Firm Profile > Osborne Clarke LLP > Bristol, England

Osborne Clarke LLP
2 TEMPLE BACK EAST
TEMPLE QUAY
BRISTOL
BS1 6EG
England

Banking and finance Tier 1

Acting for borrowers and lenders, Osborne Clarke specialises in multi-bank transactions and acquisition finance. The firm has a strong sector focus, including in media, energy, financial services, real estate and infrastructure. Omar Al-Nuaimi leads the team and has expertise in structured acquisition and corporate finance. Also notable are Tom Bussy, who advises banks, private equity funds and corporates on a range of matters; associate director Caroline Saul, who focuses on project finance; and senior associate Tom Berisford, who advises banks, private equity funds and large companies.

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Key clients

Regulatory Finance Solutions Limited

NatWest

Aberdeen Standard Life

TradeRisks Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

Liberis Limited

Oxford Capital Partners

Arlington Advisors

RBS

Santander UK

Foresight Solar Fund

Nord LD Bank

NewCold Limited

Synova Capital

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke's litigation practice has national and international reach and frequently handles multijurisdictional matters with elements in Europe, Asia and the US. The group has particular experience in the technology, energy and financial services sectors and has a strong cybersecurity and data protection disputes and investigations practice, for which Charlie Wedin is a key contact. Real estate litigator Leona Briggs leads the team, which includes Peter Clough, who has particular energy, technology and financial services sector experience. Clare Robinson and Tom Ellis are highlighted for technology sector work and fraud disputes respectively, while recently promoted partner Charles Crowne focuses on financial services claims.

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Testimonials

Strength in depth with good quality lawyers at each level.

This team gives clear, simple, pragmatic advice, always considering the business’ requirements. They have taken time to understand our risk appetite so that their advice is on point. We particularly appreciate that any advice is provided in a clear way so that it does not need to be translated into non-legal language for the business.

The team gets up to speed very quickly, understanding the key issues at stake, and working to tight time frames as are often demanded in litigious situations.

Tom Ellis for his exceptional client handling and relationship building.

Charles Crowne leads the litigation team that we work with and he is a perfect model of the attributes that we value. He is clear, concise, pragmatic and commercial. He responds to our queries promptly and had lead us through some difficult, complicated and business critical matters with aplomb.

Charles Crowne gives clear, pragmatic advice. He understands the key issues and is focused, but not at the exclusion of briefly pointing out other potential avenues of resolution. Advice is presented in a way which is tailored to the audience – be that the in-house team, or the company board.

Peter Clough is very good, pragmatic approach to disputes.

Key clients

Npower

Vodafone

Oath (formerly Yahoo!)

City of Venice

PwC

Marks & Spencer

Shell Energy

Western Power Distribution

The AA

Dell

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke specialises in development, transactional and leasing work across the spectrum of real estate asset classes. The firm advises on mixed-use, residential and commercial real estate, as well as providing expertise in litigation and a London transactional practice. Michelle McGurl leads the team and focuses on residential and mixed-use development work. Also notable are Ian Wilkinson, whose strengths include acquisitions, disposals, forward funding and asset management; David North, who acts for developers and investors in commercial real estate and student accommodation; Alice Conway, who has experience in investment and development matters across asset classes; and associate director Joanna Risdale, who advises clients on a range of real estate transactions. Steven Schofield joined the firm from Thrings LLP in 2019.

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The team have a great ability to deal with those issues that matter rather than labour over the insignificant, providing advice that is constructive and relevant.’

Not only do the Real Estate team provide high quality advice but they are also pleasant to work with, making the experience a pleasure rather than a trial.’

Extremely personable, knowledgeable and market leading individuals.’

Michelle McGurl gives particularly clear and considered advice. In negotiation she acts in a very collaborative way, instead of locking horns and scoring legal points she uses a very measured approach to get things done without ever compromising the commercial position. Her teamwork with Victoria Stanley has been fantastic and as a team they have been considered, clear and quick – the three things we as clients really value.’

Highly pragmatic, completed focused on delivering the end result.’

Ian Wilkinson – hugely experienced, brilliant problem-solving mentality.’

 

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

DTZ Investors

Taylor Wimpey

BDW Trading Limited

Galliford Try PLC and Linden Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

Greystar

Mayfair Capital Partners

Crosstree

Construction Tier 1

Experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters, Osborne Clarke acts on the supplier and purchaser side, representing developers undertaking projects as well as key contractors. The firm has expertise in renewable energy, university and social infrastructure projects, as well as advising on residential and retirement home developments. The team is co-led by Philip Davies, who focuses on construction and engineering procurement matters; Carl Thompson, who specialises in the construction of energy, transport and utilities projects; and Rob Horne, who is known for contentious work. Also notable are Alexandra Gower, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and advises on real estate and infrastructure projects, and associate director David Kirkpatrick, who acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.

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U and I Plc

Gazeley UK Limited

Cubex/Palmer Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland

WPD

Foresight Group

Civitas Living

Redevco UK Limited

Equitix

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

M&G Real Estate

Lifestory Group Limited (formerly Pegasus Life Limited)

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

RKE Biogroup Ltd

Fusion Students

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

The group at Osborne Clarke has experience in domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, as well as venture capital and private equity investments, real estate transactions and commercial contracts. Co-heading the team, David Ferris has particular experience in the energy and technology sectors, while commercial lawyer Lara Burch has significant expertise in commercial contracts relating to logistics, warehousing and manufacturing. Leading the private equity practice, Alisdair Livingstone is another name to note, alongside investments expert Simon Jones.

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Testimonials

The team provides commercial, grounded and balanced legal advice and execution. They are strong on detail, but keep a keen eye on the bigger picture. The quality of work is excellent.’

Alisdair Livingstone is highly experienced, calm and pragmatic, Al is very strong at balancing and managing the detail, maintaining a hands-on role and delivering. His approach is straight forward and well received, building good relationships with his counterparts, which is invaluable when things get tough.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

M&G Real Estate

Computershare

Synova

Foresight

A-Gas

London & Country

Hargreaves Lansdown

Mulberry

Round Hill Capital

Mitie

John Laing

Dunedin

Plimsol Production

Dunedin

Homebase

Western Power Distribution

Centrica Plc

Eversholt Rail Group

Danone

Corporate tax Tier 1

Osborne Clarke's tax group stands out for transactional and advisory tax work, assisting clients with domestic and cross-border issues. The group has particular expertise in tax advisory and structuring matters in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, as well as advising on  issues relating to funds and private equity. Tracey Wright leads on corporate tax and heads the firm-wide UK tax practice, while Erika Jupe leads the international tax group, and has experience providing standalone tax advice and transactional support to overseas clients investing in the UK and EU. Associate director Elizabeth Shanahan is another key name specialising in tax issues in the financial services and funds space.

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I am particularly impressed by OC’s punctuality in resolving issues. They are happy to take a call at any time and are very efficient in dealing with issues as they arise rather than making a problem out of it.’

Everyone we have dealt with is very attentive and it feels like they take on board all the details from any conversation.’

Key clients

Arlington Investors

BAE Systems Pension Fund

University of Bristol

LDC

PGIM

Palmer Capital

BDW Trading

Pension Protection Fund

Foresight

Limejump

Student Castle Group

Barwood Capital

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke distinguishes itself through its leading cross-border capabilities; it regularly handles complex matters for leading multinational companies, and has a specialism in matters related to European Works Councils. Its deep and experienced bench of employment lawyers is equally strong in contentious and non-contentious work, and excels at large-scale advisory work connected with corporate transactions. Julian Hemming is co-chair of the firm's international employment practice. Paul Killen is the head of the UK employment team, while Anna Elliott was made head of the employment department in the South West in November 2019.

Key clients

Business Growth Fund (“BGF”)

MITIE Group Plc

Mirriad Advertising

Mountain Healthcare

ETC venues management team

Sana Biotechnology

Dennis Publishing

A listed company in the defence sector

Western Power Distribution

Tech Mahindra

Ralph Lauren

Dassault Systemes

Penta Consulting

Totally Money

CoStar

Worldwide Flight Services

Witt Keifer International

La Fosse

Grifols

Subway

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary team at Osborne Clarke has expertise in renewable energy, electric vehicles (EV) and core power sector work. The firm specialises in advising non-energy sector clients on the management of their energy consumption. In the projects area, the department has experience in advising the emergency services and secondary healthcare support services, as well as clients from the telecoms and higher education sectors. The practice is co-led by Chris Wade, James Watson and Matthew Lewis. Other notable team members are Catherine Wolfenden, who is an expert in public and utilities regulated procurement; Carl Thompson, who focuses on energy and utilities projects; David Ferris, who is a specialist in energy projects and application of power technology; and Alan John, who advises on a range of matters, including energy management and storage, power and heat purchase agreements, and renewables incentives.

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‘Chris Wade and Amy Dimond are great to work with, understand what we need and get it done’

‘They have a very realistic approach and are able to pass work around between partners without losing momentum’

‘Simon Hancock is an exceptionally able partner, with an excellent knowledge of the sector. He has a very pragmatic approach which is valuable when closing complex schemes’

Key clients

LimeJump

Statera Energy

Via Novus Limited

Foresight Solar

Centrica

Springfield Heat Project

Western Power Company Limited

Minety Battery Storage

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

EE Limited

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG)

EU and competition Tier 1

The group at Osborne Clarke is noted for contentious and non-contentious competition law work, handling matters before domestic and EU regulators. Areas of expertise include merger filings and state aid issues, but the team also has experience of EU aspects of the electricity capacity market, follow-on damages claims and competition-related investigations. Simon Neill heads the department, which includes state aid expert Marc Shrimpling and senior associate Rebecca Malone, whose practice spans the digital, logistics and retail sectors.

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Pragmatic and dynamic team that has a depth of state aid knowledge.’

Marc Shrimpling excels in providing clear advice on relatively complicated matters of state aid law. His knowledge of state aid, in particular its application in commercial activities, is very impressive.’

Key clients

Granted Consultancy

Ebiquity plc

Dyson

Green Frog

Dell

Danone

Amber Infrastructure

Foresight Group

NewCold Cooperatief

Lifestory

Health and safety Tier 1

Osborne Clarke's health and safety team acts for a notable client base, which includes household-name domestic and multinational companies. It advises entities operating in industries such as transport, energy, utilities and retail. Team head Mary Lawrence is a key name in the South West, and also leads the firm's national health and safety practice. The group provides comprehensive support on all aspects of health and safety law, and its recent work has included internal investigations, inquests and inquiries, and advice to clients on mental health risks. Associate director Matthew Kyle has particular experience of handling the fallout from serious incidents.

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‘The OC H&S team provides responsive, holistic, commercially savvy, practical advice to their clients.

