Firm Profile > TLT > London, England

TLT
20 GRESHAM STREET
LONDON
EC2V 7JE
England

Licensing Tier 2

TLT's licensing team has considerable breadth, covering the charity, restaurant, leisure and hotel sectors. The firm's client base includes pubs, bars, brewers, festivals, conference venues, galleries and theatres. Matthew Phipps is a significant figure in licensing and has worked on matters including the opening of Flight Club Darts' new Manchester office. Piers Warne is another name to note; he has experience in dealing with contested applications and licence reviews.

Commercial contracts Tier 3

Specialising in the retail, energy and financial services sectors, TLT has experience in advising on a range of issues, including long-term strategic outsourcing programmes, collaboration agreements, commercial joint ventures, data protection and public procurement. Perran Jervis leads the practice and has particular expertise in outsourcing, distribution and supply agreements. He also advises on business partnering and commercial joint ventures. His team was strengthened by the 2018 arrivals of competition and regulatory lawyer Stuart Murray from BT Consumer and Tim Waller, who focuses on fintech and regulatory technology, from Paysafe.

Testimonials

‘TLT provides a very high standard of service and is very knowledgeable of the business and the retail sector’

‘They have good strength in depth and provide cost-effective commercial legal advice’

‘Perran Jervis is an outstanding commercial lawyer’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Plc (including Argos and Habitat)

JD Sports plc

WHSmith plc

Imperial Brands plc

BGL Group plc (including the Comparethemarket.com business)

Greene King plc

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Teleperformance

French Connection plc

Elavon Financial Services

Zopa

Close Brothers

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Bohoo.com

Learndirect

Crown Commercial Service (Tier 1)

HM Treasury

Franchising Tier 3

Manchester-based Pauline Cowie leads the group at TLT, which sits in the firm’s wider commercial practice and has expertise in high-profile franchising projects and international franchising issues. The practice is particularly active in the automotive sector and Cowie is noted for her retail sector expertise; clients include Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, WHSmith, Peacocks Stores and Jane Norman International. Cowie also has experience in the hotel and leisure sectors and has also assisted clients with franchising projects in China. Perran Jervis and Bill Hull in the firm’s Bristol office, are also key practitioners and lead the firm’s commercial and commercial services teams respectively.

Testimonials

TLT stands out for several reasons. It treats clients with respect, acts with integrity, adds value and puts its clients interests at heart. It offers a wide range of services and has offices in several major cities in the UK.

Pauline Cowie has a wide range of expertise, spanning the retail, leisure, financial services, IT and telecoms and not-for-profit sectors. She is a first port of call with any legal aspects relating to franchising and is highly recommended.

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

The Co-operative Group

WHSmith plc

Peacocks Stores Ltd

Jane Norman International Limited

Ripples Bathrooms

Merlin Entertainments Ltd

Pendragon PLC

Greene King PLC

National Franchised Dealer Association

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The department at TLT is instructed by a combination of large national and international corporates and high-growth companies on a range of IT transactions; it has particular strength in payments technology, open banking and fintech matters. Bristol-based national practice head James Touzel advises on transformational procurements and outsourcing projects, while London team head Daniel Lloyd  focuses on the developing law surrounding digital content. Adding competition and regulatory expertise, Stuart Murray joined the team from BT.

Key clients

ARRIS International PLC

5NINES

J Sainsbury’s PLC

The Co-operative Group

BGL Group

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands PLC

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

WHSmith PLC

Conviviality plc

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

learndirect Limited

BT

JD Sports

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Sky

Divido Financial Services

Mediators Tier 3

Kerry Gwyther at TLT 'has a great manner and is determined to see the mediation process succeed, so he works hard even after the mediation to ensure that parties can reach a compromise'. Gwyther is an expert in areas such as warranty breaches, indemnities and misrepresentation, shareholder and partnership claims, franchising, medical and professional negligence and inheritance.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

TLT’s client base include significant public sector names alongside a broad range of trustees and employers. Regular mandates cover a breadth of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions issues including bulk liability transfers, master trust structuring, funding agreements, scheme wind-ups and governance advice. The team also has particular expertise on regulatory provisions surrounding SIPPs and SSASs. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors, overpayment recovery, professional negligence and mis-selling claims. The practice is led out of Bristol by national head Sasha Butterworth, while Ed Fiddick and Victoria Mabbett head up the contentious offering.

