Osborne Clarke LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Osborne Clarke LLP
ONE LONDON WALL
EC2Y 5EB
LONDON
EC2Y 5EB
England

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 1

With seven core venture capital partners spread across the firm’s London, Bristol and Reading offices, as well as being able to draw upon a sizeable presence in Europe, Osborne Clarke LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle a huge range and volume of purely domestic and cross-border mandates for a balanced roster of investors and investees. Led by ‘excellent’ Reading-based partner Robert Wood, the firm is active throughout the investment life cycle where it is able to ‘combine exceptional legal ability with a very commercial and practical approach to getting the deal done’, particularly on transactions within the technology and life sciences sectors. Particularly focused on TMT-related transactions, London-based Mathias Loertscher has a strong reputation acting for both funds and companies raising venture and growth capital rounds, as well as for shareholders of venture-backed businesses on their exits. Combining excellent technical skills alongside an ‘incredible commercial approach’, Reading based Rob Hayes has made a strong impact to the practice following his relatively recent arrival from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, partcularly in the context of life sciences mandates. An ‘absolute rising star’, Reading-based associate Elizabeth Yell has also impressed since joining from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP and provides ‘commercial and practical‘ advice.

Practice head(s):

Robert Wood

Other key lawyers:

Mathias Loertscher; Justin Starling; Rob Hayes; Matthew Edwards; James Taylor; Elizabeth Yell; Robert Pook

Testimonials

They are market leaders in VC – they combine exceptional legal ability with a very commercial and practical approach to getting the deal done.’

They have an incredible knowledge of the technology and life science sectors in the UK and are therefore able to advise on what on all the key players in the space will need on investments.’

Rob Hayes – one of the very best in VC. Always approachable and a delight to work with. Technically outstanding combined with an incredible commercial approach is winning combination.’

‘Elizabeth Yell – an absolute rising star. She is exceptional – always brilliant to work with, she works incredibly hard to ensure that everything is dealt with properly on deals. She’s technically exceptional but also incredibly commercial and practical.’

Key clients

Highland Europe

Endeavour Vision

Seldon Technologies

Oxular

Business Growth Fund

Tiger Global

Amphista Therapeutics

NeRRe Therapeutics

Luminisity

First Minute Capital

Science Creates Ventures

Albion Capital

Monashees

Nexeon

ABN Amro

The Clean Growth Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Highland Europe on its Series C investment in Plentific, the leading platform for smart property management.
  • Acted for Nexeon Limited – an advanced battery technology company – on a $80m refinancing.
  • Advised AviadoBio Ltd, a pioneering gene therapy company focused on developing and delivering transformative medicines for people living with neurodegenerative disorders, on its $80m Series A financing round.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's 'hardworking and focused' London commercial litigation practice has particular expertise in complex cross-border matters; and it is regularly instructed on major disputes involving the technology, projects, and energy and natural resources sectors. Practice head Tom Ellis has considerable experience in representing major corporations in commercial disputes, corporate investigations and fraud-related matters; Andrew Bartlett is a specialist in cross-border work and conflicts-of-laws; and Jane Park Weir acts across national and international commercial and corporate disputes and investigations. The second line of key litigators showcases Russia and CIS disputes head Artem Doudko, who 'has excellent strategic thinking'; and legal director Alfred Church, who assists with technical disputes involving contract scope, construction and interpretation, as well as shareholder and company disputes. At associate director level, Nick Price, acts in commercial disputes, high-value financial litigation and contentious regulatory investigations, while Nina Lazic is a technology sector disputes expert.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ellis

Testimonials

‘Great strength in depth, with a really excellent understanding of commercial realities and pressure points.’

‘Hardworking and focused, with excellent value for money from small, efficient teams.’

‘A mid-sized firm that punches above its weight.’

‘Tom Ellis has a brilliant understanding of financial services claims, especially those involving auditors – on a par with anyone else in the field.’

‘Very well led by Tom Ellis, who has a wonderful approach to client relationship management – clear, considered and decisive.’

‘Andrew Bartlett – exceptionally calm and collected in the face of any legal crisis or complex legal conundrum, providing reasoned and always helpful advice. A great, go-to person!’

‘Artem Doudko is client focused and does the job well.’

‘Artem Doudko has excellent strategic thinking – listens to advice and adapts strategy.’

Key clients

BB Energy Group

Dell

KPMG

Qatar Airways QCSC

Granville Technology Group (Time Computers) (in liquidation)

Grant Thornton

OT Computers (Tiny Computers) (in liquidation)

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Vodafone

Marks & Spencer

City of Venice

Sotheby’s

Turner Broadcasting

City of Milan

Work highlights

  • Acting for oil trading business BB Energy in its $130m Commercial Court claim against the directors of the insolvent SAMIR oil refinery in Morocco.
  • Acting for Qatar Airways in its high-profile claim against Al Arabiya News Channel about a video, which depicted a Qatar Airways aircraft being shot at by a Saudi fighter jet within the context of the economic blockade of Qatar.
  • Acting for one of six respondents in an enforcement action brought by the Financial Reporting Council against KPMG and five individuals, which concerned allegedly dishonest conduct during two Audit Quality Review inspections.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP‘s health and safety team has been working heavily on Covid-19 compliance work for major clients like ITV plc and the UK Public Service broadcasters, as well as an increasing amount of ESG-related compliance work and fire safety work for real estate clients. This compliments the team’s existing expertise in areas like crisis management, inquests, internal investigations, mental health risk and health and safety training for clients in the UK and abroad. Mary Lawrence leads the team with a specialism in crisis management and contentious health and safety issues. Kate Vickery handles extensive compliance work as well as an expanding amount of compliance advice. Associate Anna Lundy has particular expertise in local authority investigations and crisis management within the consumer and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mary Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Katie Vickery; Anna Lundy

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke have rapidly become a stylish and slick operator in this field, combining a strong and established reputation in non-contentious advisory work with an emerging respect as a litigator. They have recruited the highest quality litigators to build what is now a first class team led by Mary Lawrence.’

‘Mary Lawrence is a real rainmaker in this field, securing some of the largest clients (Starbucks and ITV as examples) which is outstanding for what is essentially a Bristol firm. She has assembled a very professional team, with Matt Kyle as a stand out operator in this field.’

‘Fantastic team of highly motivated, client focused experts in the field. Go above and beyond to achieve the best result for their clients.’

‘Katie Vickery leads from the front and is superbly supported by Anna Lundy.’

‘OCs approach to diversity makes them relevant as todays legal advisers. The lawyers at OC are approachable, dedicated to doing a good job, flexible and willing to change route if necessary to get a better result. They are on top of current issues and their webinar series are informative and helpful, focusing on topics that are relevant’

‘The individuals I have worked with at OC take the time to get to know their Clients and Client’ employees – this is the case with Mary Lawrence who I know I can pick up the telephone any time and there will be a friendly and supportive voice at the end. Mary is flexible and looks at problems from all angles and wont be bulldozed or intimidated by Counsel if she has a different view.’

Key clients

ITV plc/ ITV Studios

Netflix

Bureau Veritas

RWE

Foresight

Lifestory

Cornerstone

Eversholt Rail

Western Power Distribution plc

Vue cinemas

Hyundai

Starbucks

GitLab

Work highlights

  • Supported ITV in leading the preparation of Industry Guidance for the TV production industry to continue filming in Covid-19 and to support them in agreeing draft guidance with the other public service broadcasters (BBC, Sky, Viacom and Channel 4) and then seeking comment and buy in from the four nations governments and other industry consultees before publication via PACT.
  • Acted for Vue following a fatal accident when a cinema goer became trapped under a cinema seat. Supported the company in an investigation by the local authority about the incident including witness interviews and provision of information, a week long inquest and then at a sentencing hearing in court in 2021.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP‘s practice is proactive in advising clients on aspects of digitalisation, transformation and technology mandates, and has been recently involved in work relating to NFTs. The sizeable practice is now led by Anna Elliott, who took over the role from Dolf Darnton in early 2022′ Darnton still contributes to the practice. Elliott’s client base primarily lies within the fashion and luxury sub-sectors, where she guides clients through complex issues, and also leverages her experience in Australia to handle international matters. Katie Vickery is noted for her specialist expertise in international and compliance advice and she pays particular attention to product safety, ESG and consumer protection matters. Richard May was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Anna Elliott

Testimonials

‘Very personable, thoughtful team, offering diverse experience and expertise. Very responsive, friendly and commercial advice.’

‘Ready to invest energy and resources in the client relationship including facilitating training and introducing colleagues across markets.’

‘Anna Elliot has been a great sparring partner and support in navigating multi-jurisdictional projects. She is proactive and commercial and offers clear, practical advice.’

‘An excellent product safety offering in a way that I haven’t seen offered in other firms.’

‘Katie Vickery: excellent knowledge, clear advice and a desire to make sure work is delivered to aims.’

Key clients

Marks &Spencer

Danone

Reckitt

THG

Diageo

Lovehoney

InTheStyle

British Land

The Entertainer

Howdens

L’Oréal

Superdry

French Connection

Starbucks

Mulberry

Work highlights

  • Advised In The Style on a £105m AIM listing.
  • Acted for Diageo on all UK employment law matters, including employment disputes and tribunal claims, employee relations advice, and the employment aspects of commercial transactions.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

With 'unparalleled experience in advising media companies' Osborne Clarke LLP is a go-to firm in the advertising and marketing space and additionally handles broadcasting, digital content, and interactive entertainment with a focus on digital transformation. On the litigation side, Ashley Hurst heads up the team and John Davidson-Kelly leads on non-contentious work, he has particularly extensive expertise regarding online platforms and their licensing schemes. Their team includes advertising expert Anna Williams who further heads up the firm's offering in the Thames Valley. Mary Lawrence is a specialist on the intersection of media and health and safety as evidenced by her advising the Advertising Producers Association on drafting Covid-19 guidelines for the TV production industry.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Hurst; John Davidson-Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Heatly; Nick Johnson; Anna Williams; Ken Wilkinson; Mary Lawrence; Katherine Kirrage; Ben Dunham; Nick Kempton; Chloe Deng

Testimonials

‘OC’s media team has unparalleled experience in supporting media companies, with particular focus on global streaming services. Several members of the team have worked in-house in the past and are well equipped to deliver advice in an accessible way for the business.’

‘John Davidson-Kelly and Jamie Heatly in particular are best in class. They are extremely responsive, technical experts in consumer law compliance.’

Key clients

ITV

Discovery

DAZN

Big Deal Films

Altitude Films

Advertising Producers Association

Miniclip

Cancer Research UK

VICE Media

Work highlights

  • Supported ITV in leading the preparation of Industry Guidance for the TV production industry to continue filming in Covid-19 and in drafting agreeing guidance with other public service broadcasters.
  • Advised Big Deal Films on a growth investment round led by the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund together with the newly formed Bizet Media.
  • Supported the Advertising Producers Association in drafting guidelines to film safely in Covid-19.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

An M&A, private equity, and venture capital powerhouse, Osborne Clarke LLP in the Thames Valley advises across a broad range of industries, with specific sector expertise in TMT and healthcare and regularly handling multi-jurisdictional transactions. The latter is a focus area for practice head Sara Valentine who is ‘exceptional in all respects‘. Greg Leyshon is renowned for his corporate practice, particularly his understanding of private equity deals. A specialist in venture capital transactions, Robert Wood is a go-to for investor syndicates. The firm’s management advisory group is led by Mike Freer, a safe pair of hands for management teams on buy-outs, buy-ins, and exits.

Practice head(s):

Sara Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s breadth of experience in the mid-market M&A space makes them a market leader in the Thames Valley. Their diligence and focus on partnering with their clients throughout transactions really sets them apart.’

‘Sara Valentine stands out as a particularly strong lawyer and a good communicator. Her client service is very good.’

‘Sara Valentine – exceptional in all respects. Responsiveness, breadth of experience. Speed to assimilate complex issues. Always positive!’

‘The team we worked with has a deep understanding of our technology and sector and is also highly experienced in venture capital and licensing work. We also found the team to be highly responsive and offered us the perfect blend of in-depth legal advice and a commercial approach to help us navigate our way.’

‘The team balanced legal and commercial inputs with skill and experience and worked seamlessly despite being out of office and in different locations due to Covid restrictions.’

‘The OC team is the best there is when it comes to venture capital. They combine outstanding, clear legal advice with practical, commercial solutions in everything they do. The team has tremendous experience across all stages of a company’s life – from spin-out, to series A and all the way through to exit, and understand the constraints and considerations for each type of investor. A one-of-a-kind.’

‘Rob Hayes – hands-on, invested in the deals he does, brilliant lawyer with an incredibly practical and commercial approach to negotiations. A pleasure to deal with. Justin Starling – incredibly talented with a huge breadth of experience of dealing with companies at every stage of the VC ecosystem.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

Intersurgical

Davies Group

Xeretec

DnaNudge

Business Growth Fund

Redstor

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders of Leverton-Clarke Holdings Limited on a partial sale of shares and a joint venture with HELM AG at £27m.
  • Acted for Nexeon Limited on a $80m refinancing, including an investment, a joint venture, and a licensing matter.
  • Advised the management shareholders of Southern Communications on its management buyout backed by Ares Management.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP advises an extensive client base of domestic companies, multinationals, and PE and VC backed entities, primarily from the US, on an array of corporate and commercial matters, with a particular focus on technology and life sciences. With a predominantly cross-border practice, Peter Sheppard leads the team, covering industries such as telecoms, digital business, and automotive. Dawn Troman complements the department with her experience in technology disputes. Further, associate Scott Butler comes recommended for his expertise in dispute prevention and associate Kristian Assirati advises on issues arising out of transactions, focusing his practice on digital business and automotive clients.

Practice head(s):

Peter Sheppard

Other key lawyers:

Jane Park-Weir; Dawn Troman; Kristian Assirati; Scott Butler; Carolina Toscano

Testimonials

‘Jane-Park Weir has immense experience in shareholder disputes: what she does not know about unfair prejudice is not worth knowing.’

Key clients

AEG

Tripadvisor

Vodafone UK Limited

Falk & Ross

Reckitt Benckiser

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Crossmark Developments

Leverton Lithium

ASOS

Tenzing Private Equity

Shaw Healthcare

FRP Advisory

Bective

Wireless Logic Limited

TiVo / Xperi

Davies Group

Ridgeway Marketing Limited

WT Energy

AppLearn

K4 Investments

BFSE

Focus Group

Erevena

Work highlights

  • Acting for Falk & Ross Group in its defence of an unfair prejudice petition under s994 Companies Act 2006 commenced by a minority shareholder.
  • Advising Wireless Logic on a multi-million pound contract dispute, including issues of agency, interpretation, strike-out, Commercial Agents Regulations and audit.
  • Acting for Davies Group in defending a claim under an SPA by the sellers of a business for Earn-out payments potentially impacted by the pandemic.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

In May 2022, Osborne Clarke LLP acquired the five-strong Reading pensions team from BDB Pitmans, led by David Hosford and Chris Netiatis. The team has a track record in acting for a wide variety of clients on matters ranging from general advice to buy-ins, GMP conversion and equalisation issues, and non-cash funding schemes. Hosford handles work including consolidating trust deeds and rules, PPF assessments, and other liability management issues, with particular expertise in reorganisations, restructures, and mergers. London-based senior associates Sarah Miller and Catriona Darnell are also recommended, with experience including Miller’s practice advising pension scheme sponsors and Darnell’s work on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Hosford; Chris Netiatis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are personable and pragmatic. Their costs are competitive and good value. Their experience is wide-ranging.’

‘David Hosford has consistently demonstrated a keen interest and great deal of care with the pension scheme.’

‘David Hosford and Sarah Miller have excelled in their efficient and comprehensive responses to our current project to transfer a DC section of our trust to a Master Trust. There were wrinkles along the way which were not expected, but the team navigated these well and ensured we remained on track to deliver the project on time.’

‘Continuity of lead adviser ensures that legal advice and services are provided with a deep understanding of the pension scheme. Working to agreed budgets for pieces of work.’

Key clients

Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ Pension Scheme

Continental Group Pension & Life Assurance Scheme

Standard Group (UK) Pension Scheme

Mitsui UK Retirement Benefits Plan

Chas A Blatchford & Sons Limited Group Pension Scheme

Danfoss Power Solutions Pension Plan

Denley King Partnership (1988) Retirement Benefits Scheme

Bridport Pension Plan

Leo Pharma Retirement Benefits Plan

Medusa Pension Scheme

Plasser Machinery Parts & Services Limited Pension & Assurance Scheme

Campden BRI/Flour Milling & Baking Research Association Pension & Assurance Scheme/Campden RA Pension Scheme

Mitek UK Retirement & Death Benefit Plan

J. Murphy Group Pension Plan

State Bank of India (UK) Pension Scheme

Institute Of Directors (1997 Pension Plan)

Continental Teves UK Employee Benefits Scheme

Elster (UK) Pension Plan

J O Grant & Taylor (London) Ltd Staff Pension Scheme

Geo Underwriting Services

Mentholatum Company Ltd Pension and Assurance Scheme

Mizuho International

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Harman International Industries Pension Scheme

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is acknowledged as a leading firm for its banking and finance practice, acting for both borrowers and lenders. The team handle a wide range of work from syndicated lending to acquisition financing and private equity transactions. The firm is the preferred business lending counsel for top banks such as HSBC, Lloyds, Santander and Natwest with panel positions for challenger banks such as Clydesdale. Hugh Jones heads the practice with a focus on big-ticket acquisition finance and private equity funds while Rebecca Scott is a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Jones

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Scott; Daniel Barnhouse; Laura Hanley

Testimonials

‘Very professional, readily available and well-versed in market norms.’

