Firm Profile > Pinsent Masons LLP > Manchester, England

Pinsent Masons LLP
3 HARDMAN STREET
MANCHESTER
M3 3AU
England

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.

Testimonials

Matthew Morgan is an exceptional lawyer, and he has vast experience and is very visible in the market

The team is adept at handling complex transactions

Tim Fearn is experienced across corporate finance, acquisition finance and asset based lending work

Samantha Rollason is brilliant

Sarah Jay is a star of the future

Key clients

HSBC Bank

RBS

Select Property Group

Permira Debt Capital

Tyman plc

PJ Livesey Group

N M Rothschild & Sons

European Metal Recycling

Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank

Quint Group

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.

Key clients

Sellafield

Ministry of Justice

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Wates Construction

Himor (Carrington)

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Seddon Construction

Lendlease Construction (Europe)

Johnson Matthey

SK Engineering & Construction Co.

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.

Key clients

AMEC Foster Wheeler Plc

Livingbridge Equity No Partners LLP

LDC

Equistone Partners No Europe Limited

ECI Partners

UDG Healthcare plc

Sovereign Capital Partners

Linnaeus group

Co-operative Group

Aventas Manufacturing

Vaultex UK Limited

UK Sport

Innovative Vector Control Consortium

The Jockey Club

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.

Key clients

Imperial Brands plc

Halfords Group plc

Rightmove plc

River and Mercantile Group plc

AMC Theatres

Portmeirion Group plc

Carr’s Group plc

Begbies Traynor Group plc

Norcros plc

Janus Henderson Investors

E.ON

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.

Testimonials

Sian Hughes is able to identify key strengths and weaknesses with a strong commercial sense

They are not only very bright lawyers, they are also very commercially astute, outstandingly good at handling clients and at managing cases, and are very easy to work with

They team is keenly attuned to the commercial objectives of the client and is highly skilled at devising the strategies by which such objectives might be achieved

Anthony Bradley is an outstanding lawyer who commands the absolute confidence of his clients, and is hugely conscientious and hardworking

 

Key clients

Sellafield

Johnson Matthey

United Utilities

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Balfour Beatty

Laing O’Rourke

Centrica

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.

Testimonials

Zoe Betts is a very dedicated lawyer and has a keen eye for detail‘.

‘Kevin Bridges provides high quality expert advice immediately‘.

Zoe Betts is approachable,  confident, clear in terms of advice, bold and very trustworthy‘.

Key clients

Kier Group plc

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Into Properties

Morgan Sindall Group plc

Pennon Group plc (Viridor and South West Water)

Future Industrial Services Limited

Bouygues Group

Muller

FedEx / TNT

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.

Testimonials

Highly proactive and efficient’.

Claire Edwards is responsive and highly engaged’.

Key clients

Exerp ApS

Celtic Football Club

Bonmarché Holdings Plc

The Jockey Club

Hanson Group

DCC plc

Allstate Insurance

Liberty IT

Silentnight

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.

Key clients

Manchester City Council

Wandsworth Borough Council

London Borough of Haringey

Homes England

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council

London Borough of Croydon

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.

Testimonials

The pensions team at Pinsent Masons has a strong London and regional presence and the extensive network of pensions lawyers allows the team to service clients in a prompt and cost effective manner. The size of the team and collaborative working patterns means that they can tap into specialist advice from their tax, insurance, employment and data protection teams, amongst others.’

Stephen Scholefield is always pragmatic and understands our business and any constraints within which we are working.’

Personable, friendly, accessible. Technically hugely competent but wrapped in a very friendly package which was just right for the circumstances.

Stephen Scholefield is pragmatic, organised, experienced, knows his clients well and is good to work with.

Key clients

Balfour Beatty Pension Fund

Royal Ordnance Pension Schemes

Rentokil Initial plc

Unite the Union Pension Scheme

Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme

Mercer Limited and Mercer (Ireland) Limited

Baxi Group Pension Schemes

Babcock International Group Pension Scheme

Eurotunnel Pension Schemes

Laird Pension Scheme

Makro Staff Pension Scheme

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.

Testimonials

‘The environment team is particularly strong technically and it offers pragmatic, user-friendly legal advice.’

‘Claire Gregory provides excellent specialist legal advice in a user-friendly way and is very reliable and approachable.’

‘The team is unerringly friendly, down to earth and hugely competent.’

‘Mike Pocock is a pleasure to deal with, his friendly and approachable manner is greatly appreciated.’

‘Mike Pocock is excellent with clients and is astute and approachable.’

‘Matthew Baker is excellent with clients.’

‘Beth Grant is diligent, well prepared and hardworking.’

Key clients

United Utilities

Northern Trust Company

HIMOR

University of Sheffield

Land and Lakes

Befesa Salt Slags

Stockport Council

The Casey Group

Sellafield

Yorkshire Water

Miller Homes

Kier Construction

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure

Tata Steel

St Modwen

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.

Key clients

Manchester City Football Club/City Football Group Limited

The Jockey Club / Jockey Club Racecourses (including Aintree and Haydock Park in the North- West Region)

The International Association of Athletics Federations

The English Football League

Leeds United Football Club (and parent company ASER)

Sport England

UK Sport

Rugby Football League

Everton Football Club

Club Regatas Vasco De Gama FC

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.

Testimonials

The Pinsent Masons litigation team is superb’.

Julian Diaz-Rainey is wonderful to work with, a great strategist and handles clients superbly well’.

Key clients

Travel CounsellorsLimited

London School of Economics and Political Science

NoMauser UK Limited

CVS (Commercial Valuers& Surveyors) Limited

NoHCMT Limited / AnthonyHanson

United Drug (UK) Holdings Limited

Manchester City Football Club

Jockey Club Racecourses Limited

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.

Key clients

University of Sheffield

London Legacy Development Corporation

University of Huddersfield

Bricks Capital

University of Exeter

University of Gloucester

University of Sussex

University of Lincoln

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.

Testimonials

A knowledgeable team, with good practical advice.

‘Commercial and pragmatic – the firm understands our business and culture.’

Key clients

Wincanton plc

Mondelez International (Cadbury / Kraft)

Weetabix

Arrive

Costain plc

Morgan Sindall plc

Mercer

Barratt Developments plc

N Brown plc

Witherslack Group

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.

Testimonials

James Cameron is a first-rate operator and has good commercial awareness

 

Key clients

FRP Advisory

Deloitte LLP

EY LLP

PwC LLP

Hilco Capital

SEA Equity

Duff & Phelps

Mazars

BDO

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.

Key clients

The Jockey Racecourses Limited

Innovative Vector Control Consortium

Lily’s Kitchen

Bandai Namco

Silentnight

Headlam Group PLC

University of Manchester Innovation Group

F2G Limited

Consumer Credit Solutions

Total Composite Solutions

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.

Testimonials

Michael Smith is always available to advise and comment on strategic matters. He is an excellent litigator and provides clear and concise advice and guidance on all matters. Clients wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him‘.

Key clients

Balfour Beatty Group

The University of Manchester

Aviva Group

JD Williams & Company

St Modwen Properties Group

Homes England

Makro

Preston North End Football Club

Harworth Group

Asda Stores

Aldi Stores

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Morgan Sindall Group

United Utilities

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.

Key clients

Homes England

HIMOR (Carrington)

Manchester City Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Morgan Sindall Investments

London Legacy Development Corporation

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Keepmoat Homes

Crawley Borough Council

Rowlinson Construction

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.

Testimonials

‘The team is able to handle highly-complex transactions and will get to grips with large volumes of information in a short period.’

‘Matthew Rowlands is down-to-earth and very approachable; he doesn’t just take a textbook legal approach to issues, he will suggest a suitable commercial approach to a matter where required in order to facilitate a transaction.’

‘The scope of services and integration of the commercial teams means the firm provides a one-stop shop for commercial property.’

Key clients

St Modwen Developments

Manchester City Council

Bricks Capital

United Utilities

HIMOR Group

Morgan Sindall Investments/Lovell Partnerships

Balfour Beatty

Homes England

Keepmoat

Harworth Estates

Lancaster City Council

BVK Hines

Yorkshire Ventures

Banking and finance Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP provides 'consistently excellent service' with regards to corporate lending, syndicated lending, real estate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, social housing finance, securitisation and debt capital markets work. The practice is also noted for its expertise in asset-based lending transactions. David Doogan leads the practice, while legal director Esther Parkes is also well-regarded.

Testimonials

‘The team is efficient, proactive and commercial in negotiations, which provides the support we need to execute transactions quickly and without getting drawn into unnecessary arguments’

‘The team is highly responsive, takes initiative where appropriate and provides sensible commercial advice as well as efficient and effective project management for transactions’

‘David Doogan and Oliver Morgan have provided us with outstanding service on numerous transactions’

‘David Doogan is a highly capable and commercial banking partner’

‘Oliver Morgan is a solid team player’

‘Victoria Baker is a pleasure to work with – she is highly professional and knowledgeable but also very commercial’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Barclays Bank

National Westminster Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank

Police Mutual Assurance Society

Orders of St John Care Trust

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Specialist Motor Finance Limited

Allied Irish Bank

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.

Testimonials

The practice at Pinsent Masons is one of the best in the regional market right now‘.

The team is reliable, giving first-class advice and taking a collegiate approach across offices nationally, which many firms of this size do not do‘.

Philip Scott has a relaxed but assured approach, enabling clients to get the right result with a minimum of fuss or grandstanding‘.

Key clients

Extentia Group

Beechbrook Capital

Mayfair Capital

Brexit Tier 1

Under the leadership of Clare Francis, Pinsent Masons LLP's national cross-departmental Brexit advisory team leverages the firm’s government affairs and public policy strength, a key area of expertise for Andrew Henderson, to assist  corporates, governmental departments and industry bodies with Brexit-related legislative issues and the practical application of Brexit strategies. Francis is also the key contact for the firm’s Brexit contracting solution offering, which advises clients on the Brexit risk in their current contracts and the wider risk this poses to the supply chain. In the firm’s Edinburgh office, Euan Smith handles corporate immigration work, while Birmingham-based Cerys Wyn Davies leads the IP and information law Brexit work. Iain Connor is noted for his IP expertise with a particular focus on the soft IP issues faced by clients in the IT, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors, Liz Budd handles financial regulation and investment funds work, and Alan Davis leads the competition, EU and trade group. In a recent highlight, Hammad Akhtar advised Royal London on its Brexit strategy and implementation including a cross-border reorganisation. Former team head Guy Lougher retired.

Key clients

Royal London

Universities UK

Nottingham Trent University

University of Edinburgh

Commercial contracts Tier 1

The sourcing and commercial expertise of Pinsent Masons LLP particularly focuses on the technology, manufacturing and energy sectors, with a speciality in bet-the-business transactions. Simon Colvin, known for his TMT work, leads the team, which includes advanced manufacturing and technology expert David Isaac. Also notable are Natalie Trainor, who is experienced in advising on large and complex IT, technology and business process transformation projects, and associate Ben Gardner, who acts for large corporates and disruptive start-ups on a range of commercial arrangements.

Key clients

Transport For London (TfL)

Starship Technologies

KCOM Group Plc

The Water Regulation Services Authority (OFWAT)

Bonmarché Holdings Plc

Sage Global Services

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is home to a ‘well-coordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment’. It represents institutional UK investors, commercial and residential developers, local authorities and financial institutions on a variety of high-profile investment and development projects within the UK and abroad. Student accommodation, build to rent and retirement living are sectors where the team, headed by Claire Hughes, is particularly well-versed. The practice also has a market-leading reputation in the hotel and leisure sector where core strengths include management contracts, franchising and transactions, as well as the full range of related issues. Recent highlights for the team have included advising Heathrow Airport on the third runway expansion project.

Testimonials

‘A very strong team who have a very solid understanding of the requirements of the client’s business.’

‘Their attention to detail is excellent and they are always on hand to deliver well thought out advice. There are two standout partners – Kevin Boa and Natalie Harris both of whom are excellent lawyers and very good to work with.’

‘Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.’

‘Commercial approach and very willing to work hard’.

‘Good project management. Focused on risk and protecting client interest. Personable, courteous, professional.’

‘Project management and an understanding when to make a recommendation and when to take instruction.’

‘A very approachable team which shows expertise and professional knowledge throughout all transactions. They have a very pragmatic approach, that gets the very best for my company.’

‘A well co-ordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment sales.’

‘Mike Reid is an accurate, commercially minded and results focused lawyer – he has a can do attitude.’

Key clients

Cycas Hospitality

Sir Richard Sutton Limited

Bricks Capital

Legal and General

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc

Adagio

Henderson Park Capital

Meliá Hotels International

Rhubarb Food Design Limited

Aareal Bank

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.

Testimonials

‘Wide depth of knowledge and experience across all areas. Easy people to work with, who will take the time to work with our teams and will explain complex issues in an easy to follow manner. The team builds up good relationships with advisers acting on the other side.’

‘Good understanding of my business and customer service. High standard of associates.’

‘Richard Daffern has been my principal point of contact for many years – he has good knowledge of what the company does and is very responsive.’

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Royal London

AXA – IM Real Assets

University of Leeds

Henry Boot

Leeds City Council

Westminster City Council

Octopus Healthcare/Medicx

London Borough of Wandsworth

London and Associated Properties

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.

