Winckworth Sherwood LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is highly regarded for its experience drafting and promoting legislation in both Westminster and Scottish Parliaments, statutory authorisations, and byelaws - the team is known for its 'unequalled experience on hybrid Bills'. It has a history of promoting infrastructure projects, including HS2, Crossrail and HS1. Head of the practice Paul Irving focuses on promoting and drafting legislation relating to railways, harbours, and other infrastructure. Hazel Anderson deals primarily with rail and labour infrastructure planning work, including compulsory purchase and compensation, while Alex Dillistone is a public law, planning and environmental lawyer who previously worked at the Department of Energy & Climate Change. Recently promoted partner Jane Wakeham deals with promotion of heavy and light rail infrastructure, while consulting parliamentary agent Alison Gorlov is a highly experienced legislative drafter and deals with hybrid Bill proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Irving

Testimonials

‘They remain the pre-eminent experts in this specialist field of legal practice. The depth of experience is limitless, as is the clarity and accuracy of judgement in advising in a notoriously challenging field that requires sensitivity to fast changing political priorities as well as legal and professional considerations. The team is admirably diverse in its make up, but the shared characteristic is a commitment to excellent strategic and tactical advice which unerringly hits the mark.’

‘Paul Irving remains without equal in this field – his quiet almost self-effacing manner belies his longstanding expertise and impeccable judgement.’

‘Their understanding of not only what the client needs but understanding of the client is excellent – this is key to providing what they need. The team are just that – a team – and their good internal working relationships come through into their overall work as a whole to clients.’

‘Hazel Anderson is always sure footed and utterly reliable in her advice, an excellent environmental lawyer.’

‘Alex Dillistone is simply brilliant in everything she does.’

‘Jane Wakeham has superb forensic skills.’

‘The client is made to feel they are working with you as part of the team, not just for you as their client, which is key in a multi-disciplined team working under pressure and to tight deadlines. They exude confidence and experience in their advice and work, and also in anticipating the needs of the client and thinking outside of the box in solutions to issues. They give a very considered approach.’

‘Paul Irving, Alex Dillistone and Hazel Anderson are all excellent; experienced and accessible.’

Key clients

HS2

Crossrail

Secretary of State for Transport

City of London Corporation

West Midlands Combined Authority

Associated British Ports

Port of London Authority

Network Rail

Harwich Haven Authority

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

The partnerships practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is active in a diverse range of sectors. Practice head Jo Keddie, who has 'fantastic strategic insight and a real instinct for negotiation', and Bettina Bender act for groups and individual members across the financial services and accounting industries, and in John Hiscock the team has an expert in partnership matters in the residential property sector, both on the investor and developer side. The team has a marked reputation for handling partner-side contentious exits, including forced retirements, while also providing representation in a steady stream of whistleblowing, discrimination and misconduct claims.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly collaborative. Open and transparent approach to everything.’

‘Jo Keddie is an outstanding professional who always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Extremely focused on this area of law, showing great depth of expertise and experience, accompanied by a very practical and applied approach.’

‘Jo Keddie is a top niche specialist in her area but in addition and unusually she shows compassion paired with intuition.’

‘The team are experts in their field. They are quick to answer queries and questions and provide solutions to issues as they arise, and very collaborative.’

‘The whole team are hugely knowledgeable and collaborative.’

‘Jo Keddie has fantastic strategic insight and a real instinct for negotiation. She is also a great team player – happy to roll up her sleeves and get stuck into the detail. She really goes the extra mile for the client.’

An efficient, well-organised team. Jo Keddie and Bettina Bender were very responsive to the needs of the case as it developed.’

Key clients

A2 Dominion

Sovereign Housing Association

Catalyst Housing

BNP Paribas Real Estate/Strutt & Parker LLP

Employment > Senior executives Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is especially adept in advising on strategic, departures (and the employment/re-employment) of board, CEO and senior manager level executives. The work involves highly complex issues regarding severance packages, equity incentives and bonus issues. Corporate governance compliance, banking code restrictions/other regulatory regimes, restrictive covenants and reputational management issues are further areas of expertise. Jo Keddie, who leads the team, is entrusted with some of the most high-stakes, complex matters, often with additional, underlying gender and other discrimination elements. Bettina Bender has considerable experience acting for both employees and employers and Louise Lawrence advises on resignations, negotiated exits, conduct issues and redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Bettina Bender; Louise Lawrence; Susan Kelly; Andrea London

Testimonials

‘The firm were discreet, welcoming and eased a very stressful situation for me.  Billing was easy and communicated at the same time each month, which allowed me to plan my outgoings.’

