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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP’s practice covers a range of commercial contracts, from agency and consultancy arrangements to outsourcing and supply contracts. Adrian Heath-Saunders leads a team of IP, IT and commercial specialists, including Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who has particular expertise in large-scale projects and services agreements. The group is advising Axpo Power on contractual arrangements with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority relating to the reprocessing of nuclear waste at Sellafield.

Practice head(s):Adrian Heath-Saunders

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite

Testimonials

'Prompt, rigorous and thorough'

Key Clients

Axpo Power AG

Four Marketing Ltd

Ganymede Care Ltd

Honest Burgers

Hugo Boss

Inalytics Ltd

Made Thought Ltd

Optima Medical Ltd

OrthoPediatrics Inc

Pangaea Laboratories Ltd

Pearson Lloyd Design Ltd

Petersham Nurseries

Reed Exhibitions

SMC Design

Spire Healthcare

Surrey County Cricket Club

Which? Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Reed Exhibitions in a variety of commercial contract negotiations in support of the RELX in-house legal function.
  • Advising Which? Limited in relation to a range of commercial contracts entered into to support its role as a consumer champion.
  • Advising Hugo Boss in relation to amendments to the terms and conditions of contracts for the supply of products to customers of its wholesale business, including in relation to amendments to take account of a potential Brexit.
  • Advising Honest Burgers in connection with proposed contracts with Deliveroo, both in relation to Deliveroo's standard delivery service and the Deliveroo Editions services.
  • Advising Ganymede Care Limited, an operator of care homes in the South East, in relation to the updating of its terms and conditions to take account of Competition and Markets Authority guidance.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP makes its way into the rankings this year thanks to a successful effort to expand its capital markets team. The team is now led by Martin Thomas, who specialises in listing transactions in London, and joined the firm from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. Since joining, Thomas has handled a number of equity financing transactions in connection with high-value M&A in the oil and gas sector. Another contact in the practice group is Edward Craft, who focuses on the retail, healthcare, and tech sectors, and has client relationships with several active nomads. Other notable additions to the team include Paul Corren and Claire McConway, who joined the firm in 2018 from HCB Solicitors and Carey Olsen respectively. Back just one more year, in 2017 Adam Lynch joined the team from Maclay Murray & Spens.

Practice head(s):Martin Thomas

Other key lawyers:Edward Craft; Adam Lynch; Paul Corren; Claire McConway

Testimonials

'Very good knowledge of corporate governance.'

Key Clients

Diversified Gas & Oil plc

N+1 Singer Advisory LLP

Matura Finance Limited

Hybridan LLP

MORhomes plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Diversified Gas & Oil plc on a placing and secondary sale raising $234m to part fund its $400m acquisition of HG Energy II Appalachia LLC.
  • Advised Diversified Gas & Oil plc on its $250m AIM placing to part fund its $575m asset acquisition from EQT Corporation.
  • Advised N+1 Singer Advisory in connection with a secondary placing of shares in CVS Group plc.
  • Advised N+1 Singer Advisory in connection with a secondary placing and subscription of shares in Futura Medical plc.
  • Acted for Hybridan on secondary placing and share subscription in TMT Investments plc.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Wedlake Bell LLP

Traditionally active in the corporate real estate and private equity markets, Wedlake Bell LLP's corporate M&A offering has been significantly strengthened through multiple hires, including Martin Thomas and Nigel Taylor  from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. The enlarged team acts for a number of companies across a broad range of sectors, with the new hires adding clients in sectors like oil and gas. Both Janice Wall and Edward Craft are highly recommended for their experience in advising small to mid-cap companies, especially in the corporate real estate sector. Adam Lynch, who joined the firm in 2017, continues to be a strong force in the corporate real estate and hospitality sectors, handling corporate M&A and private equity transactions. Practice head Paul Corren was also a new arrival in 2018.

