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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Abu Dhabi, Birmingham, Dubai, Exeter, Kuala Lumpur, London and 4 more

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team operates predominantly in the mid-market M&A space, with a notable lean towards acting for private equity firms, private companies and overseas investors bringing inbound investment into the UK. The M&A team works closely with the corporate finance, private equity and restructuring teams across key sectors such as real estate, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, social care and hotels and leisure. Michael Pattinson heads the corporate department, and has broad experience acting for private companies on M&A transactions, particularly in the real estate and hotels and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):Michael Pattinson

Other key lawyers:Tony Poole; Tim Nye; Alison Chivers

Key Clients

The Big Exchange

Inflexion Private Equity

Chiome Bioscience

Rosette Merchant Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Japanese client Chiome Bioscience on the £2m acquisition of certain assets from Biotechnol Limited, a UK-based pharmaceuticals company.
  • Represented Rosette Merchant Bank on its £50m acquisition of a Jersey-based property SPV, holding commercial property in Oldham.
  • Acted for private equity house Inflexion on its roughly £30m acquisition and minority investment in European LifeCare Group.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises clients including public, private and third-sector organisations on prevention, investigations and recovery actions across multiple jurisdictions. Among the team's areas of expertise are freezing injunctions, anti-bribery and fraud prevention issues, including drafting and updating policies, cybercrime and group actions. Birmingham-based Mark Kenkre heads the team and focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations. Senior associates Jamie De Souza and Laura Pennells joined from Higgs & Sons and Reed Smith LLP, respectively. Keith Mills retired.

Practice head(s):Mark Kenkre

Other key lawyers:Jamie De Souza; Laura Pennells; Ned Beale; Helen Briant


‘Trowers have a strong civil fraud team, well capable of running complex, large and challenging fraud cases’.   

‘Mark Kenkre in particular is an excellent litigator - he is canny and relentless, both attributes crucial in a fraud litigator’.               

‘The Trowers team are thorough and comprehensive’.

‘They are a safe pair of hands and you know that the service will always be of the highest quality’.

Key Clients

St Vincent European General Partner Limited


New Ventures

Ms Abeer Shamsan

Swimming Teachers' Association Limited

Trinity Housing Association

Protec International Limited

Sameera Toorani, Maryam Toorani, Rouhangiz Toorani, Khairiyah Toorani and Zainab Toorani

Mohammed Younis

Work highlights

  • Acted for St Vincent European General Partner Limited in its claim for damages against ten defendants based in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand, as a result of breach of contract and/or an unlawful means conspiracy stemming from the payment of a bribe of just under €1m, which resulted in development land in Poland being removed from St Vincent's control.
  • Acting for Central Bank of Bahrain in a large Middle Eastern fraud, pursuing claims well in excess of $1bn
  • Representing a high-profile CIS businessman in high-value litigation regarding the ownership of a port in that region.
  • Acting in a multi-jurisdictional dispute over ownership of the £380m estate of a deceased Gulf-based businessman.
  • Acting for the Swimming Teachers' Association Limited Charity on a fraud claim going back over 20 years.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is 'very professional and client focused, without the internal politics that can trip up other practices'. Its key strengths are corporate, banking and insurance disputes, together with a specific aviation and aerospace focus. The team is also particularly active in Middle East-related work and commercial disputes involving public sector bodies. Lucy James heads the national commercial litigation team, Ned Beale focuses on high value corporate disputes, and Alex Burton co-heads the firm's international dispute management practice. James Lancaster  is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Lucy James

Other key lawyers:Ned Beale; Alex Burton; James Lancaster


'The firm's lawyers interact well, which is to the benefit of clients; they also respond very quickly to any points clients make'.

'Ned Beale is highly intelligent. He uses a layered approach to a case, building up each legal point over time until it becomes fortified against all attacks. He also makes sure clients understand where he or she is going with the case and for what purpose'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

CCS Media

Fondazione Enpam

Vossloh Group

Panasonic Bic UK

Remit Group

Giant Target Trenchless Contracting

Currie & Brown International

Work highlights

  • Represented a high-profile CIS businessman in high-value litigation surrounding a port's ownership.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'responsive and cost-effective team' acts for and against parties from the Middle East, and is particularly focused on highly technical disputes involving the energy, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Ned Beale leads the international arbitration team and Alex Burton co-heads the international dispute management practice. Louise Elmes was recruited from Fieldfisher, where she led the contentious construction practice.

Practice head(s):Ned Beale

Other key lawyers:Alex Burton; Louise Elmes


'The team has detailed and up-to-date knowledge of international arbitration and the rules and procedures of the key arbitral institutions'.

'Ned Beale is fantastic'.

