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Gowling WLG

TWO SNOWHILL, BIRMINGHAM, B4 6WR, ENGLAND
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West Midlands

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is particularly known for its work in the rail sector, with expertise in projects, contracts and disputes. Giles Clifford, who leads the team has a particularly strong of advising on station developments and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):Giles Clifford

Other key lawyers:Richard Green; Michael Whitehouse

Key Clients

Transport for London

London Underground

Crossrail

London Borough of Barnet

GB Railfreight

Ricardo Rail PLC

Railroad Development Corporation

Devon and Cornwall Railways

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Blackstone Property Partners / Telereal Trillium

Work highlights

  • Advised the London Borough of Barnet on an agreement with DB Cargo for the creation of a major rail freight facility.
  • Advised Crossrail Limited on a development agreement and lease with Aviva, and all ancillary aspects of the transaction to aid the proposed office site development above Liverpool Street station in London.
  • Advising London Underground Limited on the procurement of a property development partner for the development of South Kensington station and station enhancement works.
  • Advising London Underground Limited on project and property documentation for step-free access to Finsbury Park Underground station.
  • Advising Goodman Shepherd on the proposed development consent order for the East Midlands Intermodal Park.
Leading individuals

Giles Clifford - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

James Barr - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG  has a strong reputation for working on high profile M&A and private equity deals within the region and beyond. The team focuses on sectors including real estate and the automotive industry as well as handling work for investment funds.  David Vaughan  leads the corporate team and is supported by Chris Towle , Ragi Singh , Andrew Lawton Smith  and Jeremy Millington . The commercial side is led by Sally Mewies , whose team also includes Sarah Sasse , Stephen Kenny  and principal associate Caroline McNally .

Practice head(s):David Vaughan; Sally Mewies

Other key lawyers:Chris Towle; Ragi Singh; Andrew Lawton; Jeremy Millington; Sarah Sasse: Stephen Kenny

Key Clients

LDC

Birmingham City Council

Southco Inc.

M+W

Huhtamaki

Business Growth Fund

Rettig Group

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

Cummins Inc.

Staffline

The Midcounties Cooperative

Otto Bock

Palatine Private Equity

Atcore Technology Group Limited

Hyundai

Sandvik AB

Tarmac

Metsaliitto Cooperative

GCI Group

Mitek Holdings Inc

GCP Applied Technologies

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

A F Blakemore & Sons

ReBound Returns

Oxbotica

Aston Manor

The Hut Group

Sanctuary Group

SLR Global

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

Marks and Spencer

Transport for London

Nomad Foods Europe Limited (Birds Eye)

Mazda

Molson Coors

Kraft Heinz

Premier Foods

Jaguar Land Rover

SMMT (UK automotive trade association)

The Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Vaillant

Martin-Baker

Coca-Cola Europe

Partners

London Electric Vehicles Company

London Legacy Development Corporation (owner of the London Olympic Stadium)

Upfield (owner of brands such as Flora)

Volvo

CBI

Work highlights

  • Advised Avison Young on its definitive agreement with Apleona, a portfolio company of global private-equity firm EQT, to acquire GVA Grimley, a subsidiary of Apleona and one of the UK's leading and most diverse real estate advisory-led businesses.
  • Advised shareholders of  GCI Managed Services Group on the sale of a majority stake in the business to Mayfair Private Equity Partners.
  • Acted for leading video games maker Codemasters on its pre-AIM IPO reorganisation.
  • Advised Birmingham City Council in relation to the reorganisation of Innovation Birmingham, which sits next to Aston University close to Birmingham city centre. Innovation Birmingham has supported more than 260 businesses, created over 500 jobs and raised more than £18 million in equity finance since 2009.
Leading individuals

Jeremy Millington - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

Caroline McNally - Gowling WLG

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's tax team offers the full gamut of tax services, and is particularly known for advising clients in the real estate sector. Lee Nuttall leads the tax team nationally and is highly experienced in matters covering VAT, corporate tax, stamp duty land taxes and capital allowances. Another notable name is director Chris Nyland, who has a strong record in property tax issues.

