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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
PwC LLP provides the full range of corporate M&A advice to clients, leveraging off its conversion to a multidisciplinary practice and working in tandem with colleagues across the firm's traditional practices. The team handles work for existing non-legal clients, in addition to bringing on new clients specifically for legal services. The firm also has a dedicated due diligence offering, and has worked alongside other law firms on large-scale M&A projects. Prior to the multidisciplinary conversion, Shirley Brookes was senior partner of Pwc Legal, she continues to engage with a number of the firm's clients, while Stuart Hatcher is a key name for deals.
‘A pleasure to work with. There is always a subject matter expert to hand who quickly gets to grips with the issue‘
‘Very professional lawyers, with access to a very broad breadth of expertise in the wider firm‘
‘Thomas Colmer gives very practical advice – he’s transparent, responsive and has great attention to detail‘
‘We couldn’t have asked for more from PwC- responsive, knowledgeable, reliable, pragmatic, commercial and totally trustworthy.‘
Shareholders and Management of ABAX Holding Limited
Marcura Equities Fze
The Russell Family
Cavendish Corporate Finance
Trust Tech, Inc.
‘The team’s experience in-house enables it to understand how things work in-house, plus its reach over different industries and companies means clients get more of a rounded view.’
‘The group provides expert knowledge, which is clear, concise and pragmatic, which makes it a pleasure to work with.’
‘Fedelma Good’s knowledge of the sector is unparalleled.’
‘James Drury-Smith and Jane Foord-Kelcey are very good, very personable and provide sensible advice.’
‘The team has expert knowledge, an ability to understand the client’s business and make recommendations which work commercially. James Drury-Smith is a real pleasure to work with and has very impressive knowledge of GDPR.’
Accuro Trust (Jersey) Ltd
Advanced Personnel Management Holding
Anglo American Plc
Ascot Racecourse Limited
Astorg Asset Management
Axon Enterprise, Inc.
Barratt Developments Plc
Blue Marble Holdings Limited
British Gas Trading Limited
British-American Tobacco (Holdings)
Bunnings Group Limited
C. & J. Clark International Limited
C. Hoare & Co.
Cambian Group Plc
Channel Four Television Corporation
Colour Bidco Limited
Computer Patent Annuities Limited
Crown Commercial Service
Csl Behring LLC
Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd.
Department for Digital, Culture, Me
DH Business Services LLC
Domestic & General Services Limited
Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)
eNett International (Jersey) Ltd
Financial Ombudsman Service Limited
First Abu Dhabi Bank
General Electric Company
Go-Ahead Group Plc
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Inflexion Partnership Capital Fund
Inflexion Private Equity Partners L
Ins-Sure Services Limited
John Lewis Partnership Plc
Julian Hodge Bank Limited
Klockner & Co SE
London South Bank University
Merlin Entertainments Group Limited
Mimecast UK Limited
Mitchells & Butlers PLC
Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC
Monmouthshire Building Society
Montagu Private Equity LLP
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Management
National Australia Bank Limited
OTSUKA PHARMACEUTICAL CO.,LTD.
Party City Holdings Inc.
Prudential Services Limited
Rackspace US, Inc.
Redstone Mortgages Limited
Sage Group Plc
Sainsbury’s Bank Plc
SHARP ELECTRONICS (EUROPE) LIMITED
Six Continents Limited
Smartgames Technologies Ltd
Southern Water Services Limited
TGS NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA
The Catholic National Mutual Limited
The Foundry Topco No.2 Limited
Trend Micro (UK) Limited
Visa Europe Limited
Visa Europe Services LLC
VUE International Bidco Plc
W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe),
Wates Construction Limited
Wessex Water Limited
At PwC LLP, David Anderson takes the lead on indirect tax disputes, Mark Whitehouse heads the direct tax disputes department, while contentious UK environmental tax is led by director Jayne Harrold. The group is closely aligned to the firm's wider tax offering, benefiting from the accounting and professional services firm's deep taxation expertise. This enables the firm to provide clients with a truly multi-disciplinary service. As well as covering the full spectrum of tax litigation and investigations, the team has experience in handling judicial reviews.
‘The strength of the PwC team lies in spotting litigation opportunities; novel points of law or practice that might be exploited to the client’s advantage‘
‘Delivering top notch tax dispute resolution services; they really know what makes HMRC tick‘
‘Very dedicated to tax, but they also think strategically about the overall impact of litigation on the client and their ongoing relationship with regulatory authorities‘
The Wellcome Trust
United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) Limited
Rank Group Plc
Target Group Limited
Standard Chartered Bank
Air Berlin plc
Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3
PwC LLP’s pensions offering largely caters to the firm’s corporate sponsor clients, who instruct the team on a broad scope of matters for their high-value pension schemes. A strong point for the team involves working alongside the firm’s actuarial and tax practices to deliver innovative asset-backed funding arrangements including property-based arrangements. Further mandates include pension liability management (including contentious indexing issues), scheme restructuring exercises, auto-enrollment compliance advice, corporate transactional assistance and ESG planning. Oliver Reece heads up the team, which also includes Fraser Sparks and David Farmer.