Mary Lawrence – forthright, bright, responsive, gets results.

They were available at all times; nothing seemed too much trouble to them and we felt we had priority attention and first-rate legal support.

Even under pressure, Mary Lawrence remains calm and approachable and her service is always exceptional. She articulated a clear strategy to steer us through the complexities of dealing with a multi-agency case, always giving us comprehensive and comprehendible advice. She never ceased to impress with her grasp of detail, depth of research, persistent and creative approach to all aspect of the case.

Key clients

RWE Generation

Western Power Distribution

ITV

Selfridges & Co

Wales and West Utilities

Leonardo Helicopters

Vue Entertainment Limited

Eversholt Rail

Barratt Developments

Marks and Spencer

St Modwen Properties

Bureau Veritas

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Acting for a banking and corporate client base, Osborne Clarke provides international expertise and a sector focus in financial services, energy, real estate and digital business. The firm specialises in pension restructuring matters. Nigel Boobier leads the team and has particular experience in complex, cross-border restructuring and insolvency. Also notable is legal director Claire Bundy, who advises a range of clients in the area, including lenders, investors, creditors, LPA receivers, trustees and directors.

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National in approach, and their team based in Bristol and London operates as one and is very experienced and capable. Excellent value for money too.’

Nigel Boobier, partner, hugely experienced and superb at client management -a very shrewd operator, and easy to under estimate. He has seen it all before.’

Claire Bundy, legal director – outstanding and superb at managing assignments, commercial in approach, excellent at bringing in other departments expertise within OC’s as required whilst still managing and owning the project. One the best lawyers and you want her on your side.’

Nigel Boobier and Claire Bundy are a great team that together bring a huge level of experience to situations. They cover all the angles and give me the confidence that I can rely on them and their advice.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc

KPMG LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Deloitte LLP

BDO LLP

Pension Protection Fund

Alder King

Grant Thornton

Rcapital

Allsop LLP

Begbies Traynor Group PLC

Intellectual property Tier 1

Osborne Clarke's standalone IP group, led by 'tenaciousClare Robinson, has developed a niche in the IP aspects of defence contracts,advising on matters include the licensing of IP to the Ministry of Defence and supply agreements. Other sector expertise spans digital business, food and drink, energy and transport, and lawyers are expert in trade marks, copyright and design rights. The firm is often called on by large corporates to advise on IP filings, opposition and portfolio management, as well as commercial and transactional projects and infringement proceedings. Douglas Peden leads on IP rights issues arising in the defence and technology sectors, while Will Robertson focuses on the commercial aspects of technology IP.

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The team is highly responsive and highly effective, with an eye on commercial practicality.’

Clare Robinson is particularly responsive and tenacious.’

The associates on the team have been well-trained and provide cost-effective advice that I am very comfortable relying on. In my five years of instructing this team, I have not ever felt that it has simply restated the legal position – it has always provided commercial and immediately applicable advice.

Clare Robinson provides thorough, honest and commercial advice. She has trained her team well so her associates are highly-capable and very trusted.’

Key clients

Devonport

Eurostar International Limited

Danone

Nisbets

Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales d’Evian

Pernod Ricard

Martin Millers

Western Power Distribution

P&O Ferries Holdings Limited

London Flavours

Cookpad

Bandai Namco

PlaySportsNetWork

IT and telecoms Tier 1

'The quality of the advice and work is excellent' at Osborne Clarke, which draws on IT specialists from its core commercial, corporate, employment, funds and disputes practices, enabling it to provide a rounded offering to technology companies and buyers of their services. The department is headed by commercial technology specialist Will Robertson, who takes the lead on procurement matters. Technology litigator Charlie Wedin is the name to note for technology disputes, often with cross-border elements. Tom Harding leads the interactive entertainment practice, specialising in commercial transactions related to the production and exploitation of digital media products and services.

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A classic good-quality national law firm. The quality of the advice and work is excellent.’

This team gives clear, simple, pragmatic advice, always considering the business’ requirements. They have taken time to understand our risk appetite so that their advice is on point.’

We receive high quality advice and usually it is pragmatic and considering our specific business needs. Whenever we have had constructive feedback, they are keen to listen and to improve their way of working.’

We see Will Robertson and his team as an extension of the in-house legal team. I am always happy and comfortable for them to work directly with our commercial teams.’

Key clients

Dell

Hargreaves Lansdown

EE

CookPad

MyLife Digital

London & Country Mortgages

Dassault Systèmes

Western Power Distribution

Homebase

Computershare

Ultra Electronic Holdings

Oath (Formerly Yahoo!)

UK Cloud

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Osborne Clarke's technology, media and communications practice is led by 'solution-orientedTom Harding and is particularly strong for customer online services and sports in the broadcasting and digital content sector, e-sports and virtual reality (VR) matters for games publishers, and digital regulation. The group is also experienced in reputation management, drawing on expertise in the London office. Associate Elliott Prentiss advises Facebook on media law issues, and is also recommended for GDPR and privacy issues.

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Very responsive; highly pragmatic. Quick to understand business requirements and adapt advice accordingly. Particularly strong e-commerce capabilities.’

The stand out partner is Tom Harding. Key qualities are flexibility and pragmatism. Very solution-oriented. Good at coordinating multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional input “behind the scenes” so the client only sees the right output.

Key clients

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Facebook, Instagram

Miniclip

Cookpad

Microsoft

Danone

PlaySportsNetwork

Pensions Tier 1

Osborne Clarke's pensions department is distinguished by its leading public sector practice; it advises both the Local Government Pension Scheme and the Pension Protection Fund. Other areas of expertise include corporate restructurings and insolvency-related work, pensions disputes and defined contribution matters. Team leader Jonathan Hazlett is known for his expertise in the not-for-profit, railway and shipping sectors. Associate Daragh McGinty is a specialist in local government pension scheme matters. In addition, another associate to note is Rebecca Cantrell, who has a fast-growing practice. Claire Rankin joined from Burges Salmon LLP in May 2019. Mark Womersley has retired from private practice.

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Clear advice that answers the clients’ questions. Able to work to short timescales. Pragmatic and commercial.

Jonathan Hazlett and Joe Webster are good-humoured and easy to work with.’

The team at OC are all very knowledgeable, responsive, and work well together, ensuring we always receive a quick response or acknowledgement to each request. Their advice is also very practical and clear.

Clearly expert and knowledgeable in their field. Excellent communicators. Pro-active, sensible advice. Quick response times. All the team are excellent.

Strong and experienced team with excellent pensions update briefings. Very good at tailoring the advice to the needs of the charity sector and explaining the legal issues to the trustees of the scheme.

Claire Rankin is skilled at explaining the key issues to trustees and ensuring that we concentrate on the really important issues for the scheme.

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

LGPS National Procurement Framework for Legal Services (including sole legal adviser to the Environment Agency Pension Fund)

Transport for London

Dell Corporation Limited

Berendsen Healthcare Limited

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Limited

Senior plc Pension Plan

Students’ Union Superannuation Fund

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Grant Thornton Pension Fund

House of Fraser Pension Scheme

Muntons plc Retirement Benefits Scheme

Kohler Mira Pension Scheme

Sharp Electronics (UK) Limited Pension Scheme

Bank of Ireland UK Pension Fund

Planning Tier 1

Osborne Clarke provides a 'strong understanding of the law and a sensible approach to how it should be applied'. The broad practice has particular expertise in the areas of conventional and renewable energy, transport infrastructure, commercial property and large-scale residential planning, with specialities in CPOs and strategic planning mechanisms. Neil Bromwich focuses on the statutory powers of compulsory purchase. He co-leads the team with John Baird, who represents landowners, developers, retailers and tenants in a range of matters.

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‘They are fully connected and able to respond to queries in a timely manner’

‘They are adept at setting realistic but achievable expectations and achieving them’

‘They tailor their approach to suit the individuals that they are supporting’

‘They do not limit themselves to normal hours and have often rearranged their diaries to meet at very short notice’

‘I am always amazed at how well prepared they are when dealing with requests at short notice and they remain cognizant of their client’s aims and objectives’

‘They are extremely practical and focused on actually securing outcomes’

‘They are a very positive and upbeat team to work with’

‘Neil Bromwich is very sharp, practical and realistic’

Key clients

Enovert Management Limited

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes)

Energy Networks Association

Marks and Spencer Plc

Western Power Distribution

Countryside Properties

St Modwen Developments Limited

Gazeley

QinetiQ

Swindon Borough Council

Peak Gen Power

University of Bristol

Swindon Borough Council

Property litigation Tier 1

The ‘responsive and quick-footedOsborne Clarke acts in complex development disputes and key landlord and tenant matters, as well as advising on risk mitigation, management and property-related regulation. The firm also provides expertise in the energy utilities, telecoms and infrastructure areas. Practice head Leona Briggs focuses on disputes arising under the Electronic Communications Code and contractual disputes relating to residential and commercial developments. Notable in her team is David Shakesby, who specialises in property-related energy and infrastructure disputes, primarily acting for utility companies and developers in the renewables sector.

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‘This team are proactive, extremely knowledgeable and respond to our business needs promptly’

‘This team have a common-sense approach which is tailored to the specific needs of our business’

‘The have a good understanding of how our business operates and provide legal assistance and advice appropriately’

‘Their willingness to get stuck in and get under the skin of a matter has not only been great, but also a breath of fresh air’

‘They have provided us with a dedicated client team who work hard to make themselves an extension of our in-house legal team so that they can provide that deeper level of insight, knowledge and support to the wider business’

Key clients

Vodafone Ltd/Vodafone Enterprise UK and CTIL

BDW Trading Ltd

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

HHGL Ltd (formerly Homebase)

Wales & West Utilities Ltd

Greystar

Marks and Spencer Plc

Bovis Homes

PGIM

CBRE Global Investors

Rail Tier 1

The ‘responsive, friendly and approachableOsborne Clarke advises on rolling stock, franchising, infrastructure and projects, as well as planning and authorisation matters. The firm also provides expertise in asset finance issues. Lara Burch leads the team and has experience acting for clients across the rail industry, including train operators, rolling stock companies and manufacturers. Also notable are rail and rolling stock specialist Ed Barratt, who joined from Burges Salmon LLP in January 2019, and associate director Craig McCarthy, who specialises in commercial and regulatory litigation, focusing on advising suppliers, utilities and public authorities.

