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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicole Livesey; Clare Francis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hornigold

Key Clients

Cargill PLC

Headlam Plc

Halma plc

Homeserve Membership Limited

Keys Bidco Limited

ISS Facility Services Limited

Financial Times Group

Porthaven Group Holdings Limited


Starship Technologies

E.ON Ministry of Justice

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill  on its joint venture with Faccenda Foods to create a  UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck.
  • Advised Guy Hale and Matthew Aston on the disposal of their final 50% issued share capital in Hadley Steel Framing Limited (HSF) to Hadley Industries Plc.
  • Advised insurer HomeServe on strategic acquisitions to increase its customer base, such as  acquiring The AA’s home emergency policy book, which will allow HomeServe to operate under the AA brand for three years.
  • Acted for The  Financial Times Group on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Longitude Research.
  • Advising Headlam on its long term "buy and build" strategy. The last year has included four acquisitions of a range of flooring distribution businesses.
Leading individuals

Andrew Hornigold - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jim Richards

Other key lawyers:Jason Kirwin; Jonathan Fortnam; Andrew Herring


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

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

Key Clients

MLS (Overseas) Limited

NISS UK Limited


London Borough of Haringey

Honda Motor Europe Limited

IMS World Publications Limited

Hill & Smith plc

APG Cash Drawer Limited

DG Robson Mechanical Services Limited

Marston's plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for national retailer Halfords in relation to claims by First Personnel for transfer fees of £1m including interest when Halfords changed its recruitment agency for temporary staff.
  • Represented APG Cash Drawer Limited in relation to a claim against four of its former directors arising from certain derivative transactions entered into by the company in order to hedge the company's exposure to foreign exchange risk.
  • Advised Bosch Rexroth in defending a claim brought by Leadec Limited in connection with Bosch’s alleged defective design and installation of a robotic production line at GeneralMotors/Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing facility.
  • Worked with MLS in an expedited procurement challenge in the London Technology & Construction Court against the Secretary of State for Defence in connection with a £400m 10-year logistics contract award for the Ministry of Defence.
  • Acting for a subsidiary of a PLC listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in relation to a major suspected employee fraud.
Next Generation Partners

Faye Moore - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):David Doogan

Other key lawyers:Esther Parkes; Victoria Baker; Oliver Morgan


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

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

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

'David Doogan is a highly capable and commercial banking partner'

'Oliver Morgan is a solid team player'

'Victoria Baker is a pleasure to work with - she is highly professional and knowledgeable but also very commercial'

Key Clients


Barclays Bank

National Westminster Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank

Police Mutual Assurance Society

Orders of St John Care Trust

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Specialist Motor Finance Limited

Allied Irish Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Barclays Bank PLC as co-ordinating bank in relation to a £500m term and revolving credit facilities for the Breedon Group to finance its £455m acquisition of Belfast-based Lagan Group.
  • Acted for HSBC as agent and a two-lender club in relation to a new facility to food company Samworth Brothers.
  • Acted for the Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank in relation to the senior funding of the buyout of CET Group Holdings.
  • Acting for Midshires Care Holdings on the acquisition by LivingBridge of a minority shareholding in the group.
  • Advising RBS Invoice Finance in connection with a new-to-bank £15m asset-based lending facility provided to Butcher's Pet Care.
Leading individuals

David Doogan - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Esther Parkes - Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Amy Flavell

Other key lawyers:Edward Sunderland; Stuart Taylor


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

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

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

'Edward Sunderland is a pleasure to work with - highly professional and knowledgeable but also very commercial.'

Key Clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP



Moore Stephens

FRP Advisory


Crown Commercial Service

Homes England

Charity Commission Interim Managers

Bank of Ireland Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Grant Thornton as the liquidators of the All Leisure Group, which formerly provided holidays operating under the Travelsphere and Just You brand.
  • Acting for Deloitte as the administrators of Perfect Home Finance and associated group company Temple Retail.
  • Advising PwC as administrators in relation to their appointment over CoastRetail and other group companies.
  • Advising Moore Stephens on the administration of the Arensis Group.
  • Advising Ernst & Young on complex real estate, legislative and procedural elements of the House of Fraser Group's company voluntary arrangement and subsequent real estate transactions.
Leading individuals

Amy Flavell - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jonathan Coley (head of the Birmingham team); Linda Jones (head of the employment and reward team)

Other key lawyers:Linda Jones; Helen Corden; Rebecca Stephen


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

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

'It is a very responsive and practical team, knowledgeable and commercial -  a rare breed!'.

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

'Linda Jones is top notch - just  brilliant'.