Key clients

Renew Holdings Plc

Drax Group Plc

EPH Group

Amey Group Plc

Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd

Hanson Group

E ON A.G. Group

BH EnergyGap Group

Cyden Homes Limited

Balfour Beatty Group

Orsted Group

NDA Group

Johnson Matthey Plc

Laing O’Rourke Group

Yorkshire Ventures Group

University of Huddersfield

Royal Bam Group

Scottish Power Group

InterGen

Samsung C&T Corporation

China Triumph International Engineering Co Ltd

University of Leeds

Simons Group

Homes England Group

Saint Gobain

Lendlease Group

Black & Veatch Group

Roberston Group

Veolia Group

Kaplan Inc

University of Sheffield

Centrica Plc

SBM Group

Sembcorp Industries Ltd

Engie UK

Construction: contentious Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of big-ticket construction disputes, and is regularly involved in matters in the nuclear, offshore wind, solar, rail waste and residential construction sectors. The firm advises a range of very broad range of clients including developers, contractors, investors and owners. Neal Morris, who co-heads the team, is recognised for his expertise in PFI and works with many of the UK's largest construction companies. Helen Waddell, who co-leads the team, is experienced in various forms of dispute resolution and has advised on major projects such as Wembley Stadium. Other key team members include Richard Laudy, Mark RoeShy Jackson and Kevin Joyce.

Testimonials

‘Pinsent Masons retain their reputation as the leading construction law firm for litigation/adjudications.’

‘Pinsent Masons have been successful at gathering together and developing a number of talented partners.’

‘The construction team has great strength in depth, they are excellent at formulating a strategy for success based on sound legal principles and communicating that to the commercial team.’

‘They have a very good understanding of the business and are flexible and pragmatic in their approach, very responsive and will react quickly to tight timescales involved in adjudication proceedings.’

‘Incredible volume of construction specialists.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, agile and responsive.’

‘Shy Jackson is academically strong and easy to work with, providing prompt responses.’

‘Andrew Shelling is very capable and efficient at case management for large cases.’

‘Colin Fraser is very strong strategically, an original thinker and very proactive in formulating and executing a plan.’

‘Craig Morrison is an extremely able litigator, very sound tactically and responsive and good at assisting the business to achieve the very best outcome, whether claimant or defendant.’

‘Craig Morrison has a sound commercial approach to resolving disputes.’

‘Kevin Joyce and Zoe de Courcy are excellent, hands on and personable.

‘Kevin Joyce really understands contractors and their commercial drivers. He is a great strategist.’

‘Adam Harris knows the answers before you ask the questions and is unafraid of hard truths.’

Key clients

Balfour Beatty

Costain

Morgan Sindall

Mace

Scottish Power Renewables

Dangote

Johnson Matthey

OHL Construction UK

Kellogg Brown & Root

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's non-contentious team, which is highly regarded among market peers, is headed up by John Woolley, who joined from Dentons in September 2018. His work is primarily across the energy and infrastructure sectors. The London team works closely with its international offices in China, the Middle East and South Africa. Another notable name is Jonathan Hart, who has decades of experience as an infrastructure specialist with strong expertise in construction contracts.

Testimonials

‘Confident, well balanced advice.’

‘Pinsent Masons remains the best known construction law practice.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience of the sector.’

‘Good at communicating ways through often very complicated issues.’

‘Anne-Marie Friel is very good.’

‘Richard Williams is very knowledgeable.’

‘Anne-Marie Friel stands out.’

‘Anne-Marie Friel’s specialist knowledge makes her stand out. She is very calm and hands-on.’

Key clients

Costain

Morgan Sindall

Mace

Scottish Power Renewables Kellogg Brown & Root

OHL Construction UK

SEPCOIII Powerchina Group

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.

Testimonials

Pinsent’s puts meeting the client’s needs at the top of its priorities.

Andrew Black is smart and very client friendly whilst able to keep his eye on the big picture. The team works very well together which is a tribute to his matter management.

Andrew Kerr is highly responsive, attuned to client needs, a good communicator, and offers sound counsel.

Key clients

Fenner Plc

DCC Plc

Stadium Group plc

Central Square Holdings

ENVA Group

Northgate Public Services

Biffa

Forterra plc

Hyland Software Inc

Speedy Hire plc

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.

Key clients

DCC plc

Mayfair Capital Investment Management

UDG Healthcare plc

Drax plc

Halma plc

University of London

Imperial Brands PLC

Fenner plc

Janus Henderson

Halfords plc

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.

Key clients

University of Leeds

University of York

University of Essex

University of Leicester

University of London

Imperial

University of Brighton

University of Coventry

University of Lincoln

Birmingham Metropolitan College

University of Manchester

Education: institutions Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is a key name for the higher education sector. The team, led by Leeds-based Victoria Goddard, is known for its high-profile, complex, international and often sensitive work for universities, and has advised a number of market-leading players on regulatory concerns and handled litigation for these clients. The group is adept at advising on the creation and registration of universities, restructuring and financial developments. The wider team includes Julian Sladdin, who heads the university litigation group;  Helen Corden; and Gayle Ditchburn in Birmingham, who is recommended for her expertise on complex merger work and commercial projects.

Key clients

University of London

University of Sheffield

University of Sussex

London School of Economics

University of Leeds

University of Brighton

University of Huddersfield

University of York

University of the Arts London

University of Gloucestershire

University of Leicester

Birmingham Metropolitan Colleges

Equitix and Engie Consortium

Imperial College London

University of New South Wales

Employment Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP fields a large team, whose expertise spans the energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and university sectors, among others. Birmingham team head Jonathan Coley is recommended for his knowledge of the enforcement of restrictive covenants. The national head of the employment and reward team is Linda Jones. Another name to note is Helen Corden, who is active in the education and TMT sectors. Senior associate Rebecca Stephen is recommended for her work with clients in the higher education and financial sectors.

Testimonials

The lawyers are not sitting in a legal ivory tower. They take time to listen and understand our organisation and what we want to achieve. The advice is clear, relevant and pragmatic. It is provided in a timely way and in line with the cost quote’.

It is a very easy team to work with. The team truly understands the complexities of operating in all the business sectors’.

It is a very responsive and practical team, knowledgeable and commercial –  a rare breed!’.

Jonathan Coley is knowledgeable, practical, commercial and a seasoned player who is fantastic with clients‘.

Linda Jones is top notch – just  brilliant‘.

Linda Jones is charming, straight talking and bright’.

Helen Corden is hardworking, capable and personable‘.

Clients really rate Rebecca Stephen ‘.

There are some excellent junior lawyers coming up its ranks‘.

Key clients

MITIE Group PLC

RAC

University of the Arts

The Binding Site

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.

Testimonials

The team at Pinsent Masons actively listens to its clients needs, has exceptional attention to detail, and adopts a commercial approach to problems while striving for solutions. It really is a true global firm‘.

Key clients

E.ON

Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy)

Carlton Power/Wainstones Energy

Green Investment Group

London Array Limited

Drax Group PLC

Viridor Waste Management Limited

Saint Gobain

CB&I

Flogas Britain Limited

Actavo

Falcon Energy Group

Johnson Matthey PLC

FTS Derricks PTE. LTD

Longzhu Oilfield Services PTE LTD

Eggborough Power Limited / EPH Holdings

Intergen

Centrica Plc

Engie UK

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP has noted a marked decrease not only in IPO activity, but also in listing activity more generally. However, where the team has been kept busy are with moves from the standard to the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and public company takeovers. The practice group has a number of strong broker relationships, but stands out in particular for its client roster of AIM listed-companies, a metric by which it is regularly listed among the market's top firms. Further, 'the team made an excellent strategic decision' in 2018 with the hire of Roberta Markovina from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Markovina is the group's first US securities lawyer based in London. Other key figures include corporate head John TyermanJon Harris and Gareth Jones.

Testimonials

They provide regular updates on market practice and explain things simply and with a practical focus.

A growing force in the marketplace.

A good balance of partner oversight and extremely capable associates.

Very well placed to advise companies in the oil and gas sector.’

Key clients

CommScope Inc

Fenner plc

Canaccord Genuity Limited

FinnCap

AJ Bell

DCC plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Stadium Group plc

Central Square Holdings Ltd

Peel Hunt

Arden Partners

Abzena plc

Liberum Capital

Premier Technical Services Group plc

Investec

Health and safety Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's Birmingham team, which is part of a wider UK group, acts for many leading industry players in high hazard areas, such as construction, waste, manufacturing and energy. A key feature of the practice is that the team often undertakes its own advocacy, rather than instructing external counsel. Practice head Sean Elson, who has specialised in health and safety for nearly 15 years, has a wealth of experience representing clients in coroners’ inquests and investigations by the HSE. Another cornerstone of the firm's offering involves advising clients on health and safety preventative measures, compliance-related issues and stress tests.

Testimonials

Sean Elson is very measured, sensible to deal with and unflappable‘.

Sean Elson  is technically excellent and brilliant at litigation. He is particularly well regarded for his work on matters in the construction/energy sectors‘.

Sean Elson is very experienced with a strong track record. His manner is reassuring and detailed‘.

Louise Mansfield is knowledgeable, sensible and commercial.

Louise Mansfield is also deeply committed to this field. Her work is detailed and analytical’.

The team provides very practical advice and has a very good understanding of our business‘.

A strong player with several high quality corporate clients‘.

Key clients

ATE Truck and Trailer Sale

Health and safety Tier 1

Corporate defence work is a mainstay of Pinsent Masons LLP's health and safety practice, which has a strong track record on cases with a cross-border element. The team is also regarded as 'an industry leader in fire related health and safety matters'. Manchester-based Kevin Bridges leads the team and has a reputation for handling cases related to the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors. Associate Laura White has been active in handling work for SMEs.

Testimonials

‘Provides excellent, focused legal expertise that really addresses areas of need.’

‘The team is obviously an industry leader in fire related health and safety matters with market-leading experience and competence.’

‘Laura White is a clear and reliable communicator of advice and process, is flexible of thought but robust of opinion when required.’

‘Sean Elson is calm and reassuring to clients.’

Key clients

Kier Group plc

Crest Nicholson

Operations Limited

Intu Properties

Morgan Sindall Group plc

Pennon Group plc (Viridorand South West Water)

Future Industrial Services Limited

Bouygues Group

FedEx / TNT

ATE Truck and TrailerSales Ltd

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.

Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is actively involved in the promotion and opposition of a wide range of nationally significant projects in the railway, urban transit, ports and harbours, aviation and waterways sectors. Parliamentary agents Robbie Owen and Richard Bull are experienced in matters involving the planning and consenting process through development consent orders, Transport and Works Act (TWA) orders, and hybrid bills. Francis Tyrrell advises the public and private sectors on the powers and correct procedure of public authorities, judicial review and consultations.

Testimonials

The Pinsent Masons parliamentary team has a unique level of technical skill. Richard Bull is a very experienced parliamentary draftsman. He has political experience and connections which other lawyers and firms simply do not, and his understanding of parliamentary procedure and operations is formidable. He is backed by a very able team of colleagues, notably Robbie Owen, who is very committed to his clients.’

Pinsent Masons is one of four firms that are pre-eminent in this field. Pinsent Masons stands out by reason of the leadership in this field of Robbie Owen, whose energy and commercial acumen have driven its success.’

‘Francis Tyrrell is a top-tier expert in his specialised field.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is one of the top firms in the West Midlands for insolvency and lending work. Led by 'great lawyer' Amy Flavell, the team advises banks and insolvency practitioners and on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Specific sector expertise includes education, automotive, retail and energy. Samantha Palmer joined from Ashfords LLP in June 2018 while senior associate Stuart Taylor joined in May 2018 from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Testimonials

‘From a legal and technical point of view, the team are excellent at focusing on the right things; they are practical, very commercial in their approach and impressive in their ability to throw time at urgent situations.’

‘A diverse team, very strong at building and maintaining client and stakeholder support with multiple proactive touch points throughout the year.’

‘Equally blessed in legal skills and emotional intelligence, Amy Flavell gains a deep understanding of her clients, refreshingly lacks in an ego, takes a collaborative approach and has strong ethics – I cannot recommend her enough.’

‘Edward Sunderland is a pleasure to work with – highly professional and knowledgeable but also very commercial.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

KPMG

PwC LLP

Moore Stephens

FRP Advisory

EY

Crown Commercial Service

Homes England

Charity Commission Interim Managers

Bank of Ireland Group plc

Insurance: insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong offering in insolvency and restructuring; practice head Hammad Akhtar has a track record of work on cross-border Part VII transfers and regularly works with large insurance groups on their Brexit strategies, including Royal London Group, which he recently advised on the cross-border transfer of life insurance business. He is assisted by legal director Matthew Brewer, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in late 2017 and has been leading on the Part VII transfer process relating to Zurich's sale of its UK workplace pensions business to Lloyds Banking Group, involving assets under administration of £15bn.

Key clients

Aegon

Aviva Group

Canada Life

HSBC Life

Legal & General

Reliance Mutual

Royal London Group

RSA

Wesleyan

Zurich Insurance

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP is singled out for its expertise in advising public sector clients on IT projects, with recent clients including the Department of Health and the National Employment Savings Trust. Private sector clients include technology companies, service providers and non-tech corporates. Practice head Simon Colvin handles a range of IT transactions, while David Barker is a key name to note for contentious matters; he recently led a team which successfully defended Google in a data protection class action relating to the use of browser cookies for targeted advertising. Head of the telecoms, gaming and gambling team Diane Mullenex and David Isaac, who is instructed in large IT renegotiations, are also names to note.

