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Pinsent Masons LLP

30 CROWN PLACE, LONDON, EC2A 4ES, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is among the market-leaders for big-ticket, transformational and cutting-edge outsourcings and commercial projects (a significant proportion of which have a cross-border component). Led by global head Simon Colvin, its team stands out in the advice to public and private sector clients on particularly sophisticated mandates; key clients include Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group, E.ON and Kier Limited. In addition to technology being a discrete area in its own right, the group assists clients with matters where there is an interplay between technology and another area, such as energy, infrastructure, healthcare and financial services. Colvin, senior associate Daryl Cox and others are acting for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in its 5G testbed and trials programme. Colvin is also working with legal director Justin Chan to advise DCMS on a separate (but closely-linked) programme for the rollout of Local Full Fibre Networks. In 2017, Clare Francis, legal director Bridget Fleetwood and associate Ben Gardner were part of the group which assisted the Ministry of Justice with procuring a delivery partner to support its programme to transform and modernise the Courts and Tribunal Service. The firm also has a particularly strong reputation in the manufacturing sector, where it undertakes large IT and commercial projects. David Isaac, Yvonne Dunn, Natalie Trainor and Alison Eckford are other key figures in the group.

Leading individuals

David Isaac - Pinsent Masons LLP

Simon Colvin - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is able to deploy 'an excellent technical depth' to tax matters affecting the advanced manufacturing, technology, infrastructure, energy, financial services and real estate sectors. Highlights included advising AMC Entertainment on its cross-border $929m acquisition of Nordic Cinema Group from Bridgepoint Advisers and Bonnier. The group also assisted Railpen as lead investor in Kobalt Capital's Music Royalties Fund and stress tested the Luxembourg tax advice in relation to tax risk. The team is led by 'highly professional' Eloise Walker , who is particularly strong on transactional tax matters. Christine Yuill is recommended for corporate and business tax, but also specialises in employee share incentive schemes. Former CMS tax head Richard Croker joined the team as a consultant in June 2018.

Leading individuals

Eloise Walker - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Customs and Excise
Customs and Excise - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'consistently good' team at Pinsent Masons LLP assists a variety of major international corporates  with excise issues, with a particular strength in the brewing industry. The group stands out for its experience in HMRC investigations that have proceeded to litigation, in addition disputes arising from the classification of imported goods, calculating rates of excise duty on alcoholic beverages and excise duty fraud. The group is co-led by Jason Collins, who leads the broader global tax group, and 'client-focused' Stuart Walsh, whom clients rate for his area knowledge and court experience.  In a recent highlight, Collins successfully represented Molson Coors in its Supreme Court appeal against an HMRC duty-related claim. Trained mediator Ian Hyde has substantial experience in contentious excise duty matters.

Leading individuals

Stuart Walsh - Pinsent Masons LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†possesses ‚Äėexcellent strength in depth‚Äô and demonstrates ‚Äėexcellent responsiveness and quality of advice‚Äô. Practice head¬†Alan Davis¬†(‚Äėa highly effective operator, equally at home before the CMA as the High Court‚Äô) recently represented CST Industries in respect of the CMA‚Äôs criminal cartel investigation into the supply of galvanised steel tanks for water storage in the UK.¬†Guy Lougher¬†leads the firm‚Äôs cross-disciplinary Brexit advisory team and is noted as having ‚Äėexcellent antennae to see the issues coming‚Äô.¬†Angelique Bret¬†acted¬†for UKTV, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps, in the context of the proposed acquisition of Scripps by Discovery. Also recommended are¬†Caroline Ramsay¬†,¬†who is based in Glasgow and has ‚Äėcutting-edge experience‚Äô, and¬†Giles Warrington¬†in Birmingham, who has¬†‚Äėexcellent experience in market investigations‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Angelique Bret - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

'Excellent at analysing the problem and providing creative solutions', Pinsent Masons LLP 'leaves no stone unturned in exploring options for its clients', which include retail banks, as well as asset and wealth management entities. Formerly in-house at a large global insurance group, Tobin Ashby has significant practical experience within the industry and has been particularly active of late advising on MiFID ii regulatory work for clients including Standard Life. Ashby is also active in the retail wealth management sector and recently advised Aegon on its significant strategic platform migration exercise following its acquisition of Cofunds. 'A pleasure to work with', David Heffron heads the firm's financial regulation practice and provides 'straightforward answers' to regulatory questions surrounding activity across a wide array of financial services clients both in the context of standalone advisory work, as well as on the regulatory issues concomitant to M&A in the sector. The 'highly pragmatic and sensible' Tony Anderson heads up the firm's banking products and payments team and 'has garnered very good industry knowledge of the securities settlement space'. The firm also has a 'keen awareness of the interaction between the regulatory and litigation offerings' and is well-placed to handle contentious matters for both firmwide clients and clients on a standalone basis before the regulatory agencies. The 'tactically sound' Colin Read has 'huge experience in the field' and has 'a very keen awareness of insurance regulatory risk and the interaction with regulatory litigation'. Associate Jonathan Cavill 'has experience beyond his years of regulatory compliance, particularly that of insurers and intermediaries, and works extremely hard to deliver practical solutions for clients'. Formerly at the FCA, senior associate Michael Ruck is 'excellent' at defending firms and senior executives in criminal and regulatory investigations.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†added to its deep bench of practitioners by hiring¬†Gareth Jones¬†and¬†Julian Stanier¬†from Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2017. Clients benefit from the team's vast AIM and Main Market transactional experience, which spans sectors such as¬† technology, healthcare and life sciences, oil and gas, mining, financial services and consumer goods.¬†John Tyerman¬†leads the group, which is equally adept on both sides of the NOMAD and issuer fence.¬†In 2017, a Scotland-based group, which included lead partner¬†Alan Diamond,¬†Rosalie Chadwick¬†and senior associate¬†Jennifer Malcolm, acted for housebuilder¬†Springfield Properties Plc in its ¬£87m AIM IPO; the firm acted for two out of three Scottish companies that listed on AIM that year.¬†Another highlight saw Jones, Chadwick and Malcolm advise Smith & Williamson (as NOMAD), and Hannam & Partners and Shore Capital (as bookrunners), on the acquisition by AIM-listed Echo Energy of interests in oil and gas assets owned by Compa√Īia General de Combustibles through a ¬£70.2m reverse takeover.¬†Russell Booker¬†was the lead adviser to MML-backed Arena Events Group Plc on its ¬£63.1m AIM IPO and placing. Other notable individuals include¬†Jon Harris, and senior associates¬†Adam Cain¬†and¬†Chrissy Findlay.