Practice head(s):Lee Nuttall

Other key lawyers:Chris Nyland

Key Clients

St Modwen

SEGRO

Hill & Smith Holdings plc

Empiric Student Properties REIT

Sanctuary Housing Association

Crown Estate Commissioners

LaSalle Investment Managers Legal & General

GCP Student Living REIT

Triple Point Social Housing REIT

Work highlights

  • Provided tax structuring advice relating to the dissolution of a joint venture between the Crown Estate Commissioners and a British Land-advised Hercules Unit Trust.
  • Provided capital allowances and payment structuring advice to international aerospace, defence and energy engineering group Meggitt on the acquisition and development of its proposed new supersite in the West Midlands.
  • Advised Oxbotica Limited on an appeal against a refusal by HMRC to issue SEIS compliance certificates.
  • Advising NFU Mutual on the launch of a new investment platform with Apache Capital and Harrison Real Estate Capital.
Leading individuals

Lee Nuttall - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

Chris Nyland - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's skillset in this space covers banking, finance and insolvency litigation with a number of major financial institutions among its client roster. Ian Weatherall heads the practice and is most notably skilled in disputes involving undisclosed commission and payment protection insurance. Banking and asset finance specialist Matthew Harvey  is also highly recommended. Associate Katie Molloy is skilled in asset recovery disputes.

Practice head(s):Ian Weatherall

Other key lawyers:Matthew Harvey; Katie Molloy

Key Clients

HSBC

CIT Vendor Finance

Hampshire Trust Bank

RCI Financial Services

Honda Finance

Mercedes Benz Financial

Services

Earl Shilton Building

Society

American Express

Black Horse

Investec Asset Finance

UK Asset Resolution

Manchester Building

Society

Royal Bank of Canada

Barclays Bank UK Plc

KORTAÞJÓNUSTAN HF

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barclays Bank in an application to rectify security relating to lending to a group acquiring a care home business.
  • Advising Young & Co's Brewery in relation to several issues arising from lending to tenants.
Rising stars

Katie Molloy - Gowling WLG

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

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is regularly instructed in high-stakes litigation, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Andrew Litchfield, who leads the team, also advises on cases in the food and beverage, healthcare and hospitality sectors. Other key names include Andrew Smith, who focuses on contractual disputes, Andrew Nugent Smith, who is very active in the automotive sector; Patrick Arben, who is heavily involved in the technology sector, and energy disputes specialist Tom Price.

Practice head(s):Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:Andrew Smith; Andrew Nugent Smith; Patrick Arben; Tom Price

Testimonials

'The Gowling litigation team is dedicated, focused, practical and effective while still being able to offer a less institutional feel than the really big City firms.'

'Incredibly responsive, pragmatic and commercial team that quickly grasps the issues at hand to be able to provide a timely, tailored and effective solution.'

'Diligent, hard working and analytical.'

'Andrew Nugent Smith is measured, has good judgement, and is pragmatic and good with clients.'

Key Clients

Sopra Steria Limited and Steria (Pension Plan) Trustees Limited

Amec Foster Wheeler plc and other Amec group companies

Tarmac Building Products Limited

London Legacy Development Corporation and E20 LLP

NHS Shared Business Services Limited

London Borough of Croydon

Cemex UK Operations Limited

Bastug Metalurji Sanayi, A.S.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sopra Steria Limited and Steria (Pension Plan) Trustees Limited in negligence claims against Punter Southall Ltd, Stuart Southall (PS), Nabarro Nathanson and Nabarro LLP (Nabarro) involving a pension plan.
  • Supporting companies within the Amec Foster Wheeler group in matters regarding an organisation known as 'The Consulting Association', alleged to have blacklisted thousands of construction workers between 1970 and 2009.
  • Acted for Tarmac Building Products in the defence of a High Court claim for the supply of allegedly defective building materials to Pariter UK LLP (trading as Creation Flooring).
  • Advised E20 Stadium LLP and one of its partners, London Legacy Development Corporation, in a dispute twith West Ham United Football Club in relation to the number of seats the club claimed it was entitled to at the former Olympic Stadium (which serves as its home ground), under the terms of a 99-year concession agreement.
  • Acted for NHS Shared Business Services Limited in proceedings brought against it, and eight other defendants, by Virgin Care,  involving the procurement process for a contract for the provision of children's community health services.
Leading individuals

Andrew Smith  - Gowling WLG

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's banking litigation team handles aspects of debt recovery-related work. Commercial disputes specialists Andrew Nugent Smith and Ian Weatherall are the two key names of note.