Key clients

Google LLC

The National Employment Savings Trust

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

KCOM Group Plc

Department of Health

Transport for London (TfL)

Sorenson Media, Inc

Local government Tier 1

The local government team at Pinsent Masons LLP advises on development and construction matters, with key strengths including advising local authorities on public-private partnerships, procurement and land swaps relating to regeneration works, housing projects, recycling facilities, commercial developments and leisure. Didar Dhillon is an 'insightful' expert in this sector and is often supported by David Meecham .

Testimonials

The team is strong and proactive in their advice. The lawyers are pragmatic and seek to understand what is unique about the situation

Very supportive team taking a broad view of issues encountered in order to provide advice that supports both legal and commercial decision making

Didar Dhillon always takes the time to be involved in the projects, and to understand them. His advice is always supported with rationale. He acknowledges that others in the wider team have value to give, and always respects views. When he challenges them, he does this professionally and courteously

Didar Dhillon is an insightful lawyer with detailed knowledge of his subject area and willingness to work with the in-house team to find the best way forward

Didar Dhillon expertly negotiated the internal politics within our organisation providing a steady hand on the project to ensure we reached signature

Key clients

Coventry City Council

Cardiff City Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council

Peterborough City Council

Monmouthshire County Council

London Borough of Brent

Basingstoke & Deane Borough

Solihull Borough Council

Crawley Borough Council

Local government Tier 1

The 'consistently reliable' national offering at Pinsent Masons LLP  includes  real estate, housing, planning, commercial structuring and governance.  It advises on issues in the areas of education, health, energy and IT in conjunction with its understanding of political or regulatory factors. Anne Bowden heads the practice and has a focus on regeneration/housing projects and new funding, and Scot Morrison is especially skilled in structuring public sector joint venture vehicles and partnership structures in relation to property/regeneration schemes and procurement matters. Didar Dhillon has advised on large-scale projects and regional investment funds and real estate partner Nicholas Berry is also noted for his work with local authorities.

Key clients

Manchester City Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

London Borough of Lambeth

Leeds City Council

Birmingham City Council

Sunderland City Council

Oxford City Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Brent

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP has a broad international M&A practice, focused predominantly on cross-border deals within the energy and infrastructure, manufacturing and technology, healthcare, retail, financial services and real estate sectors. Across these sectors, the firm has handled complex mandates, facilitated through a strong international presence, in addition to US lawyer expertise, especially in the capital markets and securities areas. As part of this  push into US law, the firm recently recruited Roberta Markovina from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, an expert in the US securities space. The firm also hired Madhu Jain from Linklaters LLP, who is highly experienced in the insurance sector, and has a strong track record acting for clients in transactions by way of both share and portfolio transfer. The department is headed by John Tyerman, who divides his time between the London and Birmingham offices.

Testimonials

‘The team’s key strength is that I know what I’m getting – a highly skilled, knowledgeable, effective and supportive legal team I can rely on

Pinsent Masons’ partners and associates are consistently constructive, calm, supportive and reassuring. They are knowledgeable, focused, well trained and hard-working

Three individuals who I would highly note are Nicole Livesey and Gareth Jones supported by the excellent associate, Sophie Thornton

Key clients

CommScope Inc

Fenner PLC

Ammeraal Beltech

Cannaccord Genuity Limited

FinnCap

AJ Bell

M Group Services / James Winnicott and James Arnold

Elevation Capital Partners

Kindertons Group

Arden Partners

Houlihan Lokey (Europe) Limited

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.

Testimonials

The pensions team at Pinsent Masons LLP boasts good strength in depth.

With great industry knowledge and experience, Pinsent Masons LLP‘s team always makes sure to keep up to date with what is going on in the wider industry, in addition to advising on the legislation.

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s pensions team has an unparalleled breadth of expertise and can cover any pension law issue that clients encounter. This, combined with its ease of use and responsiveness, sets it apart from others in the field.

Tom Barton is a stand out DC legal practitioner in the UK; he provides the legal advice in a commercial wrapper and is always thinking ahead of the game.

Tom Barton possesses the rare combination of forensic pensions law knowledge and commercial outlook. He often anticipates the direction of travel and so the client’s needs are met before we have arrived there.

Key clients

Trustee of the Croda Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Henry Boot SPLA Scheme

Arran Isle

Trustees of the Bitmac Pension Scheme

TPT Retirement Solutions

The Trustee of the Firth Rixson Retirement Benefit Plan

The Trustees of the Hickson Group Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Vaillant Group Pension Scheme

Pensions Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP has a full–service offering, which covers a diverse range of matters, such as master trusts and occupational pension schemes. The firm is highly active in corporate advisory and public sector work, with the firm advising both employers and trustees (from a variety of industries), as well as national and international insurers. It also has a solid base of occupational scheme work, as well as a significant pension provider practice, and a top-notch pensions litigation practice. Nick Stones and Simon Laight are key figures.

Testimonials

Good all round team that provides practical and commercial advice on how to address relatively complex technical issues’.

Nick Stones – very personable and technically sound‘.

Daniel Shelley is very capable, strong technically and unflappable‘.

Key clients

Aviva

AXA

L&G

Cadbury Pension Fund

GKN Group Pension Scheme

Michelin Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

National Express Group

Serco

Covea Insurance

Inmarsat

Mitie Group

Fujitsu

Keepmoat

St Modwen

HMRC

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee

BUPA

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Carolyn Saunders, Pinsent Masons LLP has a market-leading occupational pension scheme offering, with a client roster comprising household-name multinationals. Key strengths include a robust master trust offering, investment advisory expertise, engagement with the Pensions Regulator and other regulatory bodies, scheme mergers, benefits rectification proceedings and high-value pensioner buy-ins. The 'top-class' team also lends its derisking expertise to pensions providers as well as trustees and sponsors. Isabel Nurse-Marsh heads-up the contentious offering, acting on the full spectrum of mandates such as Pensions Regulator actions, pension liberation scams, interpretation cases and pensions-related tax litigation. The team provides particular expertise on professional negligence and Pensions Ombudsman claims, while Hayley Goldstone is praised for her rectification claim expertise.

Testimonials

A team of experienced litigators and individuals with excellent technical pensions knowledge

A very professional and well-prepared team

Very hands-on partners and senior associates who work incredibly well as a team, always with the interests of the client in mind

The pensions dispute resolution team provides a high-quality service to its clients

Hayley Goldstone is tenacious in pursuing the right outcome for her client’

Isobel Nurse-Marsh is incredibly experienced with a flexibility in thought not always visible in senior partners

Charlotte Scholes has amazing attention to detail while also seeing the bigger picture. A real joy for both clients and those working with her

Ben Fairhead is a considerable asset to the firm

An excellent, knowledgeable and professional team that does not fail to deliver

Undoubtedly at the head of the pensions field

Key clients

Mercer

Pensions Ombudsman

Univar UK Limited

Scottish Widows

Dalriada

UGC Pension Trustees Limited

BT Pension Scheme

Scottish Pension Fund Trustees Limited

Planning Tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP’s market-leading, nationwide presence enables the team to handle some of the largest NSIPs on the market, with names including Richard Griffiths and Robbie Owen being leaders in the field. Iain Gilbey and Richard Ford regularly handle large-scale regeneration projects, residential and mixed-used development schemes, commercial planning projects and garden city settlements. Through the leadership of Nicholle Kingsley, the team has a major presence in the sporting sector, with a solid list of mandates involving stadium and associated infrastructure redevelopment proposals. Gareth Phillips is the go-to name for planning projects in the energy and renewables sectors, having handled the DCOs for significant offshore windfarms, solar projects and energy storage parks. The team takes on contentious applications in the higher courts when planning challenges are brought against clients, as well as acting on health and safety prosecutions and licensing issues. Through notable client Highways England, the team also leads on large-scale road projects, with Emma Harling-Phillips a stand-out name in this field.

Testimonials

A team of tremendous experience, with a wide range of skills and disciplines.’

The practice of choice for the most complex of infrastructure planning matters.’

Offers clear, pragmatic, consistent advice on often challenging, technical issues.’

Duncan O’Connor has a calm but authoritative tone with which he provides very comforting advice on tense, pressured matters.’

Emma Harling-Phillips is very diligent and solutions orientated.’

Emma Harling-Phillips is extremely bright, hard working and personable.’

Robbie Owen is a very impressive strategist.’

Key clients

Capital & Counties

Highways England

Transport for London

Drax Power Limited

Berkeley Group

London Borough of Croydon

Delancey

London Legacy Development Corporation

Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation

Eon

Orsted

2020 Developments(Luton) Ltd/Luton Town Football Club

Landsec

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Stone Hill Park Limited

BSF International

ABP

Cory Riverside Energy

Portman Estate

Grosvenor Estate

Lendlease

NuGeneration

Stag Energy

ScottishPower/Manweb

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.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons has a knowledgeable and approachable team with a range and depth of expertise that is unmatched‘.

Jonathan Riley is an exceptional communicator with a fantastic ability to put complex legal issues into plain English‘.

The team is thorough, professional and shows excellent capabilities in recalling details for specific scenarios. It is an excellent advocate and provides valuable advice to enable planning officers to engage with the applicant with confidence‘.

Key clients

Eggborough Power (EPH Group) 3 No

Leeds City Council 10+ No

Drax Generation Developments Limited / Drax Power Limited

Sunderland City Council

South Tyneside Council

London Legacy Development Corporation

Ballymore Group

United Utilities Water Limited

South Gloucestershire Council

Portsmouth City Council

Homes and Communities Agency

Wembley National StadiumLimited

VPI Immingham B Ltd

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 1

'Clear and commercially-minded', the private equity practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is led by Edward Stead. Stead concentrates on transactions involving companies operating in the technology, business services and professional services industries. The firm prides itself on assisting clients through the entirety of the PE life cycle, from initial investments through to secondary transactions and eventual sales. Highlights include a team led by Andrew Masraf advising senior management of Ammeraal Beltech on its sale by Advent International to Partners Group in a deal worth $1.2bn. Masraf often acts for management on upper-mid-market transactions of this kind. Elsewhere, Manchester-based practitioners Gregg Davison and Amie Norris represented the shareholders of Key Travel on its MBO, which was backed by Elysian Capital Partners. PE tax adviser Peter Morley joined the group from Squire Patton Boggs in September 2018.

Testimonials

Practical advice given at all times‘.

Amie Norris takes a no-nonsense approach and always keeps her word‘.

Key clients

LDC

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

Sovereign Capital Partners

MML Capital Partners

M Group Services

Horizon Capital

Ammeraal Beltech

Textile Recycling International Limited

Livingbridge

Huel

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.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons isn’t afraid of a fight and will support its client’s position and always puts the best foot forward in a strategic and efficient way. It fields a team of genuine specialists in real estate litigation‘.

The firm fields a strong and competent practice which is always available and very responsive‘.

Matthew Baker is determined on behalf of all his clients to extract the best outcome possible, a real pleasure to work with, calm and self assured, and a great negotiator‘.

Key clients

United Utilities Water Ltd

Whitbread Group PLC

RR Wing Portfolio Limited

Mayfair Capital

Milton (Peterborough) Estates Company

Aviva Investors

Sterling Capitol PLC

London & Associated Properties PLC

Rachel Securities

Crown Student Living

Hanson

Royal London

AEW

University of Manchester

University College London

London School of Economics

University of London

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.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons is easily one of the best firms in the region for social housing work and is led by the exceptional Anne Bowden‘.

Key clients

Homes England

Westminster City Council

London Borough ofLambeth

London Borough ofHaringey

Galliford Try Partnerships

Lovell Partnerships

Countryside Properties

London Borough ofWandsworth

London Borough ofHackney

London Borough of Brent

Places for People

London & Quadrant

Hyde Housing Association

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 1

Jason Collins leads Pinsent Masons LLP's tax litigation department, which is noted for its instructions in the financial services sector and experience taking cases to the Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union. The group has expertise in diverted profits tax issues, as well as work stemming from the Criminal Finances Act 2017, such as failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. On the advisory side, it advises clients on preparations for the new IR35 legislation. Other key names include contentious VAT experts Stuart Walsh, legal director Clara Boyd and Manchester-based Steven Porter.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons is the premier tax litigation firm; with a wealth of experience that far surpasses any of its competitors

Clara Boyd is a leader of the future with a profound knowledge of VAT, litigation experience which far surpasses her contemporaries and a staggering work ethic

The tax litigation practice has a number of partners and associates at all levels and therefore they are able to handle the largest and most complex tax trials

Key clients

SimplyHealth

RBS

BT Pension Scheme

AVON Cosmetics

Cantor-Fitzgerald

UBS

AXA Investment Management

VAT and indirect tax Tier 1

The group at Pinsent Masons LLP excels in matters relating to VAT disputes and VAT fraud, as well as having an outstanding customs and excise practice, which is instructed by major international corporates on a wide variety of excise duty matters. Practice head Stuart Walsh is acting for RBS in two VAT disputes arising from missing traders in its supply chain, with a total exposure of £300m. Clara Boyd, who was promoted to partner in March 2019, specialises in VAT and excise duty disputes with HMRC. Legal director Jake Landman has experience advising corporates on supply-chain tax issues.

Key clients

SimplyHealth

RBS

Avon Cosmetics

Cantor Fitzgerald

Smith & Williamson LLP (managing claims for Lowcost Holidays & Lowcostbeds.com and Alpha International Accommodation)

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's broad commercial litigation practice is notably strong in cases involving professional negligence, contract breaches and civil fraud. Jim Richards leads the team, while other key figures include legal director Jason Kirwin, who is heavily involved in the retail and manufacturing sectors; Jonathan Fortnam, who has a focus on the finance and energy sectors; civil fraud expert Andrew Herring ; and legal director Faye Moore, who acts on contract and warranty breaches.

