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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Osborne Clarke LLP provides 'top-class representation and guidance' and 'outshines some of its competitors with the quality of its advice'. Team head Mary Lawrence is 'hugely experienced' and regularly handles crisis management situations and contentious health and safety issues. Other key individuals include Katie Vickery, who is 'practical, pragmatic and an excellent strategist'; Catherine Wolfenden, who leads the regulatory group; legal director Breige Murphy, who handles personal injury-related matters; and senior associate Jo Forbes, who focuses on the healthcare and retail sectors. The team is also highly regarded for its international health and safety expertise and acting for clients in high-risk sectors including the energy, transport, construction and infrastructure sectors. Example clients include RWE Npower, Barratt Homes, EDF, Wales and West Utilities and SSE.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The renewables practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has a particular expertise in solar projects and recently gained in strength through the arrival of project finance partner Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and financial services regulatory expert Michael Lewis from Pinsent Masons LLP . Solarplicity appointed the group to advise on the $160m investment by Maas Capital for the installation of panels to generate power for affordable housing in England and Wales, James Watson handled the acquisition, development and re-financing of an onshore wind farm, and practice head Simon Hobday acted for Gas Power Development in the purchase and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake. On the regulatory side, Catherine Wolfenden is part of the team assisting a group of energy companies with a judicial review of Ofgem cuts to the embedded benefits scheme, and on the contentious front Adrian Lifely is currently representing a UAE-based oil trader in a Commercial Court claim against an oil major pertaining to payments for LPG shipments.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†¬† advises public, private and third-sector clients on health-tech matters, NHS outsourcing, PPP and funding matters. The ‚Äėprofessional, extremely competent and commercially astute‚Äô team led by Simon Hancock¬† assisted John Laing Integrated Services in a contract to provide services to Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust‚Äôs new mental health unit. ‚ÄėIndustry leading lawyer‚Äô¬† Catherine Wolfenden¬†specializes in regulatory and procurement work; she continues to advise GAMA Healthcare on several NHS tenders and Grifols on major NHS procurement for blood testing technology. In the life sciences arena Janita Good¬† assists international corporations on issues relating to licensing, strategic partnering, co-operative research and development, and drug supply.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Osborne Clarke¬†is ‚Äėa go-to law firm‚Äô for non-contentious merger control, state aid and regulatory compliance advice in the technology, telecoms and media, transport and retail sectors. The firm also has perhaps the region‚Äôs most prolific antitrust litigation practice. Indeed, Andrew Bartlett¬†is advising the liquidators of Granville Technology Group on two separate follow-on damages claims arising from the EC‚Äôs highly publicised decisions concerning the operation of cartels in the DRAM memory and LCD screen industries. ‚ÄėA collaborative and calm commercial adviser‚Äô, Simon Neill¬†is assisting Fexco Merchant Services with its complaint to the EC concerning its ongoing investigation into dynamic currency conversion. Neill was also instructed by White & Black Limited¬†to advise on the merger control aspects of the sale of a majority stake to Apax Partners. Marc Shrimpling¬†has a wide-ranging practice covering market investigations, merger control and state aid. Shrimpling, who made partner in 2017, is acting for EE in connection with the Home Office‚Äôs procurement for the emergency services mobile communications programme. Other recommended contacts include senior associate Zoe Hodgins¬†and Catherine Wolfenden, the latter of whom specialises in public procurement.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

