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Michelmores LLP

WOODWATER HOUSE, PYNES HILL, EXETER, EX2 5WR, ENGLAND
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Work 01392 688688
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Fax 01392 360563
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135608 EXETER-16
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www.michelmores.com

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: The West Country
Corporate and commercial: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP excels in assisting high net worth entrepreneurs, private equity clients and listed companies with complex M&A and private equity transactions, demergers and restructurings, among other matters. In the commercial sphere, the team is experienced in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, such as manufacturing agreements, licensing agreements and distribution agreements. A significant portion of the firm's work has a cross-border component; the team has experience of completing M&A and private equity deals in emerging markets, such as sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):Richard Cobb

Other key lawyers:Henry Taylor; Francesca Hubbard

Key Clients

Sutton Harbour Holdings PLC

Maistro PLC

Succession Group

Downing LLP

Exeter Rugby Club (Exeter Chiefs)

Credit Reporting Agency (Trading as Clearscore)

Revo Developments Limited

Seasalt Limited

Business Growth Fund

TESM Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Business Growth Fund on its £3.2m investment into Lightfoot.
  • Acted for TESM Limited and shareholders on the sale of TESM to US-based DXC Technology.
  • Advised Succession Group Limited on sixteen different acquisitions over the past twelve months, including Booth Wealth Management.
  • Advised Downing LLP on the sale of Vulcan Renewables Limited, Egmere Energy Limited, Grange Farm Energy Limited and Merlin Renewables to JLEN, the listed environmental infrastructure fund, totalling £70m.
  • Acted for Seasalt Limited, including the shareholders, on the £16m investment by Business Growth Fund.
Rising stars

Francesca Hubbard - Michelmores LLP

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Corporate tax
Leading individuals

Brian Garner - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP advises clients on internal and external investigations, enforcement matters involving regulators and prosecutors, as well as on compliance issues and fraud prevention. The practice also provides specialist fraud advice in commercial litigation matters. Typical clients hail from the real estate, manufacturing and aerospace sectors. Practice head Andrew Oldland QC acts for both corporate clients and governments on anti-corruption compliance and enforcement.

Practice head(s):Andrew Oldland QC

Other key lawyers:Peter Sigler; Tom Torkar; Jonathan Kitchin

Key Clients

Ticketus

Work highlights

  • Advised Tiketus on the £20m recovery of a ticket purchase agreement following the collapse of Glasgow Rangers Football Club
Leading individuals

Andrew Oldland QC - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP acts for regional, London-headquartered and international clients. Its team stands out in matters concerning corporate breakdown, insurance coverage, intellectual property, reputation management, professional negligence and international enforcement. Jonathan Kitchin, who was recently promoted to practice head,  has experience of handling disputes with a nexus to the financial services sector at High Court level. In a notable development, Charles Courtenay (a qualified barrister with contentious IP expertise) recently joined from Latham & Watkins LLP. Senior associate Jayne Clemens is a go-to for reputation management claims and advice on defamation issues. She is also experienced in handling professional negligence cases and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kitchin

Testimonials

'Responsiveness, attention to detail, commercial awareness, longstanding relationship and an understanding of our business and how we work'

'Bill Duncan is a very experienced lawyer able to manage any type of dispute'

'Jonathan Kitchin is very astute, pragmatic and a measured commercial adviser, relied upon as very much an external extension of our Group Legal Resource'

'Jayne Clemens is efficient, says things as they are and does not skirt around issues and takes no prisoners'

'Jayne is knowledgeable in her specialist field and that is exactly what I want in any solicitor I contract'

Key Clients

The Lord Chancellor (Legal Aid Agency)

Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing Ltd

Gemalto  UK Limited

RGL Management Limited

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (the Met Police)

Landmark Information Group

Haynes

Truprint

CRUX Asset Management

LEBC Group Limited

Jessops Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Legal Aid Agency in action to recover sums paid to Blavo & Co Limited as a result of claims made on the legal aid fund for mental health work, which could not be substantiated.
  • Representing Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing Limited in international contractual disputes, including the negotiation of settlement terms, the enforcement of High Court Judgements overseas and advising on local enforcement measures.
  • Advising Gemalto UK Limited (as winning bidder) in a bid protect by De La Rue relating to the production of new British passports.
  • Ongoing representation of a client in relation to corporate, employment, real estate, regulatory and dispute matters, including defending proceedings brought by a former employee alleging breach of bonus agreement.
  • Representing a client in arbitration proceedings relating to a contractual dispute over maintenance issues.
Rising stars

