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TLT

ONE REDCLIFF STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6TP, ENGLAND
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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):John Wood; Perran Jervis

Other key lawyers:Alice Gardner; Andrew Webber; James Webb

Testimonials

'Perran Jervis is an outstanding commercial lawyer.'

Key Clients

Savills plc

WHSmith plc

Mobile Windscreens

LDC

Boohoo.com

Endomag

Plantforce

JD Sports

Stirling Dynamics

Molson Construction

Sainsbury's Plc

JD Sports plc

WHSmith plc

Imperial Brands plc

BGL Group plc

Greene King plc

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Teleperformance

French Connection plc

Elavon Financial Services

Zopa

Close Brothers

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Bohoo.com

Learndirect

Crown Commercial Service

HM Treasury

Work highlights

  • Advised WHSmith on the acquisition of Cult Pens
  • Advised Examworks UK Limited on its acquisition of the Kinderstons Group
  • Advised Francis Flower on its sale to Swedish state-owned LKAB Minerals.
  • Advised the majority stakeholder in Stirling Dynamics on its sale to Assystem Technologies.
  • Acted for Lorient Group on its acquisition by West Midlands-headquartered ASSA Abloy UK.
Leading individuals

John Wood - TLT

Next Generation Partners

Alice Gardner - TLT

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Ben Watson

Key Clients

Boohoo group Plc

WHSmith Plc

Molson Construction Equipment

ExamWorks UK

Aardman Animations Limited

Swan Housing Group

Endless LLP

Sawday's

Francis Flower

Encore Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Dymag Group on EIS and VCT aspects of a £3.6m private equity investment, including successfully obtaining HMRC clearance.
  • Acted for WHSmith Plc on its acquisition of Cult Pens, the team advised in-house counsel on dealing with transaction documentation and related due diligence issues.
  • Advised Peabody Trust on ways to mitigate stamp duty land tax liability for the acquisition of shared ownership units from Bellway Homes.
  • Provided advice and solutions to ExamWorks UK on a range of tax issues related to the acquisition of the Kindertons Group by the client.
  • Advised Francis Flower on tax aspects of the sale of the business to Swedish state-owned LKAB Minerals.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Miles Trower

Other key lawyers:Bill Hull

Testimonials

'The team is accessible, responsive and focused on helping'

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

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

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

Key Clients

BGL Group Limited (Comparethemarket.com)

Imperial Brands PLC

The Retail Motor Industry Federation Limited / National Franchised Dealers Association

Francis Flower

Inchcape plc

Mineral Products Association

Energy Saving Trust Ltd

Merlin Entertainments plc

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

West Coast Properties

Work highlights

  • Representing BGL Group Limited / Comparethemarket.com in connection with ongoing CMA investigations into suspected regulation breaches.
  • Assisting Imperial Brands Plc in updating group-wide competition law compliance policy and delivering dawn-raid training.
  • Advising BGL Group Limited / Comparethemarket.com on ongoing data gathering and reporting obligations to the CMA.
  • Advising National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) on competition law matters, including collective industry projects and the exchange of sensitive information.
Leading individuals

Miles Trower - TLT

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Matthew Phipps

Other key lawyers:Andrew Griffin, Piers Warne

Testimonials

'Very knowledgeable and astute with a clear and concise communication style.'

Key Clients

WH Smith

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

SA Brain & Company

Boston Tea Party

Work highlights

  • Advised The Coach Islington on appealing against a number of conditions attached to the premises licence.
  • Assisted Flight Club Darts in applying for new premises licences, including acting for the client in pre-application consultation.
  • Applying for and obtaining premises licences to facilitate the expansion of WH Smith's portfolio within their travel locations to include a licensed convenience store element.
  • Providing comprehensive licensing advice to Tracks and Records in relation to a new licensed site.
  • Application for Boomtown Festival for a new premises licence to allow conversion into a 1,500 capacity theatre and immersive entertainment experience venue.
Leading individuals

Matthew Phipps - TLT

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Chris Owen; Jonathan Hoey

Other key lawyers:Ed Fiddick; Victoria Mabbett;

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

French Connection

Metropolitan Police

DDN Storage

WHSmith Plc

Matthew Clark Bibendum

Inchcape Plc

Tamura Europe

Fitness First

RBS

Furrer + Frey

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the Indian Government in a dispute with Pakistan concerning monies held in British bank accounts, namely the 'Hyderabad Funds'.
  • Defending Byron Hamburgers Limited in High Court contractual claims brought by former facilities management provider.
  • Acted for the Trustees of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme in connection with a Part 8 claim.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Graham Walters

