Osborne Clarke LLP > Bristol, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's team runs impressive national and cross-border transactions from the Bristol office. The group is also known for its advice on venture capital and private equity investments, as well as M&A, with the energy sector being a key focus. The corporate team is led by David Ferris, while Lara Burch leads the commercial group, with significant experience in commercial contracts. Alisdair Livingstone is another standout practitioner, leading on private equity matters. Conrad Davies is responsible for the urban dynamics group, which focuses on transactions relating to innovative issues such as smart cities and the future of work. Simon Jones, who specialises in advising technology-focused venture capital funds, angel investors and high-growth companies, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

David Ferris; Lara Burch

Other key lawyers:

Alisdair Livingstone; Conrad Davies; Mark Wesker; Sarah Knight; Simon Jones

Testimonials

‘Good teamwork. Nothing gets dropped – they are excellent communicators. The transition to lockdown was seamless and was never an issue.’

‘Alisdair Livingstone and David Ferris are both in our view exceptional lawyers. They are very low key and are always calm under pressure and focused on solving issues efficiently.’

‘One of the few firms with expert knowledge in all areas of the housebuilding industry. They delivered very impressive training during lockdown to a large number of our staff, with live test questions. They also offer an impressive quality and amount of breakfast seminars.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

M&G Real Estate

Computershare

Synova Capital LLP

Foresight

A-Gas

London & Country

Hargreaves Lansdown

Mulberry

Round Hill Capital

Mitie

John Laing

Ultra Electronics Plc

Dunedin

Plimsol Production

Work highlights

  • Advised Hargreaves Lansdown on a non-core asset disposal.
  • Advised Growth Capital Partners on the management buyout of GTS Flexible Materials Group Limited and its subsidiaries by Forest Bidco Limited, following an investment into Forest Bidco Limited and its ultimate parent company by funds managed by GCP and certain members of the management team.
  • Advised David Evans and Martin Jonik and others on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Techmodal Limited to BAE Systems Surface Ships (Holdings) Limited.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's tax team in Bristol has a solid reputation for being 'extremely focused, proactive, agile and hands on'. It advises clients on tax structuring and transactional issues, with expertise in cross-border taxation. The group has particular knowledge in the real estate, infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors, and it also has a strength in tax issues facing funds clients. Another area of focus is share incentives, for which there is a dedicated team. Jointly taking the lead are corporate tax expert Tracey Wright, who is 'an excellent communicator, with up-to-the-second knowledge', and the 'knowledgeable and skilledErika Jupe, who specialises in international tax. Associate director Elizabeth Shanahan's practice is focused on tax issues concerning financial services and funds.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Wright; Erika Jupe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tracey Wright is an excellent communicator, with up-to-the-second knowledge, and quick to respond.’

‘Very knowledgeable on UK tax issues, which has been of great value to me and my clients.’

‘Not only is Erika Jupe very knowledgeable and skilled in the area of tax, but she is great to work with. She is responsive and smart. I would recommend Erika to anyone looking for UK tax counsel.’

‘We regard the Osborne Clarke team very highly and rely on them for all of our fund and joint venture structuring advice. They are responsive, commercial and solution focused.’

‘Tracey Wright is our go-to partner. She is incredibly responsive and solution focused, and is able to explain complex areas of tax law in a simple, easy-to-understand way.’

‘Tracey Wright is good with the detail of a transaction. Unlike some other firms,  there is no silo mentality – people within the firm who may be acting on different things for us do speak to each other and know what’s going on across the wider business.’

‘The OC team which works with us is extremely focused, proactive, agile and hands on. They work as part of the in-house team, always doing their best.’

‘The team has long provided high-quality advice to our business, which has worked exceptionally well with the transactional advice provided to us by the firm’s other departments.’

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

BAE Systems Pension Fund

PGIM

Fiera Capital

Foresight

Newcore Capital

BDW Trading

BMO Real Estate Partners

M&G Residential Property Fund

Warehouse REIT

Barwood Capital

Bridges Capital

firstminute capital

Work highlights

  • Providing tax structuring advice and transaction support for Global Student Accommodation on the acquisition of two purpose-built student accommodation assets in Bristol.
  • Advising Foresight Group LLP in respect of complex tax issues arising in connection with its tax affairs and those of many of its private equity and venture funds.
  • Advised Morrison & Co Growth Infrastructure Fund on the tax aspects of a cross-border transaction resulting in the acquisition of a majority interest in Fore Freedom Holdings B.V., a fibre-to-the-premises network business in the Netherlands, from funds managed by Ancala Partners.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's Bristol team works closely with the firm's London and international office network to handle UK and cross-border competition matters. The group is known for its merger control practice, led by Simon Neill, who also has substantial experience in investigations, compliance and behavioural issues. The 'very pragmatic and commercialMarc Shrimpling has a highly regarded state aid and trade practice, and recently adviced Reckitt Benckiser Health on supply chain issues arising from the Covid pandemic. Senior associate Rebecca Malone specialises in competition issues concerning digital business, logistics and the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Simon Neill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Speedy responses, commercial answers, understanding of the business.’

‘Marc Shrimpling is very pragmatic and commercial in his advice. Lovely to work with too!’

‘Marc Shrimpling is super practical and always has a positive attitude. His commercial mindset and understanding of business dynamics is seamless.’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser Health

RB UK Hygiene Home Commercial Limited

Bestway Foods

Reckitt Benckiser BV, Global Division

InMusic Brands

Centrica

Kelly Services

Amber Infrastructure

Qualtex

The Met Office

Subway

News UK

Granted consulting

Dyson

NewCold

Work highlights

  • Advising Reckitt Benckiser Health on the vital Covid-19 challenges created to its supply chain during the ongoing pandemic.
  • Advising InMusic Brands on the implementation of its selective distribution system across Europe to facilitate the online and in-store sale of its premium music technology brands.
  • Advising Centrica on the implementation of its local energy market project in Cornwall, assisting with ongoing compliance issues from a state aid, public procurement and wider European Regional Development Fund/European Structural and Investment Funds rules perspective.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's litigation practice combines 'first-rank technical skills with a very pragmatic and commercially aware approach'. It is adept at handling cross-border work, counting international corporates among its impressive client roster and is praised for being 'especially skilled in Eastern Europe'. The group is experienced across a number of key sectors including the technology, media and telecoms, energy and natural resources and financial services industries; it is also 'building a super skill in cyber and cryptocurrency work', for which Charlie Wedin is a key contact. Real estate litigator Leona Briggs leads the practice, which includes Clare Robinson (who is 'a force to be reckoned with' for technology and digital business disputes) and Peter Clough, who is praised for being 'extremely commercial with superb judgement'. Other contacts include the 'very experienced' Tom Ellis, pensions litigator Charles Crowne and senior associate Becky Crawford who is 'one to have on your side' for commercial, IP, IT and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Leona Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowing that Clare Robinson is NOT on the other side is what allows me to sleep at night.’

‘The team is of a consistently high quality. They have never let me down. Especially skilled in Eastern Europe (Russia especially) they work well with our insolvency/asset recovery teams. They have a ‘can do’ and ‘commercial’ outlook. I also like the way they have focused on technology, and they are building a super skill in cyber and cryptocurrency work. Overall the best commercial litigation team in the region, and compete head-on (and beat) larger London outfits.

‘Peter Clough is very experienced. Steady head and extremely commercial with superb judgement. Tom Ellis is very experienced. Super connected and able to build a strong litigation strategy. Charlie Wedin is developing a strong niche in technology, cyber and crypto.’

‘Clare Robinson’s very personable team combine first rank technical skills with a very pragmatic and commercially aware approach, making them a pleasure to work with.’

‘A wide breadth of specialisms and knowledge within the wider team.’

‘Clare Robinson: undoubtedly experienced, pragmatic and a force to be reckoned with. Becky Crawford: she never misses a point and is all over the detail; one to have on your side and a great team player.’

Key clients

Npower Business Solutions

Vodafone

Oath

City of Venice

PwC

Marks & Spencer

Shell Energy

Western Power Distribution

The AA

Dell

Work highlights

  • Defending the City of Venice in a €100m+ High Court dispute with Dexia Bank and Bank Intesta San Paolo relating to disputed swaps transactions.
  • Acting for Vodafone in Commercial Court proceedings against SIM Local, a distributor of sim cards.
  • Acting for Turner Broadcasting in a dispute with Econet Media Limited and its parent company Jedidiya Holdings – High Court proceedings in relation to African broadcasting rights payments.

Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke works with an impressive international client base, advising on complex employment issues including the employment aspects of transactional matters, redundancies and restructurings, discrimination and an array of other contentious matters. The firm also has significant experience in matters involving the European Works Council, facilitating additional work with multijurisdictional clients. Much of this is led by Julian Hemming, who leads the international employment practice. Anna Elliott heads up the firm's South West employment practice and Paul Killen leads the UK employment team. Transactional specialist Leanne Coates is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Anna Elliott; Paul Killen; Julian Hemming

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Coates; Philip Chivers

Testimonials

‘They explain the legal position in simple terms that help us to understand the situation we are dealing with.  There is always a person who can help with the specific enquiry available, and our contacts always keep us informed.’

‘Phil Chivers and Leanne Coates have been instrumental in assisting us in many recent matters. They are friendly, very helpful and timely in dealing with matters.’

Key clients

Stericycle Inc

Resources Connections, Inc

Diageo

Mountain Healthcare

Etc venues management team

Sana Biotechnology

Medical Defence Union

A listed company in the defence sector

Western Power Distribution

Tech Mahindra

Ralph Lauren

Dassault Systemes (3DS)

Penta Consulting

Totally Money

CoStar

Worldwide Flight Services

Witt Keifer International

Leagas Delaney

Grifols

Subway

Work highlights

  • Leading and project managing multi-jurisdictional Covid-19 related projects for Stericycle.
  • Assisting Resources Connection Inc with a large European restructuring and redundancy exercise.
  • Advising Diageo on all UK employment law matters, including rewards and incentives.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The health and safety team at Osborne Clarke LLP acts on behalf of a number of household name clients, providing contentious and non-contentious support. Its involvement with media and entertainment employers has included aiding ITV with the drafting of Covid-19 industry guidelines. Other core client areas include transport, energy, retail and financial services. The team is highly regarded for its contentious work and crisis management abilities, two strengths of practice head Mary Lawrence. It also offers advice on internal investigations, mental health risk, fire safety issues, and rail health and safety matters. Matthew Kyle is well regarded for his experience in regulatory criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Mary Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Kyle; Georgie Lythgoe

Testimonials

‘Without doubt one of the leading health and safety teams in the South West. It has real strength in depth from top to bottom which has resulted in attracting top commercial clients. Having this in-depth experience within the team it is able to provide both high-quality advisory work and litigation advice. A class act. ’

‘Prompt and practical advice, tailored to the needs of the business.’

‘Proactive, supportive, willing and able to meet tight deadlines when a matter requires this.’

‘Georgia Lythgoe stands out as a genuine specialist who sees the big picture and translates H&S risk into language that the business understands.’

‘The professionalism and diligence of the team was outstanding and their experience in crisis management was exactly the support we required. Throughout the case, they set out clear objectives, articulated and pressed our case, whilst managing our own expectations.’

‘Mary Lawrence exhibited calm under pressure, was thoughtful and thorough, always available and showed us that nothing was too much trouble.’

‘I have found the team great to work with, they ensure they fully understand our context before advising and align with our desired outcome and approach. They have turned around many last-minute, urgent and changing requests for legal advice quickly providing valuable and relevant advice.’

‘Mary Lawrence has been a stand-out with her expertise and approach.’

Key clients

RWE Generation

Western Power Distribution

ITV plc

Selfridges & Co

Wales and West Utilities

Netflix Inc.

Vue Entertainment Limited

Eversholt Rail

Barratt Developments

Marks and Spencer

St Modwen Properties

Bureau Veritas SA

Starbucks

Vodafone

Lifestory

Work highlights

  • Representing RWE in relation to the high-profile Didcot power station collapse, which occurred in February 2016.
  • Handling representation of an electricity company following the death of one of its young employees who was electrocuted at work.
  • Advising one of the top 5 housebuilders on building safety and fire safety obligations in relation to current developments and historic property portfolio.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's pensions department offer a full set of services to its national client base, acting on behalf of hundreds of trustees and employers. The team is most notable for its public sector work, providing legal advice to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Local Government Pension Scheme. Its specific work includes experienced with defined contribution pensions and high court disputes. Jonathan Hazlett, who heads the team, is highly regarded for his PPF work, as well as his advocacy work in disputes. Legal Director Daragh McGinty is known for his local government work, and associate Rebecca Cantrell is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hazlett

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Claire Rankin is approachable and good at the explanation of complex issues.’

‘Definitely the leading pensions practice outside of the City. They are consistently involved with the biggest pensions cases. The team have great expertise and combine it with a genuinely helpful and commercial approach. A stellar practice.’

‘They are very approachable and prioritise common sense and pragmatic solutions.’

‘Jonathan Hazlett is a leading light in the pensions industry. Intellectually very able, pragmatic in his advice and great fun to work with. You definitely want him in your corner. You can’t do better.

‘A very strong pensions team that is pragmatic and commercial. Very approachable and take the time to understand your issues and to find solutions that work.’

‘Jonathan Hazlett really is at the top of his game. Sensible and insightful. Claire Rankin is very knowledgeable, with the ability to assimilate complicated detail.’

‘Claire Rankin is always extremely thorough and she is clearly very knowledgeable. She is very approachable and willing to provide advice at short notice when required. She works well together with other scheme advisers.’

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

Hammerson Group Management Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Savills Pension Plan

Bank of Ireland UK Pension Fund

Dell Corporation Limited

Royal Society of Chemistry Pension Scheme

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Pension Plans Trustees Limited

Senior plc Pension Plan

Students’ Union Superannuation Fund

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Grant Thornton Pension Fund

Kohler Mira Pension Scheme

Sharp Electronics (UK) Limited Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised over 30 schemes on PPF related matters.
  • Advises to Local Government Pension Schemes with combined asset size of circa £20bn.
  • Advises both the Trustee of Pennon Group Pension Scheme and the Trustee of the Pennon Defined Contribution Pension Scheme on a number of complex workstreams.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Osborne Clarke's team covers the full gamut of banking and finance work, such as syndicated lending, acquisition financing and private equity transactions. It has experience acting for borrowers and lenders, be it large banks, challengers or various funds. Team head Tom Bussy is an expert in acquisition finance and corporate finance, while Omar Al-Nuaimi is an established advisor in structured acquisitions and project finance. Caroline Saul has special expertise in the energy space. Associate director Tom Berisford also has know-how in corporate lending.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bussy

Testimonials

‘Highly commercial approach to transactions, always seeking to find solutions and quick to respond during negotiations. Importantly, they don’t deviate from quotes given and are flexible on late changes to scope that occur during the transaction.’

‘Tom Bussy – technically very sound and highly commercial approach is refreshing. Tom is a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending him.’

‘Pragmatic, responsive, open, knowledgeable, reasonable, pleasure to work with.’

 

Key clients

Regulatory Finance Solutions Limited

NatWest

Aberdeen Standard Life

TradeRisks Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Silicon Valley Bank

Liberis Limited

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)

Arlington Advisors

RBS

Santander UK

Foresight Solar Fund

Nord LD Bank

NewCold Limited

Synova Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised NatWest and a club of 5 other lenders on the $200m refinancing of Avon Rubber plc.
  • Advised Ansco Arena Limited, the owner of The O2 Arena, in relation to all aspects of its establishment of a commercial paper programme as part of its participation in the Covid Corporate Finance Facility.
  • Advised BayernLB on a new debt facility, which enabled the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) to complete a £86m long-term refinancing for a 32MW portfolio of onshore wind assets.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Practice head Nigel Boobier and legal director Claire Bundy at Osborne Clarke LLP are praised as 'exceptional restructuring specialists.' The team has established connections to insolvency practitioners, clearing and challenger banks, and it works regularly on the lender side. The client portfolio includes names from the financial services, real estate and technology industries. It further has a solid track record in acting in insolvencies and corporate restructurings involving pension funds. Douglas Hawthorn joined from Michelmores LLP in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Boobier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good quality personnel at each level with no weak links’

‘Nigel Boobier – very client focused making sure that advice is tailored to client needs.’

