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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

3 BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YZ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7423 8000
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Fax 020 7423 8001
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774 LONDON CITY
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP, Riccardo Abbate is experienced in acting for suppliers and customers on their IT-related agreements, and also has strong outsourcing capabilities. Abbate jointly heads the multifaceted practice with James Hawkins, who specialises in commercial agreements connected with public sector projects, such as those concerning social care, regeneration and environmental services, among other matters. Paul McDermott and Helen Randall are among other active practitioners in the team, whose clients include Hertfordshire County Council, AmeyCespa and National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s tax group is particularly strong in real estate and development projects, especially where there are Middle Eastern or South-east Asian deal-participants that require Islamic-compliant structures. Andrew Sneddon heads the practice group and has been instructed to provide tax advice to clients such as Balfour Beatty Investments, European Islamic Investment Bank, Gatehouse Bank, Apache Capital Partners and various UK local authorities. Michael Surry was recently made partner and has experience of advising public and private bodies on a range of property development and corporate transactions.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Real estate, hotels, leisure, social care and communications are areas for which Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s department is best known. The team is commended for its ‘good relationships with offshore firms, which facilitate the smooth execution of transactions’; Nick Harrisingh assisted Richard Caring and various Jersey-incorporated companies owned by him on the sale of the Limeyard and Jackson & Rye restaurant chains to Côte Restaurants. Ian Dobinson acted for CLS Care Services on its £25m sale of 18 care homes to Croftwood Care (Cheshire). Riccardo Abbate and Adrian Jones advised Lutea (UK) and Haysbury, shareholders in Thunderhead, on the latter’s sale of its smart communications division to Accel-KKR. Other clients of the department include Cambian Group, Outdoor Plus, Park Resorts, GI Partners and Apache Capital Partners. Private M&A expert Michael Pattinson, who has particular experience in real estate, hotels and leisure, heads the practice.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is ‘excellent; the practice has a powerful work ethic and achieves the best results’. It remains well known for disputes involving public sector parties; heavyweight Commercial Court disputes, often acting for entrepreneurs and HNW individuals; banking and aviation litigation; and acting for and against Middle Eastern clients. Anthony Yates and Lucy James are highly rated; Alex Burton ‘always impresses’; and Ned Beale ‘has a keen eye for the commercial, common sense of a claim’.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s ‘clients can be completely confident that the practice will achieve the very best result in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible’. The commercial arbitration practice is best known for Middle East work, with specific expertise in energy, manufacturing and aviation disputes. Ned Beale is ‘focused on solutions’.

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London: Finance

Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has an established reputation advising on Islamic-compliant sale, purchase and investment transactions in the real estate sector and also has experience in sukuk issuances and the regulatory aspects of such programmes. The firm-wide Islamic finance practice is headed by Salman Ahmed, an expert in Islamic securities, who works out of the firm’s London and Bahrain offices. In 2016, Ahmed acted for Standard Chartered Bank and National Bank of Oman as joint lead managers in relation to the $76m domestic sukuk issued by MB Holdings – the first high-yield sukuk in Oman. Sarah Gooden specialises in real estate finance transactions and advised 90 North Real Estate Partners, a shari’ah-compliant investment specialist, on the £43m acquisition and financing of a mixed-use retail and leisure property in the UK. Also of note, the firm was one of the first to move into the Malaysian market – the largest international Islamic finance market outside of the GCC – and is instructed by clients such as Lembaga Tabung Haji and Permodalan Nasional Berhad.

Leading individuals

Salman Ahmed - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s practice primarily acts for clients in the charity sector, with a strong focus on TUPE matters and tribunal claims. Practice head Emma Burrows led advice to the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and a number of other charities on wage issues concerning staff ‘sleep-in’ services in the care sector. Tania Tandon leads on international employment matters and has substantial experience handling boardroom disputes, terminations and management incentive issues. Richie Alder and Nicola Ihnatowicz are also recommended. The practice’s client base includes Clarion Housing Group, Dimensions and Catalyst Housing.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 6

