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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles both heavyweight M&A deals and significant outsourcing deals. Susan Lewis and James Trevis handled various due diligence elements of National Grid’s separation of its gas distribution business in preparation for the business’s sale, working alongside Linklaters LLP in London. Theresa-Marie Stodell, a new partner promotion, advised Legal & General Senior Living on the purchase of two senior living villages for £40m. Nigel Cooke advised BBA Aviation on its acquisition of GE’s avionics business. Mark Beardmore advised Livingbridge on the purchase of restaurant and catering company rhubarb, for a figure reported to be around £75m, by Livingbridge 6, the fund’s first acquisition. Catherine Eley, who also handles M&A deals, advised Anglian Water on forming a joint venture with Northumberland Water to retail water and sewerage services to business customers. As far as commercial contracts are concerned, Kelly Holmes  advised Hammerson on re-tendering cleaning provision for all twelve of its shopping centres.

Leading individuals

Mark Beardmore - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Susan Lewis - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Theresa-Marie Stodell - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘a first-class service' to a client roster that includes a number of large banks; the team is particularly well-known for defending mis-selling claims. Chris Busby heads the firm’s national practice and is a ‘real star in his field and well-deserving of his accolades – he is very knowledgeable on banking regulation, very attentive to what clients need and very easy to work with’. He has expertise in PPI matters, a leads a practice that handles a high volume of work for major banks. Neville Gray, who ‘has a strong understanding of his cases and an excellent grasp of case management’, is representing a private bank in a series of mis-selling cases concerning alleged negligence or breaches of statutory duties as regards to the sale of film partnership scheme products. Gray also acted for a Nordic bank in claims by users of its trading platform at the time of the 2015 termination of the Swiss Franc’s peg to the Euro. He also has SIPP mis-selling and Consumer Credit Act expertise. Principal associate Sarah Hope  is a ‘hardened and experienced litigator, with great client skills’. Principal associate Martin Ward  joined from Shoosmiths LLP. The practice also acts for banks in professional negligence actions against solicitors and invoice finance disputes. Santander and Nationwide are other clients.

Leading individuals

Chris Busby - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Neville Gray - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Hope - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘excellent in commercial litigation’. Adam Fisher is ‘particularly impressive – he is smart, full of sense and particularly good at boiling down complex legal points into a language lay clients understand, helping them understand their options accurately and simply’ – he represented 18 Week Support in various breach of confidence claims against a competitor seeking to enter the NHS insourcing market. Rich Lloyd is ‘particularly good – he is very strong on law, and excellent on the detail while retaining a really good macro view of the matter being litigated’. He acted alongside senior associate Victoria Callicott for Sims Group in the defense of a £5m claim brought by one of its suppliers. Principal associate Ridah Iqbal is also a name of note, as is senior associate Helen Amison. In an illustration of its ‘excellence in the public sector arena’, Sarah Jones and principal associate Isabelle Mitchell, working alongside the firm’s office in Cardiff, acted for the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office and the Independent Schools Inspectorate as core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which follows on from the team’s involvement as solicitors to the Independent Jersey Care inquiry.

Leading individuals

Adam Fisher - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ’s Patrick Davis advised a syndicate of seven lenders on a £350m refinancing of Domino’s Pizza Group plc, the brand’s listed UK franchisee, and assisted a five-lender syndicate with a £200m refinancing of Halfords Group. MBO finance highlights included advising Lloyds and HSBC on a £280m facility to fund Investcorp’s backing of the acquisition of Kee Safety Group. Principal associate Richard Davies' real estate finance highlights included advising Lloyds on a refinance of 2 Colmore Square, and Secure Trust Bank on funding for the acquisition of a site in Canary Wharf. Other clients include Equistone Partners, which Davis advised on the funding elements of its management buyout of Inspire Thinking Group.

Leading individuals

Patrick Davis - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Richard Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Alongside a range of big-ticket insolvency work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP also handles corporate recovery matters. Andrew Jordan advised Alix Partners as administrators of Jaeger Retail Group and the subsequent sale of its assets, and Duff & Phelps as administrators of Multi York Furniture. The firm also acts for PwC, KPMG, which it advised on its role as administrator of AMS Group, Begbies Traynor (as administrators of Assist Recruitment) and Deloitte. At principal associate, Jenna Poulton  is also a name of note, as is non-contentious specialist Laura Taylor  and real estate specialist Anne-Louise Lawrence.

