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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's sizeable pan-UK team provides full-service support on domestic and multijurisdictional agreements to clients such as FTSE 100 companies, US-based corporates, financial institutions and public sector organisations. Illustrative of the firm's strengths in cross-border matters, in 2017, Alison Brearey, and senior associates Kate Mowbray and Edward Tompkin advised Aviva on outsourcing its global real estate management portfolio to CBRE; this deal involved 20 jurisdictions worldwide. On the supplier side, Tom Bridgford, Simon Gamlin and associate Kate Moore recently acted for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in the successful negotiation of a new five-year outsourcing agreement with the Lloyds Market Association and International Underwriting Association of London to provide back-office processing of insurance premiums and claims, and related activities. Another key client is Hammerson, for whom the firm advises on the management of its retail portfolio; Kelly Holmes recently led a team, which assisted the client with the re-tender of cleaning services for its portfolio of UK shopping centres. Richard Prowse is the head of the UK team.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Possessing 'great business acumen', the tax team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has particular expertise in investment fund taxation, international M&A, real estate investment and tax risk insurance. Cathryn Vanderspar heads the London group and advised UK Mortgages in relation to the establishment of a public securitisation structure backed by £590m of residential mortgages; a matter that required the implementation of an innovative, tax efficient cross-border structure. Camilla Spielman worked on the initial product design of the ACS/PAID master/feeder fund structure for Royal London Asset Management and advised on subsequent property tax issues. Ben Jones assisted SNC-Lavalin on the tax aspects of its £2.1bn acquisition and financing of WE Atkins.

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Customs and Excise
Customs and Excise - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†regularly advises a variety of clients on customs duties, valuation, anti-dumping and countervailing duties. The group handles both contentious and non-contentious customs and excise issues, and has extensive UK court experience. In light of the Brexit process, and drawing on the firm‚Äôs international presence and expertise it is now often called upon to advise on strategies to deal with its potential implications. The group is co-led by James Lindop, who sits in the Competition, EU and Trade practice; and tax specialist Giles Salmond, who is noted for his ability to ‚Äėcommunicate with lawyers and business-folk with ease‚Äô. Competition associate Monika Zejden-Erdmann¬†specialises in all aspects of EU and UK export controls and sanctions law.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ros Kellaway¬†‚Äėleads a gold standard competition law practice‚Äô at¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†,¬†which provides ‚Äėclear, well-argued and thorough analyses‚Äô to clients including Agents‚Äô Mutual, Anglian Water Group and Hermes Airports. ‚ÄėExcellent and best in class at what she does‚Äô, Kellaway continues to assist Volkswagen Group with strategic and day-to-day competition advice on all aspects of the operation of its UK business. Lesley Farrell¬†acted for Europcar in proceedings against Mastercard and Visa in a claim under Article 101 TFEU in relation to domestic and cross-border multilateral interchange fees, while¬†Peter Harper¬†obtained Phase 1 clearance from the CMA for Fintrax‚Äôs acquisition of GB TaxFree. Other recommended team members include ‚Äėcalm, sensible and commercial‚Äô FCA procedures expert¬†Julia Woodward-Carlton;¬†‚Äėmethodical, knowledgeable and client-focused‚Äô principal associate¬†Elizabeth Coleman; and ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô consultant¬†Nicola Holmes¬†.

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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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's¬†practice attracts praise for its ‚Äėexcellent knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėpragmatic, clear, and definitive advice‚Äô. Areas of strength include export control, customs formalities, customs duties and indirect taxes and Brexit advice, with key clients for the practice including BBA Aviation, HESCO Bastion, Teledyne Technologies and AVEVA Group. Practice head¬†James Lindop¬†has represented clients in front of HMRC, the Export Control Organisation and the European Commission and is seen as an expert for customs, export control and sanctions questions. Tax expert¬†Giles Salmond¬†and associate¬†Monika Zejden-Erdmann¬†are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

James Lindop - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Working closely with the firm's compliance consulting arm, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'practical and commercial' advice to buy and sell-side clients across the panoply of regulations impacting their businesses. The firm has also been at the vanguard of fintech-related work and has subsequently already built up a significant knowledgeabase across this rapidly evolving area. Although the scope of his regulatory work is wide ranging, Andrew Henderson has been at the forefront of the most significant fintech work including advising on initial coin offerings (including KodakCoin) and assisting numerous financial services clients (including M&G and HSBC) on their robo advice systems. Michaela Walker regularly acts for fund management clients on all aspects of their regulated activities, product development and corporate work and is a key member of the team that also includes Pamela Thompson. 'A star in the ascendancy', FCA alumni Gregory Brandman is gaining much positive attention in the market as a result of his involvement for clients in a plethora of domestic and cross-border FCA investigations. The arrival in October 2017 of Jake McQuitty from TLT further enhances the firm's contentious regulatory and investigations practice, in light not only of his private practice expertise but also his previous tenure as head of EMEA Investigations & Enforcement at Barclays Bank.