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‘Partners share a keen industry acumen and an appreciation of the nuts and bolts of operational and logistical constraints in the sector’

‘The team goes the extra mile to make you feel valued as a client’

‘Ed Barratt is hands-on and supportive, with a thorough grasp of the detail. He has a very pleasant negotiating style and strikes a good balance between steeliness and charm’

‘The team have been involved in some of the major cases in this area and have fantastic experience’

‘They provide practical and commercially focused advice, together with an insight into how the court may approach particular topics’

‘Catherine Wolfenden is friendly and approachable, very responsive, and able to present difficult legal topics to non-lawyers in a practical and commercially focused way. She also has a great relationship with counsel, which can aid with ensuring availability for key hearings’

Key clients

Transport for London

Arriva

Eversholt Rail Group

Rail Delivery Group

Eurostar International

Department for Transport

Office of Rail and Road

Siemens

Hack Partners Limited

Riccardo Rail

Knorr Bremse Rail

Cross London Trains

Beacon Rail Leasing

Crime: fraud Tier 2

Jeremy Summers at Osborne Clarke is instructed on a variety of fraud- and bribery-related cases, including cross-border work. He also advises on asset recovery, and in cases involving cybercrime.

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Environment Tier 2

Acting for developers, energy firms and public sector clients, Osborne Clarke covers the spectrum of environmental work, including site remediation and crisis response in contamination incidents. The firm has expertise in regulatory investigations and prosecutions brought by environmental regulators, as well as the more niche areas of climate change, carbon trading and waste law. Matthew Germain leads the practice and specialises in waste law and renewable energy projects. Also notable are Alan John, who advises on climate change, sustainability and low-carbon business, and senior associate Caroline Bush, who focuses on projects in sectors ranging from energy and renewables to retail and residential property.

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John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd

Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd

Professional negligence Tier 2

Key areas of expertise for the 'client-friendly' professional negligence team at Osborne Clarke, which acts for both claimants and defendants, are the pensions, accountancy, financial services,  construction and property professions. The group has also developed a niche in cases involving the valuation of artwork, where 'superb' group leader Tom Ellis stands out. Promoted to partner in 2019, Charles Crowne specialises in financial sector claims, while senior associate Katherine King is noted for pensions claims.

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Very pragmatic support. Understand the pressures faced by in-house lawyers and work with that to provide tailored and client-friendly advice without all the unnecessary fluff.

Tom Ellis and Katherine King are experienced and capable professional negligence practitioners.’

The team has a good profile for professional liability work, particularly defending claims against accountants, auditors and tax advisers. They are led by the superb Tom Ellis.’

Tom Ellis is very experienced in his field. Makes clients feel like they are his number one priority.’

Key clients

Sotheby’s

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Clerical Medical Investment Group Limited

Grant Thornton

Bank of Ireland and the Trustees of the Bank of Ireland Pension Plan

The Trustees of the Grant Thornton Pension Scheme

Health Tier 3

The ‘competent and responsiveOsborne Clarke acts primarily for private and third sector clients who provide a range of services to healthcare providers. The firm gives ‘exceptionally good advice’ on healthcare PPP/PFIs, NHS outsourcing and procurement, social care accommodation projects and M&A in the sector. The team is co-led by Will James, who joined from Marks & Clerk LLP in 2019, and Simon Hancock, who advises on healthcare-related projects, infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. Also notable is the ‘highly respectedCatherine Wolfenden, who is head of the firm's regulatory group and ‘one of the top people in her field’.

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‘The OC team work very closely with us’

‘They have a clear understanding of our concerns, priorities and vision’

‘Catherine Wolfenden has provided robust and considered advice, support and training when required. She works very long hours and has been known to contact us just before boarding a plane to make sure we are up to speed’

‘Catherine Wolfenden makes you feel comfortable navigating your way through the highly complex legal jungle’

‘It doesn’t matter if it’s a major issue like a claim form or a small piece of advice, I find I get the same professional, friendly support’

‘Kate Davies is always on hand, talks through matters in a language that is easy to understand, and provides us with full and timely support. She has drafted many letters on our behalf and secured favourable outcomes, finding the balance between making the legal points but allowing room for sensible negotiation’

‘The team understand our business and are essentially part of our bid team’

Key clients

GAMA Healthcare Limited

Universal Health Services Inc

Pegasus Life

EE

Mountain Healthcare

Caledonia Investments

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Limited

Synova Capital

Grifols

Colony Capital REIT

Banking and finance Tier 1

Osborne Clarke handles a range of business lending work for the top five banks, as well as challenger banks. The team is particularly experienced in the digital business, energy and utilities, financial services, and real estate and infrastructure sectors, and also frequently advises on private equity matters. Practice head Hugh Jones is a versatile lawyer with experience in all areas of corporate finance and banking work. Associate director Victoria Dingle has a proven track record in corporate leveraged and structured finance; legal director Rebecca Scott is another key contact.

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‘Fast turnaround, accurate, good value and nice people to do business with.’

‘Hugh Jones is a good all-round lawyer, able to turn his hand to various different specialisms. Rebecca Scott is the fastest drafter in the business. Very happy to coach new bankers on legals.’

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The Royal Bank of Scotland

HSBC Bank

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Development Capital

Growth Capital Partners

Investec Bank

RJD Partners

essensys

Tenzing Private Equity

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's dispute resolution team 'blends regional law firm with City focus', with its lawyers working across London and Bristol. The group counts the technology, energy and natural resources sectors and cross-border litigation relating to the Middle East, Russia and CIS among its areas of expertise. Practice head Tom Ellis handles complex commercial disputes, corporate investigations and fraud-related issues, while Andrew Bartlett attracts praise for his 'sophisticated understanding of multinational litigation' with experience advising on issues of jurisdiction and international enforcement. Head of the Russia and CIS disputes practice Artem Doudko, international litigation and investigations expert Jane Park Weir, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright, and associate directors Nick Price and the 'fantastic' Tom Frapwell (who both handle commercial litigation and contentious regulatory investigations) are other names to note.

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Testimonials

Personalised service, deep knowledge of their subject area, ability to bring together various parties and control them to save in-house counsel trying to pull on multiple strings.

Really good whole service law firm. Blends regional law firm with City focus. Very price-sensitive and aware of value against ‘cost’.

High-class commercial litigators, with some particular skills in multinational work.

Very reasonable and client-oriented

Tom Ellis provides clarity of approach, detailed knowledge of each matter and is always available to speak. Takes time to know his client as an individual and has a great breadth of experience’

Tom Frapwell is a fantastic senior associate.

Andrew Bartlett – few solicitors have his sophisticated understanding of multinational litigation.

‘Knowledgeable and focused’

Key clients

BB Energy Group

Dell

Unwired Planet LLC

Qatar Airways

Tiny Computers (in liquidation) / Grant Thornton

Time Computers (in liquidation) / Grant Thornton

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Vodafone

Marks & Spencer

Vision Games 1 Limited

Generali spa

Turner Broadcasting

Northampton Borough Council

Sotheby’s

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

Osborne Clarke acts for large multinational corporations from the technology, telecoms, automotive, and life science sectors on a variety of contentious issues. Particular specialisms include director or shareholder disputes, warranty and misrepresentation claims and corruption issues. Peter Sheppard leads the practice and frequently handles cross-border work. Jane Park-Weir joined from Norton Rose Fulbright  in 2019 and brings expertise in joint ventures and limited liability partnerships. Dawn Troman acts for a range of clients in complex technology disputes. Kristian Assirati  and Scott Butler are recommended.

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Key clients

Oracle Corporation UK Limited

Tivo/Rovi Europe

HTC

LDC (Lloyds Development Corporation)

Wireless Logic Group

Content Guru/Redwood Technologies Group

Hyundai Motor UK Limited

Daler-Rowney Limited

Epicor Software (UK) Limited

Redwood Software

James Walker Group

Bullitt Mobile

RGA Reinsurance

Intersurgical

BETC London Limited/Havas SA

Huntswood Plc

Davies Group

Rush Hair

Mascolo Group/Toni & Guy

Essensys

Xeretec

Online Auto Sales

Thruvision

Spartan Race

Forensic Axis

West End Leisure Management (shareholder)

Tradelink

Born London Limited

Lemongrass Marketing Limited

Ridgeway Marketing Limited

SynApps Solutions Limited

Private Label Marketing

Black Swan Limited

G3 Communications Limited

James Walker Townson

Strategic Selection International

DJS Antibodies

Barloworld Limited

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

Osborne Clarke takes a 'practical and commercial approach' to advising clients on substantial acquisitions and disposals, portfolio and asset management, complex mixed-use development and real estate finance work. The team is particularly active in the construction sector, acting for some leading UK house builders.  Rebecca Tuffs leads the team and has a particular focus on real estate finance and investment work; Elizabeth Sturgess specialises in strategic land purchases and represents a number of consortia and joint venture entities. Steve Schofield arrived from Thrings LLP in September 2019.

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Elizabeth Sturgess is a valued adviser. She provides clear, commercial advice and is very approachable.’

Key clients

Barratt/David Wilson Homes

Sovereign Housing Association

Galliford Try/Linden Homes

Taylor Wimpey

The Trade Desk

ERLP (Europa Capital)

QinetiQ Limited

Barclays Bank Plc

Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company

Virgin Media Limited

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

Osborne Clarke provides high-calibre advice for commercial clients at a local, national and international level. Areas of particular specialism include technology and telecoms, as well as mid-cap private equity and venture capital. National head of business transactions Greg Leyshon focuses on large transactions in the communications sector, while Thames Valley practice head Sara Valentine has experience of M&A transactions, management buyouts, and general corporate advice. Robert Wood advises on all private equity matters, with particular expertise in advising on complex transactions involving investor syndicates. Caroline Drummond and Mike Freer  are recommended associates.

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Caroline Drummond has excellent knowledge of our business and corporate history following a number of share and capital restructures.

Key clients

LDC

Davies Group Limited

Uniphar plc

Xeretec

Southern Comms

Xerox

Highland Europe

Rush Hair Group

Business Growth Fund

Redstor

Health and safety Tier 1

The health and safety team at Osborne Clarke LLP handles work including crisis management, inquests and inquiries, internal investigations, corporate health and safety procedures and training, fire safety risk, mental health risk and rail health and safety.  Key sector strengths include telecoms, retail and healthcare. Practice head Mary Lawrence has extensive experience in crisis management and contentious issues. Senior associate Jo Forbes has particular experience advising on wellbeing and mental health issues and in providing strategic guidance.