‘Claire Bundy is a hard working and practical lawyer.’

‘What makes Osborne Clarke such a strong proposition is their strength in depth, being able to involve a number of strong disciplines including pensions, property and corporate in particular. We take a lot of comfort that we have strong advice from a number of disciplines, but importantly always led by an experienced restructuring professional who not only has an extensive legal understanding, but are highly focussed and commercial and coordinate the team to get the best result, usually against very tight timetables.’

‘Nigel Boobier and Claire Bundy are exceptional restructuring specialists. All of these individuals have an exceptional legal understanding but also a highly commercial approach and a strong commitment to deliver to meet their clients (sometimes tough) expectations, which are always managed realistically.’

Key clients

Barclays

KPMG LLP

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Deloitte LLP

BDO LLP

Pension Protection Fund

Alder King LLP

Grant Thornton LLP

Rcapital

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Begbies Traynor Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by PwC to deal with the retention of title claims in the retail administration of Laura Ashley which involved advising PwC in respect of domestic and overseas suppliers.
  • Instructed by Deloitte as administrators to advise on the validity of their appointments in respect of 9 companies and on the validity of the security created by these entities in favour of lenders.
  • Advised the administrators on a complex business and asset sale to a competitor.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is highly regarded for its regionally, nationally and internationally active practice. Its team has knowledge in advising sponsors and lenders on project developments and financings, and its core areas of expertise are emergency services and social infrastructure; higher education; telecoms and IT infrastructure; energy, and defence. Chris Wade is an established contact for private and public sector clients; he leads the team jointly with James Watson and Matthew LewisDavid Ferris specialises in power technology issues and Carl Thompson focuses on energy and utilities projects. Omar Al-Nuaimi is an expert in finance transactions. Catherine Wolfenden is noted for her expertise in procurement law, and Simon Hancock is a key contact in PFI and PPP matters. Alan John retired in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chris Wade; James Watson; Matthew Lewis

Key clients

EE Limited

Bayerische Landesbank

Tay Valley Lighting (Leeds) Limited

Nord LB

Civitas Living

Equitix

Aberdeen Standard

AEG

Bristol University

Equitix and Bouygues Ltd

Foresight Group

Engie

Centrica

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for EE on the Home Office Emergency Services Network Project Contract project to provide a next generation communication system for the three emergency services (police, fire and rescue, and ambulance) and other public safety users.
  • Advised Bristol University on the procurement of its £300m new campus project at Temple Meads.
  • Acting for WPD on the development of its electricity flexibility services.

Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is an established point of contact for real estate investors, developers, contractors and lenders. The team, which is led by 'seriously impressiveMichelle McGurl, is involved in development and regeneration schemes, residential premises, and commercial leasing with transactions in the retail, hotel and leisure, senior living, and logistic and transport sectors. Ian Wilkinson has experience in disposals and asset management, while David North is well versed in the student accommodation space. Alice Conway and associate Joanna Risdale are further key practitioners of the team.

Practice head(s):

Michelle McGurl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ian Wilkinson is very commercially minded and dynamic, as well as very friendly and personable. He stayed calm and focused throughout a challenging negotiation. ’

‘OC provide a start to finish service for our regional housebuilding business. All  services are provided to a high level. The seamless service provided during the lockdown is testament to the professionalism of the organisation.’

‘Our primary point of contact is Colin Stratton and we continue to be extremely pleased with this service provided.’

‘One of the few firms with high experience of working with the housebuilding industry- offers specialist advice covering all areas. Their housebuilder client list demonstrates how highly rated they are.’

‘Cross-border approach that Osborne Clarke provides in relation to the type of transactions we undertake is very valuable to us. Whilst Osborne Clarke can and do provide a very wide range of services/advice, they are not a faceless organisation.’

‘David North – you get a sense he really values us as a client.’

‘Osborne Clarke’s real estate team are the best we have worked with. They are very experienced and knowledgeable. They are client-focused, responsive and flexible. Legal drafting is always excellent. Advice is commercial and very reliable. If we have a tricky contract we would always choose Osborne Clarke. ’

‘Michelle McGurl is the best real estate solicitor I have worked with. Her knowledge and understanding are amazing. Her advice is excellent. She is always calm and considered even in difficult face to face meetings. Seriously impressive.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

DTZ Investors

Taylor Wimpey

BDW Trading Limited

Vistry Partnerships Limited (formerly Galliford Try)

Vistry Homes Limited (formerly Bovis Homes)

InfraRed Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

Greystar

Crest Nicholson plc

Crosstree

Work highlights

  • Assisted Warehouse REIT plc with an acquisition of a £44M, 5 asset logistics portfolio via a corporate acquisition and share subscription with the consideration being Warehouse REIT plc shares and cash.
  • Advised Vistry Partnerships Limited on their joint venture with Goram Homes, Bristol City Council’s new housing company.
  • Assisted Global Student Accommodation with the acquisition of two student accommodation buildings in Bristol from Harmsworth Pension Fund.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is highlighted for providing 'robust strategic advice with a hefty dose of commercial realism on the side.' The well-established group is instructed by developers, contractors, investors, funders and public sector institutions, and has know-how in the residential, education and energy area. Philip Davies is experience in construction and engineering procurement work, while Rob Horne is a key contact in construction, engineering and infrastructure projects and disputes. Carl Thompson is well versed in energy and utility projects; together, they lead the practice. Alexandra Gower's advice is 'focused, clear and most importantly practical.' Associate director David Kirkpatrick is another disputes practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Philip Davies; Carl Thompson; Rob Horne

Other key lawyers:

Alex Gower; David Kirkpatrick

Testimonials

‘The non contentious construction team at OC provides robust strategic advice with a hefty dose of commercial realism on the side. They resource projects well with lean teams of lawyers of suitable qualification doing the day to day work with partner involvement overseeing things; and the partners involve are always up to spend on the key issues.’

‘Carl Thompson is very commercially savvy and is always goes above and beyond the call of duty.’

‘Alexandra Gower provides high quality advice that is focused, clear and most importantly practical. ’

‘The team are fantastic with a pro-active and ‘can-do’ attitude. Really helpful in providing solutions to problems rather than just presenting problems.’

‘Phil Davies is fantastic and a very much valued partner to our business. We work extremely closely with Phil and his team and they are a crucial part of the success of each development we build. Phil creates relationships with all of our contracting businesses and can be relied upon to progress matters effectively and negotiate agreements in a timely manner.’

‘The team at OC have phenomenal collective knowledge of the UK renewables sector built up over a decade and more of intense activity in a variety of different capacities. The knowledge sharing and trust across the departments is strong which means that as a client, I have access to collective knowledge of the industry.’

‘The OC team are highly engaging delivering senior level strategic understanding and traction from the start of every assignment in which I have worked with them. The collaboration across the teams is strong, meaning that we benefit from collective knowledge without any particular effort.’

‘A local law firm that manages to be big enough to attract quality staff, yet small enough to care about regional clients.’

Key clients

U and I Plc

GLP (formerly Gazeley)

Royal Bank of Scotland

WPD

Foresight Group

Redevco UK Limited

Equitix

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

M&G Real Estate

Lifestory Group Limited

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

RKE Biogroup Ltd

Fusion Students

Gazprombank (as agent for PJSC Cryogenmash)

Minety Battery Storage Limited (China Huaneng HK Ltd)

Nordheat Denmark A/S

BDW

Fiera Real Estate

Cubex Land Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing advice to GLP on its entire programme of industrial logistics developments.
  • Advising Fiera Capital and Cubex Land on the development of the Finzels Reach Estate in Bristol which this year has involved advising on a new grade A 100,000 sq ft office building, over 200 build to rent units forward sold to Grainger and 66 affordable housing units forward sold to Yarlington Housing Group.
  • Advised China Huaneng Group on its investment and development of the ground-breaking 100MW battery storage project in Wiltshire, Europe’s largest battery storage facility.

Real estate > Planning Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is praised for its 'brilliant capacity to offer straightforward and clear advice in complex situations.' The team has extensive experience in the full range of advisory and contentious planning matters, in particular in the areas of energy and transport infrastructure as well as commercial and residential properties. Clients regularly instruct the group in CDOs and other strategic planning mechanisms. Neil Bromwich is a dedicated planning specialist, and he leads the practice with London-based John Baird. Associate director Richard Harding is appreciated for his 'methodical and logical approach.'

Practice head(s):

Neil Bromwich; John Baird

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provide a professional yet friendly and approachable service. Work is always completed to an extremely high standard in a timely manner. I believe the work carried out is often to a higher standard compared with other firms. Work is always well distributed within the team and there is always someone able to pick up with appropriate background if other members of the team are unavailable.’

‘The team always responds well in a focused manner and provides clients with a range of solutions to problems. Its planning team is well resourced and well informed. OC have regularly undertaken virtual seminars on key topics during lockdown.’

‘I deal with Richard Harding primarily for S106 agreements and find the service he provides is first class, will make himself available to suit client needs & has a very methodical and logical approach with an understanding of the developers position.’

‘Osborne Clarke’s real estate planning practice are a very capable team who provide a excellent, professional service. Advice is provided quickly and always with a commercial perspective. They have good knowledge of emerging policies and legal issues. We have received very good advice for example on the complexities around CIL regulations. They take a flexible approach and will work with you to understand what your requirements and budget are to ensure you get appropriate advice.’

‘Neil Bromwich has a huge breadth and depth of knowledge on planning law, and a lot of experience working with major house builders. He is able to articulate complex advice in a way that is easily understandable, and he is very approachable and interested in working with you to solve problems.’

‘The team is broad in expertise and has a brilliant capacity to offer straightforward and clear advice in complex situations. They are very human in their approach and are not shy of giving meaningful opinion. They are a very good extension of our in house team. ’

‘Wealth of experiencing in the house building sector. Members of the team are proactive and attentive to clients. They have an extremely good working relationship with Local Planning Authority’s Legal Teams, which is imperative with some of the major residential schemes.’

‘The OC team have a breadth of knowledge that enables them to assist with our development work to enhance the delivery of homes on our developments.’

Key clients

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

Enovert Management Limited

Cornerstone Communications

Vistry Homes

Work highlights

  • Providing Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes with strategic (group level) advice alongside our regular acquisition/disposal related instructions.
  • Advising Vistry on the development of a site in East Grinstead with a major green space provision.
  • Advising Countryside Properties as the partner of Chichester District Council in the development of a significant strategic land site for up to 1,300 new homes at Tangmere, near Chichester.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is able to handle 'complex legal issues with incredible ease and has strong forensic tactical knowledge.' The team is regularly sought after in development disputes, and landlord and tenant matters, as well as in proceedings relating to energy, utilities, compulsory purchase and other infrastructure, and telecoms. Beyond clients from these industries, the group also acts for investors, residential developers and retail sector clients. Practice head Leona Briggs also has know-how in the Electronic Communications Code. Newly promoted partner Emily Van Schalkwyk is 'incredibly hardworking and extraordinarily bright' and director, David Shakesby has a focus on disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Leona Briggs

Testimonials

‘The property litigation team has great depth in and experience of Real Estate property litigation. They can handle complex legal issues with incredible ease and have strong forensic tactical knowledge. The work with and around clients, providing in depth advice and focussed litigation assistance. This also work extremely well with other legal team members, such as barristers and experts. It is difficult to overate how strong their real estate property litigation team is.’

‘Emily Van Schalkwyk is a truly outstanding lawyer. She can seamlessly move from advising on and litigating on Compulsory Purchase disputes to doing the same on Electronic Communications Code disputes. She is incredibly hardworking, extraordinarily bright and has very sound litigation judgment. She is one of the best solicitors I have worked with in 40 years at the Bar and 18 years as Q.C.’

‘Leona Briggs is also a first class litigator. She is very hardworking, has sound litigation judgment and really knows the law in her subject areas.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge across the real estate litigation sphere and specialist expertise in telecoms disputes. In respect of the latter the team offers impressive commercial nous and knowledge of the industry, and an ability to work well with demanding clients in concert with counsel. They provide City of London firm level care and skill in case management, at extremely competitive rates.’

‘Leona Briggs provides invaluable oversight and guidance, managing the demands of clients with a level-headed sense of pragmatism whilst achieving solid results.’

‘The team we work with are always avaliable, prompt with any considerations and listen to our specific critera or concerns and revert appropriatly with a well rounded and helpful response – taking into consideration our business, commercial opperations and specific issues, concerns and criteria (of the owners). The team is concise and direct, which we appreciate.’

‘Emily Van Schalkwyk has a natural ease and confidence with clients and counsel, as well as a deep understanding of the telecoms sector and the interests of mobile operators. Sound and savvy.’

Key clients

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited and Vodafone Limited

Olympian Homes Limited

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

BDW Trading Limited

WPD Telecoms Limited

Wales & West Utilities Ltd

PGIM

Vodafone Enterprise UK

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Vistry

Bloor Homes Limited

Greystar

FRP Advisory LLP

Marks and Spencer PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cornerstone in relation to the acquisition of rights under paragraphs 26 and 20 of the Electronic Communications Code, over a building owned by the University of Arts, London.
  • Advising BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes) on a complex claim by a local authority for an injunction in respect of alleged breaches of a s106 agreement, and a related indemnity claim against another prospective defendant.
  • Advising Western Power Distribution in its negotiations with HS2 including property-led contentious issues.

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

The 'highly effective and highly responsive' team at Osborne Clarke LLP acts for an impressive list of corporate clients and government agencies, which it advises on all aspects of their IP portfolios. The group has experience in global trade mark filings and oppositions, patent litigation and commercial IP transactions, in addition to a niche in trade secrets cases. The team is led by IP litigation expert Clare RobinsonWill Robertson assists the firm's technology clients, providing advice on the development, procurement and exploitation of their assets. Douglas Peden is regularly instructed on contentious trade mark and copyright issues, while Tom Harding is the name to note for media-related IP work. Senior associate Becky Crawford is an expert in trade secrets and trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Clare Robinson

Testimonials

‘Highly effective and highly responsive team.’

‘Clare Robinson leads and delegates with a high degree of efficiency, ensuring the best outcomes within budget.’

Key clients

Eurostar

Babcock Integrated Technology Limited

Danone

Kerry Foods

Nisbets

Martin Millers Gin

Western Power Distribution

Church of England and Environment Agency

Vanguard

Babcock

Ultra Electronics

Causeway Technologies Limited

Cookpad

PlaySportsNetwork

RAL

Leonardo

Verkada Inc

Tyman Plc

XP plc

Teammann Group

Work highlights

  • Managing Eurostar’s worldwide trade mark portfolio across over 60 jurisdiction and acting as Eurostar’s sole adviser for all IP matters.
  • Advised Babcock regarding the intellectual property rights and licences to enable it to design a ventilator and put in place the supply chain for manufacturing the product, following the UK government’s call to industry in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised the pensions funds for the Church of England and The Environment Agency on creating the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) – a data-driven initiative which creates indices and ratings of large companies as part of a climate action benchmark.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP takes an interdisciplinary approach to IT matters, pulling together experts in commercial law, litigation and corporate transactions. The group advises clients on digital transformations and commercial IT agreements. The team is led by Will Robertson, a commercial lawyer with expertise in procurement, as well as in advising technology companies on new products and services. Tom Harding focuses on commercial transactions, with clients in the digital and e-commerce sectors. Charlie Wedin is a litigator who is often instructed on technology disputes. 'Consistently reliable, personal and available' associate director Eleanor Williams' practice involves negotiating and advising on high-value contractual arrangements for the sale, procurement and development of technology.