‘Very committed and responsive.’

‘Very approachable, make it easy to discuss cases. Provide good guidance and support where needed. Professional, knowledgeable and speed of response is excellent.’

‘Solutions driven, highly efficient, knowledgeable and always available. You always feel like a priority in their lives.’

‘Task orientated. Pleasurable personalities. Professional and an absolute “can-do” attitute.

Key clients

National Westminster Bank plc

HSBC UK Bank

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking

Alcuin Capital Partners

Lloyds Development Capital

Growth Capital Partners

Tenzing

RJD Partners

Excell Group

ECI Partners and the management team of Investis Digital

Windsor Telecom Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Excell Group on finance aspects of the disposal of the Excell Group to Wavenet in November 2021.
  • Advised Tenzing on a number of areas including private equity, banking, tax and employment.
  • Advised CTS, a portfolio company of UK mid-market investor, Tenzing, on the funding of its acquisition of Sprout IT, a legal specialist managed service provider.

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

The ‘universally excellent‘ team in Osborne Clarke LLP‘s real estate practice covers a wide range of work, but has particular expertise in finance, corporate occupiers, and in acting for house builders. Practice head Rebecca Tuffs is one such expert in finance and investment in the real estate sector and her work often has an international angle. Elizabeth Sturgess has particular expertise in land acquisition and development. Finally, Steven Schofield comes recommended for his residential development practice.  

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Tuffs

Other key lawyers:

Steve Schofield; Elizabeth Sturgess; Neil Bromwich; Anna Fouracre; John Baird

Testimonials

‘The Osborne Clarke real estate and planning team has a number of really top class professionals that are able to give a full service offering across a range of disciplines.’

‘I have worked with them on planning, commercial property and compulsory purchase compensation disputes and the team is universally excellent.’

‘Neil Bromwich is a leading planning specialist and a real pleasure to work with. Anna Fouracre was absolutely excellent and delivered a great result. Finally, John Baird is great to work with. He is quietly competent and always has a useful contribution to make to any legal discussion.’

Key clients

Barratt/David Wilson Homes

Sovereign Housing Association

Laufin Properties Limited

Taylor Wimpey

Lonza Biologicals

Laufin Properties Limited

QinetiQ Limited

ERLP (Eupora Capital)

Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company

Hampshire County Council as administering authority of the Hampshire Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Thames Valley Housing Association on its landholding within a major redevelopment scheme.
  • Represented The Crown Estate Commissioners, Europa Capital, and other landowners in the sale of a parcel of a greenfield residential development scheme comprising up to 700 units to a major national house builder.
  • Advised Newbridge Construction Limited on a management agreement to enable the client to regularize its arrangements with consultants working on a profit share arrangement.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is characterized by a practice ingrained in the tech industry and with an international angle, handling commercial contracts, digital transformations, corporate investments, regulatory, and contentious matters. The leadership team consists of Peter Sheppard, an experienced litigator, Sara Valentine, who acts for digital business companies, and Greg Leyshon, a specialist in private equity and venture capital. Additionally recommended for his expertise in private equity transactions in the telecoms sector comes Mike Freer.

Practice head(s):

Sara Valentine; Peter Sheppard; Greg Leyshon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

gohenry

Focus Group

Xeretec

Windsor Telecom

Moteefe

TiVo Corporation

Wireless Logic Limited

Onecom

Southern Communications

Management team of Babble

Redwood/ Content Guru

Pinnaca

G3 Comms

9Group

Management team of Wavenet

Excell Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the managers of CIPHR on the terms of the reinvestment of its shares on its sale to ECI at £107m.
  • Advised the majority shareholders of Excell Group on the sale to Wavenet.
  • Advising AppleLearn and its directors and investors on a dispute relating to shareholder issues, directors’ duties, and alleged contractual breaches.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP’s 'professional but approachable' team in Bristol regularly handles high-value, complex deals involving companies from a range of sectors. The team’s experience in private equity continues to be a key strength; Alisdair Livingstone leads the firm’s national practice from Bristol and has deep relationships with a number of mid-market PE houses. In addition to counselling these clients on acquisitions, investments and disposals, he is also active in representing management teams. In public M&A, David Ferris has a focus on the energy and utilities sectors, while Conrad Davies is continuing to carve out a niche in real estate-related transactions. Mark Wesker is another name to note in the team, handling a number of AIM IPOs in 2021. Chris Yeo was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Ferris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent client service, with a good understanding of the evolving technology sector. Very responsive service, with relevant and actionable advice.’

‘Mark Wesker’s general counsel is appreciated as well as his extensive knowledge of the commercial environment for technology companies. He has an in-depth knowledge of our product offering and strategic priorities, as well as forming strong and trusted relationships with directors and senior executives.’

‘Excellent service’

‘Good people.’

‘They know our business really well and take the time to understand what we want now and what we want in the future.’

‘They are professional but approachable and good at making complex matters simple.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

M&G Real Estate

Computershare

Synova Capital LLP

Foresight

A-Gas

London & Country

Hargreaves Lansdown

Mulberry

Western Global

Imperial Brands

Shell Energy

Vistry

LDC

Burro Happold

Rail Delivery Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders and management team of Western Global, the leading provider of industrial liquid storage and dispensing solutions, on a £90,000,000 investment from MML Capital.
  • Advised Creo Medical Group, a medical device company focused on the emerging field of surgical endoscopy, quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, on a successful fundraising to raise £36.32m by way of a placing and an open offer.
  • Advised Biffa Plc, the UK’s leading sustainable waste management business, on its acquisition of Company Shop Limited (CSG) for an upfront enterprise value of £82.5 million.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP has 'good breadth and depth of expertise' in the corporate tax space, with partners in the team working alongside the market-leading corporate and funds practices to handle complex tax issues. The group’s work in transactional tax includes providing advice to both the buy and sell-sides of deals, and it is adept at handling cross-border transactions. The practice also has deep expertise in advising on matters involving investment funds, including the establishment, restructuring and closure of funds; it also handles investments by and into funds. Share incentives are another notable area of expertise for the practice. The team is jointly led by Tracey Wright, who also heads the overall UK tax group, and Erika Jupe, who serves as head of international tax. Associate director Elizabeth Shanahan is another key figure to note in the team and frequently takes a leading role on matters involving investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Wright; Erika Jupe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good depth and breadth of expertise in the team.’

‘Key partner is Tracey Wright; quick to respond, highly commercial and brilliant at explaining complexities.’

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

BAE Systems Pension Fund

Bridges Fund Management

Foresight

Geru

E1.com

Firstminute capital

PGIM

Equitix

Newcore Capital

BDW Trading Limited

BMO Real Estate Partners

M&G Residential Property Fund

GLP

Barwood Capital

Nuveen

Taylor Wimpey

Infra Red Capital Partners

Edmond de Rothschild Residential Property Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised InfraRed Capital Partners on the sale of a portfolio of last-mile logistics assets in the UK and France to Blackstone real estate funds.
  • Providing full tax advisory mandate for a joint venture between Equitix and Equans (the services-led activities of Engie UK & Ireland) on a £120m student accommodation project for at University of Birmingham.
  • Acting for Amber Infrastructure on the establishment of the Green New Deal Fund.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP has a varied competition law practice, encompassing merger control, CMA investigations, litigation and subsidy control. The team is frequently instructed to assist clients in ensuring that their commercial agreements are in compliance with competition law, drawing on the firm’s international network of offices to provide cross-jurisdictional advice to clients. Simon Neill leads the practice from London and is noted for his work in merger control, with Marc Shrimpling the key name to note on subsidy control matters. Rebecca Malone was promoted to associate director in October 2021 and has a broad practice covering transactions, investigations and state aid; she is praised by clients for her commercial advice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Neill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very clear, talk plain english, practical’

‘Marc Shrimpling engages a business audience very effectively, wears his expertise and experience very lightly. Really clear communicator.’

‘Rebecca Malone is always responsive and provides a good level of commerciality to the advice she provides. Rebecca is keen and interested to learn about our business in order to deliver tailored advice that is valued. Rebecca understands the pressures of in-house legal and the need for external counsel to act as both a trusted soundboard as well as subject matter expert.’

‘Marc Shrimpling makes it unique. His approach, style and ability to take a complex area and provide clear, simple pragmatic advice is unrivalled.’

‘Marc is approachable, fun to work with, proactive, efficient and clear. You can implicitly trust him on the advice, the fees and the ability to deliver the advice to the C-suite. Exactly how an external lawyer should be.’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser BV, Global Division

Amber Infrastructure

Reckitt Benckiser – Netherlands

Mike Burton

Reckitt Benckiser UK Hygiene Home Commercial Limited

News UK

Specialized Bicycle Components

Centrica Distributed Energy and Power

Kelly Services

Biffa

PageGroup

Granted Consultancy

Cinapsis

The Met Office

Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Guys’ & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of The Royal Brompton Hospital
  • Advised Reckitt Benckiser on the competition law aspects of its B2B and e-commerce platform.
  • Advised Biffa on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Country Shop and Green Circle Polymers.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP provides ‘a City of London service from Bristol’ thanks to a ‘commercial, approachable, friendly and results-focused’ team led by real estate litigator Leona Briggs. The practice is particularly singled out in the region for its expertise in cross-border claims and data protection litigation, and has extensive knowledge of the technology, media, telecoms, energy and financial service sectors; in the latter, the firm recently represented Wirecard Card Solutions in claims arising from a €3bn accounting fraud by its parent company. Clare Robinson is a key contact for clients in the technology and business sectors, Peter Clough is an expert in claims involving Russia, India and the wider Asia region; and Tom Ellis has experience in investigations and fraud work. Other noteworthy practitioners include technology sector specialist Charlie Wedin, financial services expert Charles Crowne and associate Becky Crawford.

Practice head(s):

Leona Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Commercial, approachable, friendly, results-focused but also mindful of the long-term relationship.’

‘Charlie Wedin is our go-to, not just for litigation but for helping navigate commercial matters that are sensitive or could become contentious. He is friendly, thoughtful, diligent, responsive. He does a great job on the matter at hand but is also thinking about our future business success. He works collaboratively with colleagues across the whole firm.’

‘Very pragmatic advice, take the time to understand the issues and will respond quickly. Advice is practical – can be used “as is” and without the need for further rewriting for use with non-lawyers.’

‘Charles Crowne is a stand out partner – understands what needs to happen in house and the pressures, so will take the time to ensure that any advice is fully adapted for the specific circumstances and the audience.’

‘They are providing a City of London service from Bristol. A strong team throughout with very effective supervision from partner downwards.’

‘Tom Ellis – Partner – very smooth and good with clients. Trusts his team but remains involved.’

‘Expert knowledge of the telecoms and tech sector.’

‘Clare Robinson and Douglas Peden: sharp minds and extremely user friendly.’

Key clients

Wirecard Card Solutions Limited

Vodafone

City of Venice

City of Milan

Siemens

PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP

Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd

World Compliance, Inc and LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Wirecard Card Solutions Limited on the aftermath of the discovery of a €3bn accounting fraud by its parent company.
  • Acting for the City of Venice in a €100m claim against Dexia Bank and Bank Intesta San Paolo. The dispute relates to derivatives transactions (interest rate swaps) between the City of Venice and the two banks.
  • Acted for Vodafone in its defence of, and counterclaim against, a claim by a distributor of sim cards called SIM Local. SIM Local claims payment of commission in relation to Vodafone sim cards which it sold.

Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 1

The practice at Osborne Clarke LLP is perhaps best known for its specialist expertise in the sectors of rail, retail and consumer and technology, media and communications. Clients include high-profile names such as Subway and Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund. The practice is led by Anna Elliott, Paul Killen and Julian Hemming. Personnel changes include the arrival of Katherine Walters and Alice Spicer-Edwards from Michelmores LLP in late 2021, and the departure of Julia Deacon. Leanne Coates is noted for her expertise in corporate related employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Anna Elliot; Paul Killen; Julian Hemming

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Coates; Phillip Chivers

Key clients

Hargreaves Lansdown

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Godiva Chocolates

Subway

Stericycle Inc

Penta Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund with regard to its £1.8bn bulk annuity pensioner buy-in.
  • Advised BGF on its £10.5m minority investment in e2e-assure.
  • Advised In the Style Group plc on an innovative influencer collaboration model.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The team at Osborne Clarke LLP has extensive expertise advising clients on Covid-19 compliance, ESG compliance and fire safety regulations. In addition, the team provides guidance on mental health and wellbeing for employees in the workplace. The practice is led by Mary Lawrence who is a specialist in media and entertainment matters, assisting clients such as ITV, Netflix and Vue Cinemas. Another notable individual is Reshma Adkin, who is well known for her incident management expertise.

Practice head(s):

Mary Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Kyle; Georgia Lythgoe; Reshma Adkin; Anna Lundy

Testimonials

‘The Rolls-Royce in this area of work. They deliver a bespoke service of excellent to clients.’

‘All completely responsive, totally on top of client care and bringing expertise to the market at all levels.’

Key clients

ITV plc/ ITV Studios

Netflix

RWE Generation

Foresight

Lifestory

Cornerstone

Eversholt Rail

Western Power Distribution plc

Vue cinemas

Hyundai

Starbucks

GitLab

Work highlights

  • Conducted a legal risk review for an international software company’s health and safety management system and advised on the implementation of improvements to ensure compliance.
  • Advised a healthcare services provider to manage various overlapping regulatory investigations arising from the death of a child in a healthcare setting.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Th team at Osborne Clarke LLP advise across the full spectrum of pension matters, and was reappointed to the Pension Protection Fund legal panel in February 2022. It is also renowned for its expertise in risk settlement work for defined benefit schemes. Jonathan Hazlett leads the practice; other key names include Paul Matthews and Brent Wright, who advised the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund on its £1.8bn bulk purchase annuity pensioner buy-in with Standard Life, and Claire Rankin, who leads the firm’s ongoing advice to the trustees of the Senior plc Pension Plan.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hazlett

Other key lawyers:

Paul Matthews; Brent Wright; Claire Rankin; Tobias Hole; Rebecca Cantrell; Daragh McGinty

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Hazlett and Toby Hole listen, they are proactive, they jump in when necessary, they explain well. They make their client feel as part of their team.’

‘The team are professional, reliable and give their client confidence. Project plans are agreed and stuck to, third parties liaised with as appropriate, and no unnecessary expenditure incurred. Clear advice is provided, risks highlighted and options discussed. They are open to client feedback and suggestions, and work with you.’

‘Brent Wright is a breath of fresh air; he is personable, open, honest and speaks plain English. He is open to a tailored way of working befitting the client and subject, but is thorough and pushes back/influences as appropriate. He doesn’t shy away from asking for additional business or promoting other services, but the approach is just right. He has made himself available at short notice and responded out of hours, to keep the project on track.’

‘Claire Rankin: very knowledgeable, first class advice, proactive, always gets in touch when requested, and approachable’

‘Jonathan Hazlett has an encyclopaedic knowledge and is superb.’

‘Toby Hole exemplifies all the attributes of the team. His resilience in terms of interpreting short notice instructions and reminding us of precedent and scheme nuances is impressive – as well as his good nature and humour – he is operating way above his current grade.’

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Keyser Ullman Group Pension Fund (part of HSBC)

Senior plc Pension Plan

Transport for London

Pennon Group Pension Scheme

LGPS Pension Funds

National Education Union

ITW Pension Fund

Lincoln Staff Benefits Plan

Bristol Airport

Work highlights

    Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

    The ‘very pragmatic and easy to work with’ banking team at Osborne Clarke LLP advises both borrowers and lenders with sector expertise that spans technology and media, energy, financial services, and real estate. Acquisition finance and multi-bank syndicated lending are routinely handled by the Bristol-based team, which counts leading international banks as well as challenger and sector-focused banks amongst its clients. Practice head Tom Bussy splits his time between London and the South West, specialising in acquisition and corporate finance. Project finance expert Caroline Saul, who fields extensive know-how in the areas of energy and decarbonisation, as well as the ‘technically brilliant‘ associate director Tom Berisford are further key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Bussy

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Tom Berisford is a great guy – technically brilliant at all aspects of banking and finance. He is great to work with – responsive, accurate, realistic and really knows his stuff.’

    ‘They are very pragmatic and easy to work with, especially as lender’s counsel. They manage to negotiate without causing delay and also making both parties happy.’

    ‘Tom Bussy and Tom Berisford make a great team and compliment each other. They always work in tandem and pick up when the other is not available.’

    ‘Straight-forward, experienced, pragmatic, nice to work with, work well with other law firms.’

    ‘Caroline Saul – excellent.’