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Jon Stewart; Gary Roscoe

Testimonials

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

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

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

Jon Stewart is always of great assistance to his clients

Key Clients

BGL Group

Dyson Finance

HSBC Bank

Pimlico Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland

Temporis Capital

Triodos Bank

Santander UK

WHSmith

Work highlights

  • Acted for a large British retailer on the £240m committed acquisition facilities for the acquisition of a US airport chain from a private equity vendor.
  • Advised a New York investment bank, on its $80m listed global note to Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings.
  • Advised Santander UK on the provision of a £28.5m facility to Battery Energy Storage Solutions (Bess).
  • Advised NatWest on a £24m structured finance facility to banking tech firm Cennox.
  • Advised one of Europe's leading games developers on its software development facilities with HSBC UK.
Leading individuals

Jon Stewart - TLT

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):James Forsyth

Other key lawyers:Peter Carney

Testimonials

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

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

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

'James Forsyth a good contact to have in times of crisis'

Key Clients

FRP Advisory LLP

BDO

CBRE UK

Grant Thornton

The Insolvency Service

KPMG

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Smith & Williamson

Wolf Minerals

Work highlights

  • Acting for the official receiver as liquidator of Wolf Minerals (UK).
  • Acting for a consortium of 13 Indian banks in relation to the registration of an Indian judgment against Dr. Vijay Mallya.
  • Acting for the official receiver in his role as liquidator of 14 companies wound up in the public interest following a prosecution brought by the Financial Conduct Authority against its main director.
  • Acting for the administrators of My Local.
  • Acted for CVR as administrators of Off Grid Power, a company involved in generating power from a biomass plant in the South West.
Leading individuals

Peter Carney - TLT

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Stuart McBride

Other key lawyers:Siobhan Fitzgerald

Testimonials

'Good strength in depth, responsive and proactive'

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

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

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

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

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

'They have an excellent commercial view of employment matters'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Imperial Brands plc

J Sainsbury plc

National Crime Agency

Savills plc

Ageas Group

Southern Water

Hastings Direct

Biffa plc

Smiths News / Connect Group plc

Westfield

Bromford Housing Group

Onward Homes (formerly Symphony Housing)

WH Smith Plc

Good Energy Group Plc

Phoenix Housing Association

Ofsted

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on a high-value discrimination complain with reputational risk considerations, as well as management of claimant's ongoing employment and strategy.
  • Advising a client on a large-scale restructure and redundancies within a private school arising from a change in offering.
Next Generation Partners

Siobhan Fitzgerald - TLT

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:Duncan Reed

Key Clients

WHSmith PLC

Punch Taverns

Managers/Employees of of Rydon Group Limited

Greene King plc

Aurium Capital Markets

Travellers

Pennon Group

Biffa Waste

The Co-Operative Group

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise WHSmith Plc on legal issues arising from the recall of a number of travel adapters internationally.
  • Ongoing advice to Punch Taverns, including recently advising in connection with an incident in which a child was seriously injured on a bouncy castle.
  • Advising a number of individuals who have been asked to give evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Providing legal support to Greene King in connection with decontamination work carried out at their leasehold premises in Salisbury.
  • Assisted Aurium Capital Markets with an assessment of health and safety risks associated with its acquisition of an anaerobic digestion plant in Scotland.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Sasha Butterworth

Other key lawyers:Chris Crighton

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Arkema Bostik Pension Trustee Limited

Fujitsu Retirement Services Trustee

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Travelers

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Trustees of Colas (UK) Pension Plan

WHSmith

TClarke plc

Work highlights

  • We are 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 within the next 12 months.
  • Advised a major UK bank in relation to complex funding arrangements in relation to its UK defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Following the completion of a merger of two pension schemes within the sponsor's corporate group, we have prepared a new definitive trust deed and rules for the Scheme.
Leading individuals

Sasha Butterworth - TLT

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Neil Franklin

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Avon Rubber

Fitness First

Mortgage Express

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

The Northview Group

UK Asset Resolution (UKAR)

UPS

Ultimate Finance

WH Smith

Work highlights

  • Investigating a £2.5m loss of opportunity claim against former solicitors of the client as a result of their substandard service.
  • Advised on a £4m claim arising from negligent advice provided by a law firm in connection to four foreign currency loans secured against properties in London.
  • Advising on claims amounting to £2.5m in relation to negligent advice provided by lawyers.
  • Instructed to advise an individual on her potential claim against two firms of solicitors, who had failed to take adequate steps to achieve a fair financial settlement following her divorce.