Key Clients

Rain CII Carbon

Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Vossloh Group

Lagan Group

Bouygues Group

Goetzpartners Russia

Travel Point

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London: Finance

Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The London outfit at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is a key part of a globally integrated Islamic finance group, which spans the firm's UK, Middle East and southeast Asia offices. On the ground in London, the practice group specialises in real estate acquisitions and development finance, involving both high-end residential and commercial property. Sarah Gooden has handled shari'ah-compliant property investments and financing for UK Islamic banks, and Middle Eastern and Malaysian financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Sarah Gooden

Other key lawyers:Neill Gibson


'The senior members of the team are always on hand to assist, and where required have brought in additional resources to complete the transactions.'

'The team is very responsive and has always delivered to a very high standard.'

'An excellent split of partners and junior lawyers has meant that transactions have been completed to an excellent standard within timeframes determined at the outset.'

Key Clients

Lembaga Tabung Haji

90 North Real Estate Partners

Gatehouse Bank

Apache Capital Partners

Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

Kuwait Finance House

Standard Chartered Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

First Energy Bank

Rasmala Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Apache on the £58.5m financing of a build-to-rent development known as The Lexington in Liverpool.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong track record of advising local authorities and housing associations on matters including TUPE transfers and employment tribunal claims; the team also has particular expertise in advising on employment issues relating to individuals with learning disabilities. Emma Burrows heads the team and is very active in the housing and charity sector, with a particular focus on restructurings and investigations. Nicola Ihnatowicz is another key figure, focusing on TUPE matters, restructurings and equal pay.

Practice head(s):Emma Burrows

Other key lawyers:Nicola Ihnatowicz 

Key Clients


Anchor Trust & Hanover Housing Association

Cambridgeshire &Peterborough Combined Authority

East Midlands Housing Group

Metroplitan Thames Valley


London Borough of Southwark

Clarion Housing Group

Dimensions UK

Homes England

Work highlights

  • Advised on employment transfers resulting from the merger of Anchor Trust and Hanover Housing Association.
  • Acted for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority on the negotiated exit of its chief executive.
  • Represented Peabody and two named individuals in defending employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal, sex and race direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation relating and whistle-blowing.
  • Acted for the London Borough of Southwark and a named individual in defending employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and race and religious belief discrimination.
  • Advising Dimensions UK on all general employment queries including a retainer, employment tribunals, ad hoc advice on national minimum wage, TUPE, dispute with unions and other issues.

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is retained by a large number of employers, including significant housing associations, to advise on the full range of pensions issues. Recent instructions have seen the team handle risk management exercises such as scheme closures and bulk transfers, insurance buy-ins, governance issues, funding agreements, master trust strategies, GMP equalisation issues and complex scheme mergers. The practice, which is led by Martin McFall, also applies its pensions advisory expertise to corporate transactions handled by the wider firm.

Practice head(s):Martin McFall


'Trowers & Hamlins is a source of sound, commercially viable advice'

'Martin McFall is always concerned with finding a pragmatic and practicable solution to any issue'

Key Clients


Bromford Housing Group

Peabody Trust

Tower Hamlets Community Housing

Anchor Trust

Toyota GB

Work highlights

  • Sole legal adviser to Bic, with recent matters involving GMP equalisation, valuation negotiations and Pensions Ombudsman inquiries.
  • Advising on a range of matters including entering into deficit agreements, negotiating security arrangements and bulk transfers for Bromford Housing Group.
  • Advising Peabody Trust on the statutory amalgamation process of an organisational merger involving complex pensions issues.
  • Advising Tower Hamlets Community Housing on the pensions aspects of the client's statutory conversion to a community benefit society.
  • Assisted Anchor Trust regarding the transfer of Hanover Housing Association's pensions liabilities follow a merger with the client.

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London: Private client

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for major charitable funds but the main focus of its charity practice is on large charities that raise funds from contracts or from charging the beneficiaries of their services. The group is well equipped to advise charities on all areas from commercial property through to procurement, pensions and tax under the guidance of Ian Davies. It is also skilled at advising charities and social enterprises on their relationships with trustees. The team is well placed to advise clients on multiple regulatory regimes such as registration with the Charity Commission in addition to other regulators such as the CQC and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Practice head(s):Ian Davies

Other key lawyers:Emma Burrows; Sharron Webster; Darren Hooker


'A strong team that is able to offer robust commercial advice which is grounded in an understanding of the reality of the voluntary sector'.

'The team understand its clients and their businesses and one always knows that the team will provide reliable, helpful advice'.

'Sharron Webster and Darren Hooker  are incredibly responsive. Sharron's expertise is embellished by her energy, enthusiasm, pragmatism, honesty and clarity of advice. Darren is equally knowledgeable and his contacts at the Charity Commission have been particularly useful'.