Testimonials

The service is unique because they engage with client issues, however small. They seek to understand what they need and offer ideas as well as robust advice.

‘High performing team with excellent level of legal expertise. The team provide partnership approach that supports our business in finding the most commercial solutions to issues.’

Key clients

MLS (Overseas) Limited

NISS UK Limited

NE.ON UK PLC

London Borough of Haringey

Honda Motor Europe Limited

IMS World Publications Limited

Hill & Smith plc

APG Cash Drawer Limited

DG Robson Mechanical Services Limited

Marston’s plc

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.

Testimonials

The Leeds team of Pinsent Masons has all of the capabilities of a London-based practice but with the advantages of lower pricing and, critically, far higher partner involvement in a given case. This has allowed it to build up an enviable practice of commercial work from all over the UK (including London) along with international disputes.

The team skilfully defends against very difficult and complex issues with absolute attention to detail and analytical thinking, which create a robust and thorough defence. It demonstrates perseverance, patience, absolute legal understanding, superb analytical thinking, dominant negotiating skills, the ability to always give clear and sound advice and guidance, and an overall high level of intellect.

The calibre of the team, led by James McBurney, is demonstrated by the national and international nature of its work. It has the strength in depth and capability to deal with large-scale disputes.

James McBurney is an excellent lawyer who genuinely cares about the cases he works on and ensures that he gives each case his full attention. He has a good understanding of the commercial value of a claim and is an expert at achieving an outstanding result for his clients but is prepared to take claims to trial if a settlement cannot be reached.

James McBurney is a reliable and experienced litigator who “gets the job done”. He has a keen eye for detail and is closely involved in his disputes.

Key clients

Hamad Aldrees &Partners Holding Co. for Industry and Mining

University of London

Nottingham Trent University

University of Sheffield

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong track record of residential development work for investors, developers and public bodies. The practice also stands out for its experience in the healthcare and public sectors, as well as for advising insolvency practitioners on real estate-related matters. Tom Johnson heads the team and handles a wide range of commercial and residential development work, while the 'very good' Tom Eastwood focuses on healthcare transactions and Carl Scott handles insolvency work.

Testimonials

‘Very strong technical ability with a commercial approach.’

‘The team has strength in depth and is capable of handling very complex commercial property and corporate transactions across the real estate sector. Their non-confrontational approach is refreshing and has been of great help in completing a variety of deals often involving multiple legal firms acting for third parties.’

‘Lisa Middleton and Tom Johnson are the best commercial property lawyers I have worked with in many years. One of their greatest attributes is their response time and accessibility at all times of the day.’

‘Lisa Middleton is always responsive and not only has a very strong technical ability but brings a commercial approach to her advice.’

Key clients

Arena Central Developments LLP

Homes England

Elevation Capital Partners

HCP

Extracare Charitable Trust

Methodist Homes

Orders of St John Care Trust

Oakland Primecare

Exemplar

Spire Healthcare

Porthaven Group

MedicX/Octopus Healthcare

Akari Care

IM Properties

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Birmingham City Council

Lovell Partnerships Limited

KPMG

Deloitte

Ernst &Young

PWC

BDO

Places for People Group

Crawley Borough Council

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

St Mungo Community Housing Association

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP is home to a ‘well-coordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment’. It represents institutional UK investors, commercial and residential developers, local authorities and financial institutions on a variety of high-profile investment and development projects within the UK and abroad. Student accommodation, build to rent and retirement living are sectors where the team, headed by Claire Hughes, is particularly well-versed. The practice also has a market-leading reputation in the hotel and leisure sector where core strengths include management contracts, franchising and transactions, as well as the full range of related issues. Recent highlights for the team have included advising Heathrow Airport on the third runway expansion project.

Testimonials

‘A very strong team who have a very solid understanding of the requirements of the client’s business.’

‘Their attention to detail is excellent and they are always on hand to deliver well thought out advice. There are two standout partners – Kevin Boa and Natalie Harris both of whom are excellent lawyers and very good to work with.’

‘Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.’

‘Commercial approach and very willing to work hard’.

‘Good project management. Focused on risk and protecting client interest. Personable, courteous, professional.’

‘Project management and an understanding when to make a recommendation and when to take instruction.’

‘A very approachable team which shows expertise and professional knowledge throughout all transactions. They have a very pragmatic approach, that gets the very best for my company.’

‘A well co-ordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment sales.’

‘Mike Reid is an accurate, commercially minded and results focused lawyer – he has a can do attitude.’

Key clients

Legal & General

LandSec Group

Capital & Counties

ABP London Investment

Grainger

The Portman Settled Estates

Lend Lease

Abstract Securities Group

Grosvenor

90 North

Ministry of Defence

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP is home to a ‘well-coordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment’. It represents institutional UK investors, commercial and residential developers, local authorities and financial institutions on a variety of high-profile investment and development projects within the UK and abroad. Student accommodation, build to rent and retirement living are sectors where the team, headed by Claire Hughes, is particularly well-versed. The practice also has a market-leading reputation in the hotel and leisure sector where core strengths include management contracts, franchising and transactions, as well as the full range of related issues. Recent highlights for the team have included advising Heathrow Airport on the third runway expansion project.

Testimonials

‘A very strong team who have a very solid understanding of the requirements of the client’s business.’

‘Their attention to detail is excellent and they are always on hand to deliver well thought out advice. There are two standout partners – Kevin Boa and Natalie Harris both of whom are excellent lawyers and very good to work with.’

‘Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.’

‘Commercial approach and very willing to work hard’.

‘Good project management. Focused on risk and protecting client interest. Personable, courteous, professional.’

‘Project management and an understanding when to make a recommendation and when to take instruction.’

‘A very approachable team which shows expertise and professional knowledge throughout all transactions. They have a very pragmatic approach, that gets the very best for my company.’

‘A well co-ordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment sales.’

‘Mike Reid is an accurate, commercially minded and results focused lawyer – he has a can do attitude.’

Key clients

Legal & General

AXA Real Estate Investment Management

LandSec Group

Invesco

Aviva Investors

Royal London Asset Management

The Portman Settled Estates

RDI REIT

Grosvenor Approx

90 North

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's Birmingham team has a particularly international focus, with a notable skillset in private equity, M&A and capital market transactions. In terms of sector focus, prominent industries for the team include energy, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. Nicole Livesey  heads up the corporate department and is highly involved in the advanced manufacturing sector. Public sector specialist  Clare Francis  leads the commercial side and is notably skilled in advising on Brexit-related issues. Andrew Hornigold  is another name of note, and is heavily involved in corporate issues surrounding the technology sector.

Key clients

Cargill PLC

Headlam Plc

Halma plc

Homeserve Membership Limited

Keys Bidco Limited

ISS Facility Services Limited

Financial Times Group

Porthaven Group Holdings Limited

OFWAT

Starship Technologies

E.ON Ministry of Justice

Education Tier 2

Well-respected for its work in the higher education sector, Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed by universities and colleges on commercial, regulatory, governance, charity and employment matters. Gayle Ditchburn, who heads the team, stands out for her regulatory, structuring and governance expertise; Helen Corden specialises in employment law and handles restructurings and redundancies linked to the pressure to cut costs as well as staff status issues. Charity head Chris Thomas acts for higher education clients on charity-related governance matters and issues relating to joint venture structuring and the acceptance of gifts.

Key clients

Universities UK

University of London

University of Lincoln

University of Sussex

Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority

Dyson Technology Limited

Heythrop College

University of Surrey

University of Gloucestershire

University of Manchester

University of Greenwich

City, University of London

INTO University Partnerships Limited

OpenClassrooms SAS

Coursera, Inc

Online Educational Services Limited

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.

Testimonials

‘Ben Brown is an experienced and highly client focused senior associate’

‘Jonathan Fisher has knowledge of all our tricky cases and personally intervenes if anything looks like it might be going off course or one of his team needs support. If we have any concerns, he is always available to discuss them at very short notice and he personally ensures they are resolved. His advice is always pragmatic and helpful. Compared to previous law firms I have used, Jon is the easiest to deal with, the most responsive and is a great fit with our organisation.’

‘Joe McMorrow is innovative in terms of looking for new ways of capturing and reporting data, which helps us to manage our large volume of cases. Our team love him – he is always available to discuss difficult cases, provides pragmatic advice and is very personable.’

‘Sarah Ashberry is a joy to work with. She always spots the good arguments and potential pitfalls in a case from an early stage. She builds trust and excellent working relationships with her clients and takes a collaborative approach to achieve the right outcomes.’

‘Ben Brown is an excellent solicitor, on top of both of the law and the practicalities of litigation, as well as being approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Louise Stratton and Amy Mills were both a pleasure to work with, completely reliable and on top of the details.’

‘The team is very pragmatic, and built a rapport with us very easily. They are not afraid to give more decisive opinions and make time for us, even on short notice.’

Key clients

Centrica plc/British Gas

RSA Insurance plc

Royal London

Wincanton plc

KCOM plc

Marshalls plc

UK Sport

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

University of Sheffield

University of Lincoln

Energy Tier 2

Noted for its real estate expertise, Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong track record of work in energy and infrastructure projects as well as real estate transactions, spanning wind, waste-to-energy and battery storage matters. The team's client roster includes national and international clients in the public and private sector, often in relation to PPPs.

Key clients

E.ON

Centrica

Amber Infrastructure

Knowsley Council

FCC Environmental

Viridor Waste Management

Ørsted

Peterborough Council

Doosan Enpure

Hitachi Zosen Inova

Westminster City Council

Environment Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP regularly assists with environmental transactions as well as with regulatory and litigation matters. The firm also provides advice on energy projects, including on regulatory, project, and carbon and energy efficiency issues. Practice head Georgie Messent has expertise in regulations, transactions and disputes in the waste and manufacturing sectors, including arbitrations on treatment outputs.

Key clients

Viridor Waste Management

NuGeneration

E.ON UK

BP Group

Veolia

Kier

AMEC Foster Wheeler

United Utilities

Balfour Beatty

Morgan Sindall

Cargill

DCC Environmental UK

BAM Nuttall

Heathrow Airport

GWE UK Opco

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.

Fintech Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's fintech group represents a number of banks, financial institutions and fast-growth companies invested in the payments space. The team has particular expertise advising on regulatory issues, including the implementation of Open Banking in line with PSD2, API licensing agreements, applications to become a regulated financial services entity to provide 'account information services', and compliance with the Retail Banking Market Investigation Order 2017. In the commercial space, the group advises on investments, acquisitions, contractual agreements, product development, white labelling and service agreements. Yvonne Dunn, whose clients include banks and start-ups, brings specialist Open Banking knowledge to the team. Angus McFadyen is the firm's go-to payments lawyer; in a recent case he advised Yolt on the pan-European development and roll out of its financial management product. Junior partner Thilo Schneider focuses on corporate work in the sector, including M&A, venture capital investments and joint venture transactions. Financial services regulatory lawyer Andrew Barber (who joined the firm in 2019 from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP) has broad experience in payments, e-money and, in particular, the regulation and risks of ICOs and DLT.

Testimonials

“The team have the expertise in providing excellent professional legal advice on complex matters relating to technology and this is enhanced by their brilliant relationship management skills which enables them to engage effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders from large institutions to small innovative firms and entrepreneurs.”

“Yvonne Dunn demonstrates terrific empathy in dealing with client needs and challenges and is always extremely proactive in coming up with innovative and market leading solutions which enable effective collaboration and delivery.”

“Angus McFadyen is very responsive, delivers on time and keeps us informed proactively as issues arise. He is to the point in his answers, pragmatic and business driven.” 

“Luke Scanlon in our opinion has second to none perspective in the Open Banking and PSD2 universe. It is very hard to find lawyers who have an equivalent grasp of both the detail and the big picture.”

Key clients

Capita Scaling Partners

Indigo Michael/Consents

Online/AccountScore

Coinschedule

Meniga

Fintech Scotland

Priviti

Kalypton

Yolt/ING Bank NV

Elavon

Chequre & Credit Clearing

Company

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP works with clients including financial institutions, professional services firms, liquidators, manufacturing and technology companies and government agencies on a wide range of civil fraud matters. The team, which 'has excellent experience of all forms of fraud litigation', has  expertise in areas including worldwide freezing orders, asset recovery, multiparty litigation, cyber fraud, as well as employee fraud, deceit and conspiracy. The team is led by Alan Sheeley, who is 'unafraid of fighting in the trenches if needs be.'

Testimonials

‘The civil fraud team at Pinsent Masons is one of the very best in London. It has excellent leadership from Alan Sheeley, who has a team of highly able associates. The team has excellent experience of all forms of fraud litigation and knows how to achieve results for clients, including where urgent action is required.’

‘Alan Sheeley is an enthusiastic litigator who is unafraid of fighting in the trenches if need be and indeed, possibly revels in it’.

‘Andrew Herring is not only knowledgeable, but provides practical and clear advice on the pros and cons of pursuing a course of action; he has great presence and poise’.

‘Excellent knowledge of fraud investigations and legal procedures available, with a focus on providing practical guidance on strategies for recovery of assets’.

‘Andrew Barns-Graham is extremely hard working, independent thinking’.

