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TLT

20 GRESHAM STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7JE, ENGLAND
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Work 0333 006 0000
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Fax 0333 006 0311
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431 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.tltsolicitors.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

TLT

Specialising in the retail, energy and financial services sectors, TLT has experience in advising on a range of issues, including long-term strategic outsourcing programmes, collaboration agreements, commercial joint ventures, data protection and public procurement. Perran Jervis leads the practice and has particular expertise in outsourcing, distribution and supply agreements. He also advises on business partnering and commercial joint ventures. His team was strengthened by the 2018 arrivals of competition and regulatory lawyer Stuart Murray from BT Consumer and Tim Waller, who focuses on fintech and regulatory technology, from Paysafe.

Practice head(s):Perran Jervis

Other key lawyers:Stuart Murray; Tim Waller

Testimonials

'TLT provides a very high standard of service and is very knowledgeable of the business and the retail sector'

'They have good strength in depth and provide cost-effective commercial legal advice'

'Perran Jervis is an outstanding commercial lawyer'

Key Clients

Sainsbury's Plc (including Argos and Habitat)

JD Sports plc

WHSmith plc

Imperial Brands plc

BGL Group plc (including the Comparethemarket.com business)

Greene King plc

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Teleperformance

French Connection plc

Elavon Financial Services

Zopa

Close Brothers

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Bohoo.com

Learndirect

Crown Commercial Service (Tier 1)

HM Treasury

Work highlights

  • Advised Sainsbury's on a strategically important and price-sensitive commercial collaboration with the owner of a national chain of petrol station forecourt convenience stores.
  • Acted on behalf of WHSmith and assisted with the negotiation and completion of an agreement for the operation of further Post Office franchises across the WHSmith estate.
  • Advised new client Teleperformance on its framework agreement for contact centre services with KIWI.
  • Advised Pretty Little Thing (PLT) on its five-year engagement with Clipper Logistics plc, whereby Clipper will provide warehousing and logistics services to PLT at a fulfilment centre just outside Sheffield.

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 4

TLT

TLT provides a range of expertise in the retail sector, from FCA processes and rule interpretations, to investment management and pensions related work. Non-contentious co-head Noline Matemera is 'extremely responsive' and specialises in advising on the retail aspects of the FCA's conduct of business requirements, as well as regulatory processes and structures. On the contentious side, the firm is known for its experience in payments fraud advice, whistleblowing and miss-selling cases. Andrew Lyon specialises in complex financial services disputes including professional negligence and fraud claims, corporate recovery and bank security issues. He co-leads the team with Russell Kelsall, who is 'a go to person for training and understanding key issues,' and focuses on consumer credit, regulated mortgages, payment services and savings issues. Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and handles investigations and enforcement. Michael Isaacs left to work for BT’s in-house team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lyon; Russell Kelsall

Other key lawyers:Michael Ruck

Testimonials

'Very strong, experienced team covering the whole range of financial services litigation'

'TLT has a good pedigree in this field and its recent hire of Michael Ruck demonstrates they have the right people for this sort of work'

'Russell Kelsall has a formidable depth of experience and commercial understanding of the industry. He is highly responsive and always on the cutting edge of new developments in the sector'

'Michael Ruck is ex -CA Enforcement division and has an innate understanding of how to conduct an enforcement investigation from first to last'

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK plc

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

Coutts & Co

Lloyds Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by various lenders, Santander UK plc; UK Asset Resolution; Lloyds Banking Group; and a mortgage lending and servicing company, to deal with allegations made by customers alleging the lenders breached various provisions of Mortgage Code of Business rules when entering into a regulated mortgage contract with the customers.
  • Instructed to advise two major banks (including at board level) on their strategy and approach for dealing with claims alleging payment fraud (authorised and unauthorised transactions). This included dealing with the banks'  interactions with the FCA and the PSR.
  • Instructed by a client to bring a claim against the seller of a book of regulated credit agreements, for its failure to operate the book in accordance with all applicable laws.
  • Providing strategic support to a major banking client on a high-profile remediation programme scheme.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

TLT

TLT provides a range of expertise in the retail sector, from FCA processes and rule interpretations, to investment management and pensions related work. Non-contentious co-head Noline Matemera is 'extremely responsive' and specialises in advising on the retail aspects of the FCA's conduct of business requirements, as well as regulatory processes and structures. On the contentious side, the firm is known for its experience in payments fraud advice, whistleblowing and miss-selling cases. Andrew Lyon specialises in complex financial services disputes including professional negligence and fraud claims, corporate recovery and bank security issues. He co-leads the team with Russell Kelsall, who is 'a go to person for training and understanding key issues,' and focuses on consumer credit, regulated mortgages, payment services and savings issues. Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and handles investigations and enforcement. Michael Isaacs left to work for BT’s in-house team.

