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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's Malcolm Walton, who is the key contact for commercial contracts matters, also offers extensive competition expertise.  Recently promoted partner William Hedges is highly active in outsourcing transactions, and also assists clients with brand licensing and sponsorship agreements. Clients include Arora Hotels, ICAP and Air Liquide.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

The 'excellent' team at Macfarlanes LLP¬†handles the breadth of corporate tax work, with the capability to deal with investment management, group tax, M&A, real estate, remuneration and finance. The group stands out for a particularly strong transfer pricing offering, which is led by¬†Batanayi Katongera¬†and includes¬†Rhiannon Kinghall Were¬†who joined as Head of Tax Policy from the CBI in December 2017. Highlights for group leader,¬†Damien Crossley, included advising Hayfin Capital Management on its special opportunities strategy and its latest successful ‚ā¨2.2bn fundraising process. 'Innovative and user-friendly'¬†Peter Abbott¬†was instructed by the incoming management team of Burger King on the tax structure of the company's equity incentive arrangements following Bridgepoint's acquisition of the master franchise of Burger King UK.¬†Mark Baldwin¬†is noted for his expertise and 'ability to provide pragmatic advice' in relation to corporation tax and real estate, recently advising Derwent London on the tax aspects of its ¬£165m sale of The Copyright Building in West London to Union Investment Real Estate.¬†Ashley Greenbank¬†specialises in the corporate tax aspects of UK and cross-border corporate finance and M&A transactions, which is complemented by his accreditation as a mediator and role as a part-time judge in the First-tier Tax Tribunal and deputy judge in the Upper Tribunal.

Leading individuals

Ashley Greenbank - Macfarlanes LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

The 'excellent'¬†Macfarlanes LLP¬†practice¬†‚Äėis always timely and prepared in all details, with good strategic analysis‚Äô, and is ‚Äėalways pleasant to work with‚Äô. Practice head¬†Malcolm Walton¬†has notable expertise in the pharmaceuticals, consumer and retail and telecoms sectors; he¬†advised E2V Technologies on the merger control aspects of its ¬£620m acquisition of Teledyne Technologies. Cameron Firth¬†is leading the representation of Flynn Pharma in its appeal before the CAT against a decision of the CMA on unfair pricing in the supply of phenytoin sodium capsules in the UK.¬†Tom Usher¬†and¬†Fiona Beattie¬†are ‚Äėresponsive, clever and commercially minded‚Äô. Usher is also ‚Äėa good listener, and excellent at communicating complex issues clearly‚Äô and is noted for assisting with competition law aspects of Ladbrokes‚Äô merger with Coral. Another highlight saw¬†Christophe Humpe¬†act for Freightliner Group on the acquisition of the issued share capital of Pentalver Transport, successfully obtaining Phase 1 clearance from the CMA.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's practice is 'excellent on all fronts', and has 'strength in depth across a number of disciplines'; 'extremely happy' clients say the team is 'very commercial and provides succinct advice'. Group head Robert Boyle, who assisted Supermarket Income REIT with its £100m IPO on the LSE, is 'a brilliant lead partner whose technical excellence is matched by his client-handling skills'; he has 'real authority' and is 'a great communicator'. Harry Coghill advised Xafinity's management team on its £190m LSE IPO, and acted for Regal Entertainment Group on its $3.6bn merger with Cineworld Group, which involved a rights issuance and a reverse takeover. Mark Slade acted for Regional REIT on a £100m equity fundraising to fund its acquisition of two property portfolios. Richard Burrows is also active in the space.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

Increasingly visible in the market, Macfarlanes LLP has 'improved its regulatory product offering' and provides 'responsive, pragmatic and insightful advice gained from the broadening of the firm's private funds offering'. Much of the credit for the growth of the firm's funds regulatory offering can be attributed to the tireless efforts of Michelle Kirschner who is appreciated by clients for her 'flexibility' and 'detailed approach to problem solving' in both a contentious and non-contentious setting. As part of her broad-ranging regulated funds practice (which also includes structuring and operation advice),  Lora Froud handles regulatory work in relation to AIFMD and MiFID ii implementation and is appreciated by clients for her 'thorough knowledge of UCITS'. Praised for their 'commerciality and intelligence', Dan Lavender and Matt McCahearty provide a 'stellar service' on contentious matters.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

