Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Macfarlanes LLP
20 CURSITOR STREET
LONDON
EC4A 1LT
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Macfarlanes LLP fields a ‘brilliant’ team with expertise in the full breadth of tax matters, including fund formation, transaction structuring, and dispute resolution. The group has particular strength in cross-border matters, and regularly acts on behalf of high profile and multinational clients. Team lead Damien Crossley specialises in tax matters related to investment management, and covers issues related to private equity and private credit funds. ‘Outstanding’ practitioner Ceinwen Rees advises clients on a range of tax matters, including those involved with acquisitions, disposals, and executive remuneration packages, while Jeremy Moncrieff has expertise in tax elements of high value, complex public and private M&A. Sophie Donnithorne-Tait and James McCredie are key contacts for numerous prominent fund managers on a diverse selection of tax issues. Donnithorne-Tait joined the department in October 2022 from Akin, where she was team lead. Gregory Price and Alicia Thomas are highly experienced in international tax matters, with Thomas in particular noted for her knowledge of UK-US tax relationships.

Practice head(s):

Damien Crossley

Testimonials

‘The entire tax team at Macfarlanes is brilliant to work with. They know their files in detail and their expertise extend well beyond the pure tax matters.’

‘Ceinwen Rees is outstanding. She delivers highly technical advice efficiently while being an extremely nice person to work with – cherry on the cake: she has managed to have the associates working with her following the same trend!’

‘Jeremy Moncrieff: extremely knowledgeable and sharp – very good at condensing difficult technical concepts into readily digestible and pragmatic advice. Very reassuring.’

‘The Macfarlanes tax team is where we bring complex problems to have them exchanged for straightforward solutions. They are very strong across the breadth of issues relevant to investment funds and asset managers.’

‘It is the clarity and concision of Jeremy Moncrieff’s advice that really stands out for us when working with Macfarlanes. He conveys his advice really well across multiple channels – in writing, in person, and via videoconference – essential skills today.’

‘Sophie Donnithorne-Tait is the best tax lawyer I have ever met, and working with her simply gives me the utmost confidence that everything will be fine.’

‘The team provides good and practical advice with good understanding of the commercial rationale for the various matters considered.’

‘The individuals are experts in their respective field and are able to apply the legislation to the specific context.’

Key clients

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

Arcmont Asset Management Limited

Synova

Valderrama Limited

Alchemy

Fidelity

Permira

Patron Capital

XTX Markets

Virgin Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Hayfin Capital Management LLP on tax advice in respect of the structuring and fundraising of Hayfin’s flagship funds and separately managed accounts.
  • Providing UK tax and structuring advice to Arcmont Asset Management Limited in relation to its sale to Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, and merger with Churchill Asset Management.
  • Advising Synova on the tax structuring of its fifth fund, which closed at its hard cap of £875m.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 1

Acting for a roll call of leading mid-market firms, Macfarlanes LLP‘s far-reaching sponsor-side activity ranges from big-ticket buyouts and divestitures to secondary transactions and continuation fund deals. Practice chair Alex Edmondson is a seasoned buyout lawyer with particular expertise in the technology sector, working with a host of founders, companies, and investor clients. The highly experienced Stephen Drewitt remains an active figure in the London market, most recently advising on a number of cross-border portfolio company deals. Stephen Pike‘s capabilities span from buyouts to (both LP and GP led) secondaries, while Alexander Green is particularly well-versed in the latter.

Practice head(s):

Alex Edmondson

Key clients

Alchemy Partners

Caledonia Private Capital

J.C. Flowers & Co

Bowmark Capital

Epiris

Exponent Private Equity

Mayfair Equity Partners

Graphite Capital

Charme Capital Partners

KPS Capital Partners

Partners Group and Duke Street

Tulchan

Crestline Management LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Mayfair Equity Partners on its backing of Access Partnership’s management buyout.
  • Assisted Liberation Group, a private equity-backed pub, restaurant, and drinks business, on its combination with Cirrus Inns.
  • Advised The Instant Group, a corporate real estate solutions specialist backed by Bowmark Capital, on its merger with workspace network IWG’s digital businesses.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 1

Praised for its ‘great breadth and depth of knowledge,’ Macfarlanes LLP‘s funds team advises several major asset managers on the structuring, operation and winding up of UCITS, non-UCITS retail schemes (NURS), open-ended investment companies (OEICs) and most recently LTAF investment vehicles, with further expertise in liquidity management and ESG investing. The funds practice works in tandem with the regulatory team to assist fund managers on matters of compliance, while also working closely with industry bodies and regulators on the development of new products and guidelines. ‘Rock star’ Lora Froud leads the team, specialising in open-ended structures and a variety of regulatory regimes, including AIFMD and MiFID. Alexandra Green supports clients with authorisations and restructurings, while senior counsel Alexandra Cochrane specialises in OEICs, in particular mergers, schemes of arrangement and terminations. Associate Tiffany Cox advises on the establishment, operation and merger of both umbrella and individual OEICs, while also advising on ESG matters.

Practice head(s):

Lora Froud

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Green; Alexandra Cochrane; Tiffany Cox; Sandeesh Shah; Emma Garnham; Harry Middleton

Testimonials

‘Lora Froud is extremely responsive, and always delivers sound practical advice through her team. She cares about the client relationship, anticipating needs and keeping us up to date with regulatory developments in the retail funds space. She works very well with the regulatory team, often teaming up with Alexandra Green to ensure that our wealth management business is kept abreast of all applicable regulatory developments.’

‘This is a team with great breadth and depth of knowledge. Everyone is responsive and proactive, from paralegals to partners.’

‘Lora Froud and Alexandra Green are my go-to lawyers in this area. They always give clear, commercial advice that is on point.’

‘Sandeesh Shah is excellent. She is very knowledgeable and a great communicator. We find her really easy to work with and a great asset to the team.’

‘We have worked extensively with Lora Froud, Alexandra Cochrane and Harry Middleton. All are very responsive, work well to tight timeframes and use their wealth of experience to very good effect.’

‘Lora Froud is a rock star for UK open-ended funds, always available and very knowledgeable. Lora is very professional, and she always comes with creative ideas and solutions. Emma Garnham is a rising star!’

‘Lora Froud and Alexandra Cochrane continue to deliver a good service for us. Lora’s knowledge in particular is always valuable, and her proactive outlook has often been very helpful to us.’

‘Tiffany Cox is an up-and-coming star. She is very knowledgeable and authoritative in the subjects she covers, and works hard to meet client deadlines. Also, very flexible in making herself available for meetings, even at short notice.’

Key clients

abrdn Fund Managers Limited

Legal & General Investment Management

Jupiter Unit Trust Managers Limited

GAM Sterling Management Limited

Waystone Management (UK) Limited

Quilter Investors Limited

FundRock Partners Limited

Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited

Minerva Fund Solutions Limited

First Eagle Investment Management LLC

Link Fund Solutions Limited

Liontrust Fund Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised abrdn on various legal and regulatory matters for its large UK authorised range.
  • Assisted Legal & General Investments with various matters for its UK authorised fund range.
  • Advised Jupiter on its authorised UK and range on numerous legal and regulatory aspects in relation to its UK funds.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Macfarlanes LLP is ‘incredibly strong from top to bottom. They have individuals at every level who are book smart and tactically switched on’. Led by the ‘brilliant and unflappableCharles Lloyd, it is a ‘go-to’ firm for high-value and complex disputes for high-net-worth families and individuals, trustees and family offices on all areas of contentious work. Its expertise covers disputes concerning some of the largest trusts and estates. These trusts and estates often have prominent businesses, other substantial property holdings, as well as large cash and investment portfolios. It also acts for individuals and institutions from around the world, and a number of its cases are resolved through multi-party Public Trustee v Cooper applications. Its ‘bench strength is superb' with 'a great pool of talent’. It has ‘individuals who are at the top of their game’ including the ‘superbJonathan Arr and Elizabeth Doherty. Senior associate Jacob Ward is a ‘star of the future.'

Practice head(s):

Charles Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Arr; Elizabeth Doherty; Jacob Ward; Emma Cohen; Sarah-Louise Fernandez

Testimonials

‘Charles Lloyd has been very sharp on picking up on the nuances and has been able to develop alongside Jacob Ward a roadmap for what our strategy should be. Jacob has been very in-tune with the gamesmanship of the other side, and yet while staying professional has made sure we maintain our ground. He has been sharp, and responsive.’

‘Elizabeth Doherty is a standout trust litigator. Charming, brilliant and an asset to any team. Jonathan Arr is a leading light in the international trust litigation world. Goes the extra mile with his clients whilst retaining his passion for any case under the most challenging of circumstances.’

‘Macfarlanes’ private client team is second to none in London in my opinion. Their expertise is deep, and they are consummately skilled at assisting in solving very thorny issues of fiduciary and tax law.’

‘Macfarlanes is one of very few City law firms with a dedicated team of litigators who specialise in the contentious trusts and probate work. They also have several of the leading individuals in that type of work. For me they are unquestionably one of the leaders in this area.’

‘Charles Lloyd remains the doyen of contentious trusts and probate work. He is outstanding in every respect. He is someone you want to work with as a client or a barrister, and someone you worry about having as an opponent because he is tactically astute.’

‘Jonathan Arr has developed a very strong practice in this area which differs in also specialising in company and fraud elements affecting trusts and estates. He is on a par with an English silk in terms of legal knowledge, but he is also extremely personable.’

‘Elizabeth Doherty is particularly strong on estates matters, especially with elements in the Court of Protection. Her practice complements what Charles and Jonathan do, so they have every angle in this area covered. Emma Cohen has exceptional communication skills and is very well organised.’

‘Elizabeth Doherty – irrepressible intellect, totally committed and determined and a joy to work with. She will be a leader in the field before too long. Charles Lloyd – at the top of his game. A true gent, but also an excellent strategist and litigator.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

At Macfarlanes LLP ‘the quality of the advice and attention to detail pervades at all levels of the private client team. They are exceptionally bright and always maintain momentum on any assignment’. Piers Barclay is at the helm – the department is ‘the yardstick of quality in international private client matters. Quite simply outstanding in anything they do’. It is skilled at handling a myriad of complex situations for typically high-net-worth clients with assets, business interests and families across multiple jurisdictions. Among the many ‘highly qualified professionals’ is Nicholas Harries who has a broad practice covering international trust and estate planning as well as assisting entrepreneurial clients fulfil their charitable and philanthropic goals. Charles Gothard spends considerable time in Switzerland developing relationships with key intermediaries and foreign lawyers. Edward Reed‘s practice has a large European element. Other names to note include Richard Giangrande, Alex Jones, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, as well as senior counsel, Paul Hardwick.

Practice head(s):

Piers Barclay

Other key lawyers:

Edward Reed; Charles Gothard; Nicholas Harries; Richard Giangrande; Mark Hunter; Paul Hardwick; Charlotte Howard; Jennifer Smithson; Charlie Maydon Grace; Michael Shaw; Sebastian Prichard Jones;  Alex Jones; Oliver Court

Testimonials

‘Good at matching the needs of a project with the right individual(s) as have resources at all levels from the more senior partners (Piers Barclay and Nicholas Harries particularly strong), younger partners (Richard Giangrande and Mark Hunter) and associates who function at a far higher level than other firms (Paul Hardwick stands out)’.