Key Clients

Aquaterra Leisure

Anchor Trust (now Anchor Hanover Group)

Avenues Trust Group

Active Belfast

Armed Forces and Veterans Estates

Asthma UK

Birch Hall Adventures

The Brandon Trust

Brig B J Majendie Trust

Care International UK

Caterham School

Chartered Institute of Linguists

Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust

Children's Society

Church Commissioners for England

Church of England Pensions Board

Community & Care

Devon Sheltered Homes Trust

Dimensions (UK)

Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society

Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust

E Hayes Dashwood Foundation

Education Funding Agency (re academy school programme)

Extracare Charitable Trust

Forest Young Men's Christian Association

Friends of the Elderly

The Guinness Trust

Haig Housing Trust

Helpline Partnerships

Heritage Care

Hornsey YMCA


Institute for Sustainability

Jewish Care

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Keep Britain Tidy

Langley House Trust

Lee Valley Leisure Trust

Ledbury Places

London Central & West Unscheduled Care


Macintyre Care Maudsley Charity

mhs Homes

Millwall Community Trust

Museum of London

National Autistic Society

National Council for YMCA

Olinda Trust

Quintus Housing Trust The Patrick & Helena Frost Foundation

The Peabody Trust


Phoenix Futures

Rapport Housing and Care

Royal Star & Garter Homes

Salvation Army

Salmon Youth Centre

Sangat Trust


Science Museum


The Shaw Trust


Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation

Siri Guru Singh Sabha


Work highlights

  • Acting as legal partners to VODG, an umbrella organisation of 80 charities supporting individuals with learning disabilities.
  • The team was successful in becoming the exclusive legal partner to Dimensions UK in 2018.
  • Acted for the Church of England Pensions Board on the issue of £50m of bonds with a coupon of 3.509% through its wholly-owned special purpose vehicle, CHARM Finance plc.
  • Acting for Swimming Teachers' Association Limited in its claim against its former CEO for misappropriation of the assets of the charity.
  • Advised Rapport Housing & Care on its potential merger with a number of Abbeyfield Societies including The Abbeyfield Tonbridge Society.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for predominantly public clients in the infrastructure space, with special expertise in environmental projects and national social infrastructure; this includes advising on developments in the education, housing, care and healthcare fronts. It has particular experience of how to restructure traditional PFI models and also advises on PFI-related disputes. In addition to work from the UK, Trowers also picks up mandates from the Middle East and Asia in the energy, water and transport sectors, in which Oman-based Thomas Wigley is particularly involved. James Hawkins and Paul McDermott jointly head the practice. Scott Dorling has experience of the housing sector, while Helen Randall is the PFI and PPP key contact in education matters.

Practice head(s):James Hawkins; Paul McDermott

Other key lawyers:Amardeep Gill; Thomas Wigley; Scott Dorling; Helen Randall; Lucy Doran; Hilary Blackwell


'The team is able to join the two completely different worlds of contractors and suppliers seamlessly, whilst maintaining excellent credibility in both areas. To do so so well is unique.'

'Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for impeccable service, high partner involvement and good public sector knowledge.'

'James Hawkins is both technically able and pragmatic. His service level is always outstanding.'

'Hilary Blackwell and Lucy Doran provide standout depth of legal knowledge combined with the ability to explain things in a simple way.'

Key Clients

Greater London Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority


Homes England

Enfield Council

Graveshal BoroughCouncil

Cheyne Social ImpactProperty/Fund

Museum of London


Stevenage Borough Council

Southwark Council

National Electric PowerCompany (Jordan)

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Bath and North East Somerset

Secretary of State for Education

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Oxfordshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Acted as the lead international adviser to the Electricity and Water Authority in relation to choosing a bidder for the development of the Al Dur II IWPP.
  • Advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on the public sector's first intervention into the telecommunications market as part of the Urban Connected Communities 5G Project.
  • Assisted the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust with the procurement process of the PPP led redevelopment of the St Pancras Hospital site to a mental health centre.
  • Advising London Councils on an initiative to increase the supply of  temporary accommodation for homeless households, as well as cutting the increasing cost burden.
  • Assisting Dubai Electricity and Water Authority with the next phase of its solar PVIPP programme.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

On the contentious side of public law, the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP regularly defends judicial review claims (as well as providing mitigation strategies) for a client list of local councils, housing developers and regulators, high-profile individuals and commercial names in the homecare and infrastructure sectors. Lucy James is the go-to name in this field and typical mandates include defending planning and development decisions, advising on information requests and unique challenges concerning claims of breaches of constitutional rights. Helen Randall leads on non-contentious issues such as reviewing constitutional and governance arrangements, and advising on complex vires issues, the reconfiguration of public services, the establishment of income-generating corporate structures for local councils, and multi-jurisdictional project management.

