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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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Robin Skelton and Peter McCormack lead Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s corporate and commercial teams respectively; Skelton recently advised Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) on the disposal of a portfolio of franchisees while McCormack acts for clients in the financial services, transport, manufacturing and waste sectors. Other work includes cross-border specialist Amanda Partland assisting DFS Furniture with its acquisition of Sofology, Skelton advising Baird Capital on its acquisition of CAV Advanced Technologies and CAV Ice Protection, and handling Fintrax Group Holdings’ acquisition of GB Tax Free. Nick Stubbs relocated to Leeds from the firm’s Manchester office in 2017 and is a key name for clients in the retail and financial services sectors; principal associate Jonathan Pollard focuses on international M&A and Partner David Milne handles M&A and private equity transactions. Charles Reynard moved to the firm’s Cardiff office.

Leading individuals

Robin Skelton - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Pollard - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘brilliant’ practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recognised for transactional and advisory services, real estate tax, VAT issues, employment tax work and renewable energy mandates, and has seen an increase in US transactional and structuring work following the firm’s merger in 2017. Team head David Jervis is a key name for renewable energy projects and international matters; his recent work includes advising Pension Infrastructure Platform on the tax aspects of its acquisition of multiple solar farms from Trina Solar, assisting Medical Research Council with the tax elements of its joint venture with its charity partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK to form the UK Dementia Research Institute, and providing tax support to Capita on its sale of its asset services division to Link Group. The team also advised SPX Flow on its restructuring and handled H2 Equity Partners’ investment in BA Components. Principal associate Amanda Dodsworth joined from KPMG United Kingdom and is recommended for employment-related tax issues. David Smith and Richard Johnson joined DLA Piper UK LLP.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘professional and dedicated’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘easily one of the strongest competition and regulation teams in the North of England’ under the leadership of Kate Newman, who is ‘committed to delivering the best outcomes for clients’ and took over the role following Adam Collinson’s retirement in 2017. Newman is particularly noted for her expertise in advising on the application of competition law to regulated sectors and clients in the utilities sector; examples include Cadent Gas, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Anglian Water Group. Recent work for other clients include acting for DFS Furniture on the competition elements of its acquisition of Sofology including obtaining unconditional clearance, assisting South Staffordshire with the EU and UK merger control issues of its joint venture with Pennon, and advising the Department for Transport on the competition elements of the re-letting of the South West Rail Franchise. Associate Mark Crane is also a name to note; he handles cartel and market investigations, abuse of dominance issues and merger control work.

Leading individuals

Kate Newman - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Gary Pellow and Richard Matthews lead Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘organised, friendly and approachable’ practice, which also fields TMT dispute specialist James Hyde, energy litigator Mark Howarth, principal associate Deborah Polden, who ‘works to get the best results for clients’; and senior associate Ed Williams, who specialises in IT disputes and public procurement challenges. Recent highlights for Hyde include representing the Canal & River Trust in the Court of Appeal in a case regarding the price to be paid by Thames Water for water abstracted from a waterway owned by the trust. The practice also acted for an automotive part manufacturer in claim in the High Court arising from a fatality on a French motorway, and defended a Middle Eastern oil company in an arbitration relating to the sale of gas under a long-term gas sales agreement. Other mandates include acting for Theakston Estates in a limited liability partnership dispute and representing a Middle Eastern state in an arbitration regarding contracted trade. Vodafone, Specsavers, DHL and EDF are also clients.

Leading individuals

Gary Pellow - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Richard Matthews - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Deborah Polden - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

As ‘one of the best in the region’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘stable, well-regarded and strong in terms of its abilities, diligence and speed of response’. Its ‘market knowledge is exceptional, which leads to commercial and pragmatic solutions that clearly focus directly on the client’s needs’. Team head Kathryn Walters is ‘completely trusted and a pleasure to work with’; she focuses on leveraged and structured finance and real estate investment issues. Other key figures include the ‘highly experienced’ Paul Castle (who handles corporate lending, real estate finance and education finance mandates), senior associate David Parry, associate Joe Healy and principal associate Susan Ledger. The practice recently advised Yorkshire County Cricket Club on the structuring of finance made available to the client to fund international cricket and rugby matches, assisted HSBC with its involvement in the non-sponsor backed MBO of Ingenuity Digital Holdings, and acted for Tricoya Ventures on its entry into a senior term facility provided by RBS for the development of an acetylation plant in Hull.