Practice head(s):Paul Corren

Other key lawyers:Martin Thomas; Nigel Taylor; Janice Wall; Edward Craft; Adam Lynch

Testimonials

'Wedlake Bell offer highly commercial advice in a really efficient way and are quick to respond'

'Always available and provide excellent insight'

Key Clients

Diversified Gas & Oil

Global Risk Partners

Shareholders of The Beeches UK

Stanton Allen Ltd (now Wilson Allen)

Schneider Logistik Holding AG

4Developments

Bank of Ireland

Telereal Trillium

The Pears Group

Residential Land

Reed Exhibitions

Hydrotec (UK)

Matura Finance

Hybridan LLP

N+1 Singer

Zeno Capital

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Diversified Oil & Gas in the UK on its $757m acquisition of EQT Corporation's oil and gas assets and secondary fund raise on AIM.
  • Advised Global Risk Partners on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of DCJ Group Insurance & Risk Management Ltd.
  • Acted for the selling shareholders of The Beeches UK Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Silver Birch Care.
  • Advised CRM and business development consultancy firm Stanton Allen on its merger with Wilson Legal Services, a Pennsylvania-based software and services business.
  • Advised Schneider, a portfolio company of Swiss private equity group Invision AG, on its acquisition of 70% of the issued share capital of ASR Forwarding Limited.
Leading individuals

Edward Craft - Wedlake Bell LLP

Janice Wall - Wedlake Bell LLP

Next Generation Partners

Adam Lynch - Wedlake Bell LLP

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP

Michael Ridsdale leads the team at Wedlake Bell LLP, which advises large corporates and major UK universities on a variety of VAT issues, including those concerning real estate assets and new developments, where it draws on the firm's strong real estate capabilities. Martin Scammell is another key name; he has substantial experience in property VAT.

Practice head(s):Michael Ridsdale

Other key lawyers:Martin Scammell

Testimonials

'Michael Ridsdale is motivated by one thing only: the right result for the client, and he will work tirelessly to achieve this.'

'Michael Ridsdale has an accomplished knowledge of VAT and SDLT matters relating to the university sector and is able to draw upon external resources as necessary, in particular for VAT-related issues on property.'

'The firm is large enough to provide assurance that they have the necessary expertise whilst having the feel of a small firm with a personal touch more often than not delivered by a partner.'

Key Clients

Imperial College London

Interpublic

Work highlights

  • Advising a major university on the tax aspects of the construction and development of a new campus in the London area.
  • Representing a client in a VAT dispute with HMRC.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Wedlake Bell LLP

The disputes practice at Wedlake Bell LLP, which merged with London practice Stitt & Co in 2018, covers the full spectrum of disputes work with experience in professional negligence, judicial review, company law, shareholders and partnerships matters, as well as banking and finance, fraud, debt and asset recovery, IT, professional discipline, and outsourcing and procurement  disputes. It is also well known for real estate litigation and construction disputes. David Golten  is commercial litigation head and Glenn Chidgey is disputes head.

Practice head(s):Glenn Chidgey; David Golten

Testimonials

'Provides a consistently high level of service at reasonable cost and the team is customer focused and practical'.

'David Golten always looks for commercial solutions and continually seeks to maintain his cheerful outlook'.

'Glenn Chidgey has excellent judgement and will go the extra mile for clients'.

Key Clients

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society

Interoute Communications

Parham Holdings

Reveal Projects

Express Vending

Mears Group

American Express Europe Services

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society in a range of disputes relating to its £8bn property portfolio.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP works for both multinational and domestic clients on disputes and corporate matters. Ravinder Mahal focuses on international employment work and is skilled in advising the employment aspects of cross-border M&A. Richard Isham has a similar focus on international employment with key strengths in data protection and whistleblowing issues. Adam Grant is particularly strong in the hospitality and outsourcing sectors.