Practice head(s):Lucy James; Helen Randall


'Provides extremely professional and thoughtful advice in a timely fashion'

'Very responsive to clients' requirements and flexible in approach'

'Scott Dorling is always exceptionally helpful and very responsive'

'A charming, intelligent, friendly and approachable team'

'Incredibly responsive and engaging'

'Scott Dorling is always willing to take on a challenge and to think outside the box'

Key Clients

Homes for Haringey

Dorset County Council

Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames

Local Government Association

London Councils

District Councils Network (via Grant Thornton)

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Regulator of Social Housing

Work highlights

  • Conducted a review of the constitutional and governance arrangements of Reading Borough Council at the request of the Improvement and Development Agency (an international body for improving performance in local government).
  • Advising East Cambridgeshire District Council in connection with the development of a Combined Authority wholly owned development company.
  • Represented Homes for Haringey and the London Borough of Haringey in a judicial review claim brought by a local leaseholder group.
  • Advising Dorset County Council on the public and administrative law aspects of the future provision of commercial waste services that are currently being delivered by the Dorset Waste Partnership.
  • Advising the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in relation to its public law powers to vary the provision of special educational needs to work within its financial constraints.

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The key contacts in Trowers & Hamlins LLP's education practice group are Paul McDermott, Helen Randall and Amardeep Gill. The department advises on PFI contracts, education PPPs and employee relations. The team also includes commercial property specialist Sangita Unadkat, who acts for a range of educational institutions, and Assad Maqbool, who assists education sector clients with construction and project work.

Practice head(s):Paul McDermott; Amardeep Gill; Helen Randall

Other key lawyers:Sangita Unadkat; Assad Maqbool 

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Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP continues to be at the forefront of the health and housing arena, regularly working alongside private healthcare and social care providers and NHS trusts to develop residential units. The firm is also active in in private company M&A, joint ventures and investments in the health and social care sectors. Tim Nye and Kyle Holling co-head the practice, focusing on real estate and corporate matters, respectively. Hilary Blackwell is a 'well-known figure' in the public healthcare property sector. Alison Chivers is of note for healthcare transactions.

Practice head(s):Tim Nye; Kyle Holling

Other key lawyers:Hilary Blackwell


'Trowers & Hamlins are unique among law firms as having focused early on the growing demand in the housing-with-care space. The firm has been leading the way in assisting the sector, and developing new legal insights into the issues at hand.'

'Trowers & Hamlins provide standout sector insight and reliable resources whilst offering exceptional value for money.'

'Kyle Holling has outstanding knowledge of both the sector and property transactions. He and his team are responsive and effective in delivering timely advice.'

'Hilary Blackwell is the pre-eminent lawyer for major healthcare developments and infrastructure'

Key Clients

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Rangeford Retirement Living

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Cambian Group

C&C Alpha Healthcare Group

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf on the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and the London Borough of Brent on the Northwick Park redevelopment project, in the development of circa 3, 000 new housing units on land owned by a range of public sector stakeholders.
  • Ongoing advice in relation to St Pancras Hospital Development, a PPP-led re-development of the St Pancras Hospital site to create a mental health centre, including the Institute of Mental Health to be run by University College London.
  • Advising the ZCap and Castle Gate Projects on the development and funding of GP scheme in Salford.
  • Supporting West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in connection with the planned redevelopment of three hospital sites in conjunction with BDO.
Leading individuals

Hilary Blackwell - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is especially skillful in relation to local authorities' challenges in financing the provision of public services. In addition to advising on a range of regeneration/housing projects, it assists on developing new ways for local authorities to work together to deliver services, including shared service arrangements and wholly owned trading companies. The team is also well versed in local authority powers, finance and procurement rules, state aid and competition law. James Hawkins heads the national team and has a track record in PPPs relating to environmental/waste services and regeneration projects. The highly experienced Helen Randall  has a background as an in-house local government advisor and Scott Dorling  is the national head of the public sector housing practice. In Birmingham,  Amardeep Gill advises on a range of commercial/PPP matters. Consultant Ian Doolittle  provides expertise in regeneration and housing projects.

Practice head(s):James Hawkins

Other key lawyers:Helen Randall; Scott Dorling; Amardeep Gill; Ian Doolittle

Key Clients

Local GovernmentAssociation

West Midlands CombinedAuthority

London Councils

London Borough ofHammersmith & Fulham

Slough Borough Council

Gravesham BoroughCouncil

Harlow, Epping Forest and East Herts DistrictCouncils

Lambeth Council

Tameside MetropolitanBorough Council

Norwich City Council

London Borough ofSutton

Westminster City Council

UK Central (Solihull)Limited trading as UrbanGrowth Company (owned by Solihull BoroughCouncil)

Camden Living

Reading Borough Council

Stoke-on-Trent CityCouncil

Southwark Council

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Bracknell Forest Council

London Borough of Newham

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Local Government Association on an innovative  project to establish a local authority mutual protection company for local authorities
  • Advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on the public sector's first intervention in the telecoms market as part of the Urban Connected Communities 5G Project.
  • Advising London Councils (the cross-party body representing the 32 London boroughs and the Corporation of London) on a ground-breaking initiative to increase the supply of good-quality temporary accommodation for homeless households, as well as cutting the increasing cost burden.
  • Advising the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on a £100m affordable housing delivery framework scheme to provide 800 new homes over six years.
  • Advising Slough BC on an innovative solution to a high-risk private sector residential block following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Leading individuals

Helen Randall - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Ian Doolittle - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is reputed for both residential and commercial development and investment matters including mixed-use, student housing, senior living and sheltered housing projects. Local authorities and other public sector bodies are prominent within the client base, as are inward investors, particularly those from the Middle East and Malaysia. Sara Bailey, Adrian Leavey and Tonia Secker jointly helm the practice which also specialises in acting for private wealth clients as well as hospitality and leisure outfits such as restaurants, clubs, bars and resorts.