Leading individuals

Kathryn Walters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paul Castle - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘continues to make an impact in the region’ thanks in no small part to the expertise of team head Paul Dutton, consultant Peter Cranston, principal associate Lemi McAuley and senior associates Victoria Procter and the ‘impressive’ Andrew Black. The practice is highly active in the retail, professional services, energy, infrastructure, construction and education sectors. In a recent highlight, Dutton advised the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on a reorganisation in which intercompany loans were formalised; other work includes acting for Staffordshire County Council as admission body in the reorganisation of various participating employers in its Local Government Pension Scheme including colleges and social housing providers, assisting PwC with the administration of Joseph Rhodes and Slater and Crabtree, and acting for RSM as administrators of Unity Law. HSBC, Lloyds Bank and Deloitte are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Lemi McAuley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Victoria Procter - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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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

Eversheds Sutherland

The 'exceptional' employment team at Eversheds Sutherland acts for a client list ranging from international corporates - including Hallmark Cards and Thomas Cook Airlines - to local and national companies such as West Coast Trains. Benefiting from offices globally, the practice utilised its cross-border abilities in advising Xylem on employment and compliance aspects of two global outsourcing projects, and a global change management programme led by Paul Cotton. Praised for 'combining first-class legal advice with an understanding of the aims and challenges of a large business', experienced tribunal advocate Simon Rice-Birchall led advice to a leading property, residential construction and services group in complex multi-party tribunal proceedings concerning TUPE, redundancies issues and alleged unfair dismissal. In the education sector, Ben Woods led advice to a school facing a complex redundancy situation relating to a member of staff with mental health issues. The team's education sector expertise was further strengthened with the addition of Christopher Mordue from Pinsent Masons LLP; Mordue is acting for a Russell Group university in a sexual harassment claim and in relation to a national minimum wage investigation valued at £0.5m. Cotton, Rice-Birchall, Woods and Mordue jointly lead the team, which includes legal director Louise Lightfood and principal associate Rebecca Kitson.

Leading individuals

Paul Cotton - Eversheds Sutherland

Simon Rice-Birchall - Eversheds Sutherland

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national health and safety practice is headed by Kevin Elliott and handles contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters, including consulting on policy and compliance and advising on training of clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Paul Verrico, based in the Leeds office, led a team representing Tarmac Marine in its prosecution by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a breach of Maritime Asbestos legislation. The team achieved a significantly reduced fine for its client in this matter. Additionally, a team led by Newcastle-based Tim Hill represented Greencore Grocery in police and HSE investigations following a contractor fatality. In an example of the practice's advisory work, the team was instructed by a large UK power company in relation to reviewing contracts, procedures and risks.

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Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's human resources practice advises national and international commercial clients on a broad range of immigration issues. Leeds-based legal director Louise Lightfoot is a key name to note and regularly advises on visa applications and extensions, assists with responses to requests for further information as well as acting for clients in relation to civil penalty notices. Nestlé UK, Nissan Motor Manufacturing and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne are all clients of the group.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Boasting 'excellent service, knowledge, and strength in depth' Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP > Leeds's 'outstanding' pensions team is described as offering 'London expertise at regional rates'. The 'particularly impressive' Richard Shelton  heads up the team which is instructed by large well known companies, public sector clients and large insurers. The team is bolstered with the arrival of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP , formerly at Squire Patton Boggs , Leeds, who led advice to US healthcare logistics company Owens & Minor on UK pension issues arising from the company's $710m acquisition of Halyard Health’s healthcare consumables business. In this matter the team leveraged the firm's international expertise to handle pensions and termination indemnity issues in Honduras, Thailand, Germany and France. Head of the pensions litigation department, Claire Carroll  is a key name to note for contentious matters. Principal associate Gemma Hanley  is also singled out for her 'exceptional knowledge' of energy sector pension schemes. Hanley has expertise representing utility companies and advises Anglian Water Services on a broad range of pensions issues. There have been some changes to the team include the departure of Simon Evans to DLA Piper UK LLP.

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

Energy - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Michael Grimes is a key name in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Leeds office and leads the waste practice. His experience includes waste management and energy-from-waste projects, solar projects and recycling issues. Jo Hatton-Jones is recommended for renewable and clean energy work. The team also works closely with the firm’s Manchester-based group. Clients include the National Grid, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and E.On.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The cross-departmental education team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is considered 'excellent in all respects'. The team acted for the University of York on the development of a new college, which included variation to an existing partnership agreement, construction and property documentation as well as handling funding documents with the US parent company.  Praised for his 'thorough professional knowledge' and 'an outstanding quality of service' Ben Wood advised both Doncaster College and North Lindsey College on all aspects of their merger. Litigation partner Alison Oldfield is a key name to note and leads the dispute resolution team for clients across the education section. Chris Mordue joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, bringing extensive employment law experience in the higher education sector. Other changes to the team include James Fry's departure to join Mills & Reeve LLP, and the promotion of Mark Taylor and Ash Woodcock to partner,  Robert Gray to the role of legal director.