Practice head(s):Andrew Nugent Smith; Ian Weatherall

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG acts for lenders and borrowers on acquisition finance, asset finance, corporate finance, project finance and securitisation matters across a wide range of sectors, including automotive, food and franchising, real estate, social housing and energy. Chris Brierley has particular expertise in balance sheet corporate lending and off balance sheet project financing, while director Navin Prabhakar leads on general corporate finance transactions.

Practice head(s):Chris Brierley

Other key lawyers:Navin Prabhakar; Richard Crawley

Testimonials

'Gowling WLG consistently delivers across multiple sectors and a wide variety of debt facility types. The firm works fast and effectively and will always work hard to meet client deadlines.

'The team has a deep understanding of our group at multiple levels of the organisation, which enables them to quickly grasp often complex project issues'

'Chris Brierley allocates the right level of expertise to projects'

'Principal associate Angela Rawlins is knowledgeable, hard working, diligent and reliable. She is client focused and will put in the time required to deliver projects on time.'

Key Clients

State Bank of India

BNP Paribas

CBPE Capital

Universities Superannuation Fund

Pension Corporation plc

CBRE/The North West Evergreen Fund

Deutsche Bank

Greenbank Partnerships

HSBC Bank plc

Primrose Solar

Work highlights

  • Advising a special purpose vehicle subsidiary of REIT, Norland Estates, in connection with its senior debt financing of a portfolio of social housing supported living assets worth around £170m.
  • Acting for PassivSystems on the securitisation of solar portal income contracts.
Next Generation Partners

Navin Prabhakar - Gowling WLG

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

Gowling WLG

With a nationwide reach, Gowling WLG covers a wide scope of insolvency and restructuring work, advising lenders, investors, private equity companies as well as insolvency practitioners and distressed businesses. Jasvir Jootla stands out for her corporate recovery and debt restructuring expertise, while Ian Weatherall specialises in insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):Jasvir Jootla

Other key lawyers:Ian Weatherall; Tom Stockley

Key Clients

PwC LLP

Deloitte LLP

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM

EY LLP

Cranfield Business Recovery

Griffins

FRP

Work highlights

  • Advised Lloyds Bank on the distressed refinancing of a further education college, including negotiations with the Department for Education Transaction Unit.
  • Advising the administrators of Albemarle Shoreham Airport around all aspects of the administration.
  • Advising RSM Birmingham on all aspects of the enforcement, administration and sale of business and assets of the Safe Patient Group of companies.
  • Advised HSBC on the restructuring of the UK banking facilities into Jamie Oliver's restaurant group.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG advises UK and international private and public sector clients on the full range of employment, labour and equality issues. Its areas of sector expertise include life sciences, technology, retail and healthcare, among many others. Practice head Jane Fielding has a strong reputation in the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors, and has notable experience of equal pay litigation. Martin Chitty acts for some of the UK’s largest housing associations and retailers. Another key figure is Jonathan Chamberlain, who demonstrates strong capabilities advising clients on business protection issues.

Practice head(s):Jane Fielding

Other key lawyers:Martin Chitty; Jonathan Chamberlain; Louise Clifford; Hannah Swindle; Anna Fletcher

Testimonials

'It has a  first-rate reputation for its  employment work'.

'The team has exceptional lawyers, who are also able to be practical and pragmatic when looking for solutions'.

'Gowling WLG takes a pragmatic, considered and sensible approach to employment issues. It takes the time to listen, to understand the issues and give a range of options for consideration'.

'Jane Fielding runs a great team, she is technically excellent and is very detail- orientated'.

'Martin Chitty is knowledgeable, practical, commercial and a seasoned player who is fantastic with clients'.

'The very responsive Louise Clifford is diligent and pays very close attention to detail'.

'Louise Clifford is an excellent negotiator: charming, assertive, with all the knowledge and solutions at her fingertips'.

'It is always reassuring to take advice from Jane Fielding and Louise Clifford. They will always provide clear and knowledgeable advice and steer you to the best solution to the problem'.

'Hannah Swindle is always positive, responsive and intuitive'.

'Anna Fletcher is a commercially astute practitioner who understands and interprets employment law in a reasoned, and pragmatic way. She is confident to challenge, but empathetic in recommending practical solutions' .