Practice head(s):Sara Bailey; Adrian Leavey; Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:Julien Allen; Rebecca Wardle; Julian Keith

Key Clients


Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc


Caprice Holdings Limited

City Pride Limited

Landmark Pinnacle

Civitas Social Housing Plc

Galliford Try

Gloucester City Council

Greater London Authority

Hill Residential Limited

Homes England


London Borough of Hackney

Mount Anvil Limited

Museum of London

Quintain Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Apache Capital Partners on its newly formed, £1bn joint venture with Moda Living to establish the UK’s first regional private rented sector platform.
  • Acted for Transport for London Limited on its arrangements with Apartments for London to develop affordable homes over car parks and other sites owned by the transport authority.
  • Acting for TAG Aviation, owner and operator of Farnborough Airport on development and leasing project for a new state of the art maintenance repair and overhaul facility including hanger space, offices, customer areas and ancillary facilities.
  • Advised Stevenage Borough Council on a major town centre regeneration project, involving the acquisition and improvement of a town centre mixed use site currently comprising retail and commercial accommodation by a Pension Fund.
  • Advised Gravesham Borough Council on a major town centre retail/leisure regeneration scheme.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is reputed for both residential and commercial development and investment matters including mixed-use, student housing, senior living and sheltered housing projects. Local authorities and other public sector bodies are prominent within the client base, as are inward investors, particularly those from the Middle East and Malaysia. Sara Bailey, Adrian Leavey and Tonia Secker jointly helm the practice which also specialises in acting for private wealth clients as well as hospitality and leisure outfits such as restaurants, clubs, bars and resorts.

Practice head(s):Sara Bailey; Adrian Leavey; Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:William Clements; Julien Allen

Key Clients


Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc


Caprice Holdings Limited

City Pride Limited

Landmark Pinnacle

Civitas Social Housing Plc

Galliford Try

Gloucester City Council

Greater London Authority

Hermes Property Unit Trust Hill Residential Limited

Homes England

Kames Capital


London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Enfield

Mount Anvil Limited

Museum of London

Naissance Capital Real Estate

Quintain Plc

Residential Secure Income plc

Steamrock Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising existing client Apache Capital Partners on its newly formed, joint venture with Moda Living to establish the UK’s first regional private rented sector platform.
  • Acted for Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Permodalan Nasional Berhad on the 20-year letting of Aviation House to WeWork.
  • Advised longstanding client Global Net Lease on its £230m refinancing.
  • Acted on the sale of Pinnacle House, Wimbledon to a private European client of Clay Street for £40.25m.
  • Advised Stevenage Borough Council on a major town centre regeneration project, involving the acquisition and improvement of a town centre mixed-use site.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team provides advice on disputes across a range of sectors, including commercial and residential development, education and energy. The firm serves a broad client base of developers, funders, contractors, local authorities and government agencies under a team led by the 'considered' and 'knowledgeable' Anthony Yates, who has advised in relation to cladding and fire related issues for clients in both the private and public sector. Theresa Mohammed, who has a domestic and international client base spanning the hotel, leisure and social housing sectors, is also recommended. The team secured a major boost in early 2019 with the hire of former Fieldfisher contentious construction head Louise Elmes.

Practice head(s):Anthony Yates

Other key lawyers:Theresa Mohammed


'A cooperative team that shares good ideas and knowledge. They are open and honest in presenting the strengths and weaknesses of specific issues and are able to suggest innovative ways to close out potential areas of concern.'

'Their dedication, commitment and ability to deliver high quality results to tight timescales has never been in question.'

'Anthony Yates leads has continually demonstrated the ability and knowledge to get to the root of any matter and suggest a considered, structured and generally strong route to resolve matters.'

'Tim Hillier and Clarissa Smith have both proven tenacious in their approach to dealing with disputes and in both cases clearly demonstrated a good understanding in their field and also the best routes available to us seeking resolution. In both cases we reached successful resolution of our disputes.'