Jayne Clemens - Michelmores LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP predominantly acts for public agencies and bodies in the debt recovery space, where it handles both domestic and cross-border recovery and enforcement matters. Jonathan Kitchin is the key name in the department.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kitchin

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP, whose team is equally adept acting for both borrower and lender clients, has a strong track record in project finance transactions. It is also highly reputed in bilateral and syndicated lending transactions, and is particularly strong in matters with a nexus to areas such as energy, healthcare and education. Team head Charles Maunder, whose practice is split between London and Exeter, is knowledgeable about all types of debt products and funding arrangements. In October 2018, Asheesh Das departed to accept an in-house position.

Practice head(s):Charles Maunder

Key Clients

St Austell Brewery Company

Seasalt

Rowe Estates (UK)

Swindon and  Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Social & Sustainable Capital

Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation

Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

Netherlands Development Finance Company

Triodos Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Seasalt on a £16m investment and banking facilities.
  • Advised St Austell Brewery Company on a £15m bilateral revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Triodos Bank on the launch of a crowdfunding platform.
  • Advising Social and Sustainable Capital on options to provide funding to enable social sector organisations to grow their social impact.

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

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's team has a wealth of experience handling a full range of financially distressed situations, including debt restructuring and individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs), transactional matters, recovery work and personal insolvency. The team is also highly capable in complex contentious asset investigations. Clients include insolvency practitioners and directors, companies and other stakeholders. Charles Maunder has significant experience of financial restructurings, while Sacha Pickering and Karen Williams handle all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency work.

Practice head(s):Charles Maunder

Other key lawyers:Sacha Pickering; Karen Williams 

Key Clients

York Global Finance

Wilkins Kennedy

FRP Advisory

Devon Commercial Property

Richard J Smith & Co

RSM UK

Moore Stephens

Work highlights

  • Acted for York Global Finance (a significant creditor) in the Lehmans' administration.
  • Advising the trustees in a bankruptcy matter dealing with the £20m estate of the former director of Rangers FC, Craig Whyte.
  • Acting for the administrators of the Terrace, a well-known restaurant and bar in Exeter.
  • Advising Devon Commercial Property on a £10m claim against former LPA receivers.
  • Acting for the liquidator on a potential cross-border case claiming over £20m from an insolvent firm of solicitors.
Leading individuals

Charles Maunder - Michelmores LLP

Sacha Pickering - Michelmores LLP

Next Generation Partners

Karen Williams - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP serves public and private sector clients from sectors such as education, healthcare and retail, among others. The team has a strong focus on the regional market; one of its key clients is Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust. Team head Andrew Tobey, who is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, has expertise in senior executive termination procedures, breach of covenant injunctions, TUPE outsourcing issues and employee misconduct claims.

Practice head(s):Andrew Tobey

Other key lawyers:Nikki Duncan; Tom Stenner-Evans

Testimonials

'Michelmores has a small but strong employment team which enables them to provide their clients with excellent advice, both legal and commercial'

'This team is very knowledgeable and very flexible. They have a huge amount of experience in dealing with complex and highly sensitive situations'

'They are highly responsive with a good understanding of our business'

'There is a real feeling from me as a client that my needs are being taken seriously. I also feel that the service is personalised'

'The team understand local government work and are able to adapt practices to the particular area and processes they are dealing with'

'I have worked mainly with Nikki Duncan. She has exceptionally good knowledge of TUPE cases and is able to give clear practical advice to her clients'

'James Baker is a fantastic legal partner to have in your corner when faced with any employment related issues. His knowledge for the area and strategic advice has helped us deal with some very sensitive situations'

'Nikki Duncan an absolute pleasure to work with'

'They are very personable and able to relate to the concerns and issues that the customer is dealing with. They are able to provide options and highlight the risks with each of those'

Key Clients

Carey Group Plc

Formula E Operations

Enotria Limited

Mitchellson Formwork

ComRes

Haynes Publishing Group P.L.C.