Trustees of the Ageas Insurance Staff Pensions Scheme
The Freshwater Group of Companies
Kin & Carta (formerly St. Ives)
Confidential public manufacturing company
The ‘dynamic and pragmatic’ team at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is noted for its ‘exceptional client service’. Real estate practice head Amit Unadkat is ‘always on the ball’ and oversees a team with specialist knowledge of acquisition and disposals, developments, corporate occupier work, structuring and joint ventures as well as real estate-related corporate and banking transactions. Among the team's client roster are real estate funds, investors, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and asset managers.
‘Very helpful, very well-organised, very knowledgeable, very efficient and very professional.’
‘Amit Unadkat, Max Herfurth, Paul Cole and Harriet Clarke are all very good.’
‘Dynamic and pragmatic team. Client service is exceptional.’
‘Harriet Clarke is exceptional. She always goes the extra mile to ensure that clients receive the best possible service and value for money. She is highly respected and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Amit Unadkat is a good communicator and gets involved to solve problems’
‘Professionality, reliability, good practical advice.’
‘Amit Unadkat is great to work with. He is quite responsive and is always on the ball.’
Lee Kum Kee Group
Floreat Real Estate
Consensus Business Group
Round Hill Capital Group LLC
City Developments Limited
Soilbuild Group Holdings
Honeywell International Inc.
Employment: employers Tier 4
PwC LLP's employment practice has a strong reputation in the market for its work on equal pay and workplace diversity issues, and the team has recently advised the BBC on high-profile gender pay gap reporting issues. Other areas of strength include cross-border transactions, compliance work, TUPE and outsourcing matters and senior executive departures, while it is also described as 'a real tour de force on the employment litigation scene'. Ed Stacey leads the team and is a key contact for discrimination issues, equal pay audits and contentious matters; Tom Ince focuses on sourcing transactions and is a TUPE expert; Tom Williams handles compliance and industrial relations work; and Chris Perkins leads the team's cross-border work.
‘This practice is unique in its holistic approach to its cases. No stone is left unturned in its approach to preparation, support for the client, and collaborative work with counsel. It is a joy to work with. The recent expansion of the team underlines it as a real tour de force on the employment litigation scene. The depth of experience is second to none.’
‘Tom Williams has excellent technical knowledge and in-depth experience of both High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation. He also has extensive practical experience in assisting and navigating employers through difficult national minimum wage investigations and industrial disputes. He is the go-to lawyer in these areas.’
‘Christina McGoldrick is fast rising up the ranks. Clients and counsel can rely on her to ensure that the case runs smoothly. She is meticulous in her approach to detail whilst also keeping an eye on the bigger picture.’
Bourne Leisure Limited
Brentford Football Club
British Airways Plc
British Telecommunications plc
Fidelity Investment Management Limited
Marks & Spencer
Microfocus International Plc
Shiseido Company Limited
Tata Consulting Services Limited
The British Horse Society
The Football Association
The Official Receiver
PwC LLP advises on various financial crime issues including compliance, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, preventing facilitation of tax evasion, Modern Slavery Act requirements and international sanctions. The firm also deals with corporate investigations involving fraud, tax evasion, asset tracing and enforcement. It offers an integrated approach that includes forensic analysis, actuarial and accounting expertise, corporate intelligence and data management. Head of team Agnes Quashie focuses on regulatory and internal investigations and related disputes.
‘They demonstrate excellent project management skills and keep to an agreed budget’.
‘The team is establishing a good practice in this highly competitive field’.
‘They are attracting a good range of corporate clients and are showing a high level of competence’.
Commercial litigation Tier 7
PwC LLP's disputes work frequently spans multiple jurisdictions and covers commercial contracts, debt recovery, asset tracing, professional negligence, shareholder and board issues, financial services, IT, private client matters and tax. Agnes Quashie heads the UK regulatory and commercial disputes practice, and Dipti Hunter is a senior manager.
PwC LLP’s London immigration team works with an impressive roster of big-name corporates, providing a global service which draws on the wider firm’s tax and employment capabilities and huge international footprint to provide an integrated offering for multinational clients. The practice is now jointly led by Lindsey Barras and Sharan Kundi, who were promoted to the partnership in 2019. Key clients are drawn from sectors including financial services, manufacturing, technology and education, while the team - which has particular expertise in business travellers and the Posted Workers Directive - also includes a private client practice.
Employment Tier 4
PwC LLP's employment head Laura Nadel, who was promoted to director in 2018, has been leading the firm's work on the liquidation of Carillion, one of the biggest and most complex insolvencies of its kind in UK history. The team also advises employers on national minimum wage and holiday pay compliance as well as gender and equal pay issues. The team has seen a number of recent significant changes, with James Buckley and Jo Payne both promoted to senior manager in December 2018 and two new junior lawyers joining from VWV and Hill Dickinson LLP in November 2018.
