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Ashfords LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Ashfords LLP

Andrew Betteridge heads the team at Ashfords LLP, which is noted for its strength in the technology sector, as well as its involvement in cross-border M&A transactions. Simon Rous, who has experience of the UK, US, European and Middle Eastern markets, recently acted for a client on its $100m sale to the other shareholder of its 50% stake in their joint venture in Cyprus, Nigeria, Turkey and Dubai; he also advised a Saudi Arabia-based organisation on the sale of its business and assets to a new joint venture company. Stuart Fleet advised a South African mining company client on a £35.5m hostile takeover offer by an investment company, and Giles Hawkins acted for a client in the renewable energy sector on the £14m disposal of a partnership interest from a venture capital fund in the company. Clients include Gemalto, Sprue Aegis, Tamares Real Estate Investments and Schlumberger.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Ashfords LLP

Primarily led out of its Bristol headquarters, Ashfords LLP's practice has significant market visibility and handles a 'significant flow of work' for an impressive roster of investor clients including Notion Capital, Touchstone Innovations and MMC Ventures. Although the firm is active across the funding lifecycle, it has recently handled numerous later-stage mandates on behalf of investor syndicates. In this regard, Chris Dyson recently acted for an international investor syndicate including Sapphire Ventures and Notion Capital on a £20m Series D investment in CurrencyCloud. The firm is also increasingly active on the company side and led by Rory Suggett recently advised online estate agent Emoov on a £9m investment round by various investors. Other recommended partners include Andrew Betteridge and London-based Giles Hawkins .

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London: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP offers the full range of services to local government authorities from its West Country and London offices. It is advising the London Borough of Brent on complex development and planning matters in relation to the Wembley Park development. In other work it advises Wandsworth Borough Council, and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames with which it has a service sharing agreement, on diverse areas including housing, employment and litigation. Elizabeth Gibson  leads the team and some of her senior colleagues include Chris Coughlan ,  Richard Voke and  Sian Gibbon .

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London: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Ashfords LLP

Paul Dunbar¬†heads the group at Ashfords LLP¬†and delivers ‚Äėthorough and effective work‚Äô for clients including the Corporation of London, Hastings Harbour Quarter and Maxwells Properties. Dunbar is leading on a Court of Appeal matter which raises the question as to whether a freehold company has the authority to consent to structural works on a property. Other highlights include acting for Harvey White Properties on rent arrears and forfeiture issues arising from the client's property portfolio and advising a client on issues stemming from mines and minerals rights. Partner Ken Smith¬†has expertise on development schemes and dilapidations claims while associate Alison Oates¬†specialises on lease renewals and adverse possession claims. Other core strengths for the team include¬†commercial landlord and tenant matters, rent-reviews, professional negligence and collective enfranchisement claims.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 5

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP¬†handles property transactions and public sector procurement, and is ‚Äėparticularly strong in housing sector litigation‚Äô, where it acts for housing associations and local authorities. Sian Gibbon¬†is perhaps ‚Äėthe driving force behind the litigation team‚Äôs success‚Äô; she represented a national housing association in a long-running damages claims and handled all non-routine contentious matters for London Borough of Wandsworth and London Borough of Richmond, including residential possessions, homelessness reviews and disrepair claims. Tim Heal¬†has advised a registered provider on residential acquisitions and shared ownership sales, and Jessica Taylor¬†and procurement specialist Elizabeth Gibson¬†are acting for a central London borough in relation to the redevelopment of a housing estate. Also recommended are legal director Joanne Young¬†(‚Äėan absolute star‚Äô) and associate Marjorie Hill.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 4

Ashfords LLP

The team at Ashfords LLP is 'very knowledgeable' and provides 'detailed and useful advice'. Exeter-based Carl Steele leads the team and recently represented The Roald Dahl Story Company in its litigation against Oakwood Leisure, which operated a Roald Dahl inspired area of a theme park without the client's permission. He also worked with Flybe in opposing trade mark registrations for travel-related goods and services which contained the word 'flye'. Bristol-based Mark Lomas heads the IP department and is 'a superstar among stars' who 'approaches issues from both a business and legal perspective'. Also recommended is Exeter-based Tom Phipps, who is very active in the retail and food sector.

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London: Transport

Leading individuals

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