Leading individuals

Gregory Brandman - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team has an excellent reputation acting for both issuers and NOMADs, and it is prominent in large, high-profile AIM and Main Market IPOs, secondary offerings and various other transactions. In 2017, Daniel Hall, Nicola Brookes and senior associate Annika Unsworth acted for Footasylum Plc in its £170m AIM flotation and £40m placing. They also assisted Zeus Capital (as NOMAD and broker) with the £190m AIM IPO of Strix Group Plc. Sebastian Orton and Chris Halliday more recently acted as the lead advisers to OnTheMarket Plc on its proposed £100m AIM IPO. Beyond IPO work, another highlight saw practice head Stephen Nash and legal director Mark Roe advise Investec on a secondary fundraising associated with Conviviality Plc's acquisition of the Central Convenience retail business. The firm also acts for UK investment trusts and Channel Islands-based registered investment companies. Other members of the team include Simon Masters, Alistair Cree, Steven Hacking and Alison Starr.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Commended for its ‚Äėexcellent response times, industry knowledge and strength in depth‚Äô,¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†'s¬†M&A offering is headed by¬†Richard Moulton. Moulton also chairs the firm‚Äôs international private equity group, and is strong for healthcare and TMT matters. The ‚Äėcalm, collected and patient‚Äô¬†Stephen Nash¬†heads the firm‚Äôs public company takeover group, and has been advising Altrad Investment Authority on its successful ¬£330m cash offer for Cape. Nash is also a member of the firm‚Äôs TMT sector group, and acted for Teledyne Technologies on its ¬£620m acquisition of e2v technologies by a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement.¬†Robin Johnson¬†co-chairs the firm‚Äôs cross-border M&A team and is one of the leaders of the firm‚Äôs diversified industrial sector group. Johnson‚Äôs highlights included acting for G4S on the sale of its Peruvian subsidiary company to Prosegur Compania de Seguridad for ¬£11.8m and acting for Fiserv on the acquisition of Dovetail Group. Energy sector transactions are also significant for the practice, with¬†Jason Lovell¬†and senior associate¬†Andy Lord¬†handling CGN Europe‚Äôs acquisition of 14 onshore wind-farms, with an enterprise value in excess of ‚ā¨500m. Other clients of note include Capita, National Grid and Uberior Equity. Alex Hand joined¬†Boeing and Richard Lewis¬†left to head the in-house corporate team at KPMG.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's reputation as a market-leader for midmarket transactions is reflected in its (frequently repeat) work for more than 20 private equity houses, as well as its advice to management teams, shareholders and corporates. It is one of the most active firms in the market for UK mid-cap transactions. In addition, the firm’s far-reaching presence outside of the UK - in the US and further afield internationally - adds another dimension to the practice in cross-border matters. Led by Richard Moulton, the UK team offers extensive coverage of all deal types across 11 sector groups. In a key deal in the aviation and aerospace industry, in 2017, Robin Skelton and newly promoted partner David Milne acted for Baird Capital in the acquisition of CAV Advanced Technologies Limited and CAV Ice Protection Limited.  In another matter, Catherine Eley advised Epiris LLP and the management shareholders of Treetops Nurseries on the sale of the business to Busy Bees.  Other key figures are Louise Finnie and senior associate Alex McCarney, who both recently assisted Spanish gym company Viva with acquiring Portugese gym business Fitness Hut. Mark Beardmore, who has more than 20 years of experience of private equity transactions, acts for clients such as Livingbridge, Bridgepoint Development Capital and CBPE Capital Partners. James Trevis is also recommended.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's VAT group is noted for its 'good business acumen' in disputes and advisory matters. The practice is jointly headed by David Jervis and recovery claims expert Giles Salmond, and includes contentious tax specialist Stephen Yates. The team acted for Lookers, which is pursuing a claim against HMRC for compound interest payable on VAT over-payments in relation to historic car dealership bonuses. In another standout recovery claim, it continues to represent MG Rover Group in a case which was successful before the First-tier Tribunal and is now before the Upper Tribunal. On the non-contentious side, Camilla Spielman and John Buckeridge advised the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) on the application of VAT on services used by the LGPS Fund, securing a VAT exemption.

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

In early 2017 Eversheds merged with Sutherland Asbil & Brennan in the USA to become Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. It provides¬†‚Äėa highly commercial approach, penetrating analysis and good teamwork, carried out with humour and client-friendliness‚Äô. The firm acts for the SFO in relation to civil proceedings before the High Court against ENRC in a high-profile case relating to legal professional privilege. It also continues to act for Iranian Offshore Engineering Company in an $87m case of fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, breaches of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and unlawful means conspiracy. Neville Byford¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėhighly focussed on the client‚Äôs objectives, weeds out the less good points and has plenty of commercial acumen‚Äô.¬†Jake McQuitty¬†joined as partner from TLT¬†and Neill Blundell¬†left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

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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 hired Jake McQuitty, a former head of investigations and enforcement EMEA at Barclays, from TLT. The 'down-to-earth and pleasant-to-deal-with team' covers all aspects of contentious civil, criminal and regulatory work for the firm’s major financial institution client base; in a long-running matter, Andrew Legg continued to defend Law Debenture Trust Corporation against litigation issues arising from its involvement as a bond trustee in five sets of bonds issued in the 1980s by various Bell Group companies; the case involves complex issues of statutory and contractual interpretation. Matthew Allen’s dispute experience includes structured products, derivatives and complex banking disputes; and David Flack, who is 'a good technical lawyer with commercial experience and pragmatism', is experienced in all aspects of wholesale and retail banking litigation and regulatory investigations work. Jennifer Miles and Mariafrancesca De Leo are also highly rated.

