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Pinsent Masons LLP
Yorkshire And The Humber

Banking and finance Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP handles some of the region's largest corporate, real estate and acquisition finance transactions for lender and borrower clients, and also assists with securitisation and capital markets work. Team head Philip Scott is 'always good to deal with' and focuses on M&A funding and property finance work; newly promoted partner Matthew Clayton-Stead and legal director Sean Houlihan are also key names to note.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's growing national team is led by property head Jonathan Riley and property development and investment head Richard Daffern. The practice advises key regional developers, taking lead roles on high-profile housing and regeneration projects. Universities and higher education head Victoria Goddard advises universities on accommodation projects, campus redevelopment and estate matters, while other notable names include Stephen Glass, who has investor and residential expertise, and Natalie Harris, who acts for clients including investors, developers and public authorities.

Construction Tier 1

At Pinsent Masons LLP, litigator Simon Plunkett heads up the construction advisory and disputes group while Melanie Grimmitt leads the finance and projects practice. The group excels in the energy and infrastructure sectors at a national and international level and primarily acts on the supplier side of matters. Mark Harris is the key contact for energy sector infrastructure projects internationally, Stacey Collins handles transactional work, John Williams is experienced in the rail, power and highway sectors, while senior associate Naomi Stafford focuses on contentious issues.

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP has a varied client roster of domestic and international companies; practice head Andrew Black counts several large publicly listed companies based in the region as clients, and the 'well-regarded' Andrew Kerr has strong links with clients in Japan and Asia. The team frequently acts across the infrastructure,  manufacturing, technology, and real estate sectors, while senior associate Joanna Jowitt has a particular focus on the financial services and waste management sectors. The commercial team, which is headed up by Lisa Harley, is carving a niche in advising its education sector clients on digital and IT transformation projects.

Corporate tax Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice has extensive experience assisting clients with a range of property tax matters, including tax structuring, property investments, property joint ventures and funds, as well as handling mid-market M&A, share plan and incentives work and assisting private equity clients. Peter Morley joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs and leads the practice following John Christian's retirement; he has a breadth of experience across business tax with a focus on M&A transactions, restructurings and IPOs. Associate Andrew McCarthy acts for a number of private equity clients, with expertise in the dental and care home sectors, and also handles real estate-related work for local authorities, funds, investors and universities.

Education Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP stands out for its advice to higher education providers, counting more than 70 universities as clients. The team handles the full spectrum of issues including the creation and registration of new providers, development and restructuring, staff issues, student accommodation, data protection and regulatory matters, and also leverages the firm's global network to assist with matters extending to other jurisdictions around the world. Victoria Goddard leads the practice and specialises in student accommodation projects, Julian Sladdin heads up the university litigation team and senior associate Rebecca McCall handles corporate governance and compliance matters.

Energy Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds-based group leads on national energy projects and fields two distinct transactional and advisory and disputes teams. Notable areas of expertise include conventional power, renewable and alternative energy, oil and gas, nuclear and construction-related matters. Team head and construction lawyer Melanie Grimmitt handles major energy projects in the UK and the Middle East, Stacey Collins focuses on transactional matters, Mark Harris is an expert in infrastructure work, Jon Riley assists with planning work and John Bruce is a specialist in waste-to-energy matters.

Infrastructure Tier 1

The infrastructure group at Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds office handles matters from a broad range of sectors, including healthcare, energy and construction, as well as the public sector. Kate Orviss leads the firm's global healthcare projects team and handles major projects, financings and social infrastructure matters; John Bruce specialises in energy and infrastructure projects with notable expertise in energy-from-waste issues; and Stacey Collins handles construction and engineering-related mandates.

Pensions Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's pensions and long-term savings group handles contentious and non-contentious mandates for its client roster, which includes a range of large long-standing schemes, major trusts and financial services firms. Practice head Jacqui Timmins specialises in traditional pension law and defined benefits schemes, while the 'experienced, pragmatic and commercial' Tom Barton heads up the team's defined contribution practice. Andrew Masterson and Julian Sladdin are key names to note for pensions litigation.

Planning Tier 1

Jonathan Riley heads up the department at Pinsent Masons LLP, which advises on some of the biggest planning schemes across Yorkshire and other major northern cities, as well as handling nationally significant infrastructure projects, urban extensions and compulsory purchase orders. Riley is also a key name for transport matters. Legal director Nick McDonald handles development and infrastructure projects and legal director Jo Miles focuses on residential and mixed-use developments.

Property litigation Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's expertise spans the full spectrum of property litigation work including dilapidations, lease renewals, tenant defaults, judicial reviews, easements, trespass work and town and village green matters. Team head Matthew Baker is a expert in the right to light and assisted the Law Commission with a review of the law in this area. Other key practitioners include senior associate Nicola Charlton, who handles rights to light and landlord and tenant disputes.

Social housing Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP regularly advises on complex national housing renewal schemes and has notable expertise in social housing PFI work, finance issues and London housing zone matters. Clients encompass national housing associations, local authorities and government departments. Group leader Anne Bowden acts nationally for housing clients with significant experience in London housing schemes, legal director Nick McDonald has specialist expertise in site assembly and vacant possession matters, and Stephen Glass counts housebuilders and developers as clients.

