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DLA Piper

3 NOBLE STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7EE, ENGLAND
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Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s sizeable global footprint makes the firm well placed to advise on UK and multi-jurisdictional commercial contracts, distribution transactions and outsourcing. Kit Burden worked with the Stockholm office to advise HCL Technologies on its acquisition of Volvo’s IT services arm. Iain Bowler leads the team, which includes new recruits Mark Dewar and senior associate Michiko Jo, who joined from Simmons & Simmons.

Leading individuals

Mark Dewar - DLA Piper

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piperprovides a very professional service’ and has ‘an extremely broad level of knowledge in both corporate and real estate tax’. Neville Wright advised Market Tech Holdings on the £900m refinancing of its Camden property portfolio. Practice head Richard Woolichfinds creative solutions to difficult problems, always with an emphasis on practicality and value’. The team was strengthened by the addition of three transfer pricing specialists in 2015.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘extremely high-quality’ department is particularly strong on the merger control side. The ‘very reassuring’ Sam Szlezinger heads the practice, having joined from Dentons in December 2015; he is supported by Alexandra Kamerling and ‘excellent’ Sarah Smith. Kamerling advised Celesio AG on the CMA’s investigation of Celesio’s purchase of 271 Sainsbury’s in-store pharmacies. The practice’s recent client wins include AkzoNobel, National Grid, Duke Street and Heineken.

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EU and competition: Trade, WTO, anti-dumping and customs
EU and competition: Trade, WTO, anti-dumping and customs - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

John Forrest’s ‘responsive, helpful and pragmatic’ team at DLA Piper counts Reckitt Benckiser, AAB International Holdings and 101 Media Lab among its client roster; recent client wins include Asda, Michelin France, Visa UK and Amec Foster Wheeler. The practice advised Ever Smart International Enterprise on the sanctions elements of its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Forrest is ‘technically excellent’ and ‘a clear communicator’. Associate Chloe Barker, who divides time between Birmingham and London, is commended for her ‘expertise’ and ‘attentiveness’.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has an increasing focus on mandates for bulge-bracket banks such as Deutsche Bank, which it advised as sponsor on Paysafe Group’s admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List. The firm continues to be highly active on the issuer side for clients including Bonmarché Holdings and PureTech Health. EMEA and US securities head George Barboutis and practice head Alex Tamlyn are recommended.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Headed on the non-contentious front by the ‘excellentMichael McKee and on the contentious side by Tony Katz, DLA Piper’s three-partner team provides ‘high-quality and incisive advice across a wide range of areas’. Katz and Sam Millar recently represented Trasta Komercbanka in an internal review of its AML policies.

Leading individuals

Michael McKee - DLA Piper

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s team, headed by Alex Tamlyn in London and featuring lawyers from across the firm’s UK offices, acts for companies and their advisers across all stages of their lifecycles. Tom Heylen acted for expanding medical devices company Tissue Regenix Group on a £20m placing, while Charles Severs assisted the sponsor on the migration of Optimal Payments (since renamed Paysafe Group) from AIM to the Main Market. George Barboutis provides US securities advice.

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Investment funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘good bang for your buck’ with regard to private funds, where it focuses on acting for international cornerstone investors, such as DEG and Proparco. James O’Donnell and Roy Kelly advised Commonwealth Development Corporation in its cornerstone investment in Insitor Impact Asia Fund. Andrew Wylie joined in April 2016 from Nabarro LLP; he took on the role of head of alternative investment funds vacated by Gawain Hughes, who joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in July 2015.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

Robert Bishop and Jon Kenworthy lead the department at DLA Piper, which counts London Stock Exchange Group, Mondeléz International, H.I.G. Capital and Babcock International among its clients. Bishop assisted Discovery Communications with its £950m buyout of the remaining 49% shares in Eurosport. TES Global, W. W. Grainger and Orkla are recent client wins. Jonathan Lisle moved to Crowell & Moring in October 2015.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘highly responsive’ team undertakes mid-cap and large-cap deals. It handled HIG Europe’s acquisition of Adelie Foods from India Hospitality Corporation, and assisted Duke Street and Europa Capital with the sale of their investments in SandpiperCl to a consortium of Channel Islands based investors. UK private equity head David Raff is described as ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove’; other key names include Tim Wright, the ‘exceptionally talentedEdward Griffiths and Tim Lake, who is ‘strong and pragmatic’.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, practice head and real estate expert Richard Woolich advised office-space provider WeWorks, a new client, on VAT issues. The team, which includes tax litigation head Geoffrey Tack, is also active in the online gambling sector for clients including LeoVegas, as well as the financial services sector.