'Linda Jones is charming, straight talking and bright'.

'Helen Corden is hardworking, capable and personable'.

'Clients really rate Rebecca Stephen '.

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

Key Clients



University of the Arts

The Binding Site

Work highlights

  • Advised E-surv (which is a part of LSL Property Services PLC) on a major outsourcing with Lloyds Bank of its valuation service
Leading individuals

Jonathan Coley - Pinsent Masons LLP

Linda Jones - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Helen Corden - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Sean Elson

Other key lawyers:Louise Mansfield


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

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

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

'Louise Mansfield is knowledgeable, sensible and commercial.'

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

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

'A strong player with several high quality corporate clients'.

Key Clients

ATE Truck and Trailer Sale

Work highlights

  • Acted 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.
  • Representing an engineering company in two separate HSE investigations and a prosecution relating to the management of vibration risk.
  • Acting for a foundry being prosecuted by the HSE in relation to an injury received by an employee struck by a fork lift truck.
  • Representing a leading construction company in a landmark HSE prosecution relating to historical allegations about the management of hand arm vibration.
  • Advising on construction product issues concerning natural construction products that may contain asbestos.
Leading individuals

Sean Elson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Louise Mansfield - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nick Stones; Simon Laight

Other key lawyers:Daniel Shelley; Helen Berry; Helen Murphy


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

'Nick Stones – very personable and technically sound'.

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

Key Clients




Cadbury Pension Fund

GKN Group Pension Scheme

Michelin Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

National Express Group


Covea Insurance


Mitie Group



St Modwen


Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee


Work highlights

  • Advising Serco on the complexities of various deals arising from the Carillion insolvency.
  • Advising Zurich on the sale of its workplace savings business to Lloyd’s Banking Group (Scottish Widows) involving the transfer of £15bn of assets under management and over 500,000 customers.
  • Advising Aegon on the pensions aspects of the migration of customers from the existing Cofunds investment platform to Aegon’s investment platform.
  • Advising Just on a project to help it reinvent the market in individual annuities.
  • Drafted Scottish Widows' individual annuity policy terms and conditions.
Leading individuals

Nick Stones - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Private client

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Chris Thomas

Key Clients

London School of Economics

University of Sheffield

University of Leeds

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Surrey

Coventry University

University of Edinburgh

University of Huddersfield

University of New South Wales

University College London


Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advice to a university and exempt charity on restructuring of relationship with subsidiary company which operated a university sports park.
  • Advice to a university and exempt charity on difficult and sensitive charity law issues arising from terms of a gift and request by donor for its return.
  • Advice to a university client on the establishment of a new vehicle to operate and expand its law clinic.
  • Advice to a university and exempt charity on the governance and charity law issues arising from proposed monetisation of royalties.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Chris Thomas

Key Clients

Royal London


Scottish Widows

Standard Life

Work highlights

  • Advice to a mining company on a trust structure in relation to a compensation fund.
  • Advising a major insurer on the development of an online trusts product for use with insurance policies and bonds to be held in trust.
  • Advice to a major bank on the rectification of a complex trust error.
  • Advice on mitigation of risks associated with the holding of acontaminated site in Germany, as executor .

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West Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Didar Dhillon; Kultar Khangura; Satwinder Ubhi

Other key lawyers:Ian Stewart; Arminder Dhillon

Key Clients



Amber Infrastructure

Knowsley Council

FCC Environmental

Viridor Waste Management


Peterborough Council

Doosan Enpure

Hitachi Zosen Inova

Westminster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Amber Infrastructure on their investment into and formulation of an Energy Service Company solution for a residential development scheme in Clapham, London.
  • Advising Knowsley Council on the development of a 'green' large scale industrial park which will be serviced via a district energy network providing competitive heat and power to the anchor tenants.
  • Advising FCC Environment on the development of the new merchant energy from waste facility in Cheshire.
  • Advising Peterborough City Council on a wide portfolio of innovative energy generation, distribution and efficiency projects designed to help reduce carbon, generate long term revenue streams and alleviate fuel poverty for the local community.
  • Assisting Uniper UK Ironbridge with the sale of the Ironbridge Power Station to Harworth Estates.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Didar Dhillon