Leading individuals

Jon Harris - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Chrissy Findlay - Pinsent Masons LLP

Gareth Jones - Pinsent Masons LLP

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‚Äėvery high-quality‚Äô practice at¬†Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive, understands the client‚Äôs business, and helps the client to understand key legal concepts from a commercial perspective‚Äô. The team, led by energy and infrastructure expert¬†John Tyerman,¬†frequently handles multi-jurisdictional M&A for public and private companies, and is consistently active across a wide range of sectors.¬†Jon Harris¬†is a leading lawyer in the AIM market who ‚Äėhas good knowledge and expertise, is easy to work with, with good response times and has a commercial approach‚Äô.¬†Tom Leman¬†(‚Äėresponsive, reliable and takes control of all legal aspects of a deal‚Äô) advised Motor Fuel on a number of strategic acquisitions. On the renewable energy front¬†Carsten Rumberg¬†advised BayWa r.e. Solar Projects on the sale of its last remaining UK solar assets to a fund managed by Greencoat Capital and¬†Andrew Kerr¬†advised DCC on the ¬£219m disposal of its environmental division to private equity firm Exponent. On the financial services front¬†Hannah Brader¬†advised Zurich on the sale of its UK workplace pensions business to Lloyds Banking Group. The team has seen rapid expansion within the past 12 months, with¬†Julian Stanier¬†and¬†Gareth Jones¬†joining from¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP,¬†Hammad Akhtar¬†and legal director¬†Matthew Brewer¬†¬†joining from Ashurst, and¬†Kieron Toal¬†joining from¬†Shoosmiths LLP.¬†Sean Page¬†joined¬†Locke Lord LLP.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP, which operates at the top end of the private equity midmarket, is particularly active in deals with an international flavour, or are particularly complex to structure. Its institutional client base includes Lyceum Capital Partners, Phoenix Equity Partners and LDC. Other clients include large international corporates and management teams. Edward Stead leads the team, which has extensive expertise in every aspect of the investment lifecycle, with the work including buyouts, bolt-on acquisitions and exits. In 2017, Tom Leman and senior associate James Kaye acted for longstanding client Rapha in the sale of a majority stake in the business to US-based private equity house RZC Investments. The group is also increasingly sought-after to advise US-based investors on their investment activities in Europe, including the UK. Other notable individuals in the team include practice head Edward Stead, Gregg Davison and recently promoted partner Amie Norris, who acted for Livingbridge and the management team of Witherslack Group in the sale of Witherslack Group to Charme Capital. Andrew Masraf, who is the global head of the firm's transactional services group, is another experienced practitioner.Kieran Toal joined from Shoosmiths LLP, while Peter Wood departed for Addleshaw Goddard.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Providing clients with 'excellent service', Pinsent Masons LLP is most noted for its contentious VAT work, on which Stuart Walsh and Jason Collins take the lead. Walsh continues to act for RBS Group in two disputes arising from missing traders in its supply chains defaulting on VAT due to HMRC. He is also representing Cantor Fitzgerald in a dispute with HMRC concerning VAT on certain purchases of emissions allowances issued under the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. Several practitioners in the London office have particular jurisdictional expertise, including Ian Hyde, who leads on the new VAT environment in the Gulf states, and dual Dutch and English qualified Maryse Heijnen. 

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†undertakes work concerning some of the most complex frauds and has wide experience of trials and injunctions. The firm continues to act for a former Swiss bank against a ‚ā¨12m fraud claim which arose out of a failed investment scheme. It also acts for RBS in an ongoing fraud case brought by 27 claimants worth around ¬£80m. The ‚Äėincredibly impressive‚Äô Alan Sheeley¬†heads the team, he ‚Äėknows how to achieve results for his clients and is not afraid of a fight‚Äô and is ‚Äėwithout doubt a leading practitioner in this field‚Äô. Andrew Herring¬†was promoted to partner. Andrew Barns-Graham¬†joined as associate barrister. Senior associate Jennifer Craven¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alan Sheeley - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†has a multi-disciplinary team that advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals and senior executives in relation to investigations by the FCA, SFO and HMRC. It has previously acted in cases of insider dealing and tax evasion. Anne-Marie Ottaway¬†and Tom Stocker¬†bring ‚Äėa wealth of talent to this area‚Äô, Ottaway has ‚Äėextensive SFO experience which she brings to bear in her¬†white-collar¬†and business crime practice‚Äô. Barry Vitou¬†left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†provides ‚Äėquality advice‚Äô and is noted for its expertise in business expansion and financing, as well as the introduction of new business-critical systems, relocation and strategically significant disputes, alongside other gambling and betting industry issues. The team is headed by¬†Diane Mullenex¬† and includes¬†Julian Stanier, Gareth Jones,¬†who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, and Audrey Ferrie, who¬†heads the licensing practice.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's¬† ‚Äėvery good‚Äô practice advises on liquor and gambling licensing across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The team has a wide range of clients including Asda Stores, Harrods and Mint Festival, and has substantial advocacy and litigation capabilities. Highlights included acting for Aviva in successfully applying for a shadow alcohol premises licence for a restaurant it owns; successfully acting for Harrods to extend its restaurant hours and to move the wine shop area in the famous Brompton Road Store; and advising Pizza Express throughout the process of renewing the liquor licences for its Northern Irish restaurant portfolio. Liquor licensing specialist Audrey Ferrie¬†heads the department.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'outstanding team' is particularly known for handling major claims against banks, including mis-selling claims and claims concerning the conduct of restructuring and insolvency units in banks. The team acted for two Philippines’ state corporations in the electricity generation sector, which are in dispute with Lehman Brothers Special Financing over the valuation of the close-out amount on a Philippine Peso/USD currency swap; the case raises issues of general market importance, including whether the replacement transaction which the state corporations used to calculate their loss was a true economic equivalent of the defaulted transaction. Stuart McNeill is head of investment banking litigation; Edinburgh-based Jim Cormack is banking and finance litigation head; international civil fraud Alan Sheeley is 'extremely commercial and able to identify and pursue the business exigencies of clients'; Michael Fenn is 'always calm, authoritative and highly diligent'; and legal director Michael Hawthorne is 'a brilliant technical lawyer, with excellent depth of experience'.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

'A great choice for the trickiest issues', Pinsent Masons LLP's 'response times are excellent and the overall service is superb'. The practice regularly litigates complex commercial disputes, often with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional elements, for clients in the energy, financial institutions and technology sectors, and for airlines, management corporations, and trust and corporate entities. The team acted for Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, as clamant, in proceedings against the estate of the late Boris Berezovsky and others, including high-value fraud and enforcement proceedings. Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head and Katharine Davies is 'a formidable fighter for her client’s case'. Other key contacts include Alan Sheeley, Stuart McNeill, Ben Fairhead, Glasgow-based risk advisory services group head Laura Cameron and legal directors Richard Dickman and Michael Fletcher. Jean-Francois Le-Gal was hired from Brown Rudnick LLP, Alaistair Culvert was made partner and Mike Hawthorne, who is 'a brilliant technical lawyer', was promoted to legal director. Richard Twomey joined DWF.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'very clued-up litigation team' at Pinsent Masons LLP handles a 'good spread' of contentious competition matters, including follow-on damages actions, appeals of decisions  by competition authorities and procurement litigation. Alan Davis leads the team and is regularly involved in proceedings before the EU and UK courts; recent work includes acting for CST Industries in proceedings before the Competition and Markets Authority and the Competition Appeal Tribunal lodged by Balmoral Tanks in relation to the judgment in a historic civil cartel investigation. The 'excellent' Ben Lasserson stands out for his 'decisiveness' and is currently representing a number of claimants in cartel damages cases.

