Firm Profile > Pinsent Masons LLP > Manchester , North West

Pinsent Masons LLP
M3 3AP
North West

Banking and finance Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is active across real estate finance, corporate lending, acquisition finance, public sector lending, debt capital markets, asset based lending and education finance mandates. The team acts for a raft of major banks, public sector bodies, sponsors and borrowers on complex domestic and international transactions. Team head Matthew Morgan acts for lenders and borrowers on real estate finance, corporate finance and acquisition finance mandates, while Samantha Rollason is experienced in advising on the restructuring of UK and international real estate transactions and UK and overseas real estate funds, and Tim Fearn specialises in corporate finance, acquisition finance and asset based lending. Senior associate Sarah Jay and legal director Pippa Whitmore are also noted.

Construction Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is active across a raft of complex transactional and contentious construction mandates in the UK and internationally. It is active across real estate development and regeneration work and it operates across the nuclear, conventional power, offshore wind, energy from waste, rail, roads, education and health sectors. Graham Alty heads the transactional construction and projects team and Michael Hopkins leads on construction advisory and disputes work. Anthony Bradley specialises in major construction and infrastructure projects, Mark Job heads the national transactional team and Katherine Sneddon handles contentious construction work. Legal directors Siân Hughes, who is 'first-rate', and Ian Fairclough are also noted, as is senior associate Arwyn Jones.

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is adept at representing large corporates on strategic M&A and equity capital markets deals, as well as focusing on private equity, where it works with many buyout houses and management teams . On the commercial side the firm advises on supply chain management, franchising, advertising, agency, distribution, outsourcing, logistics, managed services, licensing, data protection and compliance. Key client sectors include manufacturing, technology and energy. Gregg Davison and Samantha Livesey head the team, with support from Helen Ridge, Kieran Toal and Amie Norris who was recently promoted to partner. Senior associate Alasdair Weir is also recommended.

Corporate tax Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on general tax issues, disputes and interventions, share plans and incentives, M&A-related tax, compliance, criminal tax offences and cross-border tax issues. Clients include major corporates, high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Lynette Jacobs heads the team from Manchester with support from Steven Porter who advises on both contentious and non-contentious tax matters, specialising in tax investigations. The team also works with Pinsents' network of offices across the UK.

Energy Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a raft of national and international projects in the energy sector and acts for large energy organisations, public sector clients, owners, developers, operators, funders and utilities clients. The nuclear, thermal power, oil and gas, biomass, solar and wind, waste management and mining sectors are key areas of focus for the team. Graham Alty  heads the transactional construction team in Manchester and  Mark Job leads the transactional construction and engineering team in the UK. Legal directors Ian Fairclough, who is experienced in nuclear, conventional energy and renewables projects, and Sian Hughes, who handles disputes, are also noted.

Health and safety Tier 1

Kevin Bridges leads the health and safety team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which acts for major players in high hazard industries including construction, waste, manufacturing and energy. Bridges, who is also qualified as a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, has wide-ranging experience, while senior associate Zoe Betts has a particular focus on the waste sector. Associate Emma Evans handles, among other things, manslaughter investigations, inquests and challenges to enforcement notices.

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's ‘highly proactive and efficient’ team advises top clients on a range of matters relating to IT procurements, outsourcing, cloud computing and online trading. Other areas of expertise GDPR, breach notification and remediation work, which the firm is seeing an increasing amount of instructions for. Clients include both public and private businesses in the tech and retail spaces. Samantha Livesey co-heads the team and focuses on IT, digital and IP matters. Claire Edwards also co-heads the team and specialises in major IT, technology and data protection matters.

Local government Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP  in Manchester is best known for its ability to advise on a range of issues for local government clients including cutting-edge developments in PPP policy in regeneration and social housing, alternative service models, alternative investment models and infrastructure funds in the region and beyond. The team also offers planning advice and is regularly engaged on housing, development and regeneration schemes. Team head Scot Morrison has a 'wealth of experience' and is noted for his experience in joint venture structuring; he is ably supported by Helen Robinson on public-private partnership transactions.

Pensions Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's pension department advises in relation to some of the largest pension schemes in the country with significant experience of scheme restructuring, funding and security projects. The team also has substantial capability in pensions litigation, helping clients with investigations by The Pensions Regulator or the Pensions Ombudsman. The team's client base includes financial institutions and pension providers, as well as pension schemes and their employers. Stephen Scholefield leads the department; litigator Hayley Goldstone was promoted to partner in May 2018 and senior associate Robert Tellwright is also recommended.

