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Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘local presence and national reach is a big differentiation – its capabilities are as good, if not better, than many of the other players in the regional market’; ‘what separates it from others is that it wants genuine business relationships with clients, so looks to add broader value than just the day-to-day legal’. Andrew Hornigold advised Imperial Commercials, a South African-listed company, on its £28m purchase of Pentagon Motor Holdings. Nicole Livesey is ‘highly legally proficient, so clients have full trust in her opinion – she is also very commercial and pragmatic, as needed to get deals done; she is able to draw on broader specialist expertise relevant to the risks of the parties, which is a huge added value point’. Livesey's commercial highlights included advising Cargill on forming a joint venture with Faccenda Foods to create a food company producing chicken, turkey and duck, which required restructuring all of Cargill’s UK fresh chicken operations into one company, and separating it away from the core of the company. On the transactional front, she advised Headlam Group on purchasing Domus Group for £35.4m. In the health and social care sector, Joanne Ellis  advised Embrace Group on seventeen disposals of care homes; she also advised Jacobs Holding on purchasing the Southern Dental Group. Clare Francis, who is ‘excellent – her ability to explain complex issues in a straightforward way, pragmatic approach and excellent legal knowledge make her a joy to work with’, advises OFWAT, as well as handling various commercial partnership work. Other clients include the shareholders of iForce, which Livesey advised on the sale of the company to Eddie Stobart in parallel to Stobart Group's IPO on AIM.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hornigold - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘pragmatic, timely advice’ on a range of cases, many of which involve public law or civil fraud elements. Practice head Jim Richards and senior associate Andrew Herring advised MLS (Overseas) in a successful procurement challenge against the Ministry of Defence concerning a £390m port agency services dispute; the client had the highest-scoring bid and the lowest price, but was bypassed in favour of the second-highest scorer due to a binary pass-or-fail question. Herring is ‘very responsive and quick to grasp the pertinent issues’ – he worked with the firm’s employment team for IMS World Publications and its parent company in litigation against former employees. Jonathan Fortnam and senior associate Faye Moore represented ISS UK in litigation arising from its purchase of GSH Group; her other cases include professional negligence actions against solicitors. Legal director Jason Kirwin represented E.ON in defending a claim linked to a bankruptcy in Louisiana with numerous disclosure issues and allegations of fraud; the claim settled at the door of the court.

Next generation lawyers

Faye Moore - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP ‘supports clients through transactions and executes them effectively every time’. The practice acts for a number of leading banks; David Doogan advised HSBC, a cornerstone client, on financing London and Quadrant Housing Trust's £505m acquisition of the Gallagher land business. In another highlight Edward Sunderland (‘one of a handful of leading lights in the receivables and asset-based lending space nationally’) advised The Extra Care Charitable Trust on several private placements and amending its existing revolving credit facilities. In the fund finance space, legal director Esther Parkes (who is ‘very responsive and provides practical support’) was part of a multi-office team advising four banks on providing a £430m revolving facility to New River REIT. The firm also acts for Police Mutual Assurance Society (which Doogan advised on its partial purchase of a securitisation by fintech lender Neyber) and RBS. Senior associate Victoria Baker is ‘an invaluable part of the team who has developed her own skills and experience’.

Leading individuals

David Doogan - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Esther Parker - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Amy Flavell advised Grant Thornton as liquidators on the cross-border collapse of All Leisure Group, which sold part of the business in a pre-pack administration; however a large proportion of the cruise business failed entirely, necessitating litigation and a vessel arrest in Singapore. Flavell also advised KPMG as administrators of Jones the Bootmaker on a pre-pack, which led to the rescue of 840 jobs. Other clients include Deloitte, which Flavell advised as administrators of Covpress Assembly. Other mandates concern sectors such as education and health care.

Leading individuals

Amy Flavell - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP  is 'very professional', 'easy to do business with'  and has 'a high level of knowledge' on employment matters. Linda Jones  leads the practice and focuses primarily on non-contentious issues. She is supported by Jonathan Coley  who works on employment disputes and is 'quick to respond with good sound advice'. Senior associate Rebecca Stephen  is also a key figure, and has a similar focus on contentious work.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Coley - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'excellent' Pinsent Masons LLP is 'one of the leading health and safety firms in the country and certainly in the Midlands'. Sean Elson leads the Birmingham team and 'is always on top of the detail of his cases' and 'very astute at identifying the most effective strategy for a case'. Recent work highlights of his include advising an engineering company on two separate HSE investigations and prosecutions on the management of vibration risk and defending a metals company which faced prosecution from the HSE after an employee was hit by a fork lift. Associate Louise Mansfield  is also experienced in health and safety and regulatory law.

