Firm Profile > Trowers & Hamlins LLP > London, England

Trowers & Hamlins LLP
3 BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YZ
England

Local government Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides governance and strategy advice to a wide range of local authorities. The firm has a track record of work on town centre and regeneration projects, with a focus on infrastructure, housing and schools and leisure centres, local authority housing development and PPP projects. With a history of interfacing between the public and private sectors, the team is known for its work establishing trade companies and providing advice on commercial portfolio investment strategies and pension funds. In 2019, practice leader Scott Dorling worked for the London Borough of Enfield on the Meridian Water Regeneration Scheme, one of the UK's largest urban regeneration schemes. Consultant Ian Doolittle focuses primarily on public sector housing law; Helen Randall specialises in state aid, PPPs, procurement, and corporate and policy issues relating to national pathfinder transactions; Paul McDermott is an 'outstanding advisor' on public investment into town centres, community regeneration, and housing delivery.

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Clear and demonstrable knowledge in relation to trading, commercial, and local authority activities.’

High quality of advice provided and the ability to form trusted relationships based on clear and well-evidenced advice.’

Paul McDermott is an outstanding advisor, with deep commercial legal knowledge and the ability to translate this into the client environment. We have formed a strong and trusted relationship, and with Paul’s insight guiding and aiding our project.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority/WM5G Limited

Harlow, Epping Forest and East Herts District Councils

Stevenage Borough Council

London Councils – Capital Letters project

Westminster City Council

UK Central (Solihull) Limited trading as Urban Growth Company (owned by Solihull Borough Council)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Greater London Authority

Royal Borough of Kingston

Northamptonshire County Council

Mid and East Antrim Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Watford Borough Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

London Borough of Sutton – London Cancer Hub

London Borough of Enfield

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP works with fast-growing, entrepreneurial businesses and management teams. The team's core focus remains private company M&A where the department has particular expertise in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, social care, real estate, hotels and leisure sectors. A growth area has been in relation to owner managed businesses and the firm has a cross-departmental group to assist in servicing these clients. Tim Nye advises an array of private equity and real estate funds, as well as mid-market corporates, owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs. Property and hotels expert Michael Pattinson leads the London corporate team.

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Swanton Care & Community Limited

Ignite Growth LLP

Al-Ko Gerate GmbH

Inflexion Private Equity

Apposite Capital

Apache Capital

Civitas

Panasonic

Pure International

Tadhamon Capital

Social housing: finance Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team is ‘excellent at getting to the nub of matters’, and advises both borrowers and lenders in the social housing sector throughout England and Wales. An area of particular expertise is advising groups of registered providers with loan facilities and other debt arrangements. Managing partner Adrian Carter, who is the head of the banking and finance practice, uses his 30 years of experience to advise on syndicated and bilateral lending and borrowing, capital market issues and hedging arrangements. Neil Waller advises housing association clients on all types of debt finance transactions. Katie Dyer and Melanie Comer lead the real estate finance security team across the London, Manchester Birmingham and Exeter offices. Anna Clark left legal practice in 2020. Eleanor James is also recommended.

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Sector knowledge of housing is second to none.

Very personable approach, impressive technical knowledge but always explained and applied practically and promptly!

Team is knowledgeable, accessible and personable

The individuals we dealt with were excellent at getting to the nub of matters and helping us to focus on what was important, i.e. making complex and involved matter understandable. Some of the individuals that we dealt with were Neil Waller, Jane Kirkham, Melanie Comer and Nicola Almond.’

The social housing finance team provide expert advice in a clear and concise manner. The attention to detail and delivery within agreed timescales is excellent.

Sarah Gooden – expert in understanding complex funding and treasury structures and devising clear workable solutions.’

In-depth expertise across the whole spectrum of social housing law, with clear communication and fast turnaround times.

No-nonsense approach to issues. If something is not going to work, we are told swiftly and with minimal expense. Otherwise, a pragmatic solution is found.’

Key clients

Livewest Homes Limited

Borrowers’ Advisory Group of MORhomes

Newport City Homes

Livin Housing Limited

Catalyst House Limited

Peabody Trust

Accent Housing Limited

Sovereign Housing Association Limited

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

bLEND Funding Plc

EMH Housing and Regeneration Limited

Network Homes Limited

Funding Affordable Homes Housing Association Limited

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Adra

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a ‘unique focus’ on advising both local authorities and housing providers on all aspects of the sector, making it the go-to firm for issues including social housing finance, employment, construction, real estate litigation, public procurement and planning. The group, which is comprised of over 180 lawyers across the country, has adapted to changes in the market. It now advises on high profile, complex transactions bringing together the private and public sectors to secure the long term provision of more affordable housing. Tonia Secker leads the affordable housing team and has particular experience of advising government agencies, combined authorities and the GLA. Sharron Webster advises on governance and regulatory issues, corporate group structures and merger projects. Amy Shaw has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’ of joint venture issues. Scott DorlingSara Bailey and Andy Barnard are also recommended.

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The team are focused and to the point, they are able to work effectively and efficiently and advise the client in an appropriate manner. They are always readily accessible and focused on finding solutions for their client.’

Unique focus, longstanding depth and breadth of experience. Exceptionally well informed by virtue of wider practice specialisms working with key stakeholders.

Amy Shaw has a unique depth of understanding of sector clients’ needs across a wide range of activities, with particular strength in development and joint venture arrangements.

Tonia Secker occupies a unique position, which supports commercial progress with key stakeholders and grant providers due to her depth of knowledge of the needs of both constituencies.

The Trowers real estate team is hugely experienced with a wealth of transactional experience in the residential property sector with specialist support for areas such as corporate law & tax.

The client relationships are pivotal to their success as they have a lead partner (Amy Shaw) who oversees all matters and will intervene if matters require escalation.

My lead contact is Amy Shaw, who has encyclopaedic knowledge of our past transactions and offers insightful timely advice – she will immediately draw upon her team’s resources if a matter needs urgent attention.

Amy makes herself available at very short notice and is a true star performer.’

Key clients

Homes England

Peabody

The Guinness Partnership

L&G Affordable Homes

L&Q

Hyde Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group

Residential Secure Income plc

Great London Authority

Westminster City Council

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Under the leadership of Sara Bailey, a PPP, joint venture, regeneration and development expert, Trowers & Hamlins LLPoffers the exact support that clients are looking for’. The team assists on commercial developments and investments from planning through to disposal, with particular significance placed on inward investment from the Far and Middle East, bolstered by long-established expertise in Islamic finance. Other distinguished names include many public sector bodies in addition to private wealth residential clients. Asset expertise also encompasses shopping centres, logistics, hotels, retail, restaurants, cinemas and leisure-related real estate. Rebecca Wardlehas real commercial acumen and demonstrates fantastic composure’.