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s practice is ‘excellent in every respect’, acting for employers on wide-ranging pensions matters including high-value M&A transactions and scheme closures. The ‘commercially minded’ and ‘responsive’ Martin McFall has been advising BicWorld in relation to valuation matters and Pensions Ombudsman claims, and has also been advising Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities on the strategy and implementation of legislation regarding Northern Ireland’s public sector pension schemes. He also led advice to Guinness Partnership on the pensions aspects of its merger with Wulvern. The team is headed by Diane Preston, who regularly advises large multinational employers on liability matters.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP fields a ‘wholly reliable’ team whose ‘knowledge is second to none. It provides an absolutely excellent quality of service’ under the leadership of the ‘technically excellent’ Ian Davis. The ‘sensible, professional and responsive’ Emma Burrows is recommended for employment matters, and Sharron Webster is ‘excellent’. The team is very active for housing associations, and advises on a wide range of matters in the areas of disability, mental health, healthcare, leisure and social enterprises. Keith Mills and Helen Briant, who are both based in Birmingham, have been appointed by the Charity Commission as interim managers of Rhema Church London (an evangelical church); they have been appointed to address concerns over the charity’s alleged non-compliance with its charitable and governance obligations and unauthorised use of charity funds by employees. The group is also acting for the Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited in a substantial claim against its former CEO over alleged misappropriation of charity assets.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP mainly handles domestic social infrastructure PPP work, but is also present in the Middle East and South East Asia. Paul McDermott leads the practice and is working alongside Lucy Doran to structure a new PPP model for the delivery of care homes in Bridport, while Scott Dorling is advising the Enfield Council on the Meridian Water regeneration project, which aims to deliver 8000 new homes as well as retail and cultural facilities under a new hybrid funding structure consisting of private, bank and public investments. Other highlights included Helen Randall acting for Hambleton District Council on its joint venture for the multi-use redevelopment of the of the former Northallerton prison site, and James Hawkins assisting Amey with the insolvency of Energos, a key contractor on two of its waste PFIs in the UK, which involved a claim on behalf of the client against Energos and a dispute regarding the intellectual property of the insolvent entity.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s clients praise its ‘exceptional level of service’. The practice undertakes work in district utilities, natural resources, power projects, and renewable energy matters under the leadership of Christopher Paul who heads the energy and sustainability group and has strong experience in UK district heating projects. The team is advising on the district heating aspects of a riverside regeneration project in the UK, and continues to act for a London borough in relation to the energy aspects of a regeneration project aiming to provide 10,000 new homes in the capital. Paul is also acting for Energiesprong on its innovative ‘net zero energy’ housing refurbishment model in the housing sector, namely with regards to the structuring of a bespoke funding arrangement in the UK market. On the contentious side, Lucy James successfully represented Sun & Soil in judicial review proceedings filed by local residents seeking to challenge the planning permission for a solar farm in Staffordshire.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial litigator Lucy James leads Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s practice with Helen Randall, who is ‘customer focused and provides realistic and practical advice’. The team has notable strength across the board and is particularly well regarded in the local government sector. Wealden District Council retained the firm in its dispute with the SSCLG, Lewes District Council, South Downs National Park Authority and the interested party Natural England, which centred on allegations that the defendants had failed to take the effects that nitrogen deposition would have on an area of conservation into account. Outside of this, the practice obtained a victory for 12 criminal defence legal firms in challenging how the Legal Aid Agency conducted its tender for Duty Provider Crime Contracts; the tender was stopped by the Lord Chancellor following the issuance of proceedings. Greater London Authority and the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner are additional clients.

