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.

Practice head(s):

Perran Jervis

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Cowie

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel; Daniel Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Sasha Butterworth; Ed Fiddick; Victoria Mabbett

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.

Practice head(s):

Linda Convery

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.

Practice head(s):

Noline Matemera; Peter Carney; Paul Gair

Other key lawyers:

Nick Curling; Richard Houliston

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lyon; Russell Kelsall

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin

Other key lawyers:

Nick Curling; Claire Kershaw

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.

Practice head(s):

Nick Fenner

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.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hayllar

Other key lawyers:

Russell Kelsall; Andrew Lyon; Jason Cropper; Jonathan Hoey; Deborah Sheldon; Warren Clark; Nick Curling; Angela Craven

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.

Practice head(s):

Sasha Butterworth; Ed Fiddick; Victoria Mabbett

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.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wooddisse

Other key lawyers:

Chris Williamson; Tristan Smale

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'.

Practice head(s):

Jason Juden

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Noline Matemera; Russell Kelsall

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.

Practice head(s):

Nick Fenner

Other key lawyers:

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)

Debt recovery Tier 1

TLT captures a significant share of the secured recoveries market, where it is widely recognised as a market-leader. It advises major clearing banks, new market entrants and specialist lenders on mortgage-related matters, including loan portfolio transactions. The firm also has key expertise in the mortgage enforcement and lender sales space, handling contentious litigation and non-contentious repossession transactions. Graham Walters heads up the team from the firm's Bristol office.

Practice head(s):

Graham Walters

Testimonials

I find that personal attention is a key characteristic of the firm; Graham Walters particularly invites conversation and we catch up regularly on matters affecting my firm directly

The firm are great advocates and attendees of industry forums and will present on current matters for attention

Graham Walters always takes the time to engage clients directly and the offers of value add are always beneficial to us

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

TLT's Bristol team, which operates as part of a wider national group, acts for local clients and London-based businesses on all types of employment matters. Although it generates work from clients across a wide range of industries, the retail, financial services and social housing sectors are particular areas of strength. Stuart McBride leads the team, whose expertise  includes TUPE matters, large-scale reorganisations, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and trade union relations. It has also been advising clients on equal pay issues and Gender Pay Gap Regulations. Siobhan Fitzgerald has a strong track record in the social housing sector.

Practice head(s):

Stuart McBride

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Good strength in depth, responsive and proactive

The team are supportive and really get to know the business and its needs understanding not only the law, but what the business is trying to achieve

They are very responsive, commercially focused and provide excellent advice on all employment and tax matters. They will give a clear view on matters which is not always the case with legal firms

The team offer a very responsive but human service, providing access to regular email legal updates as well as a free annual session to discuss pertinent issues around employment law

TLT provide excellent advice which is prompt, professional, pragmatic and clear compared with other legal firms I have used

They work together and it’s clear that put their clients first. The firm is adequately resourced and there is always someone around to assist

‘They have an excellent commercial view of employment matters

Siobhan Fitzgerald is very supportive and engaged with us as a business. Because she has taken the time to get to know us she is able to provide advice and guidance with our specific needs in mind

Esther Smith and Kate Williams are both excellent. They provide an outstanding service but are also a delight to work with

We have found Siobhan Fitzgerald and Dave Maton extremely personable, friendly and accessible. They have taken the time and effort to understand us as an organisation and we feel we are a valued client

Esther Smith is excellent- she explains things simply, outlining risks and benefits of solutions and is always professional and provides quick responses

Siobhan Fitzgerald, Partner is our main go-to person. She has a wealth of knowledge across all areas of employment law and is always up-to-date. She has a pragmatic approach in the advice that she provides, balancing the commercial interests with the speed of trying to get things resolved

Siobhan has a lot of interpersonal skills when advising us on the way forward, taking a longer-term view, helping us to minimise risk. She always responds promptly to requests and works around the clock to get things done

Key clients

Imperial Brands plc

J Sainsbury plc

National Crime Agency

Savills plc

Ageas Group

Southern Water

Hastings Direct

Biffa plc

Smiths News / Connect Group plc

Westfield

Bromford Housing Group

Onward Homes (formerly Symphony Housing)

WH Smith Plc

Good Energy Group Plc

Phoenix Housing Association

Ofsted

Family Tier 1

TLT seeks settlements through court proceedings and through out-of-court divorce settlements. The team also advises families on urgent international children cases, with a focus on abduction and relocation cases, as well as child arrangements and parental alienation cases. Practice co-head Mark Sage, who was promoted to legal director in May 2018, is experienced in asset protection cases and the negotiation and drafting of cross-border nuptial, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Practice co-head Natalie Drew covers financial remedy cases and matters involving business and trust elements.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Drew; Mark Sage

Other key lawyers:

Sarah E. Green

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked with every member of the TLT team for several years and have referred clients to them consistently because they are an exceptional team and the service and skill set on offer is second to none.’

‘Well regarded team for providing matrimonial advice. They are sensible and pragmatic with their approach. Easy to deal with and commercially minded.’

‘TLT are one of the powerhouses in family in Bristol, consistently excellent and highly recommended for good reason.’

‘Natalie Drew and Mark Sage form an incredible leadership within their team. You’ll never be let down by them and they’re a pleasure to work with. Excellent.’

‘Mark Sage is perhaps the most pragmatic and sensible family lawyer in Bristol. He listens to both sides of the arguments and makes a balanced judgement. Always a positive when he is on the otherside.’

