Firm Profile > Trowers & Hamlins LLP > Exeter, England

Trowers & Hamlins LLP
The Senate
Southernhay Gardens
EX1 1UG
England

Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a 'huge and diverse reach, both in terms of geography and disciplines.' It is active in the development and property investment areas, and is regularly instructed by local authorities, institutional investors, national house builders and Real Estate Investment Trusts. The group also works closely with the firm's construction and planning teams. Transaction specialists Georgina Savill-James and Chris Rundle, and the London-based Sara Bailey lead the practice. Ben Neary has know-how in the retail, leisure, industrial and office sectors. Managing associate Gail White is a key contact for public and private sector clients alike.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Savill James; Chris Rundle; Sara Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Ben Neary; Gail White; Nicholas Burt

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified multi disciplinary team who are very client focused.’

‘Very responsive and they totally understand the need to be commercial as opposed to strict legal interpretations.’

‘Ben Neary has dealt with multiple transactions in a timely and thorough fashion, bringing in other experts where necessary such as tax.’

‘The practice offers a “London” level of expertise at a local level with a local level of pricing.’

‘The Trowers team for Dorset, Devon and Cornwall are excellent. They are responsive, highly proactive, and unlike many other solicitors are always happy to pick up the phone to opposing solicitors to talk through complex issues. They are also very good at cutting through the more peripheral issues and getting to the heart of any problems during a negotiation which makes the transaction process far more expedient. Lastly, whilst not necessary a demonstration of their legal abilities but more a customer care point, they stand by their initially quoted fees even if ‘time on the clock’ exceeds the initial assumptions.’

‘In particular I would recommend Nicholas Burt; he has an exceptional attitude to the work (extremely thorough, diligent and quick) and his clients.’

‘They have a huge and diverse reach, both in terms of geography and disciplines. The team interact with one another to meets all client/stakeholder needs and ensure that all parties are kept “in the loop” to achieve a successful outcome.’

 

Key clients

Vistry Homes Limited

LiveWest Homes Limited

British Telecommunications plc

Homes England

Swan Commercial Services Limited

Freshwater Group

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Arbuthnot Latham Private Bank

Gloucester City Council

Greendale Group

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's Exeter-based litigation team has experience across a breadth of corporate and commercial disputes and benefits from the ability to leverage its national and international office network in large and cross-border issues. Kathryn Insall leads the practice and is popular among aerospace, manufacturing and technology sector clients, while for data privacy disputes, senior associate Emily Agget is a key contact. The team benefits from the addition of senior associate Alexander Sharples from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, who adds particular energy, IT and defence industry expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Insall

Other key lawyers:

Emily Aggett; Alexander Sharples

Testimonials

‘Very professional and yet approachable at all levels.’

‘Emily Aggett: professional, understanding, strong guidance at all times. Great empathy despite difficult and trying circumstances. Not afraid to stand up for the client. Clarity of information and clear direction.

Employment > Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Part of a large national employment team, Trowers & Hamlins LLP's Exeter office is known for its strengths advising housing and charities clients. The team's workload primarily comprises tribunal cases and advising on workplace change. John Turnbull leads the South West practice and is known for advising on unfair dismissal cases and TUPE matters for commercial clients.

Practice head(s):

John Turnbull

Testimonials

‘Practical, commercially focused legal guidance, delivered in a personable and friendly manner. Always responsive. Give clear guidance that helps us understand the levels of risk associated with decisions, rather than simply just reciting the law. ’

‘Highly responsive, understand client requirements and our business.’

‘They provide quick responses with good legal advice.’

‘John Turnbull has provided excellent advice over a number of years and helped deal with some difficult employment issues.’

‘Dedicated team of people who always call you back promptly in response to questions and matters.’

‘John Turnbull is concise, to the point and gives excellent support for us to manage our HR matters within the company.’

Key clients

Smiths (Gloucester) Limited

Otter Nurseries Limited

Dimensions UK Limited

Devonshire Homes Limited

LiveWest Homes Limited

Richmond Housing Partnership

Ampacet (UK) Limited

Inter-line Building Supplies Limited

CCS Media Ltd

1848 Ltd

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has considerable experience in the social housing space, where it can offer clients full service support. Beyond developments, housing management and M&A, the group also advises on joint ventures, institutional investments, and other public and private collaborations. Georgina Savill-James leads the team and has broad expertise in the real estate area. Hannah Jackson and senior associate Jack Frier are also involved practitioners. Joseph Acton retired in early 2021 and Jessica Church moved to Bevan Brittan LLP.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Savill-James

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Jackson; Jack Frier

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Trowers for many years because of the quality of customer care and service. Clear communication has led to a position where breadth of advice and options are widely discussed before a transparent quote is received. Then additional services are known about if they become relevant and again are quoted and instructed. Where client management is normally dealt with by a key contact the full range of services is available and other team members are brought in when needed. These strengths when combined with a proactive deadline meeting approach make Trowers a legal partner of choice.’

‘Jack Frier is probably known to most South West developers and HAs. What is surprising is that he is able to give so much time and individual attention to the scheme that you are working on at the moment, that it feels as if he is dedicated to it; but clearly has far more on his desk. Practical advice and problem solving on top of doing the job are key benefits of working with Trowers and Jack Frier in particular. ’

‘The firm is a go-to source of expertise in a wide range of areas but is particularly strong in relation to advice on housing grant and regulation. It offers reliable advice on all land related issues and is good at getting things over-the-line and in accordance with business critical deadlines.’

‘Dependable, reliable, responsive – able to provide tailored advice ’

‘Strong practice with a focus on Housing Association issues.’

‘Friendly, very experienced, easy to deal with. Take a common sense approach.’

‘Jack Frier continues to provide an excellent service. Their knowledge of our industry is exceptional as is their commitment to working within the timescales we require.’

Key clients

LiveWest Homes Limited

Vistry Partnerships Limited

Abri Housing

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Aster Group

East Devon District Council

North Devon Homes

Linden First Limited

Westward Housing Group

Teign Housing

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The Exeter-based team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP has significant experience managing property transactions, negotiating rights of way, estate planning and advising on tenancies for its rural clients. It also has a niche in sporting rights work and a growing specialist team dedicated to renewable energy. Nicola Janus-Harris leads the team with experience in agricultural property law, while Helen Honeyball focuses on high-value estate planning.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Janus-Harris

Other key lawyers:

Helen Honeyball; Frank Cook

Testimonials

‘Communication is excellent. I always know what things are going to cost and I always know what they need and I always know what they expect of me and what I have to do’

‘They understand my business. ’

‘We found all the staff with whom we dealt to be extremely professional and helpful.’

‘All queries were dealt with in a prompt, courteous and efficient manner. Unfamiliar procedures were explained and made easy to understand. We were very impressed with the availability of staff to answer queries.’

‘An excellent national coverage with local connections makes this practice very well placed to service a range of rural and agricultural clients effectively and efficiently. ’

‘Nicola Janus-Harris is very focused on the client’s needs and has excellent knowledge of the sector. Her expertise ensures the clients get the right results.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The private wealth team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP offers expertise managing work with trusts, wills, probate administration and tax. It provides personal wealth planning advice for families with key business interests, including succession planning, as well as for large landowners and farmers. Helen Honeyball leads the firm's South West department from its Exeter office.

Practice head(s):

Helen Honeyball; Jonathan Kropman

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

The Exeter-based personal injury team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is known for its expertise in representing claimants in cases involving road traffic collisions and accidents involving animals and at work. The group sits within the firm's travel, tourism and insurance department and regularly handles cases involving injuries and accidents abroad, a specialism of practice co-head Bronwen Courtenay-StampIan Brown, who also leads the team, has experience in claims against tour operators and arising from traffic collisions and accidents at work.

Practice head(s):

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp; Ian Brown

Other key lawyers:

Tom Sampford; Nicola Johnston

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known in the region for advising public sector clients on various stages of commercial and residential developments. Of particular note, the team is currently advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on its 5G telecoms project and its large-scale e-scooters project.  Amardeep Gill has a wealth of experience in pathfinder projects and innovative transactions involving local authorities, whereas Christopher Plumley is highly regarded for his role in numerous property regeneration schemes and mixed-use projects.

Practice head(s):

Amardeep Gill; Christopher Plumley

Key clients

The Urban Growth Company

Belfast City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Northamptonshire County Council

Wates Group

Stoke City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Wolverhampton City Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Torbay Council

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises local authorities on all major local government matters, with particular expertise in regeneration projects, housing developments, and income generation and commercialisation matters. During the pandemic, it has also been providing advice on contentious contract disputes around the implementation of new governance. Practice head Scott Dorling leads on urban regeneration schemes, while Helen Randall specialises in complex vires and procurements. Paul McDermott is a key resource for clients seeking advice on vires and state aid, while Amardeep Gill deals with PFI variations and green mobility projects. James Hawkins deals with PPPs and commercial and real estate projects. Specialist housing lawyer Ian Doolittle has stepped down from partner to consultant.