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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 2

DLA Piper

The ‘responsive and proactive’ group at DLA Piper handles some of the largest multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations. David Gray’s team is ‘among the highest quality in terms of strength in depth’, and includes the ‘calm and assuredSimon Airey and Tony Katz.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s full-service approach and seamless international collaboration is ‘a real help in international commercial disputes’. ‘Streetwise’ practice head Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and the ‘calm and experienced’ Jeremy Andrews are recommended.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Led by the ‘skilled and very pragmatic’ Hilary Stewart-Jones, the team at DLA Piper continues to handle ‘extremely complex and sensitive work’. Work highlights included advising Paysafe Group on gambling regulatory issues surrounding its acquisition of Skrill. Former department head Stephen Ketteley left for Wiggin LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

DLA Piper

In a showcase of its international reach, DLA Piper’s team advised Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) and Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad in a dispute arising from the attempted alleged misappropriation of secured assets. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henryhas excellent instincts’ and Jamie Curle is ‘very astute’. Jeremy Andrews, Tony Katz, Sam Millar and Linos Choo are also highly rated.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘accomplished team’ focuses on high-value, bet-the-company disputes. Key names include Jeremy Andrews (‘a polished and skilful lawyer’), Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry (‘good on key strategic issues’) and Jamie Curle (‘drives cases forward’). Stephen Sly, Linos Choo, Janet Legrand, Richard McGrane and recently promoted partner James Carter are also recommended.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s broad practice acts for clients in the sport, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. Sam Szlezinger joined from Dentons and heads the practice following the departure of former head Kate Vernon to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Sarah Smith and Alexandra Kamerling are also recommended.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Notwithstanding the departure of DLA Piper’s former team head Matthew Saunders to Ashurst, the firm’s arbitration practice remains a key player for energy disputes, investment treaty claims and Africa-related work. Philip Chong is noted for his ‘excellent strategic insight’, and Kate Cervantes-Knox ‘manages disputes brilliantly’. Richard McGrane, Jeremy Andrews and Mark Hilton are also recommended, as is newly promoted partner James Carter.

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Overview

Other key moves include Winston & Strawn London LLP’s former co-head of international arbitration, Joe Tirado, joining Iberian firm Garrigues’ London office; Herbert Smith Freehills LLP losing PIL specialist Matthew Weiniger QC to Linklaters LLP; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s former disputes veteran Ian Terry exiting after 38 years for One Essex Court; DLA Piper’s former global international arbitration head Matthew Saunders joining Ashurst; and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s London litigation head Tim Parkes departing to become chairman of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s regulatory decisions committee.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper combines significant investment treaty arbitration expertise with a broader PIL practice that encompasses advisory work to states, trade and investment negotiations, and sanctions work. Kate Cervantes-Knox, Janet Legrand and Richard McGrane are recommended. Matthew Saunders joined Ashurst.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Richard Woolich regularly handles VAT-related disputes, while Simon Airey, who attracts praise for his ‘wealth of experience’, specialises in tax and fraud investigations for private individuals and financial institutions.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has strong connections with UK clearing banks including HSBC and Lloyds, and also regularly acts for alternative lenders including Hayfin and Ares, which are becoming increasingly important players in mid-market leveraged finance deals. Julie Romer (who is noted for her ‘practical and robust advice’) advised Investec on the financing of Mayfair Private Equity’s acquisition of the Fox International Group. Philip Butler is recommended for unitranche financings, while the ‘excellent’ David Miles is recommended for conventional debt deals.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Now headed by Richard Usher following Alex Dell’s departure in April 2015 to Mayer Brown International LLP, DLA Piper remains a credible presence in the domestic market, where it acts for clearing banks including RBS and Lloyds, as well as alternative finance providers and corporate clients. Usher recently advised RBS on a $4m invoice discounting facility to NP Group. The firm also has a strong reputation on the recoveries side, where the ‘commercial and pragmatic’ Simon Boon and the ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Lorinda Peasland are recommended. Other key figures include Leeds-based Sarah Day and Manchester-based Joseph Frew.

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

DLA Piper

Led by Alan Cunningham, DLA Piper’s two-partner team acts for banks, lessors, airlines and manufacturers on commercial aviation and corporate jet transactions. ‘Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and creative’ senior associate Richard Skipper is an ‘exceptionally talented aviation finance lawyer’ and acted alongside Cunningham for Flybe on the $76m finance and leasing of five aircraft from Avation PLC. On the shipping front, the duo recently advised Investec Asset Finance on its maiden container finance deal with South Korea shipping operator Sinokor Merchant Marine.