Leading individuals

Sean Elson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Louise Mansfield - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP  is a popular choice for pension providers in both the public and private sectors  Simon Laight is head of the national insured pensions practice and advises insurers, platforms, wealth managers and SIPP operators on pensions issues.  Nick Stones  leads the team in Birmingham and works predominantly with corporate sponsors and trustees of pension schemes. Daniel Shelley  is also a key figure and has extensive experience in advising on large pension schemes.

Leading individuals

Nick Stones - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘excellent’ Pinsent Masons LLP advises charities, universities and corporate foundations, with clients that include University of London, London School of Economics and University of Sussex. Director Chris Thomas leads the team, with notable strengths in tax and governance matters. Janet Hoskin is also a key name, with particular expertise in tax, governance and structuring matters.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Commercial and tax-specific trusts are the key focus of Pinsent Masons LLP , with a client list that includes Aegon, Scottish Widows and Simplyhealth. Chris Thomas  leads the team and works on insurance and banking-related commercial trusts. Janet Hoskin  is no longer a partner and acts as a consultant.

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West Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘first-class service’ to a range of energy players, with a particular strength in matters concerning energy services companies. Didar Dhillon advised Amber Infrastructure on creating an energy service company to procure a combined heat and power network to cover homes owned by Metropolitan Housing Trust. Kultar Khangura continues to advise E.ON on various transactional matters, such as the development of a 40MW gas-fired power station near Burton-upon-Trent. Senior associates Ian Stewart and Arminder Dhillon  are also recommended.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s Didar Dhillon advised Telford & Wrekin Council on a PPP contract to supply and maintain street furniture. Dhillon also advised FCC Environment and Hitachi Zosen on a bid to create a waste-to-energy and heat plant in Aberdeen. Gemma Glasspole and Oliver Mangiapane are key senior associates.

Leading individuals

Didar Dhillon - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Glasspole - Pinsent Masons LLP

Oliver Mangiapane - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is headed by Gayle Ditchburn, who has extensive experience in regulatory, governance, constitutional and structuring matters. She advised the University of London on the University of London Bill 2016 which made new provision for the making of statutes for the University of London and for related purposes. She also assisted Dyson Technology with establishing the Dyson Institute of Engineering. Employment specialist Helen Corden is also a key name, with strong expertise in advising on TUPE regulations, restructurings and employment disputes. Former practice head Nicola Hart has retired.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on the financing, regulatory and corporate aspects of healthcare for a wide range of clients including PE houses, property funds, banks and corporates. Joanne Ellis leads the team and is particularly known for her work on healthcare transactions. She recently assisted Jacobs Holding with its purchase of the Southern Dental Group as well as advising the shareholders of Porthaven Group Holdings on its sale to Fremont Realty Capital and other investors. She also worked with Embrace Group on 17 corporate disposals. Ellis is assisted by legal director Tom Eastwood, who focuses on real estate matters, and Kate Orviss , who advised Indo UK Healthcare Private and UK Global Healthcare on a collaborative initiative on the construction of a number of hospitals and polyclinics in India. Other key figures include: health and safety specialist Sean Elson; Michel Lakin, who is experienced in corporate work; associate Daniel Braithwaite; real estate specialist James Lang; and legal director Louise Fullwood.

Leading individuals

Joanne Ellis - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tom Eastwood - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘professional’, ‘detailed’ ,’thorough’, ‘hard-working’ and ‘committed’ Pinsent Masons LLP  runs the gamut of public sector work, with clients that include Swindon Borough Council,  Peterborough City Council and the London Borough of Haringey. Didar Dhillon leads the team and possesses ‘great interpersonal skills’ and is ‘always easy to talk through with to understand complex documents’. He advised The Cardiff Capital Region on the £1.2bn Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and assisted Sunderland Council and South Tyneside Council with initiating a joint venture, IAMP LLP, which will promote and develop a 100 hectare manufacturing park in the region. Regeneration projects specialist Kultar Khangura has 'a very detailed depth of knowledge’, ‘proactively gives wider observations’ and ‘highlights potential further risks and considerations’ He assisted Coventry City Council on its £250m regeneration scheme. David Meecham is also an expert in regeneration projects and advised Birmingham City Council on the procurement of a development partner for an employment site at Peddimore. Also recommended is senior associate Oliver Mangiapane, who is experienced in handling property development and regeneration projects.

