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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘responsive’ and ‘hardworking’ 11-partner team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly handles complex transactions, often with a cross-border element, across the healthcare, aerospace, defence, retail, real estate and chemicals sectors. Company and commercial team head Simon Masters  advised WestRock Company on its $2.28bn acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions International, and on the $1bn disposal of its home, health and beauty division. Daniel Hall acted for Zeus Capital on the £190m IPO of Strix Group and Alistair Cree  advised Carlyle Group on the disposal of a Luxembourg-based company holding the freehold of the Soapworks development in Salford Quays, Manchester.  Partner Nicola Brookes  and senior associate Elizabeth Tindall, who ‘takes a commercial approach to issues’, are also noted. The ‘brilliantTom Bridgford  leads the commercial team and advised CSC Computer Sciences on a five-year outsourcing deal with the London insurance market. Nick Stubbs, who splits his time between Leeds and Manchester, and senior associate Richard Hill are also recommended for commercial matters.

Leading individuals

Alistair Cree - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Daniel Hall - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon Masters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Tom Bridgford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elizabeth Tindall - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Jamie Partridge - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘knowledgeable’ principal associate David Roberts is praised for his ‘clear and measured advice; he does what he does well without wasting valuable time’. Roberts’ practice focuses on licensing and gambling law, and he plays a key role in developing the firm’s retail, hotels and leisure sector groups at both a national and international level. Clients include household names such as Hilton Worldwide and Gala Bingo. Highlights included supporting Genting Casinos on the transfer of its online gambling operation that had been based in Alderney to a UK based operation. In other significant matters it advised Land Securities on its licensing requirements for its Westgate Oxford retail leisure scheme.

Next generation lawyers

David Roberts - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘bright, industrious and efficient’ department is ‘easy to deal with’. Clients include UK-based and international banks, including HSBC Bank, BNP Paribas, Clydesdale Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken, as well as several challenger banks. Northern practice head James Southworth  ‘gives good strategic direction and has considerable charm’ and handles large and complex banking disputes, contentious regulatory matters and investigations. Zia Ullah specialises in fraud and financial crime compliance, and Sarah Naylor is ‘a real fighter’ who is experienced in retail and wholesale bank mis-selling claims as well as contentious financial regulatory issues. Principal associate Leonie Tear, who specialises in fraud and corruption investigations, and senior associate David Cook, who handles cybercrime, security and data protection issues, are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Leonie Tear - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Sarah Naylor - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is commended as ‘extremely responsive’ and delivers ‘pragmatic and commercial advice’ and acts for regional, national and international corporates on a range of disputes. The team is also noted for its experience in reputation management-related cases. Representing Manchester Airport on a £12m claim against Australian television network Ten Group PTY, under a guarantee arising out the termination of an advertising contract with Airport Advertising UK by Manchester Airport; advising five Store First companies in relation to public interest winding up proceedings brought by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and representing Weir Group on two related disputes, in the Jordanian courts, in connection with the termination of a longstanding relationship between Weir Minerals Europe and Weir Solutions FZE and its Jordanian agent; are key highlights. Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Jersey), Begbies Traynor Group and Air Liquide UK are also clients. The ‘impressiveMichael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor, who is ‘very hands on and leads from the front’, lead the department. Principal associates Tom Whitfield and Phil Duignan, who is noted for procurement disputes, are recommended, as is senior associate Luisa Zukowski, who is experienced in international arbitration.

Leading individuals

Michael Clavell-Bate - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Phil Duignan - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Tom Whitfield - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong following among corporate borrowers in the region and is noted for its experience across real estate finance, corporate banking work and private equity transactions. The education and renewables sectors are also key areas of focus for the team. Highlights included advising Morses Club on the amendment and restatement of a £40m facility agreement made between Morses Club and Santander Bank; acting for Footasylum on its proposed listing and associated pre-transaction refinancing; and assisting Barchester Finco 2017 with £280m facilities provided by Citigroup Global Markets and Laser International for the refinancing of existing care homes. The team also acted for Renold and its English subsidiaries on the exercise of its accordion facility and amendment of its facility agreement, which included an amendment and restatement to the underlying facility agreement, to increase the facility to £61.5m. Jason Wurzal heads the ‘first-rate’ department, which includes Taslima Salam, who heads the real estate finance team and ‘speaks without using jargon in an easy to understand and friendly manner’, and the ‘experienced’ Richard Cowan, who recently joined from Gateley Plc as a principal associate.