Steinhoff Manufacturing Group

Mint Velvet

Mole Valley Farmers

Devon Doctors Group

Greenland Group

3Group

Kew Green Hotels Group

Seasalt

Gro Group

Landmark Information Group

Metropolitan Police

Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Devo9n Healthcare Trust

Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

The Met Office

Dorset County Council

Somerset County Council

Work highlights

  • Defended Dorset County Council as principal shareholder of its waste management company against claims relating to TUPE-related terms and conditions changes, unlawful deduction of wages and breach of statutory obligations.
  • Instructed to defend Ramsbury Estates Limited in employment tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal issued by the manager of one of its high profile restaurants following a summary dismissal in relation to multiple claims of harassment and bullying.
  • Advised a London-based charity on the contentious dismissal of their HR manager and the management of a whistle-blowing investigation.
  • Advised Devon Doctors Group on TUPE issues.
  • Assisted a large international charity with a complex and contentious restructuring of its operations team

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Exeter-based Michelmores LLP has a focus on workplace serious injury and fatality cases, including those involving corporate manslaughter issues. Its team advises clients on crisis management following serious incidents, and strategies to minimise the risk of prosecution. Team head Andrew Oldland QC, who has experience of prosecuting Health and Safety Executive cases, now defends corporate clients in investigations and prosecutions. In addition, on the non-contentious side, the group advises clients on reviews of policies and procedures, and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):Andrew Oldland QC

Other key lawyers:Katharine Everett Nunns

Key Clients

Clinton Devon Estates

Cavanna Homes (South West) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Clinton Devon Estates in a corporate manslaughter trial.
  • Represented Cavanna Homes (South West) Ltd in a trail arising from a workplace fatality.
  • Acting for the administrators of a UK chemical firm, advising on health & safety issues arising from manufacturing processes involving toxic chemicals.

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP provides negligence advice regarding employment, finance, intellectual property, real estate, tax planning and banking matters. The firm assists investors with claims arising from the negligent handling of assets by unregulated banks. The practice also acts on agricultural negligence, which involves acting for surveyors and their professional indemnity insurers on claims arising from alleged failure to advise on the provisions of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.

Practice head(s):Simon Barnett

Testimonials

'The firm is able to provide a high quality but personal client service.'

'Fiona Pearson is extremely conscientious, hard-working and an excellent communicator.'

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP handles litigations and arbitration in the agricultural sector, including disputes in regards to landowners, tenants and trusts. The practice is also experienced in covering estoppel claims and is active for both claimants and defendants. Practice co-head Ben Sharples handles contractual disputes and is also involved in professional negligence matters as well as on contentious and non-contentious subsidy claims.

Practice head(s):Ben Sharples; Vivienne Williams

Testimonials

'Wide ranging breadth of experience including key partners who have a land agency background providing a balanced professional view on issues and means of resolution for their client's benefit.'

'We have worked regularly with Peter Williams, Vivienne Williams, Tom Hyde, Ben Sharples, Adam Corbin - their knowledge, attention to detail and practical case management capabilities are second to none.'

'They are very good technically, yet down to earth and get the job done.'

'Exceptional experience and depth and breadth of knowledge concerning agricultural law.'

Key Clients

Clinton Devon Estates

The Wasing Estate

Dorset County Council

West Sussex County Council

The Trustees of the Savile Trust 2008

Staffordshire County Council

Powys County Council

Graham, Michael and Elaine Auliffe

Stephen Moore

James Read

Work highlights

  • Advising on an application against a landlord for a succession tenancy under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.
  • Advising on a tenancy dispute with the landlord involving arbitrations concerning land worth £100m+.
  • Defending against a £1.5m estoppel claim brought by the client’s son.
  • Acting in a rent arbitration regarding a property worth £1m and where the terms of the tenancy were unknown.
  • Drafting and negotiating a farm management agreement related to several hundred hectares.
Leading individuals

Ben Sharples - Michelmores LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP advises charity trustees on formation and ongoing governance. The firm also represents charities in litigations arising from legacy disputes. Other areas of expertise are the acquisition and disposal of assets, as well as the handling of professional negligence claims against administrators of estates the clients are entitled to. The practice is also experienced in advising trustees on charitable trusts.

