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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides expertise across key sectors including financial services, payments, energy, technology, health and sport. The firm acts for private and public sector clients and has experience advising on Brexit-related commercial work locally and internationally. In addition, the team is known for strategic transactional work. UK practice head Richard Prowse specialises in advising private and public sector clients on a range of commercial agreements, notably complex outsourcings and concession agreements. Alison Brearey leads the London group and has particular experience in international and global contracting. In a recent highlight, the department advised American Express on all aspects of its corporate co-brand agreement with British Airways, including drafting and negotiating the contract terms.

Practice head(s):Richard Prowse; Alison Brearey

Key Clients

Rolls-Royce

Sherwin-Williams

Smiths Group Plc

Hammerson Plc

Severn Trent Plc

Mitchells & Butlers

National Grid Plc

ITSO

John Lewis Plc

Arm

Honda Motor Europe

Avis Budget EMEA

American Express

INEOS

Superdry plc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Taco Bell

Work highlights

  • Acting as the primary external legal adviser to Rolls-Royce in relation to its complex, multi-jurisdictional arrangements for the sourcing of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for large civil aero engines.
  • Advised INEOS in relation to a new toll manufacturing agreement for INEOS to supply ethoxylation capacity to Wilmar from across the INEOS network.
  • Advising Avis on its commercial and employment matters.
  • Assisting Hammerson with the re-tender and consolidation of its marketing contracts, including the re-tender of each of its advertising, public relations and events contracts for its shopping centre portfolio.
  • Assisting ITSO with agreeing a series of interconnected deals to embed its UK-wide groundbreaking inter-operable smart-ticketing solution onto mobile.
Leading individuals

Alison Brearey - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Cathryn Vanderspar leads the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has a broad offering in investment fund taxation, cross-border M&A, real estate investment, finance tax and tax risk insurance. The team includes funds taxation specialist Camilla Spielman and real estate tax expert Paul Beausang, who joined the group from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Cathryn Vanderspar

Other key lawyers:Camilla Spielman; Ben Jones; Paul Beausang; Deepesh Upadhyay

Testimonials

'Eversheds offer a wealth of experience with dealing with the UK regulator and they have a close knit team of advisers that provides tax/regulatory advisory services. Their team is relatively unique in as much that it has been together for some time now and so it is good to deal with the same people who have worked on our account and know our business very well.'

'Detailed knowledge. Broad spectrum advice and expertise. Partner led, commercial and responsive approach.'

'Camilla Spielman is technically very strong in respect of tax issues in respect of the UK fund management industry. She is good to work with and is proactive in bringing emerging tax issues to my attention.'

'Ben Jones is commercial and responsive.'

Key Clients

Legal & General

Land Securities

M&G Investments

SEGRO

Aviva

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva on tax aspects of the sale of its global indirect real estate investment business and its interest in the European commercial real estate fund, Encore+. The deal will result in around £6 billion of assets under management being transferred to LaSalle
  • Advised Rolls-Royce on the sale of its commercial marine division to Kongsberg Gruppen
  • Advising AIG Europe on the underwriting of approximately 20 W&I insurance policies in relation to transactions with an aggregate value of over £4bn.
  • Advised Blackstone on its sale of the iconic Adelphi building in Covent Garden to Pontegadea, the investment vehicle of Amancio Ortega, the founder of fashion brand Zara

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Acting nationally and internationally, the competition, EU and trade team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†provides full-service legal advice to clients on matters concerning market studies and investigations, competition litigation, merger control, distribution arrangements, regulatory issues, state aid, and competition law compliance. Established as a standout in the merger control space, the team also handles reviews regarding foreign direct investment. Of recent note, a team led by Peter Harper¬†convinced the CMA to grant a Phase I clearance to client Tayto Group in relation to its acquisition of The Real Pork Crackling Company. Among other high-profile matters, practice head Ros Kellaway¬†provides competition law advice relating to Brexit.¬†Bringing ‚Äėa great deal of experience across multiple sectors‚Äô, Lesley Farrell¬†is also noted. Currently serving as a consultant at the firm,Stephen Rose¬†retired from the partnership in October 2018. Rod Lambert¬†joined from Brodies LLP¬†in April 2018 and splits his time between Brussels and London.

Practice head(s):Ros Kellaway

Other key lawyers:Peter Harper; Lesley Farrell; Rod Lambert

Testimonials

'Excellent client skills'

'With Eversheds, clients feel very confident that they are getting sound legal advice which also reflects their own priorities'

'Ros Kellaway is a highly experienced competition lawyers exercising  good judgement coupled with a high level of commitment to protecting clients' interests'

Key Clients

Agents’ Mutual

CPL Industries Group

Europcar

Next

Pentland Brands

Recolight

Severn Trent

Tayto Group

Transport for London

Volkswagen Group UK

Work highlights

  • Acting for CPL Industries Group on a  CMA's investigation
  • Advsing Next on a range of competition law issues, primarily focusing on the client's distribution arrangements.
  • Providing strategic and day-to-day competition advice to Pentland.
  • Providing strategic and day-to-day competition law advice regarding all aspects of the operation of Volkswagen's UK business.
  • Acted for the UK's largest crisp and snack manufacturer Tayto Group on the CMA’s investigation into the client's acquisition of The Real Pork Crackling Company.

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the international trade team is adept at handling a wide range of cross-border matters, such as trade control requirements, export classification and licensing audits, sanctions compliance analysis and investigations. The group has experience in dealing with WTO-specific issues, including providing advice on trading within the organisation‚Äôs framework, as well as on quotas and trade barriers, pricing mechanisms, reviews of contractual obligations in light of Brexit, and regulatory compliance risk assessments. While the department has already carved out a significant reputation in these areas, it is further expanding its presence in the aerospace and defence, engineering, chemicals, technology, utilities, transportation and energy sectors. ‚ÄėTruly excellent‚Äô practice head James Lindop¬†has particular expertise in diversified industrials and technology. Giles Salmond‚Äôs practice focuses on customs duties with a particular emphasis on litigation.

Practice head(s):James Lindop

Other key lawyers:Giles Salmond

Key Clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Rolls-Royce Holdings

BBA Aviation

Hesco Bastion

Tenneco

Work highlights

  • Advised Rolls-Royce on the £500m sale of its commercial marine division to aerospace company Kongsberg Gruppen; advice included pre-sale due diligence as well as trade control advice.
  • Advising Tenneco on certain trade-related aspects of its £160m acquisition of a majority stake in Öhlins Intressenter AB.
Next Generation Partners

James Lindop - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has historically been a strong performer in the mid-market IPO space, working across the AIM and main market. The practice group has shown a particularly strong client base of nomad/brokers and UK investment trusts. Steve Nash and Richard Moulton are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Steve Nash; Richard Moulton

Other key lawyers:Sebastian Orton; Daniel Hall

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP department provides a broad range of regulatory advisory services, particularly specialising in cryptoassets. Co-head Michaela Walker advises fund management clients and depositary banks in regulated activities and product development, as well as related corporate work; co-head David Saunders has expertise in project managing regulatory investigations, regulatory change projects and past business reviews for financial services firms. The contentious wing of the practice is notable for anti-money laundering regulations, financial crime and is appointed to the FCA/PRA Skilled Person’s panel. The firm also has an in-house team of regulatory consultants and compliance professionals. Gregory Brandman leads the contentious team and specialises in representing financial institutions, senior managers and approved persons in FCA and PRA enforcement proceedings. He can call on the expertise of Jake McQuitty, formerly the Head of Investigations & Enforcement at Barclays Bank plc, who focuses on corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of corporate crime and investigations specialist Steve Smith, who joined from Nomura International Plc, and hedge fund expert Ben Watford, who joined from MJ Hudson. Partner Neill Blundell left for Macfarlanes LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):Gregory Brandman; Matthew Allen

Other key lawyers:Jake McQuitty; Steve Smith

Testimonials

'Greg Brandman's contentious regulatory team has been going from strength to strength'

'They take a sensible approach and are a pleasure to co-counsel with'

'Greg Brandman is consistently in demand for his strategic approach, good memory for detail and pleasant manner with clients. He is a force to be reckoned with'

Key Clients

Equifax Limited

Mohammad Ataur Rahman Prodhan

Archers Daniels Midland

JP Morgan

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander

Standard Chartered Bank

Amazon

Sonali Bank (UK) Ltd

Serious Fraud Office

Work highlights

  • Act for Equifax Limited on the FCA and Information Commissioner's Office investigations arising from the 2017 cyberattack on the company’s US parent, Equifax Inc.
  • Act for Mr Prodhan, the former Chief Executive Officer of Sonali Bank (UK) Limited (SBUK) and SBUK in relation to FCA enforcement action. .
Leading individuals

Gregory Brandman - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Matthew Allen - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jake McQuitty - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP department provides a broad range of regulatory advisory services, particularly specialising in cryptoassets. Co-head Michaela Walker advises fund management clients and depositary banks in regulated activities and product development, as well as related corporate work; co-head David Saunders has expertise in project managing regulatory investigations, regulatory change projects and past business reviews for financial services firms. The contentious wing of the practice is notable for anti-money laundering regulations, financial crime and is appointed to the FCA/PRA Skilled Person’s panel. The firm also has an in-house team of regulatory consultants and compliance professionals. Gregory Brandman leads the contentious team and specialises in representing financial institutions, senior managers and approved persons in FCA and PRA enforcement proceedings. He can call on the expertise of Jake McQuitty, formerly the Head of Investigations & Enforcement at Barclays Bank plc, who focuses on corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of corporate crime and investigations specialist Steve Smith, who joined from Nomura International Plc, and hedge fund expert Ben Watford, who joined from MJ Hudson. Partner Neill Blundell left for Macfarlanes LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):Michaela Walker; David Saunders

Testimonials

'Greg Brandman's contentious regulatory team has been going from strength to strength'

'They take a sensible approach and are a pleasure to co-counsel with'

'Greg Brandman is consistently in demand for his strategic approach, good memory for detail and pleasant manner with clients. He is a force to be reckoned with'

