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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

3 BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YZ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7423 8000
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Fax 020 7423 8001
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774 LONDON CITY
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www.trowers.com

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The ‚Äėefficient, supportive and proactive‚Äô¬†Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†] has an ‚Äėexcellent level of service‚Äô; ‚Äėthey have strength in depth to advise and are very sensitive to cost‚Äô. Private M&A expert¬†Michael Pattinson¬†heads the team,¬†which counts the real estate, hotels, leisure, social care and communications industries as areas of strength. The ‚Äėwell experienced and customer-friendly‚Äô¬†Nick Harrisingh¬†acted for new client Panasonic on the purchase of AMP Air Conditioning in a complex, cross-border transaction, ¬†and advised Apache Capital on its joint venture deal with retirement housing company Audley Group.¬†Riccardo Abbate¬†is ‚Äėstrategic and very commercial‚Äô and is noted for his advice on corporate joint venture arrangements. The ‚Äėstandout‚Äô¬†Alison Chivers¬†is ‚Äėalways on the end of the phone and works quickly and diligently‚Äô; she acted for funds managed by Apposite Capital on the acquisition of Swanton Care & Community and its eight subsidiaries. Other clients of the team include Parkdean Resorts, Cambian Group and London Strategic Land.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†deals with a variety of fraud matters including prevention, investigations, recovery actions and freezing injunction applications. The firm is acting for St Vincent European General Partner in a multi-jurisdictional ‚ā¨30m claim for damages against ten defendants, relating to a breach of contract. Mark Kenkre¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėsavvy, hard-working and keeps his eye on the goal‚Äô. Ned Beale¬†is ‚Äėflexible, realistic, hard-working and has excellent judgment‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP fields 'top-level lawyers who are experienced at dealing with complex, high-value litigation'. The practice's key strengths are Middle Eastern-related work; heavyweight commercial disputes involving corporate, banking and insurance matters, together with a specific aviation and aerospace focus; and commercial disputes involving public sector bodies. Alex Burton represented an Italian pension fund in an appeal to the Court of Appeal, regarding a claim brought against it by Barclays Bank for breach of an exclusive jurisdiction clause; Lucy James heads the  national commercial litigation team; and Ned Beale is 'instrumental in steering litigation through procedural complexities'.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'excellent team' has a focus on energy, manufacturing and aviation sector matters as well as Middle East matters. Ned Beale leads the firm's international arbitration team; 'Beale and his team are able to navigate international arbitrations efficiently and diligently'. Alex Burton co-heads the firm's international dispute management practice; based in London Burton also spends a substantial amount of time in the firm's Dubai and Bahrain offices. David Grant, who previously sat as the Technology and Construction Court's judge in Birmingham, joined the London office as consultant.

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London: Finance

Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Sarah Gooden¬†and Salman Ahmed¬†head up the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where ‚Äėfamiliarity with Islamic structures coupled with a proactive approach lends itself to a strong relationship of trust and delivery‚Äô. The firm recently acted on the first ever low denomination retail sukuk issuance programme in the GCC, established by Meethaq Islamic Banking. Tony Poole, along with Bahrain-based partner Nick Green, have also been recently highly commended for advising Warba Bank of Kuwait on its first UK real estate acquisition that also included an innovative takaful solution. Neill Gibson¬†is also recommended for his ‚Äėvery strong knowledge of Islamic financing structures and their mechanics.‚Äô

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Emma Burrows leads the group at Trowers & Hamlins LLP and is the key name in the team for TUPE advice and diversity issues. Other key contacts include consultant Richie Alder, who is experienced in public sector transfers in the housing and care sectors; and Nicola Ihnatowicz, who focuses on TUPE, restructurings, terms and conditions changes and equal pay matters. Tania Tandon left to establish her own practice.

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'great industry knowledge, attention to detail and client care' makes it 'a strong alternative in the pensions space'. Team head Martin McFall 'has the knack of making complex issues more understandable' and is recognised for his expertise in benefit restructuring, liability management, scheme windups and Local Government Pension Scheme matters. His recent work includes advising Bic Worldwide on its obligations and duties as a sponsoring employer and assisting Castles and Coasts Housing Association with the pension elements of a merger. Rebecca McKay is also a key name to note; she specialises in investment issues.

