Firm Profile > TLT > Manchester, England

TLT
3 HARDMAN SQUARE
MANCHESTER
M3 3EB
England

Employment Tier 1

In addition to advising on day-to-day employment issues, TLT acts for employers in tribunal claims, trade union issues, and reorganisations. In 2020, the practice was heavily active in issues related to COVID-19, aiding clients in accessing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as well as continuing their operations in a manner compliant with COVID regulations. The team’s client base includes high-profile companies, particularly in the retail sector. The practice is led by Liz Cotton, Paula Cole, and Ed Cotton, all of whom handle contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Liz Cotton has particular experience in advising boards on issues such as restructurings and trade union relations, while Ed Cotton is praised for the close relationships he develops with clients.

Practice head(s):

Paula Cole; Liz Cotton; Ed Cotton

Testimonials

‘A pro with TLT is to have direct contact with the solicitor. The solicitors are very accessible and I always get prompt replies.’

‘My main contact at TLT is Liz Cotton. She is a very keen solicitor who is eager to help me.’

‘We continue to use TLT as the people are brilliant. They are very commercial, they take the time to understand our business and our aims, so any advice is reflective of this. They are very direct, they do not convolute the advice, it is provided in terms we understand. They are trusted advisors, whose reputation across our business is excellent. ’

‘They are very direct, they do not convolute the advice, it is provided in terms we understand. Ed Cotton in particular stands out, he has a very good understanding of our business and has made the time to develop a relationship with each of our Directors. We consider Ed is genuinely trying to help our business, not increase his fees by drawing issues out, so we trust his views without question. Ed will always return a call regardless of the time of day or night. ’

‘Each time I email a query to my contact the response is within a few hours and if he is busy or on annual leave then a colleague will answer instead. Advice is always clear and very helpful. Billing is not each month – they make you feel like giving you advice is more important than billing you the hours. ’

‘Ed Cotton and his team make me feel like I am the priority. Questions are answered swiftly and clearly. I always know that they are there when I need them.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, strong capable team, good use of technology with a client interface and on line portal’

‘Extremely responsive and knowledgeable partners and colleagues with excellent knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Boohoo.com UK Limited

TJ Morris Limited t/a Home Bargains

ShoeZone Limited

Well Pharmacy (formerly Co-operative Pharmacy)

Nichols plc

4Fashions Ltd

Servoca plc

University of Central Lancashire

Bombardier Transportation

Ultimate Products plc

Auden Group

Finning UK & Ireland Limited

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

TLT’s impressive client roster includes bars and restaurants, brewers, taxi companies and trade bodies alongside retail, leisure, event and gambling sector players, who regularly draw on the team’s wide-ranging licensing expertise. Its offering covers the gamut of contentious and non-contentious licensing work with a focus on alcohol, gambling and premises licensing and includes Covid-19-related emergency temporary licences for home delivery and click and collect options. Team head Stephen McGowan is a key contact for alcohol licensing as is associate Michael McDougall, while Caroline Loudon is best known for her gambling law expertise. Niall Hassard is another key contact, handling liquor, civic, gambling licensing and HMOs and is often instructed in licensing appeals in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session.

Practice head(s):

Stephen McGowan

Testimonials

‘My businesses are looked after by Niall Hassard. Niall is very much a trusted adviser and his role has been so much more important in the past year.’

‘Caroline Loudon is very experienced and knows the members and staff of the licensing board very well. She is clearly liked and respected by the board which eases licence applications. She communicates well and gives clear advice.’

‘The licensing team at TLT continually strives to keep its clients and subscribers informed with the latest and most relevant updates which is invaluable. They are friendly, approachable at all levels and concise with their advice.’

‘Niall Hassard has a positive and upbeat demeanour which exudes confidence and aptitude which, as a client is very reassuring. Niall has always displayed an expansive knowledge in his field which appears to have no limit.’

‘The licencing team at TLT Glasgow is exceptional They are approachable, patient and understand our business. Their personable approach makes you feel like you have a relationship with them rather than simply feeling like a fee-paying client. Their knowledge of licensing law is extensive, as you would expect, but they have excellent relationships with local authorities which encourages a collaborative approach rather than adversarial which has been essential in the growth of our business.’

‘Stephen McGowan and Michael McDougall are excellent. I cannot recommend this team highly enough.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Sainsbury’s

Celtic FC

Signature Pub Group

Punch Pubs

Iceland Foods Ltd

Elior plc/Scottish Rugby Union

Greene King

Rangers FC

National Trust for Scotland

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

TLT's corporate team is praised for its 'excellent advice and sensible rates', handling a wide variety of corporate transactions. The group has core expertise in the retail, clean energy and digital sectors, as well as a strong track record in private equity, venture capital and international investment deals. The firm provides a full service, and is able to pull together a team including experts in competition law, financial services, regulatory issues and capital markets. Andrew Webber heads the corporate team, while the commercial group is led by Perran Jervis, who also leads the retail and consumer goods practice. Alice Gardner brings substantial expertise in cross-border corporate transactions. Antonia Silvestri is an expert in turnaround transactions, as well as clean energy deals, an area that is also a specialism for Kay Hobbs. In February 2020, the group was further strengthened by the arrival of legal director Dan Whitewood, an investments expert, from Simmons & Simmons. John Wood is now managing partner of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Webber; Perran Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice, sensible rates.’

‘Practical and focused advice.’

‘Alice Gardner always has a commercial and pragmatic approach to ensure client interests are met.’

‘What stands out is the flexibility of the team in being able to seamlessly link in other partners and senior members of the team to provide a complete solution to often complex situations needing a diverse range of skills.’

‘Antonia Silvestri stands out due to her strong communication and stakeholder management skills, and her ability to focus all parties on the key facts and not allow the noise to distract parties from arriving at a practical solution. She is hardworking and delivers on time.’

‘A very good team with local knowledge and good project management of transactions.’

Key clients

Savills plc

WHSmith plc

Mobile Windscreens

Superdry PLC

Longacre Group (previously Sea Equity)

boohoo group plc

TUI AG

Herman Miller

BEIS

Inchcape Plc

Metropolitan Police

Molson Group

Amdaris

Imperial Brands

Aardman Animations

Blackfinch Investments

Plantforce

Hartley Pensions

Edenhall Group

Maven Capital Partners

YFM Equity Partners

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Sine Wave Entertainment

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

TLT's competition team in Bristol has a strong reputation for advising on anti-trust investigations and negotiations with the CMA. The group also provides merger control and state aid advice. Miles Trower heads the group, while Bill Hull leads the commercial services practice.

Practice head(s):

Miles Trower

Other key lawyers:

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

TLT's 'knowledgeable, informed and pragmatic' licensing lawyers in Bristol are well integrated into the firm's national offering, advising on estate management issues for large pub chains and retailers, as well as assisting with premises licensing issues for events and music festival clients. The national practice group is led by Matthew Phipps, whose experience extends to presenting and defending applications before local licensing authorities and magistrates' courts. Ewen Macgregor is regularly instructed to provide strategic and policy advice related to licensing issues. Legal director Piers Warne is noted for licensing applications and defending contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Phipps

Other key lawyers:

Ewen Macgregor; Piers Warne; Andrew Griffin

Testimonials

‘We enjoy a great relationship with the TLT licensing teams across the UK. From Matthew Phipps to the various team members, we have always found them to be knowledgeable, informed and pragmatic in their advice and work on our behalf.’

‘We find the entire team to be approachable and friendly to work with.’

Key clients

Greene King

Punch Pubs

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

Accor

Ambassador Theatre Group

WHSmith

Welcome Break

Boomtown Festival

Las Iguanas

English National Ballet

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

TLT is an 'excellent source of knowledge'; the group is strong in advising clearing banks, building societies, new market entrants and specialist lenders. Its speciality is secured recoveries. Graham Walters leads the team and represents UK lenders and receivers in related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Graham Walters

Testimonials

‘Strong culture of collaboration and understanding of our needs. Technology and workflow is excellent and can be changed quickly. Very agile when requirements change. ’

‘Some of the partners are industry experts. Speaking at trade body meetings to share their acquired knowledge in improving outcomes for firms and customers. Regular updates on relevant matters throughout the pandemic, excellent source of knowledge and always happy to provide information.’

‘I have always found them to be very accommodating of requests and also very proactive in supporting with interpretation of guidelines and emerging practice. They are very client focussed and on hand to support in a variety of ways.’

‘The proactive nature of their support. Compared to other firms, they are always first to approach with guidance and support. Through Covid, they have been a dependable source of support through changes to practices and regulations.

‘Graham Walters has always been a great support in particular.’

‘Knowledge and availability to answer questions.’

Key clients

NatWest

Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 1

The multidisciplinary employment team at TLT offers significant experience across a variety of advisory and contentious matters. It offers support on business-critical reputational matters, including board-level exits, whistleblowing and discrimination matters. It also advises on outsourcing, TUPE and trade union matters. Core clients include a variety of household name companies across retail, finance and utilities, as well as a growing number of international businesses. Stuart McBride heads the employment team, supported by Esther Smith and Siobhan Fitzgerald, who are praised for their 'commercial and business-focused' approach.

Practice head(s):

Stuart McBride

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team we have worked with over the years have always been a joy to work with. If our key contact is away then a colleague is always available to respond to any question we may have and always quickly. I’ve found no issue at all to indicate a lack of continuity/coherence in advice given. Everyone we deal with is friendly, commercial and responsive.’

‘Siobhan Fitzgerald and Esther Smith have demonstrated a really deep understanding of our business, partnership structure and associated dynamics and have always worked with us in a commercial and business-focused manner.’

‘Always really effective and strong advice provided. This advice balances risks against commercial requirements. Always quick to respond and supportive in reaching a productive outcome. ’

‘Siobhan Fitzgerald always provides sound advice that keeps the commercial requirements of the business in mind. Her view is always balanced and effective.’

‘Very friendly, empathetic and always seek to understand our needs. They have taken the time to understand our organisation extremely well. ’

‘I like the whole team approach that makes us feel valued as a client and their overall responsiveness. I also enjoy their thought leadership on key issues and peer to peer discussions.’

‘All of the team at TLT that we have contact with are excellent and professional.’

‘Esther Smith is our ‘go to’ person for employment law advice. Esther is always professional, pragmatic, realistic and responds quickly and efficiently. Esther has real skill in making complex queries easy to understand in legal terms. ’

Key clients

J Sainsbury plc

BT Group plc

Savills plc

Southern Water

Ageas Group

Imperial Tobacco

WH Smith Plc

Biffa plc

Smiths News / Connect Group plc

URW/Westfield

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

With strong links to clients in the food and beverage, retail, real estate and green energy sectors, TLT  provides a wide range of health and safety services. Its regulatory arm has particular emphases advising property companies on fire safety issues relating to asbestos, advising on product safety issues, and advising on electric vehicle points. On the contentious side, the team regularly defends clients in complex matters, many of which involve fatalities or near-fatalities. Kerry Gwyther leads the Bristol-based practice, leading the team's compliance and incident management work. Duncan Reed is also regarded for his work in connection with the Grenfell inquiry.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Boohoo Plc

Greene King Plc

Sports Ground Safety Authority

Department of Health and Social Care

Former employees of Rydon Group Limited (Grenfell)

Punch Taverns PLC

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

The pensions team at TLT has a broad array of experience, acting on government panels as well as for household-name UK companies and multinationals. It is known for its work advising on SSAS/SSIP funds, and advice on regulatory matters involving superfunds. TLT has also won multiple high-profile panel appointments recently, most notably serving on the Government Legal Department pensions panel. Sasha Butterworth leads the team from Bristol, offering unique expertise in risk reduction and ESG governance issues. Associate Lizzie Stone is well regarded as well for her strong technical abilities.

Practice head(s):

Sasha Butterworth

Other key lawyers:

Chris Crighton; Lizzie Stone

Testimonials

‘The pensions team works well with each other to ensure that they have full cover at all times. They are always proactive in and out of the formal meetings, giving clear succinct responses and guidance. Their charges are fair and definitely very good value for money.’

‘Sasha Butterworth leads the team, she is clear in her advice and responses on a timely basis with the facts, interpretation and solutions whenever tasked to solve an issue.’

‘Chris Crichton gives a very personalised service with excellent response times. Nothing appears to be too much trouble.’

‘Excellent team – skilled and practical. Detailed understanding of subject matter, approachable and realistic in their solutions’

‘Sasha Butterworth and Chris Crighton lead a strong team, are easy to talk to and realistic in their pricing, timescales and practical approach to resolving issues’

‘Good knowledge of pensions and work in a collaborative way.’

‘Chris Crighton is knowledgeable, practical and efficient.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

Government Legal Department

Fujitsu Technology Solutions International Pension Plan Trustee

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Viridor Waste Management Limited

WHSmith

Travelers

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

IBMS Trustees

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

TLT 'has the widest breadth of capability in the region with a strong and diverse team across all levels.' Led by the dedicated James Forsyth, the practice is well positioned to advise the full range of stakeholders, including lenders, bond and equity holders, banks and debt acquires; it has special experience assisting Indian clients. Beyond his broad knowledge, Peter Carney has special expertise in agricultural insolvency. Abigail Hadfield is a key contact for lenders and insolvency officeholders.