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‘They offer exactly the support you look for as a client; they are incredibly responsive and the advice is always well thought through, practical and relevant to us and our key requirements and concerns. No matter how busy they may be with other clients, as even the smallest query is dealt with in this way, they manage to give the impression that your work is their priority, which in my view is the gold standard of service.’

‘Yvette Bryan and Dwynwen Lewis are very responsive and pick up the detail of each transaction. They disseminate well with teams they work with.’

‘Rebecca Wardle is great to work with. She has real commercial acumen and demonstrated fantastic composure under pressure to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Watford Borough Council

Museum of London

Octopus Real Estate and Shroders Real Estate

BT Plc

Monzo Bank Limited

Urban Logistics REIT Plc

Chase New Homes

Boklok Housing Limited

Healthcare Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has cross-sector experience of working with NHS Trusts, GPs, non-NHS operators, and other service providers on key areas such as M&A and private equity, real estate, and regulatory and public law matters. Practice co-head Tim Nye focuses on investors and operators of social care and healthcare matters, domiciliary care, and mental healthcare. Fellow co-head Kyle Holling is a projects lawyer with expertise in real estate and the Care Quality Commission regulatory scheme. Fiona Thomson joined from DLA Piper in September 2019.

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Excellent sector knowledge and commercial acumen really help with structuring complex operational real estate deals. A great can-do attitude and helpful and pragmatic in getting business done.’

Tim Nye has great knowledge of real estate and able to think across to different subsectors to help frame structures. Very deal-focused and maintains both momentum and detail in progressing complex issues.’

Kyle Holling has a strategic understanding of growth sectors and unique level of understanding of leasehold and tenure as they relate to operational real estate.’

Tim Nye is excellent. He provides calm clear advice and is always available to ensure the right teams are in place.’

Key clients

Department of Health and Social Care

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Octopus Real Estate & Schroders Real Estate

Caring Homes Healthcare Group

Swanton Care and Community Group

Apposite Capital

Shawbrook Bank

Anchor Hanover Group

Dimensions

Islamic finance Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's London office is a key hub for the firm's global Islamic finance practice, which also includes offices in the Middle East and Malaysia. Sarah Gooden, who heads up the Islamic finance practice in the UK, is particularly experienced in structuring and financing shari-ah compliant real estate investments and development projects. Her clients includes UK Islamic banks, Middle Eastern banks, UK-based corporate borrowers and Middle Eastern investors investing in real estate in the UK and Europe.

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The diversity in expertise within the team allows us to avail a wider range of legal services. The team always ensures that one of its members is available to discuss any matters that may arise under an engagement. The team always ensures that any deadlines set to them are met.

We have worked with different teams in the firm from different locations (Bahrain, Dubai, London and Oman). They have all displayed a high degree of professionalism and strong knowledge of Islamic finance, in particular with regard to complex shari’ah structures that require not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skills. T&H have acted as our legal advisers for a number of shari’ah-compliant financing facilities and have always been up to our expectations, in terms of meeting our deadline with customers and deliverables.

The team is experienced and always available for any questions no matter how big or small. The team also alerts us on other possible matters that we should look into in our transaction and shares their valuable experience to help us get the most out of our transaction.

The team is quite dynamic, with specialised focus areas. We were delighted with having a dedicated resource, in charge of responding to all our queries. Trowers & Hamlins handled our work quite well.

Very responsive service. Good handle on the issues of Islamic finance. Value for money.

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

Standard Chartered Bank

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

Administrative and public law Tier 3

The client portfolio of Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s administrative and public law practice comprises local authorities, social care and housing regulators, and private developers. Taking on contentious work, Lucy James defends contentious FOI requests, procurement challenges and planning permission challenges, while on the claimant side, recently challenged the procurement decisions of numerous clinical commissioning groups. Helen Randall heads up the non-contentious offering, with governance and policy advice provided to public sector clients. Recent engagements included governance and constitution reviews, vires issues of public procurements, service reconfigurations and novel training support for newly elected local politicians.

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Impressive experience, legal skills and customer-friendly approach by Helen Randall.

Michael Rhode is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. It took no time at all for him to be up to speed with the history of our application and what our strengths would be in battling the judicial review claim. He was clear when relaying the information back to us and would be quick to answer any queries that we had. Highly recommend.

Key clients

Improvement & Development Agency

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

Fairfax Acquisitions Limited

Wealden District Council

TAG Farnborough Airport Limited

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils (South and Vale DC)

UK Central (Solihull) Limited trading as Urban Growth Company – owned by Solihull Council

East Hampshire District Council

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'has an excellent client base'. The practice's key strengths are Middle Eastern-related work, heavyweight commercial disputes, and commercial litigation involving public sector bodies. Lucy James' disputes focus includes banking, contracts, defamation, fraud, investigations and insolvency, along with dispute resolution involving IT, professional negligence and partnerships. Ned Beale is recommended for high-value corporate disputes, and Alex Burton co-heads the international dispute management practice. Charlotte Clayson and James Lancaster provide notable senior associate-level support. Navinder Grover, former insolvency head at Teacher Stern LLP, joined as partner in 2020.

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‘Lucy James heads up the commercial litigation segment of the firm. She works very hard and is very focused and dedicated. She deals things in a calm and efficient way. She works well with the bar in order to bring the best team for the client.’

‘Very strong in depth in banking and general commercial litigation, with international reach while remaining good value. Blue-chip partners.’

‘Alex Burton is a well respected and balanced litigator who has a keen strategic sense. He doesn’t waste time or dither. He gives careful and measured advice.’

‘Very attentive and understanding of the particular business needs in a sensitive matter.’

‘Ned Beale. Extremely experienced, navigated complex negotiations calmly and precisely.’

‘Trowers was one of the first English firms to open offices in the Gulf, and has a particular expertise in litigation involving parties from the GCC region, built on decades of experience. That incudes understanding the interaction between the English and Gulf states’ legal systems and substantive laws, handling disputes with a Sharia law element, and understanding the cultural differences between West European and GCC businesses.’

‘Ned Beale is one of London’s leading litigators, combining focused and creative strategy with a determination to win for his clients. James Lancaster is an excellent senior associate, adept at handling complex and long running cases. And moreover , they update the client on each step of the litigation matters with detailed options and reports and are always available for discussion.’

