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Pinsent Masons LLP

BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YZ, ENGLAND
Web:
www.pinsentmasons.com/

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Simon Colvin

Other key lawyers:David Isaac; Natalie Trainor; Ben Gardner

Key Clients

Transport For London (TfL)

Starship Technologies

KCOM Group Plc

The Water Regulation Services Authority (OFWAT)

Bonmarché Holdings Plc

Sage Global Services

Work highlights

  • Advising TfL on its Surface Intelligent Transport System (SITS) programme.
  • Advising Starship Technologies on the applicability of existing transport legislation to the use of autonomous delivery robots to fulfill last mile deliveries of retail and food goods in the UK.
  • Advising KCOM Group Plc on concluding an exit arrangement and de-scoped agreement with BT in respect of Hull telecoms services.
  • Advised OFWAT on its procurement (via a public procurement) for the appointment of an alternative delivery models partner.
  • Advising Bonmarché in relation to the procurement, re-procurement and exit of many of its IT contracts as part of the client's transformation programme.
Leading individuals

David Isaac - Pinsent Masons LLP

Simon Colvin - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Natalie Trainor - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Ben Gardner - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Eloise Walker; Jason Collins

Other key lawyers:Christine Yuill; Jeremy Webster; Richard Croker; Penny Simmons

Testimonials

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

'Very good strength throughout the team and across disciplines'

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

Key Clients

Co-operative Group

UK Sport

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

RBS

Serco

Ørsted's UK

Work highlights

  • Advising CommScope on the tax aspects of the acquisition of Arris International plc.
  • Acted for Kier Limited on its disposal of its interest in KHSA, a construction group, to Downer Group, a leading supplier of integrated infrastructure services in Australia and New Zealand
  • Advice on certain transactional tax elements of the initial public offering of shares in AJ Bell PLC to the main market of the London Stock Exchange
Leading individuals

Eloise Walker - Pinsent Masons LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Alan Davis

Other key lawyers:Angelique Bret; Guy Lougher; Robert Vidal

Testimonials

'Clear and well-explained advice'

'Good commercial awareness and knowledge of competition law'

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Post Office

Motor Fuel Group

Macmillan Publishers

UKTV

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

E.ON

Hanson

DCC

CST Industries

FP McCann

Work highlights

  • Acted for Post Office on the acquisition of Payzone Bill Payments from Payzone UK.
  • Advised FP McCann on the last-remaining criminal cartel investigation under the previously applicable cartel offence regime.
  • Advised Motor Fuel Group on the merger control aspects of the acquisition of MRH (GB), involving the purchase of 490 petrol stations across the UK.
  • Acted for UKTV, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps, on the £14.6bn proposed acquisition of Scripps by Discovery.
  • Advised Apogee on its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.
Next Generation Partners

Angelique Bret - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):John Tyerman

Other key lawyers:Jon Harris; Julian Stanier; Rob Hutchings; Roberta Markovina; Gareth Jones; Andrew Black; Chrissy Findlay

Testimonials

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

'A growing force in the marketplace.'

'A good balance of partner oversight and extremely capable associates.'

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

Key Clients

CommScope Inc

Fenner plc

Canaccord Genuity Limited

FinnCap

AJ Bell

DCC plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Stadium Group plc

Central Square Holdings Ltd

Peel Hunt

Arden Partners

Abzena plc

Liberum Capital

Premier Technical Services Group plc

Investec

Work highlights

  • Advised Canaccord Genuity, in its role as sponsor, on the transfer of JPJ Group plc, a leading global bingo-led operation, of the listing category of its ordinary shares from a Standard Listing to a Premium Listing on the Official List of the UKLA in accordance with Listing Rule 5.4A of the FCA.
  • Advised FinnCap, the sponsor of PPHE Hotel Group Limited, on PPHE's application for the approval by the UK Listing Authority of the transfer of the listing category of all of PPHE's ordinary shares of nil par value from a standard listing to a premium listing on the Official List of the UKLA.
  • Advising AJ Bell, one of the largest UK investment platform providers, on its IPO and admission to the LSE's Main Market (premium segment).
  • Acting for DCC plc in its placing to raise gross proceeds of approx. £606m.
  • Advised Canaccord as sponsor to Harworth Group plc’s transfer of listing category from the standard segment of the Main Market to the premium listing segment.
Leading individuals

Jon Harris - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Chrissy Findlay - Pinsent Masons LLP

Gareth Jones - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Colin Read

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Cavill; Nick Bradley

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

'Jonathan Cavill is tenacious, hard-working and practical' 

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

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):David Heffron

Other key lawyers:Andrew Barber

Key Clients

Standard Life Aberdeen (Standard Life Employee Services Limited)

Zurich

Aegon UK PLC

AJ Bell

Adidas International Trading B.V.

JRP Group

Railpen Investments

Reinsurance Group of America

Royal London Group

Work highlights

  • Devised and delivered a commercially-focused and efficient model for amending and negotiating hundreds of external fund manager agreements for the Standard Life Wrap and Elevate platforms to reflect the changes needed for MiFID II in a consistent way for Standard Life Aberdeen across all of these fund manager relationships.
  • Assisted Adidas International Trading B.V. on its application for limited permission consumer credit authorisation including completing the FCA application and various ancillary documents accompanying the application.
  • Advised the HUB Financial Solutions business of the Just Group on its strategic annuity referral arrangements with Prudential.
  • Advising Zurich on its disposal, via auction sale, of the leading UK student insurance specialist, Endsleigh, to private equity backed A-Plan.
  • Advised Zurich on the sale of its UK workplace pensions business to Scottish Widows and transfer of that business.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):John Tyerman

Other key lawyers:Jon Harris; Rob Hutchings; Andrew Masraf; Chrissy Findlay

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

CommScope Inc

Fenner PLC

Ammeraal Beltech

Cannaccord Genuity Limited

FinnCap

AJ Bell

M Group Services / James Winnicott and James Arnold

Elevation Capital Partners

Kindertons Group

Arden Partners

Houlihan Lokey (Europe) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Zurich on the sale of its UK workplace pension and savings business to Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Advised CommScope on its proposed $7.4bn acquisition of ARRIS International.
  • Represented Fenner in its acquisition by Michelin, valuing the client's shares at ca. £1.2bn on a fully diluted basis.
  • Advised investment platform provider AJ Bell on its IPO and admission to the London Stock Exchange's main market, at £651m.
  • Acted for the senior management team of Ammeraal Beltech on its sale by Advent International to Partners Group.
Leading individuals

Rob Hutchings - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Chrissy Findlay - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Edward Stead

Other key lawyers:Andrew Masraf; Gregg Davison; Amie Norris; Peter Morley

Testimonials

'Practical advice given at all times'.

