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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West

Transport - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Michael Clavell-Bate leads the logistics group at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which is regularly involved in high-value national and international projects. Highlights included acting for Transport for Greater Manchester on its multimillion-pound procurement of a new operational and maintenance contractor for the Manchester Metrolink light rail system. It has also been advising on Network Rail’s Transpennine Route upgrade. Jackie Heeds specialises in PFI and PPP projects and is also recommended.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘very client-focused’ department attracts praise for its ‘excellent response times’ and ‘good understanding of commercial issues’. It is a regular fixture on large-scale M&A and equity capital markets transactions, and leverages the firm’s international office network to handle a significant number of cross-border matters. Standout work included advising Together Money and its founder, Henry Moser, on the £288m acquisition of minority interests in Jerrold Holdings owned by Equistone and Standard Life. In addition, Simon Masters (who heads the company commercial team and splits his time between the firm’s Manchester and Paris offices) led advice to Lookers on the £135m disposal of its parts division to Alliance Automotive Holdings. Daniel Hall (who is ‘outstanding on large deals’) advised NCC Group on its £93.5m acquisition of Fox-IT Holdings, while Alistair Cree (who is ‘technically very able and goes the extra mile’) advised Van Elle Holdings on its £80m AIM IPO. The team also has particular strength in the aviation and chemicals sectors, advising clients such as Manchester Airports Group and INEOS. Principal associate Nicola Brookes is also recommended. The team was bolstered by the arrival of private equity specialist Andrew Phillips from Pinsent Masons LLP in March 2017. The ‘skilledTom Bridgford leads the ‘very active’ commercial team, which welcomed Nick Stubbs from Ward Hadaway in April 2016.

Leading individuals

Daniel Hall - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon Masters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Tom Bridgford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Principal associate David Roberts heads the licensing team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has a strong established reputation in the leisure industry with a wide range of clientele especially in the betting and gaming industry. Roberts ‘really takes the time to understand clients’ business’ and is also praised for his ‘pragmatic approach and excellent interpersonal skills’. He advises household names such as Hilton Worldwide and Gala Bingo on alcohol/entertainment licensing and gambling licensing. The team recently advised on the operational licensing requirements for a new five-star hotel and exclusive private members club to be opened at Ten Trinity Square in London.

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 (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a ‘highly regarded’ team that is able to draw on expertise from its UK and international network to handle major banking litigation. It is on the panels of several major UK banks and also acts for a number of challenger banks, for which the team handles matters involving regulatory risk, contentious regulatory investigations and enforcement cases. The team is representing a major financial institution in a number of claims brought by its customers on the basis that the application of the firm’s sanctions policy led to direct or indirect discrimination, and is representing an asset manager in five contested commercial lending cases. Key clients include HSBC Bank, BNP Paribas, Clydesdale Bank, The Co-operative Bank, Svenska Handelsbanken and Jerrold Holdings. The ‘brilliantJames Southworth heads the northern practice and Zia Ullah advises on fraud and financial crime compliance. Newly promoted partner Sarah Naylor is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Naylor - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Noted for providing ‘technical expertise that is second to none’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘approach is clearly well reasoned and based on great expertise and experience’. the team, which is ‘able to rival litigation departments of Magic Circle firms’, acts for large North West corporates, as well as corporates with national and global coverage. It is defending Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Jersey) in litigation brought by two individuals relating to royalties arising out of a feature film; and is representing Manchester Airport in a claim against Ten Group under a guarantee arising out of the termination of an advertising contract with Airport Advertising UK. The team continues to represent three companies within the Wockhardt group in an £80m litigation brought by Teva Pharmaceuticals; and is representing Managed Communications in a number of breach of warranty and fraud claims relating to its acquisition of Infinicom Communications. Thomas Cook, TATA Chemicals, Manchester United and Daisy Communications are also clients. Michael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor, who is noted for his ‘calm approach’, head the team. Principal associates Tom Whitfield and Phil Duignan, who joined from DWF in July 2016, are also recommended alongside associate Luisa Zukowski.

