Firm Profile > Trowers & Hamlins LLP > Birmingham, England

Trowers & Hamlins LLP
10 COLMORE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B3 2QD
England

Local government Tier 1

With a strong track record handling commercial and property projects for local authorities, Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of their public sector clients'. Christopher Plumley handles property regeneration and development work and is particularly experienced in housing and infrastructure projects. The 'excellentAmardeep Gill focuses on commercial matters such as PFIs with the private sector, implementation of the business rates supplement, creation of trusts, concession agreements and investments.

Testimonials

Trowers & Hamlins’ public sector lawyers demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of their public sector clients which goes beyond a simple grasp of the legal issues and makes their advice practical and user friendly

Amardeep Gill brings all the skills together for complex commercial and land transactions in the public sector

Amardeep Gill is approachable and provides direct succinct advice as required to progress matters with as little delay as possible

Amardeep Gill has been excellent and demonstrates a clear understanding of our business needs

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Urban Growth Company

Cotswold District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Belfast City Council

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

Lee Valley Leisure Trust Limited

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Social housing Tier 2

The 'consistently good' team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is well-respected for its work in the social housing sector and provides a comprehensive service for real estate and property litigation matters. The highly regarded Digby Morgan focuses on real estate work for social housing associations, spanning real estate transactions, development matters and large regeneration schemes. Yetunde Dania and senior associate Dorota Pawlowski handle tenant-related court proceedings and housing management, acting for registered providers on antisocial behaviour issues, disrepair, homelessness and evictions.

Testimonials

‘A consistently good service – we were kept well informed.’

‘The team has wide experience and skills for the particular issues facing social housing management and development.’

‘The partners respond quickly and efficiently when action is required.’

Key clients

Clarion Group

WM Housing Group

Red Kite Community Housing

Bournville Village Trust

Accord Housing Group

Midland Heart Limited

Rooftop Housing Group

Cross Keys Homes Limited

United Communities

Flagship Housing Group

Peabody Group

Waterloo Housing (now Platform)

Fortis Living (now Platform)

Connexus / Floreat Homes

Rural Housing Trust

Hightown Housing Association

Bromford Housing Group

Homes England

West Midlands Combined Authority

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's repertoire in litigation includes civil fraud, group actions, cybercrime and cross-border disputes. The 'canny and relentlessMark Kenkre heads the practice and is particularly known for his work in civil fraud. Also recommended is Helen Briant, who has a similar focus on fraud cases, especially ones with an international dimension, while senior associate Jamie De Souza is touted as a 'future star'.

Testimonials

Mark Kenkre’s team is excellent, with a strong regional and national reputation, especially in difficult civil fraud and complex civil litigation cases.

‘In fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder claims, they are amongst the best in their class.’

‘Mark Kenkre is an excellent litigator, canny and relentless.’

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

‘Jamie de Souza is a future star and has a great eye for detail.’

Key clients

Rotam Agrochemical Company Limited

St Vincent European General Partner Limited

Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited

Protec InternationalLimited

Huntcourt Limited – NiteNite

Mohammed Younis

Derwent Facilities Management Limited

Blackstar Wealth Management Limited

Sovini Group

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

With a particularly strong roster of work in the public sector, Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises local authorities, public funds and other public bodies such as Homes England on regeneration, social housing and development work. The team is led by Amanda HanmoreDigby Morgan assists social housing clients with all aspects of real estate work, while strategic land specialist Simon Robinson was promoted to the partnership in 2018.

Testimonials

‘Brilliant at social housing.’

Key clients

Admin Authority for West Midlands Pension Fund

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

Eutopia Land

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Hinton Design & Build

Homes England

Interserve Plc

Inox Group

Prosperity Developments

Wolverhampton City Council

Richborough Estates

Construction Tier 3

Mark Robinson at Trowers & Hamlins LLP leads the firm's non-contentious practice, which handles work on design and build contracts, tenders and procurement relating to housing and commercial projects. Vijay Bange focuses on dispute resolution and leads the team on contentious remediation and payment matters for domestic and international clients.