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

Key Clients

LDC

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

Sovereign Capital Partners

MML Capital Partners

M Group Services

Horizon Capital

Ammeraal Beltech

Textile Recycling International Limited

Livingbridge

Huel

Work highlights

  • Pinsent Masons advised the senior management team of Ammeraal Beltech, a global leader in lightweight process and conveyor belting, on its sale by Advent International to Partners Group.
  • Advised management of M Group Services, a service provider to the regulated infrastructure markets in the UK and Ireland, in relation to the secondary management buyout and associated private equity investment by PAI Partners.
  • Advised shareholders of Manzana Holdings on the sale of the private equity backed (Equistone) Apogee (Europe’s largest independent provider of print, outsourced services, and document and process technology), to HP Inc.
  • Advised management of CALA Group on the sale of shares in the CALA Group by Patron Capital and Management to Legal & General.
  • Sole adviser to Equistone Partners Europe and the management team on the private equity sale and secondary management buyout of Travel Counsellors, a bespoke travel bookings company based in Manchester, to Vitruvian Partners.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Stuart Walsh

Other key lawyers:Clara Boyd; Jake Landman; Ian Robotham

Key Clients

SimplyHealth

RBS

Avon Cosmetics

Cantor Fitzgerald

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for RBS in two major VAT disputes arising from missing traders in its supply chains, including Bilta v RBS [2017] EWHC 3535 (Ch), an important decision in relation to legal privilege and tax disputes.
  • Acting for Avon Cosmetics Limited in the CJEU in a case concerning the VAT regime for direct-selling companies.
  • Acting for Cantor Fitzgerald in relation to a VAT dispute concerning certain purchases of emissions allowances.
  • Successfully representing the UK's leading dental payment plan provider, Denplan Limited (a subsidiary company of Simplyhealth), in a multimillion-pound dispute with HMRC before the First-tier Tax Tribunal regarding the VAT status of various payments made by Denplan to certain of its customers.
Next Generation Partners

Clara Boyd - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Alan Sheeley

Other key lawyers:Andrew Herring; Andrew Barns-Graham; Jennifer Craven

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz)

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Bbay Companies

NatWest Markets Plc, previously The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

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

BDO LLP

Dalriada Trustees Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defending LLB Verwaltung (Schweiz) AG  against a multi-million pound, complex fraud claim, which arose out of a failed investment scheme.
  • Acting for a Nigerian oil and gas exploration company, Oriental Energy Resources Limited, its chairman (and owner) and his daughter in a Commercial Court matter in excess of $1bn, arising out of the well-publicised collapse of Afren Plc.
  • Successfully overturned a $3bn worldwide freezing injunction brought by Russian crude oil producer PJSC Tatneft against eight clients – trust and corporate entities in England, the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man and Jersey – administered by Equiom Group.
  • Acting for the third to eighth defendants in relation to a claim brought by JSC Commercial Bank Privatbank alleging that the firm's clients were controlled by the first and second defendants and used as instruments to misappropriate $1.9bn from the bank.
  • Acting for BDO, the liquidators of an English company, Payroller Limited that was used over a twelve-month period to commit VAT fraud totalling approximately £7m.
Leading individuals

Alan Sheeley - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Diane Mullenex; Audrey Ferrie

Key Clients

Canaccord Genuity

Pizza Express

Stride Gaming

XLM Media

CPFC

Harrods

Adil Group

Mint Festival

World Island

Work highlights

  • Advised Cannaccord Genuity in connection with the transfer of the listing category of its entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital
  • Advising Adil Group on licensing services for its estate across the UK, including its KFC and Taco Bell restaurant
  • Advised Harrods on the obtainment of licences for extended restaurant hours 
  • Advised World Island on the securing of a premises licence for a new festival based in Leeds
  • Advised Mint Festival for the obtainment of licences for the relocation of the festival

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Audrey Ferrie

Other key lawyers:Christoper Rees-Gay

Key Clients

Harrods

Adil Group (Taco Bell & KFC)

Mint Festival

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Asda

The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for Harrods on submitting a premises licence variation to extend restaurant hours, as well as an update to the plans for the premises.
  • Advised the Adil Group on obtaining the licences necessary for Taco Bell and KFC to trade.
  • Assisted with the 2019 Mint Festival, which included liaising with the Local Authority Safety Advisory Group to ensure the festival could safety go ahead at Leeds East Airport.
  • Secured a new license premises for the World Island Festival in Leeds, which included liaising with the Local Authority Safety Advisory Group.

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

Practice head(s):Jim Cormack; Stuart McNeill

Other key lawyers:Mike Hawthorne

Testimonials

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

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

Key Clients

Novo Banco

Allied Irish Bank

Co-operative Bank

Dexia Crediop

Work highlights

  • Acted for Portuguese bank Novo Banco in the first English court case addressing the scope of the EU's 2014 Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Laura Cameron; Michael Fenn

Other key lawyers:Katharine Davies; Stuart McNeill; Alan Sheeley; Ben Fairhead; Richard Dickman; Michael Fletcher; Daniel Gardiner 

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Aeroflot- Russian Airlines

Trevarian Management and others

Dalriada Trustees

Novo Banco

Teamtrend

BP International

Safestyle UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for six corporate defendants, including Teamtrend, Trade Point Agro and Milbert Ventures, in their groundbreaking successful jurisdictional challenge and discharge of a $2.6bn freezing injunction obtained by Privatbank.  
Leading individuals

Katharine Davies - Pinsent Masons LLP

Michael Fenn - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Daniel Gardiner - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Alan Davis

Other key lawyers:Robert Vidal

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Mark Roe; Michael Fenn

Other key lawyers:Katharine Davies; Jason Hambury; Alistair Calvert; Gurmukh Riyat; Jean-François Le Gal; Clea Bigelow-Nuttall; Daniel Gardiner; Cécile Tangy; Richard Ashmore

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Tullow Oil

Costain

EDF

E.On

Lendlease

Jacobs Engineering Group

GMR Maldives International Airport

Dangote Group

The Home Office

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

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

Practice head(s):Jason Collins

Other key lawyers:Stuart Walsh; Steven Porter; Clara Boyd

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

SimplyHealth

RBS

BT Pension Scheme

AVON Cosmetics

Cantor-Fitzgerald

UBS

AXA Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for RBS on two major VAT disputes arising from missing traders in its supply chains, including Bilta v RBS [2017] EWHC 3535 (Ch), an important decision in relation to legal privilege and tax disputes
  • Acting for the BT Pension Fund Trustees, and around 100 other pension funds, in the foreign income dividend and tax credit group litigation, which resulted in the first judgment of the European Court following the Brexit referendum 2016
  • Acting for Avon Cosmetics Limited in the CJEU in a case concerning the VAT regime for direct selling companies
  • Acting for Cantor Fitzgerald in relation to a VAT dispute on certain purchases of emissions allowances
Leading individuals

Jason Collins - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Clara Boyd - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Martin Bishop

Other key lawyers:Vanessa Heap; Liam Terry; Matt Morgan; Richard Scott; David Doogan; Tim Fearn; Matthew Clayton-Stead

Testimonials

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

'Richard Scott is very hands on and responsive.'