Key clients

LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz)

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Bbay Companies

NatWest Markets Plc, previously The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Teamtrend Limited, Trade Point Agro Limited, Collyer Limited, Rossyn Investing Corp, Milbert Ventures Inc and Zao Ukrtransitservice Ltd

BDO LLP

Dalriada Trustees Ltd

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP provides regulatory advice to gambling sector clients and assists with strategic projects such as business expansions and financing, the introduction of new business-critical systems, relocations and strategically significant disputes. The firm also advises on M&A transactions, tax, employment, data privacy and pensions matters. The team assists online operators with cross-border transactions and is experienced in providing both contentious and non-contentious licensing advice. Diane Mullenex, who is noted for her particular expertise in the French gaming market, and Glasgow-based legal director Audrey Ferrie lead the practice.

Key clients

Canaccord Genuity

Pizza Express

Stride Gaming

XLM Media

CPFC

Harrods

Adil Group

Mint Festival

World Island

Health Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP focuses on providing non-contentious corporate and commercial advice to private healthcare clients and investors. Practice head Joanne Ellis handles real estate and corporate transactions including acquisitions of dental practices, sale of care home portfolios and the negotiation of partnerships. She is often supported by director Tom Eastwood on real estate transactions.

Key clients

Apposite Capital

August Equity

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.

Healthcare Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's national healthcare practice is best known for its strong expertise in corporate healthcare, notably in international commercial activities and joint ventures involving partnerships between private sector clients and international health providers, and dental M&A and refinancing. The practice also regularly advises private equity houses, banks, corporates and management teams in respect of financing, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Joanne Ellis and Kate Orviss lead the healthcare and global healthcare projects teams, respectively.

Testimonials

Kate Orviss at Pinsent Masons is very impressive, not just for the advice she provides but for her knowledge of the industry and her passion for driving forward UK healthcare.’

Key clients

Indo UK Healthcare Private Limited

Galliford Try Investments

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

August Equity

Care Management Group

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP is experienced in a variety of infrastructure-matters,  advising from the procurement stage through to structuring, funding and delivery. It is instructed by contractors and funders and is well versed in PFI/PPP matters. Richard Laudy leads the team, which also includes  Manchester-based construction and engineering specialist Mark Job as well as infrastructure expert Nick OgdenStephen Tobin is a key contact in project finance. Sonal Shah knows transport and defence projects well. Kevin Joyce has expertise in contentious matters.

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.

Testimonials

The practice understands the way clients work and has partners available to discuss problems quickly. It seamlessly translates instructions into action and provides feedback on progress along the route of the transaction‘.

Pinsent Masons fields a strong and experience team, which provides a first-class service which is quick and efficient whether the issue is simple or complex‘.

Pinsent Masons is very commercial with some clear market-leading sector expertise‘.

Richard Tripp provides a first-class service and quick and pragmatic support‘.

Richard Tripp will always make himself available. His focus is getting the right advice to clients to give reassurance and the direction needed. He has a first-class team to back him up‘.

Richard Tripp and Dawn Allen and the key contacts and are both approachable, knowledgeable, experienced and provide general and specific guidance on request. Issues, options and solutions are explored and explained fully and regular progress updates are provided‘.

Key clients

Deloitte

KPMG

BDO UK

Ernst & Young

Begbies Traynor

RSM Restructuring Advisory

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co

Quantuma

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's corporate and regulatory insurance team is 'extremely capable' and provides 'first class advice', not only on business-as-usual matters, but also complex corporate and regulatory cases. 'Extremely personable' practice head Hammad Akhtar routinely works with insurers on Brexit planning and restructuring, and advised Royal London on a complex cross-border transfer of life insurance business. This breadth at the department has attracted talent from other firms in recent years, including Matthew Brewer, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in November 2017 and Madhu Jain, who moved over from Linklaters LLP in November 2018 after almost 18 years at the magic circle firm.

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge, a can-do attitude and a problem-solving team that makes itself available.’

‘The team has great coverage across the market, good industry knowledge and its commercial and technical expertise is market-leading.’

‘Hammad Akhtar has exceptional knowledge of the law, market practice, and market developments. He has excellent experience in dealing with the regulators. Very engaged and exceptionally responsive. Very organised and proactive.’

‘Hammad Akhtar has made a huge effort to build up an impressive understanding of how our organisation works, both from a legal, structural perspective as well as how we do things. His advice was always completely on point, taking into account our risk appetite and what would work for us as an organisation.

‘Hammad Akhtar is very user-friendly. He can break down the most complex legal points and explain them. He also displayed an impressive understanding of the wider rules and regulations that apply to our business, demonstrating an ability to get into some pretty complex actuarial matters.’

‘Hammad Akhtar is an extremely personable lawyer who provides excellent support and advice. His availability during complex and long project was first class.’

‘Iain Sawers is excellent in terms of expertise, responsiveness and his knowledge of our business.’

Key clients

Aegon

AIG

Allianz Group

Aviva Group

Axa

BUPA

Canada Life

Hiscox

Homeserve

HSBC Life

Legal & General

Marsh & McLennan Group

RAC

Reliance Life

Royal London Group

RSA

Standard Life Aberdeen

UnderwriteMe Limited

Wesleyan

Zurich Insurance

Intellectual property Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong presence in the retail, manufacturing and education sectors, supporting an impressive roster of clients - including a number of high-profile engineering and manufacturing companies - on cross-border transactions and litigation. The team is led by the 'outstanding' and 'exceptionally committed' Cerys Wyn Davies, while director Jo Alderson is highly regarded for her technical excellence in M&A and private equity transactions. Legal director Tom Nener joined from HGF Law in June 2019.

Testimonials

‘Cerys Wyn Davies is the most outstanding person I have ever worked with on the legal side.’ 

‘Cerys Wyn Davies is exceptionally committed and a driving force under pressure. She combines deep IP knowledge with right on target hands-on support.’

Key clients

The Robert Bosch Group

ZyXEL Communications

UK Limited

Safestyle plc HPAS

Limited (trading as

Safestyle UK)

RAC

Fujitsu

The London School of Economics

The Financial Times Group

Smith & Nephew PLC

Sage PLC

E.ON

Magnesium Elektron

Limited

ISS UK

Capita

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice has a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, working with both international and national clients in the technology and retail fields. Andrew Hornigold co-heads the practice while also handling major M&A work for key technology clients, working alongside Birmingham commercial head Clare Francis, who acts for both private and public sector clients.

Key clients

The Financial Times

Starship

Bosch

E.ON

Centrica Connected Home

Headlam

OFWAT

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire

Repton School

Kier Limited

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.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons is very knowledgeable and experienced in this field, and is keen to work as part of the team to get to a solution rather than just identifying problems‘.

The size of the team and breadth and quality of the expertise available means that Pinsent Masons is able to provide high-quality and consistent legal advice across a wide variety of projects‘.

Anne Bowden delivers fast and effective advice with a tailored service offering a combination of swift initial advice and well-briefed advice from other team members when required‘.

Nick McDonald’s calm, friendly, knowledgeable and effective style or working is a real benefit to any project he works on. He is collaborative and a real team player‘.

Key clients

Westminster City Council

Leeds City Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

Somerset County Council

South Tyneside Council

London Borough ofLambeth

Bradford MBC

Peterborough City Council

Sunderland City Council

Barnsley MetropolitanBorough Council

London Borough of Croydon

Oil and gas Tier 2

The full-service offering at Pinsent Masons LLP has significant expertise in foreign jurisdictions and has developed particular strength in North Sea infrastructure deals as well as the decommissioning of oil and gas assets. The team also has notable capabilities in the fields of restructuring, dispute resolution, capital markets and regulation. Aberdeen-based Bob Ruddiman leads the firm's global oil and gas team. In London, Paul McGoldrick is the key contact; he has extensive experience in upstream joint ventures, project development, corporate matters, and asset acquisitions and disposals.

Testimonials

‘The team provides timely legal support.’

‘Pinsent Masons’ lawyers have extensive industry and commercial knowledge, including practical business experience within the oil and gas industry.’

‘This group is known for its excellent knowledge of oil and gas contracts, and commercial drivers.’

‘Paul McGoldrick is highly respected by commercial and legal counterparties, and technically and commercially very sound. He is a good man to have on your team.’

‘George Booth is a leading partner in the Middle East team, and wields in-depth understanding of the English law and oil and gas industry, as well as the needs of the customers.’

‘Louise Forster is a key point of contact with supreme industry insight, as well as an elite lawyer. Louise ensures invaluable continuity and safeguarding of all advice. She is a unique lawyer with the ability to turn work around on short notice and quickly perceive the problem and meet clients’ needs.’

Key clients

BP

Shell UK

Total E&P UK Limited

Ithaca Energy

Siccar Point Energy

Faroe Petroleum

Talisman Energy

Suncor Energy Services Inc

Aker AS

John Wood Group plc

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Led by Carolyn Saunders, Pinsent Masons LLP has a market-leading occupational pension scheme offering, with a client roster comprising household-name multinationals. Key strengths include a robust master trust offering, investment advisory expertise, engagement with the Pensions Regulator and other regulatory bodies, scheme mergers, benefits rectification proceedings and high-value pensioner buy-ins. The 'top-class' team also lends its derisking expertise to pensions providers as well as trustees and sponsors. Isabel Nurse-Marsh heads-up the contentious offering, acting on the full spectrum of mandates such as Pensions Regulator actions, pension liberation scams, interpretation cases and pensions-related tax litigation. The team provides particular expertise on professional negligence and Pensions Ombudsman claims, while Hayley Goldstone is praised for her rectification claim expertise.

Testimonials

A team of experienced litigators and individuals with excellent technical pensions knowledge

A very professional and well-prepared team

Very hands-on partners and senior associates who work incredibly well as a team, always with the interests of the client in mind

The pensions dispute resolution team provides a high-quality service to its clients

Hayley Goldstone is tenacious in pursuing the right outcome for her client’

Isobel Nurse-Marsh is incredibly experienced with a flexibility in thought not always visible in senior partners

Charlotte Scholes has amazing attention to detail while also seeing the bigger picture. A real joy for both clients and those working with her

Ben Fairhead is a considerable asset to the firm

An excellent, knowledgeable and professional team that does not fail to deliver

Undoubtedly at the head of the pensions field

Key clients

Arqiva

DMGT

Erricson (trustee)

Just Group

Coca-Cola European Partners (trustee)

Legal & General

RWE nPower (trustee)

Babcock International Group(trustee)

Singapore Airlines (trustee)

Sotheby’s (trustee)

Devonport Royal Dockyard pension scheme trustee

Mercer

Pensions Ombudsman

Univar UK Limited

Scottish Widows

Dalriada

UGC Pension Trustees Limited

BT Pension Scheme

Scottish Pension Fund Trustees Limited

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 2

Clare Tunstall heads the life sciences and patent litigation practices at Pinsent Masons LLP, which is entrusted with a range of IP protection cases by pharma and biotech companies. Christopher Sharp also takes on patent litigation cases whilst Allistair Booth focuses on IP transactions such as asset sales and purchases, collaborations and licensing. The team also assists clients on financing (Charles Waddell) and UK and European regulatory regimes (Catherine Drew). The team has been enhanced by David Lancaster, whose expertise is in patent and SPC-related litigation, joining from Powell Gilbert LLP and the arrival of Nick Finnie from Novartis.

Testimonials

The team has an in-depth understanding of the industry and have a unique set of capabilities and skills dedicated to advise pharma clients across the whole spectrum. They are highly professional, always available and provide excellent, clear and practical advises. They can also rely on a global and European network of excellent lawyers.’

They have one of most impressive track records of pharma patent litigation in the UK (if not the most impressive) and before the CJEU and have been involved in several landmark decisions in the past few years.’

Clare Tunstall has a deep knowledge of the pharma industry, is an impressive tactician and one of the best patent litigators in the UK.’

Charlotte Weekes is an excellent litigator and very good at explaining complex technical issues. Catherine Drew has a unique knowledge of regulatory law in the pharma industry. They each are very nice people to work with and always make sure the client is happy.’

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Accord Healthcare

JUUL Labs Inc

IP Group PLC

Oribiotech Limited

4D Pharma PLC

C4X Discovery PLC

Oncimmune PLC

Evgen PLC

Nodthera PLC

IBSA Institut Biochimique

F2G Limited

Planning Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP recently brought in a new local team head with the hire of former Ashurst partner Lucy Thomas, who handles large-scale regeneration schemes. The practice has outstanding expertise in advising local authorities on infrastructure and housing development matters, often working in collaboration with the London office, and also acts for developers on residential projects. Director Heidi Slater, who has 'an infinite capacity for sustained hard work', is well-regarded for her infrastructure work and also specialises in compulsory purchase and acquisition matters.