Testimonials

The firm is highly flexible, answers the phone straight away, gives time to explain difficult situations and understands client needs from the outset

A personal relationship and explanations that the layman can understand all help bring confidence to our relationship. A flexible can-do attitude also helps

Mark Robinson has an excellent knowledge of procurement and contract law. He has always delivered excellent advice and helped us navigate our way through a series of complex legal issues to arrive at a successful outcome. He is a trusted partner and we really appreciate the support he gives us

Key clients

Colmore Tang Construction

Seven Capital

Lagan Construction Group Holdings Limited

Barnesmore

Interserve

Huntcourt

McDermotts Civil Engineering

Shaylor

Employment Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for TUPE work, with its team advising on all aspects of TUPE and post-transfer restructuring. Its recent work has included corporate restructurings and mergers, and there has also been a notable increase in employment tribunal litigation. It remains a first port of call for a number of social housing clients. Rebecca McGuirk is the name to note.

Testimonials

Rebecca McGuirk always makes you feel that your query/case is her number one priority, even when she no doubt sometimes has more pressing and urgent issues‘.

Key clients

The Accord Group

Benussi & Co

Bethphage

Black Country Housing Group

Bournville Village Trust

Colmore Tang Construction

County Durham Housing Group

Core Education Trust

Cross Keys Homes

Longhurst Group

Mere Golf and Country Club

Nitenite Hotel

Paddy Power Betfair

Platform Housing Group

Rema Church London (through appointment by the Charity Commission)

Spring Housing Association

Swimming Teachers’ Association

Trident Housing Association

Wolverhampton Homes

Property litigation Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP recently bolstered its practice with the hire of new team head Michael Green from DWF, with David Marsden moving to Freeths LLP in November 2018. The team is instructed by a diverse client base of investors, corporate occupiers, developers and public sector bodies on a range of contentious work including landlord and tenant matters, neighbour disputes, development disputes such as rights of light issues, and professional negligence claims.

Testimonials

Michael Green is a careful litigator, whose style is to explore every available avenue, and to give realistic and considered advice to his clients. He is a property litigation solicitor who I have regularly recommended to others

Key clients

West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund

Westminster City Council (Property Investment)

Kings College Hospital

Mainstay Residential Limited

Bethphage

Clarion Housing Group

Midland Heart

West Midlands Housing Group

Four Oaks Estate Limited

KEW Phase 1 RTM Company Limited / KEW Phase 2 RTM Company Limited

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 Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s housing and regeneration team functions on a standalone basis in Exeter, and also works with the London-based group to advise clients nationwide. Reflective of its standing in the market, it has a track record of acting for housing associations, which dates back more than 50 years. In addition, it acts for new entrants to the affordable housing sector. . The ‘highly knowledgeableJoseph Acton, who heads up the team in Exeter, has a strong profile in property and development transactions, and also has extensive expertise in governance and corporate issues. Rachel Carter is experienced in joint ventures and development projects.

Testimonials

The team is composed of specialists which have extensive knowledge of the social housing sector

The team is great at handling land acquisitions, acquisition of section 106 schemes from developers, and shared ownership disposals

Joseph Acton is recommended for governance and procedural issues

Joseph Acton always makes himself quickly available to discuss issues and ideas and to share his extensive knowledge

Key clients

LiveWest Homes

Galliford Try Partnerships

North Devon Homes

Aster Group

The Guinness Partnership

Westward Housing Group

Yarlington Housing Group

Plymouth Community Homes

East Devon District Council

Radian Homes

Curo Places

Verto Housing

Teign Housing

Ocean Housing

United Communities

Social housing Tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is engaged by a raft of housing associations and local authority clients on a gamut of issues with expertise across housing management, regulatory, governance, joint ventures investment, finance and funding work. The team is also experienced in development and regeneration projects in the sector. Housing and regeneration head Suzanne Benson also heads the consumer credit and FCA regulatory practice, and leads the sales and home ownership team. The 'brilliant' Richard St John WilliamsJanet Winrow, who leads on major regeneration schemes, and Melanie Comer, who heads the real estate finance security team, are also noted. Senior associate Tom Wainwright  handles governance, corporate and contracts work.