Practice head(s):

James Forsyth

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong “go to” regional firm, with a deep team bench across a number of key specialisms and sectors. Strong connection with the South West business community.’

‘James Forsyth offers a calm head during times of crisis with pragmatic, clear and robust advice.’

‘Abigail Hadfield provides high quality and timely legal advice. She seeks out solutions for her clients whilst also balancing the needs of other key stakeholders, helping to deliver strong outcomes.’

‘The team are always available to contact whether that is through phone or email. Access is direct without having to go through an assistant or P.A.’

‘The individuals know their specific areas in great detail and more often than not, able to provide a swift response without the need to go away, research the answer and come back. Their advice has proven very useful in dealing with tricky matters.’

‘The TLT team has the widest breadth of capability in the Region with a strong and diverse team across all levels.’

‘James Forsyth is one of the leading lawyers in the Region, with a high level of experience and industry knowledge. James is always highly commercial in his approach with a clear understanding of various stakeholder dynamics to deliver the best outcomes.

‘Abigail Hadfield is great at covering off all of the angles, with deep relationships with clients to really understand their needs.’

Key clients

boohoo.com

Stonebridge Private Equity (SCP)

Arlington Energy

KPMG

The Insolvency Service

FRP Advisory LLP

Wolf Minerals

Menzies LLP

NatWest

Grant Thornton

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

TLT offers clients the full variety of tax, private wealth and probate services, offering 'a London service on a West of England fee scale'. While the team acts on behalf of individual clients, its most prominent work is in connection with businesses and banks, representing a wide number of private international banks. Patrick Wooddisse leads the private wealth arm and is well regarded for his international tax and trust work, particularly with US/UK clients. Debbie Gale heads up the team's growing probate arm and also acts as the sole estate administration provider for certain private banks.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wooddisse; Debbie Gale

Testimonials

‘Good quality private client team. Approachable and easy to communicate with.’

‘Excellent knowledge and an ability to think on their feet. Good interaction with other professionals.’

‘Very knowledgeable and to the point. Patrick Wooddisse in particular normally has an immediate grasp of the issues. ’

‘Patrick Wooddisse as above is excellent and is able to translate his knowledge into providing real solutions.’

‘ Very diverse skill set. A London service on a West of England fee scale.’

‘Always available to give relevant advice’

‘Patrick Wooddisse is one of our solicitors of choice. Always approachable and offers practical advice.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

TLT's technology and intellectual property department is best known for its work on transformational IT projects, providing expertise in telecoms, outsourcing, cloud computing and software development and integration. The Bristol-based team has also built a strong fintech and financial services practice, advising on IT regulatory issues. James Touzel, who has experience in running high-stakes strategic projects, leads the practice. Daniel Read focuses on the financial services sector, with growing experience in fintech. Legal director Ed Hayes is an expert in data protection, as is associate Emma Erskine-Fox.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expert reading of the context in which the client is operating. Ability to identify the right legal product to get the job done. Builds trust with the client from day one.’

Ed Hayes has been peerless in his support for a complex IT delivery project.

‘TLT have been our lawyers for a number of years, and we really value their expertise in information technology. They have really taken the time and effort to understand the software and services we offer, so we can seek advice from them safe in the knowledge that they are fully aware of the context within which we are operating.

All the lawyers we have worked with are extremely helpful and personable. They don’t use unnecessary jargon and are familiar with both the technical considerations and their legal implications, offering a full-package service to technology firms such as ours.’

‘Emma Erskine-Fox is our main contact and has undertaken most of the work for us on behalf of TLT over the past couple of years. Emma is extremely diligent, very mindful of time constraints and takes an excellent consultative approach: she asks well-chosen questions when assessing the requirement and carefully leads us through the process of finalising what we need. We really appreciate how straightforward she makes this, and her output is always of high quality and clearly explained.

Emma Erskine-Fox is particularly skilled in demystifying GDPR issues and queries and providing sound practical advice on software contracts. I would definitely recommend her as a lawyer.

Key clients

5NINES

J Sainsbury’s PLC

BGL Group (including Comparethemarket.com)

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands PLC

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

WHSmith PLC

Elavon Financial Services DAC

BT

Telegraph Media Group

Sky

Sine Wave Entertainment

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

TLT's financial services disputes and investigations team attracts praise for its 'specialist knowledge and sector-specific experience'. It acts for a range of major leading UK and international banks, as well as alternative lenders, fintech companies and building societies and has a 'particular strength in the secured lending sector and property disputes'. 'Acute tactician' James Chadwick leads the team and has the full range of expertise in litigation, contentious regulatory issues and risk management advice. 'Very knowledgeable and experienced' legal director Roisin McGlinn is another name to note, particularly for secured recoveries work.

Practice head(s):

James Chadwick

Other key lawyers:

Roisin McGlinn; Chantal Peters; Heff Heathcote; Paula Twist;

Testimonials

‘Exceptional work and commercial solutions always provided. They go above and beyond without the client having to ask.’

‘We view TLT as leaders in the field in respect of retail banking litigation. They hold particular strength in the secured lending sector and property disputes. I have a confidence in handing a matter to TLT’s Manchester team and knowing that it will be run well, diligently, within budget and in accordance with our business’ principles of conduct.’

‘They have specialist knowledge and sector-specific experience, together with a pragmatic and collaborative approach to working with their in-house clients.’

I know from experience that TLT (Manchester) is the ‘go to’ for most major lenders and banks; both for complex title rectification work and also regulatory advice.

‘James Chadwick – at the top of his game. Simply tireless, and an acute tactician.

Roisin McGlinn is legal director and an excellent deputy for Chadwick. Very knowledgeable and experienced. Client friendly.’

Chantal Peters is a great up-and-coming lawyer. Spot on legal advice and a great manner with clients.’

Heff Heathcote – a real star of the future. Has a great sense of the big picture in litigation.’

Key clients

Nationwide Building Society (The Mortgage Works (UK) plc)

Aldermore Bank

Bank of America, ML

Capita/Link

Computershare

The Cooperative Bank plc

FRP

Handelsbanken

Lloyds Banking Group plc

NatWest

Santander

Seneca

Templeton

UKAR

Unicredit, Redstone Mortgages Ltd

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

In TLT's Manchester office, Jason Cropper is the key name for health and safety and regulatory matters. He is part of a national team including colleagues in Bristol and London, which is regularly called in to defend household name clients facing complex, multi-jurisdictional prosecutions. Cropper is able to draw on his previous experience as a Solicitor Agent Prosecutor on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive.

Practice head(s):

Jason Cropper

Key clients

Iceland Foods

Boohoo Plc

JD Sports Plc

Keolis Amey Metrolink

Iceland Manufacturing

Sainsbury

Government Legal Dept

British Solar Renewables

Greene King Plc

Sports Ground Safety Authority

Department of Health and Social Care

Former employees of Rydon Group Limited

Arlington Energy

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

TLT represents household-name retail clients and brands in trade mark enforcement and prosecution proceedings, alongside a standout chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering patent litigation practice with UK and international elements. The non-contentious practice, led by David Gardner, advises on IP development, licensing, and transactions, including IP transfers and combinations. Practice head Graeme Orchison has expertise in international IP infringement litigation relating to both patents and trade marks, with particular capabilities in the life sciences sector, and has handled Brexit and COVID-19 related disputes during 2020.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Orchison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘My impression is of an efficient, modern firm with good client service.’

‘Graeme Orchison. Very experienced and knowledgeable: knows all the tricks people can play in litigation and so does not fall for them.’

‘Graeme Orchison – Experienced, Well Liked, Great to work with.’

‘The senior members of the team (headed up by Graeme Orchison, the head of IP and the Manchester office) are experts in their field. They also have a fantastic route through the team to allow more junior members to gain experience and become experts themselves. They are a solid and reliable outfit.’

‘Graeme Orchison, the Partner and head of IP, is very well known in the IP field. His ability to apply aggressive litigation strategy together with commercial pragmatism both when appropriate is what makes Graeme and his team the leaders in this field.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and available to address any issues’

‘Graeme Orchison is the best lawyer you can hire for trademark enforcement. Practical and hands on approach to matters. You can’t go wrong with him.’

‘Graeme Orchison is a stand-out partner for IP, so much so that he is the reason why we started to use TLT in the first place.’

Key clients

Alpla UK Limited

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd (owner of the HOTTER brand)

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

A leading national clearing bank

Elavon Financial Service DAC

Matalan Retail Limited

Faerch A/S

Halewood International Brands Limited

Major global brewer

Boohoo/Pretty Little Thing/Nasty Gal

Brother UK Limited

The Hut Group plc

Texecom Limited

Yorkshire Building Society

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

TLT specialises in fintech and payment techology, with notable expertise in complex areas such as payment platforms, financial services regulation, and open banking. The team also handles a number of IT outsourcing, procurement, and collaboration matters. Clients include major banks and public sector organisations, with the firm working on a national basis. David Gardner is the key name in the Manchester office, specialising in fintech and financial services work for strategic clients, and regularly contributes to thought leadership on the subject.

Practice head(s):

David Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Noline Matemara

Testimonials

‘Working in a niche area of Financial services the team really took time to understand the regulatory environment we worked within, where our services fell outside of the normal FCA rules (through the cracks in regulation) and how best to proceed in a compliant manner.’

‘The ability to have a good conversation with them, to really understand the problems we would like to solve. They really wanted to understand the business we operated to allow them to provide the best advice. They always asked the right, and very relevant questions, they were also very personable.  David Gardner and Noline Matemara both worked exceptionally well to provide ideal outcomes for ourselves.’

‘We have an excellent working relationship, They are personable, approachable, professional and work well with all our team members.’

 

Key clients

TSB Bank

The Co-operative Bank

United Trust Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

Elavon Financial Service DAC

Checkout.com

Raisin UK

AccountScore

Boohoo.com

Brother UK Limited

Texecom Limited

Government Legal Department

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) – The London Metropolitan Police

London & Quadrant Housing Association

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

TLT's licensing practice provides licensing support to a number of high-value restaurant groups, events companies, venues, hotels and pub companies. The team provides estate management support to  some clients, covering DPS changes, pavement licensure, and fee management. In addition, it offers strong advocacy support for reviews and contested applications. Matthew Phipps heads the practice, which works across Bristol and London. He is known for his work setting up robust due diligence systems, in addition to application support. Ewen MacGregor is also regarded as 'a very experienced and knowledgeable partner,' with over 20 years of experience advising and advocating for multi-site brands in England, Wales and Scotland.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Phipps

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ewen MacGregor affords us knowledgeable consultation on a vast array of matters with a complex business model. He is able to understand our needs and react to fast-moving situations as well as developing creative solutions to issues.’

‘Resources are always appropriate and able to scale depending on the challenges faced.’

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable and cost-effective.’

‘Ewen MacGregor is a very experienced and knowledgeable partner, clear communicator and very responsive to our requirements.’

‘Provides expert knowledge of our sector and understand the challenges that the sector is currently experiencing. Communicative and very responsive to our requirements.’

‘Matthew Phipps has a passion for law and this passion translates into expert advice.’

Key clients

Greene King

Punch Pubs

Yum!

Accor

Ambassador Theatre Group

WHSmith

Welcome Break

Boomtown Festival

Las Iguanas

English National Ballet

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

TLT has 'a wealth of experience', particularly in litigation in the financial services sector, acting for a client roster that includes major local and national banks and handling cases relating to professional negligence, repossessions and fraud. Property litigation is another cornerstone of the practice, which has expertise in tenancy and land ownership disputes and cases involving professional negligence during construction. Additionally, the team is highly skilled in intellectual property claims, including rights ownership cases. Financial services litigator Katherine Kimber, who is 'a star of the market', leads the team. She is supported by the 'exceptionalFergal Maguire, an expert in property and land-related disputes, and legal director Eoin Devlin.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Kimber

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a wealth of experience and the Belfast office is supported by the other national offices.’

‘Fergal McGuire is exceptional. Nothing is an issue or problem for him. He is able to steer you in the right direction and is always very clear on the action you need to take.’

‘The team deliver on time and in line with our expectations. Communication is managed to avoid any disappointment and we are always kept appraised of any changes or developments.’

‘They understand and demonstrate how to deal with the complexities that are presented, and will accept the challenges that we may put to them. We are not always going to agree on the tactics but the firm will defend or show a willingness to take on board some of the strategies we present.’

‘They are forceful in presenting the case whilst remaining focused on the outcome.’

‘The team have remained committed, motivated and engaging throughout 2020.’

‘Katharine Kimber is a star of the market who offers a professional service alongside a personality which makes relationship hospitality a genuine pleasure rather than an obligation. She leads a very strong team and is always available to offer ad hoc advice or spend the time explaining the unique intricacies of Northern Irish law.’

‘Eoin Devlin has a strong technical background, especially in respect of title rectification and professional negligence.’