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‘Happy to assist on any matter, big or small, which means that Osborne Clarke is our preferred one stop shop for all health and safety law questions’

‘Approachable, reliable, client focused, speedy in response’

‘The entire team are very knowledgeable on H&S matters. They have worked with us for some time and have a wealth of experience about our business, how we operate and our expectations’

‘Mary Lawrence can be completely relied on to give appropriate advice on any issue we may have. She will always respond promptly and provides a sensible workable strategy’

Key clients

RWE Generation (client for more than 5 years)

Western Power Distribution (client for more than 5 years)

ITV plc

Selfridges & Co

Wales and West Utilities

Leonardo Helicopters (client for more than 5 years)

Vue Entertainment Limited

Eversholt Rail (client for more than 5 years)

Barratt Developments

Marks and Spencer

St Modwen Properties

Bureau Veritas SA

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's technology, media and communications practice's 'steadfast output is exceptional '. The group acts for leading clients across the broadcasting, sports, advertising and gaming industries and has particular experience in the digital content space, where it assists with commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. For the latter, practice head and media litigator Ashley Hurst and Robert Guthrie, who focuses on contentious IP work, are key contacts. On the transactional side of the practice, advertising, marketing and sponsorship law specialist Nick Johnson and corporate partners Tim Birt, Kenneth Wilkinson and Mathias Loertscher are highlighted. John Davidson-Kelly is recommended for his knowledge of digital regulations.

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The team at OC are a rarity – incredibly available, whilst also absolutely reliable in terms of delivery. This combination of always on service with steadfast output is exceptional and was hugely reassuring.

Ken Wilkinson was always available, and provided a brilliant level of customer service. Mathias Loertscher was the font of knowledge and experience who provided perfect arm’s length oversight to our deal.

Key clients

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Jellyfish Group Limited

Facebook, Instagram

Shareholders of Barcroft Studios Limited

AEG Presents Limited

EMAP Publishing Limited

Tenzing Private Equity

Miniclip

Cookpad

Retail and consumer Tier 1

With a ‘proactive and commercial’ practice, Osborne Clarke LLP takes a full-service approach to the retail sector with expertise across corporate transactions, advisory work, commercial mandates, real estate projects and regulatory matters. Bristol-based group head Dolf Darnton focuses on real estate work, while Will Robertson has notable experience in digital transformation projects and technology issues, and Katie Vickery handles regulatory compliance and risk matters. The team’s client roster includes a broad range of retailers and brands; Simba Sleep, Dyson Technology, Fortnum & Mason and Microsoft Stores are notable examples. The practice also recently advised Just Eat on its acquisition of City Pantry and is handling the administration of Bonmarche.

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Really commercial with a clear grasp of disruptive e-commerce business models.

Proactive and commercial.

Key clients

Simba Sleep

Dyson Technology

Fortnum & Mason

Microsoft Stores Limited

Marks & Spencer

Just Eat

Administrators of Bonmarché

Homebase

Superdry

The Entertainer

Venture capital Tier 1

Led by the 'peerlessRobert Wood , the 'accessible and supportive' team at Osborne Clarke LLP has notable expertise in regional venture capital hotspots, including Reading and Bristol, and is viewed as a 'safe pair of hands' for investors and investees engaged in activity in the technology, media and communications sectors. The firm provides a cradle-to-grave service, with expertise running the gamut from fund formations and financings across the funding lifecycle through to exit strategies. Praised for his 'integrity and ethics', Mathias Loertscher provides 'exceptional support' to companies and funders, particularly as it relates to work within the technology, media and communications sector. As 'a truly great guy to deal with', Bristol-based partner Simon Jones  has a strong reputation among investors and investees.

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‘Very responsive. Experienced and expert. Gets the job done with the least amount of fuss and the highest level of pragmatism. Clear and fair.’

‘Robert Wood – Peerless. Intelligent, articulate, efficient and pragmatic. Katharine Ramsay – First class associate. Punches a long way above the title.’

‘Simon Jones is a truly great guy to deal with. Makes any issue seem simple and brings things down to earth without oversimplifying

‘Having worked with Osborne Clarke in London for the past two years, I found the whole team accessible and going beyond normal working hours and efforts to support the growth of our business. Whether it’s the next funding round, or an acquisition or legal disputes, the team is available on short notice to listen and support us. Just what you want from a lawyer and I really enjoy working with him.’

‘I’ve mainly worked with Mathias, who has been exceptional in his support for the growth of our company. Whether its getting up early, staying up late or even doing weekend work for a transaction with deadlines, I’ve never found him unavailable or inaccessible.’

Key clients

Community Fibre

Oxford Photovoltaics

UKCloud

Cytora

Goldman Sachs

Secure Code Warrior

Spacemaker

Balena Inc

RedAlpine

Inotec AMD

Business Growth Fund

Moteefe

Patch

firstminute capital

Rhythm AI Limited

IAG Silverstripe

Highland Europe

Natterbox

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

The 'outstanding' team at Osborne Clarke advises domestic and multinational technology clients on a broad spectrum of employment matters, from the TUPE aspects of M&A through to downsizing and restructuring issues. The firm has also developed an online platform allowing clients to access bespoke training services. Practice head Danielle Kingdon is particularly knowledgeable about discrimination issues and issues of neurodiversity, advising on cases at Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court level. Associate Emma Ladley advises predominantly digital business clients on a broad range of HR matters.

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The team at Osborne Clarke are efficient, quick to reply, knowledgeable

Everyone is outstanding in their respective area of expertise

Key clients

Microsoft Limited

Huntswood CTC Limited

Spartan Race UK Operations Limited

Highland Europe (UK) LLP

Virgin Experience Days

Natural Motion Limited

Oxford PhotoVoltaics Limited

VTech Electronics Europe Plc

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP 's reputation has seen it attract high-profile and complex mandates, despite challenging market conditions. Jonathan King heads up the practice, which is a first port of call for many investment banks, nominated advisers and financial intermediaries. It has an outstanding track record in headline AIM IPOs, secondary fundraisings and public M&A. Areas of strength include the financial services, technology and digital business, life sciences, and real estate and construction sectors. In 2019, Mark Wesker acted for Creo Medical Group Plc on its successful £52m follow-on institutional placing and open offer. Rebecca Gordon is another key figure.

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Investec Bank plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Raymond James International Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

essensys plc

TalkTalk Telecom Group plc

Avon Rubber plc

Zotefoams plc

Creo Medical Group plc

finncap Limited

Fintech Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP's fintech group advises financial institutions, growth companies and start-ups, bringing particular expertise in IT outsourcing projects, payments law, open banking and cryptocurrency matters. The firm also has strength in assisting fintech clients with corporate transactions and VC investments. Kate Johnson has experience working with clients across the payments industry in relation to regulatory compliance and the structuring of documents facilitating payments projects. Paul Anning assists clients in the payments sector with product development, regulatory changes and other aspects of their operations in the UK and overseas. Mark Taylor is well-versed in commercial outsourcing and IT projects.

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‘The team works very well and their knowledge of the payments and FinTech sector is unparalleled. They are very client driven and mold their approach to their clients needs. ‘

‘The individuals we work with at Osborne Clarke are very solutions oriented and don’t flag problems, but always potential solutions to a problem.’

‘Paul Anning is a leading expert in his field, approachable and builds a great rapport with clients.’

Key clients

HSBC

JPMorgan

Wirecard

Vocalink

Token

Plaid Financial Ltd.

GoCardless Limited

iZettle AB

Computershare

Hargreaves Lansdown

Infrastructure Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP 's infrastructure practice has deep expertise in projects and energy. Key sectors that the practice is active in include renewable energy and digital infrastructure. Within energy, the practice has been involved in significant projects around electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as solar energy projects. EE is a key client and has instructed the practice on some notable digital infrastructure work. Chris Wade heads the projects team and Omar Al-Nuaimi acts as head of project finance. Clients praise the team for its 'great knowledge of the sector and its nuances'.

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‘Great knowledge of the sector and its nuances’

‘Passionate about helping to get the best deal for our organisation – they build strong relationships’

Key clients

LimeJump

Statera Energy

Via Novus Limited

Foresight Solar

Centrica

Springfield Heat Project

Western Power Company Limited

Minety Battery Storage

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

EE Limited

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited

Green Frog Power

Triple Point

Equitix

Bristol University

Nord LB

Arlington Advisors

Engie Regeneration Ltd

Intellectual property Tier 2

Anna Williams leads the IP team at Osborne Clarke LLP. A specialist in advertising and sponsorship, she has substantive experience of issues affecting the digital, retail and media sectors. More broadly, the practice is renowned for its strength in the exploitation of portfolios and regularly works for tech businesses in the Thames Valley hub. In addition, it handles vesting matters for software and digital products, both on the national and international stage. Joanne Loveridge, who has a background in venture capital, is the name to note for protection requirements.

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Hyundai

ThruVision

Bamboo

Flock Ltd

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP’s IP disputes practice is retained by a roster of global clients using the firm for a range of contentious work. Practice head Arty Rajendra has been involved in handling ICC arbitration to determine the scope of name rights for a luxury brand, and acting on trade mark infringement proceedings for clients across the automotive, financial services and consumer electronics sectors. The team also handles trade mark and digital  copyright matters for its TMT client base (ranging from games developers and social media platforms to digital media distributors), with Robert Guthrie playing a key role in this work. Associate director Richard May further enhances the team’s brand protection and enforcement capacity.

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Testimonials

Huge knowledge and expertise in the relevant areas, always available when needed and ready to offer expert advice and guidance. Fast and accurate responses to queries which are frequently pressing from a time perspective.

Osborne Clarke has outstanding legal knowledge and expertise. They are able to provide practical advice by considering the different culture of the clients.

Richard May is knowledgeable, always available when needed and always up to date with our current portfolio. He recently represented us in court in what had become a protracted and difficult negotiation with a huge third party company. His handling of the matter and his performance in the court was exemplary, and we won the case on all grounds, together with a costs award.

Mark Foreman has a huge knowledge of our company’s IP portfolio and an instant recall of matters if raised.

Richard May and Arty Rajendra are brilliant attorneys.

Mark Foreman is a master of strategy.

Richard May is aggressive and smart.

Arty Rajendra is the best and most intelligent trade mark litigator in the UK in my view.

Key clients

PopSockets LLC

Reckitt Benckiser

Harley-Davidson

Facebook

Juul Labs Inc

Dreams

JPMorganChase (We Pay)

Ubisoft

LolaVFX

McLaren Construction

Compliance Online

Infinity Reliance

my 1st Years

Quack

Autodoc

TLG

FreemarketFX

Bristol Water

Howdens

Mobike

Miniclip

Spartan Race

PA Consulting

Pegasus Life

AEG Presents

Bridges Fund Management

World First

IMVU

Global Student Accommodation

The Groucho Club

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Specialising in IT matters, Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘really knowledgeable about the wider industry, the key issues and what is market practice’. The firm advises technology and telecoms clients on a range of matters including AI, data sharing, blockchain, cybersecurity and cross-border work. John Buyers has particular expertise in financial services IT and outsourcing transactions and co-leads the team with Mark Taylor, who has ‘great depth of expertise' and advises on the development, implementation and exploitation of IT, telecoms and novel technologies, as well as technology outsourcing arrangements.