‘A highly effective employment team.‘
‘Laura Nadel is very gifted as an employment lawyer and is able to build confidence with the client.‘
‘Laura Nadel’s combination of broad commercial experience and first class technical knowledge delivered great advice, that was accessible, relevant and tailored for us.‘
City & Guilds
Moto Hospitality Limited
Rico Logistics Limited
The Official Receiver
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Business and legal issues today are intertwined as never before. So, doesn’t it make sense to work with a legal network whose services are embedded within the powerful, multi-disciplinary capabilities and broad client footprint of a global professional services leader?
PwC offers a unique style of integrated legal advice, with access to specialists from across the whole of the PwC network. Whatever your commercial project, we’ll have the right people with the right expertise to solve your business needs. We’re the largest legal services network by geography. We have 3,700 legal specialist in 97 countries and immigration law services in 116 countries.
Commercial disputes: pursuit and defence of claims across all sectors, particularly contractual, boardroom, shareholder and fraud disputes, contentious insolvency and professional negligence.
Corporate M&A: comprehensive, global legal support on all M&A (including private equity) transactions, from minority investments to joint ventures, cross-border mergers, public and private acquisitions, with the advantage of access to PwC experts from corporate finance, consulting, transaction services and tax.
Cyber security and data protection: developing strategies for data handling and use; development and management of national and international compliance projects; data protection officer services, outsourcing and cosourcing; regulatory liaison and clearance; incident response and breach disclosure; regulatory investigations and enforcement actions; civil and criminal litigation; and crisis management.
Due diligence: buy-side and sell-side due diligence reviews for corporate/private equity clients and other law firms, on UK-based targets and multinational/global groups. Services are provided on a stand-alone basis or as an integrated PwC legal, financial, tax and commercial due diligence offering.
Entity governance and compliance: support for UK and overseas multinational groups on all aspects of corporate and subsidiary governance; company secretarial support including: setting up entity structures, ongoing compliance and transactional support, IPO readiness and ongoing regulatory governance/reporting reviews, director training and entity rationalisation.
Employment: UK and international advice on all matters, including restructurings and redundancies, compliance and training, equality and diversity, senior executive appointments, restrictive covenants, terminations, disputes, whistleblowing and discrimination.
Global immigration: advice to high-net-worth individuals, multinational corporations and educational establishments. Specialists in immigration governance, risk compliance strategies and crisis management during political emergencies.
Intellectual property: specialists in protecting, managing, exploiting and enforcing IP rights, including IP licensing, IP structuring, IP audits and IP risk reviews.
International business reorganisations: advice on complex cross-border reorganisations (post-deal integrations, legal entity rationalisation, pre-transaction separations/carve-outs and single entity/branch structures).
IT: outsourcing, IT systems procurement, software licensing, digital transformation and e-commerce.
Pensions: advice to domestic and international corporates on issues including transactions, group reorganisations, contingent (and other bespoke) funding solutions, liability management (including buy-ins and buy-outs) and advice on contentious matters (both regulatory and litigious).
Public sector: advises clients in all aspects of public sector projects, including end-to-end procurement and contracting, outsourcing, and transformation and redevelopment.
Real estate: full-service capability covering transactions, finance, restructuring and work out, advising funds and occupiers; exceptional experience of complex transactions requiring an integrated service from a combination of specialists, including legal, assurance, tax, financial and advisory experts.
Regulatory disputes: economic/financial crime (including bribery and corruption, money laundering and sanctions and export controls). Undertaking regulatory investigations, including tracing and recovering misappropriated funds. Provides compliance services particularly to financial services clients regarding financial regulation, including the senior manager regime and skilled person’s reviews.
Tax disputes: expertise in the full range of direct and indirect taxes and tax risk. Experienced in litigating at all levels of UK court or tax tribunal and at the CJEU, settlement of disputes and resolution of deadlocked disputes.
Technology and outsourcing: advice on complex commercial contracts, consumer protection and other commercial law. Expertise in large projects including restructuring operating models and intra-group agreements.
|Managing partner||Ed Stacey|
|Banking and finance||Annalie Croney|
|Commercial disputes||Agnes Quashie|
|Corporate M&A||Stuart Hatcher|
|Cyber security and data protection||Stewart Room|
|Entity governance and compliance||Jonathan Gibson|
|International business reorganisations||Georgie Blyth|
|Regulatory disputes||Agnes Quashie|
|Tax disputes||Mark Whitehouse|
|Technology and outsourcing||Juan Crosby|
|Global Immigration||Lindsey Barras and Sharan Kundi|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 37
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- London Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- London Tax litigation and investigations
- London Pensions (non-contentious)
- London Commercial property: investment
- London Employment: employers
- London Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
- London Commercial litigation
- London Immigration
- North West Employment