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DLA Piper UK LLP

VICTORIA SQUARE HOUSE, VICTORIA SQUARE, BIRMINGHAM, B2 4DL, ENGLAND
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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP  is known for its work on complex cross-border transactions with extensive experience in both M&A and capital markets.  The team is led by 'tough negotiator' Noel Haywood  and Charles Cook , who both focus on international M&A transactions.  Also recommended are private equity partner Tim Lake , capital markets partner John Campion  and rising star senior associate Robert Newman .

Practice head(s):Noel Haywood; Charles Cook

Other key lawyers:Tim Lake; John Campion

Testimonials

'Very efficient with strong experience in M&A '

'Noel Haywood is a tough, hard-edged negotiator with a laser focus on client outcomes.'

'Tim Lake has a smiling, easy going manner which belies a strong winning mentality.'

Key Clients

2 Agriculture

2 Sisters Food Group

Alstom SA

Altrad

Barclays Bank PLC

Blom

Boparan Private Office

Brewdog plc

Bridgestone

Bromford Industries

Chamberlin PLC

Clinigen

Dechra

Dignity PLC

Ecolab, Inc.

Elan Homes

eTech Solutions

Euro Packaging

Finning International

GE

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Hawksford

Hill & Smith

Holdings

Huber + Suhner

Iberia Industry Capital

Kelda Group

Knights Group

Holdings Plc

Lotus Bakeries

Mettis Aerospace

Mondelez

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

NFT Ventures  Pearson

Rolls Royce

StackPath, LLC

Starwood Capital

SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions

Swissport

Sytner Group

TDC Group

The Hain Celestial Group

Treehouse Group Limited

Venture Capital Bank Bahrain

Verizon

Watkin Jones

Webjet Limited

Wipro Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Brewdog on purchase of independent pub and bar operator Draft House's 14 venues across London and the South-East.
  • Advised John Menzies on disposal of the print media distribution business of John Menzies to Endless.
  • Acted for Ecolab on its recommended cash offer to acquire Bioquell, a leading provider of hydrogen peroxide vapour bio-decontamination systems and services for the life sciences and healthcare industries.
  • Advised Morgan Advanced Materials on the disposal of NP Aerospace.  
  • DLA Piper advised Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, on the sale of its red meat business to Irish meat producer, Kepak Group.  
Leading individuals

Charles Cook - DLA Piper UK LLP

John Campion - DLA Piper UK LLP

Noel Haywood - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Robert Newman - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's regional practice benefits from the firm's international connections, primarily focusing on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. 'Outstanding technical expert' Mark Burgess leads the team and is notably skilled in real estate transactions and corporate reorganisations. Also recommended is senior associate Nick Hinton, who advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Mark Burgess

Testimonials

'A combination of technical excellence, pragmatism and a genuine commercial approach.'

'Mark Burgess is an outstanding technical expert whose commercial approach can be game changing, particularly for complex transactions.'

'Mark Burgess is bright, efficient, pragmatic, conscientious and extremely knowledgeable. He provides timely, practical advice time and time again.'

Key Clients

Aviva

AXA

Blackstone Group

Oaktree Capital

RBS

MKS Instruments, Inc

St James's Place

Dignity plc

Unilever Pension Fund

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Acting for a KKR and Round Hill Capital joint venture on the acquisition, development and financing of a portfolio of student accommodation properties.
  • Advising on Zurich's acquisition of Oak Underwriting from fellow global insurer RSA Insurance.
  • Advising Starwood on its acquisition of a portfolio of seven Hilton hotels across the UK.
  • Advising on a complex disposal of the print media distribution arm of John Menzies plc to Endless.
  • Advising Boparan, the parent company of the 2 Sisters Food Group, on tax aspects of the sale of its red meat business to Irish-based meat producer Kepak Group.
Leading individuals

Mark Burgess - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nick Hinton - DLA Piper UK LLP

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP is notably strong in cross-border disputes, with the firm's international network of offices providing a strong platform to attract big-ticket mandates. The team, which has particular focus on client in the financial services, technology and government contracting sectors, saw a 30% growth in fee income over the past year. Neil Bowker is national head of the firm's UK litigation and regulatory group, and has extensive experience of cross-border disputes. Nick Bamford, meanwhile, heads up the Birmingham team and is highly experienced in cases involving contract breaches and financial misconduct.