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‘The OC team takes time to understand our business and priorities and are able to work as an extension to our in house team.’

‘They have the trust of key stakeholders and their expertise and pragmatic solutions based approach is extremely valuable to the business and the legal team.’

‘Deep knowledge and understanding of the sector we operate in and our sector.’

‘Mark Taylor is extremely knowledgeable on telecoms and data protection matters. He commands the confidence and respect of senior business leaders and is considered a safe pair of hands for complicated projects.’

‘Hannah Drew and Simon Bollans consistently receive great feedback from those they work with within our business and can be relied upon to cut to the heart of issues and come up with pragmatic, solution oriented suggestions.’

‘The team have great experience and are quick to respond to business requirements.’

‘They bring another level of expertise and experience and inspire confidence when difficult decisions or negotiations are in play.’

‘All of the team are easy to work with, approachable and clear on a legal to legal basis but also impress business teams with clear on point advice.’

‘They are very down to earth and user-friendly.’

Key clients

Vodafone

EE

ClearBank

Duck Creek Software

SIG plc

Bossa Nova Robotics

KPMG LLP

Wirecard

BDO LLP

Accelya

Essensys

Yahoo/Oath

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The IT & telecoms team at Osborne Clarke has a distinguished reputation for both contentious and non-contentious matters, including software development and partner integration agreements for domestic and multinational clients. Particular specialisms include corporate transactions, private equity investment, commercial contracts, master services agreements and digital transformation projects. In addition, its regulatory, litigation and arbitration work benefits from the wider firm's network of international offices, including a base in Silicon Valley. Anna Williams is recommended for advice on AdTech and digital marketing, John Byers for managed services and SaaS agreements, Sara Valentine for cross-border deals and Greg Leyshon for private equity, growth and venture transactions.

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It is a classic good quality national law firm. The quality of the advice and work is excellent‘.

This team gives clear, simple, pragmatic advice, always considering what the business’ requirements are. They have taken time to understand our risk appetite so that their advice is on point. We particularly appreciate that any advice is provided in a clear way so that it does not need to be translated into non legal language for the business‘.

Key clients

LDC (client for 21 years)

Davies Group Limited

Uniphar plc (client for 10 years)

Xeretec (client for 5 years)

Redwood Technologies/Content Guru (client for 13 years)

Xerox (client for 13 years)

Highland Europe

Rush Hair Group

Business Growth Fund

Wood Group

BDO

Huntswood

Saint-Gobain

GoCardless

Grosvenor Casinos

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

At Osborne Clarke LLP, the pensions practice is led by the well-regarded 'industry insider' Jonathan Hazlett. Attracting clients from the employer, trustee, membership and consultancy sides, it is particularly known for its expertise in professional negligence claims. In addition, the team covers complex Part 8 rectification issues, scheme construction applications and  investigations by the Pensions Regulator. Moreover, clients can benefit from the team's strong track record on risk management and claims emanating from corporate insolvency and restructuring. On the non-contentious side, big-ticket instructions are pursued for both national and international interests. Recent highlights include: liability management in relation to documentation errors, pensions advice on multibillion-pound mergers, high profile scheme failures and occupational scheme issues arising from ESG investment. Key team members include Charles Crowne, 'terrific' senior associate Katherine King and Claire Rankin, who joined as a partner from Burges Salmon LLP in 2019.

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Osborne Clarke are perhaps best known for acting for members but they have extensive experience of acting for trustees as well as employers‘.

The team has excellent senior associates who are able to run and manage the day to day, drawing on partner input where it will provide the most value. The team is proactive and understands the commercial drivers of their clients‘.

Broad range of experience across the field. Regularly involved in the key pieces of litigation‘.

Jonathan Hazlett and Katherine King provide a London-quality service from OC’s Bristol office‘.

Jonathan Hazlett probably knows more about the PPF and the difficulties likely to arise in tricky cases than any other practitioner, due at least in part to the substantial amount of independent trustee work he also does. Katherine King offers very good litigation support‘.

Jonathan Hazlett is an industry insider, always aware of latest developments.’

‘Katherine King is a terrific lawyer, she has a great eye for detail whilst able to retain oversight of the big picture‘.

Key clients

Representative beneficiary of the Axminster Carpets Pension Scheme

The Pension Protection Fund

Representative beneficiary of the Honda Pension Plan

Trustees of the ColArt Pension Scheme and a representative beneficiary of the ColArt Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Bank of Ireland Staff Pensions Fund and Bank of Ireland

Trustees of the Students Union Superannuation Scheme

Phaidon International (UK) Limited

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

Osborne Clarke has a strong record on the buy and sell-side of mid-market private equity transactions, with a wide range of national and international clients, including an increasing number of mandates from US-based private equity funds. The team also has a notable capability advising management of target companies, including businesses involved in high-value buyouts. The team is led by Alisdair Livingstone, who is active in transactional work and maintains key client relationships. Tim Hewens is recommended for his work in high-value and middle-market transactions, alongside management advice, while Mark Spinner is also noted for his transactional capabilities, particularly in healthcare.

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‘Very commercial – they work to get the deal done without unnecessary delay.’

‘Friendly, good to work with, efficient and understanding. They give very commercially astute advice, and cut to the chase as required.’

Key clients

LDC

RJD Partners

NVM Private Equity

Synova

Growth Capital Partners

Caledonia Private Capital

Alcuin Capital Partners

Five Elms Capital

Tenzing Private Equity

Horizon Capital

Greystar Private Equity

Colony Capital Management

Firmament

Dunedin

New Mountain Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

Rail Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP is active in areas such as rolling stock, franchising, planning and authorisation, and infrastructure and projects for bluechip companies. The team has particular specialisms in rail sector pensions and procurement and is known for its work in rail franchising and concessions. In 2019, it advised Siemens Mobility on the contract award by London Underground to deliver £1.5bn worth of new trains. Practice leader Lara Burch advises manufacturers, train operators, ROSCOs, and has a track record of work in rail franchising, rail regulatory matters, and rolling stock matters. Associate director Jeremy Godley specialises in franchise and concessions bids, fleet procurements, maintenance, and leasing, while the 'proactiveEd Barratt is a specialist in rail franchising, public transport regulation, and asset finance and leasing.

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Osborne Clarke has been a great addition to our panel, providing extra and knowledgeable resource when needed. Lara Burch and her team offer clear and easy to follow advice.’

Osborne Clarke’s rail team, headed by Lara Burch, is faultlessly helpful on any and all matters, big or small. Lara makes a concerted effort to understand and respond to the needs of our business at all times. Her knowledge of the rail sector is second to noneEd Barratt is always helpful, approachable, and proactive.’

Consistently strong performance from the team over several years. The team has never let us down, even on very urgent requests for support. The advice covers both the legal aspects, but also practical advice about how to apply the advice, which is often lacking from other law firms.’

Key clients

Transport for London

Arriva (and its affiliated train operating companies)

Eversholt Rail Group

Rail Delivery Group

Eurostar International

Department for Transport

Office of Rail and Road

Siemens

Hack Partners Limited

Riccardo Rail

Knorr Bremse Rail

Cross London Trains

Beacon Rail Leasing

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Clients are impressed by Osborne Clarke LLP's ‘collaborative and can-do’ approach. Headed by the well-regarded Peter Day, the practice is characterised by high-end mid-market work, setting itself apart through its specialist expertise in logistics and alternative residential assets. Key types of work include portfolio transactions, developments with a mixed-use, leisure, commercial office and residential focus, build to rent projects and transactions involving industrial and logistics assets. The commercial property team is supported by first-rate retail expertise in addition to property finance, planning and litigation expertise.

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‘A practical group of people who seek commercial as well as legal solutions to make deals work.’

‘They are prepared to think about deals and come up with alternatives.’

‘Osborne Clarke differentiates itself as a full service law firm that centres around real estate rather than being a commercial firm with a real estate specialism. This is extremely important for us.’

‘Osborne Clarke are extremely collaborative and ‘can-do’, in contrast to many other firms.’

‘They have a pragmatic, commercial, get-the-job-done mentality. They add value through sensible commercial advice as well as the legal practicalities better than any other firm that we have dealt with over 20 years.’

‘I have found Osborne Clarke to be extremely responsive and decisive with their advice. They are able to translate sometimes complex legal matters into clear, helpful and insightful commentary which aides the commercial decision making that follows.’

‘Peter Day has been a long time adviser to our company and consistently provides his advice in a concise and easily digestible form. He is readily available, enabling swift decisions to be reached with the minimum of fuss.’

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Gazeley

M&G Real Estate

Vistry Partnerships (formerly known as Galliford Try)

Ellandi LLP

Warburg HIH Invest Real Estate

Redevco

Nuveen Real Estate

Topland

U AND I Group Plc

Welbeck Strategic Land

Long Harbour

Axis Land Partnerships

Oculus Real Estate Group

Uncommon

AXA IM – Real Assets

BAWAG Group AG

Palmer Capital

Landform Strategic Land

Ptarmigan Land

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Clients are impressed by Osborne Clarke LLP's ‘collaborative and can-do’ approach. Headed by the well-regarded Peter Day, the practice is characterised by high-end mid-market work, setting itself apart through its specialist expertise in logistics and alternative residential assets. Key types of work include portfolio transactions, developments with a mixed-use, leisure, commercial office and residential focus, build to rent projects and transactions involving industrial and logistics assets. The commercial property team is supported by first-rate retail expertise in addition to property finance, planning and litigation expertise.

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‘A practical group of people who seek commercial as well as legal solutions to make deals work.’

‘They are prepared to think about deals and come up with alternatives.’

‘Osborne Clarke differentiates itself as a full service law firm that centres around real estate rather than being a commercial firm with a real estate specialism. This is extremely important for us.’

‘Osborne Clarke are extremely collaborative and ‘can-do’, in contrast to many other firms.’

 

‘They have a pragmatic, commercial, get-the-job-done mentality. They add value through sensible commercial advice as well as the legal practicalities better than any other firm that we have dealt with over 20 years.’

‘I have found Osborne Clarke to be extremely responsive and decisive with their advice. They are able to translate sometimes complex legal matters into clear, helpful and insightful commentary which aides the commercial decision making that follows.’

‘Peter Day has been a long time adviser to our company and consistently provides his advice in a concise and easily digestible form. He is readily available, enabling swift decisions to be reached with the minimum of fuss.’