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

DLA Piper

Key figures at DLA Piper include Julie Romer, who provides ‘practical and robust solutions’ and recently advised a group of banks (including Barclays) on a £90m revolving facility to Just Eat; and Philip Butler and the ‘hugely knowledgeable’ David Miles, who handle traditional debt products as well as mandates in the alternative lender space.

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Richard Usher’s time as general counsel at international commodity trading firms enables him to provide clients with ‘a unique perspective on commodities transactions’. Shipping and commodities litigator Linos Choo is also recommended. The firm counts ANZ Bank, Standard Chartered and Falcon Group among its clients.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s national and international network enables it to handle a significant volume of mandates for clearing banks and corporates in both a formal and informal insolvency and restructuring setting. Led by the ‘commercial and pragmaticMichael Fiddy and ‘exceptionalAmy Jacks, the firm remains a leader on both the buy and sell side for distressed portfolio mandates; Jacks and Fiddy recently advised Aviva on the £2.5bn disposal of its distressed real estate portfolio to Lonestar Funds. Fiddy acted as co-counsel for Abengoa on its high-profile restructuring. David Ampaw leads the London distressed trading team and is ‘excellent within the funds space’.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, head of financial markets Martin Bartlam advised dealers including Banco Santander on the update of Santander Consumer Bank’s €2.5bn EMTN programme; and Ronan Mellon assisted Hewlett Packard with its $3bn commercial paper programme. In another highlight, Bartlam and Mellon acted for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi on debt facilities for a €120m infrastructure project financing. Mark Dwyer joined from Slaughter and May and adds extensive experience on European DCM matters.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Martin Bartlam’s financial markets team at DLA Piper is ‘extremely knowledgeable and very responsive when it comes to getting a deal negotiated’. It continued its expansion with the recruitment of Vincent Keaveny from Baker McKenzie LLP and Mark Dwyer from Slaughter and May. Bartlam advised RBS on a novel MicroRates hedging service for its customers, and acted for insurer Generali on longevity risk management.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is ‘a top global firm with very good knowledge of emerging markets’. Leading energy lawyer Charles Morrison’s highlights included handling African telecoms company Zantel’s $100m working capital facility. Nigel Drew and the team ‘have rich experience in project finance’. Drew advised Maamba Collieries on the $840m financing of the first phase of a 600MW power station in Zambia. Dimitri Papaefstratiou acted for Unión Fenosa and SEGAS on the financing of the Damietta LNG complex in Egypt.

Leading individuals

Charles Morrison - DLA Piper

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Tony Lopez has ‘good knowledge of current market practice’ and advised Central European Media Enterprises on the €235m secured notes redemption, and provided US law advice to PAI Partners on its acquisition of Swissport. Martin Bartlam is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tony Lopez - DLA Piper

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Martin Bartlam’s structured finance team at DLA Piper continued to strengthen its bench with the hire of respected securitisation veteran Vincent Keaveny from Baker McKenzie LLP. Bartlam advised arranger Raiffeisen Bank on the securitisation of leasing receivables, and RCI Financial Services on a £993m auto-loan deal. He also handled significant matters for Santander Consumer Bank and Future Finance Loan Corporation.

Leading individuals

Vincent Keaveny - DLA Piper

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘seamless’ commodities and trade finance expertise across a variety of disciplines and jurisdictions. Key figures include Charles Morrison, who has ‘unrivalled expertise and experience’; Richard Usher, who advises financial institutions such as new client ANZ Bank and alternative trade finance providers such as Falcon Group; and David Nelligan.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘high-quality’ department is noted for its ‘commercially astute strategies and excellent understanding of the law’. In a reflection of the firm’s ‘true international strength’, ‘exceptional team leaderAdam Hartley recently advised Amlin on the employment aspects of the proposed merger of its European subsidiaries. Jonathan Exten-Wright is recommended for matters with human rights elements. Pattie Walsh joined Bird & Bird LLP and Tom Kerr Williams joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

For some, DLA Piperprovides the best experience and service in the field’ and utilises its national strength to advise on domestic and international issues. Practice co-head Teresa Hitchcock is a leader in non-contentious mandates, while fellow co-head Roy Tozer is ‘always tactically ahead of the game’ in contentious matters. Recent highlights for the practice include assisting McCalls Special Products following a fatality at one of its factories. Charles Arrand is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Charles Arrand - DLA Piper UK LLP