Practice head(s):Noline Matemera; Russell Kelsall

Testimonials

'The practice is able to assist with non-mainstream requests for advice'

'Quick and commercial advice'

'Noline Matemera is very helpful and knowledgeable in assisting with identifying needs and drawing attention to nuances in risk'

'Russell Kelsall is extremely personable and is able to explain complex areas of law in a simple way'

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Standard Advisory Limited (part of Standard Bank)

Mattioli Woods plc

Curtis Banks

Suffolk Life

FCE Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Worked to secure client's FCA registration as one of the first Account Information Service Providers (AISPs) in the UK.
  • Instructed by a Swedish headquartered bank passporting into the UK on its proposed arrangement to offer a savings product to UK customers via an online platform established and operated by a third party.
  • Instructed to assist with the legal aspects of a Dutch bank's application for authorisation as a subsidiary in anticipation of the UK leaving the EU.
  • Instructed to collate and update a bank's Business and Personal Account Terms and Conditions and KPIs, covering savings accounts and ISAs as part of a bank-wide digitisation project.
  • Acting for a major UK clearing bank's Investment Products & Services division to review and amend a number of sub-investment management agreements across a range of fund umbrellas.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT is adept at handling payment fraud, cyber security, criminal fraud, civil fraud and regulatory compliance. Areas of expertise include fraud prevention, litigation, mortgage fraud, payment fraud, recoveries and worldwide freezing injunctions. The firm has a particular focus on the financial services sector, where Bristol-based practice head Richard Hayllar is an expert, and acts for major PLCs, including banks and financial institutions. Warren Clark was promoted to partner and Michael Ruck joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):Richard Hayllar

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

Testimonials

'An extremely versatile firm which competes with the very best.'

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Titlesolv

State Bank of India

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

TLT

TLT's licensing team has considerable breadth, covering the charity, restaurant, leisure and hotel sectors. The firm's client base includes pubs, bars, brewers, festivals, conference venues, galleries and theatres. Matthew Phipps is a significant figure in licensing and has worked on matters including the opening of Flight Club Darts' new Manchester office. Piers Warne is another name to note; he has experience in dealing with contested applications and licence reviews.

Other key lawyers:Matthew Phipps; Piers Warne

Testimonials

'Matthew Phipps is very good.'

'Strength, industry insight and vastly experienced.'

Key Clients

Bloomberg

Blakes Hotel

Manhattan Loft Gardens

L'Oscar

The Arts Club

Nobu Hotel

Mortimer House

Work highlights

  • Advise on all licensing matters for Blakes Hotel.
  • Assisting Electric Shuffle Spitalfields with a new premises licence application.
  • Acted for the Royal Society of Arts on opening its premises up to the public.
  • Successfully obtained a new premises licence for Flight Club Darts in Manchester.
  • Advised Brewdog on its applications to enable the company to brew beer on site at its bars in Tower Hill and Manchester.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

TLT

TLT's focus is on retail, commercial and wholesale banking litigation and investigations. Andrew Lyon specialises in disputes involving professional negligence and fraud claims, business and corporate recovery, product mis-selling, and bank security issues. Also key to the practice are London professional negligence head Peter Richards-Gaskin, Russell Kelsall, and Paul Gair. Michael Ruck was hired from Pinsent Masons LLP, while Michael Isaacs left to lead BT's in-house litigation team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin

Other key lawyers:Russell Kelsall; Paul Gair; Michael Ruck

Testimonials

'Paul Gair is very commercial and pragmatic in the advice he gives to clients; possesses real expertise in the conduct of complex multi-party litigation.'

'Peter Richards-Gaskin can be relied on to master every aspect of the case.'

'Claire Kershaw is a hugely impressive and hardworking solicitor who is totally committed to achieving the best outcome for the client.'

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Lloyds Bank

Coutts

FCE Bank

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

State Bank of India

Punjab National Bank

IDBI Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of 13 Indian banks on registering and enforcing a £1bn-plus Indian judgment in England against a high-profile Indian businessman.