Practice head(s):Tony Cockayne

Other key lawyers:Edward Porter

Testimonials

Senior associate Edward Porter impresses with his knowledge, depth of thought, analytical abilities and client engagement. It is always a pleasure to work with him

Work highlights

  • Advising two charities on the disposal of a gift of land with development potential and national interest.
  • Acting for a charity on a professional negligence claim against the administrators of an estate which it is solely entitled to.
  • Funds review and advice on terms.
  • Advising on a charitable trust administration.
  • Advised on a charity restructuring.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP advises high-net-worth individuals and wealthy family members as executors, beneficiaries and trustees on a wide range of disputes involving wills, trusts, probates and legacies. The firm’s work includes the assortment of will validity claims, administration disputes as well as estoppel claims. Practice had Tony Cockayne, who is 'recommended for his professionalism, vigour and integrity', is a charity expert and advises private clients on contentious trust matters with international connections.

Practice head(s):Tony Cockayne

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Ridgway; Sara Chisholm-Batten; Jane Swannell; Alice Daniels; Jasmine Davis

Testimonials

'The Michelmores team is thoughtful, responsive and spends time listening to what clients actually need and want before suggesting creative solutions. They also give good value'

'The team is hard-working and professional at all times. It focuses on executable strategies and is not distracted by manoeuvres of their opponents'

'The advice I received graduated towards an agreed solution - at no time did I feel that I was being led into an area that had not been discussed'

'Tony Cockayne is always strategically insightful and is one of those lawyers who makes himself available to clients rather than hiding behind layers of support staff'

'Disputed wills and trusts solicitor Jasmine Davis is enthusiastic and knowledgeable'

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Work highlights

  • Acting for one of two siblings in relation to a dispute regarding the validity of the late father’s will and conduct of one of the siblings as an executor.
  • Advising two charities on the disposal of a high-profile gift of land with development potential and national interest and significance.
  • Defending a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 worth in excess of £1.3m involving three generations and a portfolio of investment properties.
  • Advising on a dispute involving a family business with international assets worth over £10m, which is subject of two historic will trusts and an estate
  • Advising on a dispute centred around multiple conflicting claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Leading individuals

Tony Cockayne - Michelmores LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP is experienced in handling divorce and dissolution proceedings, the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation agreements, the enforcement of court orders, as well as the implementation of injunctions that involve protection from harassment. The firm also provides assistance with dispute resolution mediums, such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Practice head Simon Thomas regularly advises high-net-worth individuals on matrimonial finance matters. Louisa Ghevaert left the practice in May 2018. Associate Rachael Shearmur has particular expertise in relation to financial matters and domestic violence.

Practice head(s):Simon Thomas

Other key lawyers:Rachael Shearmur

Rising stars

Rachael Shearmur - Michelmores LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP handles domestic and cross-border wealth structuring for high-net-worth individuals and their families, while working closely with the firm’s financial services, agricultural and privacy lawyers to provide advice on tax, trusts and succession planning matters. James Radcliffe is especially experienced in advising clients with connections to the USA. Typical clients of the practice include farmers, entrepreneurs, trustees as well as vulnerable persons and elderly clients that require extra assistance with formulating their will. Senior associate Edward Porter covers estate administration and focuses on estate matters with tax and trust elements.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Riley

Other key lawyers:Sandra Brown; Jennifer Ridgway; Edward Porter

Testimonials

Michelmores provides top quality advice at sensible charge out rates

Jennifer Ridgway has been outstanding. She is very responsive and hard-working and has extensive experience in trust and tax related work

Jonathan Riley is calm, affable and technically excellent

Next Generation Partners

James Radcliffe - Michelmores LLP

Rising stars

Edward Porter - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP¬†is particularly active in energy-related development and project finance matters. The scope of its practice covers many types of projects,¬†including energy-from-waste, gas-to-grid, solar PV, wind, battery storage and electric vehicles, among others. A significant portion of the team‚Äôs work has an international dimension, and it is frequently sought out in overseas energy projects.¬† ‚ÄėPragmatic‚Äô practice head¬†Ian Holyoak¬†focuses on project finance, while the ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Alexandra Watson¬†advises on¬† all aspects of corporate energy transactions.