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, professional and quick to identify the commercial issues.’

Victoria Mabbett is insightful and personable, yet quick to get to the issues at hand.

Key clients

Trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 3

Under the leadership of practice head Linda ConveryTLT's highly rated group maintains a strong profile in development and housing-led regeneration projects. With a team spanning the London and Bristol offices, it provides the gamut of advice to more than 40 registered providers, local authorities and private developers/contractors. Reflective of its standing in the market, the firm was reappointed to the London Borough Legal Alliance panel and is one of only two firms appointed to both lots: lot one covers regeneration, development, property and planning, and lot 2 includes litigation, contracts, procurement, property and employment. The firm is also on the panels of a sizeable number of G15 members. In 2018, Convery (who has more than 30 years of experience in the social housing sector) and Shazia Bashir assisted Swan Housing Association with preparing the certificate of title on its regeneration project at Blackwall Reach to facilitate the drawdown of a £50m loan facility from the GLA. Another more recent highlight saw legal director Hugh James and others assist Southern Housing Group with acquiring 500 units of housing stock, which are spread across seven local authority areas and consist of shared ownership, social rent, affordable rent and supported housing units. Associate Kristian Scholfield joined from Devonshires Solicitors LLP. Gillian Bastow has retired from private practice and Paul Butterworth moved to Ashfords LLP.

Testimonials

They are a well-led team of professionals, which provides a full range of specialisms and keeps me continually informed as to the precise position on my work

I have found the team to be universally friendly, attentive and proactive in its approach

Key clients

One Housing Group Ltd

Peabody Trust

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Network Homes Limited

London Borough of Lambeth

Notting Hill Housing Trust

Saxon Weald Homes Ltd

Swan Housing Group

London & Quadrant

Catalyst Housing Group

Emerging markets Tier 4

The international banks desk at TLT has almost 30 years' experience advising on financings in the Indian market, of which it has a deep understanding of legal issues and local culture. The firm acts for Indian clients on a wide range of matters including the structuring of bilateral, club and syndicated transactions, guarantees, security, priority and subordination issues. In 2018, the firm handled high-profile matters for Indian banks, including the management of non-performing loan portfolios, and for a number of funds in relation to acquisitions and disposals of loan portfolios. Key partner Peter Carney is head of the India desk. Noline Matemera focuses on non-contentious FCA regulation. Richard Houliston handles secured lending with a particular focus on bilateral and syndicated lending, acquisition finance and financial services regulation.

Key clients

State Bank of India

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Export-Import Bank of India

ICICI Bank UK

Syndicate Bank

Axis Bank

IDBI Bank

The Association of Indian Banks in the United Kingdom

Punjab National Bank

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

TLT provides a range of expertise in the retail sector, from FCA processes and rule interpretations, to investment management and pensions related work. Non-contentious co-head Noline Matemera is 'extremely responsive' and specialises in advising on the retail aspects of the FCA's conduct of business requirements, as well as regulatory processes and structures. On the contentious side, the firm is known for its experience in payments fraud advice, whistleblowing and miss-selling cases. Andrew Lyon specialises in complex financial services disputes including professional negligence and fraud claims, corporate recovery and bank security issues. He co-leads the team with Russell Kelsall, who is 'a go to person for training and understanding key issues,' and focuses on consumer credit, regulated mortgages, payment services and savings issues. Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and handles investigations and enforcement. Michael Isaacs left to work for BT’s in-house team.