Testimonials

The team has the ability to work harder and more effectively over sustained periods of time in order to get the job done, and to deliver incisive and commercially astute advice at the preparatory stages of project development, backed up by an up-to-date knowledge of the law and its latest developments, and to then follow through to delivery of the project through the relevant consenting regime

The team clearly shows the reason for the firm’s market leading position, offering expert advice, providing strength in depth and demonstrating that going the extra mile is simply business as usual

The team has the ability to always provide advice constructively with a solutions focus, allowing them to become trusted members of the wider project team, rather than just legal gatekeepers

I have found the knowledge and experience of Pinsent Masons to be unparalleled within the sector. All employees that I have worked with have a thorough understanding of the range of planning consenting approaches

Legal director Heidi Slater has an infinite capacity for sustained hard work, a detailed knowledge of compulsory acquisition and development consent order law, practice, and procedure, and a sound grasp of tactics and commercial realism

Heidi Slater is very approachable and makes the often stressful DCO examination process much simpler with her calm approach that shows that she is in control of the situation. She is responsive and efficient

Associate Matthew Fox has a ‘can do’ attitude combined with a steadiness under pressure, an ability to deliver against tight deadlines, and a microscopic attention to detail

Matthew Fox is particularly knowledgeable of the technical aspects of the environmental disciplines. Matthew also has a remarkable ability to understand and recall the approach to the assessment

Associate Jonathan Leary is a oasis of calm in a pressured environment, with a detailed knowledge of DCO drafting and compulsory purchase compensation, and a reassuring sense of keeping matters firmly under control

Heidi Slater and Jonathan Leary have provided excellent legal advice and exceptional hard work

Lucy Close is one to watch, with a real understanding of her clients, strong drafting skills and a practical approach to advice

Key clients

Highways England

Suffolk County Council

Norfolk County Council

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Transport for London

Heathrow Airport Limited

Crest Nicholson

Environment Agency

Countryside Properties UK Limited

Port of Tilbury Limited

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council & Hampshire County Council (jointly)

Cory Riverside Energy

L&Q/ Gallagher Estates Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

Davidsons Developments Limited

CALA Homes

London Borough of Croydon

Stone Hill Park Limited

Portsmouth City Council

Leeds City Council

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's team has been busy acting for purchasers and vendors of renewable energy assets, and the project finance sub-team continues to represent both sponsors and banks in UK wind farm and solar refinancings. The group has significant expertise in low carbon projects, energy regulation, energy trading, offshore wind and has recently been advising its stellar client roster on the closure of the Renewables Obligation subsidy scheme. Global practice head Paul Rice and his team also handle significant volumes of work in relation to nuclear power and interconnectors.

Testimonials

‘The team has developed a strong understanding of the industry. It has continued to enhance its capability in the field to continue to deliver a strong offering to the nuclear sector. Its key capabilities include major projects of a unique nature, complex public procurement and alternative commercial delivery models.’

‘This team is very commercially focused – its practitioners understand what clients want to achieve and go after it. Whilst many firms talk about sectoral focus, Pinsent Masons really seems to understand the sector and how it is evolving.’

‘Graham Alty stands out as a partner with a genuine and ongoing interest in the nuclear sector, with the drive and commitment to ensure that resource and capability is always on hand to support the business.’

‘Ian McCarlie is very well connected and really knows the sector.’

‘Melanie Grimmett is very responsive, and solutions-driven. Brilliant at finding a way through when the usual solutions aren’t available.’

‘David Ross manages to adopt a highly commercial perspective in giving sound advice on real estate matters.’

‘When it comes to closing an acquisition, Jennifer Malcolm will do what it takes to make things happen.’

Key clients

E.ON

Orsted (formerly DongEnergy)

Centrica

Drax Group

Engie

BayWa

InfaRed/TRIG

NTR Plc

RWE 5 years

Element Power

Carlton Power/Wainstones Energy

Eggborough Power Limited / EPH Holdings

Green Investment Group

London Array Limited

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP has expertise in handling work relating to PPPs in the waste sector, contracting arrangements in the rail market, alternative funding sources and development projects. Practice head Didar Dhillon, who specialises in PPP projects across the energy and waste sectors, works alongside Nigel Blundell, who leads much of the practice's most important work, as well as senior associates Gemma Glasspole and Oliver Mangiapane.

Key clients

Cardiff City Council

FCC Environmental

Volker Rail

Morgan Sindall

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Hitachi Zosen AG

Peterborough Council

Amber Infrastructure

South East London Combined Heat & Power Limited

Knowsley Council

Property litigation Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's diverse client base includes investment funds, local authorities, energy providers, waste operators, universities and housing associations, and the practice is well-regarded for its expertise in the telecoms, energy and waste sectors. The team also provides comprehensive advice on landlord and tenant issues such as break clauses, rent reviews and land ownership, as well as on development, regeneration and transactional disputes. The highly regarded Alicia Foo has broad expertise in all types of property disputes, while the 'outstanding' senior associate Craig Downhill is frequently involved in development and insolvency cases.

Testimonials

Alicia Foo is very good

Craig Downhill is an outstanding lawyer

Key clients

Arqiva

Veolia

FCC

Watford Borough Council

Union Investments

London and Regional Properties Limited

London Boroughs of Brent

Wandsworth & City of Westminster

CBRE Global Investors

E.On

ScottishPower

Homes England

Peterson (United Kingdom) Limited

Moreton Morrell Parish Council

Property litigation Tier 2

Rated for its 'commercial approach', Pinsent Masons LLP's client roster includes property developers, housebuilders, institutional investors and investment funds, who benefit from the team's notable expertise in rights of light - including rights of light insurance - energy and infrastructure-related property disputes, vacant possession strategies and mass protest and trespasser actions. 'Rights of light guruSiobhan Cross and the 'very helpful, experienced and knowledgeableMelissa Thompson jointly head the 'tremendously proactive, energetic and innovative' practice, which also offers litigation avoidance advice and dispute analysis assistance.

Testimonials

Very well organised.

The team grasps and advises on complex issues quickly and in an easy to understand manner.

They are very approachable and understand the needs of the client’s business.

Holistic team which clearly does joined-up thinking on real estate matters.

Inspires great trust and loyalty.

Key clients

Royal London

The Portman Estate

Grainger

Legal & General Property

INEOS

Lendlease

Oracle Corporation

Lugano Dissington Estate

Mount Anvil

Heathrow Airport

Ionity

Reputation management Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's media defendant practice combines advising on libel claims with its 'unrivalled in-depth knowledge' of data privacy. It also demonstrates crucial understanding of technology , with 'strategically aware' practice head David Barker counting Google as one of the firm's core clients., representing the tech giant in the first UK "right to be forgotten" cases. Thanks to this high-profile client, the firm was also active for the defendants in Richard Lloyd v Google, a landmark case in the emerging field of data protection class actions. 'Formidable' senior associate Alex Keenlyside and associate Imogen Allen-Back are key pillars of the media and privacy disputes practice, acting for technology companies as well as more traditional media clients.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons have carefully built one of the very top practices in this area, quietly getting more and more exposure to demonstrate their brilliance. They are now right at the apex of the top firms in this area in terms of quality.

When the case really matters to the client, these are the people I have no hesitation in telling my clients to turn to. I know they will deliver and I know the case is safe in their hands.

Pinsent Masons are supremely competent and also have strength right across the board.’

Some of their trainees are terrifyingly brilliant. Most importantly of all, they are all just absolutely lovely people. You want to work with them. You want to have them on your side.’

Pinsent Mason have unique insight into cases from both sides of claimant and defendant work, something increasingly unique in this area.

Pinsent Mason really are at the very top of this area and deserve recognition. They are not afraid to tackle head on new and challenging cases which push the boundaries of the law.’

Pinsent Masons offers both unrivalled in-depth specialist knowledge and experience of data law and related technology law as well as experience of more traditional media/reputation work.’

This practice is committed to clients, conscientious, knowledgeable in the law, efficient, easy to deal with, reliable and entirely worthy of being ranked as at the top of their field.’

David Barker and Alex Keenlyside make an extremely hard working, strategically aware, very tech savvy team.

Alex Keenlyside’s advice is always clear, timely, professional and comprehensive.  He takes a very careful and measured approach when delivering advice.

Alex Keenlyside is a superb senior associate who is a future star in the field and has already established himself a leading media defendant lawyer.

Imogen Allen-Back has a stellar reputation as an associate who can be trusted with even the most complex or difficult litigation. She has already amassed experience which far surpasses her years’ qualified and she is noted for her calm intelligence and impressive tactical awareness.’

Key clients

Google LLC

Google UK Limited

British Broadcasting Corporation

University of Durham

Hiscox

Media Lawyers Association (pro bono)

Social housing: finance Tier 2

Although Pinsent Masons LLP's national social housing finance practice is primarily weighted towards acting for lenders (including all the main clearing banks and alternative funders), its excellent reputation sees the firm also generate work from government bodies, local authorities and registered social landlords. The firm has a longstanding relationship with Homes England, for which it has provided legal advice for more than 20 years. A key practitioner is Edward Sunderland, whose experience spans securitisation, debt capital markets, receivables and asset-backed finance. Sunderland was the lead adviser to Pension Insurance Corporation plc on a £100m secured private placement issued by Accord Housing Association Ltd. In another mandate, Sarah Whitty (who leads the national social housing finance practice) and Stephen Brown acted for HSBC Bank on the provision of a £200m loan facility to Genesis Housing Association and the charging of over 1,000 units. Anne Bowden and David Meecham are also highly rated.

Key clients

Homes England (trading name of Homes and Communities Agency)

HSBC Bank plc

Nationwide Building Society

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd

L&G

M&G Investments

Santander

The Extracare Trust

Allied Irish Bank

Pension Investment Corporation

Sport Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP's sports group has particular expertise in handling major corporate matters for clients, including establishing new businesses, advising on shareholder rights and acting on the acquisition of professional football teams. The team displays further ability on regulatory disputes, sensitive safeguarding matters and commercial work; in the former area partner Julian Diaz-Rainey, whose clients include several Premier League football clubs, was recently instructed by the IAAF in two high-stakes CAS appeals, and on the commercial side partner Trevor Watkins has been retained by Yorkshire 2019 to manage numerous contractual requirements in relation to the upcoming UCI Road World Championships. Additional expertise is offered by the practice in employment law, where the team are currently instructed in a leading tribunal case on the scope of employee rights, and competition law, an area in which partner Angelique Bret is the firm's go-to specialist.

Testimonials

“The Pinsent Masons team have great attention to detail, awareness of issues and ability to understand them quickly.”

“The sports group show empathy and awareness of commercial ramifications.”

“The sports team at Pinsent Masons are quick to respond in urgent situations and provide a one-stop shop if required due to the firm’s scale of expertise.”

“The team has involved cross border offices and the co-ordination between these has generally been exceptional.”

“We benefited greatly from the knowledge of partners Trevor Watkins and Julian Diaz-Rainey.”

“Trevor Watkins’ knowledge of the horse racing industry has been invaluable.”

“Wendy Nicholson has been exceptional in relation to procurement advice.”

Key clients

The Jockey Club/Jockey Club Racecourses

UK Sport 12

IAAF

Liverpool FC

Manchester City FC

Infront Sports & Media AG

Leeds United FC

The Football Association

London Legacy Development Corporation

Sport England

Asset based lending Tier 3

Headed by Edward Sunderland and aided by practitioners throughout the firm’s national network of offices, Pinsent Masons LLP provides a ‘commercial and pragmatic service’ to funders and corporates across the spectrum of primarily domestic deals. Leveraging strong institutional ties with many of the clearing banks, the team has exposure to a vast range of work, running the gamut from complex securitisation-style mandates through to receivables financings and invoice discounting. As well as acting on the front end of deals, the team also has a strong reputation on the restructuring front, where ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ senior associate Gemma Kaplan has a thriving reputation in the market.

Testimonials

The team provides an excellent and consistent performance‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP is well-known for providing specialist charity law advice to universities, as well as assisting commercial clients with the establishment of corporate foundations. It also acts for major insurance companies on their entering into ‘affinity’ arrangements with charities, and also generates work from local government charities. Legal director Chris Thomas is the name to note.

Key clients

London School of Economics

University of Sheffield

University of Leeds

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Surrey

Coventry University

University of Edinburgh

University of Huddersfield

University of New South Wales

University College London

Allianz

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP' 'lawyers are very tough and determined in the pursuit of their clients' interests'. The practice is noted for high volume, big-ticket litigation and stands out for  complex commercial disputes in the energy, financial institutions and technology sector. It  frequently advises on cases with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional elements, including Russia and Ukraine. Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head with Glasgow-based Laura Cameron heading the risk advisory services group . Also highly rated are Katharine Davies, Stuart McNeill, Alan Sheeley, Ben Fairhead, and legal directors Richard Dickman and Michael Fletcher. Daniel Gardiner is an experienced senior associate.

Testimonials

‘A genuinely superb firm for big-ticket litigation that combines brilliant litigation tactics with professionalism and a team ethos that are unrivalled‘.

Katharine Davies is one of the most experienced and best dispute lawyers in the London market – the person clients absolutely want on their side‘.

Stuart McNeill is clever, calm, objective and balanced‘.

Michael Fenn is an exceptional adviser, who has significant experience acting for large clients – clients completely trust his advice‘.

Daniel Gardiner is a brilliant associate, who has good sense, good judgement and determination‘.

Key clients

Aeroflot- Russian Airlines

Trevarian Management and others

Dalriada Trustees

Novo Banco

Teamtrend

BP International

Safestyle UK

Competition litigation Tier 3

In addition to advising its varied client base on contentious matters at UK level, Pinsent Masons LLP also handles cases before the EU General Court and the Court of Justice. Acting primarily on the defence side, the team adopts a holistic approach towards litigation by collaborating with other departments at the firm. Recent work highlights for the team, which is led by Alan Davis,  include follow-on damages claims of a high-profile nature. In May 2019, The firm expanded its offering with the hire of the well-regarded Robert Vidal from Taylor Wessing LLP. It had previously seen Ben Lasserson leave to become a  partner at Strange & Butler UK LLP in 2018.

Construction Tier 3

The Birmingham team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which focuses on non-contentious work, is led by Nigel Blundell, who has advised a number of contractors on issues relating to the collapse of Carillion. The team acts for an impressive range of public and private sector clients, including some of the best-known names in the property and infrastructure sphere, and works in tandem with the firm's market-leading lawyers across the UK on major matters.

