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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Local government Tier 1

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is especially skillful in relation to local authorities' challenges in financing the provision of public services. In addition to advising on a range of regeneration/housing projects, it assists on developing new ways for local authorities to work together to deliver services, including shared service arrangements and wholly owned trading companies. The team is also well versed in local authority powers, finance and procurement rules, state aid and competition law. James Hawkins heads the national team and has a track record in PPPs relating to environmental/waste services and regeneration projects. The highly experienced Helen Randall  has a background as an in-house local government advisor and Scott Dorling  is the national head of the public sector housing practice. In Birmingham,  Amardeep Gill advises on a range of commercial/PPP matters. Consultant Ian Doolittle  provides expertise in regeneration and housing projects.

Key clients

Local GovernmentAssociation

West Midlands CombinedAuthority

London Councils

London Borough ofHammersmith & Fulham

Slough Borough Council

Gravesham BoroughCouncil

Harlow, Epping Forest and East Herts DistrictCouncils

Lambeth Council

Tameside MetropolitanBorough Council

Norwich City Council

London Borough ofSutton

Westminster City Council

UK Central (Solihull)Limited trading as UrbanGrowth Company (owned by Solihull BoroughCouncil)

Camden Living

Reading Borough Council

Stoke-on-Trent CityCouncil

Southwark Council

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Bracknell Forest Council

London Borough of Newham

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team operates predominantly in the mid-market M&A space, with a notable lean towards acting for private equity firms, private companies and overseas investors bringing inbound investment into the UK. The M&A team works closely with the corporate finance, private equity and restructuring teams across key sectors such as real estate, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, social care and hotels and leisure. Michael Pattinson heads the corporate department, and has broad experience acting for private companies on M&A transactions, particularly in the real estate and hotels and leisure sectors.

Key clients

The Big Exchange

Inflexion Private Equity

Chiome Bioscience

Rosette Merchant Bank

Social housing: finance Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP, whose team is more than 35 strong, has acted for borrowers and lenders on social housing finance transactions for more than 30 years. Its national reach marks it out for some of the sector's most high-profile matters; following the merger of Peabody Trust and Family Mosaic Housing in 2017, in 2018, Eleanor James and Melanie Comer were the lead advisers to Peabody on a £1.5bn refinancing for the merged group as three social housing providers in the group were amalgamated. In the capital markets sphere, Neil Waller acted for Karbon Homes Ltd on its inaugural £250m bond issue. Anna Clark's wide-ranging experience includes term and syndicated loans, development finance and infrastructure finance. Naomi Roper specialises in private placements and debt capital markets transactions. Other key figures are Adrian Carter and Sarah Gooden.


The team has in-depth knowledge of the social housing sector and funding markets, and is client focused.

Sarah Gooden is very experienced and knowledgeable‘.

The team keeps to timescales and is pragmatic.

Eleanor James is highly knowledgeable, understands what the client needs and always gets the deal across the line.

The team works as a partnership, both within the firm and also with the client. This ensures that all aspects of any matter are considered fully and we know we are protected.

Eleanor James is on hand whenever you need her and her straightforward approach provides real clarity when you need it most.

Key clients

Forviva Group

The Guinness Partnership Ltd

NoLINQ Housing plc

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Peabody Trust

bLEND Funding plc

Orbit Capital plc

The Housing Finance Corporation Ltd

London & Quadrant Housing

Havebury Housing Partnership

Yarlington Housing Group

VIVID Housing

Network Homes

Halton Housing Trust Ltd


Karbon Homes Ltd

Accent Housing Ltd

Greater London Authority

Grand Union Housing Group Ltd

mhs homes

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's track record of acting for traditional housing associations and local authorities dates back more than 50 years. The size and scale of its practice marks the firm out as a clear market-leader, with it being able to draw upon strengths across a diverse range of practices to offer clients a wide pool of expertise. Its capabilities span areas such as social housing finance, employment, construction, real estate litigation, public procurement and planning, among others. Tonia Secker is the national head of the department; the group's varied workload includes PPP projects, partnerships, joint ventures (between local authorities, developers and housing associations), governance/regulatory advice and regeneration projects. In 2018, Secker, Paul McDermott and tax expert Michael Surry advised Homes England on developing a contractual framework to support the dispersal of over £1.5bn of grant funding to 23 strategic supply partnerships between the client and various housing associations, and to ensure compliance with the requirements of the state aid regime. In another matter, Jeremy Hunt and others assisted Karbon Homes with pre-bid issues connected with its proposed acquisition of 1,364 units (comprised of five lots) from the Guinness Partnership in the North East. Local authority work included Scott Dorling and real estate head Sara Bailey leading the advice to the London Borough of Enfield on the Meridian Water Regeneration Project. Andy Barnard is also noted. Ian Graham and Catherine Hand have retired.


