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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

MINERVA HOUSE, 5 MONTAGUE CLOSE, LONDON, SE1 9BB, ENGLAND
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156810 LONDON BRIDGE-6
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www.wslaw.co.uk
London, Manchester, Oxford

London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team is 'a force to be reckoned with' when it comes to partnership disputes, which are the focus of the practice. It is instructed by clients in the spectrum of specialised industry and regulated sector clients that utilise partnerships, including real estate, investment funds, accountancy and law firms in addition to individual partners. Possessing 'an almost telepathic understanding of issues that commonly arise', the 'sharp' Jo Keddie  'marshals her team superbly'; she heads the practice with transactional partnership expert Richard Tinham. The group recently represented a real estate sector LLP in a complex partner exit involving multiple detriments and alleged perpetrators of discrimination, but resulting in a significantly reduced settlement. 'On the ball' senior associate Louise Lawrence is another key practitioner. 'Excellent' Bettina Bender joined the group from CM Murray LLP in June 2018 and has an interest in cross-border partnership issues, with a particular focus on companies based or headquartered in Germany with UK operations.

Leading individuals

Jo Keddie - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP  is noted for its expertise in the supermarket and petrol forecourt sectors, and the firm’s work also includes pubs and restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. Sabrina Cader advises on license applications for supermarkets, public houses and hotels across England and Wales, and also represents clients at contested hearings. Robert Botkai  heads the licensing team.

Leading individuals

Robert Botkai - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP 'achieves commercially sensible solutions'.  The practice is particularly noted for major disputes relating to insolvency and has sector strength in energy and natural resources, life sciences, manufacturing and media. Marie-Louise King is 'highly skilled'; and Robert Paydon  is 'sensitive to clients' needs'.

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London: Human resources

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

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's 'first-class' senior executive practice is 'by far and away one of the most professional, assertive and informed in the field' with 'guidance that is realistic and reasonable, deep technical knowledge and a genuine interest in getting the best outcome for the client'. The group is experienced in exit negotiations, whistleblowing issues and discrimination claims and also handles TUPE and restructurings, transactional issues and disputes for an expanding employer client roster. Jo Keddie, who is 'totally on the ball and able to apply the law in a practical and commercial way', leads the department, which also fields the 'highly knowledgeable' Susan Kelly, the 'brilliant' Andrew Yule and Anita Rai, who is 'very professional and has good insight into the processes of the law'. Bettina Bender, who 'picks up the key issues in cases very quickly', joined from CM Murray LLP in 2018.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

The ‘outstanding’ team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP  includes Joanna Bussell, who is an ‘excellent lawyer who has a first-class legal brain and an ability to apply a pragmatic and common-sense approach to problems’. The ‘calm under pressure’ Bussell is particularly well known for her expertise in the establishment of not-for-profit organisations to work with local authorities. Consultant Simon Randall  is ‘responsive and an excellent negotiator’. The team advises on the full array of charity issues from restructuring and governance through to trustee training. It has a particular focus on leisure, arts and cultural charities. Aiden Hargreaves-Smith  acts for a wide range of private and institutional clients including diocesan boards of finance, individual parishes and clergy as well as Bishops and Cathedral Chapters. He is well regarded for his work with ecclesiastical charities and is a trustee of several substantial charities. Imperial War Museum, Southwold and Waveney Valley Regeneration Society as well as Epping Forest District Council are all key clients.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

The ‘empathetic’ Amanda Andrews heads the practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP  and ‘really gets under the skin of a case. From day one she will have the case on an entirely realistic course’. Andrews has particular skill in complex children issues as well as finances where there are offshore trusts and complicated property issues. Katie Spooner  is a ‘real star of the future who is already widely known, she is conciliatory but not afraid to fight’. The team is a ‘growing force building on the back of the firm’s strong private client work’.