At Macfarlanes LLP, Robert Boyle leads a core team, which includes Harry Coghill, Richard Burrows and special counsel Mark Slade. Its understanding of the small and mid-cap sphere is derived from its work for a diverse range of clients, such as corporate issuers, investment funds, NOMADs, shareholders and trustees. Complementing the firm's strong transactional capabilities are its first-rate tax and regulatory expertise. In 2017, Boyle and Slade were part of a cross-practice team, which advised Supermarket Income REIT Plc on its £100m IPO on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market. The same team also assisted the client with a £20m follow-on fundraise. Also notable was that, in a separate matter, Slade acted for commercial property fund Regional REIT in a secondary fundraise of up to £100m.

Leading individuals

Robert Boyle - Macfarlanes LLP

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†has a¬†‚Äėvery responsive and commercially aware practice‚Äô that is noted for its ‚Äėdeep industry knowledge‚Äô¬†. The ‚Äėvery responsive, pragmatic and extremely creative‚Äô team handles public and private M&A across a wide range of sectors, including TMT, retail, hotels and leisure, energy and financial services.¬†Ian Martin¬†heads the firm‚Äôs mergers and acquisitions group and has considerable experience across a broad range of corporate, corporate restructuring and private equity matters. The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô¬†Graham Gibb¬†‚Äėalways provides thorough, commercial and well-reasoned advice‚Äô and ‚Äėgrasps complex situations quickly‚Äô; he acted alongside¬†Harry Coghill¬†on the English law aspects of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings‚Äô ¬£1.5bn bid for Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate. Gibb is also advising The Walt Disney Company on the UK aspects of its prospective $52.4bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Other highlights included¬†Stephen Drewitt¬†acting for Chiltern International Group and the institutional selling shareholders on the $1.2bn sale of Chiltern to LabCorp and¬†Richard Burrows¬†handling Pilgrim‚Äôs Pride‚Äôs $1.3bn acquisition of poultry business Moy Park from JBS.¬†Luke Powell¬†‚Äėanticipates issues and is solution-oriented; he is recommended alongside ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô senior partner¬†Charles Martin,¬†senior associate¬†Richard Burrows, and¬†Charles Meek.

Leading individuals

Charles Meek - Macfarlanes LLP

Graham Gibb - Macfarlanes LLP

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's 'superb' practice has 'excellent knowledge of the area'. It handles the full range of matters for professional practices and LLPs, including major M&A transactions, tax issues, investment management, private client and partnership disputes. Highlights for practice head John Dodsworth included advising US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice on all UK aspects of its business combination with UK-based firm Bond Dickinson. Charles Meek advised New York-based Lexington Partners on the closing of a large-scale tender offer to investors in BC European Capital IX LP, which required multiple agreements with 39 sellers across jurisdictions. Hayley Robinson specialises in employment law and handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters primarily for clients in the financial services sector. Mark Baldwin is also recommended.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 1

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's team handles the full range of issues arising from mid-cap and large-cap deals, with an extensive track record acting for clients including sponsors, management teams, lenders, limited partners and secondaries houses. In the mid-cap space, where the firm is widely acknowledged to be a market leader, practice head Stephen Drewitt recently led a multi-disciplinary team advising Epiris on the high-profile acquisition of the UK arm of Time Inc from Meredith Corporation. In addition, Ian Martin and others acted as deal counsel to Alchemy Partners in the sale of debt collection business Westcot to Cabot Credit Management. Howard Corney handles mid-cap deals for clients such as 3i, Graphite and CBPE. At the larger end of the deal spectrum, Charles Meek was the lead adviser to Lexington Partners (a New York-based manager of secondary acquisition funds) on a $1bn secondary deal involving funds managed by BC Partners. Luke Powell acted for the management team of Dublin-based aircraft lessor AWAS in the circa $2.3bn sale of the business by Terra Firma to Dubai Aerospace. Alex Edmondson, who leads the firm's technology and digital group, is experienced in technology-related private equity transactions. Simon Perry and Jessica Adam are other key figures in the team, as are Richard Burrows, Justin Hope and Alex Green.