‘Natalie Drew is forging a presence in London.’

‘Natalie Drew is a fantastic lawyer – very acute and with great client care skills who gives very good advice.’

‘Mark Sage is a very safe pair of hands with a great manner and very approachable.’

‘I have known Mark Sage for many years. He gives good, balanced advice and is knowledgeable about what he does. Mark handles clients and their expectations well. He cares well for clients. He is efficient and personable.’

‘Natalie Drew is a well known figure in matrimonial law circles in Bristol and she and Mark from a good team. Both attract good work.’

Health and safety Tier 1

The health and safety team at TLT provides strategic advice to a number of regional and national clients. It advises on policy reviews, safety issues and provides support at inquiries. Key clients come from a range of industries, including construction, waste management, media and retail. Kerry Gwyther, who heads up the commercial regulatory practice, has experience of handling multi-party litigation, regulatory compliance, investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Reed

Testimonials

‘Duncan Reed is the standout individual in the team, with substantial experience in the area. His easy, confident manner underlies his iron determination to get the best result for the client. He is known by both other solicitors and counsel who operate in the area as the man for the big case.’

Key clients

WHSmith PLC

Punch Taverns

Managers/Employees of of Rydon Group Limited

Greene King plc

Aurium Capital Markets

Travellers

Pennon Group

Biffa Waste

The Co-Operative Group

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

TLT houses a sizeable banking and restructuring team, which advises clients on matters such as debt portfolio acquisitions, loan portfolio transactions arising out of bank deleveraging and company voluntary arrangements. Clients of the firm include financial institutions, funds and private equity houses. The team has particular expertise in the renewables sector; in 2018, it handled multiple restructurings in this area. Elsewhere, the 'wise and competentPeter Carney has developed a niche in agricultural insolvencies. Beyond domestic work, the team is increasingly involved in cross-border matters, primarily due to the amount of mandates coming through its Indian banking clients. Practice head James Forsyth is 'realistic, experienced and pragmatic'.

Practice head(s):

James Forsyth

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team responds quickly and nothing ever seems to be too challenging

The client feels that the solicitor knows and understands their needs and this remains so until the conclusion of the case

Exceptional knowledge of the sector as well as commercial problem-solving ability – both of which come at a reasonable price

James Forsyth a good contact to have in times of crisis

Key clients

FRP Advisory LLP

BDO

CBRE UK

Grant Thornton

The Insolvency Service

KPMG

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Smith & Williamson

Wolf Minerals

IT and telecoms Tier 1

TLT works with national and international companies, and fast-growth businesses, on the development of technologies. Although the team is principally led from the Bristol office, clients also count on the expertise of practitioners in the firm's London, Manchester and Glasgow offices in relation to projects, outsourcing, software development, systems integration and business change programmes. The firm recently launched a new digital consultancy practice to provide regulatory advice to telecoms companies; this is led by recent hire Stuart Murray, who was previously director of regulatory affairs at BT. James Touzel, who is experienced in procurement and outsourcing, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Read; Peter Jackson

Testimonials

‘They’ve got a really good team – a great blend of talents for different deals and negotiations’

‘Real experts in the team, particularly James Touzel and Dan Read in IT, and Dan Lloyd in telecoms’

‘Their approach is really engaged, inquisitive right from the start, engaged with the whole project, interested in the wider business and determined to get good results’

‘It’s always seemed more like having an add-on to the in-house team rather than using a distant law firm who you have to keep bringing up to speed’

‘James Touzel is responsive, supportive, and most importantly pragmatic’

‘Dan Read is a completely safe pair of hands on any deal’

‘They stand out from the competition by working as a team’

‘It’s like dealing with a top City firm’

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

Telegraph Media Group

JD Sports

Licensing Tier 1

TLT assists with the acquisition of licences and provides licensing services to a wide range of clients including restaurants, hotels, visitor attractions and galleries. Practice head Matthew Phipps  also advises on immediate action and force premises reviews and defends against conditions on premises licences. The practice informs clients about shifting legislative agendas that affect the obtainment of licences.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Phipps

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Griffin, Piers Warne

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and astute with a clear and concise communication style.’

Key clients

WH Smith

Yum! (KFC, Pizza Hut Delivery & Taco Bell)

SA Brain & Company

Boston Tea Party

Pensions Tier 1

TLT advises trustees and employers on a wide range of pension schemes, including master trusts. The scope of its work includes multinational restructurings, outsourcing projects, governance advice, buy-ins and buyouts. The firm acts for a number of multinational clients, and is noted for its public sector experience. Sasha Butterworth heads up the pensions team, which has notable expertise in outsourcing projects, risk reduction and scheme mergers.

Practice head(s):

Sasha Butterworth

Other key lawyers:

Chris Crighton

Testimonials

‘The strength is that they have very detailed knowledge that they can disseminate in an easy to understand manner and a modest cost. Their advice is to the point and very practical.’

‘Sasha Butterworth never fails, she is always on her game and able to be constructive and to the point on all pension issues. A pleasure to deal with. Available to discuss issues and hits deadlines with ease.’

‘Lizzie Stone is very knowledgeable and able to articulate complex issues in an easy to understand manner.’