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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¬†¬†has a team with ‚Äėgenuine expertise in this area‚Äô. The team that ‚Äėreally knows its stuff‚Äô advises on a wide range of matters and is currently advising the Museum of London on its relocation to Smithfields Market. It also acted for the international development charity CARE International (that is based in Geneva) in setting up a branch in the UK. Ian Davis¬† specialises in advising charities, voluntary sector organisations and public bodies. Sharron Webster¬† is recommended for her corporate advice to a wide range of charities particularly those operating in the housing, leisure, cultural, recreational as well as the educational sectors. Emma Burrows¬† is skilled at advising on all aspects of employment law to charities. UK Youth and Ambition and the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society are other important clients.

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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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'provides an excellent service' and 'supports the delivery of projects on even the tightest timescales' through its 'deep understanding of the legal implications of procurement'. Amy Shaw 'is a highly capable lawyer' who 'provides pragmatic, commercially-focused advice on a range of complex property-related matters'; she recently teamed up with 'PPP thought leader' Tonia Secker to advise the Hyde Housing Association  on its PPP with Brighton Council for the delivery of 'living wage' homes. Paul McDermott and Birmingham-based Christopher Plumley assisted UGC with the PPP arrangements to bring forward the 'UK Central Hub', a mixed-use business and innovation area on the proposed HS2 station in Birmingham. Other key names include Sara Bailey and Scott Dorling who continue to guide the borough of Enfield through the development of a new residential and business district as part of the Meridian Water PPP.

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP the 'expert knowledge is excellent and the teams are always responsive and supportive during complex negotiations'. Christopher Paul 's project-led practice acts for clients across a wide range of jurisdictions but has a particular expertise in district heating mandates. In recent highlights, the team advised Energiesprong - an innovative residential housing refurbishment project in the Netherlands based on the concept of 'zero net energy' - on the structuring of a similar offer in the UK following the European Commission's promise of a grant for such projects. A property developer also appointed the group to oversee its procurement of an independent distribution network operator for the provision of electricity to its multi-phase development, and Megan Coulton supported Paul in his work for public and private sector clients in district heating schemes and utility connection arrangements. Thomas Wigley relocated to the firm's Muscat office and is also a key contact.

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London: Public sector

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP  advises a broad range of central and local government departments as well as schools and individuals on an array of public law issues. It is considered 'excellent for value for money and service' and for being  'reactive and responsive.' Team leader Helen Randall garners appreciation for her 'great in depth knowledge of local government and trends and for being well connected' and the head of commercial litigation Lucy James , who is is a solicitor-advocate, has considerable experience of judicial reviews and procurement disputes. James Hawkins leads the firm's national public sector group. In work highlights it represented Homes for Haringey and Haringey Council in a judicial review brought by a local leaseholder group, the Haringey Leaseholders Association. It also advised a group of London councils on the establishment of a new business rates pooling arrangement.

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Assad Maqbool leads the education group at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which includes property specialist Sangita Unadkat; Amardeep Gill, who focuses on commercial matters; and Helen Randall, whose expertise includes complex education governance and contractual issues. The team advises a broad range of educational institutions as well as the Secretary of State for Education and local authorities. It is advising the Education and Skills Funding Agency on a range of procurement matters including major school building projects, and is assisting the Police and Crime Commissioner with the establishment of a new academy focused on crime prevention and policing skills.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 's  group has extensive expertise within the private sector, with particular focus on residential and social care, advising on NHS Trust estates management, retirement villages and secondary care facilities. Kyle Holling  and Hilary Blackwell  are currently advising Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on PPP re-development of the St Pancras Hospital site to create a new mental health facility including the Institute of Mental Health run by University College London. Corporate partner Tim Nye  advises investors on M&A and joint ventures and jointly heads the department with Holling. Paul McDermott  specializes in social care and has recently worked on the integration of social care and health services in the London Borough of Croydon, while Alison Chivers' work focuses on M&A and investments in health and social care.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Local government work is a core practice area for Trowers & Hamlins LLP  which is considered by a client to provide 'excellent value for money and customer service.'  Its expert advice extends across the development of new models for delivering services more cost effectively, investment projects, PPPs and property matters as well as local authority powers and devolution issues. James Hawkins heads the team and offers extensive experience in PPPs and Birmingham-based Amardeep Gill's work included acting for three Northern Ireland authorities bidding to become the European Capital of Culture 2023. Helen Randall is noted for her 'great in-depth knowledge of the sector and trends' and for being 'well connected.'  Jon Baldwin departed in September 2017 for Winckworth Sherwood LLP  and Anna Horsthuis joined in September 2017 from Walker Morris LLP.