Key Clients

Kinesis

Pollen Street Capital

Namahe

WealthKernel: HSBC; TAM Asset Management

IATA

Financial Conduct Authority (Skilled Persons Review)

Bank of China

Link

BNY Mellon Asset Management

Integrated Financial

Work highlights

  • Advising Kinesis on the regulatory classification of and legal requirements for a yield-bearing digital currency based on physical gold and silver.
  • Assisted Pollen Street Capital with the acquisition of insurance mediation entities as well as three payment services firms.
  • Advising Namahe Limited on all regulatory aspects of launching a services payment utility token in the fashion industry.
  • Advising WealthKernel regarding setting up one of the first Shariah-compliant robo-advice services; setting up a platform services model which allowed for seamless integration of robo-advisers, platform and execution products line within a single umbrella.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises national and international clients on cross-border M&A transactions, acting for corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms. The firm's global reach facilitates this multi-jurisdictional approach, with the London office operating as a hub for advising clients. Key sectors for the firm include energy and infrastructure, industrials, real estate, TMT and financial services. Head of department Richard Moulton is especially experienced in the latter two, in addition to acting for private equity clients. Although the firm saw Sebastian Orton leave for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the team was bolstered by the hire of Stewart Womersley from Addleshaw Goddard, a specialist in real estate transactions, covering both indirect real estate and real estate funds. Co-chair of cross-border M&A, Roger Johnson, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Moulton

Other key lawyers:Robin Johnson; Nigel Cooke

Testimonials

'A strong presence in the renewables space'

'Robin Johnson is very highly respected in the market'

Key Clients

DuPont

CGN Europe Energy

Intermediate Capital Group

Nestle

Inflexion Private Equity

Shell

Legal & General

American Express

Experian

Smiths Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva Investors on the disposal of its real estate multi-manager (REMM) business to LaSalle Investment Management, for an undisclosed sum.
  • Advised healthcare products manufacturer Owens & Minor on the $710m acquisition of the Surgical and infectious Products unit from Halyward Health Inc.
  • Advised Shell on the $329m sale of Shell Exploration and production Oman to IOCL Singapore PTE, an Indian Oil Corporation subsidiary.
  • Advised shareholders of John Guest Holdings' on the company's sale to Reliance Worldwide Corporation for £687m.
  • Advised SembCorp Industries on the acquisition of UK Power Reserve (UKPR) from Equistone Partners Europe, Inflexion Private Equity and UKPR management, for £216m.
Leading individuals

Robin Johnson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Richard Moulton - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the 'focus on building strong client relationships is simply exemplary'. The firm's practice regularly advises national and international PE houses, in addition to management teams and providers of debt finance, and now counts more than 20 different buyout houses on its client list, with many providing repeat instructions. Besides MBOs and management buy-ins, the group is also instructed on public-to-private transactions, leveraged buyouts and 'debt for equity' restructurings. The corporate offering further boasts integrated sector expertise in areas such as financial services, energy, industrial engineering, TMT, aerospace and defence and healthcare. Andy Case, who acts as global head of company secretarial services, is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardmore

Testimonials

'The senior professionals provide a personal touch and take a commercial and pragmatic approach; they are always there when you need them.  They work to understand the situation properly and then apply strong expertise in the relevant areas'.

'The team demonstrates a real passion for fostering a close and effective relationship with their clients; they act as true advisers and ambassadorial intermediaries in tricky situations'

Key Clients

Intermediate Capital Group

Silverfleet Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Perwyn LLP

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

Primary Capital

CBPE Capital Partners

Sovereign Capital

Livingbridge

LDC

H2 Equity Partners

Graphite Capital

Baird Capital Partners Europe

Bridgepoint Development Capital

Bridges Fund Management

Aurelius

Phoenix Private Equity

Elysian

Work highlights

  • Advised Mountain Warehouse and its management and shareholders on the minority investment into Mountain Warehouse by Inflexion (through Inflexion’s specialist minority fund, Partnership Capital).  
  • Advised H2 Equity Partners on complex parallel investments in Healthcare 21 and Aquilant, with the aim of creating a new market-leading group in healthcare and scientific sales and distribution – partnering with the shareholders of Healthcare 21.
  • Advised Perwyn on the secondary buyout of the Lowe Rental group from MML Capital.   This was one of the largest ever private equity transactions in Northern Ireland and was important for Perwyn as it was its first investment into the Irish market.
  • Acted for Lloyds Development Capital (Holdings) Limited (LDC) on the sale of the NEC Group by LDC and management to Blackstone.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Key areas of expertise for the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are investment fund taxation, international tax, real estate tax, finance tax and tax risk insurance. The group is led by Ben Jones, who has a strong tax insurance practice alongside VAT and indirect tax work. The group also includes real estate tax specialist Paul Beausang, who joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in May 2018, and principal associate Deepesh Upadhyay, who is an expert in finance-related tax. Giles Salmond is another key name, with indirect tax disputes experience. Cathryn Vanderspar retired.

Practice head(s):Ben Jones

Other key lawyers:Paul Beausang; Deepesh Upadhyay

Key Clients

Legal & General

Land Securities

M&G Investments

Segro

Aviva

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva on the tax aspects of the sale of its global indirect real estate investment business and its interest in the European commercial real estate fund, Encore+.
  • Acted for Singapore-based asset management and investment institution on the tax aspects of its first UK real estate venture with the acquisition of property assets across the UK from Telereal Trillium through a managed fund.
  • Advising AIG Europe on the tax aspects of the underwriting of approximately 20 W&I insurance policies in relation to M&A transactions with an aggregate value of over £4bn.
Leading individuals

Giles Salmond - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong track record of work on corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement and fraud matters, with areas of expertise including market abuse, money laundering, cybersecurity, asset tracing and recovery, online fraud and identity theft. The firm is also experienced in multi-party litigation and multi-jurisdictional trust disputes, with key client sectors including commerce, finance and sport. Neville Byford and Neville Gray head the team. Former head of corporate crime and investigations Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP; he was succeeded by Zia Ullah.

Practice head(s):Neville Byford; Neville Gray

Other key lawyers:Jake McQuitty; Richard Little; Adam Fisher; David Flack; Anthony Davies; Tim Browning; Amanda Rowley; Ridah Iqbal

Key Clients

BPL

Damazein

Iranian Offshore Engineering Companies

Richard Goddard

Santander

SFO

Credit Suisse Trust

Centinel Spine

Herscher

Shingles

Work highlights

  • Acting for Damazein Global Investments Limited in a claim brought against Salamanca Capital Limited to recover sums in the region of $3m relating to a failed investment.
  • Acting for Iranian Offshore Engineering Company, one of the world’s largest offshore engineering firms, in a Commercial Court claim centring around a supposed contract for the purchase of an oil rig, for which it paid $87m.
  • Representing Santander UK in a mortgage fraud case.
  • Representing the SFO in civil proceedings before the High Court against mining giant Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC). The SFO sought a declaration from the High Court that four categories of documents being withheld by ENRC were not materials that the it was entitled to refuse to disclose or produce to the SFO on the grounds of legal professional privilege.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's disputes experience includes banking law and regulation compliance controversies, co-ordinating case strategy for the cross-border aspects of disputes, fraudulent payment litigation and recoveries, and consumer finance litigation and class action defence. Matthew Allen is co-head of financial services disputes and investigations globally, and Andrew Legg is a senior litigation partner who is highly rated for his litigation and contentious regulatory work, which often contains cross-border elements. Also key to the practice are David Flack, Jennifer Miles and Jake McQuitty. Mariafrancesca De Leo   relocated to the firm's Milan office.

Practice head(s):Matthew Allen

Other key lawyers:Andrew Legg; David Flack; Jennifer Miles; Jake McQuitty

Testimonials

'Top flight banking litigation expertise without the price tag attached to the magic circle. Well versed in handling the very largest banking disputes, some of them involving multiple jurisdictions.  Able to resource complex, document heavy litigation flexibly and efficiently for a very demanding and cost conscious client group.'

'Extensive experience in all areas of financial services means they combine expertise in one place, while offering a range of alternative solutions through their compliance Eversheds Consulting arm and Eversheds Agile contracting arm, meaning solutions can be tailored to specific requirements. We view them as relatively cost efficient compared to firms of comparable capabilities.'

'Eversheds has some very good individuals who can deal with banking litigation. They are also are a highly efficient and capable litigation practice generally.'

David Flack is entrusted by the biggest banks with defending some of the largest claims against them. Great at master-minding the deployment of resource to ensure the right sequencing on complex projects. Nurtures talent in his team.  A positive thinker who is a delight to work with.'

'Oliver Shipway is developing excellent know how on technical aspects of banking regulation, which are frequently a critical element in claims brought against banks by claimants who are asserting that their losses can be linked to regulatory shortcomings. Recently involved in a Supreme Court case.'

'Andrew Legg is highly experienced, with a good head for law and litigation.'

Leading individuals

Andrew Legg - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial and corporate litigation team was recently active in taking three cases to trial, with one in the Court of Appeal. Commercial dispute resolution group head in London Mark Davenport is also global international commercial disputes head; Neville Byford has over 25 years’ litigation experience; Richard Little's experience includes high-value actions in the Commercial Court; and Jonathan Leach has particular expertise in energy, trade and finance related disputes.  Lucy Webster and Tim Browning are experienced principal associates, and legal director Rachel Bennet was hired from Enyo Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Mark Davenport

Other key lawyers:Neville Byford; Richard Little; Jonathan Leach; Lucy Webster; Tim Browning; Rachel Bennet

Testimonials

'A first rate team, highly responsive to clients'

'Mark Davenport  has led an outstanding team for many years.'