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team ‘always keeps the client’s interests and aspirations at the core of its work’ and ‘possesses superior knowledge of the industry, allowing it to offer truly innovative approaches’. The group is renowned for providing ‘outstanding’ support to local authorities, including the London Borough of Barnet and the London Borough of Newham, as well as acting for schools and sector professionals on matters ranging from construction, procurement and property-related work to investigations, audit, governance and employment issues. Assad Maqbool and property specialist Sangita Unadkat are assisting the Secretary of State for Education with the commercial, property, construction and planning aspects of development projects for free and studio schools. Amardeep Gill led a team advising the London Borough of Southwark on the academy conversion of three primary schools and is assisting the City of Wolverhampton Council on the refinancing of its PFI grouped schools project. Helen Randall is providing multifaceted advice to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on the development of a multi-agency integrated early years and family support service.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team advises on joint venture and partnership agreements in the private healthcare and social care sectors, as well as handling governance, property and employment-related matters for clients including private equity investors. Tim Nye, who jointly heads the group with Kyle Holling, acted for Cambian Group on the £377m sale of its adult mental health and learning disabilities division to Cygnet Health Care and led on MedicX Healthfund II’s acquisition of three property SPVs, which owned care homes operated by the Maria Mallaband Care Group. Paul McDermott advised the London Borough of Croydon on the governance and contractual aspects of a proposed programme for the integration of health and care services for the elderly in England. Employment lawyer Emma Burrows is acting for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group in a challenge to the government’s wage guidance for sleep-in care workers. Hilary Blackwell joined from Capsticks LLP.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The ‘exemplary’ practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP counts the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Councils as clients; it is acting for the latter on the structuring options for a delivery vehicle which will provide adoption services across London. The team is also advising Enfield Council on the Meridian Water regeneration project, a development of 8000 new homes, retail units and cultural and leisure facilities; assisting the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham with the formation of Be First (a company aimed at providing the council with regeneration services); and is handling a commercial investment and regeneration strategy for Tamworth Borough Council. PPP specialist James Hawkins and housing and regeneration expert Ian Doolittle jointly head the practice, which also includes Helen Randall, who ‘inspires a great deal of confidence in clients due to her support and expertise’, Amardeep Gill, Paul McDermott, and Scott Dorling. Christopher Plumley, who specialises in regeneration and development projects, joined the firm in 2016 from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

Leading individuals

Helen Randall - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Ian Doolittle - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Possessing a wide breadth and depth of experience’, Trowers & Hamlins LLP offers a ‘very responsive and comprehensive service that is good value for money’. The team handles a healthy mix of public and private sector mandates, and one recent public sector matter saw newly appointed national head Sara Bailey act for Enfield Council on the Meridian Water Regeneration Project, including the development of 8000 new homes, new retail, commercial leisure and cultural facilities. Private sector clients include Galliford Try, Linden Homes and Apache Capital Partners; and Julian Keith acted for the latter on a joint-venture with Moda Living to acquire and develop a £130m project in Central Manchester. The team is probably best known for its residential development expertise, where recent highlights saw Rebecca Wardle act for Opal (Silvertown) in relation to the Silvertown Way development in Canning Town, East London; she also advised Linkcity on its project to deliver a £65m education and residential development at the former Ebury Bridge Centre, close to Sloane Square. In the hotel and leisure sub-sector, key contact Julian Allen ‘always takes a commercial and pragmatic view when drafting documents and giving advice’; he regularly advises on the establishment of restaurants and clubs for clients such as Caprice group and Hakkasan.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is probably best known for its work on residential-led mixed-use developments in the UK, and the team remained highly active in this regard during 2016. National head of practice Stephanie Canham is advising Berkeley Homes (South East London) on the construction and infrastructure aspects of the development of a 25-acre site in West Ham to provide approximately 3,500 new homes, commercial space, a new school, bridges and station upgrades; and is also assisting Quintain with the construction of new phases of its Wembley Park development. Other names to note on the non-contentious side include Assad Maqbool, Paul Bartter and London head of practice Charles Morrish, who is assisting the Board of Governors of the Museum of London with the construction aspects of the proposed relocation of the museum. Anthony Yates is in charge of disputes and has been highly active on behalf of key client Berkeley Group. Ian Reid, who joined from Howard Kennedy LLP, was also active on a range of mandates including the representation of Interwell in TCC litigation against Shell UK arising from the decommissioning of the Brent Delta oil platform in the North Sea. Peter Kitson left for Russell-Cooke LLP.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known for its work on major housing schemes, and the team enjoyed a high volume of instructions in this space in 2016. Practice head Jacqueline Backhaus is acting for London Borough of Enfield on the planning and CPO strategy for the Meridian Water Regeneration Project in Edmonton; she is also advising the Peabody Trust on a £320m housing-led regeneration scheme at a site between Abbey Wood Station and South Mere Lake. The team was also active in the education sector, where it acted for the Secretary of State for Education on numerous planning applications relating to the delivery of the free school programme. Although the focus of the practice is public and third sector, the team does act for clients in the private sector; in one example Backhaus successfully defended a private landowner against a threatened enforcement action by the local planning authority and English Heritage following work carried out at a Grade 2 listed estate. Tim Brown joined from an in-house role with the London Borough of Hillingdon.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Simon Owen heads the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Though especially noted for his experience in the healthcare and hotels sectors, Owen also advised Manhattan Loft on obtaining a £125m loan from a two-bank club to develop a 42-storey tower in Stratford, London, and assisted Anthology London with its £55m acquisition, and the associated financing from the Greater London Authority, of the Gateway Tower in Tottenham Hale, London. Though particularly active on the borrower side, the practice counts Santander, RBS and National Bank of Kuwait among its clients. Katharine Lewis and Imogen Fisher are also recommended. Richard Hathaway joined in October 2016 from Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Michael Donnellan leads the four-partner practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which saw the promotion of ‘rising star’ Emma Barnfield, who specialises in development disputes and property-related insolvencies, to the partnership in 2016. Nicholas Levy is noted for his expertise in development-related litigation, including rights to light issues, insolvencies and title indemnity insurance claims; he recently acted for a commercial property investment fund in a retail insolvency including a lease forfeiture. Paul Marco, who is ‘hugely experienced with terrific tactical judgement’, is highly regarded for his enfranchisement expertise and also handles rent reviews, landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidation claims and service charge litigation. Managing associate Leigh Shapiro is ‘someone you definitely want on your side’, and senior associate Rachel Kerr focuses on landlord and tenant disputes and is ‘a very measured lawyer’.