Key clients

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Travelers

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan

WHSmith

TClarke plc

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

TLT combines banking and trusts advice and has recently increased its activity in the agricultural sector. The firm also advises on estate planning aspects and the restructuring of wealth holding structures. International tax work, especially in connection with US tax law, is another significant pillar of the practice. Debbie Gale was promoted to legal director in April 2018 and leads the probate part of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wooddisse

Other key lawyers:

Chris Williamson; David Wheeler

Testimonials

‘Certainly a cut above any of the other firms in Bristol’

‘Patrick Woodddisse is very bright and can quickly get to the real issues.’

‘Patrick Wooddisse has the ability to think on his feet; he is exceptional and his problem solving skills are very good.’

‘They marry hand holding with professional expertise.’

‘Chris Williamson is brilliant with clients – he delivers advice clearly and concisely and is always willing to lend additional thoughts or time that may take him outside of his billable hours. He is highly professional and excellent with international clients who are new UK law and often need additional guidance when navigating their estate planning objectives.’

‘Patrick Wooddisse is a superb communicator and is as good on UK tax as he is on international matters. He is always responsive and makes intelligent commercial suggestions and is happy to agree schemes of work that are of use to me (and my firm) as his client, rather than what suits his team and is easy.’

‘Everything TLT offer is top-notch; the quality of their work is unimpeachable and I would have no hesitation in putting a client of mine in front of them knowing they were in good hands. Not only are they technically excellent, they are lovely to deal with and handle difficult or troubled clients with the utmost care and consideration.’

‘Their professionalism and proactivity ensures the clients’ wish to establish a long-term relationship’

Expertise and ability to deal with any query helpfully and in a commercial fashion’

‘Competitive pricing’

‘Always proactive, responsive and highly professional’

‘Quick to respond to requests, often go above and beyond what is required of them’

Social housing Tier 1

The ‘quick, supportive and knowledgeable’ team at TLT offers a complete range of legal services, such as property development, planning, plot sales, construction, property litigation, procurement and tax. Other areas of expertise include housing and asset management, employment, health and safety, and project finance. Clients include registered providers, local authorities and private contractors. David Isaacson, who specialises in corporate and commercial issues, advises on local authority housing vehicles, housing stock transfers, arms length management organisations, and constitutional and governance matters. Department head Kane Kirkbride has expertise in the impact of welfare reforms on registered providers. Siobhan Fitzgerald handles contentious and advisory employment matters for social housing clients.

Practice head(s):

Kane Kirkbride; Linda Convery

Testimonials

The team is quick and competent

The team is very competent and advises efficiently on merger options and HR matters

TLT adds value and invests effort into contributing to the commercial awareness of its clients

Kane Kirkbride is skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, and has enviable expertise in social and supported housing matters

David Isaacson and Siobhan Fitzgerald are particularly helpful

Key clients

Swan Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Peabody Trust

One Housing Group

Saxon Weald Homes Ltd

Aster Homes

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Knightstone Housing Association Ltd

Notting Hill Housing Trust

Southern Housing

Banking and finance Tier 2

TLT has a strong track record in corporate banking at a national and international level, and it is also very active in the areas of project finance, renewable energy finance and real estate finance. Its team also demonstrates strong capabilities in investment grade lending and loan portfolio work. ‘First-class lawyerGary Roscoe acts for sponsors and financial institutions in project finance transactions, among other matters. Roscoe jointly heads up the practice with the ‘uniqueJon Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Jon Stewart; Gary Roscoe

Testimonials

The banking and finance practice is a standout due to the depth and the breadth of experience in the energy sector

The go-to team in the South West for mid-market transactions

Gary Roscoe’s good reputation in the financial sector precedes him

Jon Stewart is always of great assistance to his clients

Key clients

BGL Group

Dyson Finance

HSBC Bank

Pimlico Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland

Temporis Capital

Triodos Bank

Santander UK

WHSmith

Banking litigation Tier 2

TLT advises on high-profile and high-value financial services disputes, while also demonstrating a strong track record on contentious regulatory investigations. Clients include major banks, alternative lenders and fintech companies, as well as peer to peer lenders, loan acquirers and building societies. James Chadwick heads the team, which aims to distinguish itself from larger peers by offering agile and innovative pricing and service offerings via collaboration with other firms and accountants.

Practice head(s):

James Chadwick

Other key lawyers:

Roisin McGlinn; Chantal Peters; Ben Spivey

Testimonials

‘Experts in their field and highly commercial.’

‘Exceptional in dealing with complex matters.’

‘James Chadwick and his team have a deep understanding of their field and do not encourage us to pursue situations unless they have confidence in the outcome.’

Key clients

Aldermore Bank

Bank of America, ML

Capita/Link

Computershare

The Cooperative Bank plc

FRP

Handelsbanken

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Templeton

UKAR

Unicredit, Redstone Mortgages Ltd

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

TLT regularly acts for blue-chip clients in the commercial and financial services sectors, with its experience of handling complex and reputationally-sensitive issues coming to the fore in litigation, arbitration and mediation. International arbitration work, in particular, is a notable area of growth. The practice is jointly led by Chris Owen and Jonathan Hoey; Owen focuses on commercial matters, while Hoey is a specialist in financial services disputes and investigations. Other key areas of the practice include the retail, leisure and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Owen; Jonathan Hoey

Other key lawyers:

Ed Fiddick; Victoria Mabbett;

Testimonials

‘We felt that Chris Owen really engaged with our company and our problem, and that he sincerely had our best interests at heart. He was not a “generic lawyer”, but a person we could relate to. Also he was very reliable in his promises and very quickly reacted whenever we needed ad-hoc advice.