Able to undertake complex land transactions and advise on governance structures. Recognised authorities on contract documentation for property and construction. We have used the firm for land and s106 acquisitions as well as more involved joint ventures. In addition, we use it for Treasury and charging matters.

Trowers & Hamlins is clearly a leading and well-respected firm in the social housing sector. It has specific sector expertise that is backed by expertise in other areas that can be called on as necessary. My experience of all of the people that I have dealt with at the firm has been a positive one and I have been impressed by their knowledge, responsiveness and clarity of thinking.

Sharron Webster’s knowledge of the social housing sector and the regulatory environment is exceptional. Her undoubted knowledge is supplemented by great personal qualities of energy, enthusiasm, pragmatism and a willingness to be direct and to the point. Her advice is always clear and grounded in reality. Associate Darren Hooker works really well alongside Sharron, and ensures that the detail is dealt with efficiently and effectively. I have utmost confidence that matters are being dealt with and there is never any need to ‘be on his case’.

Tonia Secker knows the housing and regeneration sector inside out.

Key clients

Newlon Housing

Network Homes Limited

Hyde Housing Association Limited

The Peabody Trust

The Guinness Partnership

Vivid Housing Limited

Origin Housing

Poplar Harca

Richmond Housing Partnership

Aster Housing Group

Thames Valley Housing Association

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Octavia Housing

Sovereign Housing Group

Moat Homes

Orbit Group


One Housing Group

Housing Solutions

Southern Housing Group

Swan Housing Association

Central & Cecil Housing Trust

mhs homes

Clarion Housing Group

Aldwyck Housing Group

Town & Country Housing

Enfield Council

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Swindon Borough Council

Suffolk County Council

West Sussex County Council

Wealden District Council

Canterbury Council

London Borough of Islington

Hastings Borough Council

Mid Suffolk District Council

London Borough of Merton

Oxford City Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Westminster City Council

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Lewisham

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Wolverhampton City Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Homes England

Greater London Authority

Aviva Investors (REaLM) Fund

Church Commissioners for England

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is reputed for both residential and commercial development and investment matters including mixed-use, student housing, senior living and sheltered housing projects. Local authorities and other public sector bodies are prominent within the client base, as are inward investors, particularly those from the Middle East and Malaysia. Sara Bailey, Adrian Leavey and Tonia Secker jointly helm the practice which also specialises in acting for private wealth clients as well as hospitality and leisure outfits such as restaurants, clubs, bars and resorts.

Key clients


Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc


Caprice Holdings Limited

City Pride Limited

Landmark Pinnacle

Civitas Social Housing Plc

Galliford Try

Gloucester City Council

Greater London Authority

Hill Residential Limited

Homes England


London Borough of Hackney

Mount Anvil Limited

Museum of London

Quintain Plc

Healthcare Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP continues to be at the forefront of the health and housing arena, regularly working alongside private healthcare and social care providers and NHS trusts to develop residential units. The firm is also active in in private company M&A, joint ventures and investments in the health and social care sectors. Tim Nye and Kyle Holling co-head the practice, focusing on real estate and corporate matters, respectively. Hilary Blackwell is a 'well-known figure' in the public healthcare property sector. Alison Chivers is of note for healthcare transactions.

Leading individuals


Trowers & Hamlins are unique among law firms as having focused early on the growing demand in the housing-with-care space. The firm has been leading the way in assisting the sector, and developing new legal insights into the issues at hand.’

Trowers & Hamlins provide standout sector insight and reliable resources whilst offering exceptional value for money.’

Kyle Holling has outstanding knowledge of both the sector and property transactions. He and his team are responsive and effective in delivering timely advice.’