Leading individuals

Charles Meek - Macfarlanes LLP

Ian Martin - Macfarlanes LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alex Edmondson - Macfarlanes LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†advises on commercial, corporate, private wealth and financial institution fraud matters. It handles international commercial litigation including fraud and asset tracing, large scale international disputes, arbitrations, trusts litigation and contractual disputes. The firm is advising Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits in relation to a potential investment treaty arbitration against the state of Ukraine in relation to the undervalued sale of a Ukrainian production factory. This cross-border matter is worth around $10m. James Popperwell¬†has ‚Äėgreat experience of acting on disputes in Russia and the CIS‚Äô and is 'very good at handling the unpredictable challenges of complex, high-value, cross-border litigation‚Äô. Iain MacKie¬†is‚Äėan experienced and shrewd litigator and looks after clients very well‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's 'high-quality and hardworking associates and partners are accurate, professional, thorough and willing to be commercial, but not at the expense of legal precision'. The practice handles disputes and investigations involving banking, finance and financial services' business, including financial crime. Highlights included acting for British Bankers’ Association (BBA), and its subsidiary company BBA LIBOR, in defence of a multibillion-dollar claim in the High Court brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (a US government body), as receiver for 39 US banks, against the BBA, BBA LIBOR and others; the case related to alleged suppression of the US Dollar LIBOR interest rate benchmark during the financial crisis. Barry Donnelly is highly rated, Dan Lavender is 'pragmatic, retains perspective and is good under pressure'; and Matt McCahearty is 'a solid lawyer who is growing in stature'.  Aalia Datoo is a notable senior solicitor.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP is experienced in complex commercial disputes and investigations, and the practice undertakes litigation in sectors including aviation, retail, hotels and beverages, as well as energy, mining and commodities, among others. It has also increasingly acted in corporate and commercial disputes for family offices and entrepreneurs. Highlights included representing Liontrust Asset Management, Liontrust Investment Partners and Liontrust Investment Services, as respondents, in landmark High Court litigation, which made new law in relation to repudiatory breach of contract in the context of LLP agreements. Litigation and dispute resolution head Iain MacKie is 'a class act; he is a great litigator and knows the clients inside out'. Also recommended are Guy Morpuss QC (who heads the advocacy and arbitration groups), Lois Horne, Matt McCahearty,  Geoff Steward, James Popperwell and Simon Nurney.

Leading individuals

Iain Mackie - Macfarlanes LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP 'gives first-rate legal and strategic advice that is well suited to the idiosyncrasies of international arbitration'. The practice primarily encompasses banking, investment, energy, aviation and transport disputes as well as construction and engineering, and advertising matters. Lois Horne is 'fantastic'; and Simon Nurney is 'a stand out in terms of strategy and negotiation'. James Popperwell, Geoff Steward  and in-house silk Guy Morpuss QC are also highly regarded.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP is noted for its contentious indirect tax practice. The team, led by 'well-informed' Gideon Sanitt, includes former HMRC lawyer Nigel Doran, tax tribunal judge Ashley Greenbank, transfer pricing expert Batanayi Katongera, and VAT specialist Chris Mortimer, who joined from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP in February 2017. Highlights included defending Royal Mail against 300 claims on the basis that the client had been required to issue VAT invoices for services that were historically treated as exempt. The group is co-ordinating a case for a major commodities trader, which trades globally from a single central location, countering claims by an African country that is asserting the trader has a permanent establishment as a result of the client's activities in that country.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Recognised as 'one of the best firms in the UK debt market for medium sized leveraged buyouts', Macfarlanes LLP 's 'exceptional' four-partner team provides 'highly technical and commercial advice' to private equity sponsors, including Inflexion, Alchemy Partners and Silver Capital Partners, and on the lender side, a growing roster of alternative capital providers including Ares Management and Hayfin. The 'quality of its people is consistently excellent at all levels from newly qualified to partner': key figures include 'excellent banking lawyers' Christopher Lawrence and Kirstie Hutchinson. Andrew Perkins is also recommended for his work on behalf of alternative capital providers.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 5

