PwC LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

PwC LLP
101 BARBIROLLI SQUARE
MANCHESTER
M2 3PW
England

Employment Tier 5

Laura Nadel and Jo Payne are the names to note at PwC LLP, which advises clients on a range of employment law matters. Retail and hospitality are two areas of focus for the team.

Other key lawyers:

Employment > Employers Tier 5

Now a major force in the UK employment law market’, according to clients,  PwC LLP handles a diverse range of matters but is singled out as ‘particularly strong' in integrating its advice with 'restructuring and insolvency advice’. Tom Williams has ‘extensive practical industrial relations experience’ and is considered ‘one of the most insightful and experienced advisers on national minimum wage investigations’. Other names to note are restrictive covenants expert Chris Perkins, who primarily assists multinational companies with their myriad international employment law requirements; equal pay, inclusion and diversity specialist Ed Stacey; and Tom Ince, whose practice emphasises transactional support.

Practice head(s):

Chris Perkins; Tom Williams; Tom Ince

Other key lawyers:

Ed Stacey; Tilly Harries

Testimonials

Fantastic – they have the insight and ability to discuss the wider policy implications of the law and to look ahead and prepare for the next phase

A large team with strength in all areas. Good teamwork to ensure they get the best results. Particularly impressive is the level of detail they work to. Solicitors who know their client and the case inside out.’

PWC has built a strong employment team. They are now a major force in the UK employment law market. They are particularly strong in integrating their advice with restructuring and insolvency advice.’

Chris Perkins is the stand-out partner – he has real clout and authority.’

Really expert team covering all the sectors with deep knowledge and hard working expertise.’

Ed Stacey is very knowledgeable and is a strategic partnership leader.’

The team has excellent industrial relations experience and so is able to provide excellent strategic advice based on years of practical experience.’

Tom Kerr-Williams is exceptionally knowledgeable and has extensive practical industrial relations experience. He is also one of the most insightful and experienced advisers on national minimum wage investigations.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly and Company

Expedia.com

Northern Trust Management Services Limited

The Pensions Regulator

DNA Payments Limited

PwC LLP

Aspiring Solicitors

Disaronno

Barilla

Carwow Ltd

BBC

John Lewis Partnership

British Airways

Google

Poundland

Trust Tech

The Official Receiver

Bourne Leisure Limited

Halfords

Workday

Naked Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported a large global consumer markets company on a significant rationalisation of its workforce across more than 50 countries throughout Europe, AsiaPac, the Africas and Central and Southern America.
  • Advising the BBC on a number of employment law issues, including equality and equal pay-related issues.
  • Working alongside data assurance, reward and diversity and inclusion specialists from PwC to provide legal advice to the internal Reward team on its gender and ethnicity pay gap reporting and carried out an equal pay audit.

Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations Tier 1

Under the joint leadership of the 'commercial, pragmatic and always available' Georgie Blyth and Cynthia Chan, who provides 'innovative, technically robust and practical solutions', PwC LLP's dedicated international business reorganisations department handles complex multi-jurisdictional projects for a high-profile client roster, which includes BP, Tesco and Fujitsu. The group's work encompasses pre-deal carve outs, post-deal integrations, restructurings, supply chain transformations, cash repatriation issues and business transfers. Kevin King is the key contact for financial services clients, Tom Lewis focuses on the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, Keith Bottomley specialises in energy-related mandates, and Latika Sharma leads the IP and operating model element of the practice. Laura Freestone is also recommended for entity simplification projects, while senior corporate lawyer Harry Wilkins focuses on pre-deal carve-outs and post-deal integrations.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Blyth; Cynthia Chan

Testimonials

‘The PwC international business reorganisation team have incredibly strong technical and communication skills. Given their close relationship with PwC tax, the team have a unique ability to interpret and understand the issues and priorities that drive our approach to complex reorganisations.’

‘Georgie Blyth – commercial, pragmatic and always available. Stands shoulder to shoulder with us.’

