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Squire Patton Boggs

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

One of the leading firms locally, Squire Patton Boggs’ experience spans private equity, capital markets, domestic and international M&A, and a range of corporate transactions primarily in the chemical, and food and drink sectors. Jonathan Jones, Richard Hunt, Paul Mann and Hannah Kendrick are the key names on the corporate side, while senior associates Francesca Fellowes and Paul Jinks are noted for their commercial expertise. Mann advised video game developer and new client Team17 on a £16.5m investment from Lloyds Development Capital. Hunt led a team which advised JSE-listed Imperial Logistics on its purchase of Palletways Group from Phoenix Equity Partners. London-based corporate partner Adam Hastings, who spends time in Leeds, assisted Luceco with its successful IPO on the LSE. Kendrick advised Clipper on an agreement with John Lewis to establish a joint venture company.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Jones - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Francesca Fellowes - Squire Patton Boggs

Paul Jinks - Squire Patton Boggs

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Squire Patton Boggs’ team handles corporate and finance tax matters, real estate-related tax issues, employee share incentives, employment and pensions matters, VAT, and tax issues for private clients. Leeds-based Mark Simpson heads the national real estate tax group, and typically acts for developers, investors, public sector bodies and funders, among others. Simpson advised Stem Marketing on its £84m purchase by UDG Healthcare, which included advising shareholders and employee option-holders on non-UK tax issues. Tim Jarvis is a key name for private equity, banking and corporate finance transactions, VAT planning, and stamp duty land tax (SDLT) planning. Jarvis recently handled the tax aspects of a UK disposal and two acquisitions for Fore Partnership. Peter Morley handles the tax elements of domestic and international M&A transactions, private equity, IPOs, takeovers and restructurings, and acts for a client base including owner-managed businesses, private equity houses and institutional investors. Morley advised telecoms service provider Six Degrees on three acquisitions during 2016, and assisted new client Imperial Logistics, which is based in South Africa, on the tax structuring elements of its £160m acquisition Palletways Group. Other new clients include H2 Equity Partners, Tenzing Private Equity and Reiss.

Leading individuals

Mark Simpson - Squire Patton Boggs

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Simon Miller is the key contact at Squire Patton Boggs, and is closely supported by Manchester-based head of banking litigation Anthony Taylor. The team has notable strengths in largescale litigation and investigations, including those pertaining to sanctions issues, professional negligence, payment protection insurance, foreign exchange issues, interest rate hedging products, product mis-selling and valuers’ negligence. Recent highlights include representing a bank in consolidated professional negligence claims against its former conveyancing solicitors and surveyors; advising on an investigation for another bank regarding fraudulent residential transactions; and handling a remediation for a major consumer finance company.

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Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘first-rate’ practice is ‘top of the field outside of London’ and has ‘real strength in depth’. ‘Practical and commercial’ practice head Simon Milleralways has an eye on the cost benefit ratio for the client’; he led a team representing a Mauritian subsidiary of Essar Oilfields Services in challenging a decision requiring the client to pay the opponent’s costs of funding an arbitration. Lucci Dammone is leading a team representing Contact Holdings in a claim against its insurer, Travelers, seeking an indemnity payment following the alleged failure of a printing press at its site. Dammone also focuses on shareholder and warranty disputes and claims against directors, professional negligence claims, and pension disputes. Victoria Leigh, Anthony Taylor and Rob Elvin are the other key partners and senior associate Simon Lucas is also recommended. The Mansion Group, Tesco, Kemira Chemicals, Acorn Mobility Services and Trinity Mirror are also clients. Patrick Walker left to become a fulltime mediator.

Leading individuals

Simon Miller - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Simon Lucas - Squire Patton Boggs

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Squire Patton Boggs’s practice head Andrew Fordham advises on acquisition, private equity and real estate finance, and general corporate banking in the UK and overseas. Paul Anderson covers financial services and regulatory matters, and newly promoted partner Jeremy Ladyman focuses on derivatives and investment management. Fordham advised Santander on the provision of a senior term loan and revolving facility loan to the Barber of Sheffield, and advised Lloyds on a series of affordable housing development transactions in conjunction with the Greater London Authority, which involved the restatement and amendment of an existing facility to permit an increase and creation of a new SPV to acquire an additional property outside of the Lloyds’ security net.

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

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Squire Patton Boggs’ practice is led by John Alderton, who focuses on complex restructuring and disposal work, as well as handling insolvency litigation. The team is known for its strengths in transport-related insolvencies, mining-related liquidations and restructurings in the chemical and retail sectors. Laura Crawford specialises in turnarounds in the retail, manufacturing and property development fields. Recent examples of its contentious work include defending a £96m claim for the judicial factor of a £35m estate, which involved handling complex insolvency issues, and representing a property entrepreneur faced with creditor claims of almost £200m, which included dismissing a bankruptcy petition. Other highlights include advising a plant hire company on acquiring several divisions of another plant hire company from its administrators.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

For many, Squire Patton Boggs is considered a market leader in the retail sector and attracts praise for its ‘excellent service levels, practical advice and understanding of the client’s business’. The team provides employment law advice to a number of national retailer clients, including Pets at Home and Card Factory, new clients for 2016. Matthew Lewis (who is highly valued for his ‘practical and pragmatic advice’) leads the firm’s retail sector offering worldwide and handles the full range of employment issues, including precedent-setting holiday pay matters, advising on the TUPE aspects of pan-European restructuring projects, and assisting with collective consultation procedures. Andrew Stones (‘an expert in his field and trusted adviser’) has an extensive track record advising on industrial relations issues and has been heavily involved in holiday pay matters. Senior associate James Keogh attracts praise for his ‘enthusiastic and proactive approach and ability to find business-specific solutions to problems’. Other clients include Staples and Majestic Wines.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

The Leeds-based Catherine McKenna leads the global pensions team at Squire Patton Boggs, which handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters for employers, trustees and pensions administrators. The firm’s trustee clients include the trustees of the Kelda Group pension plan, which it has been advising on the design and implementation of liability-driven investment arrangements; the trustees of the Norther Powergrid Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme, which the firm assisted with changes to address the abolition of contracting out, including proposed benefit changes; and the trustees of the Network Rail CARE and defined-contribution schemes, which the firm advised on governance and compliance issues in relation to data protection and exercise of discretions, as well as on the impact of the cessation of contracting out. Anthea Whitton has left the firm.