Practice head(s):Neil Bowker; Nick Bamford

Other key lawyers:Philip Kelly

Testimonials

'The best commercial litigation team in Birmingham. Punches its weight against the London City firms, with a global client base.'

'The team has a great combination of experience and enthusiasm.'

'Phillip Kelly has the ability to make complicated matters sounds relatively straightforward and is very confidence-inspiring.'

'A formidable commercial practice with a global reach - they excel at dealing with difficult cases for difficult clients'

'A close team, who work well together, sharing knowledge and best practice, and ensuring that the client gets seamless care.'

'The team is highly pragmatic and commercial, knows what points to push and which not to, and deal with big cases with real efficiency. I have also always found them extremely personable and to command real confidence from their clients.'

'Neil Bowker's ability to handle delicate situations with utter professionalism, and continue to give first-rate advice throughout, is truly excellent.'

'Nick Bamford is very experienced, with excellent judgement and a commercial approach. He is practical, knowledgeable and responsive, and has developed an excellent team.'

Key Clients

Intercontinental Hotels Group

National Grid

Dignity

Synergy Health

HSBC Bank

NEC Group

Philip Morris

Serco Group

Telereal Trillium

Compass

Angus Fire

Work highlights

  • Acted as external advisers to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the Magnox Inquiry, a public inquiry into the failure of a £7bn contract for the decommissioning of 12 nuclear power sites and the procurement process for that contract.
  • Defended David Wilson Homes Limited against a claim in excess of £200m brought by a property developer.
  • Acted for, Ngali Holdings, a commercial subsidiary of the Rwanda Government, in defence of multiple claims surrounding the funding of hydro-electric projects in Rwanda.
  • Represented Premier Wealth in recovering money from Altas Group Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Indian software developer Syntel Private Ltd on a $2m dispute with a UK customer in regarding software development services in Singapore, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Canada.
Leading individuals

Neil Bowker - DLA Piper UK LLP

Nick Bamford - DLA Piper UK LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

The 'strong' banking and finance practice at DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its cross-border reach, as evidenced by work on syndicated corporate finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and other multi-jurisdictional deals for banks and large corporates. Led by Stephen Bottley, the team also features real estate finance expert Brian Woolcock. Senior associate Ben Tumelty left to join Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in November 2018.

Practice head(s):Stephen Bottley

Other key lawyers:Brian Woolcock; Gemma Lawrence

Testimonials

'Excellent invoice finance and asset-based lending sector knowledge'

'Very knowledgeable team who apply stringent due diligence when dealing with matters for the bank.'

'The team always take extra care to ensure the bank is fully protected and that we understand the specific issues and risks within a transaction.'

'Brian Woolcock has helped resolve many issues with complex property transactions.'

'Good geographical capability. Fair pricing. Broad expertise.'

'Stephen Bottley provides excellent service. He is readily available and offers sensible advice based on his broad experience.'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

AIB Group (UK)

Clinigen Group

Ares Capital

Kreos Capital

Extracare Charitable Trust

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Dignity

S&U

AVIVA

RBS Invoice Finance

Work highlights

  • Advising Clinigen Group on the provision of £380m senior term and revolving credit facilities to fund the acquisition of CSM Parent.
  • Advising National Westminster Bank and HSBC UK Bank on a £20m senior facilities agreement and a revolving facility agreement of £10m to enable the acquisition of the Neilson Active Holidays group.
  • Advising a group of five lenders including Barclays and HSBC in relation to the renewal and increase of corporate funding to Hill & Smith.
  • Advising the international group of Stantec/MWH in relation to its $1.2bn funding arranged by CIBC.
  • Advising the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in relation to providing cross-border cash pooling arrangements for Muller Dairies.
Leading individuals