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

According to one client, ‘nobody inspires confidence’ like the ‘truly excellent’ team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which has ‘a strong understanding of the financing arena and provides clear, concise and practical solutions in a pragmatic way’. The ‘highly knowledgeable’ Adrian Carter leads the banking and finance group, and Katie Dyer heads the security team. Other key names include the ‘incredibly experienced’ Neil Waller in Manchester; the ‘excellent’ Anna Clark; Sarah Gooden, whose ‘pragmatism is astounding’; the ‘outstanding’ Naomi Roper; Melanie Comer, who made partner in 2016; and senior associate Eleanor James, who ‘provides sound and appropriate advice’. In a recent highlight; Roper and Dyer advised Affordable Housing Finance on a £1bn loan from European Investment Bank and subsequent on-lending to 18 registered providers. Other work includes advising Peabody on the restructuring and refinancing of existing loan facilities, and assisting Crestline Investors with a £20m loan to RentplusUK and handling related funding arrangements. Accent Housing, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and Danske Bank are also clients.

Leading individuals

Adrian Carter - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Anna Clark - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Neil Waller - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Eleanor James - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The ‘extremely responsive’ practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is ‘straightforward to deal with’ and its ‘second-to-none knowledge is paired with a pragmatic approach aimed at seeking the best possible solution’. Key figures include national head of housing and regeneration Tonia Secker, who is ‘excellent’ and took over the role from Ian Graham in 2017, and Sara Bailey, who leads the real estate team. The firm’s impressive recent work for local authority and registered provider clients includes advising on the restructuring and consolidation of East Thames and its subsequent merger with London & Quadrant; assisting Enfield Council with various affordable housing elements of the Meridian Water regeneration scheme, including land acquisitions, EU procurement compliance and planning issues; and advising the Hyde Group on a joint venture with Brighton & Hove City Council pertaining to the delivery of Living Wage homes. The Guinness Partnership, Peabody Trust, Homes & Communities Agency, Greater London Authority and Network Homes are also clients. Andy Barnard focuses on development site acquisitions, Ian Doolittle handles council housing financing and Scott Dorling works closely with local authorities. Hilary Blackwell was a new arrival from Capsticks LLP in 2016.

Leading individuals

Andy Barnard - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Ian Graham - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Scott Dorling - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Sara Bailey - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Tonia Secker - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP (Exeter)

Based in Exeter, the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles claimant and defendant cases arising out of accidents abroad, and is particularly noted for its experience in uninsured loss recovery work arising out of fleet motor insurance, foreign road traffic accident claims for UK motor insurers, and ski accident defence cases. It is acting for an English tourist who was injured by a drunk, uninsured motorist when crossing a road in Greece, in a claim against the Motor Insurers' Bureau. ARC Legal Assistance, Allianz Global Assistance, Ageas (UK), BUPA Insurance Services, Millstream Underwriting and Opera Underwriting are also clients. Team head Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp has ‘vast experience’ acting for claimants and defendants, and is particularly adept in skiing cases. Recently promoted partner Ian Brown is experienced in European road traffic accident cases. Senior associate Charlotte Reavey predominantly acts for claimants, and solicitor Nicola Johnston primarily handles foreign matters.

Leading individuals

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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