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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

MINERVA HOUSE, 5 MONTAGUE CLOSE, LONDON, SE1 9BB, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7593 5000
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Fax 020 7593 5099
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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 is particularly well-known for its contentious partnership offering, in addition to advising on regulatory and investigatory issues affecting residential development and financial services partnerships. The team is particularly active in negotiating partner departures and restrictive covenant issues, acting for both partnerships as well as individual partners. Joint practice head Richard Tinham handles non-contentious partnership work and is acting for multiple real estate developer clients, including William Sutton Developments Limited, which he assisted with partnership arrangements following the client’s 50% acquisition of Linden (York Road) LLP, and Affinity Sutton. Department co-head Jo Keddie focuses on the employment and contentious aspects of partnership law and is instructed by a variety of well-known legal partnerships and financial institutions. James Duncan, another key contact in the practice group, is experienced in assisting financial services clients and property developers with the establishment and structuring of manager and operator partnerships.

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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 is β€˜very professional and clear in its responses’. The practice is well known for insolvency-related disputes; and it has sector strengths in energy and natural resources, life sciences, manufacturing, and media. Marie-Louise King is β€˜outstanding’; and Robert Paydon is also highly rated.

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London: Human resources

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

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s practice provides a β€˜very high level of service’ across all areas of employment law. Practice head Jo Keddie regularly acts for employers on senior management issues, including whistleblowing claims and grievances; and also has notable experience assisting individuals with departures. Andrew Yule’s recent highlights include advising on the employment aspects of a high-value cross-border merger. Susan Kelly and James Lynas are also recommended. David von Hagen is now a consultant at Teacher Stern LLP.

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London: Private client

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

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has the β€˜highly efficient’ Joanna Bussell, who is β€˜a formidable and tough negotiator and a great communicator, and shows great attention to detail’. She has considerable experience in areas ranging from restructuring and governance to trustee training, with a particular focus on leisure, arts and cultural charities. The firm advised Upper Norwood Library Trust on the launch of a new charitable trust to manage and operate Upper Norwood Library; having created it as a new registered charity, the team then supported the trustees in their negotiations with the London Borough of Lambeth to take full responsibility for the management and operation of the library and the creation of a new community hub. In another highlight, the team advised the Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust on the creation of a new charitable trust to manage and operate the new garden at the Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP provides β€˜a first-class service’. Newly promoted partner Katie Spooner is β€˜very client-focused’, and senior associate Camini Kumar is β€˜a truly gifted lawyer with an impressive grasp of the big issues’. Former head of the team Emily Brand is now with Boodle Hatfield LLP.

Leading individuals

Amanda Andrews - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Hugh MacDougald heads the practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, and is recommended along with Tim Snaith, who is β€˜charming and discreet with clients and also knowledgeable, thorough and experienced. He is the ideal private client lawyer’. The firm acts for a variety of wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs, family businesses, and UK and foreign-domiciled trusts and individuals, in addition to landed estates, charities, executorships and agents. The team’s β€˜communication, knowledge and attention to detail are very reassuring’.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s team acts for schools, sector associations and academies on contentious and non-contentious matters, including investigations, performance reviews and governance advice. Practice head Andrea Squires and James Lynas are representing Green Spring Education Trust in an investigation into exam malpractice, and subsequent disciplinary investigations. The group is assisting the Archdiocese of Birmingham with the conversion of its remaining maintained schools and the merger and expansion of the existing catholic academy trust. It is also handling matters including radicalisation, governance, admissions and funding for the Association of Muslim Schools UK, and is advising the Archdiocese of Liverpool on corporate governance, policy and charity law.

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

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s team is, according to one client, β€˜by far the best for promoting parliamentary bills and railway projects’. The group has core strengths in the transport sector, where work includes the promotion of railway infrastructure projects, the expansion and improvement of train stations, and the enhancement of line connections. Practice head Paul Irving stands out for his β€˜endless knowledge, analytical ability and impeccable judgement’. Alison Gorlov, Hazel Anderson, who is noted for her β€˜calmness in situations of crisis and excellent manners’, and senior associates Alex Dillistone and Jane Wakeham are the other key names.