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 'provides a highly commercial approach, penetrating analysis and good teamwork'. The firm was formed in 2017 following the merger between British multinational law firm, Eversheds LLP, and Atlanta-based law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP; and it frequently acts for some of the world’s largest companies in their disputes. Key matters included Mark Davenport leading advice to C Bidco (CB) in relation to its claim for approximately £59m against Celtic Aerospace Ventures (CAV) and its Japanese parent company guarantor; the claim arose from breaches of warranties and indemnities given by CAV in a share purchase agreement under which CB acquired the issued share capital of CAV Aerospace, a business which manufactured aircraft parts. Neville Byford is 'highly focused on clients' objectives';  the 'particularly good' Andrew Legg is 'experienced, knowledgeable and sensible'; and Richard Little regularly acts in high-value actions in the Commercial Court. The recommended principal associates are Lucy Webster and Tim Browning.

Leading individuals

Mark Davenport - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and trade sectors and regularly acts in disputes arising out of joint venture, corporate and M&A and shareholder issues. Jonathan Leach is UK international arbitration and public international law head; and recently promoted Greg Falkof is 'an excellent advocate who has complete mastery of detail'. Neville Byford  is also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Leach - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Greg Falkof - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Cardiff-based Peter Jones leads the professional discipline practice; Trish D’Souza is a senior associate specialising in fitness to practise and education work; and principal associate Luisa Gibbons acts as legal adviser to the professional conduct panels and induction appeal panels of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The team acted for the NCTL in a case involving two former headteachers and a deputy headteacher, each facing in excess of 20 core and 40 sub-allegations.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a robust investor-state arbitration practice; other notable areas include human rights, the status of foreign governments, state immunity, sovereign immunity and treaty obligations. Jonathan Leach heads the international arbitration group in the UK; recently promoted Greg Falkof  is 'an impressive practitioner', whose experience includes investor-state disputes and other state-to-state or public international law disputes; and senior associate  Cameron Forsaith is 'a hardworking lawyer, who is dedicated to producing outstanding work'. Former legal director Neil Newing joined Signature Litigation LLP, while former senior associate Oonagh Sands exited for Fietta LLP.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's contentious tax team draws on practice head Giles Salmond's experience in VAT matters to handle a wide range of indirect tax issues. Past work has included successfully negotiating with HMRC and Barclays Bank on behalf of the Government Property Unit of Cabinet Office  in relation to a complex VAT issues arising out of a new government hub. David Jervis is another recommended practitioner.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

As well as the firm's strong ties with numerous UK banks including RBS and Lloyds, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP also handles a significant amount of mid-market borrower side mandates, an area that was enhanced by the arrival of Chris Hastings  from Ropes & Gray LLP in June 2017. Hastings has ties with numerous private equity sponsors and is active both on new money deals as well as in relation to financings to support distressed investments; he recently acted for Beech Tree Private Equity on the financing to facilitate its acquisition of a controlling stake in Redstor. Team head Nick Swiss is also recommended, while the 'excellent' Indraj Mangat excels at energy and infrastructure-related acquisition finance mandates.

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a renowned expert in commodity derivatives in Paul Sinnott, who advises numerous traders of crude oil, oil products and metals on both OTC and on-exchange trading. His work includes assisting clients with exchange deal documentation for ICE and LME trades. Clients are 'very impressed with the firm's solutions-oriented approach',  with one remarking that he 'always goes back to the team for the depth of its knowledge; it rates much better than a Magic Circle firm for a top partner with real experience of trading'. The practice counts several large corporates in the natural resources business among its clients, and it frequently acts for large trading houses based in Geneva. Jenni Lajzerowicz joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Leading individuals