Testimonials

‘Very strong, experienced team covering the whole range of financial services litigation’

‘TLT has a good pedigree in this field and its recent hire of Michael Ruck demonstrates they have the right people for this sort of work’

‘Russell Kelsall has a formidable depth of experience and commercial understanding of the industry. He is highly responsive and always on the cutting edge of new developments in the sector’

‘Michael Ruck is ex -CA Enforcement division and has an innate understanding of how to conduct an enforcement investigation from first to last’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK plc

UK Asset Resolution (including Northern Rock, Bradford & Bingley & Mortgage Express)

Coutts & Co

Lloyds Banking Group

Professional negligence Tier 4

TLT has a 'strong reputation' for handling claimant professional negligence cases in the financial services sector, acting for lenders. The firm's claimant lender professional negligence team, based in London, draws strengths from its network of UK regional offices to advise on a raft of instructions for a number of the main UK clearing banks, challenger banks and non-bank lenders; it stands out for its 'deep knowledge of institutional clients'. It also acts for private companies and high-net-worth individuals. The team is increasingly engaged to defend financial institutions against allegations of negligence in the handling of banking relationships; it defended a major UK clearing bank on a negligence claim for breach of duty of care.

Testimonials

The team is smoothly efficient on the ordinary stuff, which leaves room for good strategic thinking.

Nick Curling has fine attention to detail, is hardworking, and is good at building a case, assessing its deficiencies and then addressing them.

Peter Richards-Gaskin is very personable, has excellent judgement, and is good at understanding clients and building secure relationships with them.

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Paratus AMC

Bank of India

Bank of Baroda

Santander

Brand management Tier 5

TLT has strong capabilities in online brand enforcement, where the team continues to be involved in the takedown of unauthorised merchandise and infringing sites, as well as domain and company name recoveries. Other areas of expertise include trade mark portfolio management, advising on complex celebrity image rights issues and IP disputes. IP and technology expert Nick Fenner leads the department.

Key clients

BGL (comparethemarket.com)

British Telecommunications (BT Sport)

Starling Bank

TUI Travel Limited

Camden Dining Group

Fraud: civil Tier 5

TLT is adept at handling payment fraud, cyber security, criminal fraud, civil fraud and regulatory compliance. Areas of expertise include fraud prevention, litigation, mortgage fraud, payment fraud, recoveries and worldwide freezing injunctions. The firm has a particular focus on the financial services sector, where Bristol-based practice head Richard Hayllar is an expert, and acts for major PLCs, including banks and financial institutions. Warren Clark was promoted to partner and Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Testimonials

‘An extremely versatile firm which competes with the very best.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Titlesolv

State Bank of India

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

TLT’s client base include significant public sector names alongside a broad range of trustees and employers. Regular mandates cover a breadth of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions issues including bulk liability transfers, master trust structuring, funding agreements, scheme wind-ups and governance advice. The team also has particular expertise on regulatory provisions surrounding SIPPs and SSASs. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors, overpayment recovery, professional negligence and mis-selling claims. The practice is led out of Bristol by national head Sasha Butterworth, while Ed Fiddick and Victoria Mabbett head up the contentious offering.

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, professional and quick to identify the commercial issues.’

Victoria Mabbett is insightful and personable, yet quick to get to the issues at hand.

Key clients

Travelers

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

WHSmith

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan

Trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Patrick Wooddisse heads the team at TLT and is an experienced private client tax and estate planning lawyer with broad expertise across UK and international tax planning and trust issues. In addition, Wooddisse has niche specialism in UK/US tax planning. The department is adept at advising leading UK banks on complex trust matters as well as advising major trust companies on succession planning. Other areas of expertise lie in advising high-net-worth UK and non-UK residents on property, tax , trust, estate and succession planning issues. Associate Tristan Smale provides tax and trust advice to individuals, families, trustees and financial institutions.

Testimonials

‘It is knowledgeable, commercially minded and pragmatic and provides an excellent service on a par with more expensive firms. The lawyers are also very approachable and pleasant’.

Patrick Wooddisse is excellent. He is particularly good at simplifying complex matters and dealing with them in a sensible, pragmatic and cost effective way’.

‘Chris Williamson is consistently quick to respond, has a great ‘bedside manner’ with our clients and provides a reliable, efficient, cost-effective solution‘.

Chris Williamson provides great value for his services. His willingness to assist is first-class and our clients have highly praised his work for the detail provided and for the fact that it is presented in a way that is easy to understand‘.

