of the London Taxi Company’s classic taxi designs.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s β€˜extremely professional’ team has extensive experience in football, where it is adept at representing international clients. Football financing accounts for a significant portion of the group’s workload, and practice head Graham Shear and Marc Trottier are regularly instructed by JG Funding to advise on receivables financing for clubs in the Premier League and the first and second divisions in Spain. Marcus Pearl and defamation specialist Joby Davies are other names to note.

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 rail group advised Angel Trains on the re-leasing of fleets of trains owned by Angel Trains, and continues to advise Land Securities on the Ebbsfleet and Eastern Quarry development as part of the UK government’s Thames Gateway initiative, including new Channel Tunnel and domestic railway stations. Key figures include Russell Clifford, who leads the team, the β€˜excellent’ Jamie Wiseman-Clarke, and James Marshall, who is experienced in competition matters.

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