‘Edward Reed stands out as an all-round advisor, capable of grasping clients’ needs, including international ones, and translating them into wealth management structures tailored to the client’.

‘Piers Barclay and Nicholas Harries have a wonderful talent for connecting with clients understanding their needs and presenting often complex legal matters in a simple fashion. They are leaders in their field. Paul Hardwick is an exceptional associate with a fantastic legal brain’.

‘Charles Gothard: I am glad I have always been on the same side. Rigorous, thorough and gets things done. Jenny Smithson: Brilliant technical adviser with a can-do mindset. In particular in US related matters‘.

‘Knowledge, experience, toughness with the revenue authorities, resolution, calmness under pressure. The key platers in this team are Sebastian Prichard Jones and Richard Giangrande. But everyone is excellent’.

‘Piers Barclay – one of the friendliest solicitors I have ever worked with. Clients are always at ease. The best all around lawyer I’ve ever worked with. Piers has led engagement delivering complex matters for clients of our firm. I trust him completely’. 

‘I have worked quite closely with Paul Hardwick on a number of clients. Paul is a very likable individual who is easily trusted and very dependable. His attention to detail means that the advice he offers clients is always top quality’. 

‘Special mention of new partner Alex Jones – outstanding technical expertise with strong communication and people skills, ability to explain complex UK tax topics with great clarity. Charlie Maydon Grace – Amazing lawyer, always ‘on’ and thinking about client matters’.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Particularly noted for its work with investment companies such as REITs, Macfarlanes LLP has a broad ECM practice with demonstrable experience across all manner of transactions.  The team is headed up by seasoned practitioner Richard Burrows, who is especially recommended for his expertise in tech-oriented deals. Other names to note include Harry Coghill and Mark Slade, both of whom have significant experience in public offerings. Former practice co-head Robert Boyle is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Richard Burrows

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Macfarlanes team consistently provides excellent advice in a timely manner.’

Key clients

DX (Group) plc

Supermarket Income REIT plc

Independent Living REIT Plc

Dr J. Patrick Kennedy

NortonLifeLock (now rebranded as Gen Digital)

Tulip Oil Holding

Stramongate S.A

XPS Group plc

JD Wetherspoon

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Macfarlanes LLPknows perfectly how to handle complex and international cases.‘ FCA investigations and enquiries relating to market abuse issues, including market manipulation and insider trading, are the central focus for the team. ‘Very effective and wise operatorDan Lavender heads up the financial services and markets dispute resolution group, while Matt McCahearty oversees the litigation department. As well as UK-based regulatory engagements, the group also handles a large number of complex international mandates, including global investigations, disputes and prosecutions. Barry Donnelly‘s broad caseload includes enforcement proceedings brought by both UK and US regulatory and criminal authorities. Laura Bridgewater's experience includes regulatory investigations and studies for major financial services entities.

Practice head(s):

Dan Lavender; Matt McCahearty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I frequently recommend Macfarlanes to my clients, as the Macfarlanes team knows perfectly how to handle complex and international cases as well as investigations.’

‘A good all-round team which is able to take a holistic view of commercial problems.’

‘Dan Lavender is a very effective and wise operator.’

‘Dan Lavender strikes me as someone who knows his stuff, is calm and measured, is easy to deal with and who is likely to provide a good service to his clients.’

‘The team is fantastic – hard-working, thoughtful, diligent. My go-to firm in the UK.’

‘They work hard, are careful, attentive and really smart. And the results have been outstanding.’

‘Able to navigate high-intensity contentious situations in a calm and extremely pragmatic way. Dan Lavender and Laura Bridgewater are stand-outs.’

‘Their team is very experienced in managing cross-border issues for clients. Based on my experience, they are very good at understanding the clients’ commercial needs and help shape strategies to achieve the objective.’

Key clients

The State of Qatar

The British Bankers’ Association

FMSB

NatWest (formerly Royal Bank of Scotland)

Work highlights

  • Acting for NatWest in its defence of three separate claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal relating to losses alleged to have arisen from anti-competitive manipulation of foreign exchange markets by individual traders at various banks.
  • Advised the FMSB on the development of the second edition of its Behavioural Cluster Analysis study.
  • Advising the State of Qatar on claims against Banque Havilland and one of its employees, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, and Emirates NBD Bank PJSC alleging a conspiracy to manipulate the Qatari Riyal and associated financial instruments.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP comes highly regarded for its work on matters which combine corporate/commercial, financial institution, private wealth and international elements. The practice is led by James Popperwell who enjoys an in-depth knowledge of freezing orders and other forms of urgent relief. Recently promoted partner Chloë Edworthy provides the team with strong ties to the German, Swiss and Austrian markets.

Practice head(s):

James Popperwell

Other key lawyers:

Chloë Edworthy; Nikolas Ireland;

Testimonials

‘A combination of really excellent partners and diligent and enthusiastic associates gives confidence that the case is in safe hands.’

‘Fraud-related matter is definitely their field and they are the first choice when we have a matter of such type, especially on a global scale. The team is extremely good and possess deep understanding on how to apply the available instruments in a client’s case. What is even more valuable, they look into the matters from commercial standpoint and provide a fair assessment whether a case is worth the efforts.’

‘We worked with Nikolas Ireland – his promotion to the partner is very well deserved. One of the top commercial litigators we have encountered.’

‘Macfarlanes have always produced quality advice across all levels. I’ve continued to work with Nik Ireland and he continues to provide excellent advice’

‘Nikolas Ireland is a superstar with a commercial and pragmatic approach and the ability to explain issues succinctly and clearly. A well deserved elevation to partner.’

‘James Popperwell is a knowledgeable and strategic fraud practitioner who has consistently been involved in some of the biggest cases in the market.’

‘A leading civil fraud firm. Extremely knowledgeable, able to handle the most complex of matters, driven to deliver excellent results.’

‘James Popperwell: knows everything and everyone and how to get results.’

Key clients

VTBE (“Tuna Bonds”)

Enigma Diagnostics Limited

Primekings Limited, Robin Fisher, Geoff Zeidler, Barry Stiefel

AlixPartners

British Bankers’ Association

Better Capital LLP

Business Growth Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for two corporate clients in successfully obtaining a worldwide freezing order in the sum of over $100m against a Ukrainian businessman in support of LCIA arbitration proceedings. The matter concerns the collapse of a major Ukrainian bank caused by a serious fraud and the misappropriation of over $1b.
  • Advised VTB Bank Europe in the $4bn “Tuna Bonds” litigation, including succeeding in an application for separate representation from its co-claimant subsidiary in a departure from long-standing authority on that topic.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

The ‘hard-working, cohesive, and friendly‘ team of ‘seasoned competition lawyers' at Macfarlanes LLP advises on a myriad of disputes originating from regulatory investigations, and private enforcement claims. Malcolm Walton leads the team with his expertise in investigations; and Cameron Firth is ‘immensely knowledgeable' in handling appeals against CMA decisions, often acting for pharmaceutical companies. The ‘exceptional' Simon Day maintains a group litigation-focused practice, often acting in both individual damages claims and collective proceedings. Emma Radcliffe is regarded as using ‘excellent judgement‘ when assisting clients with investigations before both domestic and European competition authorities, in addition to carriage disputes. Senior counsel Caja Griesenbach is noted for her vast knowledge in jurisdiction challenges and applications.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Walton

Testimonials

‘This is a competition litigation team which combines seasoned competition lawyers with hard-headed commercial litigators, which is a winning combination. The senior partners are particularly strong.’

‘Simon Day is exceptional and has the rare talent of keeping a calm head while fiercely advocating for his client’s interests.’

‘A hard-working, cohesive, and friendly team of talented individuals who are able to deal adeptly with complex competition litigation.’

‘Simon Day and Emma Radcliffe have excellent judgement. They are efficient, helpful, and always sensible and realistic in their appraisal of merits and strategy.’

‘An excellent team which is well-versed in competition litigation and regulation. Very knowledgeable, user-friendly and pragmatic.’

‘Cameron is immensely knowledgeable and has great client skills.’

Key clients

ZF Friedrichshafen

Daimler Truck AG

MAHLE Behr

Flynn Pharma

Teva

NatWest Markets

Genius Sports

Prysmian

Work highlights

  • Advised Flynn Pharma on an appeal before the Supreme Court, with the Court finding that successful appellants against CMA decisions are entitled to recover their costs.
  • Acting for Prysmian in seven different sets of proceedings, the latest of which is an application to bring collective proceedings.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

One of the most professional and respected tax litigation teams in the market’, the Macfarlanes LLP team provides comprehensive support, with expertise in both direct and indirect tax disputes. Lead partner Gideon Sanitt has experience at all levels of the UK and European Courts and acts for both high-profile individuals and corporate clients. Sanitt is supported by senior counsel Ben Webster, who is a solicitor advocate with experience in disputes with HMRC, judicial review cases, and disputes between taxpayers. Senior associate Sophie Rhind joined the department from HMRC in 2021 and brings key expertise in judicial review matters.

Practice head(s):

Gideon Sanitt

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Prichard Jones; Ben Webster; Sophie Rhind; Jackelyn West

Testimonials

‘The team has a deep knowledge of tax matters and a tactical approach to case management. They are very approachable and help us to manage matters in a way which is focused on results.’

‘Ben Webster and Gideon Sanitt have been excellent. Their depth of experience has served us well. I trust their judgement implicitly and feel that they are working with us at all times to get the best result for us.’

‘Their output is high quality and comprehensive. Unlike other advisers, their first draft advice needs little input: They’ve clearly grasped the factual position and fully applied the law to the facts to produce a note that is full and clear.’

‘Gideon Sanitt has an impressive ability to create a clear picture from a complex factual and technical position. He comes across as very knowledgeable, with a wealth of relevant experience of disputes with HMRC to draw on.’

‘Macfarlanes has one of the most professional and respected tax litigation teams in the market. They are involved in a substantial amount of high-end work in both corporate and private client markets.’

‘Gideon Sanitt has a depth of real experience in litigation. Sophie Rhind recently arrived from HMRC and has a very good sense of what a tribunal will make of the client’s case.’