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 3

Kerry Gwyther - TLT

Kerry Gwyther at TLT 'has a great manner and is determined to see the mediation process succeed, so he works hard even after the mediation to ensure that parties can reach a compromise'. Gwyther is an expert in areas such as warranty breaches, indemnities and misrepresentation, shareholder and partnership claims, franchising, medical and professional negligence and inheritance.

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London: Finance

Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

TLT

The international banks desk at TLT has almost 30 years' experience advising on financings in the Indian market, of which it has a deep understanding of legal issues and local culture. The firm acts for Indian clients on a wide range of matters including the structuring of bilateral, club and syndicated transactions, guarantees, security, priority and subordination issues. In 2018, the firm handled high-profile matters for Indian banks, including the management of non-performing loan portfolios, and for a number of funds in relation to acquisitions and disposals of loan portfolios. Key partner Peter Carney is head of the India desk. Noline Matemera focuses on non-contentious FCA regulation. Richard Houliston handles secured lending with a particular focus on bilateral and syndicated lending, acquisition finance and financial services regulation.

Practice head(s):Noline Matemera; Peter Carney; Paul Gair

Other key lawyers:Nick Curling; Richard Houliston

Key Clients

State Bank of India

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Export-Import Bank of India

ICICI Bank UK

Syndicate Bank

Axis Bank

IDBI Bank

The Association of Indian Banks in the United Kingdom

Punjab National Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of 13 Indian banks in registering a £1.15bn Indian Judgment in England against Dr Vijay Mallya and subsequent enforcement.
  • Acted for IDBI Bank in relation to proceedings against Axcel Sunshine Limited (a BVI company) for its default under a loan agreement.
  • Acting for the Bank in connection with recoveries under a series of foreign currency facilities in various denominations provided to two connected borrowers.

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London: Human resources

Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT’s client base include significant public sector names alongside a broad range of trustees and employers. Regular mandates cover a breadth of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions issues including bulk liability transfers, master trust structuring, funding agreements, scheme wind-ups and governance advice. The team also has particular expertise on regulatory provisions surrounding SIPPs and SSASs. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors, overpayment recovery, professional negligence and mis-selling claims. The practice is led out of Bristol by national head Sasha Butterworth, while Ed Fiddick and Victoria Mabbett head up the contentious offering.

Practice head(s):Sasha Butterworth; Ed Fiddick; Victoria Mabbett

Testimonials

'Knowledgeable, professional and quick to identify the commercial issues.'

'Victoria Mabbett is insightful and personable, yet quick to get to the issues at hand.'

Key Clients

Travelers

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

WHSmith

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan

Trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Prepared a new definitive trust deed and scheme rules for Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited following the completion of a merger between two pension schemes.
  • Advised a major international bank in relation to complex funding arrangements in relation to its UK defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Advising the trustees of an industry-wide pension scheme on a wide range of complex legal issues in the run up to the proposed winding-up of the scheme.

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

TLT

TLT’s client base include significant public sector names alongside a broad range of trustees and employers. Regular mandates cover a breadth of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions issues including bulk liability transfers, master trust structuring, funding agreements, scheme wind-ups and governance advice. The team also has particular expertise on regulatory provisions surrounding SIPPs and SSASs. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors, overpayment recovery, professional negligence and mis-selling claims. The practice is led out of Bristol by national head Sasha Butterworth, while Ed Fiddick and Victoria Mabbett head up the contentious offering.

Practice head(s):Sasha Butterworth; Ed Fiddick; Victoria Mabbett

Testimonials

'Knowledgeable, professional and quick to identify the commercial issues.'

'Victoria Mabbett is insightful and personable, yet quick to get to the issues at hand.'

Key Clients

Trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme in a Part 8 claim which sought declaration in respect of the identity of the principal employer of the scheme.
  • Acting for members of the Bic UK Pension Scheme in defending a claim brought by Bic UK Limited for the recovery of substantial alleged overpayments.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

TLT

TLT has a 'strong reputation' for handling claimant professional negligence cases in the financial services sector, acting for lenders. The firm's claimant lender professional negligence team, based in London, draws strengths from its network of UK regional offices to advise on a raft of instructions for a number of the main UK clearing banks, challenger banks and non-bank lenders; it stands out for its 'deep knowledge of institutional clients'. It also acts for private companies and high-net-worth individuals. The team is increasingly engaged to defend financial institutions against allegations of negligence in the handling of banking relationships; it defended a major UK clearing bank on a negligence claim for breach of duty of care.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin

Other key lawyers:Nick Curling; Claire Kershaw

Testimonials

The team is smoothly efficient on the ordinary stuff, which leaves room for good strategic thinking.