Practice head(s):Ravinder Mahal; Richard Isham; Adam Grant

Key Clients

West Corporation

Thycotic Software Inc

London School of Economics

Adstream

Millennium Hotels Ltd

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Fuller, Smith & Turner

Jumeirah

TRAD Group

Sopra Steria Limited

Dominion Bond Rating Services

Royal Academy of Arts

OKI EuropeKuehne + Nagel

AEG Europe

24/7 Customer

Impetus Automotive

Silesia Flavours

Cromwell European Management

Oppenheimer Europe

Ardian

MBNA Thames Clippers

UAE Exchange Nektan plc

Percipient Capital

Coulter Partners

Paloma Faith Limited

Key Travel

Travix Travel

Thomas J Fudge

Key Travel Limited

Ten10 Limited

Droplet Computing

Edwards Limited

CC Young & Co

Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

The Hari

Alan Baxter Limited

Aquent

British Property Federation

Residential Land

Mporium PLC

Persado

Countrywide

Lambert Smith Hampton

NHS Shared Business Services Limited

Sopra Steria Recruitment

Shared Services Connected Limited

Gatemore Capital Management

Concentrix / Convergys

Netcracker (a Division of NEC)

Mindray Duff and Phelps

WNS Global

Lionbridge Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised West Corporation on its global commission plan review, which includes 20 jurisdictions in EMEA and APAC.
  • Advising Edwards Limited on EMEA employment aspects of its acquisition of the cryogenics business of Brooks Automation.
  • Advised OKI Europe Limited on the management of its EMEA reorganisation across 19 jurisdictions.
  • Advised companies within Livingbridge's portfolio on changes at senior management level.
  • Acted for Edwards Limited on four disputes and Employment Tribunal claims and the employment aspects of a cross-border acquisition.

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Wedlake Bell LLP

The trustee-focused practice at Wedlake Bell LLP provides the full range of pensions advice to clients in sectors such as foods, food and leisure, manufacturing and not-for-profit. Regular instructions see the team advising on restructuring exercises (including in respect to PPF arrangements), funding strategy, employer covenants, member security arrangements, documentation updates and flexible apportionment arrangements. The team also has expertise in advising high net-worth individuals on their offshore pension arrangements. The 'pragmatic and proactive' Justin McGilloway heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Justin McGilloway

Testimonials

'A very responsive team that provides practical advice'

'Justin McGilloway provides pragmatic, timely advice, is very proactive and nice to deal with'

'Justin McGilloway, Clive Weber and new partner Alison Hills are all very sound and pleasant to work with'

Key Clients

Scandinavian Airlines Pension and Assurance Scheme

Buhler Limited

Terrence Higgins Pension & Assurance Scheme

Natixis Pension Scheme

Jotun Paints (Europe) Limited Pension Scheme

Capital Radio Pension Plan

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited Pension Scheme

Carlton Tower Pension Scheme

Carpenters Company Pension Scheme

Sumi Agro Pension Scheme

Davis Langdon LLP Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising Scandinavian Airlines Pension and Assurance Scheme on a restructuring exercise with particular focus on the PPF entry rules.
  • Advising the Capital Radio Pension Plan on compliance with GDPR.
  • Advising Jotun Paints (Europe) Limited Pension Scheme on scheme funding and employer covenant issues.
  • Advising WNS Services on the pensions aspect of outsourcing contracts with private sector financial services companies.
  • Review and update of the scheme documentation for the Sumi Agro Pension Scheme.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP handles the full range of contentious matters for UK and international clients. It has particular expertise in variation of trust applications and Court of Protection matters. Ann Stanyer focuses on elder law and elder financial abuse matters. Head of team Andrew O’Keeffe is highly recommended and specialises in contentious probate matters. O’Keeffe has extensive experience in disputes involving breach of trust, the administration of estates and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The group acts for both lower-level high-net-worth individuals to ultra-high-net-worth billionaires. The team has been expanding at a more junior level too. It is one to watch.

Practice head(s):Andrew O'Keeffe

Other key lawyers:Ann Stanyer; Caroline Miller; Oliver Embley; Jemma Goddard

Testimonials

'The team has grown and developed its reputation under the leadership of Andrew O'Keeffe. He has a great ability to spot the right strategy for the right type of dispute'.

'The team is going from strength to strength.  It is establishing itself as a growing force in this area. Andrew O'Keeffe brings a huge amount of experience to the team and Caroline Miller is steadily building a reputation as a significant player in this field'.