‘Very responsive and hands-on, realistic and well-measured advice, highly experienced in all manner of litigation. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Stellar knowledge. Superb tacticians. A real class act. Safe pair of hands. Exactly who you want in your corner in a crisis. Cool under pressure.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

Odey Asset Management

HFFX LLP

CDC Administration

Work highlights

  • Advised Odey Asset Management and a number of its individual members on a dispute with HMRC regarding the tax impact of a historic incentivisation and retention mechanism for key partners.
  • Advised Royal Mail in the group litigation brought against it involving circa 300 claimants.
  • Advised HFFX LLP and a number of its individual members on a dispute with HMRC regarding its Capital Allocation Plan.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 2

Praised for its ‘wide range of relevant experience’, Macfarlanes LLP is engaged by a broad spectrum of clients, including international listed companies, private equity houses and family offices. The practice is well regarded for its experience related to the implementation and operation of share schemes and management incentive plans, and is handling an increasing amount of internationally mobile employment work. Robert Collard is praised for combining his ‘business experience with tax knowledge’ when assisting clients with management incentive issues. Rasmus Berglund‘s practice extends to advising banks and investment firms on compliance with UK and EU financial services remuneration regulation, and Mark Petch has an in-depth understanding of bespoke private company remuneration structures.

Practice head(s):

Robert Collard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ras Berglund is a consummate professional and very knowledgeable about UK employee share schemes.’

‘Macfarlanes has a calm, reassuring approach with the right balance of professionalism and approachability without being old school legal.’

‘Rob Collard is able to combine business experience with tax knowledge in advising on management incentives.’

‘The team provide client-centric, pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Friendly and supportive approach. Very responsive to queries with quick turnaround times without compromising on quality of response.’

Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 2

Advising across a range of a mainstream and alternative asset classes and on the full lifecycle of funds, with the use of AI, the ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Macfarlanes LLP regularly advises on investor call bridge facilities, NAV facilities, GP support facilities, equity bridge facilities and equity commitment finance structures. The team is jointly headed up by the ‘top-notch players’ Andrew Perkins, whose focus lies in fund and leverage finance from the lender perspective and Richard Fletcher, who also leads the structured finance and securitisation practice and excels in the structuring of debt finance into a range of investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Perkins; Richard Fletcher

Testimonials

‘Macfarlanes has only of the best fund finance team in UK. The practice has exceptional knowledge of the market, and their fund finance expertise is impressive.’

‘Richard Fletcher and Andrew Perkins are top-notch partners focusing on fund finance deals.’

‘They are highly knowledgeable and experienced. The team provide creative solutions to problems and very high quality work.’

‘Super responsive and helpful in the fund financing work. The team have good depth and knowledge in areas that were of importance to our funds. The partner knowledge is very strong and this is a well managed and good team that is performing well.’

Key clients

NatWest Markets PLC (as Agent for the Secured Parties)

Pearl Brook Holdings Limited (“PBHL”), owned by Al Zamil Group.

Montagu Private Equity LLP

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Praised for its ‘strong industry knowledge’Macfarlanes LLP advises hotel, leisure, media and retail corporate occupiers and owners. The team is well-regarded for its knowledge of mixed-use developments and is a key port of call for clients operating in the living, logistics and life sciences sectors. Commended as ‘a great choice for the head of real estate’Clare Breeze is well-informed in high-value commercial property and financing matters, while Anthony Burnett-Scott’s practice encompasses mixed-use schemes and urban regeneration. Dan Marriott and Nick Barnes are active in commercial leases for both landlords and tenants, while the former also handles the commercial real estate aspects of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Burnett-Scott; Dan Marriott; Nick Barnes; Tania Barnes; Tom Pedder; Cate Taylor

Testimonials

‘The team are driven to get deals over the line, have strong industry knowledge and bring in specialists from the rest of the firm as needed.’

‘One of the best law firms I have worked with. Their standout quality is that they are extremely flexible to client requirements and very commercial in their approach.’

‘Excellent quality of work overall and very good negotiators. They work extremely hard to get the best results for their clients.’

‘It is a genuine partner-led team that works in small groups, so you are always dealing with someone knowledgeable on a deal. They work quickly and efficiently and deal with legal minutiae behind the scenes, ensuring our time is focussed on the key commercial issues.’

‘They are personable with us and our counter-parties and make dealing with complex legal issues seem as straightforward as possible.’

‘Dan Marriott is a hands-on partner and has a strong supporting associate/senior associate team.’

‘Dan Marriott gives excellent advice, and I would be extremely happy to recommend to any client.’

‘Nick Barnes is very thorough and keeps on top of all the potential issues facing complex multi-faceted developments.’

Key clients

Stanhope plc

Stanhope plc & Cadillac Fairview

Legal & General

Ministry of Sound

Realstar Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Stanhope Plc on the joint venture between Stanhope, Cadillac Fairview and Thomas White Oxford to develop a life sciences hub, Oxford North.
  • Advised Legal & General Residential (BTR) on forward funding in Cardiff to deliver 715 Build to Rent (BTR) apartments at the former Brains Brewery site in Central Quay.
  • Advised Realstar Group on the purchase and forward funding of a build to rent scheme at Latitude Blue, Leeds which will include circa 488 build to rent apartments.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Praised for its ‘strong industry knowledge’Macfarlanes LLP advises hotel, leisure, media and retail corporate occupiers and owners. The team is well-regarded for its knowledge of mixed-use developments and is a key port of call for clients operating in the living, logistics and life sciences sectors. Commended as ‘a great choice for the head of real estate’Clare Breeze is well-informed in high-value commercial property and financing matters, while Anthony Burnett-Scott’s practice encompasses mixed-use schemes and urban regeneration. Dan Marriott and Nick Barnes are active in commercial leases for both landlords and tenants, while the former also handles the commercial real estate aspects of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Burnett-Scott; Dan Marriott; Nick Barnes; Tania Barnes; Tom Pedder; Cate Taylor

Testimonials

‘They have strong senior associates and associates coming up through the ranks.’

‘They are particularly strong in supporting UK REITS, understanding sale and leaseback transactions, as well as property and corporate acquisitions.’

‘They are very strong in terms of speed of delivery, detail/quality of work, commercial awareness/understanding.’

‘Clare Breeze is a great choice.’

Key clients

Hillwood Investment Properties

Legal & General

Berkeley Group

Stanhope and AIMCo

Binderholtz Group

Ekistics Property Advisors

Realstar Group

Supermarket Income REIT Plc

Derwent

NatWest Pension Trustee Limited

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Legal & General Assurance (Pensions Management) Limited in connection with the $1 billion sale of its office space to Google.
  • Advised Hillwood Investment Properties on the UK aspects of the $4.9 billion sale of a 28.4 million sq ft logistics portfolio by Hillwood to CBRE Investment Management.
  • Advised Supermarket Income REIT on the corporate acquisition of the JPUT which owns the Willow Brook Centre at Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

With a diverse client-base that includes financial institutions, manufacturing companies, and luxury businesses, the corporate crime and investigations team at Macfarlanes LLP has long-established strength in the traditional financial crime sphere. The practice has a growing advisory support offering, with significant depth in the AML and sanctions space, alongside expertise on anti-bribery compliance and regulatory issues. The head, Neill Blundell , is ‘charming but tough as nails’, with more than 20 years' experience dealing with fraud, bribery, and money laundering matters, while Dan Lavender regularly resolves major multi-jurisdictional investigations. Lorna Emson acts for banks and natural resources companies on complex commercial litigation issues, meanwhile Barry Donnelly focuses on prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ.

Practice head(s):

Neill Blundell

Other key lawyers:

Dan Lavender; Lorna Emson; Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Helen Harvey; Max Hobbs; Francis Bond; James Reid

Testimonials

‘With their broad commercial and private client base they are very well based to provide advice to corporates under investigation from an early stage. Adept at internal investigations as well as fighting of prosecutions. Well-resourced and reasonable on fees. A diverse staff for years.’

‘Neil Blundell, charming but tough as nails under the charm. An effective negotiator but a tough and seasoned defender. Helen Harvey, a real star in the making, no stone left unturned and a great lawyer.’

‘Macfarlanes are undoubtedly one of the leading sanctions teams in the country and are especially good at work in involving interacting with regulators. Very strong at an associate level & know their way around the relevant regulations.’

‘Neill Blundell – a very smooth operator, reassuring with clients and knows everyone who matters. Not a sanctions specialist himself but has a good team under him & can delegate effectively. Francis Bond comes from a policy background & has an in depth understanding of sanctions regulations. Commercially astute & with a good eye for what will wash with the regulators.’

‘Neill Blundell: a Tier One lawyer and Tier One human being.’

‘Lorna Emson: straddles the crossover between civil, criminal and regulatory investigations seamlessly.’

‘Francis Bond: one of the up and coming sanctions lawyers of the moment.’

‘Neil Blundell heads the team and has brought a combination of effortless charm and ruthless tactical execution to the MacFarlanes brand. Max Hobbs is a skilled practitioner. Neil’s background means he can effortlessly move between advising corporates and individuals and understands what motivates each stakeholder in an investigation or prosecution.’

Key clients

Revolution Beauty

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP stands out as a strong choice for a diverse range of clients, who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities in behavioural and transactional competition matters. The firm is adeptly guided by practice head Malcolm Walton who regularly represents clients on high-stakes investigations before the the CMA and European Commission into suspected price-fixing or cartel activity. Cameron Firth has particular expertise in the application of antitrust law in the retail and consumer sector and routinely represents clients before a range of regulatory authorities. Praised for his capabilities across the full scope of competition law matters, Tom Usher is noted for his experience in the gambling and broadcasting sectors; he is now a senior adviser at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Walton

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Firth; Tom Usher; Simon Day; Emma Radcliffe; Caja Griesenbach

Testimonials

‘Tom Usher is exceptional.’

Key clients

Associated British Foods

BBC

Daimler Truck/Mercedes-Benz

Genius Sports

NatWest

Performing Rights Society/BPI

Sepura

Société Générale

Teva

ZF Friedrichshafen

Britvic

Mahle Behr

Work highlights

  • Assisting CHC Helicopters with the CMA’s Phase II merger control investigation, dealing with complex hold separate issues and achieving a conditional clearance, successfully negotiating divestment and purchaser approval with completion imminent.
  • Advised Flynn Pharma in connection with its successful appeal before the Supreme Court, with the Court finding that successful appellants against CMA decisions are entitled to recover their costs.
  • Advising Genius Sports Group on a series of cases that are highly significant and capable of affecting the global markets for sports betting data rights and successfully negotiating a settlement under which the client maintained its exclusive rights.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Upper Mid-Market And Premium Deals, £750m+ Tier 3

Splitting its advisory services across four key areas including public and private M&A, private equity and corporate advisory and praised for its ‘superb technical skills’ and ‘highly responsive and personable’  lawyers, the corporate practice at Macfarlanes LLP is lauded for its expertise advising blue chip clients such as FTSE and Fortune multinationals on cross border transactions, often involving the US. The team also attracts wide acclaim for its unique advice at the intersection of corporate and private client matters for wealthy individuals and families. ‘Knowledgeable and experienced M&A lawyer’ and head of the M&A team, Howard Corney, guides corporates, financial investors and family offices through private and cross-border M&A, especially in the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors. Offering significant transactional experience and specialising in public M&A is Harry Coghill. Also offering a broad practice is Justin Hope, who is at the helm of various transactions including acquisitions, restructurings and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the real estate sector, private company M&A and private equity. Another lawyer noted in the market is Tom Rose, who frequently acts for public and private corporates headquartered across the UK, US and Europe, on large and high-value transatlantic matters such as carve-outs, M&A deals and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Howard Corney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has superb technical skills. Their lawyers have the ability to produce succinct summaries of complex documentation. The team is highly responsive and personable.’