Key clients

French Connection

Metropolitan Police

DDN Storage

WHSmith Plc

Matthew Clark Bibendum

Inchcape Plc

Tamura Europe

Fitness First

RBS

Furrer + Frey

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

TLT’s primary strengths are in real estate asset management, and commercial and residential development. The firm is also able to advise on ancillary areas, such as planning, construction, tax, and environmental law. The real estate practice has developed specialisms in a wide range of industry sectors, including retail and consumer goods, leisure and the public sector. The practice is led by Maria Connolly, who is ‘friendly, knowledgeable and always contactable’. Connolly is particularly known for her work in the clean energy sector, as is Matthew Grimwood. Andrew Glynn specialises in commercial property investment and acts for property occupiers such as banks, lenders and public sector bodies. Julia Lucas supports leisure sector clients in portfolio acquisitions, disposals, refinancings and estate management.

Practice head(s):

Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Julia Lucas; Andrew Glynn; Julian Mant; Philip Collis; Matthew Grimwood

Testimonials

Very responsive to clients’ questions and needs

A very strong commercial approach coupled with the ability to manage contentious and disputed matters at a reasonable cost

The team makes every client feel important

Driving the process forward even when there are difficult issues to overcome

Key clients

BBC

WHSmith

Greene King

TUI Travel

Ecotricity Group

Punch Taverns

Swan Housing

Savills

Mondelēz

Byron Hamburgers

Construction Tier 2

Led by practice head Simon GossTLT's Bristol team works seamlessly with the firm’s offices in Manchester and London. The group has a particular strength in the public and clean energy sectors, and has also had an increase in mandates in the housing and higher education sectors. It advises on a wide range of high-value projects for building developers and end-users, including global brands, public bodies and housing associations. It also acts for regional and national contractors. Construction dispute resolution specialist Tom Wrzesien is a name to note.  

Practice head(s):

Simon Goss

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly personable, able to tailor advice accordingly to different individuals within the business.’

‘The team offer tactical advice and are able to draw upon differing levels of experience across the national team.’

‘Good example of functional team working from different regional offices.’

‘TLT provide a well organised, professional and structured service. TLT’s strength is their promptness in responding to queries. How they explain the legal language to lay persons simply, clearly and concisely. TLT use their strengths traits and abilities in their approach to complete work, relate with others, and to achieve goals. ‘

‘The individuals I have worked with at TLT have always gone above and beyond to assist with my queries. They talk through difficult situations and come up with prospective solutions in negotiating with difficult clients. Always very helpful and approachable and always make me feel comfortable when discussing matters with them.’

Key clients

Bank of Baroda

WH Smith

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

Savills

Midas Construction

HAB at the Acre Limited

Quadrant Construction Services Limited

Total Control Services Ltd

Thrive Renewables PLC

Arlington Energy

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 2

TLT fields specialist corporate and commercial groups, which are led by John Wood and Perran Jervis respectively, and generate work from national and international clients. The firm acts for clients in a number of key sectors, such as energy and renewables, financial services, leisure and TMT, among others. Woods has led the corporate team on matters such as private equity investments and corporate restructurings. Jervis, who has notable experience of the retail and consumer goods sector, has led the advice to clients on commercial contracts, collaboration agreements, franchising and international development.

Practice head(s):

John Wood; Perran Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Alice Gardner; Andrew Webber; James Webb

Testimonials

‘Perran Jervis is an outstanding commercial lawyer.’

Key clients

Savills plc

WHSmith plc

Mobile Windscreens

LDC

Boohoo.com

Endomag

Plantforce

JD Sports

Stirling Dynamics

Molson Construction

Sainsbury’s Plc

JD Sports plc

WHSmith plc

Imperial Brands plc

BGL Group plc

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

HM Treasury

Corporate tax Tier 2

TLT's corporate tax team is strong in both personal and business tax, and provides advice to national and international companies, management teams, owner-managers and land developers. Notable strengths include real estate taxes, employee share schemes and tax structuring for company sales. Practice head Ben Watson is highly experienced in all aspects of employee tax, employment-related securities and employee share schemes.

Practice head(s):

Ben Watson

Key clients

Boohoo group Plc

WHSmith Plc

Molson Construction Equipment

ExamWorks UK

Aardman Animations Limited

Swan Housing Group

Endless LLP

Sawday’s

Francis Flower

Encore Capital

Debt recovery Tier 2

TLT advises on the recovery of outstanding mortgage arrears and property for a variety of clients, including financial institutions and banks. Other areas of expertise include recovery of ground rent and service charge arrears for property management companies, landlords and developers. Legal director Darren Shaw heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Darren Shaw

Other key lawyers:

James Chadwick; David Robinson

Employment Tier 2

TLT's employment team has grown recently with the arrival of Paula Cole from Squire Patton Boggs, followed by the addition of two other solicitors - Melissa McLoughlin, also from Squire Patton Boggs, and Katie Dyson from Aaron & Partners LLP. The department, under the leadership of Ed Cotton, advises on a range of complex employment issues, including matters relating to equal pay, TUPE, large scale reorganisations, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, trade union and industrial relations, working with clients across the banking, insurance, financial services, retail, housing, leisure and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ed Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Paula Cole; Jessica Foster

Key clients

Boohoo.com UK Limited

Search Consultancy Ltd

Preston North End Football Club

Servoca plc

Classic Lodges Limited

Well Pharmacy (formerly Co-operative Pharmacy)