Practice head(s):

Will Robertson

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke have really taken the time to understand how we operate as a wider organisation, an in-house legal team and as individuals. They’ve tailored their approach, including the people they put forward to us to work on matters, in order to ensure we are provided with pragmatic legal advice with practical solutions on ways forward.’

‘You can have a good conversation with them. What you want from an external law firm is people who are an extension of the team. You get this with Osborne Clarke. We have established a trusting relationship.’

‘OC provide a personal service. They take time to get to know the client and understand the business.’

‘Eleanor Williams is consistently reliable, personable and available. She is our go-to and we trust her completely.’

I would also single out their strong international network.

Key clients

Dell

Hargreaves Lansdown

EE

KPMG

Miniclip

Bristol Airport

Dassault Systèmes

Western Power Distribution

Barratt Developments PLC

Business Growth Fund

Cornerstone

Church of England

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Western Power Distribution on various digital transformation projects to drive change and innovation in energy delivery and planning.
  • Advised Vodafone in its defence of, and counterclaim against, a claim by a distributor of sim cards.
  • Advised Barratt Homes on its digital transformation programme, including the renegotiation of its core software licences with Oracle.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP's team is best known for its national and international regulatory expertise, advising clients on digitalisation strategies and production issues. During the Covid pandemic, the group advised ITV on safely returning to television production, drawing on its expertise in health and safety. Another key area of strength is advertising and marketing, and the team advises an impressive range of multinational media companies on advertising policy. Broadcasting and digital content producers, which the team advises on their output, also make up an active part of the client base. The interactive entertainment team is led by Tom Harding, a commercial transactional lawyer with expertise in the monetisation of entertainment products. Mary Lawrence is a specialist in commercial and regulatory disputes and now leads the health and safety practice. Associate Elliott Prentiss is developing a specialism in GDPR issues.

Practice head(s):

Tom Harding

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Discovery

Netflix

Facebook, Instagram

ITV

Miniclip

Bandai Namco

Vice Media

Publishers Association

Disney

News UK

The & Partners

DAZN

Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook and Instagram on multiple commercial and regulatory matters over the last year as well as providing Facebook Gaming with eSports advice.
  • Advising ITV on preparing guidelines to be used in the TV production industry to permit filming during Covid which were endorsed by other public service broadcasters and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (as their relevant government department).
  • Advising online games site Miniclip on all commercial and regulatory aspects of its business.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

The team at Osborne Clarke LLP has considerable know-how in asset financing and leasing, franchising, and planning work in the rail sector. It is regularly instructed by key clients such as the Department for Transport, TfL, Gazeley and Eversholts Rails Group. Other areas of expertise are rail sector pensions, state aid and procurements. Lara Burch heads up the practice and has more than 20 years of experience. Edward Barratt specialises in the rail and rolling stock area and associate director Craig McCarthy is active in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Lara Burch

Key clients

Department for Transport

Eversholt Rail Group

Beacon Rail Leasing

Transport for London

Siemens

Rail Delivery Group

Office of Rail and Road

Western Power Distribution

Eurostar International

Ricardo Rail

Knorr Bremse Rail

Cross London Trains

Hack Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Department for Transport as one of eight panel firms in matters such as rail franchising, fares and ticketing and regulated procurement.
  • Advised Eversholt on multiple mandates including on a highly innovative project with Alstom to convert existing trains to run on hydrogen (Project Breeze).
  • Advising Gazeley on the Development Consent Order and Compulsory Acquisition of land for Rail Central, a joint venture with Ashfield Land, to develop a proposed new 7 million sq ft Strategic Rail Freight Interchange in Northamptonshire at a cost of £700m.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 1

With partners based in London, Reading and Bristol who have a core focus on venture capital work, including life sciences and healthcare-focused specialists Justin Starling  and Rob Hayes , who joined the firm in February 2021 from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLPOsborne Clarke LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle a range of VC work, running the gamut from fund formations and financings across the funding lifecycle through to exit strategies. The firm's longstanding experience in the market ensures that it has a 'deep but practical understanding of venture capital financings', enabling it to provide 'commercially-minded' advice on behalf a balanced roster of investors and investees. 'Extremely responsive' team head Robert Wood  remains a lynchpin of the practice, in particular as it relates to the TMC sector (including work involving investor syndicates). Mathias Loertscher is 'patient and attentive', acting for start-ups seeking early stage funding. Simon Jones has a good perspective from both sides of the negotiating table, as a result of his balanced offering for funds/angel investors and growth companies which are active in the TMC space. Associate Elizabeth Yell is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Wood

Other key lawyers:

Justin Starling; Rob Hayes; Mathias Loertscher; Simon Jones; Matthew Edwards; Tom Try; Ken Wilkinson; James Taylor; Elizabeth Yell; Rob Pook

Testimonials

They have a deep but practical understanding of venture capital and cross- border financings. Very down-to-earth and highly intelligent.’

Highly commercially minded and very pragmatic. The firm treats work undertaken as a way to help shape business and relationships, not an academic exercise – the consequence is high-end work at a very reasonable price, reflecting the nature of the business.’

Robert Wood is extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with.

Mathias Loertscher is highly responsive, practical and highly professional.’

Mathew Edwards is patient, attentive, flexible and extremely efficient. He goes above and beyond in every aspect and is a joy to work with.’

Robert Pook is a good negotiator and very responsive.’

Key clients

Highland Europe

Endeavour Vision

Seldon Technologies

Oxular

Business Growth Fund

Notonthehighstreet

Clean Growth Fund

Amphista Therapeutics

MOV.AI

Monashees

Blueyard Capital

Turbine Simulated Cell Technologies

Inotec AMD

Science Creates Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised Notonthehighstreet and its management team on the sale of the company to growth equity company Great Hill Partners.
  • Advised Amphista Therapeutics, a leader in next generation targeted protein degradation approaches, on a $53m Series B financing round.
  • Advised BGF on a £6m investment in Oxford-headquartered Oxbotica – a global leader in autonomous vehicle software, as part of a $47m funding round.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP is prominent in large-value cases and its team is particularly active in disputes connected with technology, energy, natural resources and projects. Clients benefit from the firm's ability to leverage the resources of its international network. The department is led by 'very commercial and astute partner' Tom Ellis, who consistently represents major corporations in high-stakes commercial litigation, corporate investigations and fraud-related matters. 'Leading litigator' Andrew Bartlett is sought out for disputes involving complex issues over jurisdiction, governing law and international enforcement. Artem Doudko is the head of Russian and CIS disputes in London. Jane Park Weir specialises in contentious corporate and commercial work, both in the UK and overseas. At associate director level, Nick Price has broad experience of commercial disputes, high-value financial litigation and contentious regulatory investigations. Nina Lazic has particular expertise in technology sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ellis

Testimonials

Osborne Clarke have unusually strong international capabilities for a mid-market firm, combined with being affordable.

Good strength in depth and a very diversified team.

The team is very responsive, provides good analysis, value for money and pragmatic advice.

The team is very strong in all aspects of contentious work.

They are able to combine solid experience with the best from the English approach to legal work and flexible fee arrangements, which is so important for many clients nowadays.

Tom Ellis is a very commercial and astute partner, who understands his clients well and looks to provide advice while understanding the client’s risk appetite.

Andrew Bartlett is quick to grasp the issues and he has a really good understanding beyond the legal advice, particularly when dealing with third party funders and insurers – a good team player with good organisational skills for multiple strands of litigation.

Andrew Bartlett is a leading litigator with a strong legal understanding and tactical grip.

Key clients

BB Energy Group

Dell

Unwired Planet

Qatar Airways

Granville Technology Group (Time Computers) (In Liquidation)

OT Computers (Tiny Computers) (In Liquidation)

Grant Thornton

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Vodafone

Marks & Spencer

Vision Games 1

Boston Trust Company

Turner Broadcasting

Northampton Borough Council

Sotheby’s

Monsoon Accessorize

Work highlights

  • Acting for oil trading business BB Energy in its $120m Commercial Court claim against the directors of the insolvent SAMIR oil refinery in Morocco (following its collapse in 2015).
  • Representing Qatar Airways (QA) against Al Arabiya News Channel, in relation to its video depicting a QA aircraft being shot at by a Saudi fighter jet in the context of the economic blockade of Qatar.
  • Acting for Renato Ghittini as one of the defendants in $847.7m claims brought by the Kuwait Public Institution for Social Security.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's contentious and non-contentious health and safety practice is led by crisis management expert Mary Lawrence. The team has a strong reputation for sector focused advice on health and safety issues in the media and entertainment industry, working with top clients such as ITV, Netflix and Vue Entertainment. Jo Forbes' expertise in compliance audits supports the team's risk management  and corporate procedures practice across; mental health, fire safety and rail health and safety. The practice also advises on internal investigations, inquests and inquiries. Katie Vickery advises a number of global companies on compliance and assists with health & safety advisory training.

Practice head(s):

Mary Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Kate Vickery; Matt Kyle; Jo Forbes

Testimonials

‘Blue Chip firm with blue chip clients offering the Rolls Royce knowledge and service.’

‘In depth knowledge of the subject matter and a down to earth, practical understanding of how this impacts on the day to day challenges faced by the business.’

‘Strength is their knowledge and wide expertise in the H&S sector. They have been our retained legal firm for a number of years and have never let me down.’

‘Mary Lawrence is the lead and she is very dynamic.’

‘Georgia Lythgoe is sharp, measured and practical. She clearly understands the client’s goals and works well in a diverse team to achieve our aims.’

Key clients

RWE Generation

Western Power Distribution

ITV plc

Selfridges & Co

Wales and West Utilities

Netflix Inc.

Vue Entertainment Limited

Eversholt Rail

Barratt Developments

Marks and Spencer

St Modwen Properties

Bureau Veritas SA

Starbucks

Vodafone

Lifestory

Work highlights

  • Provided key support to ITV during Covid-19 including the drafting of industry standards approved by public service broadcasters and the UK government, as well as regular support on issues affecting TV production and filming.
  • Acting for Bureau Veritas during a health and safety prosecution relating to the failure of a lift in a care home, which resulted in the death of a resident and serious injuries to a carer. The case will come to trial in 2021 and is significant because of the arguments being raised by the HSE to widen out the scope and purpose of Thorough Examinations.
  • Supporting the Netflix global health & safety team to set out its expectations for global health & safety management.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP's retail and consumer department represents one of the firm's eight sector focus areas and attracts high-profile clients in part because of the firm's technology credentials. With particular expertise in digitalisation and digital transformation, the team also works across capital markets work, regulatory issues, corporate transactions, IT projects, procurements, logistics and supply chain transactions.  Dolf Darnton, who focuses on real estate projects, leads the team from Bristol, where Will Robertson frequently assists retailers and brands with complex digital transformation projects. Meanwhile, in London, Katie Vickery stands out for her advice in food law, product safety, health and safety and consumer protection issues, while Edward Persse specialises in domestic and international M&A, also demonstrating expertise in associated brand, data, IP, regulatory and supply chain factors.

Practice head(s):

Dolf Darnton

Key clients

Administrators of Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited

Bestway Wholesale (owner of Costcutter, Kwiksave, Wine Rack and other retail brands)

Clarks

FRP Advisory Trading Limited in respect of Peacocks Stores Limited (in administration)

Notonthehighstreet

Party City

Marks & Spencer

Hunter Boot company

Diageo PLC

Howdens

French Connection

Subway

Superdry

Halfords

Dreams

Danone

Homebase

Work highlights

  • Advised Bestway Wholesale on its acquisition of Costcutter Supermarkets Group from Bibby Line Group.
  • Advised the proposed administers of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, together with various other companies in the EWM group, on their appointment as administrators and on the group’s complex security position.
  • Advised online marketplace, Notonthehighstreet and its management team on the multi-million pound sale of the company to growth equity firm Great Hill Partners.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP's team 'can always be relied on to provide pragmatic advice which demonstrates a deep understanding’ of the industry. It is noted for its strength in handling regulatory, commercial and contentious issues for clients in the advertising, broadcasting, sports and gaming industries. It has particular expertise in the digital content space. Team head Ashley Hurst is a key contact for media and data disputes, while John Davidson-Kelly is recommended for advice on digital media regulation, as well as media and technology agreements. Advertising and marketing law specialist Nick Johnson is praised as 'an expert in his field’. Anna Williams advises on a range of advertising and sponsorship projects. Corporate partner Ken Wilkinson and associate director Ben Dunham are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Hurst

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke can always be relied on to provide pragmatic advice which demonstrates a deep understanding of our business. They are very attuned to the legal and regulatory risks that we face and the compliance challenges, and are quick to provide practical, real-world guidance on how they can be addressed.’

‘Nick Johnson is clearly an expert in his field, and gives you comfort that the advice is based on extensive, real-world experience.’

‘Everyone I have dealt with at Osborne Clarke has been down to earth, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ben Dunham in particular has impressed me with his ability to understand exactly what the concerns are and provide advice that directly aligns with our overall strategy.’

Key clients

Discovery

Netflix

Facebook, Instagram

ITV

EMAP Publishing Limited

Channel 4

Vice Media

Jellyfish

Publishers Association

Disney

News UK

The & Partners

DAZN

Work highlights

  • Advise Discovery on regulatory issues relating to its direct-to-consumer streaming services across multiple jurisdictions, including the launch of Discovery+.
  • Advised Facebook and Instagram on commercial and regulatory matters over the last year, as well as providing Facebook Gaming with eSports advice.
  • Advised Jellyfish Group, digital partner to the world’s leading brands, on a number of its acquisitions in 2020.

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

Osborne Clarke advises an impressive range of clients on both national and cross-border deals, handling mid-cap private equity, venture capital and corporate restructuring matters. The firm has a strong presence in the Thames Valley but can also draw on the wider firm's significant global resources to handle national and international matters. Greg Leyshon has experience in the TMC sector and acts as the national head of corporate and business transactions, while Thames Valley corporate head Sara Valentine specialises in cross-border M&A and management buyouts. Robert Wood is another key figure, advising on private equity matters, with particular expertise in transactions involving investor syndicates. In January 2021, the firm's offering was bolstered by the arrival of technology and lifestyle venture capital partners Rob Hayes and Justin Starling who joined the firm from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Associates Caroline Drummond and Mike Freer are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sara Valentine; Greg Leyshon

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke has a range of disciplines within the business that provide a rounded legal service, from site acquisition, affordable housing sales, tax and planning advice, all of which are fluidly linked with each other to offer the best comprehensive and commercially minded advice to us as clients’

‘Sara Valentine is diligent, fair and pleasant to work with. ’

Key clients

LDC

Davies Group Limited

Intersurgical

Xeretec

Whitehelm Capital

Focus Group

Highland Europe

Windsor Telecom

Business Growth Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Davies Group on the acquisition of law firm Keoghs.
  • Advised Whitehelm Capital, one of the world’s largest independent infrastructure managers, on its initial £80m investment into Smart City operator Connexin.
  • Acted for an Italian company on the acquisition of the UK Auto Pedestrian Doors and Assa Abloy Entrance Systems business.

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

Osborne Clarke handles complex cross-border disputes for an extensive client base consisting of major international companies, as well as fast-growth private equity and venture capital-backed businesses. The team is particularly strong in disputes related to the technology, telecoms, automotive and life sciences sectors. Kristian Assirati has worked across a range of technology disputes and partner Dawn Troman is well-regarded for her expertise in this area. Practice head Peter Sheppard handles a full range of corporate and commercial disputes, many of which are cross-border, and is supported by associate Scott Butler.