Key clients

Subway Realty Limited

Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Tim Hortons UK & Ireland Ltd

BW Homes & Construction Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited

Peacock Stores Limited

Deepbridge Capital LLP

Total Relocation Solutions Limited

K. Hughes & Co Limited

Dwellworks LLC

Maureen Lynn Recruitment Limited

McDon Peat Supplies Limited

Cathedral Graphics Limited

SSE Airtricity

PrettyLittleThing.com Ltd (owned by Boohoo Group Plc)

JMW Farms Limited

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

TLT‘s banking and finance offering in Northern Ireland is a core part of the wider UK practice. Led by Richard Houliston, the team in Belfast particularly stands out for its expertise in real estate (investment and development) finance, social housing finance and renewables finance. Elsewhere, M&A-related financings are another driver of activity, as are those connected with the healthcare sector. In addition to handling high-value lending transactions, Houliston regularly acts for clients on the Northern Irish aspects of loan portfolio transactions, as well as large financial service projects, such as repapering exercises in connection with the switch from LIBOR to RFR facilities. Anna Vangrove has joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):

Richard Houliston

Other key lawyers:

Nichola Coghlan

Testimonials

‘They have excellent knowledge and expertise and always make themselves readily available to deal with highly complex matters quickly and efficiently. They are very professional, enthusiastic and are exceptionally good at client contact, industry knowledge, training and providing added value.’

‘National firm with a strong growing team in Belfast.’

‘Richard Houliston is an exceptional partner, strong legal mind that you can always rely on and highly recommended for all corporate banking assignments.’

‘Richard Houliston – somebody who is vastly experienced, approachable and easy to deal with and able to communicate matters clearly and concisely.’

‘The team is very approachable and responsive. They provide high quality advice on Northern Irish law.’

‘Richard Houliston is very adept and can easily turn his hand to many different types of financings. We value his pragmatic and direct approach to resolve tricky issues.’

Key clients

CBRE Capital Advisors and the Northern Ireland Investment Fund

AIB Group (UK) plc

Ulster Bank

Danske Bank

Bank of Ireland

Ortus Secured Finance

Santander UK plc

HSBC Bank UK plc

Crescendo Real Estate Debt Fund

ICICI Bank (UK) plc

State Bank of India

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

TLT is increasingly gaining recognition in Belfast’s insolvency market, following Caitriona Morgan's arrival from Cleaver Fulton Rankin in 2019 and the hire of Jason Byrne from Shoosmiths LLP in 2020. Its team in Northern Ireland works on a cross-jurisdictional basis with other insolvency groups across the firm's wider UK network. The firm now acts for circa 90% of the insolvency practitioners operating in the Northern Ireland market, and it also generates work from local and UK lenders, as well as household-name retail and hospitality companies. In 2020, highlights included Byrne and Morgan advising a landlord on a proposed CVA by one its tenants, Caffè Nero. BDO, Grant Thornton and KPMG are also key clients.

Practice head(s):

Jason Byrne; Caitriona Morgan

Testimonials

‘The insolvency team within TLT is exceptional. They provide a very high standard of work and are really professional when dealing with them. They have a wealth of knowledge in the sector and are quick to help with any queries or issues.’

‘Caitriona Morgan is an excellent solicitor. Her knowledge of insolvency is outstanding and can quickly help with any query I raise with her. She is friendly and very professional. The standard of work she produces is excellent and I am always happy to instruct her on a case.’

Key clients

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

BDO NI

Grant Thornton NI

Keenan Corporate Finance

Begbies Traynor

KPMG Ireland

PKF/FPM

Arthur Boyd & Company

Cavanagh Kelly

The Company Shop [Belfast]

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

TLT has an ‘impressive knowledge of environmental programmes and eligibility criteria’ according to clients. The firm’s recent workload has involved advising both sponsors and lenders on major renewable projects, particularly wind energy and anaerobic digestion mandates. The team has a diverse offering led by infrastructure and planning expert Andrew Ryan; he is supported by property specialist Kevin Murphy.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Murphy; Sarah Mulholland

Testimonials

‘Impressive knowledge of environmental programmes and eligibility criteria. Good experience in the sector and demonstrated ability to deliver on promises.’

‘All members of the TLT team and professional yet approachable, very down to earth and effective communicators. Special praise to Andrew Ryan and Sarah Mulholland who are great assets for TLT.’

Key clients

Greenville Energy

ABO Wind NI Ltd

Low Carbon

Albion Community Power Limited

Brookfield Renewable

Allied Irish Bank

EP Kilroot Limited

Deepbridge Renewables Capital LLP

Alpha Real Capital

SSE Renewable Developments

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

TLT's significant presence in the Northern Ireland market is complemented by its work for local clients with property interests in England. Led by Judith Allen, the real estate team handles a full range of matters for clients, including acquisitions and disposals, commercial lettings, and commercial and residential development projects. Allen's own wide-ranging experience includes advising on the property aspects of insolvencies and also handling high-profile real estate finance transactions. She works with Kevin Murphy, who specialises in the property aspects of energy and natural resources projects. In addition, his other work includes office, food and beverage and retail lettings, as well as investment transactions. Legal director Patrick O’Hanlon is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Judith Allen

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Murphy; Patrick O’Hanlon

Testimonials

‘Small team which means you can get to the individual dealing with my cases, but overseen by director (who I also have access to).’

Key clients

David Samuel Properties

Alpha Real Capital

SSE Renewables [UK] Ltd.

EP Kilroot Ltd.

Deepbridge Capital

Maple & May

Braidwater

Lotus Group

Deramore Developments

Tim Hortons

CBRE NIIF

Baazarvoice

Andras House

Cornerstone Construction (NI) Limited

Deepbridge Capital LLP

Sainsbury’s

Lookers Plc

Nisbets Plc

TUI

Norvara Investment Limited

Crescendo Real Estate Partners

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

Led by Andrew Ryan, TLT focuses on planning and environment issues concerning energy, waste management, retail and real estate. Ryan has a particular specialism in handling renewable energy projects. Real estate partner Judith Allen is noted for her experience of the planning aspects of development projects, and she is well-known among local councils and property developers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A detailed knowledge of relevant local case law and the individuals that advocated such. Applicable guidance on all options available to the client, including a willingness to weight the likely outcomes. I have personally found that their suggested time scales for bring planning issues forward have been uniquely accurate.’

‘The team at TLT are very strong in our field of environmental planning. They have considerable expertise which they use to great effect. They consistently provide a high quality service, based on thorough preparation, sound advice and good strategy.’

‘I find Andrew to be extremely professional, approachable and knowledgeable about this field. He offers a user-friendly service that clients appreciate, whilst still maintaining a high level of professionalism resulting in clear legal direction in dealing with challenging cases.’

Key clients

Braidwater Ltd.

No Arc 21

The Lotus Group.

Wills Bros Ltd.

Cloghan Point Holdings Limited / LCC

ABO Wind NI Ltd.

Hyde Air Park Ltd.

EP UK Investments

SSE Renewables

Brookfield Renewable

RGM Construction Ltd.

Euroauctions

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Supported by the firm's banking and financial service and commercial litigation teams, TLT's debt recovery group has a strong profile acting for national and international banks but also assists public sector bodies, large corporates and SMEs with secured and unsecured recoveries alongside associated litigation. Solicitor advocates John Paul Sheridan and Tom McEntegart jointly head the practice; both have a specialism in banking and commercial litigation, while Sheridan also handles property-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Paul Sheridan; Tom McEntegart

Other key lawyers:

Alan Munro; Tony Reynolds

Testimonials

‘The team is on the ball and communication is good.’

‘They respond in a timely manner.’

‘UK coverage and extensive knowledge of legislative differences between Scotland and England.’

‘Regular reviews and attentiveness.’

‘Highly professional, quick response times, provides guidance on strategy/ next steps.’

‘Highly knowledgeable in their field, very responsive. Efficient and professional throughout. Build strong relationships.’

Key clients

City Fibre Limited

Punch Taverns (PPCF) Limited

BT plc

Inverclyde Council

Surburban Taverns Limited

Northbay Pelagic Limited

Bank of Ireland

Bertram Nursery

Trackunit Limited

Punch Partnerships (PML) Limited

MXM Property Solutions Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

At TLT's Bristol office, the corporate tax and incentives group excels in transactional and advisory work. The group is particularly focused on real estate, corporate and incentives taxation, with the ability to draw on the expertise of private client-focused colleagues. The firm also has a niche in tax issues relating to clean energy, financial services and the public sector, and is additionally known for its specialism in tax issues arising from insolvencies. Ben Watson heads the department, with a strong advisory practice. Mark Braude, who was promoted to partner in 2021, is an expert in corporate tax structuring, while associate Lizzie Stone is making a name for herself in relation to share schemes and employment taxes.

Practice head(s):

Ben Watson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clear and concise advise provided.’

‘Mark Braude provided some excellent advice on personal and corporate taxation.’

‘The practice covers a range of expertise. Staff have built up considerable knowledge of our company over the years, which ensures that knowledge and appropriate advice is always available. The firm also has a strong charity sector arm.’

‘There are a number of lawyers who understand our business, have developed a long-term relationship and continue to provide sound advice.’

Key clients

Boohoo group plc

JD Sports

WH Smith

Inchcape Retail Limited

Aardman Animations Limited

Swan Housing Group

Ecotricity

Manchester Airport

Punch Pubs

Royal Museums Greenwich

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

TLT's commercial dispute resolution group excels in cross-border commercial and corporate contractual disputes. The group is known for its expertise across a number of sector specialisms including financial services, retail, leisure and energy disputes. Chris Owen, who specialises in cross-border claims and international arbitration, leads the team alongside financial services litigator Jonathan Hoey. Ed Fiddick and consultant Philip May are both experienced in shareholder and partnership disputes, while Victoria Mabbett counts pensions disputes among her specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Chris Owen; Jonathan Hoey

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Government of India

Inchcape Plc

Tamura Corporation

BT

Sainsburys

WHSmith Plc

Matthew Clark Bibendum

Brewdog Plc

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

TLT has notable experience in the full range of banking and finance transactions. Its offering includes supporting clients in acquisition and leveraged finance; trade finance; corporate banking; securitisations; and in particular renewable energy financing. The group is led by Gary Roscoe, who is a key contact for financial institutions and sponsors, and corporate lending specialist Jon Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Gary Roscoe; Jon Stewart

Testimonials

‘The TLT team is always flexible and adaptive. Having completed many transactions with them, we work very efficiently together and the service is friendly. As we transition to new sectors and grow our team, it is great to work with a law firm that can help develop our legal documentation and processes. All in all, the TLT team is highly knowledgeable and our interests are always looked after.’

‘I have worked with the team on numerous occasions and have always found their expertise to be first class. Their counsel has helped us structure and negotiate difficult transactions. ’

‘Jon Stewart stands out by his ability to quickly give clear, to the point advice. He has deep experience and sound judgement. Highly recommended. ’

‘The Banking team are very commercial and good at helping you get work done when there are tight deadlines.’

‘Jon Stewart is a first class lawyer.’

 

Key clients

WH Smith

Boohoo Group plc

BGL Group Limited (comparethemarket)

AIB Group (UK) P.l.c.

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

Innova Energy

Thrive Renewables

Santander UK

Low Carbon

NatWest

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Abundance Investment Ltd

Triodos

Macquarie Capital Principal Finance

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

The 'highly experienced' professional negligence practice at TLT has a particularly strong offering for financial services clients, which it defends in a range of negligence cases. The group works closely with the firm's banking litigation practice, enabling it to handle matters involving fraud, title rectification and banking recovery claims. Regulatory work is another area of expertise augmenting the core practice. The 'insightfulNeil Franklin heads the group, which includes litigator Victoria Mabbett, who is regularly instructed by pensions professionals. Legal director Sam McCollum has experience in disputes involving valuers, solicitors and project monitors.

Practice head(s):

Neil Franklin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Client care and advice is really considered and at an excellent level. They are always thinking commercially.’

‘Neil Franklin is very experienced at dealing with lender claims by banks, having previously acted for defendant professionals and now for claimants. He therefore has good knowledge of both sides of the fence, is astute, and has good tactical instincts.’

‘A highly experienced team dealing with lender claims and other finance-related professional negligence, with very good industry contacts on the claimant side.’

‘Neil Franklin is insightful and has excellent judgement.’

Key clients

National Westminster Bank plc

UPS

WHSmith plc

Fitness First Ltd

Avon Rubber plc

Private client > Family Tier 2

TLT represents its clients across a broad variety of family law matters, with a focus on financial remedy work for its high net-worth clients. In addition to work on behalf of individuals in divorce and children's matters, the firm offers support on the impact of divorce on commercial matters. Natalie Drew leads the team from its Bristol office and often works with private children's law matters involving implacable hostility and domestic abuse.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Drew

Testimonials

‘Excellent family team in a large regional firm, is able to offer wide range of support and cross-selling to clients.’

‘Good teamworking and communications – there is always someone to deal with queries. Very good with clients and setting up a relationship of trust.’