Nick Curling has fine attention to detail, is hardworking, and is good at building a case, assessing its deficiencies and then addressing them.

Peter Richards-Gaskin is very personable, has excellent judgement, and is good at understanding clients and building secure relationships with them.

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Paratus AMC

Bank of India

Bank of Baroda

Santander

Work highlights

  • The team defended Coutts & Co on two related sets of proceedings relating to allegations that the bank (among multiple other defendants) gave negligent advice to customers in relation to their investment in various tax mitigation film finance schemes arranged by the Ingenious Media group.
  • The team defends National Westminster Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Coutts & Co in a large issued group action relating to the banks’ involvement  in various tax mitigation film finance schemes arranged by various intermediaries.
  • It is representing an individual client on a £2m claim against investment advisers.
  • The team is advising a bank on its recovery options in relation to a loan facility, which was meant to be secured by way of a ship mortgage.

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London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

TLT

Patrick Wooddisse heads the team at TLT and is an experienced private client tax and estate planning lawyer with broad expertise across UK and international tax planning and trust issues. In addition, Wooddisse has niche specialism in UK/US tax planning. The department is adept at advising leading UK banks on complex trust matters as well as advising major trust companies on succession planning. Other areas of expertise lie in advising high-net-worth UK and non-UK residents on property, tax , trust, estate and succession planning issues.

Practice head(s):Patrick Wooddisse

Other key lawyers:Chris Williamson

Testimonials

'It is knowledgeable, commercially minded and pragmatic and provides an excellent service on a par with more expensive firms. The lawyers are also very approachable and pleasant'.

'Patrick Wooddisse is excellent. He is particularly good at simplifying complex matters and dealing with them in a sensible, pragmatic and cost effective way'.

'Chris Williamson is consistently quick to respond, has a great 'bedside manner' with our clients and provides a reliable, efficient, cost-effective solution'.

'Chris Williamson provides great value for his services. His willingness to assist is first-class and our clients have highly praised his work for the detail provided and for the fact that it is presented in a way that is easy to understand'.

'Its expertise is exceptional and all team members are always willing to go the extra mile. The advice is always well detailed and to the point'.

Work highlights

  • Advised on complex technical tax issues relating to the bank's presence in the UK and to payment of interest on their customers' savings.
  • Advised a well-known person on the preparation of a will and wider tax and succession planning issues including dealing with international image rights.
  • Advising on the administration of the client's estate in Egypt, BVI and UK including complex international succession advice, dealing with disputed ownership of BVI companies, Swiss bank accounts and Jersey and BVI trustees.
  • Advised on UK and US tax and succession following the death of the client's wealthy mother in the United States.
  • Acting as an exclusive provider of trust advice for the bank on ad hoc issues.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

TLT

With commercial property work at its core, TLT is well placed to act for commercial landlords and tenants, housing associations, property developers and investors in landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews and lease renewals. 'Calm' team head Jason Juden is 'very thorough and reassuring with clients', who also highlight his 'excellent judgement' and 'good analytical skills'.

Practice head(s):Jason Juden

Testimonials

'Jason Juden leaves no stone unturned to get to the bottom of a case.'

'Solid litigation team, with good quality clients and work.'

Rob Whitaker - sensible, commercial associate.

'Jason Juden has an excellent understanding of what a business person needs to determine when to fight and when to walk away. He has a very logical mind and knows how to focus on what is important and what is only noise. He is very practical and very competent. He has good overall judgement of a problem and gives advice on what can be achieved and what cannot. He has been a pleasure to work with.'

'Jason Juden has good experience and is reassuring with clients.'