Key Clients

ST Interiors UK

Work highlights

  • Advising on a key case which concerns the design and construction of the Premier Inn Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 4.
Leading individuals

Anthony Yates - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's non-contentious practice covers several sectors including private and commercial development, projects and offsite and modular construction. The firm's clients include subcontractors, contractors and investors. The team is led by Stephanie Canham and Charles Morrish. Canham displays an 'unquestionable' knowledge of construction law and primarily acts for private and commercial developers. She was lead partner acting for Avanton in relation to its £100m development in Battersea. Morrish has advised extensively on PPP across the housing and student accommodation sectors, and was lead partner advising the Museum of London on its relocation to Smithfield Market.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Canham; Charles Morrish


'The practice has a proven and clear understanding of our needs, requirements and way of operating.'

'Stephanie Canham always acts in a considered and knowledgeable way, leading her team from the front. She has the ability to get direct to the cause of the problem and her knowledge of relevant law is unquestionable in my experience.'

Key Clients


Mount Anvil

Hermes Real Estate

McLaren Construction

Wates Construction

Galliford Try

Mears Group

London Green

Museum of London

Work highlights

  • Advising the Museum of London on the relocation of the museum from its current site on London Wall to a new location in the historic Smithfield Market.
  • Acted for Apache Capital (in joint venture with Moda Living) in relation to the appointment of Caddick Construction to complete one of the UK's largest build to rent projects at Angel Gardens Manchester.
  • Advised Central & Cecil Housing Trust in connection with the award of a £55m design and build contract to Regal London to build a retirement home block next to Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
  • Acting for Avanton in relation to its development at York Pace, Battersea comprising three towers of residential accommodation totaling 275 apartments and the new Royal Academy of Dance headquarters.
  • Continuing to advise Hermes Real Estate on construction and property matters, in particular in relation to the approximately £1.6bn of assets currently under management within the Hermes Property Unit Trust.

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Planning - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a solid list of private developers and a number of public bodies on its client roster for which the team handles a diverse range of planning projects. The team is particularly active in promoting CPOs for the delivery of major regeneration, urban extension and mixed-use development schemes, with niche expertise in managing mixed-tenure mandates for housing associations and local authorities. Jacqueline Backhaus advises on all aspects of the development process, from CIL and section 106 negotiations to highways agreements, use-class issues, and assisting with public inquiries. Recent contentious highlights included successfully appealing planning permission denials for the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Practice head(s):Jacqueline Backhaus

Key Clients

Galliford Try

Linden plc

Homes England

Hermes Property Unit Trust

Peabody Trust

Clarion Housing Group

Richborough Estates

Meyer Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meyer Homes on the redevelopment of the Hounslow Place mixed-use scheme of 293 residential units and a flexible commercial space.
  • Advised Clarion Housing Group on a significant regeneration programme in the London Borough of Merton.
  • Advising the London Borough of Enfield on all aspects of the Meridian Water regeneration project.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is known for its niche expertise in social housing finance; the team also advises on development, acquisition and investment finance. Clients include public sector bodies and an increasing number of bank clients. Following the departure of Simon Owen for Irwin Mitchell, the key contacts in the team are Eddie O’Hanrahan, who focuses on commercial and residential development finance, particularly on the borrower side, and Islamic finance specialist Katharine Lewis.

Practice head(s):Adrian Carter

Other key lawyers:Eddie O'Hanrahan; Katharine Lewis


'They have very good teamwork, strong technical knowledge, and are very approachable, calm, and always willing to help'.

Key Clients

Global Net Lease

Galliford Try Plc

Shawbrook Bank

Apache Capital Partners

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Bouygues UK

BBS Capital

Homes England

London Strategic Land

Work highlights

  • Advising Global Net Lease on its refinancing to put in place new debt for its entire UK real estate portfolio.
  • Advising Global Net Lease on the restructuring of three of its real estate asset-backed facilities with Lloyds Bank.
  • Advising Galliford Try on a facility with HSBC in relation to the development of a residential-led project in east London.
  • Advising ULiving on its joint investment development of a high-end student accommodation property in Birmingham city centre.
  • Advising Apache on the financing of a build-to-rent development in Liverpool.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's strength lies in rights to light claims, frequently acting for insurers and title indemnity underwriters, and enfranchisement matters as well as disputes pertaining to service charges, landlord and tenant relationships and property developments. Michael Donnellan heads the 'very good and professional' team; its client base includes house builders, registered providers, commercial property institutions, developers and high-net-worth investors.

Practice head(s):Michael Donnellan

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Levy; Paul Marco; Emma Barnfield; Douglas Rhodes


'The team's strengths and key capabilities are its no-nonsense approach and the quality of the counsel and expert witnesses they use.'

'Douglas Rhodes is very easy to work with; he is extremely calm and his ability to disentangle complex questions of law is exceptional.'

'Its knowledge of the social housing sector is second to none, both in strength and depth.'

