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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on M&A, sales, joint ventures, private equity and commercial matters. The firm acts for public and private sector clients and continues to advise on major regeneration and development projects across the UK. The team, headed by  Tom Bridgford ,  focuses on client sectors including healthcare, aerospace and defence, technology, retail, real estate and chemicals.  Key partners include Alistair Cree, Daniel Hall and Michael Birchall , who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard. Senior associate Elizabeth Tindall  and legal director Jamie Partridge are also recommended. Nicola Brookes was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Tom Bridgford

Other key lawyers:Nick Stubbs; Richard Hill; Kuljeet Gill; Jackie Heeds; Richard Jones; Alistair Cree; Daniel Hall; Michael Birchall; Elizabeth Tindall; Jamie Partridge; Nicola Brookes

Key Clients

Zeus Capital Partners

Manchester Airports Group

Four Seasons Healthcare Limited

Van Elle Holdings plc

Urban Splash Holdings Limited

BT Group plc


BAE Systems plc

Westrock Corporation

European Metal Recycling Limited


Superdry plc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory


Smiths Business Information Services Limited

Go Plant Fleet Services Limited

University of Manchester

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cox & Kings (Indian listed) on the sale of its Travel Education Division to Midlothian Capital Partners Limited for £488m.
  • Acting on the £237m acquisition of Minit Mart from TravelCentres of America
  • £90m sale of Russells Construction, Russell Homes and Alliance Property Asset Management to WHBO Construction and Catella.
  • Continuing to advise the university on the circa £1.5bn development of its North Campus in Manchester City Centre.
  • Advised Urban Splash House Limited in its landmark corporate joint venture with Peel Holdings in relation to the £55m development of 347 modular homes within the Wirral Waters dockside development in Liverpool.
Leading individuals

Alistair Cree - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Daniel Hall - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Michael Birchall - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Tom Bridgford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Elizabeth Tindall - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Jamie Partridge - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its experience in licensing and gambling law and is active across the hospitality, leisure, gambling and retail sectors. It regularly acts for hotel operators and owners, retail and online gambling sector clients, as well as real estate developers, landlords and occupiers. Principal associate David Roberts heads the licensing team.

Practice head(s):David Roberts

Key Clients

Genting Casinos UK

Buzz Bingo Group (formerly Gala Bingo)

The Football Pools


Land securities


Central England Co-operative


Manchester International Festival

Paddy Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Genting on the offshoring to Malta of its online gambling operations, which included advice and guidance on the necessary applications to the UK Gambling Commission for an operating licence for the new company, reviewing and advising in respect of operational policies and procedures, and advising in conjunction with Maltese counsel on differences in local regulatory requirements and strategies to overcome conflicting obligations of the relevant regulators.
  • Represented Manchester International Festival on its application for a premises licence for a cultural events programme in Manchester before the Manchester City Council Licensing Committee.
  • Advised Hilton Worldwide on a premises licence for a new hotel under the Hampton by Hilton brand at Edinburgh Airport.
  • Supported Buzz Group (formerly Gala Leisure) on the licensing implications arising out of its re-branding from Gala Bingo to Buzz Bingo across its UK retail estate.
  • Advised Kambi on multi-jurisdictional gambling regulatory advice for potential new markets.
Rising stars

David Roberts  - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has long-established relationships with a raft of major banks including HSBC, for which it manages a multimillion-pound portfolio of live matters. The team also advises clients on regulatory risks and contentious regulatory matters, as well as pensions litigation and financial crime. In recent months the firm has been working on an increasing amount of cyber and data privacy matters in relation to fraud. James Southworth and Birmingham-based Chris Busby head the team, while Sarah Louise Naylor is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Southworth; Chris Busby

Other key lawyers:Sarah Naylor; Zia Ullah; David Cook; Lindsey Roberts; Tom Parry

Key Clients

The Co-operative Bank

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Handling a portfolio of commercial banking litigation for HSBC, consisting of over 100 live matters with an aggregate value of £20m.
Next Generation Partners

Sarah Naylor - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial dispute resolution team is co-led by hugely experienced Manchester senior partner Michael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor, who focuses on the industrial, chemicals and aviation sectors. The firm works with many of the largest corporates in the North West, as well as others with national and global coverage, with key sectors including diversified industrials and transport. Principal associate Phil Duignan is experienced in procurement disputes, while fellow principal associate Thomas Whitfield is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Clavell-Bate; Matt Taylor

Other key lawyers:Phil Duignan; Tom Whitfield; Luisa Zukowski; Sarah Lewandowski

Key Clients

Manchester Airport Group

Store First Limited

Bentley Motors

Daisy IT Services Limited

Shawbrook Bank

Air Liquide UK Limited




University of Keele

Work highlights

  • Advising Daisy IT Services Limited in respect of a multimillion-pound High Court claim brought by Centrex Computing Services.
  • Continuing to act for the Store First companies in defence of public interest winding-up petitions issued by the Secretary of State.
  • Representing Park First Limited in a group action commenced in the English High Court by 20 investor customers in respect of claims in misrepresentation and deceit.