Key Clients

Barclay Pharmaceuticals

C Bidco

Damazein Global Investments

Peter Black Footwear and Accessories and Visage

Centinel Spine

Work highlights

  • Acted for one of the world’s largest offshore engineering firms in a Commercial Court claim that centred around a high-value contract for an oil rig purchase.
Leading individuals

Mark Davenport - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Lucy Webster - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and the practice has particular experience of challenging jurisdictions in emerging markets. Jonathan Leach is the UK international arbitration and PIL head; Mark Howarth in Leeds acts in international commercial arbitration proceedings across the energy and industrials sectors; and Greg Falkof focuses on disputes in the oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Cameron Forsaith is an experienced principal associate and senior associate Ahmed Abdel-Hakam joined from LALIVE's Geneva office.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Leach

Other key lawyers:Mark Howarth; Greg Falkof; Cameron Forsaith; Ahmed Abdel-Hakam

Key Clients

State of Libya

Islamic Republic of Iran

National Iranian Oil Company

Royal Dutch Shell

Siemens

Work highlights

  • Represented National Iranian Oil Company, as respondent, in a large oil and gas arbitration, which related to the supply of Iranian gas to the UAE.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Leach - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Greg Falkof - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's investor-state arbitration practice continues to be highly sought after by states in the most significant disputes. It is acting for the state of Libya in its defence of three separate and unrelated arbitrations, brought in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.  The group also draws upon its network of international offices to advise on treaty obligations and interpretation, the status of foreign governments, state immunity, and international human rights claims. Jonathan Leach advises multinational corporates on non-contentious and contentious matters arising from their investments into and trade with emerging markets. Other key figures to note include Mark Howarth, who is representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in a long-running dispute with the USA, before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal; Greg Falkof, and senior associates Cameron Forsaith and Ahmed Abdel-Hakam.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Leach

Other key lawyers:Mark Howarth; Greg Falkof; Cameron Forsaith; Ahmed Abdel-Hakam

Key Clients

Royal Dutch Shell plc

Kingdom of Cambodia

Republic of India

Republic of Slovenia

Republic of Peru

Work highlights

  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in a long-running dispute with the US, in relation to contracted trade in excess of $20bn, and various international treaties agreed between the two states both prior to and following the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The claim is before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, established under the auspices of the Algiers Accords agreed between the two states in 1981.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Key areas of expertise for the contentious tax team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP include VAT disputes, customs duty disputes, international tax, Stamp Duty Reserve Tax matters and tax investigations by both UK and international tax authorities. Department head and solicitor-advocate Giles Salmond stands out for his experience of contentious VAT cases and has appeared before courts at every level. Associate Kunal Nathwani is a specialist in international tax disputes.

Practice head(s):Giles Salmond

Other key lawyers:Matt Cummings; Kunal Nathwani; Edward Griffiths

Testimonials

'Resourceful team with a wealth of knowledge.'

'Giles Salmond  is a market leader in indirect tax disputes. Giles combines excellent technical knowledge and experience with creative, lateral thought.'

Key Clients

Hilton Hotels

Lookers Plc

M G Rover Group Limited (in Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation)

N Brown Group Plc

Aozora GMAC Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hilton Hotels in relation to a multi-million pound VAT issue concerning the recoverability of UK VAT by the US hotel group. The team is working with HMRC to find an innovative way to settle the case.
  • Instructed to take over litigation from another firm in relation to a multi-million pound VAT claim for compound interest payable over payments of VAT in relation to historic car dealership bonuses.
  • Advising on a case for M G Rover Group and PwC concerning complex issues of VAT grouping. The team was successful in securing victory before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax).
Rising stars

Kunal Nathwani - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is best-known for handling the financing requirements of the firm's impressive roster of mid-market private equity sponsor clients, including Inflexion and LDC. It is able to provide a cost-effective service by dint of its ability to resource matters from London, as well as many of the firm's regional offices, including Birmingham. Significant clearing bank relationships ensure that the firm also regularly handles a range of corporate lending mandates and acquisition financing matters. Co-head of the London banking practice, Nick Swiss, is recommended.

Practice head(s):Simon Waller; Nick Swiss

Other key lawyers:Simon Mead; Indraj Mangat; Chris Hastings

Testimonials

'The firm provides fantastic, flexible and commercial advice.'

'Chris Hastings is outstanding, both at managing the technical legal issues but also spotting those things that aren't strictly part of the remit.'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Phoenix Private Equity

Inflexion Private Equity

Livingbridge Private Equity

Lloyds Development Capital

Baird Capital

Beech Tree Private Equity

Santander

Work highlights

  • Advised LDC in relation to the financing of its investment in FC Business Intelligence, a global events company.
  • Advised Livingbridge Private Equity in relation to the financing of the acquisition of LoveHolidays, the online travel company.
  • Acted for a group of five leading banks in connection with the £140m refinancing of Wincanton plc.

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led out of London by 'safe pair of hands' Simon Waller, and also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners from across the firm's extensive regional network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's eight-partner team excels at handling domestic mid-market mandates for a diverse client base that includes clearing banks, funds, corporates and insolvency practitioners. The 'fantastic' Jamie Leader has 'huge intellectual ability and sound commercial sensibilities' which he applies to good effect in relation to complex contentious insolvency matters.  

Practice head(s):Simon Waller

Other key lawyers:Jamie Leader; Carl Allen; Alex Mehdevy

Testimonials

'I would highly recommend Eversheds Sutherland London for corporate insolvency work, primarily due to the exceptional capability of Jamie Leader . He is not only a first-class lawyer, with fantastic client care skills, but stands out from the crowd owing to his ability to distill the most complex technical points into client friendly concepts and commercially astute advice.'

Key Clients

PwC

Grant Thornton

FRP

Various clearing banks

Santander

Metrobank

Work highlights

  • Acted for the administrators in relation to the continuing administration of F1 team Force India.
  • Acting, in relation to the Orla Kiely fashion brand, for the secured creditor in enforcement and appointment of the administrator and then acting in the administration dealing with disputes and effecting numerous asset realisations.
  • Advising 26 former partners in law firm Ince & Co in issues arising from the firm's entry into administration and subsequent pre-pack sale to Gordon Dadds.
  • Represent the first and second defendants in a multi-party claim issued in the Commercial Court by CNM Estates (Tolworth Tower) Limited, which is a special purpose vehicle that forms part of the CNM Group of companies.

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP focuses predominantly on representing buy-side clients and it is a leading adviser to authorised funds complying with new regulations affecting the derivatives market. Among its clients are numerous investment funds and pension schemes, which it assists with trading and hedging matters. The practice also acts for banks and building societies in balance sheet management. Jonathan Master leads the UK derivatives practice and his recent work includes advising hedge funds on ISDA agreements and other related derivatives documentation. Key partner Richard Batchelor, principal associate Jamie Dunlop and senior associate Paul Denham, who advises banks, building societies, asset managers and corporate buy-side entities on derivatives and securities finance transactions, play key roles in the practice.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP focuses on acting for FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies, advising on rewards and incentives. The firm has particular expertise in relation to implementing and advising upon employee incentive schemes in multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Mathew Gorringe is a cross-border specialist and is known for taking the lead on rolling out schemes in various jurisdictions, as well as guiding companies through the laws of local jurisdictions to facilitate this.

Practice head(s):Mathew Gorringe

Testimonials

'They show the meticulous attention to the technical detail needed to ensure that scheme arrangements meet their objectives whilst complying with legislative requirements, including step-by-step guidance'

'Mathew Gorringe combines responsiveness with excellent advice and innovation, based on detailed knowledge of the subject area'

Key Clients

Grainger plc

AstraZeneca plc

United Utilities Group PLC

IntegraFin Holdings plc

Maru Group Limited

New Look

Croda International plc

Gresham House plc

Holidaybreak Limited

Intertrust

Work highlights

  • Advised the remuneration committee of Grainger on the adjustment to awards under the company’s incentive plans, liaised with HMRC on the adjustments, drafted adjustment letters, revised award certificates, and made various amendments to the rules of the plans and employee communications.
  • Advised IntegraFin on all share schemes aspects of its IPO on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advising United Utilities Group PLC in relation to the impact of GDPR on the operation of the company’s share incentive schemes and on updating and refreshing the rules of its suite of share incentive schemes.
  • Advised OnTheMarket on all share schemes aspects of its IPO on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Engaged by Maru Group Limited to assist it in respect of an offer of its shares to employees resident in the UK, the US, Argentina, Canada and Denmark.

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's has a particular focus on three areas - City financial service firms and major plcs; international work; and industrial relations. With regards to City/financial services work, the team handles much work relating to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, while its international practice is continuing to thrive on the back of the firm's transatlantic merger in 2017 and other recent global expansion. Manchester partner Diane Gilhooley heads up the firm's global HR practice; in London, the team is led by Paul Fontes, who handles both non-contentious and contentious matters, including Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Other key London partners include labour relations head Martin Warren, industrial relations head Marc Meryon and Sophie White, who joined from Abbiss Cadre LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Diane Gilhooley; Paul Fontes

Other key lawyers:Martin Warren; Marc Meryon; Sophie White

Key Clients

British Broadcasting Corporation

John Lewis Partnership

Lloyds Banking Group

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

London City Airport

Landsec plc

Revlon

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT)

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for FTSE 250 insurance broker, JLT Specialty Limited, in the Court of Appeal against a former senior executive for repayment of a £500,000 bonus.    
  • Advising a US TMT client on the interaction between employment laws and GDPR/the Data Protection Act 2018 in respect of the employment of a data protection officer.

  • Continued to advise Expedia on a global project to better understand the feasibility and potential implementation of a global standard minimum benefit for maternity, adoption and paternity leave in each of the jurisdictions in which it has employees (excluding the US).
  • Continued to provide the BBC with significant strategic advice in respect of the management of and response to complaints made by on-air and off-air staff.
  • Continued to advise on labour relations implications of the integration of the Fed Ex and TNT UK (who share a common recognised union – Unite).  

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a popular choice for multinational companies in relation to both contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters. Birmingham-based Kevin Elliott leads the team nationally and regularly advises on fatalities and serious incidents. Another notable name from the Birmingham office is David Young, who is especially experienced in the aerospace, energy, and food and beverage sectors. Newcastle-based Tim Hill leads the offices in Northern England and Scotland, and his work has a strong emphasis on the energy and manufacturing industries. Also recommended is senior associate Sarah Valentine who is experienced in corporate manslaughter investigations.