Key Clients

Ludgate House

Westbourne Capital Partners

Twentieth Century Fox

Ilchester Estates

Riverwood Homes

R&K LLC

TLG LLC

GC Campden Hill

Avonstone Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented Avonstone Properties in a misrepresentation and forfeiture proceeding.
  • Advising R&K LLC on a large dilapidations claim against a government department in central London.
  • Advising R&D LLC on a forfeiture and service charge claim involving tenant and subtenant J B Leitch & Co.
  • Advising TLG LLC on a breach of covenant of quiet enjoyment and nuisance claim pertaining to a central London property involving a freeholder subtenant.
  • Acting for Ludgate House in contested possession proceedings in relation to a major central London development site.
Leading individuals

Jason Juden - TLT

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 3

TLT

Under the leadership of practice head Linda Convery, TLT's highly rated group maintains a strong profile in development and housing-led regeneration projects. With a team spanning the London and Bristol offices, it provides the gamut of advice to more than 40 registered providers, local authorities and private developers/contractors. Reflective of its standing in the market, the firm was reappointed to the London Borough Legal Alliance panel and is one of only two firms appointed to both lots: lot one covers regeneration, development, property and planning, and lot 2 includes litigation, contracts, procurement, property and employment. The firm is also on the panels of a sizeable number of G15 members. In 2018, Convery (who has more than 30 years of experience in the social housing sector) and Shazia Bashir assisted Swan Housing Association with preparing the certificate of title on its regeneration project at Blackwall Reach to facilitate the drawdown of a £50m loan facility from the GLA. Another more recent highlight saw legal director Hugh James and others assist Southern Housing Group with acquiring 500 units of housing stock, which are spread across seven local authority areas and consist of shared ownership, social rent, affordable rent and supported housing units. Associate Kristian Scholfield joined from Devonshires Solicitors LLP. Gillian Bastow has retired from private practice and Paul Butterworth moved to Ashfords LLP.

Practice head(s):Linda Convery

Other key lawyers:Shazia Bashir; Hugh James; Kristian Scholfield

Testimonials

'They are a well-led team of professionals, which provides a full range of specialisms and keeps me continually informed as to the precise position on my work'

'I have found the team to be universally friendly, attentive and proactive in its approach'

Key Clients

One Housing Group Ltd

Peabody Trust

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Network Homes Limited

London Borough of Lambeth

Notting Hill Housing Trust

Saxon Weald Homes Ltd

Swan Housing Group

London & Quadrant

Catalyst Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Swan Housing Association on the phasing of the transfer of land at Craylands, as part of a multimillion-pound regeneration project.
  • Acted for Peabody Trust and its subsidiary Peabody Enterprises on the acquisition of 110 units from Bellway Homes. The acquisition was as a result of a planning obligation on the part of Bellway under a section 106 agreement and involved the negotiation of a development agreement and leases of the units for onward sale on a shared ownership basis and rent.
  • The firm has handled the sale of a significant number of shared ownership units, fixed equity units and shared equity units for Catalyst Housing Limited and the disposal of outright sale units for Catalyst By Design Limited (including help to buy).
  • Advised Guinness Developments Limited on the acquisition of a site with the benefit of planning permission. The deal was complicated because it involved the negotiation of various conditions, which had to be met by the seller before the land could be transferred to The Guinness Trust; this included the transfer of adjoining land from a trust into the name of the seller, and also involved the negotiation of overage provisions.
  • Advising Wandle Housing Association's executive team on various issues concerning the creation of a joint venture with a major housebuilder.
Leading individuals

Linda Convery - TLT

Next Generation Partners

Shazia Bashir - TLT

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

TLT

TLT has strong capabilities in online brand enforcement, where the team continues to be involved in the takedown of unauthorised merchandise and infringing sites, as well as domain and company name recoveries. Other areas of expertise include trade mark portfolio management, advising on complex celebrity image rights issues and IP disputes. IP and technology expert Nick Fenner leads the department.

Practice head(s):Nick Fenner

Key Clients

BGL (comparethemarket.com)

British Telecommunications (BT Sport)

Starling Bank

TUI Travel Limited

Camden Dining Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Chris Frappell, founder and managing director of Tru Tension, on the completion of a £75,000 investment from retail entrepreneur Touker Suleyman, as featured on the BBC's Dragons' Den. Work included advising Tru Tension on how to maximise its most valuable assets, including its global IP portfolio, and strengthening the ownership structure of Tru Tension's international patents and trade marks to reduce the risk of infringement.
  • Managing the international trade mark portfolio and providing general IP advice to Compare The Market.
  • Advising Starling Bank on a range of IP issues as it launches new products to markets, as well as managing Starling Bank's IP portfolio.
  • Assisted BT Sport with developing and implementing a system for taking enforcement action for copyright infringement against commercial premises that show BT Sport without the appropriate commercial licence.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

TLT

Manchester-based Pauline Cowie leads the group at TLT, which sits in the firm’s wider commercial practice and has expertise in high-profile franchising projects and international franchising issues. The practice is particularly active in the automotive sector and Cowie is noted for her retail sector expertise; clients include Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, WHSmith, Peacocks Stores and Jane Norman International. Cowie also has experience in the hotel and leisure sectors and has also assisted clients with franchising projects in China. Perran Jervis and Bill Hull in the firm’s Bristol office, are also key practitioners and lead the firm’s commercial and commercial services teams respectively.