Next generation lawyers

Ben Lasserson - Pinsent Masons LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP 'has a very resourceful and strategic team that understands the complex issues behind large-scale disputes'. The international arbitration practice is focused on the firm's core sectors, namely energy, infrastructure, and technology. It also fields lawyers with investment treaty expertise. Mark Roe is international arbitration head; David McIlwaine  is international arbitration committee chair; Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head; Rob McCallough is 'vastly experienced and pragmatic'; and Rob Wilkins is 'an absolute guru of Africa-related arbitrations'. The other names to note are Jason Hambury, Katharine Davies, Alistair Calvert, Adrian Elliott, Martin Harman, Gurmukh Riyat and consultant Clotilde Lemarié. Andrew Denton relocated to London from the Sydney office and Jean François Le Gal joined from Brown Rudnick LLP. Manoj Vaghela  and Virginie Colaiuta joined Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and LMS Legal LLP, respectively.

Leading individuals

Mark Roe - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

'Undoubtedly a leader in its field', Pinsent Masons LLP's tax litigation and investigations team members are noted for their experience and 'deep industry knowledge'. Areas in which the group has particular expertise include diverted profits tax issues, matters arising out of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and judicial review challenges of HMRC's advance payment notices. Team leader Jason Collins (noted as 'practical' and 'calm under pressure') won a major victory for the BT Pension Scheme in the FIDs Group action before the European Court, successfully proving that HMRC had unlawfully withheld tax credits. With significant experience in tax disputes involving financial institutions, Stuart Walsh is representing RBS in two disputes arising from missing traders in its supply chains defaulting on VAT due to HMRC. Steven Porter is leading a series of Judicial Review challenges brought by various taxpayers against HMRC's decision to issue them with payment notices as a result of their prior involvement in tax avoidance schemes. Legal director Clara Boyd specialises in VAT disputes and is recommended for the 'razor-sharp intellect' she uses to 'effortlessly analyse complex legal concepts'.

Leading individuals

Jason Collins - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Clara Boyd - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP

Headed by the 'excellent' Martin Bishop, Pinsent Masons LLP's four-partner team has a strong reputation among UK commercial banks including HSBC, and also regularly picks up work for private equity sponsors such as Sovereign Capital Partners and Lyceum Capital Partners in the mid-market. Senior associate Anais Spacey is 'strong and robust when negotiating with bank-side lawyers', and recently assisted Bishop on the representation of MML Capital Partners on unitranche and super senior revolving credit facilities to finance the acquisition of Computer Services Integration Group. Vanessa Heap often handles leveraged finance work in addition to general corporate lending; she recently advised Sabio Limited (a Lyceum Capital Partners' portfolio company) on the financing to facilitate its acquisition of Spanish company Datapoint Europe. Liam Terry is also recommended.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Led out of Birmingham by the 'excellent' Edward Sunderland and also including significant coverage across the firm's Leeds, Manchester and Scottish offices, Pinsent Masons LLP has a 'good understanding of the ABL industry' and is thereby able to provide a 'very commercial service' to an impressive range of banks, alternative capital providers and borrowers including Barclays Bank, RBS Invoice Finance, Arran Isle and Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance. Praised for his 'pragmatic and flexible approach', Sunderland handles both bilateral and syndicated facilities for lenders including his recent representation (with assistance from 'efficient and prompt' senior associate Victoria Baker) of HSBC Invoice Finance and Wells Fargo on the £120m provision of ABL facilities to Nisa Retail. On the borrower side, Sunderland recently worked alongside other financing practitioners at the firm to advise Alinda Capital Partners on the ABL piece of its £48m acquisition of Kelling Group, and also represented Gowrie Group (trading as B&S Group) on its £85m ABL facility with a lending syndicate including HSBC Invoice Finance, Lloyds Commercial Finance and BNP Paribas Commercial Finance. Birmingham-based Amy Flavell and Manchester-based James Cameron are regularly involved in recoveries work within the ABL sector.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

With four partners based out of London and also able to tap into the expertise of a strong regional offering in Manchester and Leeds, in particular,¬†Pinsent Masons LLP¬†provides a 'cost-effective and commercial service' to UK clearing banks and UK-listed borrowers across a raft of new money and refinancing-related corporate lending work. 'Excellent' team head¬†Martin Bishop¬†handles a significant amount of work for HSBC, including advising it as co-underwriter on the¬†‚ā¨176m term loan facilities to fund Victoria plc's¬†‚ā¨274m acquisition of Keraben Group.Vanessa Heap¬†and¬†Liam Terry¬†are also recommended for corporate lending work.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 6

Pinsent Masons LLP

With five partners based in London and also able to tap into the expertise of significant regional resources, Pinsent Masons LLP is well-positioned to provide an 'excellent service at a competitive price' to a broad array of stakeholders including companies, IPs, banks and funds. 'Technically very strong', the team excels at providing 'sound and commercially sensible advice' in formal insolvency scenarios, as well as on corporate restructuring mandates, particularly within the mid-market. 'Highly experienced and no-nonsense' team head Nicholas Pike is a 'very safe pair of hands' across both contentious and non-contentious matters; he recently acted for Fidor Bank as principal lender to sub-prime car finance lender, The Car Finance Company on its restructuring and solvent wind-down. As well as his 'well-earned reputation in relation to handling professional services insolvencies and restructurings', Steven Cottee also handles work across a myriad other industry sectors and recently represented the lenders to Byron Restaurant Group on its restructuring plan and CVA. Other recommended practitioners include the 'technical, creative and solutions-oriented' Nick Gavin-Brown; the 'technical and responsive' Tom Withyman; and 'strong and tenacious' senior associate Gemma Kaplan.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP handles all types of debt capital market issues, but it is best known for bond offerings to finance projects, education and social housing development, thanks to its firm-wide focus on those sectors. The firm is a longstanding advisor to UK clearing banks. It also represents institutional investors on large-scale privately placed bond issues, particularly where UK-based issuers are raising money in the US market. Head of capital markets Edward Sunderland leads the practice from Birmingham and his highlight deals from 2017 included advising arranger Strand Hanson and trustee Prudential Trustee Company on the issue of a second tranche of notes by US-listed company Carpe Valorem. Michael Watson is recommended for project bonds, as is head of energy and infrastructure Stephen Tobin. Sharon Smith has a broad debt capital markets and securitisation practice and she frequently advises on listed wholesale and retail bonds, project bonds and debt restructurings. Head of corporate trust Grace Hui is recommended for advice to trustees, issuers, paying agents and account banks. She recently worked with Sunderland on the £370m bond issued by Aberdeen City Council.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is known for its advice to arrangers and originators on term and conduit securitisations. It frequently acts for account banks, particularly in the restructuring of securitisations following credit rating downgrades and ISDA termination claims payments. It has strong relationships with¬†leading UK clearing banks and it focuses predominantly on¬†mid-market deals, although deal sizes are consistently rising.¬†Edward Sunderland¬†, who works in both the London and Birmingham offices, is the key partner and in 2017 he acted for Police Mutual Assurance Society Limited as a shareholder in the Neyber securitisation in a review of the documentation. He also advised the client on its liabilities under the structure. For PerfectHome Holdings Limited he helped to set up a ¬£50m warehousing vehicle for its purchase receivables. The practice calls on the experience of¬†Sharon Smith¬†in Birmingham, who has more than 20 years' experience in securitisation;¬†London-based derivatives partner¬†Stephen Woods; head of international tax¬†Eloise Walker¬†; and legal director¬†Grace Hui. The firm recently strengthened its practice with the hire of¬†Carl Posern, formerly a managing associate at¬†Linklaters LLP, as a partner. He handles¬†securitisation, debt capital markets, derivatives and other complex structured finance matters.  

