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Squire Patton Boggs

RUTLAND HOUSE, 148 EDMUND STREET, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2JR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 222 3000
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Fax 0121 222 3001
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708610 BIRMINGHAM 17
Web:
www.squirepattonboggs.com

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs  ‘provides very good advice, while remaining approachable and very easy to deal with – it is a team of very good negotiators who provide commercial and pragmatic advice’. The firm handles a range of work in the space, covering both corporate transactions and contracting. Geoff Perry is ‘very knowledgeable and approachable’ – he advised Corbally Holdings on the sale of St Francis Group and DSM Demolition as part of a management buyout, and in a separate deal advised Park-Ohio Industries on the purchases of Heads & Allthreads, which has operations in Poland and India. Edward Dawes ‘leads his team well and is very personable’ – he and Andrew Glaze advised Marston’s on its purchase of Charles Wells Brewery for £55m. In a separate deal, Glaze advised Dalata UK on the purchase of Hotel La Tour Birmingham Limited, which was subsequently rebranded as the Clayton Hotel Birmingham. As far as cross-border work is concerned, Glaze, working with the firm’s Prague office, advised Walton Street Real Estate fund on purchasing the company which owns the Marriott Prague. Associate Claire O’Connor advised Veolia on its purchase of Arden Wood Shavings. The firm also handles some capital markets work – Dawes advised Rotala on a £3.5m placing of shares on AIM. On the commercial contracts front Stuart James advised HCA International on the negotiation of contracts with University College Hospitals Birmingham for the establishment of a new £65m private healthcare facility at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital campus in Birmingham. David Hull, who relocated from the firm’s London office to Birmingham, advised Uniserve on a share subscription and debt-for-equity swap in Blue Inc and The Officers Club. Simon Jones joined in June 2017 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP .

Leading individuals

Geoff Perry - Squire Patton Boggs

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘excellent’, ‘extremely professional’ and ‘efficientSquire Patton Boggs focuses on licensing matters in the transport, hospitality, leisure and retail sectors. The practice is led by Stephanie Perraton  who specialises in alcohol, entertainment and late night food sales licensing issues. She is ‘technically knowledgeable’, ‘highly competent’ and ‘very approachable’. Nicole Smith  ‘always responds in a timely manner’ and works heavily in the hospitality and leisure sectors. They both advised Select Services Partner Air on licensing self-service tills at M&S Simply Food stores. They also advised Bryant Park Hospitality on licensing a number of properties in the English Midlands and Northern areas. They also acted for RedefineBDL on licensing matters, which included conducting a mock PACE interview. Smith advised One Stop Stores on obtaining new licenses in Durham, Hartlepool and Liverpool. The firm also worked for Trafalgar Hotel, when it took over Hilton Trafalgar, particularly on licencing its rooftop bar.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ team handles a range of heavyweight financial services regulation work. Garon Anthony handles cross-border regulatory investigations, often concerning English law-based “free zones” outside the UK, as well as domestic mis-sellling cases and insurance disputes. Simon Garbett, whose work crosses over with matters such as pensions, is also another key partner. Senior associate Ian Skinner joined from Dentons’ Milton Keynes office. The firm is a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s “skilled person” panel for financial crime matters. Brooks Macdonald Financial Consulting is a client, as is Amana Capital Group.

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs fields a ‘capable team that always resolves disputes to clients’ satisfaction’. Key figures include Simon Garbett, who handles shareholder disputes, M&A-related litigation, cross-border contractual disputes and disputes involving the Hague Convention; and the ‘very pragmatic and clear-thinkingGaron Anthony, who also leads heavyweight disputes work, is ‘very supportive of clients’ businesses and understands the complexities of their companies – he is very capable and quick to respond’. Senior associate Ian Skinner, who joined from Dentons in Milton Keynes, is another key contact. Clients include GSH Group and Dalata Hotel Group. Associate Ben Tompkins is now at Higgs & Sons.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs, ‘response times are always adhered to and issues are negotiated in a pragmatic manner’. Roy Grist’s ‘friendliness is matched by his technical expertise, making him a pleasure to work with’; he advised The Midcounties Co-operative on a £60m refinancing. Russ Hill advised RCapital Partners on the financing aspects of its backing of a management buyout of SciChem, while Geoff Perry provides ‘commercial insight’. Other clients include Leumi ABL, which Grist advised on a £19m refinance of Whitworths, and Finance Birmingham.

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Roy Grist - Squire Patton Boggs

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is a ‘knowledgeable & experienced team which provides rapid response to instructions’. Russell Hill is ‘very knowledgeable of the sector & provides bespoke advice based on the circumstances involved’ – he advised Grant Thornton on the administration and sale of assets of Colston Castors; also, the ‘experienced and very knowledgeableDevinder Singh, who ‘provides prompt responses to any issue’ and Hill advised Leonard Curtis Business Recovery on the sale of Hand Made Burger Company. Singh also advised Alix Partners as administrators of Bourston Stockton, which owned student accommodation for University of Durham students which had guaranteed occupation. Other clients include distressed investor R Capital Partners, which Hill advised on the purchase and restructuring of debt lent to Scientific and Chemical Supplies, and KPMG. Senior associate Oliver Ward-Jones  is a new hire from Higgs & Sons .

