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Pinsent Masons LLP
55 Colmore Row
B3 2FG
West Midlands

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
 Nigel Blundell  photo Nigel Blundell
 Selwyn Blyth  photo Selwyn Blyth
 Alison Bond  photo Alison Bond
 Anthony Bradley  photo Anthony Bradley
 Stephen Brown  photo Stephen Brown
 Jonathan Coley  photo Jonathan Coley
 Didar Dhillon  photo Didar Dhillon
 Gayle Ditchburn  photo Gayle Ditchburn
 David Doogan  photo David Doogan
 Craig Downhill  photo Craig Downhill
 Joanne Ellis  photo Joanne Ellis
 Jon Fell  photo Jon Fell
 Alicia Foo  photo Alicia Foo
 Jonathan Fortnam  photo Jonathan Fortnam
 Paul Harkin  photo Paul Harkin
 Nicola Hart  photo Nicola Hart
 Andrew Hornigold  photo Andrew Hornigold
 Jayne Hussey  photo Jayne Hussey
 Ian Hyde  photo Ian Hyde
 Tom Johnson  photo Tom Johnson
 Kultar Khangura  photo Kultar Khangura
 Joel Kordan  photo Joel Kordan
 Simon Laight  photo Simon Laight
 Greg Lowson  photo Greg Lowson
 Peter McHugh  photo Peter McHugh
 David Meecham  photo David Meecham
 Lisa Middleton  photo Lisa Middleton
 Andrew Paton  photo Andrew Paton
 Jim Richards  photo Jim Richards
 Catherine Robins  photo Catherine Robins
 Carl Scott  photo Carl Scott
 Nick Stones  photo Nick Stones
 Edward Sunderland  photo Edward Sunderland
 John Tyerman  photo John Tyerman
 Rebecca Warren  photo Rebecca Warren
 Giles Warrington  photo Giles Warrington
 Cerys Wyn Davies  photo Cerys Wyn Davies
Number of UK partners (including legal directors) : 380 approx
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,300+