‘Cynthia Chan, in particular, has been an invaluable support over the past year, helping us view issues in a different way and suggesting innovative but technically robust and practical solutions. This diverse way of thinking is also evident in the broader teams that Cynthia brings to our projects.’

‘The Business Reorganisations team has a strong client list, which is unsurprising based on the pragmatic and client-centric approach they take to reorganisations. They are exceptional at co-ordinating multiple jurisdiction transactions to take pressure off the client by providing a single point of contact for numerous law firms in different jurisdictions.’

‘Kevin King is technically strong, approachable and willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Tom Lewis is excellent in taking the time to ensure that projects run smoothly and in line with expectations. Exceptionally personable and knowledgeable, always looking for ways to find a solution and nothing is ever too much trouble.’

‘We worked together with PwC for many months on a global cross-border transaction. What stood really out was the great responsiveness of the whole PwC team. In particular the PwC colleagues from London were extremely fast and responsive and could resolve issues within days. Further, the proactive way in which they addressed legal issues from the beginning was really appreciated.’

‘Georgie Blyth has exceptional technical knowledge and uses that skillset to understand and suggest solutions in jurisdictions beyond his own. A personable partner who makes himself available both for clients and his strong team.’

Key clients

Aveva Group plc

Axel Springer SE

BP Plc

British Business Bank

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

Fujitsu Limited

Hyve Group Plc

LGC Science Group Holdings Limited

Merlin Entertainments Limited

Pentland Group

Reckitt Benckiser Plc

Resideo Technologies Inc.

The Blackstone Group

Tesco Plc

Melrose Industries plc

The Mott MacDonald Group

Suntory Beverage & Food Europe

Work highlights

  • Acting for BP across a range of corporate transactions.
  • Advising Elanco in connection with its separation from Eli Lilly and Company, and its related structural rationalisation driven by recent acquisitions.
  • Advised the Blackstone Group on the start of a corporate simplification programme involving the unwind of several legacy portfolio structures, including the wind-up of part of the Carbon Holdings group.

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

PwC LLP has a large team of more than 120 immigration specialists based across London and Belfast, and that team also draws on significant support from the wider firm’s huge international footprint to offer a global service to major clients. The London team, which is led by Sharan Kundi and Lindsey Barras works with a range of multinational corporates from sectors including financial services, manufacturing, technology and education, advising them on business travel, visas, compliance and the implications of Brexit and Covid-19 for large employers with mobile workforces. The team also has strong credentials for technological innovation, and during the pandemic developed an online Covid dashboard to allow clients to access real-time information of relevance for international workers unable to return home.

Practice head(s):

Sharan Kundi; Lindsey Barras

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Als; Lyudmyla Davies

Testimonials

‘The team are all very supportive and knowledgeable and responsive. They  have provided lots of additional support in the wake of Covid and the new immigration system, and have kept us updated of all changes in a timely manner.’

Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise Tier 2

PwC LLP displays a wide range of expertise and experience, handling complex, multi-jurisdictional customs and excise investigations, as well as tax litigation. The team has particular expertise in environmental tax and advises clients on tax-related issues in the energy, waste and construction sectors. David Anderson heads up the practice and has significant experience advising clients on tax matters from a broad range of industries including the manufacturing, retail, social housing and telecoms industries. Jayne Harrold leads the UK environmental tax group and Prinal Nathwani is experienced in managing customs and excise disputes, and handling issues with HMRC.

Practice head(s):

David Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jayne Harold has provided repeated specialist advice when we appeared to have limited options to get robust support in complex and obtuse part of the legislation. She is able to boil these issues down into layman’s terms and takes the time to really understand our business to ensure her advice is tailored to our situation.’

‘They have a dedicated and specialist team that seems to have intimate knowledge of what we consider obscure parts of C&E legislation. I’ve simply not found another group that I can go to who are immediately up to speed with these rules and the impact they could have in certain situations that could have a material impact on my business.’