Macfarlanes LLP

Praised for its ability to 'provide the right blend of commerciality and legal expertise', Macfarlanes LLP provides 'detail oriented and strategic advice' to investment grade and sub-investment grade borrowers as well as for its core base of mid-market focused private equity sponsors. The 'calm and unflappable' Kirstie Hutchinson recently provided the UK law advice for NASDAQ-listed company Cimpress on its $1.04bn refinancing with a syndicate of banks including JP Morgan. 'Excellent banking lawyer' Christopher Lawrence is also recommended.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP acts for an array of investor-side clients including credit funds, hedge funds and turnaround investors, and is noted for its 'creativity and commerciality' on devising strategies to maximise value on behalf of their clients. Jat Bains has strong ties with numerous funds including Oak Hill Advisors, which he recently acted for as bondholder on the Co-op Bank restructuring. On the debtor front, Bains recently assisted GAME digital plc on several turnaround initiatives, including a group reorganisation in order to ring-fence the Spanish part of the business from the English, and a commercial arrangement with Sports Direct which also involving a funding arrangement. Simon Beale and senior counsel Paul Keddie are also recommended.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†has a small dedicated DCM team in London that focuses on¬†complex capital markets transactions for a diverse¬†client base of financial institutions, corporates, investors and other market participants. The practice acted for¬†Venn Partners LLP, PRS Operations Limited and PRS Finance plc in their capacities as manager, licensee and issuer¬†respectively in a ¬£3.5bn debt programme connected to the¬†Private Rented Housing Guarantee Scheme. The firm also advised Venn on the amendment of this programme and the issuance of notes with a combined value of ¬£131m. Another key deal saw the firm advise Ben Oldman Partners and the issuer, Ben Oldman Real Estate Secured Bond, on a ‚ā¨40m offering backed by real estate investments in southern European countries.¬†Richard Fletcher¬†is the sole partner in the practice and he frequently advises on MTN programmes, commercial paper, project bonds and infrastructure financing. He handled Castle Trust Direct's ¬£1.5bn programme for the issuance of fixed and floating rate notes to be offered by Castle Trust as Fortress Bonds.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP impresses by virtue of its 'in-depth knowledge of derivatives, quick and succinct answers delivered with a minimum of legalese, and terrific understanding of the commercial drivers on both buy and sell sides'. The firm has one of the leading buy-side practices and it continued to attract new clients including BlueDrive Global Investors, CG Asset Management and Seiga Asset Management last year, adding to a list that includes Man Group, Goldman Sachs and Marshall Wace. In a highlight matter, the firm acted for forex and commodities broker Sucden Financial on the creation of a new collateral netting agreement. Buy-side specialist Christopher Acton led that work and he frequently acts for hedge funds, managed account platforms and proprietary trading houses in prime brokerage, derivatives and regulatory matters in Europe. The 'smart, thoughtful and commercial' Will Sykes acts for investment and hedge funds, financial institutions, high-net-worth clients and corporates in financing and trading transactions, focusing on both derivatives and structured products. Senior counsel Rob Daniell 'brings years of sell-side prime brokerage experience to bear and his advice is prompt, clear and concise'.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Rob Collard leads the practice at Macfarlanes LLP, which acts for international listed corporates, private companies, start-up ventures, senior executives and trustees. Collard is noted for his financial services expertise and has particular experience in tax efficient plans and corporate support work. Senior counsel Ian Shaw is also recommended; he handles the share scheme elements of IPOs and M&A transactions and advises on personal remuneration packages. The team also assists with corporate governance work, clawback provisions and the creation and implementation of equity-based incentive plans.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP fields a team of 'seasoned professionals and up-and-coming young stars who provide a Rolls-Royce service'. 'Highly practical' team head Hayley Robinson and the 'outstanding' Seán Lavin  are key individuals in the group, which handles the full spectrum of employment work. It is noted for its strength in the financial services sector with expertise advising financial institutions, private equity firms and hedge funds; example clients include Legal & General, Liontrust Asset Management, Schroders, Nex Group and Rokos Capital Management.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†regularly advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families on inbound and outbound immigration and nationality issues, in addition to acting for companies, senior executives and their families on a range of matters. Rokos Capital Management LLP is a key client. Senior counsel James Perrott¬†is ‚Äėresponsive and has an excellent knowledge of UK immigration law‚Äô; he heads the team with Edward Reed.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP has a 'knowledgeable, responsive and experienced team' that provides 'technically brilliant, pragmatic and commercial advice'. Camilla Barry  heads the group and is 'an expert in the field; she is a safe pair of hands with a down-to-earth approach'. bARRY recently advised Pernod Ricard on the redesign of its death benefits, assisted Darty with the actuarial valuation of its pension scheme, and acted for South Downs Trustees on the pensions elements of the sale of Portsmouth Water to Ancala Partners. Legal & General Assurance Society, Hogg Robinson and Visa are also clients. Andrew Barton leads the firm's pensions derisking practice.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP is 'a very good alternative to the established players'. The 'very engaged' Sam Brooks, who was elected to the partnership in May 2018, has a track record of acting for clients including Brummer & Partners, Hayfin Capital, Springs Capital and Palmerston Capital. Michelle Kirschner contributes regulatory expertise. Simon Thomas, who previously led the practice, is now at Osborne Clarke LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Sam Brooks - Macfarlanes LLP