Nichols plc

University of Central Lancashire

Bombardier Transportation

Ultimate Products plc

Auden Group

Finning UK & Ireland Limited

Energy Tier 2

TLT’s ‘excellent’ cross-disciplinary team advises a wide variety of clients, including developers, contractors, funders, equity investors, suppliers and government entities. Its work covers a broad cross-section of energy schemes, such as those involving onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, gas peaking, biomass and tidal power. The group is also sought out for advice on emerging technologies, such as electric vehicles and their associated infrastructure. ‘Incredible energy specialistMaria Connolly, who heads up the department, has extensive experience of wind, solar, biomass, hydro and energy storage projects. Legal director Stuart Urquhart is recommended for his regulatory expertise, and also his experience of commercial contracts related to energy generation and supply.

Practice head(s):

Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

TLT provides an excellent option for clients seeking wide-ranging advice in the niche energy sector

TLT’s energy practice is second to none in the mid-market

TLT’s ability to resource various specialist teams and to work across multiple jurisdictions is greatly appreciated

Stuart Urquhart is a true specialist who is able to handle complex matters

Key clients

Low Carbon

Guinness Asset Management

The Co-operative Group

Triodos Bank

Thrive Renewables

Ecotricity

Anesco

Peel Energy

NextEnergy Capital

The Renewable Infrastructure Group

EU and competition Tier 2

TLT has a strong track record advising clients on competition law issues with a nexus to sectors such as energy and renewables, TMT, retail and consumer goods, among others. The wide-ranging scope of its work includes defending companies implicated in competition investigations, compliance training, dawn-raid advice and negotiating merger clearances. In addition, the team regularly advises on state aid and public procurement; recent work involved assisting several private service providers with state aid issues concerning public funding from European bodies. Miles Trower is particularly knowledgeable about the financial services space, and has a strong track record representing clients in market and cartel investigations.

Practice head(s):

Miles Trower

Other key lawyers:

Bill Hull

Testimonials

The team is accessible, responsive and focused on helping

I have always found Miles extremely knowledgeable, responsive and client-focused. He delivers advice in a user/business-friendly manner and with a high degree of commercial pragmatism

Miles has been extremely helpful in clarifying the competition issues that were of most relevance to us and giving us clear advice on next steps

We found Miles to be knowledgeable and clear with his advice, he always seems to be available and understands the needs of the client

Key clients

BGL Group Limited (Comparethemarket.com)

Imperial Brands PLC

The Retail Motor Industry Federation Limited / National Franchised Dealers Association

Francis Flower

Inchcape plc

Mineral Products Association

Energy Saving Trust Ltd

Merlin Entertainments plc

The Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

West Coast Properties

Intellectual property Tier 2

TLT acts for household name clients in relation to IP litigation, trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights and IT issues. On the non-contentious side the firm advises on new IP development, strategic licensing and IP transfers. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, financial services, TMT and leisure. The 'very service-minded' Graeme Orchison heads the team and specialises in litigation at trial and in the appellate courts, working in tandem with Bristol-based James Touzel.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Orchison; James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

David Gardner

Testimonials

‘Graeme Orchison is supremely talented, has bags of experience and plenty to offer in terms of strategy as well as technically. He is one I would want on my side in any IP litigation. He is very good indeed.’

‘Graeme Orchinson is underestimated by big City lawyers/firms. He is an excellent litigator.’

‘Graeme Orchison has a hands-on approach’.

‘Graeme Orchison is very service-minded and has always given fast and clear answers to the questions we have had’.

‘They are very responsive to commercial needs.’

‘Graeme Orchison and his TLT colleagues give the appropriate legal advice but have the ability to work with the client to make the correct commercial decisions.’

‘Graeme Orchison is in my opinion the best IP lawyer in the North of England.’

Key clients

National leading UK clearing bank

Sainsbury’s Argos Ltd

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd

D Jacobson & Sons Ltd (owner of the GOLA brand)

Major global brewer

Leading North West based manufacturer of food packaging machinery

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

learndirect Limited

Matalan Limited

Household name retailer with over £1bn in turnover

R. Faerch A/S

Intellectual property Tier 2

TLT's full-service IP practice undertakes both contentious and advisory roles for a sizeable number of clients nationally and internationally. It has seen rapid growth in its workload across a number of industries, including the food and beverages sector, where Jo Pritchard and Dan Read advise on portfolio management, contentious disputes and IP transactional work. The team also works with start-ups and upscale companies in devising IP protection measures and strengthening trade marks. James Touzel leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Jo Pritchard; Dan Read; Kiera Dale

Testimonials

‘Jo Pritchard is well-recognised across the field’

‘Jo Pritchard is a strong player for them’

‘Very good client focus and excellent responses’

‘Jo Pritchard is fantastic, she is very knowledgeable and works with the business to provide strategic advice to best protect our IP property and provides clear guidance on new registrations.’

‘Kiera Dale has assisted with a range of matters and provides detailed and relevant advice.’

Key clients

BGL

Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

Merlin Entertainments

British Telecommunications PLC

Brabantia (UK) Limited

Tru-tension Limited

Muji Europe Holdings Limited

WHSmith plc

Pyroban

WDM Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

TLT acts for national and international corporations on IT projects, open banking, cloud services and digital transformations. Other areas of expertise include procurement, outsourcing,, software development and systems integration. Key client sectors include financial services, fintech, retail, TMT and the public sector. David Gardner - who has 'a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world' - heads the team and leads on significant IT transactions from the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):

David Gardner

Testimonials

‘David Gardner has long been a rising star and is the partner you want in your corner. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world.’