‘Tom Rose in particular stands out. He has superb breadth and depth of knowledge and technical skill.’

‘A special mention is deserved by Howard Corney. He distinguished himself for being extremely accurate, always very available to find solutions through the ups and downs of the deal’s negotiation. Howard is a very knowledgeable and experienced M&A lawyer with strong negotiation skills.’

‘Very knowledgeable and coordinated approach to get all the relevant expertise to ensure one stop shop service.’

‘They give very practical and commercial, thoughtful and considered advice. The lawyers are always helpful and available.’

‘The Macfarlanes team brings a practical approach to their engagements, offering direct advice that is easily understandable to those less familiar with UK practices.’

‘The individuals that I’ve worked with at Macfarlanes are particularly dedicated to their practice. It’s not just a job, it’s something that they are deeply committed to, and they bring energy and focus to their work that is palpable. The tremendous client focus and strong teamwork is what sets them apart. Tom Rose should be called out individually as a stand-out among the younger partners. Harry Coghill is also an exceptional lawyer.’

Key clients

Abrdn

Berkeley Group

Genius Sports Group

Incisive Media

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

NortonLifeLock

Omnicom Media Group

Qatar Sports Investment

Stanhope

Virgin Group

Work highlights

  • Advising NortonLifeLock Inc., a NASDAQ-listed provider of consumer cyber security solutions, on its successful $9.2b cash and stock merger with FTSE 100 company Avast plc, a global cybersecurity provider.
  • Advised Terminix Global Holdings Inc. on its $6.7bn cash and stock combination with FTSE 100 company Rentokil Initial plc.
  • Assisted european private debt investment manager, Arcmont Asset Management, on its sale to Nuveen, the investment manager of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America Fund.

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP boasts an ‘excellent specialist VAT practice’ that has expertise handling the tax elements of real estate and M&A transactions, investment funds structures, and disputes and HMRC investigations. Solicitor, chartered accountant, and chartered tax advisor Chris Mortimer leads the team and is an ‘expert on all financial services VAT matters’, and he has helped the firm to grow its investment management and financial services-related work. VAT specialist Charishma Bhujohory is also a notable name.

Practice head(s):

Chris Mortimer

Other key lawyers:

Charishma Bhujohory; Jack Slater

Testimonials

‘Macfarlanes has an excellent specialist VAT practice which has deep experience across a range of different sectors.’

‘Chris Mortimer and Jack Slater are the two standout VAT practitioners at Macfarlanes. Chris has a great depth of expertise and he lives and breathes VAT. Jack is technically very sound and extremely responsive and concise in his advice.’

‘The tax team at Macfarlanes are very strong and are always partner led. The team works well as part of the wider legal offering.’

‘Macfarlanes are an important resource across all financial services VAT matters due to an effective mix of technical knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to new commercial issues.’

‘Chris Mortimer is properly recognised as an expert on all financial services VAT matters and is a key resource. Chris has excellent technical knowledge and an unparalleled ability to apply this knowledge creatively to new commercial issues.’

‘Extremely competent VAT specialists and always available to help when you have an urgent request. Very thorough in the analysis to ensure the advice is correct and relevant.’

‘The Macfarlanes LLP VAT practice has always provided excellent advice, guidance, and rounded responses to tricky VAT issues. They respond quickly and deal with all matters with an urgency that allows clients to have complete faith in their ability to deal with the problems that they are posed.’

‘Chris Mortimer and Charishma Bhujohory have proved to be excellent VAT problem solvers who deal with clients in a down to earth manner, even when faced with some very complex VAT matters. They are both extremely knowledgeable, unfailingly polite, and always helpful.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

The ’insightful, experienced, and effective’ Macfarlanes LLP corporate crime and investigations practice is highly recommended for defending clients in complex multijurisdictional criminal investigations brought by the SFO and DOJ. Counting entrepreneurs, politically exposed and HNW individuals in its client-base, the team has a growing presence in the financial sanctions space, along with long-established expertise in alleged tax fraud. Neill Blundell heads the group, using a ‘friendly, open approach’ to advise individuals on aspects of financial crime ranging from bribery and corruption to money laundering, while Lorna Emson has experience handling high-profile civil and criminal proceedings. Helen Harvey regularly designs and implements compliance programmes and  Max Hobbs focuses on general crime issues. Associates Francis Bond and James Reid are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Neill Blundell

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Emson; Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Helen Harvey; Max Hobbs; Francis Bond; James Reid

Testimonials

‘Very helpful friendly and knowledgeable team and a very personal service.’

‘In this area judgement is key. Technical expertise is essential but when to be firm and when to hold fire is critical. The team integrates well, which makes them easy to work with.’

‘Neill Blundell has a friendly, open approach which is helpful since often individuals in this area are going through a once in a lifetime nightmare experience. His advice is clear, considered and inspires confidence. Lorna Emson  is technically high-grade and her written style is persuasive and impressive. Helen Harvey is developing into an outstanding adviser in this field. Her grasp of the detail and ability to cut to the important stuff is extraordinary.’

‘A tight knit and experienced team with enormous passion for their job, and a diverse young support staff. Adept at dealing with investigators and experienced in multi-jurisdictional investigations with prosecutors and regulators across the EU and globally.’

‘Neil Blundell still retains a boyish enthusiasm for his cases even though he is approaching the status of an elder statesman. Great judgement. Helen Harvey is shrewd and clever; an up-and-coming star.’

‘The team is insightful, experienced, and effective. The partners are all over the detail and are highly diligent and responsive.’

‘Helen Harvey is a superstar – calm in a crisis, and highly diligent in her approach. Neill Blundell is an excellent practice head with deep experience.’

Key clients

Anthony Stimler (former Glencore trader)

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

The financial services and markets dispute resolution team at Macfarlanes LLP advises on complex regulatory disputes, enforcement actions, and investigations, acting in cross-border litigation. Barry Donnelly is one of the heads of the team, with vast experience in banking litigation, and involvement in Libor matters. Also at leadership level, is the ‘extremely reliable and commercialMatt McCahearty and Dan Lavender who is talented in multi-jurisdictional litigation. Other key figures include Laura Bridgewater, and the ‘precise and scrupulous’ Lauren Roberts.

Practice head(s):

Barry Donnelly; Matt McCahearty; Dan Lavender

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Roberts; Laura Bridgewater

Testimonials

‘The team is sharp, hands on, fast and with commercial sensitivity which is rare to find.’

‘Matt McCahearty is extremely reliable and commercial. Clients appreciate his ability to spot their needs and provide clear and simple answer also in context of sophisticated strategies.’

‘Lauren Roberts is precise and scrupulous.’

Key clients

The State of Qatar

The British Bankers’ Association

JB Firth Rixson Inc, and FR Acquisitions

Financial Market Standards Board (FMSB)

NatWest

Work highlights

  • Representing 160 banks as members of The British Bankers’ Association in parallel US/UK proceedings relating to an alleged conspiracy to manipulate the US Dollar LIBOR interest rate benchmark.
  • Represented companies in the Firth Rixson group in a $100m + claim relating to two interest rate swaps with Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (the Lehman entity in UK administration).
  • Acting for NatWest in its defence of three separate claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal relating to loss alleged to have arisen from anti-competitive manipulation of foreign exchange markets.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

The ‘first rate commercial team’ at Macfarlanes LLP continues to grow, acting on high-value, cross-border disputes, often with precedent-setting elements. The litigation practice is able to rely on the strong competition litigation, financial services, and tax departments at the firm, as well as the much-lauded private client practice. Matt McCahearty is ‘totally on top of his cases’ and is responsible for leading the team, within which the ‘particular feature is the level of partner involvement’. Iain Mackie is integral to the team, specialising in large-scale corporate and financial services litigation, as is ‘ferociously brightLois Horne. At associate level, Fred Snowball is ‘tenacious in fighting his clients’ corner’.

Practice head(s):

Matt McCahearty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ian Mackie is always a calm, measured, head and on top of his brief.’

‘First rate commercial team, capable of handling the full range of disputes. A particular feature is the level of partner involvement; you get a deep knowledge of the case and issues, leadership and strategic and tactical decision making, whereas at some other firms the case is effectively run by associates with the partner merely a figurehead.’

‘Lois Horne is a star. She is the complete package: ferociously bright, commercial, hands-on and tactically astute, looking two moves ahead. She has a superb feel for the points that will and won’t fly with a tribunal, and the route through to the best commercial outcome for her clients.’

‘Lorna Emson is another excellent partner. She is a real fighter, who you want on your side.’

‘Matt McCahearty is a brilliant department leader: very bright, totally on top of his cases and with a very sound instinct for what will best promote his clients’ interests. Fred Snowball is an exceptional associate.Very clever, knows his cases inside out, and is tenacious in fighting his clients’ corner. Lois Horne is a stellar partner who is incredibly diligent and on top of all the detail.’

‘Chris Charlton is a truly great young Partner. He can deal with the most demanding clients and the most challenging cases, and he does so with the calm authority of a man with a much greyer beard. A future superstar in the litigation world who I expect to be among the heavyweights for years to come.’

‘Matt McCahearty, Chris Charlton and Fred Snowball have been exceptional, offering pragmatic, real-world workable advice in an extremely challenging time for our business.’

‘Macfarlanes is an outstanding practice, with consistency across the partnership, and immaculate associates supporting. The standout quality is the measured legal and commercial judgment and discipline which the litigators bring to bear in all types of dispute.’

Key clients

The State of Qatar

SAS Institute Inc.

NatWest

Genius Sports Group

Raven Ventures International Limited

Red Bull Racing

Business Growth Fund

Grange Hotels / Integrity International Group Limited

Primekings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Genius Sports (a global sports data and technology firm) in its high-profile dispute against Sportradar concerning exclusive rights to collect and use live match data from matches played in the Premier League, the English Football League and the Scottish Professional Football League.
  • Acting for SAS, the world’s largest privately-owned software company, in the English aspects of its $80m software copyright infringement litigation against World Programming Limited.
  • Acted on a conspiracy and fraudulent misrepresentation claim relating to Business Growth Fund’s investment in Invenio Business Solutions, a UK-headquartered software services company.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

The pensions advisory practice at Macfarlanes LLP is experienced in assisting trustees, lenders, and employers on issues such as DC master trusts, the management of occupational pension schemes, and the pension-related aspects of corporate transactions. Camilla Barry co-leads the practice and brings her expertise in the powers of the pensions regulator, while fellow co-head Andrew Barton is the key contact for de-risking matters. Other names to note within the team include senior counsel Madison Isted and senior associate Stacey Yon. Faye Jarvis joined the practice from Hogan Lovells International LLP in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Camilla Barry; Andrew Barton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Macfarlanes team are testament to the view that a large team is not necessary if you have the right individuals. From a pension de-risking perspective they provide a full service and are willing and able to tackle any problem we throw at them.’