 

Key Clients

Sabio Limited

Permira Debt Capital

Lloyds Bank

Waterland Private Equity

Equistone PartnersEurope

Extentia Group Limited

Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank

Midshires Care Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Horizon Capital-backed Sabio Limited, a market-leading service provider of customer engagement solutions, on the financing of the acquisition of FlexAnswer Solutions (Singapore) and subsequently on the financing of the acquisition of Callware Voice Technologies, Callware Communicaciones SL and TwoPRO SL (Spain).
  • Acting for the lenders providing acquisition finance to support SDL Plc acquisition of Donnelley Language Services.
  • Acted for Waterland Private Equity in connection with the funding of its acquisition of Textile Recycling International Limited.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe in connection with the funding of its acquisition of WHP Telecoms.
  • Acted for Lloyds Bank plc in connection with its funding of the acquisition of Aquamain (UK) Limited by Rubicon.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s): Edward Sunderland 

Other key lawyers:Ian Falconer; Amy Flavell; James Cameron; Tim Fearn; Victoria Baker; Gemma Kaplan

Testimonials

'The team provides an excellent and consistent performance'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a UK clearing bank as arranger and lender on the warehouse financing of a hire purchase portfolio.
  • Represented an auto loan provider on a trade receivables warehouse finance facility.
  • Represented a commercial finance provider on the implementation of a back-to-back warehouse finance facility for the purposes of financing certain loan receivables.
Rising stars

Gemma Kaplan  - Pinsent Masons LLP

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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

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

Practice head(s):Martin Bishop

Other key lawyers:Matt Morgan; David Doogan; Philip Scott; Vanessa Heap; Liam Terry; Jane Boyd

Key Clients

HSBC Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/NatWest Markets

Work highlights

  • Represented the syndicate of lenders providing £100m term and revolving facilities to JTC Group plc.
  • Acted for a syndicate of lenders providing £150m revolving credit facilities to Sanne Group plc.
  • Acting for lenders providing acquisition finance to support SDL plc's acquisition of Donnelley Language Services.
  • Advised the lender syndicate in relation to a £500m term and revolving credit facilities for Breedon Group.
  • Acted for the group of lenders providing £325m facilities to PZ Cussons plc.
Next Generation Partners

Liam Terry - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nick Pike

Other key lawyers:Tom Withyman; Steven Cottee; Richard Williams; Andrew Robertson; Gemma Kaplan

Testimonials

'The commercial Nick Pike is technically very good.'

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

'Tom Withyman is very commercial.'

Key Clients

KPMG

EY

Deloitte

PwC

BDO

Grant Thornton

All UK clearing banks (except the Bank of England)

RSM

National Bank of Kuwait

Vivendi

Cambridge and Peterborough local authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for the administrators of JD Classics, the world's leading classic car dealers in relation to the investigation of a £100m fraud.
  • Acting for the joint administrators of finance company Amicus Finance Plc on its £450m insolvency.
  • Advised the Cambridge and Peterborough local authority on the restructuring of its local enterprise partnership.
  • Advising Deloitte as administrators of luxury holiday home operator Dream Lodge Group.
  • Acting for a secured creditor of Bolton Wanderers Football Club on its restructuring, ensuring the club's survival.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Edward Sunderland

Other key lawyers:Alexis Hayworth; Roberta Markovina; Ian Falconer; Sharon Smith; Michael Watson; Carl Posern; Grace Hui

Key Clients

Lowell Group

Canada Life

Heylo Housing

Pension Insurance Company

Prudential Trustee Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Lloyds Bank as lead manager on the £135m bond refinancing of the Belmarsh West Prison project.
  • Advised Heylo Housing Secured Bond on the set-up of a £800m medium-term retail bond note programme.
  • Represented the Lowell Group in connection with the private securitisation of a portfolio of unsecured consumer debt obligations, involving senior loans and junior notes.
  • Represented institutional investors in relation to the issue of €75m of privately placed bonds issued by Hibernia REIT.

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Edward Sunderland

Other key lawyers:Stephen Woods; Carl Posern; Ian Falconer; Grace Hui; Roberta Markovina

Key Clients

Lowell Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Lloyds Bank plc as lead manager on the £135,630,000 bond refinancing of the Belmarsh West prison project.
  • Represented the Lowell Group in connection with the private securitisation of a portfolio of unsecured consumer debt obligations.
  • Represented the issuer in connection with the public securitisation of a portfolio of vehicle receivables originated by Vauxhall Finance plc.
  • Represented joint lenders in connection with an ABCP conduit securitisation of hire purchase receivables.
  • Represented a rent-to-own retailer in the restructuring of its structured receivables financing.
Next Generation Partners

Carl Posern - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Lynette Jacobs

Other key lawyers:Christine Yuill; Fleur Benns

Testimonials

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

'Focused on understanding the details of other jurisdictions'

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

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

Key Clients

Imperial Brands plc

Halfords Group plc

Rightmove plc

River and Mercantile Group plc

AMC Theatres

GoCardless

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Imperial on employee share scheme issues.
  • Providing ongoing advice to E.ON on the operation of its share incentive plans.
  • Advising GoCardless on its existing share plans.
Next Generation Partners

Fleur Benns - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Ed Goodwyn

Other key lawyers:Fleur Benns

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance plc

Balfour Beatty Group

Barratt Developments plc

McDermott International, Inc.

Houlihan Lokey EMEA LLP

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

Kier Group plc

Laing O'Rourke plc

Royal BAM Group

SEI Investments (Europe) Limited

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Kevin Bridges

Other key lawyers:Laura White

Testimonials

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

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

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

'Sean Elson is calm and reassuring to clients.'

