Firm Profile > TLT > Bristol, England

TLT
ONE REDCLIFF STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 6TP
England

Debt recovery Tier 1

TLT advises clearing banks, new market entrants and specialist lenders on a range of mortgage-related matters, including loan portfolio transactions. As well as mortgage enforcement work, the practice has experience selling repossessed properties on behalf of lenders and fixed charge receivers. Graham Walters leads the team and focuses on advising banks, mortgage lenders and LPA receivers on mortgage-related disputes and litigation, notably landlord and tenant issues.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

TLT's employment team covers all types of contentious and non-contentious employment work, which ranges from day-to-day advice to business-critical litigation, including whistleblowing and industrial action. Key clients include household-name entities, particularly those operating in the retail and utilities sectors. Stuart McBride, who heads up the team, has expertise acting for high-profile clients in the financial services industry. Other names to note are TUPE expert Esther Smith and Siobhan Fitzgerald, who has carved out a niche as a leading employment lawyer in the social housing sector.

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Testimonials

Invested in understanding our business and acting as a business partner rather than a service provider.

I feel TLT employment team values the relationship as much as I do.

Strong technically and responsive on timing at very competitive pricing.

Esther Smith – great engagement and strong, commercial advice.

TLT is excellent, very quick to respond with clear, pragmatic and sound legal advice.’

Esther Smith is one one the best solicitors I have ever worked with. Esther always responds quickly with advice that is easily understood. The advice could be factual, or if appropriate, provides options which clearly set out the risks to the organisation. Esther is very personable and client-focused; she works well with the HR team to understand our issues and helps us to work through complex cases and scenarios.

Key clients

J Sainsbury plc

Savills plc

Southern Water

National Crime Agency

Ageas Group

Imperial Brands

Hastings Direct

Biffa plc

Smiths News / Connect Group plc

Westfield

Homebase / Bunnings

Onward (formerly Symphony Housing)

WH Smith Plc

Good Energy Group Plc

EU and competition Tier 1

Housing 'one of the strongest competition teams outside London', according to clients, TLT handles competition law issues for a variety of domestic corporates. The group is instructed in investigations, competition and market authority (CMA) defence issues, compliance work, as well as merger control clearance and state aid advice. Leading the department, Miles Trower focuses on advisory competition law work, including in relation to UK and EU merger control and compliance programmes, as well as investigations work. Bill Hull heads the commercial services group, with expertise in the energy sector.

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One of the strongest competition teams outside London. Well organised and dedicated.’

Miles Trower is a very effective and pragmatic team player, who has excellent attention to detail and sound judgment.’

Key clients

BGL Group Limited (Comparethemarket.com)

Imperial Brands plc

The Retail Motor Industry Federation Limited / National Franchised Dealers Association

Alissa Healthcare

Inchcape plc

Mineral Products Association

Energy Saving Trust

Merlin Entertainments plc

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

West Coast Properties

Family Tier 1

TLT's Bristol-based family team acts for high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of family law, often involving complex, high-value financial remedies, divorces and children arrangements. The department has recently built up a well-known practice advising wealthy unmarried couples on cohabitation and separation matters. In addition to matrimonial finance work, Natalie Drew, who heads up the team, often handles private children law and domestic violence cases. Other notable lawyers are the highly active Mark Sage and associate Sarah Green, whose growing practice spans both matrimonial and children matters.

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The team at TLT are thorough and conscientious, providing an impressive service for a range of clients.

Mark Sage is a partner who is held in high regard by clients and opponents alike. He has an enviable reputation for being fair, measured and sensible, adopting a cost-effective approach to litigation which seeks to reduce the cost to the client while making real progress with a case.

TLT are one of the absolute top-tier firms in Bristol, offering a really high-quality service. I would strongly recommend them for the most complex and difficult cases in any area of family work, including international cases and multi-million high-net-worth clients.

Natalie Drew is an outstanding lawyer with excellent client care skills. She gives very proportionate and pragmatic advice and has good tactical skills. Mark Sage has a brilliant manner with clients – he is hugely reassuring in the most sensitive cases and an excellent lawyer. Sarah Green is a real star; she is really good and definitely one to watch.’

Natalie Drew has a common-sense, practical approach and is always keen to promote a sensible solution.

This firm continues to attract excellent work and rightly so. They are pragmatic, commercially minded and client focused. They have the benefit of commercial and private client colleagues, who are able to support the family team.

Mark Sage is the unsung hero. Omnipresent in Bristol, he is pragmatic and solution focused. He is prepared to compromise to preserve the client relationship, but he is equally firm on those points which are important to his clients.

Health and safety Tier 1

TLT regularly advises on the strategic and regulatory aspects of health and safety law. The department has a notable specialism in advising on product safety concerns. Key areas of activity for the team include real estate (with an emphasis on asbestos cases), retail and consumer goods, leisure, food and drink (notably for a number of pub chains), and clean energy. The team also demonstrates strong capabilities in contentious work, including HSE prosecutions, as well as high-profile inquests and investigations. Team head Kerry Gwyther works with Duncan Reed, who was promoted to partner in May 2019.

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Iceland

Sainsbury’s

Punch Tavers

Greene King

WHSmith

Clarks

Pure Scooters

Employees of Rydon Limited

Energy Savings Trust

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

TLT is ‘responsive and able to move quickly', acting primarily for financial institutions, funds and private equity houses, as well as advising on a number of national strategic projects for the government through the Insolvency Service. The firm is particularly active in the renewables and retail sectors. James Forsyth leads the team and focuses on advising lenders, directors and stakeholders. Also notable is Peter Carney, who specialises in restructuring, asset sales, and portfolio acquisitions and disposals.

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‘It is a large and experienced team, able to act on matters involving all of the main lenders by virtue of being on their panels’

‘They have access to colleagues within the wider firm to provide additional advice where necessary’

‘James Forsyth and Peter Carney are both able to provide unique insights and ideas in potentially sticky situations’

‘I have been impressed by the team workings within TLT and how the different departments work together to achieve the best result for our office within the instructions given’

‘Very responsive and engaged in the details’

‘Emily Reeve is excellent and should be one to watch’

Key clients

KPMG

The Insolvency Service

FRP Advisory LLP

Wolf Minerals

Menzies LLP

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Grant Thornton

Begbies Traynor

BDO

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

IT and telecoms Tier 1

TLT's team is instructed by UK and international corporates on the development and exploitation of technology. Sectors where the group stands out are retail, financial services, telecoms and government. The group is led by James Touzel, who has experience leading on strategic projects for major corporates and local government agencies, including in relation to procurement and outsourcing. Daniel Read is recommended for his knowledge in IT, telecoms and business process outsourcing projects in the public and private sectors, particularly in financial services. Associate Emma Erskine-Fox is developing a promising IT contracts and data protection practice.