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 (Manchester)

The ‘responsive, knowledgeable and commercial’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP delivers ‘timely and appropriate advice’ and ‘really knows its stuff’. It has a ‘fantastic reputation’ for advising corporate borrower clients, and is growing its profile in bank-side corporate banking transactions. The team is also active in real estate financing, private equity transactions and US private placements, with a focus on the education and renewables sectors. Highlights included advising Sovereign Capital on the acquisition of Xendo, with facilities from European Capital; acting for PH Homes on the financing of the acquisition and development at Alderley Park; and advising HSBC Bank on a £6.2m multi-currency revolving credit facility agreement for UP Global Sourcing Holdings and UP Sourcing UK. Aeriance Investments, Together Money, Christies International and Nationwide Building Society are also clients. The ‘brilliantTaslima Salam (who is ‘quick to respond and very commercial’) is recommended for real estate finance and corporate banking matters. Department head Jason Wurzal, who recently relocated to the Manchester office from Leeds, handles corporate banking and acquisition finance mandates.

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 (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is noted for its lender-side restructuring practice, as well as its corporate debt advisory and ‘strong’ real estate restructuring expertise. The team is advising BDO as administrators of Lewis’s Liverpool LLP, the developer of the Lewis’s Building in Liverpool, on the acquisition of surrounding land to enhance the value of the site. It is also advising FRP as administrators of Kay’s, one of the UK’s oldest soap manufacturers. The Co-operative Bank, HSBC Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and Svenska Handelsbanken are also clients. Department head David Gray and senior associate Sarah Duignan are ‘very pragmatic, with a can-do, deal focused attitude’.

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 (Manchester, Liverpool)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team is headed by the ‘truly excellentMichael Thompson, ‘one of the most brilliant employment lawyers around; he can distil the most complicated matter into a simple form that clients can easily understand’. Thompson specialises in executive terminations, restrictive covenants and reorganisations, and is ably supported by Peter Norbury, who is experienced in industrial relations matters and employment tribunals; Diane Gilhooley, who leads on education-sector mandates; and Naeema Choudry, who has a particular focus on discrimination and executive termination matters. The team was further strengthened by the addition of Mark Hammerton from Clyde & Co LLP. Recent work includes handling a long-running dispute in which a former employee has been seeking to establish the right to a survivor’s pension for his civil partner, and advising the employees of a university in the North of England on the immigration implications of Brexit. Clients include Warburtons, Speedy Hire, United Utilities and EDF Energy.

Leading individuals

Michael Thompson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, principal associate and immigration law specialist Simon Kenny routinely advises universities such as the University of Manchester and companies including Community Integrated Care seeking to sponsor people from overseas to work or study in the UK. A major focus of the practice is handling immigration risk issues in the aftermath of Brexit. It advised YuMe (a US-headquartered digital advertising company) on the immigration implications of transferring staff to the UK and of extending permission to stay of those already here. In addition it advised the company on the duties of acting as sponsor to workers in the UK.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a ‘highly specialised, personable and diligent team that is willing to and capable of working to tight timescales’, led by the ‘excellent and very accessibleEle Lovering. She is assisted by the ‘technically excellentJon Walters, and Charmian Johnson, who is described as a ‘true expert in pensions law’. Amanda Small is ‘very professional and excellent at tailoring her advice to ensure that the client understands it’, and Simon Daniel (both principal associates) ‘handles potentially difficult situations with sensitivity, which typically contributes to a collaborative outcome’. ‘Commercial and knowledgeable’ legal director Sarah Lown is also recommended. The team acts for clients including Kellogg’s and Electricity North West on a range of complex and high-value matters; recent highlights include advising DuPont on the closure of its £1bn UK scheme to future defined benefit accrual and the addition of a new defined contribution section. It is continuing to advise a leading water, hygiene and energy technology company on ongoing pension matters in relation to strategic pension projects, which has included advising the company on the closure of future accruals and the winding-up of its overseas pension plan (this was a cross-border scheme that was established in 2007).