Key clients

Volkerrail

Grainger Plc

Balfour Beatty PLC

Galliford Try PLC

Arena Central Developments LLP

IM Properties

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Claire Edwards, David Barker and Ian Birdsey lead the practice, focusing on advisory work, litigation and cyber issues respectively. On the advisory side, the group is noted for its expertise in the financial services and technology sectors. The firm’s litigation strength also extends to the technology sector with Barker recently acting for Google in the High Court in two right to be forgotten cases and defending the same client in a landmark data protection class action relating to iPhone cookies. The cyber team regularly handles cross-border breaches and has developed separate US and EU/GDPR desks. Cerys Wyn Davies leads the information law practice in Birmingham. Former global practice head Marc Dautlich joined Bristows LLP.

Testimonials

The firm has built up a fantastic team in this new and extremely important area. It demonstrates real knowledge not only of the law but the technical side as well.

It is an innovative, forward-leaning team that is keenly watching the cyber security market and ensuring that its expertise keeps pace with the developments in cyber. It has a particular expertise in cyber regulation and niche technology. Compared to other firms, it is curious and prepared to take business risks to stay on top of technology. There is much to be admired about this firm – it is really going places.

Ian Birdsey and David Barker are extremely knowledgeable on both legal and technical matters, and very easy to work with.

David McIlwaine is a superb cyber security partner. He is user friendly, bright and well informed. He is genuinely committed to understanding the issue and is ferociously hardworking. He is a real pleasure to work with. He always goes out of his way to ensure the client is happy.

Employee share schemes Tier 3

Lynette Jacobs leads the team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which was joined by legal director Fleur Benns from Bird & Bird LLP in 2018. It is noted for advising domestic and international clients on share incentive arrangements, often over several jurisdictions. The group also assists with the interaction between remuneration policy, share plan rules and regulatory clients in the financial services sector, as well as the day-to-day operation of employee incentive arrangements.

Testimonials

Broad-based knowledge of the laws of non-UK countries and the ability to locate resources abroad

Focused on understanding the details of other jurisdictions

The team combine highly technical advice with practical guidance, which is highly relevant to the matter in hand

Fleur Benns has exceptional technical knowledge combined with practical expertise and strong experience navigating HMRC

Key clients

Imperial Brands plc

Halfords Group plc

Rightmove plc

River and Mercantile Group plc

AMC Theatres

GoCardless

Employment: employers Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP's London employment and reward practice, which has a particular focus on the financial services, infrastructure and TMT sectors, has enjoyed strong growth over the past year. The team has aimed to distinguish itself from other competitors by leveraging new technology to provide a more cost-effective service, and has developed a client portal to more efficiently manage multiple claims for large clients. The practice is also continuing to build on its acquisition of diversity and inclusion firm Brook Graham in 2017, a deal which added a new string to the firm's bow. The team is led by Ed Goodwyn, who works with a raft of top infrastructure clients, while Fleur Benns , who has expertise in share schemes and incentives, joined as a legal director from Bird & Bird LLP in later 2018.

Testimonials

‘Ed Goodwyn and his team are highly professional; they provide first class but pragmatic advice. They understand our business and culture well.’

Key clients

Allianz Insurance plc

Balfour Beatty Group

Barratt Developments plc

McDermott International, Inc.

Houlihan Lokey EMEA LLP

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG(Berenberg Bank)

Kier Group plc

Laing O’Rourke plc

Royal BAM Group

SEI Investments (Europe) Limited

EU and competition Tier 3

As recognised by the market, Pinsent Masons LLP’s competition, EU and trade department has ‘outstanding’ expertise in the consumer protection space, which makes it a suitable destination for multinational companies active across a number of industries, including technology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and retail. Notably, the group receives instructions from high-profile clients in the financial services and insurance sectors. On the merger control side notable work highlights include advising Post Office on its acquisition of Payzone, as well as handling the £14.6bn acquisition of Discovery by client UKTV, a joint venture formed by BBC Worldwide and Scripps. ‘Clear thinkerAlan Davis serves as head of the practice, where Angelique Bret and Guy Lougher are also noted. The team is experiencing growth at senior level, as Taylor Wessing LLP’s former department head Robert Vidal joined in May 2019.

Testimonials

Clear and well-explained advice

Good commercial awareness and knowledge of competition law

Pinsent Masons offers exceptional expertise in the increasingly important field of consumer law enforcement

Alan Davis is a very talented lawyer; he is incisive and intelligent, has encyclopedic knowledge of competition law, and has the rare ability to explain this complex area of the law in a commercial way

Angelique Bret is the standout practitioner in this area, offering a depth of experience and focused commercial advice

Guy Lougher is very good technically and has a calm manner in working with clients

Key clients

Post Office

Motor Fuel Group

Macmillan Publishers

UKTV

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

E.ON

Hanson

DCC

CST Industries

FP McCann

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.

International arbitration Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP is 'notable for its breadth of expertise and experience in international arbitration, as well as its efficient case management'. The international arbitration practice fields specialists in the energy, infrastructure, technology and financial services sectors. Mark Roe is international arbitration head and Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head; other experienced practitioners are Katharine DaviesJason Hambury, Alistair CalvertGurmukh Riyat and Jean-François Le Gal. The senior associates to note are Clea Bigelow-Nuttall, Daniel Gardiner and Cécile Tangy, while construction disputes senior associate Richard Ashmore joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Testimonials

The team has the ability to adapt to the changing circumstances of the project and clients‘.

Michael Fenn is excellent at working within a team, both with other lawyers and with clients‘.

Katharine Davies is a lawyer clients absolutely want on their side‘.

Jean-François Le Gal is a standout practitioner; he has carved out a stellar reputation and is extremely bright‘.

Key clients

Tullow Oil

Costain

EDF

E.On

Lendlease

Jacobs Engineering Group

GMR Maldives International Airport

Dangote Group

The Home Office

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.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons has in-depth technical knowledge combined with a commercially sensitive approach, taking into account the outcomes for all stakeholders.’

James McBurney is sensible, steady, pragmatic and calm with excellent legal and commercial understanding.

Licensing Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP covers the full range of licensing work. The firm is known for its UK-wide work in the restaurant, hotel and retail sectors. Legal director Audrey Ferrie heads the team and has expertise in liquor and civic government licensing, where she represents companies in the leisure and hospitality industry. Associate Christopher Rees-Gay  has experience handling contentious and non-contentious alcohol licensing issues.

Key clients

Harrods

Adil Group (Taco Bell & KFC)

Mint Festival

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Asda

The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Mining and minerals Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP continues to build upon its traditional strengths in the fields of construction and planning, translating its relationships into an enviable contractor client base and expanding its mining offering. Recently, the group has been advising on major UK-based projects, such as its work for Sirius Minerals subsidiary York Potash on the lease of land for storage facilities with Redcar Bulk Terminal. This facet of the practice has been bolstered by the arrival of construction specialist John Woolley from Dentons. The firm is also building up a record of regulatory mandates in the emerging markets of Africa.

Key clients

Wishbone Gold plc

Anglo-American

Sirius Minerals

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited

Patersons of Greenoakhill Limited

Hillhouse Quarry Group Limited

African Minerals Limited

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP’s focus is on trusts in a commercial context. The team acts for insurance companies, banks, pension providers and government agencies on all types of trusts that are used in commercial transactions, such as funeral trusts and insolvency customer monies trusts. It also has considerable strength in tax-specific trusts, particularly those that are linked to employment and reward structures. Chris Thomas is a key contact.

Key clients

Royal London

Aegon

Scottish Widows

Standard Life

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP handles the full gamut of product liability matters, ranging from advice on product compliance and regulatory requirements to product recall and the defence of claims. It also has a good technical understanding of numerous industry sectors, including food and drink, retail and medical products. Andrew Masterson leads the national team and is regularly instructed in defence and costs recovery claims. Jacqueline Harris in Edinburgh is an expert in medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Leeds-based legal director Louise Nahon is also noted.

Testimonials

Lawyers who are not just legal experts but who also have significant knowledge of other industries.’

The team is always highly professional, friendly, comprehensive and gives quick advice, even in difficult situations.

Louise Nahon’s excellent engineering knowledge combined with significant litigation experience make her a real asset in any technical claim.

Key clients

Smith & Nephew

Syngenta

Eon NSchneider

Delphi SA

Heidelberg /Hanson

Chubb

Bosch

SIG plc

Centrica

Professional negligence Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed on professional negligence disputes by claimants and defendants. It is particularly noted for its expertise in cases across the financial services and legal sectors and it is also active on complex pensions-related professional negligence claims. Disputes involving tax, property, fraud, construction and the TMT sector are also key focuses of the team. Its international presence is particularly utilised in the construction sector, where it handles claims covering multiple jurisdictions, and the London team is also able to draw on its resources throughout the UK. Newly promoted partner Michael Fletcher is leading advice for James Goddard-Watts, one of the founders of the Screwfix DIY chain, on a £6.35m claim for professional negligence against his former solicitors, Burges Salmon LLP, and his accountants, Dixon Walsh, following the re-opening of his divorce which had originally concluded in 2010. Isabel Nurse-Marsh  is 'outstanding' on pensions-related disputes.

Testimonials

Isabel Nurse-Marsh is razor sharp in professional negligence litigation.

Michael Fletcher is super-brainy, on the ball and very commercial.

 

Key clients

Dalriada Trustees

James Goddard-Watts

Property finance Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP is known for its strong lender-side client base, which includes traditional clearing banks, German mortgage banks and specialist real estate lenders, as well as an increasing number of US lenders and Middle Eastern banks. The team advises on acquisition and development finance, loan portfolio purchases, and the restructuring of real estate finance transactions, and is highly active in the hotel financing space. The ‘highly ratedWilliam Oliver leads the practice, while Frances Mallender advises on financing for a range of asset classes, including hotels, student accommodation and healthcare facilities.

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons is a very professional firm and well regarded in the sector. The level of detail is appropriate to the transaction and well communicated.

William Oliver has a very professional approach and communicates well during the transaction, remaining available and easy to approach.

The team is very approachable and professional, and has built a good relationship with us: it is efficient and a trusted adviser.

The level of service, particularly with regard to speed of action and accessibility, is above what I have generally seen. Additionally, the partners stay involved and in control. The team offers a strong insight and is very commercial.

William Oliver and Frances Mallender are both extremely commercial and provide a high level of service and sector expertise. They always outline material risks, highlighting mitigants available, and are well respected by both those they are representing and those they are acting against. Both are always available to answer queries and meet tight deadlines.

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc / National Westminster Bank plc

AAReal Bank AG

National Bank of Kuwait

Mount Anvil

Homes England

RDI REIT PLC

Qatar National Bank

Wells Fargo

SACO Property Group

Sir Richard Sutton Limited

Hines

Lendlease

Emirates NBD Bank

Ardstone Capital

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP's team is lead by Tom Stocker, who splits his time between Edinburgh and London and has experience of large-scale investigations and also provides crisis management advice. The practice advises on a range of work from matters relating to the Bribery Act to money laundering, modern slavery and enforcement and compliance issues. It is experienced in dealing with investigations brought by the SFO and Information Commissioner's Office. The multidisciplinary team is made up of specialist criminal lawyers, investigative lawyers and forensic accountants. It includes criminal defence specialist partner Neil McInnes , who relocated back to London from Singapore, David Hamilton , who joined as senior associate from Stephenson Harwood and Alex White , who joined as an associate from the CPS. Anne-Marie Ottaway and Barry Vitou left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, LLP .

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and hard working, careful but strategic’.

‘Neil McInnes is capable of taking on the most high profile investigations. He is cool under fire and a rock in times of difficulty’.

‘Neil McInnes is incredibly hard-working with superb judgement and real dedication to his cases’.

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP's national team undertakes a significant amount of work for London-based local authorities in relation to major housing regeneration schemes in the city. Practice head Anne Bowden, legal director Nick McDonald and senior associate Amy Walker are part of a team acting for Westminster City Council on a flagship 1,750-home housing regeneration project at Church Street. In another matter, Scot Morrison and others assisted the London Borough of Wandsworth with setting up a joint venture with Taylor Wimpey to deliver an innovative 2,000-home regeneration scheme at the Winstanley and York Road Estates near Clapham Junction Station. The firm is also involved in the Earls Court regeneration scheme, which is currently the largest housing scheme in London. Elsewhere, the firm is one of only seven to serve as legal advisers on Homes England's programme panel, with the group assisting the client with projects nationwide. David Meecham and Caroline Ramsay are among other notable individuals in the team.

Testimonials

We use various legal advisers and Pinsent Masons’ services are of a very high standard

Anne Bowden, in particular, is a stand-out practitioner because of the depth of her housing knowledge, and also her sense of empathy for how clients function and what they are trying to achieve. Anne is highly focused and competent at creative problem solving, as well as being a strong communicator

They all communicate and work well together. As a client I don’t have to check for consistency between legal documents because I know that the team is communicating

Anne Bowden, who leads the team, has a good overall grasp of the projects even on aspects where she has no direct involvement

Key clients

Homes England

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Wandsworth

Galliford Try Partnerships

Lovell Partnerships

Countryside Properties

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Brent

Places for People

London & Quadrant

Hyde Housing Association

Structured products and securitisation Tier 3

The structured finance group at Pinsent Masons LLP works across its network of UK offices, in addition to its London hub, and handles syndicated lending, real estate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, asset-based lending, social housing finance, securitisations and debt capital markets work. Edward Sunderland leads the practice, which hired partner Carl Posern from Linklaters LLP, whose work includes cash and synthetic securitisations, and senior consultant Ian Falconer from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, who has been active in the UK securitisation market since its inception. The practice is lender-focused and is on the legal panels of all of the main UK clearing banks. For one bank, it handled several several asset-backed commercial paper transactions in 2018, both new deals and restructurings, and its securitisation team frequently advises arrangers and originators on term and conduit deals. Roberta Markovina, formerly of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, has added US securities capability to the practice.