Testimonials

The team stands out for its strong social housing sector knowledge

It has the ability to set out complex issues in a clear manner

The team’s flexibility means that it can respond to fast changing situations

Melanie Comer is an exceptional lawyer

The team has an exceptional grasp of issues facing the sector

Key clients

Homes England

Great Places Housing Group

Trafford Housing Trust

Onward Group

Community Gateway

The Guinness Partnership

Clarion Housing Group

South Liverpool Homes

Bromford Housing Group

WM Housing Group

Peabody Trust

Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust

Accent Group

Wirral Partnership Homes (t/a Magenta Homes)

Rowlinson Construction

Your Housing

Stockport Homes

Hightown Housing Association

Cross Keys Homes

Network Homes

Heylo Housing

Orbit Grouo

South Yorkshire Housing

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.

Testimonials

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

DCH

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.

Testimonials

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

Optivo

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 litigation: The West Country Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP represents clients in commercial disputes, aerospace litigation, professional negligence actions, social care cases, insolvency-related disputes, insurance matters and property litigation. Clients include companies, charities, housing providers, local authorities and individuals. The Exeter-based team often works closely with other offices in the firm's network to provide a comprehensive service across the UK. Practice co-head Paul Keeling is notably experienced in professional negligence cases and property litigation, while fellow co-head Kathryn Insall has focuses on contentious commercial matters in the manufacturing, aerospace and technology sectors.

Testimonials

The firm are particularly responsive to client needs, they provide value for money and operate at the highest standard within the legal profession

They provide knowledge without excessive pricing

Quick response. Willingness to work outside normal business hours to get the job done; the organisation functions well as a team

Associate Maria Dunn is very professional and effective in dealing with issues and responsive to client needs

The team has good knowledge and are keen to assist

Key clients

Flair Airlines Limited

TAG Farnborough Airport Limited

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

Argent

Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc

CapCo

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

Lendlease

London Borough of Hackney

Mount Anvil Limited

Museum of London

Quintain Plc

Commercial property: The West Country Tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team in Exeter functions both as a standalone group in the South West and as a key part of the firm’s national practice. Also notable is that the group consists of practitioners who are knowledgeable about areas such as planning, procurement, construction and environmental law. The firm's varied portfolio of work includes commercial acquisitions, regeneration projects, property finance transactions, and investment fund portfolio acquisitions. Investors, local authorities, regulators and developers are among the clients that turn to the firm for advice. Lynn Onyett is a go-to for advice on the acquisition and management of niche-use sites, such as those used for the provision of healthcare and motorsport-related occupations. Georgina Savill-James, who specialises in regeneration and residential property transactions, is experienced in portfolio and development acquisitions, as well as large scale disposal programmes. Nicholas Burt joined from Foot Anstey in 2018.

Testimonials

The team has an excellent understanding of its clients’ needs and requirements, and is willing to remain flexible in handling different issues

There is a good range of skills and expertise, as well as a number of people within the team which can be contacted for assistance

The firm is very easy to work with, which makes it a standout

The workload is allocated appropriately across all hierarchical levels

Lynn Onyett takes a commercial view on all points and efficiently guides clients through potentially difficult situations

Key clients

Galliford Try Group

LiveWest

London & Devonshire Trust

West Midlands Pension Fund

Kames Capital

Freshwater Group

Greendale Group

Arbuthnot Latham

Civitas Social Housing

Torbay Development Agency

Burrington Estates

Taunton Deane Borough Council

Verto Homes

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.

Testimonials

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.

Testimonials

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

Local government Tier 2

The 'impressive' team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles a range of matters such as complex advisory work; town centre infrastructure and regeneration projects; estate regeneration; local authority housing development; and governance and strategy mandates. The team is also experienced on the large scale voluntary transfer of council housing stock and advises local government clients on constitutional and contractual work. In Manchester, Suzanne Benson heads the housing and regeneration team.

Key clients

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

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.

Testimonials

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

Argent

Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc

CapCo

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

Lendlease

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.

Testimonials

‘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.

Testimonials

‘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

Quintain

Mount Anvil

Hermes Real Estate

McLaren Construction

Wates Construction

Galliford Try

Mears Group

London Green

Museum of London

Employment: The West Country Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's employment department is particularly active in TUPE matters, where it advises clients on creating TUPE strategies and post-transfer restructuring. The team is also knowledgeable about changing terms of employment, corporate support work and exit strategies. On the contentious side, the firm has represented clients in unfair dismissal, discrimination and gender pay disputes. John Turnbull is the key name in the Exeter office. The firm is a first port of call among registered providers in the social housing sector. Other clients include charities and social enterprises.

