Firm Profile > TLT > Bristol , South West

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Debt recovery Tier 1

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

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

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

Family Tier 1

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

Health and safety Tier 1

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

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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

Licensing Tier 1

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

Pensions Tier 1

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

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

Social housing Tier 1

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

Banking and finance Tier 2

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

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

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

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

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

Construction Tier 2

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

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 2

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

Corporate tax Tier 2

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

Energy Tier 2

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

EU and competition Tier 2

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

Intellectual property Tier 2

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

Planning Tier 2

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

Professional negligence Tier 2

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

Property litigation Tier 2

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

Environment Tier 3

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

Local government Tier 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Licensing: advising on all aspects of premises licensing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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