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is 'a joy to work with due to its understanding of the industry, pragmatism and commerciality'. Lynette Jacobs heads up the department and is 'considered by some to be a key figure in the field' and is 'a genuine joy to work with'; and legal director Suzannah Crookes is 'an excellent lawyer who knows her stuff and has a very practical and commercial approach'. The group's corporate and advisory work spans international share plans, transactional advice and corporate governance issues. Clients include Imperial Brands and Halfords Group; Jacobs and Crookes assisted the latter with the introduction of its restricted share plan. Other work includes advising IP Group on the incentive elements of its hostile takeover of Touchstone Innovations and acting for Beeks Financial Cloud Group on the share plan components of its AIM admission.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is 'excellent across the board' and regularly handles executive and board levels matters, cross-border work, employment litigation and corporate support work. 'Responsive and knowledgeable' department head Edward Goodwyn is particularly active in the engineering and infrastructure sectors; he recently defended Kier Group in an unfair dismissal and indirect age discrimination claim brought by a former director. Steven Cochrane is also singled out for his expertise in the financial services sector; he advised Axa Real Estate Investment Managers on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Retirement Villages Group. Allianz Insurance, Balfour Beatty Group and Laing O'Rourke are also clients.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Kevin Bridges leads the national team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which has 'an outstanding reputation in the health and safety field' and is 'undoubtedly one of the top firms in the space'. Clients praise Bridges as 'a top performer' who is 'analytical, astute and an absolute pleasure to work with'. Scottish team head Laura Cameron and Sean Elson are also names to note; Cameron regularly handles crises and regulatory investigations for corporate clients and Elson recently represented a lift manufacturer in a HSE investigation and coroner's inquest relating to the death of a girl who was trapped in a domestic lift. Other clients include Kier Group, Intu Properties, Morgan Sindall and Capita. Kizzy Augustin joined Russell-Cooke LLP.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

With 'a top-tier practice, strong presence in pensions litigation' and 'first-class knowledge of the transactional side of the coin', Pinsent Masons LLP's 'sensible and pragmatic' team 'performs in the premier league of pensions law firms'. Carolyn Saunders leads the group; she recently advised the trustees of the Singapore Airlines Scheme on the implications of a corporate restructuring. 'No-holds-barred litigator' Isabel Nurse-Marsh heads up the pensions litigation practice and recently represented Gracebay and the Silentnight Group in a claim against the Pensions Regulator relating to issues surrounding its sale; she also acted for Wandel & Goltermann in a High Court claim regarding the validity of pension scheme deeds. Other key individuals include the 'highly tactical' Ben Fairhead, who defended Dalriada in proceedings brought by the regulator regarding fraud claims; Raj Sharma, who assisted the group trustees of the RWE power Group of the Electricity Supply Pensions Scheme with the reorganisation of the fund into two new funds; senior associate Charlotte Scholes, and the 'extremely knowledgable' Matthew de Ferrars. Hayley Goldstone made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Carolyn Saunders (non-contentious) - Pinsent Masons LLP

Isabel Nurse-Marsh (dispute resolution) - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Scholes (dispute resolution) - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

‚ÄėCreative and innovative in proposing solutions‚Äô, Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive and excellent at analysing the problem‚Äô. A particular expertise is in construction; the team is handling several insurance claims arising from significant global construction projects. The ‚Äėtactically very sound‚Äô Colin Read¬†is the firm‚Äôs specialist in this sector and ‚Äėruns a happy and engaged team that uses junior and senior resources well‚Äô. Another key area of work is cyber and data breach insurance, in which Ian Birdsey¬†is an expert. The team has also been working with a number of UK general insurers on cyber terrorism extension wordings within UK commercial property covers. Heading the practice is Nick Bradley, an expert in claims arising in the run-off sector, with clients including RSA and Armour Re.

Leading individuals

Nick Bradley - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's team was significantly strengthened by the addition of experienced corporate and insurance specialist Hammad Akhtar from Ashurst to lead the firm’s corporate practice. This hire further cements the team's strength in depth, allowing it to compete with the full-service insurance teams of other London firms. Skills across the board include major distribution deals, Part VII transfers and complex pensions buy-outs/buy-ins, but a particular highlight in M&A was advising Zurich on the high-profile sale of its UK workplace pensions and savings business; Hannah Brader took the lead in this matter.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

The arrival of Hammad Akhtar has given a major boost to the insurance team at Pinsent Masons LLP, and he is currently leading on a number of complex and strategic restructuring transactions for some of the world's leading insurers and reinsurers. The firm's full-service offering means the team is able to advise on both business-as-usual matters and, at the other end of the spectrum, complex strategic corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. It has particular expertise in cross-border restructurings, with a non-contentious insurance team of over 70 lawyers; this strength in depth has also earned the firm a place on some significant insurance client legal panels. Highlights included advising on the demutualisation of Reliance Mutual, whose business is being transferred under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to a new UK-authorised life insurance company. Legal director Matthew Brewer, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in November 2017, is also a noted member of the team.