Leading individuals

Devinder Singh - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Oliver Ward-Jones - Squire Patton Boggs

Russell Hill - Squire Patton Boggs

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is headed by Charles Frost, who has extensive experience in defending high value employment claims, with additional expertise in advising on TUPE regulations. He is supported by Ramez Moussa, who is an expert in non-contentious areas relating to corporate restructurings, outsourcing and  business recovery. Also recommended is senior associate Helena Morrissey , who has a particular focus on the retail, manufacturing and engineering sectors, and senior associate Beverley Smith , who is an expert in immigration issues.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' Birmingham office is led by Dave Gordon  who has a strong background in environmental toxicology and regularly advises on health and safety issues surrounding this field. Senior associate Robert Biddlecombe is also a key figure and is an expert in facilities management related cases. He advised Molson Coors on the health and safety compliance aspects relating to the client's acquisition of Aspall Cyder and assisted Vp on the health and safety elements of its purchase of Brandon Hire.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs  has extensive experience in both public and private pensions , with clients that include Volvo Cars, Weetabix and the University of Birmingham. Matthew Giles  heads the practice and recently advised the trustees of the Jaguar Land Rover pensions plans on changing three pension plans from a final salary to career average benefits basis. He also assisted the trustee of the IMI pension funds with the demerger of its defined benefit fund and its successor arrangements. Helen Miles  is also a key figure and recently worked with XPO Pension Trustees on all issues surrounding its pension scheme, including GDPR compliance. Also recommended is Philip Sutton , who has expertise in the closing and changing of pension plans, as well as compliance and general advisory matters.

Leading individuals

Matthew Giles - Squire Patton Boggs

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘great’ team includes Victoria Camfield, who advised Birmingham City Council on the disposal of the 3 Arena Central Building to Legal & General, which in turn let it to HM Revenue and Customs, and separately led the due diligence aspects of Warrington Borough Council’s purchase of a multi-occupier business park. Practice head and Birmingham office managing partner Nick Green advised Amaris Hospitality on the real estate elements of its sale of the Jurys Inn hotel chain. Neil Taylor is also ‘an excellent partner with strong commercial knowledge, but also the ability to manage a great team of people’. Other work concerns social housing deals. Anne O’Meara has retired, and Mohammed Alam is now at Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Leading individuals

Nick Green - Squire Patton Boggs

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs, which handles contentious and non-contentious work, with an emphasis on energy and infrastructure developments, is praised for its ‘solid common-sense approach and very good client management’. Contentious highlights include Robert Norris and senior associate Alex Johnson’s representation of Blackpool Borough Council in several adjudications and High Court proceedings against the contractor constructing an extension to the town’s tram system. Ray O’Connor is another key contact for contentious work, as well as handling non-contentious matters; recent highlights include advising the National Exhibition Centre on development works for its new Legoland attraction. Other transactional work includes Graeme Bradley’s advice to J-Power Systems, a subsidiary of Sumitomo, on the procurement of land and underwater installations required for the Nemo Link power interconnector connecting Sandwich to Zeebrugge. Bradley also acted for Al Shamsh General Contracting in a dispute over the construction of a military air base in Iraq. Other clients include Equitix, which Bradley advised on the procurement of a waste-to-energy plant constructed under a FIDIC Silver Book contract, Claremont Land & New Homes and Sky.

Leading individuals

Graeme Bradley - Squire Patton Boggs

Robert Norris - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Alex Johnson - Squire Patton Boggs

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs 's David Gordon  and senior associate Robert Biddlecombe advised Taylor Wimpey on a costs award following an earlier successful defence of a contaminated land appeal – Gordon also advises other well-known businesses on contentious regulatory matters. Biddlecombe also advised Mitha Forecourts on the sale of the filling station business. Below partner level, director Anita Lloyd has WEEE expertise, and senior associate Caroline Almond handles transactional work – she acted for the purchaser of a vehicle hire business with contamination liability and asbestos issues.

Leading individuals

David Gordon - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Anita Lloyd - Squire Patton Boggs

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs, in addition to being ‘friendly and pleasant to deal with’, ‘shows great commercial understanding of the issues faced by its clients, who feel confident that the firm can progress matters autonomously’. Nick Green and senior associate Michelle Adams  (who ‘provides a great service to clients’) handle all issues concerning ITV and its subsidiaries’ property portfolios across England and Wales, including nuisance claims, dilapidations cases as both landlord and tenant, and covenant matters. In addition, the two represent Signet Group in a range of real estate litigation including contested lease renewals, dilapidation claims and covenant enforcement. Adams also represents Cancer Research UK. Other clients include sports teams, real estate investors, retailers, and the National Exhibition Centre, which the firm advised on the ejection of trespassers from the Genting Arena’s south car park.

Next generation lawyers

Michelle Adams - Squire Patton Boggs

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘deep thinking’ and ‘highly commercialSquire Patton Boggs  is particularly active in outsourcing, procurement, digital transformation and cross border matters. The team has been significantly strengthened with the addition of Simon Jones , who formerly headed the technology practice in Leeds and has notable expertise in contractual matters. He recently advised Maplin Electronics on contractual matters. Another key figure is  Stuart James , who ‘really adds value’ and ‘always discusses the “what ifs”’. He recently advised Firedrake Consulting on its IT contracts with a major retail bank as well as Veolia on renewing its IT arrangements with Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems. Senior associate Sam Tibbetts  is also experienced in contractual matters.

Next generation lawyers

Sam Tibbetts - Squire Patton Boggs

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