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Winckworth Sherwood LLP
MINERVA HOUSE
5 MONTAGUE CLOSE
LONDON
SE1 9BB
London

Employment: senior executives Tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP acts for business figures including CEOs, chairs and other C-suite leaders of well-known FTSE 350 and AIM-listed companies in sectors ranging from financial services through to transport, sport and technology. Its highlights include both onboarding, departures and work concerning company ownership transitions, and also handles disputes. Jo Keddie - 'the rare combination of a first class mind and really good instincts' - heads up the practice. Susan Kelly's cases workload has been included advising senior leaders of non-profits, and Andrew Yule has a track record of work involving the banking and private equity industries. Bettina Bender is a June 2018 recruit from CM Murray LLP. On the employer side, the team's client base which includes financial institutions, regulatory bodies, family offices, charities, religious institutions and professional services firms.

Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has 'great bench strength' in the promotion of infrastructure projects and drafting and promoting legislation, particularly private bills and other statutory authorisations and delegated legislation. The team is particularly noted for its work in the promotion of projects relating to railways and harbours, and advising on hybrid bills for central government to authorise HS2, Crossrail and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Key advisers include practice head Paul Irving, Alison GorlovHazel Anderson, Alex Dillistone and Jane Wakeham.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP acts for the full range of charitable organisations, from education to housing, through to arts and leisure. The team has particular skill in the area of the transformation of public sector services into charitable organisations. Joanna Bussell advises on a wide range of charitable issues including the creation of new charities, charity mergers and governance issues. Bussell is particularly recommended for her work on the establishment of not-for-organisations to work with local authorities. Aiden Hargreaves-Smith has a particular focus on ecclesiastical charities including diocesan boards of finance, individual parishes and clergy as well as bishops and cathedral chapters. Alison Talbot and Phillip Collins recently joined the team from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP.

Licensing Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is particularly known for its work for supermarkets, petrol station forecourt operators, hotels and pubs. With one of the largest licensing practices in London, the firm undertakes a high volume of off-trade licensing matters. Robert Botkai, who leads the team, has over 30 years of experience and has worked on a range of licensing matters. Sabrina Cader is another key name and frequently works alongside Botkai.

Partnership Tier 2

The 'outstandingJo Keddie heads the team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, which provides a full service to clients in the professional services and regulated sectors, including a specialism in the private equity space. The group also has a niche in providing partnership advice to developers and housing associations in relation to joint ventures for strategic land investments and development projects. The contentious team continues to expand, with the arrival of Bettina Bender (who represents firms and individual LLP members) from CM Murray LLP in June 2018. John Hiscock is noted for his expertise in the formation of UK and overseas investment fund partnerships.

Planning Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s planning team advises a number of major residential developers on housing-led schemes throughout London and the southeast, handling all aspects of planning law including section 106 applications, policy, strategy and risk mitigation. The team acts on urban extension projects and mixed-use town centre schemes, as well as handling planning permission refusal appeals when they arise.

Rail Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP focuses on the planning, promotion and statutory authorisation of major rail projects. It advises on a range of issues such as compulsory purchase, compensation, property issues, consultation, environmental impact assessments, planning and statutory procedures. The team advised the DfT and HS2 Ltd on the promotion of the Bill to construct and operate the proposed high-speed railway between London and Birmingham; Phase One of HS2, and is now instructed on further Bills to construct and operate Phases 2A and 2B of the project. Department head Paul Irving is 'very experienced' in advising on, and drafting legislation relating to railways.

Social housing: finance Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP generates lender work from traditional funders and new entrants to the market, and it also has a strong pipeline of mandates from registered providers and institutional investor clients as well. In addition to advising on a wide range of bank financing transactions, bond offerings and private placements are also cornerstones of the practice; the firm has advised on more than £2bn of capital markets transactions since 2017.  Louise Leaver leads the team, which has a wealth of experience handling strategically significant, high-profile and market-shaping transactions; in 2018, Leaver, Ruby Giblin, senior associate Deborah Rowntree, associate Lucy Grimwood and others acted for Longhurst Group on its £250m bond issue. In addition, Leaver more recently led the advice to Network Homes Limited on its £175m private placement, which was funded by US and Canadian investors. Patricia Umunna and James Duncan are other highly active partners in the group.