Key clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

CCS Media

Wilson James

All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking

Panasonic Corporation

Bic UK

Department of Health

Formula E

Currie & Brown International

Boxington Corporate Finance

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Under the leadership of Sara Bailey, a PPP, joint venture, regeneration and development expert, Trowers & Hamlins LLPoffers the exact support that clients are looking for’. The team assists on commercial developments and investments from planning through to disposal, with particular significance placed on inward investment from the Far and Middle East, bolstered by long-established expertise in Islamic finance. Other distinguished names include many public sector bodies in addition to private wealth residential clients. Asset expertise also encompasses shopping centres, logistics, hotels, retail, restaurants, cinemas and leisure-related real estate. Rebecca Wardlehas real commercial acumen and demonstrates fantastic composure’.

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Testimonials

‘They offer exactly the support you look for as a client; they are incredibly responsive and the advice is always well thought through, practical and relevant to us and our key requirements and concerns. No matter how busy they may be with other clients, as even the smallest query is dealt with in this way, they manage to give the impression that your work is their priority, which in my view is the gold standard of service.’

‘Yvette Bryan and Dwynwen Lewis are very responsive and pick up the detail of each transaction. They disseminate well with teams they work with.’

‘Rebecca Wardle is great to work with. She has real commercial acumen and demonstrated fantastic composure under pressure to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Watford Borough Council

Museum of London

Octopus Real Estate and Shroders Real Estate

BT Plc

Monzo Bank Limited

Urban Logistics REIT Plc

Chase New Homes

Boklok Housing Limited

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a 'very diligent and thorough' team led by Anthony Yates, who has particular expertise on contentious issues concerning cladding and fire safety, acting for a range of clients in both the private and public sectors. The team  was strengthened by the hire of Louise Elmes in January 2019; she has brought her international construction expertise from Fieldfisher, where she led the contentious construction team. Theresa Mohammed is another key practitioner - she advises clients in the hotel and residential development sectors on high level technical disputes.

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‘Very diligent and thorough.’

‘The team has the ability to work with the client’s interests at heart – they offer clear advice and have the ability to make you understand relatively complex issues and their position within the wider picture. This is very helpful both when making decisions, and when stresses and concerns come to the fore.’

Key clients

The Berkeley Group plc

Apache Capital

Secretary of State and LocatED

Bouygues UK Limited

ST Interiors (UK) Limited

Cannon Corporate Limited

Cannon Corporate UK Limited

Cannon Corporate International Limited

Farm Renewables Limited

ABC Electrification Limited

Broadley Energy Limited

Poplar Harca Projects Limited

Rossair Limited

Paradigm Land Limited

Cambridge Industries Limited

Swan Housing Association

London Borough of Camden

CDS Co-operatives

The Guinness Partnership

Reading Borough Council

Mount Anvil Limited

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP possess an 'exemplary' team which acts on a broad remit of transactional construction matters. This includes a specialised approach to modular construction projects in the UK. Stephanie Canham leads the team; her primary client base is private and commercial developers, which she advises on mixed use and regeneration work. Also recommended is Charles Morrish who is an expert in construction procurement matters and acts for a range of both private and public sector clients.

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‘The team were exemplary from the outset. They helped us to marshal the key information, and then to progress things in a commercially sensible way. They recommended excellent experts based on their extensive knowledge.’

‘The team are clearly expert with depth of knowledge and experience. Compared to other firms they were easy to do business with – practical, attentive to our requirements and caution, responsive and good humoured.’

Key clients

The Berkeley Group plc

Museum of London

Hermes Investment Management

Westminster City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Eco World London

Octopus Real Estate

Apache Capital

Secretary of State and LocatED

Bouygues UK Limited

Kames Capital

Avanton

Chase New Homes

Geneva Management Group

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP, the hospitality team has wide experience acting in large-scale project work for both investors and owners. Led by real estate partner Julien Allen, the practice offers a holistic offering across construction, commercial property, and tax matters for hospitality and leisure clients, particularly for hotels and restaurants. The team has a strong reputation in the Middle Eastern market with instructions from high-profile hotel brands. Practice co-head and corporate expert Ayda Habboush has expertise in Islamic finance and assists shari'ah compliant clients on assets and acquisitions, and handles transactions for both UK and foreign investors. Other core members include David Cordery who advises private developers.

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Beechlane Investments Limited

Cringle Corporation

Chelsea Events & Entertainment Limited

Juma Jubilee Limited

Arabica Borough Limited

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has good expertise in social infrastructure work spanning across sectors including housing, education, health, and social care. The practice is also involved in waste and environmental projects. Key clients in the public sector include Homes England, the Secretary of State for Education, and West Midlands Combined Authority. Paul McDermott and Scott Dorling co-head the practice. The 'immensely knowledgeable' Helen Randall is also recommended.

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The team thinks about client needs and responds well.’

Helen Randall is immensely knowledgeable and understands her public sector clients well.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Amey

Secretary of State for Education / Located

Homes England

Integrated Project Services, LLC

Federal Electricity and Water Authority (United Arab Emirates)

Camden and Islington NNHS Foundation Trust

Camden Council

Bouygues

Enfield Council

The Urban Growth Company

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Watford Council

Greater London Authority

Westminster City Council

Sutton Council

Electricity and Water Authority (Bahrain)

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

WM5G Limited

Harlow, Epping Forest and East Herts councils

Hillingdon Council

Stevenage Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Property litigation Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is strong in acting for title indemnity underwriters and insurers in rights of light and other title indemnity insurance claims. It also has a strong profile among developers and occupiers. These instructions demonstrate the team's strength - further boosted by Rachel Kerr's promotion to partner in July 2019 - in development-related work, which is regularly undertaken for housebuilders, registered providers, commercial property institutions and developers. Other notable work covers residential leasehold rights and insolvency-related property disputes, as well as various landlord and tenant issues such as service charge obligations, which are all part of team head Michael Donnellan's broad set of expertise.

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Their property litigation team stood out in the quick way they identified potential new threats to a client’s enjoyment and use of their property and the way they then swiftly assembled a team of lawyers and other advisers to lessen or remove that threat.

Emma Barnfield stands out not only for her knowledge of new and complex legislation (particularly, The Electronic Communications Code) but also her understanding of how the other party is likely to react on a particular point. The combination of these two attributes puts Emma in a powerful position in providing clients with sound practical advice and seeing jobs through to a successful outcome.’