Practice head(s):

Scott Dorling

Other key lawyers:

Ian Doolittle; Helen Randall; Paul McDermott; Amardeep Gill; James Hawkins

Testimonials

Highly knowledgeable team able to articulate legal requirements into plain English and provide and discuss options for compliant delivery of projects.’

Personable and contactable individuals who can provide practical advice and support.’

I have worked with Trowers on a number of projects and they have always been forthcoming, helpful and provided excellent support (within very tight timescales). Compared with other law firms, I find T&H very approachable and their billing is always reasonable.’

Amardeep Gill is an absolute pleasure to work with.  He is very approachable and is happy to discuss any matter himself, whether small or large. What I really like about Amardeep is that he will always remain involved in the project  to ensure that the best service is provided, (rather than simply allocating to another member of the team). He has a great personality and has a way of managing expectations.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Cheltenham Borough Council

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Hillingdon

Hartlepool Borough Council

London Borough of Southwark

Dorset Council

Belfast City Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Three Rivers District Council

Gloucester City Council

Gravesham Borough Council

London Borough of Ealing

Phi Capital Investments Limited

Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Bristol City Council and Goram Homes

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles acquisitions for a number of private equity houses and key mid-market companies in various sectors including the healthcare, business advisory, technology and real estate industries. New practice head Tim Nye, who took over from experienced private company M&A practitioner Michael Pattinson, is a driving force behind the firm’s healthcare practice, especially with regards to acquisitions and asset management matters. Alison Chivers focuses her practice on healthcare, social care and business services, while also co-heading the London office’s private equity and family office investor group. Nick Harrisingh regularly acts for blue-chip corporates and owner managers in the TMT sector on M&A transactions and fundraisings.

Practice head(s):

Tim Nye

Other key lawyers:

Alison Chivers; Nick Harrisingh; Michael Pattinson; Steven Raize

Testimonials

‘Considered and technically strong but able to forge consensus on joint venture issues.’

‘Nick Harrisingh provided professional, prompt, and knowledgeable support during our acquisition. Nick is a calm and unflappable lead. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Strong Middle East presence. Good partner interaction – personable team members.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity

Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited (via CH Octopus (Holdings) Limited)

Ignite Growth LLP

Swanton Care & Community Limited

European Vaccination Group (UK) Limited

Futura Messis Group Limited

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Trinova Real Estate and Morood Investment Company

Wilson James Limited

Proact IT Group AB

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team is praised for its ‘excellent understanding of the challenges facing the social housing sector’, as it assists housing associations, equity investors, government agencies and local government bodies. Suzanne Benson, who heads up the group in Manchester, specialises in major projects and leads on work for Homes England. Richard St John Williams leads the governance group within the wider practice, contributing expertise in housing law and regulation. Janet Winrow has three decades of experience of regeneration projects. Another key individual is Melanie Comer, who specialises in property work associated with large portfolios used to secure housing finance. Senior associate Tom Wainwright also plays a key role in the team.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Benson

Other key lawyers:

Richard St John Williams; Janet Winrow; Melanie Comer; Tom Wainwright; Darren Ashworth

Testimonials

‘Trowers are agile and quick to respond to urgent matters. They will provide clear and concise advice on complex matters unlike many other solicitors in the sector. They will manage a file and progress matters to a conclusion on the timescales instructed. They understand the need to balance risk with getting business done.’

‘I have mainly worked with Darren Ashworth, whom I have found to be accessible and highly competent at dealing with a wide range of land and property acquisitions and Section 106 and development agreements.’

‘Excellent understanding of the challenges facing the social housing sector and supporting associations to navigate through such challenges effectively.’

‘Partners are knowledgeable, supportive and accessible.’

Key clients

Homes England

Clarion Group

Great Places Housing Group

Guinness Partnership

Community Gateway Association Limited

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Your Housing Group

First Choice Homes Oldham

Onward Homes

Jigsaw Group

One Manchester Limited

Bromford Housing Association Limited

Trafford Housing Trust

Hyde Housing Association

Ongo Homes Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

Trent & Dove Housing Limited

Northwards Housing

Salix Homes

Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides 'well rounded advice on social housing-related matters', as is evidenced by the fact that it acts for a wide variety of market participants on both the borrower and lender sides. It notably specialises in advising for-profit and not-for-profit registered providers on debt market arrangements and loan facilities. The 'approachable, available and efficient' team is led nationally by Adrian Carter, who has particular experience of advising on bond issues and medium term note programmes. Neil Waller, who heads up the Manchester-based finance practice, specialises in handling finance transactions for local authorities. Katie Dyer and Melanie Comer jointly lead the real estate finance security team and frequently advise on securing housing finance transactions using large property portfolios. Eleanor James has a focus on acting for registered providers undertaking capital market transactions and private placements.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Carter; Neil Waller; Katie Dyer; Melanie Comer

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor James; Naomi Roper; Sarah Gooden; Lara Marsden

Testimonials

‘Strong service and knowledge of the sector.’

‘Excellent advice, particularly Sarah Gooden going the extra mile.’

‘As a firm, they provide well-rounded advice on social housing related matters, including finance, development, governance, procurement, etc. There is a dedicated client partner in keeping in touch about sector development, training, etc.’

‘Naomi and Lara have been very efficient, responsive, direct and effective in closing a number of agreements in record time. I trust their advice and capability in social housing finance-related matters.’

‘Very efficient professional and knowledgeable across all areas of registered provider’s legal requirements.’

‘Approachable, available and efficient.’

Key clients

Aster Group

Bernicia Group

bLEND Funding plc

Borrowers’ Advisory Group of MORhomes

Bromford Housing Group

Cartrefi Conwy Cyf

Catalyst Housing Limited

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Community Gateway Association Limited

Funding Affordable Homes Housing Association Limited

East End Homes Limited

Eastlight Community Homes Limited

GB Social Housing plc

Jigsaw Homes Group Limited

Livewest Homes Limited

Livin Housing Limited

Midland Heart Limited

Network Homes Limited

North Star Housing Group

Orbit Capital plc

Origin Housing Limited

Newport City Homes

Peabody Trust

Poplar Harca

Sovereign Housing Association Limited

The Guinness Partnership Limited

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

Two Rivers Housing

Vivid Housing

Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which is highlighted for its 'market-leading expertise', acts for providers of social housing and local authorities on traditional development projects, mergers, housing management and governance matters. The firm has recently seen an increase in complex transactions that involve both public and private sector stakeholders. The 'extremely knowledgeable' team is adept at advising on joint ventures between housing associations and institutional investors, local authority re-entries into direct housing delivery, as well as commercial development to cross-subsidise affordable housing delivery. National head of affordable housing Tonia Secker has particular experience of advising government agencies, combined authorities and the GLA on funding programmes for the delivery of affordable housing. Sara Bailey, who is the head of the real estate team, is experienced in joint ventures, as well as regeneration and development schemes. Also recommended are the 'formidable' Amy Shaw, 'sector expert' Rob BeileyScott Dorling, Andy Barnard, Paul McDermott and Sharron Webster.

Practice head(s):

Tonia Secker; Sara Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Sharron Webster; Amy Shaw; Andy Barnard; Scott Dorling; Paul McDermott; Rob Beiley; Ian Davis

Testimonials

‘Market-leading expertise on regulatory and other advice provided to registered providers of social housing and local authorities.’

‘Rob Beiley – highly experienced and the sector expert on registering new social housing providers. Accessible and helpful. Authoritative, but also very pragmatic and works closely with clients to identify solutions that work for them. I have always found Rob to be imaginative and more likely than most to come up with novel but workable solutions. Fantastic knowledge of the underpinning law and regulations. Very well networked.  I could make very similar comments about Scott Dorling in relation to local authority housing work. Unparalleled experience and knowledge. He gives the impression of already having dealt with every imaginable problem.’

‘They have significant experience and capabilities in social housing sector. This is beneficial to us as we work with many housing associations and local authorities.’

‘We deal primarily with Amy Shaw. She is extremely good. Very measured and is on hand when needed.’

‘The key strengths of Trowers’ team is in their understanding of the social housing sector and registered providers. Their advice always reflects the social objects and purpose of the sector, balanced with the regulatory requirements.’

‘Ian Davis and Robert Beiley – both particularly responsive and supportive, helping guide us through balancing social objects and regulatory requirements.’

‘The team are professional and extremely knowledgeable and are always well informed about the sector and also the status of our company.’

‘Amy Shaw is thorough, responsive, dedicated and formidable in representing her clients interests.’