 

Key Clients

Cathay Pacific

London Borough of Croydon

Civilised Investments

Rider Levett Bucknall

Morgan Motor Company

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains

Iglo Foods (now Nomad)

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Sanctuary Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on the employment issues relating to  an important strategic UK share acquisition.  
  • Assisted a prominent body in the area of energy innovation, in successfully resolving an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a job applicant who had been rejected for a role, following an online recruitment assessment.
  • Advised a public sector body on a large recruitment exercise.
  • Advised on the exit of the CEO of a Plc.
  • Advised a large client in the automotive sector on the TUPE risk of taking on and relocating specialist pre-delivery modifications in place of an external service provider, as well as reorganisation of their vehicle logistics provisions.
Leading individuals

Jane Fielding - Gowling WLG

Martin Chitty - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

Louise Clifford - Gowling WLG

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's specialist team is immersed in the key sectors of construction, building materials quarrying, aerospace and defence. It is also extremely active in areas such as food, local government, health and social care. The first-rate practice stands out in reputationally-sensitive regulatory investigations, inquests, criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. Practice head Andrew Litchfield is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:Michael Hafen; Natalie Barton-Howes

Testimonials

'No matter how large or small my legal query, they respond promptly and in 'layman's' language', so I can understand'.

'Has a calm and confident approach, coupled with exceptional business acumen and strategic thinking'.

'Andrew Litchfield's stunning all-round performance drives and inspires this team to the commanding heights it occupies. This team has no weaknesses and its access to the firm's other resources makes it formidable in all respects'.

'Andrew Litchfield is very calm and reassuring , very experienced'.

'The health and safety team has a myriad of experience in regulatory matters across the board and a real depth of knowledge and experience. It is extremely client focused, personable and easy to work with, giving its corporate clients practical and commercial advice'.

'Andrew Litchfield is entirely dedicated to the client's case, and goes over and above in helping, advising and generally being on call at all hours to try and assist. Clients like his affable and engaging manner, and impeccable professionalism, even under pressure'.

'Michael Hafen works tirelessly in assisting clients to achieve the best possible outcome to the case'.

Key Clients

Bakkavor Foods

CEMEX UK Operations

GKN Autostructures

Midland Heart

Work highlights

  • Represented a client at an inquest and subsequent prosecution, following a fatal accident at one of its distribution depots.
  • Acting for a core participant at the public inquiry in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Regularly instructed to represent a client in various healthcare inquests, police and CQC investigations, with a view to preventing coronial neglect findings, prevention of death reports, criminal prosecutions and adverse publicity.
  • Representing a client following a fatality at one of its sites.
  • Assisted a client with an HSE investigation and inquest following the death of one of its service users in circumstances where there was a risk of legionella in the water system at one of its premises.
Leading individuals

Andrew Litchfield - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

Michael Hafen - Gowling WLG

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has over 50 pensions lawyers and a notable client list, which includes numerous household names and pension schemes with billions of pounds worth of assets. It continues to attract significant new clients and its recent work has involved advising on issues such as closure to accruals, benefit changes and risk transfers, as well as liability management exercises. Its pensions disputes practice is another area of strength. Glyn Ryland is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Glyn Ryland

Other key lawyers:Richard Black; Paul Carberry; Richard Lee; Elizabeth Gane; Christopher Stiles;Joanne Tibbott; Jennifer Lewis;

Testimonials

'An all-round excellent team'.

'A well-resourced team with real strength in depth'.

'Glyn Ryland is technically excellent, promotes a great service culture and provides clear, definitive and practical advice'.

'Richard Black provides excellent, intelligible and pragmatic advice, explaining issues clearly and concisely'.

'Richard Black  is very supportive, dedicated, pragmatic and a great communicator. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced'.

'Paul Carberry and Christopher Stiles  are both comfortable explaining complex legal issues to lay trustees in a manner that makes them readily understandable'.

'Paul Carberry is personable and user friendly'.

'There is nothing that Richard Lee does not know about pensions, and he is fun to work with'.

'Joanne Tibbott gives clear and straightforward advice and is very unflappable'.

Key Clients

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Rothesay Life

PGL Pension Scheme

Pirelli UK Pension Funds

Weetabix pension schemes

Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes

Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plans

Volvo Car UK

Work highlights

  • Provides  legal advice to the Weetabix Schemes.
Leading individuals

Glyn Ryland - Gowling WLG

Paul Carberry - Gowling WLG

Richard Black - Gowling WLG

Richard Lee - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

The highly regarded energy team at Gowling WLG covers the whole spectrum of sector-related matters, including transactional, regulatory, commercial, real estate and technology issues. Practice head John Cooper specialises in energy regulation, while Gus Wood often acts for developers, offtakers and funders on power purchase agreements and other trading arrangements. Former practice head Derek Goodban left the firm in January 2019 to join National Grid.