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Gazeley

M&G Real Estate

Ellandi LLP

Warburg HIH Invest Real Estate

Redevco

Nuveen Real Estate

Topland

U AND I Group Plc

Welbeck Strategic Land

Long Harbour

Oculus Real Estate Group

Uncommon

AXA IM – Real Assets

BAWAG Group AG

Palmer Capital

Orchard Street IM

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

Marchmont IM

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP handles matters involving cyber incident responses, the data aspects of marketing activities and GDPR advisory work. The firm also possesses a cross-border capability and primarily advises technology, manufacturing and energy sector clients. Mark Taylor leads the team and provides expertise in data breach matters as well as cybersecurity issues. Litigator Ashley Hurst has contentious data privacy and cybersecurity experience.

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Facebook

TripAdvisor

EE

Western Power Distribution (WPD)

Vodafone

OATH (previously Yahoo! EMEA)

Vocalink

Homebase

Wirecard Group

Virgin Experience Days

UK Power Networks

Beiersdorf (Nivea)

Multiplex

Automattic (WordPress)

Natterbox

Environment Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP is particularly active in waste law, water law and energy mandates, representing major developers, energy companies and public sector clients. Real estate transactions, site remediations, crisis responses to contamination incidents, regulatory investigations, prosecutions brought by environmental regulators and carbon trading issues are the practice’s main areas of focus. Practice head Matthew Germain has extensive experience in a range of renewable energy projects, while senior associate Caroline Bush is noted for her work on large environmental projects.

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John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd

Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP's team have a strong track record in Russian/CIS fraud cases, and fraud involving allegations of bribery and corruption. Tom Ellis represents clients in commercial disputes and corporate investigations involving fraud. Adrian Lifely stands out for his work in international fraud cases over the course of over 25 years.  Andrew Bartlett is recommended for his expertise in asset tracing and jurisdiction disputes.

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‘Tom Ellis is a very smooth operator with excellent client skills.’

‘Excellent technical skills and good people to work with.’

‘Andrew Bartlett is a top calibre solicitor with a sharp understanding of the cases he is handling and extensive expertise in managing cross-border mandates.’

Key clients

AITAS Group (Kazakhstan)

Sotheby’s Inc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC

Northampton Borough Council

PricewaterhouseCoopers Channel Islands

Promsvyaz Capital B.V. and others

Healthcare Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP advises on high-value healthcare matters for hospitals and other operators, such as healthcare PPPs and PFI deals. The team has additional expertise in NHS outsourcing, procurement of supplies and services, facilities management, and construction projects. Practice co-leader Simon Hancock is an infrastructure expert, while the 'highly respected' Catherine Wolfenden works on NHS procurements. New practice co-leader Will James, an intellectual property disputes specialist, joined from Marks & Clerk Law in April 2019.

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The practice is like an extension of my department – all are extremely competent, personable, and have a deep understanding of our business. The team genuinely cares about the business results we achieve. They are true partners, both business and thinking partners.’

There is great depth in the department, so whoever we deal with we know we are getting the best advice possible.’

Catherine Wolfenden is an industry-leading partner; highly respected with deep knowledge and love for procurement law.

Key clients

GAMA Healthcare Ltd.

Universal Health Services Inc

Pegasus Life

EE

Mountain Healthcare

Caledonia Investments

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Ltd

Synova Capital

Grifols

Colony Capital REIT

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP’s patent litigation practice regularly represents TMT clients in complex IP litigation involving high-tech elements such as AI, blockchain and telecoms devices. SEP and FRAND disputes are a point of strength for practice head Arty Rajendra, evidenced by her leading role co-representing Unwired Planet in headline litigation before the Supreme Court. In addition to litigation, recent hire Will James (previously with Marks & Clerk Law) takes on commercial IP matters including cross-border collaboration agreements in the technology sector. Also new to the team, associate director Chris Pratt fields expertise in life sciences. Recent engagement on this side has involved advancing infringement proceedings for biotechnology clients.

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Will James recently came over from Marks & Clark. He is truly a boost to the team and Osborne Clarke have a wonderful future ahead with him on board.

Will James stands out in life sciences litigation. He has a very bright mind, is a wonderful organiser and among the best in coordinating complex cross border cases.

Will James has been in the IP sector for 15 years. He knows the science as well as the law. His client advice and ability to coordinate international cases is outstanding.

Key clients

Unwired Planet LLC

Optis Cellular

PopSockets LLC

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP serves a wide range of private and public sector clients, including pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare companies, as well as NHS trusts and social care providers. Simon Hancock leads the healthcare team in Bristol, while Will James is the head of life sciences and healthcare in London. The firm's varied portfolio of work includes major healthcare projects and PPPs involving procurement or healthcare infrastructure, M&A and disputes. James and associate director Chris Pratt  joined from Marks & Clerk Law in 2019, boosting the firm's IP expertise in patent litigation and transactional matters.

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Will James recently came over from Marks & Clerk. He is truly a boost to the team and OC has a wonderful future ahead with him on board. Will James stands out in life sciences litigation. He has a very bright mind, is a wonderful organiser and at his best in coordinating complex cross border cases. I work closely with him on a life sciences case and that simply is a marvellous experience. Will James has been in the IP and Life science sector for 15 years. He knows the science as well as the law. His client advice and ability to coordinate international cases is outstanding.’

‘Not historically well known for its life sciences practice, Osborne Clarke are making key investments at a good time – the interaction between traditional healthcare and technology means it is a good time to leverage its significant technology reputation in the life sciences space.’

‘As with all great operators, Will and Chris combine great instincts with exceptional experience in their field.’

Key clients

GAMA Healthcare Limited

Universal Health Services Inc

Pegasus Life

EE

Mountain Healthcare

Caledonia Investments

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Limited

Synova Capital

Grifols

Colony Capital REIT

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited

Sana Biotechnology Inc

Acutus Medical

Stryker European Operations B.V.

Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc.

GAMA Healthcare

UniPhar Group plc

Green Biologics Limited

hVIVO plc (now part of the Open Orphan plc group)

Universal Health Services Inc

Rhythm AI Limited

Nutricia Medical / Danone SA

BioNTech

30 Technology Limited

Turbine Simulated Cell Technologies Ltd

Accord UK

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

Osborne Clarke LLP's M&A team increasingly secures work on large cross-border mandates as its international network of offices has grown. The team has significant experience advising clients in the marketing, media, tech, and consultancy sectors, with Tim Birt being the name of note here. Greg Leyshon leads the UK business transactions team, overseeing all M&A, financial institutions, private equity and commercial transactions. Simon Smith heads up the wider corporate group.

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‘The team was well organised, pragmatic and focused well on our deal.

‘Mathias Loertscher is an absolute pleasure to deal with. He has an incisive mind and doesn’t let any outstanding issues go missing’

‘Josephine Healy very responsive and tenacious with getting the final details together and our deal over the line’

 

Key clients

La Française des Jeux

?WhatIf! Holdings Limited shareholders

The Entertainer

Just Eat Plc

Onecom Group Limited

Porta Communications plc

Tenzing Private Equity and the other shareholders of FMP Global

Avia Solutions Group

Oakley Advisory Limited

Jellyfish Group Limited

Barcroft Studios Limited

Miniclip Group SA

Goldman Sachs

Sellers of FleetEurope

HH Global Group Limited

Marlin Equity Partners

Computershare

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP's trade mark portfolio practice sits within the firm's wider IP disputes team. Specialised in strategic trade mark development and commercialisation matters, the group excels in cross-border matters, especially in cases involving the entry of a client into a new market, with particular expertise in the Chinese, Russian and Middle Eastern markets. The technology, financial services, beauty, and oil and gas sectors accounted for a number of recent highlights, demonstrating the group's wide sector range. The fashion, new media and entertainment sectors also merit particular mention. Solicitor Arty Rajendra is the head of the practice.

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‘Exceptional white-glove personal attention.’

‘Brilliant team and good outcomes in cases.’

‘Richard May and Arty Rajendra are outstanding attorneys.’

Key clients

PopSockets LLC

Reckitt Benckiser

JPMorganChase (We Pay)

Ubisoft

LolaVFX

McLaren Construction

Compliance Online

Infinity Reliance

my 1st Years

Quack

Autodoc

TLG

FreemarketFX

Bristol Water

Howdens

Mobike

Miniclip

Spartan Race

PA Consulting

Pegasus Life

Wood plc

Fred Perry (Holdings) Limited

Katten Muchin Rosenman (US Law firm) on behalf of their client Axalta Coatings (Axalta)

Planning Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP's London-based planning team advise on a range of projects in the capital and around the country, from large residential and mixed use developments to key sites in the transport and energy infrastructure sectors. John Baird heads the practice and regularly advises landowners, residential and commercial developers, and strategic land promoters on the full range of planning issues. Anna Fouracre is another key contact, with a focus on planning obligations and infrastructure agreements; she has strong experience of managing contentious planning inquiries for a number of clients.

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‘First class understanding of the planning and development sector plus the scope to call on knowledge of other teams within practice.’

‘John Baird is very approachable, and gives well considered and pragmatic legal advice, having regard to the client’s particular circumstances. He tells it as it is. John’s team have shown the ability to respond quickly. 

‘This practice is excellent and very strong in planning. I highly recommend it.’

‘Sensible, practical lawyers who know how to collaborate and are free of the unearned self-worth of many lawyers.’

‘John Baird is a gifted planning lawyer who understands how to get things done without grandstanding or upsetting weaker council lawyers. Ben Naish has the same DNA.’

‘Ben Naish worked hard to ensure deadlines were met in difficult circumstances.’

Key clients

Gazeley

Welbeck Strategic Land

Ptarmigan Land

Topland Group

Taylor Wimpey

Barratt David Wilson

RWE

Student Castle

Swindon Borough Council

U and I Group

Henry Boot Developments

Gleeson Developments

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Simon Hobday leads the London energy team at Osborne Clarke LLP, which has a particular focus on smart energy and innovative energy solutions, both in the UK and internationally. Hobday has a wealth of experience advising sponsors, funders and operators on low carbon energy solutions, energy efficiency issues, district heating work, decentralised power generation matters and plant developments involving nuclear, biomass and conventional power. As international head of the energy and utilities group, James Watson is also recommended for energy and renewables PPP and PFI projects.

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LimeJump

Statera Energy

Via Novus Limited

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited

Foresight Solar

Centrica

Springfield Heat Project

Western Power Company Limited

Minety Battery Storage

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

Property litigation Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP's client base includes developers, investors and commercial lessors. In addition, the team's specialism in the energy sector makes it a first port of call for power and utility companies. The group includes Carl Roche, who made partner in April 2020, and is led by rights of light expert Gary Lawrenson. The team has a broad neighbourly disputes offering, which leads to regular instructions on party walls. Other key elements of the firm's work include commercial tenancy and lease disputes, and telecoms-related matters. Recent residential property work included disputes over overage payments and portfolio management issues.

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Broad knowledge base across the various sectors. Good access to associates and partners. Speed of delivery and response to enquiries.’