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Solutions tailored to customer needs, prompt responses.’

I appreciate Dan Read ‘s ability to promptly respond to my queries, as well as his business orientated approach and flexibility. He quickly understands my requests and answers to the point.’

Key clients

South West Creative Technology Network

5NINES

J Sainsbury’s plc

The Co-operative Group

BGL Group

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands plc

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

WHSmith plc

Conviviality plc

Close Brothers

Elavon Financial Services DAC

BT

Telegraph Media Group

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Sky

Divido Financial Services

Licensing Tier 1

The licensing team at TLT has expertise in estate management, advising large estates (including national pub companies) that own and operate premises licenses. As well as advising on license applications, it is also regularly instructed on contentious issues, including defending enforcement matters for music and arts festivals. Matthew Phipps takes the lead, with substantial experience taking matters before licensing committees and magistrates courts. In November 2019, the team benefited from the arrival of solicitor advocate Ewen Macgregor from Gregg Latchams LLP , who specialises in alcohol and gambling licensing.

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Testimonials

The team at TLT assist when ever required and put ourselves at ease by delivering quality work in an exceptional manner.

Matthew Phipps has always done an excellent job in ensuring that the work provided is meticulous. Matthew has consistently delivered excellent results.

Matthew is contactable 24/7 and understands the commercial aspect like no other legal rep I have met. Its this understanding that makes him outstanding in his field.

As I mentioned, the commercial aspect and his overview of what can work for our company and his ability to satisfy stakeholders is priceless. I use around six legal firms with my company, in various fields. Having Matthew Phipps and Piers over the most integral part of operation has taken away a lot of time and sleepless nights.

I feel these points clearly sets out Matthew and Piers as top of the field in licensing in the UK.

I would consider Matthew as a key member of my inner team and have worked extensively with him over the last four years. 

Matthew is a high level team player and has great skills of communication.

Key clients

Greene King Plc

Punch Taverns Plc

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

Hawthorn Leisure

Boomtown Festival

SA Brain & Company

WHSmith

Las Iguanas

MEN Arena

Boston Tea Party

Pensions Tier 1

TLT provides pensions support to corporate clients ranging from UK household names to multinational organisations. The pensions team in Bristol is integrated into a nationwide network of offices, enabling it to handle work across the country. It is also notably active in the public sector. Other main sources of work include pensions investment, SIPP/SSAS work and governance. Sasha Butterworth, who heads up the national pensions team for the firm, has expertise in large outsourcing projects and scheme restructurings, among other matters. Associate Lizzie Stone is also active in this space, particularly in management liability exercises.

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In-depth knowledge of the area, responsiveness and ability to see the issues from the client’s perspective and to proactively suggest suitable options and pragmatic solutions.

Practical and realistic, good attention to detail and good response times.

Sasha Butterworth is technically excellent, good business sense. Chris Crighton is very dynamic, engaging and practical. Richard Leigh is an absolute pleasure to work with.

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Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Travelers

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan

WHSmith

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Alongside individuals and families, the TLT private client team acts for two of the biggest UK banks, shipping corporations, international private banks, and trust and fiduciary services businesses. Team head Patrick Wooddisse has expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals on domestic and international tax planning and trusts; he has a niche specialism in US tax law. Debbie Gale heads up the fast-growing probate practice, specialising in the technical aspects of probate and wills law. She advises a major private bank on estate administration.

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Extremely responsive, cost-effective, happy to provide a list of clear prices for regular jobs, efficient, clear drafting, able to handle more complex queries as well and an excellent sounding board on tax points, both onshore and offshore.

I have always enjoyed working with Patrick Wooddisse, who is technically excellent but also commercial and never looks to gild the lily unnecessarily. He has built a team that runs very efficiently and is absolutely reliable in drafting documents at a more than reasonable price. If I needed a second opinion on a private client tax matter he is the first person I would turn to. I genuinely don’t think he’s nearly as well known as his abilities merit.

Patrick Wooddisse gets to the real issue very quickly and then finds solutions which work.

Banking and finance Tier 2

TLT is active in the corporate banking space, particularly in the financial services, leisure, retail and real estate sectors. The firm also has particular experience in the financing of large renewable energy projects. The practice provides a loan portfolio services practice and has expertise in assisting clients with preparing for the transition away from Libor. Jon Stewart specialises in corporate lending, acquisition finance and real estate finance. He co-leads the team with Gary Roscoe, who acts for financial institutions and sponsors in a range of domestic and cross-border transactions.

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‘They are a very knowledgeable and refreshingly practical banking team’

‘They work well with clients and take a good problem-solving approach to issues’

‘Gary Roscoe is hands-on and involved in the detail of the transaction’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

WH Smith PLC

Dyson Finance Limited

Avon Rubber plc

AIB Group (UK) plc

Thatchers Cider

Triodos

Santander PLC

Macquarie Capital Principal Finance

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

TLT's commercial dispute resolution team is adept at handling a range of litigation and arbitration proceedings with international elements and has particular strength in the financial services, retail, leisure and energy sectors. 'Excellent strategist' Chris Owen (who excels in contentious contractual, corporate and engineering matters) leads the practice alongside financial services dispute and investigation expert Jonathan Hoey. Ed Fiddick is a name to note for restrictive covenant disputes, pensions litigation and injunctions, while Philip May and Victoria Mabbett have particular experience in corporate governance disputes and representing public sector bodies respectively.

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The team was at all relevant times available and capable of dealing with big amounts of data promptly. I was impressed with the personal devotion of all the team members to achieve the best possible result for the client (which was finally indeed achieved).’

Chris Owen is an excellent strategist with an unmatched gut feeling for what will happen in court.