Key Clients

Kier Group plc

Crest Nicholson

Operations Limited

Intu Properties

Morgan Sindall Group plc

Pennon Group plc (Viridorand South West Water)

Future Industrial Services Limited

Bouygues Group

FedEx / TNT

ATE Truck and TrailerSales Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd following a hand amputation incident which gave rise to a prosecution for a guarding offence.
  • Represented national waste contractor Viridor Waste Management in a two week trial arising out of a rollaway skip lorry fatality and a sentencing hearing following a fatal incident involving entrapment in a large waste sorting machine.
  • Acting for ATE Truck and Trailer Sales, which was prosecuted by the HSE following the death of a specialist self-employed contractor on one of its sites.
Next Generation Partners

Laura White - Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Carolyn Saunders; Isabel Nurse-Marsh

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Scholes; Hayley Goldstone

Testimonials

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

'A very professional and well-prepared team'

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

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

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

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

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

'Ben Fairhead is a considerable asset to the firm'

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

'Undoubtedly at the head of the pensions field'

Key Clients

Arqiva

DMGT

Erricson (trustee)

Just Group

Coca-Cola European Partners (trustee)

Legal & General

RWE nPower (trustee)

Babcock International Group(trustee)

Singapore Airlines (trustee)

Sotheby's (trustee)

Devonport Royal Dockyard pension scheme trustee

Mercer

Pensions Ombudsman

Univar UK Limited

Scottish Widows

Dalriada

UGC Pension Trustees Limited

BT Pension Scheme

Scottish Pension Fund Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustees of the Sotheby's Pension Scheme on a number of key projects including a £100m buy-in policy with Just Group.
  • Supporting an ultra high-value defined contribution master trust though the Pensions Regulator's authorisation regime.
  • Advised the trustee of the Singapore Airlines Pension Scheme on rectifying historic benefits in line with a Court of Appeal decision around the interpretation of the scheme rules.
Leading individuals

Carolyn Saunders - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Carolyn Saunders; Isabel Nurse-Marsh

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Scholes; Hayley Goldstone

Testimonials

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

'A very professional and well-prepared team'

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

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

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

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

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

'Ben Fairhead is a considerable asset to the firm'

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

'Undoubtedly at the head of the pensions field'

Key Clients

Mercer

Pensions Ombudsman

Univar UK Limited

Scottish Widows

Dalriada

UGC Pension Trustees Limited

BT Pension Scheme

Scottish Pension Fund Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a market leading insurer, which is suing two leading law firms, on a complex rectification matter spanning 30 years.
  • Acting for Univar UK Limited in a multi-faceted litigation including rectification action and professional negligence proceedings against previous legal advisers.
  • Acting for Dalriada Trustees Limited in multi-jurisdictional and multifaceted litigation concerning over 100 schemes with £235m in issue.
Leading individuals

Isabel Nurse-Marsh - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ben Fairhead - Pinsent Masons LLP

Charlotte Scholes - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Insurance

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nick Bradley

Other key lawyers:Colin Read; Ian Birdsey

Leading individuals

Nick Bradley - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Hammad Akhtar; David Heffron

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Aegon

AIG

Allianz Group

Aviva Group

Axa

BUPA

Canada Life

Hiscox

Homeserve

HSBC Life

Legal & General

Marsh & McLennan Group

RAC

Reliance Life

Royal London Group

RSA

Standard Life Aberdeen

UnderwriteMe Limited

Wesleyan

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London Group on its Brexit strategy and the implementation of a complex cross-border transfer of life insurance business and related reinsurance and collateral arrangements.
  • Advised Zurich on the sale of its workplace pensions business to Scottish Widows and the Part VII transfer of that business.
  • Advising Zurich on its disposal, via auction sale, of the leading UK student insurance specialist, Endsleigh, to private equity backed A-Plan.
  • Advising actuarial consultancy firm Milliman on a (solvent) creditor scheme of arrangement that is being undertaken by one of the largest UK insurance consolidator groups.
  • Advising on a support model for Standard Life Aberdeen to amend and negotiate hundreds of external fund manager agreements for the Standard Life Wrap and Elevate platforms and related insurance wrappers to deal with regulatory change.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Hammad Akhtar

Other key lawyers:Matthew Brewer

Key Clients

Aegon

Aviva Group

Canada Life

HSBC Life

Legal & General

Reliance Mutual

Royal London Group

RSA

Wesleyan

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London Group on its Brexit strategy and the implementation of a complex cross-border transfer of life insurance business and related reinsurance and collateral arrangements.
  • Advised Zurich on the sale of its workplace pensions business to Scottish Widows and the Part VII transfer of that business.
  • Advising Zurich on its disposal, via auction sale, of the leading UK student insurance specialist, Endsleigh, to private equity backed A-Plan.
  • Advising actuarial consultancy firm Milliman on a (solvent) creditor scheme of arrangement that is being undertaken by one of the largest UK insurance consolidator groups.
  • Advising a UK insurer on the disposal of a managing general agent.
Leading individuals

Hammad Akhtar - Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Masterson

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Harris; Louise Nahon

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Smith & Nephew

Syngenta

Eon NSchneider

Delphi SA

Heidelberg /Hanson

Chubb

Bosch

SIG plc

Centrica

Work highlights

  • Defended Schneider Electric in a $11.5m claim involving a two-week refinery shutdown allegedly caused by the failure of switch gear manufactured by a legacy business now owned by Schneider.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Michael Fenn; Nick Bradley

Other key lawyers:Isabel Nurse-Marsh; Ben Fairhead; Jonathan Fortnam; Jim Richards; Michael Fletcher; Hayley Goldstone

Testimonials

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

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

 

Key Clients

Dalriada Trustees

James Goddard-Watts

Work highlights

  • The team is representing a global insurance company on a complex rectification matter; the insurance company is suing two leading law firms for around £60m, for negligent document drafting for two pension schemes.
  • It is representing a pension scheme employer and its trustee company on a £6m professional negligence claim against its former solicitors, relating to the consolidation of their group pension scheme rules in 2009.
  • The team is representing a renewable energy company in a £3m claim against its former solicitors, relating to a corporate restructuring, for negligent drafting of the relevant agreements.
  • It is representing two clients in the advanced manufacturing sector on a professional negligence claim against their former auditors for failing to prevent and/or detect material misstatements arising from a prolific fraud in the companies' financial statements which had been perpetrated for 11 years.
  • The team is defending a well-known pension scheme administrator on a £1m claim in relation to numerous transfers made of members’ pension funds to a fake overseas pension scheme.
Leading individuals

Isabel Nurse-Marsh - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Michael Fletcher - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Private client

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Richard Hart

Testimonials

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

'Delivers an exceptional service for clients'.

Key Clients

Saffery Champness (through their clients)

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the cultural Al Thani Collection Foundation that was set up by a prominent Qatari family on the loan to Hôtel de la Marine of numerous artworks from its collection to be showcased as part of temporary exhibitions to be held in the course of the next 20 years in a new gallery of the renovated historical monument Hôtel de la Marine in Paris.
  • Advised the Lenbachhaus, an art museum in Munich, on which individuals had legal entitlement to any potential claims belonging to the estate of a deceased Jewish couple, one of whom sold a number of valuable paintings to a German collector at some point in or around the Second World War.
  • Advising a large multinational company with a portfolio of art investments in relation to the establishment of a website to showcase certain of the client's collection of gemstones, jewellery and artefacts.
  • Advised cultural Al Thani Collection Foundation that was set up by a prominent Qatari family on the loan of its Indian jewellery collection and pieces from its antiquities collection in two separate exhibitions at the Palace Museum from April to June 2018.
  • Advising a Qatari investment vehicle in relation to its global trade mark filing strategy for its extensive art collection.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Michael Pulford

Testimonials

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

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

'They are practical and very user friendly.'

