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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS regularly undertakes international commercial and outsourcing work across a wide range of sectors, and has particular strengths in regulated industries such as life sciences, financial services, energy and utilities, and e-health/telemedicine, which is a notable growth area. Sarah Hanson, John Armstrong, Ian Stevens, Alan Nelson and ‘phenomenally talented’ senior associate Paul Silver are recommended. Juan Crosby joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP, while senior associate Loretta Pugh recently joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

CMS

CMS has a transactional tax practice that attracts praise for its ability to ‘make complicated tax accessible’. Key figures include Sam Dames, whose recent clients include Exceptional Innovation, Diageo and Viatel, and Aaron Fairhurst, who is ‘a leading adviser in the M&A insurance industry’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

CMS

CMS’ practice head Caroline Hobson, who is ‘a real pleasure to work with’, acted for Didix International in the CMA’s post-transaction investigation of Didix’s acquisition of Taste Marketing. Other clients include Eurostar, SSE, CKI and Pfizer. ‘Rising starSatyen Dhana, who has particular experience in financial services, consumer products and energy and infrastructure, joined in September from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Dhana is ‘excellent’, provides ‘high-quality service’ and is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

CMS

Daniel Winterfeldt, who heads the international capital markets practice at CMS, is ‘a go-to person for advice on complex US securities matters’ and acts as a key regulatory adviser to the LSE. He works closely with ‘highly responsive and diligent’ listed funds specialist Cathy Pitt and equity capital markets head Gary Green, whose client base includes FTSE corporates and AIM-listed companies.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

CMS

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

CMS

CMS is noted for its ‘excellent industry knowledge and commercial understanding’, and for its ability to cover a panoply of issues affecting both the retail and wholesale banking sectors. The ‘statesman-likeSimon Morris provides ‘clear advice and guidance’ across a range of pressing issues, including recently advising a raft of banks on the implementation of the Senior Managers Regime. The ‘exceptionalAlison McHaffie, who ‘combines strong academic understanding of the regulatory framework with an excellent technical approach to dealing with regulators’, is regularly involved in FCA enforcements and investigations. The ‘approachable, practical and empatheticBill McCaffrey is an expert on consumer credit issues, and Maxine Cupitt has ‘an excellent understanding of the approaches taken by the regulatory bodies’. Paul Edmondson and Ash Saluja have ‘excellent industry knowledge and commercial understanding’.

Leading individuals

Simon Morris - CMS

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

CMS

At CMS, Gary Green advised ISG on a £19m cashbox placing and broker option and James Parkes, who is noted for his ‘attention to detail’, handled a number of matters for NOMAD Panmure Gordon. The practice can also draw on the US securities expertise of international capital markets head Daniel Winterfeldt.

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Investment funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

CMS

Private funds - ranked: tier 4

CMS

Retail funds - ranked: tier 3

CMS

Clients describe CMS as ‘excellent without reservation’ across the funds spectrum. Recent retail funds work include Karagh Gilliatt advising Standard Life Investments on a large-scale fund rationalisation project. Aidan Campbell is another key name. Within listed funds, the firm won bank-led mandates from clients such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Cazenove; Cathy Pitt is a key contact. Elsewhere, private funds practice head Colin Lawrie handles fund formation and investment work. Melville Rodrigues is recommended for real estate funds.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 3

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Commended for its ‘timely, detailed advice’, CMS advised Johnson & Johnson on the $1.9bn sale of Cordis in the UK and Ireland to Cardinal Health; Sandra Rafferty led the deal. Andrew Sheach acted for Skrill Group on its $1.2bn reverse takeover by Optimal Payments. Stuart Blythe and Martin Treagus are also recommended. Charles Currier heads the department, in which Nick Blair made partner in May 2016, and which hired Jonathan Woolf, formerly managing counsel at BP, in November 2015.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 1

CMS

CMS impresses in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Martin Treagus and senior associate Angela Clump acted for Oakley Capital Partners and the founding shareholders of Verivox in the company’s sale to ProSieben. Practice head James Grimwood handled LDC’s acquisition of online travel agent iglu.com and, separately, its acquisition of PEI Media. Another highlight involved acting for Sovereign Capital during the £92m sale of Alcumus Group to Inflexion. Douglas Crawford joined Brodies LLP.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

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Although it has more of a private equity focus, lawyers in CMS’ London and Scotland offices are also experienced in handling venture capital deals. Doug Land advised The Business Growth Fund, a significant client of the team, on its £6.4m investment in national Thai restaurant chain, Giggling Squid.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 3

CMS

At CMS, the anti-corruption department is led by Omar Qureshi, whose team includes Amy Smart. It is advising a number of corporates on investigations following whistle-blower allegations.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

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CMS’ banking litigation track record includes loss limitation matters, litigation rights’ trading, insolvency-related claims, and breach of FSA regulations. Duncan Aldred heads the department, which includes Gemma Lampert, Alison McHaffie, Guy Pendell and Omar Qureshi.