Hilary Blackwell is the pre-eminent lawyer for major healthcare developments and infrastructure

Key clients

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Rangeford Retirement Living

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Cambian Group

C&C Alpha Healthcare Group

Islamic finance Tier 2

The London outfit at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is a key part of a globally integrated Islamic finance group, which spans the firm's UK, Middle East and southeast Asia offices. On the ground in London, the practice group specialises in real estate acquisitions and development finance, involving both high-end residential and commercial property. Sarah Gooden has handled shari'ah-compliant property investments and financing for UK Islamic banks, and Middle Eastern and Malaysian financial institutions.


The senior members of the team are always on hand to assist, and where required have brought in additional resources to complete the transactions.

The team is very responsive and has always delivered to a very high standard.

An excellent split of partners and junior lawyers has meant that transactions have been completed to an excellent standard within timeframes determined at the outset.

Key clients

Lembaga Tabung Haji

90 North Real Estate Partners

Gatehouse Bank

Apache Capital Partners

Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

Kuwait Finance House

Standard Chartered Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

First Energy Bank

Rasmala Investment Bank

Administrative and public law Tier 3

On the contentious side of public law, the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP regularly defends judicial review claims (as well as providing mitigation strategies) for a client list of local councils, housing developers and regulators, high-profile individuals and commercial names in the homecare and infrastructure sectors. Lucy James is the go-to name in this field and typical mandates include defending planning and development decisions, advising on information requests and unique challenges concerning claims of breaches of constitutional rights. Helen Randall leads on non-contentious issues such as reviewing constitutional and governance arrangements, and advising on complex vires issues, the reconfiguration of public services, the establishment of income-generating corporate structures for local councils, and multi-jurisdictional project management.


Provides extremely professional and thoughtful advice in a timely fashion

Very responsive to clients’ requirements and flexible in approach

Scott Dorling is always exceptionally helpful and very responsive

A charming, intelligent, friendly and approachable team

Incredibly responsive and engaging

Scott Dorling is always willing to take on a challenge and to think outside the box

Key clients

Homes for Haringey

Dorset County Council

Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames

Local Government Association

London Councils

District Councils Network (via Grant Thornton)

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Regulator of Social Housing

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is reputed for both residential and commercial development and investment matters including mixed-use, student housing, senior living and sheltered housing projects. Local authorities and other public sector bodies are prominent within the client base, as are inward investors, particularly those from the Middle East and Malaysia. Sara BaileyAdrian Leavey and Tonia Secker jointly helm the practice which also specialises in acting for private wealth clients as well as hospitality and leisure outfits such as restaurants, clubs, bars and resorts.

Key clients


Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc


Caprice Holdings Limited

City Pride Limited

Landmark Pinnacle

Civitas Social Housing Plc

Galliford Try

Gloucester City Council

Greater London Authority

Hermes Property Unit Trust Hill Residential Limited

Homes England

Kames Capital


London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Enfield

Mount Anvil Limited

Museum of London

Naissance Capital Real Estate

Quintain Plc

Residential Secure Income plc

Steamrock Capital

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team provides advice on disputes across a range of sectors, including commercial and residential development, education and energy. The firm serves a broad client base of developers, funders, contractors, local authorities and government agencies under a team led by the 'considered' and 'knowledgeable' Anthony Yates, who has advised in relation to cladding and fire related issues for clients in both the private and public sector. Theresa Mohammed, who has a domestic and international client base spanning the hotel, leisure and social housing sectors, is also recommended. The team secured a major boost in early 2019 with the hire of former Fieldfisher contentious construction head Louise Elmes.

Leading individuals


‘A cooperative team that shares good ideas and knowledge. They are open and honest in presenting the strengths and weaknesses of specific issues and are able to suggest innovative ways to close out potential areas of concern.’

‘Their dedication, commitment and ability to deliver high quality results to tight timescales has never been in question.’

‘Anthony Yates leads has continually demonstrated the ability and knowledge to get to the root of any matter and suggest a considered, structured and generally strong route to resolve matters.’

‘Tim Hillier and Clarissa Smith have both proven tenacious in their approach to dealing with disputes and in both cases clearly demonstrated a good understanding in their field and also the best routes available to us seeking resolution. In both cases we reached successful resolution of our disputes.’