Practice head(s):John Cooper

Other key lawyers:Gus Wood; Daniel Wood; Helen Emmerson

Testimonials

'The team has a very strong all-round grasp of the sector on the transaction and debt front'

'The team is customer-focused, cost effective and manage time well within agreed budgets'

'Very good reputation and very good quality lawyers in their team'

'Helen Emmerson is responsive, efficient and takes time to understand the issues'

Key Clients

AB Ports

Alt HAN Co

Avid Energy

Axpo

BasePower

Cadent Gas

Co-op Energy

DCUSA

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

E.ON Climate & Renewables

ElectroRoute

Future Biogas

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)

Infinis Energy

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation

Opus Energy

PeakGen

Reform Energy

Smart Energy Code Company

SmartestEnergy

SPAA

Squeaky Clean Energy

Statkraft

Wales & West Utilities

Welsh Power

Work highlights

  • Has advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 2010 on its £11bn programme of installing smart meters in all domestic and small business premises in Great Britain.
  • Acting for Infinis on all aspects of its programme to develop gas-fired electricity peaking projects.
  • Advising Ofgem on its new multi-party gas and electricity code, the Retail Energy Code.
  • Advising SmartestEnergy on the adoption of Origami Energy's flexible energy management technology platform.
  • Advising AB Ports on the development of solar projects.
Leading individuals

Gus Wood - Gowling WLG

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

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is the leading address for clients seeking advice on PFI and PPP projects in the transport, infrastructure, energy, waste and defence sectors. The highly regarded Stephen Kenny, who leads the team nationally, acts as legal adviser for clients such as the Ministry of Defence and Highways England. Another key member of the team in Birmingham is director Dominic Richardson, who specialises in PPP and project transactions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Kenny

Other key lawyers:Dominic Richardson

Testimonials

'Stephen Kenny is extremely knowledgeable and has managed to simplify our procurement approach, thereby improving our programme and effectively reducing the risk of legal challenge'

'Stephen is very highly thought-of in the sector'

Key Clients

Ministry of Defence

Acciona

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Siemens Project Ventures

Veolia Middle East

GuarantCo

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

St Modwen

Statkraft UK

Rockfire

Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)

Solihull MBC

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Armpower CJSC

Renco SpA

Work highlights

  • Advising Highways England on the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down road/tunnel project.
  • Advising Transport for London on the project and property documentation for the new step-free access to Finsbury Park Underground station.
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence as sole legal advisor on Project Marshall, a significant PPP to appoint a private sector provider to be responsible for the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services.
Leading individuals

Stephen Kenny - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

Dominic Richardson - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is regularly involved in healthcare-related public-private partnerships, M&A, procurement of services, general corporate advice and real estate transactions, while also helping clients prepare for the likely consequences of Brexit. Robert Breedon heads the team and has a strong track record advising clients from the public and private sector on commercial healthcare projects and outsourcing contracts.

Practice head(s):Robert Breedon

Other key lawyers:Andrew Litchfield

Testimonials

'Gowling is a very well-regarded specialist firm.'

Key Clients

Department of Health and Social Care

Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

UDG Healthcare Group plc

Lakeside Healthcare

Horder Healthcare

Synlab Group (includes Labco UK, Integrated Pathology Partnerships and Synlab)

Circle Health

Formation Capital, LLC

Getinge Group

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

Central Surrey Health Limited

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Work highlights

  • Advising Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in relation to its groundbreaking public-private partnership to become an International Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence.
  • Advising Lakeside Healthcare on its series of mergers to create one of the largest GP partnerships in England.
  • Advised Central Surrey Health in relation to a challenge against NHS Surrey Downs CCG arising from a procurement for adult community services in Surrey.

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West Midlands: Real estate

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

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG handles agenda-setting transactions across real estate asset classes in sectors including energy, infrastructure, retail commercial and residential. The firm regularly acts for a diverse client roster including developers, property companies, investors, corporates and local authorities. Residential development expert Richard Bate heads the national real estate practice, while the 'fantastic' John Burns handles work for private equity investors and industrial developers. The highly regarded Matthew Walker was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:John Burns; Michael Twining; Mike Trainer; Nisha Jassal; Richard Beckingsale; Matthew Walker; Susan Bennett

Testimonials

'Very knowledgeable and responsive - can provide a commercial analysis of risks and issues.'