Practice head(s):Kevin Elliot

Other key lawyers:David Young; Tim Hill

Key Clients

Forterra

CPM Group

Mitchells & Butlers plc

VPS UK

Sembcorp

Kingspan

Leeds University

Marshalls plc

Frutarom

DFDS

Kier / Turriff Contractors

Sir Robert McAlpine

Interserve plc

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Dairy Crest

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Interserve Facilities Management in respect of a prosecution brought by the HSE.
  • Advising National Grid in respect of criminal investigations brought by the HSE following the death of an employee.
  • Advised Mitchells & Butlers following a norovirus outbreak linked to the Toby Carvery in Exeter in 2015.
  • Led an internal investigation for Forterra, which was was prosecuted after an investigation into a serious accident that occurred in 2017 at the Manor Works, Claughton, near Lancaster.
  • Advised CPM in respect of a fatal accident when a maintenance fitter became trapped in a conveyor.
Leading individuals

David Young - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Kevin Elliot - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Sarah Valentine - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The non-contentious offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers the full range of key issues in the pensions market, with Francois Barker and Jeremy Goodwin handling bulk annuity transactions, benefit plan closures, derisking exercises and master trust implementation exercises. Of particular note is the team’s expertise in the emerging field of defined benefit consolidation structures. Claire Carroll leads the dispute resolution practice with a particular strength in the financial services sector, offering substantial experience acting in cases involving the exercise of trustee powers, Pensions Regulator investigations, GMP equalisation, rectification claims and professional negligence claims for trustees and employers. The team also offers advice on the growing field of pensions liberation fraud.

Practice head(s):Francois Barker; Jeremy Goodwin; Claire Carroll

Testimonials

'Huge depth of resource within the firm that they can call on; exposed to all the main cases/issues.'

Key Clients

BHS2 Pension Trustees Limited

Legal & General

Tesco Pension Scheme

GE Pension Trustees

Tenneco Inc

Trustee of the New Airways Pension Scheme

Electricity Pensions Limited

Clara Trustees

Trustee of the P&O Pensions Scheme

Trustee of the BT Hybrid Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme

Department for Work and Pensions on the Simpler Annual Statement

John Lewis

Trustee of the People’s Pension Scheme

Accenture

Deloitte UK Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Petrotrin Employees Pension Plan

Sequana

Lend Lease UK Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Trinidad Contractors Pension Scheme

Telefonica

Trustees of the General Motors UK pension schemes

Trustees of the PSA Group pension schemes

DXC and CSC Computer Sciences Corporation

McGraw Hill Pension Plan Trustees

Department for Transport

Nestlé

Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Barnardo’s

Nigel Beeken

Aon Consulting Limited

Aon Hewitt Limited

Box Clever Trustees

Safeway Pension Trustees Limited

Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK Limited

Accenture (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for New Airways Pension Scheme on the proposed closure by BA of the scheme to future benefit build-up.
  • Advised Legal & General on a £2.4bn buy-out for the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan, covering circa 15,500 pensioner members and circa 7,200 deferred members.
  • Handling a suite of instructions for GE Pension Trustees including the restructuring and proposed $18bn spin- off of GE’s Healthcare and Baker Hughes Divisions.
Leading individuals

Francois Barker - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The non-contentious offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers the full range of key issues in the pensions market, with Francois Barker and Jeremy Goodwin handling bulk annuity transactions, benefit plan closures, derisking exercises and master trust implementation exercises. Of particular note is the team’s expertise in the emerging field of defined benefit consolidation structures. Claire Carroll leads the dispute resolution practice with a particular strength in the financial services sector, offering substantial experience acting in cases involving the exercise of trustee powers, Pensions Regulator investigations, GMP equalisation, rectification claims and professional negligence claims for trustees and employers. The team also offers advice on the growing field of pensions liberation fraud.

Practice head(s):Claire Carroll

Testimonials

'Huge depth of resource within the firm that they can call on; exposed to all the main cases/issues.'

Key Clients

Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Barnardo’s

Nigel Beeken  (representative beneficiary)

Aon Consulting Limited

Aon Hewitt Limited

Box Clever Trustees

Safeway Pension Trustees Limited

Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK Limited

Accenture (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited in the High Court in a landmark case concerning the discretionary powers of a trustee body.
  • Acting for Nigel Beeken (representative beneficiary) of the Steria Pension Plan in Part 8 proceedings seeking a declaration as to the effect of a deed of amendment.
Leading individuals

Claire Carroll - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's offering covers all lines of business including tax, product liability, property damage and business interruption, trade credit and energy. As global head of the insurance group, Simon Brooks handles a wide range of matters including negligence claims against insurance brokers. He is supported by associate Naz Gauri, who has experience in financial, professional and property claims.

Practice head(s):Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:Naz Gauri

Key Clients

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc

Aon Limited

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Crawford & Company

Motorplus

Lockton Companies LLP

United Insurance Brokers

AIG

IF P&C

JLT Specialty Ltd

Rising stars

Naz Gauri - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a broad insurance practice, which is led out of London but made up of partners and associates spread across the UK. The team acts for top insurers on matters of risk transaction (life and non-life), reinsurance and regulation, while distribution is another key area for the firm. The team is led by global insurance co-head Simon Brooks, while a key member of the London team is Hugo Laing, who specialises in M&A and Part VIIs, and led the firm's team advising longstanding client Legal & General on the £2.4bn buy-out of the Nortel Networks UK pension plan, a deal which represented the second biggest buy-out ever.

Practice head(s):Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:Hugo Laing

Testimonials

'A pragmatic, commercial, responsive team backed by in-depth experience and technical expertise.'

'Hugo Laing is incredibly hard working, accessible and experienced; he  integrates very well with our in-house teams making completing transactions a pleasure with the confidence he gets it right.'

Key Clients

Generali Worldwide Insurance Company Limited

Aviva

Legal & General

Lloyds Banking Group

Gefion Insurance A/S the Danish insurer

Liberty

Aon Limited

Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

LV

Phoenix

Canada Life

Ageas

Markel

Scottish Widows

Work highlights

  • Advised Pollen Street Capital, the majority owner of Speciality Risk Investments Limited, on the acquisition of the Underwriting Exchange and London Ireland Market Exchange.
  • Advising Legal & General on a £2.4bn buy-out for the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan, which covers around 15,500 pensioner members and around 7,200 deferred members. The deal represented the second biggest buy-out ever.
  • Advised the trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme on its £4.4bn buy-in with Legal & General. This is the largest ever bulk annuity policy arranged with a UK pension scheme.
  • Advised the £800m BHS2 Pension Scheme on its buyout with Pension Insurance Corporation plc.
  • Advised Scottish Widows on its £880m buy-in with the Littlewoods Pension Scheme. The deal was Scottish Widows’ biggest bulk annuity transaction to date.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in a variety of industry sectors, with notable expertise in the automotive and technology space, where the team is regularly instructed to advise on product safety and regulatory matters, as well as on emerging technologies. Other work includes defending clients in product liability claims, recalls and withdrawals, brand protection, and compliance advice. Leeds-based Richard Matthews leads the UK team, as well as the firm's pan-European practice, and is well versed in handling multi-jurisdictional disputes. Principal associate Peter Shervington, also in Leeds, has considerable knowledge of the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):Richard Matthews

Other key lawyers:Peter Shervington

Testimonials

'Peter Shervington has an incredible ability to engage and explain a subject in a clear and understandable way. I would recommend him, and by default Eversheds, wholeheartedly.'

'The team has a huge knowledge base and experience in dealing with consumer product liability claims, particularly involving products being sold in multiple jurisdictions.'

'Richard Matthews  has unrivalled experience in the field - and is especially strong at recognising and advising upon both the legal and commercial implications of any dispute.'

'Peter Shervington  is extremely adept in mastering difficult issues of technical and expert evidence so as to ensure it is deployed to best effect in his client's favour.'

Key Clients

Johnson Controls

Johnson Matthey

Allied Glass

DuPont

XL Insurance

Sodexo

Assa Abloy

Bettys and Taylors Group

Smiths Group

Honda Motors Europe

Siemens

B/S/H Group (formerly Bosch Siemens Hausgerate), a Bosch Subsidiary

Kingspan

Ricoh Europe PLC

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP defends claims against insurance brokers, pension advisors and accountants, and it is instructed by blue-chip professional services firms, insurers and major insurance brokers on complex claims. The London team is ably supported by its regional network of offices to handle high-profile claims. Its pensions sector expertise is demonstrated by its involvement in defending Airways Pension Scheme Trustee, the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, in a long-running claim that examines the extent to which a trustee body must have regard to the sponsoring employer’s views and funding of the scheme when exercising its discretionary powers.

Practice head(s):Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:Matthew Allen; Claire Carroll; Paula Gaddum; Jennifer Miles; Kate Hill; Chris Ives; Naz Gauri; Tomás Mac Gearailt; Richard Bacon

Key Clients

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group

Aon

KPMG

Axa XL

Aon Hewitt

Lockton Companies

United Insurance Brokers

Aon Consulting

Airways Pension Scheme Trustee  (the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, a British Airways pension fund).

Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK

JLT Specialty

Work highlights

  • Defended Aon Consulting in a Part 8 claim regarding the validity of the governing documents of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme, and the team is advising Aon on a related alleged professional negligence claim.    
  • The team is defending Carey Pensions UK LLP and Carey Pension Trustees UK on multiple mis-selling claims and complaints relating to Carey’s role as a SIPP (self-invested personal pension) administrator and pension scheme trustee.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Thanks to a strong historical reputation for funds regulation work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP often advises clients on compliance with non resident Capital Gains Tax (CGT), European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and Brexit planning. Besides fund management work of this kind, the firm's recent highlights have been marked by an increasingly steady flow of fund formation instructions. The group is capable of handling matters involving alternative real asset classes such as build-to-rent schemes and homeless shelters. Additional teams in Luxembourg, Dublin, Hong Kong and the US ensure seamless coordination during cross-jurisdictional fund work. Michaela Walker heads up the practice; Richard Batchelor is an expert in alternative funds.

