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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong track record in mid-market mergers, acquisitions and private equity-backed transactions, with instructions often involving a cross-border component. The team also handles capital market transactions and is especially adept at advising on transactions from the financial services, energy and natural resources, industrials, real estate and TMT sectors. Jon Cox-Brown led the advice for Capita on the £888m sale of its asset services division to Link Group, which involved multiple jurisdictions. In a recent private equity highlight, Cox-Brown worked with Ian Moore to lead advice for the founders and selling shareholders of Sygnature Discovery on the company’s management buyout, backed by Phoenix Equity Partners. Other highlights for the group included advising Experian on its acquisition of a 25% stake in London & Country Mortgages. Other key advisers include principal associate Matthew Hussey. Timico Technology Group and H2 Equity Partners are also on the client roster.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘strong’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a focus on the diversified industrials, utilities and energy and sports and media sectors. Practice head Steve Dunseath specialises in industrials-related litigation ranging from the engineering and aerospace to the automotive and chemicals sectors. Recently promoted legal director Louise Howarth, who is known for her ‘tactically sound advice’, is in charge of the utility and energy sectors, where the group handles statutory challenges, civil claims in the High Court and large-scale regulatory investigations. The practice recently acted for Pendragon in a civil fraud claim against a former employee in relation to a £2.5m theft which saw the team not only obtain a worldwide freezing injunction and a restraining order against the defendant, but also successfully recover a large proportion of the stolen funds. Other clients include Johnson Controls, Severn Trent Water and Ecclesiastical Insurance Office.

Next generation lawyers

Louise Howarth - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘provides the level of technical quality, client service and commercial acumen normally associated with a Magic Circle firm or large City practice’. With a ‘strong team across the board’ and the ‘outstanding’ and ‘technically rigorousMark Wood at the helm, the practice is known for undertaking complex restructuring work, especially in the retail, financial services, energy and leisure sectors. Principal associate Ian Gill, senior associate Douglas Highet and associate Sharenaah Atwal are also noted. A major recent highlight was acting for the administrators of Feather & Black on issues related to the administration, including advice on trading issues and asset disposal. In other work, the group joined forces with its Madrid office to act for John Sisk to pursue actions in the standstill agreements of Duro Felguera. Other clients include Lloyds, KPMG and Mazars.

Leading individuals

Mark Wood - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Leaders in its field’, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘takes a very strategic view’ and ‘will always offer a recommendation rather than sit on the fence’. The group, which is lauded for ‘having its finger on the pulse of industrial relations’, is particularly noted for its expertise in the financial services, education and technology sectors to the energy and retail sectors. It handles a wide array of employment work, from cross-border outsourcing and reorganisation matters, to senior executive issues, equality and diversity issues, and TUPE.  Mark Fletcher heads the team, which includes Nicola Bennison and principal associates Mark Pipkin, an expert in employment tribunal work, and industrial relations specialist Clare Ward, who ‘has an excellent eye for detail, is very approachable and sees the bigger picture’. On the contentious side Pipkin successfully defended Pendragon against a complex claim involving disability, sex and sexual orientation discrimination and whistleblowing. Other clients include Crown Manufacturing, Specsavers and new client United Closures and Plastics.

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East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Private finance initiative (PFI)
Private finance initiative (PFI) - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Led by London practice head Robert Pitcher, Eversheds Sutherland  focuses on the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors, with a strong track record in private partnership projects. Jon Cox-Brown is now the main contact since associate Sophie Leadley  joined Eversheds Sutherland Agile  as a consultant.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's education practice is particularly strong in student issues and employment law, with a focus on equality and diversity issues, thanks to the Nottingham-based Nicola Bennison. Bennison recently led advice for several Russell Group universities on challenging the awarding of a bronze award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Bennison also acted for De Montfort University in several employment-related instructions, including holiday and strike pay, industrial action and changes to collective agreements, as well as pensions. The group acts for higher and further education institutions, schools, academies and institutions such as Nottingham Trent University, Moulton College, the University of Derby and Oak Lodge School. James Fry  joined Mills & Reeve LLP.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 

The ‘excellent’, ‘responsive’ and ‘pragmatic’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recommended for ‘the depth and extensive breadth of its knowledge’. The group has particular experience in public sector IT outsourcing projects, but also acts for private sector clients. Both department head Nick Blane and newly promoted partner Ash Woodcock   regularly advise central government departments and their agencies, local government bodies, clients from the education sector and policing institutions. On the outsourcing front, the practice acted for Sellafield on a complex IT outsourcing agreement involving two procurement packages, comprising one package for day-to-day IT requirements and one package for the IT requirements of one-off projects. In other work, Blane advised Highways England on the procurement and agreement drafting aspects of its National Roadside Telecommunications Service 2 project regarding the telecommunications systems used to connect motorway electronic signage, cameras, speed sensors and smart motorway systems to traffic control centres. Other clients include Experian, the Department of Health and The Insolvency Service.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and design expertise, with research and development agreements and the transfer of intellectual property rights in the context of corporate transactions being particular areas of strength. The team demonstrates broad sector expertise across the retail, life sciences, industrials, utilities and energy, public and sports sectors, but is particularly adept at advising clients from the education sector. Rupert Bent, who recently joined from Walker Morris LLP and splits his time between the Birmingham and Nottingham offices, has taken over the lead of the practice from James Fry, who joined Mills & Reeve LLP. Another key contact in the Nottingham office is senior associate Lisa Highet. In a recent highlight from the higher education sector, the team assisted the University of Derby on various collaboration agreements and intellectual property disputes in addition to advising on the update of the university’s commercial template agreements. National Grid, Kidney Research UK and the London Borough of Harrow are also clients.

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