    Key clients

    NatWest

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    Santander UK

    Silicon Valley Bank

    Bank of Ireland

    Oaknorth Bank

    Clydesdale Bank plc

    Patron Capital

    Foresight Solar Fund

    Admiral Group plc

    Work highlights

    • Acted as lead transaction counsel to National Westminster Bank plc as facility agent and a club of six lenders spanning the UK and the US in relation to new debt facilities in an amount in excess of US$200 million provided to Auction Technology Group plc.
    • Advised Retirement Bridge on the provision of term loan facilities utilised to (a) refinance loans secured on a portfolio of home reversion assets already owned by our client, and (b) finance the acquisition of a further portfolio of home reversion assets by client.
    • Advised LDC on the financing of its investment in Sohonet alongside our corporate colleagues who advised on the corporate aspects of this cross-border acquisition.

    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

    The team at Osborne Clarke LLP is well known for its sector expertise pertaining to financial services, real estate and construction, as well as energy and natural resources. Alongside its work for insolvency practitioners and lenders, the firm is also growing its focus on company-side matters. Located in Bristol, the team is led by Nigel Boobier, who regularly handles complex restructuring and insolvency assignments, often involving international aspects. Legal director Claire Bundy advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Nigel Boobier

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Teneo Restructuring Limited

    Interpath Ltd t/a Interpath Advisory

    FRP Advisory Trading Limited

    RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

    Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

    Pension Protection Fund

    Alder King LLP

    Grant Thornton LLP

    Rcapital Partners

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Midas Group Limited and wider group companies

    Work highlights

    • Advising Midas Group and related companies on contingency planning, sale options and directors duties ahead of administration appointments and then acting for Teneo in respect of the administrations relating to the Midas Group.
    • Advising the directors and subsequently the administrators/liquidators of the Castleoak group.
    • Advising Wirecard Card Solutions Limited following €3m accounting fraud by its parent company.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 1

    With a ‘very astute and commercially minded’ team, Osborne Clarke LLP provides support in regard to development, transactional and leasing work on a regional and national scale. Clients such as investors, developers and lenders profit from the practice’s strengths including acquisition and divestment, finance and large-scale development. Michelle McGurl is the primary contact for the team and specialises in residential and mixed-used development matters. Investors and developers, particularly in the student accommodation space, regularly turn to David North for his real estate expertise, while Ian Wilkinson‘s service portfolio encompasses forward funding, forward commitment and asset management. Alice Conway and Joanna Risdale are further key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Michelle McGurl

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is very astute and commercially minded. They are fast and nimble in their approach, with excellent communication and people skills. They have the ability to think laterally and come up with creative solutions to overcome any hurdles in the deal-making.’

    ‘The OC Team treat each client as if they were the only client. For me, this puts them above others. The team have an in-depth knowledge of the UK residential market.’

    ‘Adam Hayward’s knowledge of the industry is second to none. Adam has a strong work ethic and a friendly approach to conducting business.’

    ‘Excellent value for money. Efficient and at the right price point.’

    ‘I have dealt with Adam Hayward, who has been outstanding and very impressive to work with. He is always available and responds promptly with sensible and commercially-focused advice. He combines this with excellent drafting skills, which assures me that I am in safe hands.’

    ‘Very strong team offering a one stop shop for our house building business. This includes site purchase, planning, finance, Section Agreements, plot sales, Housing Association sales and build agreements.’

    Key clients

    CBRE Investment Management

    Warehouse REIT

    AEG Presents Limited

    British Land

    Packaged Living and Fiera Real Estate

    Mirastar

    Vistry Partnership

    St Modwen Properties

    Countryside Properties PLC

    BDW Trading Limited

    Argent

    Taylor Wimpey

    Places for People

    Unite Students

    Cornerstone

    Greystar

    PGIM

    DTZ Investors

    Crest Nicholson

    Work highlights

    • Acted for PGIM on the acquisition, via a share purchase, and subsequent refinancing of a tenanted office building in Shoreditch, London.
    • Instructed by BDW to complete due diligence on a £250 million acquisition due to our sector specialist in the strategic land arena.
    • Acted for a fund managed by CBRE Investment Management in the sale of 4 multi-let industrial estates located throughout London, totalling approximately 141,023 sq ft GIA, for £75.25 million.

    Real estate > Environment Tier 1

    Osborne Clarke LLP has experience in supporting major developers, energy firms and public sector clients in contentious and non-contentious environmental matters alike. The firm, whose portfolio includes site remediation and environmental risk as well as carbon trading and waste law, draws on its large national and international network when needed. Matthew Germain leads the practice, which is located in Bristol, and regularly advises on waste law, regeneration schemes and environmental infrastructure, amongst others. Associate director Caroline Bush focuses on issues surrounding sustainability and climate change.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Germain

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd

    Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd

    Vistry Plc

    BDW Trading Limited

    Stericycle Inc

    Vodafone

    Western Power Distribution

    Biffa Waste Services Ltd

    St Modwen Developments Ltd

    Clydesdale Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group on the acquisition of a 3.8MWe anaerobic digestion plant in Wiltshire.
    • Acted for Vistry Group Plc on the acquisition from Enfield Borough Council of land for phases 1 and 2 of the regeneration project at Meridian Water.

    Real estate > Planning Tier 1

    Praised for its ‘detailed knowledge of the DCO process, Osborne Clarke LLP is well regarded for its strengths in energy projects and large-scale residential development schemes across the country. The Bristol-based practice also counts compulsory purchase order amongst its areas of specialisation. Neil Bromwich brings to bear extensive know-how on infrastructure projects, especially with respect to net-zero and decarbonisation. The ‘quick, responsive and pragmatic’ associate director Richard Harding handles residential development matters, and is regularly sought out by house builder clients. Senior associate Josh Taylor, who joined the firm in June 2021 from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, ‘brings a wealth of DCO experience’.

    Practice head(s):

    Neil Bromwich

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm’s knowledge of up-to-date legislation is second to none and importantly their application of this in a commercial context is highly valued.’

    ‘Neil Bromwich and Josh Taylor have a good attention to detail and a thorough approach to overcoming potential issues.’

    ‘Richard Harding is quick, responsive and pragmatic. His ability to break down complex section 106 agreements and planning permissions and apply them to land contracts is second to none.’

    ‘The planning team at Osborne Clarke are knowledgeable, organised and extremely helpful. I have worked with them on various large scale development land acquisitions, and they are always able to provide high quality advice in a timely manner.’

    ‘Richard Harding is highly detailed with an excellent in depth knowledge of all planning related matters which we seek advice upon. He is able to provide timely professional advice.’

    ‘The Osborne Clarke team has a detailed knowledge of the DCO process, and an understanding of what clients need.’

    ‘Josh Taylor brings a wealth of DCO experience across a range of energy projects and supports clients to deliver successful projects.’

    ‘The team at Osborne Clarke are personable and professional, with an extensive depth of knowledge of complex planning and property matters.’

    Key clients

    BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes)

    Western Power Distribution

    Ecotricity Group Limited

    Enso Energy

    Countryside Properties

    Taylor Wimpey

    Marks and Spencer Plc

    Vodafone Limited

    St Modwen Developments Limited

    Sovereign Housing Association

    Work highlights

    • Appointed as sole planning adviser for Ecotricity on a 500MW Development Consent Order scheme in Lincolnshire, powering over 100,000 homes with renewable electricity (The Heckington Fen Energy Park Development Consent Order).
    • Continue to advise Countryside Properties on two market-leading matters for Countryside, namely Lotmead and Tangmere.
    • Advised Bloor Homes in connection with their successful appeal for 70 homes at Malmesbury.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

    Osborne Clarke LLP fields a property litigation practice in Bristol that frequently handles complex disputes, while also advising clients on risk mitigation and the management of potential disputes. The firm also brings to bear particular sector knowledge in regards to telecoms as well as energy and utilities. Practice head Leona Briggs is praised as an ‘exceptional property litigator with a cool head’ who specialises in disputes pertaining to the Electronic Communications Code, alongside contractual disputes. Energy infrastructure and utility clients regularly seek out Emily Van Schalkwyk, who is ‘truly outstanding in both her legal knowledge and litigation strategy’.

    Practice head(s):

    Leona Briggs

    Testimonials

    ‘Osborne Clarke’s team is first class. They are highly responsive and proactive. Their advice can be trusted to be technically correct but also commercially relevant. They understand our business and commercial/strategic goals. They ensure that they resource our work well with sufficient fee earners at all levels of experience.’

    ‘Leona Briggs and Emily Van Schalkwyk are excellent. They go above and beyond in terms of responsiveness. I feel I am a valued client of Osborne Clarke and trust their advice implicitly.’

    ‘The team is highly focused on giving the client the right answer and then, when appropriate, implementing that solution through focused litigation. They are an outstanding in their knowledge of the relevant law and the practical aspects of litigation. One of the best property litigation firms I have worked with.’

    ‘Emily Van Schalkwyk is truly outstanding in both her legal knowledge and litigation strategy. Leona Briggs is also extremely good as a property lawyer and has huge experience in the property litigation sector.’

    ‘Leona Briggs is an exceptional property litigator with a cool head, who is regularly instructed in big cases.’

    ‘This practice stands out with their speed of response, coupled with a rounded response to all queries raised of them. They consider points from all angles, involving members of different teams where applicable, to give the best advice possible.’

    Key clients

    Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

    Vodafone Limited

    Olympian Homes Limited

    Western Power Distribution (South Wales), (South West), (East Midlands) and (West Midlands) Plc

    WPD Telecoms Limited

    BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

    British Land

    Wales & West Utilities Ltd

    PGIM Real Estate

    EE Limited/BT PLC

    Landform

    Greystar

    Bloor Homes

    Marks & Spencer PLC

    4 Fibre Limited

    SCCI Alphatrack Limited

    CBRE Global Investors

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited on a number of Upper Tribunals regarding rights to carry out multi-skilled visits and investigative works.
    • Acting for Western Power Distribution in its negotiations with HS2 concerning the works that WPD needs to carry out on its own network, to facilitate the construction of HS2.
    • Acted for PLC housebuilder in order to successfully dissuade a County Council from issuing proceedings following failings from other developers to meet necessary s106 obligations on a development site, and obtained the necessary written confirmations from the County Council to allow plot completions to continue across the site while the issue was resolved.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

    Osborne Clarke LLP has a strong presence advising technology clients on all aspects of their IP portfolios, including providing them with advice on business-critical software copyright protection. Clare Robinson leads the team, which also acts for clients in the retail, consumer goods and energy sectors. Robinson is experienced across litigation and advisory work; elsewhere, Will Robertson has a focus on IP-related commercial agreements in the technology sector, and Tom Harding specialises in advising media clients. Associate director Becky Crawford also stands out for her work providing strategic trademark advice. The practice is also carving out a niche in the highly sensitive defence sector, assisting clients on agreements with the government related to IP rights; Douglas Peden is taking the lead in this area.

    Practice head(s):

    Clare Robinson

    Testimonials

    ‘The Osborne Clarke IP team is highly responsive and extremely practical in its approach and advice. Quality of legal knowledge and work product are given, but the speed and practicality of response are what sets them apart. These traits combine to make the team highly effective in achieving results.’

    ‘Clare Robinson particularly stands out.’

    ‘A really commercial, proactive team that provides a great service in helping manage our IP portfolio.’

    ‘I really value Clare Robinson’s advice and guidance on IP issues – she is technically strong, tactically brilliant and always gives a clear commercial steer backed up by bucketloads of experience.’

    ‘Excellent service from a firm of lawyers who seem really committed to supporting the work of our organisation. Always very prompt, efficient and courteous and legal advice is always presented in plain English.’

    ‘Will Robertson is hugely likeable and approachable. Excellent at summarising complex legal issues into plain English and generating a number of viable options for the client.’

    Key clients

    Eurostar

    Transition Pathway Initiative (previously the Church of England and Environment Agency)

    Nisbets

    Danone

    XP Power

    Carallon Limited

    Hauschild GmbH & Co. KG

    Verkada

    Work highlights

    • Continuing to manage Eurostar’s worldwide trade mark portfolio across over 60 jurisdictions, advising on brand protection, registration strategy and enforcement, guiding Eurostar into taking a proactive and tactical approach to portfolio management.
    • Advising the Transition Pathway Initiative through another round of growth and re-gearing. This has involved a large amount of IP support, primarily through registration of trademarks but also linked to the TPI’s brand strategy.
    • Advised Danone of the impact of the UK government’s consultation on parallel trade on its international business and assisted Danone to deliver a response to the consultation, with a focus on parallel import’s interaction with patient safety. We are also advising Danone on its rights in relation to parallel trade following Brexit and are helping it to ensure its trade mark rights are respected.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

    Osborne Clarke LLP has a broad IT & Telecoms practice, handling corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters in these sectors. The team is frequently instructed on tech-focused outsourcing transactions, such as digital transformations, while its corporate work focuses on investments into technology start-ups. Practice head Will Robertson is highly active in the procurement space, alongside Tom Harding and associate director Eleanor Williams; Robertson also provides advice to technology clients on the development of new products such as apps. In the telecoms sector, the firm’s property disputes practice offers clients experience in handling litigation before the Upper Tribunal related to the electronic communications code.

    Practice head(s):

    Will Robertson

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘I think Osborne Clarke have a great blend, and the right blend, of approachable people who provide quality advice at competitive rates. I enjoy working with them for this reason and appreciate the quality and timeliness of the support they provide.’

    ‘I’ve worked with Eleanor Williams for a number of years now and always find her to be extremely thoughtful, diligent and professional. She has better recollection of the major contract we worked on together than I do sometimes – and I tend to look at it most weeks! On top of her professional abilities she is also really nice to work with and it is always a pleasure to instruct her as I know I will get good, well thought through, practical advice.’

    ‘Pragmatic and business oriented focus and understanding. Easy to communicate with. Timely and high quality delivery.’

    ‘Will Robertson is very responsive and easy to work with. He understands our business and the commercial aspects of different matters. He is very pragmatic and business oriented.’

    ‘Completely understands our complex data and licensing needs.’

    ‘Will Robertson – able to answer every complex data question we have ever thrown at him.And found us good solutions to meet our needs.’

    ‘Osborne Clarke are very good in the IT space as well as being responsive, accurate and friendly.’

    Key clients

    Dassault Systemes

    Zuhlke

    Wales & West Utilities

    Dell

    Bristol Airport

    Western Power Distribution

    Barratt Developments PLC

    EE

    Transition Pathway Initiative

    KPMG

    Superdry

    Mulberry

    TalkTalk Telecom Group

    BT/EE Limited

    Vodafone (Group, Vodafone Procurement Company, UK, Group Enterprise)

    Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

    Windsor Telecom

    Wavenet

    Community Fibre Limited

    WPD Telecoms

    Work highlights

    • Worked in collaboration with Superdry’s legal team to negotiate a significant contract with Oracle for the provision of a number of Retail Cloud Services to Superdry. These services underpin some of Superdry’s core internal functionalities (eg pricing and forecast management).
    • Advising the Transition Pathway Initiative on a round of growth, including contractual negotiation support.
    • Acted for British Telecommunications Plc to undertake a global audit of its compliance with The Global Network Initiative (GNI) principles. The (GNI) was launched in 2008 to protect and advance privacy and freedom of expression in the ICT sector.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

    Osborne Clarke LLP‘s Bristol-based media and entertainment team acts alongside the firm’s offices across the UK to advise clients in growing areas such as streaming, video games and social media as well as the more traditional film and TV industries. Regulatory specialist Mary Lawrence has established herself as a leading figure on health and safety issues related to media productions, providing advice on issues such as COVID-19, animal welfare, security and accidents on set. The team is also instructed to advise clients on matters related to advertising. Tom Harding is another key figure in the South West team, with experience across IP protection and licensing as well as consumer regulation.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Harding

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Provides practical advice on health and safety and Covid as it related to film production.’

    ‘Clear, practical and knowledgeable.’

    Key clients

    ITV

    Advertising Producers Association

    Miniclip

    Microsoft

    Discovery

    DAZN

    Big Deal Films

    Altitude Films

    VICE Media

    Work highlights

    • Supported ITV in leading the preparation of Industry Guidance for the TV production industry to continue filming in Covid-19 and to support them in agreeing draft guidance with the other public service broadcasters (BBC, Sky, Viacom and Channel 4) and then seeking comment and buy in from the four nations governments and other industry consultees before publication via PACT.
    • Supported the Advertising Producers Association (APA) in putting together guidelines to film safely in Covid-19, drawing upon expertise developed in doing the same for the TV production industry. The guidelines and supporting documents were published by the APA and used across the industry.

    Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

    Experienced in IPOs, secondary offerings and public M&A, Osborne Clarke LLP provides broad expertise in the ECM space, a notable specialism being AIM transactions. The firm focuses on high-value listings and follow-on offerings for mid-sized public companies, investment banks and a range of nomads, sponsors and bookrunners. Sectors of particular activity for the practice span the financial services, technology, life sciences, renewable energy and real estate industries. Practice head Jonathan King is ‘a veteran of the UK small/mid cap ECM market’; his team includes senior associate Ed Nisbet, who is recommended for his ‘thorough knowledge of the fundraising process’ and ‘timely advice at every stage’.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan King

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Wesker; Stuart Miller; Ed Nisbet

    Testimonials

    ‘We appreciate the responsive and knowledgeable service provided by Osborne Clarke, guiding the company efficiently through every step. Osborne Clarke’s communication with the company and other advisers was excellent.’