Key clients

Homes England

Great London Authority

Peabody Trust

Vistry Partnerships

Hyde Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Sovereign Housing Association

Swan Housing

VIVID Housing

Paradigm Housing Group

Network Homes Limited

Origin Housing

Catalyst Housing Group

Hill Residential

BoKlok

L&Q Housing Trust

Mount Anvil

Residential Secure Income plc

L&G Affordable Homes

QSix

Housing 21

One Housing Group

Cross Keys Homes

Goram Homes

Capital Letters

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Slough Borough Council

London Borough of Ealing

Epping Forest District Council

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is known for ‘pulling out all stops to get the results needed’. The full-service real estate practice thrives at all stages of investments and developments, setting itself apart from the rest of the market through its focus on representing public sector, hotel and leisure and inward investing clients, particularly those from the Far and Middle East. A further defining trait of the practice is its intimate knowledge of residential asset classes; key lawyers, such as Rebecca Wardle, are well-versed in student accomodation, build-to-rent, sheltered housing, senior living and mixed-use properties and the group frequently works in close tangent with its private wealth department to support on occupational and ownership matters at high-value flats and houses. Julien Allen, an ‘outstanding lawyer’, succeeded Sara Bailey as practice head in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Julien Allen

Other key lawyers:

Sara Bailey; Andy Barnard; Adrian Leavey; Rebecca Wardle

Testimonials

‘The team at Trowers pull out all the stops to get the results we need. No matter the deadlines or the complexity, they have the skill and commercial nous to adapt to the situation. We feel like they are close business collaborators on our deals: they understand the key drivers and they prioritise a quick, successful outcome above any legal points-scoring. Fast, tech-savvy and responsive, they are willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Julien Allen is an outstanding lawyer. He wastes no time, acts quickly and decisively and owns and commands each transaction. He is also very responsive and adaptable. He differs from other lawyers in his judgement in negotiations about when to dig his heels in and when to choose the path of least resistance to get the result. I particularly value how he becomes a key part of our team and how he makes sure he is always at our disposal.’

‘Samir Nathwani is a fantastic associate. He works harder than anyone I have met, is always proactive and is excellent at developing great relationships and building trust with us. One to watch in the future, fast developing into partner material in my opinion.’ 

Key clients

Poplar Housing and Regeneration Company Limited

Octopus Real Estate

Cheltenham Borough Council

Wates Group

Swan Housing

Angel Gardens Property Company Limited

Museum of London

Berkeley Homes (South East London) Limited, part of The Berkeley Group

Wolverhampton City Council acting on behalf of West Midlands Pension Fund

Northwick Park Redevelopment

Gravesham Borough Council

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Goram Homes

Linq Housing PLC (LINQ)

Mount Anvil

Boklok Housing Limited

Greater London Authority

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides cross-sector expertise for NHS Trusts, CCGs, and GPs on matters ranging from real estate and dispute resolution to regulatory and public law.  It is also particularly active in the retirement living market. Healthcare team co-leaders Tim Nye and Kyle Holling focus on M&A and joint ventures and real estate and projects, respectively. Partner Hilary Blackwell also advises on healthcare-related property redevelopments, including the recent redevelopment of St Pancras Hospital, while Alison Chivers advises private equity funds on healthcare acquisitions and investments.

Practice head(s):

Tim Nye; Kyle Holling

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Blackwell; Alison Chivers

Testimonials

Trowers and Hamlins is the standout firm advising Retirement Communities and extra care housing providers. In addition to its specialist expertise on the real estate side in this sector, it has complementary specialisms in building safety; employment and HR for social care providers; and intellectual property. In our view Trowers really “gets” the needs of the sector and the key risks and opportunities for providers.

Our lead contact is Kyle Holling. He is an expert – approachable and importantly always ready to think outside the box and consider new solutions and the impact of legal changes.’

We have received excellent advice when necessary from Kyle Holling and his team. They respond immediately and are proactive.’

Key clients

Dimensions UK

Advance Housing and Care

Shawbrook Bank

Caring Homes Healthcare Group

Inflexion Private Equity

European Medicines Agency

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Audley/Schroder/Octopus Real Estate

RNID

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Swanton Care & Community Limited

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 2

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP, the team in London is known for advising on structuring complex cross-border tax-driven and shari'ah-compliant structures, and it is able to leverage the expertise of practitioners in offices in the Middle East and Asia. The group assists with Islamic lending on the London market as it pertains to real estate transactions. Sarah Gooden is the key contact in the London office, with significant experience in real estate investments. Neill Gibson is an expert in innovative lending and security structures for Islamic investors in the UK and Europe. Tony Poole assists Islamic financial institutions with corporate, financial services and securities issues. Based in Oman, Salman Ahmed leads the EMEA Islamic finance practice and the firm-wide Islamic securities group.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gooden; Salman Ahmed

Other key lawyers:

Neill Gibson; Susan Jarvis; Katharine Lewis; Ayda Habboush; Helen Fysh

Testimonials

The team at Trowers is extremely knowledgeable about Islamic finance products and structures. They provide a quick turnaround time. Their advice is always clear and to the highest professional degree. They are considerate of cost which is much appreciated by the bank.’

What makes the individuals at Trowers stand out is their knowledge and ability to provide business friendly solutions all while protecting the bank from any legal risks. They are cognisant of the way the bank operates. They have commercial acumen which is not always easy to find in the market.’

Trowers is a truly global law firm with great capabilities within the real estate and Islamic finance fields.’

Long history and support for the sector.’

They are thorough in their due diligence, knowledgeable in their work, subject matter experts on both the instrument and regulatory requirements in various jurisdictions, pleasant and easy to work with and available at any time.

Key clients

Lembaga Tabung Haji

90 North Real Estate Partners

Gatehouse Bank PLC

Apache Capital Partners LLP

Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

Kuwait Finance House

Warba Bank KSCP

Rasameel Investment Company KSCC

Dimah Capital Investment Company KSCC

Dubai Islamic Bank

First Energy Bank

Rasmala Investment Bank

SEDCO Capital

A’ayan Real Estate Company

Arbah Capital

Sidra Capital

Sohar Islamic

Oman Takaful Insurance Company

Meethaq Islamic Banking, bank muscat S.A.O.G. (Meethaq)

Al Muzn

Sanvira Carbon SFZ LLC

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's strengths in acting for clients from the public, private and third sectors gives its team an insight into relations between public sector organisations and private sector partners over the supply and delivery of key services. Key areas of focus include social care, housing, schools and waste collection and disposal. Suzanne Benson specialises in major projects, including land projects, joint ventures and regeneration schemes, as well as the development of home ownership projects. She jointly leads the practice with Scott Dorling.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Benson; Scott Dorling

Other key lawyers:

Richard St John Williams; Matthew Holbrook; Darren Ashworth; Dan Butler

Testimonials

‘My experience is that the team takes the time to understand clients’ needs and then ensures advice is tailored.’

‘Darren Ashworth is my main contact. I hold Darren and his advice in very high regard.’

Key clients

Homes England

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Warwickshire County Council

Bury Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hartlepool Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Reading Borough Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Salford City Council

One Manchester

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

The ‘exceptional team’ at Trowers & Hamlins LLPis set apart by its ability to consistently work in its clients’ best interests’. Key points of differentiation for the group include its record on transactions and ventures which intersect both the public and private sectors, as well as its proficiency in guiding first-time investors through their entry into the affordable housing market. The ‘commercially astute and pragmaticDigby Morgan leads the local practice and runs a broad workload which sees him engaged on RP-led and s106 developments, regeneration projects, care facility leases and land assembly transactions; he is supported at partner-level by procurement expert, Mark Robinson, as well as Yetunde Dania, well-versed in housing management matters such as anti-social behaviour, tenancy fraud and succession issues.

Practice head(s):

Tonia Secker; Digby Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Mark Robinson; Yetunde Dania; Dorota Pawlowski

Testimonials

‘What sets this exceptional team is apart is their ability to consistently work in their clients’ best interests. The team are incredibly knowledgeable, responsive and diligent. Even when approached with queries outside their areas of practice, they are able to swiftly access in house advice, resolving issues from the outset’

The team are a real pleasure to work with!’

‘Digby Morgan is commercially astute and pragmatic. He is a confident and calm negotiator who is able to secure appropriate remedies for his clients.’

‘There is very little that they haven’t dealt with previously and are not phased by anything out of the ordinary. They try to adopt our working practices and approaches to cases so they feel like an extension of our in-house team. They understand our business and our values but offer practical advice and solutions.’

‘They are approachable and contactable, particularly Yetunde Dania. Dorota Pawlowski is also incredibly approachable and practical.’

‘They are very responsive, particularly on short notice when we have a serious case. Through lockdown they have supported us with obtaining injunctions –  that has been a difficult task but they have been brilliant.’

‘Yetunde Dania provides a great service; we talk cases through and her advice has helped me deal with some really difficult cases. Yetunde has always passed on her experience to my team members and arranged training sessions for the team – this has led to us being able to prepare our own in-house injunctions and has saved the business a lot of money.’

Key clients

Legal & General Affordable Homes Limited

Midland Heart Limited

Clarion Housing Group

Citizen Housing Group

Bromford Housing Association Limited

Platform Housing Group

United Communities Limited

South Yorkshire Housing Association Limited

Gateway Housing Association Limited

Black Country Housing Group

ReSI Housing

Peabody Group

Orbit Group

First Garden Cities Homes (formerly Howard Cottage)

Rooftop Housing Group

Cross Keys Homes Limited

Rural District Housing Trust

Plus Dane Housing

Accord Housing Group

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP predominantly advises local authorities in relation to various regulatory issues and legal challenges, with a particular focus on major developments and procurement processes. In addition, the firm acts for public sector clients in judicial reviews, investigations and inquiries. Solicitor advocate Lucy James is highly regarded for her expertise in procurement litigation, judicial reviews and complex regulatory matters, while Scott Dorling specialises in advising public authorities on vires, procurement issues and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Lucy James; Scott Dorling

Testimonials

‘Lucy James is very pragmatic and has excellent judgment in terms of what is likely to work in Court and achieve a result that is of real benefit to her client.’