Leading individuals

Didar Dhillon - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Oliver Mangiapane - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s real estate practice in Birmingham handles a range of heavyweight development work concerning housebuilding. David Meecham advises the Homes and Communities Agency, a cornerstone client, on various projects, and also advises Birmingham City Council on procuring a development partner for a site near Sutton Coldfield earmarket for industrial use. Tom Johnson continues to advise Henry Boot Developments on its role as preferred development partner for the Phoenix 10 site near the M6 in Walsall. Away from the residential sector, Lisa Middleton and Johnson advised Arena Central Developments on the pre-letting of 3 Arena Central to HM Revenue and Customs. Legal directors Tom Eastwood and Carl Scott are key contacts for health-related work, with Medicx and Order of St Johns and Methodist Homes key clients in this space – another legal director of note is Victoria Potterill-Tilney, who handles transactional housebuilding work.

Leading individuals

Tom Johnson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Carl Scott - Pinsent Masons LLP

Tom Eastwood - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP ’s Nigel Blundell  advised Morgan Sindall on forming a joint venture with Bemo Tunnelling for future London Underground works. Blundell also advises Volkerrail on participation in Network Rail procurements. Away from infrastructure, the team handles other mandates concerning utilities, projects and office space.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Birmingham office has ‘a highly professional team with strategic vision, detailed technical knowledge, and a clear problem-solving approach’. Heidi Slater, who was promoted to legal director in 2017, is a ‘superbly efficient and hard-working team player with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of both planning and infrastructure work’ – she worked with the London office on advising Suffolk County Council on two projects designated as “nationally important” under the Planning Act 2008. Slater also advised the London Borough of Brent on the planned regeneration of the South Kilburn Estate. Rebecca Warren left in November 2017 to become planning director of Crest Nicholson.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP ‘asks all the right questions and presents the advice in an understandable easy-to-read way’. Alicia Foo  provides ‘robust, sharp and straight advice, but is able to see the bigger picture and compromise when necessary’; she and senior associate Craig Downhill represent Arqiva in a range of litigation, including defending it against a vacant possession claim brought by an NHS trust, reinstating access to a broadcast tower which was blocked by a landlord, and various cases involving trespass by travellers. Downhill himself leads various mandates for Union Investments. Other clients include JD Wetherspoon (which the practice represents in lease renewal matters and break clause disputes), the University of Lincoln, and E.ON. The waste industry and rights to light matters are other strong suits.

Leading individuals

Alicia Foo - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Craig Downhill - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of work including construction and procurement work for housing association and local authorities. David Meecham advises St Mungo Community Housing Association on procuring a development partner to redevelop 60 residential units and a hostel, and separately advises the London Borough of Brent on finding a partner to regenerate the Peel Precinct of the South Kilburn estate. Stephen Brown  advised Lloyds Bank on the security aspects of a £65m loan to B3 Living. Homes England, formerly known as the Homes and Communities Agency, is another key client – the practice advises it on a number of proposed developments.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, with clients that include Balfour Beatty, Centrica and The Financial Times. Andrew Hornigold co-heads the practice and has a notable skillset in transactional matters. He recently advised Sage on its purchase of Fairsail, including the related technology agreements. Fellow practice head Clare Francis focuses on commercial matters, and regularly works on technology agreements.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP  has expertise in both contentious and transactional IP matters. Cerys Wyn Davies  heads the practice and has a strong focus on IP matters relating to the technology sector. She recently advised the London School of Economics and Political Science on infringements against its name, logo and reputation. Legal director Jo Alderson   primarily focuses on the IP aspects of M&A and private equity transactions. She recently advised Bosch on the IP elements of its minority acquisition in BOXT.

Leading individuals

Cerys Win Davies - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jo Alderson - Pinsent Masons LLP

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