    ‘Mark Wesker’s familiarity with our technology, business model, and leadership team helped to ensure a smooth ‘no surprises’ fundraising project. Ed Nisbet displayed a thorough knowledge of the fundraising process and provided relevant and timely advice at every stage.’

    ‘Senior-level team actually does the work, and delivers advice in a holistic manner relevant to the needs of the client. Team is led by a highly experienced, 25 year ECM veteran and augmented by a highly capable broader team. Proof is in the pudding – they are highly active.’

    ‘Jon King, is a veteran of the UK small/mid cap ECM market. His collaborative approach and focus on what’s best for the client, rather than ‘winning’ sets him apart from his competitors.’

    ‘Stuart Miller has a broad level of transaction experience advising on IPOs, secondary fundraisings, the Listing Rules, DTRs, AIM Rules and Takeover Code.’

    Key clients

    Cenkos Securities plc

    Investec Bank plc

    Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG, London branch

    Liberum Capital Limited

    Next Fifteen Communications plc

    Elixirr International plc

    Creo Medical Group plc

    Marshall Motors Holdings plc

    In The Style Group plc

    Topps Tiles plc

    Invinity Energy Systems plc.

    Ebiquity plc

    Hargreaves Lansdown plc

    Actual Experience plc

    Union Jack Oil plc

    Tribal Group plc

    TEAM plc

    Destiny Pharma plc

    AMTE Power plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Next Fifteen Communications Group plc on its successful and over-subscribed £50m placing to part fund the acquisition of Engine Acquisition Limited.
    • Advised Cenkos on the £150m AIM IPO of Lords Group Trading plc.
    • Advising Marshall Motors Holdings plc on its £325m recommended offer by Constellation Automotive.

    Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

    Osborne Clarke LLP’s private equity team forms an integral part of its private capital offering, and is active both in mainstream PE as well as the growth capital space. The practice offers clients expertise in acting on the buy and sell-sides of private equity deals for buyout houses and a growing roster of management teams. Alisdair Livingstone leads the practice and has a broad client base of PE funds, while Greg Leyshon is the key partner on transactions for Lloyds Development Capital. Tim Hewens has experience in PE and M&A, while Alistair Francis  is praised by clients for his work in this space.

    Practice head(s):

    Alisdair Livingstone

    Other key lawyers:

    Tim Hewens; Greg Leyshon; Alistair Francis; Mark Spinner; Alex Littlefield

    Testimonials

    ‘Worked with me as a client, enabling increased efficiencies and ultimately making my life easier whilst giving me what I need’

    ‘Most of my work is with Alistair Francis, supported by Alex Littlefield. I lean heavily on both and find them to be commercial, pragmatic, diligent and always have the best interests of their client at heart.’

    Key clients

    Kester Capital

    Queen’s Park Equity

    Blixt

    LDC

    Cadence

    Alcuin Capital Partners

    Synova

    GCP

    Tenzing

    Five Elms

    BGF

    Work highlights

    • Advised LDC and the other shareholders, including the ADEY senior management team, on the sale of ADEY to Polypipe Group plc, valuing the business at £210m.
    • Advised ECI Partners and the management team, on the sale of the successful global digital communications company, Investis Digital, to Investcorp.
    • Advised the management shareholders of Southern Communications on its management buyout backed by Ares Management, the leading global provider of debt and equity finance.

    Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

    In 2022, Osborne Clarke LLP brought over the pensions team from BDB Pitmans, welcoming pensions disputes lawyers including Chris Netiatis, who is based in the firm’s Reading office. The group represents employers, trustees, members and pensions advisers on the gamut of contentious issues, with a particular strength in professional negligence, rectification and construction applications. The group is led from Bristol by Jonathan Hazlett, who is experienced in internal dispute resolution procedures and references to the pensions ombudsman. Charles Crowne has an active professional negligence practice; and specialist pensions litigator, associate director Katherine King is noted for handling rectification claims and professional negligence actions.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Hazlett

    Other key lawyers:

    Charles Crowne; Paul Matthews; Katherine King; Charlotte Stafford

    Testimonials

    ‘They have considerable expertise and experience as pensions litigators, particularly acting for representative beneficiaries. Their approach is thorough, technically sound, sensible and proportionate, which is exactly what one would want from a firm acting on behalf of members.’

    ‘We have worked with and had good experiences of Charles Crowne and Katherine King in particular.’

    ‘The OC team are very experienced at representing representative beneficiaries. Jonathan Hazlett provides a superb lead – he has very sound judgement. Charlotte Stafford is excellent: very diligent and clever. Katherine King is first rate: very quick and to the point. As a whole, the team know the importance of trying to stick to estimates and keeping an eye on costs. They are very sensible and don’t over-complicate things.’

    ‘An excellent team. They have a depth and breadth of practice which is top class. Very able people covering all areas of pensions. And the cherry on the cake is that they are thoroughly nice to deal with.’

    ‘Jonathan Hazlett – a star performer. Very bright, an exceptional project manager, clear and commercial.’

    ‘Exceptional knowledge of PPF. Very balanced team able to provide top-notch service.’

    ‘Jonathan Hazlett, very classy operator who is able to call upon an exceptional knowledge of PPF operations. Charles Crowne is a great client partner, outcome focused. Katherine King is a terrific lawyer, definitely on the path to greatness – analytical mind and an attention to detail.’

    ‘A rare combination of excellent knowledge of the subject matter and great practical litigation skills and experience.’

    Key clients

    Representative defendant of the membership of Axminster Carpets Group Retirement Benefits Plan

    Representative beneficiary of the membership of the De La Rue Pension Scheme

    Trustees of the T&N Retirement Benefits Scheme (1989)

    The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

    Broadstone

    Trustees of the Boxclever Group Pension Scheme

    Trustees of the Old British Steel Pension Scheme

    Scottish Widows Plc

    Work highlights

    • Acted for a representative beneficiary in declaratory proceedings concerning the validity and effect of scheme amendment documents in relation to pension increase provisions.
    • Acted for the representative beneficiary of the membership to the De La Rue Pension Scheme in complex Part 8 construction proceedings concerning drafting errors in relation to the pension increases in payment and revaluation rules in three separate deeds.
    • Represented the trustees of the T&N Retirement Benefits Scheme (1989) in relation to Employment Tribunal proceedings arising out of the application of PPF restrictions to 17 scheme members whose benefits were subject to the PPF compensation cap when Federal Mogul entered insolvency.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

    The team at Osborne Clarke LLP handles a wide scope of property litigation matters including high value development disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, neighbourly matters, residential and mixed-use property disputes and business rates disputes. The team is led by Gary Lawrenson who has over 20 years' worth of experience. He has particular expertise in rights of light matters. Carl Roche is noted for his specialist focus in energy related property matters where he advises numerous renewable energy investors within Europe. Rebecca Francis has particular expertise in disputes pertaining to residential property. Donal Kelly is also noted due to his deep knowledge of commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Gary Lawrenson

    Testimonials

    ‘Gary Lawrenson puts himself in the client’s shoes and gives clear, commercial advice. Gary puts our strategy first, as opposed to driving fees for his own fee agenda.’

    ‘Osborne Clarke’s Property Litigation Team is simply superb – I cannot fault them. Carl Roche  is always incredibly thorough and really commercially-minded.’

    ‘Carl Roche is superb – he is always pragmatic, commercial, and fantastic at explaining the key issues in simple terms which make perfect sense to non-lawyers.’

    ‘Osborne Clarke have a real focus and deep understanding of real property issues relating to development. In my view they are second to none in spotting the angles and giving the right tactical advice to solve the problem.’

    ‘Carl Roche – This guy is a real star. He has a seriously good legal brain, and constantly looks for tactile angles to create advantages for his client.’

    ‘The team has strength and depth in all areas of prop lit. This means the team is really clued-up about the law and has buckets of practical experience.’

    ‘Donal Kelly is the masterful head of the London commercial landlord and tenant disputes team. He is especially adept with disputes concerning the 1954 Act, rent reviews, and break notices. He knows the law inside out and knows how to use this to gain ground on points that matter most to his clients.’

    ‘Rebecca Francis is great with client relationships and fully on top of the detail in each claim. Rebecca sees a case through from beginning to end with a proper holistic approach and always with an eye for what is best for the client.’

    Key clients

    British Land

    GLP (formerly Gazeley and client for over 10 years)

    Barratt Homes (client for over 5 years)

    Taylor Wimpey

    Foresight Group

    Eskmuir Properties (client for over 10 years)

    CLS Holdings plc (client for over 5 years)

    UNITE Group Plc (client for over 5 years)

    SSE Plc

    Olympian Homes

    Ghelamco

    M&G (client for over 5 years)

    Encavis AG

    Technicolor Limited

    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

    ARA Europe

    Altus Group (UK) Limited

    Work highlights

    • Successfully represented MonSolar IQ Limited, a solar farm owner and subsidiary of Encavis AG, in a precedent setting rent review case in the Court of Appeal.
    • Represented Taylor Wimpey in respect of the implementation of its right to light risks management strategy at its flagship mixed use development in Leyton, East London.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 2

    Osborne Clarke LLP’s full-service team is recognised for its work in the fintech platform, technology, corporate and regulatory spaces. The department advises a variety of clients including fintech unicorns, challenger banks, payment companies, retail and SME finance platforms, financial institutions and technology businesses. Recently, the practice has seen an increase in instructions within the buy now pay later market. Nikki Worden leads the team alongside Mark Wesker, with the latter focusing on corporate fintech work. Paul Anning has expertise in payments, while Mark Taylor advises fintechs on innovative IT development, implementation and exploitation issues, data protection work and outsourcing matters. Rachel Couter supports fintechs in cutting-edge FCA investigations. Paul Harris joined the firm from Linklaters LLP in 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Nikki Worden; Mark Wesker

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Anning; Paul Harris; Mark Taylor; Rachel Couter; Tom Try; James Tarleton; Ben Player

    Testimonials

    ‘Osborne Clarke’s fintech team is commercial and responsive to small discrete legal queries as well as big-ticket requests.’

    ‘Nikki Worden is commercial, practical, has sound knowledge of the market and offers valuable insights on dealing with regulators.’

    ‘Ben Player is technically strong, a good communicator and distils complex regulation into clear and practical advice.’

    ‘Nikki Worden and Ben Player are highly specialised with a deep knowledge of the industry and regulatory environment.’

    ‘Nikki Worden and Ben Player work very collaboratively and it is unique to have two such knowledgeable individuals in the same team.’

    ‘Led by Nikki Worden, the team are astute and understand our business. They’ll ensure all regulatory requirements are met but use their experience to support the best customer journey possible.’

    ‘Nikki Worden knows her stuff and knows the business.’

    ‘Mark Wesker is very commercial and provided helpful insight into the market.’

    Key clients

    Advanced Payments Solutions (Cash Plus)

    Wirecard Solutions

    gohenry

    Revolut

    Clearbank

    Salary Finance

    Liberis

    Totally Money

    Hargreaves Lansdowne

    Airbnb Payments

    Microsoft

    UK Finance

    Flywire

    Liberis

    Square

    GoCardless

    Vocalink

    Work highlights

    • Advised Liberis on financing and corporate transactions and a full scale international strategic review.
    • Advised Clearbank on strategic matters including European initiatives and its relationship with Tide Business Banking.
    • Advised Wirecard UK in relation to the sale of parts of its business and assets to Railsbank and the solvent wind down of the remainder of the business.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

    The soft IP practice at Osborne Clarke LLP sits within the wider IP disputes group and is led by all-round litigation specialist Arty Rajendra. Under her guidance, the team maintains a strong trade mark portfolio management practice, and the copyright side of the department also has a strong reputation, particularly for advising platforms and rights holders on the protection of their copyrights in digital spaces. A key member of the team for brand management deals is Richard May, who was recently made up to partner, and the group's technology sector expertise shines, with Robert Guthrie notable for handling domain name disputes. Non-contentious matters are the purview of Tamara Quinn, who assists clients with drafting and negotiating licences, ownership and licensing strategies, and advising at the intersection of IP and data law within the contexts of AI and machine learning.

    Practice head(s):

    Arty Rajendra

    Key clients

    Anschutz Entertainment Group

    JPMorganChase

    Yahoo

    Meta (Facebook)

    TikTok

    Global Student Accommodation

    Together Labs

    The companies formerly known as Peacocks and Edinburgh Woolen Mill (now in administration and brands sold)

    The & Partnership

    Hopkins Homes

    Automattic

    Signal AI

    World First

    Kantar Group

    Shell

    Nokia

    Reckitt Benckiser

    Harley-Davidson

    World First

    Bamboo Limited

    Autodoc

    Bristol Water

    Howdens

    Miniclip

    Spartan Race

    PA Consulting

    Wood plc

    Fred Perry (Holdings Limited)

    The Groucho Club

    The Honourable Daphne Guinness

    Ascential Events

    Playwing

    MH Foods (Dairy Crest)

    Yahoo

    Pokemon

    Twitch

    A Nelson (Rescue Remedy)

    Toni & Guy

    Infobip

    Peanut App

    Work highlights

    • Obtained an urgent relief injunction to recover domain names that had been transferred out of the following companies: Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Peacocks and Jaeger.
    • Representing DP World in a trade mark dispute at the EUIPO against global German insurance giant, Allianz. The dispute concerns DP World’s new trade mark for DF ALLIANCE, a global trade alliance for logistics companies.
    • Advising JPMorganChase on protection and enforcement issues and acting in relation to a number of disputes.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

    The technology group at Osborne Clarke LLP is jointly led by commercial outsourcing and IT specialist John Buyers and Mark Taylor; Buyers is notable in the AI space, working with start-ups and established companies, and Taylor has a broad practice, encompassing the development, implementation and exploitation of IT, as well as data protection and cybersecurity matters. John Fell leads the telecoms practice with expertise in major outsourcing contracts, which is a core part of the team’s offering. Additionally, the team also advises IT clients on complex projects, often involving emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, AI and machine learning, and blockchain. The team’s work with financial services clients on outsourcing and fintech matters is also notable.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘Osborne Clarke’s reputation in the IT and telecoms sector is second to none, and they are a go-to firm in this space.’

    ‘Osborne Clarke’s willingness and ability to deal with both high-value and low-value transactions is invaluable, and they have a proven track record of delivering timely and accurate advice at an appropriately resourced level.’

    ‘The biggest stand out factor for Osborne Clarke is their ability to blend genuinely personable service with top-level legal advice.’

    ‘John Buyers is the standout individual within the team. His ability to tailor his advice and approach to the needs of his client is excellent. He has significant expertise in both AI and outsourcing.’

    ‘John Buyers is very personable, thoroughly knowledgeable and credible in a variety of business contexts.’

    Key clients

    Vodafone

    FTI Consulting

    EE

    ClearBank

    Yahoo

    Admiral

    KPMG LLP

    Deloitte

    BDO LLP

    Accelya

    Work highlights

    • Advised Vodafone on a new contract with Dixons Carphone, in relation to Vodafone’s new mobile network partner arrangements with Dixons Carphone.
    • Advised FTI on a SaaS enabled IT platform to operationalise class action claims litigation for FTI’s clients.
    • Advised Whitehelm Capital on its initial £80m investment into Smart City operator Connexin including a development agreement for a new fibre to the premises network.

    Transport > Rail Tier 2

    Osborne Clarke LLP has an impressive roster of clients. It has considerable expertise in rail franchising, concession agreements and other issues relating to fare and ticketing reform. Another core area of expertise is advising on rail procurement disputes. In addition the group is recognised for its specialist asset financing and leasing work and receives a steady flow of work from leading rolling stock leasing companies. The group under the leadership of Lara Burch also excels in advising on regulated procurement work in the rail sector. Edward Barratt is an experienced rail and rolling stock lawyer; and Jeremy Godley is another well-regarded practitioner. Craig McCarthy, who was promoted to partner in 2021, has led on significant procurement litigation matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Lara Burch

    Testimonials

    ‘Value for money. You get a lot for your money. Love the training and breakfast discussion groups OC provides’.

    ‘Ed Barratt – great partner cool calm and collected, a thinker, excellent negotiation style looks for solutions’.

    They have provided really useful support on a number of key issues and have provided strong advice in the rail space’.

    ‘Their knowledge is wider ranging and they have supported a number of matters related to rail and wider commercial considerations’.

    ‘They are very clear in their billing process and keep regular engagement and communication on any number of issues and ongoing work streams’.

    ‘They provide a high quality service and are really supportive in any odd queries and are able to provide good support’.

    Key clients

    Department for Transport

    Eversholt Rail Group

    Beacon Rail Leasing

    Transport for London

    Siemens

    Rail Delivery Group

    Office of Rail and Road

    Western Power Distribution

    Eurostar International

    Yunex

    GLP

    Ricardo Rail

    BT and EE Limited

    KPMG

    Work highlights

    • Strengthened relationship with the Department for Transport as one of eight panel firms, undertaking challenging and high profile mandates across rail franchising, fares and ticketing reform and regulated procurement.
    • Advising Beacon on the acquisition and leaseback of 109 T77 locomotives from Netherlands-based freight operator Lineas.
    • Advising BT plc and EE Limited on a 20-year agreement with BAI Communications to deliver mobile connectivity on the London Underground.

    Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

    Osborne Clarke LLP acts for domestic and multinational clients, particularly in the tech sector, on litigation, business restructurings and TUPE, and clients benefit from the team’s complementary expertise in data protection. Small start-ups as well as large tech companies rely on Danielle Kingdon for daily employment advice, as well as support with large projects and litigation. Associate Emma Ladley has a broad practice that includes handling the employment aspects of corporate transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Danielle Kingdon

    Other key lawyers:

    Emma Ladley; Carla O’Neill

    Testimonials

    ‘Warm and friendly and very accommodating with time slots for meetings. Highlighting potential risks in a transparent way. Understanding the needs of what we require and within that scope trying to find solutions within the legal framework. Would like to mention the following partner: Danielle Kingdon.’

    ‘Great breadth of knowledge. The team provides great counsel on individual cases and also training to our HR Team to keep us up to date with our knowledge based on both legislative changes and also recent case law.’

    Key clients

    Microsoft

    Highland Europe (UK) LLP

    Natural Motion Limited

    Chemviron Carbon Limited

    LogicMonitor

    Onfido

    Neo4j

    Premier Research

    Industrious

    Open Text

    Work highlights

    • Advised a household name tech hardware company on mandatory vaccination policies in European countries, with particular regard to GDPR, Health and Safety, and discrimination advice.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

    Anna Williams leads the IP department at Osborne Clarke LLP, where the team focuses on the transactional side of the advertising, digital, retail, and media sectors. Associate Joanne Loveridge is highly active in the team and is a specialist in advising clients in life sciences, healthcare, and technology where the focal point of her practice is the protection and exploitation of IP.

    Practice head(s):

    Anna Williams

    Other key lawyers:

    Joanna Loveridge

    Key clients

    Koa Health B.V

    Work highlights

    • Assisting Koa Health B.V. with providing the client’s flagship ‘Foundations App’ to customers, licensing relevant content, and advise on business partnerships.

    Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

    Osborne Clarke LLP draws on its expertise in pensions and construction law to handle professional negligence litigation involving these sectors. The practice predominantly represents claimants, such as developers and pension plan trustees, but also offers defence-side expertise in this space. Claims involving solicitors are another area of focus for the team, with Clare Robinson leading on this work. Charles Crowne and director Katherine King handle claims in the pension space, frequently working alongside pensions specialist Paul Matthews. The practice has a sizeable construction disputes team, with Rob Horne and associate director Rob Adjetey particularly prominent in this area. Tom Ellis leads the overall practice from London.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Ellis

    Testimonials

    ‘Very knowledgeable about the practice area and determined litigators.’

    ‘Hard working, thorough, dedicated, easy to work with.’

    ‘A strong team with widespread experience of audit negligence in particular. In my experience the firm has strong individuals at all levels.’

    ‘Tom Ellis is an experienced partner with a strong pedigree of acting in substantial audit negligence matters.’

    ‘I think they are very well organised and good at not duplicating work between partner and senior associate i.e. if the senior associate can cover the lion’s share of the work, to keep costs down, that will happen (with appropriate partner oversight).’

    ‘Paul Matthews – hugely experienced (and knowledgeable) in pensions and professional negligence cross over work. Neeva Rice – very straight talking, to the point, and efficient. She drives the case forward with her levels of organisation.’

    Key clients

    Sotheby’s

    PwC LLP

    Scottish Widows

    Grant Thornton

    The Pension Protection Fund

    Work highlights

    • Advising PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in respect of a claim brought by the settlor of a remuneration planning arrangement.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

    Osborne Clarke LLP is a well-regarded player in the energy and utilities market, where it advises clients on the full range of related matters, including alterative fuels, decarbonisation and regulatory work. The firm also sports a strong track record in regard to renewables, and is often instructed by major national utilities companies. Head of energy Matthew Lewis and head of power and utilities Emily Van Schalkwyk lead the practice together with London-based Simon Hobday and Alistair CurzonAlan John is well versed in renewable energy matters, with a particular focus on waste and landfill gas to energy, solar, wind, as well as biomass. Energy projects and the application of power technology are core areas for David Ferris. Carl Thompson left the firm in February 2022, while energy projects specialist Hugo Lidbetter joined from Fieldfisher in January of the same year.

    Practice head(s):

    Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday; Emily Van Schalkwyk; Alistair Curzon

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Statera Energy

    Foresight Group

    Foresight Group

    AMPYR Solar Group

    Our Power Energy Supply Limited

    Gresham House

    Ecotricity Group Limited

    WPD Telecoms Limited (formerly Surf Telecoms)

    Bluefield

    Western Power Distribution

    MonSolar IQ Limited (a subsidiary of Encavis AG)

    B.B Energy

    GreenFrog Power

    Triple Point Investment

    Ameresco Inc.

    Gore Street Capital

    Ecotricity

    Infragreen Capital

    Ampyr Energy UK

    Work highlights

      Public sector > Health Tier 2

      Osborne Clarke LLP‘s life sciences and healthcare practice counts primarily private and third sector entities amongst its clients, for which it provides advice along the whole range of the healthcare market, taking ‘into account commercial factors, as well as legal ones, when structuring their advice'. Catherine Wolfenden leads the firm’s UK healthcare subsector out of Bristol, while London-based Will James heads the international life sciences and healthcare practice. Also in Bristol, Simon Hancock is regularly involved in project-related matters and Kate Davies specialises in public procurement.

      Practice head(s):

      Catherine Wolfenden; Will James

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The practice has a really deep understanding of the public procurement regulations, and is able to translate this knowledge into practical commercial advice which has a real value.’

      ‘Catherine Wolfenden – very practical, provides no-nonsense advice. She seeks to get a deep understanding of your business so that her advice is relevant and appropriate.’

      Key clients

      Crisp Websites Limited (trading as Pestfix)

      Gama Healthcare Limited

      Nutricia Medical Limited

      The Hospital Company (Oxford John Radcliffe) Limited

      Cinapsis / Monmedical – NHS Wales

      Lucid Group

      Universal Health Services Inc

      Grifols

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Pestfix in the high profile judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers in 2020 without competitive tenders.
      • Acting as lead legal advisor for Gama Healthcare Limited, one of the largest suppliers of infection control products to the NHS in the UK.
      • Advised the Hospital Company Limid on the market testing process under its hospital PFI project.

      Real estate > Construction Tier 2

      Osborne Clarke LLP offers clients support along the whole lifecycle of construction projects, advising both suppliers and purchasers, as well as key contractors and major developers. By ‘offering pragmatic solutions’ and sporting ‘experience across most sectors with specialists’, the Bristol practice is regularly involved in high-profile matters and fields specialisms in sectors including energy and utilities, infrastructure and commercial development. Practice head Philip Davies has extensive experience in construction and engineering procurement, while Alexandra Gower is particularly well versed advising on projects in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Associate director Duncan Parker, whose focus lies on the construction, operation and maintenance of energy and utility assets, is praised for ‘fantastic attention to detail’ and ‘great communication skills’. Contentious matters in construction and engineering are handled by associate director David Kirkpatrick. Carl Thompson left the firm in January 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Philip Davies

      Testimonials

      ‘The OC team have been fantastic supporting us on several matters and have diligently carried out their work, and at times have really taken the initiative to support us on complex/new topics. This has been valuable in making that difference that really helps during the pressure of a transaction. The team is highly experienced and quickly advises/helps decision-making by offering pragmatic solutions.’

      ‘It’s been really useful having a relatively small set of people work on our projects, as we have been able to build up a relationship with the team. When new projects come in, we can quickly get to work and both sides know how each other work.’

      ‘I’d liked to say that in particular, Duncan Parker has really been excellent. He has fantastic attention to detail, great communication skills, remains calm and offers reasoned/thoughtful explanations to back us up but is also firm during negotiations when needed.’

      ‘OC have got a superb construction law team that is senior experienced. They have got experience across most sectors with specialists within these who are real specialists and not generalists. They get to know their client’s business almost as well as the client almost instantly, which shortens learning curves and eases any client/solicitor relationship.’

      Key clients

      U+I Plc

      GLP (formerly Gazeley)

      WPD

      Foresight Group

      PGIM Real Estate

      Equitix

      M&G Real Estate

      Lifestory Group Limited (formerly Pegasus Life Limited)

      Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

      RKE Biogroup Ltd

      Fusion Students

      Edmond de Rothschild REIM (UK) Limited

      Minety Battery Storage Limited (China Huaneng HK Ltd)

      Nordheat Denmark A/S

      BDW

      Fiera Real Estate

      Cubex Land Limited

      Gresham House Asset Management Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising U+I PLC on the £200m redevelopment of Landmark Court, Southwark, a 1.7 acre derelict site near Borough Market. The project is in partnership with TfL and involves the development of new offices, residential, plus shops and restaurants in a thriving part of London.
      • Advising Gresham House Asset Management Limited on all aspects of a joint venture arrangement with an EPC contractor, Anesco, to develop a 200MW pipeline of unsubsidised solar assets in the UK.
      • Advising Fusion Students on the construction procurement of their student accommodation portfolio for including currently advising on the development of student accommodation at Brent Cross Town, the £7bn new town development being developed through a joint venture between Barnet Council and Argent Related.

      Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 2

      Osborne Clarke LLP‘s fraud practice represents clients in commercial disputes involving allegations of fraud, handling cases involving sectors including real estate, financial services and energy. The practice’s recent work including acting on cases before the High Court and Commercial Court, and it is regularly engaged on cross-jurisdictional cases. Tom Ellis leads the team and works across the firm’s London and Bristol offices. Peter Clough and Charles Crowne are also key names to note in Bristol, with significant experience in commercial litigation.

      Practice head(s):

      Tom Ellis

      Other key lawyers:

      Work highlights

        Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP is relied upon by traditional financial service companies, alternative lenders and fintech companies, among other entities, for a broad breadth of regulatory investigation and enforcement matters; examples include issues around the mis-selling of financial products, s166 reviews, data breaches, financial institution collapses and redress reviews. Rachel Couter leads the practice and also provides the group with market abuse, insider dealing, AML, safeguarding and responsible lending capabilities.

        Practice head(s):

        Rachel Couter

        Other key lawyers:

        Charles Crowne; Tom Ellis

        Testimonials

        ‘Commercial and pragmatic.’

        Key clients

        HSBC plc / Financial Conduct Authority

        Gain Credit LLC

        Wirecard Card Solutions Limited

        Business Banking Resolution Service

        Pricewaterhouse Coopers C.I. LLP

        Work highlights

        • Advising Wirecard Card Solutions Limited in the aftermath of the discovery of a €3bn accounting fraud by its parent company.
        • Appointed by the Business Banking Resolution Service to consider and provide assurance and/or raise comment, from the perspective of the SME Representatives (a key group of stakeholders involved in the establishment of the SME Dispute Resolution Service), on the design and establishment of the SME Dispute Resolution Service.
        • Advising PwC on two high-value audit negligence claims, issued and subsequently ordered to be run and heard together in the Guernsey courts, following a large fraud committed by the ultimate controllers of a Guernsey fund, which invested in Brazilian debt factoring companies, and its fund manager.

        Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

        A sizeable roster of healthcare operators, energy providers, retailers, and tech companies turn to Osborne Clarke LLP‘s sizeable corporate team for assistance in the full gamut of cross-border transactions. Practice co-chair Mark Spinner possesses decades of experience in private equity-driven deals, while the ‘excellent’ Simon Smith is noted for his recent experience handling financial services and entertainment M&A.  The corporate technology sector is headed up by Mathias Loertscher, a seasoned advisor to a host of high-growth private businesses and investors alike. Edward Persse regularly works with private capital holders on consumer goods and energy deals. Tim Birt specialises in marketing, media, and other data-intensive industries.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark Spinner; Simon Smith

        Other key lawyers:

        Tim Birt; Mathias Loertscher; Edward Persse; Jonathan Crowley

        Testimonials

        ‘A fantastic personal service. They take a commercial view to problem solving.’

        ‘Simon Smith is an excellent commercial lawyer with broad knowledge who also knows when to defer to colleagues who specialise in other technical areas.’

        ‘Having been though two transactions recently, my impression of working with OC has been overwhelmingly positive. Every individual we worked with carried the same ethos of total commitment and attention to detail that these transactions demanded.’

        ‘Excellent breadth of skills and expertise and a passion to excel for their clients.’

        ‘Jonathan Crowley was a standout individual on our deal. He was constantly available and had valuable insights on every element of the process that saved us both time and money.’

        Key clients

        Grifols, S.A.

        1E Limited

        Linn Systems Limited

        NotOnTheHighStreet.com

        Contact Engine

        Venatus Media

        Bestway Wholesale

        Party City

        Maple Syrup

        Investis

        Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP‘s practice focuses on international fraud work, in particular relating to CIS countries and the Middle East. Areas of expertise include advising corporates and individuals in connection with UK and international investigations into bribery and corruption, fraud and integrity issues; these often stem from the energy and infrastructure industries. The practice is led by Tom Ellis and also includes the ‘committed and tacticalAndrew Bartlett.

        Practice head(s):

        Tom Ellis

        Other key lawyers:

        Andrew Bartlett; Nick Price

        Testimonials

        ‘Depth of skill, experience and knowledge.’

        ‘Andrew Bartlett is committed and tactical.’

        ‘Nick Price is a strong lawyer with good strategic sense.’

        Key clients

        AITAS Group (Kazakhstan)

        Wirecard Solutions Limited

        Wirecard Technologies GmbH (in administration) and Wirecard Bank AG

        Sotheby’s

        PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

        BB Energy group

        Northampton Borough Council

        PricewaterhouseCoopers Channel Islands

        Promsvyaz Capital B.V. and others

        Work highlights

        • Acting for one of the defendants in the $847m High Court claims by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS).
        • Acting for the oil trading business, BB Energy, in its $120m Commercial Court conspiracy claims against the directors of the insolvent SAMIR oil refinery in Morocco, following its collapse in 2015.
        • Acting for Wirecard as claimant in a fraud claim brought against the private equity house Greybull Capital and its co-founder.

        Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP‘s very knowledgeable and responsive’ team regularly advises domestic and international private and listed companies on the full spectrum of employee benefits, from executive-level incentives to all-employee schemes. Leading the practice is Michael Carter, who draws on more than 20 years of experience and is a member of the Employee Ownership Association. Working alongside him is associate director and certified tax adviser Dan Sharman and Anika Chandra, who joined the firm in May 2022 from Shoosmiths LLP.

        Practice head(s):

        Michael Carter

        Other key lawyers:

        Rhiannon Jones; Natalie Paddock; Dan Sharman

        Testimonials

        ‘At every stage of our dealings with Osborne Clark, both partners and associates have been friendly, efficient and able to communicate with us in easy to understand English;  not confusing us with legal jargon.’

        ‘Rhiannon Jones was helpful, intelligent, flexible and available.’

        ‘Aside from the expected level of excellent detailed professional knowledge, they engage in a way that feels part of the client team.’

        ‘Michael Carter has been engaged in several projects and delivered perfectly. A notable team member of Michael’s is Natalie Paddock, who led the delivery of a complex process of documents in a totally professional and timely manner.’ 

        ‘The team is very helpful and responsive. They are very knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive and concise in their work.’ 

        ‘Michael Carter is very clear and engaged. He knows the law and helps us think through practical considerations.’ 

        ‘Dan Sharman is helpful, sharp and engaged.’

        ‘Anika Chandra is excellent. I have worked with her for a number of years and she continues to be a joy to work with.’

        Key clients

        Mitie Group

        Elixrr

        Marshall Motor Holdings

        In the Style Group

        Secure Docs

        Octopus Deploy Pty

        AML Communications

        Sky UK

        Founders Intelligence

        Dice FM

        AA

        Oxular

        Everyday Health

        Astrak Group

        Mura Technology

        Work highlights

        • Advised Marshall Motor Holdings, one of the UK’s leading automotive retail groups, on the company’s long-term incentive plan and employee benefit trust in connection with its £325m recommended offer by CAG Vega 2, a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Automotive Holdings.
        • Successfully assisted In the Style (ITS) Group plc, an e-commerce womenswear fashion brand, with the structuring of its share option plan to be effective both pre and post-IPO.
        • Acted for Mitie Group on its incentive arrangements, including its share incentive plan and arrangements for senior executives.

        Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

        In 2022, Osborne Clarke LLP's pensions department received a major boost, with the arrival of the Reading-based pensions team from BDB Pitmans, including former practice heads Chris Netiatis and David Hosford. The group provides a full service to employer and trustee clients, with substantial expertise in corporate restructuring ad insolvency issues, risk settlement and liability management work for defined benefit schemes, as well as a strong offering for public sector pension scheme work. Jonathan Hazlett heads the team from the firm's offices in Bristol, and is an expert in corporate restructuring and M&A-related pensions work. Other key lawyers in Bristol include Paul Matthews, who has experience in advising on defined benefit scheme closures, as well as master trusts. Brent Wright  is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Jonathan Hazlett

        Other key lawyers:

        Paul Matthews; Brent Wright; Claire Rankin; Chris Netiatis; David Hosford

        Testimonials

        ‘Each member of this practice that I have worked with has been personable, taken care to explain themselves clearly and check my understanding, and worked with me to achieve my deadlines and targets. They all peak plain English yet are not condescending. They are contemporary and credible, transparent and diligent’

        ‘Brent Wright is knowledgeable with a commercial viewpoint, has the highest standards of integrity, is personable and pragmatic. He possesses good influencing skills, pushing back as appropriate, yet open to challenge. He is thorough and reliable.’