Roy Tozer - DLA Piper

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Matthew Swynnerton leads the practice at DLA Piper, following Michael Cowley’s move to a consultancy position. The team continues to advise high-profile clients including the BBC, the National Grid, British Airways and UPS. Recent highlights include acting for the trustees of the Novartis UK Pension Scheme on the pensions elements of the sale of its animal health business to Eli Lilly. Litigator David Young is ‘truly exceptional’. David Farmer joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP in 2016.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is ‘top-notch when it comes to response times and knowledge of the client’s business’. The group acted for Ocean in connection with a multimillion-pound professional negligence claim. Oher key clients include Zurich Insurance, Endurance Re and Beazley. Andrew Symons jointly heads the practice with the ‘professional, pugnacious and tenacious’ Leon Taylor. John Curran joined Fenchurch Law.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Prakash Paran advises on life and non-life transactions in the insurance sector, and also has experience handling joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and equity capital markets deals. Aviva and AXA are key clients.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘a very good level of service’ across a diverse range of sectors, including defence, energy and transportation. Practice head Colin Wilson led the team advising the Government of Kenya on a number of matters regarding a landmark healthcare PPP, including the procurement and contract negotiations.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s team often handles Africa-related projects, and is adept in cross-border arbitration and litigation. Dimitri Papaefstratiou has been advising Unión Fenosa Gas and SEGAS as the sponsor and project company, respectively, on the SEGAS LNG project. Other clients include Gazprom, Sinopec and Oando. Charles Morrison heads the team. Matthew Saunders moved to Ashurst.

Leading individuals

Charles Morrison - DLA Piper

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘an outstanding level of service’ to clients ranging from governments, state-owned companies and investment funds, and is particularly renowned for its track record in Africa. ‘No-nonsense deal maker’ Natasha Luther-Jones advised BTMU on the financing of two Scottish wind farms owned by Velocita. The ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Nigel Drew, who heads the practice, advised Maamba Collieries on the development of a 600MW coal-fired station in Zambia. Clients also recommend the ‘business-oriented’ Dimitri Papaefstratiou.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

DLA Piper represented the Scottish Police Authority in judicial review proceedings. Paul Stone and Hazel Moffat are the key contacts.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘very detailed and pragmatic advice’ to clients such as Blackstone, Brookfield and Tishman Speyer. Key players include Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, who advised Oxford Properties on the sale of a 50% interest in an SPV that owns 1 Angel Lane, London, and Richard Wilkinson, who leads the London team. The firm’s regional offices handle a substantial amount of work for major retailers.

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Non-contentious specialist Stephen Malley heads DLA Piper’s practice, which recently saw the retirement of Jim Pinsent. Malley, who ‘provides solutions to complex construction matters’, was active in a range of real estate and infrastructure projects, such as advising Precis Management Services / Montcalm Hotels on the development of Royal London House. Mark Hilton is ‘excellent in putting together strong teams for international arbitrations’.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s six-partner practice takes in the ‘outstandingTeresa Hitchcock, who is based in Sheffield, and Birmingham-based Roy Tozer, who is regarded by some as being ‘the best regulatory criminal lawyer in the UK’. Leeds-based Stuart Ponting is assisting Newgen Recycling with an Environment Agency investigation following the ignition of 15,000 tonnes of tyres.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Howard Bassford was particularly busy, advising Highways England on promoting the M4 Smart Motorway DCO and London Borough of Newham on a s106 agreement for Royal Albert Dock’s regeneration project. For the latter client, Karen Howard assisted with planning of a major regeneration project at Silvertown Quays. The practice benefits from in-house counsel when dealing with contentious matters.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Toby Barker and the ‘commercial, practicalLaurence Rogers lead the team at DLA Piper, which welcomed Paul Gray to London following his relocation from the Manchester office. Barker and Gray advised Market Tech Holdings on a £900m debt facility arranged by AIG Asset Management (Europe). Senior associate Chris Chan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Laurence Rogers - DLA Piper

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a burgeoning caseload and successfully represented John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust in a High Court possession claim against squatters, a case led by legal director Ben Barrison, who is ‘very good with clients’. Practice head Ian Brierleyfights hard for his clients’ interests’.

