Firm Profile > TLT > Bristol, England


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.


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

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

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

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

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


Good strength in depth, responsive and proactive

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

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

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

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

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

‘They have an excellent commercial view of employment matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Imperial Brands plc

J Sainsbury plc

National Crime Agency

Savills plc

Ageas Group

Southern Water

Hastings Direct

Biffa plc

Smiths News / Connect Group plc


Bromford Housing Group

Onward Homes (formerly Symphony Housing)

WH Smith Plc

Good Energy Group Plc

Phoenix Housing Association


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.


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

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

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

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

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

‘Natalie Drew is forging a presence in London.’

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

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

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

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

Health and safety Tier 1

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


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

Key clients


Punch Taverns

Managers/Employees of of Rydon Group Limited

Greene King plc

Aurium Capital Markets


Pennon Group

Biffa Waste

The Co-Operative Group

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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


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

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

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

James Forsyth a good contact to have in times of crisis

Key clients

FRP Advisory LLP



Grant Thornton

The Insolvency Service


The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Smith & Williamson

Wolf Minerals

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

ARRIS International Plc


J Sainsbury’s Plc

The Co-operative Group

BGL Group

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands PLC

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime


Conviviality Plc

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

learndirect Limited


Telegraph Media Group

JD Sports

Licensing Tier 1

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


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

Key clients

WH Smith

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

SA Brain & Company

Boston Tea Party

Pensions Tier 1

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


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

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

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

Key clients

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime


Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan


TClarke plc

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

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


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

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

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

‘They marry hand holding with professional expertise.’

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

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

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

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

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

‘Competitive pricing’

‘Always proactive, responsive and highly professional’

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

Social housing Tier 1

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


The team is quick and competent

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

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

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

David Isaacson and Siobhan Fitzgerald are particularly helpful

Key clients

Swan Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Peabody Trust

One Housing Group

Saxon Weald Homes Ltd

Aster Homes

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Knightstone Housing Association Ltd

Notting Hill Housing Trust

Southern Housing

Banking and finance Tier 2

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


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

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

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

Jon Stewart is always of great assistance to his clients

Key clients

BGL Group

Dyson Finance


Pimlico Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland

Temporis Capital

Triodos Bank

Santander UK


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.


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

Key clients

French Connection

Metropolitan Police

DDN Storage

WHSmith Plc

Matthew Clark Bibendum

Inchcape Plc

Tamura Europe

Fitness First


Furrer + Frey

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

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


Very responsive to clients’ questions and needs

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

The team makes every client feel important

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

Key clients



Greene King

TUI Travel

Ecotricity Group

Punch Taverns

Swan Housing



Byron Hamburgers

Construction Tier 2

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


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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Bank of Baroda

WH Smith

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)


Midas Construction

HAB at the Acre Limited

Quadrant Construction Services Limited

Total Control Services Ltd

Thrive Renewables PLC

Arlington Energy

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 2

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


‘Perran Jervis is an outstanding commercial lawyer.’

Key clients

Savills plc

WHSmith plc

Mobile Windscreens




JD Sports

Stirling Dynamics

Molson Construction

Sainsbury’s Plc

JD Sports plc

WHSmith plc

Imperial Brands plc

BGL Group plc

Greene King plc

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime


French Connection plc

Elavon Financial Services


Close Brothers

Lucozade Ribena Suntory


Crown Commercial Service

HM Treasury

Corporate tax Tier 2

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

Key clients

Boohoo group Plc

WHSmith Plc

Molson Construction Equipment

ExamWorks UK

Aardman Animations Limited

Swan Housing Group

Endless LLP


Francis Flower

Encore Capital

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.


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

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

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

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

Key clients

Low Carbon

Guinness Asset Management

The Co-operative Group

Triodos Bank

Thrive Renewables



Peel Energy

NextEnergy Capital

The Renewable Infrastructure Group

EU and competition Tier 2

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


The team is accessible, responsive and focused on helping

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

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

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

Key clients

BGL Group Limited (

Imperial Brands PLC

The Retail Motor Industry Federation Limited / National Franchised Dealers Association

Francis Flower

Inchcape plc

Mineral Products Association

Energy Saving Trust Ltd

Merlin Entertainments plc

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

West Coast Properties

Intellectual property Tier 2

TLT'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.


‘Jo Pritchard is well-recognised across the field’

‘Jo Pritchard is a strong player for them’

‘Very good client focus and excellent responses’

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

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

Key clients


Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

Merlin Entertainments

British Telecommunications PLC

Brabantia (UK) Limited

Tru-tension Limited

Muji Europe Holdings Limited

WHSmith plc


WDM Limited

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’.


The team is always responsive and helpful

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

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

Key clients


The Ecotricity Group

Bristol Temple Quarter

Crematoria Management

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes


Catalyst Housing

Square Bay

Edward Ware Homes

Professional negligence Tier 2

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


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

Key clients

Avon Rubber

Fitness First

Mortgage Express

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

The Northview Group

UK Asset Resolution (UKAR)


Ultimate Finance

WH Smith

Property litigation Tier 2

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


‘Exceptional local reputation’

‘A strong property litigation team’

‘The team provides timely responses’

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Greene King




London Borough of Lambeth

Metropolitan Police Service

Covent Garden Market Authority

Southern Housing

City of London Corporation

Byron Hamburgers

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.


A very experienced environment and safety team

The team is great with handling contracts

Everyone on the team is excellent

Kerry Gwyther is a superstar

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

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

Key clients

Glastonbury Festival

EDF Energy

Punch Taverns

Viridor Waste Management

Crematoria Management

Francis Flower


Renewable Energy Systems

British Solar Renewables

InfraRed Capital Partners

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.


The team is great, especially in handling contractual matters

Key clients

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

Cornwall Council

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Barnet

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+