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a broad range of contractual and tortious disputes, particularly in the manufacturing, engineering and chemicals, technology and outsourcing and higher education sectors. Practice head Andrew Masterson specialises in product liability, pensions and IT disputes, while legal director Louise Nahon is particularly strong in engineering-related cases. Pensions litigator Julian Sladdin and James McBurney, who handles a range of corporate litigation, are other names to note.

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice covers a broad range of employment work, with the Leeds team including the firm's national leads for sectors including financial services, retail and sport. The practice, which also boasts expertise in Employment Tribunal matters and industrial relations, has continued to build on the 2017 acquisition of diversity and inclusion consultancy Brook Graham, a deal which added a new string to the firm's bow. Leeds employment and reward head head Jon Fisher has overseen the practice's recent growth, while also serving as relationship partner for a number of key insurance and retail clients.

Environment Tier 2

Following the departure of former team head Helen Peters - who left at the beginning of 2019 to join a close nuclear client of the firm - key contacts in Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds office now include legal director Louise Nahon, who handles environment disputes; Jonathan Riley, who focuses on planning work; and corporate partner Andrew Kerr, who assists with transactional matters. On a national level, the team is notably strong in the nuclear, energy, manufacturing and real estate sectors, acting on permitting work, contaminated land issues, waste management, chemical matters, projects advice and carbon trading work.

Health and safety Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's health and safety and risk advisory practice specialises in advising large retail and food sector clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The Leeds-based team, which includes regulatory lawyer Simon Tingle, works with well-known national and international businesses on strategic advice and in prosecutions.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP is on the panels of four of the UK's largest clearing banks and also counts asset-based lenders, insolvency practitioners, corporates, directors, private equity houses and distressed investors as clients. The firm's team - which has notable expertise in advising distressed law firms - is led by Richard Tripp, who handles corporate recovery and restructuring, with legal director Dawn Allen also a key restructuring contact.

Local government Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds-based group forms part of the wider firm's expansive local government team, which is one of the largest in the UK, with a client roster of more than 160 local authorities. The practice handles real estate, regulatory, governance, education, energy and contentious issues at a local and national level, with a strong focus on property and development work. Anne Bowden heads up the national practice and regularly handles regeneration schemes, Jonathan Riley is the key contact for planning work and Nick McDonald focuses on planning, regeneration and compulsory purchase orders.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The intellectual property team at Pinsent Masons LLP assists clients with a range of non-contentious and strategic advice. Legal director Louise Fullwood heads up the practice and focuses on matters with a science and technology component.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP's IT team frequently acts for national and multinational clients on a range of commercial matters and disputes. The group is instructed by companies investing in IT and service providers, and has particular experience in the edtech sector. Andrew Masterson and legal director Lisa Harley jointly head up the practice and focus on contentious and non-contentious work respectively. James McBurney has experience handling a range of IT and telecoms disputes.

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm that likes to do things differently. The business is built around the needs of its clients across five global sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology. Because the firm knows those sectors inside out, it is able to innovate with, and for, its clients to deliver modern solutions to complex challenges. In recent years, Pinsent Masons has achieved more Tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK than any other firm, been named the most innovative law firm in Europe by The Financial Times and simultaneously held the ‘Law Firm of the Year’ award from Legal Business and Legal Week. The firm has more PLC clients than almost any other law firm in the UK.

The firm: With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 23 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.

Type of work undertaken: The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. In the UK, it also conducts market-leading work in sectors including real estate, government, retail, universities and higher education.

Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.

Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and has also developed Cerico, a cloud-based regulatory compliance solution. It has developed long-term service agreements, often referred to as ‘sole adviser’ relationships, with a number of blue-chip organisations.

Other offices: Aberdeen, Beijing, Belfast, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Madrid, Melbourne, Munich, Paris, Qatar, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Richard Foley
Managing partner John Cleland
Head of London office Carolyn Saunders
Head of Birmingham office Greg Lowson
Head of Leeds office Chris Booth
Head of Manchester office Helen Ridge
Photo Name Position Profile
 Stacey Collins  photo Stacey Collins
 Philip Scott  photo Philip Scott
 Simon Plunkett  photo Simon Plunkett
 Melanie Grimmitt  photo Melanie Grimmitt
 Matthew Clayton-Stead  photo Matthew Clayton-Stead
 Tom Barton  photo Tom Barton
 John Bruce  photo John Bruce
 Stephen Glass  photo Stephen Glass
 Natalie Harris  photo Natalie Harris
 Kate Orviss  photo Kate Orviss
 Michael Smith  photo Michael Smith
 James Crookes  photo James Crookes
 Richard Daffern  photo Richard Daffern
 Victoria Goddard  photo Victoria Goddard
 John Cleland  photo John Cleland
 Andrew Kerr  photo Andrew Kerr
 Andrew Masterson  photo Andrew Masterson
 Mark Harris  photo Mark Harris
 Andrew Black  photo Andrew Black
 Matthew Baker  photo Matthew Baker
 Jonathan Riley  photo Jonathan Riley
 Jacqui Timmins  photo Jacqui Timmins
 Jon Fisher  photo Jon Fisher
 Andrew Quinlan  photo Andrew Quinlan
 Anne Bowden  photo Anne Bowden
 John Williams  photo John Williams
 Richard Tripp  photo Richard Tripp
 Julian Sladdin  photo Julian Sladdin
 James Long  photo James Long
Number of UK partners (including legal directors) : 380 approx
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,300+