Practice head(s):

Peter Sheppard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jane Park-Weir is a very able, technical lawyer with a good understanding of legal issues. Further, she and her team are very easy and fun to work with.’

‘Jane Park-Weir and Kristian Assirati are both user-friendly, responsive, tough litigators.’

Key clients

Oracle Corporation UK Limited

TiVo Corporation/Rovi Europe/Xperi

Hyundai

Vodafone

Facebook

Tripadvisor

AEG (the O2 Arena)

Wireless Logic Group

LDC (Lloyds Development Corporation)

Content Guru/Redwood Technologies Group

HTC Corporation

Daler-Rowney Limited

Epicor Software (UK) Limited

Intuit Corporation

James Walker Group

Electralink

PrisymID

Intersurgical

Havisham Investments

De La Rue

Davies Group

Databricks

Avalara Corporation

Essensys

Xeretec

Falk & Ross (UK) and Falk & Ross Group Equity

Born London Limited

Lemongrass Marketing Limited

Ridgeway Marketing Limited

SynApps Solutions Limited

Moteefe

Strategic Selection International

DJS Antibodies

Barloworld

Work highlights

  • Advising leading digital entertainment company TiVo on multi-million pound cross-border dispute relating to procurement of a digital entertainment technology system and related technology, including issues of jurisdiction and LCIA Arbitration procedure.
  • Acting for Falk & Ross Group in its defence of an unfair prejudice petition under s994 Companies Act 2006 brought by a minority shareholder in BTC Holdings.
  • Acting for a Swiss-domiciled individual defendant in relation to claims brought in the English court by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security against 38 defendants in connection with allegations of large-scale fraud for which damages in excess of $847m are sought.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Osborne Clarke LLP has a particularly strong track record of handling complex finance transactions that have a nexus to technology, venture capital and private equity investments. Hugh Jones leads the team in Reading, which is part of a large national operation, and is regularly seen in transactions with an international flavour. It acts for a mix of major banks, private equity funds and corporates. In 2020, associate director Victoria Dingle was among the advisers to LDC on its investment in James and James Holdings Limited. Legal director Rebecca Scott, who has over 20 years of post-qualification experience, is another key individual in the team. Senior associate Daniel Barnhouse is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Jones

Testimonials

‘Friendly, can-do, proactive.’

Key clients

National Westminster Bank plc

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Lloyds Development Capital

Growth Capital Partners

Investec Bank Plc

RJD Partners

Mobeus Equity Partners

Tenzing Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Acted for CTS on the banking elements of the transaction which saw CTS acquire Sprout Technologies Limited.
  • Acted for HSBC UK Bank plc on the corporate financing of aeronautical and defence engineering consultancy TP Group plc.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP's real estate team in Reading acts on a wide range of real estate work, ranging from portfolio and asset management issue to complex mixed-use developments and real estate finance work. Rebecca Tuffs leads the department and has significant experience managing large portfolio sales and financings involving multiple jurisdictions. Elizabeth Sturgess focuses on developments and strategic land work, with a particular emphasis on house building mandates.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Tuffs

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Sturgess; Steve Schofield

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke have a range of disciplines within the business which provide an ‘all rounded’ legal service from site acquisition, affordable housing sales, tax and planning advice all of which are fluidly linked with each other to offer the best comprehensive and commercially minded advice to us as clients. The people in the different disciplines are all friendly and very responsive to queries on both existing and upcoming projects.’

‘Steve Schofield (Partner) – I have worked with Steve on a number of complex projects and he always delivers an exceptional legal service. Steve is very commercial minded which is incredibly valuable to us as clients, whilst ensuring that our legal interests are appropriately protected. I always feel like I can ask any questions no matter how insignificant they may seem, and Steve always takes the time to respond or point me in the right direction.’

Key clients

Barratt/David Wilson Homes

Sovereign Housing Association

Vistry Group

Taylor Wimpey

The Trade Desk

ERLP (Europa Capital)

QinetiQ Limited

Barclays Bank Plc

Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company

Thames Valley Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised The UK Trade Desk on a major pre-letting agreement for One Bartholomew Close, a new, high-quality office building in Farringdon London, where the company took over a quarter of the letting space in the building.
  • Advising Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company on the multi-million pound redevelopment of Bordon Garrison, a neighbourhood in Bordon, Hampshire.
  • Advising a major housing association regarding its freehold interest in a strategic land site in Berkshire, including regular meetings with the consortium of developers.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP's fraud-related work is led by experienced criminal defence lawyer Jeremy Summers, who represents clients at all stages of their investigations and in criminal prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Summers

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP has an exceptional presence representing accountancy and financial services firms in professional negligence litigation. It also has significant experience defending pensions professionals, as well as clients in construction and property-related claims. The 'expertTom Ellis leads the group and has expertise in representing accountants, as well as a niche in the arts sector, assisting with claims relating to negligent authentication of art. Clare Robinson is a seasoned litigator often acting for claimants against solicitors, accountants and surveyors. Charles Crowne is an experienced pensions litigator focusing on claims against scheme advisers. Promoted to associate director in 2020, 'excellent litigatorKatherine King also handles pensions work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ellis

Testimonials

‘Tom Ellis is an expert in the field with a huge amount of experience. Katherine King is an excellent litigator – she is on top of the detail and cuts through issues.’

‘Clare Robinson and her very personable team combine first-rate technical skills with a keen focus on the practical and commercial, making them a pleasure to deal with. ’

‘Knowing that Clare Robinson is not on the other side is what allows me to sleep at night.’

Work highlights

  • Representing PwC in a complex derivative claim brought by the beneficiaries of an investment trust.
  • Advising PwC in respect of a claim brought by the settlor of a remuneration planning arrangement.
  • Representing Sotheby’s in a long-running and complex professional negligence dispute concerning the standard of care owed to buyers at auctions when assessing the authenticity of items for sale.

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP has an established practice which is regularly sought after by developers, energy companies and public sector clients. The team covers the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters, including environmental due diligence, site remediation and contaminations. Practice head Matthew Germain is well versed in waste law and senior associate Caroline Bush specialises in questions regarding sustainability and climate change.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Germain

Other key lawyers:

Alan John; Caroline Bush

Testimonials

‘They work well with other teams within OC, easy to work with, constructive approach.’

‘Osborne Clarke provided the independent, professional advice that we needed in a timely and useful manner.’

‘Very approachable and easily understood complex issues that we were facing. Specific stand-out: Caroline Bush.’

‘Due to their openness, ease of contact and knowledge of our business the OC Environmental Team are practically an extension of our internal team. Their knowledge of our sector, our responsibilities and changes in compliance and regulatory responsibilities are invaluable and make them irreplaceable without a lot of time and effort. A move to online meetings during COVID has made us all more efficient and reduced our environmental impact due to the reduction in travel. This has also lead to closer communication and a more flexible working partnership.’

‘As outlined above Caroline Bush and Matt Germain at OC are invaluable to our work and we’d be lost without them. It’s very hard too imagine how a working partnership could be any better. They strike a perfect balance of informality and professionalism, of an easygoing partnership but with a laser focused targeting of anything of which we should be made aware. They understand our business, not only objectively but also as far as its culture and risk appetite goes.’

 

Key clients

John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd

Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd

Vistry Plc

BDW Trading Limited

Stericycle Inc

Vodafone

Western Power Distribution

Biffa Waste Services Ltd

St Modwen Developments Ltd

Clydesdale Bank

QinetiQ

Taylor Wimpey

Foresight

Octopus

GLP

Amey

Suez

Work highlights

  • Advising John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd on the acquisition of the 5 MWth Peacehill Farm anaerobic digestion plant in Wormit, Fife.
  • Acted for Vistry Group Plc on the acquisition from Enfield Borough Council of land for the regeneration project at Meridian Water.
  • Providing the Stericycle with general environmental support on issues such as waste management contracts, transfrontier shipment of waste and Brexit.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP has maintained a strong offering in high-profile IPOs, secondary equity offerings and public M&A, under the leadership of Jonathan King. Highlights included King, senior associate Ed Nisbet and others advising Elixirr International plc on its £100m AIM IPO and associated £20m placing. The team also acted for Cenkos Securities and Investec Bank as joint brokers and joint bookrunners to AIM-quoted Eddie Stobart Logistics Plc on its £16m placing and open offer, conversion to an investing company and re-admission to AIM. Mark Wesker and Rebecca Gordon are also recommended for their extensive equity capital markets experience.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan King

Testimonials

‘Concise advice. Personal as well.’

‘Jon King is an excellent, experienced, and highly practical lawyer. Straightforward, correct advice. Has seen and experienced almost every twist and turn of small-midcap ECM/M&A advice.’

‘Highly engaged and experienced team. Proactively engage in transactions and take the lead to get things done. Advice always designed to strike the right balance.’

‘Always readily available and responsive. Commercial and balanced advice borne of many transactions and acting for a variety of clients. Results in quick resolution of issues.’

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Raymond James International Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

essensys plc

Elixirr International plc

Invinity Energy Systems plc

In The Style Group plc

Creo Medical Group plc

Peel Hunt LLP

TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising In The Style Group plc on its £105m AIM IPO and associated £60m placing.
  • Advising Investec Bank plc on its capacity as nominated adviser, sole broker and sole bookrunner to AIM quoted Blue Prism on its £100m cashbox placing.
  • Advising TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc on its recommended takeover by Tosca IOM Limited, a company formed at the direction of Toscafund Asset Management LLP and Penta Capital LLP.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP's prolific M&A practice has a focus on clients in the telecoms, tech and retail sectors. For cross-border work, the team is most frequently engaged on deals with a strong US or Nordic aspect, while also regularly acting as global counsel on overseas acquisitions for its tech-forward client base. London and Reading-based M&A lead Greg Leyshon focuses chiefly on private transactions, recently acting for clients in communications and semiconductor production. Simon Smith heads up the London corporate desk, handling domestic and cross-border M&A and financing transactions. Edward Persse is noted for his broad sector focus, while Ken Wilkinson is recommended for media sector deals.

Practice head(s):

Greg Leyshon; Simon Smith

Other key lawyers:

Edward Persse; Ken Wilkinson; Mathias Loertscher; Josephine Healy

Testimonials

‘Exceptional service, excellent value for money. Really strong domain knowledge. Very personable team.’

‘Good understanding of our industry, and offer pragmatic solutions to cut through M&A-related issues.’

‘Simon Smith offers consistently practical and pragmatic advice, and solutions to navigate M&A issues.’

‘Great service, always available and with great grasp of the topics.’

‘Very responsive and agile in dealing with questions and turning documents around.’

‘Simon Smith was a safe pair of hands on the corporate side. Ken Wilkinson was very calm under pressure and agile.’

Key clients

Secure Code Warrior

TalkTalk Group plc

Marlin Equity Partners

Alcium Capital Partners

HH Global Group

Focus Group

Glide Group

Cubic Motion

Bravura Solutions

Sparta Global

Party City Holdings, Inc.

BrightTalk

Jellyfish Group Limited

Foresight Group LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised TalkTalk on its potential recommended offer to be acquired via a Toscafund Asset Management newly-incorporated vehicle.
  • Advised Bestway on the proposed acquisition of the Costcutter group from Bibby Line Group.
  • Advised Notonthehighstreet on the sale of the company to Great Hill Partners.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP is highly active across the full spectrum of private equity transactions, acting for buyout houses, management teams, and shareholders on acquisitons and sales. Bristol-based Alisdair Livingstone leads the team and has over 25 years' experience handling complex PE transactions. In London, Tim Hewens acts on the full range of transactions in this area, while Mark Spinner counts a number of major PE houses among his clients. Greg Leyshon in Reading is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Alisdair Livingstone

Testimonials

‘Very commercial individuals who are always readily available and excellent at working with the other side.’

‘Real problem solvers with a low-key style. Low ego cuts through negotiations (and saves time and money!).’

‘They have a very collaborative and commercial approach to the legal elements of a transaction. They really understand what is important to us and what is worth fighting over and what isn’t.’

‘Very clear communicators. Strong process management/focus on key issues – drives efficiency.’

‘Tim Hewens is quite simply exceptional. He’s commercial, available, builds good teams and the epitome of a trusted advisor.’

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 LLP

New Mountain Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

Cadence Equity

Whitehelm Capital

ESO Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising HH Global Group and its management team on the $400million acquisition of InnerWorkings, Inc and associated equity investment by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities.
  • Advised Focus Group, a leading UK provider of communications and IT solutions, and its shareholders and management team, on the sale of a significant minority stake to Bowmark, the mid-market private equity firm and the simultaneous refinancing by Blackrock.
  • Advised Synova Capital on the management buyout of J.M. Glendinning Group Limited.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Osborne Clarke LLP‘s pensions offering is led by ‘industry heavyweight’ Jonathan Hazlett. The team offers a well-regarded contentious regulatory and professional negligence practice, advising employers, trustees, and product providers, supported by ‘go-to partner’ Paul Matthews and part 8 expert Charles Crowne. The scope of the practice covers corporate insolvency disputes and risk management, with a reputation for  representative beneficiary advice in relation to rectification and/or construction.  The firm’s non-contentious practice features a public sector practice, sitting on the PPF’s legal/trustee support services panels, and advising on the Local Government Pension Scheme National Procurement Framework for Legal Services. Claire Rankin specialises in all aspects of non-contentious matters, with a particular focus on employment related matters such as changes to benefits, and auto-enrolment. Strategic hire Charlotte Rowland-Frank joined the practice, bolstering both the non-contentious and contentious team.'

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hazlett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent for both advisory and litigious work, and unparalleled experience of how the PPF functions.’

‘The team has an outstanding knowledge of our pension scheme and the marketplace. They really appreciate that, while we have a good in-house team and intelligent clients, we are not experts. They are good at explaining things clearly to us and in a way that we can present to our business clients.’

‘Jonathan Hazlett is a tower of strength.’

‘Jonathan Hazlett is vastly experienced and exudes calm and a sense of perspective. Paul Matthews is commercially minded and practical.’

Key clients

Representative beneficiary of the Axminster Carpets Pension Scheme

The Pension Protection Fund

Representative beneficiary of the Honda Pension Plan

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

Trustees of the Students Union Superannuation Scheme

Phaidon International (UK) Limited

Superawesome Holdings Limited

Broadstone Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Osborne Clarke has acted for the representative beneficiary of the Honda Pension Scheme in long running proceedings regarding the construction/rectification of a deed of adherence expressed to extend the benefits of the scheme to the employees of a new participating employer. T
  • We are advising the representative beneficiary of the Axminster Pension Scheme in declaratory proceedings concerning the validity and effect of scheme amendment documents in relation to pension increase provisions. The case will be testing questions surrounding the application of limitation periods to member claims and the Trustee’s ability to forfeit pensions following the recent Lloyds decision.
  • We are advising an investment bank and trustees of its staff pension scheme in a claim against their former legal advisor. This is a claim arising out of the RBS Rights Issue Litigation and has the potential to be worth approximately £14 million.

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

The ‘very approachable and commercially-minded’ team at Osborne Clarke LLP is active in the consumer finance, technology, AI, data protection, corporate and commercial spheres of fintech. Regulatory and dispute resolution work is another mainstay of the work undertaken by the firm, which acts for clients such as start-ups and growth businesses, challenger banks and large mainstream financial institutions. It has particular experience of structural, strategic and commercial transformations, and digitisation. With former practice head Kate Johnson leaving the practice in April 2020, the team is now jointly led by Nikki Worden and Mark Wesker. Worden is ‘effective, pragmatic and highly experienced’ and often acts for digital banks, lenders, innovators and platforms. Wesker is recommended for M&A, takeovers and IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Nikki Worden; Mark Wesker

Other key lawyers:

Paul Anning

Testimonials

‘The team is Innovative and able to manage matters and work effectively across the board.’