Leading individuals

Alison Gorlov - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Paul Irving - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s practice head Joanna Bussell is recognised for her substantial expertise in public sector outsourcing projects, particularly in the leisure and culture sectors. Bussell also regularly advises local authorities on the establishment of new not-for-profit organisations and the spinning out of discretionary services. Consultant Simon Randall is also singled out; he focuses on housing issues, the externalisation of local authority services, charitable trusts, regeneration projects, joint ventures and public procurement mandates.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has β€˜very strong industry knowledge and is well organised with effective processes and service levels’. The team remains highly active on residential and mixed-use development mandates for the firm’s substantial housebuilder client base; highlights included β€˜experienced’ practice co-head Francesco Ferrari’s advice to Barratt London on its Β£3.5bn mixed-use redevelopment of Meridian Water; and James Mackay’s assistance to Redrow Homes on the purchase and proposed redevelopment of Global Court, West Drayton. On the investment side, the team is β€˜considerably better than others in the niche of ground rent acquisitions’, and the β€˜commercially astute’ Eollyn Ives is acting for Hart Retirement (Thamesnorth) and Hart Retirement Developments (Southern) on the sale of a portfolio of companies that own 15 large mixed-use developments to Long Harbour for the purposes of ground rent investment. Other key team members include practice co-head Roger Fitton and the β€˜very pragmatic and commercial’ Andrew Bedford.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s β€˜bright, knowledgeable lawyers’ serve a range of developers, house builders and infrastructure operators, and offer a good balance of contentious and non-contentious expertise. Practice head Colin Hall (who is, for one client, β€˜first choice for resolving construction disputes’), assisted Kane Haulage with a claim relating to the alteration and extension of the Exchange Shopping Centre in Putney, West London. In other work, Hall is providing non-contentious advice to the Balanced Energy Networks Consortium on the construction and operation of a heat-transfer scheme at Waterloo. Practice co-head alongside Hall, Eleanor Kilminster is also highly regarded and has been advising on a number of housebuilding projects, including assisting Redrow on the design and construction of 2,900 homes in Colindale, North London. The practice secured a number of new clients during 2016, including Industry Capital, Kershaw Mechanical Services and Network Housing Association.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP offers β€˜a very pragmatic approach that is aligned to the commercial realities of getting optimised planning consents’. The practice’s client base comprises some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders, making it particularly well placed to profit from the current boom in the residential property sector; highlights included advising Barratt London on planning for a regeneration scheme in Enfield for more than 10,000 new homes, and acting for Redrow Homes on all aspects of the redevelopment of the former Metropolitan Police Training College in the London Borough of Barnet. Practice head Karen Cooksley β€˜has extensive experience of operating in London for a range of clients, with the benefit of having negotiated planning agreements with the vast majority of the London boroughs’. Cooksley is continuing to act for the London Borough of Wandsworth on matters relating to the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, and advising Essential Living on a major PRS scheme in Ealing. Other names to note are Lindsay Garratt, who β€˜goes the extra mile to understand the client’s main drivers’; the β€˜tenacious’ Colette McCormack; and litigator Tim Fogarty, who re-joined the team from RPC. Infrastructure specialist Brian Greenwood left for Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals

Karen Cooksley - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s clients are β€˜impressed by its ability to unravel complex issues, deal with challenging adversaries and consistently produce a positive way forward in very difficult circumstances’. The team primarily focuses on development litigation and portfolio management disputes, and its client roster includes Bouygues, Fidelity International, Notting Hill Housing, Peabody and WestRock. Practice head Emma Chadwick is β€˜commercial and has a strong legal understanding’ with β€˜a good eye for detail, strategic thinking and an ability to instantly strengthen a case’. Other key team members include senior associate Charlotte Coleman, who regularly assists developers with rights of light matters, vacant possession strategies, restrictive covenants and trespass issues; and senior associate Katy Humphrey, who is β€˜very personable, bright and easy to work with’.

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

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has β€˜a strong team with good commercial awareness of the clients’ requirements’, and stands out for its advice to registered providers and large housing associations. Clients include Genesis Housing Association, Four Housing, and Hundred Houses Society, while BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management and Longhurst Group are new clients. Practice head Louise Leaver led advice to Affinity Sutton Group on its merger with Circle Housing Group and the transfer of Affinity Sutton’s debt security into Circle Housing’s treasury structure. Other highlights included advising London & Quadrant Housing Trust on the Β£800m regeneration of Purfleet, and James Duncan’s assistance to First Wessex as investor into a private sector partnering scheme with Eastleigh Borough Council. Patricia Umunna, who is β€˜a knowledgeable practitioner’ and Andrew Murray, who β€˜is an excellent person to have in your corner thanks to his creative solutions and market insight’, are also noted. Ruby Giblin joined from Clifford Chance.

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 has β€˜a genuinely excellent team’, which β€˜covers all elements of the arena for all clients’. Recent highlights include advising Affinity Sutton on its merger with Circle Housing Group; assisting London & Quadrant with its purchase of the Garratt Place development in Wandsworth Town Centre; and acting for Circle Housing on the purchase of a site for residential development, which will include a minimum of 150 homes. The 18-partner department is led by Andrew Murray, who is highly regarded for his major regeneration scheme expertise. Other key names include Louis Robert, who is β€˜without a doubt a true leader in the field’; Charlie Proddow, who regularly advises registered providers on developments and transactions; Charlotte Cook, whose expertise spans development work and assisting sheltered, supported housing and extra care providers; and Ruth Barnes, who leads the firm’s residential development sales team and specialises in new-build plot disposals.

Leading individuals

Andrew Murray - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP fields an β€˜exceptional team’ with expertise spannning the planning, promotion and statutory authorisation of major rail projects; advising on compulsory purchase, property issues, consultations, and environmental impact assessments; and handling planning and statutory procedures. Team head Paul Irving assists with drafting legislation relating to railways, and is praised for his β€˜experience, knowledge and capacity to deliver’. Other key figures include Hazel Anderson, who specialises in infrastructure planning work, including the authorisation of railways; the β€˜brilliant’ Alison Gorlov; Simon Livesey; and senior associate Jane Wakeham, who focuses on the authorisation of railway schemes and the promotion of infrastructure projects. Brian Greenwood recently joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals

Paul Irving - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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