  • Instructed to act for the University of Keele in on an £18m claim brought by UPP Group in respect of Keele terminating a contract with UPP Group for the redevelopment of the university campus.
Leading individuals

Michael Clavell-Bate - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Phil Duignan - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Tom Whitfield - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its strong corporate borrower following and handles a raft of high-profile transactions. The team is also developing its bank side practice and counts several major banks as clients. Real estate finance and education finance are key areas of expertise, as are care home finance and renewable energy finance. Department head Jason Wurzal and  Taslima Salam who specialises in in corporate banking and real estate finance, are key figures.

Practice head(s):Jason Wurzal

Other key lawyers:Taslima Salam; Richard Cowan

Key Clients

Perwyn LLP

Qualtex UK

Globus (Shetland)

Augustus Regis



Advanced Medical Solutions Group

Charles Street Commercial Investments

Barchester Healthcare

Peel Media


Cadogan Estates

UC Group

Santander UK

Aeriance Investments

Triodos Bank



Christies International

Marshall of Cambridge



N Brown Group




Lloyds Banking Group

API Group

Topps Tiles

Morses Club

LNT Group

Work highlights

  • Advised N Brown Group on the£625m refinancing of its securitisation and revolving credit facilities.
  • Acted for Topps Tiles on its £50m refinancing with Barclays and RBS.
  • Advised SimplyBiz Group on its AIM float
  • Advised Perwyn on the funding arrangements for its purchase of a majority stake in Lowe Rental.
  • Advised Morses Club on its revolving credit facility of £50m and on a further £5m mezzanine facility.
Leading individuals

Jason Wurzal - 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 is active on high-value restructuring and insolvency mandates and acts for a range of insolvency practitioners as well as large corporate and lender clients. The team has recently advised on a raft of high-profile administrations. It particularly noted for its experience in pensions-related work, and is active across real estate, retail and professional services sector instructions. Department head David Gray  and principal associate Sarah Duignan  are noted.

Practice head(s):David Gray

Other key lawyers:Sarah Duignan; James Williams


David Gray is technically very strong

The team is very able


Key Clients

Wellesley Finance



Begbies Traynor


Leonard Curtis

Simpson Millar LLP


Work highlights

  • Advised PwC as administrators of Maplin Electronics.
  • Advised PwC as administrators of Gardman, which included advising on the pre-pack sale of the whole business to Westland Horticulture.
  • Advised Deloitte as administrators of Torotrak.
  • Advised PwC as administrators of DDAIL.
  • Advised Simpson Millar LLP on the acquisition of the business and assets of EAD Solicitors LLP out of administration from the appointed administrators, advised on the acquisition of certain debts and receivables which had been assigned by the company in favour of VFS Legal, and also advised on the terms of an agreement with the appointed solicitor manager to coordinate and manage regulatory and commercial responsibilities.
Leading individuals

David Gray - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Sarah Duignan - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, with sector specialisms in education, food retail, aerospace and defence, utilities, chemical and healthcare. The department has seen an uptick in cross-border matters, as well as employment-related immigration advice and maters relating to equal pay and gender and ethnicity pay. Other areas of expertise include worker status, TUPE, class actions, restrictive covenants, trade unions and advocacy in the higher courts. Michael Thompson, who leads the team, has a particular focus on the chemical sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Thompson

Other key lawyers:Diane Gilhooley; Naeema Choudry; Peter Norbury; Michael Burns; Mark Hammerton; Jane Cotton; Robert Gray

Key Clients

Warburtons Limited

Sellafield Limited

University of Bradford


B&Q plc (Kingfisher)

United Utilities

Ecolab Limited

The Hut Group

Equality Human Rights Commission

Tarmac (CRH)

Work highlights

  • Advising Maplin in the run-up to its administration as well as advising the administrators on the employment aspects of the business post-administration.
  • Acting for Cox & Kings on the sale of its Travel Education Division (based in the UK, Germany, France, Austria and Australia) to Midlothian Capital Partners Limited.
  • Providing advice to Interserve's group HR director in implementing the termination of two senior executives.
Leading individuals