A large national team who cover the entire spectrum of property litigation. They are able to deal with all litigation from complex and high-value to smaller residential issues. They are also a pleasure to work with and have the ability to attract likeable and very able individuals.’

As a firm, we find them to be very proactive, clear and responsive to their clients. I like the culture of this team which perhaps is an organisational approach of seeking and maintaining good working relations with us as clients. I am working with this team on a fairly complicated leasehold matter and have found that we not only get the benefit of the best advice but that it is also presented in a manner that is easy for us as clients to understand.

Emma Barnfield and her team – Knowledgeable, easily contactable and very responsive. Pulls together other third party experts/consultants and manages the case/project team well. Also like the fact that she is very personable. The billing is clear and fully annotated.’

Very organised, collaborative and very approachable. A pleasure to deal with

Again, the people I have dealt with are very positive with excellent people skills. It is refreshing to be involved with solicitors who are down to earth and very professional at the same time.

Key clients

Administrators of D H Waterloo Limited and LPA receivers of Days Hotel, Waterloo

Montpeliano Holdings Limited

Administrators of Edesia Limited

Administrators of Spaces London Bridge Limited

Delph Property Group

J D Wetherspoon plc

BT plc

EE Limited

CLS Risk Solutions Limited

Hermes

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for many major charitable funds and the practice has a particular focus on charities that raise funds from contracts or from charging the beneficiaries of their services. It advises charity clients on a whole host of issues, such as commercial property, corporate, tax, construction, employment and pensions matters. The group is also well versed in advising on regulatory matters such as registration with the Charity Commission, CQC and the Regulator of Social Housing. Ian Davis heads the team.

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The lawyers are at the top of their game. They understand the client and its requirements, they are always there when you need them and they deliver results every single time. You want Emma Burrows on your side

‘I noticed above all the professionalism and the sincerity which the lawyers had in abundance. An excellent company

Key clients

Swimming Teachers Association

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care

Avenues Trust Group

Phoenix Futures

Dimensions UK

Action On Hearing Loss, National Autistic Society, Livability, Phoenix Futures, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Strawberry Hill House Trust

Museum of London

Woolwich Creative District Trust

Crossways Community/Mental Health Residential

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

SCOPE

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall

St Mungos

Together for Mental Wellbeing

Dorset County Museum

Severn Rivers Trust

Shri Guru Ravidass Temple (Wolverhampton)

LBTQ Women

Rhema Church London

Island Health Trust

Education: institutions Tier 4

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP, the education group is experienced in advising clients on a wide variety of matters, such as governance, commercial and contractual issues and real estate transactions (including acquisitions, disposals and leases). Also notable is that the team works with its real estate and international development practice groups to deliver on multimillion pound projects. The practice is jointly led by Assad MaqboolHelen Randall and Birmingham-based partner Amardeep Gill.

Key clients

Chase New Homes

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

CORE Education Trust

Department for Education

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Planning Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's practice deals with planning matters for a range of individuals, registered providers, developers, local authorities and institutional investors. Practice head Jacqueline Backhaus advises on strategic policy and planning applications and is experienced in the negotiation of section 106 agreements for major development and regeneration schemes.

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Aviation Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's multidisciplinary team advises airlines, airports, insurers, lessors and security providers on a variety of matters. Encompassing the firm’s commercial litigation, corporate, commercial property, and banking and finance departments, the aviation offering acts across contentious and non-contentious mandates. From a disputes perspective, the workload comprises passenger delay injury and baggage claims, and cargo, insurance coverage, procurement and maintenance disputes. Real estate-specific matters include airport property-related transactions, as well as planning, construction and development work. Kathryn Insall leads the group.

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‘Trowers are, in my view, a very level headed firm that take and digest complicated cases and then just get on with the litigation without game playing, without endless litigation by correspondence, without fuss.’

Key clients

TAG Farnborough Airport Limited

Bahrain Airport Company S P C

AAL Group Limited

KAL Leasing & Chartering FZE

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'personable and dedicated' team acts for clients in fraud prevention matters, investigations and recovery actions, including anti-bribery claims. The practice has seen a notable recent increase in mandates relating to cyber-fraud incidents. 'Excellent litigator' Mark Kenkre's expertise includes cases involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and multijurisdictional fiduciary duty disputes. Ned Beale focuses on civil fraud and financial crime.

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

‘The 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.’

‘Mark Kenkre leads the team and is highly knowledgeable in his field. He is known for his commercial common sense and giving good strategic advice.’

Key clients

St Vincent European General Partner Limited

TIBC

AAL Group

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

Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited

Trinity Housing Association

Protec International Limited

Mohammed Younis

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Caroline Hayward leads Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s IP practice, which has strength on both the contentious and non-contentious sides. The team handles revocation appeals in the life sciences sector, as well as anti-counterfeiting measures in the financial services sector. The team also has extensive branding expertise in relation to commercial property transactions, particularly for IP-rich hotel and shopping centre businesses, as well as dealing with trade mark infringement actions.

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The team acts as a one-stop-shop, focal point and legal resource for all matters related to trade marks, copyrights and designs. They are able to filter information and take initiative. In addition, the team is solution-oriented, always offering recommendations and solutions to every problem/challenge that arises. They understand our business, culture and industry and this makes a lot of difference in how they deliver their service. For this reason, they are our go-to firm for this practice area and are quick to recommend them to third parties when recommendations are sought.

Alice Gould has a wealth of experience, across multiple jurisdictions- she has been the lead for a portfolio that spans across more than 40 jurisdictions. She is able to advise on legal, technical, administrative, commercial and practical aspects. A quality that I truly value is her ability to provide information and advice in a simple and concise manner, with sufficient detail to assist decision-making.

Key clients

ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)

ADNOC Distribution PJSC

CFA Society of the UK

Protec International Limited

ExCeL (London International Exhibition Centre Plc)

MGAP

Apache Capital Partners

Diesel Emission Control

Origin Housing Group

Swan Group

Platform Housing Group

Currie & Brown International Limited

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Martin McFall leads the pensions team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, supported by senior associates Deborah Shumate and Michael Rhode. Counting Toyota, Bic and Brighton & Hove City Council within their client portfolio, the team has of late advised on benefit designs, employer covenants and large-scale voluntary transfers, as well as restructurings, amalgamations and the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. The team are praised for 'putting themselves in the client's shoes and seeing the problem from their point of view.' Recent work of note has included advising Bic UK on the recovery of historic overpayments to scheme members.