'One of the top real estate practices in Birmingham.'

'Jon Burns is a fantastic lawyer.'

'Responsive, professional and friendly team players.'

'Excellent knowledge of my business and what I am trying to achieve, which makes my life easier.'

'Richard Bate is the best property solicitor operating in my field in my opinion. He just gets it, and is commercial.'

Key Clients

M&G Real Estate

Miller

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey

Prologis

St Modwen

IM Properties

Helical

Bellway

A& J Mucklow

HSBC Bank Pension Fund

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee

Schroders

M&S

Jaguar Land Rover

Aston Martin

The Hut Group

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

Harbert

Metro Bank

Telereal Trillium

SEGRO PLC

Meggitt

Cadent

The Office Group

Lincoln MGT

Orion Capital

Queensgate

SACO

Nuveen Real Estate

LaSalle Investment management

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium on the £1.46bn acquisition of Network Rail's commercial real estate portfolio.
  • Advising the London Borough of Barnet on the £4bn Brent Cross Cricklewood Scheme, which will provide 7,500 new homes, infrastructure and commercial space.
  • Advised the Hut Group on the development of an office and studio space over two sites at Manchester’s Airport City.
  • Advised M&G Real Estate on the £94.3m acquisition of a UK logistics portfolio from Mountpark Logistics EU.
  • Advised Meggitt on the acquisition and procuring the development of its proposed new supersite in the West Midlands.
Leading individuals

John Burns - Gowling WLG

Richard Bate - Gowling WLG

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Walker - Gowling WLG

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

The 'highly experienced' team at Gowling WLG has an impressive track record in all construction-related work, advising developers, institutional investors and contractors on projects in the energy, infrastructure, commercial development, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. Team co-heads Michael O'Shea and Richard Green lead on contentious and non-contentious matters respectively. The 'excellent' Ashley Pigott comes highly recommended for his broad expertise, as does Daniel Wood, who specialises in dispute resolution relating to energy, petrochemical and engineering projects. Below partner level, principal associate Gemma Whittaker is well versed in all aspects of non-contentious construction and engineering law, while 'unflappable' associate Sarah Dyer regularly handles adjudications and other proceedings.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Shea; Richard Green

Other key lawyers:Ashley Pigott; Daniel Wood; Mark Stephenson; Gemma Whittaker; Sarah Dyer

Testimonials

'The go-to construction team in Birmingham, with a wider reach all over the UK and internationally, for both contentious and non-contentious work'

'Gowling WLG really cares about the people working in its teams, and in turn the teams really care about their clients. There is a determination to achieve the best result for every client'

'Highly experienced, commercial, high quality lawyers. They are able to draw on their embedded contractor focused experience and understanding of contractors needs, and combine those with their developer claims experience. Which ever side of the fence you fall, they offer top draw construction expertise'

'They have bright and hard working associates'

'Ashley Pigott and Daniel Wood are head and shoulders above their geographical competitors. Ashley Pigott is extremely clever, unflappable and provides a very commercial and responsive service to his clients'

'Ashley Pigott is calm, sensible and very commercially minded. An excellent lawyer'

'Ashley Pigott is commercially astute and enormously experienced. He is sensible, experienced in construction litigation, supportive and measured'

'Daniel Wood has a very strong construction and energy practice with an ever growing international disputes book to complement his domestic practice'

'I was hugely impressed by Sarah Dyer on a recent arbitration. She managed a very tricky and challenging dispute in a high pressured environment, with a demanding client. Unflappable'

'Sarah Dyer is hard working, thoughtful and clever'

Key Clients

St. Modwen Properties Plc

Meggitt

IM Properties PLC

Ash & Lacy Building Systems Limited

Charles Wells

The Office Group

Alstom Transport (UK) Limited

Sheffield City Council

Center Parcs

E.ON Climate & Renewables

The developer of Admiralty Arch, London

Work highlights

  • Advising Barnet Council on the procurement and construction elements, including construction contracts and agreements with Network Rail, in relation to the closure of existing rail freight facilities, and the delivery of a new rail freight facility and new railway station.
  • Advising a global power generation, energy and utilities provider on the drafting of an EPC contract based on the new 2017 FIDIC Silver book for the engineering, procurement and construction of a new combined cycle gas turbine power station.
  • Assisted pub company Charles Wells with procurement route and all construction documentation for the construction of a new brewery and visitor centre.
  • Advising Meggitt on the construction of its new manufacturing facility at Ansty Park by developers Manse Opus.
  • Advising IM Properties on the construction of its £30m purpose-built, state of the art campus including offices, a training academy and offices for Christian Vision.
Leading individuals