Leading individuals

Hammad Akhtar - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's product liability team is led by Andrew Masterson, who is as a ‚Äėtrusted and reliable adviser whose advice is high quality‚Äô. Hi recent work includes on matters¬† relating to a fire caused by switchgear and a recall and loss¬† of profits claim caused by cross contamination of chemical¬† products. The team also includes Sarah Taylor¬† who works with retailers and food and drinks manufacturers on product safety issues. Her clients include Asda and William Hill.¬†Jacqueline Harris¬†acts for clients across a range of product issues from electrical goods to medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She is¬† representing a key defendant in a metal-on-metal hip matter. At legal director level, the recently promoted Louise Nahon¬† ‚Äď who is a qualified chartered mechanical engineer ‚Äď is recommended for her ‚Äėvery good technical engineering knowledge and ability to analyse complex contractual issues including indemnities‚Äô.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†represents claimants and defendants in disputes across the financial services, pensions, construction and TMT sectors. Legal director Michael Fletcher¬†is representing a UK-based company in the renewable energy sector in a ¬£3m claim against its former solicitors, and Jonathan Fortnam¬†is acting for a pension scheme employer and its trustee company in a ¬£6m claim against its former solicitors. Ben Fairhead¬†focuses on pensions-related disputes and is representing the trustee of a defined benefit pension scheme in a ¬£1m negligence claim against a well-known pension scheme administrator, in relation to numerous transfers of members‚Äô pension funds to an overseas pension scheme.¬†Jim Richards¬†is acting for two group companies in a ¬£2.6m claim against its former auditors. Stuart McNeill¬†regularly handles finance-related professional negligence disputes; ‚Äėwhile charming to deal with‚Äô, pensions litigation head¬†Isabel Nurse-Marsh¬†is a ‚Äėno-holds barred litigator‚Äô; Colin Read¬†is active in construction sector mandates; Ian Birdsey¬†is experienced in the TMT sector; and Neal Morris¬†leads the global construction advisory and disputes team. Legal director Chamika Hand¬†and senior associate Danielle Williamson, who is experienced in tax-related claims, are also recommended. Michael Fenn, who is the litigation and regulatory head, and insurance head Nick Bradley¬†lead the team.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP  advises high-net-worth individuals, royal family members, art foundations and cultural institutions as well as artists and government bodies on their art collections. Richard Hart  routinely advises clients on the structuring of their collections and on their philanthropic endeavours through cultural foundations. He also advises clients on facilitating donations to cultural institutions and is skilled at advising on issues as they arise on large international touring exhibitions. The group is adept at advising on all types of art including traditional fine art, art and sculpture and is also skilled at advising on video and digital art, street art and jewellery. Highlights included advising a large multinational company with a portfolio of art investments on the establishment of a website to showcase some of the client’s collection of gemstones, jewellery and artefacts. The team has also been engaged to advise a foreign art investing corporate on its global trade mark filing strategy for its vast collection.

Next generation lawyers

Fionnuala Rogers - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†¬†has a team with a ‚Äėfirst-rate understanding of complex, cross-border trust structures and administration‚Äô. The ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô Michael Pulford¬† provides ‚Äėextremely sound and easily understandable advice‚Äô. Pulford leads a team that represents a varied client base including leading trust companies and corporate service providers, trustees, family offices, beneficiaries, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their corporates. He advises these clients on a broad range of heavyweight commercial, trust and family disputes. Harbour Guernsey and Deutsche Bank Private Wealth are key clients.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Michael Pulford¬†¬†at Pinsent Masons LLP¬† is ‚Äėblessed with a litigator‚Äôs head and instincts and knows where the strengths and weaknesses of his clients‚Äô cases lie‚Äô. Kate Francis¬†‚Äėleaves no stone unturned‚Äô and Sarah Ingram¬† ‚Äėhandles litigation with great aplomb‚Äô ‚Äďboth are senior associates. The team has a particular niche in Russian and Middle Eastern work.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP 'has a deep understanding of the infrastructure and construction market and great depth in its team, with a few stand-out specialists'. In recent highlights, Pension Infrastructure Plan appointed the team to handle its acquisition of a diverse portfolio of ten UK PPP assets from Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners, and Graham Alty is currently advising the Ministry of Justice on its Prison Estate Transformation Programme which will procure up to four new prisons in England and Wales. The 'excellent' Manchester-based Mark Job represents a major international airport in light of potential high-profile construction projects, and the recently promoted partner Sonal Shah teamed up with the Paris office to handle a 49.99% share purchase in Intertoll's PPP portfolio on behalf of Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds.  Stephen Tobin heads the European projects outfit and the 'thoughtful, strategic' Nick Ogden specialises in infrastructure M&A and strategic partnership arrangements in the Manchester office. Kevin Joyce recently joined from CMS .

Next generation lawyers

Sonal Shah - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP represents blue chip clients such as Anglo American , Sirius Minerals and African Minerals across the full life cycle of mining projects. In recent highlights, Jon Harris acted for Opera Investments' £5.5m placing and acquisition Kibo Gold by way of reverse takeover and admission to the AIM as Katoro Gold, and the Glasgow-based legal director Ross McDowall continued to advise Kier on planning, environmental and construction issues arising from its mining operations in East Ayrshire. On the construction side, Sarah Thomas is currently assisting a minerals company with a range of health and safety, planning and infrastructure procurement issues arising from its proposed mine development. The practice is spearheaded by Akshai Fofaria who holds a strong expertise in the African mining industry especially with regards to 'front-end' matters.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has an 'exceptional' team led by Aberdeen's Bob Ruddiman that 'balances well the needs of a junior resources company listed on the AIM and the business fundamentals of oil and gas and the fast-moving UK market'. The firm's oil and gas lawyers are 'knowledgeable, proactive and available' but Paul McGoldrick 'knows the industry extremely well' and is described by one client as 'a highly-respected leader in this space'. In recent highlights, Aberdeen-based Shirley Allen acted for Shell in its disposal of $3.8bn of UK assets to Chrysoar, and Rosalie Chadwick - who heads the firm's corporate finance department from Glasgow - advised Ithaca Energy on its takeover by Delek. On the projects side, George Booth continues to represent major oil companies in the development of their respective oil field interests in the Middle East. Also notable are head of the firm's Africa practice  Akshai Fofaria and Katharine Davies who sits in the litigation department and has a strong track record in commercial disputes.

Leading individuals

Bob Ruddiman - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'excellent' power offering at Pinsent Masons LLP 'is deeply committed to the success of the industry generally and its clients' business'; its practitioners 'are extremely knowledgeable about the procurement process, construction contracts and they go the extra mile'. Gareth Phillips is currently leading the advice to Orsted on all planning and property matters arising from the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and continues to assist joint venture partners Hive and Wirsol Energy with all planning and property matters associated with the Cleve Hill Solar Park in Kent. A team spearheaded by Peter Feehan is currently overseeing the implementation of electric vehicle charging points across the UK for joint venture Ionity, while Leeds-based and heavily-recommended construction expert Melanie Grimmitt is handling the procurement of an EPC contractor and long-term maintenance arrangements with regards to new CCGT projects at the Eggborough and Kings Lynn B sites. On the corporate front, Carsten Rumberg acted for BayWa in the disposal of its last remaining UK solar assets to a fund managed by Greencoat Capital. Paul Rice leads the practice and is also a name to note alongside Richard Griffiths , the 'technically excellent' Graham Alty and the 'extremely hardworking and committed' Caroline Ramsay .

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'overall excellent level of service' provided by Pinsent Masons LLP is especially apparent in its 'very prompt responses' and 'thoroughly competent approach to complex issues of law'. Notable recent highlights include construction specialist Michael Allan 's work for the Aberdeen Harbour board with regards to the Nigg Bay expansion project, Neal Morris ' ongoing counsel to a joint venture of leading UK contractors in connection with the procurement of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.The client-recommended Gordon McCreath sits in Glasgow and is currently leading a cross-office team to advise the Environment Agency on all compulsory purchase and property matters in relation to the construction of a new flood relief channel for the Thames. The practice is led by Belfast's Adrian Eakin who is a name to note alongside Edinburgh's Chris McGarvey and Claire Gregory  who leads the firm's environment practice from Manchester. Other key clients include United Utilities, Severn Trent and Veolia.