‘Highly competent individuals, showing commitment to client and putting in whatever time needed even at short notice. Sensitive to client needs and give competent straightforward advice.’

‘Natalie Drew delivers really first-class service to clients. She offers the kind of high-quality City service that few regional firms can compete with.’

‘Natalie Drew is one of the leading family lawyers in Bristol with real breadth and depth of expertise that is rarely matched.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

TLT is highlighted for its 'true depth and breadth of expertise' in the renewable energy field, in particular in the quest of achieving vehicle electrification and net zero emissons. The team assists joint ventures, investors and energy companies with developing new funding for products and technologies, and works closely with the firm's M&A and banking groups. Maria Connolly, who leads the practice, is noted as a 'genuine renewables superstar'. Kay Hobbs covers corporate aspects, while Gary Roscoe is the key contact in project finance matters. Matthew Grimwood has experience in the real estate area and legal director Stuart Urquhart advises on commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Maria Connolly

Testimonials

‘The team has true depth and breadth of expertise in renewables, across the board. TLT have been our trusted adviser for years and that deep knowledge of our business makes this team the first we approach every time. The key differentiator is the firm’s approach to client management, which is brilliant. Fees are reasonable, and the team is very responsive and collaborative. ’

‘Matt Grimwood – the best renewables property lawyer we work with, full stop. He really knows his stuff and is a solid client relationship partner.’

‘Maria Connelly – at the top of her game – a genuine renewables superstar.’

‘Kay Hobbs – a brilliant renewables corporate lawyer who isn’t afraid to give solid opinions and strategy, she really gets the need for M&A deals to run smoothly and delivers on that.’

‘A great firm, highly respected in the (renewables) sector. High quality lawyers. No egos.’

‘Matthew Grimwood: accurate, sensible and pragmatic. An absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘Maria Connolly has great knowledge of the sector, very proactive, excellent relationship management.’

‘They work well with our in house legal team and provide clear pragmatic commercial advice. They have good renewable energy sector knowledge and we value their friendly, pragmatic and helpful approach.’

 

Key clients

Alpha Real Renewables

Blackfinch Investments

Ecotricity Group

Green Investment Group (Macquarie)

Greene King

Gresham House

GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd

JBM Solar

SSE plc

Low Carbon Group

Thrive Renewables

Santander

Guinness Asset Management

Innova Energy

Triodos Bank

Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

The team at TLT has expertise in the leisure, retail and clean energy field, where it regularly advises on disposals, court proceedings, developments and transactions. It also acts for financial services companies. Practice head Maria Connolly specialises advising on renewable energy work. Julia Lucas specialises in the leisure, food and drink sector and is a key contact for pub companies and brewers.

Practice head(s):

Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Halstead; Julia Lucas

Key clients

BBC

Greene King

WH Smiths

Punch Pubs

EWM Group (Edinburgh Woollen Mill)

Gridserve

London Borough of Ealing

TUI Travel

Barclays

Lloyds

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

TLT fields a team of experienced construction practitioners who act for suppliers, developers and government clients. It works on procurement matters, infrastructure projects, commercial and residential development schemes, and it represents clients in a variety of disputes, including arbitration and adjudication cases. Practice head Simon Goss is praised for his 'knowledge, advice and availability'. Tom Wrzesien has expertise in the contentious space.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goss

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team work – passing matters within team to person of right level and between teams to get to correct specialist or strategic input.’

‘In-depth experience of the construction market and law. Clear commitment to client service, maintaining an excellent level of service and support throughout lockdown. Respond very quickly to meet our requirements. Excellent level of support across the firm from partner to paralegal.’

‘Simon Goss: his knowledge, advice and availability have been instrumental in getting a significant 9-figure construction framework negotiated and executed. His support and engagement, along with colleagues and associates, is always proportionate. At no time do I feel that he or the firm “load the room” to drive up fees.’

‘They are reliable, quick, always awalaible and supportive’

‘TLT have significantly strengthened their Construction team over the last couple of years. What has been of great value is that TLT have taken on board what we are trying to achieve commercially, the points on which we are willing to negotiate and have approached their drafting accordingly to arrive at the agreed position. The team is also very transparent and sets realistic targets in terms of availability, which is hugely helpful when planning timelines or responses internally. We have always been provided with reasonable fee estimates, which have largely been accurate and not exceeded without our agreement.’

‘Excellent experience and knowledge of the Property Sector and Integrator market in particular as well as excellent experience and knowledge of Public Contract Regulations.’

‘Can explain complex legal jargon in an easily understood form.’

 

Key clients

Peabody Group

Swan Housing Association Limited

Blackfinch Investments

Santander

Stonewater

Network Homes

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

Savills plc

Midas Construction

Babcock International Group

Department for Education

NHS England & NHS Improvements

Department for International Trade

Suntory

London Borough of Haringey

Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy

American Express

Galliford Try

Sennybridge

Kellogg’s

Bart’s Ingredients

Impact Capital Real Estate

Warrington Borough Council

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

TLT advises local planning authorities, developers and consultancies in a wide range of planning matters; its offering includes applications, appeals,  CPO and compensations. Group head Katherine Evans has a wide practice, with special expertise in multi-party planning agreements for large scale residential development.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Evans

Testimonials

‘The team, generally, are excellent. Documentation is dealt with quickly and their knowledge of their subject is top notch.’

‘Katherine Evans is exceptional with planning advice and understands her clients needs as she started in housebuilding before becoming a solicitor. Her advice is always clear and swift. Katherine is always available when you need her.’

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

TLT has an active practice, with members predominantly advising social housing providers on M&A, joint ventures, contracts and new developments. Other areas of expertise are tenancy matters and court actions. South West team head Kane Kirkbride covers a wide range of contentious work for registered providers. His group also works closely with the firm’s practice head Linda Convery in London for national clients. Newly promoted partner Sarah Hale is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Kane Kirkbride

Other key lawyers:

Linda Convery; Siobhan Fitzgerald; Sarah Hale

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and approachable plot sales team. They keep us regularly updated on all our transactions and are always willing to assist with any more complex matters.’

‘Good range of skill set when working on a range of complex issues. They have provided support to our organisation by preparing a range a literature/presentation to clearly explain issues and pre-empt further questions. All information produced is clear and easy to follow and issued in good time. All fee quotes are discussed at the outset and do not often vary unless discussed beforehand.’

‘Evidence preparation has been key and the team have been proactive in ensuring this was concise but comprehensive which has meant that the court was confident in the case being heard. The team have been proactive in ensuring that we were able to achieve our goals in each case and have recommended innovative but properly risk assessed courses of action which have enabled us to responded effectively and in a timely way to serious cases involving intimidation of witnesses.’

‘Kane Kirkbride is exceptional. He is good at keeping us up to date with progress and work quickly and effectively. Nothing seems to be too much trouble and no deadline is too tight to meet. This has made a huge difference.’

‘Approachable team members and proactive and resourced with a team that can address all matters and advise. Positive approach to billing and willing to consider workload and fees to make affordable.’

‘Excellent team who have the ability to advise the client on risk and how to mitigate it whilst maintaining positive relationship with all interested parties.’

‘They are always at the end of the phone, always call back and have got time to discuss your concern.’

‘We always get a personal service; Sarah Hale is always available and has oversight of all projects her team is working on. They respond quickly to enquiries and have a collaborative approach.’

Key clients

Stonewater

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Abundance Investments

Elim Housing Association

London Borough of Ealing

Curo Places Limited

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Livewest Homes Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

Southern Housing Group Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

TLT's team focuses on portfolio management and IP disputes, as well as transactional IP issues. The group is most noted for its work on trade marks and brand protection. Heading the technology and IP team is James Touzel, who regularly advises on IP strategies. Dan Read advises on IP commercialisation. 'Creative, strong and strategic' legal director Jo Pritchard has an increasingly active trade marks practice, handling disputes and leading the filing team.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Dan Read; Jo Pritchard; Emma Erskine-Fox; Kiera Dale

Testimonials

‘Very open to our expectations.’

‘Jo Pritchard is very creative, strong and strategic. She is very pragmatic and straight forward.’

‘Jo Pritchard is excellent.’

Key clients

Ecotricity Limited

WH Smith

Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

Hirsch et Associes

BGL (ComparetheMarket/Meerkat)

Boohoo

CCI Global (Mauritius) Limited,

Open Bionics Limited

Ultra Horizon Limited

Brabantia (UK) Limited

Muckle Brig Limited (Port of Leith Distillery)

Fountain Elevated Holdings LLC

Punch Taverns plc

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

TLT advises listed companies, public sector bodies, and financial services clients on a range of transactions and commercial issues, with particular strength in sell-side private equity deals, public sector contracts, and IT procurement. The practice is led by Ian Roberts, who has a strong record in corporate and private equity transactions, including cross-border deals, within the retail and financial services sectors, alongside Stuart Campbell, who takes the lead on commercial work, primarily tech procurement and supply agreements for financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

Ian Roberts; Stuart Campbell

Key clients

K3 Capital group plc

Boohoo Group plc

Deloitte LLP and directors of Go Outdoors Retail Limited

SpaMedica Limited

In The Style Fashion Limited

CMAP

Mark and Antonia Ogden-Meade

Barburrito Group Limited and management

Matthew Lloyd and other sellers of Omniplex Group Limited

A leading national clearing bank

Department of Health and Social Care

Government Legal Department

Checkout,com

Royal Museums Greenwich

Art Council England

Yorkshire Building Society

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

TLT‘s pensions team handles a broad range of matters in this area, from bulk transfers to the pension aspects of corporate transactions. The team particularly stands out for its knowledge of SIPP and SASS schemes, advising providers on regulatory issues as well as handling the acquisition and disposal of these funds. Damien Garrould leads the team, which frequently collaborates with the wider firm’s offices in Bristol and London.

Practice head(s):

Damien Garrould

Other key lawyers:

Kate Beech

Testimonials

‘The mix of knowledge combined with unique specialists provides good support to our particular needs.’

‘Damien Garrould is responsive and quickly identifies the pertinent points in a no-nonsense manner with helps limit the fees charged and allows us to be proactive with our advice requests.’

‘The team are really extremely knowledgeable and you always feel in trusted hands. The great thing about the TLT pension team is they help provide solutions whether this is in providing materials to guide the team or assisting with draft responses.’

‘Damien Garrould is really approachable, providing great advice but also adding value add in terms of how the company can develop’

‘The pensions department are our “go-to” solicitors for pension technical/legal help. They are very knowledgeable and have good response times. They provide welcome industry insight and when asked a question provide a clear answer. Other firms we have worked with do not appear to be able to provide straight answers! This department also provides helpful information with regard to current pension issues which is greatly appreciated.’

‘Damien Garrould is our “go-to” Solicitor for our Pension schemes. Damien is approachable, knowledgeable and has good response times. I would happily recommend Damien.’

Key clients

Hartley Pensions Limited

Inchcape Retail Limited

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

TLT’s practice stands out for its involvement in an array of high-profile restructurings and insolvencies and the varied, in-depth expertise of its team. Practice head Alastair Lomax specialises in non-contentious and advisory work; he has led cross-disciplinary teams on various complex corporate restructuring assignments. The practice cooperates closely with the firm’s specialist sector teams, particularly for retail and leisure clients. Claire Graham and Jon Hainey lead the contentious practice, which is noted for acting on the behalf of public bodies in public interest winding-up cases; it also has strong ties to The Insolvency Service and expertise in fraud investigations.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Lomax

Other key lawyers:

Claire Graham; Jon Hainey; Antoniya Mercer

Testimonials

‘TLT’s Manchester office has strength in depth in their insolvency team including experienced partners Jon Hainey and Claire Graham and associate Antoniya Mercer.’

‘Antoniya Mercer very helpful and user-friendly.’

‘Alastair Lomax has great technical knowledge which is combined with strong commerciality.’

Key clients

boohoo.com

JD Sports Fashion plc

Barburrito

NatWest

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

BDO LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Innova Capital

Insolvency Service / Official Receiver

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton LLP

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

The team at TLT is praised for its ‘ability to manage large, complex projects’, assisting financial institutions, international and UK retail and leisure clients, as well as acting on high volume developments. The practice is led by real estate finance expert Andy Bell, while Patrick Sheehan is another key member of the team, acting for investors and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I’ve dealt with TLT for about seven years now and they are one of my go-to firms. Competitive on pricing and they get things done well. ’

‘Great ability to manage large, complex projects; attention to detail through completion and consistent ability to provide substantive solutions to solve issues.’

‘A great team. ’

 

Key clients

Manchester Airport Group

JD Sports Gyms Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Hickory’s Smokehouse

Tim Hortons

Yorkshire Building Society

Landmark Investments Group

Oldham Borough Council

Wasabi

Barburrito Group Limited

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

The team at TLT offers ‘second to none, clear and concise’ planning advice, and is particularly active in advising local authorities and assisting on large infrastructure projects. The team also has experience with complex section 106 agreements and undertakes planning due diligence work for acquisitions and disposals. 'Superb' legal director Debbie Reynolds heads the Manchester practice; she has considerable expertise in compulsory purchase and infrastructure work. Bristol and Manchester-based practitioner Katherine Evans is the head of the planning department.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Evans; Debbie Reynolds

Testimonials

‘What makes the team stand out is its understanding of the legal process and the quality of its advice.’