‘I think what particularly makes this team stand out is a combination of real knowledge of the sectors in which their clients operate (eg social housing or local government) and an excellent understanding of the theory and practice of general public law.’

‘Lucy James at Trowers advised me with respect to a judicial review challenge to an admissions decision. She was highly responsive, strategic and realistic with respect to her advice.’

Key clients

Regulator of Social Housing

Hartlepool Borough Council

London Borough of Southwark

Belfast City Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Dorset Council

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council

London Councils

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'excellent' commercial litigation team has particular experience in corporate and commercial disputes involving allegations of civil fraud, bribery and cybercrime. Helen Briant, who counts private companies, public bodies and charities among her clients, leads the practice, which also includes 'thoughtful litigator' and senior associate Jamie de Souza, who is 'a future star' for commercial litigation involving fraud allegations. The group also has particular expertise in group litigation and obtaining litigation funding, and counts breach of contract claims, contentious insolvencies and restrictive covenant disputes among its other areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Helen Briant

Other key lawyers:

Jamie De Souza; Elizabeth Mulley; Chris Recker

Testimonials

‘The team at Trowers gave us a service that felt bespoke and personal. They were involved in all forms of communication with the parties we were dealing with.’

‘Trowers and Hamlins’ dispute resolution team conduct serious and high-value disputes claims, both in the UK and abroad. The core of their work is fraud, breach of duty and shareholder claims where they are amongst the best in their class.’

‘The team has been great at guiding us through a difficult and contentious process, clearly setting out the choices we need to make as trustees, and the risks and opportunities involved in each one.’

‘Chris Recker (senior associate) really took his time in accurately drafting emails for us and making the necessary tweaks and adjustments to ensure we were always conducting ourselves to best possible standard and that we were always covered.’

Jamie De Souza – senior associate – is a future star and has a great eye for detail. Clients appreciate his focus and drive for excellence.

‘Excellent team and working relationship.’

‘A good team doing solid commercial work with a few stand-out individuals.’

‘Jamie De Souza: For me the standout senior associate. He’s a responsive, well organised but thoughtful litigator.’

Key clients

Mobeus

Moonpig

Caramel Sales Limited and Advanced Multi-Technology For Medical Industry

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's practice is characterised by strengths in heavyweight commercial disputes (including commercial litigation involving public sector bodies), as well as Middle East-related work. Lucy James leads the national commercial litigation team, which includes Alex Burton, who spends a substantial amount of time in the firm's Middle East offices. Key developments at the firm included Navinder Grover, who was formerly Teacher Stern LLP's insolvency head, joining in 2020. In addition Charlotte Clayson made partner. Senior associates of note include James Lancaster, Cara Gillingham, Laura Pennells and Michael RhodeNed Beale joined Hausfeld & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

Lucy James

Other key lawyers:

Alex Burton; Navinder Grover; Charlotte Clayson; James Lancaster; Cara Gillingham; Laura Pennells; Michael Rhode

Testimonials

The breadth of talent shown by this team is incomparable. Their ability to provide commercially sensitive and strategic advice is first class, and ensures that their clients are able to navigate through the litigation minefield safely.

They deliver total transparency on fees, and work seamlessly with other teams across the firm on associated issues.

Trowers are very sensitive to the commercial needs of their clients.

A very diverse team, whose lawyers have a wide range of experience. They are also open to innovative billing arrangements, such as partial CFAs and litigation funding.

Trowers and Hamlins have provided outstanding legal support on contentious matters, including procurement challenges and contractual disputes.

Lucy James is highly responsive, provides practical and strategic advice ,and is always on hand to support. Equally she ensures we have full access to the associate(s) working on the matter.

Navinder Grover is a ferocious litigator and a deft strategist, seeing issues and potential opportunities long before his opponent, giving his clients an ability to negotiate from a position of strength every time. He never fails to deliver.

Alex Burton and senior associate Michael Rhode are strong on legal analysis, nimble and responsive to clients’ needs.

Key clients

TWC Aviation Capital

Olympus Airways

Sheikh Salah Hamdan Albluewi

Sameera Toorani

Maryam Toorani

Rouhangiz Toorani

Khairiyah Toorani

Zainab Toorani

Sean Carpenter

David Carpenter

Lauren Carpenter

Athena Art Finance Corporation

All Parliamentary Party on Fair Business Banking

Wilson James

Hasan Dalkilic

Sevim Pekin

David Popeck

Caramel Sales

Advanced Multi-Technology For Medical Industry (Hitex)

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

Praised as ‘quick to respond and succinct with their advice’, lawyers of Trowers & Hamlins LLP are active in all facets of the real estate market, from residential developments, public regeneration and commercial projects through to asset management, corporate support and property disputes. Recently appointed practice head Fiona Thomson is well-versed in both public and private sector schemes with a particularly keen eye for industrial-related projects; her team also includes Chris Plumley, a lawyer with a track record in town centre generation and mixed-use development projects, and Digby Morgan who fronts the affordable housing practice and routinely handles regeneration projects, RP-led and S106 developments, portfolio sales and leasing matters within the housing sector.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Thomson; Sara Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Chris Plumley; Simon Robinson; Digby Morgan

Testimonials

‘A solid team of people who respond well to client requests ’

‘Fiona Thomson is my main contact. I find her efficient, professional and she has an engaging style.’

‘We only started using Trowers & Hamlin within the last six months but so far have been impressed with their attention to the commission in hand.’

‘We have dealt with Fiona Thomson for many years and have not been disappointed since her move to Trowers & Hamlins.’

‘The Trowers team are always quick to respond and succinct with their advice.’

‘The individuals are always responsive to phone calls and provide swift responses to email when required. They chase opposing solicitors regularly for updates and always provide feedback whether or not a response has been received.I would recommend Fiona Thomson.’

‘Chris Plumley has been brilliant at organising a the legal support we need at short notice and this has never compromised the quality of the service. Always excellent people.’

‘Responding to short notice requirements often without clear instructions, the team are always willing to work with us to find the best solutions.’

Key clients

PSP Facilitating Limited

Gorcott Estate LLP

Opus Land Limited

Revelan Group plc

HE2 (Trebor/Hillwood JV)

Kent County Council

Westminster City Council

EV Cargo Limited

Neyland Properties Limited

Trine Developments Limited

Norfolk County Council

Wirral Borough Council

Solihull MBC

Urban Growth Company

West Midlands Combined Authority

Homes England

Richborough Estates

Prosperity Developments

Vinci Developments Limited

BT

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

Midland Heart

Wolverhampton County Council

Leicester City Council

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is known for ‘pulling out all stops to get the results needed’. The full-service real estate practice thrives at all stages of investments and developments, setting itself apart from the rest of the market through its focus on representing public sector, hotel and leisure and inward investing clients, particularly those from the Far and Middle East. A further defining trait of the practice is its intimate knowledge of residential asset classes; key lawyers, such as Rebecca Wardle, are well-versed in student accomodation, build-to-rent, sheltered housing, senior living and mixed-use properties and the group frequently works in close tangent with its private wealth department to support on occupational and ownership matters at high-value flats and houses. Julien Allen, an ‘outstanding lawyer’, succeeded Sara Bailey as practice head in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Julien Allen

Other key lawyers:

Sara Bailey; Yvette Bryan; Patrick Morris; Dwynwen Lewis; Sam Folley

Testimonials

‘The team at Trowers pull out all the stops to get the results we need. No matter the deadlines or the complexity, they have the skill and commercial nous to adapt to the situation. We feel like they are close business collaborators on our deals: they understand the key drivers and they prioritise a quick, successful outcome above any legal points-scoring. Fast, tech-savvy and responsive, they are willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Julien Allen is an outstanding lawyer. He wastes no time, acts quickly and decisively and owns and commands each transaction. He is also very responsive and adaptable. He differs from other lawyers in his judgement in negotiations about when to dig his heels in and when to choose the path of least resistance to get the result. I particularly value how he becomes a key part of our team and how he makes sure he is always at our disposal.’

‘Samir Nathwani is a fantastic associate. He works harder than anyone I have met, is always proactive and is excellent at developing great relationships and building trust with us. One to watch in the future, fast developing into partner material in my opinion.’ 