Leading individuals

Amanda Andrews - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has an ‘excellent team that is capable of dealing with sensitive and high-value issues’. Practice head Hugh MacDougald  is ‘very sensible, very measured and very knowledgeable’. The ‘highly approachable’ Tim Snaith  has a ‘deep understanding of the personal and family legal issues. He is charming and discreet with clients but also very knowledgeable and experienced’. The team added Dhana Sabanathan  to its ranks from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. Sabanathan is a well-regarded adviser to UK and non-UK clients on international tax and estate planning issues. She is also experienced in cross-border estate planning matters and advises financial institutions on international trust matters. The group represents high-net-worth individuals and families, entrepreneurs, family businesses and family offices as well as UK and foreign domiciled trusts and individuals. It also acts for charities and a range of agents who act on behalf of incapacitated individuals.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team provides 'an excellent service' and supports clients 'through challenging issues'. The group advises on areas ranging from academy conversions and expansions to leadership challenges and governance matters and has a growing reputation for its work for faith schools. Practice head Andrea Squires, who is 'consistently good, knowledgeable and approachable', has a focus on governance, charity law and company law issues applicable to academies and James Lynas has extensive employment experience, including handling dismissals and pay and conditions grievances. The group is assisting Green Spring Education Trust/Green Spring Academy in Tower Hamlets with regard to allegations of historic exam malpractice. Other clients include the Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust, the London Borough of Haringey and Thomas’s London Day Schools.

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Infrastructure (parliamentary)
Infrastructure (parliamentary) - ranked: tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

The team at  Winckworth Sherwood LLP specialises in promoting major infrastructure projects as well as drafting and promoting legislation in Parliament. It  ‘provides an excellent level of service in terms of industry knowledge, advice, accuracy and experience’. Work highlights include working jointly with Eversheds Sutherland to advise the Department of Transport and HS2 on the promotion of Phase 1 and Phase 2A of the high speed railway line with Paul Irving  as the lead partner and advising on Network Rail’s project to improve rail linkage from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Partners Alison Gorlov , Hazel Anderson  and Senior Associates Jane Wakeham , Alex Dillistone  are others to note.

Leading individuals

Alison Gorlov - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Hazel Anderson - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Paul Irving - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alex Dillistone - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Jane Wakeham - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP, who come 'very highly recommended', serves local authorities nationally from its London base. It advised Waveney District Council on the creation of two new Parish Councils and is assisting East Staffordshire Borough Council on a leisure procurement project. In other work it is assisting clients with employment issues and the protection and restoration of significant cultural buildings. Practice head Joanna Bussell  advises central as well as local government departments on PPPs and outsourcing as part of her broader expertise and Consultant Simon Randall CBE has considerable experience in housing, outsourcing and joint ventures. Charlotte Swift is also a name to note.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Clients note that Winckworth Sherwood LLP is ‘punching well above its weight’ when it comes to residential-led development projects and large residential sales transactions. Jointly headed by Roger Fitton and Francesco Ferrari, the department is best known for corporate joint venture arrangements in relation to residential, and particularly social housing developments, but the team has also advised investors and development consultants on strategic site acquisitions and commercial development projects. Alan Duncan is advising a London property developer on its joint venture for the acquisition and future development of a plot in a prominent East London development site, while Eollyn Ives assisted Aviva Investors with its acquisition from Barratt of a portfolio of mixed-use developments for the purpose of ground rent investment. The team has also advised a property-owning company on the estate management aspects of one of London’s largest ongoing redevelopment schemes. Further, Andrew Bedford assisted Horiba Mira with the acquisition, development and pre-let of its flagship MIRA Technology Institute Conference Centre at Hinckley Leicestershire.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Eleanor Kilminster and Colin Hall jointly head the construction team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP. ‘Very approachable and always clear in her advice,’ Kilminster is advising Redrow Homes on the design and construction of 2,900 homes in Colindale, North London over a 10-year period. Hall is advising on the development and construction of a heat scheme at One Crown Place, a mixed-use development and refurbishment in the heart of the City of London comprising new offices with a tower of flats above. Andrew Murray and senior associate Charis Beverton are also recommended for their knowledge of development partnership contracts and building contracts.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team of ‘very efficient problem solvers' provides ‘Magic Circle levels of advice without the high levels of fees.’ Head of team Karen Cooksley has been advising Quintain on their multimillion proposal for a road tunnel beneath their site in Silvertown, to pass under the River Thames. Tim Fogarty has been acting for Bellway in its successful defence to multimillion judicial proceedings brought by Persimmon Homes challenging the adoption of the Callerton Masterplan by Newcastle City Council. The highly recommended Lindsay Garratt is advising on a £450m redevelopment project of a Sainsbury’s site, comprising 645 new homes and a flagship store near Nine Elms.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Practice head Emma Chadwick ‘is building a very good team’ at Winckworth Sherwood LLP that ‘provides an excellent quality of service’. The group is ‘client focused and extremely commercial’ and has ‘an in-depth knowledge of telecommunications law’ with clients including the Mobile Broadband Network Limited. Development is another core strength for the firm which has ‘excellent work from developer and housebuilder clients’ such as Baratt and Redrow. Chadwick is unflappable, focused and extremely good with clients’ while senior associates Charlotte Coleman and Katy Humphrey are also singled out for recommendation by clients. Coleman has particular expertise on rights of light issues and Humphrey specialises in areas including insolvency, lease renewals and forfeiture. Tim Fogarty joined the firm from RPC where he was head of the real estate disputes team.