‘They have a deep understanding of the sector and have worked with many fintechs – particularly on payments and new products.’

‘They can leverage a large amount of knowledge when advising you.’

‘Nikki Worden is exceptional; she has a good reputation among fintech GCs in the consumer credit and payments space.’

‘With Nikki Worden, it is clear in every facet of her advice that she has exceptional in-house experience.’

‘Very broad practice in this area with wide knowledge of the industry from the perspective of bigger players and new comers.’  

‘Nikki Worden’s industry knowledge and no nonsense approach suits me very well and she is mindful of fees and resources.’

‘Nikki really is like an in-house expert who just happens to have landed in private practice – as in, her depth of knowledge about our specific area of business is incredible – as though she is working here’.

Key clients

Advanced Payment Solutions Limited (Cashplus)

Wirecard Card Solutions

gohenry

ClearBank

SalaryFinance

Totally Money

Liberis

Hargreaves Lansdown

Radiant Financial

LOQBOX Savings Limited

Monzo Bank limited

Microsoft

Simply Asset Finance

Airbnb Payments

UK Finance

Work highlights

  • Provided multidisciplinary support to Wirecard and helped it achieve a solvent wind down in the UK.
  • Provided multidisciplinary support to APS/Cashplus on its journey to fully authorised bank status.
  • Provided key support in helping Liberis grow both domestically and internationally.

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

Well-regarded litigator Arty Rajendra helms the IP disputes practice at Osborne Clarke LLP, representing international clients in high-stakes proceedings. Recent highlights have included High Court actions and arbitrations relating to trade mark oppositions and infringements on behalf of retail, children’s toys and technology companies. Robert Guthrie is noted for handling domain name disputes, recently for trading websites of online retailers. Non-contentious IP specialist Tamara Quinn takes the lead on strategic licensing negotiations and M&A-related instructions, while Richard May’s diverse practice cuts across the brand management and contentious disciplines. The team frequently acts for Nokia and other well-known technology companies in oppositions to copycat names before the UKIPO.

Practice head(s):

Arty Rajendra

Testimonials

As a fast-paced marketing communications group, it’s vital that we use advisers that are both responsive and have a deep understanding of the complex challenges we face around IP and copyright. The team at Osborne Clarke tick both of these boxes and I’m especially impressed by the commercial approach they take to solving issues around IP infringement.

The team are always quick to respond, knowledgeable and provide pragmatic advice.

Robert Guthrie has a real depth of expertise in complex copyright matters – he is also pragmatic and a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Peacocks, Jaeger, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (In Administration)

Anschutz Entertainment Group

Party City

Nokia

Verizon Media

The & Partners

PopSockets LLC

Reckitt Benckiser

Harley-Davidson

Juul Labs Inc

JPMorganChase

McLaren Construction

Bandai Namco

Mattel

my 1st Years

Howdens

Miniclip

Spartan Race

PA Consulting

Pegasus Life

AEG Presents

World First (part of Ant Group)

IMVU

Global Student Accommodation

The Groucho Club

Work highlights

  • Obtained an urgent relief injunction to recover domain names that had been transferred out of the following companies: Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Peacocks and Jaeger.
  • Represented Peanut App Limited in trade mark opposition proceedings at the UKIPO and cross appeals to the High Court against Peanuts Worldwide LLC, owners of the Peanut/Snoopy comic strip.
  • Conducted complex consolidated opposition and cancellation proceedings for BNP Best Natural Products following the Indian government’s objection to the use of the term ‘Khadi’, a word with a history dating back to Mahatma Ghandi, in a cosmetic brand.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP has a historically strong technology practice, which it leverages to advise clients in relation to the application of AI, cloud based solutions and payment projects, to name just a few core areas of expertise. In addition, the team has a burgeoning telecoms practice, which focuses on assisting major players, infrastructure providers and customers with their commercial and corporate arrangements. With over 25 years' experience in the sector, John Buyers boasts particular strength in IT and outsourcing transactions and the development of AI solutions. Fellow practice head Mark Taylor stands out for his strong working knowledge of fintech law, not to mention his expertise in data protection, outsourcing and cybersecurity mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Buyers; Mark Taylor

Testimonials

‘The team are very commercially astute and excellent at understanding the business requirements and legal risks, providing pragmatic, commercial advice.’

‘The team has strong subject matter expertise in supporting cloud services,  and outsourcing type arrangements. They are also very skilled in terms of data privacy and security counseling that arises with these types of arrangements, which enables them to provide end-to-end services for companies looking to sell or buy these types of services.’

‘John Buyers  – practical, direct and uncluttered in his approach.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the industry and regulatory issues, as well as the legal issues. Partner engagement on every issues.’

‘Very strong payments team and good outsourcing practice within the financial services industry.’

Key clients

Vodafone (Client since 2001)

EE (Client since 2011)

ClearBank

Yahoo/Oath

Pivigo Limited

KPMG LLP (Client since 2013)

Wirecard (Client for more than 6 years)

BDO LLP

Accelya

Essensys

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone on its negotiations to secure a five-year exclusive mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnership with Asda Mobile.
  • Advised BDO LLP on the integration of voice telephony services (provided by supplier 8*8, Inc.) into its UK wide Microsoft Teams application.
  • Advised Accelya on the licensing of an AI enabled fraud detection system from Nethone.

Transport > Rail Tier 2

Operating out of Bristol and London, Osborne Clarke LLP is noted for its wide scope of expert advice concerning rail franchising and concessions, planning and regulation, asset finance and leasing, procurement disputes, and specialist work for the Department for Transport. Practice leader Lara Burch acts for key clients such as major operators and manufacturers on rail franchising, rolling stock, and regulatory matters. Associate director Jeremy Godley can draw on previous experience from his time at the Office of Rail Regulation, while Edward Barratt specialises in rolling stock mandates. Additionally, senior associates Marie-Claire Smith and Keir Pimblett are key resources regarding rail technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Lara Burch

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates commitment, sage advice and a high level of emotional intelligence.’

‘Jeremy Godley has a good all-round understanding of rail, having also worked at the Office of Rail Regulation.’

‘Osborne Clarke has a thorough knowledge of the rail industry. They are able to help with virtually any issue.’

‘Jeremy Godley is an exceptional individual with excellent client skills, an ability to convey a message and propose the best way forward.’

‘Jeremy Godley: helpful, knowledgeable, and generous with his time.’

‘Lara Burch and Ed Barratt are both excellent lawyers with a strong understanding of the rail industry. They are very easy to work with and we enjoy having them on our team.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

Eversholt Rail Group

Beacon Rail Leasing

Transport for London

Siemens

Rail Delivery Group

Office of Rail and Road

Western Power Distribution

Eurostar International

Ricardo Rail

Knorr Bremse Rail

Cross London Trains

Hack Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as one of eight panel firms for Department of Transport and undertook several high profile mandates across rail franchising, fares and ticketing and regulated procurement.
  • Advised Eversholt on multiple mandates including on a highly innovative project with Alstom to convert existing trains to run on hydrogen (Project Breeze), an important step in the move to de-carbonise rail, re-purpose existing fleets and address sustainability issues in transport.
  • Advised Gazeley on the Development Consent Order and Compulsory Acquisition of land for Rail Central, a joint venture with Ashfield Land, to develop a proposed new seven million sq ft Strategic Rail Freight Interchange in Northamptonshire at a cost of £700m.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP's Thames Valley employment team acts for major UK and multinational clients in a range of sectors. The team advises on business restructurings and the TUPE aspects of M&A as well as providing strategic employment advice relating to GDPR, Brexit and international expansions. Practice head Danielle Kingdon is an 'exceptional lawyer' with extensive experience in discrimination and maternity issues and litigation in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court. Associate Emma Ladley is also recommended, predominantly supporting clients in the technology, media, and communications sectors on a broad spectrum of HR issues.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Kingdon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, experienced, very responsive, commercial in their advice.’

‘Osborne Clarke provide our firm with timely, comprehensive and clear guidance on all employment matters. Their coverage in this area make them stand out and we treat the relationship as if they were our in-house GC. Their ability to know our business and deal with ad-hoc queries without needing a new engagement letter or fee quote is refreshing.’

‘Danielle Kingdon is an exceptional lawyer in the employment law sector. Her knowledge is comprehensive and her timeliness in reacting to general queries is important to us. We feel like we have an in-house employment law expert!’

Key clients

Microsoft Limited

Huntswood CTC Limited

Spartan Race UK Operations Limited

Highland Europe (UK) LLP

Virgin Experience Days

Natural Motion Limited

VTech Electronics Europe Plc

Chemviron Carbon Limited

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

Capable in all areas, Osborne Clarke LLP often works with its corporate team to advise on the IP elements of investment and M&A transactions, most notably with the tech sector. Anna Williams leads the commercial team in Reading; experienced in all areas of IP, Williams is particularly strong in issues relating to advertising and handles agreements for the licensing of third party content in relation to ad campaigns. Associate Joanne Loveridge spearheads the group's expertise in the life science and health sector, assisting with the drafting of licensing and strategic collaboration agreements in order to exploit new technologies.

Practice head(s):

Anna Williams

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Koa Health B.V.

BGF

Work highlights

  • Advised BGF on its investment in global animation studio, Snipple.
  • Provided support in relation to Koa Health B.V.’s flagship Foundation’s App and drafted the documentation for Koa’s strategically important collaboration with Dr Care Anywhere.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP's Reading office is able to offer a truly full service to technology companies, with the firm assisting with everything from commercial contracts and software development to regulatory issues and litigation. The firm has a particular specialism in private equity deals; Greg Leyshon works on investment transactions for clients in the telecoms sector. Peter Sheppard leads the contentious offering, representing companies based locally and further afield in a broad range of disputes. Anna Williams and Sara Valentine lead the commercial and corporate teams respectively.

Practice head(s):

Anna Williams; Sara Valentine; Greg Leyshon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

gohenry

Focus Group

Xeretec

Windsor Telecom

Moteefe

TiVo Corporation

Wireless Logic Limited

Onecom

Southern Communications

Management team of Babble

Redwood/ Content Guru

Pinnaca

G3 Comms

Work highlights

  • Advised gohenry, the provider of a financial literacy app and debit card for 6-18-year-olds, on a new contract for payment processing and authorising services.
  • Advised Focus Group and its shareholders and management team, on the sale of a significant minority stake to Bowmark.
  • Advising TiVo on multi-million pound cross-border dispute relating to procurement of a digital entertainment technology system and related technology.

Public sector > Health Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP is noted for giving 'considered legal and strategic advice' to its clients. The team is active in assisting suppliers in NHS procurement and outsourcing; counselling investor and service providers on healthcare PFI/PPP; and funding, M&A and real estate matters relating to the healthcare sector. The practice is jointly led by Catherine Wolfenden, who is well versed in procurement mandates, and Will James in London. Simon Hancock has experience in healthcare projects and senior associate Kate Davies' 'record of support speaks for itself'.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Wolfenden; Will James

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team led by Catherine Wolfenden – its a real team and whoever we deal with knows our business, its uniqueness and gives considered legal and strategic advice.’

‘Catherine Wolfenden leads team and has stand-out knowledge of our market and procurement.’

‘Kate Davis- always available- thinking partner- responsive.’

‘They have a 360 degree view of our complex business model/customer and are therefore always well positioned to give strong independent legal advice. The team always seem to be available and due to time constraints on actions required, we are always feel prioritised. During the lockdown of 2020/2021 the excellent support and service has remained constant. As we are all working from home everyone feels part of the same team. The Team at Osborne Clarke has been a consistent resource for years with very limited staff turnover so if a member is not available it is very easy to discuss matters with one of the other colleagues.’

‘Catherine Wolfenden as the Partner leads the team. Not only do we get valuable consistent considered legal advice from her but coaching across scenarios as well.’

‘Kate Davies consistently supports us with her time and knowledge.’

‘Everyone at Osborne Clarke is extremely approachable and has the ability to distill a problem/subject into words non legal professionals can easily understand and act upon. That is highly valued by our business.’

 

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

Crisp Websites Limited

Nutricia Limited

Qualasept Limited

Lifestory Group Limited

Colony Northstar REIT

ITV

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

hVIVO plc (now part of the Open Orphan Group)

Endeavour Vision

Creo Medical Group

Sandpiper Investments

Kajima

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pestfix in the high profile judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers in 2020 without competitive tenders.
  • Acting as the lead legal advisor for Gama Healthcare Limited which produces infection prevention and control products, including antibacterial disinfectant wipes and personal hygiene products.
  • Advised Creo Medical Group plc on the acquisition of Albyn Medical, a Spanish headquartered manufacturer and distributor of gastroenterology (GI), urology and endoscopy products, for an equity value of €24.8m.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

Specialising in complex international fraud and asset tracing disputes, Osborne Clarke LLP is recommended for its ability to ‘effectively work in cases with cross-border aspects and fully understand the legal issues and/or proceedings in other jurisdictions’. The firm has particular experience in cases arising from Russia and the CIS, as well as matters related to Bribery Act investigations and corruption. Another core strength for the practice is work in the digital business and financial services arena. Andrew Bartlett leads the team and is a ‘top-tier, knowledgeable and efficient colleague, always capable of identifying and recommending the best possible course of action’.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bartlett; Nick Price; Charles Crowne; Jonty Langham

Testimonials

‘Andrew Bartlett is very effective – real attention to detail. Very strong on legal analysis and standing back and looking at case from every dimension’.

‘The team has very good strength in depth from Tom Ellis at the top down to Nick Price and Charles Crowne in the middle and Jonty Langham as more junior. The client can be sure of having a good quality service at the right price where work is properly delegated.’

‘Tom Ellis – very smooth and assured giving confidence to clients. Jonty Langham – excellent attention to detail and willingness to put in the required hard work on difficult cases’.

‘From my experience, the main strength of the team is that they can effectively work in cases with cross-border aspects and fully understand the legal issues and/or proceedings in other jurisdictions.’

‘Andrew Bartlett, a top-tier, knowledgable and efficient colleague, always capable of identifying and recommending the best possible course of action.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable in this field. The team also has very good Barristers when these services are required’.

‘The individuals possess excellent soft skills which helps when the client is based in South Africa. They also communicate very well with the client’.

‘Andrew Bartlett has exceptionally incisive and assiduous legal nous, able to cut through the commercial bumph to get to the heart of the legal issues and give refreshingly practical legal advice and achieve aims’.

Key clients

AITAS Group (Kazakhstan)

Sotheby’s

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

BB Energy group

Northampton Borough Council

PricewaterhouseCoopers Channel Islands

Promsvyaz Capital B.V. and others

Western Power Distribution

Work highlights

  • Acting for Renato Ghittini, one of the defendants in the USD 847m High Court claims by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS)
  • Acting for the oil trading business, BB Energy, in its $120m Commercial Court conspiracy claims against the directors of the insolvent SAMIR oil refinery in Morocco, following its collapse in 2015.
  • Advising PwC on two high-value audit negligence claims, issued in the Guernsey courts, following a large fraud committed by the management of a Guernsey fund.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP advises on corporate transactions such as M&A, takeovers and IPO’s often with cross-border elements involving North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Michael Carter leads the practice and advises both private and listed companies and recently advised TalkTalk on the share schemes aspects of its acquisition of Toscafund Asset Management. He works alongside associate director and certified tax adviser Dan Sharman.

Practice head(s):

Michael Carter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Osborne Clarke team did a good job of ensuring we had the required paperwork in place for diligence and then the required signatures in place to enter the definitive agreement and close. Our transaction spanned three timezones and required an incredible level of dedication from the Osborne Clarke team, working late into the night while being extremely detail oriented.’