Leading individuals

Jason Wurzal - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team is praised for its ‘depth of knowledge’ and ‘swift and accurate advice’. Key areas of expertise include the real estate, pensions, retail, professional services, energy, infrastructure, construction and further education sectors. The practice recently acted for KPMG as administrators of Entu, a listed supplier and installer of double glazing; advised RSM in its role as administrator on the sale of certain aspects of the business and assets of Debt Free Direct and Fairpoint Group. Lloyds Bank, The Co-operative Bank, RBS, Wellesley Finance and HSBC Bank are also clients. David Gray heads the team and advises lenders, insolvency practitioners and corporate clients on all aspects of debt and equity restructuring and is active across the real estate, industrial, retail and sports sectors. Principal associate Sarah Duignan  and senior associate James Williams are also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Gray - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Duignan - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ’s ‘highly accessible’ team ‘provides an outstanding service and has comprehensive industry knowledge’. Head of department Michael Thompson  ‘cuts to the chase to get matters resolved’ and ‘manages large international projects well’. Michael Burns  ‘develops a very good rapport with his clients and provides pragmatic and commercial advice on the most complex issues’. Legal director Jane Cotton  is praised for her ‘deep technical knowledge’. The team advised Warburton on negotiating new terms and conditions for its bakery staff to provide for more flexible contracts. Other key clients include Sellafield, United Utilities and the University of Bradford.

Leading individuals

Michael Thompson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, principal associate Simon Kenny  regularly advises universities and companies seeking to sponsor people from overseas to work or study in the UK. A major focus of his work is handling the immigration risk issues in the aftermath of Brexit in addition to advising on illegal working allegations and sponsor licence suspension. He also manages global immigration programmes for multinational companies seeking to transfer employees to multiple jurisdictions. The team has been advising the University of Manchester on various matters such as obtaining permission to live and work in the UK for key members of staff as well as advising on the right to work process. It is also providing ongoing support to the university in respect of immigration queries related to Brexit. Other key clients include The Epilepsy Society, YuMe Europe, South Tyneside College and Community Integrated Care

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘very efficientEle Lovering  leads the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP , which has ‘real strength in depth both nationally and internationally’. Simon Daniel  ‘combines excellent technical knowledge with a strong commercial awareness’.  Charmian Johnson  has extensive experience of advising trustees and companies on a diverse range of pension issues.  Helen May  is a ‘very able and technical lawyer with strong presentation skills; she is very thorough and does not easily get fazed by technical questions even where there is not an easy answer’. Both are principal associates. Legal director Sarah Lown  is ‘practical and knowledgeable’ and associate Scott Rorke is praised for his ‘excellent organisational skills’. The practice is advising the Trustees of two of INEOS’s largest pension arrangements on a proposal from INEOS to close the schemes to future accrual. Once closed to future accrual significantly all active members of the Scheme on the closure date will become ‘special deferred members’ in the scheme and will receive enhanced levels of spouse, incapacity and death benefits. Manchester Airport Group Pension Schemes is another key client.