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Trowers is excellent at explaining technical legal options in a clear and coherent manner that a lay person can relate to – this has made for an excellent working relationship between legal, consultants and trustees‘.

The ever-shifting landscape of our work requires timely and pragmatic solutions – the Trowers team always delivers on such requirements‘.

They understand the problem, they are there to find solutions for you and they know their stuff. You want this team on your side.

Straightforward and easy to deal with. Simplifies complex issues and adopts the client’s position in recommending courses of action (with appropriate risks identified). And then delivers to the agreed plan and timescale‘.

They put themselves in the client’s shoes and see the problem from your point of view. They will devise a strategy to deal with the issue as you expect them to. You want Deborah Shumante, Martin McFall and Michael Rhode on your side‘.

Deborah Shumate instils confidence based on her subject matter expertise, knowledge of the sector and client. Flexible and supports/challenges in a constructive manner. And has a good sense of humour‘.

Key clients

Bic

Sovereign Housing Group

Citizen Housing Group

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Longhurst Group

Toyota plc

Brighton & Hove City Council

Property finance Tier 5

Social and affordable housing is a key area of focus for Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which has additional expertise in the hotel, healthcare and student accommodation sectors. Key members of the team include Eddie O’Hanrahan, who focuses on commercial and residential development finance; Katharine Lewis, who is notably strong in Islamic finance; and Imogen Fisher, whose specialty is in public sector development finance.

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‘The firm offers a complete range of services, has strength in numbers and is able to respond seamlessly to urgent or changing deadlines. This means that all services can be provided under one umbrella.’

‘They stand out for the ability of staff to make you feel at ease, provide a professional approach, and give sound, realistic and appropriate advice and not say what you want to hear.’

‘Partners that make a real difference include Eddie O’Hanrahan on the finance side. I am impressed with the integration across the firm and their ability to work as a team. Delegation appears to be a strong point in the firm’s culture that helps facilitate the right match between the adviser and the client’s brief.’

‘An excellent understanding of the client’s business drivers and a deeply pragmatic approach to delivering solutions. Trowers are particularly good at providing solutions to legal obstacles rather than just focusing on the risks associated with a transaction or agreement.’

‘Their advice is consistent, relevant and provides us with added value on what is the best commercial practice.’

‘Imogen Fisher is the main lead on funding agreements and is very helpful and professional.’

Key clients

Apache Capital

Affordable Housing & Healthcare Group

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Kew Bridge Gate Developments LLP

Peabody Trust

Luton Street Development LLP

Swanton Care & Community Limited

SOYO Property Company Limited (investment vehicle for Apache Capital)

International arbitration Tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'provides the highest quality of advice, combined with robust and pragmatic strategies to achieve clients' aims'. The practice's key strengths cover international arbitrations for and against parties from the Middle East, and technical disputes in the energy, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Ned Beale is international arbitration head; and London-based international dispute management co-head Alex Burton spends substantial time in the firm's Dubai and Bahrain offices. Mike Rhode is an experienced senior associate.

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‘Excellent international arbitration team, particularly in the Middle East where it remains one of the top UK firms.’

‘Alex Burton particularly stands out as a highly effective and strategic thinker.’

‘Good, eager young team that works hard and takes a measured and sensible approach to arbitration disputes. They are something of a hidden diamond – often overlooked for bigger or better known disputes practices.’

Responsiveness, expertise, communication

‘Ned Beale, Partner – Sharp and experienced lawyer. Michael Rhode – Reliable.’

‘Ned Beale understands what clients want and will act proactively and appropriately to achieve this. He has good links with the Commercial Bar and so knows which counsel will be right for a given case and client.’

‘There is a strong sense of teamwork between London and UAE offices; they are very responsive and down to earth yet give top notch legal advice.’

‘Ned Beale – Ned is an excellent all round commercial disputes lawyer. He is wonderful to work with, charming, approachable and commercial. He is very good with international clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.’

Key clients

Rain CII Carbon LLC

Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Vossloh Group

Lagan Group

Bouygues Group

Goetzpartners Russia

Travel Point

AAL Group

Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer)

Employers Tier 7

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for its expertise in TUPE work, and more widely for its strategic work across the public, private and third sectors. Strengths include the employment aspects of mergers, as well as restructurings, complex investigations and Employment Tribunal claims. Team head Emma Burrows is a go-to lawyer for clients in the social and affordable housing sector.

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‘Our experience of Trowers is that they generally try to understand the environment they work in, which means they present solutions which are sensible and workable. They also take time to establish relationships with key stakeholders.’

‘They dispense excellent advice with a healthy dose of pragmatism and sometimes humour. They are approachable, available and responsive and we we really enjoy working with them.’

‘Nicola Ihnatowicz is truly outstanding. She listens, understands and gives excellent practical legal guidance that is business focused at all times. She helps me understand the level of risk behind different actions, and always is exactly clear of the different routes available, and the different potential actions.’

‘Whilst most legal teams are very accessible, Nicola Ihnatowicz has a way of responding that makes you feel like you are her only client. She always takes time to check in to see how you are, and not just respond to questions.’

 

Key clients

Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTVH)

Global.com

Greenpeace UK

Green Square Group

Vivid Group

National Autistic Society

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Clarion Housing Group

Dimensions UK

Strawberry Hill House

Travel

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP, the travel, tourism and insurance team is 'just as comfortable acting for claimants as they are acting for defendants' in cross-border personal injury cases, all of which arise from accidents abroad. Instructed primarily by insurers in accident claims, the Exeter-based department specialises in ski and winter sports accident claims, as well as international claims involving road traffic accidents. Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp, who displays 'excellent knowledge of the industry and all its main players', heads up the team, which also advises clients on jurisdictional, recoveries and subrogation issues.

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‘Trowers are an established firm with expertise in this field going back for many years. They have a strong client base and, unusually in this area, are just as comfortable acting for Claimants as they are acting for Defendants.’

‘The team are quick to respond and keep us up to date with whats going on with our cases. We use them mainly for Personal Liability cases (often ski related) and their knowledge and network is second to none.’

‘Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp is the most approachable, client-friendly solicitor working in this field. There’s nothing she doesn’t know about travel and personal injury law, and she has an excellent knowledge of the industry and all its main players.’

‘Ian Brown- very knowledgeable and helpful. Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp – her knowledge is second to none. Very helpful.’