Practice head(s):Michaela Walker

Other key lawyers:Richard Batchelor

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BMO Real Estate Partners

M&G Real Estate

Schroders

AEW UK Investment Management LLP

Local Pensions Partnership

Aon Hewitt Limited

Nuveen

LJ Administration (UK) Limited

Lendlease

Work highlights

  • Acted for LJ Administration (UK) Limited on an innovative Property Authorised Investment Fund, the Home Long Income Fund, which invests solely in homeless shelters as an asset class.
  • Advised AEW Investment Management on the establishment and marketing of a new closed-ended opportunistic fund, structured as a limited partnership with an exempt unauthorised unit trust feeder.
  • Advised on the combination of two property authorised investment funds following the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen in 2017.
  • Advised on the structuring of Gresham House Energy Storage Fund PLC, the first closed-ended fund listed on the specialist fund segment of the London Stock Exchange plc investing in real estate infrastructure of energy storage systems.
  • Acting for Long Harbour on the establishment of a fund for institutional and high net worth investments, structured as a Guernsey limited partnership, and its acquisition of land and partnership interests in two limited liability partnerships and related joint venture arrangements.

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Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's track record serving clients in the fund management industry dates back to the 1960s. It has a particularly dominant presence in the retail funds market, where it acts for many of the largest and most active asset managers, insurance companies and pension funds. It is also increasingly sought out to act for banks and institutional investors. Team head Michaela Walker has an excellent record establishing unit trusts and open-ended investment companies, and handling mergers of authorised unit trusts, among other matters. Phil Spyropoulos is a go-to adviser for advice on charity authorised investment funds. Camilla Spielman is an expert in funds taxation. Richard Batchelor is another name to note. Pamela Thompson is chair of the firm and joint head of the UK financial services team. .

Practice head(s):Michaela Walker

Other key lawyers:Phil Spyropoulous; Camilla Spielman; Richard Batchelor; Jonathan Master; Stefanie Sahla-Jones; Sarah Burnside; Pamela Thompson

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BMO Real Estate Partners

M&G Real Estate

Schroders

AEW UK Investment Management LLP

Local Pensions Partnership

Aon Hewitt Limited

Nuveen

LJ Administration (UK) Limited

Lendlease

Work highlights

  • Advised AEW UK  on the establishment and marketing of a new closed-ended opportunistic fund, structured as a limited partnership with an exempt unauthorised unit trust feeder. The team advised on all fund structuring, regulatory and tax aspects of the launch.
  • Acted for LJ Administration (UK) Limited on an innovative Property Authorised Investment Fund (PAIF), the Home Long Income Fund, which invests solely in homeless shelters as an asset class.
  • Acting for Aberdeen Standard Investments on the merger of the PAIFs of Standard Life and Aberdeen.
Leading individuals

Pamela Thompson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Phil Spyropoulos - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for over 250 charities. It has particular expertise in advising clients in the education, health, regeneration, mental health and grant-giving sectors. Glynne Stanfield and Paul Pugh are key members of the team that has significant expertise in advising research institutions and grant makers on issues ranging from governance, international giving, social investments and tax. Legal director Stephen O’Reilly is another name to note for his work on diverse matters such as the release of permanent endowment restrictions through to payments to trustees.

Practice head(s):Glynne Stanfield; Paul Pugh

Other key lawyers:Stephen O'Reilly

Testimonials

'Glynne Stanfield provides a hassle free route into a wide range of specialists who work with my colleagues to support their work. The ability to tap into Eversheds international expertise has also been useful during the year'.

Key Clients

Turning Point

South Downs National Park Trust

Royal Society of Chemistry

Dewsbury Endowed Schools Foundation

Institute of Physics

Medical Research Council

Havens Christian Hospice

Further Education Trust for Leadership

Higher Education Academy

Work highlights

  • Advising Natural Environment Research Council on the establishment of National Oceanography Centre as an independent charity.
  • Advising South Downs National Park Trust on various matters including governance.
  • Providing commercial and governance advice to Collab Group.
  • Continuing to act for the Further Education Trust for Leadership, a registered charity, on its future and whether to consider becoming an endowment body
  • Advising Newham on its application to establish an Institute of Technology (IoT) with its higher education partner Queen Mary University of London and various partners from industry.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a large team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly involved in infrastructure projects across the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors. It is also instructed to advise on PPP projects and clean energy matters. The firm has different practice heads for various areas, with Robert Pitcher serving as  European co-head of the international energy & infrastructure group. Alex Doughty knows the financing space, including credit support and performance bonds, well. Stephen Hill and Mark Dennison are key contacts in the renewable energy sector, for transactions and financing respectively. Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP in late 2018 and Michael Grimes departed as well.

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher

Other key lawyers:Alex Doughty; Stephen Hill; Mark Dennison;

Testimonials

'Eversheds Sutherland is a very visible player in the market.'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn

Blackrock

SDCL

InfraCo

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

GuarantCo

Macquarie

E.ON

Rwanda Development Board

IFC

CK Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising lenders, Dexia, FMS-WM, HSBC Bank plc, JP Morgan, Lloyds, Nationwide, MUFG, on amendments to the M40 Motorway Project following the collapse of Carillion, which involved amendments to, and a novation of, the operations and maintenance contract to Egis.
  • Assisted Sembcorp Industries with the £216m purchase of UK Power Reserve from management and private equity firms Equistone and Inflexion.
  • Counseled HS2 and the Secretary of State for Transport on the structuring and procurement of a preferred development partner for the £6.4bn mixed use regeneration of the Euston estate.
  • Advised a consortium bidding for the Toronto Metrolink Project, which will have more than $20bn in fixed infrastructure and rolling stock investments.
  • Acted as advisers to CGN EE in relation to its acquisition of a majority stake in North Pole Vindkraft, the holding company for Markbygden ETT, which is involved in the construction of Europe’s largest single site onshore windfarm in Markbygden, Sweden.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The energy lawyers at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialise in acquisitions and disposals, delivering projects, raising funds and resolving problems in the most sensitive and challenging markets. Recent work highlights include divestments and restructuring of upstream assets for Shell, CNOOC and NIOC, joint-venturing for Shell and Gunvor, and project development of LNG terminals for LNG Canada and New Caledonia. Also notable is the firm's energy disputes practice. The team led by Robert Pitcher and Jubilee Easo was recently joined by construction expert Jessica Neuberger from Ashurst. Conrad Purcell departed to Bird & Bird LLP.

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher; Jubilee Easo

Other key lawyers:Alex Doughty

Key Clients

Shell

Naftiran Intertrade Company Sarl (NICO)

ENI

Wartsila

CNPC

Ecopetrol

Work highlights

  • Acted for and assisted Shell in its sale of Shell Exploration and Production Oman and its 17% participating interest in the Mukhaizna field in Oman to Indian Oil Corporation.
  • Representing NIOC as respondent in one of the world’s largest oil and gas arbitrations in relation to the supply of Iranian gas to the UAE under a long-term gas sales agreement.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The energy team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its work on projects in emerging markets, transactional work for Chinese state-owned enterprises and 'whole lifecycle' nuclear work. Michelle Davies, who set up the firm's international clean energy and sustainability Group 17 years ago, continues to lead that group from the Cardiff office, working in tandem with energy and infrastructure co-head Robert Pitcher in London. Stephen Hill recently led the firm's team on one of Europe's largest solar transactions during 2018 - infrastructure fund Greencoat Solar Assets II's purchase of 24 solar farms across the UK. Construction and engineering expert Jessica Neuberger joined the firm from Ashurst while Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP .

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher; Michelle Davies

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hill

Testimonials

'Broad spread of capabilities together with an international presence.'

'Friendly and approachable, together with the ability to condense broad legal issues into more simple concepts.'

Key Clients

Shell

Blackrock

CGN Europe Energy

Gresham House

Severn Trent

Alfanar

Wartsila

Greencoat

Faro Energy

Thames Water Group

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Advised UK infrastructure fund Greencoat Solar Assets II on a competitive auction process to acquire 24 solar farms comprising 142MW across the UK from Canadian Solar Inc.
  • Acted for a new investment trust company managed by Gresham House Asset Management, on the £100m initial public offering of shares on the Specialist Funds Segment of the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and associated acquisition of a seed portfolio of energy storage systems with a capacity of 70MW.
  • Successfully advised Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries on the purchase of UK Power Reserve, an independent operator of small-scale generators, from management and private equity firms Equistone and Inflexion.
  • Advising Alfanar on the financing of the construction of a ground mounted solar project in Egypt as part of the Egyptian Round II Solar PV Feed-In Tariffs Program which is part of the largest renewables programme in Egypt.
  • Advised Faro as issuer on the establishment of an innovative and bespoke self-arranged $100m programme for the issuance of secured bonds, and the first certified Green Bond for solar energy in Brazil which was issued under the programme.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Public inquiry work is the main point of strength for the public law offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, with the team acting in some of the most significant ongoing matters in this field. The team has been instructed by an extensive list of public and regulatory bodies as core participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and a host of others in the police, healthcare and private sectors. The practice also provides expertise in defending and forwarding judicial review claims, with recent cases involving the provision of special needs learning assistance, wrongful terminations and the extent of regulatory bodies’ powers. Cardiff-based Peter Jones and Birmingham-based principle associate Isabelle Mitchell are particularly highly praised by clients for their expertise across the full suite of instructions.

