Firm Profile > PwC LLP > Manchester, England
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PwC LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Employment Tier 4
An 'emerging force in employment law', the growing employment team at PwC LLP is noted for its advice on holiday pay compliance, national minimum wage, and gender and equal pay issues. The department, which is led by director Laura Nadel, has a track record of advising clients in the retail and hospitality sectors. Jo Payne is a name to note.
‘PwC is an emerging force in employment law, expanding beyond its core business of corporate advisory and business consultancy work and providing a full suite of legal services directly to clients.’
‘Laura Nadel is highly intelligent and inquiring. She likes to test each argument from multiple angles to ensure they withstand scrutiny. Very client-focused.’
‘Because of PwC’s role in the financial world and as trusted advisers in all things tax-related, it makes it uniquely positioned to provide support in employment status/tax status cases/claims.’
‘Grounded, approachable and pragmatic – they go straight to the heart of complex legal matters and explain them in a way which is user friendly and easy to work with.’
‘The practice is able to operate with the other parts of PwC to provide an integrated legal service which means they can meet all the client needs with a multidisciplinary team.’
Rico Logistics Limited
Moto Hospitality Limited
City & Guilds of London
The Official Receiver
PwC LLP’s international business reorganisations practice acts for a high-profile roster of Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies including BP and Honeywell International. The team advised the latter on the spin off of its home product portfolio and its transportation systems business into two distinct public companies, Resideo Technology and Garrett Motion, respectively. The practice is a key name in the market for strategic global projects including pre-deal carve outs, post-deal integrations and supply chain transformations, and also handles cash repatriation issues, business and share transfers and balance sheet-related work. Other key areas of niche expertise include the creation of European Companies (Societas Europaea) and the conversion of international subsidiaries into branches. Georgie Blyth jointly heads up the practice and has notable experience in European corporate issues, including cross-border mergers and Eurobond listings. Fellow co-head Cynthia Chan specialises in global reorganisation projects and leads the technology and transformation work for the practice; Chan also leads the China business group and has been notably active handling issues arising from Brexit and the COVID-19 virus. Other key names include Kevin King, who focuses on the financial services sector and joined from KPMG Law in the United Kingdom in 2019; director Keith Bottomley, who is a key name for energy sector clients; and recently promoted director Laura Freestone.
‘The firm worked for us as the overall advisers for a cross-border, multi-country Brexit project. I was very impressed by the legal team. Cynthia Chan led the work effectively and efficiently and ensured a highly responsive overall approach from her team. The advice was clear, practical and to the point, and the team was very responsive to any queries that arose. The team also co-ordinated the cross-border aspects of the work very well, working extremely effectively with their international network.‘
‘Cynthia Chan is responsive, highly practical and focuses on meeting client needs in the most cost-effective way possible. Cynthia kept abreast of all aspects of the project during more than two years and when further matters came up several months later she immediately grasped the issues and proposed how best to address them.‘
‘Laura Freestone is able to offer clear, practical advice and is extremely responsive, typically coming back on queries in a matter of hours. A lot of complicated restructure documentation (much of it cross-border) was produced to a very high standard.‘
‘The PWC Legal team is the most established of the legal functions offered by the Big Four accountants and that depth of experience shows. In my experience, the greater knowledge within the team and the fact that they have a number of now senior partners who have grown within the PWC Legal team means that they offer a service equivalent to the leading UK law firms in the transactions fields. They have a particular expertise in transacting cross-border mergers and probably have the industry leading practice in that area.’
‘The team is run well by Georgie Blyth and Cynthia Chan, supported by a number of excellent associates.’
‘A stable of strong reorganisation specialists with a physical presence in almost every significant market. Smooth one-shop operation for international reorganisations.‘
‘Detail oriented, quality controlled, centrally coordinated process in running international reorganisations.‘
‘The team has a specific focus on multi-jurisdictional corporate restructurings. This has enabled them to hone their tools, precedents and ways of working to maximise the efficiency with which such restructurings can be undertaken. Outcome-focused and cost-effective.‘
‘Laura Freestone is technically strong and has great underlying knowledge on how to ensure delivery of corporate restructuring across multiple jurisdictions and to aggressive timelines.‘
‘The team is fantastically supportive and always willing to go the extra mile to help.‘
Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe Limited
Analog Devices, Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company
Elanco Animal Health Inc.
Honeywell International Inc.
Inmarsat Global Limited
Shiseido Company, Limited
Tech Data Corporation
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong knowledge, great experience, engaged and interested.’
‘Personal interest in success, keen understanding of our business priorities.’