Key clients

Aggregate Industries

Work highlights

  • Represented Aggregate Industries in an appeal before the First-tier Tribunal challenging the scope of the relief from aggregates levy available for aggregates used in road construction and asphalt production.
  • Advising on a complex investigation into alleged under-declarations of customs duties, spanning more than 20 jurisdictions and valued between £20m and £40m.
  • Advised a client on the customs valuation method applied by the client on the import of robotics products manufactured by the client in another jurisdiction.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP advises a range of owner-managed businesses, high-net-worth entrepreneurs and listed companies on low to mid-market private M&A transactions. The firm has been increasingly engaged on cross-border deals for clients in a diverse range of sectors including the technology, construction, infrastructure and energy industries. Practice head Thomas Colmer is particularly noted for his substantial experience in software, life sciences and fintech mandates. Keith Bottomley leads the increasingly active energy practice, while Dan Barrett-Nembhard regularly works on transactions and fundraising activities. Shirley Brookes retired in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Colmer

Testimonials

‘An impressive mix of experience, technical ability and legal expertise, coupled with a pragmatic approach that helped us finalise terms with a rather aggressive and difficult seller. Noteworthy collaboration with their assurance and tax colleagues on due diligence and acquisition structuring issues.’

‘Thomas Colmer is outstanding at bringing his extensive deal experience to bear on difficult negotiations. Thomas is patient and eloquent, technically very sound, and has a very practical commercial approach. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent legal competence and coordination with other departments.’

‘Thomas Colmer is commercial, wholly reliable, and extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Cathexis Strategies LLC

The partners of The Health Insurance Specialists and the shareholders of Right to Health Limited

Bow Street Operations Limited

Isaia e Isaia S.p.A.

The founders of Board Intelligence Limited

Enel S.p.A.

Selling shareholders and Managing Director of Macbryde Group Limited

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited, Summit Partners, LP and Calypso Technology, Inc.

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Business Integration Partners

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

PwC LLP's indirect tax disputes team advises across the full spectrum of indirect tax. The team's areas of expertise range from VAT and landfill tax to the aggregates levy and climate change levy. Practice head David Anderson is a 'brilliant technician' with a broad client base that covers the manufacturing, retail, social housing, telecoms, local authorities and financial services sectors. 'Strategic thinker' Jayne Harrold leads the UK environmental tax group and assists a range of utilities, landfill site operators and waste plants on VAT and environmental tax issues. Director Christian Bell is another key individual and specialises in financial services indirect tax dispute resolution. Bell represents clients in disputes that involve VAT exemptions, anti-avoidance and VAT grouping and entitlement to claim. Senior manager Claire Millard is 'outstanding' and has a broad indirect tax litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

David Anderson

Testimonials

Jayne Harrold is a clear strategic thinker with a real understanding of indirect taxes and a pragmatic attitude to litigation. Prinal Nathwani has a very good technical understanding of tax law and knows how to handle tribunal cases effectively.’

They have excellent attention to detail, are always on top of the latest developments, have sound judgement, and are good at running cases from start to finish and impressive in securing great results for clients even before getting to court.’

Christian Bell has excellent judgement and commitment to the client’s cause.’

Claire Millard has excellent case management skills.’

Dave Anderson is first-rate: a brilliant technician and also a terrifying opponent.

The PwC legal practice dovetails seamlessly with the PwC tax practice, such that as a client, it truly feels like we are receiving one comprehensive service. In this regard, I would score the PwC team highly on the quality of its people and the collaboration demonstrated, both internally and with us, their client.’

David Anderson and Claire Millard have been outstanding in all interactions with us. In my opinion, both demonstrate that rare skill of being able to give you advice which you may not want to hear, but when delivered with empathy enables clients to have clarity of thought which is invaluable in reaching decisions on complex matters.’

