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PwC LLP
1 EMBANKMENT PLACE
LONDON
WC2N 6RH
London

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.

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. Stewart Room heads the UK and global data protection practices; he is leading advice to Spotify on the delivery of its GDPR compliance project, and is acting for a UK regulatory authority in an investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. British American Tobacco, Capita, Met Office, Sainsbury’s Bank and Visa Europe are also clients. Other key practitioners include Keily Blair, who leads the contentious data privacy practice; James Drury-Smith, who heads up the non-contentious side, and Polly Ralph. Fedelma Good and risk professional Jane Wainwright are also noted.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Immigration

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.

 

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
 Georgie Blyth  photo Georgie Blyth
 Shirley Brookes  photo Shirley Brookes
 Thomas Colmer  photo Thomas Colmer
 Juan Crosby  photo Juan Crosby
 James Drury-Smith  photo James Drury-Smith
 David Farmer  photo David Farmer
 Stuart Hatcher  photo Stuart Hatcher
 Chris Perkins  photo Chris Perkins
 Agnes Quashie  photo Agnes Quashie
 Oliver Reece  photo Oliver Reece
 Stewart Room  photo Stewart Room
 Latika Sharma  photo Latika Sharma
 Fraser Sparks  photo Fraser Sparks
 Ed Stacey  photo Ed Stacey
 Mark Whitehouse  photo Mark Whitehouse
 Oliver Williams  photo Oliver Williams
 Tom Williams  photo Tom Williams
 Nick Willis  photo Nick Willis
Number of UK partners : 37