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Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†provides 'commercial, practical and relevant advice based on evolving market practice'. Christopher Good¬†is 'hardworking, knowledgeable, commercial and easy to work with'¬†- he advised Hollyport Capital on raising Hollyport Secondary Opportunities VI. Stephen Robinson's practice includes heavyweight new manager spin-outs and the formation of credit funds - also, in the venture space, he advised new client win Felix Capital Partners on forming its second, $150m, fund. Alex Amos¬†advised Hayfin Capital Management on forming a ‚ā¨2.2bn special opportunities fund.

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

At Macfarlanes LLP, Alex Amos advised Venn on forming its first-ever closed-ended real estate debt fund, which raised £185m over two closes. Simon Thomas is also a name of note for real estate debt funds work. In infrastructure, Stephen Robinson advised Ancala Partners on the creation of its debut mid-market infrastructure investment platform. Listed real estate fund clients include Supermarket Income REIT, which Lora Froud advised on its IPO. The firm also acts for Octopus Investments.

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Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 1

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's team has 'deep and wide knowledge of investment funds of all types'. Tim Cornick  and regulatory specialist Michelle Kirschner continue to advise Vanguard Asset Management on its plans to sell its investment products online directly to British retail investors. Lora Froud, who has 'extensive knowledge and experience in retail funds and provides essential support to clients' businesses', is advising Standard Life Aberdeen on creating a NURS fund of alternative funds, and advised GAM on projects including a number of new feeder fund launches, and the termination of sub-funds. Cornick and Froud also advise Old Mutual on various matters, including the separation of Old Mutual Global Investors from Old Mutual Wealth. The firm also acts for Thesis Unit Trust Managers, which Froud advised on matters including changes of fund service providers, Comgest Asset Management, which Cornick advised on matters including passporting funds into the UK post-Brexit, and Neptune Investment Management.

Leading individuals

Lora Froud - Macfarlanes LLP

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

At¬†Macfarlanes LLP¬†department head¬†Tristan Ward¬†and Michael Ranson¬† provide a ‚ÄėRolls-Royce service in terms of their comprehensive advice to UHNW clients‚Äô. Clients range from international and British business people, pension funds and life assurers to traditional country estates. Highlights included advising Pilgrim‚Äôs Pride on its $1.3bn acquisition of Moy Park (a poultry business) from JBS, its Brazilian owners, which involved undertaking a due diligence exercise in relation to the company‚Äôs extensive UK agricultural land holdings and production facilities which were held both as freehold and leasehold land.