Key Clients

CLS Risk Solutions



First Abu Dhabi Bank

BBS Capital

AmTrust International Underwriters


Aegis Managing Agency


Marriott Vacation Club

M1 Real Estate

JD Wetherspoon

Wallace Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised an insurance company on claims arising out of numerous titles indemnity policies providing coverage against rights to light risks for significant developments in London and across England and Wales.
  • Advising Funding Affordable Homes, an investor landlord, on substantial arrears of rent owed by its tenant, a registered provider and tenant of over 30 properties in the client's portfolio.

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP, whose team is more than 35 strong, has acted for borrowers and lenders on social housing finance transactions for more than 30 years. Its national reach marks it out for some of the sector's most high-profile matters; following the merger of Peabody Trust and Family Mosaic Housing in 2017, in 2018, Eleanor James and Melanie Comer were the lead advisers to Peabody on a £1.5bn refinancing for the merged group as three social housing providers in the group were amalgamated. In the capital markets sphere, Neil Waller acted for Karbon Homes Ltd on its inaugural £250m bond issue. Anna Clark's wide-ranging experience includes term and syndicated loans, development finance and infrastructure finance. Naomi Roper specialises in private placements and debt capital markets transactions. Other key figures are Adrian Carter and Sarah Gooden.

Practice head(s):Adrian Carter (national head of banking and finance); Neil Waller (head of banking and finance in Manchester); Katie Dyer (real estate finance security)

Other key lawyers:Eleanor James; Melanie Comer; Anna Clark; Naomi Roper; Sarah Gooden


'The team has in-depth knowledge of the social housing sector and funding markets, and is client focused.'

'Sarah Gooden is very experienced and knowledgeable'.

'The team keeps to timescales and is pragmatic.'

'Eleanor James is highly knowledgeable, understands what the client needs and always gets the deal across the line.'

'The team works as a partnership, both within the firm and also with the client. This ensures that all aspects of any matter are considered fully and we know we are protected.'

'Eleanor James is on hand whenever you need her and her straightforward approach provides real clarity when you need it most.'

Key Clients

Forviva Group

The Guinness Partnership Ltd

NoLINQ Housing plc

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Peabody Trust

bLEND Funding plc

Orbit Capital plc

The Housing Finance Corporation Ltd

London & Quadrant Housing

Havebury Housing Partnership

Yarlington Housing Group

VIVID Housing

Network Homes

Halton Housing Trust Ltd


Karbon Homes Ltd

Accent Housing Ltd

Greater London Authority

Grand Union Housing Group Ltd

mhs homes

Work highlights

  • Following the client's inaugural bond issue in 2015, the firm acted for Orbit Capital plc on its second bond issue in 2018. This was understood to be the largest own-name single tranche bond in the UK housing sector at the time.
  • Advised Peabody Trust on all aspects of its third bond issue of £450m.
  • Advised New Charter and Adactus Housing on the lender consents required in order to merge to form Jigsaw Homes Group. Also advised on the amendment and restatement of several of the funding arrangements of the merged entity.
  • Advised Paradigm Homes Charitable Housing Association on the issuance and sale of notes valued at £100m to Barings by way of a two-tranche private placement. The proceeds of the private placement will be used to further Paradigm's ambitious development plan to build 600 homes a year for the next three years.
  • Acted for bLEND on the setting up of a brand new £2bn secured euro medium-term note programme and initial issue of £250m notes, which was on-lent to three borrowers.
Leading individuals

Adrian Carter - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Anna Clark - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Neil Waller - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Next Generation Partners

Eleanor James - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's track record of acting for traditional housing associations and local authorities dates back more than 50 years. The size and scale of its practice marks the firm out as a clear market-leader, with it being able to draw upon strengths across a diverse range of practices to offer clients a wide pool of expertise. Its capabilities span areas such as social housing finance, employment, construction, real estate litigation, public procurement and planning, among others. Tonia Secker is the national head of the department; the group's varied workload includes PPP projects, partnerships, joint ventures (between local authorities, developers and housing associations), governance/regulatory advice and regeneration projects. In 2018, Secker, Paul McDermott and tax expert Michael Surry advised Homes England on developing a contractual framework to support the dispersal of over £1.5bn of grant funding to 23 strategic supply partnerships between the client and various housing associations, and to ensure compliance with the requirements of the state aid regime. In another matter, Jeremy Hunt and others assisted Karbon Homes with pre-bid issues connected with its proposed acquisition of 1,364 units (comprised of five lots) from the Guinness Partnership in the North East. Local authority work included Scott Dorling and real estate head Sara Bailey leading the advice to the London Borough of Enfield on the Meridian Water Regeneration Project. Andy Barnard is also noted. Ian Graham and Catherine Hand have retired.

Practice head(s):Tonia Secker (National Head of Housing & Regeneration); Sara Bailey (Head of Real Estate)

Other key lawyers:Andy Barnard; Scott Dorling; Sharron Webster; Ian Davis; Jeremy Hunt; Robert Beiley; Amy Shaw; Michael Surry; Paul McDermott


'Able to undertake complex land transactions and advise on governance structures. Recognised authorities on contract documentation for property and construction. We have used the firm for land and s106 acquisitions as well as more involved joint ventures. In addition, we use it for Treasury and charging matters.'