Leading individuals

Adrian Eakin - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

With 'sector-leading experience', Victoria Goddard heads an education department at Pinsent Masons LLP that 'consistently provides a joined-up and in-depth team service and the advice is always pragmatic and well-balanced'. It advises on matters such as financing, debt capital markets, development, procurement, planning and charity law. Martin Priestley leads the universities international group and is advising the University of Sheffield on the expansion of its partnership with Nanjing Tech University to establish a joint Institute for Science. Other names to note are Chris Martin and the 'excellent' Helen Corden, who brings employment expertise to the sector. The team is advising a number of universities on expansion projects, including assisting the University of Sussex with its modernisation project, which involves the procurement of new student accommodation and a new records system. 

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‚Äėextremely proactive practice‚Äô team at Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is jointly led by Kate Orviss¬† and Joanne Ellis¬†and advises¬†national and international clients on a range of high-value M&A and joint venture transactions. Orviss ‚Äėis most innovative in her thinking and in resolving problems'; she¬†leads the global healthcare group. Highlights included acting for Indo UK Healthcare Private and UK Global Healthcare on the implementation of the Indo UK Institute of Health Programme, an Indian and British government supported venture aiming to build 11 hospitals and polyclinics with the intention of bringing NHS standard healthcare. Ellis focuses on transactions in the social care and dental space; she has advised Jacobs Holding AG on the acquisition of the Southern Dental group and Tracscare on the acquisition of the New Bridges Care Group, a specialist residential and outreach service provider for individuals who have acquired brain injury, complex needs and learning disabilities. Robert Moir‚Äôs work encompasses corporate finance and structures, joint ventures and investments.

Leading individuals

Kate Orviss - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Infrastructure (parliamentary)
Infrastructure (parliamentary) - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP 

The team at¬†Pinsent Masons LLP¬†¬†regularly provides advice on government policy and parliamentary legislation which affects their clients‚Äô business interests. Such clients include University of London, Port of Tilbury and Heathrow Airport.¬†¬†Robbie Owen¬†¬†is acting¬†for the University of London on a private Bill to facilitate the establishment of its colleges and research institutes as universities in their own right. He also heads the team advising TFL on obtaining statutory authorisation under the Planning Act 2008 for the Silvertown Tunnel. Also recommended are the ‚Äėhardworking and intelligent‚Äô Francis Tyrrell¬†, Richard Bull,¬†for his ‚Äėdeep knowledge of parliamentary procedure‚Äô, and Duncan O‚ÄôConnor¬†.

Leading individuals

Francis Tyrell - Pinsent Masons LLP 

Robbie Owen - Pinsent Masons LLP 

Next generation lawyers

Richard Bull - Pinsent Masons LLP 

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

A source reported that Pinsent Masons LLP can provide 'a joined-up and in-depth team service' that gives 'pragmatic and well-balanced advice.' This highly-regarded national team offers expertise across the gamut of local authority legal requirements and counts more than 160 local authorities within its client base. The team continues to advise Haringey Council on the procurement of a strategic investment and development partner on a potential £2bn regeneration project. It also advised Manchester City Council on securing an investment partner in respect of the Northern Gateway scheme. In other work it is advising councils on a regional investment fund, strategic planning and governance issues. Anne Bowden is the national head of the team, other key members include Scot Morrison, Didar Dhillon,  Adrian Eakin and David Meecham.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is sought after for ‚Äėparticularly complex development and acquisition transactions‚Äô and is ‚Äėa go-to firm for hotel management and franchise agreements‚Äô. The team also has particular expertise in structuring joint development partnerships in the public sector, where Scot Morrison¬†is advising London Borough of Haringey on the procurement of a development and investment partner for the Haringey Development Vehicle, and Anne Bowden¬†is acting for London Borough of Southwark in relation to the development of a new town centre at Canada Water. Further, Nic Berry¬†is acting for ABP (London) Investments in relation to the regeneration of London‚Äôs Royal Albert Dock. The group is ‚Äėhighly regarded in the specialist hotel industry‚Äô. Indeed, department head Claire Hughes¬†is advising Capital & Counties Properties on the development of a luxury boutique hotel in Covent Garden. Nick Skea-Strachan, who specialises in hotel management agreements, advised Al Dau Development on a franchise agreement with Hyatt International for the development, branding and operation of a hotel in Cairo. The team has also acted for Accor Hotelservices UK and Meli√° Hotels International. Legal director Janet Matthews¬†assisted The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society with the launch of the ¬£2.7bn Royal London UK Real Estate Fund. Additionally, Simon Gardiner¬†advised Legal and General on a ¬£70m property swap transaction, and Richard Lloyd¬†was involved in a high-value investment transaction involving retirement village assets. Anthony Newton¬†joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†in 2017. David Taylor retired in 2018.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Neal Morris¬†heads¬†the construction¬†team ‚ÄĮat¬†Pinsent Masons LLP. On¬†the transactional side, Morris has been advising¬†a¬†JV¬†of the UK‚Äôs largest¬†contractors¬†on¬†the¬†UK‚Äôs largest new¬†infrastructure ‚Äėmega project',¬†the 25km long, ¬£4.2bn new ‚Äėsuper sewer‚Äô under¬†London. Shy Jackson¬†‚ÄĮhas been assisting with¬†ongoing legal advice to the Skanska,‚ÄĮCostain ‚ÄĮand STRABAG¬†JV¬†on its successful¬†bid for and‚ÄĮsubsequent delivery of two¬†multibillion pound¬†HS2 phase 1 civils contracts.¬†On the contentious side, Helen Waddell¬†is advising¬†contractor‚ÄĮBreen House¬†on a¬†¬£300m¬†high-profile claim¬†against the government by various participants in the solar‚ÄĮphotovoltaic electricity generation industry,¬†in relation to losses of renewable energy subsidies.¬†Other clients include Bouygues; Balfour Beatty; Kier Group; Carillion; Morgan Sindall; Costain; Ferrovial; ACS Dragados; Laing O'Rourke; and Westfield. Kevin Joyce¬†joined from CMS, and Clotilde Lemari√©¬†joined from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP.¬† Sofia Parra Martinez¬† moved to the Madrid office, Fraser McMillan¬†to the Australia office, and Andrew Denton¬†joined from the Australia office.