Leading individuals

Duncan Aldred - CMS

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

CMS

CMS is noted for its ‘exceptional service’. The team represented Clarksons Platou Futures in a complex case arising from forward freight agreement market trading. Key figures include the ‘user-friendlyGuy Pendell, ‘superbPhillip Ashley, Alexander Denslow (who ‘cuts through complex matters’), Rob Wilson and Duncan Aldred, who has ‘in-depth technical knowledge’. Tim Hardy, Simon Garrett, Omar Qureshi, Susan Barty and Adrian Bell are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Guy Pendell - CMS

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

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CMS’ ‘effective team’ is known for energy, construction, projects and infrastructure claims; the team also acts in TMT, insurance, hotels and leisure, and life sciences disputes. Guy Pendell, Phillip Ashley, Adrian Bell and Tim Hardy are recommended. Other key advisers include Colin Hutton, Rob Wilson, Alex Denslow, London and Edinburgh-based Lindy Patterson QC, who ‘articulates complex issues in plain terms’, and Omar Qureshi, who ‘understands all aspects of disputes’.

Leading individuals

Guy Pendell - CMS

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

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CMS provides ‘a commercial, pragmatic and responsive’ service to a mix of lenders and sponsors including HSBC, RBS and Lloyds Development Capital. Alex Patience advised Crescent Capital on the €53m debt facility to finance Carlyle’s acquisition of Telvent Global Solutions. Also recommended are Peter Crichton, Patrick Donegan and Mark Moseling, who deliver ‘consistent advice across a range of transactions’.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 5

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CMS is particularly strong in work sitting at the nexus of projects and shipping finance, where it can bring to bear significant cross-border prowess as well as energy-related sector strength. The ‘smart and hardworkingTim Elliott is praised for his ‘calm and attentive’ demeanour and is particularly strong in the shipping/offshore sector; he recently advised GasLog on the $1.3bn syndicated and ECA-supported facility for the construction and acquisition of eight LNG vessels. ‘Exceptional’ and ‘experienced’ aviation finance expert Keith Wilson provides ‘creative and robust advice’ to banks and lessors including Erste Bank and ICBC Leasing. As part of his broader corporate practice, Bill Carr regularly handles commercial transactions in the rail sector.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending – investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

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CMS provides a ‘commercial, responsive and pragmatic’ service to UK clearing banks including Lloyds Bank, RBS and Barclays, as well as a growing roster of borrowers such as Value Retail and Mountain Warehouse. Neil James and Alex Patience advised RBS and HSBC on an innovative £158m financing which involved a hybrid ABL, revolving and term loan facility. Patrick Donegan, Mark Moseling and Peter Crichton provide ‘strong and knowledgeable advice’, and Ted Harrison is ‘very knowledgeable about insurance-related financings’.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

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Headed by the ‘knowledgeable and solutions-orientedRita Lowe, CMS’ practice has deeply entrenched relationships with UK clearing banks and a balanced perspective that debtor clients appreciate. In an illustration of its overall energy sector strength, Emma Riddle acted for the UK entities of Noreco on its bond restructuring. The ‘calm and measuredPeter Wiltshire has also been very active in the energy sector, and is recommended alongside Pranai Karia, who specialises in real estate restructurings, and ‘excellent problem-solverAshley Smith, who handles distressed debt trading.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

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Key figures at CMS include Daniel Winterfeldt, who is ‘one of the few go-to lawyers in London for US securities law’; he acted alongside Michael Cavers and Jason Harding for Wellcome Trust on a €400m bond issuance. In other highlights, Cavers continued to advise Enterprise Inns on liability management and consent solicitations, and Harding advised Société Générale on a €2bn issuance as part of its €50bn EMTN programme.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

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Clients rate CMS for its ‘quick turnaround times, good value for money and the team’s ease with complex products’. Will Dibble advised a bank on a €500m insurance-linked trade. Jason Harding acted for an investment bank in a multibillion-pound hedging related to a note issuance. Mike Munro (who advised Pension Insurance Company on a £2.4bn longevity swap) and James Parker excel in longevity trades. Retail structured products expert Michael Cavers is also recommended. New arrivals include Jason Brooks, who joined from Clifford Chance LLP, and Thomas Lockley, former structuring director at Legal & General.