Leading individuals

Catherine McKenna - Squire Patton Boggs

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)

Infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

At Squire Patton Boggs, key partner Zakir Mulla is closely supported by Matthew Mulqueen, who splits his time between Leeds and Houston, and James Duckworth, who divides his time between the UAE and Leeds. Mulla focuses on construction, engineering and infrastructure projects in the energy and utilities, development and infrastructure sectors, and also advises on major regeneration projects for local authorities, the Homes and Communities Agency, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Olympic Delivery Authority. Mulqueen is advising Vestas Southern Africa, as the wind turbine supplier and installer, on three onshore wind projects in South Africa, totalling over 400 MW.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘very commercially minded’ practice is led by Matthew Dalzell, who focuses on development and investment work, and has particular strengths in student accommodation projects and the private rental sector. Prew Lumley and Karen French focus on corporate real estate, residential developments and planning promotion agreements, and Andrew Sprake advises on public sector regeneration schemes. Senior associate Abduss Patel provides ‘excellent overall service’. Key highlights include advising Leeds City Council on the £250m regeneration of the South Bank area, which will house Burberry as part of the company’s relocation of its UK manufacturing and international headquarters. 2 Sisters Food Group, Gate Gourmet and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council are all new clients.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its ‘excellent’ industry knowledge. Practice head Zakir Mullais particularly good at adjusting contract clauses’ and has strengths in major construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. His recent highlights include advising Calderdale Council on the redevelopment of Piece Hall, a Grade I listed building in Halifax and the construction of a new library, and advising Muse Developments on the construction of a landmark office building for Conwy County Borough Council. Matthew Mulqueen, who splits his time between Houston and the UK, is advising GSC Holdings, as its international legal counsel, on the development of ten phases of a 500MW photovoltaic solar development in Northern Cameroon. James Duckworth, who divides his time between the UK and Dubai, focuses on major development and infrastructure projects particularly in the energy, waste, transport and healthcare sectors. New clients include MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Gildemeister Energy Solutions and Radiant Energy (Mauritius).

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Planning - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

At Squire Patton Boggs, the ‘response times are excellent, industry knowledge is very good, and advice is always appropriate, straightforward and clear’. Practice head Richard Glover’s ‘depth of knowledge, presentation skills and experience are key factors in clients’ success’; he has particular expertise advising on issues pertaining to the Electricity Act 1989, wayleave hearings for utilities, and wind and solar farm planning. David Hardy, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and barrister, handles planning work related to energy, residential and commercial developments, mines and minerals and transport development matters. Senior associate Julia Dixon’s recent work includes representing clients in public inquiries, including inquiries concerning an underground gas storage proposal, a gas pressure reduction installation and supermarket developments. Glover recently advised SP Manweb on applying for wayleaves regarding the construction of overhead lines in Wale; assisted Ineos Upstream with the development of wells for the potential production of shale gas; and is advising ITV on negotiations with TfGM concerning the construction of a tramline near its studios. Hardy handled a planning appeal for Energiekontor concerning the extension of a wind farm in Yorkshire, which resulted in in the granting of planning permission, and also represented Midland Pig Producers in an appeal over an environmental permit application, which was granted following an inquiry.

Leading individuals

Richard Glover - Squire Patton Boggs

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Squire Patton Boggs’ team has expertise in Landlord and Tenant litigation, vacant possessions, right of light disputes, land access issues for utility and renewable energy providers, and judicial reviews relating to planning issues and CPOs. Senior associate David Holland leads the practice and focuses on land compensation matters. Recent highlights include advising an airport on its strategy for managing land compensation claims; representing a pharmaceutical company in a dispute over the exercise of a commercial lease break clause relating to an office premises; and assisting a plc client with its strategy for dealing with compensation claims from residential property owners. New clients include United Utilities and Provident Financial. Patrick Walker left to become a fulltime mediator,

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Paul Jinks heads up the Leeds intellectual property and technology team at Squire Patton Boggs and was promoted to director at the start of 2017. The team advises major corporate IT users on day-to-day IT matters, as well as offering data protection expertise. Recent work includes assisting clients with software agreements, data protection and privacy law compliance, ad-hoc contract and compliance queries, and the drafting and negotiation of IT deals. Clients for the team include credit union Retail Cure, SME Liquid Voice, EDF, CTI Travel and financial comparison service Eclipse Financial.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs (Leeds)

Consultant Andrew Clay, who was recently appointed by the Lord Chancellor as one of the two Deputy Chairmen of the Copyright Tribunal, heads the ‘fully competent and pragmatic’ IP practice at Squire Patton Boggs. A highlight for the team has been assisting Scuff Gaming in multiple litigation cases across Europe regarding trade mark infringement of its gaming controllers, which are used by more than 95% of elite gamers. Another highlight has been its representation of MOBA Mobile Automation in an ongoing patent infringement claim against Snorkel Products relating to overload sensors.

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