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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

10 COLMORE ROW, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2QD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 214 8800
Fax:
Fax 0121 214 8801
DX:
13015 BIRMINGHAM
Web:
www.trowers.com

West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is ‘very focused and commercial in its approach’; ‘it has an outstanding level of knowledge and it provides valuable advice’. The team’s practice has a strong leaning towards civil fraud cases, but handles more broader-based disputes as well. Helen Briant and consultant Keith Mills (who has ‘excellent strategic judgement and commercial sense’) represented Rotam Agrochemical Company in bringing a claim against another agrochemical company concerning an alleged breach of a distribution agreement, which had complex issues of choice of law, with the defendant company claiming that Austrian law applied to some but not all elements of the contract. Mark Kenkre represented the Swimming Teachers’ Association in a dispute with its former CEO, who allegedly defrauded the charity of £3.6m over twenty years. Kenkre is also acting for a private individual in a £10m professional negligence claim, connected to the RBS Global Restructuring Group scandal, against a firm of surveyors. Other clients include Bank Sohar, which Kenkre represented in civil fraud matters, and Archus, a start-up created by several Capita alumni, which Kenkre successfully defended in an action brought by Capita against the company and several of its employees seeking access to emails sent in the directors’ personal email accounts.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie de Souza - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The 'very good' and 'proficient' Trowers & Hamlins LLP  is 'always highly responsive and professional', with a strong reputation for advising on TUPE regulations. Rebecca McQuirk leads the Birmingham team and is 'thorough' and provides 'sound professional advice'. She recently defended RDS Distribution against claims of employee exploitation and acted for The Swimming Teachers' Association on an employment tribunal claim from its former CEO who was dismissed for gross misconduct. McQuirk is supported by Solicitor Sinead Noonan , who recently joined form *Gowling WLG .

Leading individuals

Rebecca McQuirk  - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP  has 'a strong business acumen’ with expertise in commercial, regeneration and housing matters. Managing partner Amardeep Gill co-heads the practice and regularly advises on public sector-related transactions and projects. He advised Wolverhampton City Council on a £60m refinancing on a Building Schools for the Future contract and assisted Belfast City Council on forming a new company to manage the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall concert and conference venues. Fellow practice head Christopher Plumley is an expert in regeneration and development projects and recently worked with The Urban Growth Company on commercial, real estate and funding issues pertaining to the UK Central Hub scheme. The team has been boosted with the additions of real estate solicitor Farah Chaudry who joined from Gowling WLG and senior associate Moad Giebaly who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which is instructed by both public and private sector clients, provides ‘excellent service, great response times and a team with strength in depth’. Christopher Plumley heads a team advising the Urban Growth Company, which is owned by Solihull Council, on the proposed UK Central Hub, and advised Leicester City Council on a redevelopment, including the disposal of an office block to Mattioli Woods. Turning to the private sector, Amanda Hanmore, who has ‘great technical knowledge and commercial acumen’ advised Hinton Group on purchasing two Travelodge hotels in the West Midlands from the relevant local authorities; she also advised the West Midlands Pension Fund on a range of real estate investments. Simon Robinson’s work includes acting for Richborough Estates on a range of land promotion agreements. Inox Group is another client – Hanmore advised it on purchasing two strategic sites outside Truro with planning consent for 1,700 residential units and a new stadium, as is the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. Digby Morgan is a new partner promotion in the team.

Next generation lawyers

Digby Morgan - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP ‘looks at the bigger picture and gives practical and commercial advice that is tailored to the needs of clients’ businesses’. Mark Robinson heads the non-contentious side of the practice – he advises Prosperity Investments and Developments on various residential developments in Birmingham. Senior associate Victoria Ball handled the construction aspects of a private residential development comprising 677 apartments in Manchester for Tameside MBC and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. Managing associate Paul Mountain advises the Severn Rivers Trust on contractual work. Vijay Bange , who handles the contentious side of the practice, ‘provides a responsive service and delivers commercial solutions’ – he handles a range of disputes work, much of it for contractors such as Colmore Tang Construction and Interserve Construction. Also in the disputes team, senior associate Tanya Chadha is ‘an integral part of the team, who is impressively dedicated to getting the desired commercial result’. Swan Housing Association is another client. Andrew Vickery has retired.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP , which is noted for providing ‘advice in a clear manner that is appropriate to the clients’, handles both work around stock transfers and social housing construction deals as well as landlord and tenant housing law litigation for social housing providers. Newly promoted partner Digby Morgan advised Accord Housing Association on the purchase of a site to construct affordable homes and a dementia care facility, and also assisted Bournville Village Trust with selling the homes in the Bordesley Court housing estate to Nehemiah UCHA while retaining the commercial units underneath. The firm is also noted for its ‘good depth of expertise’ in housing management litigation; Yetunde Dania, who offers ‘in-depth sector knowledge and valuable expertise, which enables her to serve the needs of her clients in the region and beyond’, represented Red Kite Community Housing in litigation utilising the Ground 7A right to evict a tenant for breaching an anti-social behaviour injunction after repeated threats of violence towards his neighbours. Senior associate Dorota Pawlowski is another key contact.

Next generation lawyers

Digby Morgan - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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