Paul Sinnott - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a highly experienced team that works across physical commodities, derivatives and trade finance. The firm frequently handles physical commodity sale contract disputes with a value of up to $15m, with key partners Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott acting in cases involving oil and metals, and John McCaskill those involving soft commodities. For this work, it counts among its clients some of the biggest commodity trading houses in the world, as well as energy majors. 'They always impress with their solutions-oriented approach', notes one client. Sinnott and Aspinall also provide support on physical trading terms for large corporates and trading houses. Jenni Lajzerowicz joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The 'accessible and knowledgeable' three-partner team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'first-rate advice' to creditors and debtors in formal contentious and non-contentious insolvencies and is 'particularly good at handling sensitive situations which requires the skillful management of competing stakeholder interests'. 'A true expert in the field', Jamie Leader benefits from 'huge intellectual ability as well as sound commercial sense' and is consequently well-positioned to advise on complex contentious insolvency matters often involving numerous competing interests. Leader recently advised Moore Stephens, as the liquidators of Webinvest, on simultaneous, contested applications for directions concerning the liquidators’ rights and powers to use information obtained under their statutory powers. 'Always a reassuring presence and a safe pair of hands', team head Simon Waller regularly acts for banks as creditors on mid-market restructuring assignments and is a key member of the team that also includes Carl Allen following his arrival from Pinsent Masons LLP in February 2017. Clients include PwC, Santander, Alix Partners and Steinhoff UK.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP focuses predominantly on the representation of buy-side clients and it is a leading adviser to authorised funds on their ability to enter into transactions which are compliant with new regulations affecting the derivatives market. Its client base is made up largely of investment funds and pension schemes, which it assists with trading and hedging matters. The practice acts for numerous banks and building societies in balance sheet management and in relation to the treasury products offered to their customers. A key matter from 2017 was the firm's work for Sainsbury’s Pension Scheme, Liverpool Victoria, Nomura and others on updates to collateral documentation in order to be compliant with the new rules for the mandatory exchange of margin. Key partner Richard Batchelor led that work. With senior associate Paul Denham, he also advised banks, building societies, pension schemes and asset managers on the clearing of OTC derivatives. Jonathan Master leads the UK derivatives practice and he assisted American Express Services Europe and other payment services firms with the application of EU regulations to their trading activities. With principal associate Jamie Dunlop, he advised Deutsche Bank on ISDA master agreements with a range of different counterparties.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commodities practice has become increasingly involved in trade finance transactions and disputes. The firm advised banks and traders on numerous trade finance deals and assisted a prominent bank in Geneva with the production of bespoke commodity trade finance documentation. Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott , who 'knows everything about trading' are the key contacts. Contentious highlights included two oil financing disputes for banks in Geneva, each with a value exceeding $20m, and an $8m letter of credit dispute for a metals trader. Aspinall's successes included winning a $22m gasoline financing case for a bank against the owner of an oil trading company.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Mathew Gorringe leads the national team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP from its Leeds office, with clients also singling out London team head Danny Blum as 'a truly outstanding lawyer with unmatched client service and commerciality and exceptional technical expertise'. The team has notable experience advising on the implementation of international incentive arrangements; Gorringe recently assisted PPD Global with an offer to its employees across 21 jurisdictions, while Blum acted for Shell on the share scheme elements of its acquisition of First Utility and also handled the incentive aspects of Altrad Investment Authority's acquisition of Cape.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The 'always practical and pragmatic' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is 'responsive, commercial and very easy to deal with'. The group is highly regarded for its expertise in the financial services sector, advising on industrial relations issues and utilising its global network to handle international mandates. Recent work highlights include advising the BBC on issues arising out of its employment contract changes and related union negotiations, representing Govia Thameslink Railway in the High Court in injunction proceedings to prevent the train drivers' union from calling a strike on its Southern services, and handling the employment aspects of Charter Court Financial Services Group's IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Clients single out the 'vastly experienced' Martin Warren, who leads the labour relations group; industrial relations team head Marc Meryon, who is 'brilliant'; and the 'smart and commercially savvy' Elizabeth Graves. Diane Gilhooley leads the global practice from Manchester and Paul Fontes heads up the London group. Sophie White joined from Abbiss Cadre LLP, Fiona Bolton joined Simmons & Simmons and Gareth Wadley joined Gateley Plc in 2018.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With 'real strength in depth across the board', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'leading practice' handles national and international health and safety issues with a high-profile corporate client base encompassing Siemens, EDF Energy and Centrica. Kevin Elliott leads the group nationally from Leeds; he recently acted for a national property management company in an investigation related to the death of a member of the public who was hit by falling shopping centre debris during a storm. Clients also single out the 'brilliant' Paul Verrico, who acted for Tarmac Marine in a prosecution for a breach of Maritime Asbestos legislation; David Young, who is 'excellent' and Tim Hill, who advises energy, chemical and manufacturing clients.

Leading individuals

David Young - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Kevin Elliott - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'market-leading pensions practice' provides 'a first-class service' with 'top-notch strategic guidance, excellent technical breadth and a level of commercialism that cannot be beaten'.¬†On the non-contentious side, Francois Barker, who ‚Äėhas the commercial overview to back up the specialist pensions knowledge‚Äô, leads the global practice while Jeremy Goodwin, who clients praise as ‚Äėone of the best pensions partners in the City‚Äô, heads up the London team. Recent highlights include Goodwin advising the trustees of the General Motors pensions scheme on the switch of its sponsoring employer and assisting the trustees of the BHS Pensions Scheme with the establishment of the BHS2 Pension Scheme following negotiations with Sir Philip Green. Contentious team head Claire Carroll, who is ‚Äėa very authoritative and measured lawyer‚Äô, and Jennifer Miles¬†are the key names for pension litigation matters; Miles recently defended Airways Pension Scheme Trustees in High Court proceedings brought by BA challenging the validity of decisions made by the trustees, and represented Barnardo's in its Supreme Court appeal relating to whether the trustees can adopt an index other than RPI. British Airways pensions schemes, P&O Pension Scheme, GE Pension Plan and Deloitte are also clients.

Leading individuals

Claire Carroll (dispute resolution) - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Francois Barker (non-contentious) - 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

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†team is ‚Äėexcellent and provides great value for money‚Äô. It distinguishes itself with its ‚Äėtechnical breadth and experience, as well as its understanding of the industry‚Äô. Major clients such as XL Catlin, AON, RiverStone and AIG come to the firm for its ‚Äėresponsive, helpful and proactive‚Äô approach. The team in London has advised on disputes connected to several other jurisdictions, in collaboration with its insurance colleagues in the firm‚Äôs network of over 60 foreign offices. This international reach has increased since the merger with US legacy firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, which took effect on 1 February 2017, with the firm acquiring a number of US market-leading insurance practitioners. The particular strength of its real estate practice group gives the team a competitive advantage, as does the 25 years‚Äô experience in insurance coverage disputes of practice head Simon Brooks. Another asset for the team is high-profile financial and professional risks expert Naz Gauri. Recent highlights include representing the successful defendant Motorplus in a claim brought by a firm of solicitors against the legal expenses insurance underwriting agency. Taking the lead in this case was Paula Gaddum, who was also instructed by Guarantee Protection Insurance to bring a claim against a Lloyd‚Äôs broker which had allegedly acted outside of its authority in concluding overseas insurance contracts.

