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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's Nottingham-based corporate team, which is led by Jon Cox-Brown, has a standout reputation for corporate M&A and private equity transactions of the utmost complexity and significance for clients. It is particularly strong in matters with a nexus to sectors such as education, energy and natural resources, real estate M&A, TMT and diversified industrials. Cox-Brown is recommended for his knowledge about financial services and fintech-related deals. Matthew Hussey and Ian Moore are particularly experienced in technology sector transactions. Elsewhere, the group is a strong performer in capital markets matters, including IPOs and public takeovers. Multijurisdictional mandates form the bulk of the practice's work, and the firm's ability to leverage its international network is a significant value-add. Nick Blane, who heads up the commercial practice, has more than 25 years of experience handling IT, technology and outsourcing projects. Legal director Simon White is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):Jon Cox-Brown (corporate); Nick Blane (commercial)

Other key lawyers:Matthew Hussey; Ian Moore

Key Clients

Experian Plc

Capital One

Lloyds Development Capital

Capita Plc

GCI Telecom Group Limited

Sygnature Discovery Limited

Europa Worldwide Logistics Limited

Buzz Bingo Group Limited

Yusen Logistics

Bionical Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on its acquisition of a 25% interest in London & Country Mortgages, as well as a broader strategic partnership and technology transformation plan.
  • Advised the client on the strategic, multijurisdictional disposal of its commercial marine business.
  • Acted for the management and rolling shareholders of GCI Telecom on Mayfair Equity Partner’s investment into the ICT services provider.
  • Advised the client on its proposed £275m acquisition of the ClearScore Group.
  • Acted for the client on its acquisition of ILG Holdings Limited, a leading provider of fulfilment, warehousing and logistics services
Leading individuals

Jon Cox-Brown - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a sizeable number of blue-chip UK and international clients in high-profile, business-critical cases. Led by Steve Dunseath, the team undertakes a significant amount of work for entities in the diversified industrials sector (which includes automotive, industrial engineering, chemicals and aerospace). Another cornerstone of the practice is in the sports and media space, where the work includes assistance with crisis and reputation management. The energy and utilities arena is another pillar of the practice; legal director Louise Howarth heads up the firm's UK energy regulatory disputes offering. Dunseath is the lead adviser on a number of civil fraud claims.

Practice head(s):Steve Dunseath

Other key lawyers:Louise Howarth

Key Clients

Pendragon Plc


Work highlights

  • Advised npower on a contested Ofgem investigation into npower’s roll-out of Advanced Meters (a form of business smart meters).
  • Acting for client in High Court litigation against Economy Energy over National Grid being contracted to deliver and install smart meters. The current value of the dispute is £12m and relates to services provided by National Grid to Economy where payment is disputed.
Next Generation Partners

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 has an excellent reputation for its work on high-profile insolvencies and complex, multijurisdictional restructurings. Under the leadership of respected practice head Mark Wood, it has an outstanding track record in matters involving sectors such as retail, financial services, education, aerospace and leisure. Other areas of activity include energy, life sciences, diversified industrials and the public sector. Other key figures in Wood's group are principal associate Ian Gill , who is highly regarded for insolvency litigation and senior associate Douglas Highet, who handles both contentious and non-contentious assignments.

Practice head(s):Mark Wood


'Quality across the board, not only in terms of the technical side of things, but more importantly, personable, pragmatic and plain speaking'

'Mark Wood is technically and commercially first class. He is never flustered, incredibly personable and his advice is always spot on and straight to the point'

'The team is technically very strong, very well thought of in the local market and part of a regional and national offering. Three people have good market presence: Mark Wood, Ian Gill and Douglas Highet. They are very responsive, give good legal advice and are very well thought of by stakeholders in stress situations'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Santander UK Bank Plc


Allied Irish Bank


PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of Applied Composites Group on its restructuring plan and directors' duties over several months and in advance of administration and sale of the assets.
  • Advising debt collection agency Gibson Innovations on worldwide collection of the debt ledger of the group.
  • Advising Duff & Phelps as the administrators of Multi York Furniture, and specifically advising on administration trading and the disposal of assets.
  • Acting for Duff & Phelps as the administrators of the Feather & Black retail chain, with the work including advice on trading issues and the disposal of assets.
  • Acting for Deloitte on the long-running administration of Mark Group, one of the largest administration in the East Midlands over the last five years.
Leading individuals