Key clients

French Connection

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

DDN Storage

WH Smith plc

Matthew Clark Bibendum

Inchcape plc

Tamura Europe

Fitness First

RBS

Brewdog Plc

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

TLT specialises in property matters related to the energy and leisure sectors, as well as electric vehicles charging structure work. Renewable energy expert Maria Connolly leads the team and advises on a range of property matters, including the acquisition of energy projects, drafting bespoke documentation, negotiation of exclusivity agreements and due diligence. She can call on the expertise of Julia Lucas, who focuses on the leisure, food and drink sectors, notably acting for brewers and pub companies.

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Strong knowledge of the sector, very good client coverage and practical commercial advice.’

Maria Connolly and Phil Collis always provide exceptional advice in an efficient and cost effective manner. They ensure that their clients interests are protected in a commercial manner.’

 

Key clients

UKRO Property Holdings I Limited

Westerliegh Group Plc

Regional Blue Light Authority

Plymouth City Council

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

Gridserve

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset

Loc8 Developments

WH Smith

Inchcape

Construction Tier 2

Particularly active in the energy, higher education and public sectors, TLT advises on infrastructure projects and development schemes. The firm also handles construction and maintenance contracting for local authorities and housing associations, as well as advisory work for clients in a range of sectors, including consultants and contractors. In terms of litigation experience, the practice has expertise in adjudication and arbitration. Simon Goss leads the team and acts for service providers and users in the construction and engineering fields, including contractors, developers, governmental departments, insurers and construction professionals.

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Knowledgeable, responsive and able to explain complex points of litigation in a way which is easy to follow. Very good at keeping clients informed of the progress of a case, thorough attention to detail and conscientious approach to claim preparation.’

Tom Wrzesien (partner) and Somayah Musleh (associate) work well together, and help to consider all the tactical and procedural matters involved in a considered and cohesive way. Naturally good communicators, both are pleasant to deal with, and their written advice is comprehensive, detailed and clear.’

 

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Peabody Group

Swan Housing Association Limited

Blackfinch Investments

Santander

Bank of Baroda

WHSmith

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

Savills plc

Midas Construction

Co-op Group

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 2

TLT's corporate team in Bristol is led by Andrew Webber, who took over from managing partner John Wood in April 2020, and has vast experience in M&A transactions. The commercial group is led by Perran Jervis, who is additionally an expert in retail and consumer goods. Jon Gill is noted for private equity and venture capital investment work, with expertise in the digital and financial services space. In addition to M&A, reorganisations and joint-venture expertise, Alice Gardner has experience in management buy-outs (MBOs).

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Industry leading reputation in the renewable energy space – working on a large proportion of the deals in our market place. This links well with other areas of the firm (banking, property, commercial) which can draw on similar energy experience.’

Kay Hobbs – Kay is excellent and we enjoy working with her. She is experienced, commercial and pragmatic. She is also committed and will work hand in hand with us to close a deal.’

 

Key clients

Longacre Group (previously Sea Equity)

Inchcape Plc

Molson Group

Herman Miller

Hartley Pensions

Acquis Insurance

The Shareholders of Lorient Group

Plastic Surgeon

Spring Che

J Sainsbury plc

Superdry plc

C & J Clark International (Clarks Shoes)

Corporate tax Tier 2

TLT's corporate tax and incentives team combines expertise in corporate, real estate and employee tax with knowledge in employment-related securities, IR35, personal and international tax and trusts. Ben Watson heads the department, with particular expertise in employment tax.

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boohoo group plc

WHSmith plc

Molson Construction Equipment

ExamWorks UK

Aardman Animations

Swan Housing Group

Endless LLP

Sawday’s

Francis Flower

Encore Capital

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

TLT is known for advising on subsidy-free, multi-technology and EV charging infrastructure projects across the UK. The firm has expertise in renewable energy and technologies, assisting clean energy developers with the financing, development and sale of solar plus battery storage projects. In addition, the practice advises funders on debt funding models for portfolios of battery storage projects, behind-the-meter infrastructure and fleet vehicle charging infrastructure. Maria Connolly leads the team and has experience in clean energy projects across a range of technologies. Also recommended is commercial contract expert Stuart Urquhart, who provides contractual and regulatory advice on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

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It is difficult to compare to other firms as we only work with TLT. They have a justifiable reputation as being one of the leading energy practices in the UK – with a focus on renewable energy. They are easy to work with, commercial and pragmatic.’

Gary Roscoe – first class – great to work with. Very experienced and knowledgeable.’

Kay Hobbs – commercial and committed. Able to deal with complexity. Friendly approach.’

Maria Connolly – very well networked. Able to tailor solutions for specific deals. Commercial and pragmatic.’

Stuart Urquhart – excellent with power purchase agreements, with detailed knowledge of grid and electricity markets. Able to deal with complexity and deliver concise legal advice. Highly valued.’

 

Key clients

Low Carbon Group

Ecotricity Group

Triodos Bank UK Ltd

Santander

Government Legal Department / BEIS

Alpha Real Renewables

Thrive Renewables plc

GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd

Good Energy Group plc

Macquarie Capital Principal Finance / Green Investment Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

TLT 's technology and IP team is led by James Touzel and stands out for trade mark and brand protection issues, with an impressive client list that includes major national and international corporates. The group also regularly advises on the exploitation and licensing of content copyright, and assisting early-stage technology-sector clients with the commercialisation of their IP assets. Trade mark expert Jo Pritchard manages portfolios, as well as having an active disputes practice. Duncan Reed focuses on IP commercialisation, while senior solicitor Kiera Dale has experience in disputes before the UK and EU intellectual property offices.

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Good value for money, methodical in updating progress across a number of matters.’

Nick Fenner is sensible and provides well priced advice.’

Key clients

BGL (Comparethemarket.com and comparethemeerkat.com)

Matthew Clark Bibendum

Merlin Entertainments (including Alton Towers, Madam Tussauds, and Thorpe Park)

Ecotricity Group

Brabantia (UK)

Imperial Tobacco

Muji Europe Holdings

WHSmith plc

Pyroban

Manpower

Planning Tier 2

TLT has expertise in planning advice relating to appeals, as well as a strong track record in judicial review and High Court proceedings. The firm also advises on CPO and compensation matters. Practice head Katherine Evans is experienced in a range of planning, highways and compulsory purchase work, specialising in property-related environmental issues.

