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Dentons

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

Dentons provides ‘an excellent service, good response times and great value for money’; it is a strong choice for cross-border work thanks to its global network of offices. The group has a strong automotive and technology client base, and counts Silverstone Circuits as a client. Highlights included advising Nebula Systems on a multi-million pound investment into the company by the RAC Group, acting for a subsidiary of Edgewell Personal Care on its high-value acquisition of Bulldog Skincare, and advising Marshall Motor on its £107m acquisition of motor dealer group Ridgeway Garages. Key partner Peter Cox is ‘a reliable, pragmatic and helpful lawyer who brings the perfect blend of commercial acumen and clear legal advice’ and ‘readily adapts to all twists and turns in a calm, unflappable manner’. Andrew Harris heads the practice, and has notable experience in transactional M&A, private equity and funding work. Christopher Colclough specialises in new startups, corporate governance and joint ventures.

Leading individuals

Andrew Harris - Dentons

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Dentons (Milton Keynes, Watford)

Dentons’ ‘outstanding legal team’ provides ‘sensible and commercial advice’ and ‘truly knows the industries in which its clients operate’. The group’s combined Milton Keynes and Watford team has a strong track record in energy, banking, construction and retail disputes, and is noted for its cross-border capabilities and strong international network. The ‘tremendously experiencedJames Fairbairnis calm under pressure and pursues the client’s needs rigorously’; he is advising Haringey Council in a £7m professional negligence claim against NPS Property Consultants for negligent design in relation to a primary school. In another highlight, Helen Simpson is representing a major Chinese manufacturing company in a significant debt claim, a high-value case involving personal guarantee issues. The firm’s recent combination with Matthew Arnold & Baldwin saw a number of new arrivals to the team, including banking and finance litigators Steven Mills and Clare Stothard; mediation expert Tim Constable; and Roger McCourt, who has extensive experience in the financial services sector.

Leading individuals

James Fairbairn - Dentons

Tim Constable - Dentons

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

Dentons (Watford)

Dentons focuses on commercial and property debt recoveries, with notable experience managing debt portfolios and advising clients on mortgage repossessions. It is particularly strong on financial debt recovery and assists with recovering unsecured loans and mistaken payments. The team also works closely with the financial services disputes team for contentious matters and has experience in regulatory and compliance issues. Swift Group, West Bromwich Building Society and Kensington Mortgages are on the client roster. Jackie Hanlon leads the volume recoveries team and is ably supported by mortgage recoveries practice head Katherine Hardman.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

The ‘responsive’ team at Dentons has ‘an outstanding depth of knowledge, and is able to respond quickly to all questions raised’. Key clients include a mix of national and overseas banks, and the practice is notably strong in the automotive, TMT, real estate and manufacturing sectors. Christopher Colclough is ‘committed to providing a first-class service’, and has strong expertise in real estate finance transactions. Also recommended are the ‘approachable, knowledgeable and responsivePeter Cox, and real estate partner Robert Wyatt, who regularly advises on the banking aspects of property deals, including site acquisition and development. HSBC, Metro Bank and British Arab Commercial Bank are among the firm’s key clients.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Dentons (Watford)

The ‘excellent, timely and cost-effective’ insolvency and corporate recovery practice at Dentons in Watford focuses on advising banks as well as handling personal and property-related insolvencies. The ‘very user-friendlyBill Ramsey is responsible for the latter area and is supported by senior associate Matthew Hind during transactions, while Carolyn Jones has expertise in advising banking and commercial clients. Insolvency executive Mark Goward mainly works with officeholders on contentious matters, such as bankruptcy cases and Proceeds of Crime recoveries. The retail sector and non-contentious restructuring work are other strong areas. Jones and Goward represented a bank in a bankruptcy petition against the debtor. A highlight for Ramsay was the advice on a historic mansion for JLL concerning existing and new leases after its acquisition, as well as a dispute and retention of title aspects. Partner Mark Tempest left in autumn 2016 will join VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) later in 2017.

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Mark Goward - Dentons

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

The ‘outstanding’ team at Dentonsdeals with all requests in a timely manner’, and ‘always articulates the risks and benefits of each option in a clear, accessible way’. The firm receives substantial mandates retail, transport, financial institution and telecoms sector clients, and is also noted for its strong education expertise, acting for clients such as St Paul’s School, Stephenson Academy and Cognita Schools. Recent work included advising Waitrose on the employment aspects of several convenience store acquisitions, handling the due diligence processes, TUPE transfers and employee integration into the Waitrose brand. The firm is also acting for Royal Mail in the termination of a mailroom services contract, providing TUPE and redundancy advice, and is currently providing TUPE advice to London Overground Rail Operations in respect of a £1.5bn asset transfer to Arriva and Bombardier. The practice is led by Sarah Beeby, who ‘understands the pressures placed upon employers’ and ‘has an excellent grasp of the law and its application’. Senior associate Verity Buckingham handles employment disputes, defending claims at tribunal related to unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing, and Michelle Lamb advises on non-contentious issues including outsourcings, redundancies and trade union negotiations. Other notable clients include the Virgin Group, John Lewis and Network Rail.