‘Debbie Reynolds uses personality and EQ to engage honestly and openly with clients, counsel and professional teams, and in doing so provides sound advice and delivers successful results.’

‘Truly excellent firm of solicitors with a great reputation.’

‘Debbie Reynolds is superb.’

‘The advice provided was second to none, clear and concise. The team’s knowledge of the subject was great and gave our mutual client confidence and support during a stressful time.’

‘Debbie Reynolds provided a very professional service, being available when needed and able to provide clear advice and turn around the necessary documents at short notice.’

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Castlefield Estates Ltd

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Landmark Investments Group

SpaMedica

Nationwide Building Society

London Borough of Camden

Mersey Heat Ltd

Oldham Council

Sherwin Rivers Ltd

Hondo Liverpool Construction Ltd

Hydes Brewery Ltd

WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

TLT's varied portfolio of contentious property work includes landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes. Practice head Matthew Forrest has grown the practice to include work from major retailers, banks, developers, leisure operators and public sector clients. Working closely with Forrest is James Chadwick, whose clients include major financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Forrest; James Chadwick

Testimonials

‘Difficult cases are their expertise. Always commercial and thinking outside the box. Also working exceptionally hard in order to get great results.’

‘Matthew Forrest – Partner – unflappable – a very good lawyer with a great deal of commercial understanding.’

‘TLT has an outstanding team with a number of highly impressive property litigators.’

‘James Chadwick is a very impressive solicitor, who is always on top of his brief and has a lot of good quality work with financial institutions.’

‘Deep relevant expertise based locally in Manchester.’

‘Easy to work with, clear communication, commercial, value for money.’

Key clients

JD Sports plc/JD Sports Gyms

Covent Garden Market Association

Tim Horton (UK & Ireland)

Manchester Airport Group

Pets at Home, Vets 4 Pets and Companion Care Services

WH Smith

TUI Travel plc

Santander UK plc

Punch Pubs

Nationwide Building Society

Wasabi Co. Ltd

Seneca Property Limited

Eric Wright Construction Limited/Eric Wright Group plc

MCR Property Group

Morris & Perry Ltd/Morris & Perry (Gurney Slade Quarry) Ltd

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

TLT counts high-profile retailers, financial institutions and public sector clients on its roster, advising on strategic arrangements including collaboration deals, joint ventures, franchising issues, outsourcings and procurements, and supply and distribution agreements. Perran Jervis leads the practice and also heads up the firm’s retail and consumer goods sector group. Other key individuals include Pauline Cowie, who handles franchise structures; David Gardner, who advises on IT, outsourcing and technology-driven procurement mandates; and Bill Hull, who is head of the commercial services group.

Practice head(s):

Perran Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Cowie; David Gardner; Bill Hull; Dan Read; Alex Williamson; Jonathan Whall

Testimonials

‘The entire team that we worked with at TLT were exceptional, in that they all brought different things to the table and complemented one another perfectly. They were fantastic at taking complex legal points and boiling them down into layman’s terms to enable us to make a decision on the point. Equally the breadth of expertise in the firm meant that regardless of the issue that was being considered in the contract be it personnel, IP, payment mechanisms etc. they had relevant experts available to provide specific advice and guidance almost immediately.’

‘Bill Hull leads an amazing commercial team that has deep expertise in procurement and commercial law. Their key strength is the ability to know what the clients actually need and their ability to delivery a client focused service. They really take the time to understand your needs and exceed them. They are extremely commercial and offer sage, pragmatic advice. They are also all genuinely nice people to work with!’

‘Bill Hull is extremely pragmatic and commercially focused. He sees the bigger picture and slots seamlessly into project teams. He is so easy to work with and very responsive. He quickly becomes a trusted adviser with everyone who works with him. He has an outstanding knowledge of the law.’

‘Jonathan Whall is also extremely dependable and responsive.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Department of Health and Social Care

Government Legal Department

Superdry plc

WH Smith PLC

Boohoo Group PLC

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Metropolitan Police

Yorkshire Building Society

Checkout.com

Elavon Financial Services

Imperial Brands PLC

Greene King Limited

Police ICT

Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

UK Finance

C&J Clark International Ltd

Iceland

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

TLT‘s non-contentious pension practice is headed by Sasha Butterworth. Focusing on regulatory advice, SIPPs/SSAS, and public sector work, the team advises on matters including scheme liabilities and acquisitions. Chris Crighton  is also recommended for non-contentious work. The contentious practice is jointly led by Butterworth, Ed Fiddick, and Victoria Mabbett (all based in Bristol). The team has expertise across matters including professional negligence claims, declarations, and Ombudsman complaints.

Practice head(s):

Sasha Butterworth; Victoria Mabbett; Ed Fiddick

Testimonials

‘They are very forward thinking and strategic, and seem to be picking up some big clients and big pensions cases, and increasing market share year on year.’

We use TLT for general pension work. The advice is on point, timely and reliable.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

TLT has a focus on financial institutions. While a core part of the practice has been bringing claims against professionals, such as solicitors and surveyors, for negligent advice, in recent years it has also increasingly been defending financial institutions against allegations of negligence, such as failing to protect customers from fraud.  Andrew Lyon leads the London financial services disputes & investigations team, while Peter Richards-Gaskin heads the London professional negligence team. Both have significant experience in the banking and financial services arena.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin

Other key lawyers:

Nick Curling; Claire Kershaw

Testimonials

‘A great team who work very hard for their clients and are sensitive to their clients’ needs.’

‘Excellent links with banks and lenders; especially good on claimant side. Know their market inside out, and what their needs are.’

‘An excellent proactive team with a proven track record in dealing with insurance litigation and Banking work. Highly recommended.’

‘An excellent all round litigation team for complex banking matters.’

‘Claire Kershaw is a wonderful associate solicitor adept at running the most complex cases.’

‘Peter Richards-Gaskin is extremely smooth, has great client focus and is seriously bright. Nick Curling has exceptional attention to detail and is tenacious.’

Key clients

Coutts & Co

NatWest Group

RBS

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

TLT is best known for its work in the public sector, where it advises government departments on major outsourcing transactions, software projects and procurement processes. It is also a strong firm in the retail and fintech sectors, providing advice on the commercial and regulatory aspects of digital transformation projects, product launches, cybersecurity issues and data breaches. James Touzel, who leads the firm's national technology and IP team, stands out for his work on behalf of public and private sector clients in strategic IT and telecoms projects, often involving the application of innovative technology such as AI. Daniel Lloyd leads the London team, assisting technology clients with corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel; Daniel Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Juliet Mason

Testimonials

‘Our relationship with TLT is so successful – the firm has real strength in depth.’

‘Trust and confidence in the legal advice provided is absolutely critical. Having that legal advice explained in a really clear and practical way is so important. The firm knows our business in detail and understands our priorities and our issues.’

Key clients

Sagencom

BT

AccountScore

FelineSoft

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

WHSmith PLC

Government Legal Department

BEIS

Metropolitan Police

Police ICT Company

Care Quality Commission

All Studios

Rydon

5NINES Global

Sussex Place Ventures

Essex Police

Dyfed-Powys Police

Softbank Robotics

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

TLT has a significant presence in the energy and technology sectors, and is particularly active in the PE space.

Testimonials

‘TLT have strength across all commercial areas we’ve explored with them. Their structure is such that if the individual you’re dealing with doesn’t cover that area, a partner within one of their other offices will. They are very accessible and on point with billing and openness. No nasty surprises. We’ve also found they’re happy to add value up-front in the spirit of a business relationship in the future. If I had to pick a phrase or word it would be ‘importance of relationships’.

‘We could not recommend the firm or the individuals highly enough and see no reason to look anywhere else.’

‘Pragmatic, approachable, practical and good technical expertise’

‘Great quality of service, good people to deal with and come across as genuine people’

‘The quality of work, getting to know us individually as a firm and as individuals. Making you feel valued as a client.’

Key clients

Par Equity

Alpha Renewables

SSE Renewables Developments (UK) Limited

Deepbridge Capital

Foresight Group LLP

BSG Civil Engineering Limited

Kraydel Limited

Lough Shore Road Limited

Hurree Limited

TapSOS Limited

Northern Ireland > Employment Tier 3

With expertise in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, TLT has a strong domestic client base as well as acting for nationwide companies seeking UK firms with a presence in Belfast. Legal director Leeanne Armstrong leads the team and is active in employment tribunal claims surrounding unfair dismissals and discrimination. She is also highly skilled in advising on day-to-day employment issues. Retail and education are two particular sectors of strength.

Practice head(s):

Leeanne Armstrong

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd.

Ethos Communication Solutions Limited

Ageas UK Ltd.

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Boohoo

Lough Erne

Braidwater Limited

TJ Morris t/a Home Bargains

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Unitrunk Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

TLT handles high-value and complex M&A work for both domestic and international clients. The team works closely with its counterparts in England and counts PLCs, private companies, private equity and venture capital investors, and UK Government departments among its clientele. Damien Bechelli heads the practice and is well regarded for corporate finance, joint ventures, restructuring and general corporate advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Damien Bechelli

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Smith

Testimonials

‘Our business takes a little bit of inside knowledge to understand – Damien Bechelli very quickly got to grips with what we wished to achieve and helped us reach our goal within a short time scale. ’

‘Damien Bechelli was exceptional in that he understood and responded very quickly to any issues we wished to discuss’.

‘Advice was sound and reasonable and very helpful in progressing matters’.

‘Damien Bechelli made something which could have been complicated very straightforward’.

‘Damien Bechelli and his team make a real effort to understand our ultimate aims and objectives and then frame their advice in the commercial context that helps us to achieve those’.

‘Damien Bechelli and his team provide a very personal service, delivered in an easy to understand way’.

‘We see Damien Bechelli and his team as an extension of our team and we know that they have our best interests at heart’.

‘They know our business well and the team continually go that extra mile’.

Key clients

McGill’s Bus Services Limited

Sussex Place Ventures

Blackfinch Investments

ILI Energy Storage Plc

Cinnamon Care Capital

TSquared Group Ltd

Scottish Grocers Federation

Intelligent Land Investment Group Plc

Arena Capital Partners

Fuel Juice Bars (Holdings) Limited

E2 Energy Plc

BayWa Re

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Collaborating closely with the firm’s other UK offices, especially its network of banking litigation specialists, the claimant-focused team at TLT in Scotland is notably active in the financial services space, where it acts for a range of lenders and clearing banks in high-value claims. John Paul Sheridan, who heads up the group, also has a track record in claims against solicitors, surveyors and architects.

Practice head(s):

John Paul Sheridan

Key clients

National Westminster Bank plc

UPS

WHSmith plc

Fitness First Ltd

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

TLT handles multi-million pound transactions in a wide range of industries. Areas of focus include developments, property acquisitions and financings. Practice head Kenneth Meldrum focuses on commercial property work and is well versed in land acquisitions for housebuilders, mixed-use projects, acquisitions and disposals, and commercial leasing. Michael Spence joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Meldrum

Other key lawyers:

Brian Armour; Howard Beach; Donna Strong; Andrew McCowan; Nick Shenken; Michael Spence

Testimonials

‘Howard Beach is very knowledgeable and commercial, and always prompt with his responses’.

‘Howard Beach, Donna Strong and Andrew McCowan are all hugely responsive and deal with matters very efficiently, frequently with late evening working where required’.

‘Howard Beach in particular has a very insightful and commercial approach to matters’.

‘As well as excellent legal knowledge, the commercial property team are always contactable and quick to revert on any query posed, which is vital in the current climate’.

‘Brian Armour’s knowledge and integrity is excellent and I would have no issue in recommending him to any of my peers’.

Key clients

Ashfield Land Limited

M&S Investments (Glassford) LLP

Tapi Carpets and Floors Ltd

Greene King

Town Centre Securities plc

City Site Jersey Limited/City Site Life Limited

Mr and Mrs Isaac Bamberger, CTL Estates

Danobe Securities Ltd

Arbuthnot Latham, Private Bank

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

TLT's team is regularly involved in projects, procurement, IT transformations, and development and regeneration projects. It also advises local authorities on issues relating to pensions, tax, planning and State Aid law. Real estate specialist Andrew Glynn and public procurement expert Bill Hull jointly lead the public sector practice, while the firm-wide local government group is headed by Manchester-based Kuldip Dhanoya.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Glynn; Bill Hull; Kuldip Dhanoya

Key clients

London Borough of Lambeth

Cornwall Council

Oxfordshire County Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Ealing

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

The key names for environmental matters in TLT's Bristol office include planning head Katherine Evans, commercial regulatory head Kerry Gwyther and solicitor advocate Duncan Reed. Recent work of note has included a range of transactional and contentious matters, including representing clients in defence of proceedings brought by local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Evans; Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Punch Taverns

Gresham House

Innova Energy

McCarthy Marland

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Clients from the leisure, retail, clean energy, financial services, real estate and public sectors instruct the team at TLT in property litigation matters. It has considerable experience in landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews, lease renewals, and contractual claims. Practice head Mark Routley is 'a seriously impressive litigator.' He is a go-to advisor to restaurants and pubs. Kane Kirkbride is an expert in social housing matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Routley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The TLT team is outstanding, clearly the best of its kind in the region. ’

‘Mark Routley is a seriously impressive litigator. He has a masterful appreciation of the law behind every case, and knows how to apply it to the facts in the most effective way, so he can secure the best possible outcome for his clients in every case.’