Testimonials

Trowers and Hamlins are always fast to respond and offer great advice, understanding the issues we face

They have an exceptional ability to respond quickly in what are invariably time-sensitive matters, and in doing so are able to quickly assess the extent of the challenge faced, assess legal ramifications and advice accordingly

They are incredibly supportive in terms of translating what can often by complex legal matters

The team is personable, responsive, thorough and understanding of the commercial context of challenges faced, not to mention great fun

Key clients

Smiths (Gloucester)Limited

ITS Western Limited

Otter Nurseries Limited

FWS Carter & Sons Limited

All Fleet Services Limited

Ninian Solutions Limited

London & Devonshire Trust Limited

LiveWest Homes Limited

Inter-Line Building Supplies Limited

Avid LLP

Richmond Housing Partnership

Exeter City Living

Ampacet (UK) Limited

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.

Testimonials

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

Amey

Homes England

Enfield Council

Graveshal BoroughCouncil

Cheyne Social ImpactProperty/Fund

Museum of London

Bouygyes

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP covers succession planning and asset structuring for family business owners and high-net-worth individuals, advises land owners, farmers and property developers on estate planning, and prepares wills for elderly clients. The practice is also experienced in advising on philanthropic work and the establishment of charitable trusts. London-based practice co-head Jonathan Kropman joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018.

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.

Testimonials

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

EE

BT

First Abu Dhabi Bank

BBS Capital

AmTrust International Underwriters

ExCeL

Aegis Managing Agency

Hermes

Marriott Vacation Club

M1 Real Estate

JD Wetherspoon

Wallace Properties

Banking and finance Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for its property finance expertise and housing finance is a key area of strength for the department; the team acts for a range of clients on a range of mandates such as property investment finance, development finance, bridging finance and finance from institutional investors. Neil Waller heads the team which also includes the 'brilliant' Eleanor James .

Testimonials

A strong banking and finance department with excellent experience in housing finance

The team acts quickly when instructed

The department is always on hand to pick up the telephone and deal with any issues or questions

Eleanor James is first-rate

Key clients

Peabody

L&Q

Orbit

Catalyst

Accent

Naissance Capital Real Estate

MHS

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.

Testimonials

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

ILEX

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

Collaborative

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

PohWER

Phoenix Futures

Rapport Housing and Care

Royal Star & Garter Homes

Salvation Army

Salmon Youth Centre

Sangat Trust

SCIDEV

Science Museum

SCOPE

The Shaw Trust

Signhealth

Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation

Siri Guru Singh Sabha

Southall

Construction Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles construction disputes as well as non-contentious construction mandates. The team is noted for its housing sector expertise, where it enjoys a 'strong reputation', and it is increasingly active on infrastructure, education and leisure projects. Katie Saunders heads the team and is noted for her experience in advising on construction contracts in the real estate sector and engaged by housing providers on the procurement of regeneration, PFI, investment and asset management projects. Recently promoted partner Tom Holroyd leads the contentious practice and is experienced in waste sector mandates.

Testimonials

‘The team is approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Katie Saunders cuts through the complications, and sets out solutions and options.’

 

Key clients

Department for Education

Homes England

Amey

Viridian

Wheeldon

Liverpool City Council

Clarion Housing Group

Plus Dane Housing Group

Your Housing Group

Places For People Group

Onward Housing Group

Wates Construction

Seddon Construction

Contract Services

McLaren Construction

Osco Homes

Accent Housing Group

Guinness Housing Group

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.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises on claims arising from high speed road traffic collisions, accidents involving animals, and injuries sustained in workplaces. The firm is also experienced in dealing with farming accidents. The firm advises on brain injuries, limb fractures, orthopaedic injuries as well as on injuries arising from slips and falls. The firm also has expertise in handling amputation cases.

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

Property litigation Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for its 'personal touch' and is instructed by a range of commercial clients, local authorities, government bodies and housing associations on disputes. Team head Guy Willetts is based across the firm's Manchester and Birmingham offices and handles rights of light, property management cases, landlord and tenant issues, and disputes concerning development agreements. Lynn James is also a key contact in Manchester, as is senior associate Sam Coward.