‘The client approach to us during this transaction was excellent, maintaining accuracy and an enjoyable work experience during some very stressful days.’

‘The team have given us advice on a number of matters including EMI share schemes and employee ownership trusts. They clearly have a lot of experience in these areas, which has always given us a lot of confidence. We appreciate that they’ve always taken the time to understand our commercial needs, as well as having all the legal detail covered.’

‘Michael Carter has always been very hands-on with us, even though I am sure we are far from their largest customer. We have greatly appreciated having the benefit of his huge experience.’

‘Dan Sharman and Michael Carter deliver practical and clear advice consistently. This includes email guidance, written work product and live presentations. Very efficient and clear responses that requires fewer follow ups.’

‘Deep share plan knowledge. Ability to explain technical detail simply to ‘non technical’ people.’

Key clients

TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC

Mitie Group plc

Peakon ApS

Carallon Group Holdings Limited

Elixirr International plc

Growth Capital Partners

Compass Group Holdings PLC

Focus Group

Inawisdom Limited

LDC

Shopkeep, Inc

Liftoff, Inc

Quiet Storm Holdings Limited

HH Global Enterprises Limited

Chaucer Group Limited

SelectScience Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising TalkTalk on its ShareSave, SIP and discretionary share option schemes in relation to the acquisition of Toscafund Asset Management LLP.
  • Advised Mitie Group plc on its its £200m rights issue.
  • Advising Peakon on the impact on outstanding options of its sale to Workday.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP's pensions offering is led by 'industry heavyweight' Jonathan Hazlett. The team offers a market-leading contentious regulatory and professional negligence practice, advising employers, trustees, and product providers, supported by 'go-to partner' Paul Matthews and part 8 expert Charles Crowne. The scope of the practice covers corporate insolvency disputes and risk management, with a reputation for  representative beneficiary advice in relation to rectification and/or construction.  The firm's non-contentious practice features a public sector practice, sitting on the PPF's legal/trustee support services panels, and advising on the Local Government Pension Scheme National Procurement Framework for Legal Services. Claire Rankin specialises in all aspects of non-contentious matters, with a particular focus on employment related matters such as changes to benefits, and auto-enrolment. Strategic hire Charlotte Rowland-Frank joined the practice, bolstering both the non-contentious and contentious team.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hazlett

Other key lawyers:

Katherine King; Ben Wright; Daragh McGinty; Claire Rankin; Paul Matthews; Charles Crowne

Testimonials

‘Excellent for both advisory and litigious work, and unparalleled experience of how the PPF functions.’

‘The team has an outstanding knowledge of our pension scheme and the marketplace. They really appreciate that, while we have a good in-house team and intelligent clients, we are not experts. They are good at explaining things clearly to us and in a way that we can present to our business clients.’

‘Jonathan Hazlett is a tower of strength, and Paul Matthews is also a go to partner.’

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

Hammerson Group Management Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Savills Pension Plan

Bank of Ireland UK Pension Fund

Dell Corporation Limited

Royal Society of Chemistry Pension Scheme

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Pension Plans Trustees Limited

Senior plc Pension Plan

Students’ Union Superannuation Fund

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Grant Thornton Pension Fund

Kohler Mira Pension Scheme

Sharp Electronics (UK) Limited Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised over 30 schemes on PPF related matters, including Animal Health Trust, Beales, House of Fraser, Laura Ashley, YMCA, Wiggins Teape and the T & N Scheme.
  • Advising Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) National Procurement Framework on local authority pension schemes with combined asset size of circa £20 billion, with potential exposure nationally to schemes totalling £275 billion via national panel.
  • Advising both the Trustee of Pennon Group Pension Scheme (PGPS) and the Trustee of the Pennon Defined Contribution Pension Scheme (PGDCPS) on a number of complex workstreams, including the implications of the sale of Viridor Limited for more than £4 billion in July 2020.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP stands out for its expertise in life sciences and healthcare regulatory work, particularly pertaining to competition law. The well-regarded procurement practice supports clients through all elements of the tender process. On the transactional side, the practice regularly advises companies and investors on venture capital and private equity deals, strategic transactions and exits. Other key pillars of the group encompass digital health and IP portfolio management. Patent litigator Will James heads the team, focusing on the life sciences and medical devices sectors.

Practice head(s):

Will James

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Edwards; Catherine Wolfenden

Testimonials

‘Will James is an exceptional individual.’

‘Will James – excellent partner with excellent client care skills, considerable technical ability, but real trust in his team which leads to really efficient, appropriate resourcing and use of client money. Impressive.’

‘Excellent commercial nous, with great client care and an unassuming approach that is efficient but delivers real results.’

‘Very approachable team with a lot of experience.’

Key clients

Amgen

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited

Baxter Healthcare Limited

BioNTech

Nutricia Medical / Danone SA

Grifols SA and Grifols UK Limited

Millennium Pharmaceuticals plc

GAMA Healthcare

Acutus Medical

BioIndustry Association

Creo Medical

Crisp Websites (trading as Pestfix)

Destiny Pharma

Elephant Healthcare

Eleusius Holdings Limited

Inotec AMD Limited

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

Koa Health

Nuformix plc

Oxular Limited

Rhythm AI Limited

Science Creatures Ventures

Thriva Limited

Turbine Simulated Cell Technologies Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Amgen on their litigation strategy in respect of the intensely competitive new clinical field of cholesterol-lowering (anti-PCSK9) antibodies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  • Osborne Clarke is acted for Pestfix in the high profile judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers in 2020 without competitive tenders.
  • Advised Amphista Therapeutics, a leader in next generation targeted protein degradation (TPD) approaches, on a $53 million (£38 million) Series B financing round.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

The 'dynamic and responsive' team at Osborne Clarke LLP advises high-profile institutional investors and international asset managers, as well as start ups and first-time managers, on large-scale formations and transactions. The core practice is complemented by the firm's real estate, tax and regulatory expertise. Team head Tim Simmonds is an experienced real estate funds practitioner with an excellent record in advising institutional managers and investors. Alison Riddle handles high-value fund formation work for major real estate managers, while associate director Daniel Faundez advises on fund establishments and LP investments.

Practice head(s):

Tim Simmonds

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is dynamic and responsive. Transactions and fund structuring is partner-led.

Tim Simmonds is an excellent partner within the business. He is straightforward, commercial and an extremely knowledgeable funds lawyer.

Tim Simmonds – he runs a tight ship, is incredibly good with clients and intermediaries; has fantastic knowledge of the market; doesn’t over complicate matters and prices very competitively.

Highly commercial, client and solution-driven.

Key clients

Hilltop Credit Partners

Patrizia AG and Kingston Space Properties

Niam AB

The Northern Pool and the Brunel Pool

Newcore Capital

Nuveen Asset Management

Barwood Capital

Bridges Fund Management

Global Student Accommodation

Fiera Real Estate

Urban Splash

Aberdeen Standard Bank

DWS (formerly Deutsche)

Savills Investment Management

M&G

BAE Pension Fund

Cording Real Estate Group

Mayfair Capital Partners

Ellwood Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the LGPS investors on their cornerstone investment in and launch of PGIM’s £200m affordable housing fund which has a significant focus on energy efficient housing.
  • Advised on the £220m launch of Bridges’ fifth UK Property Alternatives Fund.
  • Advised Aberdeen Standard’s clients on their significant investments in CBRE’s US Strategic Situations Fund and Patron Capital’s UK focused RE fund.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 3

In the infrastructure space Osborne Clarke LLP specialises in renewable energy, advising  on a range of financing and the development of large renewable projects. Other core practices include telecoms and IT infrastructure, higher education, emergency services and social infrastructure. The team is co-led by Chris Wade, who focuses on the university, healthcare and secondary market sectors; James Watson, whose forte is in the energy sector, supporting funder, investor and developer clients in renewables, energy storage, waste resource management, waste to energy and defence sector projects; energy and utilities specialist Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday, who acts on PPP/PFI asset management matters; and Omar Al-Nuaimi, who handles debt financing of projects, ranging from renewable energy to transport infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Chris Wade; James Watson; Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday; Omar Al-Nuaimi

Other key lawyers:

Amy Dimond; Leanne Hooper; Phil Davies; David Smith; Andy Normington

Testimonials

‘Outstanding commitment’

‘Chris Wade, Amy Dimond, Leanne Hooper, Phil Davies, David Smith,  Andy Normington and others have been fantastic in supporting our projects and our business.’

Key clients

EE Limited

Bayerische Landesbank

Tay Valley Lighting (Leeds) Limited

Nord LB

Civitas Living (Equitix and Graham)

Equitix

Aberdeen Standard

AEG

Bristol University

Equitix and Bouygues Ltd

Work highlights

  • Continue to act for EE on the groundbreaking Home Office Emergency Services Network Project Contract project (value circa £896m) to provide a next generation communication system for the three emergency services.
  • Advised Bayerische Landesbank on a new debt facility, which has enabled the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) to complete an £86 million longterm refinancing for a 32MW portfolio of onshore wind assets.
  • Continue to act for Equitix Limited and Engie Regeneration, the private sector partner in relation to its successful bid for the University of Leicester’s student housing project for the PFI design, build, finance and operation of approximately 1,200 new student beds, together with a new teaching and learning centre, multi-storey carpark and refurbishment of historic Freemen’s cottages.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP’s renewable energy practice focuses on smart energy matters, in particular decarbonisation work and the development of new energy market products. Headed by Simon Hobday in London, the group advises major UK utilities on power, energy regulations and corporate transactions. James Watson oversees the decarbonisation group and is the name for net-zero related work for clients, while corporate partner Matthew Bodfield is recommended for large energy and infrastructure transactions. Renewable PPP and solar power work also feature in the caseload, with growing international activity in the Middle East and Africa. Matthew Lewis in Bristol is the national head of the energy practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘From partner level down, the team is first class.’

‘Simon Hobday leads a knowledgeable and passionate team who always put the client first.’

‘James Watson leads the team fantastically and ensures everyone provides a very high level of service and availability.’

‘The OC projects, energy and natural resources team are second to none. The practice is unique in that the team comes along for the entire process with the client. The commercial acumen of the team and passion for delivery is far beyond that I have experienced from other firms.’

‘Always available – providing support and assistance no matter the time of day or evening. They provide a collaborative approach and feel part of the team, rather than an external adviser.’

Key clients

LimeJump

Statera Energy

OVO Energy

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited

Foresight

Toucan Energy

Downing

Western Power Company Limited

Octopus Renewables

RWE Renewables

InfraRed Capital Partners

Aberdeen Standard

Work highlights

  • Advised funds managed by Foresight Group on their joint venture with CNG Fuels Limited in the fast growing alternative fuel market.

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

The 'exceptional' team at Osborne Clarke LLP acts for private and third sector clients on  judicial reviews, PFIs and PPPs, NHS procurement and outsourcing, and healthcare investment and regulation matters. Head of healthcare, 'stand-out individual' Catherine Wolfenden , is noted for her work advising NHS suppliers on public procurement law, while head of life sciences Will James is a key resource for all matters relating to medicine and healthcare-related IP law. Additionally, partner Simon Hancock acts on infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. In January 2021, partners Rob Hayes and Justin Starling  joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP to provide additional expertise on healthcare spin-outs.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Wolfenden; Will James

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hancock; Rob Hayes; Justin Starling

Testimonials

The team are exceptional – it’s a true team, in that all of the individuals we deal with are knowledgeable about our business and the nuances of the market. They are excellent partners in inputting into strategic thinking and options. We value the innovations introduced around updating our organisation on procurement law change and and the necessary actions required. We also highly value the Breakfast Briefing sessions run by Osborne Clarke on a variety of relevant topics.’

We have worked with Osborne Clarke for many years and have always been very satisfied with the work they have done for us. The best way of describing them is that we see them as an integral part. We value the knowledge, advice and honesty.’

The team at Osborne Clarke under Catherine Wolfenden is the leading expert on public procurement in the UK. The depth of knowledge, the expertise brought to the issues at hand, the ability of this team to navigate through this sector never fails to pleasantly surprise me. We have used their services for many years and there is no comparison to any other firm. The best money I have ever spent on legal services hands down.’

Catherine Wolfenden is the stand-out individual in this team and her approach, advice, analysis of the situation and results are, in a word,  amazing. Her opinion on complicated procurement matters and her advice is always very considered with her clients’ best interests always top of her thoughts. She may well be the number one top lawyer in the UK in this 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

Crisp Websites Limited (trading as Pesfix)

Nutricia Limited

Qualasept Limited (trading as Bath ASU)

Lifestory Group Limited

Colony Northstar REIT

ITV

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

hVIVO plc (now part of the Open Orphan Group)

Endeavour Vision

Creo Medical Group

Sandpiper Investments

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pestfix in the  judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers without competitive tenders.
  • Lead legal adviser for Gama Healthcare Limited. The company is one of the largest suppliers of infection control products to the NHS in the UK, and manufactures disinfectant wipe, Clinell Universal Wipes.
  • Advised UK-based Creo Medical Group plc on the acquisition of Albyn Medical, a Spanish headquartered manufacturer and distributor of gastroenterology (GI), urology and endoscopy products, for an equity value of €24.8m.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP's non-contentious construction team advises major developers as well key contractors, governments and funding bodies. Its core offering is domestic, covering energy and transport infrastructure projects, and the residential, commercial and entertainment development sectors. Philip Davies leads the practice, advising on the team's largest scale matters both in London and the wider UK. Carl Thompson is also well regarded for his work in the energy sector, advising international clients on high-stakes oil and gas, nuclear and renewable matters.

Practice head(s):

Philip Davies

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are excellent, proactive and manage their workload extremely well. Their eagerness to engage all parties in constructive dialogue is admirable and the approach is always focused on identifying solutions rather than problems.’

‘Philip Davies is excellent. Our regular catch-ups are extremely useful and it’s refreshing to work with somebody who usually knows the answers before the question is asked!’

‘The team have an excellent collaborative approach with all members liaising and coordinating with each other and with us as their client. There are never any surprises. The team take a commercial approach and consistently provide clear and concise advice.’

‘Response times and availability are exceptional. Knowledge of the industry is also exceptional.’

‘This team continues to perform beyond expectations in terms of response time, comprehensive advice and collaboration. The team goes beyond answering the question but considers all associated implications.’

Key clients

U and I Plc

GLP

Royal Bank of Scotland

WPD

Foresight Group

Equitix

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

M&G Real Estate

Lifestory Group Limited

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

RKE Biogroup Ltd

Fusion Students

Kingston Space Property

Minety Battery Storage Limited

Nordheat Denmark A/S

BDW

Fiera Real Estate

Dalata Hotels

Bluefield Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising GLP, a leading investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, on its entire UK programme of industrial logistics developments.
  • Advising U+I on the £200m redevelopment of Landmark Court, Southwark, a 1.7 acre derelict site near Borough Market.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Matthew Germain leads the team at Osborne Clarke LLP, which is praised for its ‘calm, considered approach‘ as it advises on site remediations and consenting, environmental regulatory investigations and prosecutions, and crisis responses in contamination incidents. The practice displays strengths in the energy, waste and product regulation spaces. Germain, who is based in both Bristol and London, draws on a broad range of expertise that covers matters surrounding energy, waste, water and social infrastructure projects as well as real estate transactions. Senior associate Caroline Bush contributes a focus on decarbonisation regulation and policy.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Germain

Other key lawyers:

Katie Vickery; Caroline Bush

Testimonials

‘Calm, considered approach.’