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

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

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

Key Clients

Kendris

Harbour International

Harbour Guernsey

Capco

Deutsche Bank Private Wealth

Equiom Group

Standard Bank (Jersey)

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Michael Pulford

Other key lawyers:Sarah Ingram; Kate Francis

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

'Kate Francis – a powerhouse intellect and formidable litigator'.

'Sarah Ingram is up and coming'.

Work highlights

  • Continues to represent a Swiss-resident, UK-domiciled, ultra-high-net-worth businessman in proceedings with his former wife.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Richard Laudy

Other key lawyers:Mark Job; Nick Ogden; Stephen Tobin; Sonal Shah; Kevi Joyce

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of 8 international oil companies on new hydrant leases at Heathrow Airport.
  • Drafted and negotiated the joint venture agreement with Mota-Engil for Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi as EPC contractor on a rail project in Tanzania.
  • Acting for Transport for London on the Sutton Link project, a high-capacity public transport route between Sutton town centre and Merton.
  • Advised Skanska Balfour Beatty in relation to £6bn DBFO Contracts for widening the M25 and operation and maintenance for 25 years.
  • Advised a local authority on the procurement of an EfW facility to be funded under the Prudential Borrowing regime.
Next Generation Partners

Sonal Shah - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Akshai Fofaria

Other key lawyers:John Woolley; Jon Harris

Key Clients

Wishbone Gold plc

Anglo-American

Sirius Minerals

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited

Patersons of Greenoakhill Limited

Hillhouse Quarry Group Limited

African Minerals Limited

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines

Work highlights

  • Advised Arden Partners as sole bookrunner on the $2m secondary placing carried out by Main Market-listed Rainbow Rare Earths Limited.
  • Acted for Wishbone Gold on a capitalisation of directors' fees and cancellation of $2m investment agreement, and termination and settlement of an equity sharing agreement.
  • Overseeing the training of civil servants from numerous African countries on negotiation strategies and mineral policy for Ecole des Mines.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Bob Ruddiman

Other key lawyers:Paul McGoldrick; George Booth; Akshai Fofaria; Katharine Davies

Testimonials

'The team provides timely legal support.'

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

BP

Shell UK

Total E&P UK Limited

Ithaca Energy

Siccar Point Energy

Faroe Petroleum

Talisman Energy

Suncor Energy Services Inc

Aker AS

John Wood Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Mutual Energy on a £250m infrastructure project to bring natural gas to western counties of Northern Ireland.
  • Advising Oriental Energy on the fallout from the $1.5bn collapse of Afren Plc.
  • Acting for Ithaca Energy as part of a cross-office team in relation to the acquisition of the Greater Stella Area oil and gas licences and associated infrastructure interests of Dyas UK Limited and Petrofac Limited.
  • Acted for the consortium of oil and gas companies which constructed the CATS Pipeline (the CATS parties) in a complex contractual dispute against Teeside Gas Transportation Limited.
Leading individuals

Paul McGoldrick - Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Paul Rice

Other key lawyers:Richard Griffiths; Peter Feehan

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

E.ON

Orsted (formerly DongEnergy)

Centrica

Drax Group

Engie

BayWa

InfaRed/TRIG

NTR Plc

RWE 5 years

Element Power

Carlton Power/Wainstones Energy

Eggborough Power Limited / EPH Holdings

Green Investment Group

London Array Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Ionity GmbH in relation to the roll-out of its high powered charging e-mobility network in the UK.
  • Advising Ørsted on all planning and property matters associated with the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advising joint venture partners Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy, on all planning matters associated with the Cleve Hill Solar Park, in Kent.
  • Advising Drax on all planning matters relating to its Re-Power Project at the existing Drax PowerStation site.
  • Advised ARENKO Cleantech Limited on a 41MW battery storage project in Bloxwich, Wallsall.
Leading individuals

Paul Rice - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Neal Morris; Gordon McCreath; Claire Gregory

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Victoria Goddard

Other key lawyers:Gayle Ditchburn; Julian Sladdin; Helen Corden

Key Clients

University of London

University of Sheffield

University of Sussex

London School of Economics

University of Leeds

University of Brighton

University of Huddersfield

University of York

University of the Arts London

University of Gloucestershire

University of Leicester

Birmingham Metropolitan Colleges

Equitix and Engie Consortium

Imperial College London

University of New South Wales

Work highlights

  • Advising the University of Edinburgh on the £1.1bn Edinburgh and South-east Scotland City Region Deal, a key component of the which is the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme being led by the university.
  • Acting for the University of Sheffield in judicial review proceedings brought by a student on a professional course who was excluded for making homophobic comments on social media which allegedly relate to his Christian beliefs.
  • Acting for Nottingham Trent University in a claim for in excess of £800,000 brought by a disabled student who claims reasonable adjustments were not made in relation to their studies.
  • Advising the University of London on the parliamentary process to seek a new Act of Parliament to streamline its statute-making process and pave the way for member colleges to become universities in their own right.
  • Advising Heythrop College, a specialist higher education institution and member of the University of London federation, on its closure and the winding up of all of its business operations and the teaching out of its students.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Joanne Ellis; Kate Orviss

Other key lawyers:Joanne Ellis; Kate Orviss

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Indo UK Healthcare Private Limited

Galliford Try Investments

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

August Equity

Care Management Group

Work highlights

  • Continuing to support Indo UK Healthcare Private and UK Global Healthcare on the implementation of the Indo UK Institute of Health Programme, an initiative supported by the British and Indian governments aiming to build 11 hospitals and polyclinics across India with the intention of bringing NHS standard healthcare to India.
  • Advising International Planned Parenthood  Federation on the DFID WISH Project, implementing the Department for International Development’s Women’s Integrated Sexual Health Programme across 23 countries in Africa and South Asia.
  • Advising August Equity on the launch of its new medically focused and consultant-led dermatology group.
Leading individuals

Joanne Ellis - Pinsent Masons LLP

Kate Orviss - Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Robbie Owen

Other key lawyers:Francis Tyrell; Richard Bull

Testimonials

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

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

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

Work highlights

  • Advised various promoters of the proposed Silvertown Tunnel in London; London’s Northern line extension to Battersea; and the A14 improvement scheme in Cambridgeshire.
Leading individuals

Francis Tyrell - Pinsent Masons LLP

Robbie Owen - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Richard Bull - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:Scot Morrison; Didar Dhillon; Nicholas Berry

Key Clients

Manchester City Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

London Borough of Lambeth

Leeds City Council

Birmingham City Council

Sunderland City Council

Oxford City Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Brent

Work highlights

  • Acted for the London Borough of Southwark on its JV with British Land for the creation of a new town centre at Canada Water, a £2bn project.
  • Acting for Basingstoke & Deane Council in relation to the creation of a JV to deliver its 3,500-dwelling urban extension at Manydown, in partnership with Urban and Civic.
  • Advising Westminster City Council at the inception stage of its flagship 1,750-unit housing regeneration project at Church Street estate.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Wandsworth on its £1bn regeneration of the Winstanley/York Road estate beside Clapham Junction, a JV with Taylor Wimpey.
  • Advised Birmingham City Council on its procurement of a developer for its most significant new employment site at Peddimore, which will create 10,000 new jobs.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Claire Hughes

Other key lawyers:Mike Reid; Kevin Boa; Anthony Newton

Testimonials

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

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

'Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.'