Leading individuals

Will Dibble - CMS

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

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CMS strengthened its asset-backed securities expertise with the recruitment of Jason Brooks from Clifford Chance LLP. He joins a team that includes Michael Cavers and Jason Harding, who advised Enterprise Inns on the impact of new legislation on its £1.1bn securitisation portfolio. Harding also advised Santander Consumer and Crédit Agricole on amendments to documentation to enable the sale of issued notes.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

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CMS’ ‘very responsive and creative’ practice is notably strong in transactional matters; the team advised Advanced Computer Software Group on the share scheme elements of its acquisition by Air Bidco, an investment vehicle indirectly owned by Vista Partners. Nicholas Stretch leads the practice.

Leading individuals

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

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CMS provides ‘an excellent level of service’ with substantial strength in litigation and cross- border transactional mandates. Recent work for the ‘extremely knowledgeableGraham Paul includes advising Korn Ferry on the pan-European employment elements of its $450m acquisition of the Hay Group. Practice head Anthony Fincham successfully defended Foot Anstey in an age discrimination claim; the matter is on appeal. Sarah Ozanne provides ‘sound knowledge’ and Robert Davies is recommended for outsourcing projects.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS is a leader in energy sector matters across oil and gas, and renewables; clients include TAQA Bratani and Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe. Practice head Jan Burgess, who splits her time between Aberdeen and London, regularly advises on high-risk offshore oil and gas matters.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 1

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Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

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CMSsits at the top as a standout performer’ and ‘combines a vast repository of technical knowledge’. Nigel Moore leads the practice, which has ‘possibly the best litigation offering in the country’ with ‘immense experience and tactical acumen’. Neil Smith (‘a great litigator and negotiator’) is acting for the trustees of the Wedgwood Pension Scheme in Part 8 proceedings. On the non-contentious side, Maria Rodia and Simon Pilcher are advising the trustees of the Sanofi-Aventis Pension Scheme on the scheme’s closure to future defined benefit accrual. Other names include ‘excellent all-rounderMark Atkinson, Emma Frost, ‘experienced litigatorMark Grant and Keith Webster.

Leading individuals

Mark Grant - CMS

Neil Smith - CMS

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS’ ‘commercial’ team is ‘very good at corralling the market of insurers, and at co-ordinating complex, multi-jurisdictional advice’. The group is particularly noted for its life and non-life reinsurance work, and continues to attract strong mandates within the broker, aviation, political risk and trade finance sectors. Ed Foss heads the department, which is currently advising Beazley on a claim concerning the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit robbery, a matter with exposures of up to £20m. Other key figures include Stephen Netherway, who handles broker and intermediary disputes; Stephen Tester, who ‘is always focused on finding a long-term solution’; and Simon Kilgour, who is recommended for international matters.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

CMS

CMS is ‘very easy to work with; it knows the markets in which it operates, and ensures efficient completion of the task at hand’. The group has notable expertise in the life insurance and pension de-risking sector, acting for numerous major players including Pension Insurance Corporation, Standard Life and MetLife. James Parker is currently advising SCOR Global Life on a $5bn longevity insurance transaction with Sun Life, covering payments for members of Bell Canada’s pension plan. Paul Edmondson has ‘a good knowledge of regulations’, and acted along with Chris Southorn on MetLife’s $16.2 acquisition of Alico.

Leading individuals

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

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CMS’ ‘commercial’ team is ‘always willing to go the extra mile in terms of service’. Based across its London and Bristol offices, the team acts for a range of insurers including Beazley Syndicate, QBE, ACE, Chubb and Brit. Ed Foss heads the team, which includes the ‘exceptionalMartin Fox; Monica Lesny, who is ‘always on top of the detail’; Stephen Tester, who ‘will spot the points that others will miss’; the ‘brilliant’ Belinda Schofield; and Zoe Burge. Also recommended are Stephen Netherway, who heads the financial institutions practice, Anna Crew, who heads the solicitors professional indemnity team, and Alex Denslow, who heads the insurance sector group. Cheryl Gibson and Simon Garrett are also key names.