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‘Katherine Evans is very tenacious and due to her background understands exactly what you want’

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WH Smith

Bristol Temple Quarter

Crematoria Management Limited

Persimmon and Elan Homes

PM Asset Management

West Herts College

Aster

Edward Ware Homes  Limited

Professional negligence Tier 2

Led by Neil Franklin, the group at TLT has particular experience advising on professional negligence claims in the financial services sector, but also advises property, tax, pensions and construction professionals. The team is well integrated into the firm's other practices and regularly works alongside the banking litigation department.

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Neil Franklin is very well-informed about claims for financial institutions such as mortgage lenders, and very astute in considering tactical issues.

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Royal Bank of Scotland Group (including Royal Bank of Scotland plc and National Westminster Bank plc)

UPS

Lloyds Banking Group

WHSmith plc

Fitness First

The Northview Group

Avon Rubber plc

Ultimate Finance

Property litigation Tier 2

TLT has particular experience in property litigation in the leisure, retail, clean energy, financial services, real estate and public sectors. The firm acts in landlord and tenant disputes, including rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes, as well as giving strategic advice on the management of property portfolios. Mark Routley leads the team and has a particular focus on advising clients in the retail, leisure and financial sectors.

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‘The litigation team in Bristol is good at supporting team members on matters’ 

‘Cases can be passed from one team member to another pretty seamlessly’

‘They offer practical and commercial advice and will often assist with decision making’

Key clients

Southern Housing Group Limited (SHG)

SHAL Housing Limited

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

WH Smith

Tui Travel

Hawthorn Leisure

Punch Taverns

Greene King

Byron Hamburgers

Metropolitan Police

Social housing Tier 2

TLT advises on the full spectrum of development services, as well complementary areas including planning, construction, property litigation, procurement and tax. The firm acts for registered providers, local authorities and private developers in a range of matters, as well as providing regulatory and governance advice. Linda Convery is national head of the social housing team. She co-leads the practice with Kane Kirkbride, who specialises in housing and complex property-related disputes, acting for registered providers and other housing clients.

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‘Approachable, hardworking, creative, excellent rapport with clients’

‘Kane Kirkbride is a highly experienced, solid, reassuring presence, knows the law inside out, and is not afraid to fight cases but is equally alive to economic realities and the benefits of settling cases cheaply’

‘Good at finding creative solutions’

‘Builds excellent client rapport and really trusted by clients’

‘Alex Payne is bright, energetic and very knowledgeable’

Key clients

Stonewater

The Guinness Partnership

Swan Housing Group

Elim Housing Association

The Brandon Trust

Aster Group

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Livewest Homes Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

Southern Housing

Environment Tier 3

TLT is known for its environmental crime and regulatory compliance expertise. The firm is particularly strong in investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions taken by the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and local authorities. The practice also advises on the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions, notably contaminated land and regeneration schemes. Katherine Evans focuses on waste regulation and contaminated land matters, specialising in mining and minerals. She co-leads the team with Kerry Gwyther, who advises corporates and directors on regulatory compliance issues.

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Punch Taverns

Robinson Webster (Holdings) Limited (‘Jigsaw’)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Local government Tier 3

TLT advises local authorities nationwide on pensions, property, planning, procurement and commercial matters. The firm also has expertise in projects, particularly renewable energy. The team is co-led by Andrew Glynn, who specialises in commercial property investment; Bill Hull, who has experience in public procurement; and Kuldip Dhanoya, who is known for PFI/PPPs, frameworks, outsourcing and joint venture arrangements.

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London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Lambeth

Cornwall Council

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Barnet

Employment Tier 1

The team at TLT continues to grow, bolstered by the addition to its ranks of former JMW Solicitors LLP employment head Liz Cotton, who has particular expertise assisting board members and HR teams in the retail space. Led by Ed Cotton, the practice advises on restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, trade union and industrial relations. The 'practical and commercially minded' Paula Cole specialises in large-scale restructuring and reorganisation projects, as well as dismissals, executive severance packages, and discrimination claims. Clients include businesses across the banking, insurance, financial services, retail, housing, leisure and technology sectors.

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‘The team keeps things simple and precise, with a well-researched approach. Deals well with complex and long duration cases where a strategy emerges and flexibility is required.’ 

‘Paula Cole is practical and commercially minded.’ 

Key clients

Boohoo.com UK Limited

Search Consultancy Ltd

Preston North End Football Club

Servoca plc

Classic Lodges Limited

Well Pharmacy (formerly Co-operative Pharmacy)

Nichols plc

University of Central Lancashire

Bombardier Transportation

Ultimate Products plc

Auden Group

Finning UK & Ireland Limited

Banking litigation Tier 2

TLT's financial services disputes and investigations team handles a range of banking litigation, internal investigations and contentious regulatory matters. It has particular expertise in the retail mortgage space where it offers 'an end-to-end service' and benefits from the ability to work with its other departments including on the property and restructuring aspects of mandates. Practice head James Chadwick is highlighted by one client as the 'master of title rectification work' and counts recoveries, professional negligence and contentious regulatory matters among his other areas of expertise. Legal director Roisin McGlinn handles secured recoveries work.

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Fantastic team: one of the go-to firms for mortgage title rectification work. Almost peerless. Also strong in mortgage work more generally and regulatory advice. Top-notch service for the very best banking clients!

TLT’s North West banking litigation practice is key in the local market. The team has particular expertise in disputes arising from secured lending and I am very comfortable in instructing them on matters across the spectrum of secured recoveries, title rectification, security issues, receivership and professional negligence. Their understanding of property issues means they can offer an end-to-end service including wider commercial and strategic advice.

The team, led by James Chadwick in Manchester, have very useful expertise in handling debt related claims and issues. They also have their fingers on the pulse in terms of current claims, trends and tactics for handling such matters.

James Chadwick is second to none. Master of title rectification work. Safe pair of hands.

Roisin McGlinn is an unsung hero – on top of her game.

James Chadwick  is a technically very strong and steadfast litigator. In my experience he is always available and goes above and beyond to get us the results we need. He leads a strong team.

James Chadwick has a deep, deep understanding of this field, tireless energy and an ability to deal with the most complex and demanding pieces of litigation.