Leading individuals

Ian Brierley - DLA Piper

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Highlights for DLA Piper’s Ruth Hoy included advising Avon on trade mark filings and acting for Hermès in brand protection and infringement matters. Together with Simon Levine and John Wilks, Hoy handles civil and criminal copyright actions for the Premier League. Wilks also advised YO! Sushi and others on prize promotions. Nick Fitzpatrick assisted HCL Technologies with the formation of its global partnership with Manchester United.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Andrew Dyson leads the practice at DLA Piper, which was strengthened by the arrival of Ross McKean from Olswang LLP in May 2016. Dyson advised the London Stock Exchange Group on the adoption of consistent privacy policies across the group, and assisted Reckitt Benckiser with its digital programme. Other clients include Asda, Aviva and the Boston Consulting Group.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides ‘first-class problem solving and great communication’ to an international client base that includes Hertz, Marriott and Ralph Lauren. The ‘personable, knowledgeable and remarkably available’ Iain Bowler leads the team, which was strengthened in January 2016 with the recruitment of retail and supply chain finance expert Mark Dewar from Simmons & Simmons. Bonella Ramsay is also recommended

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s clients include Vodafone, Amazon Web Services, UBS and Samsung. The practice is headed by Kit Burden, who focuses on transactions and procurement, and includes the ‘open-minded and forthright’ Mike Conradi, who ‘lives up to his reputation for undersea cable expertise’. He is acting for a consortium of 19 telecoms operators on the African Coast to Europe submarine communications cable system. In other highlights, Anthony Day (who is ‘an excellent, solution-driven lawyer’) advised Aviva on its global cloud outsourcing arrangement with CSC, and the ‘invaluable’ Mark O’Conor undertook a comparative study on behalf of the European Commission on regulations governing cloud computing in each EU member state.

Leading individuals: information technology

Kit Burden - DLA Piper

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Ruth Hoy is advising Hermès International on its brand protection and trade mark infringement issues. The ‘technically strong’ Adam Cooke is acting for Novo Nordisk on patent infringement and validity litigation concerning transgenic mice used for the creation of human monoclonal antibodies. Claire Bennett focuses on patent disputes in the technology sector. Other clients include FA Premier League, Avon and Virgin Atlantic.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Duncan Calow and John Wilks act for the Copyright Licensing Agency, and Calow advised Lawrence King Publishing on its dealings with illustrator Johanna Basford. Nicholas West continued to advise the Premier League on the sale of media rights. Media finance expert Chris Hanson, who jointly heads the practice with Nick Fitzpatrick, handles fund formation and lender-side financings.

Leading individuals: media and entertainment

Duncan Calow - DLA Piper (Publishing; computer games)

Leading individuals: media finance

Chris Hanson - DLA Piper

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s practice is led by Bonella Ramsay, who advised Nexvet Biopharma on the restructuring of its R&D programme. Highlights for patent lawyer Adam Cooke included successfully representing the International Stem Cell Corporation before the CJEU in a case that concerned the patentability of embryonic stem cells derived from unfertilised human ova. Other clients include Pfizer, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Bayer and Smith & Nephew.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Nicholas West, who, in keeping with the team’s strengths, is ‘a leading sports media rights lawyer’, advised marquee client the Premier League on the standout media rights deal of 2015: the record sale of domestic and international audio-visual transmission rights for a period of three seasons. Other clients include the National Basketball Association (NBA), which Nick Fitzpatrick is assisting with media regulatory issues. Recently promoted partner John Cloke advised the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on the tender process for the sale of audio-visual and audio rights to England internationals, including the Autumn series and World Cup warm-up matches over five years.

Leading individuals

Nick Fitzpatrick - DLA Piper

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is ‘an outstanding firm’ for aviation work.The team is co-led led by the ‘very responsive’ Tony Payne, who was promoted to partner in 2015, and the ‘exceptionalMark Franklin, who has ‘vast experience in the sector’. Highlights included acting for Allianz as lead reinsurer on the loss of an ATR72 aircraft operated by Aerocaribbean in November 2010; and advising Airbus Helicopters and its insurers on claims arising from the 2013 helicopter crash into the Clutha Pub in Glasgow. Kathryn Ward is ‘brilliant’. Vanessa Leigh left the firm in 2016.

Leading individuals

Kathryn Ward - DLA Piper

Mark Franklin - DLA Piper

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

The ‘highly regarded’ team at DLA Piper advised Agility Trains West on the refinancing of debt facilities in connection with the DfT’s GWML Intercity Express programme, and is advising the DfT on the Thameslink rolling stock programme. Colin Wilson heads the team in London, which includes Iain Bowler. Sharon Fitzgerald in Edinburgh and Robert Smith in Leeds are also recommended.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 6

DLA Piper

Linos Choo leads the maritime team at DLA Piper; his advice is ‘swift, practical, to the point and always commercially sensible’. The team is active in a range of high-profile disputes, and recently acted for the liquidators of OW Bunkers on the collection of unpaid bunker dues.

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China

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Chile

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Canada

Offices in Yellowknife, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary

Czech Republic

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Germany

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Spain

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France

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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