Key clients

Urban Logistics REIT

Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

American Realty Capital Global (ARC)

Wates Group

BT plc

Europa Capital

Hermes

AXA

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP, led by experienced construction expert Katie Saunders, assists clients with a variety of housing and development projects, in addition to working with local authorities and central government agencies. Saunders is noted for her experience in providing clients with procurement advice. Tom Holroyd's expertise lies in the waste sector; he also continues to develop the firm’s construction litigation practice and is involved in contentious matters surrounding relevant construction issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Canham; Katie Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Tom Holroyd

Key clients

Government Property Agency

Crown Commercial Service

West Midlands Combined Authority

Clarion Housing Group

National Housing Federation – Building Better consortium

Granite Turner

Swan Housing

The Guinness Partnership

Pilon

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is ‘very knowledgeable of construction litigation’ and is noted for its ‘wealth of experience in’ a range of matters, especially fire safety and supply chain claims. The team is also highly rated for its support all stages of mixed-use, residential, education, infrastructure and large regeneration projects with distinguished proficiency in national housebuilder-led schemes and asset management programs. Mark Robinson, who fronts the non-contentious offering, also holds experience in sporting, leisure and healthcare projects and primarily supports on procurement structures and project documentation. The ‘excellentPaul Scott recently joined from Gateley Plc to take up the reigns of the construction disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robinson; Paul Scott

Testimonials

‘A great proactive team with a solid structure.’

‘Paul Scott is an excellent construction lawyer – he tells you how it is and gets on with it.’

‘Very knowledgeable construction litigation team with a wealth of experience across the industry from contract award to completion. Invaluable advice given on contract disputes and enforcement procedures from a client and contractor perspective.’

‘A very personal experience given from the lead and also we coordinated and communicated to the wider team on all aspects of the case.’

Key clients

Countryside Properties

Vistry Group

Colmore Tang Construction

BluMarble Properties

Urban Growth Company

UVEE Group

Historic England

Prosperity Investments and Developments Limited

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Platform Housing Group Limited

Shropshire Rural Housing Association Limited

Trebor Developments LLP (Deeside Regeneration Limited)

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for all key construction parties in cases involving a variety of domestic projects, including commercial and residential developments as well as major projects. It offers particular expertise in the education and care sectors, as well as in new methods such as modular construction. Anthony Yates leads the team, providing significant experience in cases involving cladding and fire safety. Theresa Mohammed is also noteworthy for her work on technical hotel and residential disputes.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Yates

Other key lawyers:

Theresa Mohammed

Testimonials

‘My experiences of dealing with the firm has been excellent. They are positive and commercial in their advice. The advice has been assured and user-friendly. I was also impressed by their availability and responsiveness even though our demands for legal advice have been quite sporadic but urgent when they arose.’

‘The firm gives wide-ranging advice, which is vital to a large organization that needs a variety of services.’

 

Key clients

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Hillingdon

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP offers support to a broad array of clients on traditional construction matters. It advises a number of high-value developers on residential-led mixed-use projects, with a particular emphasis on offsite and modular construction; much of that development work is led by practice head Stephanie Canham. The team also acts for institutional investors on larger projects. Other key sectors of expertise include retirement, care and education developments. The practice expanded in January 2021 when Michael Chilton joined the firm from Thrings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Canham

Other key lawyers:

Michael Chilton

Testimonials

‘Capable of working collaboratively as part of a wider deal transaction. Good reporting to get funders comfortable.’

‘The firm gives wide-ranging advice vital to a large organisation that needs a variety of services. The teams work together to give assistance across the whole project.’

Key clients

Museum of London

Apache Capital

The Berkeley Group plc

Aegon Asset Management UK

Secretary of State for Education

LocatED

Oxfordshire County Council

Wates Construction

Ballymore group of companies

EcoWorld

Federated Hermes

RE Capital

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP covers a broad spectrum of property litigation with particular strength in development-related claims, including rights to light, restrictive covenants, adverse possession and party wall disputes. Regular clients in this space include housebuilders, registered providers and developers. Title indemnity underwriters and insurers also benefit from this set of expertise and regularly call upon Nick Levy's rights to light insurance claims practice. This offering is rounded off by in-depth expertise in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, which includes matters relating to tenant insolvencies (the team acts for landlords and insolvency practitioners), leasehold enfranchisement and the Electronic Communications Code. Managing partner and dispute resolution department head Paul Marco co-heads the team with Levy and covers a wide range of development and landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Levy; Paul Marco

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kerr; Emma Barnfield; Douglas Rhodes

Testimonials

The team has a broad range of knowledge and skill at all levels.

They are responsive, commercial and thoughtful in their approach to litigation and dispute resolution, and open to collaboration.

Nick Levy and Rachel Kerr are both very responsive, proactive, quick to act and calm in a crisis.

Trowers’ strengths and key capabilities lie in understanding the new legislation and having a practical understanding of how to apply it to a various property classes in a way that achieves the owners’ specific objectives.’

Unlike other firms of property litigation solicitors, their knowledge of the new Electronic Communications Code enables them to handle complex cases in a simple and efficient manner.

There is a huge collegial spirit amongst the team. They are busy and have a very diverse cross-section of work. They also have a very diverse team and attract talent who are not only very good lawyers, but who are also team players and easy to deal with.

Paul Marco and Nick Levy are heavyweight property litigation partners with superb reputations.

Emma Barnfield already is a star who is making an impact, especially in telecoms.

Key clients

CLS Risk Solutions Limited

National Bank of Kuwait

J D Wetherspoon plc

Caprice Group

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Delph Property Group

Westminster City Council

Trinova Real Estate

Pitmore

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

The aviation team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises airlines, airports, and insurers on the full range of matters, such as commercial, corporate, and real estate advice, as well as banking and fraud-related matters. It is particularly experienced in commercial financing and leasing disputes. Practice head Kathryn Insall is based in Exeter; she has strong experience of international disputes and high-profile aviation disaster work. Other key figures include Alex Burton, who heads up the firm's international dispute management practice from London and works with airlines and leasing companies.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Insall

Other key lawyers:

Alex Burton

Key clients

TWC Aviation Capital Limited

AAL Group Limited

KAL Leasing & Chartering FZE

Iris Helicopters Leasing Ltd

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP focuses on the real estate finance market, acting on a range of matters including property investment financings, development finance work and bridging finance matters. The team also has notable expertise in housing finance mandates and has helped to develop standards and frameworks on issues of finance for social and affordable housing. Neil Waller is at the helm of the group, with a client base of regional and national lenders and borrowers. Eleanor James, who is praised for her ‘excellent knowledge of the debt capital markets‘, continues to be a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Neil Waller

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor James

Testimonials

‘Supportive; go the extra mile.’

‘Flexibility and taking the initiative are standout qualities. The team is very knowledgeable and can bring in experts in related fields to assist when and where necessary.’

‘All the partners are extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields and bring this expertise to bear constructively.’

‘The team have an excellent understanding of the sector nuances and are able to support negotiations in respect of banking and debt capital market products. Thorough understanding of the legal process.’

‘Eleanor James has excellent knowledge of the debt capital markets from a legal perspective which enables her to support complex transactions in a short time period. Always makes herself available to answer questions, even out of hours. This comprehensive knowledge and flexible approach allowed us to advance from starting the documentation to launching the deal in just 4 weeks.’

Key clients

Catalyst Housing Limited

Orbit Capital plc

Two Rivers Housing

Eastlight Community Homes Limited

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Hartlepool Borough Council

Community Gateway Association Limited

Jigsaw Homes Group Limited

North Star Housing Group

LINQ Housing PLC

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for major charitable funds. Its main focus is on large charities that raise funds from contracts or from charging the beneficiaries of their services. The group advises its charity clients on a broad spectrum of issues from commercial property to procurement, employment and pension matters. It is recommended too for its knowledge of diverse regulatory regimes such as registration with the Charity Commission, the OSCR and other regulators including the CQC and the Regulator of Social Housing. Ian Davis heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Davis

Other key lawyers:

Emma Burrows

Testimonials

‘The team has a comprehensive knowledge of the charity and not for profit organisations and therefore is able to support decision making with appropriate and relevant advice and guidance. During the pandemic the team has introduced regular webinars on key topics that have been helpful, informative and collaborative. Members of the team take time to understand our challenges, whether that be resources, governance or the sector specific operating environment‘.

‘Emma Burrows and her team are like an extended part of the Leadership team here. The lawyers are trusted advisors and do not sit on the fence when giving advice. Their advice is clear, pragmatic and they will always seek to establish what outcome we are seeking and provide such advice in a timely trusted way. They are our go to advisors for all complex ER matters. Emma Burrows – she fully understands our business, she is a trusted advisor and most importantly to me she provides legal advice which I understand‘.

‘The advice is detailed, comprehensive and specific to the questions asked for the situation. Even if a number of people end up being involved there is handover between them and consistency of advice. The advice is helpful and gives useful recommendations. The lawyers are professional and always act appropriately in a trusted manner. They respond in a timely way with detailed and comprehensive advice that meets the needs, making useful recommendations. Everyone we have dealt with has been knowledgeable and trustworthy. We have had support from Emma Burrows‘.

Key clients

E Hayes Dashwood

Durham Aged Mineworkers

Chatham Maritime Trust

London Historic Buildings Trust

Caterham School

Island Health Trust

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Rheema Church

Aquaterra Leisure

Youth First

LGBT Women charity

Strawberry Hill Trust

Certitude (Emma Burrows)

Dimensions Welsh Subsidiary

Together Trust

Unicorn School

Sense

Royal Ostoporosis Society

Woolwich Creative District Trust

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP assists clients on various commercial property and development matters, as well as working alongside local councils. It is led by Suzanne Benson, who leads on high-profile advisory work for Homes England. Matthew Holbrook focuses on commercial property; he and Anna Metham have expanded the practice’s institutional investor work, assisting clients with property management. The team’s depth of expertise was bolstered with four partner promotions in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Benson

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Holbrook; Anna Metham; Darren Ashworth; Ru Anwar

Testimonials

‘Strong customer focus and offer a ‘human face’ rather than relying on a corporate brand reputation.’