Brian Woolcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

With a strong track record handling cross-border corporate restructuring, refinancing and insolvency issues, DLA Piper UK LLP has outstanding expertise advising clients from a wide range of sectors, including automotive, retail, construction and manufacturing, as well as lenders, investors and insolvency practitioners. Led by 'very good lawyer' Huw Dolphin, the team also features real estate sector specialist John Jeffreys and Charlotte Duce, who focuses on non-contentious transactional matters.

Practice head(s):Huw Dolphin

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Duce; John Jeffreys

Testimonials

'Technical excellence, pragmatism and commercial approach.'

'The team is very reactive and their approach to transactions and general advice complements our needs perfectly.'

'John Jeffreys is a technically excellent lawyer who delivers outstanding customer service.'

'Huw Dolphin is always supportive and uses his experience to provide great advice.'

'John Jeffreys is always accessible and takes a very pragmatic approach. He is technically strong and able to communicate complex matters in a clear manner.'

'Huw Dolphin is very responsive, attentive and keen to find a resolution.'

'Great team spirit, friendly and approachable and easy to engage.'

'Huw Dolphin and John Jeffreys have a great rapport - they are both strong technically and very commercially minded.'

'Charlotte Duce is very capable - she is highly valued as an adviser to me on all legal matters.'

'Tom Swain is strong organisationally and maintains the pace on all projects.'

'John Jeffreys' knowledge and commercial application is excellent.'

'A national practice, but with a Birmingham office, offers the added value of lower costs combined with an excellent team of solicitors who provide the desired results.'

'John Jeffreys provides excellent service  - he is readily contactable and proactive in finding solutions and anticipating road blocks. He is an expert in his field, with wide knowledge in other areas too; a thorough professional but friendly and very approachable.'

Key Clients

Deloitte

HSBC

PWC

Lloyds Banking Group

Grant Thornton

Boparan Private Office

Ernst & Young

Colliers International

EWS

Solai Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Conviviality Group and PwC on the lead-up to and eventual pre-packaged sale of the wholesale business of Conviviality.
  • Acting for HSBC and EY to secure the sale to a private equity investor of the business and assets of the Greentray Group of companies.
  • Represented Leonard Curtis as administrators of a business with several overseas operations and co-ordinated a cross-jurisdiction realisation of assets and repatriation of funds.
  • Acted for Alvarez & Marsal, the liquidators of Joannou & Paraskevaides, a business with extensive operations in the Middle East and Southern Europe, in relation to the funding and completion of various valuable contracts.
  • Advising HSBC and Mazars, the administrators of H&E Knowles, on the realisation of assets and potential office holder claims.
Leading individuals

Huw Dolphin - DLA Piper UK LLP

John Jeffreys - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Charlotte Duce - DLA Piper UK LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP is well-equipped to handle major multi-jurisdictional projects, as well as complex employment tribunal and High Court litigation. The superb team advises on the full spectrum of employment matters, ranging from wrongful/unfair dismissal claims to complex whistleblowing and discrimination matters. It has strong industry expertise in manufacturing, hospitality and leisure, technology, retail and energy. Sandra Wallace is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Sandra Wallace

Other key lawyers:Emma Phillips

Testimonials

'The team is active in the market'.

'It has a combination of technical excellence, pragmatism and a genuine commercial approach'.

'It is a great team of individuals that give advice and support at a moment's notice and make you feel that you are their only client in that moment of assistance. The personalized service and engagement we have is truly valued and appreciated'.

'There is a broad range of knowledge / experience in the team which means they appropriately allocate work to the right person / level of experience to meet your needs'.

'The outstanding Sandra Wallace is very hardworking and capable'.