Ashley Pigott - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

Gemma Whittaker - Gowling WLG

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is highly respected in the environmental space and is instructed by prominent clients across a wide range of sectors, including food and drink, engineering, housebuilding and the public sector. The team, headed by Lee McBride, is regularly called on to advise on acquisitions and disposals of contaminated development and industrial sites, remediation works and environment-related aspects of M&A transactions. Litigator Andrew Lichfield handles investigations, criminal proceedings and civil claims for damages for environmental incidents.

Practice head(s):Lee McBride

Other key lawyers:Andrew Lichfield

Leading individuals

Andrew Lichfield - Gowling WLG

Lee McBride - Gowling WLG

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG handles heavyweight nationwide work relating to major commercial and residential developments, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation matters, as well as dispute resolution. The group’s client roster includes household names in the housing, development, leisure, transport and public sectors. 'Stand-out strategist' Andrew Thomas heads the team and has excellent capabilities advising on the full spectrum of planning matters, often working alongside director Toni Weston. Principal associate Cairo Nickolls is another key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Thomas

Other key lawyers:Toni Weston; Cairo Nickolls

Testimonials

'An excellent combination of sound strategic advice and attention to the detail of drafting'

'Gowling WLG is proactive, professional and above all, commercially minded'

'Gowling WLG has been very strong over many years and is delivering very good quality work'

'Andrew Thomas is a stand-out strategist'

'Andrew Thomas is an excellent lawyer'

'Vicky Fowler is very experienced'

'Associate Priya Patel is a remarkable up and coming talent'

Key Clients

Bloor Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Goodman Real Estate

St Modwen Developments

South Tees Development Corporation

Sanctuary Housing Association

Transport for London

Highways England

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Advising Goodman Real Estate on the proposed Development Consent Order for a strategic rail freight interchange at Etwall near Derby, comprising approximately six million square feet of distribution floorspace and a rail terminal.
  • Advising South Tees Development Corporation on the strategy to secure the regeneration of the 900 hectare former SSI steelworks at Redcar.
  • Advised the Greater London Authority on the first use of its compulsory purchase powers to acquire land to enable the regeneration of the Southall Gasworks site.
  • Advising Highways England on securing development consent orders to deliver its Road Investment Strategy.
  • Advising Transport for London on its programme of upgrading and repairs to key infrastructure, including bridges and tunnels.
Leading individuals

Andrew Thomas - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

Toni Weston - Gowling WLG

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG advises housebuilders and public bodies on pre- and post development disputes including those relating to vacant possession. Other areas of expertise include ownership disputes, lease renewals, rent reviews and dilapidation. Carole Peet leads the team and handles a wide range of contentious matters while 'technically very good' principal associate Rob Bridgman focuses on representing housebuilders in their development disputes.

Practice head(s):Carole Peet

Other key lawyers:Rob Bridgman

Testimonials

'Technically capable lawyers'

'Rob Bridgman is a very good technical lawyer and is also aware of the commercial issues - good to deal with'

Key Clients

Bloor

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey

Tfl

Zurich/Threadneedle

Schroders

M&G

U&I Group

Circle/Clarion Housing Association

Sanctuary Housing

Work highlights

  • Represented Persimmon Homes in a High Court dispute against Ashfield Provincial Properties in respect of a collaboration agreement between the parties concerning strategic land outside Bristol.
  • Advised Taylor Wimpey in relation to a parcel of land where a third party raised various allegations of fraud against the seller.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Barnet with obtaining vacant possession of various parcels of land in order to facilitate the development of Brent Cross South.
  • Acting for Metropolitan Housing Trust in respect of its vacant possession strategy for part of the Clapham Park Estate.
  • Acting for Crossrail in defending a claim for negligent misstatement brought by AG Thames Holding in respect of its purchase of land affected by a possible extension to Crossrail.
Rising stars

Rob Bridgman - Gowling WLG

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG regularly acts for housing providers on site acquisitions, development, regeneration and portfolio transactions. The 'very able' Jacqueline Knox specialises in social housing development and investment and non-contentious housing management, while Richard Beckingsale heads the regeneration team. Another mainstay of the practice is financing work for a diverse client base comprising of investment funds, REITs and other lenders.