Practice head(s):Bridgette Wilcox; Paul Pugh; Huw Jones; Sarah Jones

Other key lawyers:Peter Jones; Isabelle Mitchell

Testimonials

'Impressive in terms of public inquiries work'

'The public inquiries team is friendly, approachable, immensely hardworking and very knowledgeable. It probably has more experience than any other UK firm in this field'

'Offers second-to-none strategic guidance on large-scale projects'

'The most experienced and most impressive team working in the area of public inquiries and investigations'

'Peter Jones is incomparable, matchless and the most experienced lawyer in the UK in the public inquiries field'

'Peter Jones brings considerable experience with an intelligent but pragmatic approach'

'Isabelle Mitchell is incredibly diligent, thorough, analytical, approachable, pragmatic, dedicated and accurate. She pays good attention to detail, is very grounded in her manner and provides clarity in her advice'

'Isabelle Mitchell is a true pleasure to work with who commands a great deal of respect from her own team and clients'

'Angharad Shurmer and Isabelle Mitchell display impressive knowledge of the cases in which they are involved'

Key Clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office

LGPS Central Limited

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Welsh Language Commissioner

Teaching Regulation Agency

Education Workforce Council

The University of Manchester

Construction Industry Training Board

Transport for Greater Manchester

Serious Fraud Office

Telford & Wrekin Council

The Haemophilia Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Advising the Teaching Regulation Agency on hearings concerning allegations of misconduct against teachers.
  • Representing the Haemophilia Society in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Appointed by Telford & Wrekin Council as the commissioning body of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Telford.
  • Instructed by the Education Workforce Council to advise on allegations of misconduct against registrants.
Rising stars

Isabelle Mitchell - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is renowned for its work for higher education institutions, advising its large corporate client base on the full spectrum of employment and regulatory issues, mergers, and overseas establishments. The 'superb' Diane Gilhooley leads the multi-disciplinary national education team, which includes Leeds-based Ben Woods; Glynne Stanfield, who heads the corporate governance team; and Christopher Mordue, who handles contentious employment matters and dismissal claims. The group has also been involved with topical issues surrounding #MeToo in the education landscape and has provided advice on internal processes.

Practice head(s):Diane Gilhooley

Other key lawyers:Ben Wood; Glynne Stanfield; Chris Mordue

Testimonials

'Diane Gilhooley is absolutely fantastic and is an obvious leader in this field.'

Key Clients

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

University of Reading

Greater London

Medical Research Council

University of Essex

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University College London

Natural Environment Research Council

Richmond the American University in London

Newham College

Hartpury College

Lambeth College

Work highlights

  • Advising a London university on the employment aspects of a major insourcing.
  • Advised the Medical Research Council on the establishment of Health Data Research UK – a charitable research institute.
  • Advising Newham on its application to establish an Institute of Technology (IoT) with its higher education partner, Queen Mary University of London, and various partners from industry.
  • Advised both New City College Corporation and Epping Forest College on all aspects of their merger.
  • Advised Barnet and Southgate College on a highly complex dispute with a former employee who disseminated confidential college information to a wide range of external parties.
Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The education practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has considerable experience in the academies sector and is renowned for acting as a 'one-stop-shop' for all of the legal needs of schools. Jointly overseen by Ben Wood and Diane Gilhooley, the team has sector strengths in commercial property (where Charlotte Tanikal is particularly active), corporate law and regulatory matters, enabling it to handle complex restructurings, mergers and conversions. The team also handles judicial review proceedings and the management of social media issues such as defamation. Other team members include Glynne Stanfield, who leads the international education practice area; employment lawyer Nicola Bennison, who leads the national student team; and Helen Cairns. The corporate education practice has been strengthened with the appointment of Jon Baskerville to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Diane Gilhooley; Ben Wood

Other key lawyers:Glynne Stanfield; Nicola Bennison; Helen Cairns; Charlotte Tanikal

Testimonials

'Helen Cairns is an outstanding legal professional. Her support and advice is always incredibly measured. Helen’s calm demeanor immediately enables one to relax providing assurance as nothing is too much trouble'.

'High level of expertise gained through substantial experience working in the field of education'.

'A personal approach is gained through developing relationships which are supported by regular update/keep in touch meetings'.

'Not a group of personnel who are office-bound as they are keen to visit schools conducting face to face meetings resulting in positive, effective communication'.

Key Clients

L.E.A.D. Multi Academy Trust

Twyford Church of England Academy Trust

Nova Education Trust

ACS International Schools

Beacon Multi Academy Trust

Compass Learning Partnership

Batley Multi Academy Trust

The Education Alliance

The Delta Education Trust

The Bentley Wood Trust

Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Infrastructure (parliamentary)
Infrastructure (parliamentary) - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's areas of expertise span the promotion and opposition of private bills in Parliament; acting on behalf of Network Rail and Transport for London, as well as local authorities and objectors, on TWA orders and other statutory orders; and compulsory purchase, land compensation and other issues affecting the implementation of infrastructure projects. Parliamentary agents Stephen Collings and Monica Peto and real estate partners Morag Thompson and Stuart Andrews are the key contacts. James O’Connor specialises in the consenting of public infrastructure projects, including the promotion of TWA orders, harbour orders and development consent orders.

Practice head(s):Stuart Andrews

Other key lawyers:Monica Peto; Morag Thompson; Stuart Andrews; James O’Connor

Testimonials

'The team are very focused on delivery of Hybrid Bills and Transport and Works Act Orders'.

'Stephen Collings is a capable and proactive Partner, he has a lot of experience in Hybrid Bill and TWAO promotion, which is rare in the market place. He is committed to delivering the job and will work long hours if necessary to deliver'

'Good energy and good knowledge'.

 

 

Work highlights

  • Advising Network Rail on the promotion of the Network Rail (West Coast Main Line) Orders 2003 and 2004 and continuing to act on the promotion of the West Coast Main Line upgrade project.
  • Advising PD Teesport on the harbour revision and TWA orders to authorise the Northern Gateway Container Terminal at Teesside.
  • Acting for onshore and offshore wind farm developers in connection with the consenting of wind farms and associated infrastructure.
Leading individuals

Monica Peto - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephen Collings - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

James O’Connor - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's public law expertise includes advising local authorities on areas such as procurement - Jackie Heeds  is noted for her infrastructure procurement expertise. Core team members Bridgette Wilcox, Paul Pugh and Huw Jones are based in Cardiff.

Other key lawyers:Bridgette Wilcox; Paul Pugh; Huw Jones; Jackie Heeds

Testimonials

'The employment law team within Eversheds Sutherland have worked with us over a number of years. Their knowledge is excellent and in particular the context of working in Wales with its unique regulation framework'.

'Knowledgeable, well-versed partners at a reasonable price'.

'They are professional at all times whilst offering excellent advice and guidance whilst remaining explaining the options and solutions in a clear way that can be shared with colleagues'.

'Huw Jones provides good employment law advice'.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Practice head(s):Bruce Dear

Other key lawyers:Tom Goldsmith

Testimonials

'The team who worked with us were all highly competent and highly intelligent. It was wonderful to see how skilfully and diplomatically they negotiated with the other side, maintaining their composure throughout the process, during what was probably a time-consuming and irritating process at times.'

'Nick Bartlett is a highly capable, innovative and personable lawyer, with extremely strong commercial acumen equalled by public sector knowledge.'

'Mark Shepherd is a pleasure to work with. He provides solutions when issues arise, and is always accessible.'

Key Clients

KPMG

Facebook UK Limited

Expedia.com Limited

Exor Investments Limited

Microsoft

SEGRO

Brewin Dolphin

Axa

BeIN Media

LandSec

Venus Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised KPMG in relation to 15-year letting of No.2 Forbury Place, Reading.
  • Advised AXA Investment Managers is relocating from its two London offices into two and a half floors at 22 Bishopsgate in London.
Leading individuals

Bruce Dear - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Testimonials

'The team who worked with us were all highly competent and highly intelligent. It was wonderful to see how skilfully and diplomatically they negotiated with the other side, maintaining their composure throughout the process, during what was probably a time-consuming and irritating process at times.'

'Nick Bartlett is a highly capable, innovative and personable lawyer, with extremely strong commercial acumen equalled by public sector knowledge.'

'Mark Shepherd is a pleasure to work with. He provides solutions when issues arise, and is always accessible.'

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Testimonials

'The team who worked with us were all highly competent and highly intelligent. It was wonderful to see how skilfully and diplomatically they negotiated with the other side, maintaining their composure throughout the process, during what was probably a time-consuming and irritating process at times.'

'Nick Bartlett is a highly capable, innovative and personable lawyer, with extremely strong commercial acumen equalled by public sector knowledge.'

'Mark Shepherd is a pleasure to work with. He provides solutions when issues arise, and is always accessible.'

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Testimonials

'The team who worked with us were all highly competent and highly intelligent. It was wonderful to see how skilfully and diplomatically they negotiated with the other side, maintaining their composure throughout the process, during what was probably a time-consuming and irritating process at times.'

'Nick Bartlett is a highly capable, innovative and personable lawyer, with extremely strong commercial acumen equalled by public sector knowledge.'

'Mark Shepherd is a pleasure to work with. He provides solutions when issues arise, and is always accessible.'

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Practice head(s):James Batham

Testimonials

'The team who worked with us were all highly competent and highly intelligent. It was wonderful to see how skilfully and diplomatically they negotiated with the other side, maintaining their composure throughout the process, during what was probably a time-consuming and irritating process at times.'

'Nick Bartlett is a highly capable, innovative and personable lawyer, with extremely strong commercial acumen equalled by public sector knowledge.'

'Mark Shepherd is a pleasure to work with. He provides solutions when issues arise, and is always accessible.'

Key Clients

House of Fraser

John Lewis Partnership

Kering

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Nestle

Next

Sodexo

Specsavers

Superdry

Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Work highlights

  • Advised KFC in relation to the £300m sale to numerous franchisees of a portfolio of over 160 restaurants located throughout the UK.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's contentious construction team has expertise in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, rail and transport sectors. Jonathan Douglas, who leads the team, acts on disputes in the retail, logistics, renewables and offshore wind sectors, with particular expertise in complex delay claims. The 'extremely capable and diligent' James Pickavance is another notable name in the practice, acting for public bodies, governments and international corporations across a range of sectors - he advised Toucan Energy Holdings on multiple disputes arising out of the acquisition of a portfolio of renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Douglas

Other key lawyers:James Pickavance

Testimonials

'James Pickavance is an extremely capable and diligent lawyer. He feels everything quite personally and is passionate, he cares deeply to get the right result for the client.'