‘Knowledge and advice provided in hospitality, licensing and pubs code, and associated support on agreement strategy. Proactive and supportive, the best in the industry in these areas.’

‘Mark Routley – industry expert in his field, the go to person on Pubs Code advice.’

‘Kane Kirkbride has exceptional knowledge of the social housing sector which means that he understands the appetite for risk and the constraints we have in terms of our social purpose. It also means that he understand the importance of governance and the requirement for the board to be fully appraised of the risks with regards to litigation outcomes. He made himself available to the board and explained not only the process but the basic legal arguments and potential outcomes in a way which simplified without patronizing. This went a long way to helping the board make explicit their risk appetite in line with key regulatory requirements including value for money and financial sutainability. ’

‘They are approachable’

Key clients

Morris & Perry

Punch Taverns

Greene King

WH Smith

Mayors Office for Policing and Crime

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Southern Housing Group

Network Homes Limited

SHAL Housing Limited

J Sainsbury Plc

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

TLT's 'very approachable and practical' commercial dispute resolution team advises on a range of contractual, corporate and public law litigation. Emma Flower, who is popular among retail, fashion and luxury goods sector clients, leads the team alongside Julien Luke, who counts the utilities, leisure, telecoms and recruitment industries among his sector specialisms. Jon Hainey and Claire Graham both have experience in private sector and public law disputes, where they act for and against local authorities and central government.

Practice head(s):

Emma Flower; Julien Luke

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Approachable and involve the right people from the start of the process.’

‘Very approachable, practical and explained things in a language I understood. Clear approach and very good at keeping updated.’

‘Solid team with quick response.’

‘The strength of this practice and why it is my team’s go-to firm for dispute resolution advice is its ability and experience but, more importantly, its availability and willingness to assist – not just with those matters which will generate significant fees but those small queries which crop up. The advice we receive is always commercially focused, actionable and unambiguous.’

‘Emma Flower: she provides straightforward, commercially focused advice in a way that makes our lives as in-house counsel easier. She always takes time to understand our business – that should be a given but it isn’t and Emma stands out for that.’

Emma is an excellent legal adviser. I have absolute confidence in her legal knowledge and abilities and she combines this with a very pragmatic and commercial approach.

‘Emma is a stand-out commercial external adviser as she understands my senior management team and our business so her advice is always tailored and not ‘out of the textbook’. She is friendly and approachable and well-liked by our team, who all have full confidence in her.’

Key clients

Boohoo

Examworks UK Limited

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Insolvency Service

SIP Car Parks (1) Limited

Sutton Creative Limited

Radiology Management Solutions

Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

TLT is active in the real estate and housing finance space in addition to taking on corporate finance and lending work. ‘Top-rate’ practitioner Paul Crighton leads the practice and has broad experience including working on complex solvent corporate restructuring mandates and funding packages for regulated businesses. Crighton is also involved in the firm’s green finance work. The team regularly uses legal technology to prepare bespoke lending agreements.

Practice head(s):

Paul Crighton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brock

Testimonials

‘My dealings with the TLT’s banking team are via Paul Crighton who I have known for over 10 years. I always find him top rate. Knows his stuff and happy to help.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank UK plc

Handelsbanken plc

NatWest

Santander UK plc

The Co-operative Bank p.l.c.

Allied London

Bank of Baroda

Landmark Investments Group

Private White

Public sector > Local government Tier 4

TLT advises local government clients from across the North West and further afield nationally on a wide range of matters, such as planning, procurement and real estate, among others. It is notably prominent in large-scale regeneration schemes and major infrastructure projects. Jon Hainey has over 25 years of experience advising public sector entities on a range of issues, including public law and procurement disputes. Kuldip Dhanoya leads the local government group.

Practice head(s):

Kuldip Dhanoya

Other key lawyers:

John Hyde; Jon Hainey; Debbie Reynolds; Joseph Meredith

Testimonials

‘Professional, clear advice and down-to-earth professionals.’

‘Debbie Reynolds – Confident, knowledgeable and friendly.’

‘Very diligent and attentive in how they go about the practices and procedures on a daily basis. Debbie Reynolds is a particular asset in advising on all aspects of the Compulsory Purchase process.’

‘Massively well respected in the public sector. First rate advisers.’

‘Debbie Reynolds is one of the most talented, courteous and downright nice solicitors advising the public sector, with a particular specialism in CPOs and road schemes.’

‘The team are attentive and are always available. It is also worth noting that TLT provide incredibly good value for money.’

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Real estate > Construction Tier 4

With sector strengths in real estate, energy, transport and infrastructure, the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable, proactive and collaborative’ team at TLT acts for contractors, government bodies and developers. 'Excellent technical lawyerSean McCay focuses on the contentious side of the practice, assisting clients with dispute resolution and avoidance. The team has been bolstered considerably with the addition of the 'fantasticJahanara Hussain from BLM in May 2020, who contributes expertise in transactional matters. The practice is also able to take advantage of the innovations and legal tech solutions developed by TLT’s Future Law team such as TLT One, a document, task and contract lifecycle management online platform.

Practice head(s):

Sean McCay

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘My company works regularly with the construction team at TLT and we find them to be exceptionally knowledgeable, proactive and collaborative.’

‘Jahanara Hussain in particular is a valued member of our project teams across numerous high-value, technically challenging projects. The support and knowledge she brings to the team helps to assure a successful delivery of our schemes.’

‘Sean McCay is a highly experienced, excellent technical lawyer. Pragmatic, thorough and the provider of sound, commercial advice.’

‘Not only can the firm call upon experienced formal dispute resolution lawyers but also on experienced litigation avoiders and help set strategies accordingly. This ability to resolve contract issues outside of a formal legal process is a rare commodity these days.’

‘Sean McCay leads from the front, combining detailed contract knowledge with the common law, ensuring full consideration of all factors affecting case strategies before decisions are made and actions taken. This ability to see what is coming’drives efficient case management and avoids surprises.’

‘Sean McCay is responsive and commercial. Aside from knowing standard forms inside out, Sean can provide a fresh and innovative perspective on how to resolve a dispute. Sean is easy to work with but can be a strong negotiator when required. He doesn’t dabble in construction, he knows it.’

‘Sean McCay is the standout partner at TLT for construction matters. His strategic thinking will bring disputes into sharp focus with minimum effort and costs. Equally, his defensive work is highly responsive in time-sensitive situations which has avoided an escalation of costs and uncertainty.’

‘Jahanarah Hussain has been fantastic in pulling together and negotiating a full suite of construction contracts with our consultants. Jahanarah is always very responsive and knowledgeable. She understands our needs and has been a great help in getting everything in place on the construction side for our start-up business.’

Key clients

F. Parkinson Limited

Maro Developments Limited

Harry Fairclough (Construction) Limited

SSG Contracts Limited

Mark Bates & Sons Limited

Westshield Limited

Creative Support Limited

PLP Construction Limited

Salboy

MCR Property Group

CERT Property

Langtree Property Partners

Sci-Tech Daresbury

TOCA Social

Step Places

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

At TLT, the contentious financial regulatory team advises and represents retail banks, building societies and consumer finance companies on their interactions with the regulators and in defending regulatory enforcement actions. Angela Hayes is noted for her experience in leading internal investigations for banking clients following whistleblowing allegations, as well as representing hedge funds and asset managers in regulatory investigations. Russell Kelsall, whose expertise spans contentious and non-contentious financial services work, has built a practice that involves defending regulatory sensitive claims brought by the recipients of finance. Based in Bristol, Jonathan Hoey leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hoey

Other key lawyers:

Angela Hayes; Russell Kelsall; James Chadwick; Richard Hayllar; Warren Clark

Testimonials

The personal attention and immediate response time from various members of the firm have proven to be unique.’

Angela Hayes is a standout in every sense. She has repeatedly provided instant yet thoughtful turnaround and solutions.’

We work very closely with Russell Kelsall and his team. Russell really knows and understands our business and legal challenges that we face. Russell and his team have advised us on a range of business as usual matters to new product/project launches as well as specific contentious and regulatory issues.’

We work with Angela Hayes at TLT. She is a very knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive lawyer who is our go-to FCA regulatory lawyer. We have worked with Angela on market abuse, sanctions, SMCR and regulatory permissions issues. ‘

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 4

Kerry Gwyther – TLT  A category A* (elite) mediator on the ADR group panel of mediators, Bristol-based Kerry Gwyther also leads ,TLT‘s commercial regulatory practice. Gwyther’s mediation experience ranges from shareholder and partnership claims, to disputes concerning professional negligence, inheritance, franchising, and warranty breaches, indemnities and misrepresentation.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

TLT's non-contentious pension practice is headed by Sasha Butterworth. Focusing on regulatory advice, SIPPs/SSAS, and public sector work, the team advises on matters including scheme liabilities and acquisitions. Chris Crighton  is also recommended for non-contentious work. The contentious practice is jointly led by Butterworth, Ed Fiddick, and Victoria Mabbett (all based in Bristol). The team has expertise across matters including professional negligence claims, declarations, and Ombudsman complaints.

Practice head(s):

Sasha Butterworth

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘There are a number of solid law firms in the UK that we would turn to. However, what makes TLT’s practice different (and therefore our first choice) is the ability to place themselves into the client’s shoes. On an innovation angle, Collaborate is a superb working tool that makes life so much easier, especially when under time pressure!’

‘A firm that provided a quick efficient service at a reasonable price. They are clear and concise with advice and continue to be proactive and helpful. These traits run through the whole team.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

Government Legal Department

Fujitsu Technology Solutions International Pension Plan Trustee

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Viridor Waste Management Limited

WHSmith

Travelers

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

IBMS Trustees

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 4

TLT works with a network of strategic partner law firms across Europe, the US, India, the Middle East and Australasia to facilitate its international work, which includes a significant amount of emerging markets transactions. It focuses heavily on finance transactions and disputes, and has continued to expand its work for Indian banks, including Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India. The team has also started to develop a presence in the Middle East. Peter Carney has extensive experience in handling corporate banking and restructuring work, while Paul Gair leads on financial services disputes. Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly focuses on contentious insolvencies, often involving aspects of fraud and cross-border asset recovery issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Carney; Paul Gair; Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Nick Curling

Testimonials

‘The team has unparalleled connections with the Indian banking community. They understand the subtleties of the Indian banking sector. Good strength in depth and a well diversified team. Strong D&I. The team is very responsive and provides good analysis of the options.’

‘Paul Gair has deep connections with the Indian banking community. He is very quick to grasp the issues. Nick Curling is a good team player and a good technical lawyer. Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly is one to watch and she provides holistic advice which is sensitive to client needs as well as legal issues.’

‘We get absolute honesty. If one individual doesn’t know the answer conclusively, there is referral to another member of the team who can add more colour. Every individual we have worked with displays the same ethos of punctual and desirable customer service.’

‘Peter Carney and Paul Gair have an excellent grasp of both commercial issues and legal principles. They keep the client informed of material developments constantly.’

Key clients

State Bank of India

Bank of India

Punjab National Bank (International) Limited

IDBI Bank

Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

TLT, which predominantly acts for registered providers, is strong across a number of key areas, including real estate and planning, tax, property litigation, procurement and construction. Practice head Linda Convery is particularly knowledgeable about the social housing sector's regulatory framework. Real estate specialist Shazia Bashir has a focus on development acquisitions, disposals and funding, while legal director Hugh James is experienced in shared ownership sales.

Practice head(s):

Linda Convery

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Network Homes Limited

Southern Housing Group Limited

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Peabody Trust

London and Quadrant Housing

London Borough of Waltham Forest

One Housing Group Limited

Network Housing Group

Notting Hill Genesis

London & Quadrant (L&Q)

Swan Housing Group

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Operating in innovative and emerging sectors, TLT’s technology and IP practice has expertise in the exploitation, licensing and protection of software and data rights. Showcasing broader sector strength, 'extremely intelligent' London team head Nick Fenner has recently acted in High Court trade secrets litigation relating to confidential formulas for a manufacturing client, with legal director Andrew Cave assisting. The team advises on partnership agreements for electric vehicle charging facilities.

Practice head(s):

Nick Fenner; James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Nick Fenner is a first-class IP lawyer, who is extremely intelligent and blessed with a good understanding of our business.

The team at TLT always conducts themselves in a transparent and professional way. No surprises. We use TLT for general business relationship agreement and contract work. They also manage all our trade mark and IP matters. Issues are handled in straightforward plain English. Complex legal issues are made clear and easy to understand.