Leading individuals

Ed Foss - CMS

Martin Fox - CMS

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 1

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CMS’ ‘exceptional’ department is noted for its ‘high degree of commerciality’. It primarily acts for lenders in project financing and refinancings across a range of sectors, including urban regeneration, telecoms and transportation. Co-head Paul Smith advised Laing O’Rourke on its successful bid for the Priority Schools Building Programme, while fellow co-head Andrew Ivison advised Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (BTMU) as the senior lenders on NATS’ £400m debt refinancing.

Leading individuals

Paul Smith - CMS

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

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CMS’ ‘exceptional team’ provides ‘excellent service, particularly in relation to procurement advice and litigation’. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Bob Palmer advised Roc Oil on its $17m disposal of a UK-registered subsidiary to Faroe Petroleum, which included assisting with due diligence issues. Palmer also advised Ping Petroleum and Hibiscus Petroleum on their acquisition of the North Sea Anasuria cluster from Shell and Esso. The team includes Penelope Warne, who leads the wider energy group, and litigation expert Phillip Ashley, and was strengthened by Jonathan Woolf’s arrival from BP.

Leading individuals

Bob Palmer - CMS

Penelope Warne - CMS

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 1

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CMS fields a team of ‘very strong individuals who are knowledgeable on the law and the market’. Practice head Robert Lane has been advising longstanding client National Grid on the 1,000MW interconnector project between France and the UK. Munir Hassan, who leads the clean energy team, has been advising the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) on its reform of the electricity industry in Mexico. Also recommended are corporate head Charles Currier, who ‘gives practical and commercial advice’, and Pieter Bekker and Nicholas Ross-McCall, who joined from Steptoe & Johnson and Ashurst, respectively.

Leading individuals

Robert Lane - CMS

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

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The ‘exceptional’ team at CMS acts exclusively for private sector clients such as Johnson & Johnson Medical, InfraRed Capital Partners and Spire Healthcare. Highlights included advising Balfour Beatty on its disposal of a 50% interest in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh PFI project to Equitix. Jason Zemmelknows the sector very well’ and jointly heads the healthcare group with Martin Treagus, who specialises in private equity transactions and M&A.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

CMS

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

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Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

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Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

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CMS’ practice is particularly well known for its institutional client base and the team was active again in this regard, advising M&G Real Estate on a number of mandates including the £115m purchase of Bridgend Designer Outlet Centre in Wales. Another area of strength is the hotels and leisure sector, where Louise Wallace and Thomas Page were busy on behalf of investors and asset managers such as Algonquin and LRG Acquisitions. Mark Heighton heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Mark Heighton - CMS

Thomas Page - CMS

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 2

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Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

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CMS’ strong mix of UK and international mandates takes in acting for Wates on the redevelopment of Wembley Park and advising International Power and Engie on the construction of assets for Chile’s Sistema Interconectado Central power grid. Practice head Victoria Peckett is ‘able to set out a clear strategic vision’ and handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious work for clients such as Shell. Other key figures are international disputes specialist Adrian Bell, who ‘successfully combines a magic mix of legal, strategic and commercial acumen’, and non-contentious specialist Karen Clarke, who has particular expertise in facilities management framework contracts.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

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Thought by some to be the ‘best overall group in London’, CMS’ broad practice takes in transactional support, environmental liability and climate change advice. The team also handles a substantial number of regulatory enforcement matters, and is currently active in various large odour nuisance class actions. The waste sector is a particular area of strength, with key clients including FCC and Red Industries. Practice co-heads Paul Sheridan and Olivia Jamison are ‘a formidable team’.

Leading individuals

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

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Under the leadership of Ashley Damiral, CMS provides ‘excellent and well-informed service’. Damiral has particular expertise in retail planning and advised key client J Sainsbury on a number of mixed-use regeneration projects. Infrastructure specialists Robin Hutchison – who has ‘particular strength in marine and onshore consenting knowledge’ – and the ‘pragmatic and decisiveStephen McNaught continued to assist National Grid with the DCO for the King’s Lynn Connection project.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

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CMS’ ‘very responsive, user-friendly’ practice is headed by Simon Johnston, who is ‘extremely technically able and experienced’. The ‘commercialKeith Ham advised HSBC on the refinancing of Cola Holdings’ portfolio of hotels. Other clients include Lloyds Bank, Wells Fargo and Roland House.