Leading individuals

Charmian Johnson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ele Lovering - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Simon Daniel - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

For energy mandates, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP operates closely with its national and international colleagues and is experienced across planning and projects work, often with a cross-border element, in the energy sector. Environment head Elizabeth Shepherd has advised on high-value cross-border energy-related mandates. Construction and engineering partner Chris Pickens is also a key contact for energy-related work in Manchester.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active across infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors and often utilises its national and international network of offices to advise on domestic and cross-border mandates. Jackie Heeds is a partner in the firm’s international infrastructure group and is experienced on infrastructure transactions procured through PFI, PPP and joint ventures and led advice for the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority regarding a review and updates to the draft guidance for contracts under PF2, the successor to PFI. Heeds is also instructed by Transport for Greater Manchester on its project to restructure the operation and maintenance contractual structure for the Metrolink light rail system and procure a new operator-maintainer, and is acting for London and Continental Railway on the Mayfield Regeneration Project, a £550m development in the Mayfield Quarter of Manchester. Chris Pickens is part of the firm’s construction and engineering group and advises on major infrastructure projects and Kuljeet Gill handles a range of regeneration and development projects.

Leading individuals

Jackie Heeds - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP   has the ‘necessary resources to be able to provide a very good service and expert advice’. Diane Gilhooley  ‘leads an excellent team’ that includes principal associate Robert Gray  and associate Corrine Sobers . Gilhooley is ‘quick to respond and has a tremendous amount of professional expertise and a great attention to detail’. The ‘personable and approachableHelen Cairns ‘explains complicated matters clearly and exudes a professional calm and certainty which is very reassuring’. Cairns’ academy client base includes private and public sponsor organisations, single academy trusts, multi-academy trusts, free schools, studio schools, sixth form colleges and UTCs. The large education team advises HEs, FEs, schools, academies and private education institutions. Key clients include the University of Bradford, Trafford College, Liverpool John Moores University and the Universities and Colleges Employers Associate (UCEA). The team is advising two further education colleges on their proposed ‘model B’ merger. The advice includes conducting a full due diligence exercise on behalf of the continuing college and advising both the continuing college and the dissolving colleges on a range of merger-related issues.

Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's ‘well-organised team’ includes Jackie Heeds, who is ‘knowledgeable across the full spectrum of PFI, is experienced and competent and is also good at leading a team. She is a pleasure to work with’. Heeds has extensive experience of infrastructure transactions that are procured through PFI/PPP/PF2, and is leading the advice to Transport for Greater Manchester on its multimillion-pound project to restructure the operation and maintenance contractual structure for the Metrolink light rail system. The team is also advising London and Continental Railways Limited on the Mayfield regeneration project.

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North West: Real estate

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘strong on process and procedure and it picks up and allocates matters quickly’. The team regularly advises on complex, high-value, urban regeneration and development projects in Manchester, the north west region and across the UK; it continues to act for Manchester Airport Group and Airport City Limited Partnership on the Airport City development and is advising Airport City Limited Partnership on the forward funding and development of two hotels; and is also advising Mayfield Partnership, alongside colleagues in London, on the real estate, planning and site assembly aspects of the Mayfield regeneration scheme in Manchester. Michael Buchanan continues to lead advice for English Cities Fund on the £650m regeneration of Salford Central, recently advising on the land assembly, structuring, construction, pre-let and forward funding of the next phase of office development at 2 New Bailey Square and the development and construction of the four-storey Riverside House office on the River Irwell. Legal director Joanna Sowerby advised The Carlyle Group on the £60m investment sale of the landmark building, known as the Soapworks, at Salford Quays to Greater Manchester Pension Fund.  The ‘excellentPhillip Tunney  acts for a number of industrial clients in relation to their property holdings and is also experienced in mineral sector property mandates and Ian Barker is ‘fantastic’. Legal director Tracy Gibson, principal associates Elizabeth Cartwright, Roy Barry and Jayne Speers, and senior associate Lindsey Clark, are also key members of the department, which is led by the ‘outstandingNancy Brown, who specialises in all aspects of corporate real estate, acting for clients in the financial services, healthcare, retail and logistics sectors.