Practice head(s):Jacqueline Knox; Richard Beckingsale

Other key lawyers:Chris Brierley

Testimonials

'Extremely communicative and knowledgeable team who go out of their way to provide an excellent level of service at highly competitive fee rates. Very responsive, they work with you to meet and exceed client expectations around often tight deadlines and timescales'

'Jacqueline Knox is a very able lawyer'

Key Clients

Sanctuary Housing Group

Metropolitan Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Group (formerly Circle Housing Group)

London and Quadrant

Orbit Homes

Bromford Housing Group

Bournville Village Trust

Home Group

London Borough of Barnet

LaSalle Investment Management

Cheyne Social Impact Fund

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

Coal Pension Properties Ltd

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

Horizon Infrastructure Partnership

Alpha Real Capital LLP

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Sage Housing

Legal & General Affordable Housing

Extra Care Charitable Trust

Methodist Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising Sanctuary Housing Association on data protection, Freedom of Information Act issues and environmental information regulations.
  • Acted for Triple Point Social Housing on the acquisition of numerous properties and portfolios of properties, mainly for use as supported living.
  • Acted for Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund on the extension of its investment of a further £12.5m in specialised supported housing charity Thera.
  • Advised Sanctuary Housing Association on its purchase of a portfolio of 25 houses.
  • Acted for Metropolitan Housing Association in relation to various aspects of its joint venture regeneration project with Barnet Council and Barratt London to deliver more than 1,500 new mixed tenure homes.
Leading individuals

Jacqueline Knox - Gowling WLG

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, a wide client base spanning a range of sectors including aerospace and housing. The Birmingham practice, which works as part of a single unit with the firm's London team, is led by commercial, IT and outsourcing head Sally Mewies, who has more than 20 years' experience in technology-related contracts. Director Richard Smith left for a new role as deputy head of UK legal at National Express.

Practice head(s):Sally Mewies

Key Clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

London Borough of Croydon

Infinis Energy Management Limited

CTIL

GlaxoSmithKline

Xoserve Limited

A S Watson

Sanctuary Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Bromford Housing, a social enterprise, on its procurement of a partner to provide Enterprise Solutions and Transformation Partner Services via a Competitive Dialogue process.
  • Advising Birmingham City Council on a range of negotiations with its joint venture partner Capita.
  • Advising Xoserve on the procurement of a strategic hosting solution for its core operating software, and a re-platforming of the business-critical application that underpins pricing information in the gas industry.
  • Lead advisors to a leading UK niversity on a key technology contract.
  • Advised the shareholders of GCI Managed Services Group, one of the UK's largest privately-owned ICT managed solutions providers, on the sale of a majority stake in the business to a private equity firm.
Leading individuals

Sally Mewies - Gowling WLG

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has in-depth experience across a number of sectors, hanlding high-profile complex cases for major clients, with a particular focus on the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors. Gordon Harris heads the practice, works across London and Birmingham, in tandem with Birmingham-based UK life sciences head Patrick Duxbury. Kate Swaine leads the UK trademarks, brands and designs team, while Luke Kempton is well known for his scientific expertise in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):Gordon Harris

Other key lawyers:Patrick Duxbury; Kate Swaine; John Coldham; Luke Kempton

Testimonials

'Gordon Harris is a very seasoned and competent patent lawyer, who is also a real team player.'

'John Coldham gives clear and concise advice with a no-nonsense approach. Highly recommended.'

Key Clients

GlaxoSmithKline

TQ Delta, LLC

Alpha Animation & Toys Limited

Hexatronic Group AB

Takeda

Azumi

Dyson

Weetabix

Kampa

Shopify

Work highlights

  • Acted for GSK on the UK arm of an international dispute concerning technology involving a declaration of non-infringement and invalidity along with an Arrow declaration.
  • Acted for TQ Delta in relation to its claim for patent infringement and a FRAND declaration/determination in the Patents Court in relation to two of its patents.
  • Acted for Alpha Animation & Toys Limited in relation to an allegation of infringement of the Spin Master EP patent.
  • Acting for Hexatronic, a global leader in fibre optic cable technology, in relation to a patent dispute.
  • Representing Takeda in a licensing dispute in which the company sought repayment of past royalties it had wrongly paid under a mistaken belief that the patents licenced were infringed.

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