‘Winckwood Sherwood was recommended to me, in particular Susan Kelly. From the moment I contacted her, she made an extremely stressful situation manageable with appropriate advice and set realistic expectations. She provided options for me and supported me through the process of detachment from a National employer whilst ensuring that I was not disadvantaged by a situation that was not my fault. I would most certainly recommend Susan Kelly.’

‘A very professional and thorough team. No stone was left unturned. Andrea London has been exceptional in her approach and her delivery in handling my case. She has given me great support and confidence in her ability to get the job done.

‘They took my issue seriously, fought for the right level of compensation and made a real effort to charge me conservatively.’

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP represents over 1500 charity clients operating across all sectors such as education, health, housing, arts, culture, recreation and religion. Clients range from new entrepreneurial and philanthropic start-ups to long established  charities some of which are “household” names. Alison Talbot and Joanna Bussell co-lead the department that advises on all aspects of charity law including legal models, trustee recruitment and selection and governance. It is also skilled at advising on other issues such as compliance, expansion, diversification, mergers and group structures. The firm is renowned too for its work on complex legacy issues relating to gifts left to charities in wills and has particular expertise in the area of the transformation of public sector services into charitable organisations.

Practice head(s):

Alison Talbot ; Joanna Bussell

Other key lawyers:

Philip Collins; Darren Oliver

Testimonials

Significant expertise and experience supporting charities and not for profit. Deep understanding of law affecting charities and the way that charities need to balance risk and reward. Alison Talbot provides clear, concise advice with the client in mind‘.

Alison Talbot and Philip Collins are outstanding lawyers and two very safe pairs of hands‘.

I regard Winckworth Sherwood as the pre-eminent firm for ecclesiastical law. The advice I need is often niche, and I know I can rely on first-rate advice from the firm. I principally work with Darren Oliver, whose technical knowledge is excellent. He is both thorough and practical’.

Good pragmatic tailored advice. Thoroughly personable and Darren Oliver is ready to go the extra mile in finding sensible solutions‘.

Key clients

Christ Church, Oxford

A technology-based start-up community interest company and associated charity

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust

Artists’ General Benevolent Institution

Knepp Wildland Foundation

Staffordshire Cricket Limited

Camden Highline

Burlington Magazine

Diocesan Board of Finance

Anglican Religious Community

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

The practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, headed by leading planning adviser Colette McCormack, assists clients with major, high-volume development and regeneration projects. The team stands out for its 'specialist planning knowledge coupled with its understanding of local government law'. McCormack, who has 20 years of experience in the field, is supported by senior associate Joanne Hannah. The team has continued to handle a steady flow of major planning instructions, as well as offering strategies to existing sites and navigating the myriad of Covid-19 related planning changes.

Practice head(s):

Colette McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Hannah; Matthew Steinbrecher

Testimonials

‘As planning law and policy becomes ever more complex, the Winckworth Sherwood team are always ahead of the curve in terms of new law and how it affects local planning authorities and the development industry. Importantly, they don’t just tell you what the law is – which is what some lawyers do – they tell you how to apply it and provide a solution.’

‘Colette McCormack, Jo Hannah and Matthew Steinbrecher are proactive and very solutions driven. What makes them stand out from other advisers is their specialist planning knowledge coupled with their understanding of local government law.’

‘Transparent and comprehensive approach to billing which respects clients’ revenue and sales expectations. Planning law expertise across multiple sectors which is available at short notice. Quality service and advice.’

‘Colette McCormack has been an invaluable members of our project team. She has consistently provided commercially focused advice in an efficient and effective manner, with full awareness of our business requirements.’