Leading individuals

Andrew Jordan - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers the spectrum of employment law, with a client roster that includes Severn Trent, National Grid and St Andrews Healthcare. David Beswick  leads the team and has extensive experience in handling outsourcing, restructuring and senior executive issues, with a heavy focus on the consumer and industrials sectors. His recent highlights include advising ReAssure on the legal aspects behind the closure of its Lytham site, where 160 employees were based. Beswick also defended Openwork Services against an approximately £1m claim from a senior executive alleging breach of contract and misrepresentation. Nicholas Jew   focuses on contentious matters and is 'personable', 'knowledgable', and'commercial'. He assisted London and Birmingham Railway with the TUPE transfer of 2,400 employees which arose from the franchise transferring to West Midlands Trains. He also acted for WIPRO against claims of disability and race discrimination from an employee. Other names of note include Hannah Wilkins , who represents international clients on cross-border employment issues; Audrey Elliott , who focuses on business immigration matters; and legal direction Amanda Smith , who advises on the employment elements of transactions.

Leading individuals

David Beswick - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Nicholas Jew - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Hannah Wilkins - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland  work on high profile prosecutions and investigations, with a client list that includes Siemens, Centrica and National Grid. Kevin Elliott heads the practice nationally and recently advised a property management company after a member of the public was killed from blowing debris from one of the client's properties during 'Storm Doris'.  David Young  focuses on compliance and enforcement work that involves serious incidents,  contentious environmental cases, as well as food and product safety. Paul Verrico  is an expert in regulatory matters and  defended Tarmac Marine against a prosecution from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a breach of maritime asbestos legislation.

Leading individuals

David Young - Eversheds Sutherland

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland  is headed by business immigration specialist Audrey Elliot , who regularly advises on the points-based immigration system, visa tracking and recruitment audits. She is particularly active in immigration matters relating to the energy and utilities sectors.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for its ‘excellent depth of expertise’ and ‘commercial awareness’ with a client roster that includes Transport for Greater Manchester,  the London Borough of Harrow and Birmingham City Council. Emma King leads the team and recently advised the trustee of the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme on an appeal from ITV against a financial support direction issued against its scheme. Gary Delderfield heads the public sector pensions team and assisted Borders to Coast Pensions Partnership on bringing forth its £36 billion Border to Coast LGPS investment pool, and advised on the establishment of Brunel Pensions Partnership as one of the eight LGPS investment pools. Liz Fallon focuses on international matters (particularly EU-related ). Sarah Franklin  advised Calor Pension Trust on GDPR compliance and HMRC’s new anti-money laundering requirements. Georgina Rankin is also a key figure, with extensive experience in advising corporate sponsors and trustees of occupational pension schemes. Also recommended is principal associate Gavin Paul, who is experienced in handling rules drafting, scheme mergers and disputes.

Leading individuals

Emma King - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Gary Delderfield (New) - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Liz Fallon - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gavin Paul - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  provide an 'excellent level of service and knowledge' with 'a strong team of lawyers'. Chris Busby  leads the practice and is 'extremely experienced in finance-related professional negligence', 'good with clients' and 'commercially minded'. Neville Gray  has 'an excellent grasp of case management' and strong expertise in commercial and residential lending claims. Senior associate Daniel Murphy  is 'very thorough and experienced' and 'a very safe pair of hands'.  Associate Kyle Richards  is 'very engaged with the detail on his cases' and 'keen to test the strengths of difficult legal and evidential arguments to ensure a case is robust'.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is led by Diane Gilhooley , who is particularly strong on employment and governance matters. Glynne Stanfield  is an expert in education mergers and recently advised a 6th form college in Hampshire on its conversion to academy status. Nicola Bennison  is an expert in student-related issues and assisted the National College for High Speed Rail with procurement, pensions, governance and staffing issues, relating to the client’s new mobilisation programme. Mark Taylor was made partner in 2017, and advises on corporate, commercial and governance issues. Recent work highlights of his include advising Nottingham College on the financing behind its new build project in Nottingham City Centre.