Key clients

St George’s University Limited

Target Group Limited

Healthspan Limited

The Wellcome Trust

Work highlights

  • Assisting an international group of companies operating in the further and higher education sector with reducing VAT liability and penalties involving discussions with HMRC.
  • Advised a landfill site operator in connection with wide-ranging HMRC investigations into historic landfill tax reporting.
  • Advised Healthspan Ltd through a preliminary reference to the CJEU made by the First-tier Tribunal, following the hearing of the client’s appeal in 2018, in a case concerning issues of statutory interpretation on the application of VAT in the international sales of goods.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

PwC LLP has a broad tax practice comprising of solicitors, barristers, accredited mediators, CTAs and accountants. The team's core strengths are handling direct, indirect, employment and environmental tax litigation, tax investigations and transfer pricing. The team represents a wide variety of clients in financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, education, retail, local government and pensions. Mark Whitehouse heads the direct tax disputes practice and has particular experience in group litigation orders, tax planning and corporate tax appeals. David Anderson leads the indirect tax disputes work and specialises in VAT. Legal disputes practice head and barrister Stephen Morse specialises in tax litigation and disputes resolution. Peter Johnson, a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Morse; Mark Whitehouse; David Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

General Electric

St George’s University

Group Litigation (20 clients )

Target Group

Orange Spain (& Others)

The Wellcome Trust

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Rank Group plc

United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) Ltd

Healthspan Ltd

Wells Fargo

Worldpay

Phoenix Group

Royal Mail

General Electric Pension Fund

Global University Systems

Dollar Financial

Lebara

Virgin Media

Procter & Gamble

Aggregate Industries

Work highlights

  • Represented St George’s University in its successful First-tier Tribunal appeal concerning the proper scope of the VAT exemption for supplies of education, which was the first time a UK court or tribunal has considered the “complex supply” of education provided in both UK and overseas locations.
  • Representing Target Group Ltd in relation to its appeal before the Court of Appeal. The appeal concerns the scope of the VAT exemption for payments and transfers as matter of UK law.
  • Representing GE in the High Court, Tax Tribunal and Court of Appeal in relation to HMRC’s decision to resile from a statutory clearance in relation to a finance and holding structure used by the group.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

PwC LLP 's pensions offering sits within a wider multidisciplinary network, providing an  integrated pensions service to clients. The team is headed by 'inspirational team leader' Oliver Reece, and is a key player in bulk annuity transactions.  DB indexation work has been a particular focus for the team, as well as ESG considerations, funding issues and restructurings, s75 debt changes and PPF advice - with David Farmer recommended. Fraser Sparks supports the practice with its contingent funding and public sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Reece

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘ PwC has a unique insight into the corporate activity landscape, informed by its related accountancy, audit, tax, actuarial and HR practice. ‘

‘Oliver Reece has an astonishing ability to keep on top of the detail, without losing sight of the wood for the trees. He is quick, efficient, pragmatic and a great team leader.’

‘PwC’s employment-pensions practice has a quality leadership team that proactively looks for opportunities to add value to its clients. Although it has a significant number of standalone appointments, part of its unique qualities is that it often works in conjunction with PwC’s wider services.’

Key clients

Appreciate Group Plc

Aptiv PLC

Arco Limited

Aspinall Capital Holdings Limited

British Broadcasting Corporation

CBEVE

Corbion N.V.

Daisy Group Holdings Limited

Encase Holdings Limited

Encase Limited

EP UK Investments Ltd

Federated Pension Scheme for Imperial College London

Federated Pension Scheme for University College Hospital, London

Fujitsu General (Euro) GmbH

Gategroup

Iggesund Paperboard (Workington) Limited

IMI Plc

Inchcape PLC

Jacobs Solutions Inc.