Nick Fenner is the partner we mainly work with. He negotiates contractual content with meaningful insight. He skilfully de-escalates contentious issues, finding unexpected solutions that work out well for both sides.

TLT provides superb legal services on a cost-effective basis.

Key clients

Starling Bank

TSB

Nationwide

Ecotricty

WH Smith

Provexis plc

BGL (Compare The Market)

Brabantia

Native Land

DC Bars (Dirty Martini)

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

The Scottish banking and finance team at TLT acts as part of the firm’s UK-wide team, and advises on a range of debt finance transactions in the healthcare, clean energy and real estate sectors. Practice head Douglas Gourlay is dual-qualified and handles both transactional and advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Gourlay

Other key lawyers:

Catharine MacDonald

Testimonials

‘Douglas Gourlay takes a sound and measured approach and so instils a real confidence in the advice and guidance being provided’.

‘Experienced and attentive, with good recommendations on commercial balance and the managing of legal risk’.

‘Quick response and very supportive’.

‘Team members all have the same philosophy and approach, making it easy to deal across disciplines’.

‘Quotes are detailed and accurate with a degree of flexibility’.

‘A real focus on trying to alleviate the pressure and concern from the client and work through to a successful conclusion’.

‘The team has experience, commercial sense, value for money and is approachable and easy to communicate with’.

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) plc

Santander UK plc

Bank of Baroda

ICICI Bank (UK) plc

Ortus Secured Finance

PREM Group

Arbuthnot Latham

Co-operative Bank

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Punjab National Bank (International) Limited

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

TLT’s restructuring and insolvency practice was strengthened by the arrival of legal director Ainslie Benzie from Pinsent Masons LLP in October 2020. Alan Munro leads the practice and is well versed in acting for lenders and accountancy firms on corporate and personal insolvency matters, with a focus on insolvency litigation. The team regularly acts on a cross-office basis, with support from colleagues in Manchester and Bristol.

Practice head(s):

Alan Munro; Ainslie Benzie

Testimonials

‘They consistently punch above their weight in terms of scope and coverage of advice’.

‘I would have no hesitation in approaching the team with a problem that would typically be more traditionally addressed to a larger firm’.

‘Alan Munro is well known in the industry and highly thought of’.

‘Of all the solicitors in the industry, I find Alan Munro to be the most approachable in my experience’,

‘Alan Munro and Ainslie Benzie in particular always offer a great range of experience and are a pleasure to deal with’.

‘Commercial considerations are at the forefront of their thinking’.

‘Ainslie quickly assesses her client’s needs, provides assistance where required and never lets anyone down’.

Key clients

boohoo

NatWest

FRP Advisory LLP

KPMG LLP

Quantuma LLP

Begbies Traynor

Deloitte LLP

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 4

Working closely with its counterparts in England, TLT handles a range of domestic and international matters from its Scottish offices. Practice head Nick Shenken takes the lead on key national projects in the clean energy space, including solar, wind and battery storage projects. In 2020, the team was bolstered by the arrival of Michael Spence from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and Stacey Cassidy, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Nick Shenken

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Ramsay; Michael Spence; Stacey Cassidy

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry specialists at the forefront of renewables in Scotland.’

‘With a broad spectrum of clients through the industry, they can often be a good introduction to other parties.’

‘My experience with TLT has been excellent over a long period of time with the team in Scotland and England.’

‘Each time TLT ensure they have an understanding of my requirements and this helps them to pinpoint the key issues in any matter.’

‘A personal service where they are responsive and undertake work in a timely manner.’

‘The team has a solid renewables offering and the people are very easy to work with.’

‘Nick Shenken stands out as a partner who really understands our business, and his style makes Scottish property law much easier to work with.’

‘Nick Shenken is excellent, and truly understands the essence of client relationship management.’

Key clients

Blackfinch Investments

Aurium Capital Markets

Triodos Bank NV

Abundance Investments

REG Power Management Limited

The Renewables Infrastructure Group

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

BayWa

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited

Intelligent Land Investments Group plc

SSE plc

Thrive Renewables

Low Carbon

Ecotricity

Santander

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

TLT's 'commercially savvy' banking litigation team was bolstered by the arrival of a twelve-strong litigation team from Dentons, led by the 'exceptional' Clare Stothard (who has particular derivatives mis-selling disputes expertise) and Steven Mills, who has experience in litigation relating to investment, corporate and retail banking products. Andrew Lyon continues to lead the team which includes the 'excellent' Peter Richards-Gaskin, who acts for banks in disputes involving SMEs, and Paul Gair, who is building the international banks practice and is particularly popular among Indian banking clients.  

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lyon

Other key lawyers:

Peter Richards-Gaskin; Clare Stothard; Steven Mills; Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly; Nick Curling; Jack Hargreaves; Claire Kershaw

Testimonials

The team are knowledgeable, commercially savvy, and quick to deal with emerging disputes with the urgency required.’

Clare Stothard is exceptional. She is very experienced, and very calm. She is on the ball.

Paul Gair – a very capable lawyer, who is also excellent with clients. He is unflappable, and makes the right tactical calls. Legal director Nick Curling – has just the right blend of legal skills, attention to detail, and an excellent sense of judgment.’

Clare Stothard remains head and shoulders above her contemporaries in terms of level of engagement as well as quality of work. A direct but diplomatic advocate, she knows what is best for her clients and knows how best to deliver the message. A true standout performer year on year.

The team has an excellent reputation and relationships with the Indian banking market, which has been developed over many years. The team itself is comprised of very good lawyers, who are also down to earth, practical, pragmatic and delightful to work with.’

Paul Gair – an excellent leader of the team – outstanding appreciation of the strengths and weakness of a case. Legal director Claire Kershaw – a wonderful associate solicitor adept at running the most complex cases.

Paul Gair – great team leader and highly experienced litigator Kanika Kitchlu-Connelly – a star restructuring and insolvency partner. Legal director Nick Curling – amazing technical expertise Jack Hargreaves – up and coming star.

Peter Richards-Gaskin is excellent, highly skilled and combines technical excellence with practicality and a strong client focus.

Key clients

State Bank of India

Bank of India

Punjab National Bank (International) Limited

Coutts & Co

NatWest/RBS

IDBI Bank

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

TLT covers a wide range of property-related disputes, including transactional, contractual and professional negligence matters. Led by Jason Juden, the team mainly acts for landlords and has a particular expertise in the retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jason Juden

Testimonials

‘A good firm for general property litigation.

Always going above and beyond for clients.

Excellent advice and a pleasure to work with.

Jason Juden provides shrewd and experienced commercial leadership to a talented team of promising young property litigators. He has a special expertise in difficult rent review cases. It may be a cliché, but he and his team punch well above their weight when compared to similar sized firms.

Key clients

R&K LLC

London Borough of Ealing

Medholdings Company Limited

WH Smiths

Salter Property Investments Limited

Parkhill

RBS

Lindford Limited

Hardwick

GC Campden Hill LLP

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

TLT provides an ‘extremely professional service’ with ‘knowledgeable lawyers at the top of their game’. Recently, the practice has been advising clients on a number of key topics in the data protection market, including Covid-19-related matters, Brexit issues and the fallout from the Schrems II decision. Gareth Oldale heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Oldale

Testimonials

‘TLT has real strength in depth’.

‘Gareth Oldale knows our business in detail and understands our priorities and our issues’.

‘Extremely supportive, with a wide range of specialisms that can be called upon at short notice and very willing to work not only at pace but with pressure’.

‘The range of knowledge and ability to understand complex areas quickly has been invaluable’.

‘I have dealt with TLT LLP for data privacy matters and found the team to be really helpful and able to clearly articulate complex legal matters in a way for the client to understand and to put into practice’.    

‘Gareth Oldale provides lots of practical experience and is able to provide pragmatic solutions’.

‘They were very flexible in their approach and accommodating to the needs of a number of organisations, ensuring the end product satisfied all parties involved’.

Key clients

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Metropolitan Police

Police ICT Company

NatWest Group Plc

Lloyds Banking Group

TSB Bank Plc

UK Finance

Savills

Payment Systems Regulator

National Police Chiefs Council

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Imperial Brands plc

Government Legal Department

University College London

Kent Police & Essex Police

Sainsbury’s

BGL Group Limited (CompareTheMarket)

ManPower Group

Unite Students

Softbank Robotics

Gridserve

Employment Tier 5

Working in close conjunction with the firm's corporate team, TLT is well placed to provide transactional support, while assisting with day-to-day employment and HR matters alongside employment tribunal claims constitute other key elements of the practice led by litigator Jonathan Rennie. Clients include financial services providers and retailers alongside construction and infrastructure sector players.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rennie

Testimonials

‘The team is able to provide a legal service which they can all breakdown and describe in a simple and straightforward manner which as a non-legal expert is especially reassuring and comforting when dealing with complex issues.’

‘TLT exhibit a flexible approach, are easily contactable and provide quality professional advice on a range of employment matters.’

‘They are particularly practical and extremely commercial and understand the fine balances which occasionally arise between running a large complex business across multiple sites.’

‘Jonathan Rennie is a modest but confident individual and his advice is also given with a commercial focus and great deal of understanding of our business and the issues we face. He is calm, rational and keeps matters simple and easily understood by line managers who operate outside of employment law matters for the majority of their time.’

‘The team is approachable and available at all times. Even as a major company, they respond in manner which makes the ‘customer’ feel, valued and appreciated.’

‘Jonathan Rennie has a very easygoing manner. He is accommodating, even at short notice and provides thorough well-presented responses to specific queries but covering a broader area of consideration and ‘what-ifs?’. The attention to detail coupled with a timely response to all matters is what really makes Jonathan stand out.’

‘Jonathan Rennie is very knowledgeable and approachable. He takes a very pragmatic approach to employment law and provides clear, well-structured advice.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Savills

TJ Morris (trading as Home Bargains) and ShoeZone

ShoeZone

Raeburn Drilling & Geotechnical Limited

Search Consultancy Limited

Association for Project Safety

French Duncan Accountants

British Drilling Association

Breedon Northern Limited

Aviagen Limited

Glasgow Taxis Limited

BEAR Scotland

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

TLT's team has recent experience advising trade associations on a range of issues including LIBOR transition arrangements and issues arising from Covid-19 payment deferrals and forbearance issues. Other key areas of specialism for lawyers include the regulatory aspects of green financial products, market abuse regulation and SMCR issues. Noline Matemera leads the group with a strong track-record in assisting with tactical engagement with the FCA. Robin Penfold focuses on mortgage market regulations and LIBOR transition issues. Angela Hayes is a contentious financial services specialist, but is often called upon to advise on market abuse regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Noline Matemera

Other key lawyers:

Robin Penfold; Angela Hayes; Russell Kelsall; Theresa Eakins

Testimonials

TLT continues to work closely with us as if the firm was a part of our team. A number of partners and associates from a number disciplines have assisted us throughout the year with complex regulatory matters and a financial services business acquisition providing a comprehensive and coherent service.’

Noline Matemera has been our main point of contact since we first engaged with TLT and has continued to build a relationship of trust between us and the firm by being approachable, knowledgeable and insightful. Noline provides clear and straight forward advice despite the complexities of some of the issues she has advised us on. Noline is also an excellent speaker at the events that TLT have run, notably the SIPP & SSAS Winter Festival in November 2020 which was particularly valuable.’

Key clients

Sky UK Limited (Sky)

Raisin Platforms Limited

Bank of Ireland

Coventry Building Society (CBS)

International Payment Systems Limited

Augusta & Co Limited (Augusta)

Hartley Pensions Limited

Shawbrook Bank

PSG SIPP Limited

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP remains a key fund counsel to top-tier private equity buyout funds, working on flagship fundraisings for an array of major clients. Alongside large-cap raisings, the team also handles smaller fundraisings for mid-market private equity, infrastructure, and social impact funds, and has a strong record in secondaries and ESG-related investments. Fund formation ‘iconJason Glover heads up the team, and is a vastly experienced adviser to top private equity clients, while Gareth Earl advised on CVC’s record-breaking €21.25bn European fundraising, the largest recorded in the market at the time of publication. Seema Shah and Robert Lee remain highly active in large-cap fundraising, while Daniel Lloyd handles both large-cap and smaller formations for an array of clients. Vandana Harris joined as a senior counsel in 2020 from an in-house role, and specialises in LP-side advice, alongside working with funds on transactional issues and investment strategy. Counsel Amy Fox is set to join Kirkland & Ellis International LLP .

Practice head(s):

Jason Glover; Gareth Earl; Seema Shah; Robert Lee; Dan Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Amy Fox; Vandana Harris

Testimonials

Jason Glover is an icon in the PE world and deservedly so, probably the world’s most recognisable fund formation lawyer and a person of high ethics and admirable character. He impresses me with his EQ- he really does care about his associates and ensure that they get direct positive feedback from the client.’

Top end team that really delivers a premium product. Innovative, cutting edge, responsive and friendly.