        ‘They are expert, collaborative people who are carry out their work in a supportive and professional manner.’

        ‘Jonathan Hazlett and the team are exceptional – they hold much of our corporate memory on pensions issues but are entirely gracious about sharing that; it’s particularly important given our scheme is entirely unique. They are willing any able to put in intense amounts of resource at short notice and work extremely well with our actuaries. They are pleasant to get along with and that’s extremely important to us in terms of not being adversarial with our counterparties. They are inventive and have found creative solutions to some very peculiar circumstances which have presented themselves (the pandemic being the least of them).’

        ‘Jonathan Hazlett is great and we have known him for years.’

        Key clients

        Pension Protection Fund

        Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

        Keyser Ullman Group Pension Fund (part of HSBC)

        Senior plc Pension Plan

        Transport for London

        Pennon Group Pension Scheme

        LGPS Pension Funds

        National Education Union

        ITW Pension Fund

        Lincoln Staff Benefits Plan

        Work highlights

        • Reappointed to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) legal panel.
        • Advising the trustees of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund on the legal aspects of the tendering, market evaluation, contract and benefit specification related to the buy-in of approximately 60% of the pensioner liabilities – representing some £1.8 billion.
        • Advising the trustee of the Pennon Group Pension Scheme on a closure to DB accrual, assisted with the transition to a new administration provider (in-house admin to XPS), advised on how to respond to the Pensions Regulator in the context of a corporate transaction, and advised on various discretionary cases under the Trust Deed and Rules.

        Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

        Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

        Led by Ashley Hurst, the sizeable technology, media and communications team at Osborne Clarke LLP is well known for its broad experience. The team is split across three subsectors, with an international lead for each: Mathias Loertscher heads up the technology team, John Davidson-Kelly leads the media and entertainment group, and Jon Fell heads up the communications practice. Hurst focuses on cybersecurity and contentious data litigation; Davidson-Kelly works on digital media regulation, consumer law, and media and tech agreements; and Fell provides operational and transactional advice, with a focus on procurement agreements. Loertscher has particular experience in M&A, joint ventures, and fundraising mandates.

        Practice head(s):

        Ashley Hurst; Mathias Loertscher; John Davidson-Kelly; Jon Fell

        Other key lawyers:

        Jamie Heatly

        Testimonials

        ‘Osborne Clarke’s media team has unparalleled experience in supporting media companies, with particular focus on global streaming services. Several members of the team have worked in-house in the past and are well-equipped to deliver advice in an accessible way for the business.’

        ‘John Davidson-Kelly and Jamie Heatly in particular are best in class. They are extremely responsive, technical experts in consumer law compliance.’

        Key clients

        Discovery

        Big Deal Films

        VICE Media

        Vodafone

        Whitehelm Capital

        4 Fibre Limited

        Microsoft

        Cornerstone

        TripAdvisor

        ITV

        Ascential

        Kantar

        Automattic

        Yahoo!

        Emap

        BT

        EE

        AEG Presents

        The Farm Post-Production

        Big Deal Films

        Jellyfish Group

        Byte Club

        Altitude Films

        Pokémon

        Work highlights

        • Advised Microsoft on its tender and contract with the Met Office to provide a world-leading weather and climate supercomputing capability and managed service for advanced weather forecasting and climate modelling.
        • Appointed by BT to undertake a global audit of compliance with the GNI principles.
        • Advised Big Deal Films on a growth investment round led by the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund together with the newly formed Bizet Media.

        Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

        ‘True expert in his field’ Tim Simmonds leads Osborne Clarke LLP‘s financial institutions group from Bristol, specialising in real estate funds, acting for institutional managers, property fund managers and significant institutional investors. The team advises on funds, tax and regulatory matters, with ESG being an essential part of the firm’s overall business strategy, offering sub-teams to advise clients on the development and implementation of sustainability principles into existing and future funds. Recent notable work includes its advising high-profile investors on the updating of structures and the admission of sovereign wealth into existing funds. Team member Alison Riddle has particular expertise in the field, having worked on the structuring and establishment of real estate funds and the secondary sale and purchase of fund interests and other corporate structures holding real estate.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Simmonds

        Other key lawyers:

        Alison Riddle; Simon Thomas

        Testimonials

        ‘What makes the team stand out for me is the people; real, genuine and personable – and can of course get the deals done very effectively.’

        ‘Tim Simmonds is a true expert in his field and knows the real estate sector extremely well – a leader in his field, plus he is pragmatic and a pleasure to deal with. He is our go-to man for real estate funds.’

        ‘Simon Thomas is very knowledgeable and responsive – always on hand to provide efficient structuring advice.’

        Tim Simmonds gives sound commercial advice. Very approachable and a trusted legal adviser.’

        ‘Useful to have a funds team that works with the transactions team on our structures and consequent transactions.’

        Key clients

        Alvarium Guardian

        Bridges Fund Management

        Barwood Capital

        Urban Splash

        Aberdeen Standard (abdrn)

        Elwood/Schroders

        Deutsche Bank (DWS)

        Newcore Capital

        Fiera Real Estate

        Barings/Henry Boot JV

        InfraRed

        Merseyside Pension Fund

        SCIF Investor Vehicle LLP

        Hawthorn Residential Fund

        Patrizia AG

        PGIM Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised Bridges Fund Management, the market leading specialist sustainable and impact investor, on the launch of Bridges Property Alternatives Fund V.
        • Advised Newcore Capital on the launch of its fifth Newcore Strategic Situations Fund with invests in the UK real estate assets linked to social infrastructure.
        • Advised on a comprehensive restructuring of the Urban Splash Residential Fund, in order to refresh the fund documents and update the structure for the admittance of larger institutional investors.

        Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 3

        The team at Osborne Clarke LLP is known for high-end infrastructure transactions and contracts work in the UK and internationally. The practice has particular experience in PPPs and PFIs and is well versed in matters pertaining to the healthcare, education, telecoms and renewable energy spheres. Chris Wade heads the team and handles projects in both the public and private sectors, with a focus on advising sponsors. Simon Hancock and Andrew Normington are also key practitioners, with experience in PPPs and PFIs. Hugo Lidbetter joined from Fieldfisher January 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Chris Wade

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Responsive and good customer service/counsel’.

        ‘Amy Dimond is a fantastic organiser and coordinator of complex workstreams and projects’.

        ‘Andrew Normington is a reliable and authoritative banking/finance partner and key member of the team’.

        ‘Osborne Clarke has supported us through a very complex project restructuring with multiple interrelated workstreams including settlements, retendering of services, procurement of large capital works in an operational hospital and implementation of additional funding’.

        ‘The team has been extremely dedicated despite the mental strain of working on a high-stake process with difficult counterparties spreading over a few years’.

        ‘I very much appreciated Osborne Clarke’s ability to bring in various parts of their business to have the right skillset to best manage our different workstreams’.

        ‘Simon Hancock maintained the oversight and the coordination between all the workstreams and was directly involved in the most complex negotiations; he stood out with his commercial awareness’. 

        ‘Very personable, get to understand the key issues and requirements, then take them away and deliver. They command respect through their knowledge and expertise.’

        Key clients

        Civitas Living LLP (Equitix SPV)

        By Education (Lewisham) Limited (an InfraRed SPV)

        Funds managed by Foresight Group

        Tay Valley Lighting (Newcastle and North Tyneside) Limited

        The Hospital Company (Oxford John Radcliffe) Limited

        Microsoft Limited

        Amey Investments Limited

        Nord/LB Luxembourg S.A. Covered Bond Bank and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord LB)

        AmeyBriggs joint venture: (Amey Community Limited, Amey Ventures Limited and Briggs Equipment UK Ltd)

        Work highlights

        • Advised funds managed by Foresight Group on their joint venture with CNG Fuels Limited in the fast growing alternative fuel market.
        • Advised The Hospital Company (Oxford John Radcliffe) Limited on the market testing process and resulting contract variations under its hospital PFI project.
        • Advised AmeyBriggs joint venture: (Amey Community Limited, Amey Ventures Limited and Briggs Equipment UK Ltd) on the contract for the provision of a fleet of 4,000+ construction vehicles (and management and maintenance services) to the UK MoD for up to 10 years for deployment in UK and British overseas military bases and ships.

        Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP has adopted decarbonisation as a core competency, and its work in this area includes supporting businesses with regulatory engagement, being involved in the alternative fuels market and advising on carbon reduction. Simon Hobday focuses on decentralised power projects such as smart grid matters and co-heads the team with Matthew Lewis. James Watson supports funders, investors and developers of projects while Rob Horne is experienced in the construction sector. Hannah Roscoe advises on M&A, joint ventures and restructurings.

        Practice head(s):

        Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday

        Testimonials

        ‘The teams that I work with regularly take time to really understand my business and remain on top of goals and changes of direction as each year progresses. ‘

        Key clients

        LimeJump

        Statera Energy

        OVO Energy

        John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited

        Foresight

        Toucan Energy

        Downing

        Western Power Company Limited

        Octopus Renewables

        RWE Renewables

        InfraRed Capital Partners

        Aberdeen Standard

        Work highlights

        • Advised on the creation of AMPYR Solar Europe, a tri-partite joint venture that will develop at least 4GW of solar projects across the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.
        • Advised specialist asset manager Gresham House on its acquisition of a 50MW solar farm from Anesco as part of a £100 million partnership.

        Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP's life sciences and healthcare team acts predominantly for private and third sector clients, with key strengths in handling matters relating to NHS procurement, health infrastructure, social care, real estate and investments. The team is also highly adept at handling judicial reviews and PFIs and PPPs. Catherine Wolfenden leads the firm's regulated procurement practice, advising some of the biggest suppliers to the NHS on complex procurement issues. Simon Hancock acts on infrastructure and outsourcing procurements for clients in the public and private sector, while Anna Elliott advises on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Catherine Wolfenden; Will James

        Other key lawyers:

        Simon Hancock; Anna Elliott; Jonathan Mills

        Testimonials

        ‘Catherine Wolfenden – amazingly practical, commercial, no-nonsense advice. Always prepared to give her opinion and does not sit on the fence.’

        Key clients

        GAMA Healthcare Limited

        Universal Health Services Inc

        Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Limited

        Synova Capital (client for 6 years)

        Grifols (client for over 20 years)

        Crisp Websites Limited (trading as Pesfix)

        Nutricia Limited (client for over 30 years)

        Lifestory Group Limited

        Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

        Endeavour Vision

        Creo Medical Group

        Work highlights

        • Acting for Pestfix in the high profile judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers in 2020 without competitive tenders.
        • The lead legal advisor for this rapidly growing health technology company, which produces infection prevention and control products, including antibacterial disinfectant wipes and personal hygiene products. The company is one of the largest suppliers of infection control products to the NHS in the UK, and manufacturers the bestselling disinfectant wipe, Clinell Universal Wipes.
        • Continue to be the sole adviser to Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition on all of its public procurement issues, commercial contracts with the NHS and competition law issues. Nutricia is the leading supplier of enteral feeds and associated nursing services to the NHS across the UK.

        Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP acts on both the supplier and purchaser side in domestic construction mandates, regularly advising both developer and contractor clients. Its areas of expertise span a broad range of sectors, with particular experience in  commercial and residential development, energy and utilities, infrastructure, and PFI/PPP matters. The team is led by Philip Davies, who has significant experience acting for construction and engineering procurement matters across the UK. Alexandra Gower has particular expertise in the residential sector, advising on build to rent and senior and assisted living projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Philip Davies

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        U+I PLC

        GLP

        Amey

        Foresight Group

        PGIM Real Estate

        Equitix

        M&G Real Estate

        Lifestory Group Limited

        Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

        RKE Biogroup Ltd

        Fusion Students

        Edmond de Rothschild REIM (UK) Limited

        Minety Battery Storage Limited

        Nordheat Denmark A/S

        BDW

        Fiera Real Estate

        Long Harbour

        Gresham House Asset Management Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising U+I PLC on the £200m redevelopment of The Liberty of Southwark, Southwark, a 1.7 acre derelict site near Borough Market. The project is in partnership with TfL and involves the development of new offices, residential, shops and restaurants.
        • Advising Gresham House Asset Management Limited on all aspects of a joint venture arrangement with an EPC contractor, Anesco, to develop a 200MW pipeline of unsubsidised solar assets in the UK.
        • Advising Fusion Students on the construction procurement of their student accommodation portfolio including advising on the development of student accommodation at Brent Cross Town, the £7bn new town development being developed through a joint venture between Barnet Council and Argent Related.

        Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

        With a strong presence in the tech, financial services, telecom, energy and retail sectors, Osborne Clarke LLP advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. As part of its busy workload, the team has recently handled GDPR work,  data protection litigation, ransomware attacks, investigations and data subject access requests. With more than 20 years of experience in advising on law enforcement data access matters, data breaches, and GDPR, 'pragmatic, responsive and detail-oriented' Mark Taylor leads the practice. Taylor works alongside Ashley Hurst, who is recommended for cyber incident responses. Simon Bollans left the firm in February 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark Taylor

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Mark Taylor is a wonderful lawyer. He is pragmatic, responsive and detail oriented. He understands how to work with us to make sure our business can reach its goals. He is our ‘go to’ data protection lawyer.’

         

        Key clients

        Cancer Research UK

        Baxter

        Elephant Health

        Thriva

        EE

        Boxwise

        Vodafone

        Western Power Distribution (WPD)

        Bolt

        The Farm Post Production Limited

        S-RM

        Police Federation of England & Wales

        Cancer Research UK

        Baxter

        Elephant Health

        Thriva

        EE

        Boxwise

        Vodafone

        Western Power Distribution (WPD)

        Bolt

        The Farm Post Production Limited

        S-RM

        Police Federation of England & Wales

        Work highlights

        • Assisted S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting with a claim brought by billionaire Arvind Tiku in relation to personal data contained in due diligence reports which S-RM had presented for regulated clients.
        • Acted for Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW) on a highly publicised ransomware attack which affected its IT systems in March 2019 and its legal and regulatory obligations and follow-on ICO investigation in relation to the attack.
        • Advised Western Power Distribution (WPD), an electricity distribution network operator, on a wide range of data protection matters, including data subject access requests and impact assessments.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

        Arty Rajendra leads the patent practice at Osborne Clarke LLP, which acts in a number of high-value patent litigation matters at the forefront of the market. Particularly strong in the technology, telecoms, and life sciences sectors, the team routinely advises on SEP and FRAND litigation matters, with Rajendra recently acting in the high-profile Unwired Planet v Huawei FRAND determination. Also of note within the team is Will James who is praised by clients as ‘a leader in the space and a pleasure to work with’. Tim Harris is also a highly regarded patent litigator and an expert in representing hi-tech companies. Tamara Quinn is the key contact for non-contentious IP work.

        Practice head(s):

        Arty Rajendra

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Tim Harris is very good at strategy and trustworthy, he works on the best of interest of client.’

        ‘They are hands-on and creative. Good team.’

        ‘Will James was good in drafting and negotiations.’

        ‘The OC team has deep knowledge of UK patent law and civil procedure. They are able to navigate complex issues of infringement, validity, and FRAND, as well as intricate confidentiality and disclosure requirements in certain cases.’

        ‘Arty Rajendra is the strategic lead attorney, with good case management expertise.’

        ‘Great advice delivered in a way which is timely, practical and reflects the client’s needs and circumstances.’

        ‘Will James is a first class IP lawyer; a leader in the space and a pleasure to work with; also a phenomenal client partner helping to identify other quality advisers at Osborne Clarke.’

        ‘Will James has been running patent cases especially in the Pharma/biotech sector for 15 years. He manages international cases really well and the clients love him.’

        Key clients

        Optis

        Anstar

        Unwired Planet

        Amgen Inc.

        PopSockets LLC

        Amphista Therapeutics

        Innovius LLC

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Optis in its multi-trial case against Apple concerning Standard Essential Patents and FRAND licensing.
        • Advising Amgen on its litigation strategy in respect of the new clinical field of cholesterol-lowering (anti-PCSK9) antibodies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Acted on infringement and validity proceedings against Sanofi and Regeneron in respect of their competing antibody product, Praluent.
        • Acting for Anstar in relation to its ongoing dispute against IGM.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP has demonstrable experience in managing international trade mark portfolios for clients across the technology, retail and life sciences and healthcare sectors, in addition to advising on trade mark issues faced by clients when entering emerging markets, including China and the Middle East. The team, which is led by experienced litigator Arty Rajendra, also counts trade mark prosecution and enforcement proceedings in its caseload. Richard May advises on trade mark protection matters arising out of the technology, gaming, retail and life sciences sectors, and trade mark attorney Roshani Muniweera joined from Allen & Overy LLP a month before director Mark Foreman retired in December 2021. Other key members of the team include litigator Robert Guthrie, senior trade mark attorney Leanne Gulliver and trade mark attorney Daniel Ramos.