'The team clearly works closely with its non-contentious colleagues to combine the high level of technical expertise and litigation nous to deliver the best type of advice'.

'Provides a slightly more personal service than many of its competitors - the lawyers are proper players in this area, but somehow manage to keep very high levels of client support alongside their undoubted legal expertise'.

'Andrew O'Keeffe is a very experienced practitioner who will fight his client's corner but not unreasonably so'.

'Caroline Miller is a great all round lawyer and very good to work with'.

'Caroline Miller and Oliver Embley are diligent, intelligent and careful lawyers'.

'Caroline Miller has carved out a real niche for herself - she is a joy to work with because she has made sure the case is in excellent shape before it even gets to counsel'.

'There are some very able associates, such as Oliver Embley who offers terrific support'.

'Jemma Goddard is a very safe pair of hands and straightforward to deal with'.

Work highlights

  • Acting in a 'Public Trustee v Cooper' application whereby the team is asking the court to authorise the trustees' power to add a beneficiary to the class of an £80m trust fund.
  • Acting in a £14m claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Acting in a potential claim against HMRC on behalf of a family trust in respect of the availability of capital gains tax entrepreneur's relief on the disposal of shares in the family business.
Leading individuals

Andrew O'Keeffe - Wedlake Bell LLP

Next Generation Partners

Caroline Miller - Wedlake Bell LLP

Rising stars

Oliver Embley - Wedlake Bell LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP has particular strength in complex and high-value cases with an international dimension. Charmaine Hast heads the department and is a dual-qualified South African attorney and an English solicitor. Hast is one of the few Family Solicitor Finance Arbitrators (CIArb) which means that she can hand down binding judgments in family law money matters. The team is skilled at advising on cross-border money matters and has an interest in cases involving trusts and pension issues. It routinely advises on divorce, separation and pre-and post-nuptial agreements as well as children issues and co-habitation agreements. Trisha Siddique often acts for clients in complex TOLATA claims in a domestic context as well as where there are concurrent Schedule 1 proceedings .

Practice head(s):Charmaine Hast

Other key lawyers:Conrad Adam; Trisha Siddique; Sarah Campbell; Natasha Kurth

Testimonials

'Provides an attentive, personal service that is tailored to requirements'.

'Excellent family team with strong support from its commercial and private client colleagues'.

'The team pools its knowledge so that it works well together to provide a more efficient and quicker service to clients, at a reduced cost to the client ultimately'.

'Very commercial and good on corporate based cases. Increasing its market share and has an excellent client base. Charmaine Hast, Conrad Adam, Sarah Campbell, Natasha Kurth, Trisha Siddique'.

'Has a formidable team of family lawyers. It has fantastic resources and is able to do the very biggest cases very effectively and offers good value for money. Charmaine Hast – is one of the best family law solicitors'.

'Charmaine Hast is a straight talking individual who is always on her clients' side and fights hard for her clients'.

'Trisha Siddique and Conrad Adam worked together as a cohesive unit'.

'Natasha Kurth is a fantastic layer, has huge potential and is already a real star and so good with clients'.

Leading individuals

Charmaine Hast - Wedlake Bell LLP

Rising stars

Trisha Siddique - Wedlake Bell LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP has a long-established team that provides advice on trusts and estates, tax planning, wills and succession planning as well as wealth preservation strategies for UK and international clients. It handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious private client and wealth management work. The group is also skilled in other areas such as mental capacity, elder law and court of protection work. In addition the team acts for both high-net-worth individuals and ultra-high-net-worth billionaires. The practice was pleased to recruit Matthew Braithwaite from BDB Pitmans.

Practice head(s):Camilla Wallace; Andrew O'Keeffe; Jenny Cutts; Matthew Braithwaite

Other key lawyers:Eleanor Metcalf; Ann Stanyer

Testimonials

'A highly experienced team acting in valuable and difficult matters. Andrew O'Keeffe heads up a strong and highly proficient team.'