Planning and environment Tier 1

At Pinsent Masons LLP the planning team, which is led by Mike Pocock, acts for developers, public sector clients and landowners, as well as construction, energy and water companies. It is engaged on infrastructure and development projects and is experienced in education sector work. Compulsory purchase orders and development consent orders are also a key area of expertise and it handles contentious planning cases. Associate Elizabeth Nuttall is experienced in development planning mandates and senior associate Melanie Grimshaw is 'excellent'. Legal director Claire Gregory heads the environmental team which handles contentious and non-contentious work for clients across the water, energy, waste, chemicals, infrastructure and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of national and international development, construction and infrastructure projects and is particularly noted for its experience in energy, waste, transport, health, education and real estate projects. The team is adept at handling joint ventures, PPP and PFI work across a range of sectors. Graham Alty heads the firm's nuclear practice and Scot Morrison is noted for transactional work.

Sport Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP advises both national and international sports clients on a broad range of matters, covering investment, disputes, construction, planning and technology. Clients include governing bodies, sponsors, venues, teams, major events, funders, broadcasters and high-net-worth individuals. Julian Diaz-Rainey heads the team and focuses on dispute resolution, commercial and regulatory matters. Senior associate Andrew Mitchell specialises in contentious sports matters. Jo Seed is also recommended.

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice advises an impressive roster of clients on high-value disputes, with the Manchester team leading on major international matters backed up by the firm's 24 offices around the world. The northwest practice is notable in that it offers a 'search and seizure' practice, which has attracted a number of referrals from leading law firms. ‘Fantastic team leader and a stand-out litigatorJulian Diaz-Rainey heads the team; he advises on commercial disputes, company disputes and trust litigation, while senior associates Andrew Mitchell and Jo Seed are also well-regarded.

Education Tier 2

The 'brilliant' team at Pinsent Masons LLP is regularly involved in a range of planning, environmental, projects, construction, finance and employment mandates for higher education clients. Development, planning and environmental specialist Michael Pocock advises on large and complex development projects for clients in the university and higher education sector and legal director Pippa Whitmore leads the firm's education finance bank lending practice and focuses on lending to education institutions.

Employment Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's employment team - which is led by Neil Black, who is known for his work for food and drink clients - has expertise in large-scale reorganisations and restructurings, minimum wage enforcement and matters relating to the gender pay gap, industrial relations, TUPE and outsourcing. The team serves local, national and international clients including large bluechip corporates.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP is adept at handling complex regional and national restructuring and administrations, and its client-base spans a range of banks, asset based lenders, major corporates, directors, private equity houses, distressed investors, pension trustees and public sector bodies. The pensions and charity sectors are key areas of focus for the experienced Manchester-based team which is headed by James Cameron.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP has a particular focus on the life sciences, TMT and retail sectors for soft IP. Other client sectors include construction, IT, financial services, media and entertainment and consumer. Areas of expertise include brand reputation and development, portfolio management, patent procurement strategies, design right protection, unfair competition, breach of confidence actions, patent litigation and GDPR. Samantha Livesey heads the team and focuses on IP, IT, digital and data matters.

Property litigation Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed by investors, developers and occupiers on a range of landlord and tenant disputes and development issues. Its sector expertise is wide, and it spans the financial services, agriculture, housing and development, utilities, infrastructure, leisure, energy, retail and education sectors. The team has specialist knowledge of rights to light, electronic communications, tresspass, professional negligence, judicial review and vacant possession cases. Michael Smith  has transferred from Leeds to Manchester to lead the local property disputes team. Senior associate Stuart McCann is experienced in the application of non-domestic business rates and agricultural law. Associate Patricia Mellody is also a key figure.

Social housing Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for a range of housing sector clients such as landowners, registered providers, residential developers, local authorities, funders, grant givers and contractors. The team is adept at handling public-private housing partnerships and is experienced in structuring public sector joint venture vehicles. It is regularly instructed on complex housing and regeneration schemes, where team head Helen Robinson  is active, and the team also boasts strong planning expertise for projects in the sector.

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a raft of complex, high-profile development and regeneration projects including investment work, and regularly acts for international investors. The firm also advises on public and private sector developments and joint venture projects, and advises on residential development projects. The hotels, leisure, logistics, energy and infrastructure sectors are key areas of focus, and the team also handles real estate finance mandates. Team head Jonathan Brocklehurst specialises in tax efficient funding structures and is experienced in complex promotion agreements, site assembly and regeneration projects. Helen Robinson, legal director Matthew Rowlands and senior associate David Herbert are also noted.

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
 Jonathan Brocklehurst  photo Jonathan Brocklehurst
Mr Richard Masters photo Mr Richard Masters
 Nick Ogden  photo Nick Ogden
 Samantha Rollason  photo Samantha Rollason
Number of UK partners (including legal directors) : 380 approx
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,300+