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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP works closely with its national network of offices and is noted for its experience across procurement challenges, contractual and corporate disputes and contentious insolvency matters and is noted for injunctions, shareholder disputes, warranty claims and partnership disputes. It acts for claimants and defendants such as; owner managed businesses, high-net-worth individuals, public bodies as well as accountancy and insolvency practitioners. The team is instructed by MyDentist on a range of contractual disputes, IT and IP disputes, injunctions, contentious insolvency-related matters and property litigation. Homes & Communities Agency, Rowlinsons, UK Container Maintenance and Equity Housing Group are also clients. Manchester team head Dan Butler  was recently promoted to partner.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The ‚Äėwell organised‚Äô team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†handles a range of real estate finance transactions, advising on property investment finance, development finance, bridging finance, and finance from institutional investors. It is also noted for its housing finance expertise. The team advised Thor Properties on the funding aspects of the acquisition of the Stadium Plaza, a leisure complex adjacent to the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, which involved advising on a ¬£10.3m facility agreement with Lloyds Bank. It also acted as UK counsel on the ForViva Group's debut private placement, and on the refinancing of the group's existing bank facilities and acted on the funding aspects of a merger between two housing associations: Mosscare Housing and St Vincent's Housing Association. Recently promoted partner Eleanor James¬†is ‚Äėtechnically excellent, a tough negotiator, is commercial in terms of what she does for her clients and is very hands on in relation to transactions‚Äô. Neil Waller¬†heads the team.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Helen Cookson¬†¬†at Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬† is a ‚Äėbrilliant public sector lawyer‚Äô. Cookson‚Äôs work focuses on TUPE, changes to the terms and conditions, restructuring and managing difficult employees. She mainly acts for employers in the housing and social care fields. Cookson has provided specialist data protection support to Origin Housing Association to help it prepare for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation. Other key clients include Dimensions, Imagine Act and Succeed as well as Funding Affordable Homes Housing Association.

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP  Suzanne Benson  leads the team and specialises in regeneration, joint ventures and in advising on the outsourcing of management services and the development of intermediate home ownership models. The team led by Benson continues to advise the Homes and Communities Agency on the Help to Buy equity loan programme. Manchester City Council, Gloucester City Homes and Tamworth Borough Council are other important clients.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†is noted for its work across sales, purchases, and asset management, and real estate finance and regularly acts for developers, local and central government, regulators, financiers and occupiers. Matthew Holbrook, who is ‚Äėalways available to deal with matters however trivial‚Äô and specialises in landlord and tenant matters and asset management, advises St Helens Council on management matters relating to the Church Square Shopping Centre; advised Bank of London and Middle East on the ¬£24.5m purchase and refinancing of an large industrial site; and advised Southway Housing Trust on the ¬£3.3m purchase of its head office on Princess Road in Manchester. Amanda Stubbs¬†advises on environmental, health and safety matters in relation to major development projects and senior associate Anna Metham¬†specialises in landlord and tenant matters and asset management. Manchester team head Suzanne Benson¬†specialises in major projects.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†is active across the waste, education, health and housing sectors, acting for public and private clients. The team advised Amey on an EPC contract for an energy-from-waste facility on the Isle of Wight and advised the London Housing Consortium on their model framework agreement to primarily procure a ¬£1.5bn programme of new build housing projects in Scotland. The team also advises the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on a number of construction projects. Your Housing Group, Eastern Procurement and Places for People Group are also key clients.¬†Katie Saunders¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced and responsive‚Äô and handles non-contentious work, specialising in advising housing providers on asset management programmes, and the maintenance and improvement of their housing stock; and also advises on complex housing, care accommodation and regeneration projects. Senior associate¬†Tom Holroyd¬†is noted for his waste sector expertise and associate¬†Jo Davies¬†is also recommended. Former team head¬†David Vayro¬†¬†joined DWF¬†in 2018.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is instructed by a range of commercial clients, local authorities, government bodies and housing associations and has particular expertise across portfolio management, rights of light issues and development-related disputes. The team acted for Midland Heart in dilapidations proceedings relating to office premises in Birmingham. It also advises West Midlands Authorities Pension Fund Property Portfolio on a range of matters such as landlord and tenant proceedings and dilapidations claims; and recently acted for two group companies of the fund in disputed lease renewal proceedings. Interserve is also a key client. Team head Guy Willetts is active across rights of light claims, property management issues, landlord and tenant matters and disputes concerning development agreements. Lynn James specialises in leasehold management for public and private sector landlords, leaseholders, management companies, managing agents and financial institutions.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team handles a range of social housing mandates which includes regulatory, governance, joint ventures, investment and funding work and it is noted for its experience on large development and regeneration projects. Highlights included advising on the establishment of Bamboo Estates, a joint venture by Magenta Living and Torus 62, to let residential property on the open market; assisting ForViva with a borrowing and refinancing deal, which included acting as UK counsel on its debut US private placement and advising on the refinancing of the group's existing bank facilities; acting for Southway Housing Trust on the purchase of its head office on Princess Road in Manchester; and advising Two Castles Housing Association on its amalgamation with another registered provider. The team is also advising the Homes and Communities Agency on the Help to Buy equity loan programme. Housing and regeneration head Suzanne Benson specialises in major projects such as strategic land acquisitions, joint ventures and regeneration, and also advises on the development of homeownership products. Mike Gaskell is active on constitutional, governance and regulatory matters. Also recommended are Janet Winrow , who leads on major regeneration schemes; Adrian Bode , who specialises in complex social housing property transactions; Richard St John Williams, who acts for registered providers, local authorities, and private sector clients on affordable housing sector mandates; Lynn James, who handles property litigation; Melanie Comer, who heads the real estate finance security team; and senior associate Tom Wainwright , who specialises in governance, corporate and contracts work. Kate Bouchier has joined Manchester City Council.

Leading individuals

Mike Gaskell - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Suzanne Benson - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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