Water Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP's London office boasts substantial expertise on the construction front, and head of construction advisory and disputes Neal Morris advised a joint venture of leading UK contractors in connection with the procurement of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. The environmental law team is led from Manchester by Claire Gregory. Former practice head Adrian Eakin moved to Riyadh for a new role at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Centre for Privatisation.

Art and cultural property Tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP fields an excellent team that advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, royal family members, art foundations and cultural institutions, as well as artists and government bodies on all aspects of their collections. The practice is also adept at advising on the loaning of art for discrete and large scale exhibitions and on loan agreements with major international museums. Richard Hart often advises clients on how to structure their collections and on their philanthropic endeavours through cultural foundations.

Testimonials

Richard Hart works tirelessly for his clients. It is a great team in London and in Paris that works seamlessly together on all art matters‘.

Delivers an exceptional service for clients‘.

Key clients

Saffery Champness (through their clients)

Various members of Middle Eastern royal families and ultra-high-net-worth individuals

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Led out of London by Martin Bishop  and aided by a strong regional offering, Pinsent Masons LLP has 'good depth' and the ability to provide a cost-effective service to UK clearing banks on syndicated lending facilities to many large listed corporates. Bishop has a particularly strong and longstanding relationship with HSBC, which he advises across a range of transaction types and sectors, and Liam Terry has a flourishing reputation in the corporate lending market.

Key clients

HSBC Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/NatWest Markets

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP fields a well-resourced team that handles the full range of private client disputes for ultra-wealthy families and individuals as well as their corporate entities and family offices. Other significant clients include leading trust companies and corporate service providers. Its client base is strongly international. It has worked with clients from the Middle East, the US, Russia and for aristocratic families and individuals from the crown dependencies and from overseas territories. Head of team Michael Pulford’s main area of expertise is in trust litigation as well as high-value international family disputes.

Testimonials

‘Michael Pulford is extremely knowledgeable and personable with a wealth of experience in large and smaller trust matters.’

‘The team has vast experience of dealing with complicated matters and can assist whatever the type of contentious issues.’

‘They are practical and very user friendly.’

‘Michael Pulford is a masterful litigator who combines expertise in commercial and private client litigation as well as matrimonial disputes, allowing him to offer a full service. Very good client management skills and real dedication – a very easy guy to get along with.’

‘The London firm to turn to for offshore structures and how to defend them.’

‘Michael Pulford always makes himself available, even though he clearly has a challenging workload.’

Key clients

Kendris

Harbour International

Harbour Guernsey

Capco

Deutsche Bank Private Wealth

Equiom Group

Standard Bank (Jersey)

Corporate tax Tier 4

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP stands out for its transactional work and structuring  advice, for which it is able to provide a cross-border service via the firm's international network of offices, as well as a strong transfer pricing practice. The team is led by Eloise Walker, who often works closely with the German tax team advising UK investors on tax issues across the EU. Following the retirement of John Christian in 2018, the group was joined by dual-qualified lawyer and chartered tax adviser Peter Morley from Squire Patton Boggs and real estate tax expert Richard Croker from CMS

Testimonials

The team is very good at distilling complex property transactions so that they are easy to understand from both a commercial and tax technical perspective

Very good strength throughout the team and across disciplines

Eloise Walker is very bright and very commercial. She is able to balance the risk of something arising with the consequences – able to present multiple solutions to problems and then help narrow down the preferred approach

Key clients

Co-operative Group

UK Sport

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

RBS

Serco

Ørsted’s UK

Debt capital markets Tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP operates a full-service banking practice that handles syndicated lending, real estate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, asset-based lending, social housing finance, securitisation and debt capital markets work. It advises arrangers and issuers on public and private deals, and is a recognised leader in privately placed bond deals in the social housing space. Practice head Edward Sunderland covers EMTN programmes, private placements, listed bonds and commercial paper financing. Legal director Alexis Hayworth, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP, has a particular focus on social housing bond finance, on which he frequently advises lead managers, issuers and corporate trustees. Stephen Tobin leads on energy and infrastructure finance. The London office now has US law capability following the arrival of partner Roberta Markovina from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Key clients

Lowell Group

Canada Life

Heylo Housing

Pension Insurance Company

Prudential Trustee Company

Family Tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP has a small but full service family law team that predominantly advises clients who are high-profile and high-net-worth international individuals. These clients are mainly businessmen, celebrities and royalty who have substantial assets often located in a number of countries and held under complex corporate or trust structures. The vast majority of its clients are resident but non-domiciled or non-resident and domiciled in the UK. The practice under the leadership of Michael Pulford has a particular niche in Russian and Middle Eastern family work. Pulford is known for his work on complicated financial remedy litigation.

Testimonials

‘Small but uniquely talented team of matrimonial lawyers who seem only to be involved in ferociously complex litigation usually with a strong foreign element‘.

Michael Pulford – a tour de force as a litigator. Holds his own at the very top level. Having significant commercial litigation experience gives him the additional edge‘.

‘Michael Pulford fights really hard for his clients and analyses cases very well‘.

Michael Pulford combines, to great success, a commercial litigator’s nose and a family lawyer’s instinct‘.

Kate Francis – a powerhouse intellect and formidable litigator‘.

Sarah Ingram is up and coming‘.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP’s non-contentious practice covers a range of matters ranging from Brexit and fintech to consolidation and regulatory change projects. The firm also has notable expertise in the asset management and payments spaces. David Heffron leads the team and has a particular focus on regulatory and transactional work for regulated businesses including insurers, wealth managers, banks and brokers. Examples of its work include advising UK investment platform provider AJ Bell on the financial regulatory issues of its £500m IPO and listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Colin Read leads a contentious offering made up of experienced white collar and corporate criminal defence practitioners. The group has a particular speciality for advising on legacy PPI difficulties. Andrew Barber joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2019 and focuses on retail banking and consumer finance. Bruno Geiringer retired in 2018 while payments specialist Tony Anderson left for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP .

Key clients

Standard Life Aberdeen (Standard Life Employee Services Limited)

Zurich

Aegon UK PLC

AJ Bell

Adidas International Trading B.V.

JRP Group

Railpen Investments

Reinsurance Group of America

Royal London Group

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

At Pinsent Masons LLP, practice head Nick Bradley  covers a wide range of insurance and reinsurance disputes including construction claims. Colin Read focuses on the financial services sector, while Ian Birdsey is an expert in cyber and data breach insurance.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed in contentious and transactional matters with a particular strength in life sciences work and further experience in the technology, media, telecoms, financial services and retail sectors. Practice head Clare Tunstall is 'impressive in patent litigation, particularly for generics pharmaceutical companies', while Iain Connor leads the soft IP team, which specialises in software copyright disputes. Charlotte Weekes and Deborah Bould handle patent disputes in the life sciences and technology sectors respectively; Catherine Drew is a life sciences patent and regulatory expert, and Florian Traub focuses on trade mark and brand protection matters. The team has added life sciences patent attorney capabilities with the addition of legal director Nick Finnie who joined from Novartis.

Key clients

ZyXEL Communications A/S, ZyXEL Communications UK Limited

Magnesium Elektron

Zodiac Seats UK Limited (rebranded to Safran Seats GB Ltd)

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

Accord Healthcare Limited

JUUL Labs Inc

Safestyle plc HPAS Limited (trading as Safestyle UK)

Cath Kidston Limited

The Knowledge Academy

Fujitsu UK

British Generic Manufacturers Association

Medicines for Europe

Flynn Pharma Limited

IBSA Farmaceutici Italia

Social housing Tier 4

At Pinsent Masons LLP, the team led by David Meecham stands out for its expertise in housing development work for local authorities and charities, and regularly acts on land acquisitions, planning, construction, procurement and regeneration matters. Homes England is a key client of the practice.

Key clients

Homes and Communities Agency

Ministry of Defence

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Brent London Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hackney

Crawley Borough Council

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Hounslow

Westminster City Council

Southampton City Council

Methodist Homes

Coventry City Council

Lichfield City Council

St Mungo Community Housing Association

Acquisition finance Tier 5

Led by Martin Bishop,  Pinsent Masons LLP's 'highly experienced and knowledgeable' banking team has a strong presence in the mid-market for clearing banks and private equity sponsors, both out of London and regionally from its Manchester and Leeds offices. The team is praised for its 'excellent understanding of the leveraged finance environment and ability to handle complex matters'.

Testimonials

David Doogan has a distinctive style and is never fazed by issues which arise, often at short notice.

Richard Scott is very hands on and responsive.

 

Key clients

Sabio Limited

Permira Debt Capital

Lloyds Bank

Waterland Private Equity

Equistone PartnersEurope

Extentia Group Limited

Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank

Midshires Care Holdings Limited

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'extremely sound and measured team' regularly advises major banks on high-profile litigation, including cross-border disputes, indirect taxation matters involving banking clients, and major claims against banks. It has also built a robust capital markets and derivatives litigation practice. Stuart McNeill, Edinburgh-based Jim Cormack, and legal director Mike Hawthorne are the principal advisers.

Testimonials

Very responsive and prompt, with deep knowledge of the financial products in dispute. The team also has a practical and proactive approach to the litigation process, as well as a good commercial approach that makes its costs very competitive.

Mike Hawthorne and Stuart McNeill form a great team, which is very focused on client needs. They have outstanding knowledge of derivatives contracts and a very practical approach to case management.

Key clients

Novo Banco

Allied Irish Bank

Co-operative Bank

Dexia Crediop

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

'Capable of turning their hand to anything', Pinsent Masons LLP's five-partner team provides 'responsive and cost-effective advice' to banks, funds and insolvency practitioners. Under the stewardship of the 'very experienced and capableNick Pike , the team is particularly strong within the domestic mid-market and handles a tremendous volume of work for debtors and creditors within core areas of sector focus, including retail and leisure and construction. The 'exceptionalSteven Cottee is a key member of the team and is noted for his expertise at handling law firm administrations.

Testimonials

‘The commercial Nick Pike is technically very good.’

‘Steven Cottee has an unparalleled understanding of the wider commercial dynamics of each transaction.’

‘Tom Withyman is very commercial.’

Key clients

KPMG

EY

Deloitte

PwC

BDO

Grant Thornton

All UK clearing banks (except the Bank of England)

RSM

National Bank of Kuwait

Vivendi

Cambridge and Peterborough local authority

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP’s financial services team covers both contentious and non-contentious matters for clients. The non-contentious practice handles a range of matters from Brexit and fintech to consolidation and regulatory change projects. The firm also has notable expertise in the asset management and payments spaces. David Heffron leads the team and has a particular focus on regulatory and transactional work for businesses including insurers, wealth managers, banks and brokers. Colin Read leads a contentious offering made up of experienced white collar and corporate crime defence practitioners. The group has a particular speciality for advising on legacy PPI difficulties. Andrew Barber joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2019 and focuses on retail banking and consumer finance. Bruno Geiringer retired in 2018 and Tony Anderson left for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019.

Testimonials

‘The firm has the capacity, ability and depth of experiences to deal with large-scale cases and issues, typically acting for national and international insurers and reinsurers’ 

‘Able to deal with matters of very significant financial or reputational significance to clients, and do so very capably’

‘Helpful ability to combine insurance and regulatory advice across one team, with a very good sense of real practical experience in both’

‘Colin Read is an extremely pleasant person to deal with. He clearly has an excellent rapport with clients and is also a skilful team leader with good diplomatic skills’

‘Jonathan Cavill is tenacious, hard-working and practical’ 

‘Nick Bradley is very pragmatic and experienced in insurance claims and coverage issues, and knows the market very well’

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
 Melanie Grimshaw  photo Melanie Grimshaw
 Stuart McCann  photo Stuart McCann
 Michael Pocock  photo Michael Pocock
 Helen Robinson  photo Helen Robinson
Number of UK partners (including legal directors) : 380 approx
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,300+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Pinsent Masons is admired for its 'international focus' and is regarded by respondents as 'a large firm with small firm values'. Pinsent Masons maintains a 'strong reputation and client base' while being 'committed to diversity and inclusivity', providing applicants with 'the best of both worlds', and therefore winning a Lex 100 Winner medal in this category. Boasting 'a friendly ethos', the firm is praised for its 'progressive and approachable culture', and is a Lex 100 Winner for inclusiveness. This grew from 'the Scotland training week', during which many made 'lasting connections'. Moreover, newbies claim to have a good work/life balance, combining high-quality work with client contact, the opportunity to get involved in social activities and 'many excellent CSR initiatives'. However, a particular gripe was the seat allocation process which some felt 'was challenging at times' especially if you didn't get your seat preference. Others were disappointed that 'despite being an international firm there are not many international secondments'. The 'uncertainty of being relocated to another office' was unsettling for some and 'working till 2am on a Friday evening' upset others. Nevertheless, trainees appreciate that 'this is the nature of the job' and 'more common in a corporate seat'. 'Being involved in some of the most high-profile legal disputes in Scotland' allowed one trainee to gain enough responsibility to 'feel stretched yet supported'. If an 'innovation-focused firm' with 'a remarkable international expansion vision' sounds attractive, why not apply to Pinsent Masons where 'hard work is recognised' and 'a real team spirit' unites the office.