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 2

Social housing is an area of focus at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, which acts for many of the UK's largest registered providers and local authorities, as well as various other stakeholders. Fielding a near 50-strong team, the firm is well-placed to advise on the largest and most complex development and regeneration projects nationwide, and it has also featured prominently in a number of the most significant mergers shaping the sector. Charlotte Cook is acting for Sage Housing Limited on the acquisition of 225 social housing units being developed on a BDW Trading Limited development site at Eagle Farm. In another notable mandate,  Charlie ProddowRichard Tinham and senior associate Charlotte Harrison are advising Clarion on the acquisition of a land assembly site to be developed for circa 280 residential units for social housing use, and other leisure and retail units. Andrew Murray leads the experienced group, which also includes Ruth Barnes (head of the residential development sales team) and Will Rutter.

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Praised for its ‘breadth of experience in residential and commercial development’, the commercial property practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP also has core strengths in regeneration work, joint ventures, public and private procurement as well as fixed income investments. Francesco Ferrari regularly acts for independent management companies and commercial organisations, while Roger Fitton represents house builders, housing associations, local authorities and charities on the full range of development projects. The duo jointly head the department.

Education: schools Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has experience advising the full spectrum of education clients, including schools, colleges, multi-academy trusts and universities. Andrea Squires leads the team and has a specialty in strategic projects. The wider group includes employment lawyer James LynasAnna Shadbolt, who is recommended for corporate structures and commercial transfer agreement matters; and Owen Carew-Jones, who acts for trusts and schools. Theresa Kerr heads up the school support service team.

Local government Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team head, Joanna Bussell, handles public-private partnerships in respect of outsourcings, especially in the leisure and culture sectors, areas that the practice is especially known for. Simon Randall CBE has extensive experience advising both local authorities and housing associations on all aspects of housing projects and joint ventures.

Property litigation Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's 'very experienced, user-friendly and approachable' team is best known for its capabilities in property development disputes and contentious matters arising from the management of property assets, leading to regular instructions involving development obligations, major disrepair of mixed residential and commercial buildings, rectification of development option agreements and the enforcement of tenant obligations. Its clients, including developers and social housing sector players, also benefit from the team's experience in telecommunications code issues. The 'very sharpEmma Chadwick 'runs the team very well'; she is 'formidable yet unruffled under pressure' and 'quick to grasp concepts and identifies the most effective way forward' while also being 'a pleasure to work with'. Paul Dunbar joined from Ashfords, where he led the firm's London property litigation team.

Family Tier 4

Winckworth Sherwood LLP regularly advises on complex ultra-high-net-worth cases frequently with an international dimension involving trust structures. It is acting for an increasing amount of high-profile and celebrity clients and has a particular strength in advising on complicated financial remedies and Children Act proceedings. Head of team Amanda Andrews has a wealth of experience in all areas of family law and also regularly handles difficult pre- and post-nuptial arrangements. Katie Spooner is another name to note. This team is one to watch.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has been busy advising on trusts, high-net-worth estate planning and probate matters as well as high-value matrimonial and residential issues. It has particular expertise in advising non-UK resident, wealthy, non-domiciled individuals and family offices on various issues. The firm continues to act for a number of landed estates but increasingly it is representing entrepreneurs, UK and foreign domiciled trusts and individuals as well as other entities such as agents acting on behalf of incapacitated individuals. Hugh MacDougald heads the team.

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's non-contentious practice, which has expertise in residential and regeneration work, is one of the principal advisers to developers, housebuilders and infrastructure operators in the UK. The team is led by Eleanor Kilminster, who acts for both purchaser and supplier clients on construction and engineering projects, and was lead partner advising Redrow Homes in relation to the ten-year, £1.2bn construction of 2,900 homes across North London. Colin Hall, who acts for developers, contractors and infrastructure providers, is also recommended.

Employment: employers Tier 7

Winckworth Sherwood LLP acts for business figures including CEOs, chairs and other C-suite leaders of well-known FTSE 350 and AIM-listed companies in sectors ranging from financial services through to transport, sport and technology. Its highlights include both onboarding, departures and work concerning company ownership transitions, and also handles disputes. Jo Keddie - 'the rare combination of a first class mind and really good instincts' - heads up the practice. Susan Kelly's cases workload has been included advising senior leaders of non-profits, and Andrew Yule has a track record of work involving the banking and private equity industries. Bettina Bender is a June 2018 recruit from CM Murray LLP. On the employer side, the team's client base which includes financial institutions, regulatory bodies, family offices, charities, religious institutions and professional services firms.