Next generation lawyers

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's practice¬†covers the full breadth of transactional and regulatory advice, and also boasts a strong technology team acting on FinTech and InsurTech corporate transactions. The ‚Äėresponsive and personable‚Äô Hugo Laing¬†‚Äėhas deep knowledge of the law‚Äô; he handled high-profile matters including advising Legal & General on longevity insurance covering ¬£800m of pensioner longevity risk in the Scottish Hydro-Electric Pension Scheme, the first transaction to use Legal & General‚Äôs ‚ÄúUK-based pass through" structure to transfer longevity risk to the end reinsurer. The team also advised Markel on an unusual matter involving its acquisition of EC Insurance Company, a specialty line insurer providing insurance to contractors and affinity groups. Manchester-based¬†Paula Gaddum¬†is also a key member of the team.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

In Leeds, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's¬†Richard Matthews¬† has ‚Äėstrong experience, particularly on commercial product liability matters‚Äô. Recent mandates for the practice included high-profile product recalls, warranty disputes and personal injury claims relating to allegedly defective consumer products. Senior associate Peter Shervington¬† is an expert in the transport and automotive sectors. Clients include Siemens, Honda, Rolls Royce and DuPont.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†has ‚Äėexcellent technical breadth and experience‚Äô and stands out for its expertise in claims against insurance brokers, accountants and pension advisers. Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group, Aon, HCC International Insurance Company, KPMG, XL Catlin and Lockton Companies are among its clients. Claire Carroll¬†regularly defends claims brought against pensions professionals, trustees and advisers, and is acting for a global consultancy and the trustee of one of its occupational pension schemes in a potential professional negligence claim in relation to the possible overpayment of tax-free lump sums to more than 100 members of an occupational pension scheme. Practice head Simon Brooks, who¬†has a ‚Äėgood understanding of the law and a common-sense approach to legal issues‚Äô, is experienced in claims against insurance brokers, lawyers, accountants and construction professionals.¬†Matthew Allen¬†handles claims involving finance professionals and Paula Gaddum¬†is active across claims involving accountants, solicitors, construction professionals and brokers. Jennifer Miles¬†and Frank Thompson¬†are also key members of the team, as are principal associates¬†Kate Hill¬†and Christopher Ives, who is based in Manchester, and senior associate¬†Naz Gauri.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Julian Brown  advised Royal London Asset Management on launching a property fund, seeded by two existing portfolios covering a range of assets, structured as an authorised contractual scheme with a PAIF feeder fund. Ronald Paterson assisted Gresham House Asset Management with the formation of a £150m fund investing in housing and infrastructure, with a local authority pension scheme acting as key investor.

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Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of work for retail fund managers and leading custodian banks. Michaela Walker, who also advises depository banks, assisted the NFU on changes to its open-ended funds, converting its non-UCITS retail funds into a UCITS range. She also has expertise in Charity Authorised Investment Funds. Pamela Thompson - now the firm's global chair - handles heavyweight regulatory and fund restructuring matters. Julian Brown, who is also admitted to practice in Luxembourg, is also a key contact. Phil Spyropoulos  is a senior associate of note. The team also advises Artemis Global Investment, Aviva Investors, Franklin Templeton and Jupiter Unit Managers Trust on various matters concerning UCITS regulation.

Leading individuals

Pamela Thompson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

Glynne Stanfield  heads the charity team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  and Paul Pugh  heads the third sector services team. The team in the last year has acted for over 250 charities and has particular expertise in advising research institutions and grant makers on various matters such as governance, international giving, social investments and tax. It recently advised the Royal Society of Chemistry on its benevolent fund and on the powers of the trustee in relation to the fund. Turning Point, South Downs National Trust and Royal College of General Practitioners are other major clients. It also acts for Dementia Research Institute, Further Education Trust for Leadership and Dewsbury Endowed Schools Foundation.

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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 's London-based project and energy team consists of infrastructure experts such as Jackie Heeds and Howard Barrie who previously acted for clients such as National Grid and international PPP offices. On the project financing front, clients can rely on experts like Conrad Purcell , Mark Dennison and Alex Doughty . At the head of the team sit Michael Grimes who is based in Leeds and holds strong expertise in waste management, and Robert Pitcher who also heads the firm's international group.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Legal director and M&A specialist James Vernon recently joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's oil and gas team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and acted for Essar in its $12bn disposal of Essar Oil. Other recent highlights include advising National Grid on the separation and subsequent sale of its gas distribution business, and Greg Hammond's advice to China National Petroleum Corporation in its acquisition of an 8% stake in a high-value onshore barrel onshore  concession project in Abu Dhabi. On the financing side Alex Doughty advised an oil company on a debt financing and subsequent restructuring of various facilities pertaining to the upgrade and expansion of an oil refinery in Eastern Europe. Robert Pitcher and Greg Hammond co-head the department. Other key clients include Shell, Lukoil, Vitol and Eni.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'strong support in the specialist area of procurement and real estate', according to one client. In recent highlights, CGN Europe - a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned utility - instructed a team led by Jason Lovell to oversee its acquisition of onshore wind assets in Ireland, and the group is currently leading the advice to National Grid on a complex business separation and subsequent sale proceedings. Cardiff-based  Iwan Walters assisted EDF with the disposal of five onshore wind assets to Greencoat UK Wind, and Birmingham's David Jones is currently intervening in the EPC contract negotiation ownership, EPC and cabling arrangements with regards to a major interconnector project between the UK and mainland Europe. The team's construction and engineering arm was recently bolstered by the arrival of Richard Streeter from CMS and the corporate offering benefited from James Vernon 's hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Michelle T Davies heads the firm's clean energy practice and co-heads the team with Robert Pitcher who spearheads the international infrastructure and energy outfit.