Key clients

John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd

Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd

Vistry Plc

BDW Trading Limited

Stericycle Inc

Vodafone

Western Power Distribution

Biffa Waste Services Ltd

St Modwen Developments Ltd

Clydesdale Bank

QinetiQ

Taylor Wimpey

Foresight

Octopus

GLP

Amey

Suez

Work highlights

  • Advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group (UK) Ltd on the acquisition of Peacehill Farm anaerobic digestion plant in Wormit, Fife.
  • Acted for Vistry Group Plc on the acquisition from Enfield Borough Council of land for the regeneration project at Meridian Water.
  • Providing Stericycle Inc with general environmental support on issues such as waste management contracts, transfrontier shipment of waste and Brexit.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP acts on major planning mandates in the City and around the UK, covering a range of asset classes from large residential and mixed-use developments to key sites in the transport and energy infrastructure sectors. Practice head John Baird advises landowners, residential and commercial developers, and strategic land promoters, on the full range of planning issues. Anna Fouracre manages contentious planning inquiries and advises on compulsory purchase and build to rent schemes.

Practice head(s):

John Baird

Other key lawyers:

Anna Fouracre; Ben Naish

Testimonials

‘John Baird – one of the leading solicitors in the field of planning today.’

‘Friendly and down-to-earth. They know their stuff!’

‘The planning team is very pragmatic and commercial, “get the job done” and is able to get on with anyone (rare in the legal world!)’

‘John Baird is an excellent communicator and collaborative negotiator capable of bringing multiple parties together into consensus.’

Key clients

GLP (Gazeley)

Welbeck Strategic Land

Ptarmigan Land

Topland Group

Taylor Wimpey

Barratt David Wilson

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Countryside Developments

Swindon Borough Council

CLS Holdings

O & H Properties

Gleeson Developments

NewCold

Hyundai

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ptarmigan and Countryside on Chelmsford Garden Village, which will deliver a range of facilities, routes and parks, including 5,000 houses, expansion of Bus Rapid Transit, a second new secondary school and new multi-functional green infrastructure.
  • Advising Taylor Wimpey on a joint venture with the London Borough of Waltham Forest on the redevelopment of The Score Centre, Leyton.
  • Advising Welbeck Strategic Land on a 2200 home urban extension in South Worcester.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Developers, investors, housebuilders and property owners frequently retain the team at Osborne Clarke LLP to assist with development-related and neighbourly disputes. Both areas are among the key strengths of team head and rights to light specialist Gary Lawrenson; he is also noted for his property management expertise, which includes the management of electronic communication apparatus portfolios and associated contentious issues. He is supported by Carl Roche, whose expertise in disputes arising from energy regeneration sites has translated into a growing renewable energy sector client base.

Practice head(s):

Gary Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The UNITE Group Plc

GLP (formerly Gazeley)

Barratt Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Foresight Group

Eskmuir Properties Limited

CLS Holdings plc

U + I

SSE Plc

Olympian Homes

Topland Group

M&G

Encavis AG

Technicolor Limited

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

Global Student Accommodation

Dar Plus Ltd

Vistry formerly named Galliford Try

Freshwater Properties

NatWest

Ellandi

Henderson Investors

Redevco

Greystar Europe Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Olympian Homes in two sets of proceedings for an injunction issued against the developer of the tallest building in Yorkshire.
  • Represented MonSolar IQ Limited, a subsidiary of Encavis AG, in its successful claim against its landlord Woden Park Limited in the High Court, in which the court held that there was a mistake in the drafting of the rent review provision in its lease.
  • Representing Redevco UK 2 BV in two sets of Property Tribunal applications which arise out of disputes with residential leaseholders over high-value service charge issues and the appointment of a property manager.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Osborne Clarke LLP is particularly strong for cyber breach work and general data protection matters; it handles both contentious and non-contentious issues, such as cybersecurity mandates, GDPR advisory work, information law issues and litigation. Practice head Mark Taylor is experienced in the financial services and digital business sectors, and has ancillary expertise in fintech, digital payment, encryption and electronic signature mandates. Ashley Hurst advises multinationals on cyber incident responses.

Practice head(s):

Mark Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Facebook

TripAdvisor

EE

Western Power Distribution

Vodafone

Verizon Media (also known as Yahoo! EMEA)

Vocalink

Homebase

Wirecard Group

Virgin Experience Days

UK Power Networks

Beiersdorf (Nivea)

Multiplex

Automattic (WordPress)

Work highlights

  • Acting for LexisNexis and World Compliance in respect of three separate data protection claims initiated against LexisNexis in the Courts of England & Wales by three high-net-worth (and high-profile) individuals.
  • Advised the European Commission H2020 project, known as MyCorridor, on developing and piloting an EU cross-border “Mobility as a Service” mobile app.
  • Advised Wirecard Group on a variety of complex data protection issues relating to its transaction and payment processing delivery models, and in particular supported on the data protection aspects of its restructuring and divestment of various businesses.

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

With  'IP celebrity' Arty Rajendra at the helm, Osborne Clarke LLP has a patent litigation practice sought out in the hi-tech space, particularly for high-stakes SEP and FRAND litigation. Will James is  retained by technology-driven multinationals for advice on litigation and more strategic commercial patent matters. Recently recruited from Bird & Bird LLP, Tim Harris adds to the existing life sciences expertise of James and 'stand-out' associate director Chris Pratt. The trio regularly handle litigation for high-profile biotechnology and pharmaceuticals clients.

Practice head(s):

Arty Rajendra

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This is an excellent team that has top-flight clients. It has operated slightly under the radar until recently, quietly delivering huge litigation successes in important cases. That is changing and people are starting to see the Osborne Clarke crowd more and more – they are becoming difficult to fail to notice! The combination of a really friendly face with detail-oriented technical work makes for an excellent service and has delivered some astounding results.

Chris Pratt is a stand-out who has been vitally involved in some enormous pieces of litigation in recent years. He is surely destined for great success

Will James is a warm and thoughtful leader of a litigation team. He is always on top of the technical detail, and making excellent contributions to the right strategy, but at the same time clearly feels able to trust his team to an appropriate degree to allow the client’s money to be spent most efficiently. It is impressive to watch.

Arty Rajendra is rightly an IP celebrity in this jurisdiction; she has been involved in many high-profile cases for large and small clients. She fights hard, but thoughtfully, and deserves all of her considerable successes.

The group is up and coming and they are making their mark in the field with some recent high profile hires. I have worked with them in a major life sciences case and they are simply top notch.

Will James is an exceptional individual.

Key clients

Unwired Planet LLC

Optis

PopSockets LLC

Amgen Inc

Amphista Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advising Amgen in litigation strategy concerning the intensely competitive new clinical field of cholesterol-lowering (anti-PCSK9) antibodies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  • Advising on a series of six technical and FRAND trials concerning standard essential patents for mobile phones (co-counsel for Optis with EIP).
  • Acted as co-counsel with EIP for Unwired Planet in a landmark case against Huawei concerning Standard Essential Patents and FRAND licensing.

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

At Osborne Clarke LLP the promotion of Richard May in April 2021 to the partnership underlined the firm's commitment to bolstering its trade mark prosecution practice. Under the lead of litigator Arty Rajendra and director of trade marks Mark Foreman, the team is in charge of managing the often highly international trade mark portfolios of well-known brands, in particular from the FMCG, food and beverage, life sciences and media and entertainment sectors. A stand-out feature is the group's experience in advising on trade mark issues faced by clients upon entry into emerging markets such as Russia, the Middle East and China. The group assists with the full range of trade mark prosecution matters, including with complex opposition and invalidation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Arty Rajendra

Other key lawyers:

Mark Foreman; Richard May; Robert Guthrie; Daniel Ramos; Leanne Gulliver

Testimonials

‘Great responsiveness and great knowledge of IP law.’

‘Very responsive team.’

‘Richard May and Arty Rajendra are great to work with and consistently provide practical and timely advice.’

Key clients

Peanut App

PopSockets LLC

Reckitt Benckiser

JPMorganChase (We Pay)

Ubisoft

LolaVFX

McLaren Construction

Compliance Online

IMVU

my 1st Years

Quack

Autodoc

TLG

FreemarketFX

Bristol Water

Howdens

AEG Presents

Miniclip

Spartan Race

PA Consulting

Lifestory Group

Wood plc

Fred Perry (Holdings) Limited

Nokia

Work highlights

  • Represented Nokia in UK trade mark and company name disputes at the UKIPO, successfully filing trade mark oppositions against attempted sound-a-likes NOKYU, AUKIA, HAOKIA, and KOKIYA and acting in opposition proceedings against NOKIEE and NOK OYO.
  • Acted for Anschutz Entertainment Group on the management of its European trade mark portfolio and on a number of clearance and contentious matters.
  • Represented social media app Peanut App Limited in trade mark opposition proceedings at the UKIPO and subsequent High Court appeal against Peanuts Worldwide LLC, owners of the Peanut/Snoopy comic strip in addition to managing the client’s global trade mark portfolio.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP's media and information law team handles the full array of libel, privacy and harassment issues but is best known for its contentious data privacy expertise. Led by cybersecurity expert, Ashley Hurst, much of the team's work has an international element which is reflected in its global tech and media clientele. Charlie Wedin is a key practitioner, advising on reputation management issues arising from  cyber and data security crises.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Wedin; Henry Fox

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke has a truly talented reputation management team. They bring a strong commercial sense, and a background in information, technology, and data protection – which combine to give a real unique edge in this practice area. In all of my work with the Osborne Clarke team, they have been whip-smart, professional and efficient.’

‘Charlie Wedin is absolutely stellar. I have worked with Charlie on complex and fast-moving cases, in which he brings a keen pragmatic sense for how to achieve the client’s end-goals.’

Key clients

Qatar Airways

LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK Limited and World Compliance Inc (Co-client)

Verizon Media

Tripadvisor

EMAP

Ascential

Le Monde (La Société Editrice du Monde)

LOQBOX Savings Limited

PestFix (Crisp Websites Limited)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Qatar Airways in relation to malicious falsehood proceedings brought against the Saudi Arabian news organisation, Al Arabiya Group.
  • Acting for World Compliance and LexisNexis jointly in respect of three separate “right to be forgotten” claims initiated against LexisNexis in the Courts of England & Wales by three high net-worth individuals.
  • Handling all pre-publication and post-publication libel and other content-related matters for Verizon Media (including Huff Post, Yahoo News and Techcrunch).

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP focuses its expertise on complex, bespoke commercial agreements with notable experience in logistics and infrastructure projects. The group also has knowledge of the energy, TMT, healthcare, retail and transport sectors. The team also works closely with the firm’s network of global offices to handle cross-border mandates. John Buyers and Lara Burch jointly lead the practice from London and Bristol respectively; Will Robertson is a key name for retail clients and Marcus Vass handles technology and telecoms matters.

Practice head(s):

John Buyers; Lara Burch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Team at OC works with us as if they are part of our company. They know our business, customers and the stakeholders involved in the contracting process (i.e. our shareholders and investors).’

‘ Lara Burch is exceptional in leading their team in understanding our business. She has a very good feeling for the status of the legal process and knows when to push, when to back off, when to be firm.’

‘Osborne Clarke always give practical advice and its lawyers understand our business.’

‘Lara Burch and Ed Barratt are incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

‘Technical expertise is a given, but this team uses that in a highly effective manner to deliver clear advice on the key issues in a way that is easily digested by non-lawyer stakeholders. They deliver on time with the right level of advice flexed to hit the audience.’

‘Lara Burch – excellent relationship builder – never sits on the fence. clear advice and views given. Would put her in front of the most senior stakeholders in the business without any concerns whatsoever.’

Key clients

Electrocomponents plc

Western Power Distribution

Eversholt Rail Group

Newcold

MWI

Gama Healthcare

First Solar

Clarivate Analytics

Thoughtworks Ltd

LeasePlan

Red One

Danone

Babylon

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Ferrari

Babylon

Fortnum & Mason

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Advised BDO LLP on the integration of voice telephony services (provided by supplier 8*8, Inc.) into its UK wide Microsoft Teams application.
  • Advised Thriva Limited, the UK’s leading platform for serology (blood testing) on contracts with four of its largest counterparties, including HM Government.
  • Acting for longstanding client NewCold, a global cold storage and logistics operator, on its customer contracts across Europe, the US and Australia.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP's financial services contentious regulatory group sits in the firm's commercial disputes department, acting for financial institutions, alternative lenders and fintech providers in a wide range of cases. Recent cases include defending claims arising from allegations of mis-selling of financial products. In 2021, the group was appointed by the Business Banking Resolution Service to represent SMEs in relation to the creation of the SME dispute resolution service. Rachel Couter takes the lead, with significant experience in FCA investigations. Tom Ellis is a specialist in cases of fraud in relation to financial services regulation. Charles Crowne focuses on disputes arising from the financial products and investment advice spaces.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Couter

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ellis; Charles Crowne; Nick Price; Tom Frapwell

Testimonials

‘They are very available and present to our needs, and have provided very good advice on insolvency that has kept us safe.’

‘Quality work, availability and leadership in sorting out complex problems.’

Key clients

HSBC plc / Financial Conduct Authority

Gain Credit LLC

Wirecard Card Solutions Limited

Business Banking Resolution Service

Work highlights

  • Acting as s166 Skilled Person in HSBC’s customer redress review relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.
  • Providing legal advice to SME Representatives (a key group of stakeholders) on the design and establishment of the Business Banking Resolution Service, the new SME dispute resolution service created following the recommendation of the Walker Review.
  • Advising Wirecard Card Solutions Limited in the civil and regulatory consequences, following the discovery of a €3 billion accounting fraud by its parent company.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP fields specialists in emerging arbitral fields, such as digital business and renewables, and it is highly active in technology, financial services and construction-related disputes. Renewable energy, interactive entertainment and life sciences specialist Greg Fullelove is worldwide international arbitration leader; Rob Horne is a construction law specialist; Artem Doudko is Russia and CIS disputes practice leader; and Daniel Harrison is a key associate director. In April 2021, former partner Adrian Lifely became a full-time independent arbitrator and mediator.

Practice head(s):

Greg Fullelove

Testimonials

Upstanding, never over-promises and produces high quality work.

The team has a very strong arbitration practice, with real experience and expertise in the field, and across both commercial and investment arbitrations.

Clients receive personal, top-quality advice from a team that is very committed.

Greg Fullelove is an excellent partner in the field, and can handle anything thrown at him, even the toughest of assignments.

High-quality team led by Greg Fullelove.

Standout star is Greg Fullelove.

Artem Doudko is a leading presence in CIS-related arbitration. A quick thinker and great legal mind, who will always go the extra mile to achieve the best results for his clients.

Daniel Harrison is probably the best associate director I have worked with in the past few years.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP stands out advising clients on tax disputes in the technology and financial services sectors, with a significant portion of its work having an international element. In addition, its team demonstrates strong capabilities in tax disputes connected with the off payroll/flexible workforce sector. Practice head Ian Hyde is a part time Tax Tribunal judge and qualified mediator. Associate director Matthew Greene is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ian Hyde

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Greene; Frances Lewis

Key clients

UBS AG

Domino’s Pizza Group PLC

Npower

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international web hosting platform group in relation to exchange of information provisions between the UK and India under the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in tax matters, and on cross-border tax debt enforcement.
  • Representing a free to air digital TV channel in an appeal to the Tax Tribunal and mediation with HMRC following HMRC’s investigation into the historic VAT recovery and partial exemption position.

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Led by David Cubitt and Victoria Parry, Osborne Clarke LLP’s employment offering encompasses high-level strategic advice, day-to-day support and representation in contentious matters, placing a premium on complex multijurisdictional issues. It is most frequently instructed in large restructurings, employee relations matters, regulatory issues, TUPE transfers and high-profile team moves, but is also active in the Employment Tribunal and High Court space. An expert in FCA compliance, Prianca Patel is a key senior associate within the group, which is also trusted to carry out data privacy projects and reputational risk management mandates.