Mark Wood - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the 'always solid' team is particularly knowledgeable of the education, retail, transport, industrial engineering and financial services sectors. It undertakes a broad range of employment-related mandates for its 'prestigious client base', including industrial relations matters, cross-border outsourcing and business immigration advice. Tribunal claims are a keystone of the practice and are led by recently promoted partner Mark Pipkin. Practice head Mark Fletcher is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Fletcher

Other key lawyers:Nicola Bennison; Mark Pipkin

Key Clients

McKesson UK (previously Celesio UK)



Sandwell College



University of Derby

De Montfort University

Capital One

Pendragon Plc

Crown Packaging

NFT Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advising McKesson UK on day to day matters, handling the employment tribunal caseload and acting on the restructure of the Lloyds Pharmacy head office and network.
  • Providing Brake Bros Limited with HR advice, in addition to more specialist areas such as TUPE, immigration and labour relations.
  • Advising Specsavers on an employment tribunal claim, arising from alleged discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, disability and gender, as well as constructive dismissal.
  • Advice to Sandwell College on strike action taken by union members in relation to pay.  
  • Advising Yum! on its franchising programme for KFC stores, which involved the transfer of store based staff to franchise operators.
Leading individuals

Mark Fletcher - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP plays roles on a wide variety of domestic and international projects, with the work spanning areas such as clean energy, oil and gas, transport and social infrastructure. In Nottingham, principal associate William Spickett advises the Department for Transport on rail franchise and rolling stock issues, and he also assists other clients with PFI and PF2 projects in the education, social housing and blue light sectors. Senior associate Mike Turner supports clients in global PPP and infrastructure projects; his projects experience has covered more than 25 countries.

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher (London); Alex Doughty (London); Michelle Davies (Cardiff); Jubilee Easo (London); Dominic Lacey (Cambridge); Mark Dennison (London)

Other key lawyers:William Spickett; Mike Turner

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn




Pensions Infrastructure Platform




Rwanda Development Board


Work highlights

  • Together with local counsel, the firm advised the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) on the implementation of the Philippines Health PPP, for the delivery of a new cancer treatment centre at the Philippine General Hospital.
  • Together with local counsel in Canada, advised a consortium bidding for the Toronto Metrolink Project. The project involves the delivery of more than $20bn in fixed infrastructure and rolling stock investments whilst simultaneously continuing to operate the vital transit service without severe disruption.
  • Advising Light Rail Manila Corporation on a programme of works for the Manila Light Rail Transit – Line 1.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for academies, higher and further education institutions, and various schools. Nicola Bennison, who is the name to note, specialises in education-related Employment Tribunal matters, as well as student issues and regulatory challenges.

Other key lawyers:Nicola Bennison;

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, practice head Nick Blane is a go-to for a wide variety of commercial IT contracts, including system development, e-commerce, management arrangements, data protection, outsourcing, procurement and supply. In addition to serving the private sector, the firm also acts for many public sector clients, including central government departments, local government, policing institution and education bodies.

Practice head(s):Nick Blane;

Other key lawyers:Ash Woodcock;

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the team handles the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters; its work includes advice on patents and copyrights, trade marks and comparative advertising, company names tribunal disputes and co-existence agreements. Team head Rupert Bent divides his time between the firm’s Nottingham and Birmingham office. The group acts for a mix of domestic and international clients, including those from industries such as retail, utilities, energy and sport.

Practice head(s):Rupert Bent;

Other key lawyers:Lisa Highet;

Key Clients

National Grid PLC

University of Derby

Genting Casinos UK Limited

Tombola Limited

Halewood International Limited

Manchester International Festival

Work highlights

  • Assisting National Grid Plc with significant contractual work relating to its research and development activities.
  • Continuing to advise the University of Derby on a broad range of IP matters/transactions, both on a stand-alone basis and in the context of broader commercial work.
  • Advising Genting Casinos UK Limited on IP matters generally.
  • Providing IP advice to Tombola Limited on a variety of transactional and branding matters.
  • Providing IP advice to Manchester International Festival in relation to a variety of matters, mainly in relation to copyright.

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