Leading individuals

Helen Randall - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for a multitude of private investors in transactions involving retail, hospitality and office property, but is perhaps best known for its significant development work, where it acts for public and private sector clients. In the public sector, Scott Dorling and real estate head Sara Bailey continue to advise London Borough of Enfield on the £6bn Meridian Water regeneration scheme, which has recently seen the team handle land acquisitions and negotiate the master developer agreement. Further, Adrian Leavey is acting in relation to the development and plot sales for the landmark London Pinnacle residential development in Canary Wharf. Additional development highlights included Amy Shaw advising Hill Residential on its joint venture with Peabody Trust for the purpose of residential developments on multiple sites, and Sangita Unadkat acting for Bath and North East Somerset Council in relation to the redevelopment of an historic site in the centre of Bath. Key contacts in the investment practice include Jeremy Hunt, who assisted Residential Secure Income with the £100m acquisition of a portfolio of retirement properties, and Yvette Bryan, who advised Naissance Capital Real Estate on the £20.5m acquisition of Stadium Plaza in Cardiff. Julien Allen and Andy Barnard are also recommended.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†provides ‚Äėvery good industry knowledge, acumen and commercial understanding.‚ÄôAnthony Yates¬†heads the contentious team.¬†Theresa Mohammed¬†is advising S&T¬†as main contractor on a ¬£40m dispute with Grove Developments Limited concerning the build and fit¬†out of hotels at Heathrow Terminal 4.¬†Stephanie Canham¬†leads the non-contentious team,¬†specialising in large-scale¬†residential-led and¬†mixed-use developments for¬†private sector developers. Recent work includes advising¬†The Berkeley Group on construction matters, including on mixed-use schemes such as South Quay¬†Plaza, Stephenson Street,¬†Southall Gasworks and White City. James¬† Huckstep¬†is advising the Museum of London on all procurement and construction aspects¬†of its proposed relocation of¬†the Museum from its Barbican site to a new location in Smithfield Market. Assad¬† Maqbool¬†is advising the Secretary of State for Education on its ¬£1.5bn construction programme, consisting of approximately 100 school¬†building projects per year, the government's largest capital investment programme in the education sector. The ‚Äėconsidered and tenacious‚Äô Clarissa Smith¬†comes highly recommended, as does Paul Bartter¬†for transactional work, and¬†Tim Hillier¬†for contentious.¬†David Grant¬†joined¬†the firm as consultant from the TCC in Birmingham. Andrew Vickery¬†retired.

Leading individuals

Anthony Yates - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is headed by Jacqueline Backhaus, who is acting on the regeneration of Brixton Town centre, the development of an Enterprise Zone in Harlow, the planning aspects of the relocation of the Museum of London and the redevelopment of the Imperial War Museum in London. The firm is also advising on all aspects of the £6bn regeneration of Meridian Water, which comprises approximately 85 hectares and is one of the largest developable areas in London.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is particularly active on the borrower side;  recent highlights include Simon Owen, who heads the practice, advising Anthology London as borrower on the £85m financing for its residential tower development in Hoxton and the £45m financing of another residential development in Deptford (including back-to-back arrangements with a social housing landlord). Eddie O’Hanrahan acted for Balfron Tower Developments in relation to its redevelopment of the Balfron Tower in Poplar, part of a wider regeneration scheme in the area. The firm has a large public sector footprint; on the lender side, Imogen Fisher advised Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency) on financing the £46m acquisition and future infrastructure development of Priors Hall in Corby. Other lender clients include Lloyds, RBS, Santander and National Bank of Kuwait. Katharine Lewis, who also handles Islamic finance matters, is also noted.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†has a team that is ‚Äėsolid and reliable¬ī, providing ‚Äėgood cross-speciality integration‚Äô. Development-related advice is a general strength for the five-partner team while Nicholas Levy¬†and Paul Marco¬†are specialists in commercial property institutional investment. Michael Donnellan¬†heads the team and leads on service charge related work. Leigh Shapiro¬†is recommended for her expertise in residential leasehold law along with senior associate Rachel Kerr¬†who specialises in commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Douglas Rhodes¬†was promoted to partner and Daniel Banks is a recent arrival from Ashurst. Clients include Aviva, ExCel and CLS Risk Solutions.