Its expertise is exceptional and all team members are always willing to go the extra mile. The advice is always well detailed and to the point‘.

Property litigation Tier 5

With commercial property work at its core, TLT is well placed to act for commercial landlords and tenants, housing associations, property developers and investors in landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews and lease renewals. 'Calm' team head Jason Juden is 'very thorough and reassuring with clients', who also highlight his 'excellent judgement' and 'good analytical skills'.

Testimonials

‘Jason Juden leaves no stone unturned to get to the bottom of a case.’

‘Solid litigation team, with good quality clients and work.’

Rob Whitaker – sensible, commercial associate.

‘Jason Juden has an excellent understanding of what a business person needs to determine when to fight and when to walk away. He has a very logical mind and knows how to focus on what is important and what is only noise. He is very practical and very competent. He has good overall judgement of a problem and gives advice on what can be achieved and what cannot. He has been a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jason Juden has good experience and is reassuring with clients.’

Key clients

Ludgate House

Westbourne Capital Partners

Twentieth Century Fox

Ilchester Estates

Riverwood Homes

R&K LLC

TLG LLC

GC Campden Hill

Avonstone Properties

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

TLT's focus is on retail, commercial and wholesale banking litigation and investigations. Andrew Lyon specialises in disputes involving professional negligence and fraud claims, business and corporate recovery, product mis-selling, and bank security issues. Also key to the practice are London professional negligence head Peter Richards-GaskinRussell Kelsall, and Paul Gair. Michael Ruck was hired from Pinsent Masons LLP, while Michael Isaacs left to lead BT's in-house litigation team.

Testimonials

‘Paul Gair is very commercial and pragmatic in the advice he gives to clients; possesses real expertise in the conduct of complex multi-party litigation.’

‘Peter Richards-Gaskin can be relied on to master every aspect of the case.’

‘Claire Kershaw is a hugely impressive and hardworking solicitor who is totally committed to achieving the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Lloyds Bank

Coutts

FCE Bank

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

State Bank of India

Punjab National Bank

IDBI Bank

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

TLT provides a range of expertise in the retail sector, from FCA processes and rule interpretations, to investment management and pensions related work. Non-contentious co-head Noline Matemera is 'extremely responsive' and specialises in advising on the retail aspects of the FCA's conduct of business requirements, as well as regulatory processes and structures. On the contentious side, the firm is known for its experience in payments fraud advice, whistleblowing and miss-selling cases. Andrew Lyon specialises in complex financial services disputes including professional negligence and fraud claims, corporate recovery and bank security issues. He co-leads the team with Russell Kelsall, who is 'a go to person for training and understanding key issues,' and focuses on consumer credit, regulated mortgages, payment services and savings issues. Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and handles investigations and enforcement. Michael Isaacs left to work for BT’s in-house team.

Testimonials

‘The practice is able to assist with non-mainstream requests for advice’

‘Quick and commercial advice’

‘Noline Matemera is very helpful and knowledgeable in assisting with identifying needs and drawing attention to nuances in risk’

‘Russell Kelsall is extremely personable and is able to explain complex areas of law in a simple way’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Standard Advisory Limited (part of Standard Bank)

Mattioli Woods plc

Curtis Banks

Suffolk Life

FCE Bank plc

Intellectual property Tier 6

The practice at TLT provides 'exemplary' advice on IP matters relating to software, technology and digital rights. Other areas of specialism include assisting with IP strategy, particularly for healthcare and fintech sector clients, and handling brand management and enforcement matters across a range of industries including the retail, consumer goods and leisure sectors. 'Superb' practice head Nick Fenner specialises in IP and technology disputes, while Daniel Lloyd focuses on commercial matters.

Testimonials

‘The TLT team provides excellent, cost-effective legal services.’

‘Nick Fenner is a very bright attorney who tackles complex legal issues both conventionally and by thinking outside the box.’

‘Liz Lowe is an excellent intellectual property attorney – she is always on top of all deadlines and proposes successful solutions to problems.’

‘Debbie York is very responsive to our needs and provides us with top notch legal advice.’