National Timber Group Midco Limited

PA Media Group Limited

Pentland Group Limited

Portunes Capital Limited

Smiths News PLC

Standard Club

St Mungo’s

The Trustees of the KPSS (UK) Ltd

Travis Perkins plc

Trustees Of The Arnold Laver Pension Scheme

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP provides ‘tailored commercial advice that is thoroughly considered from all perspectives’. The firm is particularly well-regarded for cross-border investment transactions, with it being able to tap into strengths in ancillary areas (such as finance and tax) to serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for disposals and acquisitions. Elsewhere, the practice handles an array of other matters, including development projects and corporate occupier mandates. Amit Unadkat, who leads the department, has the 'perfect balance of a commercially aware and legally technical lawyer'.

Practice head(s):

Amit Unadkat

Testimonials

Being part of a multidisciplinary offering allows the team to provide a more rounded view of market practice, as well as tailored commercial advice that is properly considered from all perspectives. For us, the benefits are obvious: optimal solutions, reduced risk and improved efficiencies.’

Amit Unadkat – calm and considered, very commercial and honest. Never seems to be ruffled, whatever surprises are thrown at him.’

Providing an all round integrated legal and accounting solution for us is invaluable. Having the joined up thinking to our property transactions now makes us think why more firms don’t do the same.

Amit Unadkat was the stand out for us, as he was the perfect balance of a commercially aware and legally technical lawyer. Having one without the other, in our past experience, makes transactions painful and difficult to get over the line.

Amit Unadkat – besides his thorough legal competence, I found his excellent commercial understanding and approach to be very helpful.’

Amit Unadkat and his team can think outside the box, good ideas, fantastic communication. Problem solving at its best.’

Key clients

B&B Hotels

BP plc

CBRE

Centurion Corporation

China Construction Bank

CRP Hotels

Floreat Real Estate

Greystar Europe

Honda

Honeywell International

La Salle Investment Management

Lazari Investments

PwC LLP

Round Hill Capital Group LLC

Tesco Plc

Towerbrook Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Towerbrook Capital on its acquisition of Azzuri Group (Ask and Zizzis Restaurants) out of administration for £109m.
  • Advised a European hotels group on its bid for a pan-European hotel portfolio for €400m.
  • Advised a UK investor on its acquisition of a West End office building for £270m.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

PwC LLP advises on strategic, compliance and operational matters, and acts for public and private sector clients across a range of sectors. Key areas of focus include cross -border data transfers, e-privacy issues and policy reviews. The team is headed up by directors Fedelma Good and Polly Ralph. Jane Wainwright left for an in-house role at Osney Capital.

Practice head(s):

Fedelma Good; Polly Ralph

Testimonials

‘The team is highly professional, very responsive and very knowledgeable’.

‘I have found them to be well informed, not just on privacy law and regulation but also on aligned issues and trends’.

‘The data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice is a delight to work with’. 

‘Each person is well educated and knowledgeable in the subject matter but also very interested in learning the about the peculiarities of my industry and business’.

‘They are quick to grasp the nuances of compliance as it applies in each scenario’.

‘I have found the flexibility and open mindedness of the team both refreshing and of enormous value’.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

PwC LLP’s regulatory and commercial disputes team is led by Agnes Quashie, who has longstanding experience of handling commercial disputes heard before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Senior manager Kirsty O’Connor is another key practitioner in the group. In May 2021, former commercial disputes team head Dipti Hunter departed for Keidan Harrison.

Practice head(s):

Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:

Nabeel Osman; Polly Miles; Kirsty O’Connor

Testimonials

Workflows are managed effectively at PwC, meaning that matters are handled efficiently and swiftly.

An excellent in-house legal practice within an accountancy business.

The PWC team is totally professional and gets the results.

Senior manager Kirsty O’Connor was clearly taking a leading role in our case. I would strongly recommend her.

Kirsty O’Connor and the team are great. Everything is efficient but also friendly and dedicated to get an optimum outcome. Kirsty is exactly the sort of person you want on side – she has a good eye for detail and a friendly approach.