Leading individuals

Mark Roe - Pinsent Masons LLP

Richard Laudy - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP is headed by Georgie Messent, who is known for her regulatory oil and gas expertise, particularly in offshore decommissioning. Recent work includes representing Cargill on its £1bn JV with Faccenda Foods on environmental and animal welfare related matters, including on the internal restructuring and regulatory risk management on the JV agreement itself; and advising on the £219m sale of the entire issued share capital of the environmental division of DCC Environmental Britain Limited to private equity group Exponent.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's national head of planning,¬†Iain Gibley, advised China Gateway International Limited on its application for planning permission in the Kent Downs for the largest development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to date. Head of infrastructure planning, Robbie Owen¬†is leading on all planning aspects of the ¬£17.6bn Heathrow Expansion Project. Head of London Planning, Nicholle Kingsley, leads on all planning aspects of the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle shopping centre. ‚ÄėDiligent, approachable, with in-depth knowledge of the NSIP process‚Äô, Emma Harling-Phillips¬†is acting¬†alongside Gordon McCreath¬†for Highways England on all aspects of its proposed application for development consent for the ¬£1.6bn ‚ÄėStonehenge Tunnel‚Äô. Francis Tyrell¬†is ‚Äėparticularly strong in relation to infrastructure planning matters with a good eye for detail'.¬†Associate Sheelagh MacGregor¬†is also recommended as ‚Äėconscientious and diligent and very capable at fighting her corner'.

Leading individuals

Iain Gilbey - Pinsent Masons LLP

Richard Ford - Pinsent Masons LLP

Robbie Owen - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Lockerbie - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

In addition to its traditionally strong relationships with the clearing banks, Pinsent Masons LLP acts for international lenders, specialist real estate lenders, insurance companies, and debt and opportunity funds. A particular strength is the team's ability to handle secured to unsecured deals; William Oliver, who leads the team jointly with Gerry Mulholland, acted for HSBC, RBS, Barclays and Santander on the provision of a £430m term and revolving facility to NewRiver REIT, and for HSBC, RBS and Barclays on the amendments to the £550m revolving facility provided to Derwent London. Frances Mallender advised RBS as agent on behalf of a syndicate of banks on the refinancing of Safestore Holdings facilities. Richard Hughes is also a noted member of the practice; he advised new client AM alpha Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft on the acquisition financing of The Rylands Building in Manchester, among other matters. The team is also known for its expertise in non-performing loan (NPL) transactions.

Leading individuals

William Oliver - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Frances Mallender - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô and ‚Äėvery proactive‚Äô team is an ‚Äėestablished serious player in the national market‚Äô, ‚Äėon par with the best for high-end development work‚Äô. The department is also well-regarded for its rights of lights work and energy related property disputes. Siobhan Cross¬†is ‚Äėon top of the detail and extremely diligent‚Äô and jointly heads the team together with Melissa Thompson. Rhiannon Saunders has joined from RPC¬†and¬†Laura Mortimer¬†joined from Maples Teesdale LLP. Joe Parnis¬†has re-joined the team¬†from Mishcon de Reya LLP¬†and Dianne Adams¬†is another new arrival from KWM Europe LLP. The firm has been instructed by owners of property adjacent to Stamford Bridge in an injunction claim resulting from the proposed development of the stadium and subsequent rights of light issues. Thompson has also been acting for INEOS Upstream Limited in a first of its kind case for shale drilling rights. Clients include prominent institutional property investors and estates such as Legal & General, Royal London and the Portman Estate.

Leading individuals

Melissa Thompson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Siobhan Cross - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is known for advising a huge variety of lenders including local authorities and institutional investors, but also advises housing associations on bank lending transactions. The team has particular experience acting for first-time lenders in the housing sector and assisting with the formation and procurement of local asset backed vehicles. In one stand-out matter, department head Sarah Whitty acted for a group of funders including Peterborough City Council, Lloyds Bank and Dexia Credit Local in relation to the merger between Axiom Housing Association and Longhurst Group, which involved a restructuring of the existing facilities with the two housing groups. Whitty also advised HSBC Bank on a £200m loan agreement with Genesis Housing Association. On the borrower side, Edinburgh-based Iain Macaulay acted for Wheatley Housing Group in relation to its £600m syndicated term and revolving credit facilities arranged by RBS, while Birmingham-based Edward Sunderland assisted the client with a £100m private placement with Swiss and British institutional investors.

Leading individuals

Sarah Whitty - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†has ‚Äėan excellent social housing team‚Äô, which specialises in acting for local authorities in the formation of residential development vehicles. Clients singled out Scot Morrison¬†in particular, whose highlights have included advising London Borough of Haringey on the procurement of an investment and development partner for the Haringey Development Vehicle, and assisting London Borough of Wandsworth with the formation of a joint venture with Taylor Wimpey for a development near Clapham Junction station. Similarly, department head Anne Bowden¬†advised a central London borough on the formation of a development partner for a residential scheme at one of London‚Äôs most prominent regeneration sites. David Meecham¬†acts for Homes and Communities Agency in relation to all of its major funding and regeneration schemes, which recently included the formation of a development partnership for a residential scheme in Chesterfield. Further, in the registered provider space, Meecham advised St Mungo Community Housing Association on the formation of a development partnership for a residential site in Edgware.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's multidisciplinary, cross-border Brexit advisory team assists clients with all aspects of their preparations, including scenario planning, contract risk assessments and renegotiations, and employment audits, among other matters. Clare Francis is leading the firm's advice to clients on a cutting-edge commercial contracts product, Brexit Contracting Solutions, which use Artificial Intelligence to assess the impact of Brexit on existing contract portfolios in a fast and efficient manner, as well as assessing broader supply chain risks. Euan Smith provides corporate immigration support along with Joanne Hennessy. Iain Connor advises clients from sectors, such as IT and pharmaceuticals, on likely intellectual property issues post-Brexit. A notable feature of the Brexit team is that it includes a public policy unit, which is led by Andrew Henderson, and assists clients with building a case for how they want Brexit to work for them, and how they can put this forward to key influencers. Robbie Owen leads the government affairs team, which includes Francis Tyrrell, and focuses on the process for Brexit-related legislation and its constitutional implications. Outside of the UK, Christoph Maurer in Paris and Munich-based Rainer Kreifels are other key figures. Guy Lougher is the overall head of the Brexit advisory team, which also features Alan Davis, Elizabeth Budd and Caroline Ramsay.

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Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's information law team has been highlighted for its 'excellent service' and 'tailored,pragmatic and timely advice'. The team is instructed on both contentious and strategic matters, with particular experience in the financial services and technology sectors and acts for high-profile clients including TSB Bank, Google, Facebook and  Starship Technologies. The department has been advising  global medical device manufacturer on compliance solutions to enable the transfer of data to the US, following the invalidity of Safe Harbour. With an 'impressive grasp of technical detail' Marc Dautlich heads the global practice and is praised for his 'delivers clear and commercial advice' to both public and private sectors. David Barker is highlighted for contentious matters and heads the group's data protection litigation team and Ian Birdsey leads the cyber practice. Birmingham-based Cerys Wyn Davies is another key name to note.