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance Limited

Collinson Group

Avid Insurance Services Limited

Millstream Underwriting Limited

Allianz

Ageas

Bupa

Claims Settlement Agencies Limited

White Horse Insurance Services

CEGA

Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

The strong development and property investment practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises local authorities, institutional investors, national housebuilders and REITs on regional and national projects. The firm has particular expertise in residential and mixed-use urban regeneration schemes, as well as inward investment and strategic planning. The team is co-led by Georgina Savill-James, who acts on joint ventures, portfolio acquisitions of tenanted properties and development acquisitions; Chris Rundle, who specialises in business lease negotiations and renewals; and Sara Bailey, who focuses on advising local authority and developer clients on property and regeneration projects. Also notable is managing associate Gail White, who has public and private sector experience.

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‘The team have people who care about the work they are carrying out for you’

‘They always respond to questions or enquiries the same day so you are not left waiting for replies or concerned that matters are not being dealt with’

‘I feel so supported by the individuals I deal with’

‘I know they will stay late to answer queries and they have never failed to meet a deadline that has been set’

‘They don’t look for problems with contracts, they look for solutions when they find problems and give swift advice on how to move forward’

‘A very good local team, great hands on approach and always available’

‘Excellent banking and property advice’

‘Lynn Onyett is really hands on and always available, and takes a very commercial approach in deal making’

Key clients

British Telecommunications plc

Pennon Group (incorporating South West Water & Viridor)

Galliford Try Group (incorporating Linden Homes)

LiveWest Group (incorporating Westco Properties Limited)

London & Devonshire Trust Limited (incorporating Devonshire Homes)

Freshwater Group

Kames Capital

Gloucester City Council

Homes England

Civitas Social Housing PLC

Greendale Group

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Hermes Investment Management

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Arbuthnot Latham

Local government Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team, which is co-led by Amardeep Gill and Christopher Plumley, is praised for its 'professionalism, expertise and competence'. The team is at the forefront of high-profile town regeneration schemes and national infrastructure developments; it recently advised Solihull Council and the Urban Growth Company on a portion of the HS2 train station development at Birmingham Airport. Real estate specialist Fiona Thomson joined the practice from DLA Piper in late 2019.

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‘The team has professionalism, expertise and competence without any hint of superiority complemented by responsiveness and a clear empathy with the client’s needs.’

‘The Birmingham team have the experience held by the team to be invaluable in Local Government to ensure the best service is being provided and the correct advice to ensure we can progress with a commercial mindset.’

‘Amardeep Gill is someone you can trust, reliable and gives you the confidence to move forward with commercial activities in the public sector with confidence.’

‘Amardeep Gill has impressed from the start. Expert and clear, always responsive and able to develop a good rapport with Directors and Members.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Urban Growth Company

Cotswold District Council, West Oxfordshire District

Council, Forest of Dean District Council and Cheltenham Borough Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Social housing Tier 1

Digby Morgan heads up the Birmingham practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP,  which was recently bolstered by the recruitment of solicitors Rachel Beck and Abhishek Khanna from Bevan Brittan LLP and DLA Piper in 2019. Morgan advises registered providers on complex transactions including acquisitions, development schemes, portfolio sales and acquisitions of leasehold supported housing. The 'always approachable and unflappable' Yetunde Dania focuses on housing management mandates including complex anti-social behaviour issues, tenancy fraud and disrepair cases, acting for providers of social housing and private landlords. Senior associate Natalie Owen joined from Wright Hassall LLP has notable experience in advising registered providers on various methods of securing finance.

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‘Their legal and political knowledge of the sector, as a whole, is pretty much unparalleled but their practical experience and advice is even more impressive and most relevant to us. They can always find a solution to our problems!’

‘Yetunde Dania – always contactable, always approachable and unflappable.’

Key clients

Accord Housing Group

Midland Heart Limited

United Communities

Rooftop Housing Group

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Social housing Tier 1

Specialising in affordable housing, Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides public and private sector experience to housing associations and local authority clients across the country. The firm also has significant regulatory and council housing finance expertise. Property and development specialist Joseph Acton co-leads the practice with Georgina Savill-James, who focuses on real estate matters. Also notable are Hannah Jackson, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and is head of the real estate finance and security team, and managing associate Jessica Church, who advises on funding and security issues.

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‘Trowers has a team with extensive experience of dealing with land acquisition and social housing development’

‘Specialists dealing with charging, planning, construction and litigation who can be used as and when required’

‘They have a good customer focus and generally prioritise the key work that they are asked to undertake well’

‘Joseph Acton leads an extremely large team’

‘Georgina Savill-James makes sure we are satisfied with the service delivered by her team. 

‘Knowledgeable but also very approachable and we can therefore ask the idiot questions’

‘Jessica Church understands the housing sector more broadly than just matters relating to property charging. Very knowledgeable and quick to respond’

Key clients

LiveWest Homes Limited

Galliford Try Partnerships

Torbay Development Agency

Verto Homes Limited

Aster Housing

East Devon District Council

Curo Housing

Linden First Limited

Westward Housing Group

Yarlington Housing Group

Social housing Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises housing companies and housing associations on property transactions and major regeneration schemes. Suzanne Benson heads up the team and has a wide range of experience acting for  registered providers, local authorities and house builders; her expertise encompasses regeneration projects, new-build sales and leasehold management issues. Richard St John Williams leads the governance team within the wider practice, specialising in housing law and regulations. Janet Winrow acts on regeneration projects, while Melanie Comer advises housing provider clients on security issues, and associate Tom Wainwright advises on housing stock transfers and public/private projects.

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‘The experience was very good.’ 

‘Melanie Comer and Nicola Almond  were both very professional.’

Key clients

Homes England

Clarion Group

Great Places Housing Group

Guinness Partnership

Community Gateway

Trafford Housing Trust

Regenda Group

First Choice Homes Oldham

Onward Homes

Jigsaw Group

Accent Group

Progress Housing Group

Plus Dane Group

One Manchester

Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's contentious expertise spans from commercial litigation, insurance claims and property litigation to Court of Protection issues and inquests. The group has notable expertise in the aerospace sector, for which Kathryn Insall is a key contact. Install, who also counts manufacturing and technology among her other sector specialisms, heads up the group alongside Paul Keeling, who is experienced in professional negligence claims and mediation. Senior associates Emily Agget and Maria Dunn are highlighted for data protection issues and health and social care sector disputes respectively.

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Tenacious litigators, providing good quality litigation services at competitive prices.