'Emma Phillips  is very methodical, constructive and user friendly, as well as being practical'.

'Emma Phillips delivers an outstanding service'.

'Emma Phillips is very robust, commercial and solutions focused. She is very clear and pragmatic'.

'Emma Phillips is a real star'.

'Emma Phillips was able to explain matters well and has very good business acumen. She is always available'.

Key Clients

Dyson

Hilton International Hotels (UK)

Sodexo

Wesleyan

Clinigen

Stepstone Group

Work highlights

  • Provided all the commercial and employment support to a global technology company and manufacturer in relation to the outsourcing of its international IT and finance functions, in conjunction with the restructuring and reorganisation of its retained business services.
  • Advised an international hotel chain on a grievance, appeal and subsequent employment tribunal claim brought by a senior employee. This involved detailed and numerous allegations of age and race discrimination, victimisation as well as constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Instructed by a global manufacturer and retailer to implement a European restructure.
  • Acted for Hilton International Hotels (UK) Ltd on a project that spanned 25 jurisdictions. The firm conducted a review of the outsourcing arrangements for Hilton third party suppliers.
  • Advising a pharmaceutical company on the whistleblowing claim raised by the former COO.
Leading individuals

Sandra Wallace - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Emma Phillips - DLA Piper UK LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper UK LLP

At DLA Piper UK LLP, the 'excellent' Monique Sutherland handles development, regeneration and infrastructure matters spanning a wide range of sectors including energy, manufacturing and retail. The team also regularly assists corporate occupiers with leasing and relocations and advises investors on large-scale portfolio transactions and restructuring, as well as handling land purchase and commercial deals for developers.

Practice head(s):Monique Sutherland

Other key lawyers:Roger Collier; Fiona Thomson

Testimonials

'An efficient team which finds solutions to problems and explain options well.'

'Roger Collier has vast experience and drives the team to achieve results. He makes the process of buying or selling very smooth and efficient. Deadlines are always agreed and achieved, no matter how challenging.'

Key Clients

National Grid

GVA

Busy Bees Holdings Limited

UPS Limited

Oval Real Estate Limited

The Land Restoration Trust

Revelan Group Limited

Dignity Funerals Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Avison Young

Genting

Aston University

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Advised GVA on its refurbishment and relocation within Three Brindley Place.
  • Represented Busy Bees Holdings on several business acquisitions to increase children's nursery places to over 1,300.
  • Advised The Land Restoration Trust on an acquisition of 24 hectares of sustainable alternative green space in Guildford, the allocated space requirement to enable the development of just under 500 new homes.
  • Represented UPS in connection with a lease relating to the development of a new cargo hub facility at East Midlands Airport, with a value of over £100m.
  • Advising Oval Real Estate on the asset management of its expanding portfolio, including the putting in place of more than 200 leases.
Leading individuals

Monique Sutherland - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP is well established at the top of the market for planning advice in the West Midlands, providing 'innovative solutions' on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including regeneration projects, residential and commercial developments, compulsory purchase compensation and contentious planning permissions. The impressive client base includes major developers, prominent clients in the public sector and investors. Practice head Trevor Ivory advises on a broad scope of matters, while Howard Bassford is recognised for his high-profile work in infrastructure planning, a key area of expertise for the practice; both split their time between Birmingham and London. Amy Truman, who was recently promoted to director, focuses on the residential sector.