Practice head(s):Ian Holyoak

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Watson

Testimonials

The availability of solicitors is excellent

The team always gets the job done

The group has a deep understanding of the market as well as impressive experience in handling different types of projects

Alexandra Watson is very commercial and focused on the needs of the client

Ian Holyoak is extremely knowledgeable and provides spot-on advice

Key Clients

Guinness Asset Management

Armstrong Energy

Outlook Energy Services

BioWatt

Thrive Renewables

Zestec Asset Management

Rendesco Holdings

Suncredit Solutions

Gamma Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rendesco Holdings on the reorganisation, bank funding and bond issue of the Rendesco group, developers of commercial ground source heat pumps.
  • Acting for Dove Renewables on its crowdfunded IFISA bond for the financing of two hydroelectric installations.
  • Advising BioWatt on a range of construction-related transactional and contentious matters regarding the development, operation and engineering services provided in relation to AD projects.
  • Advising Chilworth Construction Management on the construction management documentation regarding an energy-from-waste plant in Dundee.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

The projects group at Michelmores LLP¬†has cutting-edge expertise in the sectors of healthcare and education, and is increasingly gaining recognition for its work on distressed projects. The team notably undertakes complex work for international clients, acting on high-value projects in developing jurisdictions, for which practice co-head Ben Hogan¬†(‚Äėa pleasure to work with‚Äô) is a key contact. Practice co-head Carol McCormack, who¬†‚Äėtakes proactive steps in handling her clients‚Äô transactions‚Äô, advises on all aspects of PPP projects. McCormack has a particular specialism in social infrastructure. Associates Jo Spalding¬†and Hannah Slater¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Carol McCormack; Ben Hogan

Other key lawyers:Jo Spalding; Hannah Slater

Testimonials

The team is very responsive, practical and solution-driven, which certainly inspires confidence

Ben Hogan is always available, very pragmatic and provides commercially focused advice

Both Carol McCormack and Ben Hogan are able to advise on complex issues in a clear and concise manner

Carol McCormack provides highly authoritative and reliable advice

While the legal advice is always partner-driven, the partners are supported by a very solid team of associates

Key Clients

ISS Mediclean

Innisfree Group

Gemalto UK

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Aberystwyth University

Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust

The Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation

Urbaser

Finance in Motion GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised ISS Mediclean on efficiency savings programmes in relation to three UK hospital PFI projects.
  • Advised Gemalto UK on the UK ePassport Project and the DVLA Card Consumables Project.
  • Acted for the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime on its £250m acquisition of the Empress State Building in London.
  • Advised Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust on its procurement of a £190m new state-of-the-art Children's Cancer Centre.
Leading individuals

Ben Hogan - Michelmores LLP

Carol McCormack - Michelmores LLP

Rising stars

Hannah Slater - Michelmores LLP

Jo Spalding - Michelmores LLP

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP has carved out a strong reputation, based on its work for state-funded schools and further education colleges. Its team is experienced in handling sensitive issues, such as parental complaints, exclusions, disability discrimination, and special educational needs. Exeter-based practice head Antony Power has a particular focus on academy structures and capital projects. Charlotte Antoniou is experienced in establishing collaborative structures and supporting groups on initiatives to open new schools.

Practice head(s):Antony Power

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Antoniou

Key Clients

Ambitions Academies Trust

Aspirations Academies Trust

Academies Enterprise Trust

The Sigma Trust

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

Truro College

Discovery Schools Academy Trust

Aspire Academy Trust

The Stour Academy Trust

Herts for Learning

Work highlights

  • Advising Truro and Penwith College on the development of a new £23m-worth campus in Bodmin, Cornwall.
  • Supporting ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust following a successful bid for a special free school in Tiverton; currently engaged to deliver the school.
Next Generation Partners

Charlotte Antoniou - Michelmores LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

The cross-practice local government team at Michelmores LLP’s covers a full spectrum of local authority law issues concerning real estate transactions, planning, environment, employment, regeneration, and funding and asset management. Mark Howard’s practice focuses on planning and environmental matters. Real estate partner Sally Rice assists local authorities with transactions involving redevelopment work.

Practice head(s):Carol McCormack

Other key lawyers:Mark Howard; Sally Rice

Key Clients

Cornwall Council

Devon County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Swindon Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Innisfree Group

South West Smart Applications

Work highlights

  • Assisting Plymouth City Council with its £34m regeneration project in central Plymouth.
  • Assisted Cornwall Council with the acquisition of land in Newquay with the benefit of outline planning consent for 455 new homes.
  • Acted for Swindon Borough Council on a conditional sale for specialist age-exclusive housing.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP¬†has a particularly first-rate reputation in¬†development and public sector work, but it is also highly regarded in other areas of commercial property; the broader practice also encompasses strategic land, joint ventures and secured lending transactions, among other matters. The firm is strong in cross-departmental cooperation, as is evidenced by the fact that asset management practice head Richard Honey¬†plays a¬†leading role in providing transactional property advice to police authorities. Another key figure is¬†David Howe, who ‚Äėhas all qualities and traits which a highly skilled property lawyer should have‚Äô.¬†The ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô department head Emma Honey¬†serves as a key contact for residential developers, as well as schools and academies. Also in the residential development space, Lucy Smallwood¬†has particular expertise in acquisitions and disposals of land.