Practice head(s):Pauline Cowie

Other key lawyers:Perran Jervis; Bill Hull

Testimonials

'TLT stands out for several reasons. It treats clients with respect, acts with integrity, adds value and puts its clients interests at heart. It offers a wide range of services and has offices in several major cities in the UK.'

'Pauline Cowie has a wide range of expertise, spanning the retail, leisure, financial services, IT and telecoms and not-for-profit sectors. She is a first port of call with any legal aspects relating to franchising and is highly recommended.'

Key Clients

Sainsbury's

The Co-operative Group

WHSmith plc

Peacocks Stores Ltd

Jane Norman International Limited

Ripples Bathrooms

Merlin Entertainments Ltd

Pendragon PLC

Greene King PLC

National Franchised Dealer Association

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international FTSE 250 fashion retailer in a supply chain dispute and advising on the management of its international franchise agreements.
  • Assisting WHSmith with the negotiation of an agreement for the operation of further Post Office franchises across the WHSmith estate.
  • Advising Encore Capital on the sale of Stagecoach Theatre Arts to Trafalgar Entertainment Group and the related franchising issues.
  • Assisting a food and beverage operator with strategic franchising projects in overseas jurisdictions.
  • Advising a salon and hairdressing service provider as master franchisee for a major brand on the development of a model for the expansion of the brand.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

TLT

The department at TLT is instructed by a combination of large national and international corporates and high-growth companies on a range of IT transactions; it has particular strength in payments technology, open banking and fintech matters. Bristol-based national practice head James Touzel advises on transformational procurements and outsourcing projects, while London team head Daniel Lloyd  focuses on the developing law surrounding digital content. Adding competition and regulatory expertise, Stuart Murray joined the team from BT.

Practice head(s):James Touzel; Daniel Lloyd

Other key lawyers:Stuart Murray

Key Clients

ARRIS International PLC

5NINES

J Sainsbury's PLC

The Co-operative Group

BGL Group

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands PLC

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

WHSmith PLC

Conviviality plc

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

learndirect Limited

BT

JD Sports

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Sky

Divido Financial Services

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

TLT

The practice at TLT provides 'exemplary' advice on IP matters relating to software, technology and digital rights. Other areas of specialism include assisting with IP strategy, particularly for healthcare and fintech sector clients, and handling brand management and enforcement matters across a range of industries including the retail, consumer goods and leisure sectors. 'Superb' practice head Nick Fenner specialises in IP and technology disputes, while Daniel Lloyd focuses on commercial matters.

Practice head(s):Nick Fenner

Other key lawyers:Daniel Lloyd

Testimonials

'The TLT team provides excellent, cost-effective legal services.'

'Nick Fenner is a very bright attorney who tackles complex legal issues both conventionally and by thinking outside the box.'

'Liz Lowe is an excellent intellectual property attorney - she is always on top of all deadlines and proposes successful solutions to problems.'

'Debbie York is very responsive to our needs and provides us with top notch legal advice.'

Key Clients

BGL (comparethemarket.com)

Ulfcar Production AS

British Telecommunications (BT Sport)

Provexis PLC (neutraceuticals)

Starling Bank

Federation Against Software Theft

Simon Harrison Limited

TUI Travel Limited

Camden Dining Group

Goliath Games

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (the Metropolitan Police Force)

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a London-based public sector organisation in a dispute arising out of the development of bespoke software applications for a mission-critical system.
  • Assisting BT Sport with the development and implementation of a system which will bring enforcement actions for copyright infringement against commercial premises that show BT Sport without the appropriate commercial licence.
  • Advising Starling Bank on a range of IP issues relating to new products launched in new markets; and also managing its IP portfolio.
  • Instructed by BGL to handle all its trade mark portfolio issues and the management of Compare The Market across all territories.
  • Acted for Against The Grain on a strategy involving multiple oppositions and cancellations brought against US corporation Against The Grain Gourmet Foods.

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Northern Ireland

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.