Leading individuals

Tristan Ward - Macfarlanes LLP

Next generation lawyers

Simon Blackburn - Macfarlanes LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP ’s clients range from family grant-making foundations through to high-profile operational charities that are active in a number of sectors from education and healthcare through to sustainable development. Much of the department’s work has a cross-border element and the group routinely advises international philanthropists and charities on their UK activities as well as advising English charities on how to comply with UK regulations when operating abroad. Notable clients include Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, The DFN Charitable Foundation and Longshot Kids Foundation (Kidzania). The team has been advising the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on a variety of charity law matters and also on data protection issues. Head of department Nicholas Harries  along with senior solicitors Clarissa Lyons  and Emma Cox are recommended. The skilled team advises on the full spectrum of issues such as advising on the responsibilities of charity trustees through to advising on the tax issues that affect charities including gift aid and tax-efficient charitable giving.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†‚Äėhas a truly outstanding team from partner level to trainee level‚Äô. Charles Lloyd¬†‚Äėconducts high-value and difficult litigation with charm, urbanity and intelligence‚Äô. The ‚Äėorganised, very determined and assured‚Äô Jonathan Arr¬† ‚Äėhas established himself as a major presence in the sphere of international trust litigation‚Äô. The ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô Piers Barclay¬†, the ‚Äėpolished and incisive‚Äô Matthew Pintus¬† (now a consultant) and the ‚Äėhugely successful‚Äô Simon Day¬†(a senior solicitor) are also recommended. Clients of the ‚Äėcompletely top-class and extremely professional team‚Äô include beneficiaries, spouses, trustees, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and those with hereditary wealth and protectors. The group regularly deals with some of the largest trusts and estates that often hold prominent businesses, other substantial property holdings and large cash and investment portfolios.

Leading individuals

Charles Lloyd - Macfarlanes LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Arr - Macfarlanes LLP

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

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†is ‚Äėprovides sophisticated and nuanced advice; the team has great depth‚Äô. Head of department Piers Barclay¬† is ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable and has excellent commercial sense‚Äô and Edward Reed¬† is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô. The ‚Äėvery wise‚Äô Jonathan Conder¬†, Sebastian Prichard Jones , Charles Gothard¬†, Oliver Court¬†and newly-promoted partner Isobel Morton¬† are all ‚Äėknowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking and each displays valuable judgement‚Äô. Nicholas Harries¬† is also ‚Äėvery intelligent‚Äô. The ‚Äėhighly skilled‚Äô team routinely advises on high value and complex work often with an international dimension. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Jennifer Smithson¬† is recommended for her work on international estate planning for private clients around the world.

Leading individuals

Charles Gothard - Macfarlanes LLP

Edward Reed - Macfarlanes LLP

Jonathan Conder - Macfarlanes LLP

Next generation lawyers

Isobel Morton - Macfarlanes LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†‚Äėdemonstrates a reliable accessibility, and a willingness to turn around documents quickly‚Äô in ‚Äėcomplex corporate real estate‚Äô matters. The team has been involved in many of the market‚Äôs busiest asset classes including PRS, where Anthony Burnett-Scott¬†is acting for Legal & General in relation to PRS developments in Bath and Birmingham, and student accommodation, where Dan Marriott¬†advised Canadian investor Realstar Group on its acquisition of a block of student housing in Hammersmith. Burnett-Scott also acted for Legal & General in relation to the forward funding of development office sites in Cardiff, Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham totalling 850,000ft. Tom Peddar, who is a key figure in the letting practice, advised The Economist Newspaper on the lease agreement for its new HQ in The Adelphi building near Charing Cross. Major landlord clients include Intu Properties, Derwent London and Stanhope. The team also has expertise in single-asset and portfolio transactions in the hotel sector. Indeed, Dominic Cunliffe¬†and Simon Perry¬†assisted Fonci√®re des R√©gions with its ¬£858m acquisition of 14 hotels from Starwood Capital, and also acted for Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International in relation to its acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh. Other investment highlights include Nick Barnes¬†advising Supermarket Income REIT on three supermarket acquisitions totalling ¬£151m. Also recommended are Ian Nisse,¬†Clare Breeze, Steven Pitchford¬†and Gerald Kelly, who has been involved in significant joint venture development and investment mandates.