Leading individuals

Chris Mordue - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong  government team nationally, and regularly advises local authorities on a full spectrum of issues from inquiries and judicial review challenges, to pensions and employment law matters. In Leeds, Alison Oldfield led a team which successfully defended Reading Borough Council in a judicial review challenge of its high profile decision to close the Arthur Hill swimming pool in Reading. Michael Grimes is singled out for his knowledge surrounding waste projects, and is handling variations and extensions of several waste PFI contracts.

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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 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Clients praise the ‘highly impressive’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which ‘stands out for the dedication, care and respect it shows clients’ and its ‘ability to manage difficult and challenging circumstances with calmness, poise and brilliant expertise’. The practice, led by George Bacon, is recognised for its investment, development and real estate finance expertise and knowledge of the hospitality, leisure, retail and education sectors. Susan Samuel leads the firm’s hospitality and leisure group globally; she ‘is an extension to the clients’ teams and fits perfectly within their culture’. Samuel’s recent highlights include acting for Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) on the refranchising of 200 UK stores, while Bacon’s recent work includes advising the Government Property Agency on the letting of a new hub office for the HMRC in Leeds and handling Meyer Bergman’s pre-let of an office building to The Office Group. The team also advised Yorkshire County Cricket Club on the financing of the North stand at Headingly Stadium and assisting Legal & General with its investment in Newcastle Science Central, a new science park for the University of Newcastle. Other noteworthy team members include real estate investment specialist Stephen Felstead, Sue Buckworth, who focuses on international mandates; and principal associate Simon Harris, who advises institutional investors.

Leading individuals

George Bacon - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Simon Harris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Jo Hatton-Jones heads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s practice, which also counts principal associate Chris Vickers  and associate Matthew Shotton , who handles delay and final account disputes, as key practitioners. Hatton-Jones is highly regarded for her experience in the process, utilities and energy sectors; the team also advises on retail issues, developments, education sector work, procurements and construction disputes.

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Planning - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Key areas of expertise for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  (International) LLP Leeds include the residential, retail, development, renewable energy and mineral sectors; example clients include Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Kier Property Developments, Taylor Wimpey, Next and EDF Energy Renewables. Team head Peter Nesbit has experience across planning, highways and compulsory purchase orders and knowledge of the energy and natural resources, transport and development sectors. Principal associate Roddy Macdonald  is also a name to note and focuses on the housing sector. Highlights included advising IGas Energy on obtaining the consents required for the drilling of exploratory wells, assisting Templegate Developments with a residential development, and acting for Alpha Real Capital on the redevelopment of a former iron and steel works site.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Under the leadership of the ‘thorough and responsive’ Damian Hyndman, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘leading practice can handle literally everything’ for its clients, which ‘get the very best from the proactive, knowledgeable and client-focused team’. Hyndman’s expertise includes property-related telecoms disputes and discrimination claims; other key names in the department include the ‘outstanding’ Alison Oldfield, who focuses on judicial review challenges and issues involving protestors and campaigner groups; and ‘absolute star’ Andrew Todd, who is ‘tenacious and savvy with excellent technical knowledge’ and is highly regarded for his development dispute expertise. The team regularly acts for clients in the retail, transport and telecoms sectors; examples include Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Network Rail and Arqiva. Recent highlights include acting for in break notices, lease renewals and a vacant possession strategy; representing Clydesdale Bank in a possession case in the High Court, and acting for Armstrong World Industries in various issues surrounding its exit from its UK headquarters including a dilapidation claim. -Richard Jobes joined Gordons LLP in 2017.

Leading individuals

Andrew Todd - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is highly regarded in the region for its technology outsourcing, IT system procurement and software licensing dispute experience at a regional, national and international level. It recently advised Sellafield on its outsourcing of IT systems, acted for a retail bank on the renegotiation and consolidation of its contract catalogue and handled the renegotiation of a licensing suite for a global manufacturer. James Hyde leads the group’s TMT disputes practice and Nick Stubbs, who moved from the firm’s Manchester office in 2017, is the key name for non-contentious commercial work with particular expertise in the retail and financial services sectors. Further names to note include senior associate John Wilson, who focuses on technology transactions; senior associate James Ruane, who is recommended for his data protection expertise; and senior associate Edward Williams, who handles IT disputes. Other work includes Stubbs acting for a financial services institution on the replacement of its IT platform and advising Arco on the contractual arrangements for the implementation of a new commerce platform.

Leading individuals

Nick Stubbs - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Edward Williams - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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