‘Their individuals have been sensitive and supportive to the pressures our SME company has experienced in delivering the projects. Suzanne Benson has a really effective style and this works through her team.’

‘The most recent schemes have been pretty complex deals and have been managed by Ru Anwar. Ru is very pragmatic and proactive. She will prompt and chase me for information to move matters forward whereas I find that I am the one doing the chasing with other practices.’

Key clients

Granite-Turner Limited

BT Plc

Ainscough Strategic Land Limited

Tatton Group

Homes England

Cambian Group

Rowlinson Construction Ltd

Countryside PLC

Wolverhampton City Council

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Latimer Developments Limited/Clarion Housing Group

CERT Property Group

City Pride Residential Limited

St Helens Borough Council

St Albans Council

Patrick Properties Limited

Gladman

Cringle Corporation

Swanton Care and Community Limited

Stockport Homes

The Brew by Rent 24

First Step Group t/a Step Places

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

Home to a ‘very strong, full-service offering’, Trowers & Hamlins LLP is principally focused on M&A, joint venture, private equity and venture capital matters, leveraging a distinguished level of knowhow in the manufacturing, healthcare and start-up sectors. Amardeep Gill is also engaged on a large number of commercial agreements while fellow department co-head Matthew Harvey has a track record of work for automotive clients.

Practice head(s):

Amardeep Gill; Matthew Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Moad Giebaly; Mike McMahon

Testimonials

Trowers & Hamlins has a very strong team and full service offering.’

‘Moad Giebaly is one of  the best corporate lawyers I have worked with. Self assured, confident, calm and commercial, he runs his client relationships and mandates as a seasoned and senior partner. Moad has a great knowledge of corporate real estate and Islamic finance transactions but has also advised on investments, corporate restructuring and general matters. He is responsible, responsive and committed to the best possible outcome for his clients. Simply put, Moad is a joy to deal with.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Xicon Holdings Limited

Doro AB

Midven Limited

Central Housing Investment Consortium Limited

Shareholders of Claremont Ingredients Limited

Dynata LLC

Julian Atkinson

Wates Group

Jade Merchant Bank LLP

The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

West Midlands Combined Authority

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for handling real estate transactions, although the full-service offering also provides support on contracts, procurement issues, employment work and charities law. Assad Maqbool leads work on the Priority Schools Building Programme and also works with LocatED, a government-owned property company. He jointly heads up the team with Helen Randall, who specialises in complex education governance and contractual issues, and Amardeep Gill, who advises on the commercial aspects of education transactions.

Practice head(s):

Assad Maqbool; Helen Randall; Amardeep Gill

Testimonials

‘We used Trowers for legal advice when contemplating starting a new school. Advice passed on to us was clear and concise. The feed back to the governors was excellent.’

‘Trowers had a quietly assured, joined-up confidence.’

Key clients

Secretary of State (via the Department for Education) and LocatED

Dorset Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Borough of Brent

University of West London

Northwick Park Redevelopment

Unicorn School

Caterham School

Employment Tier 4

In 2020 Trowers & Hamlins LLP advised over 200 employers on furlough and other Covid related issues. Rebecca McGuirk leads the well-established team that has a broad mix of public and private sector clients with particular sector expertise in housing, charities, logistics, construction/development and retail. McGuirk has a varied practice advising on issues as diverse as trade union issues and restructuring through to dealing with employment tribunal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca McGuirk; Emma Burrows

Key clients

The Accord Group

Bethphage

Black Country Housing Group

Bournville Village Trust

Community Gateway Association

CORE Education Trust

EV Cargo

Longhurst Group

Swimming Teachers’ Association

The Trident Group

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is recommended for hotel-related projects, advising across the scale of luxury hotels to hostels and pubs. Clients include large-scale investors and owners as well as niche businesses and individual investors. The practice particularly stands out for work in the Middle and Far East: Ayda Habboush specialises in advising high net worth investors and family offices from those regions on UK hotel acquisitions. She jointly heads the team with Julien Allen, who focuses on the high-end leisure sector, particularly restaurants and clubs.

Practice head(s):

Ayda Habboush; Julien Allen

Testimonials

‘Engaged partners that are always available. Have a real interest in trying to understand your business.’

‘Very commercially-focused advice. The team really understands the key business issues we face and provides sound legal advice accordingly.’

‘Strong construction and real estate advice, able to source technical queries. Practical advice given with clear experience in the issues and matters they handled.’

‘Key benefit was being able to get advice on planning and local authority matters from someone with expertise of the process.’

Key clients

RE Capital (previously known as Geneva Management Group) – Clerkenwell Lifestyle (UK) Limited

Midia Investors Limited

Cringle Corporation Limited

Granite-Turner Limited

J D Wetherspoon

JBXE Limited

Caprice Holdings Limited

Caprice Holdings Limited and Caprice Chelsea Grill Limited

Museum of London

Eco World London

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has developed its projects practice from its traditional housing PPP/PFI focus to include expertise in education, waste, environment, health and social care, energy, cultural infrastructure and, increasingly, technology projects. The firm also has experience in the Middle East and South East Asian regions, advising on a range of infrastructure deals. Paul McDermott leads the team and is known for PPPs and PFIs in housing, social care and education, as well as advising central government on the housing PFI programme.

Practice head(s):

Paul McDermott

Other key lawyers:

Assad Maqbool; Scott Dorling

Testimonials

‘Approachable, very knowledgeable team. Practical advice and discussion on legal considerations and options available for bringing forward projects’.

‘Very contactable and willing to assist in any way possible’.

‘Individuals in the team have all come across as being very personable, professional and practical in their advice and support’.

Key clients

Museum of London

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Secretary of State for Education / Located

Three Rivers District Council

North Tyneside Council

Belfast City Council

Leisure Contract Variations

Camden Council

Electricity and Water Authority of Bahrain

Bristol City Council and Goram Homes

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Westminster City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Berkeley Homes (South East London) Limited

Gravesham Borough Council

Federal Electricity and Water Authority (United Arab Emirates)

Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong public sector focus, advising local authorities and central government departments on a range of major development schemes. Growth areas for the firm include build to rent schemes and advice to clients on EIA. Practice head Jacqueline Backhaus is a specialist planning, highways and compulsory purchase lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising both the public and private sector.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Backhaus

Testimonials

For me, it is their ‘can-do’ attitude and client-focused approach to finding robust legal solutions for a range of planning issues throughout the planning process, including public inquiries.’

Great team who apply their minds and work toward the goals of the client. Professional and great advisers.’

Jacqueline Backhaus – expert knowledge and advice given in a timely manner.’

Key clients

London Borough of Enfield

Hyde Housing Association

Watkin Jones Group

Clarion Housing Group

Homes England

Vistry Partnerships PLC

Epping Forest District Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

RE Capital (formerly Geneva Management Group)

Stevenage Borough Council

Countryside Properties UK PLC

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team is adept in both commercial and residential real estate litigation. Led by practice head Lynn James, it acts for clients such as leaseholders, private and public landlords, management companies and financial institutions. Areas of expertise include service charge disputes, leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions, boundary disputes, dilapidations and rights of way claims. Senior associate Sam Coward is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Lynn James

Other key lawyers:

Sam Coward

Testimonials

‘We have a very positive working relationship and find that the staff in this team will go the extra mile. The team are very thorough and you feel confident that the advice they give has been well considered.’

‘We work mainly with Lynn James and Sm Coward as we deal mostly with leaseholders. They are both extremely approachable and know their stuff! We feel confident that they have considered all aspects of any case we bring to them and are also available to give a quick piece of advice.’

Key clients

Bromford Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Accent Housing Limited

One Vision Housing Limited

The Riverside Group Limited

Great Places Housing Group

Moat Homes Limited

Cambian Group

Secretary of State for Education

Homes England

HH No 1 Limited

THT Development Limited

One Manchester Limited

One Housing Group

St Helens Council

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'commercially astute' dispute resolution team has 'considerable experience' representing both private and public sector clients in commercial, procurement and media disputes. General commercial litigator Steve Dunseath and Dan Butler, who counts procurement disputes among his areas of focus, jointly lead the team, which includes senior associate Adam Berman, who is noted for media and reputation management disputes, including defamation, privacy and data protection issues. The group also has contentious insolvency matters expertise which was bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Seb Lang from Knights plc.

Practice head(s):

Dan Butler; Steve Dunseath

Other key lawyers:

Adam Berman; Ellie O’Sullivan; Seb Lang

Testimonials

‘Excellent people who go out of their way to meet client needs. Commercially astute. Good negotiating skills. Good value for money compared to London based lawyers.’

‘Highly qualified with considerable experience in their field. Highly motivated to get best results for the client. Excellent people skills.’