'James Pickavance makes me feel as if I am his only client. James is always very good at getting back to me if he does not respond to my call or email immediately. He is very thoughtful about the commercial objectives of the case and is extremely conscious around costs.'

Key Clients

The Hospital Company (Liverpool)

Toucan Energy Holdings

Lendlease

Qatar National Bank

Network Rail

Fordstam (Chelsea Football Club)

Thames Water Utilities

Dairy Crest

Facebook UK

Pensions Insurance Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Toucan Energy Holdings in relation to multiple disputes arising out of the acquisition of a portfolio of renewable energy projects.
  • Represented Qatar National Bank in LCIA arbitration proceedings against Nigerian bank Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's non-contentious team handles a broad range of matters for energy, transport, real estate clients. Within the construction sphere, it is one of the largest teams in the UK, working almost exclusively for purchaser clients, while the London office serves as both a domestic and global hub for a variety of international work. Global practice head Simon Oats has been leading the firm's team on the £1bn redevelopment of Chelsea Football Club’s new stadium, while disputes specialist James Pickavance  also acts for construction purchasers across a range of sectors including energy, healthcare, hotels and transport. Other key partners include Jonathan Bowley, who leads the transactional team in London.

Practice head(s):Simon Oats

Other key lawyers:James Pickavance; Jonathan Bowley

Key Clients

Thames Water Utilities

Dairy Crest

Work highlights

  • Advising Network Rail on the process of seeking a partner to help deliver the first major inter-city digital railway on the East Coast Mainline.  
  • Advising Dairy Crest in the procurement of a number of construction projects including the £85m expansion of the Davidstow creamery.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a significant presence in the field of infrastructure planning, with experience in promoting complex DCOs for energy, renewables and transport projects. The team regularly advises developers and landowners on all development planning issues such as CPO applications and compensation, urban extensions, regeneration schemes and contentious instructions including public inquries. Recent high-profile work involved advising on fracking projects across the UK, securing consent for large-scale garden city projects, advising on strategic rail freight interchange projects, and securing consent for a major football stadium redevelopment in London. Other strong fields of expertise for the practice include strategic residential projects, commercial office space developments, and retail and leisure projects.

Practice head(s):Stuart Andrews

Testimonials

'Morag Thomson and Laura-Beth Hutton provide tremendous attention to detail and are very tenacious when they need to be.'

'The team has exceptional knowledge and experience in the planning field and provides clear advice.'

 

Key Clients

National Grid

Berkeley Group

Segro plc

Barratt Strategic

Taylor Wimpey

Meyer Homes

St Congar

Henley Camland

Catesby Properties

Sirius Minerals/York Potash Limited

Work highlights

  • Handling the development and promotion of the 6,500 home Ebbsfleet Valley settlement in Kent for Henley Camland.
  • Advising National Grid North Sea Link Limited on the consenting and compulsory acquisition for the North Sea Link Interconnector.
  • Advising National Grid Viking Link Limited on the consenting, environmental impact assessments and compulsory acquisition for the UK elements of Viking Link, an HVDC interconnector linking the electricity networks of the UK and Denmark.
  • Advising York Potash on all aspects of the York Potash Project (the first new potash mine in the UK for 40 years).
  • Advising on the application to the Secretary of State for a DCO to construct a strategic rail freight interchange on land near Junction 15 of the M1 Motorway in Northampton.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for its expertise in development finance. It acts for traditional lender banks, as well as investment firms and specialist development lenders. The team is particularly active in the PRS sector and has advised on several high-profile residential developments. Other areas of strength include structured deals and cross-border transactions, particularly involving assets located in Europe. The firm is also expanding its practice on the borrower side, advising several real estate investment and asset management firms. Simon Mead leads the team, and Robert Ludwig is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):Simon Mead

Other key lawyers:Robert Ludwig

Testimonials

'The team is led well and made up of pragmatic, commercial lawyers who are extremely supportive of clients.'

'Simon Mead is a real expert in his field and a very effective negotiator.'

Key Clients

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

Venn Partners

Starwood Capital Group

Aviva Investors

Urban Exposure

DekaBank

Citigroup

Maslow Capital

LaSalle Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Heitman on the acquisition of two BTR sites and forward-funding of residential developments in Manchester and Liverpool.
  • Advising Starwood Capital Group on the development of an 18-storey office building in London.
  • Advising DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale on the financing of the acquisition of a London office building.
  • Advising Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) on the acquisition of a portfolio of six Spanish hypermarkets.
  • Advising Urban Exposure on a facility agreement made to Strawberry Star to finance the acquisition and development of a mixed-use project in Luton.
Leading individuals

Simon Mead - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Robert Ludwig - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Working in close co-operation with its real estate and financial services departments, Will Densham's team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly acts for major development and investment companies in landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidation claims, rights to light issues, judicial reviews and energy-related litigation. Recently, the team has been particularly active in obtaining injunctions to prevent free climbers and urban explorers from trespassing on various well known London skyscrapers, including the Shard; this type of work is frequently handled by real estate litigator Stuart Wortley. Telecoms code specialist Thekla Fellas joined the team from Fladgate LLP in March 2019.

Practice head(s):Will Densham

Other key lawyers:Stuart Wortley; John Kemkers

Key Clients

Aberdeen Asset Management

Associated British Ports

Berkeley Homes

Blackstone

British Land

Chinese Estates

ED&F Man Group

Fordstam

IGas Energy

J.P. Morgan

Canary Wharf Group

100 Clerkenwell Road

Work highlights

  • Advising Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company on a dispute over licensing arrangements at Chelsea Reach moorings on the Thames.
  • Advising Norvin Holdings, a significant land owner in East London, alongside associated companies on various rights to light issues arising from substantial developments on neighbouring land.
  • The team obtained injunctions to restrain urban explorers from trespassing, acting for various clients including the Shard, the Canary Wharf Estate and Elstree Film Studios, among others.
Leading individuals

Stuart Wortley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Will Densham - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Brexit group is jointly led by Ros Kellaway and Annabel Borg, who are members of the firm’s competition, EU and trade group. The team has particular expertise assisting with the Brexit elements of EU law, trade mandates and environment work and also has a designated parliamentary advisory service. The firm’s European network, which includes its Brussels office, enhances its EU law expertise, which includes advising multinational and UK clients on their goods and services in EU jurisdictions and the potential regulatory fallout of Brexit. On the trade side, the group is experienced in WTO rules, customs issues, contractual agreements, tariff changes, quotas and other trade barriers. James Lindop heads the international trade practice and has assisted clients with customs and WTO issues. Other key individuals include Manchester-based Tom Bridgford, who leads the international outsourcing group; and state aid and public procurement specialist Totis Kotsonis. Andrew Henderson is a partner in the financial institutions group. He recently advised multiple asset managers on their arrangements for providing services in the EU after Brexit.

Practice head(s):Ros Kellaway; Annabel Borg

Other key lawyers:James Lindop; Tom Bridgford; Totis Kotsonis; Andrew Henderson

Testimonials

'The team has fantastic industry knowledge and remains approachable and easy to engage with.'

'Andrew Henderson takes great care to really understand the client's business to ensure that the advice and guidance provided is focused on its needs. The personal engagement is very much appreciated, especially when Andrew takes clients through the journey to the conclusion to ensure that everything is well understood and nothing is missed along the way.'

Key Clients

Architas

Aviva Investors

Bayerishe Landesbank

BCCP

BNP Paribas

Brakes Bros Limited

Columbia Threadneedle

DZ Bank

Grosvenor Capital

Hallmark Cards plc

Helaba Bank

Landesbank Baden Wurtemburg

Legal & General Investment Managers

LHR Airports Limited (Heathrow Airport)

London City Airport

M&G

Morningstar

Next PLC

Nord Landesbank

Oney Bank

RCI Bank

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Unipart

Work highlights

  • Advising various asset managers including Architas, Aviva, BCCP, Columbia Threadneedle, Grosvenor Capital, M&G and Morningstar on their arrangements for providing services and marketing funds post-Brexit, including advice on delegation arrangements.
  • Assisting Bayern LB, BNP Paribas, Carmignac, Deutsche Hypo Bank, DVB Bank, EEX, M&G Luxemborg and Nord LB with their arrangements for doing business in the UK including PRA and FCA authorisation and governance advice and the application of the temporary permission regime.
  • Advising First State, M&G and Columbia Threadneedle on the merger of fund ranges to address the loss of passporting rights.
  • Assisting Hallmark Cards with the immigration implications of Brexit in the event of a deal or no-deal Brexit scenario.
  • Assisting London City Airport with its immigration and employment issues relating to its non-UK EEA citizen employees.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Paula Barrett heads up the privacy and cybersecurity law team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which sits as part of the firm’s wider international privacy and information law group. The dedicated practice assists with the full spectrum of data protection work with particularly notable expertise in freedom of information law matters and cybersecurity issues including cyber readiness work and data security breaches. Liz Fitzsimons, who is based in Cambridge, leads the firm’s freedom of information and environmental information regulation group and regularly assists with GDPR and privacy programmes including data audits, breach management issues and access requests. Birmingham-based Gayle McFarlane focuses on the retail, technology, automotive and manufacturing sectors and also handles data transactions and issues involving the interaction between data protection and technology.

Practice head(s):Paula Barrett

Other key lawyers:Liz Fitzsimons; Gayle McFarlane

Testimonials

'The practice is very well organised and the level of communication between the different areas is impressive. Cross departments work is very well structured and a lead is well-identified'.

'Liz Fitzsimons was able to think out of the box in a context of constant evolution, coming up with innovative solutions every time'.