Leading individuals

Ian Nisse - Macfarlanes LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nick Barnes - Macfarlanes LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†is ‚Äėan excellent contentious construction firm that handles high-calibre work‚Äô. Doug Wass¬†heads the contentious construction team, Recent ¬†work includes advising EP2, the project company, on the ¬£10m renovation, operation and maintenance of the HM Treasury building in central London; and advising Grove Developments in relation to its dispute with the main contractor, S&T, appointed to complete the ¬£14m construction of a Premier Inn hotel at Heathrow, Terminal 4. Associate Mark Lawrence¬†is¬†‚Äėa strategic thinker, offering clear and thoughtful advice to his clients‚Äô. Angus Dawson¬†heads the non-contentious team, which advised L&G‚Äôs flagship PRS fund on the acquisition and development of various sites across the UK, ranging in value from ¬£40m to in excess of ¬£100m. Senior consultant Ann Minogue¬†leads in advising Stanhope plc on various developments, including the multi-phase ¬£400m transformation of the BBC Television Centre at White City into a 2.3m¬†sq¬†ft¬†mixed use development; and managing a ¬£240m¬†Royal Albert Docks office redevelopment. Associates, Ed Llewelyn-Evans,¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Richard Rowlatt¬†and Fred Snowball¬†are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Mark Lawrence - Macfarlanes LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Consultant Nigel Price¬†heads the team at Macfarlanes LLP, and is highly recommended for corporate transactional work: ‚Äėhis analytical skills and understanding of liability allocation are extremely good.‚Äô Recent work includes advising Greenergy, a leading British fuel supplier, on a major investment by a Canadian alternative asset management group; advising UK fresh poultry business, Faccenda Foods, on its joint venture with the UK fresh chicken arm of Cargill. Other clients include Parkdean Resorts Limited; Alchemy; Legal & General; St William (part of Berkeley Homes); Intu Properties plc; Stanhope; and Caledonia Investments plc.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Macfarlanes LLP

The team at Macfarlanes LLP is 'excellent on all counts', and is known for its strength on the lender and borrower sides, advising on a wide range of asset classes, including student accommodation, PRS schemes, hotels and supermarkets. Alternative lenders make up a key part of the client base: department heads Colin Morgan and Clare Breeze  recently advised Venn Partners on a £46.7m facility to refinance a portfolio of PRS units, and Jat Bains acted for Legal & General's BTR fund on the financing of the development of Roseberry Place in Bath, as well as for Legal & General Homes on the financing for the infrastructure development at its Crowthorne site. The team also won work from significant new clients, including housing developer Bewley Homes, which it advised on a £55m land acquisition and development facility, and Supermarket Income REIT; Morgan and newly promoted senior counsel Laura Bretherton acted for the latter on a £100m revolving credit facility with HSBC, partially to fund its first three property acquisitions.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP¬†fields a team that is ‚Äėhard to beat for drive, experience and results‚Äô and offers ‚Äėexcellent practical legal advice‚Äô. An ‚Äėexceptional practitioner‚Äô, Doug Wass¬†leads a team that regularly acts on development agreements, landlord and tenant insolvency, boundary and party wall disputes, overage provisions and professional negligence. The firm has added Realstar, Chester Race Company and Sirsi Dynix to a list of clients which includes Legal & General Brrokfield and Canary Wharf. Wass recently acted on a claim against Esso where oil had escaped from a pipeline at an estate which was shortly to be sold. In another highlight, the group is defending Glenside Holdings in a claim of beneficial ownership for a high-value residential estate in Oxfordshire. Senior counsel Mark Lawrence¬†is praised by clients for being ‚Äėknowledgeable and clear in his advice‚Äô.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Leading individuals

Neil Blundell - Macfarlanes

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's department is led by commercial contracts and IP expert Jeremy Courtenay-Stamp; its clients have included Umbro and the UCI Independent Commission. Commercial litigator and arbitrator Geoff Steward has experience in the sector.

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  • Finding the ‚Ä®right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‚Äėin principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‚Äėrecorded in a suitably worded agreement'. ‚Ä©
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