'Commercial approach and very willing to work hard'.

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

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

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

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

'Mike Reid is an accurate, commercially minded and results focused lawyer - he has a can do attitude.'

Key Clients

Legal & General

LandSec Group

Capital & Counties

ABP London Investment

Grainger

The Portman Settled Estates

Lend Lease

Abstract Securities Group

Grosvenor

90 North

Ministry of Defence

Work highlights

  • Acting for Heathrow Airport on the Heathrow Expansion Project.
  • Acting for LandSec on the acquisition of office site at Lavington Street, London.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Southwark on the 1.8 million sq ft development of Canada Water by British Land and the council.
  • Acting for the Legal & General Annuity & LPI Funds, in particular the pre-let of offices at New Bailey, Salford to the Government Property Unit.
  • Acted on the £70m development funding of a manufacturing centre of excellence being built for Meggitt in Coventry.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nick Skea-Strachan

Other key lawyers:Adam Carney; Claire Hughes

Testimonials

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

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

'Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.'

'Commercial approach and very willing to work hard'.

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

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

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

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

'Mike Reid is an accurate, commercially minded and results focused lawyer - he has a can do attitude.'

Key Clients

Cycas Hospitality

Sir Richard Sutton Limited

Bricks Capital

Legal and General

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc

Adagio

Henderson Park Capital

Meliá Hotels International

Rhubarb Food Design Limited

Aareal Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Bricks Capital on the development of a 197 bedroom Hilton Garden Inn Hotel at the Silverstone race circuit.
  • Advised Cycas on a management contract with Resolution Property for a 280 room Hyatt Place Hotel in the City of London.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Claire Hughes

Other key lawyers:Janet Matthews; Anthony Newton; Mike Reid

Testimonials

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

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

'Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.'

'Commercial approach and very willing to work hard'.

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

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

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

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

'Mike Reid is an accurate, commercially minded and results focused lawyer - he has a can do attitude.'

Key Clients

Legal & General

AXA Real Estate Investment Management

LandSec Group

Invesco

Aviva Investors

Royal London Asset Management

The Portman Settled Estates

RDI REIT

Grosvenor Approx

90 North

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London on the acquisition of a 800,000 sq ft industrial estate for £134m.
  • Acted for Aviva Investors on the £117m sale of 20 Soho Square.
  • Advising Hines's European Value Fund on the £40m-plus real estate acquisition of 354-358 Oxford Street opposite London's Bond Street tube station from London Underground.
  • Acting for the Legal & General Annuity & LPI Funds, in particular the pre-let of offices at New Bailey, Salford to the Government Property Unit.
  • Acted on the £70m development funding of a manufacturing centre of excellence being built for Meggitt in Coventry.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Neal Morris; Helen Waddell

Other key lawyers:Richard Laudy; Mark Roe; Shy Jackson; Kevin Joyce

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

'Incredible volume of construction specialists.'

'The team is knowledgeable, agile and responsive.'

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

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

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

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

'Craig Morrison has a sound commercial approach to resolving disputes.'

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

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

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

Key Clients

Balfour Beatty

Costain

Morgan Sindall

Mace

Scottish Power Renewables

Dangote

Johnson Matthey

OHL Construction UK

Kellogg Brown & Root

Work highlights

  • Advised Green Home in relation to its loss of renewable energy subsidies.
  • Providing strategic advice and representing London Stadium 185 in relation to the court action between West Ham United and E20 Stadium over increased seating capacity.
  • Advising Turkish contractor Tepe Insaat Sanayi in relation to enforcement proceedings to recover $110m.
Leading individuals

Mark Roe - Pinsent Masons LLP

Neal Morris - Pinsent Masons LLP

Richard Laudy - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Helen Waddell - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):John Woolley

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hart

Testimonials

'Confident, well balanced advice.'

'Pinsent Masons remains the best known construction law practice.'

'Excellent knowledge and experience of the sector.'

'Good at communicating ways through often very complicated issues.'

'Anne-Marie Friel is very good.'

'Richard Williams is very knowledgeable.'

'Anne-Marie Friel stands out.'

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

Key Clients

Costain

Morgan Sindall

Mace

Scottish Power Renewables Kellogg Brown & Root

OHL Construction UK

SEPCOIII Powerchina Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the BMB joint venture, which comprises Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall.
  • Delivering transactional construction advice to the A14 IDT (Costain, Skanska and Balfour Beatty) since 2016.
  • Providing legal advice to The Portman Estate on the redevelopments of Marylebone Police Station and 1-4 Marble Arch.
  • Advising Johnson Matthey plc in connection with projects to construct a new demonstration scale manufacturing plant in Clitheroe and first full scale commercial plant in Mainland Europe for the production of their battery material to power electric vehicles.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Georgie Messent

Key Clients

Viridor Waste Management

NuGeneration

E.ON UK

BP Group

Veolia

Kier

AMEC Foster Wheeler

United Utilities

Balfour Beatty

Morgan Sindall

Cargill

DCC Environmental UK

BAM Nuttall

Heathrow Airport

GWE UK Opco

Work highlights

  • Advising Cory Environmental Holdings on an application under the Planning Act 2008 for the £500m Riverside Energy Park in London
  • Providing Drax Power with regulatory advice relating to the re-power project at the Drax Power Station site, which involves guidance on environmental decommissioning and permitting requirements, such the consideration of insolvency issues on environmental permitting and clean-up obligations
  • Advised Aviva Investors on a £130m investment in a Rolls-Royce site in Ansty, which involved advice on environmental liability and the negotiation of environmental provisions
  • Advised Biffa Waste Services on the client’s share acquisition of Weir Waste Services, which involved regulatory advice regarding potential environment liabilities
  • Advised Flogas Britain on the acquisition of the liquefied petroleum gas supply business of Countrywide Farmers, which involved sector-specific regulatory advice

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicholle Kingsley; Iain Gilbey; Richard Ford

Other key lawyers:Robbie Owen; Jamie Lockerbie; Gareth Phillips; Emma Harling-Phillips

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Robbie Owen is a very impressive strategist.'