Key clients

BGL (comparethemarket.com)

Ulfcar Production AS

British Telecommunications (BT Sport)

Provexis PLC (neutraceuticals)

Starling Bank

Federation Against Software Theft

Simon Harrison Limited

TUI Travel Limited

Camden Dining Group

Goliath Games

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (the Metropolitan Police Force)

TLT uses its experience and expertise to help clients grow their business and deliver their products and services effectively and without risk. The firm is recognised for its focus on client service and its collaborative and flexible approach to delivering legal services.

The firm: The firm advises across the three UK legal jurisdictions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Its experience is primarily in the clean energy; digital; financial services; leisure, food and drink; public sector; real estate; and retail and consumer goods sectors.

The firm has a number of long-standing relationships with a range of UK and international clients from major household names to high-growth businesses and private individuals. Clients include RBS, Triodos, Santander, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith, Greene King, BT, BBC, CCS, Ecotricity, Savills and Persimmon.

Types of work undertaken: The firm works with clients on high-value strategic work and major projects. The firm also supports clients on day-to-day legal requirements, using its infrastructure, systems and resources to deliver and drive an efficient and consistent service.

Banking and finance: advising on all types of finance transactions, both domestic and cross border.

Commercial: advising across the whole spectrum of business and trading arrangements.

Competition and EU law: advising on all aspects of competition law from merger notifications to cartel and market investigations.

Construction, infrastructure and projects: advising on the full spectrum of construction matters and disputes for private and public sector projects of any size.

Corporate: advising on the buy and sell side of mergers and acquisitions, advising management teams and investors on management buyouts, private equity and venture capital investments, advising on joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and associated agreements.

Disputes: advising on matters involving litigation, arbitration, mediation and debt recovery.

Employment and incentives: advising on employment law and incentives including dealing with disputes, mediations, complex tribunal claims and litigation.

Franchising: advising businesses looking to expand by granting or taking a franchise including the establishment of UK and international franchises, master licensing, development agreements and issues arising in the operation of a franchise such as re-sales and dispute resolution.

Intellectual property: advising on patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off and unfair competition, database rights, rights in confidential information and related competition issues.

Licensing: advising on all aspects of premises licensing.

Maritime: advising on the full range of finance and commercial issues involving a diverse range of vessels traded worldwide.

Mortgage litigation and recoveries: providing recovery services to banks, building societies and other secured lenders across the UK, handling mortgage litigation and repossession conveyancing and advising on fixed charge receiverships.

Outsourcing: advising on outsourcing various business functions to deliver cost savings, service improvements and to take advantage of the latest technologies.

Pensions: advising on all pensions-related work, including pensions change and restructuring projects, the implications of corporate transactions and liability management exercises, including buyouts and buy-ins.

Planning: providing a complete planning advice service and a unique multi-faceted perspective on planning issues.

Private client: private client expertise across family and personal tax, trusts and probate law.

Real estate: advising across property development, investment, asset management, dispute resolution, construction, planning, environmental, tax and more.

Regulatory: advising on all aspects of regulatory law, from compliance advice to protecting the interests of companies or individuals facing a regulatory investigation or prosecution.

Restructuring and insolvency: advising on restructuring and insolvency law and practice.

Tax: helping clients manage their tax risks in context and across all UK taxes.

Technology and communications: advising on technology development and licensing including OEM/VAR and similar distribution arrangements, ICT procurement, outsourcing, managed service and cloud-based solutions, e-commerce, social media and data privacy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner David Pester
Senior partner Andrew Glynn
Practice director Steve Willson
Banking and lender services Jonathan Hoey
Commercial services Bill Hull
Corporate John Wood
Disputes Chris Owen
Employment, pensions and incentives Stuart McBride
Real estate Maria Connolly
Private client Patrick Wooddisse
Clean energy Maria Connolly
Financial services Andrew Lyon
Housing Katherine Evans
Leisure, food and drink Julia Lucas
Public sector Andrew Glynn
Public sector Bill Hull
Retail and consumer goods Perran Jervis
Digital James Touzel
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+
Total staff : 1,000+