They were always very courteous and listened to my point of view. They responded quickly even when one was not in the office. They recognised when there were points of law that they didn’t know and found out the answers. The two people I dealt with were Kathryn Insall and Maria Dunn.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP continues to make strides in the real estate sector with the arrival of Fiona Thomson, former head of real estate at DLA Piper, who now leads the Birmingham team. The group handles the full gamut of real estate matters, ranging from residential and affordable housing developments to large-scale mixed-use regenerations; practice head Amanda Hanmore has developed a strong specialisation in the latter. Christopher Plumley specialises in public sector town centre regenerations and mixed-use developments; and Digby Morgan and Simon Robinson comprise the other key partners.

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‘Very professional, always looking for solutions to achieve the best outcomes.’

‘Brilliant at problem solving.’

Key clients

Wolverhampton City Council- West Midland Metropolitan Pension Fund

Prosperity Developments

Inox Group

Interserve Group Limited

UK Central Hub/Urban Growth Company

Homes England

Tamworth Borough Council

Richborough Estates

Local government Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is particularly adept at advising local government clients on managing budget pressures and finding new, sustainable sources of income. The practice provides guidance on capital assets, commercial opportunities and developing partnerships with the private sector. The team has extensive experience in social care housing, including local authority housing development and transfer of council housing stock, schools and services such as waste collection and disposal. Suzanne Benson heads the team and specialises in major projects, including strategic land, joint ventures and regeneration.

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Homes England

Liverpool City Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bury Council

Wolverhampton City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Sutton

Reading Borough Council

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Northamptonshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP undertakes a wide range of work related to agriculture and rural estates, including the sale and purchase of farms and negotiation of rights of way, as well as advising on estate planning and sporting rights. Senior associate Nicola Janus-Harris heads up the team from Exeter, lending wide experience in agricultural property matters.

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The team at Trowers Hamlins starts when you come through to the reception area. Staff treat you in such a friendly and professional manner. In all our visits this never altered.’

Rebecca and Amy were the team in charge of both the farm land sale and a house sale and purchase. Both were in consultation and always available for an update.’

Amy Collins is an excellent communicator, we always felt she was on top of everything. She dealt with our sales and purchase in a professional but friendly way, explaining the process clearly and promptly when required.’

 

Key clients

Dartmoor Preservation Association

Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

Vision Nine Entertainment Group

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has notable expertise in civil fraud and cybercrime litigation, arbitration and investigations. Practice head Mark Kenkre focuses on fraud disputes including those involving breach of fiduciary duties, fraudulent misrepresentation claims and inter-company collusion elements. In addition to fraud, Helen Briant counts contentious charity sector and contested probate matters among her areas of expertise, while Jamie De Souza has particular manufacturing and engineering sector experience.

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Trowers & Hamlins are a solid mid-tier commercial litigation outfit. They’ve got experienced and responsive lawyers with good instincts. Although the offices are based in the West Midlands, Trowers often ends up in litigation in the High Court in London. I would recommend for mid-size disputes requiring a good, responsive team.

Very solid team. Knowledgeable in what they do. Fraud and data protection in particular.

Helen Bryant is an excellent partner who manages her team well.

Jamie De Souza is a very keen and engaged associate. Anticipates upcoming hurdles in the litigation. He also has a relaxed, easy-going manner.

Solicitor Joanna Barwell is a good efficient associate.

Mark Kenkre is very measured and assured in front of clients.  Easily wins their confidence.

Key clients

Rotam Agrochemical Company Limited

St Vincent European General Partner Limited

Charity Commission – Island Health Trust

Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited

Protec International Limited

Huntcourt Limited – Nite Nite

Citizen Housing Group

Sovini Group

Charity Commission – Rhema Church London

Charity Commission – Island Health Trust

Firmbank Plc

Construction Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a 'committed, knowledgeable and helpful' team. Work for central and local government clients is a major part of the firm's practice. Katie Saunders, who leads the team, advises local authorities and housing providers on the procurement of long-term contracts. Tom Holroyd is highly active in contentious construction matters, including adjudication and litigation. He has a notable specialism in the waste sector and he continues to build the practice's private sector workload.

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‘Housing and construction teams at T&H Manchester carry out thorough due diligence and sound advice. The drafting of legal documents is excellent and reporting clear and easy to understand.’

‘They go the extra mile to resolve queries and have worked diligently on some complex projects.’

‘Committed, knowledgeable & helpful’

Key clients

Department for Education

NHS Shared Business Services

Wheeldon Brothers Waste Limited

Clarion Housing Group

Plus Dane Housing Group

Seddon Construction Limited

Places for People Group

Great Places Group

Bouygues

Watford Borough Council

Construction Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a broad practice, which advises clients on all stages of the development process on commercial, mixed-use and residential developments, private sector schemes, regeneration schemes for the private and the public sector, and education projects for the EFA. In the non-contentious space, Mark Robinson is the go-to partner for procurement structures, strategies and construction project documentation. Louise Elmes focuses on disputes and construction-related professional negligence claims across the real estate, energy, hospitality and leisure sectors.

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‘Mark Robinson – very much a team player with client teams.’

‘Very adaptive and supportive to deliver client requirements.’

Key clients

Graven Hill Village Development Company Limited

East Northamptonshire Council

Torbay Council

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Platform Housing Group Limited

Wolverhampton City Council

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 3

Working closely with members of the firm's London office, Trowers & Hamlins LLP's Exeter-based employment team demonstrates a particular strength advising clients in the social and affordable housing sectors. Charity sector work is another key source of mandates. John Turnbull leads the group in Exeter, which is prominent in TUPE and post-transfer restructurings, as well as GDPR and DPA compliance in relation to employee data.

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Always happy to give advice on small matters; sometimes a steer is all we need and they are happy to do this – they don’t make a mountain out of a molehill!

The firm provide personable, pragmatic guidance that is always business focused. They know “what we know” and provide response at a level tailored to our knowledge.

Key clients

Smiths (Gloucester)

Otter Nurseries

Dimensions UK

Ninian Solutions

London & Devonshire Trust

LiveWest Homes

Avid LLP

Richmond Housing Partnership

Ampacet (UK)

CCS Media

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP regularly advises family businesses and high-net-worth individuals on personal wealth planning; the creation, management and taxation of trusts; and wills and probate administration. The team also has a strength in advising clients in the real estate sector. Helen Honeyball heads up the firm's private wealth offering in the South West, from the Exeter office.

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Banking and finance Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for its 'range of expertise', particularly in real estate finance issues, with work undertaken on development, property investment and bridging finance matters. Team head Neil Waller and fellow partner Eleanor James are specialists in housing finance mandates with the team working 'efficiently and effectively.' The firm has a regional and national client base.