Lazari Investments Limited
Tsurumi (Europe) GmbH
Cavendish Corporate Finance
Copa Fin Ltd
Private Individual as Principal
Bihr Europe NV
Marcura Equities Fze
Customs and excise Tier 2
PwC LLP's team has strong experience of customs and excise investigations and litigation, as well as advising on the interpretation and operation of international treaties. The group is led by veteran tax litigator David Anderson, whose clients encompass retailers, manufacturers and local authorities. Manager Prinal Nathwani is noted as 'an effective litigator, and a pleasure to work with', focusing on contentious customs and excise issues and aggregates levy matters.
‘A highly effective team of solicitors, in-house barristers and accountants with unrivalled specialist knowledge of this sector. Involved in many of the cutting-edge pieces of litigation challenging HMRC decisions.’
‘David Anderson is calm in a crisis – proficient, personable and effective.’
‘Prinal Nathwani is an effective litigator, and a pleasure to work with.’
Fife Council and Fife Resource Solutions LLP
Infinis Energy Holdings Limited
Drax Power Limited
Brother Industries UK Ltd
FCC Environment UK Limited
Sita UK Ltd
At PwC LLP, Mark Whitehouse heads up the direct tax disputes practice, which has outstanding expertise in group litigation orders. David Anderson leads the indirect tax team, which has a particular focus on contentious VAT. The department is able to draw on the presence of in-house barristers, including Stephen Morse, who are able to appear before the courts and tribunals on matters relating to direct and indirect tax issues, transfer pricing and personal tax. It is also home to solicitors with chartered accountancy certification, such as Peter Johnson, who focuses on international corporate tax disputes.
‘An excellent team that is able to deal with any form of serious tax dispute with HMRC.’
‘A highly effective team of solicitors, in house barristers and accountants with unrivalled specialist knowledge of this sector.’
‘David Anderson is a superb litigator with a wealth of experience.‘
‘Mark Whitehouse has vast experience of dealing with and litigating against HMRC and is able to deploy it in a strategically savvy and highly effective manner.‘
The Wellcome Trust
Standard Chartered Bank
Just Eat plc
Keller Group plc
Royal Mail Group plc
Smith & Nephew plc
Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
Phoenix Life Holdings Ltd
United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) Limited
St George’s University Limited
Target Group Limited
Rank Group plc
Taylor Wimpey plc
Marks and Spencer Group plc
Dollar Financial UK Limited
VAT and indirect tax Tier 2
PwC LLP fields 'a highly effective team of solicitors, in-house barristers and accountants'. Its practice is centred on indirect tax disputes, and advice to a wide range of high-profile corporates on their dealings with HMRC, as well as litigation. The department is led by David Anderson, who has significant experience of obtaining VAT refunds and reimbursements. Jayne Harrold leads on environment tax matters for clients such as utilities companies, renewable energy generators, landfill site operators and other industrial sector companies.
‘A highly effective team of solicitors, in house barristers and accountants with unrivalled specialist knowledge of this sector. Involved in many of the cutting edge pieces of litigation challenging HMRC decisions. They bring real tactical acumen to any case. Also proven track record of negotiating successful outcomes before litigation develops.’
‘The people I have dealt with are highly knowledgeable, professional and engaged. Also excellent at helping non-legal people understand the implications and nuances of dealing with legislation and HMRC.’
‘David Anderson has deep knowledge of VAT law and is pragmatic.’
United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) Limited (the “Trustees”)
Standard Chartered Bank
St George’s University Limited (“SGU”)
Target Group Limited
Fife Council and Fife Resource Solutions LLP
Phoenix Life Holdings Limited
The Wellcome Trust Limited
Rank Group plc
Worldpay (UK) Ltd
Taylor Wimpey plc
Marks and Spencer Group plc
Dollar Financial UK Limited
Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3
The pensions team at PwC LLP is part of an integrated offering, working in conjunction with the firm's actuarial, tax and HR advisers to provide a more rounded service; the access to 'actuarial and benefit design expertise' is seen as 'a real strength'. Led by the 'tireless and energetic' Oliver Reece, the team advises on matters relating to scheme rectification, asset-backed funding arrangements, multi-jurisdictional reorganisations and debt mitigation agreements. The 'careful, perceptive and persistent' Fraser Sparks assists clients with member option programmes, bulk annuity transactions, benefit corrections, contingent funding arrangements and the application of the New Fair Deal. David Farmer, described as a 'considerable presence' in the sector, covers issues such as TPR clearance, section 75 debt and benefit design changes.
‘The huge range of work that the PwC empire brings to its pensions team makes it stand out from the crowd‘.
‘The ability within the firm to access actuarial and benefit design expertise is a real strength, which sets them apart from solicitor firms‘.
