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Freeths LLP

CUMBERLAND COURT, 80 MOUNT STREET, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 6HH, ENGLAND
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Work 0115 936 9369
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Fax 0115 859 9600
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10039 NOTTINGHAM
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www.freeths.co.uk

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

The healthcare and food and drink sectors are core areas of strength for Freeths LLP's corporate team, which expanded its offering with the addition of director Adam Edwards , formerly at Browne Jacobson LLP, who has notable expertise in the financial services sector. The department handles a wide range of instructions and leverages the firm's multi-disciplinary capability to provide pensions, planning, environmental law, and also competition and tax law advice where necessary. Recent highlights include advising the shareholders of Omar Group on a significant investment from private equity firm Rutland Partners, acting for Travis Perkins on its acquisition of TSF Holdings, and assisting Neptune International with its acquisition of three financial services companies in Gibraltar. Other clients include Tarmac, ALDI and Motorpoint Group. Practice head John Heaphy and Karl Jansen are the key contacts.

Leading individuals

John Heaphy - Freeths LLP

Karl Jansen - Freeths LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’ ‘fantastic’ and ‘extremely professional team’ attracts clients with a well-rounded corporate and commercial offering. Mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, private equity transactions and corporate financing work form the mainstay on the corporate side which accounts for the vast majority of instructions, with commercial contracts making up the remaining share. Phil Baigent, who also leads the transactional healthcare practice, and the ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘articulate’ and ‘approachableKeith Gilbert, are the main advisers and regularly act in high-profile transactions such as the recent work for Carlsberg UK on its acquisition of London Fields Brewery or acting for the shareholders of MCR Enterprises Solutions on the sale of its entire share capital to Jonas Computing (UK). New clients VPK Packaging and Sprintquip joined Clydesdale Bank, Maria Mallaband Care Group and James Convenience Retail on the client list.

Leading individuals

John Heaphy - Freeths LLP

Karl Jansen - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

The ‘consummate professionals’ at Freeths LLP are experts in alcohol licensing, but also handle ancillary regulatory work involving trading standards, health and safety, and food safety. Fire safety is another area of strength. Practice head Lisa Gilligan’s ‘greatest strength, aside from her in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, is her passion and dedication to her work’. Supermarket licensing is another area of expertise.

Leading individuals

Lisa Gilligan - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Phenomenal in every respect’, Freeths LLP has ‘a strong and respected presence in the East Midlands’, fielding a ‘close-knit team’ that impresses with its ‘outstanding depth of knowledge’. The group is ‘very well-regarded in insolvency matters’, but also excels in instructions pertaining to breach of contract, professional negligence and breach of trust, as well as complex tax schemes and commercial fraud in a domestic or cross-jurisdictional context. The practice is led by Graham Greenfield, who has ‘vast depth of experience and knowledge’, Jonathan Jefferies and the ‘outstandingGuy Berwick, and includes ‘conscientious’ associate Jade Flint, who ‘is a safe pair of hands’. Greenfield and Flint represented two defendants in connection with proceedings brought by Towergate Financial concerning the sale of shares to the claimant. Other mandates included acting for Bio Dynamic in potential claims against Veolia Environmental in relation to the delivery of incorrectly categorized waste to one of Bio Dynamic’s anaerobic digestion plants, causing the plant to be closed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, leading to substantial loss of profit. The Administrators of Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services, The Way Ahead Group and Bell & Chennells are additional clients.

Leading individuals

Mukesh Patel - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jade Flint - Freeths LLP

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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

The ‘very capable’ team at Freeths LLP ‘has a very commercial outlook’ and handles a varied caseload that spans shareholder and partnership disputes; breaches of director’s duties; commercial contract disputes, including procurement challenges; property litigation; and professional negligence claims. It also handles claims related to restrictive covenants and has particular strength in the construction, financial services and insurance sectors, the last of which recently saw an increase in instructions. ‘Very practical’ practice head Mukesh Patel ‘is very good with clients’ and leads an expanded team following the recruitment of director Emma Anderson  from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. Simon Baigent  and 'very thorough' associate Richard Fitzmaurice are also recommended. The client list consists of a mix of local, regional and national clients including Mazars and Campbell Soup.

Leading individuals

Mukesh Patel - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP specialises in acquisition and property finance, with a particularly strong track record of transactions in the healthcare sector. Other key areas of expertise include project finance and distressed finance transactions. Borrower work forms the heart of the practice, but the team also receives instructions from major banks. John Heaphy, who splits his time between Nottingham and Birmingham, Chris Freeston and Phil Baigent are the main players in the group.