Key clients

A national leading UK clearing bank

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

The National Crime Agency

boohoo.com

JD Sports plc

Pets at Home

Iceland Foods

Planning Tier 2

TLT handles a broad cross-section of planning work for developers, financial institutions, minerals and waste operators, public bodies, private landowners and individuals. Its team is particularly highly reputed in contentious planning matters and judicial review risk assessments. Practice head Katherine Evans is praised by clients for being ‘a great negotiator’.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Evans

Testimonials

The team is always responsive and helpful

The team’s understanding of the planning process is certainly up-to-date and its depth of knowledge is extensive

Katherine Evans would always go the extra mile to ensure that clients’ expectations are met

Key clients

WHSmith

The Ecotricity Group

Bristol Temple Quarter

Crematoria Management

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes

Viridor

Catalyst Housing

Square Bay

Edward Ware Homes

Professional negligence Tier 2

Acting for both claimants and defendants, TLT offers expertise in claims arising in the financial services, property, corporate, tax, pensions and construction sectors. The firm is also experienced in advising on claims involving solicitors, valuers and other construction professionals, as well as bankers, financial advisers and insurance brokers. The firm has a track record in assisting with the resolution of negligence claims by negotiation and mediation.

Practice head(s):

Neil Franklin

Testimonials

‘Neil Franklin has a very strong understanding of the practical and legal aspects of dealing with lenders’ claims for banks and mortgage lenders against professionals such as solicitors and valuers, based on a huge amount of experience in this area.’

Key clients

Avon Rubber

Fitness First

Mortgage Express

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

The Northview Group

UK Asset Resolution (UKAR)

UPS

Ultimate Finance

WH Smith

Property litigation Tier 2

TLT covers a wide scope of contentious matters, such as landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews and lease renewals, and disputes concerning contractual obligations. The team’s client base includes commercial landlords and tenants, property developers, investors, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. It also generates work from public sector clients. Mark Routley’s practice focuses on issues arising in the retail, leisure, telecoms and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Routley

Testimonials

‘Exceptional local reputation’

‘A strong property litigation team’

‘The team provides timely responses’

‘Very good cross-department cooperation, particularly between the teams dealing with property transactions and property litigation’

‘Mark Routley is very attentive when it comes to his clients’ needs’

‘Alex Payne is able to give a legal and commercial view in accord with client needs.’

‘Danielle Ferguson is very detailed orientated while retaining an overall appreciation of the case. Both challenging and supportive to the client.’

Key clients

Greene King

WHSmith

BBC

Punch

London Borough of Lambeth

Metropolitan Police Service

Covent Garden Market Authority

Southern Housing

City of London Corporation

Byron Hamburgers

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

TLT stands out for its sector focus approach, with expertise across retail, consumer goods, clean energy, leisure, food, drink, digital and public sector real estate instructions - and the Manchester team is particularly noted for its financial services expertise. The team handles transactional and portfolio management work and is also engaged on real estate developments.  Andy Bell heads the financial services sector for real estate department. Elsewhere, John Hyde leads the property development team, Daniel Sweeney heads the retail property team and Philip Moran heads the leisure property team.

Practice head(s):

Maria Connolly (Bristol)

Other key lawyers:

Andy Bell; Patrick Sheehan; John Hyde; Daniel Sweeney; Philip Moran; Fay Wilshaw; Rachel Smith; Qasim Mohammed

Testimonials

The Manchester office provides excellent client focus in real estate and commercial property matters.

The team has a pragmatic and commercially astute approach which adds value.

Qasim Mohammed is a highly respected and competent professional with excellent client focus and a commercially pragmatic approach.

John Hyde provides an excellent and dedicated service.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Pets at Home

SUK Retail Limited (Office Outlet)

Landmark Investments Group

New World Trading Company

Royal Bank of Scotland

Lookers

Total Fitness

Iceland Foods

Hydes Brewery

Aviva Public Private Finance

Manchester Airports Group

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

TLT advises on capital markets, venture capital, private equity and AIM IPOs for entrepreneurs and investors from across the UK and overseas. On the commercial side the firm deals with collaboration agreements, commercial joint ventures, data protection, export controls, outsourcing, public procurement, licensing and development. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, clean energy, leisure, and food and beverage. Ian Roberts and Stuart Campbell head the team. The "incredibly experienced" Stephen Devlin and Andrew Needham are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ian Roberts; Stuart Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Devlin; Andrew Needham; Elizabeth Delaney; Susan Honeyands; David Gardner; Pauline Cowie

Testimonials

‘Stephen Devlin is measured, pleasant, incredibly experienced and has a really good mind’.

‘Excellent – response times are good but if necessary, immediate action can and will be taken.’

‘Stuart Campbell is very competent in drafting agreements and making sure that the client is not exposed.’

‘The team provides a technically competent, reliable and personable service ensuring that they provide a timely service and have constant communication with you at all times.’

‘Pragmatic, efficient and cost-effective.’

‘Great team – they understand our business and are technically very strong.’

‘TLT’s team in Manchester is a very responsive and extremely pragmatic commercial team. They are effectively an extension of our in-house commercial contracts capability. They make sensible choices based on their in-depth knowledge of their client. This is the reason that I have continued to use them no matter what in-house role I move to.’