Key Clients

National Grid

Specsavers

Dyson

Akamai

Santander UK

Kering Group

Hilton

Building Societies Association

ASOS

Capital One (Europe)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Santander on its UK GDPR compliance programme.
  • Advising a global manufacturing client on cybersecurity issues following a ransomware attack, which affected its global operations.
  • Assisting a post data breach services provider with the assessment of the data protection risks associated with the international roll out of new product ranges, which help protect against inappropriate social media content and provide identity theft protection services for families.
  • Advising ITSO, the licence holder for the development of standards for the UK transport industry, on an internet of things project to embed the use of its secure authentication ticketing technology onto mobile devices.
  • Handling a GDPR compliance project for a global retailer and retail services provider in the sporting goods sector.
Leading individuals

Paula Barrett - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in handling cross-border investigations including those brought by the SFO, CFA, HMRC and CPS. Areas of expertise include compliance, fraud, tax evasion, financial crime and prosecutions. Clients include multinationals, financial institutions and individuals. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the team and is adept at advising on sanctions, money laundering and bribery matters. Steve Smith joined as a partner from Nomura International plc. Former head of team Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

Practice head(s):Zia Ullah

Other key lawyers:Steve Smith; Jake McQuitty; Emma Gordon; Laura Dunseath; Ruth Paley; Saira Choonka

Key Clients

International Financial Services Company

European-headquartered bank

A US listed technology company

An insurance processing service provider

An Irish retail bank

A money service business

Irish clinical research organisation

Work highlights

  • Reviewing financial crime and governance controls for the International Financial Institution.
  • Engaged by the UK branch of a European head-quartered bank to assist in providing formal verification to the FCA of the bank’s anti  money laundering remediation of all of its clients

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers reputation management services from five key offices across the UK. Privacy work for senior individuals at board level is one of the firm's areas of expertise. Furthermore, the practice specialises in claimant work and provides defamation advice to many existing clients of the global law firm. Reputation and corporate brand management expert Andrew Terry heads the team, together with Michael Clavell-Bate, who is based in Manchester. Associate Eileen Weinert brings expertise in working on technical disputes to the table.

Practice head(s):Andrew Terry; Michael Clavell-Bate

Other key lawyers:Eileen Weinert

Key Clients

BUQ

John Berylson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mr John Berylson, Chairman of Millwall FC, against Mr Stephen Norris in relation to a defamatory tweet.
  • Representing BUQ in obtaining privacy injunctions to prevent the publication of highly personal information relating to a CEO of a FTSE 100 Company.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is able to assist with the exploitation and monetisation of IP rights through licensing, promotions and commercial agreements, as well as handling the core aspects of trade mark portfolio management, enforcement and prosecution, including advising on the seizure of counterfeit goods and managing online content. Andrew Terry advises on all aspects of trade marks, copyright, design rights, advertising and reputation management matters. Head of brands Kate Ellis is another name to note. Neil Mohring left for Apple Corps and Harrisongs in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Andrew Terry

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's fintech practice acts for financial institutions, challenger banks, start-ups and numerous investors in the sector. The group's broad expertise covers corporate matters, such as joint ventures and M&A; regulatory advice in terms of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2)/open banking, FCA approvals, GDPR and other pertinent legislation; ICOs, cyber crime, and high value disputes concerning digital finance platforms and the provision of digital products. The practice has strength assisting clients with FCA applications, and advising on specific, complex regulatory matters in relation to the application of blockchain within the context of new digital currencies and on the launch of new cryptocurrency platforms. Under the overall leadership of digital financial services and fintech head Matthew Gough, Andrew Henderson leads the group's crypto practice and has advised several key clients, such as Nivaura, through the FCA sandbox process, which provides a restricted environment in which companies can test new tech in a live environment. Senior associate David Cook manages contentious and non-contentious matters regarding cyber crime, cyber security and data protection, including GDPR.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:Andrew Henderson; David Cook

Key Clients

Pollen Street Capital Limited

Experian Limited

Europcar

2030 Limited

Jaja Finance Limited

KINESIS

Gresham House

Aston Lark Group

Nivaura

WealthKernel

Source Insurance Limited

Confused.com

Admiral Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advising Pollen on the acquisition of various companies including mediation entities and three payment services firms.
  • Advised Experian, the leading global information services company, on its proposed acquisition of the ClearScore Group.
  • Assisting 2030 Limited on first issuance of tokenised shares settled using Blockchain technology.
  • Advising on all regulatory aspects of launching a services payment utility token in the fashion industry.
  • Advising WealthKernel in relation to setting up one of the first Shariah-compliant robo-advice services and setting up a platform services model which allowed for seamless integration of robo-advisers, platform and execution products line within a single umbrella.
Leading individuals

Andrew Henderson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

David Cook - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The IT team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP frequently handles major IT projects and assists financial services clients with the regulatory aspects of infrastructure issues and application deployments to cloud services. Simon Gamlin heads up the practice, which includes Craig Rogers, who regularly assists with cross-border IT and outsourcing arrangements, and international head of telecoms Simon Cloke, who has notable strength in projects which involve technology and communications elements.

Practice head(s):Simon Gamlin

Other key lawyers:Craig Rogers; Simon Cloke

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

Jumeirah Hotels

Kambi

CitiBank

Volta Data Centres

CyrusOne

Rolls Royce

Santander

Shawbrook Bank

Spectris Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hermes on the renegotiation of its investment operations outsourcing agreement and associated documentation with Northern Trust.
  • Assisted QuantiQ with a full review and restructure of the contractual documents with its customers.
  • Acted for CyrusOne on several matters including its acquisition of Zenium Data Centres and the preparation of template customer agreements for use in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and Singapore.
  • Instructed by Microsoft to co-author a series of white papers on the application of cloud services to key industry sectors.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's IP team, which is particularly experienced in trade mark matters, portfolio and brand management, and advertising issues, counts well-known national and global brands among its client roster. Andrew Terry, who focuses on brand protection issues, heads up the team, which includes individuals across its national office network including Cambridge-based Adrian Toutoungi, who specialises in trade mark and patent litigation, and Manchester-based legal director and trade mark attorney Kate Ellis. Neil Mohring left to an in-house role at Apple Corps and Harrisongs.

Practice head(s):Andrew Terry

Other key lawyers:Adrian Toutoungi; Kate Ellis

Key Clients

Apple Corps

Coca-Cola

easyGroup

John Lewis Partnership

Avon Cosmetics

Holland & Barrett International Limited

N Brown Group

IATA

BAE Systems

Work highlights

  • Assisting the John Lewis Partnership with intellectual property matters and the management of the John Lewis and Waitrose worldwide trade mark portfolios.
  • Acted for easyGroup in litigation against W3 and EasyRoommate relating to allegations of unjustified threats and trade mark infringement.
  • Advising Apple Corps (The Beatles company) on a range of IP matters including on all aspects of a new Beatles film.
  • Acting for Holland & Barrett International in a dispute with General Nutrition Investment Company (GNC) relating to the terms of a trade mark licence under which Holland & Barrett uses the GNC trade mark in the UK for its chain of sports nutrition shops and e-commerce platform.
  • Advised Coca-Cola on several advertising and promotional campaigns.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's media and entertainment practice is noted for its experience in music industry mandates, where it acts for a number of household names. The team is adept at handling reputation management issues, particularly in relation to social media. TV, film, gaming, sport, advertising and sponsorship are also key industry focuses for the team, which advises on media buying, IP, marketing and advertising agreements for major brand owners and blue-chip clients. The firm is also able to advise on media finance and banking issues. Advising Apple Films on a new Beatles film, which is directed by an A-list director, is a notable highlight for the team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Terry

Other key lawyers:Daniel Prim

Testimonials

The firm is very experienced in media-sector work.

Key Clients

Experience Hendrix

Apple Corps

Harrisongs Limited / The George Harrison Estate

Sir Elton John

NBC Universal

U2

Audit Bureau of Circulation

Paramount Pictures

Work highlights

  • The team advised Apple Corps on all aspects of the releases and events to mark the 50th anniversary of the White Album, which included the release of the White Album deluxe boxset.
  • The team advises John Lewis Partnership on a range of IP matters.
  • The team advises Coca-Cola on numerous ongoing advertising and promotional campaigns across it entire product range.
  • The team advises industry body ABC (the Audit Bureau of Circulation) on all aspects of its IP needs.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's cross-office and multidisciplinary team is instructed by airports, airlines and aviation support businesses on a range of issues including disputes, projects, regulatory, employment and corporate matters.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's cross-practice rail group is focused on concessions, rolling stock and infrastructure work, where it handles major transactions and complex projects. The team is increasingly utilising its global footprint to advise on a raft of cross-border rail sector mandates. Mark Brunton specialises in rail sector commercial contracts and Agnes Koko handles UK and international rail infrastructure projects. Birmingham-based Anne Harris advised the Department for Transport on the termination of the Inter City East Coast franchise, operated by franchisee Virgin Trains East Coast, and the transfer of responsibility for delivery of the passenger services to government-controlled operator of last resort, London North Eastern Railway. Elsewhere, the firm's parliamentary and infrastructure consenting team advises on the promotion and implementation of public transport projects.

Practice head(s):Mark Brunton; Anne Harris

Other key lawyers:Agnes Koko; Stephen Collings; James O’Connor; William Spickett; Andrew Bell

Testimonials

'The team has deep knowledge of the rail sector'.

Key Clients

Department for Transport (UK)

Transport for London

Network Rail

Light Rail Manilla Corporation

DB Engineering and Consulting and DB Engineering & Consulting USA (both part of the Deutsche Bahn group)

High Speed Two

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Transport on the direct award of a new short-term interim franchise following the expiry of the 2015 East Midlands rail franchise.
  • The team is advising the Department for Transport on the competed procurement of a new East Midlands passenger rail franchise.
  • It is advising the Department for Transport on the amendment of a number of franchise agreement amendments to enable DR15 compensation to be provided to passengers under the passengers charter.
  • It is advising the Department for Transport and High Speed Two on the implementation of Phase 1 since the Bill received Royal Assent.
  • The team continues to advise the Department for Transport and High Speed Two on a further Hybrid Bill to authorise the Phase 2b High Speed (Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds) Bill.
Leading individuals

Agnes Koko - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Anne Harris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Mark Brunton - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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