The OC property litigation team have been simply fantastic – calm, assured and always keeping our ultimate commercial goal in sight, enabling us to make the right decisions based on a proper understanding of all the facts.’

Approachable and proactive team.’

Good communication and a clearly strong level of experience and expertise. Well informed and able to see around the issues to provide actionable advice rooted in the legal profession but with an eye on the wider commercial implications.

Always available, confident in their understanding of their profession but also grasped us as a company and directors, meaning the communication is directed and advice is most useful. Passionate and willing to commit to their views.’

Strong team which has depths in many fields of property litigation from residential to commercial to infrastructure and development and landlord and tenant.’

Key clients

The UNITE Group Plc

Gazeley

Barratt Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Foresight Group

Eskmuir Properties Limited

CLS Holdings plc

Virgin Media Limited

SSE Plc

Olympian Homes

Topland Group

M&G

Encavis AG

Technicolor Limited

Real estate funds Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP's practice, which is led by Tim Simmonds, has a strong track record undertaking the full spectrum of funds work for institutional clients, fund management houses and investors. The group's expertise in fund formation and management matters is complemented by strengths in financial services regulatory and tax issues. In 2019, Simmonds and senior associate Rachael Clayden acted for Newcore Capital Management on the launch of £150m value-add fund Newcore Strategic Situations IV LP. Another name to note is Alison Riddle, who was promoted to partner in 2019; in one highlight, she advised Strathclyde Pension Fund as a cornerstone investor in the DTZi managed Co-Living Fund.

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OC have proven consistently dependable over time, invariably delivering to budget, understanding our business and inspiring confidence.

Tim Simmonds, supported by Seema Chandaria. It is always refreshing to work with Tim: he has an efficient, pragmatic approach, and inevitably meets the commercial objective. His input is of consistently high standard, and he has few obvious weaknesses.

Very personable and bright, they really know the market well and keep up to date on the latest developments in the real estate sector.

Tim Simmonds stands out as knowing his clients very well and is unflappable in difficult negotiations. Rachael Clayden thought through issues carefully before asking intelligent questions and provided an educated guess as to where we might end up and look to move towards, and her approach was appreciated and easy to deal with. Alison Riddle is also knowledgeable in the real estate funds market and a pleasure to work with.

The team punches above its weight and provides a magic circle quality service. A niche team, well led, experienced and they price sensibly. Would strongly recommend them as a fund formation team.

Key clients

Niam AB

Fiera Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

CBRE Global Investors

Savills Investment Management

Newcore Capital Management

Barwood Capital

Bridges Fund Management

DTZi

PGIM

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP's contentious construction practice handles key mandates for government bodies, universities and project developers. Construction and engineering disputes and risk head Rob Horne acts as a Chartered Arbitrator and adjudicator on several UK and international panels, and has decades of experience of advising on complex contentious construction and infrastructure matters. Daniel Cashmore is another key member of the team; he resolves construction and engineering disputes via mediation, adjudication and arbitration, and was recently promoted to the partnership.

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‘We have a strong business partnership with the firm – they have an excellent understanding of our business, as well as good industry knowledge.’

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Midas Construction Limited

M&G Real Estate

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

NordLB

Civitas Living

Gazeley

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP handles a wide range of construction matters, advising on logistics facilities, student accommodation as well as waste from energy projects. The team is co-led Philip Davies , who is able to 'easily address complicated legal issues' with experience on procurement across the UK. His client base is made up of developers, funders and contractors. Carl Thompson advises on the construction aspects of energy and infrastructure projects.

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‘The team is well managed with ease of access to key partners and consistency of continued senior involvement in our projects. We get what we pay for, which is up-to-date and industry leading commercial advice that is focused on resolving issues for the benefit of all and delivery. The breadth of the team is good, with continued senior oversight.’

‘Phil Davies is the client partner and is absolutely top of his game. Very knowledgeable and easily addresses complicated legal issues.’

Key clients

Midas Construction Limited

M&G Real Estate

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

NordLB

Civitas Living

Gazeley

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

Employee share schemes Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP’s incentives team assists national and international clients in implementing cross-border schemes for executives and other employees and handling the incentives aspects of IPOs, M&A and group restructurings. Michael Carter heads the team and specialises in working with a mix of UK and globalised listed and private companies. Dan Sharman also advises a wide range of UK and international clients, while senior associate Rhiannon Jones is another key member of the team.

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‘Great mix of nimbleness and attentiveness in their service model whilst also having international scale and experience. Hard to find that blend.’

‘Michael Carter and Rhiannon Jones provided great service. Truly able to assist promptly with some difficult queries but they stood out as knowledgeable and expedient in their assistance.’

Key clients

Hargreaves Lansdown plc

Union Jack Oil plc

Stagecoach Group plc

C M Monitor

AAR Holdings Limited

Limejump Limited

Liftoff Inc

Tribal Group plc

Paragon International Holdings Limited

Hanover Communications Limited

Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc

hVivo plc

Fevertree plc

Capita plc

Employers Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP frequently acts for UK-based and international corporate clients on significant employment law mandates, often with a cross-border aspect. This includes strategic advice on large-scale restructurings and TUPE transfers, as well as data privacy matters and reputational risk management. The team performs well in the financial services, TMT, recruitment, retail, media and advertising sectors. National employment team head Victoria Parry has experience advising on discrimination claims. David Cubitt, head of the London office, has expertise dealing with international clients.

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An extremely capable group of very strong lawyers with sound, reliable judgement. They are also a great team with which to work. They have a broad practice, including acting some major players but they also act for individuals, thus demonstrating a breadth of practice and an ability to get on with and inspire the confidence of a wide range of clients.

David Cubitt and Victoria Parry are both highly capable and effective and inspire their clients’ confidence. I can always be sure that the work they have done will be of the highest quality.

The Osborne Clarke employment team really go the extra mile to understand the businesses they support and provide clear value add. They have an all round excellent team. They always provide sound, practical and pragmatic advice and are user friendly and accessible.

Victoria Parry has a wealth of experience and knowledge and combines this with a clear common sense approach. She is an all round partner in a class of her own.

Olivia Sinfield has a clear and calm approach to whatever problem you present her with and knows how to apply the law. Camilla Neate is a pragmatic, thorough and professional “colleague” and an extension to me and my team when it comes to complex employment matters of sometimes a very sensitive nature.

David Cubitt and Victoria Parry are the ultimate dream team. They head up a superb quality employment law team, are highly pragmatic, responsive and commercial, but with a sense of humour and human approach to business issues.

David Cubitt has a razor sharp intellect and can tackle any problem you throw at him. Claire Bowles is one to watch; excellent attention to detail, great understanding of commercial realities and a highly skilled all round adviser.

The diverse and inclusive culture within OC is also something to highlight as it appears more progressive than many traditional firms.

 

Key clients

Nomura International

Lazard

Manpower

Eurostar

Marks & Spencer

Standard Chartered Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

Homebase (HHGL Limited)

United Airlines

BFIN

Veritas Technologies

Institute of Directors

Square Enix Limited

DocuSign

The Farm Group

Energy and infrastructure Tier 4

At Osborne Clarke LLP, international head of energy and utilities James Watson is regularly instructed by funders, investors and developers on projects in the waste, combined heat and power, renewables and cleantech sectors. Renewable energy and regulatory expert Simon Hobday is also of note for commercial arrangements, having recently advised Statera Energy on its strategic 15-year partnership with Statkraft.

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LimeJump

Statera Energy

Via Novus Limited

Foresight Solar

Centrica

Springfield Heat Project

Western Power Company Limited

Minety Battery Storage

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

EE Limited

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited

Green Frog Power

Triple Point

Equitix

Bristol University

Nord LB

Arlington Advisors

Department for Transport

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Acting for financial institutions, consumer credit and alternative lender clients, Osborne Clarke LLP has experience in a range of regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, with particular expertise in claims arising from data breaches and allegations of mis-selling of financial products. Rachel Couter leads the team and specialises in financial services regulatory investigations and banking and financial markets litigation. Also notable is Tom Ellis, who focuses on fraud, financial services regulatory work and investigations for individuals and corporate clients.

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‘This firm is making real inroads into the contentious FS space’

‘This firm should be on everyone’s watch list’

Key clients

HSBC plc / Financial Conduct Authority

Gain Credit LLC

Wirecard Solutions AG

Business Banking Resolution Service

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP is experienced in representing clients in multi-jurisdictional fraud, bribery and corruption investigations, including those brought by the SFO. It advises clients from the financial services, real estate, automotive, life sciences and technology, and retail sectors. Jeremy Summers heads the team and handles a broad range of high-profile business and financial crime matters.

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‘What Jeremy Summers doesn’t know about representing individuals and corporates in white-collar crime investigations isn’t worth knowing’.

‘Jeremy Summers’ experience is vast and encompasses all stages of the process from dawn raids and arrests, through to negotiating plea agreements and if necessary defending clients at trial’.

‘Their cool guidance and advice was very reassuring during a stressful time’.

‘Jeremy Summers’ experience and calmness during a stressful time for me, was a great reassurance’.

‘Osborne Clarke LLP are knowledgeable, insightful and approachable’.

‘The team are extremely well-resourced and Jeremy directs the team most effectively’.

‘Jeremy Summers is vastly experienced with long standing industry knowledge of bribery and corruption as well as nearly every other type of fraud’.

‘Jeremy Summers is a consistently outstanding lawyer with vast experience in all matters relating to financial and business crime, and investigations into financial irregularities’.

International arbitration Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP’s 'wide-ranging international arbitration practice fields quality people', who are highly active in complex, cross-border matters for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, as well as leading companies in the energy and renewables, technology, financial services and construction sectors. The practice also has a strong reputation for disputes involving Russia and the CIS region. Greg Fullelove heads up the international arbitration group worldwide, and Artem Doudko leads the Russia and CIS disputes practice. Adrian Lifely and Rob Horne are also key names.

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‘Greg Fullelove is a great communicator, dedicated client lawyer, and strong advocate, who understands arbitration very well, and runs a good team at OC.’

‘Good, wide ranging practice and quality people.’

‘Greg Fullelove is a very sensible, effective operator.’

‘Very dedicated, have always provided quick and top-quality advice.’

‘Greg Fullelove is simply outstanding. He is extremely responsive and a great strategist. He never looses sight of the main goal, and his responses will always be aimed at furthering the client’s case. Artem Doudko is an absolute expert in CIS related arbitrations, and is a very powerful and convincing advocate.’