‘Their depth of industry knowledge and keen sense of the commercial as well as legal elements of any transaction sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘Andrew and Madison are real experts in their field. They are able to anticipate areas where we might have concerns in advance of our raising them, which makes the drafting process much more streamlined, as they ask the right questions before we have even thought of them.’

‘Their attention-to-detail is second-to-none and we always value their ability to simplify drafting to tackle any problem. Working with them is a pleasure every time.’

‘Macfarlanes are a smaller practice than others but one with a huge level of industry knowledge in the UK pension de-risking market. They deliver a personalised and very human service based on their wealth of experience.’

‘Andrew and Madison present a great team from a client perspective. Andrew has a huge level of knowledge of the industry and any problems encountered he has often seen – and indeed solved – before.’

‘Madison has an incredible eye for detail and picks up on errors or dangers in proposed wording that has often eluded others during review. A real standout is how well they both work as a team- better than any others I’ve worked with.’

‘They understand each other’s strengths and contribute accordingly to deliver a perfect level of client service.’

Key clients

Legal and General Assurance Society Limited

Barloworld UK Limited

The Pension SuperFund

BMS Group

Spirit Aerosystems Inc.

Apollo Management International LLP

GBT Travel Services UK Limited

Pernod Ricard S.A.

Darty Limited

The Trustees of the United Airlines Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised Legal & General on a £370m defined benefit pension risk transfer (buy-in) transaction with the trustees of London Heathrow’s BAA Pension Scheme.
  • Adivsed Barloworld UK Limited and Barloworld Pension Trust Limited in relation to buy-in of the Barloworld UK Pension Scheme with Just Group.
  • Advised PSF Capital Reserve and related parties on their revised submission for assessment of The Pension SuperFund further to feedback from the Pensions Regulator as a superfund under its defined benefit consolidator guidance.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 3

Fund instructions form much of Macfarlanes LLP‘s acquisition finance work, whether it be work for credit funds lending to sponsors, or private equity funds as borrowers in M&A. In this context, the firm also benefits from a one-stop-shop service, having in some cases set up the original fund through its strong fund formation practice. Drawing on ‘superb legal knowledge and experience’, Malcolm Hitching has ‘the ability to think creatively and commercially’, ensuring that mid-market sponsors receive an excellent service on their leveraged finance mandates. Kirstie Hutchinson is also highly accomplished on behalf of fund clients as borrowers, while team head Andrew Perkins takes the lead in most of the firm’s most significant credit fund lender work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Perkins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their in-depth knowledge of the law on financial services is exceptional. They are client-oriented and pragmatic.’

‘Very strong people – the team is good at cross collaboration and bringing in the expertise you need from different parts of the firm as and when needed.’

‘Malcolm Hitching is a legal legend and a leader by example. He has an eye for detail, superb legal knowledge and experience.’

‘Malcolm Hitching is extremely responsive and an excellent adviser; helping you work out how to best shape and frame a deal from the start. He has the ability to think creatively and commercially.’

Key clients

PJT Partners LP

PSG Equity LLP

Angel Finco Limited

Preservation Capital Partners

Arcus European Investment Manager LLP

Gates Bidco Limited

Exponent

Isio Group Limited

August Equity

Alpha Bidco Limited

Work highlights

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP provides 'strong technical expertise, commercially pragmatic advice, and great value for money'. The firm has one of the most prominent buy-side practices in the London market, and its work spans prime brokerage, derivatives, repos, clearing, and debt trading. Will Sykes (who has 'a deep and unparalleled understanding of prime brokerage and financing documentation') and Chris Acton (who is 'able to cut through the technical rules to give pragmatic and commercial advice') lead the practice. Acton and senior counsel Rob Daniell assisted Spanish defence and technology company SAPA Placencia Holding with an equity collar confirmation entered into with ING Group in order to partially finance the acquisition of shares of Spanish IT and defence systems company Indra Sistemas .Richard Fletcher, who advises numerous financial institutions, corporates, fund managers, investors, servicers and trustees, and hedge fund adviser Christine Long also play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Will Sykes; Chris Acton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong technical expertise and provide commercially pragmatic advice. Great value for money.’

‘We have worked with Macfarlanes on a number of different projects over the years and they are consistently excellent.’

‘A deep bench of talented associates led by a very hands-on and experienced partner in Will Sykes.’

‘Will Sykes has a deep and unparalleled understanding of prime brokerage and financing documentation, developed and refined over a number of years of close work with key clients. He is able to leverage this experience to provide clients with up to date insights on trends and “market standard” practices’

‘Macfarlanes has a very experienced team on all legal fields of expertise relevant for an institutional investor. The team’s approach is consistently a good balance of knowledge with practicality in getting to a close.’

‘The team is unique in having so much experience in working with hedge funds and trading firms on their derivative work.’

‘Chris Acton is exceptional. He is able to cut through the technical rules to give pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Alex Coyne is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and we place total confidence in his abilities. He employs a robust commercial approach to all matters on which he’s engaged and that suits us very well.’

Key clients

BT Pension Scheme Trustees Limited

Man Group plc

Goldman Sachs

Tesco Pension Investments

Hayfin

Work highlights

  • Advising SAPA Placencia Holding, S.L. on an equity collar confirmation entered into with ING Group in order to partially finance the acquisition of 5,200,000 shares of Spanish information technology and defence systems company Indra Sistemas, S.A.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP stands out for its strength in advising on high value fundraisings in relation to credit and special situation funds. Growth and impact funds are also areas of expertise for the team, with the firm’s cross-practice ESG group being a key feature of its offering. Practice head Stephen Ross, who joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP in January 2023, specialises in advising on structuring private equity, venture capital and infrastructure funds. Robinson is supported by the ‘highly professional, responsive and thoughtful’ Harriet Miller, as well as Sam Brooks, a specialist in credit funds. Christopher Good and Alexander Amos are also key names within the team. The firm further strengthened its bench with the addition of Peter Chapman as a partner in September 2023, also from Sidley.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ross

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good reliable and knowledgeable people.’

‘Thoughtful and don’t panic easily. There is always a solution and the team have helped me find it.’

‘MacFarlanes team occupies a superb niche position. They have proved to retained and developed a lot of clients even without their own US offering. They are a class act, both associates and partners.’

‘We use Macfarlanes as our legal advisor across multiple funds – the approach and values of the team that we work with match our own and we find working with the team to be straightforward, with prompt advice.’

‘Harriet Miller is our go to partner for all fund related matters and she generally operates as our gateway into other work streams as we find her to be highly professional, responsive and thoughtful as well as approachable.’

‘We have worked with Harriet Miller and Stephen Robinson for a number of years on a number of fundraisings and ancillary matters. Their work is consistently of an extremely high quality and delivered efficiently. The advice we receive is thorough and commercially focused.’

Key clients

Synova

Hayfin

abrdn

17Capital

CBPE

Muzinich & Co

Cross Ocean

Alcentra

ECI

Northern Gritstone

Work highlights

  • Advising Synova on its firth round which closed at its hard cap of £875m.
  • Advising Asper investment management Limited on its launch of a new sustainable UK infrastructure fund.
  • Advising abrdn on its latest real estate debt fund, CRED II, which held a closing of £205m.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

Following the retirement of former practice head Alex Amos in early 2023, the real estate funds practice at Macfarlanes LLP, which sits as part of the firm’s wider investment management group offering, is now led by Harriet Miller. The team continues to act for investment management firms, investors and service providers on the formation, marketing and operation of all types of private funds. Miller has strong international experience, having previously practised in New York. She handles structuring and fundraising matters and is part of the firm’s private funds ESG group. Key practitioner Andrew Hughes is recommended for real estate transactions, including investments and the disposal of assets. Stephen Ross joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Miller; Stephen Ross

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hughes; Robert Porter

Testimonials

‘A very commercial team that has strong, in-depth knowledge of the UK and European markets.’

‘Harriet Miller is excellent at advising clients in a commercial and flexible manner.’

‘Stephen Robinson’s experience in the Venture Capital industry is second to none.’

‘We appreciate their friendly, client-centric approach to all matters.’

Key clients

Brydell Partners

Ergo Real Estate

Venn Partners

Cale Street

NatWest Group Pension Fund

Signal Capital

Octopus Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised on the establishment of Venn European Commercial Real Estate Debt Fund II which reached its target by raising commitments in excess of €400m.
  • Advised Brydell on its Series 3 fundraise.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Praised for its ‘strong industry knowledge’Macfarlanes LLP advises hotel, leisure, media and retail corporate occupiers and owners. The team is well-regarded for its knowledge of mixed-use developments and is a key port of call for clients operating in the living, logistics and life sciences sectors. Commended as ‘a great choice for the head of real estate’Clare Breeze is well-informed in high-value commercial property and financing matters, while Anthony Burnett-Scott’s practice encompasses mixed-use schemes and urban regeneration. Dan Marriott and Nick Barnes are active in commercial leases for both landlords and tenants, while the former also handles the commercial real estate aspects of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Burnett-Scott; Dan Marriott; Nick Barnes; Tania Barnes; Tom Pedder; Cate Taylor

Testimonials

‘The team is thorough, responsive and able to deal with items in a commercial manner.’

‘Excellent client service at all levels. Partner engagement and supervision of teams. Outstanding commitment.’

Key clients

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

Stanhope & Cadillac

Brookfield

Ekistics Property Advisors

Legal & General Capital Investments Limited

Stanhope Plc

Derwent London Featherstone Limited

Marshall Wace Asset Management Limited

Parkdean Resorts

Maybourne Hotel Group

The Economist

Work highlights

  • Advising Hayfin on the new Elizabeth line station in Mayfair.
  • Advising Legal & General Capital Investments Limited on their pre-let of the the Faber Building to RSA Insurance Limited.
  • Advising Ekistics Property Advisors on their acquisition of 19-20 St James’s Street and their subsequent refinancing.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP offers expertise in technically complex design and construction disputes, frequently advising and acting on substantial disputes regarding defects, delay and extensions, and final account claims. The firm represents a range of clients, including developers, institutions, investors, occupiers, and lenders. Team head Doug Wass specialises in dealing with complex disputes in the context of PFI projects and commercial developments, including office, residential, hotel, and power plant projects. Mark Lawrence offers advice on complex PFI projects and specialises in infrastructure, fire safety and cladding disputes. Andy Mather, with his expertise in arbitration, litigation and adjudication, represents a wide spectrum of clients, from state governments and financial institutions to large developers and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Doug Wass

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lawrence; Andy Mather; Philip Parrot; Philip Kershaw

Testimonials

‘Blue chip, high-quality service for disputes which are business critical.’

‘Doug Wass and Mark Lawrence in particular are standouts. They are balanced, pragmatic, calm and supportive as well as incredibly knowledgeable about the industry.’

‘Very approachable and down to earth.’

‘Very hands-on with their clients. Mark Lawrence and Doug Wass are exceptional with technical and complex matters. They understand the issues very quickly and are able to advise their clients of the correct, appropriate legal strategy early on.’