Practice head(s):Emma Honey

Other key lawyers:David Howe; Lucy Smallwood; Richard Honey

Testimonials

Emma Honey and David Howe are always readily available and, unlike competitors in their field, provide proactive commercial advice in a speedy manner

Very good strategic advice from a reliable, knowledegable and friendly team

Team members have good knowledge of the region and the development sector in the South West

Michelmores builds strong personal relationships whilst providing market leading commercial advice

Key Clients

Barratt David Wilson

Cavanna Group

Clinton Devon Estates

CG Fry

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Persimmon Homes

St Modwen Developments

Sutton Harbour Holdings

University of Exeter

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barratt David Wilson on the acquisition of strategic development land for 110 dwellings.
  • Acted for The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime on its £250m freehold acquisition of the Empress State Building, Earls Court, London.
  • Advised Cornwall Council on multiple aspects of a flagship local authority acquisition.
  • Advised South Devon College on the acquisition of land for the purpose of expansion of the client's sports facilities.
  • Assisted Crofty Developments with a disposal of land at the historic South Crofty mine.
Leading individuals

David Howe - Michelmores LLP

Emma Honey - Michelmores LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP’s construction and engineering team operates regionally and nationally across the firm’s offices based in Exeter, Bristol and London. Practice head Chris Hoar and Gerald Offen regularly take the lead on contentious construction matters, working closely with members of the wider dispute resolution practice. Senior associate Michael Bonning is another key figure in this space. Elsewhere, Alan Tate’s practice focuses on transactional construction work. The varied client base includes public authorities, developers, contractors, project managers and funders. Areas of significant activity include renewable energy, leisure and residential development.

Practice head(s):Chris Hoar

Other key lawyers:Gerald Offen; Alan Tate; Michael Bonning

Testimonials

Great level of support coupled with attention to detail during all stages of a construction project – inception, negotiation, management of issues, and litigation, where necessary

A very dedicated and highly professional team whose attention to detail is second to none

The team adopts an approach that is proactive, friendly and helpful at the same time

Chris Hoar is diligent and straightforward in his communication with clients

Knowledgeable and approachable, Alan Tate is not only a true professional, but also a pleasure to work with

Gerald Offen and Michael Bonning are very experienced and successful in handling claims

Key Clients

Ministry of Justice

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Exeter and Devon Airport

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Midas Construction

Plymouth City Council

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Met Office

Downing LLP

Swindon Borough Council

Kingsbridge Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Plymouth City Council on the construction documentation for The Box.
  • Advising The Royal Sussex County Hospital on a large redevelopment health project.
  • Advising the Ministry of Justice on a number of landmark schemes, such as the acquisition of a new civil, family and tribunal courthouse in Newcastle.
Leading individuals

Chris Hoar - Michelmores LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's cross-practice team undertakes environmental due diligence on real estate and corporate transactions, and advises on issues concerning the content of contamination indemnity agreements. Waste and water-related work (including bank erosion, pollution and flooding) are among other areas of focus. Practice head Mark Howard acts for clients such as developers, local authorities and landowners.

Practice head(s):Mark Howard

Key Clients

Downing LLP

RNS Holdings

Nijjar Properties

Work highlights

  • Acted for Downing LLP on an environmental infrastructure fund.
  • Advising RNS Holdings on the purchase of a proposed new build retail unit on an old petrol station, where there had been ground contamination.
  • Acting for Nijjar Properties on a statutory nuisance dispute with the local authorities in relation to  a dairy-processing site.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

At Michelmores LLP, key sectors of expertise of the planning team include real estate, marine, manufacturing, and energy and renewables. The department is also very active in the public sector, in which it represents a number of local authorities on matters concerning planning obligations, assets of community value, neighbourhood planning and general public authority decisions. The team has developed a niche in coastal development work and marine licensing and planning. Practice head Mark Howard advises on a wide range of environmental, commercial and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Howard

Key Clients

Barratt Homes

Cornwall Council

Devon County Council

Dorset Councils Partnership

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Persimmon

Wiltshire Council

Downing

Lendlease

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Although Michelmores LLP has historically been known for acting for public sector clients in property-related disputes, it has significantly increased its market presence in the private sector, and now generates work from a growing number of developers, private landowners and corporate occupiers. Practice head Andrew Baines, who splits his time between Exeter and Bristol, has more than 22 years of property litigation experience. His expertise includes landlord and tenant disputes, and matters concerning property ownership and property rights.