Leading individuals

Charmian Johnson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ele Lovering - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Manchester-based team is known for its experience in a variety of energy projects, and the firm draws experience from its national, and international network of offices where necessary. Michelle Moss led the planning advice for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm on its application for development consent for the Triton Knoll Electrical System. Non-contentious environment and health and safety expert Elizabeth Shepherd advised a French environmental services company and a Polish waste company on their joint tender to the City of Belgrade to operate a new energy from waste plant, supplying electricity and heat to the local utility companies.

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘strong individuals’ and ‘good partner engagement’ and draws strengths from its national, and international network of offices. It is experienced across energy, transport and social infrastructure projects. In Manchester, PFI and PPP specialist Jackie Heeds handles a range of housing, education, street lighting, accommodation, health, defence and leisure sector projects. Heeds is leading advice to Transport for Greater Manchester on its multimillion-pound procurement of a new operational and maintenance contractor for the Manchester Metrolink light rail system. She is also leading advice for Continental Railway, on the £550m Mayfield Regeneration Project, in Manchester.

Leading individuals

Jackie Heeds - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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North West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides an ‘excellent level of service; the team is highly responsive with a clear understanding of the clients’ needs’. Diane Gilhooley heads the team and ‘is responsive and proactive when there is a change in circumstances’. Other key figures include principal associate Robert Gray, who ‘provides practical solutions rather than just telling you what the law is’; and senior associate Siân Jones-Davies, who is ‘responsive and thoroughly professional in her approach’. The large team provides advice to HE, FE, schools, academies and private educational institutions. It is currently advising London Metropolitan University on the procurement, construction, planning and real estate aspects involved in the substantial refurbishment and new build of facilities to bring all of its current campuses together. The group has also worked extensively with further education and sixth form colleges across England on their participation in the national Strategic Area Review exercise. Other major clients include Wirral Metropolitan College, Laurus Trust and the University of Bradford.

Leading individuals

Diane Gilhooley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Health - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

The key contact at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is Simon Masters, who has significant experience advising care home companies on major corporate transactions.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a ‘genuine full-service firm with strong individuals and good partner engagement’. Jackie Heeds is praised for her ‘ability to deliver complex projects’. She regularly advises funders together with public and private sector clients on PPP work and other long-term contractual arrangements for infrastructure projects. Ian Barker is highly regarded for his work on complex and high-value regeneration and development projects. The team has been advising London and Continental Railway Limited on the Mayfield Regeneration Project, which encompasses a £550m office, retail and leisure development in the Mayfield Quarter of Manchester. In another significant matter it is advising Liverpool City Council on a multimillion-pound procurement. This is a new advertising venture for the building, operation and maintenance of 15 large format digital advertising screens at various highway locations across the city of Liverpool. Other significant clients include London Borough of Lambeth, Transport for Greater Manchester and Sunderland City Council.

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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 fields ‘an excellent team fronted by experienced, market-facing partners who like to roll their sleeves up’. The team handles complex, high-value urban regeneration and development projects, joint ventures, PPPs and mixed-use schemes, and handles a range of regeneration and development projects in Manchester, the North West region, and across the UK. Michael Buchanan heads the development and regeneration team; he is advising English Cities Fund on the £650m regeneration of Salford Central, including the pre-let of One New Bailey to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and is acting for Muse Developments on the land assembly and subsequent lettings of City Place, a £120m development next to Chester railway station. Buchanan also advised Kier Property Developments on two strategic acquisitions in Manchester. Phillip Tunney acts for a number of significant industrial clients on property holdings and advised Euro Garages on several key mandates. Ian Barker acts for public and private sector clients on complex, high-value, urban regeneration and development projects, joint ventures, PPPs and mixed-use schemes. The team also continues to act for Manchester Airport Group (MAG) and Airport City Limited Partnership (ACLP) on Airport City. Legal directors Joanna Sowerby, who led Amstone Ventures II on its forward funding of a £98.7m build to rent PRS scheme in Salford Quays, and Tracy Gibson are recommended alongside principal associates Roy Barry, Ian Walsh and Jayne Speers who has ‘great attention to detail’. Department head Nancy Brown is ‘particularly skilful and very prompt’.