        Practice head(s):

        Arty Rajendra

        Testimonials

        ‘Osborne Clarke represents our clients in trade mark prosecution and IP enforcement matters. They are very competent and experienced in both areas and we have been very satisfied with their services.’

        ‘Richard May is experienced and his pro-active advice is highly valuable. Cooperation with him is easy. He also replies very quickly and keeps us up to date on the progress of cases.’

        ‘They are able to provide practical suggestions on the emerging issues. This is a valuable guideline for the clients in the technology industry.’

        ‘The attorneys are responsive and reliable.’

        Key clients

        A Nelson (Rescue Remedy)

        Toni & Guy

        Infobip

        Mattel

        Medivet

        Peanut App

        Anschutz Entertainment Group

        JPMorganChase

        Yahoo

        Meta (Facebook)

        TikTok

        Global Student Accommodation/Yugo Students (UK) Limited

        Together Labs

        Peacocks and Edinburgh Woolen Mill (now in administration and brands sold)

        The & Partnership

        Hopkins Homes

        Automattic

        Signal AI

        World First

        Kantar Group

        Shell

        Nokia

        Reckitt Benckiser

        Harley-Davidson

        Bamboo Limited

        Autodoc

        Bristol Water

        Howdens

        Miniclip

        Spartan Race

        PA Consulting

        Wood plc

        Fred Perry (Holdings) Limited

        The Groucho Club

        Hays plc

        Work highlights

        • Representing Medivet before the CJEU General Court in relation to its EU trade mark application, which has been refused by the EUIPO for being non-distinctive.
        • Managing the worldwide brand portfolio of Fred Perry, including the laurel wreath design.
        • Managing several trade mark portfolios for JPMorganChase, including Wepay and Nutmeg, as well as advising on protection and enforcement issues.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

        Osborne Clarke LLP's diverse reputation management practice is regularly instructed by leading companies in the tech space, HNW individuals, and well known multinational corporations. Team lead Ashley Hurst is a data privacy and cybersecurity expert who provides a comprehensive reputation management service to leading clients in the tech and media sectors. Hurst is supported by Bristol-based Charlie Wedin, a privacy specialist with a particular focus on data security crises. Associate Henry Fox is also recommended for his expertise in reputation and defamation law.

        Practice head(s):

        Ashley Hurst

        Other key lawyers:

        Charlie Wedin; Henry Fox

        Testimonials

        ‘A great team who have a specialism in online reputation management.’

        ‘Ashley Hurst – one of the best legal minds in this area. He understands the legal issues, has attention to detail and strategic vision. A superb lawyer.’

        ‘Henry Fox works very hard to deliver great results for his clients. Has a great deal of experience in this field and put that to great use. Very good at drafting and preparing last minute applications.’

        ‘They have a strong reputation and privacy team, led by Ashley Hurst who is well known and respected in that field. The fact that they can also bring in colleagues from other teams with relevant experience in regulatory matters, crime etc, is of value.’

        ‘Henry Fox is a fantastic asset to the team and a high calibre hire for Osborne Clarke. His experience in all manner of reputation and privacy matters, and the way he calmly and clearly navigates through a crisis, is very reassuring. He’s definitely someone you want on your side.’

        ‘We work with Henry Fox for quick and practical advice. Good knowledge of the media landscape and focused on getting good results.’

        Key clients

        S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consultancy Limited

        Wise Payments Limited

        World Compliance, Inc and LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK Limited

        Qatar Airways Group

        LOQBOX Savings Limited

        Boeing Distribution Services III Limited

        Ascential

        Kantar

        Work highlights

        • Continue to act for Qatar Airways in relation to malicious falsehood proceedings brought against the Saudi Arabian news organisation, Al Arabiya Group. In 2021, Al Arabiya disengaged from the proceedings, and default judgment has now been entered for $38 million, the largest ever judgment for a malicious falsehood claim.
        • Instructed to defend claims for data protection breaches, misuse of private information and negligence brought by a former Boeing employee.
        • Aacted for World Compliance Inc and LexisNexis Risk Solutions (UK) Limited (as joint client in Sanso Rondon v LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK Limited [2021] EWHC 1427 (QB) in what is the leading judgment on representative liability under the GDPR.

        Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

        Osborne Clarke LLP’s cross-border capability and experience in high-profile commercial contracts allows it to excel across a variety of sectors including the energy, TMT, life sciences, retail and transport industries; key clients include Danone, BT and Mulberry. John Buyers and Bristol-based Lara Burch lead the group, Will Robertson focuses on the retail and TMT sectors, and Marcus Vass advises digital health, TMT and transport clients.

        Practice head(s):

        John Buyers; Lara Burch

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Very strong combination of expertise, negotiation toughness and strategic awareness.’

        Key clients

        Electrocomponents PLC

        Stericycle / Shred-it

        Danone

        MWI Animal Health

        Western Power Distribution

        Etex Building Performance

        NewCold

        Matchesfashion

        Bestway

        Party City

        BT

        Chemviron

        Greystar

        Mulberry

        Vtech

        Work highlights

        • Supporting Stericycle on a global project to standardise its customer supply terms for use worldwide by its different trading divisions.
        • Advised retailer Matchesfashion on a redesign of its strategically important logistics relationships in the UK and Netherlands.
        • Advised NewCold, a rapidly growing provider of automated cold storage warehousing solutions, on its multi-million pound contracts with major customers across Europe, the US and Australia.

        Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

        Osborne Clarke LLP’s international arbitration practice is highly active in complex, cross-border matters; and in addition to its well-known credentials in disputes involving the technology, financial services and construction sectors, it has expertise in emerging arbitral fields, such as renewable energy (including wind and solar) and video games-related arbitrations. Greg Fullelove heads the firm’s international arbitration group worldwide, which also showcases ‘superb lawyerArtem Doudko; and associate director Daniel Harrison, who acts in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

        Practice head(s):

        Greg Fullelove

        Other key lawyers:

        Artem Doudko; Daniel Harrison; Katie Bewlock; Danielle Griffiths

        Testimonials

        ‘With a good arbitration pedigree, Osborne Clarke has amped up its talent with major players in the market.’

        Excellent value for money from lean and efficient teams.

        ‘Greg Fullelove is a modern-day power partner, in whose hands clients can place their case without worry.’

        ‘Greg Fullelove is an absolute delight to work with. Very bright and very experienced.

        ‘Artem Doudko – excellent strategic thinking, listens to advice and adapts.

        ‘Artem Duodko is a fabulous partner.’

        ‘Artem Doudko is a superb lawyer – incredibly hardworking, professional, always well prepared, and has great commercial understanding and a lot of common sense.’

        ‘Associate director Daniel Harrison is one of the absolute standouts at the firm.

        Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

        Osborne Clarke LLP often advises on tax related litigation matters with expertise in the off payroll and flexible workforce sector. The team is especially active in the technology and financial services sector. Ian Hyde leads the team and represents clients in all aspects of tax risk and tax litigation. Frances Lewis is experienced in advising staffing companies on tax status issues.

        Practice head(s):

        Ian Hyde

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘This is a tightly-focused team, able to deliver in relation to tax disputes and advisory matters across all taxes. Great at collaborating and innovative in relation in particular to disputes work and Alternative Dispute Resolution with HMRC.’

        ‘Ian Hyde in particular is a standout individual. He is a part-time tribunal judge and CEDR-accredited mediator as well, so he has real insight to offer in terms of dispute resolution with HMRC and how a court or tribunal might view any given case. He is personable and efficient, as well as being a technical expert.’

        ‘Ian Hyde combines technical knowledge with a real feel for litigation.’

        ‘The team are very technically able, friendly and commercial.’

        Key clients

        UBS AG

        Domino’s Pizza Group PLC

        Npower

        Work highlights

        • Represented a client in an appeal to the Tax Tribunal following HMRC’s investigation into the historic VAT recovery and partial exemption position.
        • Advised an accountancy service company in HMRC’s investigation into the application of the Managed Service Company anti-avoidance legislation to a structure for managing self-employed contractors.
        • Advised an international recycling group on an HMRC investigation into treatment of import and export of recycled automotive parts and whether the exports to Europe qualified for zero rating.

        Employment > Employers Tier 4

        Benefitting from a wide scope of practice and its international presence, Osborne Clarke LLP is often engaged in cross-border TUPE transfer and employment issues relating to corporate acquisitions, employee relations and regulatory matters. The practice is also well versed in GDPR for HR issues; an offering established by Olivia Sinfield. The practice is led by ‘outstanding‘ co-heads, David Cubitt and Victoria Parry.

        Practice head(s):

        David Cubitt; Victoria Parry

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Osborne Clarke, are, in my view an outstanding firm.’

        ‘If I were an employer, I would likely choose Osborne Clarke to act for me.’

        ‘They are not showy but they are highly effective and capable, know the areas in which they work and the law and deliver a very effective legal product.’

        ‘David Cubitt and Victoria Parry are outstanding. David is recommended more on the High Court side, and Victoria more on the tribunal side. But both are just excellent – amongst the best in the business.’

        ‘There is a pragmatism and a reality about the team that is not always present in other legal teams.’

        ‘Team members are particularly good not just at giving legal advice, but also at framing that advice in terms of what it makes sense to do. ‘

        ‘David Cubitt and Victoria Parry both have the necessary legal expertise and build strong relationships with clients. Both are adept at discussing and exploring different ways of dealing with a situation.’

        ‘Client relationships that are long lasting and built on mutual respect.’

        Key clients

        Veritas Technologies

        Tremor Group / Unruly

        Institute of Directors

        DocuSign

        Associate of MBA’s

        Hay Festival

        Splunk

        Kantar

        United Airlines

        Veritas Technologies

        Nomura International Plc

        Standard Chartered Bank

        Proofpoint

        Infrared

        Work highlights

        • Advising Veritas Technology on all their EMEA and Asia Pacific & Japan employment law issues. This has included contract and policy reviews for 25+ countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.
        • Advising Tremor Group on UK employment issues in Unruly, its UK business, this includes the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on its UK business and return to office arrangements, vaccinations, etc.
        • Advising Splunk in connection with a number of employee relations issues including sex and disability discrimination, trade union and health and safety allegations, grievances and dismissal.

        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

        Osborne Clarke LLP has a thriving private client practice that acts for HNW/UHNW clients on many matters such as international tax and estate planning for UK and offshore trusts. Other core areas of expertise, under the leadership of Stuart Janaway, include estate administration and advising on inheritance tax issues. The practice’s clients include global business owners and entrepreneurs as well as international families.

        Practice head(s):

        Stuart Janaway

        Other key lawyers:

        Andrew Goodman

        Testimonials

        ‘Andrew Goodman is what makes this practice unique. A very good private client lawyers – a very capable lawyer, a problem solver’.

         

        Work highlights

        • Advised a tech billionaire on various personal tax and estate planning matters. Its client founded a well-known UK telecommunication business, which he has largely exited and he now invests in various new businesses through his family office. The team advises on tax planning on business exits and on estate planning for his global assets, which include several yachts.
        • Advised the founder of a global print marketing business on selling a minority stake in his business to a PE House for £200m, leaving him with a stake with a value of approx. £800m. Since this liquidity event the team has advised him on his new property assets in Dubai, including implementing a Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Will, setting up a family office and establishing a private charity. This client is now considering the purchase of a yacht and private jet.
        • Advising the high profile patriarch of a large middle eastern family in relation to a Jersey trust holding 20% of his oil services business, having previously advised on a distribution of the balance. The proposal includes an application to the Jersey Court for its blessing of the plans, to be made in Q2 2022. Osborne Clarke devised the strategy and advised in relation to the risks and international tax implications.

        Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

        The real estate practice at Osborne Clarke LLP frequently collaborates with the wider firm’s construction, litigation, planning and finance teams to handle development and regeneration projects arising out of the logistics, mixed-use and alternative residential sectors. Noted for its capability in mid-market mandates, the team’s workload includes investment transactions, leasing matters and joint ventures. Practice leader Louise Cartwright advises on portfolio deals, corporate wrapper acquisitions and real estate finance mandates, while Richard Wilkinson has experience in joint ventures, corporate real estate transactions and headquarters relocations.

        Practice head(s):

        Louise Cartwright

        Other key lawyers:

        Richard Wilkinson; Jo Footitt; Rajindh Mangat

        Testimonials

        ‘Richard Wilkinson has excellent people management skills.’

        Key clients

        M&G Real Estate

        The British Land Company Plc

        Global Logistics Properties

        Panattoni

        Reef Group

        Bank of America

        Hughes House Liverpool GP Limited

        A joint venture between Patrizia and Kingston Space Property known as the Greater London Industrial platform (GLI)

        Mirastar Real Estate Investment Management and KKR

        Packaged Living Limited

        Baytree

        Fiera Capital

        Colony Capital

        Marchmont Investment Management

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Global Logistics Properties on the acquisition of 396 acres of development land known as Mulberry Logistics Park.
        • Advised M&G Real Estate on the launch of the M&G Shared Ownership Fund, the first institutional shared ownership fund, and a long-term strategic partnership with the Hyde Group to deliver £500m of new, sustainably designed affordable homes.
        • Advised on Patrizia and Kingston Space Property OC on a new last mile logistics development platform, now named GLI (Greater London Industrial).

        Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

        The real estate practice at Osborne Clarke LLP frequently collaborates with the wider firm’s construction, litigation, planning and finance teams to handle development and regeneration projects arising out of the logistics, mixed-use and alternative residential sectors. Noted for its capability in mid-market mandates, the team’s workload includes investment transactions, leasing matters and joint ventures. Practice leader Louise Cartwright advises on portfolio deals, corporate wrapper acquisitions and real estate finance mandates, while Richard Wilkinson has experience in joint ventures, corporate real estate transactions and headquarters relocations.

        Practice head(s):

        Louise Cartwright

        Other key lawyers:

        Richard Wilkinson; Peter Day; Emma McPeake

        Testimonials

        ‘Small, but efficient team, who are well-placed to advise on investment matters and asset management.’

        Key clients

        M&G Real Estate

        The British Land Company Plc

        Global Logistics Properties (GLP)

        Panattoni

        Reef Group

        Bank of America

        Hughes House Liverpool GP Limited

        A joint venture between Patrizia and Kingston Space Property known as the Greater London Industrial platform (GLI)

        Mirastar Real Estate Investment Management and KKR

        Packaged Living Limited

        Baytree

        Fiera Capital

        Colony Capital

        Marchmont Investment Management

        Work highlights

        • Advising British Land on two retail park acquisitions, including Blackwater Shopping Park in Farnborough acquired for £38m, and an office building acquisition at Surrey Research Park for £15.3m.
        • Advising M&G on the launch of the M&G Shared Ownership Fund, the first institutional shared ownership fund, and a long-term strategic partnership with the Hyde Group to deliver £500m of new, sustainably designed affordable homes.
        • Advising Global Logistics Properties (GLP) on the £196m acquisition of 396 acres of development land.

        Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

        Osborne Clarke LLP advises a range of clients, including suppliers, purchasers, developers, and government entities. The practice is especially active in relation to energy, social infrastructure, residential real estate, telecoms, and transport projects. Rob Horne leads the team, with extensive experience in NEC contract work, as well as energy, transport and infrastructure project disputes, both domestically and internationally. Daniel Cashmore adds to the team with his expertise in renewable energy matters, which includes solar, wind, waste and biomass projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Rob Horne

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘A trusted and collaborative approach to dispute resolution, resulting in positive settlement of litigious matters.’

        ‘Osborne Clarke invests in the time to understand clients’ company and business objectives.’

        ‘The team as a whole invest time to understand commercial drivers. They are trusted advisors and business partners.’

        ‘Tom Andrews is a collaborative and trusted advisor. He positioned and led litigation to achieve a positive and cost efficient settlement of a complex legal dispute.’

        Key clients

        BDW Trading Ltd

        Midas Construction Limited

        Octopus Investments Limited

        Octopus Renewables Limited

        Innogy

        Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd

        Western Power Distribution

        UK Power Networks (Operations) Limited

        Belectric

        Eversholt Rail Leasing Limited

        Siemens

        Rendel

        Vodafone UK

        Equans

        Babcock Marine (Clyde) Limited

        Work highlights

        • Assisting Western Power Distribution, a major electricity distribution network operator, in defending a claim by a contractor for unpaid sums relating to extensive variations, which exceeded the value of the original contract sum.
        • Acted for an SPV for a PFI project with claims against a build contractor and an FM contractor, whilst defending claims brought by the authority.
        • Advising a contractor in relation to the commercial and dispute management of an ongoing project.

        Real estate > Environment Tier 4

        Osborne Clarke LLP’s environmental law practice in London handles a range of work from regulatory compliance and permitting through to site remediation and crisis response in contamination incidents. The team represents major developers, energy firms and public sector clients, and draws on the expertise of Matthew Germain, who stands out for his reputation in providing advice to corporate clients on the subject of ESG. Caroline Bush, who works across renewables, energy, commercial, retail and industrial developments, is another key figure in the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Matthew Germain

        Other key lawyers:

        Caroline Bush; Katie Vickery

        Key clients

        John Laing Environmental Assets Group

        Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd

        Vistry Plc

        BDW Trading Limited

        Stericycle Inc

        Vodafone

        Western Power Distribution

        Biffa Waste Services Ltd

        St Modwen Developments Ltd

        Clydesdale Bank

        Work highlights

          Real estate > Planning Tier 4

          Osborne Clarke LLP serves clients in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, providing advice on large residential and mixed-use developments in the energy and transport infrastructure arenas. ‘Really solid performer’ John Baird leads the planning team and advises a range of clients including landowners, commercial developers and strategic land promoters. Anna Fouracre is ‘excellent on compulsory purchase matters’ and the negotiation and completion of planning obligations and infrastructure agreements, on which senior associate Ben Naish also focuses. The firm’s strengths also include contentious planning matters, which associate Katherine Chambers specialises in.