'Andrew O'Keeffe is excellent and provides top-quality advice at a very reasonable rate.'

'Andrew O'Keeffe is a shrewd negotiator and a good tactician.'

'Eleanor Metcalf makes herself very available and is responsive.'

'Eleanor Metcalf is accessible, practical and knows when to bring in colleagues in other areas, delegate to her team and has a good hands-on approach.'

'Camilla Wallace has an ability to connect with clients and communicate complex tax and legal issues with them in a comprehensible manner. She is very professional and technically very detailed.'

'Camilla Wallace is ambitious and manages a team well.'

'Ann Stanyer leads a very focused and dedicated team and encourages learning and good practice to maintain a high standard of work.'

Leading individuals

Andrew O'Keeffe - Wedlake Bell LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Practice head(s):Justin Lewis-Vivas

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Gill; Sarah Blunn; Grainne McCourt

Testimonials

'Wedlake Bell provide high quality legal work, with strong communications and a sense of personal ownership of issues and work flow by the respective partners. In an increasingly complex and confusing world in the post brexit era Wedlake Bell provide clarity and strong counsel.'

'Suzanne Gill is an excellent legal adviser, transactional lawyer and highly personable individual. She brings a refreshing prospective to the law. Suzanne has immense gravitas and a razor sharp legal mind.'

'Sarah Blunn is an exceptional real estate lawyer, commercial and dedicated to her clients'.

'Leah Freeman has expert knowledge of our business, stores and internal ways of working'.

'Personable, professional, prompt, detailed and authentic people to deal with.'

'The team is well led and resourced with well qualified individuals who are intent on providing a responsive service and giving commercially sound legal advice. Their team has wide ranging expertise and are able to offer a comprehensive legal service, avoiding the need to approach alternative sources.'

Key Clients

Charles Taylor PLC

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

MS Amlin PLC

Spire Healthcare

Hugo Boss

Robert Dyas

The Bristol Port Company

Elysian Residences

Novanta Technologies

JA Kemp

Novalpina

Resolution Life Group Services Limited

Lebara

Zayo

Work highlights

  • Advising Illumina Cambridge Limited on completion of state of the art European Headquarters in the biotech hub at Granta Park in Cambridge and completion of a 20-year lease of the premises.
  • Advising Charles Taylor PLC on relocation to their new London HQ premises.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Practice head(s):Justin Lewis-Vivas

Other key lawyers:Kim Lalli; Suzanne Gill; Malcolm Macfarlane

Testimonials

'Wedlake Bell provide high quality legal work, with strong communications and a sense of personal ownership of issues and work flow by the respective partners. In an increasingly complex and confusing world in the post brexit era Wedlake Bell provide clarity and strong counsel.'

'Suzanne Gill is an excellent legal adviser, transactional lawyer and highly personable individual. She brings a refreshing prospective to the law. Suzanne has immense gravitas and a razor sharp legal mind.'

'Sarah Blunn is an exceptional real estate lawyer, commercial and dedicated to her clients'.

'Leah Freeman has expert knowledge of our business, stores and internal ways of working'.

'Personable, professional, prompt, detailed and authentic people to deal with.'

'The team is well led and resourced with well qualified individuals who are intent on providing a responsive service and giving commercially sound legal advice. Their team has wide ranging expertise and are able to offer a comprehensive legal service, avoiding the need to approach alternative sources.'

Key Clients

Care UK

CALA Homes

Antler Homes

City & Country Group PLC

GSE Waterbrook

Spire Healthcare

Carpenters Company

Taylor Wimpey

Fresh Wharf Estates

Helical PLC

Native Land

West 11

The Bristol Port Company

Elysian Residences

Bank of Ireland

Second Home

Illumina Cambridge Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Fresh Wharf Estate on a complex transaction for the redevelopment of the northern part of Fresh Wharf Estate in Barking, to deliver significant regeneration to the area, including 911 homes and commercial units.
  • Advising CALA on the acquisition of a large site in Essex from three separate sellers for construction of 250 residential dwellings.
  • Advising GSE, a developer in single family ownership on the major mixed-use redevelopment of Waterbrook Park near Ashford.
  • Handling a client's sale of four redeveloped houses for £112m.
  • Advised on sale of three plots on Suffolk Park for Taylor Wimpey with a combined gross developed value in excess of £60m.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Macfarlane; Justin Lewis-Vivas