Key clients

Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited

Barking Riverside Limited

Wandsworth Borough Council

St. Modwen Limited

Persimmon Homes (North West) Limited

Keystone & Partners

Peel Land & Property Group Management Limited

Clarion Housing Group (North)

Romal Capital Limited

A2 Dominion Limited

Gladman Development Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Peel Land and Property Limited on its flagship development, Liverpool Waters, including advising on three private rental sector schemes and a new cruise line terminal.
  • Continuing to advise Wandsworth Borough Council on the delivery of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea regeneration project, including the iconic Battersea Power Station redevelopment, as well as advising the council on its borough-wide estate regeneration including, York Winstanley and Alton.
  • Advising Barking Riverside Development on creating a new London destination in the outer boroughs to deliver up to 10,800 homes, including affordable homes and supporting infrastructure.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is regarded nationally for its work advising supermarkets and petrol forecourt operators, in addition to providing on-trade support to a number of businesses. Its solicitors are also experienced in contentious matters, offering representation at council hearings and negotiating frequently with officers. It has also started representing residents in cases where they wish to oppose a new license. Robert Botkai heads the team, bringing nearly 30 years worth of licensing experience to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Robert Botkai

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

With offices in London, Oxford, and Manchester, the team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP provides local authorities with planning, finance, and procurement advice, and has a history of advising on regeneration projects. Practice leader Joanna Bussell is known for her work on local government outsourcing of leisure and culture facilities, and is also regarded for establishing new not-for-profits working in partnership with local authorities. Simon Randall CBE focuses on public procurements, as well as regeneration and housing projects.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Bussell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Braintree District Council, Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

London Borough of Ealing

East Sussex County Council

Epping Forest District

Chelmsford City Council

East Staffordshire District Council

Canterbury City Council

Lancaster City Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Lichfield District Council,

Slough Borough Council

East Staffordshire Borough Council

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

East Suffolk Council

Suffolk Coastal Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

Waveney District Council,

Worthing Borough Council

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is hailed as an ‘excellent firm with real depth in real estate’. It has a distinct focus on regeneration projects, including those with PPP and joint venture components. The ‘excellent and responsiveFrancesco Ferrari, who leads the department, is regularly engaged in major projects by registered providers of social housing and national housebuilders. Under his leadership, the team provides an end-to-end service across the entire lifecycle of projects, including development, construction, planning and financing.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Ferrari

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bedford; Eollyn Ives; Alan Duncan

Testimonials

‘Unlike any other law firm, the team is responsive, responsible, accountable, and committed. The team is not looking at the cases as a source of income/fees but treating each case through cost-effectiveness to the client.’

‘Excellent firm with real depth in real estate. Good knowledge, well connected in the industry; a finger on the pulse.’

‘Flexible, agile and solution focused. Good with deadlines and competitive fees.’

‘Alan Duncan and Francesco Ferrari have provided an excellent and responsive service understanding our business needs and those of the other side of a transaction. Always available and looking to get things done.’

Key clients

Catalyst

A2Dominion

Redrow Homes Limited

Barratt London

Aviva Investors

Keepmoat Homes Limited

M&G

EURO INVESTMENTS OVERSEAS INC

Meyer Homes

Countryside

Telford homes

Laxton Properties Limited

Otto Group

St George PLC

Pinnacle

Regis Group Plc

J Sainsbury PLC

Bouygues Uk/ Linkcity Horiba Mira Williams Group Yellow Brick Capital – all existing clients

Work highlights

  • Advised Countryside, one of the UK’s leading homebuilders, and L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing associations, on their sale of an 80-unit development site to Sigma Capital at Beam Park.
  • Acted for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd on the negotiation of a proposed development agreement in relation to one of Sainsbury’s London stores. This concerns the total regeneration of this store in terms of its demolition, provision of temporary store through development and thereafter, the construction of a new supermarket with 580 residential units situated above (above first floor slab).
  • Advising Countryside, one of the UK’s leading homebuilders, on a joint venture with Bracknell Forrest Council to regenerate Bracknell Town Centre.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's planning team has a strong track record advising on major projects, particularly mixed-used and residential-led developments, urban extensions, tall buildings and riverside schemes. The team acts for major residential developers, in addition to having a strong local authority client base. Practice head Colette McCormack works with Tim Fogarty, whose focus is on contentious planning issues and site disputes, as well as Lindsay Garratt. Former practice head Karen Cooksley left the firm in December 2020 to join W Legal Limited.