Key clients

Aldermore Bank

Bank of America, ML

Capita/Link

Computershare

The Cooperative Bank plc

FRP

Handelsbanken

Lloyds Banking Group plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Seneca

Templeton

UKAR

Unicredit, Redstone Mortgages Ltd

Health and safety Tier 2

The team at TLT is led by Jason Cropper, an experienced regulatory investigation and enforcement lawyer who covers health, safety and environmental matters, as well as criminal conduct investigations. Conducting a range of regulatory investigations for public and private sector clients, the team also provides compliance advice to clients with a focus on remedial action by a company after an injury or fatality.

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Iceland Foods Limited

Southern Water Services

Boohoo Plc

Greene King plc

Nationwide Building Society

Yorkshire Water Services

Keolis Amey Metrolink

Halewood International Ltd

Elavon Financial Services

Iceland Manufacturing Ltd

British Renewables

JD Sports Plc

Welsh Water

Intellectual property Tier 2

Clients say TLT can be relied upon to provide both the ‘appropriate legal advice and the correct commercial decisions’. Practice head Graeme Orchison  is a ‘superb IP litigator’; his team is experienced in handling the full range of trade mark, patent, copyright and design right disputes all of the way up to the Court of Appeal. The non-contentious offering includes assistance of the development of new IP, strategic licensing acting on the IP aspects of major corporate and commercial transactions.

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‘Graeme Orchison is a superb IP litigator, being experienced, knowledgeable and user friendly. Clients appreciate his easygoing style.’

‘Graeme Orchison is an experienced and savvy litigator with a knack of handling difficult cases.’

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

‘Graeme Orchison is in my opinion the best IP lawyer in the north of England. Strengths and qualities are outlined above. On non-contentious issues we have also worked with Stuart Campbell. Stuart is very competent in drafting agreements and making sure that the client is not exposed. We have also worked with Gary Freeman who is an associate. He is also excellent.’

‘Graeme Orchison is probably one of my most favourite lawyers to deal with. Completely down to earth and has a no nonsense attitude when dealing with difficult opponents. I will always recommend him when an IP matter also requires commercial knowhow.’

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 Limited

R. Faerch A/S

Halewood International Brands Limited

Major global brewer

Boohoo/Pretty Little Thing/Nasty Gal

JD Sports Fashion plc

The Hut Group Limited

Texecom Limited

Yorkshire Building Society

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Hailed as being ‘at the bleeding edge of legal tech sector developments’, TLT has a focus on clients in the financial services, retail, digital, fintech and payments sectors. Led by Bristol-based James Touzel and the ‘very experienced and knowledgeableDavid Gardner, the team routinely acts on regulatory matters, outsourcing, business-critical IT projects, open banking, cloud services and software development, among others.

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Testimonials

‘As a practice, they appear to be at the bleeding edge of legal tech sector developments, a particular area of interest for in-house lawyers.’

‘David Gardner is a very experienced and knowledgeable technology lawyer. He would be my default go-to for any complex technology contract. He is professional, meticulous, yet outcome driven.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc including Barclaycard

Yorkshire Building Society

Elavon Financial Services DAC

Boohoo.com

Texecom Limited

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

Government Legal Department

Royal Museums Greenwich

Bertram Nursery Group

Licensing Tier 2

TLT's licensing practice has a national reach, acting for pubs, festivals, hotels, visitor attractions, theatres, and competitive socialising operators all over the country, as well as in multiple London boroughs. The firm also counts a number of large estates which own or operate premises licences among its clients. Practice head Matthew Phipps regularly undertakes hearings for a variety of different types of licence application, including new premises licences, variation applications, and review and other enforcement matters. The firm's expertise in alcohol and gambling licensing matters was strengthened by the arrival of solicitor advocate Ewen Macgregor , who joined the Bristol office from Gregg Latchams LLP in November 2019.

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‘They go beyond the normal expectations throughout the licensing process.’

‘Matthew Phipps’ knowledge of the licensing process is excellent and has been a great support. He is also keen to work alongside us rather than be too dictatorial.’

 

Key clients

Greene King Plc

Punch Taverns Plc

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

Hawthorn Leisure

Boomtown Festival

SA Brain & Company Ltd

WHSmith

Las Iguanas

MEN Arena

Boston Tea Party

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

TLT's team advises clients on real estate management, development and investment work, with key sector specialisms including leisure, retail as well as clean energy. Maria Connolly heads up the national real estate team from the Bristol office. Claire Hamilton joined from JMW Solicitors LLP in July 2019, bolstering the firm's commercial property expertise. She undertakes residential development and real estate finance work. John Hyde is another key member of the team, with twenty five years of experience across a wide range of matters.

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Testimonials

‘We are always treated by TLT as if we are their key client. Their attention to detail is excellent. There is always someone who can pick up a point and provide a response. Nothing is too much trouble. The working relationship is excellent and always feels we are working as a team.’

‘Their knowledge is excellent.’

Key clients

Landmark Investments Group

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

Brown Shipley

Seneca Property

Manchester Airport Group

Warrington Borough Council

Lookers PLC

Tim Hortons

Speciality Restaurants

Barrys Bootcamp

Cynergy Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland (incl. the National Westminster Bank brand)

Hickorys Smoke House

New World Trading Company

Byron Hamburgers

Staples, Inc

EP Properties

Allied London

Kellogg

MCR Property Group

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

TLT's team, which is reputed for its ‘excellent knowledge and ability’ was boosted in mid-2019 by the arrival of a team from HRC Law led by partners Richard Life and Mark Traynor. The practice's core areas of expertise cover AIM IPOs, private equity and venture capital transactions, M&A, group reorganisations and joint ventures. The department is led by Ian Roberts and Stuart Campbell and handles collaboration agreements, franchising, sponsorships, licensing and outsourcings, among other matters. Key sectors include leisure, retail, healthcare, digital, financial services, fashion and consumer goods.

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Testimonials

‘The team in has excellent knowledge and ability. They are legal and commercial.’

‘Their service levels are very high; they are incredibly responsive. Richard Life has a great knack of cutting through the issues to get to a commercial solution and he is very clued-up on the fashion sector.’

‘All members of the team are technically competent, reliable and efficient.   Pragmatic and commercial. Good response times, always contactable, even out of hours.  Friendly, approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Ian Roberts is highly experienced, particularly in private equity transactions.  Pragmatic and commercial also.’

‘Elizabeth Delaney is technically very competent, highly organised, efficient, focused and responsive.’