‘Partners Mark Lawrence, Doug Wass and Andy Mather are exceptional talents within construction and engineering disputes. The team has a good source of senior associates and associates such as Philip Parrot and Philip Kershaw. They are very astute with managing clients’ budgets and good in high-pressure situations such as the hearing.’

‘Their knowledge about construction contracts and litigation is second to none.’

‘The team has particular expertise in and a very strong reputation with developer clients and in the PFI and infrastructure sectors. They are known for acting in technically and legally complex construction disputes. The team has a real depth of talent.’

‘Mark Lawrence, Andy Mather, and Philip Kershaw all stand out as strategic thinkers who deliver practical, effective advice and have a real understanding of this area of law and its intricacies.’

Key clients

Atlantic Projects Company

Auriens

Brookfield

Canary Wharf

European Land

Grove Developments Limited

Global Switch

Lancashire Schools SPC Phase 1 Ltd

Legal & General

New Atlas Wharf Management Limited

OCS

Parkdean Resorts

Pipetech Services and Maintenance Limited

Portsmouth Naval Base

Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton

Realstar

St James’s Oncology SPC Ltd

Stanhope

Tameside Hospital

The Business Growth Fund

The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Weston Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for St James’s Oncology SPC Ltd, the Project Co, in multi-party High Court proceedings in relation to defects in the design and construction of oncology facilities at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.
  • Acting for Global Switch in a series of complex adjudications and High Court proceedings against a contractor in relation to the design, construction and fit out of a data centre in London.
  • Acting for Lancashire Schools SPC Phase 1 Ltd, the Project Co, in High Court proceedings in relation to various claims arising out of design and construction work carried out in the provision of additional accommodation at a number of schools under the Building Schools for the Future PFI project.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP, primarily a developer and investor-based practice, showcases its versatility through involvement in various sectors, ranging from build-to-rent and office developments to hotels, leisure, infrastructure, and residential projects. Leading the non-contentious group is Angus Dawson, who possesses specialised knowledge of the Building Safety Act’s impact on high-rise residential and mixed-use schemes. Senior associate Radhika Shah and associate Louisa Hudson provide advice to a wide range of stakeholders on all aspects of construction procurement, including contract drafting and negotiation, securing collateral warranties, third-party rights, guarantees, and bonds.

Practice head(s):

Angus Dawson

Other key lawyers:

Radhika Shah; Rebecca Whatman; Louisa Hudson

Testimonials

‘Angus Dawson and Louisa Hudson are stand-out performers and provide excellent service.’

‘Radhika Shah is very details driven.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Brookfield

Canary Wharf

CIT

Legal & General

Realstar

Stanhope

The Ritz Hotel

Work highlights

  • Advising L&G’s flagship build to rent fund on the acquisition and development of various sites, including Wandsworth, Walthamstow, Bristol, Brighton and others.
  • Advising Stanhope on 8 Bishopsgate, a new 50-storey skyscraper, and the refurbishment of Warwick Court.
  • Acting on various major infrastructure and green energy developments for Associated British Ports, such as advising on the development of a renewable hydrogen plant by Air Products at the Port of Immingham.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

One client notes that Macfarlanes LLP has ‘invested in building up a strong property finance practice with enough resources in terms of lawyers, and, above all, sophistication and excellent technical ability, to handle top-notch mandates’. Well-balanced between lender and borrower representation, Colin Morgan‘s team of specialists acts in intercreditor negotiations involving multi-layered capital structures, whole loan financing, build-to-rent financing, hotel and student accommodation and advising high-net-worth individuals on buying or refinancing residential properties. Laura Bretherton has ‘significant experience across a range of real estate financing matters’. Restructuring partner Jat Bains is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Colin Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Laura Bretherton is very capable and has significant experience across a range of real estate financing matters. She clearly has excellent technical knowledge and can apply this in a practical manner to deliver pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘The team is well-balanced. Macfarlanes demonstrates that the firm has invested in building up a strong property finance practice that has enough resources in terms of lawyers, and, above all, sophistication and excellent technical ability, to handle top-notch mandates. They argue their positions beyond mere “market standard” arguments, always supporting their position in strong legal arguments based in recent case law, precedents, and their knowledge of the market. ’

‘Colin Morgan has led advice in most of the matters that I have entrusted to Macfarlanes. I would highlight the practicality of his advice, which is always supported by strong legal arguments. His thoughtful contributions are brilliant and reveal his tenacity and depth of inquiry.’

‘Jat Bains is solutions driven, authoritative and a great mentor to his team.’

‘The Macfarlanes real estate finance team is a market-leading, well-organised, engaged and pleasant team to work with. They work efficiently and diligently and make themselves available to assist even on challenging timelines. Their advice is commercial, taking all aspects of the legal and factual matrix into account.’

‘Colin Morgan is a very experienced, level-headed adviser who knows the market very well. He manages his team excellently to ensure a high level of client care and goes above and beyond to guide his clients through even the most challenging of transactions.

‘Laura Bretherton was central to assisting us through a very challenging transaction last year. Throughout, she demonstrated strong technical legal skills coupled with sensible commercial views to assist us in finding an acceptable solution to each issue which arose.’

Key clients

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Brookfield Asset Management

Hayfin Capital Management LLP (“Hayfin”)

Ashford Investor Limited Partnership

ARA Venn

VeCREF II S.à r.l.

Legal & General UK Build To Rent Fund LP

Realstar

Work highlights

  • Assisted Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited with loan facilities of c.£240 million made available to finance the acquisition of a portfolio of student accommodation and buy to rent properties in London, Coventry and Manchester (worth £388 million and comprising c.2,000 beds).
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on a senior and mezzanine financing provided by a club of senior lenders and a mezzanine debt fund, to refinance the acquisition of 20 Churchill Place in Canary Wharf.
  • Advised Hayfin Capital Management LLP on their refinancing of Red Oak Taverns’ extensive pub portfolio in the UK. The refinancing forms part of Hayfin’s direct lending strategy and will support Red Oak Taverns’ ambitious acquisition programme over the next five years.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

The versatile team at Macfarlanes LLP advises clients on all their residential property needs. This work encompasses advising on the sale, purchase, letting and refurbishment of prime central London homes. The group is also skilled at advising on the sale, purchase, construction, enlargement and restoration of prestigious country estates. It has particular expertise in buying off-plan property, and it frequently assists clients with buying overseas properties. Head of department, Clare Breeze, has extensive experience of working with private clients and family offices investing in the UK and international property markets. Helen Sculthorpe is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

Helen Simmons; Helen Sculthorpe; Penny Cox

Testimonials

‘Responsive communications. Solution givers and creative anticipation of questions and their answers’.

‘I have found them to be a proactive, upbeat team with very good communication that offer an all round service with putting their clients at the forefront’.

‘I’ve worked with Helen Simmons on a number of transactions, and she has always been efficient, commercial, approachable and a pleasure to work with’.

‘The team draws on a strong cross-section of internal expertise within residential property and delivers on demanding client requirements, well outside the norm and therefore requiring a premium bespoke service’.

‘Helen Sculthorpe has been very helpful. She demonstrated patience and a focus on detail when faced with highly demanding and evolving client instructions over a prolonged period’.

‘Great team’.

‘Penny Cox has been highly effective. Given the nature of the transactions we deal with in the Ultra High Net Worth category, clients expect a prompt and efficient service, and I can rely on Macfarlanes to offer this service, always on hand to speak to a client immediately’.

‘Use plain, easy to understand English, grasp and simplify issues quickly, fast turnaround, no fuss and easy to work with’.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Housing a ‘responsive team with excellent partners and associates’, Macfarlanes LLP is noted for its expertise in the asset management arena, with demonstrable capability in handling matters concerning wealth management and platform and discretionary management, in addition to ESG affairs. Praised as ‘knowledgeable and approachable’, Alexandra Green jointly leads the practice alongside Michael Sholem, who joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Green; Michael Sholem

Other key lawyers:

Tim Plews; Tiffany Cox

Testimonials

‘Alexandra Green provides clear and informed advice.’

‘A very responsive team with excellent partners and associates.’

‘Alexandra Green is knowledgeable, approachable, and gives timely, practical advice. I would not go to anyone else.’

‘Great people and commercial advice provided.’

‘Macfarlanes are able to offer expertise across a range of areas, often diverse in nature, and as such can support on complex, often unique, scenarios. They are very client-focused, and take time to understand the business in detail in order to offer tailored, commercial solutions to the matter in hand.’

‘Michael Sholem provides excellent advice.’

‘Tiffany Cox is an outstanding regulatory lawyer providing practical advice and is very prompt in responses. She is forging ahead in the ESG practice at Macfarlanes.’

‘Alexandra Green gives very practical, proportionate advice. Understands the client very well.’

Key clients

Jupiter Asset Management

Legal & General

Hayfin Capital Management

Arcmont Asset Management

JO Hambro

Valderrama Limited

Muzinich

BMS Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Arcmont Asset management on its sale to Nurveen.
  • Advising BMS Group on its sale to its existing shareholders and its agreements with Eurazeo for an additional investment.
  • Advising Valderrama Limited on the proposal to acquire the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of Dignity Plc.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 4

The cross-departmental group at Macfarlanes LLP offers a range of services to professional services firms and private client individuals including advice on M&A, tax and structuring of partnerships, financial regulation and dispute resolution support. Heading up the team is Jessica Adam, a member of the APP, who acts for private equity houses, asset managers, professional services firms and LLPs in relation to mergers. Also of note is Hayley Robinson who handles employment law work for LLPs, particularly in the financial services sector, regarding workplace issues, recruitment, exits, restrictive covenants and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Adam

Other key lawyers:

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP is known for its expertise in the financial services sector, and the employment practice frequently works alongside the firm’s regulatory and litigation teams in relation to disciplinary, whistleblowing and other regulatory investigations. Other sectors covered by the employment group include hospitality and media. The team is led by Hayley Robinson, who is recommended for advice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, as well as restrictive covenants and other post-termination disputes. Seán Lavin is also key.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Seán Lavin; Kirti Tiwari-Mehta; Tabitha Al-Mahdawie; Jagwinder Kaur

Testimonials

‘Very much a safe pair of hands for employment litigation. The partners and associates I have worked with all have demonstrated excellent knowledge and judgment. Their cases are always extremely well-prepared.’

‘I have recently worked closely with Hayley Robinson and also Associates Tabitha Al-Mahdawie and Jagwinder Kaur. They keep me closely involved with tactical and strategic decisions on our cases which is crucial with complex cases.’

‘Macfarlanes’ employment practice excels in financial services, funds and private equity work. Their collaboration with the firm’s excellent tax and financial services teams means there is nothing they don’t know about these areas.’

‘Hayley Robinson is an intellectual heavyweight, but nonetheless manages to operate and deal with clients and opponents, with a very light touch. She’s a real pleasure to deal with and you can absolutely rely on her to give the best commercial, practical and appropriate advice.’