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‘The range of expertise that is available has been extremely valuable rather than having to appoint different law firms for different aspects of the work. One thing that I have noticed with all the Trowers people I have dealt with is the pragmatism and common sense approach.’

‘They are very good at doing what they do.’

‘Practical , quick to respond, highly knowledgeable of the sector and requirements.’

‘The lead partner, Ellie James, has been a voice of calm and pragmatism in a project that was working to very tight deadlines. She has eased my concerns on a number of occasions. Ellie has been supported by a team that has been very efficient in the delivery of the project.’

‘Neil is approachable and his team will do what is required efficiently and effectively.’

Key clients

Peabody Trust

Accent Housing Limited

Borrowers’ Advisory Group of MORhomes

Catalyst Housing Limited

Newport City Homes

Livin Housing Limited

MHS

Settle

Naissance Capital Real Estate

LINQ Housing plc

Employment Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a well-established team. It advises a substantial number of social and affordable housing clients on diverse matters from mergers and corporate restructurings through to the termination of employment of senior employees. It is best known for its TUPE work and post-transfer restructuring advice to public, private and third sector clients. The team has also been busy advising on employment tribunal matters such as complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Rebecca McGuirk leads the employment team in the Birmingham office and advises clients from a range of sectors including local authorities, registered providers and social providers. It also has a large private sector client base.

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Rebecca McGuirk always makes herself available, often outside of normal working hours, to provide meaningful support and advice based around the need of the client. Takes a direct, pragmatic and commercial approach in dealing with issues and offers reassurance in moments of concern‘.

Key clients

The Accord Group

believe housing (formerly County Durham Housing Group)

Black Country Housing Group

Bournville Village Trust

Community Gateway Association

Core Education Trust

Longhurst Group Ltd

Midland Heart Ltd

Swimming Teachers’ Association

Property litigation Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team, which is well-regarded for its 'specialist knowledge' of the social housing sectoracts on disputes relating lease renewals, rights of light, dilapidations and forfeiture. Lynn James and Guy Willetts co-lead the team. James's 'breadth of experience is invaluable in providing both technical and practical advice.' She advises in relation to leasehold management, with landlords and leaseholders among her clients. Willetts acts on development agreements disputes as well as landlord and tenant matters.

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‘The team’s specialist knowledge of property litigation, particularly with regard to social housing providers, is second to none and is difficult to find within the sector. They are particularly good at being able to adapt from smaller scale queries to large scale technical matters with the same degree of urgency.’

‘I have worked closely with Lynn James on numerous matters, both small and large scale. There is no limit to Lynn’s knowledge in this area of law and her breadth of experience is invaluable in providing both technical and practical advice. Lynn is very down to earth and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Bromford Housing Group

Interserve Group Limited

Accent Housing Limited

The West Midlands Pension Fund

The Riverside Group Limited

Great Places Housing Group

Regenda Limited

Cambian Group

Secretary of State for Education

Homes England

HH No 1 Limited

London and Quadrant Housing Trust

One Manchester Limited

One Housing Group

St Helens Council

Bradley Investments Limited

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 5

The commercial litigation practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP's key areas of expertise include procurement, insolvency, media, defamation and reputation management litigation. The 'commercially astute' Dan Butler specialises in contentious procurement and insolvency matters and heads up the team alongside Steve Dunseath, who recently joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Nottingham office, adding substantial experience.

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Despite being a relatively small team, they have excellent expertise. They have a specialism in procurement both in their Manchester team and nationally, and they are undertaking work on the highest quality cases for both contracting authorities and aggrieved bidders. The level of the work they do appears to me to exceed that of their current ranking, particularly given the quality of work they do at present.’

Dan Butler is a commercially astute, pragmatic and client-focused partner. He is excellent at seeing the bigger picture in litigation. He is cool-tempered, and never seeks to run bad points. He has very sound judgement.

Ellie O’Sullivan is an excellent quality associate. She is entirely on top of all of the details of her cases and seeks to get the best possible outcome for her clients.

Key clients

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Honeycomb Group Limited

Your Housing Group

Equity Housing Group

Integrated Dental Holdings Limited (t/a MyDentist)

Caprice Holdings Limited (the Ivy Group)

UK Container Maintenance Limited

Caring Homes Group Limited

RSM Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Quantuma LLP

West Midlands Combined Authority

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for property companies on various commercial property matters including sales, purchases and asset management. The firm has also advised housing associations on residential development schemes. Suzanne Benson, who leads the team, has a range of expertise including work on regeneration projects.

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Wolverhampton City Council No

St Helens Borough Council

St Albans Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Rowlinson Construction Ltd

Cambian Group

Ainscough Strategic Land Limited

Patrick Properties Limited

Gladman

Tatton Group

Homes England

Beechlane Investments Limited

Cringle Corporation

Swanton Care and Community Limited

Countryside PL

Property litigation Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles the full range of contentious property issues, acting for developers, the NHS and other public sector clients and individuals in contentious issues arising from site acquisitions, commercial property portfolio management issues, boundary disputes and claims arising from sale and purchase agreements. Lead partner Michael Green is assisted by associate and 'rising star' Laura Vernon.

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‘A real national power in real estate – property litigation. They have been notable in recruiting talent from other firms. They are a pleasure to work for and with!’

‘Michael Green is assiduous in promoting his clients’ interests. He is personable and knows how to build and lead a team. Future managing partner material.’

‘Laura Vernon is a rising star, she is very good with clients from all backgrounds and has a great understanding of the pressures that social landlords work under. One to watch.’

‘Michael Green ‘leaves no stone unturned’ in ensuring our needs are met and our requirements fulfilled. Our organisation is a not-for-profit company and he understands our needs closely.’

‘Laura Vernon is in my view outstanding. For urgent matters she attends without delay and is extremely thorough. She has an excellent understanding of what we require and her communications are clear, concise and informative.

Key clients

West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund

Westminster City Council (Investment Property)

Kings College Hospital

Mainstay Residential Limited

Workspace Group Plc

Paragon Asra Housing Limited

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

The Exeter personal injury team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP specialises in claims involving road traffic collisions, accidents at work and Animal Act cases. The group has particular experience in brain and spinal injury cases. The team is jointly led by insurance expert Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp and Ian Brown, who is often instructed in cross-border road traffic accident claims and claims against tour operators.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Danielle Ingham  photo Danielle Ingham Partner
Number of UK partners : 139
Number of other UK fee-earners : 385