Known for its ‚Äėfirst-class client service‚Äô, the team at Osborne Clarke¬†specialises in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes and is highly regarded for procurement litigation. Headed by Leona Briggs, the department has handled a range of complex fraud claims, procurement challenges, cross-border contract litigation, director and shareholder disputes, and arbitration proceedings. The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô Charlie Wedin¬†advised Dynasafe Minetech on a number of claims and counter-claims in relation to a terminated contract with a South African company. Additionally, following Mademoiselle Desserts‚Äô acquisition of Ministry of Cake, Clare Robinson¬†is representing two former directors and shareholders of Ministry of Cake in various fraud and conspiracy claims brought by the company‚Äôs purchasers. Peter Clough¬†often handles disputes in the technology and financial services sectors and has extensive experience in matters involving CIS or Russian participants. Catherine Wolfenden¬†is a ‚Äėgo-to procurement litigator‚Äô, who has handled procurement challenges for a number of well-known corporates and listed companies. Tom Ellis, Claudia Glover, and senior associate Tom Frapwell¬†are also recommended.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Osborne Clarke‚Äôs energy lawyers have particular expertise in corporate energy transactions and litigation, and in those respects the team ‚Äėcompares favourably to its South West competition‚Äô. Department head Alan John¬†advised Foresight Group on its acquisition of Shotwick, which is the largest solar park in the UK. David Ferris, who has ‚Äėreal expertise in energy sector corporate transactions‚Äô, counselled innogy on its acquisition of Statkraft‚Äôs 50% holding in the Triton Knoll offshore wind project. Additionally, the team acted for Solarplicity in relation to a joint venture investment by Maas Capital for the installation of solar panels to provide electricity for affordable housing tenants across the UK, and also advised John Laing Investments on the acquisition, development and refinancing of an onshore wind farm. On the contentious side, Catherine Wolfenden¬†is co-leading a team that is involved in a major judicial review procedure with nationwide industry effects. Also recommended are Carl Thompson, Matthew Lewis¬†and Lara Burch.

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Project finance and PFI

Within: Leading individuals

Catherine Wolfenden - Osborne Clarke

Within: Project finance and PFI

Osborne Clarke¬†provides ‚Äėthe full range of advice required for a major project financing arrangement, including taxation, property, construction and debt financing‚Äô. With particular expertise in the renewables and student accommodation projects, the team is regularly involved in refinancing mature PFI and PPP projects, and is increasingly instructed by infrastructure funds. For example, Andrew Normington¬†and Simon Hancock¬†acted for Dutch Infrastructure Fund in relation to its acquisition and debt refinancing of three local infrastructure projects in the UK. Further, Normington advised a borrower on the financing of multiple energy storage projects and gas-fired generation projects. The team also advised John Laing Investments on a ¬£45m acquisition, development and refinancing of an onshore wind farm. Department head Chris Wade¬†assisted Arlington Seaside with the acquisition and simultaneous debt financing of a portfolio of student accommodation projects. Catherine Wolfenden¬†has expertise in UK and EU procurement law and Omar Al-Nuaimi¬†was involved in a number of project portfolio refinancings in 2017.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Health

Osborne Clarke¬†specialises in healthcare-related PPP and PFI projects, procurement, contractual issues, and social care accommodation projects. The practice also advises on NHS outsourcing, facilities management services, NHS energy efficiency services and regulatory matters, in addition to handling funding and competition, EU and state aid issues. Simon Hancock¬†heads the team and specialises in major infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. Catherine Wolfenden¬†focuses on regulated public and utilities procurement; she has ‚Äėindustry leading knowledge, is nationally respected and understands business and company objectives‚Äô. Janita Good¬†heads the UK life sciences and healthcare group, she focuses on corporate and IP matters. The ‚Äėstrong‚Äô team has ‚Äėextensive knowledge of a complex market‚Äô and has ‚Äėextremely quick response times‚Äô. Recent highlights include advising Shaw Healthcare on the provision of a retirement living village to Bristol City Council. Other clients include Imtech Engineering Services North, Imtech Low Carbon Solutions and Grifols.

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South West: Transport


Within: Rail

Osborne Clarke¬†advises manufacturers, rolling stock leasing companies and train operating companies on issues such as procurement, leasing, corporate and commercial issues, public law and pensions. Lara Burch¬†heads the team and led on advising Cross Country Trains in the award of the Cross Country rail franchise and subsequent implementation in a deal worth around ¬£1.5bn. Another highlight includes providing day-to-day advice to Eurostar, dealing with employment tribunals and also Eurostar‚Äôs multijurisdictional IP portfolio. A further highlight includes advising Eversholt Rail Group on new build rolling stock projects involving multi-party negotiations with train operators, manufacturers and stakeholders. The firm also advised Ricardo Rail‚Äôs commercial team on collaboration, sales, supply and maintenance arrangements with another rail technology company in relation to marketing and provision of on-board rail asset monitoring equipment. Jeremy Godley¬†deals with franchise bids, rolling stock procurement and rail regulation. Simon Smith¬†deals with corporate issues. Catherine Wolfenden¬†specialises in procurement, she is ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô and has ‚Äėa great knowledge of her practice area‚Äô. Clive Smith¬†left the firm for Addleshaw Goddard.

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