‘Elizabeth Delaney particularly stands out as she is very commercially pragmatic and technically competent which is the winning combination for a corporate lawyer.’

David Gardner and Tim Waller are both knowledgable and approachable individuals who are able to manage complex legal matters in a coherent manner.’

‘Stuart Campbell is the most responsive law firm partner that I have ever worked with. He is always on hand to assist immediately with on-point legal advice. He really invests in his client relationships and ensures the gateway into TLT is efficient as he personally oversees that I am directed to the right lawyer in the right team. He is the face of TLT for me with a great network with the firm. This is evidenced by him taking ownership to ensure that the client experience is friction-free by directly reaching out to other teams within the firm. Stuart always thinks about what else he can bring to the client relationship and he offers creative value-added services that cements the bond between firm and client. And he also happens to be one of the most pragmatic, no-nonsense commercial lawyers that I have worked with.’

‘Alex Williamson is a shining star; his drafting is excellent. His attention to detail is superb. His expert guidance has developed through the years and his steer on commercial matters is nimble and on-point. He is one to watch.’

Key clients

Examworks UK Limited

boohoo group plc

K3 Capital Group plc

Uinsure Limited

Shareholders of NWC Group and High Access Group

Sainsbury’s Plc (including Argos and Habitat)

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Elavon Financial Services

Close Brothers

Crown Commercial Service

Environment Tier 3

TLT’s planning and environment team advises clients on property-related environmental issues, such as waste regulation and contaminated land. It also undertakes prosecution and defence work in relation to regulatory investigations, and also provides regulatory compliance advice. The firm has a first-rate reputation in the clean energy sector, which dates back nearly 20 years. Other industries where the team is active include leisure, retail, housing and the public sector. The 'experienced, detailed and tacticalKerry Gwyther is very active in the construction and aggregates industries; clients in this space include businesses, directors and senior managers. Gwyther co-heads the practice with Katherine Evans, who has niche expertise in town and village greens, as well as minerals and mining. Stuart Urquhart and Duncan Reed are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Evans; Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very experienced environment and safety team

The team is great with handling contracts

Everyone on the team is excellent

Kerry Gwyther is a superstar

Stuart Urquhart is able to explain complex legal concepts simply and clearly

Duncan Reed is highly experienced in his area of expertise and is always approachable and prompt in providing a response

Key clients

Glastonbury Festival

EDF Energy

Punch Taverns

Viridor Waste Management

Crematoria Management

Francis Flower

Ecotricity

Renewable Energy Systems

British Solar Renewables

InfraRed Capital Partners

Health and safety Tier 3

Led by Jason CropperTLT's health and safety practice handles food safety, environmental enforcement and other criminal prosecutions. The department also advises companies on regulatory compliance, particularly in relation to remedial action following injuries or fatalities.

Practice head(s):

Jason Cropper

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Reed; Angela Craven; Liam Whitfield

Testimonials

‘TLT has a unique experience in health and safety in the water Industry. It is ideally placed within the market to give big City experience and advice at a regional level.’

‘Duncan Reed is the standout individual in the team, with substantial experience in the area. His easy, confident manner underlies his iron determination to get the best result for the client. He is known by both other solicitors and counsel who operate in the area as the man with for the big case.’

‘Jason Cropper is very experienced, while Angela Craven is a very well prepared and detailed solicitor with a cheerful and helpful approach.’

Key clients

Iceland Foods

Biffa Waste

Pennon Group

South West Water

JD Sports

James West Ltd

Gaskell Waste (North West Ltd)

British Renewables Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Elavon Financial Services

Bohoo / PLT (Pretty Little Thing)

The Co-operative group

Bibby Hydromap

Greene King

Local government Tier 3

TLT's practice is going from strength to strength, with the firm gaining a sizeable number of new local authority clients recently; it now acts for more than 70. The team advises clients on a wide ambit of issues, such as employment, procurement, project arrangements, planning, renewable energy, real estate and general commercial issues. In addition to acting for local authorities, other clients include central government departments and government agencies. Senior partner Andrew Glynn and Bill Hull co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Glynn; Bill Hull

Testimonials

The team is great, especially in handling contractual matters

Key clients

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

Cornwall Council

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Barnet

Pensions Tier 3

Legal director Damien Garrould, who leads TLT's northwest pensions team from Manchester, is adept at advising on wide range of pension law matters including public sector outsourcings and pension scheme investments. Garrould also has particular expertise in relation to self-invested personal pension schemes as well as small self-administered schemes, and regularly provides pensions advice to the wider firm's employment clients.

Practice head(s):

Damien Garrould

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgable in their field, -they explain things in laymans terms so it is easy to understand the processes required and the risks involved.’

‘Damian Garrould is very friendly, affable and knowledgable.’

Property litigation Tier 3

TLT is regularly engaged on property disputes across the leisure, retail, housing, energy, financial services and public sectors. The team handles a range of landlord and tenant cases involving rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes. The team acts for commercial landlords, tenants, public sector bodies, housing associations, property developers, investors, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. Portfolio management is also a key area of activity for the team. Matthew Forrest acts for clients across the retail, leisure, energy and development sectors, and James Chadwick is experienced in advising financial services sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Forrest; James Chadwick; Mark Routley

Testimonials

The team is quick to react and deals with complex and difficult matters

James Chadwick is very helpful and approachable.

