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Gowling WLG

TWO SNOWHILL, BIRMINGHAM, B4 6WR, ENGLAND
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Work 0370 903 1000
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Fax 0370 904 1099
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Web:
www.gowlingwlg.com

West Midlands

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s team has a focus on rail and aviation, with clients including Transport for London, London Underground and Thai Airways. Giles Clifford leads on rail-related matters, while James Gordon is the key contact for aviation.

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West Midlands : Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s industry strengths include technology, real estate and the public sector. Notable clients include the Business Growth Fund, Southco and Birmingham City Council, the last of which David Vaughan advised on the £307m sale of the NEC Group to Lloyds Development Capital. The highly rated Jeremy Millington advised VIRTUS Data Centres on its acquisition of Slough-based Infinity SDC’s West London data centre, while Andrew Lawton Smith, who focuses on entrepreneurs and family businesses, assisted Riviera Travel with a significant investment made into the company by Phoenix Equity Partners. Baljit Chohan heads the team.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Millington - Gowling WLG

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG is particularly known for its strength in real estate tax, where it provides ‘commercial and practical advice on complex issues’. Department head Lee Nuttall is ‘very experienced’, and director Chris Nyland is ‘technically excellent’. The team also handles corporate work, with an example being Zoe Fatchen’s tax advice to the departing CEO and management team in the MBO of Aeromet International. A particular specialism is the development of warranty and indemnity insurance in relation to tax liabilities.

Leading individuals

Lee Nuttall - Gowling WLG

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

At Gowling WLG, Bernardine Adkins was active advising a client on a major cartel investigation by the CMA and was also involved in a number of litigation matters, including acting for Dixons in its multimillion-pound claims against MasterCard relating to damages suffered as a result of MasterCard’s multilateral interchange fee rate. The team also undertakes merger control work. Thai Airways International and AstraZeneca are clients.

Leading individuals

Bernardine Adkins - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands : Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Greg Standing heads the consumer finance team at Gowling WLG and is ‘particularly strong in relation to consumer credit legislation’. Recent successes include acting for HSBC on the enforcement of a loan and mortgage security and representing American Express in a claim arising from a large debt incurred by a high-net-worth cardholder.

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s substantial practice is led by Andrew Smith, hailed by one client as ‘the best commercial litigator in the city’, and draws on the expertise of ‘board disputes level practitionerAndrew Manning Cox. The team handles work in a range of sectors, including food and drink, automotive, manufacturing and healthcare, and is often engaged for cross-border litigation and arbitration. Newly promoted partner Andrew Nugent Smith is acting for the vendors of the Trac Group in relation to a £25m breach of warranty claim by Chromalloy following the sale of the company. Clark Sargent’s ‘tactics are always very sound’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Manning Cox - Gowling WLG

Andrew Smith - Gowling WLG

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Under the leadership of motor finance specialist Greg Standing, Gowling WLG’s team specialises in asset finance recoveries for clients such as HSBC and American Express. For some, the team is the ‘preferred legal choice for complex issues’, with Standing winning praise for his ‘knowledge in relation to consumer credit legislation’. Ian Weatherall is the other name to note.

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West Midlands : Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s practice handles finance in a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, social housing and insurance. Chris Brierleyunderstands the bigger picture’; recent work for him includes advising HSBC on providing £26m of loan facilities to a borrower to acquire 200 Domino’s pizza franchises. Principal associate Navin Prabhakar is commended for his ‘thoroughness and attention to detail’. The team is led from London by Kirsty Barnes.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s team continued to play a key role in restructuring matters emanating from Ireland’s financial crisis. Jasvir Jootla acted for Grant Thornton on the pre-packaged administration and sale of Mastertronic Group. London-based Julian Pallett heads the department.

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West Midlands : Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s employment team comprises 23 lawyers, including five partners, and is headed by Jane Fielding. A highlight from the past year was representing a client in thwarting an attempt by an employee to steal confidential information. Martin Chitty worked with healthcare providers, retailers and housing associations during 2015, and Jonathan Chamberlain is recommended.

Leading individuals

Martin Chitty - Gowling WLG

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

A key mandate for Gowling WLG in 2015 was representing a building materials company following the death of an employee. Andrew Litchfield and Susan Dearden are joint heads of the department.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s team represents clients in the education, local government, transport and automotive sectors. Glyn Ryland heads the team, which also includes Paul Carberry, Christopher Stiles and Jane Kola.

Leading individuals

Glyn Ryland - Gowling WLG

Richard Black - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands : Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG acts for major clients such as Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and Philips Electronics. Jane Howard heads the team. A recent highlight was advising E.ON in connection with a £26m claim stemming from defects at an offshore wind farm in Scotland.