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South West: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Natalie Drew; Mark Sage

Other key lawyers:Sarah E. Green

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

'Natalie Drew is forging a presence in London.'

'Natalie Drew is a fantastic lawyer - very acute and with great client care skills who gives very good advice.'

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

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

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

Next Generation Partners

Mark Sage - TLT

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Patrick Wooddisse

Other key lawyers:Chris Williamson; David Wheeler; Tristan Smale

Testimonials

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

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

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

'They marry hand holding with professional expertise.'

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

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

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

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

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

‘Competitive pricing’

‘Always proactive, responsive and highly professional’

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

Work highlights

  • Advised a recently retired Formula 1 driver on the preparation of will and wider tax and succession planning including dealing with international image rights.
  • Developed trust policies on behalf of trustees of personal a personal injury trust for a disabled child and invested the £5m trust fund within three months of appointment
  • Advised a businessman on tax and succession planning including business succession plans
  • Provides trust advice for a bank on ad hoc issues
  • Advised a farming family and ice cream manufacturer on succession planning.
Leading individuals

Patrick Wooddisse - TLT

Rising stars

Tristan Smale - TLT

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:Stuart Urquhart

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Low Carbon

Guinness Asset Management

The Co-operative Group

Triodos Bank

Thrive Renewables

Ecotricity

Anesco

Peel Energy

NextEnergy Capital

The Renewable Infrastructure Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander on a £28.5m debt funding facility provided to Battery Energy Storage Solutions.
  • Advised Eelpower on its acquisition of a large energy storage scheme from Anesco.
  • Advised Thrive Renewables on a joint venture with Aura Power to supply medium and large energy users with free battery storage installations in return for revenue share.
  • Advised NextEnergy Capital, investment manager for the NextEnergy Solar Fund, on its £9.3m acquisition of two co-located solar and battery storage projects.
  • Advised Arlington Energy on the sale of a developed 20MW gas site in Chesterfield and a developed 40MW energy storage site in Bedford.
Leading individuals

Maria Connolly - TLT

Next Generation Partners

Stuart Urquhart - TLT

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South West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Glynn; Bill Hull

Testimonials

'The team is great, especially in handling contractual matters'

Key Clients

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

Cornwall Council

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Advising London Borough of Lambeth on the transfer of two Academy school sites from a failing Academy.
  • Ongoing advice to the London Borough of Hounslow on various real estate matters, which includes dealing with large volume of right to buy property sales, reviewing Section 125 notices, preparing and submitting documents; completion, advising on notices to complete and other legal issues related to right to buy.
  • Advising London Borough of Barnet on the redevelopment of Granville Road Estate, including advising on the development agreement, CPO, stopping up order and public path creation order requirements.
  • Acted for The London Borough of Islington on the redevelopment of Telfer House, a 1970s apartment block which was badly designed and not utilising much-valued space in the London market.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:Julia Lucas; Andrew Glynn; Julian Mant; Philip Collis; Matthew Grimwood

Testimonials

Very responsive to clients’ questions and needs

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

The team makes every client feel important

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

Key Clients

BBC

WHSmith

Greene King

TUI Travel

Ecotricity Group

Punch Taverns

Swan Housing

Savills

Mondelēz

Byron Hamburgers

Work highlights

  • Assisting the client with the completion of three acquisitions valued at £50m.
  • Acting for Punch Taverns on a full range of real estate matters arising after the acqusition by Patron Capital.
  • Advised Arlington Energy on the sale of a developed 20MW gas site in Chesterfield and a developed 40MW energy storage site in Bedford to Arlington Infrastructure.
  • Assisted the client with the completion of five acquisitions for overseas private office fund purchasing office schemes.
  • Advised Avon Fire and Rescue Service on the freehold disposal of former Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in central Bristol for redevelopment.
Leading individuals

Julia Lucas - TLT

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Simon Goss

Other key lawyers:Tom Wrzesien

Testimonials

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

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

'Good example of functional team working from different regional offices.'