Michael Thompson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Principal associate Simon Kenny, who leads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Manchester immigration team, frequently advises universities and companies seeking to sponsor from overseas for study or work in the UK. Another key stream of work is advice on the immigration risk issues in the aftermath of Brexit, as well as handling illegal working allegations and helping clients to respond to sponsor licence suspensions. Kenny also handles global immigration programmes for multinationals seeking to transfer employees to multiple jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):Simon Kenny

Key Clients

The Epilepsy Society

YuMe Europe

South Tyneside College

Community Integrated Care

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's client base consists of trustees, employers and providers, which it advises on the full gambit of pensions issues including debt and liability management, pensions insurance, scheme funding solutions, scheme closures and scheme mergers. The practice is led by Ele Lovering, alongside Charmian Johnson, who is particularly adept at handling moral hazard investigations and advising employers and trustees on compromise deals with the Pension Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator. Helen May, Sarah Lown, Simon Daniel and principal associate Amanda Small are also key team members.

Practice head(s):Ele Lovering

Other key lawyers:Charmian Johnson; Jon Walters; Sarah Lown; Simon Daniel; Amanda Small; Helen May; Lauren O’Connor

Key Clients

Trustees of the MAN UK Group Pension Scheme

INEOS pension schemes

Carlsberg UK Limited Pension Scheme

The Co-operative Group’s Pension Schemes

Thomas Cook



Manchester Airport Group Pension Schemes

Avis Budget

Manchester United Group Pension Scheme

Leading individuals

Charmian Johnson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ele Lovering - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Simon Daniel - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Amanda Small - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of infrastructure transactions procured through PFI, PPP, PF2 and joint ventures. Its expertise spans the health, energy, waste, accommodation, transport, housing and regeneration sectors and it is instructed by public and private sector clients, and lenders. The team works closely with colleagues across the UK and overseas to handle on domestic and cross-border work. Jackie Heeds, Kuljeet Gill , Chris Pickens and Phillip Tunney, who is UK head of the chemicals sector group, are key figures in Manchester.

Other key lawyers:Jackie Heeds; Kuljeet Gill; Chris Pickens; Phillip Tunney

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn




Pensions Infrastructure Platform




Rwanda Development Board


Work highlights

  • The team, together with local counsel, advised the Rwanda Development Board on the negotiation of the concession for the country’s new international airport, Bugesera International Airport. It advised on the construction contract entered into by the airport company, Bugesera Airport Company; and advised on the the shareholders agreement.
  • The team, together with local counsel, advised the IFC on the implementation of the Philippines Health PPP, for the delivery of a new cancer treatment centre at the Philippine General Hospital.  
  • Advised the client in respect of property arrangements to be put in place in support of an innovative restructuring and financing to be provided to the client.
Leading individuals

Jackie Heeds - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The 'outstanding' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†routinely advises a raft of clients across the higher education and further education sectors, and also acts for schools, academies and private education institutions.¬† Employment, student matters, charity law, dispute management, real estate, corporate, commercial, IP, health and safety, constitutional and regulatory mandates are key areas of expertise.¬†Team head Diane Gilhooley¬†is a 'true leader in the field' and is ably supported by Simon Chamberlain, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices and heads the estates education team. Legal director Robert Gray¬†¬†handles employment matters in the education sector and senior associate Si√Ęn Jones-Davies¬†specialises in student issues and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Diane Gilhooley

Other key lawyers:Simon Chamberlain; Robert Gray; Siân Jones-Davies; Helen Cairns; Simon Kenny; Corrine Sobers

Key Clients

University of Bradford

Sheffield Hallam University

Harper Adams University

London South Bank University

Loughborough University

Middlesex University

Altius Trust

Congleton MAT

Wellington School

Hamblin Education Trust

The Dunham Trust

University of Manchester

Work highlights

  • Defended Keele University in high-value litigation.
  • Advised Barnet and Southgate College Corporation on the delivery up of confidential information.
  • Defended a university in employment tribunal proceedings.
  • Advised a higher education institution on a review of governance structures.
  • Advised Russell Group University on potential changes to its procedures and practices for dealing with complaints of sexual harassment by students and staff.
Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Robert Gray - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Si√Ęn Jones-Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its public sector expertise and the firm advises on projects, governance and structures, collaboration with the private sector and third sector, regeneration developments, major outsourcing, procurement, investigations and public sector pension matters. In Manchester, the team has handled significant transport and development projects. Jackie Heeds is 'brilliant' and has vast experience in infrastructure transactions procured through PFI/PPP/PF2 and Joint Ventures. Kuljeet Gill is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Jackie Heeds

Other key lawyers:Kuljeet Gill

Key Clients

Transport for Greater Manchester (“TfGM”)

