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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Index of tables

  1. Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals (region-wide)
  4. Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

Leading individuals (region-wide)

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Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

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    • Stacey Hall - Bond Dickinson LLP
    • Martin McKinnell - Endeavour Partnership LLP
    • Emma Pern - Sintons LLP
    • Adam Rayner - Muckle LLP
    • Paul Wigham - Watson Burton LLP

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One of the best corporate firms in the North East’, Archers Law LLPconsistently delivers exceptional work with an ability to focus on finding solutions that meet the client’s needs’. Practice head David Adams attracts praise for his ‘keen eye for technical detail, commercial approach and incredible wealth of knowledge’. Adams, who handles corporate finance, MBOs and M&A transactions for a primarily SME client base, recently advised the shareholders of a national haulage company on a £38m share sale. Associate Daniel Flounders is singled out as ‘a great lawyer who is in high demand and has exceptional expertise beyond his years’. Consultant John Richardson is also recommended.

Endeavour Partnership LLP fields ‘a commercial, pragmatic and practical team of problem solvers’ that ‘provides the highest possible level of service’ and is noted for its ‘clear focus on the client’s priorities; it doesn’t shy away from the most complex issues’. The department handles the full gamut of corporate and commercial mandates, from corporate transactions and financing, to private equity, share incentive schemes and IP matters for a client base of multinationals, SMEs, individual shareholders and investors. Key names include the ‘incredibly strong’ Nik Tunley, who leads the department, associate Martin McKinnell and managing partner Paul Bury. Substantial sector focuses include the offshore, energy, waste management, franchising, sport and leisure sectors.

Swinburne Maddison fields ‘one of the best teams in the region’ led by the ‘perfectly excellent’ Martyn Tennant, which is noted for its ‘exceptional service levels and professionally delivered advice’. Tennant focuses on advising regional SME clients and is recognised for his transactional and restructuring expertise; he recently advised G Mayes on its acquisition of J Dinning. Other representative clients include Bondshold, Forward Sound, TJD Properties and Ocucon. ‘Brilliant’ transactional specialist Alex Wilby regularly advises on joint ventures, corporate restructurings and M&A, and senior solicitor Mike Ward primarily acts for software companies and handles corporate restructurings and commercial contract work.

Recent highlights for Jacksons Law include advising Sunderland GP Alliance on its acquisition of three local GP practices, handling a company sale in the education sector and assisting with a corporate restructuring. Tony Wentworth, whose range of expertise includes business acquisitions, disposals, funding issues, franchises and commercial contract mandates, leads the group, which also includes solicitor Louise White, who joined from an in-house position at Cobblestone. The practice primarily advises regional SMEs; its client roster includes PD Ports, Esterline Technologies and Cleveland Cable Company.

John Walters leads the practice at Tilly Bailey & Irvine, which handles financing matters, transactions, commercial contracts, IP issues, insolvency mandates and restructurings for a predominantly Tees Valley-based client roster. Walters’ expertise lies in transactional issues, particularly MBOs, M&A transactions and venture capital investments. Craig Malarkey focuses on acquisitions and share and asset sales, and solicitor Matthew Smith has expertise in drafting and reviewing commercial agreements. Representative matters include advising on academy conversions for both Ad Astra Academy Trust and Stranton Academy Trust, and assisting with the sale of a multi-practice veterinary surgery.

BHP Law’s practice handles a wide range of transactional mandates, including recent work for Taradina Group on the movement of assets following a corporate restructuring. The firm also handled a business sale for a local hotel and spa, and advised a local manufacturing company on the terms of an international settlement agreement. Other key areas of expertise include venture capital and private equity investments, M&A, commercial contracts and insolvencies. Franchise specialist and British Franchise Association affiliated lawyer Marc Allison leads the group. Former department head Gary Copeland is now a consultant.

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