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

At Osborne Clarke LLP, the pensions practice is led by the well-regarded 'industry insider' Jonathan Hazlett. Attracting clients from the employer, trustee, membership and consultancy sides, it is particularly known for its expertise in professional negligence claims. In addition, the team covers complex Part 8 rectification issues, scheme construction applications and  investigations by the Pensions Regulator. Moreover, clients can benefit from the team's strong track record on risk management and claims emanating from corporate insolvency and restructuring. On the non-contentious side, big-ticket instructions are pursued for both national and international interests. Recent highlights include: liability management in relation to documentation errors, pensions advice on multibillion-pound mergers, high profile scheme failures and occupational scheme issues arising from ESG investment. Key team members include Charles Crowne, 'terrific' senior associate Katherine King and Claire Rankin, who joined as a partner from Burges Salmon LLP in 2019.

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This is a leading pension team offering practical and sensible advice for pension trustees. As a charity, we are particularly pleased with the service we get from the team and the availability of our contact individuals in the pensions team‘.

Claire Rankin provides sensible and practical advice to a range of trustees with a variety of backgrounds. Claire helps all the trustees understand the issues and the decisions we have to take‘.

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

LGPS National Procurement Framework for Legal Services (including sole legal adviser to the Environment Agency Pension Fund)

Transport for London

Dell Corporation Limited

Berendsen Healthcare Limited

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Limited

Senior plc Pension Plan

Students’ Union Superannuation Fund

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Grant Thornton Pension Fund

House of Fraser Pension Scheme

Muntons plc Retirement Benefits Scheme

Kohler Mira Pension Scheme

Sharp Electronics (UK) Limited Pension Scheme

Bank of Ireland UK Pension Fund

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP advises high and ultra-high-net-worth clients on the full spectrum of private wealth issues, including international tax and estate planning, UK and offshore trusts, estate administration and inheritance tax issues on high-value estates, and estates involving complex IP rights issues. Clients include entrepreneurs, international wealthy families and figures in the entertainment industry. Under the leadership of Stuart Janaway, the team has also established a reputation for US-related private client work. Andrew Goodman covers matters including personal tax, succession and philanthropy.

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Efficient and easy to deal with. Andrew Goodman provides clear, user-friendly tax advice’

The lawyers are relevant and valuable to the private clients advised by the wider firm, often acting on complex, multinational and dynamic business-related matters. This shows that OC truly understands and values relationships with clients as individuals as much as businesses or legal cases

It is always a pleasure to engage Stuart Janaway. He is assured and experienced in all private client matters, but particularly valuable to UK and US clients with complex trust work to remediate and take forward as a new trustee. He continues to operate at the heart of the demanding and dynamic world of the firm’s excellent markets and deal-making practice

Property finance Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP has broad property finance capabilities, acting for both lenders and borrowers, often on multi-jurisdictional matters. Nick Padget now leads the team while former practice head Madeleine Clark is head of banking. Padget primarily focuses on the investment and development financing of hotel, logistics and residential properties, and Clark has advised on matters involving retail, residential and hotel assets in both the UK and Western Europe. Clients include major clearing banks, investment banks and REITs.

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‘The teams are very cohesive, and it is clear they do not work in silos. Whilst (in my case) the finance partner will take the lead, the supporting teams (property etc.) take responsibility for their own output and will liaise with you directly should there be issues, rather than routing it through other partners.’

‘Knowledgeable, experienced input with a very proactive attitude. More than happy to provide pro bono advice (very helpful to the intermediary world) and support clients throughout the entire deal process. Competitive quotes given the standard of service received.’

‘The joined-up approach of the firm also enables expertise from different areas to add value to the transaction process.’

Key clients

Warehouse REIT plc

Tunstall Real Estate

M&G

Max und Moritz GmBH

AG Maxis Cooperatieve U.A.

Cording Real Estate

Coutts & Co

Mount Street

Marchmont Investment Management

Reputation management Tier 4

Acting for both claimants and defendants, Osborne Clarke LLP offers advice in relation to litigation and crisis management arising out of libel, privacy, harassment and data protection issues. In addition to demonstrating in-depth knowledge of digital/internet platforms and contentious data privacy cases, the practice has solid credentials in handling reputational matters with an international component. Media and information law expert Ashley Hurst - 'who is destined to be at the top of the profession for a long time' - assists major tech and media companies, as well as high-profile individuals. Reputation management issues arising from cyber security incidents are one of Charlie Wedin's legal specialisms.

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‘Probably the best kept secret in the reputation management world: Osborne Clarke is ludicrously strong at online reputation management.’

‘Ashley Hurst is the standout partner. He is an industry leader in online reputation management who achieves impressive results for global clients.’

‘A very strong team, with a built-in knowledge of the media and telecommunications sector as a whole that give it an enormous edge in many cases. Outstanding client service.’

‘Ashley Hurst is an outstanding partner, who is destined to be at the top of the profession for a long time. A star.’

 

Key clients

Qatar Airways

Ascential Group

Revolut

Verizon Media

TripAdvisor

EMAP

Automattic (WordPress)

Danone

Hargreaves Lansdown

Discovery

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

In April 2019, Osborne Clarke LLP hired seasoned tax litigator Ian Hyde from Pinsent Masons LLP. He now leads the team in all issues relating to tax risk and litigation. Areas of particular expertise include tax tribunal appeals, HMRC investigations, penalties and civil tax litigation. Another name to note is associate director Matthew Greene, who has experience of appearing before UK and European courts.

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Strength in depth covering all areas of tax from pensions to aggregates levy.’

A very committed disputes team who focus upon the technical analysis and then craft a winning strategy. To do this, they combine technical ability with forensic acumen.’

Ian Hyde is clear thinking and approachable with strong technical background.’

Ian Hyde is clear thinking and approachable with strong technical background.’

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UBS

Domino’s Pizza Group plc

Npower

Corporate tax Tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP's department has expertise in transactional tax, in relation to corporate and real estate deals, as well as tax structuring in the funds and private equity space. The group also handles employee benefits work. Tracey Wright has extensive experience advising on matters arising from the real estate and infrastructure sector, while Erika Jupe is an international tax expert. Mathew Oliver, who is another international tax specialist, is also instructed in corporate restructurings and intellectual property tax. David Nisbet leads the private equity offering, and has 'excellent knowledge of the real estate industry'.

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They think around the practical aspects of implementation of the solution to the problem. Advisers that try to put themselves in the client’s shoes, as opposed to just quoting legislation are rare.’

Good at translating a technical topic into layman’s terms.’

Calm, measured, commercial advice.’

David Nisbet has excellent knowledge of the real estate industry. Gives practical advice based on experience, as well as based on what the law says.’

Key clients

Foresight Solar Fund Limited

PGIM

John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust

M&G RPF Ltd

Gazeley

Cording Real Estate Group Limited

LDC

Tenzing Private Equity LLP

Ultra Electronics Group

Jellyfish Group

Fiera Real Estate (formerly Palmer Capital)

CLS Holdings Limited

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP is a well-known name in the venture capital and tech funds space, where it acts for many of the most prominent and well-established names in the market. In addition, the firm is also a first port of call for a number of emerging managers. Elsewhere, the team handles the structuring of open-ended funds for private fund managers, and it also generates mandates from institutional investors. Helen Parsonage leads the venture capital funds practice. Tim Simmonds is the overall financial institutions group head.

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The team has excellent strength in depth, whilst retaining a very personal approach to how they deal with their clients. In particular, the partners in the team work collaboratively and flexibly to ensure that clients always receive an excellent, partner-led service, and they are supported by some very able associates.

Their technical knowledge is absolutely first-rate and they always demonstrate an excellent awareness of wider market trends, allowing them to offer insightful opinions and support their clients in reaching decisions on commercial and technical issues.’

Calm and professional service, good commercial sense and deliver promptly.’

Helen Parsonage is brilliant – we rely on her heavily for all our funds work in our private equity business. And her wider team, including the tax team are equally great.’

Helen Parsonage – calm, collected. Helpful in working out what we could give on and where we needed stay firm.’

Key clients

Notion Capital

Passion Capital

firstminute capital

MMC Ventures

PROfounders

Hollyport Capital

Bridges Ventures

Foresight Group

Illuminate Financial Management

InReach Ventures

EU and competition Tier 7

Recommended for its ‘excellent and practical advice’, Osborne Clarke LLP acts for companies on mandates involving merger control, behavioural matters, distribution and sales channels and contentious issues. The London team routinely works with its Bristol-based colleagues. Merger control specialist Simon Neill leads the department; legal director Katherine Kirrage is also noted.

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‘They are proactive, see things from client’s perspective, always aim to find practical solutions and give clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘Simon Neill is a brilliant lawyer with a great sense of humour. Extremely nice to work with.’

‘Osborne Clarke have a strong understanding of our business and industry sector, providing excellent and prompt practical advice.’

‘Osborne Clarke’s competition team have been our preferred partners for public procurement matters for many years. Quick and efficient responses. Very pragmatic advisers when difficult decisions need to be made within limited timescales.’

Key clients

Dyson

Danone

Green Frog

Granville Technology Group

Ebiquity

NewCold

Sally Salon Services

The Publishers’ Association

Maple Syrup Group

Immigration

The immigration team at Osborne Clarke LLP handles issues including employer sponsorship licenses and negotiating with the immigration authorities on behalf of multinational clients. Specialist areas of focus include work for US multinationals with a UK business, sole representative visas and family visas for international senior staff. Gavin Jones heads the team and has a particular niche advising on inward investment.

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Testimonials

Gavin Jones is always extremely knowledgeable, helpful and professional, and very personable and positive.’

‘Whenever I have dealt with the OC team they are always quick to respond, knowledgeable and provide advice suitable for our individual business.’

Key clients

DocuSign

Verkada

Zuffa LLC

AION

Arrow International Media

Anomaly

Metricstream

Collaborative Solutions

System1 Group PLC

OVO Energy

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The Lex 100 Verdict

A Lex 100 Winner in all but one category, it is abundantly clear that to its trainees Osborne Clarke is one of the best firms in the country for training. Trainees describe the firm in glowing terms, citing the ‘fantastic culture, quality of work, big-ticket clients, and the investment in learning and development’. ‘The approachability of the senior members of staff and the friendly culture convinced me that Osborne Clarke would be a great place to work’. With training locations in Bristol, London and Reading, the firm is known for its prowess in the tech industry and high-quality work in this sector and others is available in every office. Trainees comment on the approachability of senior staff who 'encourage work/life balance whilst also offering top-quality work’. Often cited as the firm’s best quality is its culture; one trainee says, ‘everyone is down to each and friendly so I knew it was a firm where I would fit in and that it would support me during my TC'.  Another liked 'the technology focus; it's a forward-thinking firm with a great culture’. Most trainees struggled to list any negatives, although the lack of international secondments was mentioned. The firm’s near full haul of our awards shows that Osborne Clarke is one of the most desirable firms for a training contract, particularly for those interested in technology and looking for a location in Bristol or the Thames Valley.