Key Clients

Capital & Counties

Highways England

Transport for London

Drax Power Limited

Berkeley Group

London Borough of Croydon

Delancey

London Legacy Development Corporation

Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation

Eon

Orsted

2020 Developments(Luton) Ltd/Luton Town Football Club

Landsec

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Stone Hill Park Limited

BSF International

ABP

Cory Riverside Energy

Portman Estate

Grosvenor Estate

Lendlease

NuGeneration

Stag Energy

ScottishPower/Manweb

Work highlights

  • Acted for London Legacy Development Corporation on the granting of planning permission for the development of a new UCL campus in the cultural quarter of the Olympic Park.
  • Advising Fulham Football Club on its proposals for the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage
  • Providing advice on all planning, policy, parliamentary affairs and property aspects of the Heathrow Expansion Project.
  • Advising Cleve Hill Solar Park Limited on the 350mw solar park project in Kent.
  • Advising  Elephant & Castle Properties on all planning aspects of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre and London College of Communication redevelopment project.
Leading individuals

Iain Gilbey - Pinsent Masons LLP

Richard Ford - Pinsent Masons LLP

Robbie Owen - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Emma Harling-Phillips - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):William Oliver

Other key lawyers:Frances Mallender

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc / National Westminster Bank plc

AAReal Bank AG

National Bank of Kuwait

Mount Anvil

Homes England

RDI REIT PLC

Qatar National Bank

Wells Fargo

SACO Property Group

Sir Richard Sutton Limited

Hines

Lendlease

Emirates NBD Bank

Ardstone Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Redefine AUK Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of RDI REIT P.L.C., with respect to the refinancing of the AUK portfolio purchased in 2016.
  • Acting for a syndicate of banks with respect to the refinancing of a revolving facility provided to a leading London area housebuilder.
  • Acting for a syndicate of banks with respect to the refinancing of a facility provided to a trust relating to a portfolio of shopping centres across the UK.
  • Acting for a bank on the refinancing of a facility provided to a developer in relation to a regeneration project in London.
  • Acting for a client on the refinancing of its UK office portfolio.
Leading individuals

William Oliver - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Frances Mallender - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Siobhan Cross; Melissa Thompson

Testimonials

'Very well organised.'

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

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

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

'Inspires great trust and loyalty.'

Key Clients

Royal London

The Portman Estate

Grainger

Legal & General Property

INEOS

Lendlease

Oracle Corporation

Lugano Dissington Estate

Mount Anvil

Heathrow Airport

Ionity

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lugano Dissington Estate in a £12m claim against various individuals at a local authority, who are alleged to have committed the tort of misfeasance in public office in their handling of Lugano's planning application for Dissington Garden Village, a £825m development of a new settlement in Northumberland.
  • Acting for the investor and developer Romulus Dominion in a dilapidation claim against a firm of solicitors, the former tenants of the property.
  • Assisted the Portman Estate with the implementation of a strategy to secure vacant possession of 1-4 Marble Arch for the purposes of an office and retail redevelopment. This involved dealing with around 30 office and retail tenants including McDonald's.
  • Acted for INEOS in its successful application under the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966 to secure rights over land owned by the National Trust (Clumber Park) so that surveys for shale gas can be undertaken.
  • Assisted the Portman Estate with a wide range of matters including opposed and unopposed lease renewals, breach of covenant issues, rent and service charge arrears, dilapidations as well as trespass issues, access rights and restrictive covenants.
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

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

Practice head(s):Sarah Whitty

Other key lawyers:Edward Sunderland; Anne Bowden; David Meecham; Stephen Brown

Key Clients

Homes England (trading name of Homes and Communities Agency)

HSBC Bank plc

Nationwide Building Society

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd

L&G

M&G Investments

Santander

The Extracare Trust

Allied Irish Bank

Pension Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Ltd on one of its first major fundings to the sector in respect of £75m of loan facilities granted to Sovereign Housing Association and the charging of circa 1000 units.
  • The firm acts for Wheatley Housing Group Ltd on all aspects of its commercial financing arrangements, including the amendment and restatement of approximately £600m syndicated term and revolving credit facilities (arranged by the Royal Bank of Scotland plc) and its £150m finance contract with the European Investment Bank.
  • Advised a syndicate of four UK banks on new £300m loan facilities to Orbit Housing Group.
  • Advised Canada Life Limited and a major UK bank on a secured private placement issuance by Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Limited.
  • Advised a UK Bank and Phoenix Life Limited on a £50m note private placement secured issuance by A2Dominion Housing Group Limited.
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's national team undertakes a significant amount of work for London-based local authorities in relation to major housing regeneration schemes in the city. Practice head Anne Bowden, legal director Nick McDonald and senior associate Amy Walker are part of a team acting for Westminster City Council on a flagship 1,750-home housing regeneration project at Church Street. In another matter, Scot Morrison and others assisted the London Borough of Wandsworth with setting up a joint venture with Taylor Wimpey to deliver an innovative 2,000-home regeneration scheme at the Winstanley and York Road Estates near Clapham Junction Station. The firm is also involved in the Earls Court regeneration scheme, which is currently the largest housing scheme in London. Elsewhere, the firm is one of only seven to serve as legal advisers on Homes England's programme panel, with the group assisting the client with projects nationwide. David Meecham and Caroline Ramsay are among other notable individuals in the team.

Practice head(s):Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:David Meecham; Scot Morrison; Nick McDonald; Amy Walker; Caroline Ramsay

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Homes England

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Wandsworth

Galliford Try Partnerships

Lovell Partnerships

Countryside Properties

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Brent

Places for People

London & Quadrant

Hyde Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Homes England on a wide range of complex housing development projects, including the procurement of a development partner for the regeneration of Standish Hospital in Gloucestershire, as well as the procurement of a developer partner for the construction of a residential scheme (circa 50 new homes) at Castle Court on Osprey Quay (Portland).
  • Advising the London Borough of Wandsworth on its regeneration of the Alton Estate in Roehampton, London, one of the largest housing estates in the UK.
  • Acting for Basingstoke & Deane Council on the creation of a joint venture to deliver a 3,500 dwelling urban extension at Manydown, in partnership with Urban and Civic.
  • Acting for London Borough of Brent on the creation of a joint venture for delivery of a £50m residential development scheme as part of its wider South Kilburn regeneration programme.
  • Advising Crawley Borough Council on the redevelopment of its town hall.
Leading individuals

Anne Bowden - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Clare Francis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Henderson; Euan Smith; Cerys Wyn Davies; Iain Connor; Liz Budd; Alan Davis; Hammad Akhtar

Key Clients

Royal London

Universities UK

Nottingham Trent University

University of Edinburgh

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal London on its Brexit strategy and implementation including the cross-border transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business from the UK to Ireland through a Part VII transfer and reinsurance and collateral arrangements.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Claire Edwards; David Barker; Ian Birdsey

Other key lawyers:Cerys Wyn Davies

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Google in the first two right to be forgotten cases to be heard in the High Court.
  • Defending Google in a data protection class action relating to cookie settings on Apple's iPhone safari browser.
  • Advising Hanson on its audit, review and remediation activities to ensure its compliance with new data protection laws.
  • Assisting Petras with multiple data protection and privacy issues relating to internet of things and data observatories including the development of data trusts.
  • Advising the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on a Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act request to disclose the settlement sum and legal expenses in a settled unfair dismissal case.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Tom Stocker

Other key lawyers:Neil McInnes; David Hamilton; Alex White; Olga Tocewicz 

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and hard working, careful but strategic’.