Other key lawyers:Nigel Blundell, Gemma Glasspole; Oliver Mangiapane

Key Clients

Cardiff City Council

FCC Environmental

Volker Rail

Morgan Sindall

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Hitachi Zosen AG

Peterborough Council

Amber Infrastructure

South East London Combined Heat & Power Limited

Knowsley Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Cardiff Capital Region on the establishment of the £1.2bn Cardiff City Deal, the initial investment project and the subsequent formulation of an evergreen fund structure.
  • Advising the Council on a wide portfolio of innovative energy generation, distribution and efficiency projects designed to help reduce carbon, generation long term revenue streams and alleviate fuel poverty for local community.
  • Advising Amber Infrastructure on their investment into and formulation of ESCo solution for a significant phased residential development scheme in Clapham, London.
  • Advising FCC Environment on the development of the new merchant energy from waste facility in Lostock, Cheshire.
  • Advised the Council on the development of their new Aquatics Centre which will take centre stage in the forthcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Leading individuals

Didar Dhillon - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Gemma Glasspole - Pinsent Masons LLP

Oliver Mangiapane - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Gayle Ditchburn

Other key lawyers:Helen Corden

Key Clients

Universities UK

University of London

University of Lincoln

University of Sussex

Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority

Dyson Technology Limited

Heythrop College

University of Surrey

University of Gloucestershire

University of Manchester

University of Greenwich

City, University of London

INTO University Partnerships Limited

OpenClassrooms SAS

Coursera, Inc

Online Educational Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Universities UK and GuildHE, as members of the Leadership Foundation for HE, Equality Challenge Unit and Higher Education Academy, on their merger to become Advance HE.
  • Advising the University of London on the parliamentary process to seek a new Act of Parliament and representing the university in all stages of the process in the Houses of Parliament.
  • Providing training and advice to a consortium of 43 universities on subsidiary company governance.
  • Advising the University of Lincoln on the negotiation of agreements relating to the development of sites for the provision of student accommodation, including advice as to related construction documents.
  • Advising Heythrop College on its closure as a higher education institution.

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Health - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Joanne Ellis

Other key lawyers:Tom Eastwood

Key Clients

Apposite Capital

August Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising Apposite on the investment in Riverdale Topco and supplemental acquisition of several dental practices.
  • Advised August Equity on the launch of its new medically focused and consultant-led dermatology group.
Leading individuals

Joanne Ellis - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Tom Eastwood - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Didar Dhillon

Other key lawyers:David Meecham


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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Coventry City Council

Cardiff City Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council

Peterborough City Council

Monmouthshire County Council

London Borough of Brent

Basingstoke & Deane Borough

Solihull Borough Council

Crawley Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Haringey Council on the procurement of its £2bn long term property and investment joint venture project.
  • Advised Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council on the development of their new Aquatics Centre which will take centre stage in the forthcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
  • Advised the London Borough of Wandsworth's council on the procurement of a private sector developer partner for its landmark £1bn regeneration scheme.
  • Advising Coventry Council, Solihull Council and a number of neighbouring district councils on the joint procurement of a new material recycling facility to be financed and owned by the councils.
  • Advising London Borough of Hounslow on a complex land swap arrangements in relation to land holdings.
Leading individuals

Didar Dhillon - Pinsent Masons LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Tom Johnson

Other key lawyers:Lisa Middleton; David Meecham; Tom Eastwood; Carl Scott


'Very strong technical ability with a commercial approach.'

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

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

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

Key Clients

Arena Central Developments LLP

Homes England

Elevation Capital Partners


Extracare Charitable Trust

Methodist Homes

Orders of St John Care Trust

Oakland Primecare


Spire Healthcare

Porthaven Group

MedicX/Octopus Healthcare

Akari Care

IM Properties

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Birmingham City Council

Lovell Partnerships Limited



Ernst &Young



Places for People Group

Crawley Borough Council

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

St Mungo Community Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Homes England on a national land disposal strategy for residential development.
  • Advising Crawley Borough Council on its innovative town hall redevelopment scheme.
  • Acting for Exemplar Health Care on a six care home portfolio sale and leaseback and the acquisition of 10 further sites.
  • Advising the administrators of the House of Fraser Group on post-administration real estate strategy.
  • Advising Uniper UK Ironbridge on the disposal for development of its iconic 350-acre Ironbridge Power Station site in Shropshire.
Leading individuals

Tom Johnson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Carl Scott - Pinsent Masons LLP

Tom Eastwood - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nigel Blundell

Key Clients


Grainger Plc

Balfour Beatty PLC

Galliford Try PLC

Arena Central Developments LLP

IM Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising Grainger on its forward funding of a private rental sector development in the centre of Birmingham.