Key clients

Bertram Nursery Group

Medtrade Products Limited

Shareholders of Lima Networks Limited

Shareholders of Reflections Nursery Group

Shareholders of Argent & Waugh Ltd

C-Map Software Limited

Landwood Group

Royal Museums Greenwich

Yorkshire Building Society

Elavon Financial Services DAC

A leading national clearing bank

Texecom Limited

Spa Medica

Elmscot Nursery Group

Mavern Capital Partners LLP

Beiersdorf

IT and telecoms Tier 3

TLT's practice has experience in a range of IT matters, with particular expertise in payments, open banking and fintech work. Bristol-based James Touzel is head of the firm’s digital sector team and advises on digital, retail, financial services and public sector issues. Also notable is Daniel Lloyd, who specialises in commercial contracts, IP rights, digital content, consumer law and telecoms regulation.

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Mediators Tier 3

Kerry Gwyther - TLT  TLT's commercial regulatory practice head Kerry Gwyther also leads the firm's mediation practice. A category A* (elite) mediator on the ADR group panel of mediators, Gwyther's mediation experience includes shareholder and partnership claims, franchising, professional negligence, inheritance, and warranty breaches, indemnities and misrepresentation, among others.

Pensions Tier 3

TLT advises trustees and employers on a wide range of pensions issues, including master trusts, innovative multinational restructurings, governance, and buy-ins and buy-outs. Led by Manchester-based legal director Damien Garrould, the team also handles self-invested personal pension schemes, small self-administered schemes, pensions investments, and public sector outsourcings.

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Testimonials

‘The team offers clear, practical advice and is responsive.’

Key clients

Hartley Pensions Limited

Trustees of the Fujitsu Technology Solutions International Pension Scheme

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

TLT 's pensions disputes offering features the combined talents of overall practice head Sasha Butterworth, Ed Fiddick and Victoria Mabbett, all of who are based in Bristol. The team has tackled a range of cases concerning matters including deficient advice on scheme amendments, the formulation of loss of chance claims and competing interpretations of principal employer status. A key recent highlight has been representing members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme in relation to amendments and the recovery of alleged overpayments. The firm's non-contentious portfolio includes work touching on full scheme liabilities, acquisitions of SIPP books and tax liabilities relating to non-standard assets. The 'very responsive' Chris Crighton is dual qualified to practise in Northern Ireland.

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Testimonials

They are very efficient and user-friendly, and very good at mediating good outcomes for their clients. They have a particular expertise in pensions professional negligence, achieving great outcomes for their clients.’

Very knowledgeable about pensions and pragmatic‘.

Vicky Mabbett is very approachable and very client focused. She fights really hard for her client and is a fierce negotiator. She is also unstuffy and able to cut through complexities and give pragmatic advice.’

‘Chris Crighton is a great all rounder. He has deep pensions knowledge and is practical and realistic in his advice, while always keeping the commercial endgame in mind‘.

Chris Crighton is very responsive, knowledgeable and practical‘.

Key clients

Trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Property litigation Tier 3

TLT's property litigation practice acts for a broad range of clients, including landlords and tenants, public sector bodies and property developers. Matthew Forest is active in the retail, leisure, clean energy and development sectors. He has also litigated on matters relating to business rates in the Supreme Court. James Chadwick's principal clients are financial institutions, while legal director Tom White joined the team from Kennedys in November 2019, bringing expertise in professional negligence claims in relation to property matters.

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‘Danielle Ferguson is extremely hardworking with grasp of detail.’

‘Matthew Forrest is excellent. He is knowledgeable and gets results.’

 

 

Key clients

Pets at Home Limited and Vets4Pets

Covent Garden Market Association

Manchester Airport Group

Nationwide Building Society

Iceland Foods Limited

Punch Pubs

WH Smith

Lookers plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Banking and finance Tier 4

TLT's practice is 'attentive, capable and consistent', working on real estate and housing finance matters as well as corporate lending work; the latter is an expanding area for the firm in the North West. The 'bright and well-regarded' Paul Crighton leads the team and is singled out for his advice to major UK banks and building societies, principally on real estate and social housing finance mandates.

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‘The team is attentive, capable and consistent, but also populated by human beings with personality. I enjoy working with them.’

‘All firms say they provide a tailored service but my experience is that is not the reality. With TLT they genuinely approach any new instruction with an open mind and don’t look to fit things into a pre-existing box. They listen first.’

‘Paul Crighton is communicative, bright and well-regarded. He looks to add value wherever he can.’

‘Rob Cale is bright, thoughtful and will go places. I’m happy having him working on my deals.’

‘Paul Crighton – he is everything you want in your lawyer, he very quickly understands where you want to get to and he gets you there. He is well respected in the market and doesn’t waste time and money picking unnecessary battles.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank UK plc

Handelsbanken plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Santander UK plc

The Co-operative Bank p.l.c.

Allied London

Bank of Baroda

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

TLT handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes and has been particularly active in restrictive covenant litigation. Emma Flower leads the team alongside Julien Luke, who has particular utilities, leisure, telecoms and recruitment sector expertise. Jon Hainey focuses on shareholder and partnership disputes and procurement challenges, while contentious insolvency expert Claire Graham, who joined from DWF, has further expertise in director disqualification disputes.

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‘Very strong and competent teams across all aspects of commercial litigation, in particular complex debt recovery.’

Key clients

boohoo.com

Examworks UK Limited

Insolvency Service

JD Sports Fashion Plc

National Citizen Service Trust

The Official Receiver

Farmcare Trading Limited

PrettyLittleThing

Construction Tier 4

TLT's fast-growing team seeks to 'adopt a proactive approach' under the leadership of Sean McCay, who brings a 'wealth of expertise and experience in construction.' His disputes work covers the full range of dispute resolution forums, including arbitration, adjudication and litigation. Sector strengths include energy, waste management and utilities. Neil Window acts on transactional work, such as PPP/PFI. Eve Johnstone advises contractors and sub-contractors on various issues, including delays and defects.

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Testimonials

‘The team is expanding its resources under a highly capable and experienced partner in order to strengthen its overall capability within the contentious and non-contentious sections of the energy and construction markets. It seeks to adopt a proactive approach to managing client risk through the encouragement of the right behaviour at the initial project procurement stage to minimise the risk of disputes occurring later in the project.’