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London: Public sector

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The 'excellent' Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP assists clients on a blend of commercial, litigation and public law issues spanning governance, regeneration and  procurement as well as investigations and inquiries. It serves clients such as Transport for Greater Manchester, the Serious Fraud Office and Borders to Coast Pension Partnership. In the Grenfell Tower public inquiry, it is representing Cadent Gas which had been the gas distributor to the tower. Peter Jones  is reported to be 'a fantastic and experienced inquiry solicitor, who excels at running a team.' Paul Pugh is the corporate lead on public sector matters and is also the relationship partner to the UK Government’s new general legal services panel. Other team members include Bridgette Wilcox, Gary Pellow 'who is  a very calm, experienced partner who delivers well-considered advice' and Edward Williams in Leeds 'did a great job at getting up to speed very quickly on what was a complex issue.'

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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

The 'good all-round team' at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a range of educational institutions including universities and educational bodies on matters ranging from setting up overseas establishments to the merger of schools. Its comprehensive expertise spans high-level policy advice, in addition to advisory and disputes matters. It acted for a number of further education colleges on their extensive work participating in the national Strategic Area Review and also acted for the Association of Colleges and Havering Sixth Form College on a judicial review challenge to the decision of the Department for Education to approve a new sixth form college at a school in the Borough of Havering. Key team members include Glynne Stanfield, Alison Oldfield and Nicola Bennison. Simon Chamberlain specialises in property-related matters, and Ben Wood handles employment and governance. With a 'national reputation', Diane Gilhooley is the well-known head of the firm’s national and international education sector group.

Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team provides 'good response times and quality advice'. Its clients span schools, academies, technical colleges, academy trusts, local authorities and independent schools. Recent work includes advising Reigate College on its conversion to an academy, which involved assisting the college with pension, corporate and HR matters, as well as education law. The team also continues to assist ACS International Schools with an array of matters ranging from construction to IP, charity law and governance. The well-respected Diane Gilhooley  heads the practice; Ben Wood advises on employment and governance matters; and Helen Cairns has long-standing experience of working with academies and 'impresses with her industry knowledge'.

Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Infrastructure (parliamentary)
Infrastructure (parliamentary) - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephen Collings¬†,¬†James O‚ÄôConnor¬†,¬†Stuart Andrews¬†and¬†Morag Thomson¬†head the parliamentary and infrastructure team at¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†. The team‚Äôs specialisms include the promotion of Bills in Parliament, legislative drafting (including Private Bills) and the promotion of or opposition to infrastructure projects. Clients include the Network Rail and the National Grid. ‚ÄėSeasoned negotiator‚Äô Stephen Collings¬† leads the team acting for The Department for Transport and HS2 on all aspects of a hybrid bill to deliver the first part of the second phase of The High Speed 2 project. Other highlights included acting for TFL and London Underground on the promotion of a TWA Order to authorize the construction and operation of upgrade works at Camden Town and Bank underground stations. Monica Peto¬†and Jessica Craven¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Monica Peto - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephen Collings - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

James O'Connor - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bridgette Wilcox, Paul Pugh and Huw Jones¬†are the Cardiff-based, key team members at the helm of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's public law and local authority practice that advises local authorities on areas ranging from¬† procurement to employment matters. It has been¬†appointed ¬†by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority to undertake the review and updating of the draft guidance for contracts under PF2, the successor to PFI. Its wide-ranging work includes advising the¬†London Borough of Harrow on the procurement of a technology partner to develop and exploit its "Infinity‚ÄĚ adult social care software and it¬†also has well-established expertise in¬†public sector pensions law. Jackie Heeds¬†is noted for her infrastructure procurement expertise.

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London: Real estate

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

‚ÄėUber impressive in every aspect of its real estate service‚Äô, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†advises inward investors, REITs and major institutional players on development projects and large single asset and portfolio investment transactions. In the student housing space, Nicholas Bartlett¬†advised LetterOne on the ¬£870m sale of a portfolio of student housing to iQ, which represented 5% of the student housing market in London. Richard Lampert¬†acted for Avanton in connection with the site assembly for a mixed-use development at Old Kent Road, including the pre-sale of social housing units to A2Dominion. Additionally, Angus Ford¬†assisted Grainger with its purchase of 234 units of a PRS scheme in Sheffield. Lee Jackson¬†advised China Cinda Asset Management on its ¬£500m acquisition of a portfolio of 26 UK-based hotels from Bain Capital. The team is well-known in the hotel and leisure space, where Susan Samuel¬†acted for Hilton Worldwide in relation to the sale of three Hilton hotels and the negotiation of a franchise agreement with the client‚Äôs landlord for those hotels. Samuel also advised Yum! Brands on the refranchising of 200 UK KFC stores, which involved the transfer of title to 14 separate franchisees. The group has also been involved in a number of headline letting transactions, which included department head Bruce Dear¬†advising Facebook UK on the lease arrangements for its new West End HQ, and Tom Goldsmith¬†acting for Expedia in relation to the high-value tripartite lease agreement for its new European HQ in Islington. Similarly, Dear advised KPMG on the sale and leaseback of its Canary Wharf HQ, while landlord instructions included acting for Blackstone on the complete letting arrangements for the Adelphi Building in London‚Äôs West End.