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 (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a ‘technically able’ construction and engineering team that advises on procurement strategies, risk allocation, and the drafting and negotiation of all types of construction and engineering contracts related to high-value and complex construction and engineering projects. Highlights included advising National Grid Interconnector Holdings on the contracts for the construction of a 200km high voltage sub-sea electricity cable connecting the Shetland Islands with the Scottish mainland electricity transmission network. The team also advised Network Rail Infrastructure on the upgrade of the route from Manchester Victoria to Leeds and York, and is acting for the same client on the construction agreements for the delivery of a new retail development at London Waterloo station, as well as a wider programme to increase train and passenger capacity at the station. The team is also advising English Cities Fund on the Salford Central Regeneration Scheme. The ‘extremely knowledgeableSimon Chamberlain heads the construction and engineering team in the North and advises private and public sector clients on the procurement of construction and engineering contracts, as well as handling strategies for resolving complex construction and engineering disputes. Chris Pickensalways provides an excellent service’ and advises on the procurement of construction and engineering contracts for high-value projects. Principal associate Gregory Buckley and ‘star’ senior associate Lucy Frith handle complex construction and engineering disputes.

Leading individuals

Simon Chamberlain - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gregory Buckley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Lucy Frith - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Manchester)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP attracts praise for its ‘very responsive and pragmatic advice’, and is active across a range of planning and non-contentious environmental work, with an emphasis on compulsory purchase matters. It continues to advise Mayfield Development Partnership on the real estate, planning and site assembly aspects of the Mayfield regeneration scheme in Manchester; and is advising The London Borough of Barnet on the redevelopment of the Brent Cross shopping centre and the regeneration of Cricklewood, which involved two public inquiries relating to the first two compulsory purchase orders made for the scheme. The team is also advising The Bluemantle Group and Horwich Vision on planning and environmental matters relating to the regeneration of the former Loco Works site at Horwich, Bolton; and is advising Lendlease on the planning and compulsory purchase aspects of the extension of a shopping centre in Solihull. Key figures include the ‘brilliantElizabeth Shepherd, who specialises in non-contentious environment matters and health and safety mandates; and legal director Jane Southworth, who also handles non-contentious environment matters and ‘demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the practical and legal issues involved’. Also recommended are senior associate Catherine Henney, who focuses on environmental work; Richard Lloyd, who heads the planning team and is experienced in large regeneration schemes involving compulsory purchase; principal associate Matthew Collings, who has particular expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation matters; and Michelle Moss, who is noted for her ‘excellent’ expertise in compulsory purchase matters.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Shepherd - 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 (Manchester)

The ‘responsive’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles contentious matters in the retail, transport, energy, utilities, education, industrial and financial services sectors. It also houses expertise in mines and minerals, telecoms, compulsory purchase and judicial review cases. It is acting for Manchester Airport Group in a series of disputes with the operator of the Radisson Blu hotel at East Midlands Airport, and represented The Co-operative Bank in securing an interim possession order against trespassers on the ground floor of one of the bank’s branches. It also defended European Metal Recycling in a claim for an injunction and a declaration relating to a right of way and an easement at an industrial estate in Coventry. Team head James Batham is ‘exceptionally talented’ and regularly acts for blue-chip retail occupiers and developers in landlord and tenant disputes as well as high-value professional negligence claims. David McGuirk handles contentious landlord and tenant issues, as well as disputes arising from property developments. Principal associate Gemma Staples is experienced in the telecoms and retail sectors, and associate Alex Wright is also recommended.

Leading individuals

James Batham - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

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 (Manchester)

Tom Bridgford is recommended at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which was joined by Nick Stubbs from Ward Hadaway. Bridgford has particular expertise in IT procurement and outsourcing projects. His strengths lie in sectors as diverse as technology, franchising, chemicals and hotels/leisure. The team advises on the full spectrum of technology contracts including outsourcings, cloud computing, agile software development agreements and systems supply/integration agreements. Highlights included advising Jerrold Holdings on the drafting and negotiation of an agreement with Mando Group for the supply of consultancy services and software development and the production of digital auction finance services.

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