Next generation lawyers

Verity Buckingham - Dentons

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

The ‘strong team of consultants’ at Dentons provides ‘a very professional level of service, delivering appropriate advice on time and with sound industry knowledge’. The department handles all sponsor license and visa applications under Tiers 1, 2 and 5, and assists with sole representative of overseas business visas, settlement applications, citizenship and permanent residence matters. Highlights included advising a key client on the immigration aspects of its expansion of UK operations, obtaining sponsor licenses and work visas for Tier 2 general migrants; assisting Dataminr with securing Tier 2 intra-company transfer visas; and advising HiFX Europe on a possible ancestry visa route. Key practitioners include London-based Michael Bronstein, who heads the firm’s nationwide immigration practice and advises on the ongoing requirements imposed by UK visas; the ‘professionalVerity Buckingham, who ‘responds quickly and has a great knowledge of all relevant issues’; and associate Anjali Raval, whose recent work includes handling applications for the right to remain in the UK on the basis of marriage, along with applications for naturalisation and the registration of a child as a UK citizen. Other clients include Nebula Systems, Ambassadors Theatre Group and FirstPort.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

Dentons is ‘highly experienced in all aspects of construction and engineering disputes’; the team ‘is able to manage fact-heavy cases with ease, responding quickly to all client queries and dealing efficiently with aggressive tactics from opponents’. Clients include a strong base in the financial services space including Allied Irish Bank, The Co-Operative Bank and Barclays. Tim Constable (a ‘fine litigator’ who is ‘able to cut through complex issues without difficulty’ and ‘understands the value of taking a forensic and reasoned approach to problems’) represented Barclays in a matter concerning a negligent valuation of several commercial properties; he successfully secured a deduction in damages for contributory negligence. In another work highlight, the ‘formidableJames Fairbairn represented Haringey Council in a £7m professional negligence claim against NPS Property Consultants for negligent design and contract administration with regards to the extension of a primary school. Helen Simpson heads the commercial disputes department, and frequently represents individuals, corporates, lenders and insurers in high-value professional negligence claims.

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James Fairbairn - Dentons

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

The ‘first-class’ practice at Dentons is praised by clients as being ‘responsive, creative, solution-oriented and commercial’. The department continues to have an active presence in the retail market, and regularly advises a cross-sector client base on development and construction, real estate finance, regeneration projects and international and domestic property portfolios. In a recent highlight, practice head Roland Gray advised Avis Budget Group on its proposed acquisition of French competitor FranceCars, assisting with property due diligence and acquisition documents. The team also acted for Network Rail in negotiations for the lease of 496 stations and 10 depots, and advised Sainsbury’s on the property aspects of its sale of an in-store pharmacy business. Other key individuals include ‘excellent lawyerRobert Wyatt, who specialises in real estate finance and acts for a broad range of banks, and Chris Denny, who has notable expertise in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors.

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Chris Denny - Dentons

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

Dentons has ‘a strong offering in the areas of infrastructure and construction’, providing ‘in-depth industry knowledge and high-quality advice’ to a wide-ranging client base. The team is notably strong in construction disputes, and also receives a steady stream of non-contentious work from the retail, rail, development finance and high-end residential sectors. Highlights included representing Civicon Africa Group in a $72m dispute concerning the construction of a gas extraction barge in Rwanda, and advising Galliford Try Building in a £17m project for the construction of a hotel and spa at a UNESCO World Heritage site. Key figures include Akin Akinbode and the ‘tenaciousGurbinder Grewal, who ‘has an encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law’ and ‘never loses focus of the client’s commercial objectives’.

Next generation lawyers

Esther McDermott - Dentons

Jane Miles - Dentons

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

Dentons fields an ‘outstanding’ team of lawyers that has ‘a solid knowledge base, is pragmatic and client-focused and always works well as a team and with counsel’. The firm is ‘particularly strong in private client litigation’, and handles cases in the banking, telecommunications, retail and infrastructure industries. Highlights included representing Sainsbury’s in several matters including an expedited Court of Appeal judgment where an appellant’s bid for a decision of unlawful contract termination was successfully dismissed. Practice head Bryan Johnston is ‘ambitious and client-focused’.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Dentons (Milton Keynes)

Dentons provides advice to start-ups and suppliers from the technology and media sectors, and also acts for household names such as Argos. Data protection, e-privacy and cyber security are among key strengths of the practice, which has been advising Homebase on a telecoms contract with Telefónica and on privacy, cookie policies and other compliance matters regarding the launch of Bunnings Warehouse’s website. Andrew Harris is managing partner of the Milton Keynes office and heads the practice with counsel Chris White, whose recent workload included advising on distribution agreements, software contracts and establishing online portals. Associates Rukia Khatun and Esther Rusling are other key figures.

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