'Trowers & Hamlins is clearly a leading and well-respected firm in the social housing sector. It has specific sector expertise that is backed by expertise in other areas that can be called on as necessary. My experience of all of the people that I have dealt with at the firm has been a positive one and I have been impressed by their knowledge, responsiveness and clarity of thinking.'

'Sharron Webster's knowledge of the social housing sector and the regulatory environment is exceptional. Her undoubted knowledge is supplemented by great personal qualities of energy, enthusiasm, pragmatism and a willingness to be direct and to the point. Her advice is always clear and grounded in reality. Associate Darren Hooker works really well alongside Sharron, and ensures that the detail is dealt with efficiently and effectively. I have utmost confidence that matters are being dealt with and there is never any need to 'be on his case'.'

'Tonia Secker knows the housing and regeneration sector inside out.'

Key Clients

Newlon Housing

Network Homes Limited

Hyde Housing Association Limited

The Peabody Trust

The Guinness Partnership

Vivid Housing Limited

Origin Housing

Poplar Harca

Richmond Housing Partnership

Aster Housing Group

Thames Valley Housing Association

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Octavia Housing

Sovereign Housing Group

Moat Homes

Orbit Group


One Housing Group

Housing Solutions

Southern Housing Group

Swan Housing Association

Central & Cecil Housing Trust

mhs homes

Clarion Housing Group

Aldwyck Housing Group

Town & Country Housing

Enfield Council

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Swindon Borough Council

Suffolk County Council

West Sussex County Council

Wealden District Council

Canterbury Council

London Borough of Islington

Hastings Borough Council

Mid Suffolk District Council

London Borough of Merton

Oxford City Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Westminster City Council

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Lewisham

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Wolverhampton City Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Homes England

Greater London Authority

Aviva Investors (REaLM) Fund

Church Commissioners for England

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Legal & General on the successful registration of Legal & General Affordable Homes as a "for-profit" registered provider with the Regulator of Social Housing.
  • The firm acted for London & Quadrant Housing Trust on a significant transaction with Hong Kong-based developer Knight Dragon, which relates to a scheme to deliver over 5,550 units as part of the 15,000+ delivered across Greenwich Peninsula (next to the O2).
  • In 2018, the firm acted for the GLA on the delivery of its Housing Zone programme.
  • The firm is acting for Residential Secure Income plc on the acquisition of 478 retirement living units from Places for People for £40.2m.
  • The firm is advising the ForViva Group on a comprehensive corporate restructure, which involves the consolidation of three separate social landlords to a single entity, effected by a statutory transfer of engagements and the establishment of a new group parent entity which will not be regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing.
Leading individuals

Andy Barnard - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Sara Bailey - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Scott Dorling - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Tonia Secker - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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London: Transport

Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's cross-practice offering handles a range of contentious and non-contentious instructions for airlines, airports and insurers. The disputes team is active on passenger delay injury and baggage claims, cargo, insurance coverage, procurement and maintenence disputes. The team advises on real estate matters in the aviation sector and handles a raft of property, planning, construction and development work; it advised the owner and operator of Farnborough Airport on a major development and leasing project for a new maintenance repair and overhaul facility.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Insall

Other key lawyers:Alex Burton; Ned Beale; Sangita Unadkat; Sam Folley; Mark Kenkre; Maria Dunn; Emily Aggett


'The team has great experience and knowledge of most areas including leasing and insurance disputes.'

'Kathryn Insall gives very clear and well thought-through advice.'

'As well as being very efficient and responsive in handling matters day-to-day, Kathryn Insall has considerable experience of heavy litigation and is excellent at longer-term strategic planning.'

Key Clients

TAG Farnborough Airport

Oman Airports Management Company SAOC

Gerald's Airport, Montserrat

Etihad Airways

Bahrain International Airport Company

Vectra Group/Global Vectra Helicorp

AWAS (now DAE Capital)

Work highlights

  • Acting for owner and operator of Farnborough Airport on a major development and leasing project for a new MRO facility.

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Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The travel, tourism and insurance team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for claimants and defendants on international personal injury mandates. The Exeter-based team is instructed by a raft of insurers and is noted for its expertise in accident claims; it is particularly strong in ski and winter sports accident claims, and claims involving foreign road traffic accidents. Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp heads the team which is 'always willing to take the time to explain the situation and possible outcomes in plain English'.

Practice head(s):Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp

Other key lawyers:Ian Brown; Charlotte Reavey; Kathryn Insall; Tom Sampford

Key Clients

Arc Legal Assistance

Collinson Group

Avid Insurance Services

Millstream Underwriting




Claims Settlement Agencies

White Horse Insurance Services



Direct Line

Leading individuals

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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