Leading individuals

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

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CMS has ‘great quality’, with Danielle Drummond-Brassington praised as having ‘spot-on commercial and tactical judgement’ and Emma Pinkerton being ‘a robust but pragmatic litigator’. The team is advising The Wellcome Trust on extensive enfranchisement and possession issues and representing Royal Mail on the contentious issues of the redevelopment of its South London mail centre.

Leading individuals

Andrew Walker - Squire Patton Boggs

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

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The ‘excellent’ practice at CMS attracts praise for providing ‘expert advice that takes into account the relevant commercial risks and benefits’. The ‘client-focused and strategicSusan Barty heads the advertising and marketing team and provides advice on copy clearance, sales promotions and advertising complaints. The ‘commercially focusedTom Scourfield heads the IP group and has experience of comparative advertising claims and a broad range of trade mark matters. Clients include Nestlé, Burger King, Amazon, and Douwe Egberts.

Leading individuals

Susan Barty - CMS

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

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CMS acts for BT, Fiat and Lloyds Banking Group. Emma Burnett heads the practice and advises clients on multi-jurisdictional privacy projects and BCRs. John Armstrong and Ian Stevens are also recommended.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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The ‘extremely impressive’ team at CMS (which is noted for its ‘up-to-speed advice on the latest technological issues’) handles litigation as well as major transactions, including a high number of multi-jurisdictional IT and telecoms projects. Chris Watson is the global head of the technology, media and communications practice, which acts for a wide range of clients including the Post Office, Lloyds Banking Group, BT, Telefónica and Orange. John Armstrong led the firm’s advice to HP regarding its outsourcing agreement with Deutsche Bank. Also recommended are Emma Burnett, the ‘calm and innovativeIan Stevens, and Stuart Blythe, who ‘has excellent undersea cable expertise’.

Leading individuals: telecoms

Chris Watson - CMS

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

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CMS has a strong client following in the consumer products, TMT and life sciences sectors. Tom Scourfield acted for ISG Construction in High Court proceedings brought against it by Claridge Architects in respect of the alleged infringement of the claimant’s copyright over a number of architectural drawings. Susan Barty is another name to note.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

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CMSis straightforward to work with, and has sufficient team strength to address every problem’. The firm’s clients include Abbott, the Wellcome Trust, DuPont, and Medtronic, which ‘absolutely amazing’ regulatory lawyer Shuna Mason represented in product liability litigation relating to cardiac implants. ‘Efficient and responsible’ commercial and IP lawyer Carina Healy is based in Glasgow and is also recommended.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

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CMS advised AMP Capital and a syndicate of its managed funds on the joint acquisition of a shareholding in Angel Trains from Arcus European Infrastructure Fund, as well as stakes held by Prime and STC. Eurostar instructed the team on the UK government’s sale of its 40% stake to Patina Rail LLP. Bill Carr has ‘a wealth of experience’ and Glasgow-based Eleanor Lane is ‘outstanding’. Jonathan Beckitt is now a consultant.

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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 4

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CMS is ‘very knowledgeable on upstream oil-and-gas matters and doing business in Brazil’. It is ‘responsive and provides clear direction and advice with regards to the regulatory and statutory framework and compliance’. It is ‘very familiar with projects matters related to offshore projects with high value’. The increasingly diversified practice has become increasingly oriented towards contentious and restructuring matters as a result of the ongoing troubles in Brazil’s oil-and-gas sector. The firm has been engaged in the restructuring of OSX’s FPSO projects as well as the wider international aspects of OSX Brasil’s restructuring plan. In Mexico, the firm remains active in the electricity sector and advised the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) on the reform of the electricity industry. Other clients include PetroRio, Petrobras, Iberdrola Mexico, GDF Suez, and IP Capital Partners. ‘Strongly recommended for any oil-and-gas matters in Brazil’, Rio de Janeiro partner Ted Rhodes is praised for his ‘familiarity with the common law system and the Brazilian civil law system’, and is applauded for ‘excellent communication skills’ and his ‘calm and knowledge during hard negotiation situations’. Mexico City’s Derek Woodhouse and Munir Hassan are noted for energy and infrastructure work. Emma Riddle transferred to Rio de Janeiro from London in 2015, bringing additional on-the-ground expertise in financial restructuring and insolvency, especially in the energy sector.

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Algeria

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Spain

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France

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Hungary

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London

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Morocco

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Netherlands

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Oman

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Portugal

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Romania

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Russia

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South West

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Switzerland

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Ukraine

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Serbia

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Legal Developments by:
CMS

  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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