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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP (Guildford)

Clyde & Co LLP is a major regional player for corporate and commercial matters. The firm’s expertise extends to handling data protection, M&A, joint venture and private equity matters for companies in the technology, property and finance sectors. The team advised Simec Group on its £330m acquisition of Alcan Aluminium from Rio Tinto; as part of the deal, the client acquired two hydropower plants, a Scottish port and 100,000 acres of land, as well as the transfer of an aluminium smelter in Lochaber, Scotland to a sister company of the client. Other highlights included assisting Next Generation Data on the sale of a controlling stake to an infrastructure fund for £90m, and advising Dynagas on its three-way joint venture with China Merchants Energy Shipping and Sinotrans Shipping for the purposes of building a fleet of LNG tankers. Marcol, Seaco Global and A-House Investment are also clients. Corporate finance expert Simon Vere Nicoll heads the team, splitting his time between the Guildford and London offices; commercial projects and outsourcing specialist Nick Purnell also leads the practice. Andrew Trotter retired.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP (Guildford)

Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘prompt’ team ‘truly understands the industry’ and provides ‘good value for money’. The firm is adept at EU and competition-related litigation, and also advises on public procurement and investigations in the insurance, energy, infrastructure and trade sectors. Practice head John Milligan ‘provides solid, commercial advice’ and ‘consistently gets good results’, and is currently advising Greenfields on various international trade issues regarding EU food regulations. Milligan also assists with EU and UK competition law with regards to merger and joint venture clearance, cartel investigations, state aid rules and compliance programmes. Other clients include Schlumberger, Native Land and G4S.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP (Guildford)

The commercial litigation practice at Clyde & Co LLP works closely with the firm’s London office to represent clients in litigation at the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. It is well-versed in alternative forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. The team represented PetroSaudi in a major dispute with PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, following PDVSA’s refusal to pay for the client’s drilling rig when it was refused re-entry to Venezuela; the team successfully overturned the High Court judgment at the appeal stage. It also acted for AmTrust in a dispute with Trust Risk Group (TRG) concerning a €2.9bn breach of trust claim brought by TRG over AmTrust’s position as sole distributor of TRG’s $500m Italian medical malpractice insurance business, which involved obtaining a freezing injunction and international arbitration proceedings. Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Apache and Carphone Warehouse are also clients. The practice is headed by experienced arbitrator David Bennet and Tim Foley, who has expertise in breach of covenant and asset management disputes. They are ably supported by Chris Burdett who ‘is one of the best litigators around: strategic, calm, practical and highly intelligent’, according to one client; and Mark Walsh, an international arbitration and energy sector specialist.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP (Oxford)

Clyde & Co LLP provides a ‘City-quality service at very reasonable rates’, dealing with cases involving all major professions including accountants, lawyers, real estate consultants and IT and TMT professionals, along with a number of emerging professions such as aircraft inspectors, carer suppliers and auctioneers. Tony Nurse-Marsh heads the regional professional indemnity practice and advises on claims in relations to solicitors, financial consultants and other professionals; he also has notable expertise in cases related to fire damage. Other key practitioners include Clive Brett (‘vastly experienced with excellent judgement’), who has extensive expertise in matters of policy coverage and acting for solicitors in regulatory investigations; Jim Taylor, who advises on claims and coverage disputes across both traditional and emerging professions; and Katherine Gregory, who has notable expertise in construction-related professional indemnity. Philip Evans is also a name to note; his practice focuses on accountants, engineers and management consultants, often in relation to fraudulent transactions.

Leading individuals

Clive Brett - Clyde & Co LLP

Jim Taylor - Clyde & Co LLP

Tony Nurse-Marsh - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Katherine Gregory - Clyde & Co LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP (Guildford)

The ‘excellent’ team at Clyde & Co LLPprovides a very personable service’. The firm regualrly advises on high-value leasehold negotiations and agreements, portfolio management cases and development issues for lenders, banks and developers among others. The team advised Spelthorne Borough Council on the £350m acquisition and leaseback of BP’s headquarters, located in Sunbury-on-Thames, including arranging the loan for the transaction from the Public Works Loan Board and providing specialist tax and planning law advice. It also assisted Ares Property Management with its £270m acquisition of Land Securities’ retail park portfolio, and advised U+I Group on its appointment to be a development partner for Mayfield Partnership, for the regeneration of the Mayfield area in Manchester and Manchester Piccadilly Station into mixed-use commercial and residential spaces; the project is value at £300m. Other clients include Grainger, Urban & Civic, Portsmouth City Council and Frogmore Property Group. Property financing expert Adam Taylor-Smith and legal director Choisanne Man, who focuses on development work, are praised as ‘proactive, pragmatic and diligent’. Taylor-Smith leads the department with highly regarded overseas commercial property expert Martin Quicke. Legal director and regeneration projects expert John Pearce is also recommended. Will Deeprose was joined the team in June 2016 from DLA Piper; he focuses on lease negotiations and development projects.

Next generation lawyers

Choisanne Man - Clyde & Co LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP (Guildford)

The ‘competent and forward-thinking’ team at Clyde & Co LLP is acting for Native Land on its £1bn scheme for the development of Bankside Quarter in London, obtaining vacant possession of offices and other commercial units on behalf of the client. Other recent work includes advising Dairy Crest on the removal of a mobile phone mast, initiating proceedings against the operators and successfully leading them to concede to the termination of their lease and the removal of their equipment. Tim Foley advises on breaches of covenant, dilapidations, possession actions and landlord and tenant issues, and Keith Conway has extensive experience in High Court proceedings.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP (Guildford)

With ‘the strength and patience to drive through complex negotiations’, Clyde & Co LLP’s Mark Williamson ‘has unparalleled attention detail’. He is renowned for cutting-edge insurance work and recently advised Chubb on its first robotic automation project and arrangements with Syntel relating to the use of artificial intelligence software. AmTrust Financial Services – a recent addition to the client roster – instructed the firm to handle IT transitional services arrangements following its acquisition of Genworth Financial Insurance’s European mortgage insurance business; and another client gain, Vennersys, retained the firm during the roll-out of its ticketing and electronic point of sale solution to retailers as a SaaS. Other mandates for the practice included outsourcing, large-scale data analytics projects and making company operations paperless.

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South East: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP (Guildford)

Housing a team of 15, the marine practice at Clyde & Co LLP in Guildford deals with cargo, casualty, charterparty, dispute resolution and international arbitration matters, in addition to general employment and immigration issues. In terms of cargo, the lawyers alongside key partner Jai Sharma – who specialises in cargo casualty – handle logistics and contentious matters involving bills of lading, issues with quality or quantity, contamination and letters of indemnity. Accredited mediator Martin Hall leads the marine casualty sub-practice, focusing on collisions, crisis management, recoveries, salvage, unseaworthiness, fires and explosions, grounding, total loss, personal injury claims as well as wreck removal and deep sea recovery projects. Nick Greensmith and technical director John Reed are other names to note in this area. In dispute resolution, the team has particular expertise in arbitration; David Bennet handles marine, international trading and oil and gas related disputes.

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