The University of Manchester


Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), in conjunction with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) who are the co-promoters, on the proposed delivery of a transport interchange facility, associated ‘green space’ park, residential mixed-use development and link to heavy rail station works in Stockport town centre.
  • Appointed by the University to advise on the development of its North Campus in Manchester City Centre in September 2017.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'very well established' team regularly acts for private and public sector developers on development and regeneration schemes as well as acting for  real estate funds and institutional investors on the funding, acquisition and disposal of investment properties and is experienced in 'build to rent' mandates. The team also stands out for its experience in advising corporate clients on property mandates, and for its retail and healthcare sector experience. Team head Nancy Brown is 'very experienced' and handles a range of corporate real estate mandates, with particular experience in advising clients in the financial services, healthcare, retail and logistics sectors. Phillip Tunney acts for industrial clients on their property holdings and is also experienced in the minerals sector, and legal director Joanna Sowerby is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Nancy Brown

Other key lawyers:Ian Barker; Phillip Tunney; Michael Buchanan; Joanna Sowerby; Tracy Gibson; Elizabeth Cartwright; Roy Barry; Jayne Speers; Lindsey Clark

Key Clients

Aviva Investors

Muse Developments

English Cities Fund

Manchester Airport Group

Airport City Limited Partnership

Kier Property Developments

Peel Holdings


The Co-operative Bank

Homes England

Harworth Group

Kwik Fit (ETEL)

Jardine (Lancaster)


Global Radio (Capital Radio)




PH Properties



Co-operative Bank

John Lewis/Waitrose

TSB Bank


BAE Systems

Macbryde Homes


Medesham Homes

Beech Developments

Livingbridge LLP


Johnson Controls (formerly Tyco)


Lend Lease


Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council


Seashell Trust

Turning Point

Igloo Regeneration


Barclays Bank

Taylor Wimpey

Guardian Industrial


Siglion Developments

RR Donnellley

Slough Urban Regeneration

Cable Swan

Ashall Group

Salford City Council

Trafford Borough Council

PMG Regeneration


Manchester Metropolitan University

Premier Foods

Swissport GB



Caddick Developments

Sappi Papier Holdings

Tarmac Group

Manchester International Festival

St Helens College

Carlisle City Council

Lyondelllbasel Industries

NCC Group


Dong Energy

University of Manchester

Leeds University

Maple Tree

Morris Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Airport City Limited Partnership on the development and construction of a new multi-phase 1,000,000 sq ft HQ office campus for The Hut Group at Manchester Airport City.
  • Advised Airport City Limited Partnership on the development of three hotels at the core of the £180m hotel district at Airport City.
  • Advised English Cities Fund on its third bespoke PRS building at New Bailey, a £35m, 199 unit 20 storey riverside scheme
  • Advised Evans Property Group on the £90m investment sale of Rotherham Borough Councils’ civic headquarters underpinned by an 'annuity' lease structure.
  • Advised Trafford Borough Council on its investment in the Grafton Centre in Altrincham for £10.3m.
Leading individuals

Nancy Brown - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Phillip Tunney - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Joanna Sowerby - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. The team is instructed by employer and purchaser clients on construction projects and it is active on matters across the energy, utilities, transport, property development and public sectors. Simon Chamberlain heads the firm's North construction and engineering practice, and Chris Pickens is active in energy, utilities and transport sector work. The 'first-rate' Gregory Buckley heads the firm's national construction and engineering disputes team.

Practice head(s):Simon Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:Chris Pickens; Gregory Buckley; Claire Randall-Smith; Alice Maloney; Nigel Proctor 


'Nigel Proctor is a well-known name in the market.'

Key Clients

Network Rail

The Hospital Company (Liverpool)

John Sisk & Son

Welsh Water Organic Energy

Manchester City Council

Salford City Council

English Cities Fund

Claremont Group Interiors


Airport City

Work highlights

  • Advised Network Rail on the impact of the collapse of Carillion Construction and on the transfer of a significant number of vital construction and engineering contracts to Amey Rail.
  • Advised Network Rail on new construction contracts for inclusion in its standard suite of contracts. These contracts will be used to deliver the majority of its construction and engineering projects during its next five-year control period starting in 2019.
  • Advised The Hospital Company, an SPV which was set up to deliver the £400m Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI Project, on the restructuring of the project and its transfer to the NHS Trust.
  • The team continues to act for Irish contractor John Sisk & Son in relation to a major dispute concerning the construction of an energy-from-waste power plant in the UK.
  • Advised a Finnish headquartered global EPC contractor client on a $33m dispute with a Korean company concerning the construction of the world's biggest tri-fuel power plant in the Middle East.
Leading individuals