‘Their team thinks about issues and problems from the client’s perspective, considering understanding the broader environment rather than simply the narrow legal issue‘.
‘Oliver Reece manages with aplomb an enormous workload and numerous competing claims on his time; he is tireless, energetic and a great creative blue-sky thinker. Fraser Sparks is more low key than Oliver, and they form an excellent double act; careful, perceptive and persistent, he is always looking for novel solutions to his cases. David Farmer is forceful, commercial and a considerable presence both personally and intellectually‘.
‘David Farmer has extensive pensions experience in specialist pensions departments in solicitors firms. He has a very practical approach, even when dealing with rather impractical clients. He is someone whom clients clearly respect and have confidence in‘.
‘David Farmer is especially client-friendly. He gets inside their business and helps to address issues that really matter to them‘.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is hailed for its ‘holistic approach’, supporting its clients with tax, finance, corporate and other supplementary expertise in addition to core commercial real estate matters. Cross-border work is particularly prevalent within the workload, with practice head Natalie Breen specialising in advising Asian clients on inbound investment into the UK and Europe. Work undertaken includes acquisitions and disposals, leasing, deal structuring, joint ventures and group reorganisations. Clients frequently cite big-ticket transaction expert Amit Unadkat for his ‘first-class service’.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very commercially focused and runs a highly efficient operation.’
‘Amit Unadkat is attuned to the business needs of the client and is very commercially astute, making sure he provides a first class service.’
‘The team is well organised and run by people with high expertise in the real estate sector. One of their strengths is that they can provide sophisticated professional services of not only legal matters, but also other professional areas such as tax and accounting.’
‘An extensive global reach to service cross-border deals. Strong on tax and structuring.’
‘Amit Unadkat is very commercial and has a good understanding of cross-border deals. Strong also on inbound real estate investment into the UK.
‘Amit Unadkat is very knowledgeable on all aspects of transactions, however complicated. I have a great deal of confidence in his capabilities of the transaction he is dealing with for me. There are various members of his team who are very efficient in assisting him with this matter. They are all very polite and informative.’
‘The practice is unique in that they provide traditional law firm services alongside other necessary deal services which are provided by accountancy firms. My observation is that this integrated model delivers significant benefits in terms of joined-up thinking and approach, and coordination efficiencies. The team itself is dynamic and innovative, and delivers to a very high technical standard, in a commercial and pragmatic way. I have enjoyed working with them.’
‘The team at PwC are well rounded and effective collective to work with. Their insight into all things property is admirable. The industry knowledge and site specific detail is far superior than other firms we have met.’
‘Amit Unadkat is a subject matter expert in this field. It would be fair to say that many of the acquisitions our firm made were transacted with his skill, but more importantly, guidance. His inside track on deals all over the city is to be admired. There are many within this field but he stands out as one to watch. A rising star at the top of his game.’
‘Amit Unadkat is an excellent communicator and business connector. An excellent legal professional who understands the wider context of clients’ businesses.’
‘Their ability to leverage the experience and skills of a broader accountancy and professional services practice makes PwC’s Legal team a great choice for a complex multi-disciplinary project. Solutions are worked through with tax and accounting colleagues in an efficient manner, before being presented to clients, which is reassuring given the number of issues to manage on any transaction.’
‘Amit Unadkat is strong technically and commercially and leads his teams exceptionally well.’
Employers Tier 4
PwC LLP's employment law team supports both the wider firm and many of the firm's clients in a wide range of specialist areas. This includes investigations on equal pay and workplace diversity, matters involving pay governance and status, cross-border transactional support, restrictive covenant disputes and industrial action. Chris Perkins and Tom Ince are co-heads of the department, and were joined by Tom Williams, who was promoted to partner and practice co-head in July 2019.
The PwC employment team have excellent technical knowledge of the area, and, as you might expect, are also extremely good at managing a contentious matter.
Chris Perkins is an excellent employment lawyer, with great depth of understanding of the field, and a delight to work with, too.
Tom Ince – Attentive and thorough client service
Ed Stacey is a charmingly urbane partner who gets his hands dirty when required but is a reassuringly and charismatic leader
Tom Kerr-Williams has extensive industrial relations and national minimum wage practical experience. He has an excellent strategic brain and is also very pragmatic and innovative in his thinking.
A powerhouse in addressing all employment matters. Strength in depth across the experienced team. Stars shine out at every level and a fantastic team approach ensures that specialist knowledge is shared between them. A joy to work with. Work extremely hard for the client to get the right result.
Tilly Harries is a good leader. Able to take great tactical decisions whilst overseeing her cases.