          Practice head(s):

          John Baird

          Testimonials

          ‘Osborne Clarke has an impressive line of partners that can handle a wide rage of planning and compulsory purchase matters.’

          ‘John Baird – John is a really solid performer who can be trusted to get it right first time. Anna Fouracre – Excellent on compulsory purchase matters and planning generally.’

          Key clients

          GLP (Gazeley)

          Welbeck Strategic Land

          Ptarmigan Land

          Topland Group

          Taylor Wimpey

          Barratt David Wilson

          Henry Boot Developments Limited

          Countryside Developments

          Marchmont Investment Management

          CLS Holdings

          Shearer Group

          Vistry Partnerships Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advising Shearer Group on Coventry City Centre South – a 15 acre regeneration scheme which will provide 1.35 million sq ft of floor space including 1,300 new homes, retail and leisure facilities, a new hotel and community and public realm improvements.
          • Acting for GLP on several state-of-the-art logistics facilities.
          • Acting for Ptarmigan/Countryside on the delivery of Chelmsford Garden Village.

          Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

          Osborne Clarke LLP has a full service offering with an increasing focus on ESG and sustainable loans for banks, alternative lenders, borrowers, and investors. Sectors of focus for the team include retail, logistics, student accommodation, retirement living, standard residential and build-to-rent, as well as the hotel sector. Nick Padget chairs the real estate finance group and Madeleine Clark leads the banking and finance team. Padget’s practice focuses on high-value portfolio transactions, and Clark frequently advises on cross-border investment and development deals. Jason Lawrance is also of note, advising clients on restructuring matters.

          Practice head(s):

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Patrizia GLI Logistics Fund

          Tyrus Capital

          Tulin Capital B.V.

          Harbour Lending Limited

          Mirastar

          Topland Group

          ICG Longbow

          Santander UK plc

          Consero Holdings Limited

          M7 Capital

          Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

          Osborne Clarke LLP provides advisory and transactional support across key sectors which include TMT, real estate, and private equity. The team is co-led by Tracey Wright and Erika Jupe. Wright leads the UK tax offering, and specialises in real estate and infrastructure. Jupe heads the international tax practice, and covers transactions and structuring with multinational elements. Mathew Oliver covers M&A work, while David Nisbet has expertise in private equity matters.

          Practice head(s):

          Tracey Wright; Erika Jupe

          Other key lawyers:

          Mathew Oliver; David Nisbet; James Hamon; Rob Thomas

          Key clients

          Foresight Solar Fund Limited

          Davies Group

          Tenzing Private Equity

          Lloyds Development Capital

          Synova Capital

          Risk point

          PGIM

          Infrared Capital Partners

          Management team of Lovehoney

          Notonthehighstreet

          Work highlights

          • Advising Lovehoney on its merger with WowTech.  
          • Advising on the sale of notonthehigh street.  
          • Advising on the sale of Maple Syrup Group.  

          Employment > Immigration Tier 5

          Operating under the leadership of Gavin Jones, Osborne Clarke LLP‘s business immigration team is particularly well respected for its work acting for multinational corporations, with Jones a key figure for clients seeking advice and support with inward investment. Bristol-based Adam Sinfield was promoted to legal director in October 2021, and is recommended for his work assisting a variety of UK and international clients.

          Practice head(s):

          Gavin Jones

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘They know exactly what they are doing and can guide the client through the process so that right result is achieved efficiently, quickly and to budget.’

          ‘Gavin Jones: knows the law and the process backwards and can explain and assist, tactfully and sensibly.’

          ‘The Immigration team at this firm are always very responsive, professional yet friendly and approachable. Their advice is always clear and they are trusted experts for us in this field.’

          ‘Approachable, knowledgeable, friendly, responsive.’

          ‘The team are very knowledgeable. They always keep you updated and are very efficient.’

          ‘I’ve worked mainly with Gavin Jones the head of immigration. His knowledge is outstanding. He always delivers and has helped me on numerous occasions. He is very approachable, he listens to what the client wants and makes useful suggestions. I have 100% confidence when working with him.’

          Key clients

          OVO Group Ltd

          Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd

          Alloyed (formally Oxmet Technologies)

          Neo4j

          IDG Communications

          MetricStream

          Smartsheet

          Bluefield Services Ltd / Bluefield Partners LLP

          SuperAwesome

          Lilium Aviation

          Work highlights

          • Supported a client with compliance, strategy, and senior hire visa requirements including the coordination of several multijurisdictional matters across multiple service lines, including advising on and drafting its post-COVID global agile working policy.
          • Assisted Neo4j with all global mobility issues including visas for its highly skilled workforce and compliance, in addition to reviewing policies and procedures in relation to right to work checks.
          • Assisted IDG Communications with all global mobility issues including visas for its highly skilled workforce and compliance, in addition to assisting in reviewing policies and procedures in relation to sponsored workers.

          Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

          Osborne Clarke LLP continues to be highly active in the venture capital sector and also advises fund managers on establishing private equity and impact funds. Beyond acting for GPs, the team also advises LPs on investments and secondary deals. Tim Simmonds leads the Bristol-based practice, while ‘responsible and calm’ Helen Parsonage is the key name to note in venture capital. Simon Thomas is also recommended for his experience in alternative funds, where he ‘comes up with innovative solutions’.

          Practice head(s):

          Tim Simmonds

          Other key lawyers:

          Helen Parsonage; Simon Thomas; Chiara Best; Lizette Hunter

          Testimonials

          ‘We had a complicated transaction with a re-investment in a private equity holding. The team at Osborne worked hard to understand our requirments and worked efficiently and commercially to deliver excellent results.’

          ‘Simon Thomas led the team with very good support from Chiara Best.’

          ‘The pairing of Helen Parsonage and Lizette Hunter work very well together overlapping on timing and delivery for clients while allowing them some flexibility/part-time working.’

          ‘Helen Parsonage is responsible and calm without being pushed around.’

          ‘Team has in depth knowledge of legals, industry and our firm.’

          ‘Comes up with innovative solutions.’

          ‘Simon Thomas helps to think along, communicates well and clearly relays findings. Comes up with innovative solutions.’

          Key clients

          Foresight

          Bridges Ventures

          Illuminate Financial Management

          firstminute capital LLP

          Hollyport Capital

          Notion Capital

          Brunel Pension Partnership Limited

          Science Creatures Ventures

          Amber Infrastructure

          Pi Labs Limited

          MMC Ventures Limited

          Global Gate Capital

          Downing LLP

          AltaOne Capital LLP

          Work highlights

          • Advised Amber Infrastructure on the launch of NTCA Green New Deal LP.
          • Advised firstminute capital LLP on the launch of its second fund, focusing on investment at the seed stage in technology start-ups in the UK, US and Europe.
          • Advised Bridges Fund Management, the specialist sustainable and impact investor, on the launch of Bridges Sustainable Growth Fund V.

          Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 6

          Osborne Clarke LLP represents senior executives at major public and private sector entities in high-stakes, often cross-border SFO and NCA investigations, including initial interactions with enforcement agencies, interviews under caution, through to defending against prosecution. The team, led by business crime head Jeremy Summers, acts for clients across a wide range of industries, including financial services and investment funds, real estate, life sciences and technology. Bristol-based Tom Ellis has notable expertise in financial crime, working with individuals employed in accountancy and investment funds.

          Practice head(s):

          Jeremy Summers

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is unparalleled in its expertise and responsiveness, as well as turnaround time.’

          ‘We were able to secure high-quality work that required collaboration with US counsel in a very short period of time.’

          ‘Jeremy Summers is highly knowledgeable in the area of anti bribery and has helped us put together a multi-jurisdictional anti bribery policy with many complex elements.’

          ‘Jeremy Summers provides superior risk assessment strategies and explains difficult concepts in a systematic and simple to understand manner.’

          ‘The team delivered a clear, pragmatic project that achieved our goals and resolved our issues.’

          Key clients

          Department of Transport

          Work highlights

          • Advised the DoT in relation to potential criminal offences connected with the matters that led to the withdrawal of the LSER rail franchise.

          Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

          Insurance > Product liability: defendant

          Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

          South West > Employment > Pensions

          South West > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

          Osborne Clarke LLP has a varied competition law practice, encompassing merger control, CMA investigations, litigation and subsidy control. The team is frequently instructed to assist clients in ensuring that their commercial agreements are in compliance with competition law, drawing on the firm’s international network of offices to provide cross-jurisdictional advice to clients. Simon Neill leads the practice from London and is noted for his work in merger control, with Marc Shrimpling the key name to note on subsidy control matters. Rebecca Malone was promoted to associate director in October 2021 and has a broad practice covering transactions, investigations and state aid; she is praised by clients for her commercial advice.

          Practice head(s):

          Simon Neill

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Very clear, talk plain english, practical’

          ‘Marc Shrimpling engages a business audience very effectively, wears his expertise and experience very lightly. Really clear communicator.’

          ‘Rebecca Malone is always responsive and provides a good level of commerciality to the advice she provides. Rebecca is keen and interested to learn about our business in order to deliver tailored advice that is valued. Rebecca understands the pressures of in-house legal and the need for external counsel to act as both a trusted soundboard as well as subject matter expert.’

          ‘Marc Shrimpling makes it unique. His approach, style and ability to take a complex area and provide clear, simple pragmatic advice is unrivalled.’

          ‘Marc is approachable, fun to work with, proactive, efficient and clear. You can implicitly trust him on the advice, the fees and the ability to deliver the advice to the C-suite. Exactly how an external lawyer should be.’

          Key clients

          Reckitt Benckiser BV, Global Division

          Amber Infrastructure

          Reckitt Benckiser – Netherlands

          Mike Burton

          Reckitt Benckiser UK Hygiene Home Commercial Limited

          News UK

          Specialized Bicycle Components

          Centrica Distributed Energy and Power

          Kelly Services

          Biffa

          PageGroup

          Granted Consultancy

          Cinapsis

          The Met Office

          Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust

          Work highlights

          • Advised Guys’ & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of The Royal Brompton Hospital
          • Advised Reckitt Benckiser on the competition law aspects of its B2B and e-commerce platform.
          • Advised Biffa on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Country Shop and Green Circle Polymers.

          South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

          Osborne Clarke LLP provides ‘a City of London service from Bristol’ thanks to a ‘commercial, approachable, friendly and results-focused’ team led by real estate litigator Leona Briggs. The practice is particularly singled out in the region for its expertise in cross-border claims and data protection litigation, and has extensive knowledge of the technology, media, telecoms, energy and financial service sectors; in the latter, the firm recently represented Wirecard Card Solutions in claims arising from a €3bn accounting fraud by its parent company. Clare Robinson is a key contact for clients in the technology and business sectors, Peter Clough is an expert in claims involving Russia, India and the wider Asia region; and Tom Ellis has experience in investigations and fraud work. Other noteworthy practitioners include technology sector specialist Charlie Wedin, financial services expert Charles Crowne and associate Becky Crawford.

          Practice head(s):

          Leona Briggs

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Commercial, approachable, friendly, results-focused but also mindful of the long-term relationship.’

          ‘Charlie Wedin is our go-to, not just for litigation but for helping navigate commercial matters that are sensitive or could become contentious. He is friendly, thoughtful, diligent, responsive. He does a great job on the matter at hand but is also thinking about our future business success. He works collaboratively with colleagues across the whole firm.’

          ‘Very pragmatic advice, take the time to understand the issues and will respond quickly. Advice is practical – can be used “as is” and without the need for further rewriting for use with non-lawyers.’

          ‘Charles Crowne is a stand out partner – understands what needs to happen in house and the pressures, so will take the time to ensure that any advice is fully adapted for the specific circumstances and the audience.’

          ‘They are providing a City of London service from Bristol. A strong team throughout with very effective supervision from partner downwards.’

          ‘Tom Ellis – Partner – very smooth and good with clients. Trusts his team but remains involved.’

          ‘Expert knowledge of the telecoms and tech sector.’

          ‘Clare Robinson and Douglas Peden: sharp minds and extremely user friendly.’

          Key clients

          Wirecard Card Solutions Limited

          Vodafone

          City of Venice

          City of Milan

          Siemens

          PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP

          Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd

          World Compliance, Inc and LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Wirecard Card Solutions Limited on the aftermath of the discovery of a €3bn accounting fraud by its parent company.
          • Acting for the City of Venice in a €100m claim against Dexia Bank and Bank Intesta San Paolo. The dispute relates to derivatives transactions (interest rate swaps) between the City of Venice and the two banks.
          • Acted for Vodafone in its defence of, and counterclaim against, a claim by a distributor of sim cards called SIM Local. SIM Local claims payment of commission in relation to Vodafone sim cards which it sold.

          South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

          Anna Williams leads the IP department at Osborne Clarke LLP, where the team focuses on the transactional side of the advertising, digital, retail, and media sectors. Associate Joanne Loveridge is highly active in the team and is a specialist in advising clients in life sciences, healthcare, and technology where the focal point of her practice is the protection and exploitation of IP.

          Practice head(s):

          Anna Williams

          Other key lawyers:

          Joanna Loveridge

          Key clients

          Koa Health B.V

          Work highlights

          • Assisting Koa Health B.V. with providing the client’s flagship ‘Foundations App’ to customers, licensing relevant content, and advise on business partnerships.

          South West > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

          Osborne Clarke LLP‘s fraud practice represents clients in commercial disputes involving allegations of fraud, handling cases involving sectors including real estate, financial services and energy. The practice’s recent work including acting on cases before the High Court and Commercial Court, and it is regularly engaged on cross-jurisdictional cases. Tom Ellis leads the team and works across the firm’s London and Bristol offices. Peter Clough and Charles Crowne are also key names to note in Bristol, with significant experience in commercial litigation.

          Practice head(s):

          Tom Ellis

          Work highlights

            South West > Insurance > Professional negligence

            Osborne Clarke LLP draws on its expertise in pensions and construction law to handle professional negligence litigation involving these sectors. The practice predominantly represents claimants, such as developers and pension plan trustees, but also offers defence-side expertise in this space. Claims involving solicitors are another area of focus for the team, with Clare Robinson leading on this work. Charles Crowne and director Katherine King handle claims in the pension space, frequently working alongside pensions specialist Paul Matthews. The practice has a sizeable construction disputes team, with Rob Horne and associate director Rob Adjetey particularly prominent in this area. Tom Ellis leads the overall practice from London.

            Practice head(s):

            Tom Ellis

            Testimonials

            ‘Very knowledgeable about the practice area and determined litigators.’

            ‘Hard working, thorough, dedicated, easy to work with.’

            ‘A strong team with widespread experience of audit negligence in particular. In my experience the firm has strong individuals at all levels.’

            ‘Tom Ellis is an experienced partner with a strong pedigree of acting in substantial audit negligence matters.’

            ‘I think they are very well organised and good at not duplicating work between partner and senior associate i.e. if the senior associate can cover the lion’s share of the work, to keep costs down, that will happen (with appropriate partner oversight).’

            ‘Paul Matthews – hugely experienced (and knowledgeable) in pensions and professional negligence cross over work. Neeva Rice – very straight talking, to the point, and efficient. She drives the case forward with her levels of organisation.’

            Key clients

            Sotheby’s

            PwC LLP

            Scottish Widows

            Grant Thornton

            The Pension Protection Fund

            Work highlights

            • Advising PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in respect of a claim brought by the settlor of a remuneration planning arrangement.

            South West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

            Osborne Clarke LLP is a well-regarded player in the energy and utilities market, where it advises clients on the full range of related matters, including alterative fuels, decarbonisation and regulatory work. The firm also sports a strong track record in regard to renewables, and is often instructed by major national utilities companies. Head of energy Matthew Lewis and head of power and utilities Emily Van Schalkwyk lead the practice together with London-based Simon Hobday and Alistair CurzonAlan John is well versed in renewable energy matters, with a particular focus on waste and landfill gas to energy, solar, wind, as well as biomass. Energy projects and the application of power technology are core areas for David Ferris. Carl Thompson left the firm in February 2022, while energy projects specialist Hugo Lidbetter joined from Fieldfisher in January of the same year.

            Practice head(s):

            Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday; Emily Van Schalkwyk; Alistair Curzon

            Other key lawyers:

            Key clients

            Statera Energy

            Foresight Group

            Foresight Group

            AMPYR Solar Group

            Our Power Energy Supply Limited

            Gresham House

            Ecotricity Group Limited

            WPD Telecoms Limited (formerly Surf Telecoms)

            Bluefield

            Western Power Distribution

            MonSolar IQ Limited (a subsidiary of Encavis AG)

            B.B Energy

            GreenFrog Power

            Triple Point Investment

            Ameresco Inc.

            Gore Street Capital

            Ecotricity

            Infragreen Capital

            Ampyr Energy UK

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