Key clients

ST Interiors UK

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's non-contentious practice covers several sectors including private and commercial development, projects and offsite and modular construction. The firm's clients include subcontractors, contractors and investors. The team is led by Stephanie Canham and Charles Morrish. Canham displays an 'unquestionable' knowledge of construction law and primarily acts for private and commercial developers. She was lead partner acting for Avanton in relation to its £100m development in Battersea. Morrish has advised extensively on PPP across the housing and student accommodation sectors, and was lead partner advising the Museum of London on its relocation to Smithfield Market.


‘The practice has a proven and clear understanding of our needs, requirements and way of operating.’

‘Stephanie Canham always acts in a considered and knowledgeable way, leading her team from the front. She has the ability to get direct to the cause of the problem and her knowledge of relevant law is unquestionable in my experience.’

Key clients


Mount Anvil

Hermes Real Estate

McLaren Construction

Wates Construction

Galliford Try

Mears Group

London Green

Museum of London

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 3

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for predominantly public clients in the infrastructure space, with special expertise in environmental projects and national social infrastructure; this includes advising on developments in the education, housing, care and healthcare fronts. It has particular experience of how to restructure traditional PFI models and also advises on PFI-related disputes. In addition to work from the UK, Trowers also picks up mandates from the Middle East and Asia in the energy, water and transport sectors, in which Oman-based Thomas Wigley is particularly involved. James Hawkins and Paul McDermott jointly head the practice. Scott Dorling has experience of the housing sector, while Helen Randall is the PFI and PPP key contact in education matters.


The team is able to join the two completely different worlds of contractors and suppliers seamlessly, whilst maintaining excellent credibility in both areas. To do so so well is unique.’

Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for impeccable service, high partner involvement and good public sector knowledge.

James Hawkins is both technically able and pragmatic. His service level is always outstanding.’

Hilary Blackwell and Lucy Doran provide standout depth of legal knowledge combined with the ability to explain things in a simple way.

Key clients

Greater London Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority


Homes England

Enfield Council

Graveshal BoroughCouncil

Cheyne Social ImpactProperty/Fund

Museum of London


Stevenage Borough Council

Southwark Council

National Electric PowerCompany (Jordan)

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Bath and North East Somerset

Secretary of State for Education

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Oxfordshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Property litigation Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's strength lies in rights to light claims, frequently acting for insurers and title indemnity underwriters, and enfranchisement matters as well as disputes pertaining to service charges, landlord and tenant relationships and property developments. Michael Donnellan heads the 'very good and professional' team; its client base includes house builders, registered providers, commercial property institutions, developers and high-net-worth investors.


The team’s strengths and key capabilities are its no-nonsense approach and the quality of the counsel and expert witnesses they use.

Douglas Rhodes is very easy to work with; he is extremely calm and his ability to disentangle complex questions of law is exceptional.

Its knowledge of the social housing sector is second to none, both in strength and depth.

Key clients

CLS Risk Solutions



First Abu Dhabi Bank

BBS Capital

AmTrust International Underwriters


Aegis Managing Agency


Marriott Vacation Club

M1 Real Estate

JD Wetherspoon

Wallace Properties

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for major charitable funds but the main focus of its charity practice is on large charities that raise funds from contracts or from charging the beneficiaries of their services. The group is well equipped to advise charities on all areas from commercial property through to procurement, pensions and tax under the guidance of Ian Davies. It is also skilled at advising charities and social enterprises on their relationships with trustees. The team is well placed to advise clients on multiple regulatory regimes such as registration with the Charity Commission in addition to other regulators such as the CQC and the Homes and Communities Agency.


A strong team that is able to offer robust commercial advice which is grounded in an understanding of the reality of the voluntary sector‘.

The team understand its clients and their businesses and one always knows that the team will provide reliable, helpful advice‘.

Sharron Webster and Darren Hooker  are incredibly responsive. Sharron’s expertise is embellished by her energy, enthusiasm, pragmatism, honesty and clarity of advice. Darren is equally knowledgeable and his contacts at the Charity Commission have been particularly useful‘.