Key clients

Dooba Finance (UK)

Clario Tech

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dooba Finance (UK), a property investment client, in a highly complex shareholder dispute.
  • Currently assisting a large multinational client with an ongoing dispute with HMRC.
  • Acted for a property investment client in a dispute relating to its relationship with a former legal adviser.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Described as 'proactive and outstanding at problem solving', the real estate finance team at PwC LLP benefits from the firm's global presence, and advises a range of domestic and international borrowers, including privately owned businesses, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. In particular, the team is strong in advising on financing the acquisition and development of high-value residential property. The 'practical and commercialAnnalie Croney heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Annalie Croney

Testimonials

‘They adopt a multi-disciplinary approach involving tax, property, regulatory and corporate law coupled with audit capabilities. This is a real strength that makes them somewhat unique. They are very proactive and outstanding at problem solving, and always ready to meet exacting timescales. Nothing is too much trouble. They have excellent document skills.’

‘Our principal contacts are Annalie Croney and Sophie Vann. Both adopt a proactive approach to problem solving, being adept at finding pragmatic solutions. It is commendable that over the last year their high level of service standards has been maintained notwithstanding the Covid 19 restrictions. The PwC team always meet exacting timescales, providing sound advice (using layman’s English) that is readily understandable.’

‘Excellent connectivity to their corporate team. Cross-practice work is seamless, and superior to other City firms.’

‘Annalie Croney has extensive knowledge of the real estate finance market, and always offers practical and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Lazari Investments Limited

Marshall Bridging

Emerald Fund S.C.A SICAV-FIS

Ashford Riverside Park Limited

GRE Assets Limited

Dooba Finance I Limited

Dooba Investments III Limited

KirkstallForge Properties I Limited

Dooba Developments Limited

Global Fixed Income Fund I Limited

Real Estate (RA) Global Opportunity Fund I Limited

Floreat Real Estate Limited

ASE Finance II Sarl

Anglo Scandinavian Estates 5 LLP

ASE II Globe Point Limited

ASE Finance 2 (3) Sarl

ChantryCo Investments Limited

ASE Temple Properties Limited

RAGOF (Colmore Row) Limited

Global Fixed Income Fund I Limited

Real Assets Global Opportunity Fund I Limited

SWI Kirkstall Limited,

Kirkstall Development I Limited

Kirkstall Development II Limited

Lazari Finance Limited

Lazari Finance 2 Limited

RAGOF (Dacre House) Limited

Dooba Finance AB and Dooba Finance (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Lazari Properties 3 Limited on its £400m new facility with Allianz Debt Fund SCSp SICAV-SIF, secured against five prime freehold central London offices.
  • Advised various entities within the CEG-managed ASE II Fund on two separate new combined investment and development bank facilities with HSBC Bank PLC and Aviva Investors, which refinanced an existing facility with Santander UK PLC, raising over £100m of new debt and financing the developments of two sites in Leeds.
  • Acted for Emerald Fund S.C.A SICAV-FI on substantial real estate finance transactions.

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

Former Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP partner David Selden has established a promising new practice at PwC LLP , combining his expertise in fund formation and regulatory issues with the firm’s tax expertise and handling interesting relating to ESG and impact investing.

Real estate > Environment

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 98 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 co-sourcing; 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.

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.

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.

Environmental: advice on environmental and sustainability legal risk  management arising in the context of day to day operations; corporate or property transactions or restructuring; and litigation and infrastructure projects. We provide commercial and market-focussed advice to clients in a range of sectors, particularly manufacturing clients, energy and waste companies, oil and gas operators and construction companies.

Financial services – regulatory: advice on all legal aspects of the financial services industry, including both corporate and regulatory matters. Our corporate team helps to resolve complex structuring problems, and to streamline or eliminate entities, businesses, assets or intercompany arrangements from their groups. Our regulatory team helps investment funds and investment fund managers on a broad range of financial regulatory matters and the impact of regulations and regulatory risks, particularly in the asset management industry.