‘Sean McCay is the partner responsible for the energy and construction department in the North West and brings a wealth of expertise and experience in the construction sector. An experienced construction lawyer who is quickly able to spot the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s position and a superb strategist capable of driving matters to a cost-effective resolution.’

Emerging markets Tier 4

TLT focuses on finance transactions and, more frequently, disputes. It has strong relationships with Indian banks and has steadily extended its reach into other emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Regulatory specialist Noline Matemera; litigator Paul Gair; and financial services partner Peter Carney are all recommended. The firm has significantly expanded its bench strength in banking, corporate and regulatory matters with the hires of Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly from Gowling WLGRich Hughes from Norton Rose Fulbright and Angela Hayes from.

Testimonials

‘The firm has a small and friendly team of well-versed regulatory lawyers, who are diligent in their approach and attitude and professional in their presentation. They engage closely to understand the issue in terms of how it may be impact our business model.’

‘Noline Matemera is our main contact and brings with her a wealth of experience. A very competent individual who works on practical and sensible solutions.’

‘Paul Gair has engaged with our firm in a very professional manner, undertaking a deep dive to understand how the issues might affect our particular requirements.’

Key clients

State Bank of India

IDBI Bank

Bank of India

Punjab National Bank International Limited

Deloitte

Union and President of India

Menzies LLP

ICICI

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

The ‘highly respectedTLT acts for banks, building societies and financial services providers on regulatory issues and matters involving the FCA, PRA, CMA and the ICO. The firm has particular experience handling payment fraud, remediation projects, allegations of irresponsible lending and a range of enforcement proceedings. Practice head Russell Kelsall has contentious and non-contentious financial services expertise, with a particular focus on consumer credit, regulated mortgages, regulated products and payment services. His team was boosted in 2019 by the arrivals of Angela Hayes from King & Spalding LLP and Robin Penfold from Addleshaw Goddard.

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Testimonials

‘The team always goes out of their way to assist and also to think outside the box’

‘Russell Kelsall is pragmatic even in complicated scenarios’

‘James Chadwick is very knowledgeable and a very good litigator’

‘Paula Twist is especially good with balancing the many cases we throw her way’

‘Roisin McGlinn has had to deal with a fair few unsavoury matters and always handles them well’

‘Excellent experience and expertise in financial services regulation – particularly consumer credit and mortgage regulation’

‘Russell Kelsall is one of the leading experts on consumer credit regulation and very much the go to person for practical advice in a highly complex legal area’

‘Robin Penfold and Emily Morton have extensive experience on mortgage regulation and are firmly establishing themselves as experts in this sector, providing insights at both an industry and client-level’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

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

Coutts & Co

Vanquis Bank Limited

Together Money

Natwest

Ulster Bank Group

FCE Bank plc

Franchising Tier 4

TLT’s team advises franchisors on franchising projects and a variety of international franchising issues. Sitting in the firm’s commercial department, the franchising offering is fronted by Manchester-based Pauline Cowie, who primarily acts for clients in the automotive, retail and hotel and leisure sectors.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

TLT practice displays 'excellent strength in depth', with expertise in corporate restructuring matters at a local and national level. The team is led by the 'technically strong' and 'personable' Alastair Lomax, who advises private equity funds on issues with financially distressed businesses; he also has experience working on pensions restructuring matters. Claire Graham joined the group from DWF in mid-2019, with experience in contentious insolvency proceedings.

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‘A strong team who work in an agile and commercial way to deliver results.’

‘Very professional. Excellent strength in depth.’

‘Alastair is technically strong and has an personable, commercial approach in complex situations.’

‘Alastair Lomax is driven to achieve a positive client outcome. He is able to turn around complex matters quickly and to an excellent standard.’

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

BDO LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Innova Capital

Insolvency Service/ Official Receiver

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton LLP

Local government Tier 4

TLT handles matters including planning, procurement, tax, real estate and complex projects for local government clients. The practice also advises on commercial contracts, IT work and large-scale development and regeneration projects. Kuldip Dhanoya, who heads the team, has significant experience in advising on the establishments of PFI/PPPs, outsourcing and joint venture arrangements.

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‘Debbie Reynolds is superbly knowledgeable in the complex area of compulsory purchase’

 

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Oxfordshire County Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Planning and environment Tier 4

TLT's planning and environment team consists of 'first-rate lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the subject'The planning practice represents property owners, housebuilders and developers, with Katherine Evans contributing her two decades of experience to various issues. Director Debbie Reynolds, who co-heads the team with Evans, has 'a broad understanding of the key issues' in relation to CPO matters. She also acts on regeneration and infrastructure schemes.

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‘First-rate lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the subject.’

‘TLT are more innovative than most other law firms and are keen to explore better ways of working. e.g. Always keen to explore digital methods of service delivery to improve the customer experience. Agile in how they manage the CPO process which usually results in efficiency gains and better control on cost to the client.’

‘Debbie Reynolds has a broad understanding of the key issues requiring focus in order to achieve the successful delivery of the CPO process. She ensures this focus extends to project stakeholders and all are on the same page with timely prompts and encouragement. She therefore usually assumes the role of project coordinator with the willing acceptance of the project team, the client in particular.’

‘Debbie Reynolds has been my primary contact at TLT and she is an absolutely first-rate planning and CPO lawyer with a particular emphasis on the public sector – I strongly recommend her.’

Key clients

Cheshire East Council

Castlefield Estates Ltd

Muse Developments Ltd

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Oxfordshire County Council

The London Borough of Newham

Landmark Investments Group

SpaMedica

Catalyst Housing Ltd

NatWest

Lookers plc

New World Trading Co. Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Santander

Manchester Airport Group No

Radstone Homes Ltd Yes

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Professional negligence Tier 4

The London group at TLT works with the firm's offices in Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast to advise both claimants and defendants on negligence claims against banks and financial services providers. The team regularly advises several of the leading clearing banks, as well as challenger banks and non-bank lenders. ‘Very cleverPeter Richards-Gaskin has recently returned from an eighteen-month secondment at a major UK bank. Andrew Lyon  handles a number of the firm’s larger, more complex cases.

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Testimonials

‘A very strong team, with a high level of expertise equal to any other in the market, and a strikingly high level of commercial awareness.’