Leading individuals

John Heaphy - Freeths LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

The ‘highly knowledgeable’ group at Freeths LLP handles the full spectrum of restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency work, with particular expertise in complex investigatory work and anti-avoidance and asset realisation cases. Nil-asset cases with significant deficiencies and corresponding forensic work are also areas of focus for the practice, which is headed by Simon Baigent and includes Graham Greenfield, whose ‘vast depth of experience and knowledge’ together with his ‘calm and considered demeanour’ inspires ‘complete confidence in his abilities’. Clients include Mazars, Elwell Watchorn Saxton and PKF Cooper Parry Group.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP 's ‘pragmatic’ department ‘provides an excellent service with fast response times’ and ‘offers concise advice’. Active for both private and public sector clients, the team is adept at handling employment litigation and has developed strong expertise in reorganisations, TUPE and senior employee exits, as well as handling mandates in relation to discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, and disciplinary and grievance issues. Julian Middleton heads the practice, which has a deep bench that includes the ‘versatile’ and ‘reliableRena Magdani, who ‘provides excellent analysis of issues’ as well as ‘practical commercial advice’. David Potter and Matt McBride are also recommended. Clients include DPD Group UK and Jones Bootmaker.

Leading individuals

David Potter - Freeths LLP

Rena Magdani - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’ ‘simply exceptional’ team is ‘highly professional and knowledgeable’ and ‘has a top reputation for brain injury litigation, especially for brain injuries to children’. Its wider personal injury and clinical negligence caseload includes catastrophic injury cases such as spinal cord injury, and surgical, oncology and birth injury matters. The ‘incredibly experiencedJane Goulding ‘is an exceptional lawyer with vast knowledge in the field of catastrophic injury; she inspires trust in her clients and tirelessly fights to obtain the best outcomes in often very difficult and complex situations’. Goulding heads the personal injury practice, and Jane Williams leads the clinical negligence practice ‘with empathy and great legal skill’. Consultant Paul Balen is in charge of the group’s high volume in inquest work and specialises in multi-party actions, recently leading in the multi-party action against North Staffs NHS Trust.

Leading individuals

Jane Goulding - Freeths LLP

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East Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Noted for its ‘personal and accountable’ approach and for its ‘attention to detail and efficiency’, Freeths LLP acts for a national client base and is able to assist with a vast array of matters, including governance, fundraising and commercial agreements, as well as offering expertise in dispute resolution, employment and real estate. The British Psychological Society, Carers Trust East Midlands and The Nottinghamshire Hospice are also clients. Robert Nieri recently joined Brabners LLP as partner in the North West.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Justifiably regarded as the best firm in the East Midlands’, Freeths LLP ‘has a clear understanding of its clients’ needs and aims, and is relentlessly focused on achieving those aims’. ‘Offering a good balance of technical knowledge, approachability and a pragmatic stance’, the group demonstrates particular strength in high-value litigation, including claims under the Inheritance Act, will challenges, removal applications and Court of Protection work. ‘Top-class litigator’ and practice head Mark Keeley ‘commands universal respect in this area’. Director Rachel Gaffney ‘is a star in the making’. Senior associate Laura Short recently joined from Jones Myers.

Leading individuals

Mark Keeley - Freeths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rachel Gaffney - Freeths LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is especially active in divorce matters and cases involving complex financial issues, international assets, or trusts. Childcare arrangement applications and, more recently, pre-nuptial agreements for high-net-worth individuals are other active areas for the practice, which is headed by Judith Speed, who is ‘a highly experienced, well-regarded financial remedy practitioner’, ‘incredibly competent and a pleasure to deal with’. Speed’s track record includes acting in a dispute arising from a corporate restructuring of multiple companies owned by a family, with the allocation of assets as the main point of contention.

Leading individuals

Judith Speed - Freeths LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP specialises in trusts, the administration of domestic and cross-border estates, inheritance tax advice and estate planning, both national and international, as well as instructions in relation to wills. The firm also has a dedicated Court of Protection team. Scott McKittrick now heads the team in the Nottingham office after Paul Thompson ’s departure to Roythornes Solicitors.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP focuses on academy conversions, including advising on private finance initiative structures, and on commercial and outsourcing matters. Employment law is another key area, mainly covered by David Potter. Practice head Stephen Pearson advised Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar Trust, a specialist Sikh school charity, on its transfer to a new academy trust and associated financial support packages from the Department for Education. Other highlights included advising The University of Nottingham on the negotiation of complex property and nomination agreements regarding an 805-bed student accommodation project with Unite. Birmingham Metropolitan College, Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocese Board of Education and Landau Forte Educational Trust also feature on the client roster.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’s team ‘is particularly knowledgeable of the demands and challenges within the healthcare sector’ where it assists both public and private sector clients, such as NHS panels and investors. In addition, the team has strong care sector expertise ranging from the development of care homes to financing transactions, with its track record in ‘triple net’ lease security and cross-collateralised security framework agreements as a key stand-out feature. Regulatory, corporate governance and procurement instructions also form part of the caseload. A team under the lead of practice head Jon Smart advised One Housing Group on the agreement for development and leases of four luxury care homes in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Real estate specialists Thomas Golding and James Clamp ‘are particularly knowledgeable in the sector’.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP acts for county, district and unitary authorities in a wide range of instructions spanning state aid, development projects, judicial review and constitutional reform work. Nathan Holden directs the practice from Birmingham, with Stephen Pearson and James Hart as the main Nottingham contacts. In a major recent highlight, Pearson led advice for Cambridge City Council on the creation of Cambridge Investment Partnership, a housing investment joint venture vehicle between the City Council and Hill Investment. Hart’s recent caseload saw him assist Halton Borough Council with the development of its land for a major new rail-connected train manufacturing and maintenance plant. Milton Keynes Development Partnership is also on the client roster.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Delivering ‘excellent service all-around’, Freeths LLP is praised for its ‘outstanding depth of knowledge’. The practice is active across the full range of commercial property mandates, and has experienced a recent uptick in real estate finance work for education and care sector clients. Key figures include Nottingham practice head Guy WinfieldEmna Sfar-Gandoura, who joined from Shoosmiths LLP , Gary Reynolds (an ‘excellent communicator and negotiator’) and  ‘exceptional lawyerJames Clamp . Also recommended are James Hart, Gillian Roberts (‘a lateral thinker who finds solutions on her feet’), Heather Davies, Jon Smart, Adam Watson and Isobel Radford, who is noted for her ‘excellent pragmatic and commercial approach’. Williamson advised Lucan Gray on the sale of the Custard Factory and surrounding land to Oval Real Estate. Other highlights included advising BDW Trading on the proposed purchase of a site for 1100 new houses in Bingham from the Crown Estate, involving a planning permission requiring the building of a new school and covering the costs for the expansion of an existing school; and acting for One Housing Group on a development agreement and thirty-year institutional leases for four luxury care homes in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Other clients include Tarmac, Chancerygate and Bellway Homes.