Other key lawyers:Ivan Fitzherbert; Claire Nelson

Testimonials

'Wedlake Bell provide high quality legal work, with strong communications and a sense of personal ownership of issues and work flow by the respective partners. In an increasingly complex and confusing world in the post brexit era Wedlake Bell provide clarity and strong counsel.'

'Suzanne Gill is an excellent legal adviser, transactional lawyer and highly personable individual. She brings a refreshing prospective to the law. Suzanne has immense gravitas and a razor sharp legal mind.'

'Sarah Blunn is an exceptional real estate lawyer, commercial and dedicated to her clients'.

'Leah Freeman has expert knowledge of our business, stores and internal ways of working'.

'Personable, professional, prompt, detailed and authentic people to deal with.'

'The team is well led and resourced with well qualified individuals who are intent on providing a responsive service and giving commercially sound legal advice. Their team has wide ranging expertise and are able to offer a comprehensive legal service, avoiding the need to approach alternative sources.'

Key Clients

Care UK

Spire Healthcare

Fresh Wharf Estates

The Bristol Port Company

William Nash PLC

Royal London Asset Management

Helical PLC

West 11

Work highlights

  • On behalf of clients affiliated to Care UK, the firm acted on the sale of 14 care home investment properties in four portfolios for in excess of £230m.
  • Advising Fresh Wharf Estate on a complex transaction for the redevelopment of the northern part of Fresh Wharf Estate in Barking, to deliver significant regeneration to the area, including 911 homes and commercial units.
  • Advising on purchase of office buildings in N1 and EC1 for in excess of £50m.
  • Advised on sale of four redeveloped houses for £112m.
  • Advising on the office elements of a development scheme in Battersea.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Practice head(s):Justin Lewis-Vivas; Leah Freeman

Testimonials

'Wedlake Bell provide high quality legal work, with strong communications and a sense of personal ownership of issues and work flow by the respective partners. In an increasingly complex and confusing world in the post brexit era Wedlake Bell provide clarity and strong counsel.'

'Suzanne Gill is an excellent legal adviser, transactional lawyer and highly personable individual. She brings a refreshing prospective to the law. Suzanne has immense gravitas and a razor sharp legal mind.'

'Sarah Blunn is an exceptional real estate lawyer, commercial and dedicated to her clients'.

'Leah Freeman has expert knowledge of our business, stores and internal ways of working'.

'Personable, professional, prompt, detailed and authentic people to deal with.'

'The team is well led and resourced with well qualified individuals who are intent on providing a responsive service and giving commercially sound legal advice. Their team has wide ranging expertise and are able to offer a comprehensive legal service, avoiding the need to approach alternative sources.'

Key Clients

Hugo Boss

Hugo

Jimmy Choo

Robert Dyas

Boux Avenue

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Busaba Eathai

Warburg HIH Invest

Petersham Nurseries

Science in Sport

Work highlights

  • Advising Hugo Boss UK on its portfolio work.
  • Advising Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC on its large portfolio of pub, restaurant and hotel premises.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP's practice covers the healthcare, care homes, infrastructure and residential development sectors, advising contractors, developers and landowners. The team is led by Suzanne Reeves who acts for project sponsors, consultants and specialists contractors, and has been advising Spire Healthcare on various new developments worth £50m. Other key names in he team include Helen Garthwaite and Sarah Elliott, who advised the Bank of Ireland on all aspects of a mixed-use scheme worth £100m.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Reeves

Other key lawyers:Helen Garthwaite; Sarah Elliott

Testimonials

'The team has a commercial and pragmatic approach.'