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises registered providers, bank lenders and institutional investors on debt capital markets issuances, bank facilities and refinancing transactions arising out of housing association mergers. Department head Louise Leaver advised Hightown Housing Association on the launch of its second retail charity bond, which will issue bonds through London-listed Retail Charity Bonds. Leaver also acted for Hightown Housing Association in relation to a £45m private placement that was purchased by M&G Investment Management. In the bank lending space, Ruby Giblin advised a prominent housing association on the negotiation of a high-value revolving credit facility with a high-street lender, which was secured by fixed charges over existing properties. Conversely, on the lender side, assisted an international bank with the charging aspects of a loan transaction with a housing association. The team has also been involved in some of the market’s recent mergers, where associate Lucy Grimwood assisted Longhurst Group with the negotiation of lender consents for its merger with Axiom. Also recommended are Jill O’Reilly, who heads the department’s charging group, and Patricia Umunna. Senior associate Deborah Rowntree joined the team from Osborne Clarke LLP.

Leading individuals

Louise Leaver - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Ruby Giblin - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is ‘among the market’s go-to firms’ for corporate real estate transactions and housing developments. The department is instructed by a litany of housing associations, including Clarion Housing Group, which Charlie Proddow advised on its £90m acquisition of 229 affordable units at the Prince of Wales Drive development in Battersea. Proddow also assisted Moat with a land acquisition for the development of 50 residential units. Ruth Barnes heads the residential development sales team, which handles high-volume conveyancing work for several of London’s largest registered providers. Also recommended are Will Rutter, who specialises in development sales and acquisitions and tenanted stock issues; Charlotte Cook, ‘a responsive and personable’ adviser to registered providers, NHS bodies and local authorities; and Andrew Murray, who heads the practice group. Other major clients include L&Q, Bedfordshire Pilgrim Housing Association, Swan Housing Association and Thames Valley Housing Association.

Leading individuals

Andrew Murray - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP ‘excels’ across the promotion, planning and statutory authorisation of complex rail projects. Its expertise includes compulsory purchase, real estate, planning and environmental issues. Among the team; Hazel Anderson specialises in infrastructure planning; Alison Gorlov has ‘extensive experience’; Simon Livesey is experienced in property matters; senior associate Jane Wakeham regularly advises on authorisation of railway schemes; and senior associate Alex Dillistone is also recommended. Paul Irving leads the department.

Leading individuals

Paul Irving - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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