Leading individuals

Bruce Dear - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Jonathan Douglas heads the London construction team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which acted in a £17m dispute that arose between Mailbox (Birmingham) Limited and Galliford Try Building Limited concerning the refurbishment of the iconic Mailbox development in Birmingham. The practice also acted for EPC contractor Wartsila in its $70m dispute with a Korean company concerning the construction in the Middle East of the world's biggest tri-fuel power plant. On the transactional side, the team is acting for Legal & General on the £48.3m business acquisition from Urban & Civic of a Hampton by Hilton franchise at Stansted Airport; advising on the maintenance, regeneration and upgrade of a high-end residential and commercial multibillion-pound portfolio in the West End and Mayfair; and advising Letter One on all construction aspects of the corporate disposal of 11 student accommodation developments in the United Kingdom, worth £850m. Other clients include Qatar National Bank, Hammerson, Dairy Crest, Sisk Group, NVT, and SNC Lavalin. Simon Oats is global head of construction based in the London office.

Leading individuals

Simon Oats - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery approachable and accessible‚Äô, with extensive knowledge and experience in residential and commercial property and a strong developer client base, including Barratt David Wilson Homes, the largest volume housebuilder in the UK. Stuart Andrews¬†leads the team, which recently acted for Henley Camland, a development investment and delivery company working in partnership with Land Securities on the restructuring of the Ebbsfleet settlement; and acted for Third Energy on a fracking scheme at Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire. Senior associate Morag Roddick¬†focuses on distribution, transport and mining projects along with major urban residential-led extension. Senior associates Karen Mutton¬†and Laura-Beth Hutton¬†are also recommended. Monica Peto¬†stepped down from partnership, but remains at the firm as parliamentary agent.

Leading individuals

Monica Peters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†is a ‚Äėgo-to firm for development financing‚Äô, recently acting for Cheyne Capital on a complex refinancing and redevelopment matter and for RBS on the financing of the acquisition and development of The Westgate Building in Glasgow. The team has also been handling an increasing amount of work for Asian banks; Simon Mead¬†advised HSBC Hong Kong on the ¬£169m financing of SEA Holdings' acquisition of the entire issued share capital of 33 Old Broad Street, and, alongside¬†Robert Ludwig,¬†acted for ICBC as senior lender on the refinancing of a shopping centre in the West Midlands.¬†On the borrower side, the team acted for Audley Retirement on a ¬£125m revolving credit facility, the first of its kind in the retirement villages sector. Mead, who ‚Äėprovides a first class service, is always approachable and is always willing to go the extra mile‚Äô, heads the¬†‚Äėcommercially strong‚Äô team. New clients include M&G Investments and Tyndaris Real Estate.

Leading individuals

Simon Mead - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Robert Ludwig - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†delivers an ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô with ‚Äėtimely responses‚Äô and ‚Äėfantastic sector knowledge‚Äô. Practice head¬†Will Densham¬†is singled out as ‚Äėone of the few genuine specialists in rent review work‚Äô and his team also has expertise in insolvency matters and dilapidation disputes. The department has added Shell and Canary Wharf Group to its list of clients and Densham continues to advise Chelsea FC on the development restrictions and planning elements arising from the ¬£1b re-development of Stamford Bridge stadium.¬†Kate Poole¬†has also been involved in the matter and is praised as being ‚Äėon par with the best for high end property disputes‚Äô. In another highlight for the team, the ‚Äėexcellent researcher‚Äô¬†Stuart Wortley¬†has been acting for Manchester United FC and The Shard in an effort to tackle the developing trend of dangerous activities being filmed on the rooftops of iconic buildings.¬†John Kemkers¬†and¬†Heather Tomlinson¬† are recommended while¬†Polly Laycock¬†departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†.

Leading individuals

Stuart Wortley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Will Densham  - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kate Poole - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has been assisting clients from a variety of sectors with understanding the implications of Brexit on their operations since 2015.Ros Kellaway and principal associate Annabel Borg lead the team, which works closely with practitioners in the firm's offices across the EU, including Brussels. James Lindop , who heads up the international trade practice, covers a wide range of Brexit-related questions, such as the potential imposition of customs formalities, trading within the WTO framework and reviews of pricing mechanisms (in the light of the possible risk of the imposition of tariffs and other trade barriers). Andrew Henderson is advising Aviva Investors and Legal & General Investment Management on their options for establishing subsidiaries or branches in the EU27 post-Brexit, and he is also assisting multi-manager investment firm Architas with managing various Brexit-related structuring (and associated governance) issues. Totis Kotsonis is recommended for his EU state aid and public procurement expertise. Tom Bridgford assists clients with contracting issues.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP boasts a 'very strong and experienced team' focusing on data protection, information and cybersecurity law, which offer 'excellent value for money'. With 'specialist knowledge and practical experience of data protection litigation' the team has the capabilities to handle significant strategic projects and contentious matters. In a significant mandate, the team was instructed by Santander UK on its UK GDPR compliance programme. The group also acted for an international IT services provider following a cyber-attack on its network, including risk advice, analysis of personal data laws and potential liability under contract law, negligence and other torts. Paula Barrett heads up the practice which also includes 'national expert'  Liz Fitzsimons, who attracts praise for her 'calm, practical, and measured advice'. Simon Morrissey has recently joined the team.

