Firm Profile > PwC LLP > London, England


M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Shirley Brookes

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Hatcher; Thomas Colmer


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.

Key clients

Shareholders and Management of ABAX Holding Limited

Marcura Equities Fze

The Russell Family


Eli Lilly


Cavendish Corporate Finance



Trust Tech, Inc.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

PwC LLP’s data protection strategy comprises its legal team alongside risk professionals, operational specialists, consultants, strategists and cyber security experts to provide comprehensive data protection advice including compliance issues, breaches and e-privacy work. Clients include British American Tobacco, Capita, Met Office, Sainsbury’s Bank and Visa Europe are also clients. Key practitioners include James Drury-Smith, who heads up the non-contentious side of the practice, and Polly Ralph. Fedelma Good and risk professional Jane Wainwright are also noted.


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.

Key clients

Accuro Trust (Jersey) Ltd

Advanced Personnel Management Holding

Amaris Hospitality

Designated Activ

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

Capita PLC

Centrica Plc

Channel Four Television Corporation

Ciklum SA

Citibank, N.A.

Coloplast A/S

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)

Elementis Plc

eNett International (Jersey) Ltd

Financial Ombudsman Service Limited

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Gartner Inc

General Electric Company

Go-Ahead Group Plc

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Hootsuite Inc.

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

Met Office

Mimecast UK Limited

Mitchells & Butlers PLC Group PLC

Monmouthshire Building Society

Montagu Private Equity LLP

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Management

National Australia Bank Limited

Northeastern University


Party City Holdings Inc.

Playtech PLC

Project Dynamo

Prudential Services Limited

PwC Germany

Rackspace US, Inc.

Redstone Mortgages Limited

Ruffer LLP

Sage Group Plc

Sainsbury’s Bank Plc


Six Continents Limited

Smartgames Technologies Ltd

Southern Water Services Limited

Spotify AB

Symantec Corporation

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

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

At PwC LLPDavid 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.

Practice head(s):

David Anderson; Mark Whitehouse; Jayne Harrold

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Morse; Gillian Wheeler; Phillip Bradley; Christian Bell


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

Key clients

The Wellcome Trust

United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) Limited

Healthspan Limited

Rank Group Plc

Target Group Limited

Orange Spain

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.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Reece

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SIG plc

Iberdrola SA

Trustees of the Ageas Insurance Staff Pensions Scheme


The Freshwater Group of Companies

Arighi Bianchi

Aston University


Kin & Carta (formerly St. Ives)

Confidential public manufacturing company

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Amit Unadkat

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Clarke


‘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.’

Key clients

Lee Kum Kee Group

Lazari Investments

Floreat Real Estate

Consensus Business Group


Round Hill Capital Group LLC

City Developments Limited

Soilbuild Group Holdings

Honeywell International Inc.

CRP Hotels

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.

Practice head(s):

Ed Stacey

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

Key clients


Bourne Leisure Limited

Brentford Football Club

British Airways Plc

British Telecommunications plc

Eli Lilly

Fidelity Investment Management Limited


John Lewis

Marks & Spencer

Microfocus International Plc



Shiseido Company Limited

Tata Consulting Services Limited

The British Horse Society

The Football Association

The Official Receiver

Trust Tech

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:

Nabeel Osman


‘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.

Practice head(s):

Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:


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.

Practice head(s):

Lindsey Barras; Sharan Kundi

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.

Practice head(s):

Laura Nadel

Other key lawyers:


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.

Key clients

City & Guilds

Flytech Limited

Moto Hospitality Limited

Rico Logistics Limited

The Official Receiver


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.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and finance: expertise in lending transactions (including leveraged, corporate and real estate), both domestically and internationally, and finance documentation required for solvent group reorganisations and cash pooling arrangements.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Employment Ed Stacey
Entity governance and compliance Jonathan Gibson
IP/IT Latika Sharma
International business reorganisations Georgie Blyth
Pensions Oliver Reece
Regulatory disputes Agnes Quashie
Tax disputes Mark Whitehouse
Technology and outsourcing Juan Crosby
Global Immigration Lindsey Barras and Sharan Kundi
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Anderson  photo David Anderson David is a partner and leads the indirect tax team at PwC,…
 Georgie Blyth  photo Georgie Blyth Georgie is a Partner and UK & EMEA International Business Reorganisations Leader.
 Shirley Brookes  photo Shirley Brookes Shirley is a Partner of PwC LLP. Shirley specialises in corporate and…
 Thomas Colmer  photo Thomas Colmer Thomas is a Partner in the Corporate M&A practice.
 Juan Crosby  photo Juan Crosby Juan Crosby is a Partner and Head of the Technology & Sourcing practice.
 James Drury-Smith  photo James Drury-Smith James Drury-Smith is a Director in the Cyber Security and Data Protection team.
 David Farmer  photo David Farmer David is a Partner in the Pensions practice.
 Stuart Hatcher  photo Stuart Hatcher Stuart is a Corporate partner with a focus on entrepreneurs, private companies…
 Chris Perkins  photo Chris Perkins Chris is a Partner is the Employment practice.
 Agnes Quashie  photo Agnes Quashie Agnes is a Partner and Head of PwC’s Regulatory and Commercial Disputes…
 Oliver Reece  photo Oliver Reece Oliver is a Partner and the Head of our Pensions team.   
 Stewart Room  photo Stewart Room Global head of cyber security and data protection, PwC Legal; UK national…
 Latika Sharma  photo Latika Sharma Latika is a Partner and leads our IP & Operating Model practice.
 Fraser Sparks  photo Fraser Sparks Fraser is a Partner in our Pensions team and has over 15…
 Ed Stacey  photo Ed Stacey Ed Stacey is a partner and head of employment for PwC. Ed…
 Mark Whitehouse  photo Mark Whitehouse Mark is a Partner and Co-head of the Disputes practice. Mark (24 years’…
 Oliver Williams  photo Oliver Williams Oliver is a Partner in the Corporate team based in London. Oliver…
 Tom Williams  photo Tom Williams Tom is a Partner is the Employment practice.
 Nick Willis  photo Nick Willis Nick is a Partner in the employment team at PwC Legal and…
Number of UK partners : 37