Leading individuals

Jon Smart - Freeths LLP

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Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP offers ‘strength in depth’ and ‘excellent service’ from a team willing to ‘go the extra mile’. Key strengths include acquisitions and disposals, development and investment work, landlord and tenant advice, and portfolio management and real estate finance work. ‘Brilliant solicitorSam Pancholi recently advised Cambridge & Counties Bank on the £15m refinancing of student accommodation, while legal director Harjit Saund acted for a buyer on the high-value acquisition of a large investment property. Simon Abbott heads the practice. Jelson and Santander UK are also clients.

Leading individuals

Jon Smart - Freeths LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’s ‘commercially minded’ team acts for a largely national client base. Newly minted practice head Chris Holwell took over the role from Guy Berwick, who is now national head of dispute management. Amy Morley is another key practitioner. The team advised ALDI on the construction of its network of supermarkets and the corresponding regional distribution centres, involving both new-builds and extensions. It also acted for Scape Group on the review of the legal terms of the National Construction Framework Contract and the Regional Construction Framework, involving NEC3 and NEC4-related advice. Tarmac, Gleeds and Novartis Pharmaceuticals are also clients.

Leading individuals

Guy Berwick - Freeths LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ department focuses on litigation and dispute management, especially in relation to claims arising from noise, odour or pollution, and environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, including waste management. Clients come mainly from the minerals, waste, construction and house-building industries, but also include governmental and non-governmental agencies and environmental consultancies. Tarmac Aggregates, ALDI and new client Interxion Carrier Hotel are on the client roster. The recent caseload saw an increase in defences of statutory noise nuisance and in support work for the firm's corporate and real estate teams in transactions involving environmental constraints or liabilities. Practice head Emma Tattersdill  ‘has a superb knowledge in the mineral planning and environmental sector’ which she combines with ‘a very pragmatic and commercial approach to litigation’.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Freeths LLP

Noted for its ‘commercial awareness’ and ‘pragmatism’, Freeths LLP ‘provides an excellent level of service’. The group specialises in large-scale developments, with clear emphasis on residential, retail and commercial mixed use, including town centre and urban regeneration projects. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Christopher Waumsley, noted for his ‘considerable knowledge and experience’, and Paul Brailsford, both chartered town planners, are the main advisers in the mixed solicitor-town planner group. Waumsley’s recent caseload includes advising Newton Nottingham on complex section 106 negotiations involving requirements for a bridge over the A46 dual carriageway, new schools and other community facilities. Barratt David Wilson Homes, IOM Consortium and Henry Boot Developments are also clients.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP fields a team of ‘experts in their field, able to apply knowledge to issues with a great degree of realism and commerciality’. The group handles a wide-ranging caseload including lease renewals, dilapidation claims, break clause and service charge disputes and easement and covenant matters. ‘Dynamic, ambitious, but approachable’ practice head Paul Tomkins ‘has a calm and considered approach’ and often joins forces with ‘hardworking’ senior associate Edward Pickard who is ‘fearless when it comes to difficult cases’. Pickford and Tomkins acted alongside ‘methodical and industrious’ associate Beth Jenkins for a national supermarket retailer on the grant of a new lease for supermarket premises with break rights as the main point of contention. Other clients include Travis Perkins Group, Co-operative Group and Tarmac.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’s wide-ranging expertise spans not only property development, securitisation, planning, construction and procurement work, but also extends to housing management governance and employment, especially for registered providers and arms-length management organisations. It also handles shared ownership sales. Gary Reynolds leads the team, which recently experienced an uptick in golden brick development agreements and alternative funding structures such as joint ventures; recent highlights include advising Nottingham Community Housing Association on a development which the client acquired jointly with the local council, involving separate golden brick agreements, but separate infrastructure. Matthew Grocock is also noted. Bellway Homes, Longhurst & Havelok Homes and Greensquare Group are also clients.

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