Practice head(s):

David Cubitt; Victoria Parry

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Sinfield; Claire Bowles; Prianca Patel

Testimonials

Osborne Clarke  –  and in particular David Cubitt and Victoria Parry – are excellent. I have worked with them on innumerable occasions over the years. They are just an excellent firm. They are extremely capable lawyers, having an ability to use the law to advance their clients’ cases.’

The Osborne Clarke employment team worked on an important employment dispute for the company, and they did a fantastic job.’

There is a consistent culture of bright, capable lawyers who can deal pleasantly, clearly, and pragmatically with clients. Not all lawyers do this “pragmatic translation” bit well.’

Key clients

Nomura International

Silicon Valley Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

United Airlines

Eurostar

Lazard

Lucky Generals

Omnicom

Veritas Technologies

Tremor Group / Unruly

Gemini Trust

BFIN

Institute of Directors

Dell Technologies

Splunk

Hay Festival

Work highlights

  • Advising Nomura International plc on a wide range of ongoing employment matters, including a large-scale restructuring, various employee relations matters, and in employment tribunal claims.
  • Advising Veritas on all their EMEA and Asia Pacific & Japan employment law issues.
  • Advised Gemini on a claim to restrain a former employee from joining a competitor in breach of their non-compete restriction.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP has a thriving practice that acts for wealthy clients on issues as diverse as international tax and estate planning as well as on UK and offshore trusts. It is also adept at handling estate administration and inheritance tax issues for high-value estates. It acts for a significant number of entrepreneurs and international families. Stuart Janaway heads the department that also has particular strength in US-related private client matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Janaway

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Goodman

Testimonials

Very relaxed team that provides clients with confidence and ability to get the right outcome. Focus on the client and ensuring the outcome is the right one. Stuart is very methodical and wants to take time with clients to ensure they have considered the various options and the impact that these will have. Stuart Janaway has been particularly good with client engagement and ability to be flexible with timings as clients’ needs change. Willing to find convenient times to be available for clients‘.

‘Andrew Goodman is really impressive. He is reasonable and doesn’t run bad points, so earns respect amongst those he is dealing with‘.

The team is highly focused on client outcomes and very well aligned to other advice offered from the firm. Therefore, the engagements tend to be very agile and dynamic, yet rooted in solid private client advice foundations. The lawyers are open, collegiate, collaborative, flexible as well as just excellent technically. Stuart Janaway and Andrew Goodman stand out‘.

‘Andrew Goodman is very calm and measured. Technically excellent and easy to deal with‘.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

An international firm adept in ‘complex and high value mandates’, Osborne Clarke LLP is a go-to choice for a range of development and regeneration projects with a distinct emphasis on schemes pertaining to mixed-use, logistics and living assets, including alternative residential. Louise Cartwright, a lawyer with notable experience in portfolio deals and real estate finance, heads the team, succeeding Peter Day who was recently appointed as head of the firm’s London office. The practice directs a clear emphasis towards upper mid-market work and compliments its transactional and project knowhow through close collaboration with the firm’s wider property disputes, finance, planning and procurement practices.

Practice head(s):

Louise Cartwright

Other key lawyers:

William Gay; Jo Footitt

Testimonials

‘Good for more complex/high value matters. Consistent delivery of transactions to required timeframes and good all-round communications. The lawyers work well as a team. They provide competitive fee quotes.’

‘Very commercial client-focused team. Happy to get the job done rather than score points against other lawyers (a widespread sin in many law firms).’

‘Will Gay is a pragmatic lawyer with excellent negotiation skills. Dave Kerr displays the same nous and can-do attitude.’

Key clients

GLP (formerly Gazeley)

M&G Real Estate

Ellandi LLP

Redevco

Topland

U + I Group Plc

Welbeck Land

Axis Land Partnerships

Oculus Real Estate Group

Uncommon

AXA IM – Real Assets (Baytree Logistics Properties LLP)

Fiera Capital (formerly Palmer Capital Partners)

RO Real Estate

Ptarmigan Land

McLaren Property

Colony Capital Inc.

Taylor Wimpey plc

Barratt Developments plc

McLaren Living

Work highlights

  • Advised GLP on the letting/pre-letting of two logistics units at G-Park in Stoke.
  • Advised Taylor Wimpey South Thames on their £48m acquisition of a residential development site for 600 units from land promoter, MJ Gleeson.
  • Primary legal advisor to Welbeck Land’s £35m Investment Partnership IV.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

An international firm adept in ‘complex and high value mandates’, Osborne Clarke LLP is a go-to choice for a range of development and regeneration projects with a distinct emphasis on schemes pertaining to mixed-use, logistics and living assets, including alternative residential. Louise Cartwright, a lawyer with notable experience in portfolio deals and real estate finance, heads the team, succeeding Peter Day who was recently appointed as head of the firm’s London office. The practice directs a clear emphasis towards upper mid-market work and compliments its transactional and project knowhow through close collaboration with the firm’s wider property disputes, finance, planning and procurement practices.

Practice head(s):

Peter Day

Other key lawyers:

Louise Cartwright; Emma McPeake

Testimonials

‘Good for more complex/high value matters. Consistent delivery of transactions to required timeframes and good all-round communications. The lawyers work well as a team. They provide competitive fee quotes.’

‘Very commercial client-focused team. Happy to get the job done rather than score points against other lawyers (a widespread sin in many law firms).’

‘Will Gay is a pragmatic lawyer with excellent negotiation skills. Dave Kerr displays the same nous and can-do attitude.’

Key clients

AXA IM – Real Assets (Baytree Logistics Properties LLP)

Campus Overseas Corp

CLS Holdings plc

Ellandi LLP

Eskmuir Properties

Fiera Capital (formerly Palmer Capital Partners)

GSA – Global Student Accommodation

Patrizia / Kingston Space Properties

Long Harbour Real Estate

Marchmont Investment Management

Mirastar Real Estate Investment Management in joint venture with KKR

M&G Real Estate

Nuveen Real Estate

Oculus Real Estate Group

Orchard Street Investment Management

Redevco Investment Management

RO Real Estate

Topland

U + I Group Plc

Warburg HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH

Work highlights

  • Continuing to carry out all of the work for M&G’s residential/build to rent fund, including a forward funding investment deal for a 114-unit block in Brighton for circa £45m.
  • Advised Marchmont IM – Last Mile Logistics Fund on the sale of a portfolio of eight properties acquired for the fund over the last three to four years for c.£50m.
  • Acted for CLS Holdings plc on a number of development projects, including the acquisition of a £19m multi-let office building in Staines.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP acts for clients on both the supplier and purchaser side, including developers, contractors, government entities and rail operators. Its sector specialisms include energy, residential and social infrastructure projects. Rob Horne, who has 30 years of experience in contentious work, including acting as a chartered arbitrator, heads up the team. Daniel Cashmore, who focuses on renewables matters, is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Rob Horne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are friendly and have a very good client focus.’

‘The team is dynamic, responsive, commercial and has the essence of what distinguishes professionals from one another – quality. They are a quality operation. The team is results rather than process driven, with deep knowledge of how construction disputes can materialise, what to do to prevent it and what to do when it can’t be avoided. True professionals who offer a quality service and excellent representation, and are well respected.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited

Midas Construction Limited

Octopus Renewables

Innogy

Balfour Beatty

Western Power Distribution

UK Power Networks

Eversholt Rail Leasing Limited

Siemens

Trant Engineering Limited

Downing LLP

Belectric

Babcock Marine (Clyde) Limited

Equitix

Work highlights

  • Acting on a final account dispute in connection with the first phase of a retirement village built by Midas, collectively worth circa £12m.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Osborne Clarke LLP's 'very collaborative and experienced' team 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 leads the banking practice. 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.

Practice head(s):

Nick Padget

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have been hugely impressed by their experience, professional diligence and practical approach to commercial issues raised during lending cases. All staff are very approachable and maintain strong dialogue during the legal process – it’s as smooth and efficient as I have ever experienced. Their holistic approach to problem solving is refreshing and, allied to the depth of the team’s property law expertise, makes the complex very straightforward. They are very open and upfront on billing and never go over the clock without discussions and agreement, which is refreshing in the industry.’

‘We have a longstanding great working relationship with the partners and senior associates at OC. The team are very responsive and offer good value for money.’

‘Overall the team has morphed from completing a very large, complex real estate deal to being adviser of choice in regard to real estate and family office legal requirements in full. They are our planned legal partners for all future transactions.’

‘Value, clarity of understanding and ability to execute within tight timescales.’

‘Very collaborative and experienced team. Highly recommended.’

‘The key partner is Madeleine Clark. She has led by example and guided her team and co-teams in other jurisdictions to ensure we have the best seamless solutions for our transactions, which have not been easy. She has really showed her ability to stand by the client and help them move forward.’

‘Nick Padget is not just an experienced and capable real estate finance lawyer, he takes time to understand the client’s objective and always delivers a personal and bespoke outcome for the client, ensuring that complexity is simplified and all options are well considered and advised on. He is available whenever needed to provide his expert guidance when things aren’t on track. It is clear he inspires his team as all come with the same “can do” and “it’s personal” attitude, delivering well beyond expectations. From our perspective Nick and his team are an integral part of the transaction.’

Key clients

Topland Group

Investec Bank plc

ICG Longbow

Laxfield Capital

U and I Group plc

Oculus Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Edmond de Rothschild

Tunstall Real Estate

Mirastar/KKR

Work highlights

  • Acted for Marchmont Investment Management on all aspects of a £9.7m loan to refinance the acquisition of three industrial properties, including warehouse accommodation at the Euro Court urban logistics park in Thurrock, Essex, and multi-let industrial estates at Crammond Park, Harlow, and Ivy Road, Aldershot.
  • Acted for debt fund Laxfield LLP in connection with the £53.5m refinancing of Anthology’s residential schemes known as Deptford Foundry and Wembley Parade, which comprise 470 residential units in total.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP's tax team has a broad client offering with particular strength in the technology, media and communications, real estate and infrastructure sectors. Tracey Wright heads up the UK tax practice and advises a range of investors, funds and developers in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. David Nisbet focuses on private equity mandates and Mathew Oliver is a key contact for tax-related M&A work. Erika Jupe leads the international tax practice.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Wright; Erika Jupe

Other key lawyers:

Mathew Oliver; David Nisbet; James Hamon; Luolan Dong

Testimonials

‘The team are knowledgeable and commercial.’

Key clients

Foresight Solar Fund Limited

Davies Group

Tenzing Private Equity

Lloyds Development Capital

Synova Capital

Focus Group

Risk point

Longharbour

PGIM

M&G RPF Ltd

Senior management of Babble

Senior management of MThree

TalkTalk plc

Miniclip games

Shareholders of AVMI

Work highlights

  • Advised the management of BMI Healthcare on the $2bn sale of BMI Healthcare’s operating business and property portfolio to two different buyers.
  • Advised TalkTalk plc on certain tax aspects of its £1.1bn takeover by Tosca IOM Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Student Castle Group on certain tax structuring aspects and on the transactional side of the £448m disposal of its Student Accommodation portfolio to Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

Employment > Immigration Tier 5

With a 'very clear understanding of immigration issues', Osborne Clarke LLP acts for leading multinationals - particularly US corporations with UK operations - as well as growth-stage companies, high-net-worth individuals and international investors. The team advises on employer sponsorship licences, negotiations with the immigration authorities, and UK/EU immigration strategy. Gavin Jones leads the practice, and is particularly experienced in advising international companies on the immigration issues surrounding starting operations in the UK. He is supported by senior associate Adam Sinfield and associate Tina Sayyah.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great and knowledgable team who have quick turnaround times and are very helpful when it comes to our questions.’

‘Very service minded and diligent.’

‘Very clear understanding of immigration issues and can describe it well to a layperson.’

‘I work a lot with Tina Sayyah, and she is a pleasure to work with. She is very responsive, gives calm advice and is clear on the next steps.’

‘Very dedicated, patient, engaged and responsive.’

‘Tina Sayyah has excellent experience.’

Key clients

Oxmet Technologies

Ovo Energy

Zuffa LLC

Chainalysis

Metricstream

Anomaly

Oxford Heartbeat

Collaborative Solutions

System1 Group PLC

Primer Technologies

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing corporate immigration advice to global sporting organisation Zuffa.
  • Advising OVO Energy’s UK operations on a range of immigration issues.
  • Advising medical device software developer Oxford Heartbeat on immigration issues.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

Osborne Clarke LLP advises first-time and institutional asset managers, and financial institutions including pensions funds. Working across venture capital, tech and innovation, and private equity, the firm advises clients on fund formation, secondaries transactions, and continuous operational issues. The team is led by Tim Simmonds and also includes alternative funds specialist Simon Thomas and the highly-rated Helen Parsonage.

Practice head(s):

Tim Simmonds

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Highly responsive, commercial and solution driven firm.

To-the-point advice, experienced people with commercial understanding of funds. Good experience and relevant knowledge.

Simon Thomas – excellent at explaining differences to terms of transactions. Efficient practitioner, especially in terms of time utilisation.

Helen Parsonage provides an excellent summary of options and is always pragmatic.

Key clients

Round Hill Ventures

firstminute capital LLP

Science Creates Ventures LLP

BAE Pension Schemes

Giant Ventures Global LLP

Illuminate Financial Management LLP

Pi Labs Manager Limited

RX Asset Management Limited

Salonica Capital Limited

Cadence Equity Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised firstminute capital LLP on the establishment of its second venture capital fund, firstminute capital II.
  • Advised the newly formed RX Asset Management Limited, a subsidiary of the RX wealth management group on the formation of the RX Liquid Diversified Portfolios, an innovative ETF arbitrage fund.
  • Advised on the further closes of Notion Capital Managers’ fourth private equity fund, Notion Capital IV LP.

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

Osborne Clarke LLP benefits from stable flows of referral work and is often involved in SFO investigations, with its recent track record standing out in relation to witness representations. Apart from its bribery and corruption expertise, the team has additional extradition experience. ‘Excellent’ department head Jeremy Summers is a dual-qualified solicitor in England and Hong Kong, which makes him particularly well-placed for multi-jurisdictional fraud allegations.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Summers

Testimonials

‘Jeremy Summers – calm, practical approach, balanced advice, practical solutions.’ 

‘Jeremy Summers is excellent; he is clear and experienced.’

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

Osborne Clarke LLP's competition practice has a commendable range, with expertise spanning merger control, investigations, distribution agreements and behavioural work. The London group, which works closely with the Bristol office, is led by Simon Neill, while legal director Katherine Kirrage is praised by clients as 'a cut above the rest'.

Practice head(s):

Simon Neill

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bartlett; Katherine Kirrage; Marc Shrimpling

Testimonials

Strong team supported across the entire OC office – a pleasure to work with. Could not rate them highly enough.’

The EU and competition team have a real in-depth understanding of the digital media market and how the present EU/competition commission enquiries/interest in this sector affects broadcasters and their D2C products and services.’

Really proactive and supportive firm. They always bring good ideas and practical action and are actively helping us grow the sector and provide thought leadership. They were particularly supportive during Covid – actively finding ways of providing us and members with good advice(for example webinars on possession proceedings).

Katherine Kirrage is a cut above the rest. She has in-depth detailed knowledge of competition law issues and how those impact digital streaming services. Not only is she technically excellent but she provides helpful practical guidance as to how to navigate the complexities of the competition law landscape.

Key clients

Bestway Foods

Bravura

Biffa

Danone

RM plc

Dell

NewCold

Sally Salon Services

The Publishers’ Association

UK Finance

Les Mills

Granville Technology

Admiral / Confused.com

Work highlights

  • Advising Bestway on the competition law and merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of the Costcutter group.
  • Advising Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust on the competition law and merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of the Royal Brompton Hospital Foundation Trust.
  • Advised Bravura on the competition law and merger control aspects of its acquisition of Delta Financial Systems.
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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.