Key clients

Aquaterra Leisure

Anchor Trust (now Anchor Hanover Group)

Avenues Trust Group

Active Belfast

Armed Forces and Veterans Estates

Asthma UK

Birch Hall Adventures

The Brandon Trust

Brig B J Majendie Trust

Care International UK

Caterham School

Chartered Institute of Linguists

Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust

Children’s Society

Church Commissioners for England

Church of England Pensions Board

Community & Care

Devon Sheltered Homes Trust

Dimensions (UK)

Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society

Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust

E Hayes Dashwood Foundation

Education Funding Agency (re academy school programme)

Extracare Charitable Trust

Forest Young Men’s Christian Association

Friends of the Elderly

The Guinness Trust

Haig Housing Trust

Helpline Partnerships

Heritage Care

Hornsey YMCA


Institute for Sustainability

Jewish Care

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Keep Britain Tidy

Langley House Trust

Lee Valley Leisure Trust

Ledbury Places

London Central & West Unscheduled Care


Macintyre Care Maudsley Charity

mhs Homes

Millwall Community Trust

Museum of London

National Autistic Society

National Council for YMCA

Olinda Trust

Quintus Housing Trust The Patrick & Helena Frost Foundation

The Peabody Trust


Phoenix Futures

Rapport Housing and Care

Royal Star & Garter Homes

Salvation Army

Salmon Youth Centre

Sangat Trust


Science Museum


The Shaw Trust


Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation

Siri Guru Singh Sabha


Education: institutions Tier 4

The key contacts in Trowers & Hamlins LLP's education practice group are Paul McDermott, Helen Randall and Amardeep Gill. The department advises on PFI contracts, education PPPs and employee relations. The team also includes commercial property specialist Sangita Unadkat, who acts for a range of educational institutions, and Assad Maqbool, who assists education sector clients with construction and project work.

Planning Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a solid list of private developers and a number of public bodies on its client roster for which the team handles a diverse range of planning projects. The team is particularly active in promoting CPOs for the delivery of major regeneration, urban extension and mixed-use development schemes, with niche expertise in managing mixed-tenure mandates for housing associations and local authorities. Jacqueline Backhaus advises on all aspects of the development process, from CIL and section 106 negotiations to highways agreements, use-class issues, and assisting with public inquiries. Recent contentious highlights included successfully appealing planning permission denials for the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Key clients

Galliford Try

Linden plc

Homes England

Hermes Property Unit Trust

Peabody Trust

Clarion Housing Group

Richborough Estates

Meyer Homes

Aviation Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's cross-practice offering handles a range of contentious and non-contentious instructions for airlines, airports and insurers. The disputes team is active on passenger delay injury and baggage claims, cargo, insurance coverage, procurement and maintenence disputes. The team advises on real estate matters in the aviation sector and handles a raft of property, planning, construction and development work; it advised the owner and operator of Farnborough Airport on a major development and leasing project for a new maintenance repair and overhaul facility.


‘The team has great experience and knowledge of most areas including leasing and insurance disputes.’

Kathryn Insall gives very clear and well thought-through advice.’

‘As well as being very efficient and responsive in handling matters day-to-day, Kathryn Insall has considerable experience of heavy litigation and is excellent at longer-term strategic planning.’

Key clients

TAG Farnborough Airport

Oman Airports Management Company SAOC

Gerald’s Airport, Montserrat

Etihad Airways

Bahrain International Airport Company

Vectra Group/Global Vectra Helicorp

AWAS (now DAE Capital)

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises clients including public, private and third-sector organisations on prevention, investigations and recovery actions across multiple jurisdictions. Among the team's areas of expertise are freezing injunctions, anti-bribery and fraud prevention issues, including drafting and updating policies, cybercrime and group actions. Birmingham-based Mark Kenkre heads the team and focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations. Senior associates Jamie De Souza and Laura Pennells joined from Higgs & Sons and Reed Smith LLP, respectively. Keith Mills retired.


‘Trowers have a strong civil fraud team, well capable of running complex, large and challenging fraud cases’.   

‘Mark Kenkre in particular is an excellent litigator – he is canny and relentless, both attributes crucial in a fraud litigator’.               

‘The Trowers team are thorough and comprehensive’.

‘They are a safe pair of hands and you know that the service will always be of the highest quality’.

Key clients

St Vincent European General Partner Limited


New Ventures

Ms Abeer Shamsan

Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited

Trinity Housing Association

Protec International Limited

Sameera Toorani, Maryam Toorani, Rouhangiz Toorani, Khairiyah Toorani and Zainab Toorani

Mohammed Younis

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is retained by a large number of employers, including significant housing associations, to advise on the full range of pensions issues. Recent instructions have seen the team handle risk management exercises such as scheme closures and bulk transfers, insurance buy-ins, governance issues, funding agreements, master trust strategies, GMP equalisation issues and complex scheme mergers. The practice, which is led by Martin McFall, also applies its pensions advisory expertise to corporate transactions handled by the wider firm.