Practice head(s):Trevor Ivory

Other key lawyers:Amy Truman; Howard Bassford

Testimonials

'The firm stands out in terms of their breadth of service and experience, providing innovative solutions'

'Consistently strong over many years and delivers a good service to clients'

'Trevor Ivory has huge experience, very good all-round judgement, knows the relevant law and policy very well'

'Trevor Ivory is great to work with and really understands the issues that we are faced with'

Key Clients

HS2 Limited

Department for Transport

Highways England

East West Rail Company

Mace Group

Norfolk Homes Limited

Pigeon Land Limited

Signature Senior Lifestyle

National Grid

Griffen

Eskmuir

Moto

Altrad

Land Trust

Oval Properties

Arc Data Centres

Insite Media

Ocean Outdoor Media

Cheshire West and Chester

Cheyne Capital

Investec

Football Association

Busy Bees

Revelan

Socially Conscious Capital

MLN Land and Property

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes

Hopkins Homes

LaSalle/Citygrove

Aviva

Aberdeen Standard

Government of Afghanistan

Tata Group

Aggregate Industries

Cemex

Work highlights

  • Acted for HS2 in connection with an appeal to the Secretaries of State for Communities and Transport following a refusal of approval by the London Borough of Hillingdon.
  • Advising Mace Group on a planning application for student accommodation in Exeter.
  • Advising Pigeon Land Management in connection with an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for 250 new homes in Bedfordshire.
  • Advising the Department for Transport on the National Policy Statement for a new airport capacity in the southeast of England.
  • Advising LaSalle/Citygrove in connection with the redevelopment of 60 London Wall.
Leading individuals

Trevor Ivory - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Amy Truman - DLA Piper UK LLP

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's specialist team has leading market knowledge of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector. Led by 'highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven' practice head Gareth Stokes, the firm's clients include those from the financial, insurance and life sciences sector. Recently promoted partner Phillip Kelly worked with Stokes on a dispute arising from a global sourcing contract, while Richard Taylor has a particular sector focus in technology, life sciences and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):Gareth Stokes

Other key lawyers:Phillip Kelly

Testimonials

'Leading market knowledge and experience of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector, from initial outsourcing through change/amendment to disputes and termination.'

'Gareth Stokes is excellent. Highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven.  He works exceptionally well with both in-house lawyers and business stakeholders.'

'The team was amazing in understanding out business very quickly and giving very professional specialized advice.'

Key Clients

Allied Irish Banks

Crawford & Company

Dechra Pharmaceuticals

Dignity Funerals

FM Global

Madison Logic

Magic Leap

MS Amlin

Serco

Thomas International

Work highlights

  • Advising Thomas International on the restructuring of its distribution and resale operations in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Advised Allied Irish Bank on the renegotiation and partial insourcing of its core infrastructure and mainframe services contracts with an information technology company.
  • Advising Crawford & Company Adjusters on cybersecurity services contracts with a broad array of leading forensic cybersecurity services providers.
  • Advising Magic Leap on various aspects of its European expansion and the set-up of sales and distribution arrangements.
  • Advising Dechra Pharmaceuticals on its GDPR compliance programme.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and other IP work for prominent clients across a variety of sectors including food and beverage and aerospace. The team, led by Richard Taylor,  has a 'broad spectrum of expertise', with Gareth Stokes offering expertise in IP-driven contracts and senior associate Satnam Sahota attracting praise for 'fantastic insight and support'.

Practice head(s):Richard Taylor; Gareth Stokes

Other key lawyers:Satnam Sahota

Testimonials

'Satnam Sahota is approachable and really engaging. He always provides fantastic insight and support. Hugely impressed.'

'DLA Piper has a broad spectrum of expertise.'

'The individuals are very customer focused, accessible and engaging.'

Key Clients

Premier League

Heineken

Spin Master (Bakugan)

Lufthansa

Domestic & General

Zurich Insurance

Kerakoll

UK Research & Innovation

National Grid

Arc Motorbikes

Work highlights

  • Advising Heineken on its UK trademark portfolio.
  • Represented Spin Master in its patent infringement litigation claims.
  • Advised Lufthansa on English law aspects of a major joint venture with Rolls-Royce.
  • Acted for Domestic & General on trademark infringement, passing off and fraud litigation.
  • Advised National Grid on IP aspects of a technology procurement.
Rising stars

Satnam Sahota - DLA Piper UK LLP

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