Work highlights

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Although Macfarlanes LLP remains best-known for its mid-market leveraged finance private credit expertise, it also handles a fairly sizeable volume of borrower side corporate lending mandates. Key to the firm's success on this front is 'tour de force' Kirstie Hutchinson, who regularly services the finance needs of large investment grade corporates, particularly when there is a high degree of contractual complexity involved. Andrew Perkins heads up the overarching banking and finance team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Perkins

Other key lawyers:

Kirstie Hutchinson; Malcolm Hitching; Adam Caines

Testimonials

Kirstie Hutchinson remains a tour de force in this sector.’

Key clients

Binder Beteiligungs AG

Hyve Group Plc

Pollen, Inc

RedCat Debt Company Limited

Liberation Group Limited

Isio Group Limited

Silverfleet/Riviera Travel

August Equity

Work highlights

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

The 'very personable' team at Macfarlanes LLP provides advice to a myriad stakeholders including corporates, investors and IPs which is 'tailored to real circumstances and backed by technical detail'. Consequently, the team, which is led by Jat Bains ('a fountain of knowledge across a range of restructuring matters') regularly secures favourable results in domestic and cross-border matters, whether it be in relation to formal insolvency mandates, restructurings or fund-related transactional work. Himself a qualified IP,  Paul Keddie has 'very impressive technical knowledge', which he is able to draw upon to 'suggest practical solutions to complex legal problems' across a range of corporate restructuring and recovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Jat Bains

Other key lawyers:

Paul Keddie; Amy Walker; Tim Bromley-White

Testimonials

‘Very personable, able to provide advice tailored to real circumstances and backed by the technical detail.’

Jat Bains has a wealth of experience and is a fountain of knowledge across a range of restructuring matters.’

Paul Keddie has very impressive technical knowledge and is able to use that to suggest practical solutions to complex legal problems.’

Amy Walker is one to watch.’

 

Key clients

Benji Dymant and Rob Harding of Teneo Financial Advisory Limited

Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée SA and its subsidiaries

Creative Artists Agency, LLC (CAA),

Sparta Capital Management Limited

Trevor Binyon and Steve Parker of Opus Restructuring LLP as administrators of Unicom Insurance Services Limited, Tradewise Group of Companies Limited and liquidators of Tradewise Insurance Services Limited

Rob Croxen and Jonathan Marston of Alvarez & Marsal as administration of Aurora Limited, Aurora Distribution Limited and Aurorira Projects (UK) Limited

Work highlights

Finance > Securitisation Tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP has 'a very efficient team that can work to challenging timetables and always keeps clients updated on progress'. The firm handles a broad range of work, encompassing residential and commercial mortgage, consumer loans, trade receivables and whole business deals. The firm acts for banks, alternative lenders and, increasingly, credit funds. On fund finance matters, Richard Fletcher 'is always available to offer sound practical advice and seems to be well respected by counterparts'. He advised Venn Partners LLP on a £100m tap issuance of bonds. Head of the finance group Andrew Perkins is a key adviser to banks, alternative lenders and credit funds. Among the senior associates, Kelly Wilson and Scottish-qualified Ryan Moore play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Macfarlanes are very strong. We lean on them heavily to advise us on market conditions / terms and to shape our agreements. We trust the team explicitly to raise any large issues quickly and efficiently and leave them to sort out the smaller points, which is extremely valuable for us as we have no in-house dedicated fund finance team. We believe the team has excellent market knowledge and has worked with all the counterparties previously so can advise us if something looks off market or a counterparty has accepted a different approach on points.’

‘We have excellent access to the partner Richard Fletcher and we trust him to advise on all our fund finance matters. He is always available to offer sound practical advice and seems to be well respected by counterparts.’

‘Richard Fletcher, unflappable and extremely experienced. Kelly Wilson, very able and always on top of the detail.’

‘The team marries extensive legal knowledge with a thorough understanding of the operational considerations that inform this very technical area. It is both refreshing and very reassuring to be advised by a partner who is as at ease speaking to our Ops team as he is speaking to our Legal and Investment teams.’

‘The team has broad securitisation experience, including synthetics, which few firms specialise in. Richard Fletcher, the partner is not only available, but very involved in the structuring and documentation.’

‘Well balanced and integrated team.’

‘The individuals are attentive, available and very experienced.’

‘Very efficient team. Can work to challenging timetables and always keep us updated on progress.’

Key clients

Venn Partners LLP (trading as ARA Venn)

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

The cross-disciplinary hotels team at Macfarlanes LLP offers ‘a real depth of expertise’ in acquisitions and developments, management and franchise agreements, financing, and tax issues relevant to hotel businesses. The practice services a diverse client roster which features large hotel owners and operators, investors and lenders. Key lawyers include Howard Corney, who heads the firms M&A group and specialises in the sports, leisure and hospitality industries; commercial expert Will Hedges; hotels and real estate specialist Simon Perry; and expert in real estate finance, Colin Morgan.

Practice head(s):

Howard Corney; Colin Morgan; Simon Perry; Will Hedges; Justin Hope

Other key lawyers:

Mark Cusack; Kathryn Jarvis

Testimonials

‘I was impressed by the ability of Macfarlanes to dedicate a senior lawyer to follow the entire deal.’

‘A specific mention for Howard Corney, who assisted us throughout the deal. Howard is an extremely experienced M&A lawyer, with very strong negotiation skills. He managed to efficiently solve issues arising during the different deal phases.’

‘The Macfarlanes team is well co-ordinated and can advise across multiple areas including M&A, asset management, loans and securitisation. They respond very promptly and can keep to a tight and fast-moving timetable. They have a real depth of expertise and are agile and responsive.’

‘Mark Cusack and Kathryn Jarvis are both highly intelligent and valuable members of the team. Mark is super responsive, very accessible and easy to work with and turns work round very quickly. Kathryn is also a joy to work with. She grasps complex issues very quickly and is able to produce high-quality work within a very tight timetable.’

Key clients

Waldorf Astoria, Doha

Cedar Capital Partners

Ritz Hotel (London)

Alchemy

Integrity International Group Limited

Claridge’s Hotel Limited

EQ Hotels Limited

The Berkeley Hotel Limited

The Connaught Hotel Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the owner of the Waldorf Astoria on all aspects of its financing, construction and management arrangements.
  • Advised Claridge’s on its partnership with beauty treatment provider Facegym, and on its entry into a concession agreement under which Facegym provides products and treatments at Claridge’s, to both hotel residents and the general public.
  • Advised The Berkeley on its partnership with pastry chef Cédric Grolet.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 5

Well-regarded for its 'excellent strength in depth and great quality advice', Macfarlanes LLP is a strong choice for both sponsors and management teams seeking assistance on all manner of transactions. The team is headed up by Alex Edmondson, who is praised as 'a real stand out who is technically very proficient and commercially minded' across buyouts and sell-side mandates. Stephen Drewitt is a highly experienced figure who serves as key relationship partner for some of the firm's major clients, with recent engagements including high value, cross-border investment deals. Other key names include Jessica Adam, noted for her management advisory practice, and Stephen Pike, who is well-versed in all types of PE deals.

Practice head(s):

Alex Edmondson

Testimonials

‘Excellent strength in depth and great quality advice throughout private equity transactions.’

‘Stephen Drewitt is an oracle in the sector.’

‘Jessica Adam, Adam Campbell, and Stephen Pike are all excellent.’

‘The team is extremely savvy from both a technical and commercial perspective. They never leave you with the impression that they are outgunned relative to any other firms they work across, be they from the Magic Circle or large US names.’

‘Alex Edmondson is a real stand out who is technically very proficient and commercially minded. He also provides you with real and well considered advice rather than just blindly implementing instructions – he questions your approach and rightfully challenges it where appropriate to ensure you get the best outcomes.’

Key clients

Alchemy Partners

Caledonia Private Capital

J.C. Flowers & Co

Bowmark Capital

Epiris

Exponent Private Equity

Mayfair Equity Partners

Graphite Capital

Charme Capital Partners

KPS Capital Partners

Partners Group and Duke Street

Tulchan

Crestline Management LP

Work highlights

  • Advised on a £725m investment by HPS Investment Partners into Nucleus, a portfolio company of Epiris.
  • Advised Speira, a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, on the English law aspects of its acquisition of the European business of Real Alloy.
  • Advised Partners Group and Duke Street on the sale of Voyage Care to Wren House.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Macfarlanes LLP is ‘a top-quality firm with lawyers of real ability at all levels, and is able to handle both traditional and commercial trust and charity work’. Nicholas Harries heads up the department, which draws on specialist teams from across the firm to provide a range of services to both operational charities and individuals with philanthropic aims. Clients range from family grant-making foundations to high-profile operational charities.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Harries

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Howard; Emma Cox

Testimonials

‘This team brings great technical expertise and the client-care skills of one of the country’s foremost private client teams into the non-profit and charity sphere. They have charm and skill with dedication to their clients. A very impressive offering’.

‘Nicholas Harries – an outstanding private client partner with all the necessary skills. Charm in bucket loads. He has experience as a barrister behind him as well as being a highly experienced partner’.

‘Charlotte Howard – a very clear thinker and hard working counsel. Emma Cox – a relaxed style combined with clarity of purpose and technical expertise‘.

‘I value the services provided by Macfarlanes personnel because they are clearly extremely competent in their knowledge of the laws relating to the Charity sector and are able to convey their import to our charity in a clear and understandable manner. Their services are delivered promptly and in the most helpful manner’.

‘Emma Cox has brilliant rapport with clients, really getting to know them and therefore being able to advise them in the best way. Her advice was very clear and immediately actionable, and she was able to relate very complex issues in ways that balanced the needs of the charity with the regulations’. 

‘Very strong understanding of the market and commercial challenges currently facing property owners. Very strong matter management, shrewd guidance and advice to clients, robust negotiations with other side’.

‘Strong client base with strength and depth in their charity practice. Nicholas Harries – highly experienced and unfailingly calm and unflappable’.

Real estate > Environment Tier 5

‘Extremely approachable and knowledgeable’ consultant Nigel Price heads up the offering at Macfarlanes LLP. The team has notable experience advising its client list on the redevelopment of brownfield land, on acquisitions and developments of environment projects, and on significant, cross-border transactional work also.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Price

Testimonials

‘The team’s work is always detailed, efficient and of high-quality. I have experienced a high-level of interaction with the wider Macfarlanes teams, making for a smooth and informed process.’

‘Nigel Price is always extremely approachable and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up the phone to him to discuss all aspects of a project or proposal.’

‘The Macfarlanes team have a great understanding of the key issues in matters – they are responsive and client friendly.’

‘Nigel Price is a key individual in this practice. He is very knowledgeable and approachable and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.’