Chris Pickens - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon Chamberlain - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gregory Buckley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning team, which is led by Richard Lloyd and Michelle Moss, handles development and infrastructure projects. It advises on residential schemes, regeneration projects, CPO-based schemes and CPO compensation cases. The energy and retail sectors are also key areas of focus.  Lloyd heads the compulsory purchase group and Moss is an 'excellent CPO practitioner'. Senior associate Fiona Barker is also noted. The environment team, which is led by legal director Jane Southworth , handles contentious and non-contentious work and stands out for its chemicals expertise. Senior associate Catherine Manning is noted for non-contentious environmental and health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Lloyd (planning) Michelle Moss (plannning) Jane Southworth (environment)

Other key lawyers:Fiona Barker; Catherine Manning

Key Clients


Capital & Regional



Homes England

Taylor Wimpey

Bluemantle Group

London Borough of Barnet

London & Continental Railways

Moda Living

National Grid

Highways England

NNB Generation Company (HPC)

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind farm

Network Rail

Seashell Trust

Muse Developments


Land Securities

National Grid

Nuclear Decommissioning Agency


Sims Group UK

Severn Trent Water

Legal and General


Koch Industries

Thames Water


Work highlights

  • Advised HS2 on four high-value and complex claims that have been referred to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for determination.
  • The team is instructed by London & Continental Railways  on the regeneration of its AXIS site in Birmingham for a scheme of over 1m square feet of new office space.
  • Advised The London Borough of Barnet on planning and compulsory purchase matters on its £4.3bn regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood, one of the London Mayor’s strategic Opportunity Areas.
  • Advised company on the environmental permitting regime and the link with the funding and pricing arrangements agreed by the relevant utilities regulator.
  • Advised a large US manufacturing company on a breach of the ROHS Regulations by one of its suppliers.
Leading individuals

Michelle Moss - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Richard Lloyd - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Catherine Manning  - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Fiona Barker - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is engaged on a full range of property litigation work and boasts expertise across cases involving lease terminations and renewals, breach of covenant, rent reviews, dilapidations, rights of light and insolvency. The team assists clients to de-risk property portfolios and it acts for clients across the transport, education, industrial, chemicals, financial services, telecoms, consumer, aviation, energy and utilities sectors. James Batham is engaged by retail occupiers and developers and is instructed on professional negligence claims relating to complex transactions. Department head David McGuirk handles a raft of contentious landlord and tenant portfolio management and property disputes. Senior associates Alex Wright and Joanne Mills are also key figures.  Gemma Staples has joined Pannone Corporate LLP.

Practice head(s):David McGuirk

Other key lawyers:James Batham; Alex Wright; Joanne Mills

Key Clients

Manchester Airport Group

Aviva Investors

Co-Operative Bank

Homes England

Network Rail Infrastructure

BAE Systems

Associated British Ports

INOVYN Enterprises

European Metal Recycling

ETEL (Kwik Fit)

Work highlights

  • The team co-ordinated possession proceedings on Clydesdale Bank's behalf after an individual defaulted on his repayments.
Leading individuals

David McGuirk - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

James Batham - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Alex Wright - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's key client sectors include TMT, energy, retail, utilities, financial services and industrial. Tom Bridgford heads the technology department in the North West and is the key partner for large corporate clients. Nick Stubbs splits his time between the Leeds and Manchester offices and handles outsourcing, licensing, procurement and commercial arrangements. Principal associate Richard Hill deals with outsourcing, software contracts, data security and data centre arrangements.

Practice head(s):Tom Bridgford

Other key lawyers:Nick Stubbs; Richard Hill

Key Clients


Smiths Business Information Services Limited

Daisy Communications Limited


The Co-Operative Bank Plc

Together Financial Services

BNP Paribas

The University of Manchester

AstraZeneca UK Limited

Turkish Airlines


Go Plant Fleet Services Limited

Comparex UK Limited

Turning Points Limited

European Tyre Enterprise Limited (Kwik Fit)

Avis Budget EMEA Limited

Johnson Matthey Battery Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Go Plant, the UK’s leading provider of operated road sweepers and self-drive specialist vehicles, on the master services agreement for Jaama Limited to provide an off-site hosted vehicle management software solution.
  • Acted for Avis in relation to its procurement of a monitored and managed security solution from Dell to improve Avis’ efficiency in relation to various security risk from common threats to sophisticated cyber-attacks.
  • Instructed to create a SaaS agreement for Kwik Fit, including the configuration, hosting, licensing and maintenance of software by a third party supplier.

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.