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West Midlands : Projects energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s practice is led by Derek Goodban, who divides his time between the firm’s Birmingham and London offices. Goodban and regulatory specialist John Cooper continued to advise the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the roll-out of smart meters to all domestic and small non-domestic premises. Other key players are Daniel Wood, who is acting for E.ON Climate & Renewables in the Supreme Court on a defects claims relating to E.ON’s offshore windfarm development in the Solway Firth, and electricity and gas specialist Gus Wood, who assisted Statkraft with various long-term power purchase agreements.

Leading individuals

Derek Goodban - Gowling WLG

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s strength in the defence and security sector was in evidence once again, with practice head Stephen Kenny advising the Ministry of Defence on the appointment of a private sector provider to be responsible for the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services. In another important piece of work, director Dominic Richardson assisted Amey LG with its successful bid for the provision of waste collection and other public services across Trafford. Kenny divides his time between Birmingham and London.

Leading individuals

Stephen Kenny - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands : Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

The team at Gowling WLG is headed by Mark Greenburgh and also includes John Cooper. A recent highlight was acting for awards and qualifications body Ofqual, in a challenge brought by 150 schools to overturn GCSE grades.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Key contacts in Gowling WLG’s team are head of department Mark Greenburgh and Sarah Sasse. Clients include Ealing Council, Birmingham City Council and Sanctuary Housing Association.

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West Midlands : Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s ‘deep experience and senior hands-on approach’ makes it a popular choice with clients such as Taylor Wimpey, Miller Developments and St Modwen. The substantial team covers a full range of work, with particular strengths in mixed-use developments, regeneration and investment, especially in shopping centres. Richard Beckingsale advised Barnet Council on the Brent Cross South regeneration scheme, while ‘excellent all-round development adviserMike Trainer assisted IM Properties with the development of a new facility in Witton, Birmingham for the city’s wholesale food market. Other names to note are practice head Richard Bate and John Burns.

Leading individuals

John Burns - Gowling WLG

Richard Bate - Gowling WLG

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s eight-partner team is jointly led by Michael O’Shea and Richard Green, who handle contentious and non-contentious work respectively. The team handles disputes at the highest level, and recently represented E.ON in the Supreme Court in a €26.2m defects claim relating to an offshore wind farm development. It also handles a range of project delivery and procurement matters; in one example, Philip Baker assisted the Crown Estate on the construction aspects of the purchase of a site in Leicester from Everards Brewery. Ashley Pigott is ‘outstanding for construction disputes’.

Leading individuals

Ashley Pigott - Gowling WLG

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s four-partner team handles contentious and non-contentious work for a wide variety of real estate and corporate clients. Key players include Lee McBride, who focuses on environmental regulatory issues, and Andrew Litchfield, who advises on investigations, criminal proceedings and civil claims.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Recent highlights for Andrew Thomas’ team at Gowling WLG include advising Goodman Shepherd on the proposed development consent order for a rail freight interchange at Etwall, and assisting the Greater London Authority with the making of a compulsory purchase order to enable the regeneration of the Southall Gasworks site. Director Graham Wrigglesworth has a particular focus on the energy sector.

Leading individuals

Andrew Thomas - Gowling WLG

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s practice is now led by Carole Peet, who relocated from the firm’s London office. Peet successfully acted for Friends Life on a prescriptive rights claim relating to a property in Oxford. Other key players are ‘great asset’ Nick Vuckovic, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, and national practice head Paul Kent, who divides his time between London and Birmingham.

Leading individuals

Paul Barker - Higgs & Sons

Paul Kent - Gowling WLG

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

At Gowling WLG, Jacqueline Knox’s team was once again active on behalf of key client Sanctuary Housing, advising it on the acquisition of a care home from Shropshire Council. On the investment side, the team’s expertise is growing, with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund a newly won client. Richard Beckingsale leads on regeneration work.

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West Midlands : TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

A key matter for Gowling WLG was advising Marks and Spencer plc in its procurement programme in relation to the company’s website needs and e-commerce expansion. Sally Mewies heads the practice, which is commended for its ‘good commercial approach and good understanding of the industry’. Alison Dobson and Mike Reed are also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s fields ‘a first-class team that always puts clients at ease’. It represents clients in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors as well as having commercial and industrial clients. A recent highlight for the team was representing Comic Enterprises in its dispute with Twentieth Century Fox over the Glee trade mark. London-based Gordon Harris leads the national team. Nick Smee and Luke Kempton are recommended.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG (Birmingham)

Gowling WLG’s clients include high-profile athletes and sports teams, such as Hugo Lloris, Jenson Button and Worcestershire County Cricket Club, and professional bodies, such as Rugby Football Union. The heads of department are James Gordon, who specialises in contentious matters, and Jonathan Riley, who focuses on non-contentious aspects.

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