Key clients

Pets at Home Limited/ Companion Care (Services) Limited / Vets4Pets

Manchester Airports Group

WH Smith

Well Pharmacy

Nationwide Building Society

Staples UK

Greene King

SUK Retail (Staples/Office Outlet)

Iceland Foods

Redstone Mortgages

Landwood Commercial (Manchester)

Lloyds Banking Group

Cosmo Restaurants

Banking and finance Tier 4

TLT 's banking and finance team is regularly instructed by banks and other financial institutions on complex real estate finance and social housing finance transactions. The team is also noted for its corporate lending practice, and the team acts for both lenders and borrowers. Department head Paul Crighton is a 'technically talented lawyer but combines this with personal charm and straightforward communication'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Crighton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brock

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable, diligent and capable and it produces high-quality work

Paul Crighton takes the time to find out what it is that the client really wants, and then works with that in mind

Paul Crighton does not shy away from a hard negotiation where required but executes transactions in a collaborative manner wherever possible

Paul Brock is highly recommended

 

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK

The Co-operative Bank

Bank of Baroda

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

TLT 's practice,  handles litigation, arbitration and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Key client sectors include retail, leisure, food and drink, clean energy, digital and the public sector. Emma Flower co-heads the team and deals with commercial disputes, including contractual and warranty claims, supply chain cases, commercial agency issues, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Julien Luke also co-heads the team and is experienced in disputes in the energy sector. Jon Hainey joined the firm from DWF, he is adept at handling commercial disputes for a broad range of clients from SMEs to multi-national businesses, and public law disputes for and against local authorities and central government.

Practice head(s):

Emma Flower; Julien Luke

Other key lawyers:

Jon Hainey; Gary Freeman; Helen Daley

Testimonials

TLT are above par and fresh in their approach to clients’.

Jon Hainey stands out; he leads his team well and is always available’.

Jon Hainey is a sound litigator, a safe pair of hands and effective in an understated way’.

Key clients

Boohoo.com

Co-operative Group Limited

CityFibre Limited

Entanet International Limited

Farmcare Trading Limited

Movianto UK Limited

New World Trading Company UK Limited

PrettyLittleThing

Provident Financial plc

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland

Search Consultancy Limited

Wilker UK Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

TLT handles a range of corporate restructuring and insolvency mandates and regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, mid-market corporates, banks and other financial institutions. The health and social care sector is a key area of focus and the team is also able to advise on complex pensions-related restructuring mandates. Team head Alastair Lomax 'provides clear, pragmatic and unambiguous advice'.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Lomax

Testimonials

The firm provides an extremely collaborative and joined up approach and there is a very clear sense that the interests of the client are at the heart of the day-to-day service provided

The team genuinely cares about the outcome which sets it apart from numerous other firms

Alastair Lomax is particularly adept at diffusing potentially adversarial issues via his excellent communication skills

 

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

BDO LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Alix Partners LLP

Duff & Phelps

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton LLP

Local government Tier 4

TLT handles a range of procurement, IT transformations, and large-scale development and regeneration projects. In Manchester, the team has a growing presence across planning, regeneration projects, real estate, tax, and procurement mandates. It also handles commercial and contractual work and is instructed on disputes. John Hyde heads the property development team and litigator Jon Hainey is experienced in public law and procurement disputes.

Planning and environment Tier 4

TLT's planning department is instructed by local authorities and public sector clients on major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Associate Debbie Reynolds, who heads the team in Manchester, is a compulsory purchase specialist and is regularly instructed on regeneration and infrastructure schemes for promoting authorities and developers through joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Evans (Bristol); Debbie Reynolds

Testimonials

‘Debbie Reynolds has built up an enviable planning and compulsory purchase practice, acting for a number of local authorities. She really know her stuff and gets on with delivering a great service to clients in a low key but efficient way.’

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Castlefield Estates

Muse Developments

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The London Borough of Islington

The London Borough of Barnet

WH Smith

Nationwide Building Society

Catalyst Housing

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+

The Lex 100 Verdict

TLT 'is entering a significant growth period' in which new recruits were eager participants. With a 'national presence in all three UK legal jurisdictions', TLT offers 'London-quality work', is 'at the forefront of sector developments' and has a 'well respected real estate team'. Combining 'high-quality work, a strong training programme and a good work/life balance', trainees benefit from 'the perfect balance of support and responsibility'. Many were motivated by the direction in which the firm is heading and complimented TLT for being 'refreshingly forward-thinking and friendly'. Working in small teams, trainees are exposed to 'responsibility from day one' and were pleased to discover that 'partners take a real interest in your development'. TLT 'doesn't feel like a strict hierarchy' and with friendly colleagues and 'supportive supervisors' many felt that they were working in a firm 'where everyone wants you to succeed', earning TLT a Lex 100 Winner medal for approachability. New recruits 'really feel like part of something which is growing' but 'as the firm is constantly winning bigger and better work, the hours are getting longer'. Respondents would like 'more social events' and a canteen. 'Making a mistake on a transaction' and 'being uncertain as to whether you will get your preferred seat' worried trainees. However, hard work pays off, as 'liaising directly with clients ahead of a completion meeting' and 'being offered a job upon qualification' were moments recognised and rewarded by both partners and clients. TLT offers new recruits 'high-level tasks in a supportive environment'. If a 'uniquely friendly culture' seals the deal for you, apply to TLT.