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Planning - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Lucy Thomas

Other key lawyers:Heidi Slater


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Highways England

Suffolk County Council

Norfolk County Council

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Transport for London

Heathrow Airport Limited

Crest Nicholson

Environment Agency

Countryside Properties UK Limited

Port of Tilbury Limited

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

Cory Riverside Energy

L&Q/ Gallagher Estates Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

Davidsons Developments Limited

CALA Homes

London Borough of Croydon

Stone Hill Park Limited

Portsmouth City Council

Leeds City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Suffolk County Council on its bridge crossing proposals for Lowestoft.
  • Advising the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation on all of their strategic planning work, including the 10,000 home Garden Village, regeneration schemes and the London Theme Park Resort NSIP in Kent.
  • Advising Norfolk County Council on its nationally significant designated bridge crossing proposals for a third crossing over the River Yare in Great Yarmouth.
  • Advising on the redevelopment of the former Manston Airport site for Stone Hill Park for a 4,000 home new settlement including Local Plan and planning applications advice.
  • Advising Sandwell Council on the new Aquatics Centre for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and Lend Lease as delivery partner to deliver the athletes' village.
Next Generation Partners

Heidi Slater - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Alicia Foo

Other key lawyers:Craig Downhill


'Alicia Foo is very good'

'Craig Downhill is an outstanding lawyer'

Key Clients




Watford Borough Council

Union Investments

London and Regional Properties Limited

London Boroughs of Brent

Wandsworth & City of Westminster

CBRE Global Investors



Homes England

Peterson (United Kingdom) Limited

Moreton Morrell Parish Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Arqiva on a broad spectrum of contentious or potentially contentious disputes in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Advising Watford Borough Council on a break clause dispute worth several million pounds against a leading supermarket.
  • Acting for London & Regional Properties in relation to contested multimillion-pound rent review arbitrations.
  • Acting for leading energy providers on a broad spectrum of complex contentious or potentially contentious disputes of strategically important sites.
  • Acting for a pension fund landlord in successfully challenging defective break notices.
Leading individuals

Alicia Foo - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Craig Downhill - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):David Meecham

Key Clients

Homes and Communities Agency

Ministry of Defence

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Brent London Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hackney

Crawley Borough Council

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Hounslow

Westminster City Council

Southampton City Council

Methodist Homes

Coventry City Council

Lichfield City Council

St Mungo Community Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Represented HSBC in relation to the security aspects of its £200m facility agreement with Genesis Housing Association.
  • Acted for Homes England for the first grant of a lease for the accelerated construction pilot scheme, for a residential development at Daedalus Waterfront.
  • Continuing to advise The Extracare Trust on its fundraising to assist it in its development of retirement villages.
  • Advising Homes England on the complex acquisition of land for redevelopment for use as residential, schools, commercial, retail and leisure.
  • Acting for Crawley Borough Council on the redevelopment of the existing town hall site and adjoining site, for use as affordable housing, market sale and PRS units, commercial units, offices and others.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Hornigold; Clare Francis

Key Clients

The Financial Times




Centrica Connected Home



The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire

Repton School

Kier Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported Focus on its software development contact with NFU Mutual driving product enhancement in the provider market.
  • Advising Headlam on its IT supply chain contracts to underpin its business trading.
  • Advising market disruptor, Starship Technology, on autonomous delivery robots for last mile delivery of retail and food goods.
  • Advising BOSCH on a collaboration with Ceres Power for fuel cell development for use in smart city power stations, factories and electric vehicles.
  • Supported Repton International Schools on the establishment of international kindergartens in Singapore and certain other countries within the Asia Pacific region under the Repton School name and brand.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):Cerys Wyn Davies

Other key lawyers:Jo Alderson; Tom Nener


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

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

Key Clients

The Robert Bosch Group

ZyXEL Communications

UK Limited

Safestyle plc HPAS

Limited (trading as

Safestyle UK)



The London School of Economics

The Financial Times Group

Smith & Nephew PLC

Sage PLC


Magnesium Elektron




Work highlights

  • Advised Bosch on and negotiated a key strategic collaboration with and investment in a fuel cell technology and engineering company.
  • Advising ZyXel on a two-patent litigation concerning technology used in wifi routers and networking equipment.
  • Acting for Safestyle in bringing a complex action involving passing off, trade mark infringement, misuse of confidential information, unlawful means conspiracy and malicious falsehood.
  • Acting for AB Inbev in relation to their acquisition of an online alcohol retailer with a particular focus on whisky.
  • Acting for Magnesium Elektron in a multi jurisdictional patent dispute relating to an improved process for making zirconium-cerium mixed oxide doped with rare earths, used in catalytic converters in vehicles.
Leading individuals

Cerys Wyn Davies - Pinsent Masons LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jo Alderson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Rising stars

Tom Nener - Pinsent Masons LLP

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