Practice head(s):Andrew Baines

Testimonials

'The team is very client-focused  and provides clients with good access to senior personnel'

Key Clients

Seasalt

S&A Group

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Greenland Group

Stanhope

University of Exeter

Aberystwyth Universit

Barratt Homes

Persimmon Homes

Saba Park Services

Mole Valley Farmers

Vistra Trust Corporation

Poplar Harca

Work highlights

  • Represented a large food production company in a £4m dispute with its bank regarding a property financing agreement.
  • Advising a NHS Trust in relation to a £2m dilapidations claim against the former private patient care provider of part of one of the Trust's hospitals.
  • Advising a national fashion brand retailer on a dispute with a shopping centre developer over the terms by which the retail client is obliged to take a lease of a new unit in the development.
  • Advising Greenland Group on claims brought in relation to the terms for completion of sales of apartments at one of its London-based developments.
  • Advising a national retail client on a rent review dispute, which concerns one of its premises in West Sussex.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP has a well-established reputation in the South West technology arena, where it works with longstanding clients in major new projects. The firm has seen a notable increase in instructions from new and existing fintech clients, as well as gig economy and disruptive technology clients; many use cloud-based platforms and crowd-sourced expertise to service customers. It has advised a number of UK and international clients on data protection, including GDPR audits, documentation and general compliance. Tom Torkar heads up the group.

Practice head(s):Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:Freya Lemon; David Thompson

Testimonials

'Good quality, responsive and pragmatic advice'

'Tom Torkar is technically great and very responsive'

'Tom Torkar is superb; his attention to detail and doggedness is first class.'

Key Clients

Met Office

Limitless Technology Limited

Landmark Information Group Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (Metropolitan Police Service)

Devon and Cornwall Police

Deko (Pay4Later)

Jessops Europe Limited

Linn Systems Ltd

TESM Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Limitless Technology Limited on the launch and global expansion of its customer service SaaS platform.
  • Advised Jessops Europe Limited on arrangements with Fujifilm for managed services, including eCommerce and licensing.
  • Advised Deko on its cloud-based platform, including third-party contract terms.
  • Assisting OATS Limited with multiple IT and data-driven service agreements, primarily in the oil and gas sector.
  • Advising Triodos Bank NV on the launch of its crowd-funding platform.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Although Michelmores LLP's IP practice has a strong focus on the South West market, it is gaining increasing prominence nationally, with it being recognised for its capabilities in cross-border matters. Practice co-heads Tim Richards and David Thompson lead the contentious and non-contentious offerings respectively. Charles Courtenay, who recently joined from Latham & Watkins LLP, is dual-qualified to practise in the US and England and Wales. Working closely with colleagues in the tax and competition teams, the IP group manages copyright and design rights for large-scale projects, and also assists clients with identifying and protecting rights, trade marks and patents.

Practice head(s):Tim Richards; David Thompson

Other key lawyers:Tom Torkar; Charles Courtenay;

Key Clients

Landmark Information Group Limited / (Daily Mail and General Trust plc)

Haynes Publishing Group PLC

Indigo Park Services UK Limited / Indigo Park Solutions UK Limited

Exeter Rugby Group plc

Limitless Technology Limited

Ashton Bentley Collaboration Spaces Limited

Seasalt Limited

Jessops Europe Limited

Regional & City Airports Limited (part of the Rigby Group)

Numatic International Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to Landmark Information Group Limited (Landmark) / Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) in relation to new products, services, tenders and client agreements.
  • Assisting Numatic International Limited with an IP and brand protection strategy relating to the use of the client's intellectual property rights by third parties, including content infringement and counterfeit products.
  • Supporting Rittal's UK arm in relation to commercial contract and IP needs.
  • Advising Jessops Europe Limited on arrangements with Fujifilm, encompassing licensing and e-commerce issues.
  • Providing advice to Vista on commercial contracts and IP requirements, which recently has included negotiating licensing agreements with third party rights holders.

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