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has one of the country’s largest social housing finance teams and is instructed by lender and borrower clients on the full range of major bank financing and debt capital markets deals. Naomi Roper assisted Plymouth Community Homes with multiple transactions including a £60m private placement with international investors, a £35m revolving credit facility with Barclays Bank and a refinancing transaction with RBS. Banking and finance head Adrian Carter advised Havebury Housing Partnership on the lender consents for its conversion to a community benefit society and assisted the client with a subsequent £270m refinancing deal with a consortium of lenders. Based in the firm’s Manchester office, newly promoted partner Eleanor James advised Catalyst Housing on a £250m bond issuance, which was the client’s first debt capital markets issuance. Additional highlights have included Sarah Gooden acting for Sentinel Housing Association and First Wessex on the funding agreements in relation to the merger of those housing groups to form Vivid Housing; further, the firm’s real estate finance security team handled the related due diligence and title registrations for the transaction. Also recommended are Anna Clark, who has experience advising borrowers and lenders, and Neil Waller, who is based in the Manchester office.

Leading individuals

Adrian Carter - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Anna Clark - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Neil Waller - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

‚ÄėLiving up to its reputation‚Äô, Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†continues to be ‚Äėat the forefront of the social housing market‚Äô. Its expertise runs deeper than housing-led regeneration and development projects; indeed, the team provides ‚Äėhigh-quality advice‚Äô to public authorities and housing associations across areas including corporate and commercial agreements, funding and litigation. Department head Tonia Secker¬†demonstrates ‚Äėreal thought leadership in the sector‚Äô, which she brings to bear when acting for Greater London Authority (GLA) in relation to the development and implementation of its major housing schemes. In one headline example, Secker is advising GLA on the Affordable Homes Programme 2016-21, which aims at helping to build 90,000 affordable homes in London by March 2021. Moreover, the team is instructed by housing associations on equally significant mandates, which have included Rebecca Wardle¬†acting for Swan Housing Group in relation to the Purfleet regeneration scheme. Further, Amy Shaw¬†helped lead a team that assisted Hyde Housing Group with the formation of its LLP with Brighton Council for the delivery of 1,000 affordable units across Brighton. The department, which includes Sharron Webster¬†and Ian Davis, has also been involved in some of the housing industry‚Äôs most significant mergers. Sara Bailey¬†heads the real estate team, and Jeremy Hunt¬†has expertise in the property aspects of regeneration projects. Additional contacts include Scott Dorling, Andy Barnard¬†and Ian Graham.

Leading individuals

Andy Barnard - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Ian Graham - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Scott Dorling - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Sara Bailey - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Tonia Secker - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP‚Äôs multi-disciplinary practice handles disputes, fraud, commercial property, banking and finance matters in the aerospace sector. TAG Farnborough Airport, Oman Airports Management Company, Etihad Airways and Gerald's Airport, Montserrat are clients. Exeter-based Kathryn Insall¬†heads the aviation litigation team and has a ‚Äėhigh-level of practical aviation experience‚Äô.

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Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†acts for claimants and defendants on personal injury claims abroad and is noted for its ‚Äėin-depth knowledge and experience‚Äô. Arc Legal Assistance, Allianz Global Assistance, Ageas (UK), BUPA Insurance Services, Millstream Underwriting and Global Response are clients. It is experienced in foreign road traffic accident claims and is representing a family on a claim arising out of a fatal road traffic accident in Tenerife. The team also stands out for its experience in ski accident cases and is advising a claimant who suffered serious injuries as a result of a skiing accident in France. Travel, tourism and insurance team head Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô, and Ian Brown¬†is a ‚Äėvery able practitioner‚Äô; both have a ‚Äėdetailed understanding of tactics which stands their clients in good stead in litigation‚Äô. Senior associate Charlotte Reavey, James Browne, recently promoted partner Kathryn Insall¬†and associate Lee Jordan¬†are also noted. Named individuals are based in the firm‚Äôs Exeter office.

Leading individuals

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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