‘Very responsive team. Thorough expertise and professionalism. excellent quality of material delivered.’

‘Adam Berman and Steve Dunseath – both individuals are easy to access, available, creative, provide high-quality advice and good value for money.’

‘This team is smart, commercially responsive to clients’ needs and works tirelessly to achieve appropriate commercial solutions for its clients.’

‘Dan Butler is a very able partner, good at client management and a great leader of his team. He is skilled at general commercial matters and public procurement, which is high octane litigation not for the faint-hearted or the unskilled and he has bags of the necessary steel and a wealth of experience.

Dan is ably assisted by Ellie O’Sullivan, an associate who is going places – clever, energetic, hardworking and already punching beyond her years PQE’

‘A personable team. Understands business and deals with us at a level we fully understand. Always respond swiftly. Trowers are a great support and addition to our business.

Key clients

United Technology Corporation

University of West London

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Honeycomb Group Limited

Your Housing Group

Great Places

Integrated Dental Holdings Limited (t/a MyDentist)

Caprice Holdings Limited

UK Container Maintenance Limited

Caring Homes Group Limited

RSM Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Quantuma LLP

West Midlands Combined Authority

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 5

The ‘well managed and resourced team’ of Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for domestic and international clients in the civil fraud space. The firm is experienced handling prevention, investigations and recovery actions across multiple jurisdictions, with particular strength in freezing injunction applications and advising national clients on anti-bribery and fraud prevention issues. Commercial litigation and arbitration specialist Helen Briant leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Helen Briant

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Mulley; Alex Burton; Sam Robinson; Chris Recker

Testimonials

‘Very well managed and resourced team: this is how to delegate. There are no endless calls with everyone on them. The people who need to be doing things are all doing them when they need to be, with strong communication across the team as to who is doing what and what is left to do etc.  This must (I assume) significantly reduce costs for the client whilst ensuring a complex and difficult case is moving forward efficiently and effectively’.

‘Helen Briant is very realistic, commercial and focussed on the client’s objectives, which never slip from view’.

‘Elizabeth Mulley is an impressive senior associate. Joined the team and the case late and has got on top of a large amount of detail in a difficult legal area very quickly’.

‘Well managed and superbly led providing top-level City advice’.

‘Alex Burton has seen it all and is operating at the top of  his game on London and Middle-Eastern disputes. Well supported by Sam Robinson and Chris Recker’.

Key clients

Mobeus Equity Partners IV LP

Richard Goddard

Mrs L

Bridgen

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

The IP team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a notable focus on the oil and gas sector. Prestigious client Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has instructed Caroline Hayward on a suite of IP licensing and collaborations and various contentious matters, with numerous associates recently recruited to bolster the firm's team. Further contentious matters have seen the team advise on trade mark infringement and passing-off claims for engineering, construction, architecture and property companies.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Hayward

Other key lawyers:

Alice Gould; Alice Edwards

Testimonials

A focused team run by Caroline Hayward with expertise and experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients have the benefit of direct partner contact for most cases in my experience.

Caroline Hayward is an experienced, pragmatic and commercial litigator with expertise in non-contentious matters. Will always go the extra mile for the client.

Alice Gould is extremely strong on trade mark matters.

As a whole the firm is very professional and also very user friendly, with the team being focused on getting the right result for the client and at the same time being easy to talk to and able discuss technical matters in practical terms.

Caroline Hayward is very pleasant and professional. She is very responsive and always delivers good advice in a succinct and friendly manner.

Alice Edwards is exceptionally efficient, fast, and courteous.

Trowers & Hamlins were able to provide invaluable early stage advice on how we might approach a complex matter and we willing to constructive engage with our insurers.

Key clients

ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)

ADNOC Distribution PJSC

Matrix JVCo Ltd

ABU DHABI CHEMICAL DERIVATIVES COMPANY RSC LTD

Argex NV, Hye Group

Currie & Brown International Limited

Apache Capital Partners

CFA Society of the UK

Swan Housing Group

Orbit Housing Group

Origin Housing Group

London International Exhibition Centre PLC (ExCeL)

Kin Architects Ltd

The Skin GP Limited

HunWines Ltd

Caprice Holdings Ltd

MGAP

Diesel Emission Control

Metroconsult

Catapult Network

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

The pensions team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is  praised for its'commercial and pragmatic' advice. Led by Martin McFall, the team's expertise straddles the corporate, public, and charitable sectors for occupational pension scheme sponsors. The practice is supported by Deborah Shumate and Rebecca McKay, both of whom have expertise in restructuring, liability management, and scheme management for the team's household name client portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Martin McFall

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Shumate; Rebecca McKay; Michael Rhode

Testimonials

‘We use the pensions team as our go to outsourced pensions specialists. They are incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Martin McFall and Rebecca McKay are fantastic. They are incredibly responsive and provide thorough advice which is always pragmatic and commercial. We value their advice and they are a pleasure to work with’

Key clients

Bic

North Star Housing Group

Jigsaw Homes Group

Welwyn Housing Association

Peabody Trust

Toyota plc

Brighton & Hove City Council

Bristows LLP

Vivid Homes

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP‘s client roster includes both lenders and borrowers, and the team has an acknowledged expertise in social housing and public sector finance, in addition to advising on the healthcare, hotel, leisure and student accommodation asset classes. Adrian Carter leads the ‘agile, commercially savvy and responsive‘ team. Other key members of the practice include Eddie O’Hanrahan, who has strengths in development finance and transactions in the logistics sector, while Katharine Lewis advises banks and public sector bodies on traditional and Sharia-compliant transactions. Imogen Fisher is also noted for advising on funding for residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Carter

Other key lawyers:

Eddie O’Hanrahan; Katharine Lewis; Imogen Fisher; Chen Ikeogu

Testimonials

‘Excellent banking lawyers and true experts in the field of real estate finance given the firm’s unrivalled credentials in all things property. Trowers has real estate in its DNA and its banking and finance team reflects this. This is a real USP for us. Also, we find them more agile, commercially savvy and responsive than any of their competitors. Finally, they offer solutions and work shoulder to shoulder with us until a fix is found. They come off the fence and give seasoned strategic guidance rather than merely presenting lists of issues with oceans of options.’

‘One of Trowers’ strengths is that it provides a wide range of services that not all law firms can offer. It can give advice covering a diverse range of commercial activities and provides a joined-up approach. The expertise available in the firm means that advice is provided on a range of activities such as financing, development agreements, land acquisitions and grant agreements, with an approach that ensures that advice is given but the client still makes the decision.’

‘They are a cohesive and unified team and they have delivered significant support to us in a time when any finance or transaction was made difficult by the pandemic.’

‘High-quality, pragmatic and approachable team. Strength in depth within the team.’

‘Key staff are always available and easy to converse with as many have been with the firm for a number of years. Hard work, long hours, targets met and a touch of realism which is sometimes required in negotiations. Good technical knowledge is obviously a pre-requisite. Building a long-term relationship with the firm/staff is key and I have personally benefited from this over a number of years.’

‘Very quick, both in terms of getting the commercial drivers and the key elements of a given deal and also in terms of service delivery – turning in drafts, following up, expediting matters and making the deal happen without delay.’

‘Chen Ikeogu is a superb communicator, often dealing with complex matters, and provides advice which is clear and concise. Chen is extremely knowledgeable and provides advice which is easy to digest and interpret and implement.’

‘Chen Ikeogu is very experienced and provides an exemplary level of service to us in terms of both skill and dedication.’

Key clients

Apache Capital Partners

Vistry

Global Net Lease Inc.

Affordable Housing & Healthcare Group

Urban Logistics REIT PLC

Shawbrook Bank Limited

EcoWorld

Peabody Trust

Swanton Care & Community Limited

Audley Group

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

The ‘focused, engaging and knowledgeable' property disputes team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is led by Michael Green, an 'absolute star' who offers both 'breadth of practice and in-depth knowledge'; he is particularly well-versed in lease termination, redevelopment and regeneration-related disputes, often acting on behalf of portfolio owning clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Green

Other key lawyers:

Laura Vernon; Neerali Madhvani

Testimonials

‘Focused, engaging and knowledgeable’

‘Very practical and realistic in their advice & delivery.’

‘Cost conscious in terms of incurring fees.’

‘Enjoyable to work with and around.’

‘Great experience.’

‘An innovative and growing teams maintaining the national reputation of this firm and developing it in the midlands.’

‘Michael Green is an absolute star with a prodigious capacity for hard work. In real estate litigation he has a breadth of experience combined with a depth of knowledge, so brings to special clients (like housing associations) skills like land registration disputes. He is to be highly recommended.

‘The very efficient Neerali Madhvani is also recommended.’

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for a broad assortment of public, private and charity and not-for-profit clients, dealing primarily with Employment Tribunal claims, TUPE issues, senior exits, internal grievance and disciplinary processes, investigations, as well as day-to-day work. Leading the practice, Emma Burrows, an ‘outstanding employment law practitioner and great business partner’, remains a go-to lawyer for clients in the social and affordable housing sector.