Trowers & Hamlins is a source of sound, commercially viable advice

Martin McFall is always concerned with finding a pragmatic and practicable solution to any issue

Key clients


Bromford Housing Group

Peabody Trust

Tower Hamlets Community Housing

Anchor Trust

Toyota GB

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is 'very professional and client focused, without the internal politics that can trip up other practices'. Its key strengths are corporate, banking and insurance disputes, together with a specific aviation and aerospace focus. The team is also particularly active in Middle East-related work and commercial disputes involving public sector bodies. Lucy James heads the national commercial litigation team, Ned Beale focuses on high value corporate disputes, and Alex Burton co-heads the firm's international dispute management practice. James Lancaster  is an experienced senior associate.


The firm’s lawyers interact well, which is to the benefit of clients; they also respond very quickly to any points clients make‘.

Ned Beale is highly intelligent. He uses a layered approach to a case, building up each legal point over time until it becomes fortified against all attacks. He also makes sure clients understand where he or she is going with the case and for what purpose‘.

Key clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

CCS Media

Fondazione Enpam

Vossloh Group

Panasonic Bic UK

Remit Group

Giant Target Trenchless Contracting

Currie & Brown International

International arbitration Tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'responsive and cost-effective team' acts for and against parties from the Middle East, and is particularly focused on highly technical disputes involving the energy, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Ned Beale leads the international arbitration team and Alex Burton co-heads the international dispute management practice. Louise Elmes was recruited from Fieldfisher, where she led the contentious construction practice.


The team has detailed and up-to-date knowledge of international arbitration and the rules and procedures of the key arbitral institutions‘.

Ned Beale is fantastic‘.

Key clients

Rain CII Carbon

Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Vossloh Group

Lagan Group

Bouygues Group

Goetzpartners Russia

Travel Point

Property finance Tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is known for its niche expertise in social housing finance; the team also advises on development, acquisition and investment finance. Clients include public sector bodies and an increasing number of bank clients. Following the departure of Simon Owen for Irwin Mitchell, the key contacts in the team are Eddie O’Hanrahan, who focuses on commercial and residential development finance, particularly on the borrower side, and Islamic finance specialist Katharine Lewis.


They have very good teamwork, strong technical knowledge, and are very approachable, calm, and always willing to help‘.

Key clients

Global Net Lease

Galliford Try Plc

Shawbrook Bank

Apache Capital Partners

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Bouygues UK

BBS Capital

Homes England

London Strategic Land

Employment: employers Tier 7

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong track record of advising local authorities and housing associations on matters including TUPE transfers and employment tribunal claims; the team also has particular expertise in advising on employment issues relating to individuals with learning disabilities. Emma Burrows heads the team and is very active in the housing and charity sector, with a particular focus on restructurings and investigations. Nicola Ihnatowicz is another key figure, focusing on TUPE matters, restructurings and equal pay.

Key clients


Anchor Trust & Hanover Housing Association

Cambridgeshire &Peterborough Combined Authority

East Midlands Housing Group

Metroplitan Thames Valley


London Borough of Southwark

Clarion Housing Group

Dimensions UK

Homes England


The travel, tourism and insurance team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for claimants and defendants on international personal injury mandates. The Exeter-based team is instructed by a raft of insurers and is noted for its expertise in accident claims; it is particularly strong in ski and winter sports accident claims, and claims involving foreign road traffic accidents. Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp heads the team which is 'always willing to take the time to explain the situation and possible outcomes in plain English'.

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance

Collinson Group

Avid Insurance Services

Millstream Underwriting




Claims Settlement Agencies

White Horse Insurance Services



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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 pensions team advises on all areas of pensions, which enables the team to have a full understanding of clients’ needs to provide business solutions to complex legal problems. The team acts for a wide range of parties, including sponsoring employers, pension scheme trustees, and public and private sector bodies.

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 Anthony Yates
Pensions Diane Preston
Planning Jacqueline Backhaus
Private wealth Andrew Sneddon
Public sector James Hawkins
Real estate Sara Bailey
Real estate finance Simon Owen
Tax Andrew Sneddon
Number of UK partners : 133
Number of other UK fee-earners : 435