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

EQT Partners

Apax Partners

Cinven

BC Partners

Bridgepoint

Affinity Partners

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Astorg Partners

Coller Capital

Oakley Capital

EMH Partners

DBAG

Mid Europa Partners

GLP

Hedosophia

CapVest

Actis

Trill

Real estate > Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire

Gosschalks fields an 'approachable practical team with the skills, knowledge and experience in the licensed property sector'. The practice is highly active in property acquisitions and disposals and it advises developers on site acquisition and assembly, infrastructure documentation and leases. Practice head Mark Teal and Charlotte Chilcott are among the names to note. In the licensed leisure, betting and gaming sector, Andy Bell, James Houston and Zoe Carmichael are key figures.

Practice head(s):

Mark Teal

Testimonials

‘An approachable practical team with the skills, knowledge and experience in the licensed property sector.’

‘Consistency of service and quality of partner interaction. We have been fortunate to be able to deal with the same individuals over a period of years, which is of great benefit to our business.’

‘Gosschalks have a large and experienced commercial property team with vast experience in dealing with multi-site retail portfolio work. They are able to react quickly to high demand on projects with skill, care and personal attention given to each and every situation. With partner/associate level involvement on most transactions, you know you receive a high degree of knowledge. They are flexible to client needs – monthly billing, access to the archives team, and building disposal packs have all been done on request. The speed of service is brilliant.’

‘The personal service – combined with the high volume and speed of transactions – is key. Partners James Houston and Zoe Carmichael stand out with a personal and professional approach to each transaction, chasing matters to ensure a quick resolution.’

Key clients

KCOM

Wilko Retail Limited

Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

Moto Hospitality Limited

EI Group Plc

William Hill Plc

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Arnold White Estates Limited

Beal Developments Limited

AGE UK

Wellington Pub Company Plc

Horncastle Group Plc

Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects

The infrastructure team at Brodies LLP is well regarded for its public law, project finance, project procurement and project delivery experience. It has particular expertise in the social accommodation, district heating and energy from waste sectors. The group has been advising procurers, sponsors, funders and contractors on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic recently. The practice is jointly led by Drysdale Graham and Michael Stoneham, who has considerable experience in PFI and PPP projects. Senior associate Stuart Murray is experienced in public sector projects, particularly work relating to Scotland's hub programme.

Practice head(s):

Drysdale Graham; Michael Stoneham

Other key lawyers:

Roger Cotton; Sarah-Jane McArthur; Stuart Murray

Testimonials

‘Brodies provide a very proactive service, focused on the needs of the client.’

‘They are focused on positive outcomes and build positive relationships which foster great communication.’

‘They are very responsive and flexible in dynamic situations and on top of the law that applies in each situation.’

‘The individuals we deal with build positive relationships that help foster clear and positive communications.’

‘They are proactive in assisting clients in identifying cost-effective and pragmatic solutions to issues.’

‘Sarah-Jane McArthur is exceptional in delivering focused advice that gets to the heart of the issue and identifies clear options for the client.’

‘Michael Stoneham seems to have been around longer than the hills and is a phenomenal ambassador for the practice.’

‘I enjoy working with Stuart Murray, as I find him very knowledgeable and always willing to work out practical solutions.’

Key clients

Hub South East Scotland Limited

Equitix

Nord LB

Galliford Try Investments

Sisk PPP Investments

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Abellio

Midlothian Council

Apleona

Employment > Health and safety

Addleshaw Goddard‘s full service practice is highlighted for its ‘excellent technical skill’ and handles high-profile instructions across inquests, public inquiries, and investigations. Practice head Erin Shoesmith splits her time between Manchester, Leeds and London and is the key name in the group, singled out for her expertise in criminal regulatory work. Adrian Mansbridge handles health and safety defence matters, and the team also counts fire, product and food safety issues among its core expertise. Associate India Haresign is the name for health and safety breaches. The group leverages teams across Manchester, London and Scotland to handle large regional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is the leadership of Erin Shoesmith which pulls this team into a strikingly strong and committed whole. Everyone in the team gives tremendous attention to all aspects of the issues on the table, as a result of which solutions are rapidly identified and implemented. If the AG team is looking after you, then you feel looked after.’

Erin Shoesmith has a deserved reputation as being in the very top drawer. Her dedication to her clients shines through. There is nobody better.’

Erin Shoesmith is a great lawyer, leader and very commercial.’

‘Great team, strength in depth, great clients, interesting work.’

India Haresign is a very good junior associate.

‘They are good all rounders with excellent technical skills and a good sense of perspective and judgement.’

Adrian Mansbridge is a first rate lawyer who combines technical know-how with a practical approach and excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Scottish Futures Trust

Eddie Stobart Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Victrex Plc

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Boohoo Group

KPMG LLP

British American Tobacco Limited

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire

Gosschalks fields an 'approachable practical team with the skills, knowledge and experience in the licensed property sector'. The practice is highly active in property acquisitions and disposals and it advises developers on site acquisition and assembly, infrastructure documentation and leases. Practice head Mark Teal and Charlotte Chilcott are among the names to note. In the licensed leisure, betting and gaming sector, Andy Bell, James Houston and Zoe Carmichael are key figures.

Practice head(s):

Mark Teal

Testimonials

‘An approachable practical team with the skills, knowledge and experience in the licensed property sector.’

‘Consistency of service and quality of partner interaction. We have been fortunate to be able to deal with the same individuals over a period of years, which is of great benefit to our business.’

‘Gosschalks have a large and experienced commercial property team with vast experience in dealing with multi-site retail portfolio work. They are able to react quickly to high demand on projects with skill, care and personal attention given to each and every situation. With partner/associate level involvement on most transactions, you know you receive a high degree of knowledge. They are flexible to client needs – monthly billing, access to the archives team, and building disposal packs have all been done on request. The speed of service is brilliant.’

‘The personal service – combined with the high volume and speed of transactions – is key. Partners James Houston and Zoe Carmichael stand out with a personal and professional approach to each transaction, chasing matters to ensure a quick resolution.’

Key clients

KCOM

Wilko Retail Limited

Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

Moto Hospitality Limited

EI Group Plc

William Hill Plc

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Arnold White Estates Limited

Beal Developments Limited

AGE UK

Wellington Pub Company Plc

Horncastle Group Plc

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Health and safety

Addleshaw Goddard‘s full service practice is highlighted for its ‘excellent technical skill’ and handles high-profile instructions across inquests, public inquiries, and investigations. Practice head Erin Shoesmith splits her time between Manchester, Leeds and London and is the key name in the group, singled out for her expertise in criminal regulatory work. Adrian Mansbridge handles health and safety defence matters, and the team also counts fire, product and food safety issues among its core expertise. Associate India Haresign is the name for health and safety breaches. The group leverages teams across Manchester, London and Scotland to handle large regional mandates.

Practice head(s):

Erin Shoesmith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is the leadership of Erin Shoesmith which pulls this team into a strikingly strong and committed whole. Everyone in the team gives tremendous attention to all aspects of the issues on the table, as a result of which solutions are rapidly identified and implemented. If the AG team is looking after you, then you feel looked after.’

Erin Shoesmith has a deserved reputation as being in the very top drawer. Her dedication to her clients shines through. There is nobody better.’

Erin Shoesmith is a great lawyer, leader and very commercial.’

‘Great team, strength in depth, great clients, interesting work.’

India Haresign is a very good junior associate.

‘They are good all rounders with excellent technical skills and a good sense of perspective and judgement.’

Adrian Mansbridge is a first rate lawyer who combines technical know-how with a practical approach and excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Morrison Utility Services Limited

Scottish Futures Trust

Eddie Stobart Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

Victrex Plc

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

Boohoo Group

KPMG LLP

British American Tobacco Limited

South West > Public sector > Local government

TLT's team is regularly involved in projects, procurement, IT transformations, and development and regeneration projects. It also advises local authorities on issues relating to pensions, tax, planning and State Aid law. Real estate specialist Andrew Glynn and public procurement expert Bill Hull jointly lead the public sector practice, while the firm-wide local government group is headed by Manchester-based Kuldip Dhanoya.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Glynn; Bill Hull; Kuldip Dhanoya

Key clients

London Borough of Lambeth

Cornwall Council

Oxfordshire County Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Ealing

Business advisors as well as lawyers, TLT works in step with its clients to protect their interests today and progress their ambitions for tomorrow. The firm has local, national and international reach and draws on its diverse expertise to find solutions and create opportunities. The firm’s approach is to use its expertise, with efficient processes and integrated technology, to anticipate change and keep clients ahead of their challenges.

The firm: The firm is known for its strengths in clean energy; digital; financial services; government and public services; leisure, food and drink; real estate; and retail and consumer goods.

It has long-standing relationships with a range of UK and international clients from major household names to high-growth businesses and private individuals. Clients include NatWest, Triodos, Santander, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith, Greene King, BT, Government Legal Department, Metropolitan Police Service, Vodafone, SSE, Ecotricity and Savills.

Types of work undertaken: TLT works with clients on high-value strategic work and major projects. It also supports clients on day-to-day legal requirements, using its people, with efficient process and technology to deliver.

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.

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

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 mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and associated agreements, as well as business turnaround issues and governance.

Data privacy and cybersecurity: advising on cybersecurity, data protection, freedom of information, confidentiality and privacy issues in the UK and internationally.

Disputes: advising national and international organisations on complex, sensitive litigation issues involving arbitration, mediation and litigation.

Employment: advising on all aspects of employment law, as well as dealing with disputes, mediations and complex tribunal claims.

Employee benefits and incentives: advising on all types of short and long-term incentive arrangements, bonus schemes, salary sacrifice and exchange programmes.

Family: especially known for complex financial provision on divorce or separation, including international and cross-border issues, complex trust and tax structures, businesses, pensions and property portfolios.

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.

International trade: helping clients to get the best out of cross-border trade opportunities, whether that’s navigating the law, expanding into new markets or influencing key trade policy.

Investigations: all aspects of regulatory law, from commercially-based compliance advice right through to protecting the interests of companies or individuals facing regulatory investigation or prosecution.

Licensing: advising on all aspects of premises licensing, from a one-off event to managing UK-wide estates and advising on operational matters and board level strategy.

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 areas of pensions law and regulation – including change and restructuring projects, the implications of corporate transactions and managing pension liabilities.

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

Private wealth: 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 existing and emerging regulatory law, from compliance advice to protecting the interests of companies or individuals facing a regulatory investigation or prosecution.

Restructuring and insolvency: advising on all areas of restructuring and insolvency law.

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

Technology and communications: advising on development and licensing, ICT procurement, outsourcing, cloud services, e-commerce, social media and data privacy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner John Wood
Senior partner Andrew Glynn
Head of strategic growth David Pester
Practice director Steve Willson
Banking and lender services Jonathan Hoey
Commercial services Bill Hull
Corporate Andrew Webber
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
Future Law James Touzel
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 600+
Total staff : 1,000+

TLT believes when our employees can truly be themselves they are at their best, so we work to create an environment where every individual is treated with dignity and respect. We promote this by taking every opportunity to celebrate differences, as well as empowering our people to challenge behaviour at odds with this.

We value diversity and actively seek to promote it at all levels of the organisation through ensuring everyone has the same opportunity to succeed irrespective of any differing or defining characteristic.

We work continually to ensure we are meeting the needs of our employees and have committed substantial resources to ensure we are driving the agenda forward across multiple diversity strands, including sex and gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, social mobility, disability and religion. Our efforts are reflected in the ongoing success of our employee networks, which we continue to grow and build. These networks are a valuable resource for the firm in helping ensure that our employees have a voice, but also connecting people and instilling the sense of belonging that we wish for every employee to feel.

In addition to this, we are passionate about growing diversity into the firm, which has been demonstrated by our commitment to various attraction initiatives including the Social Mobility Business Project (SMBP) – a multi-award winning social mobility scheme – and our longstanding partnership with Aspiring Solicitors, which has continued to strengthen over the years.

Whilst we are always proud of what we have achieved, we continue to strive to be better for the benefit of our employees, the firm and the wider legal sector.

The Lex 100 Verdict

A ‘young and innovative firm’, Bristol-headquartered TLT LLP is a national firm with large growth ambitions. Trainees can sit in London, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow and benefit from the firm’s ‘friendly atmosphere, high quality work, work-life balance. As a trainee highlights, ‘The firm advertises to students that you can approach anyone in the firm without worrying about a traditional hierarchical structure and this is how it has been in practice. I feel comfortable speaking to all colleagues from Partners and Trainees and feel very supported. Strong in renewable energy and financial sectors among others, TLT specialises in ‘sector focused’ hands on training. There is a lot of client interaction and variety in the workload, as a trainee comments, ‘we are given quite a lot of responsibility early on and are involved in interesting and complex matters from the startNegatives mentioned include the IT systems, billing procedures and the pay being ‘less than London competitors’ but overall the praise far outweighs the critique. The culture of the firm is what makes it, as a trainee comments, ‘all employees at all levels are approachable and welcoming, you get a variety of work and there are lots of opportunities. The firm has a really good culture and allows you to show your personality. If looking for opportunities across the UK, with an interesting sector focus and a strong friendly culture, TLT is worth a closer look.