Financial services – alternative investment funds: legal and regulatory advice on all aspects of funds, managed accounts and other investment vehicles, including fund formation, negotiation of managed accounts and advisory agreements, structuring management companies and compensation arrangements, spin-outs, and seeding and stakes transactions.

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).

Private client: We offer our clients access to PwC’s unsurpassed global network of legal and tax professionals and offer a truly integrated service to wealthy individuals and their families, often acting as a single point of contact for all their global legal and tax needs.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Head of Legal Teresa Owusu-Adjeiteresa.s.owusu-adjei@pwc.com+44 (0)7738 310500
Banking and finance Annalie Croneyannalie.croney@pwc.com+44 (0)7590 353745
Corporate M&A Oliver Williamsoliver.williams@pwc.com+44 (0)7843 333957
Cyber security and data protection Fedelma Goodoliver.reece@pwc.com+44 (0)7730 598342
Disputes - Commercial and regulatory Agnes Quashieagnes.quashie@pwc.com+44 (0)7764 235494
Disputes - Tax David Andersondavid.s.anderson@pwc.com+44 (0)7715 211529
Disputes - Tax Mark Whitehousem.whitehouse@pwc.com+44 (0)7715 705102
Employment Chris Perkinschristopher.perkins@pwc.com+44 (0)7595 609623
Employment Ed Staceyed.stacey@pwc.com+44 (0)7725 445168
Employment Laura Nadellaura.nadel@pwc.com+44 (0)7725 068104
Employment Tom Williamstom.d.williams@pwc.com+44 (0)7841 103973
Entity governance and compliance Jonathan Gibsonjonathan.gibson@pwc.com+44 (0)7764 235240
Environmental Georgie Messentgeorgie.messent@pwc.com+44 (0)7870 598098
Financial services - Regulatory Kevin Kingkevin.m.king@pwc.com+44 (0)7887 733399
Financial services - Investment funds David Seldendavid.selden@pwc.com+44 (0)7585 301816
Global immigration Lindsey Barraslindsey.h.barras@pwc.com+44 (0)7525 926249
Global immigration Sharan Kundisharan.kundi@pwc.com+44 (0)7801 337664
IP/IT Latika Sharmalatika.sharma@pwc.com+44 (0)7887 733399
International business reorganisations Cynthia Chancynthia.chan@pwc.com+44 (0)7887 733399
International business reorganisations Georgie Blythgeorgie.blyth@pwc.com+44 (0)7595 850056
NewLaw - Technology and outsourcing Andrew Giverinandrew.giverin@pwc.com+44 (0)7990 575269
NewLaw - Technology and outsourcing Juan Crosbyjuan.crosby@pwc.com+44 (0)7843 370546
Pensions Oliver Reeceoliver.reece@pwc.com+44 (0)7920 847211
Private client Clare Stirzakerclare.r.stirzaker@pwc.com+44 (0)7725 632837
Real estate Amit Unadkatamit.unadkat@pwc.com+44 (0)7930 366133
Number of UK partners : 20

Our leading lawyers have more than three decades of both business and legal experience. We provide legal assistance to a wide range of clients, including Hungarian undertakings, international groups of companies, high-net-worth individuals, local governments and authorities as well.

Utilizing our expertise and working in close cooperation with our clients, we develop innovative solutions, regardless of the boundaries of the numerous legal fields and industries. We focus on understanding industry specifics, and by taking a pragmatic approach and through teamwork, we ensure that our customers receive personalized and quick responses to their questions.

Close collaboration within the PwC network enables us to access and utilize PwC’s accounting, tax, human resources and other business consulting services, and thus provide complex, synchronized advice to our clients.

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A new management team to deploy the “PwC Legal 2025” strategy: Catherine Baflast becomes managing partner as of October 1, 2021

At the end of her mandate at the head of PwC Legal, the time has come for Cindy Arces to hand over the reins to Catherine Baflast, who will become managing partner as of October 1, 2021. This succession and change in governance has been prepared for several months.