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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¬†advises corporations involved in high-profile investigations undertaken by the SFO, HMRC, FCA, Trading Standards and the NHS Fraud Unit. The team provides ‚Äėa very good overall service and responds quickly and effectively‚Äô. The firm continue to act for a Russian conglomerate on its cross-border response to a $200m fraud committed by former employees. Key practitioner Zia Ullah¬†specialises in international sanctions, anti-money laundering and fraud cases. Jake McQuitty¬†joined as partner from TLT.¬†Former head of team Neill Blundell¬†left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on reputation management, privacy, advertising and branding disputes.  Andrew Terry successfully acted for the Chairman of Millwall FC in his defamation claim against former Tory Minister, Mr Stephen Norris. He also represented BUQ in obtaining privacy injunctions to prevent the publication of highly personal information. Michael Clavell-Bate is experienced in handling reputation management matters for public and private institutions.

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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's brand management practice advises food and drink, retail and media clients on trademark portfolio management, contentious litigation and in advertising and promotional arrangements. Practice head Andrew Terry  continues to assist the Coca-Cola Company on numerous advertising and promotional campaigns, and easyGroup on IP matters including representation in trademark litigation case W3/EasyRoommate concerning allegations of unjustified threats and trade mark infringement. Trademark and design expert Kate Ellis  manages portfolios of Holland & Barrett and John Lewis Partnership with Terry. Copyright and music law specialist Neil Mohring  advises Apple Corps in relation to their IP rights in copyright and merchandising.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

IT expert Matthew Gough¬†leads the team at¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which handles a wide range of fintech work and has strong transactional capabilities. Financial institutions expert¬†Andrew Henderson¬†acted for the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance on its ¬£5m ICO, and advised HSBC, WealthKernel and TAM Asset Management on robo-advice matters. Henderson and¬†Ronald Paterson¬†assisted Nivaura with obtaining regulatory authorisation for its new blockchain concept to automate bond trading. IT partner¬†Craig Rogers¬†advised Citibank on its new digital proxy voting system Proxymity, which aims to connect and authenticate issuers and investors in listed securities and to streamline the voting process at Annual General Meetings. Gresham House instructed Rogers on its new investor portal, developed in partnership with MMR Digital, to provide a personalised digital experience for investors and clients. Rogers and¬†Stephen Nash¬†acted for StatPro Group on its ‚ā¨13m purchase of UBS's risk and performance analytics business, Delta.¬†Paul Pugh¬†is often active in fintech M&A and fundraising. Associate¬†James Burnie¬†is also recommended.

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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 advised CSC Computer Sciences on contractual and regulatory issues associated with its five year outsourcing deal with the London Insurance Market. In another highlight, a team led by the 'commercially minded'  Simon Cloke is acting for Rolls-Royce in relation to its partnership with TCS, who provides a data analysis platform. The group is also assisting Network Rail with procurement of traffic management systems. Cloke jointly heads up the team alongside Simon Gamlin.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national intellectual property team includes individuals based across the firm's national offices. The group represented easyGroup in a dispute with W3 (owners of EasyRoommate). The practice is also instructed by Coca-Cola on IP aspects of numerous ongoing advertising and promotional campaigns, as well as by John Lewis Partnership to manage the companies worldwide trade mark portfolios. Cambridge-based Adrian Toutoungi is a key name to note for hard IP matters, with Neil Mohring and Andrew Terry (both in the London office) known for soft IP and brand management. Changes to the team include the arrival of Rupert Bent, who formerly headed up the IP group at Walker Morris LLP, and the departure of James Fry to Mills & Reeve LLP.

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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¬†has an active music practice which acts for a range of music sector clients. It also acts for film, TV and gaming clients, and for a number of corporate clients on advertising, marketing and sponsorship issues. Media finance is also a key area of focus. Neil Mohring¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive and has considerable music industry experience and knowledge‚Äô and heads the team with¬†Andrew Terry¬†who specialises in IP, brand protection, reputation management and media-related work. Mohring is advising Apple Corps on the release and events to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt Pepper album and advises Apple Corps on all aspects of The Beatles film, Eight Days A Week. Mohring also represented music publisher, promoter and manager, Barry McKay, on a dispute concerning the the ownership of the copyright in the music and lyrics of Iron Maiden songs; ‚ÄėThe Nomad‚Äô and ‚ÄėHallowed be Thy Name‚Äô. Terry advises John Lewis Partnership on a range of IP issues. NBC Universal, Coca-Cola, the BBC, Sir Elton John and Live Nation are also clients. Senior associate Chloe Gastrell¬†handles IP matters.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly acts for airports, airlines and aviation support businesses, on disputes, regulatory matters, compliance, HR, M&A and infrastructure projects. The team advised Boeing UK on the acquisition of a new development site at Sheffield Business Park and advises Turkish Airlines on passenger claims in the UK and to co-ordinates passenger claims worldwide. Manchester Airport Group and Heathrow Airport are also clients. Birmingham-based Richard Prowse, Matthew Taylor in Manchester and employment specialist Tom Bray in Cardiff lead the team.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s multi-disciplinary rail team is active on the procurement, leasing and financing of rolling stock, rail regulation, rail and infrastructure projects, concession and franchise agreements, procurement and competition law. It is also particularly noted for its parliamentary infrastructure consenting and implementation expertise. DfT is a key client. Rail head Mark Brunton, Birmingham-based Anne Harris, Stephen Collings, Agnes Koko, parliamentary agent Monica Peto, planning partner James O’Connor and senior parliamentary clerk Darren White are stand-out members of the department.

Leading individuals

Anne Harris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Mark Brunton - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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