Key Clients

Second Home

Tungsten Properties Limited

Jaynic Suffolk Park Limited

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters

City Developments

Bank of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of clients affiliated to Care UK to advise on the £230m sale of 14 care home investment properties.
  • Advising the Bank of Ireland on all aspects of a £50m mixed use scheme.
  • Advising on various projects for Spire Healthcare including new developments.
  • Advising Ronson Capital Partners on a high specification residential development worth £100m.
  • Advising City Developments on various high specification residential, hotel and mixed use developments worth £100m.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP advises on acquisition, investment and development finance, debt restructuring and secondary debt trades, and is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions. The team's growing client base includes financial institutions, corporate borrowers, investment firms and debt funds. Practice head Hilary Platt specialises in acquisition finance, while Chris Vause has expertise in the structuring, funding and restructuring of real estate development transactions.

Practice head(s):Hilary Platt

Other key lawyers:Chris Vause

Testimonials

'The team at Wedlake Bell is very friendly, with an understanding of the complexities of listed prime residential developments in London'.

'The team is very experienced and always looking to protect our position. They are calm under pressure, proactive and pragmatic'.

'At Wedlake Bell, a very capable group of individuals are brought together to provide the best possible service to clients'.

'Hilary Platt is very knowledgeable and able to explain complex issues in layman's terms. She has the client's best interests at heart but knows when further challenge would not be productive'.

Key Clients

Alpha Bank

Bank of Ireland

Care UK

Coutts & Co

Day Lewis plc

Dephna Capital Limited

Elysian Residences

Fairacre Asset Management

HSBC Bank UK plc

Redan Trading

Work highlights

  • Advising a developer on the financing for the development of a central London office property into a residential dwelling.
  • Advising a borrower client on the refinancing of an existing facility.
  • Advising HSBC Bank on the amendment and restatement of an existing facility to a borrower in the pub sector.
  • Advising Alpha Bank on providing the funding for the redevelopment of a property in Milton Keynes.

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP

With a range of domestic and international clients, including HNWs, blue chip companies and investors, Wedlake Bell LLP's 'strong and efficient' residential property team handles conveyancing, development and leasehold enfranchisement matters throughout London. The group also acts for developers disposing of new build apartments in block sales. Recently promoted partner Jonathan Achampong advises HNW and UHNW individuals buying and selling freehold and leasehold property within the £1m-£8m bracket in central London and the Home Counties.

Practice head(s):Tom Allfree; Jonathan Achampong; Angela Lucy

Testimonials

'Jonathan Achampong is fantastic to work with and takes great pride in his work.'

"Jonathan Achampong, Tom Allfree and Parminder Sidhu are all very personable, excellent with clients and very competent.'

'Jonathan Achampong and Gemma Mallett are a pleasure to work with. They are excellent communicators and highly informative.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for trustees in respect of their £3.25m sale of a residential property.
  • Acted for a high net worth individual in respect of his purchase of a listed house in Hammersmith at a price of £5.135m.
  • Acting on the purchase of a semi-rural property with several additional dwellings within the grounds.
  • Acted for the tenant of a high value flat on Grosvenor Road, London, in respect of her lease extension claim against the Crown.
  • Acting for a high net worth UK based individual in respect of the sale of his London family home.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP's brand management practice is able to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious IP and commercial transactions, and is particularly sought after by brand owners in the retail, sport and charity sectors, where the the team counts Gant, Surrey County Cricket Club and the British Heart Foundation among its clients. Key figures include Adrian Heath-Saunders, who specialises in trade marks, sport sector issues, advertising and sponsorship; Michael Gardner, who focuses on contentious IP; Adam Edwards, who is noted for brand protection, broadcasting agreements and digital media contracts; and IP and IT specialist Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite.

Practice head(s):Adrian Heath-Saunders

Testimonials

"Wedlake Bell is a West End firm with City-quality expertise and very competitive rates. The whole team are highly rated for their dedication and hard work. "

'Key partner Mike Gardner always gets his hands dirty. He is a very hard worker whose letter writing is exceptional.'