Testimonials

Sam Coward is very professional and answers queries in a timely manner; his written reports are comprehensive, and he is balanced in his approach to disputes

 

Key clients

The Riverside Group

Bromford Housing Group

One Vision Housing

Equity Housing Group

Great Places Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Regenda

Cambian Group

Secretary of State for Education

Interserve (and all of its related and subsidiary companies)

St Helen’s Council as Landlords of commercial property

The West Midlands Local Authorities’ Pension Fund Property Portfolio

Homes England

South Lakes Housing

Accent Housing

Progress Housing

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.

Testimonials

‘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)

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP regularly acts for housing associations on residential development schemes and on commercial portfolio asset management. The team was bolstered in 2018 with the arrival of Chris Parkinson from Brabners LLP and is increasingly acting for private sector developer clients as a result. Matthew Holbrook, who specialises in landlord and tenant and asset management matters, and Suzanne Benson , who heads the housing and regeneration team and specialises in major projects and the development of homeownership products, head the team.

Testimonials

‘Firm ethos is geared to delivering service.’

‘Matthew Holbrook and his team are quick, responsive, user-friendly and adopt a commercial attitude.’

Key clients

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council

St Helens Council

Whitefriars Housing Group

Cambian Group

Orbit Group

Ainscough Strategic Land

Gladman

South Liverpool Homes

Swanton Care and Community

Homes England

Countryside PLC

Rowlinson Construction

Heylo Housing

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.

Testimonials

‘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

TIBC

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.

Testimonials

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

Bic

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.

Testimonials

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

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP represent clients on procurement disputes, contentious insolvency disputes, contentious bankruptcy, fraud, shareholder disputes, breach of warranty claims, and professional negligence claims. Clients include local authorities, real estate investment companies, pension funds, private companies, high-net-worth individuals and public sector bodies. Dan Butler co-heads the team and acts for local authorities, housing associations, NHS trusts, and other contracting authorities, working alongside London-based co-head Lucy James.

Testimonials

‘Robust yet commercial legal advice given in a very timely manner. Whilst other firms can also give good technical advice, this isn’t always backed up by a commercial and pragmatic approach. The team, which has strength and depth, is particularly strong in the not-for-profit and property sectors and draws on the deep sector expertise within the wider firm.’

‘Dan Butler is consistently proactive and gives robust and commercial advice.  He is able to work very quickly and pick things up at very short notice.’

‘Dan Butler has an excellent career ahead of him – he has an impressive set of skills and commercial nous.’

Key clients

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Arch (North Staffs) Limited

MMBS (UK) Limited

Your Housing Group

Equity Housing Group

Integrated Dental Holdings Limited (t/a MyDentist)

Caprice Holdings Limited

UK Container Maintenance Limited

Caring Homes Group Limited

RSM Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Quantuma LLP

Ningbo Corleone Import and Export Company

Mazars LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

Core Education Trust

Employment Tier 6

Senior associate Helen Cookson leads Trowers & Hamlins LLP's Manchester employment department, which is best known for its TUPE work, acting for private as well as public sector clients. Other areas of activity relate to restructuring, industrial relations and advising clients on managing difficult employees. Cookson predominantly advises employers in the housing and social care field, but also acts for local authority trading companies.

Testimonials

 

 

Key clients

A2 Dominion Housing Group Ltd

Anchor Trust & Hanover Housing Association

Association Care International

Association of Accounting Technicians

Aster Group Limited

Asthma UK

Aurora Options

BACS Payment Schemes Limited

Chartered Institute of Housing

Choice Support

Dimensions (UK) Limited

FitzRoy

Golding Homes Limited

Grant Thornton LLP

Hyde Housing Association Limited

Norwood Ravenswood

Saxon Weald

SCOPE

Settle Group

The English Heritage Trust

THFC (Services) Limited

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.

Testimonials

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.

Testimonials

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

Peabody

Anchor Trust & Hanover Housing Association

Cambridgeshire &Peterborough Combined Authority

East Midlands Housing Group

Metroplitan Thames Valley

VODG

London Borough of Southwark

Clarion Housing Group

Dimensions UK

Homes England

Travel

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

Allianz

Aegus

Bupa

Claims Settlement Agencies

White Horse Insurance Services

CEGA

Admiral

Direct Line

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