Leading individuals

Nancy Brown - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Phillip Tunney - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Joanna Sowerby - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is regularly engaged on a range of contentious and non-contentious construction work and the team is noted for its procurement expertise. The infrastructure, energy, transport and real estate sectors are key areas of expertise for the department. The team advised Network Rail Infrastructure on a the electrification and upgrade of the Transpennine Route from Manchester Victoria to Leeds and York and is instructed by Manchester City Council on its £330m project to refurbish Manchester Town Hall.  It is also advising National Grid on the construction of a sub-sea electricity cable connecting the Shetland Islands with the Scottish mainland electricity transmission network.  Simon Chamberlain is head of construction and engineering in the North and is experienced in contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Chris Pickens advises on the procurement of infrastructure projects and recently promoted partner Gregory Buckley handles construction and engineering disputes. Lucy Frith has joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals

Simon Chamberlain - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gregory Buckley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s expertise spans complex planning and environmental matters, and the team is particularly noted for its experience in compulsory purchase and regeneration schemes, residential schemes, energy and retail sector developments are areas of expertise for the team. It was instructed by London & Continental Railways to resist a potential compulsory purchase of part of its Axis site in Birmingham for a highway improvement scheme and also advised the client on the redevelopment of the site. The team also acted for The London Borough of Barnet on compulsory purchase, planning and highways matters relating to the £4bn redevelopment of the Brent Cross shopping centre and the regeneration of Cricklewood in London; advised developer, Bluemantle Group, on the regeneration of the former Loco Works site at Horwich, Bolton; and advised new client Ørsted in connection with the implementation of two development consent orders to facilitate the delivery of the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The ‘highly recommendedRichard Lloyd is active across planning, compulsory purchase and highways law, with particular expertise in large regeneration schemes involving compulsory purchase; and heads the compulsory purchase group. Michelle Moss regularly handles high-profile compulsory purchase mandates as does principal associate Matthew Collings. Senior associate Fiona Barker is experienced on infrastructure schemes and advises on the land assembly aspects of Development Consent Orders. Elizabeth Shepherd is ‘very experienced’ and is noted for her specialist chemicals expertise, and heads the environment team, which also features principal associate Catherine Henney and legal director Jane Southworth.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Shepherd - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Michelle Moss - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Richard Lloyd - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Catherine Henney - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Matthew Collings - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ department handles a full range of property litigation work, which includes lease termination and renewals, breach of covenant, rent reviews, dilapidations, rights of light and insolvency. It is also regularly engaged to manage large property portfolios; and has ‘excellent knowledge of the law, and the particular nuances which apply, particularly to the large scale infrastructure projects on which it excels’ and the team is ‘extremely well resourced and is therefore able to move very swiftly to put together impressive court materials and deal with litigation against a large number of respondents at short notice’. Manchester Airport Group, The Co-operative Bank and WM Morrison Supermarkets are clients. Department head David McGuirk is a ‘very experienced and knowledgeable litigator, with impressive commercial acumen; he has great instincts and is able to provide practical solutions to problems’. James Batham  is global head of retail and innovation and regularly acts for retail occupiers and developers, principal associate Gemma Staples has particular expertise in the retail and telecommunications sectors and senior associate Alex Wright is ‘calm and extremely personable, whilst providing robust and clear strategy and direction’.

Leading individuals

David McGuirk - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

James Batham - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alex Wright - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Gemma Staples - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  specialises in major IT projects, outsourcing contracts and disruptive technology and acts for both suppliers and customers. It has a broad range of sector expertise with particular experience in the technology, consumer, automotive and public sector. Tom Bridgford  leads the North West technology team. Nick Stubbs  divides his time between Leeds and Manchester and specialises in IT and business process outsourcing agreements, financial services distribution and affinity agreements as well as IT licensing and procurement. The team advised Santander on a deal to enable it to participate in the roll-out of a new, image-based cheque clearing system. In another major matter it acted for Computer Sciences Limited (part of DXC Technology, a leading independent end–to-end IT services company) on a new five-year deal with the London insurance market to provide back-office processing of insurance premiums and claims. Other significant clients include Vodafone and AstraZeneca.

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