Key Clients

Aigle

Lacoste

Lufthansa

Pangaea Laboratories Ltd

Kaboodle Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for French outdoor brand Aigle in trade mark opposition proceedings against American Airlines Inc, in relation to the the airlines' application to register its Eagle logo for clothing, which the client opposes as it clashes with its "Eagle" logo.
  • Advising brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner on the IP aspects of its purchase of four central London bars from a well-known wine bar chain.
  • Acting for Pangaea Laboratories in relation to an invalidity dispute with The Body Shop in respect of Pangaea's European trade mark for "Glow Drops".
  • Represented Kaboodle Ltd, a company specialising in the installation of kitchen appliances, in a trade mark dispute with Homebase, which was selling a kitchen range under the brand "Kit + Kaboodle". The claim was settled under favourable terms before hearing at the IPEC.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP

The 'committed and reliable' team at Wedlake Bell LLP assists clients with the development and marketing of cutting-edge technologies and products, with particular experience in blockchain issues. Adam Edwards combines corporate and commercial expertise, and counts a range of start-ups and multinationals as clients; he heads up the team with Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who handles large-scale projects and service agreements.

Practice head(s):Adam Edwards; Jonathan Cornthwaite

Testimonials

'The team has great attention to detail and a willingness to properly understand the commercial dynamics to not only effectively advise but also support the client on a personal level.'

Key Clients

Reed Exhibitions

New Change Currency Consultants Limited

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd

Siege FX Ltd

Lanware Limited

Nano Labs Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Lanware on the executive, technical and operational functions of the business.
  • Advised New Change Currency Consultants on a range of commercial, IT and intellectual property matters.
  • Assisted Construction Skills Certification Scheme with the outsourcing and delivery of a new card system for access to UK construction sites by accredited individuals.
  • Advising Siege FX on the software development and legal issues surrounding blockchain infrastructure; the team also advised on the client's partnerships with trading platforms and the drafting and implementation of its client terms and conditions.
  • Assisting Nano Labs and Nano Foundation and Nano Advisory with the restructuring of its management including securing various cryptocurrency wallets and safeguarding the fundamental crypto-exchange agreements it has in place. It is also advising on the reorganisation of the main US entities and the global structure.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Wedlake Bell LLP

The ‚Äėcommitted and reliable‚Äô team at Wedlake Bell LLP¬†has experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP; its expertise includes trade mark prosecutions, strategic advice and opposition and infringement proceedings. Practice head Michael Gardner¬†is a name to note for IP disputes, while¬†Adrian Heath-Saunders¬†focuses on commercial and transactional matters and Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite¬†handles a range of non-contentious IP and IT advice.

Practice head(s):Michael Gardner

Other key lawyers:Adrian Heath-Saunders; Jonathan Cornthwaite

Testimonials

Wedlake Bell is always on hand to provide the right expertise for any issue that clients face.

'Wedlake Bell stands out for its attention to detail and willingness to properly understand the commercial dynamics to not only effectively advise but also support the client on a personal level.'

Key Clients

Tesco Stores Ltd

Stars Group (t/a PokerStars)

The Carlton Tower Ltd (t/a Jumeirah Carlton Tower)

Lacoste

Which?

Gant

Interpublic Group

Kaboodle Ltd

Four Marketing Ltd

Fuller, Smith & Turner plc

Workday

Surrey County Cricket Club

Aigle

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd (t/a CSCS)

Neals Yard (Natural Remedies) Ltd

Petersham Nurseries

SHL Group Ltd

Maxims

Lufthansa

Science in Sport Plc

Fears Watches Ltd

Gant

David Nott Foundation

Pangaea Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Represented Aigle in a trade mark opposition dispute against American Airlines.
  • Acted for Kaboodle in a trade mark infringement claim against Homebase.
  • Advised Fullers on the IP aspects of its multi-million pound acquisition of several London bars.
  • Acted for Jumeirah Carlton Tower in a trade mark opposition dispute with Ritz Carlton.
  • Represented Workday in a trade mark infringement claim against a recruitment company, which was misusing the Workday name.

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