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

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

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):David Barker

Other key lawyers:Alex Keenlyside; Imogen Allen-Back

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Google LLC

Google UK Limited

British Broadcasting Corporation

University of Durham

Hiscox

Media Lawyers Association (pro bono)

Work highlights

  • Represented Google LLC on the two first "right to be forgotten" claims to be tried in the High Court in this jurisdiction.
  • Represented the BBC in relation to the high-profile claim for breach of confidence brought by Appleby, the offshore law firm at the centre of the "Paradise Papers" mass data leak.
  • Represented Google in a landmark case in the emerging field of data protection class actions, achieving a successful outcome for Google in its contested jurisdiction application.
  • Representing the University of Durham and a senior employee in relation to a defamation claim brought by an alumnus.
  • Representing Google in relation to a claim brought by an anonymous individual in relation to a blog entry which he objects to on the basis that it refers to his spent conviction.
Rising stars

Alex Keenlyside - Pinsent Masons LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Yvonne Dunn

Other key lawyers:Angus McFadyen; Thilo Schneider; Andrew Barber

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Capita Scaling Partners

Indigo Michael/Consents

Online/AccountScore

Coinschedule

Meniga

Fintech Scotland

Priviti

Kalypton

Yolt/ING Bank NV

Elavon

Chequre & Credit Clearing

Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Capita's Scaling Partners division on its minority investment in the award-winning robo-advice platform Munnypot.
  • Advising group company Indigo Michael Limited on various aspects of open banking including regulatory and commercial.
  • Advising Coinschedule on its commercial relationships, internal legal and risk processes and investment documentation.
  • Advising Meniga on gaining permission in the UK to become a regulated financial services entity to provide 'account information services'. Advising more broadly on payment services and open banking regulatory matters.
  • Advising Yolt on the continued development of its product, with the introduction of key features such as market place and payment initiation, with the roll out across a number of European member states (having originally developed the product in the UK).

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Simon Colvin

Other key lawyers:David Barker; Diane Mullenex; David Isaac

Key Clients

Google LLC

The National Employment Savings Trust

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

KCOM Group Plc

Department of Health

Transport for London (TfL)

Sorenson Media, Inc

Work highlights

  • Defended Google in a class action claim relating to the use of browser cookies.
  • Advising the Department for Digital, Culture,Media and Sport on its 5G test beds and pilots programme.
  • Acting for the Department for Digital, Culture,Media and Sport on its local full fibre network roll-out programme.
  • Advised KCOM Group on the early termination of its agreement with BT for the management of KCOM's Hull and national network, and the development of a new de-scoped agreement with BT for wholesale telecoms services on new terms.
  • Assisted the Department of Health with the procurement of emergency services mobile communications.
Leading individuals: Telecoms

Diane Mullenex - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Clare Tunstall

Other key lawyers:Iain Connor; Charlotte Weekes; Deborah Bould; Catherine Drew; Florian Traub; Nick Finnie

Key Clients

ZyXEL Communications A/S, ZyXEL Communications UK Limited

Magnesium Elektron

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

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

Accord Healthcare Limited

JUUL Labs Inc

Safestyle plc HPAS Limited (trading as Safestyle UK)

Cath Kidston Limited

The Knowledge Academy

Fujitsu UK

British Generic Manufacturers Association

Medicines for Europe

Flynn Pharma Limited

IBSA Farmaceutici Italia

Work highlights

  • Acting for ZyXEL Communications UK in a FRAND litigation relating to two patents for ADSL2, ADSL2+ and VDSL2 technology used in WiFi routers and networking equipment, brought by TQ Delta.
  • Acting for Magnesium Elektron in a patent infringement dispute against five subsidiaries of Neo Performance Materials.
  • Instructed by Teva as one of four claimants in a challenge to the validity of two of Eli Lilly and ICOS Corporation's patents for tadalafil; one low dosing regime patent and one formulation patent.
  • Acted for Accord Healthcare against Celgene Corporation in the revocation of three patent families covering the blockbuster cancer drug Revlimid.
  • Defending merchandising company VR Music against a copyright infringement claim brought by the estate of the photographer, Brian Duffy.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Clare Tunstall 

Other key lawyers:Allistair Booth; Charles Waddell; Christopher Sharp; Catherine Drew; David Lancaster; Nick Finnie

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Accord Healthcare

JUUL Labs Inc

IP Group PLC

Oribiotech Limited

4D Pharma PLC

C4X Discovery PLC

Oncimmune PLC

Evgen PLC

Nodthera PLC

IBSA Institut Biochimique

F2G Limited

Work highlights

  • The team's work for Teva includes acting, as one of four claimants, in a challenge to the validity of two of Eli Lilly/ICOS Corporation's patents for tadalafil - one low dosing regime patent and one formulation patent.
  • Acting for Accord Healthcare against Celgene Corporation in relation to the revocation of three patent families covering the blockbuster cancer drug Revlimid.
  • Acting for C4X Discovery Limited on its licence and collaboration agreement with Indivior PLC for its lead Orexin agonist compound.
  • Acting for Abzena on the sale of the company to a fund managed by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
  • Acting for NodThera on the discovery and development of next generation NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitors for the treatment of diseases driven by chronic inflammation, on a Series A financing round for a total of £28m.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Trevor Watkins

Other key lawyers:Julian-Diaz Rainey; Trevor Watkins; Angelique Bret

Testimonials

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

"The sports group show empathy and awareness of commercial ramifications."

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

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

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

"Trevor Watkins' knowledge of the horse racing industry has been invaluable."

"Wendy Nicholson has been exceptional in relation to procurement advice."

Key Clients

The Jockey Club/Jockey Club Racecourses

UK Sport 12

IAAF

Liverpool FC

Manchester City FC

Infront Sports & Media AG

Leeds United FC

The Football Association

London Legacy Development Corporation

Sport England

Work highlights

  • Advising on issues arising out of an inquiry into any connections Manchester City Football Club may have had with the convicted child sex offender, Barry Bennell.
  • Advised Infront on the terms of its investment and its ongoing rights as a shareholder in Copa90.
  • Assisted the owners of Championship Racing in building their idea into a viable business.
  • Advised on the potential or actual acquisitions and sales of 25 of the professional football teams within the top two divisions in England.
Leading individuals

Julian Diaz-Rainey - Pinsent Masons LLP

Trevor Watkins - Pinsent Masons LLP

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