Leading individuals

Marc Dautlich - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†advises on compliance issues and conducts investigations in relation to fraud allegations and regulatory breaches. It is particularly adept at handling SFO investigations for infrastructure and energy companies. Key practitioner Anne-Marie Ottaway¬†is ‚Äėexperienced, sensible and cool under pressure‚Äô. Neil McInnes¬†has rejoined the London office from Singapore. Senior associate Michael Ruck¬†has ‚Äėcome into private practice from the FCA and as such is very knowledgeable and will fight a client‚Äôs corner‚Äô. Senior associate Olga Tocewicz¬†combines ‚Äėexcellent client relations with a good, incisive mind, calm and unflappable, she can be trusted with the most difficult cases‚Äô. Christopher Richardson¬†joined as a partner and head of forensic accounting¬†from Ernst and Young. Tom Stocker¬†is also recommended. Barry Vitou¬†left the firm for¬†Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Ottaway - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Headed by the ‚Äėexperienced and intelligent‚Äô David Barker, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP¬† ‚Äėhas real expertise and strength in all aspects of media and information law‚Äô.¬† Highlights included advising Google in relation to a number of right to be forgotten cases; acting for the BBC in a breach of confidence claim brought against it by Appleby;¬†and advising the Media Lawyers Association in relation to an application to the Supreme Court in the Elaph Publishing case. Senior Associate Alex Keenlyside¬† is commended for being ‚Äėincredibly diligent and intelligent‚Äô. Imogen Allen-Back¬† is an ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô associate who is ‚Äėwise beyond her years‚Äô.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Noted for acting on 'complex, innovative and ground-breaking' matters, Pinsent Masons LLP's practice is 'excellent in all respects'. Open banking, ICOs, advising banks on technological matters and acting for fintech start-ups are key strengths of the department, which counts Tesco Bank, Allied Irish Banks, HubPay Technologies, Electron and International Personal Finance among its clients. The 'calm, measured' Angus McFadyen 'clearly has excellent knowledge of the payments space'; he advised ING Bank on its development of Yolt, an open banking mobile app. 'Extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly' legal director Luke Scanlon acted for Coinschedule on its contractual relationships with parties issuing ICOs and tokens on its platform as well as on regulatory compliance; he also advised AccountScore and Consents Online on open banking matters, and assisted fintech authentication start-up Priviti Group with the regulatory aspects of its engagement with the banking sector. The team often handles corporate work in the fintech space: Andrew McMillan acted for Finestra International on its purchase of Olfa Soft and its foreign exchange e-trading platform for financial institutions. The Glasgow-based Yvonne Dunn heads the group.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Described as being 'absolutely top in responsiveness and quality' the IT and telecoms practice at Pinsent Masons LLP provides 'thorough, business and client-friendly advice' on a full-range of issues. The team is instructed by the Department of Health in relation to its new emergency services communication system. This matter has included advising on technical solutions and exit from its previous contract with current service provider. Also in the public sector it is advising the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, as well as Transport for London. In another work highlight, it is acting for  Heathrow Airport on a project for the transformation of how it procured and manages its IT services. Google, Fijitsu and Hiscox are all clients. Headed up by Simon Colvin, the team includes the 'first class' and 'very creative' Diane Mullenex who leads the firm's global telecoms, gaming and gambling practices. Anthony Fielding moved to Gowling WLG's Dubai office.

Leading individuals

Diane Mullenex - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'genuinely outstanding' intellectual property practice at¬†Pinsent Masons LLP¬†has been described as comprising of 'commercially focused,¬†first class intellectual property litigators'. The team, attracting praise for its ability to¬†'balance complex commercial concerns' is particularly strong in patent disputes. It is instructed by¬† Magnesium Elektron on a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute across UK and China.¬†'Excellent and strategic' practice head¬†Clare Tunstall¬†has been highlighted as 'amongst the best pharma & biotech litigators', and is leading a team representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in a claim for the¬†revocation of Gilead's supplementary protection certificate for the HIV treatment Truvada.¬†¬†The 'very wise and practical litigator'¬†Charlotte Weekes¬†is another key name to note in the life sciences sector. The 'bright and thorough patent litigator'¬†Deborah Bould¬†'offers sensible, pragmatic advice' and¬†is particularly recommended in the technology and manufacturing¬†sectors.¬†Iain Connor¬†heads up the groups soft IP practice, 'really wrestles with the client‚Äôs case and does not take no for an answer'.¬†The practice has been bolstered with the additions of¬†Charlotte Drew¬†from Olswang¬† ‚ÄĒ who attracts praise for her 'wonderful commercial advice' ‚ÄĒ and Florian Traub¬†from Squire Patton Boggs, who established the firm's European brand portfolio management practice. Other additions include¬†senior associates Mark Marf√©, Mario Subramaniam¬†and trade mark attorney Matthew Harris¬†from Hogan Lovells International LLP, Anderson Law LLP¬†and Fieldfisher¬†respectively.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is 'first class', 'super efficient' and 'always provides clear, concise and relevant advice'. Practice head Clare Tunstall is 'a leader in this field' and 'an astute and tactical litigator' with 'an impressive track record of success'. She recently represented Flynn in its challenge to prevent the parallel importation into the UK of Pfizer’s anti-epileptic drug Epanutin for resale as Phenytoin Sodium Flynn. Allistair Booth advised Summit Therapeutics on the IP and commercial elements of its purchase of Discuva. Patent litigator Charlotte Weekes is 'extremely thorough in her approach' and 'really adds value to the litigation team with her eye for the key points and for detail'. Fellow patent litigator Christopher Sharp is 'legally astute' with 'a strong understating of small and large molecule chemistry'. Also recommended is Charles Waddell, who is an expert in M&A and capital markets transactions, and Catherine Drew, who advised Accord Healthcare on the revocation of four patents protecting Celgene’s drug Revlimid, which is used to treat some forms of blood and bone marrow cancer.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'outstanding' department fields 'knowledgeable lawyers', covers 'numerous areas of sport' and is 'impressively abreast of industry developments'. Sports finance, including property and stadium financings, are distinguishing strengths of the practice, which also handles high-level sponsorship matters and is increasingly active in regulatory work. Noted for his 'great knowledge and practical experience in so much of the sport business', group head Trevor Watkins advised East Lothian Council and Lothians Racing Syndicate on their urgent review of the governance and operation of Musselburgh Racecourse. He also advised Sport England on the regulatory aspects of procurement procedure. Watkins and senior associate Julian Moore acted for Porsche Cars Great Britain on its sponsorship agreement with Ascot Racecourse, marking the client's first foray into UK horseracing. On the real estate side, Nicholle Kingsley assisted 2020 Developments (Luton) with the development of a new stadium for Luton Town FC. Jockey Club Racecourses, Leeds United FC and UK Sport are additional clients.

Leading individuals

Trevor Watkins - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô team at Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is noted for its experience in infrastructure projects and it regularly handles rail projects in the UK and overseas. PPP and PFI specialist Jon Hart; Robbie Owen¬†, who heads the infrastructure planning and government affairs team; Anne-Marie Friel¬†and Francis Tyrrell¬†are key figures.

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