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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Work 020 7423 8000
Fax 020 7423 8001
Abu Dhabi, Birmingham, Dubai, Exeter, London, Manama and 3 more


United Kingdom

The firm: Trowers & Hamlins is an international firm providing clear, practical advice to help clients achieve their objectives. The firm’s clients include banks, pension funds, institutional investors, private equity funds, developers, property companies, care home operators, public and private companies, local and central government departments, NHS trusts, registered providers (RPs), charities and individuals.

Types of work undertaken: Through its UK and overseas offices, the firm has developed a dynamic corporate, commercial and litigation practice with particular strengths in real estate, care, education, energy, leisure, finance (including Islamic finance) and project work. The firm has built its reputation on helping government and businesses of all sizes improve the built environment all around us.

The firm’s real estate experts advise on every stage of the lifetime of a real estate asset or development, including investment, planning, development, construction, asset management (including environmental advice) and funding. Built on a reputation for innovation and working at the forefront of changing legislation and market trends, the teams help institutional investors, developers, housebuilders, REITs, property companies, RPs, local authorities and private individuals to buy, sell, develop and manage their assets successfully. The firm has particular strength in advising on large-scale regeneration and development schemes, as well as student accommodation, care, healthcare, education and leisure projects. The firm’s projects and construction experts advise UK and global clients in a variety of sectors, spanning innovative PFI/PPP/DBFO project structures and joint venture/partnering initiatives.

As leading lawyers to the housing sector, advising government bodies, local authorities, 250 RPs, developers, contractors, lenders and institutional investors, the firm plays a central and innovative role in policy making and the evolution of housing in the UK and around the world.

The firm’s market-leading reputation for public sector expertise is built on helping government and private sector partners to create new and innovative ways to deliver public services, having advised on a substantial number of pathfinder private finance initiative (PFI) and innovative PPP schemes. Increasingly the firm advises on how to find new sources of income from the use of public land and assets. Particular areas of expertise include advising on stock transfer, housing market renewal, ALMOs, mutuals, education, strategic partnerships and outsourcing schemes, construction and partnering, care homes, leisure facilities, maintenance, administration and IT services.

The corporate department is a substantial team with a strong reputation for advising public and private companies, both in the UK and overseas, entrepreneurs and individuals operating in the financial, property, industrial and commercial sectors.

The litigation department helps clients to manage risk and to protect their business interests in the UK and internationally across commercial civil litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and adjudication. The firm has particular strengths in public law, judicial review, banking, real estate, construction, insolvency, employment, travel insurance and personal injury work.

The pensions team advises on all areas of pensions, which enables the team to have a full understanding of clients’ needs to provide business solutions to complex legal problems. The team acts for a wide range of parties, including sponsoring employers, pension scheme trustees, and public and private sector bodies.

The private wealth department provides legal advice to individuals with industrial or commercial wealth, invested assets and landed estates. Key areas of work include tax planning, trusts, wills, probate, charities, the administration of trusts and estates, as well as the management of substantial real estate portfolios.

The firm has a strong international practice, particularly in the Middle East, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman. It is especially well-known for its work in real estate, construction, energy and infrastructure, and hotel and leisure, as well as its corporate expertise. The firm’s office in Malaysia supports a growing Far East client base.

Trowers & Hamlins is a member of Interlaw, an international association of independent law firms with lawyers in more than 125 cities worldwide. As a member of Interlaw, it is able to quickly draw on the legal expertise and knowledge of this global network to support clients.

Trowers & Hamlins is a member firm of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Legal Services Framework, which is a means for contracting authorities to access legal services.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Birmingham, Dubai, Exeter, Malaysia, Manchester, Oman.

Number of UK partners 133

Number of other UK fee-earners 435


The firm

Trowers & Hamlins is an international law firm with 160 partners and almost 900 staff located across the UK, Middle East and Far East. With offices in London, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman and Kuala Lumpur, it provides a full-service integrated offering. Its connections with the Middle East date back to 1959 and it is one of the most experienced and skilled firms in the market. Along with its own offices in the Middle East, it also has an established reputation for large-scale projects work in Jordan, where it works via its formal association with Abdul Karim Al-Fauri. Additionally the firm has correspondent relationships in the rest of the Middle East and, through its membership of Interlaw, relationships with firms throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Americas.

In Malaysia it is the first foreign law firm to secure a Qualified Foreign Law Firm (QFLF) licence following numerous years of working with Malaysian clients on their activities outside Malaysia.

Areas of practice

Trowers & Hamlin’s clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as real estate, construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. It also acts for many high-net-worth individuals.

The firm has worked on some of the biggest and most prestigious real estate projects in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia. The work on real estate projects includes advice on structuring the development’s legal framework, corporate advice on investment strategies, and advice on the interplay with financiers where its Islamic finance expertise is especially useful. The firm is also established as the Middle East’s leading advisor in affordable housing.

The team pioneer in the growth of Islamic finance and is recognised in the market as both a mainstay and an innovator in this field.

It advises on the full range of corporate and project finance transactions including M&A, private equity, funds and capital markets. It has also acted on a number of IPOs, GDRs, sukuks and private equity transactions.

The firm is also experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, from structured negotiation to mediation and ultimately, formal proceedings such as arbitration and the courts. It has over 40 years’ practical knowledge throughout the Gulf in all aspects of construction, from contracting strategy to efficient dispute resolution.

From both the Middle East and Malaysia, it advises local institutions on their investment strategies into the UK real estate market, often using complex tax and Islamic finance structures.


Other officesAbu Dhabi

Number of lawyers 418

at this office 207

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