Key clients

Binderholz / BSW Group

GHO

KPS Capital Partners

Legal & General

Berkeley Group (including St William)

Parkdean Resorts

Apollo

Various other leading investment funds/PE house clients

BAE Systems

Greenergy

Work highlights

  • Advised Binderholz on the acquisition by its subsidiary, BSW Timber Limited, of Scott Group, which provides a wide range of goods and services to industrial and manufacturing markets throughout the UK.
  • Advising GHO on various transactional matters.
  • Advising St William on numerous projects involving the redevelopment of brownfield land, now fully owned by Berkeley, which acquired National Grid’s stake in the business.

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Macfarlanes LLP advises a number of financial service providers and clients related to the technology sector in a range of immigration matters, with further capabilities in compliance, due diligence for transactions, and employment-related work. Edward Reed heads the practice, while senior associate Tom Marsom leads the firm’s global mobility work and is noted for his abilities in crisis management.

Practice head(s):

Edward Reed; Tom Marsom

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Yu

Testimonials

I cannot rate them highly enough. We are an incredible fast moving business and Macfarlanes are consistently responsive, more than helpful and highly knowledgeable. They don’t take the approach of ‘computer says no’ but instead take a very personalised view of a client’s queries and needs and help them understand what is acceptable but also general practice.’

I have not had the good fortune of working with anyone as knowledgeable as Tom Marsom. He is responsive, keeps himself totally abreast of what is going on in the market and genuinely listens to us as a client. I regularly feel he goes above and beyond with services provided to us, and would happily recommend him as an individual to any client looking for immigration and sponsorship advice.’

‘The immigration team has excellent expertise in its field.’

‘The team is extremely responsive, particularly Tom Marsom, Senior Associate, who is our main point of contact.’

‘ I have 100% trust in Macfarlanes. I know if I’m unsure or have a strange question they will listen, understand and help me find a solution.’

‘Excellent service from all team members.’

‘Tom knows our business and people extremely well. He is commercial, always available to speak to and knows his stuff.’

Work highlights

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

Private client > Court of protection

It is a ‘really powerful’ team at Macfarlanes LLP ‘that offers a Rolls-Royce service to clients from the highest reaches of society: they ensure they have a deep understanding of their clients’ ultimate aims and keep a keen eye on the bigger picture’. Charles Lloyd is at the helm.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global

Macfarlanes LLP has extensive expertise in global merger reviews and FDI processes, working closely with its London office on complex cross-border mandates in a wide range of industries. Richard Pepper is a key name in the team, offering strong capabilities in UK and European competition law.

Macfarlanes is a distinctive London-based law firm with a unique combination of services built and shaped around the needs of its clients. The firm’s unrivalled blend of expertise, agility and culture means it has the flexibility to meet their most challenging demands and adapt to the changing world. While many of its services can be found at other firms, the mix cannot.

The firm works on an international basis with the top independent law firms around the world. This strong international network gives clients choice and enables the firm to provide them with the highest possible level of service.

The firm recruits people to build careers for the long term. They know each other personally which means the firm works together with more cohesion, and less formality. Its culture is thoughtful, challenging and supportive, and it is a place where everyone, at whatever level, can thrive.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Sebastian Prichard Jones
Managing partner Luke Powell
Commercial, brands and IP Malcolm Walton
Competition Malcolm Walton
Construction & engineering Angus Dawson
Corporate and M&A Howard Corney
Derivatives & trading Will Sykes
Employment Hayley Robinson
Finance Andrew Perkins
Financial services regulation Alexandra Green
Insurance Andrew Barton
Investment management Stephen Robinson
Lawtech Christopher Tart-Roberts
Litigation and dispute resolution Matt McCahearty
Pensions Camilla Barry
Private client Piers Barclay
Private equity Alex Edmondson
Real estate Clare Breeze
Restructuring and insolvency Jat Bains
Tax and reward Damien Crossley
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Tom Marsom photo Tom Marsom Tom provides specialist UK immigration and nationality advice to corporate clients and…
Andy Mather photo Andy Mather Andy acts on a wide range of substantial international and domestic arbitration,…
Charlie  Maydon Grace photo Charlie Maydon Grace Charlie advises both UK resident and non-UK resident/domiciled individuals, families, trustees and…
Matt McCahearty photo Matt McCahearty Matt’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, white collar defence,…
James McCredie photo James McCredie James advises on a wide range of tax matters, including the establishment…
Harriet Miller photo Harriet Miller Harriet advises clients on all aspects of work relating to private funds,…
Nicole Mitchell photo Nicole Mitchell Nicole is a specialist associate in real estate funds and structures and…
Jeremy Moncrieff photo Jeremy Moncrieff Jeremy advises on a broad range of tax and structuring matters with…
Colin Morgan photo Colin Morgan Colin is head of the firm’s real estate finance practice. He has…
Chris Mortimer photo Chris Mortimer Chris is head of the VAT practice. He advises a broad range…
Simon Nurney photo Simon Nurney Simon specialises in large scale corporate, commercial and construction disputes for a…
Tom Pedder photo Tom Pedder Tom’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial real estate matters, including…
Andrew Perkins photo Andrew Perkins Andrew is head of the finance group. He acts for alternative lenders,…
Simon Perry photo Simon Perry Simon undertakes a broad range of domestic and international M&A and private…
Stephen Pike photo Stephen Pike Stephen is a partner in our corporate and M&A group. Stephen practices…
Steven Pitchford photo Steven Pitchford Steven advises a diverse range of clients on domestic and international corporate…
James Popperwell photo James Popperwell James is head of the firm’s fraud practice. He specialises in asset…
Robert Porter photo Robert Porter Robert leads the firm’s private equity real estate (PERE) work, and has…
Luke Powell photo Luke Powell Luke is the firm’s managing partner, having been appointed in May 2022.…
Gregory Price photo Gregory Price Greg’s practice focuses on tax consultancy, providing tax advice to UK and…
Nigel Price photo Nigel Price Nigel leads our environmental practice and specialises in environmental law. He has…
Sebastian Prichard Jones photo Sebastian Prichard Jones Sebastian specialises in advising wealthy families on tax and succession issues. Much…
Emma Radcliffe photo Emma Radcliffe Emma advises on a broad range of antitrust/competition law issues. These include:…
Edward Reed photo Edward Reed Edward advises internationally mobile families on their asset structuring, personal tax and…
Ceinwen Rees photo Ceinwen Rees Ceinwen combines her extensive market knowledge with legal and tax technical expertise…
Stephen Robinson photo Stephen Robinson Stephen advises a wide range of investment managers, fund sponsors and investors…
Hayley Robinson photo Hayley Robinson Hayley specialises in employment law and heads the firm’s employment group. Hayley…
Tom Rose photo Tom Rose Tom advises on all aspects of corporate transactions, specialising in complex cross-border…
Gideon Sanitt photo Gideon Sanitt Gideon specialises in tax litigation but has a background in transactional tax…
Rachel Serene photo Rachel Serene Rachel advises a wide range of UK and overseas-based clients on regulatory…
Mark Slade photo Mark Slade Mark works on a broad range of corporate matters but with an…
Jennifer Smithson photo Jennifer Smithson Jennifer advises on all areas of personal tax and succession planning, with…
William Sykes photo William Sykes Will is head of our derivatives and trading practice, and advises investment…
Alicia Thomas photo Alicia Thomas Alicia advises on a broad range of tax and structuring matters but…
Tom Usher photo Tom Usher Tom advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law including…
Malcolm Walton photo Malcolm Walton Malcolm is head of the firm’s competition group and his experience covers…
Jacob Ward photo Jacob Ward Jacob specialises in domestic and international litigation, with a particular focus on…
Douglas Wass photo Douglas Wass Doug acts on a wide range of substantial international and domestic arbitration,…
Ben Webster photo Ben Webster Ben advises on a wide range of contentious tax matters for individuals,…
Jessica Yu photo Jessica Yu Jessica provides specialist UK immigration and nationality advice to a range of…
Number of UK partners : 93
Number of other UK fee-earners : 519

We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership. It is about recruiting, retaining and promoting all groups in the firm fairly, and we have invested in our processes to ensure that everyone has the same chance to develop and advance. Following on from key initiatives delivered in 2020 and 2021, during 2022 we have continued our work within D&I delivering our programmes with a focus on allyship, ethnicity and social mobility.

Gender and ethnicity partnership targets

In February 2021 the firm announced updated gender and ethnicity partner targets for 2026 and 2030. Our focus in this action plan is on retention, career development and progression to meet the partnership targets. These actions, together with all of the other steps that are already underway at the firm, will help us to continue to develop both the strength of our culture and an inclusive environment that encourages and values input from all perspectives.

Our staff networks

We have four staff-led networks which are open to all staff. All of the networks have mission statements and clear objectives that align with the firm’s wider D&I and sustainability strategy.

  1. Balance– a forum for all staff managing careers and home lives, enabling discussion, support and the exchange of the information and ideas, to achieve a work-life balance.
  2. DAWN(Disability and Wellbeing Network) – The network offers support to staff who have direct experience of or support others with: Neurodiverse conditions e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, ADD/ADHD, Long term health conditions, Disabilities and mental health.
  3. Pride– a forum for networking and peer support, open to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, to inform staff on LGBT+ action and to communicate information to colleagues interested in LGBT+ matters.
  4. REACH(race, ethnicity and cultural heritage) – a forum for networking and peer support between ethnic minority staff and allies, which enables the sharing and exchange of relevant information and ideas.

These employee-led groups provide an important platform through which different groups are able to have a voice – to express their views and offer a diverse range of perspectives. All of the networks have mission statements and clear objectives that align with the firm’s wider D&I and sustainability strategy.

Our D&I initiatives

  • Since 2019 Macfarlanes has been awarded the Good Work Standard (GWS) at excellence level, the highest level possible. The Good Work Standard is the Mayor of London’s accreditation recognising the best employment practices in London businesses.
  • MentorMacs (reverse mentoring) – We launched our first reverse mentoring programmewith a focus on race and ethnicity, facilitated by Afua Hirsch, in 2020. The programme enables senior leaders to learn from more junior colleagues, who can offer a different perspective on important topics. This programme was shortlisted for the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2021.
  • In 2020 our Lawtech team produced a bespoke tool to encourage our D&I efforts – a religious and cultural events calendar. This calendar was produced in HighQ Collaborate and can be downloaded and overlaid with the standard Outlook calendar.
  • In July 2020, Macfarlanes was one of 17 initial law firm signatories to the Race Fairness Commitment (RFC).The RFC has been developed by Rare, the diversity recruitment specialists we have partnered with for seven years.
  • Conversations about race – The firm launched this programme in 2021. This programme, which is mandatory, is an important part of our progress in relation to building a more representative partnership. The first part of the programme comprises five short videos featuring members of our management board and external experts, Howlett Brown. The second part of the programme will involve a series of facilitated discussions due to take place later this year (2022).
  • In May 2021 we launched a new gender-neutral drafting policy across the firm and all of our standard precedents are now updated to comply with the policy.
  • We joined with seven other law firms to launch Legal CORE(Collaboration on Race and Ethnicity) in October 2021.
  • In January 2022, as part of our commitment to creating a more inclusive workplace, we have launched a new pronunciation tool on our internal Macfarlanes directory system (MDS).