Next generation lawyers

Mark Taylor - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles agenda-setting transactions across real estate asset classes, ranging from infrastructure and retail through to office space and residential. David Jones handles commercial developments and heads the firm’s Birmingham real estate team – he advised SEGRO EMG on the site acquisition and pre-letting elements of the planned East Midlands Gateway rail freight terminal. Gurjit Atwal is the firm’s global real estate sector head – he handles retail, student housing and leisure deals such as advising Landsec on purchasing three outlet centres from Hermes Investment Management for £333m, which was partially structured through Jersey Property Unit Trusts (JPUTs). Helen Annable advised a hospitality company on the sale of 73 pubs across Great Britain as going concerns for £50m. Meg Heppel advised HM Revenue and Customs on pre-letting 22,300 sq m of space in 3 Arena Central. Philip Medford, the head of the residential development practice, advised Taylor Wimpey on purchasing the former Flightshed in Longridge for residential development in a transaction conditional on remediation. Mark Chester is a new hire from Gowling WLG – he and Iftkhar Ahmed advised Iron Mountain on the purchase of two leasehold data centres for £83m – one in Slough, the other in Singapore. Other clients include the Blackstone Group, which Atwal advised on selling a £460m social housing portfolio to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Leading individuals

Gurjit Atwal - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Iftkhar Ahmed - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Philip Medford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘aware of all the current issues contractors face in entering building contracts and adept at handling negotiations to reach a suitable point to allow projects to proceed’. David Jones, working with the firm’s Manchester office, continues to advise Severn Trent Water and Dee Valley Water on creating a new framework agreement for procuring water treatment plants and pipe networks. Jones also advises Network Rail on a proposed people mover connecting Luton Airport Parkway railway station to Luton Airport 2km away. Peter Scurlock continues to advise NNB Generation Company, a subsidiary of EDF Energy, on several contracting packages for the Hinkley Point C project, including the construction of several marine tunnels required to cool the reactor. He also advises Lynemouth Power on the conversion of the eponymous coal-fired power station to biomass wood pellets, but away from energy also advised Nikal on procuring 600 apartments across three buildings as part of the Exchange Square development in central Birmingham. Formerly a principal associate at the firm, Michael Shires is now Head of Legal at Hill & Smith Holdings.

Leading individuals

Peter Scurlock - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles work concerning infrastructure developments and housebuilding schemes. Paul Maile and senior associate Duncan Williams continue to advise Taylor Wimpey on a development in Stafford, and are advising IM Properties on several planned developments. On the infrastructure front the team is advising DB Symmetry on developing a new rail freight interchange near Hinckley. Other work includes advice to local authorities – the team advised Cherwell District Council on drafting section 106 agreements concerning the North West Bicester Eco Town development. Energy clients include RWE Generation, which Maile continues to advise on its application for consent for a 2.5GW gas-fired power station near the proposed Tilbury 2 port, and Community Wind Power.

Leading individuals

Paul Maile - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘provides straightforward and clear advice and quickly assesses clients’ legal positions, often within constrained timescales’. Paul Moorcroft, who heads the firm’s national practice in this space from the Birmingham office, is ‘an affable solicitor who provides straightforward and clear real estate litigation advice’. He represents public bodies and private sector clients alike on matters including service charge disputes. Lisa Barge, who heads the West Midlands team specifically, is ‘a pleasure to work with, attentive and a great lateral thinker providing clear advice on complex real estate litigation disputes’; she acts for Waitrose on company guarantee matters, as well as handling other work concerning landlord and tenant issues, many of which involve agricultural elements. Solicitor advocate David Feist  is ‘sharp and to the point, always able to help assess legal issues at hand to quickly decide the best course of action’ – he advised National Grid Electricity Transmission on securing an injunction to gain access to farm land to inspect powerlines which trees were growing dangerously close to. Below partner level, senior associate Rob Holloway  represents Safestore in seeking to injunct a private road owner from interfering with a right to park outside Safestore’s Acton facility by maintaining segregated pedestrian walkways, and advises a Westfield-Hammerson joint venture regarding vacant possession to facilitate a redevelopment of the Whitgift Shopping Centre. Principal associate Arren Thornton advised United Utilities Water on a rating appeal of its entire network, securing a refund of £7m.

Leading individuals

David Feist - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Lisa Barge - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Paul Moorcroft - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Arren Thornton - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rob Holloway - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘excellent’ Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is headed by Charlotte Walker-Osborn  who specialises in non-contentious matters, with notable expertise in outsourcing, artificial intelligence and procurement matters. She recently advised Honda Motor Europe on its connected car offering across EMEA, assisted Ricoh Europe on its private cloud relating to critical business systems and worked with the John Lewis Partnership on its day to day technology contracts.  Other key individuals include: principal associate Ben McLeod , who is an expert in technology agreements; and privacy and technology specialist Gayle McFarlane . Toyota, Cadent Gas and Smiths Group are also key clients.

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