Practice head(s):

Emma Burrows

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Ihnatowicz

Testimonials

‘The team works together, the right people are always looped into conversations and the breadth of insight across a range of sectors is invaluable. At all levels, customer focus and service is excellent.’

Emma Burrows is an outstanding employment law practitioner and great business partner. Emma is highly knowledgeable, able to advise on current thinking at government level and best practice/challenges across a wide range of sectors. Her advice is always pragmatic, business focussed and has the wellbeing of employees as a critical consideration.’

Excellent employment law team with a thorough grasp of all topics and real depth to available expertise. Excellent shared advice in newsletters and online. Full support to clients.’

Nicola Ihnatowicz has exceptional knowledge, clarity of advice, speed of response and availability when it matters, rigour and accuracy, all under time pressure and significant exposure and scrutiny.’

Very practical and commercial. Explain various options, as opposed to simply reciting law.’

Excellent commercial capability and advice. Solutions focused. Work with you. Great organisational and sector understanding and sound advice.’

Emma Burrows is my most trusted legal counsel. She is pragmatic, commercial, understands and supports the bigger picture. I would not choose to work with anyone else.’

Key clients

Peabody

Dimensions UK

Wilson James

Industrial Dwellings Society

Prospect Supported Housing

Advance Housing and Care

Together Trust

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Greenpeace

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Employment Tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's employment team is now led by Danielle Ingham, who joined the firm in April 2020 from Shoosmiths LLP. Ingham counsels a client base including employers from the real estate, charities and retail sectors on employment matters, ranging from day-to-day issues to tribunal disputes. The team's contentious work includes cases involving whistleblowing and alleged discrimination.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Ingham

Other key lawyers:

Vikki Cunliffe

Testimonials

‘I dealt with Danielle Ingham, she was very approachable, empathetic, efficient. She was very good at clearly explaining things to me in a way that was very easy to understand.’

‘Fantastic customer service. They really get to know our business and sector and advise us accordingly. With previous firms, you have to try and make the advice fit your specific circumstances, but with Trowers, they really do take the time to get to know your operational circumstances and advise accordingly. They always seem to provide that ‘something extra’; thinking about things you have not considered, offering training for the team, provide regular updates on employment law changes, linking you in with best practice, sharing things they think we might find useful, and so much more.’

‘Vikki Cunliffe is amazing – really quick to respond, very clear with her advise, exceedingly professional and so warm and friendly to deal with. She explains things well and gives you the confidence to act appropriately. Again, Vikki goes above and beyond and really thinks outside the query you have asked about. Excellent case management skills – Vikki was all over everything and absolutely ‘on it’ when we needed her to be.’

Key clients

Costco Wholesale UK Limited

Peabody Trust

Dimensions (UK) Limited

Community Gateway Association

Stroma Group Limited

Together Trust

Granite Turner Limited

Armstrong Projects Limited

Counterpoint HR

OTE Holdings Limited

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's international arbitration practice is headed up by Alex Burton, who divides his time between London and Dubai, and has longstanding experience in high-value arbitrations. Lucy James' commercial litigation experience includes arbitration. Former international arbitration head Ned Beale joined Hausfeld & Co LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alex Burton

Other key lawyers:

Lucy James; Michael Rhode; Sam Robinson; James Lancaster

Testimonials

Trowers and Hamlins has an outstanding arbitration practice.

The team is highly motivated, extremely bright, very experienced, highly dedicated, immensely hardworking, very closely attuned to the commercial objectives of clients, and a delight to work with.

Broad London and Middle East experience.

Well-led team with good international experience.

Low-key but excellent-quality work.

Alex Burton is highly-experienced, knowledgeable, and does not waste time on bad arguments.

Transport > Travel

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's multi-disciplinary practice has a particular niche in handling personal injury claims related to winter sports. Exeter-based practice head Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp has a longstanding reputation in skiing accident liability cases, most notably in jurisdictions in Europe and North America. She is supported by Ian Brown, an expert in road traffic accident claims, and Tom Sampford, a fluent German speaker who has expertise across personal injury and clinical negligence. At junior level, senior associate Charlotte Reavey is noted for her ability to handle claims involving Spanish and French-speaking countries.

Practice head(s):

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp

Other key lawyers:

Ian Brown; Tom Sampford; Charlotte Reavey

Testimonials

‘Trowers and Hamlins have a particular presence in the ski market. The team undertakes all kinds of travel-related work, both for claimants and defendants and insurers. Clients return to them again and again because they get a first-class service.’

‘Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp knows everyone in the travel world, and is liked by all. This enables her to operate very effectively with opponents, experts, barristers and judges. There’s nothing she doesn’t know about travel law.’

‘Ian Brown has great judgement. Tom Sampford has absorbed the house style and is very effective too. The legal executives and paralegals are all excellent.’

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance Limited

Collinson Group

Avid Insurance Services Limited

Millstream Underwriting Limited

Allianz Global Assistance

Bupa

Claims Settlement Agencies Limited

White Horse Insurance Services

Cega Group Limited

The firm: Trowers & Hamlins is an international firm providing clear, practical advice to help clients achieve their objectives. The firm’s clients include banks, pension funds, institutional investors, private equity funds, developers, property companies, care home operators, public and private companies, local and central government departments, NHS trusts, registered providers (RPs), charities and individuals.

Types of work undertaken: Through its UK and overseas offices, the firm has developed a dynamic corporate, commercial and litigation practice with particular strengths in real estate, care, education, energy, leisure, finance (including Islamic finance) and project work. The firm has built its reputation on helping government and businesses of all sizes improve the built environment all around us.

The firm’s real estate experts advise on every stage of the lifetime of a real estate asset or development, including investment, planning, development, construction, asset management (including environmental advice) and funding. Built on a reputation for innovation and working at the forefront of changing legislation and market trends, the teams help institutional investors, developers, housebuilders, REITs, property companies, RPs, local authorities and private individuals to buy, sell, develop and manage their assets successfully. The firm has particular strength in advising on large-scale regeneration and development schemes, as well as student accommodation, care, healthcare, education and leisure projects. The firm’s projects and construction experts advise UK and global clients in a variety of sectors, spanning innovative PFI/PPP/DBFO project structures and joint venture/partnering initiatives.

As leading lawyers to the housing sector, advising government bodies, local authorities, 250 RPs, developers, contractors, lenders and institutional investors, the firm plays a central and innovative role in policy making and the evolution of housing in the UK and around the world.

The firm’s market-leading reputation for public sector expertise is built on helping government and private sector partners to create new and innovative ways to deliver public services, having advised on a substantial number of pathfinder private finance initiative (PFI) and innovative PPP schemes. Increasingly the firm advises on how to find new sources of income from the use of public land and assets. Particular areas of expertise include advising on stock transfer, housing market renewal, ALMOs, mutuals, education, strategic partnerships and outsourcing schemes, construction and partnering, care homes, leisure facilities, maintenance, administration and IT services.

The corporate department is a substantial team with a strong reputation for advising public and private companies, both in the UK and overseas, entrepreneurs and individuals operating in the financial, property, industrial and commercial sectors.

The litigation department helps clients to manage risk and to protect their business interests in the UK and internationally across commercial civil litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and adjudication. The firm has particular strengths in public law, judicial review, banking, real estate, construction, insolvency, employment, travel insurance and personal injury work.

The employment and pensions team helps organisations and businesses manage change, head off issues and tackle problems with pragmatic advice and progressive thinking. The team has the breadth and depth of employment, pensions and immigration law. Its clients are varied across corporate businesses and charities and third sector, but they all benefit from the firm’s diverse public and private sector experience, specialist technical expertise and sector knowledge.

The private wealth department provides legal advice to individuals with industrial or commercial wealth, invested assets and landed estates. Key areas of work include tax planning, trusts, wills, probate, charities, the administration of trusts and estates, as well as the management of substantial real estate portfolios.

The firm has a strong international practice, particularly in the Middle East, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman. It is especially well-known for its work in real estate, construction, energy and infrastructure, and hotel and leisure, as well as its corporate expertise. The firm’s office in Malaysia supports a growing Far East client base.

Trowers & Hamlins is a member of Interlaw, an international association of independent law firms with lawyers in more than 125 cities worldwide. As a member of Interlaw, it is able to quickly draw on the legal expertise and knowledge of this global network to support clients.

Trowers & Hamlins is a member firm of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Legal Services Framework, which is a means for contracting authorities to access legal services.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Birmingham, Dubai, Exeter, Malaysia, Manchester, Oman.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Jennie Gubbins
Banking and finance Adrian Carter
Charities Ian Davis
Commercial property Adrian Leavey
Construction Stephanie Canham
Corporate/corporate finance Michael Pattinson
Employment Emma Burrows
Environment Amanda Stubbs
Housing Tonia Secker
International Abdul-Haq Mohammed
Litigation Paul Marco
Pensions Martin McFall
Planning Jacqueline Backhaus
Private wealth Jonathan Kropman
Public sector Scott Dorling
Real estate Sara Bailey
Real estate finance Simon Owen
Tax Andrew Sneddon
Number of UK partners : 139
Number of other UK fee-earners : 385