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

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

Key Clients

Bank of Baroda

WH Smith

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

Savills

Midas Construction

HAB at the Acre Limited

Quadrant Construction Services Limited

Total Control Services Ltd

Thrive Renewables PLC

Arlington Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Baroda on a £211m development finance facility.
  • Advising Lucozade Ribena Suntory on transactions and contract drafting for supplier contracts, among other tasks.
  • Advising energy supplier Eelpower on its acquisition of one of the UK's largest energy storage schemes.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Katherine Evans; Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:Stuart Urquhart; Duncan Reed

Testimonials

'A very experienced environment and safety team'

'The team is great with handling contracts'

'Everyone on the team is excellent'

'Kerry Gwyther is a superstar'

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

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

Key Clients

Glastonbury Festival

EDF Energy

Punch Taverns

Viridor Waste Management

Crematoria Management

Francis Flower

Ecotricity

Renewable Energy Systems

British Solar Renewables

InfraRed Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the Model Assignment of Rights Contract.
  • Assisted Deloitte Legal Germany with due diligence covering environmental issues and potential regulatory liabilities arising in connection with an acquisition.
  • Assisted an official receiver with due diligence concerning the environmental aspects and potential regulatory liabilities associated with an acquisition.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Katherine Evans

Testimonials

'The team is always responsive and helpful'

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

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

Key Clients

WHSmith

The Ecotricity Group

Bristol Temple Quarter

Crematoria Management

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes

Viridor

Catalyst Housing

Square Bay

Edward Ware Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising WHSmith on a compulsory purchase order of a WHSmith shop located in a shopping centre designated for redevelopment.
  • Advisig Ecotricity Group on matters concerning the new Forest Green Rovers Stadium, including the provision of additional bus services.
  • Providing strategic planning and compulsory purchase advice to Bristol Temple Quarter.
  • Advising Crematoria Management on their planning application for a new crematorium in the Staffordshire green belt.
  • Assisting London Borough of Barnet with the redevelopment of Granville Road Estate, including advising on the requirements pertaining to development agreements, compulsory purchase orders, stopping-up orders and public path creation orders.
Leading individuals

Katherine Evans - TLT

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Mark Routley

Testimonials

'Exceptional local reputation'

'A strong property litigation team'

'The team provides timely responses'

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Greene King

WHSmith

BBC

Punch

London Borough of Lambeth

Metropolitan Police Service

Covent Garden Market Authority

Southern Housing

City of London Corporation

Byron Hamburgers

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Covent Garden Market Authority in High Court proceedings initiated by its tenants in relation to an alleged interference with their rights under leases, resulting from the redevelopment of the market.
  • Acted for Greene King on a judicial review of a decision taken by the regulator concerning the application of the Pubs Code Regulations.
  • Advised Beiersdorf on the settlement of a terminal dilapidations claim.
  • Defending Westerleigh Group against an alleged nuisance claim.
  • Provided Southern Housing with strategic advice on a complex antisocial behaviour case against a vulnerable adult.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):Kane Kirkbride; Linda Convery

Other key lawyers:David Isaacson; Siobhan Fitzgerald

Testimonials

The team is quick and competent

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

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

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

David Isaacson and Siobhan Fitzgerald are particularly helpful

Key Clients

Swan Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Peabody Trust

One Housing Group

Saxon Weald Homes Ltd

Aster Homes

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Knightstone Housing Association Ltd

Notting Hill Housing Trust

Southern Housing

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aster Communities on two schemes in collaboration with local Community Land Trusts.
  • Acting for Curo Places on the acquisition of 65 units from Bloor Homes.
  • Acting for Stonewater on the acquisition of 40 dwellings from Davidsons Developments and Wilson Enterprises.
  • Representing Shal Housing in a complex possession case.
  • Advising Southern Housing Group on a number of housing management disputes.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

TLT

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

Practice head(s):James Touzel

Other key lawyers:Daniel Read; Peter Jackson

Testimonials

'They've got a really good team - a great blend of talents for different deals and negotiations'

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

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

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

'James Touzel is responsive, supportive, and most importantly pragmatic'

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

'They stand out from the competition by working as a team'

'It's like dealing with a top City firm'

Key Clients

ARRIS International Plc

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

Telegraph Media Group

JD Sports

Leading individuals

James Touzel - TLT

Next Generation Partners

Daniel Read - TLT

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

TLT

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

Practice head(s):James Touzel

Other key lawyers:Jo Pritchard; Dan Read; Kiera Dale

Testimonials

'Jo Pritchard is well-recognised across the field'

'Jo Pritchard is a strong player for them'

'Very good client focus and excellent responses'

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

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

Key Clients

BGL

Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

Merlin Entertainments

British Telecommunications PLC

Brabantia (UK) Limited

Tru-tension Limited

Muji Europe Holdings Limited

WHSmith plc

Pyroban

WDM Limited

Leading individuals

Jo Pritchard - TLT

Next Generation Partners

Kiera Dale - TLT

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