The team that we work with is much, much more than legal advisers; they bring tremendous value to the relationship and this is something we have truly appreciated over the years. They put themselves in our shoes, are encouraging of questions and not at all fazed by challenges. We have truly valued the excellent support, advice and expertise that they have provided. It is always a highly positive client experience.
John Lewis Partnership
British Airways Plc
Marks & Spencer
The Official Receiver
Bourne Leisure Limited
The Pensions Regulator
PwC LLP acts across a range of areas including partnership and shareholder disputes; disputes involving white-collar crime, regulatory, data protection, trust and property issues; and claimant and defendant-side professional negligence claims. Regulatory and commercial disputes head Agnes Quashie has over 20 years’ experience leading large, complex investigations involving fraud, corruption, sanctions, asset tracing and asset recovery issues. Dipti Hunter is an experienced senior manager.
Dipti Hunter (Senior Associate) is smart, tough and widely experienced. She has litigated all sorts of disputes (with all sorts of interim applications) in all sorts of different jurisdictions. There’s nothing she can’t handle.
PwC has a robust disputes team with experienced focused litigators.
Dipti Hunter is an exceptionally tenacious litigator who leaves no stone unturned.
I have worked with Dipti Hunter who is a superb Senior Associate. She has the mental agility to administer large commercial matters of significant complexity. A real interest in commercial and banking law. A superb team leader of the sort that is vital in a commercial matter of any scale. A loyal team player who is unrelenting in the service of her clients.
Dooba Finance (UK) Limited
PwC LLP advises listed and unlisted UK companies, multinationals and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on regulatory investigations and corporate crime matters. The group is headed by Agnes Quashie, who focuses on investigations involving fraud, corruption, sanctions, asset-tracing and asset recovery. Other areas of expertise include business ethics, governance, risk and compliance issues and policies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The PwC team is establishing itself well in this highly competitive sector, with a range of forensic investigation and advisory skills’.
‘Nabeel Osman has strong investigative skills and is very adept at putting together the right team to meet corporate clients’ needs’.
‘Nabeel Osman has a very “can do” approach and is instrumental in establishing his team as a market force’.
‘The team has very good experience in what is a specialist area’.
‘The team was competent, approachable and delivered results in the expected timescales’.
Property finance Tier 7
PwC LLP advises on acquisition and development finance relating to property portfolios, with the added advantage of having direct access to the firm's global consulting expertise. The team typically acts on the lender side, advising funds, family offices and specialist lenders. Annalie Croney, who was promoted to partner in July 2020, leads the practice.
‘A close-knit team that works together to solve problems and deliver for clients. They know their clients inside and out and are well led by Annalie Croney. They are commercial in their approach and don’t engage in intellectual point-scoring.’
‘They stand out for their knowledge and diligence, and seem to be available almost 24/7. We love working with Annalie Croney; she builds great relationships with both us and the opposing counsel to ensure deals progress.’
‘The team customise their advice to the exact needs of the client.’
‘The standout partner is Annalie Croney. All the individuals in the team are receptive to any issues that arise during a transaction and seek to work around the issues to the client’s satisfaction.’
Lazari Investments Limited
Ampersand Homes Limited and Commercial Estates Projects Limited
Dooba Investments II Limited
ASE Finance II Sarl
Global Fixed Income Fund I Limited/Floreat Real Estate Limited
CEG Land Promotions Limited and CEG LP1 (UK) Limited
Emerald Fund S.C.A SICAV-FIS Marshall Bridging Fund
CBRE Loan Services Limited as agent for Lazari Finance Limited
Kirkstall Forge Investment Property I Limited and Dooba Investments III
Real Estate (RA) Global Opportunity Fund I Limited/Floreat
Real Estate Limited
Lazari Financial Holdings Limited
Commercial Estates Group Limited
O&H Holdings Limited
ASE Finance III Sarl
ASE RE A LLP
PwC LLP's immigration group stands out for its technical innovation, including its Right to Work app and myTrips assessment tool aimed at short-term business travellers. Joint practice head Lindsey Barras leads the department's short-term business visitor immigration services. Key UK immigration services include strategic and compliance advice, immigration audits, emergency support and assistance for inward investors. Clients are drawn from sectors including financial services, manufacturing, technology, education, while the team also works with private clients. The practice also has a strong Brexit support offering, including a range of engagement sessions. Sharan Kundi has extensive experience of immigration and global mobility tax experience; the wider firm's tax and employment capabilities, along with its multinational footprint, are further distinguishing features.
PwC 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.
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.
|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
- Customs and excise
- Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Tax litigation and investigations
- VAT and indirect tax
- Pensions (non-contentious)
- Commercial property: investment
- Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Property finance