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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Alison Oldfield

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Alison is a partner in Eversheds Litigation and Dispute Management Group. She specialises in handling all types of property disputes acting for a diverse range of national and international clients spanning both the public and private sector.

She also leads the dispute resolution team in the education group, advising education institutions across the academies, further and higher education sectors on a wide range of contentious and risk management issues particularly in relation to contractual and property disputes and judicial review proceedings.

Alison has a particular expertise in advising on high profile and reputationally sensitive judicial review proceedings. She was the lead adviser to the Olympic Park Legacy Company in handling the judicial review proceedings brought by Tottenham Hotspur to challenge the decision to select West Ham as preferred bidder of the Olympic Stadium in Legacy.

She has a particular specialism in advising clients on crisis managing disruption caused by campaigners and protestors. She has advised companies across the energy, retail and diversified industrial sectors on their response to corporate campaigns, obtaining injunctions for a number of household names.

Alison is regarded as a leading individual in both Chambers Legal Directory and Legal 500. Chambers Directory 2015 says "[Alison] gives excellent advice, keeps an eye on the bigger picture and makes sure that what she's doing makes good financial sense".




London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

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.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

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

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Local government

Within: Local government

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

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

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

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