‘Nick Curling is extremely committed- he has excellent attention to detail and strong commercial awareness.’

‘Peter Richards-Gaskin has excellent judgement, is very clever and very good with people.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Paratus AMC

Bank of India

Bank of Baroda

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

Specialising in social housing development work, TLT  has advised on several high-profile regeneration projects across London in recent years. The core group is complemented by the firm’s specialist tax and planning teams, which assist with issues over enforcement, CPO powers and planning appropriation powers. Practice head Linda Convery handles a range of matters, including the negotiation of complex development agreements, conditional contracts and planning agreements. Legal director Hugh James has experience of leading on complex disposals, such as sales to investors of student housing. Shazia Bashir is also recommended.

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TLT is a practice that provides an excellent service to clients without a legal background.

I mainly work with Linda Convery and Tamsin Taylor. Their standard of care to clients is outstanding.’

Responsive, clear with advice, expertise. Appreciation of ‘commercial reality’.

Reliable, client focussed, knowledgeable, approachable.’

TLT have a good understanding of the transactions they are working on and our expectation. In line with other firms.’

The team at TLT are friendly and helpful. They ensure that initial advice is given at the outset of an instruction so that a matter is dealt with in the most cost-efficient way.’

Key clients

One Housing Group Ltd

Peabody Trust

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Network Housing Group

London Borough of Lambeth

Notting Hill Genesis

Southern Housing Group

Swan Housing Group

London & Quadrant (L&Q)

Catalyst Housing Group

Fraud: civil Tier 5

TLT's 'extremely versatile' team primarily acts for banks and corporates in matters involving fraud prevention, litigation, asset recovery and regulatory compliance. Richard Hayllar specialises in representing financial services companies in fraud disputes, including those involving mortgage fraud and payments fraud. Michael Ruck, who previously worked in the FCA's Enforcement and Market Oversight Division, has vast experience of investigations and enforcement actions.

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Testimonials

Michael Ruck and his team have the blend of external expertise with regulatory insight. A real advantage when positioning with the regulator and internally with the Board.

Michael Ruck is an ace professional who thinks through all of the issues before committing to clear and decisive advice.

Emma Fox is a go-to on GDPR and her input is very much valued on behalf of the banking sector.’

Key clients

State Bank of India

Royal Bank of Scotland

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

TLT is a go-to firm for digital IP enforcement and protection, particularly in regards to infringing website takedowns and domain name recoveries. Key partners in this line of work are practice head Nick Fenner and Daniel Lloyd. Legal director Andrew Cave has expertise in parallel imports and anti-counterfeiting actions. The team's diverse client base includes names in leisure, retail, manufacturing, digital media and fintech.

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The team at TLT have a great understanding of how legal issues effect commercial outcomes. Their approach to legal questions centres around achieving realistic and practical solutions that benefit the client’s commercial interests.

A strong IP team.

Key clients

BGL (comparethemarket.com)

Ulfcar Production

British Telecommunications

Provexis PLC

Starling Bank

Federation Against Software Theft

Simon Harrison Limited

TUI Travel Limited

Camden Dining Group

Goliath Games

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

TLT 's pensions disputes offering features the combined talents of overall practice head Sasha Butterworth, Ed Fiddick and Victoria Mabbett, all of who are based in Bristol. The team has tackled a range of cases concerning matters including deficient advice on scheme amendments, the formulation of loss of chance claims and competing interpretations of principal employer status. A key recent highlight has been representing members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme in relation to amendments and the recovery of alleged overpayments. The firm's non-contentious portfolio includes work touching on full scheme liabilities, acquisitions of SIPP books and tax liabilities relating to non-standard assets. The 'very responsive' Chris Crighton is dual qualified to practise in Northern Ireland.

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‘The team is pragmatic, has a depth of knowledge and is transparent and competitive’.

‘Sasha Butterworth is straight-talking, clear and concise’.

Key clients

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Travelers

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan

WHSmith

Property litigation Tier 5

Jason Juden heads up the team at TLT, which acts for property companies, institutional owners, occupiers, developers, retailers and financial institutions in a wide range of property litigation. The group's offering includes rent reviews, dilapidations, rights of light and tenant-related insolvency, among other issues.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

TLT's financial services disputes and investigations team attracts praise for its 'ability to really get under the skin of their clients business'. Practice head Andrew Lyon's experience spans professional negligence and fraud claims, business and corporate recovery, product mis-selling claims and bank security issues. Other names to note include Paul Gair, for his broad expertise, and Peter Richards-Gaskin , who frequently advises financial institutions in disputes involving SMEs. Russell Kelsall and Michael Ruck are highlighted for financial regulatory disputes and investigations.

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Testimonials

‘They have the ability to really get under the skin of their clients’ business and are creative in their solutions offering. A team of dedicated, personable individuals’

‘Peter Richards-Gaskin has excellent commercial understanding, an ability to cut through complexity and arrive at simple well thought through commercially viable solutions. Extremely personable, dedicated and always looking to go the extra mile. A pleasure to work with’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

IDBI Bank

Punjab National Bank

UKAR

Coutts

FCE Bank plc

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

State Bank of India

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

With a 'good spread of legal expertise and commercial nous' TLT  provides ‘excellent regulatory knowledge’ in consumer finance, mortgages, retail banking, asset management and investor services. The firm also has expertise in payment services and Fintech. The ‘clear and insightfulNoline Matemera leads the practice, which was boosted in 2019 by the arrival of Angela Hayes from King & Spalding LLP and Robin Penfold from Addleshaw Goddard,.

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‘The practice is commercial and practical in its approach, with excellent knowledge of regulatory matters and informative views on regulatory and pensions technical developments’

‘Noline Matemera is highly professional, approachable and considered in her advice – providing clarity and reassurance’

‘I appreciate Noline Matemera’s counsel very much and Noline and TLT are considered a vital part of the delivery of our proposition’

‘Approachable and easy to work with’

‘Tom Ward is a details man. Knowledgeable, precise, personable and efficient’

 

Key clients

Praetura Asset Finance Limited

Cabot Credit Management Limited

Yorkshire Building Society

UKAR (including NRAM, Bradford & Bingley and Mortgage Express)

Provident Financial plc

Arrow Global plc

Vanquis Bank Limited

Perch Recovery Limited

Hitachi Capital (UK) plc

Premium Credit Limited

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.