Practice head(s):

Colette McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Winckworth Sherwood planning team led by partner Colette McCormack are clear leaders in the field of planning law. As planning law/policy becomes ever more complex, they are always ahead of the curve in terms of new law/policy and how it affects local planning authorities and the development industry.’

‘The team provides an extremely good quality of service. Their advice is always given in a reasoned and well thought out way, and a way that a non-legal person can understand, which is refreshing.’

Key clients

Harrow View LLP

Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited

Barratt London

Barking Riverside

The London Borough of Wandsworth

St George (part of the Berkeley Group of Companies)

Moda Living

Notting Hill Genesis

Bellway Homes

Keystone & Partners

A2D

Redrow Homes Limited

Hollybrook Homes

Weston Homes

Catalyst Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Barratt London on all aspects of the redevelopment of the former Nestle chocolate and coffee factory site in Hayes for circa 1,400 new homes.
  • Advising Harrow View LLP on the planning strategy to bring forward a 30-acre former Kodak site for a residential-led mixed-use development.
  • Advising Barking Riverside Development on the planning strategy (including a CIL strategy), as well as negotiating a complex section 106 agreement.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP handles a wide range of commercial and residential property disputes arising out of development sites and the management of property assets. This has recently included tenancy breaches, contested lease renewals, service charge disputes, vacant possession strategies and party wall disputes, among others. The team led by solicitor advocate and former barrister Emma Chadwick is also well placed to handle disrepair and cladding issues affecting residential and commercial buildings. Its expertise is frequently called upon by housebuilders in particular, but its client roster also includes investors, developers and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Emma Chadwick

Other key lawyers:

Paul Dunbar; Tim Fogarty

Testimonials

Very client-focused, clear, concise advice.

The property litigation team works across the whole range of property litigation issues. They are adept at working with large retailers, landlords, social housing providers and individuals.

They are immensely down to earth and I always enjoy working with them.

Emma Chadwick is very good indeed: determined and experienced.

Paul Dunbar is excellent: very commercially driven and determined always to get the best result for the client.

Unlike any other law firm, the team is responsive, responsible, accountable, and committed. The team is not looking at the cases as a source of income/ fees but considering cost-effectiveness for the client.

A seriously well-balanced team of cracking real estate lawyers. They have talent at all levels and the team combines street-smart tactics with hard-headed commercialism.

The team is headed up by the highly commercial and super-smart Emma Chadwick. Emma fights her clients’ corners with verve tempered with great pragmatism.

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group

Barratt

Network Homes

Arcadia Group

A2Dominion

Notting Hill Genesis

Greenwich Hospital

Agudas Israel Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Undertaking a wide range of commercial and residential property disputes for Catalyst Group, including advising on land issues concerning its development sites and its asset management.
  • Acting for Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund in relation to its commercial property portfolio; recently this included the renewal of a lease of a freight warehouse located in the Midlands.
  • Acting as principal legal adviser to Greenwich Hospital for real estate and real estate litigation, which has included handling a number of court disputes regarding forfeiture and contested lease renewals in commercial premises.

Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 3

Transport > Rail Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has particular expertise regarding legislation for railways and has advised major transport clients including Network Rail and the Department for Transport on bills and orders, drawing on a bench of parliamentary agents. Head of parliamentary and infrastructure Paul Irving is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Paul Irving

Private client > Family Tier 4

Katie Spooner heads the department at Winckworth Sherwood LLP. Spooner leads on complex matrimonial and financial remedy cases often comprising children and cross-jurisdictional elements. The practice is also rated for its work on nuptial agreements involving substantial business assets. Spooner’s client base increasingly includes wealthy and highly successful executives, high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. The group is also skilled at advising on complex Children Act proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Katie Spooner

Other key lawyers:

Anna-Laura Lock; Hannah Gumbrill-Ward; Sarah Ingram

Testimonials

‘Katie Spooner is the sort of partner every law firm requires. Katie leads by example and inspires the best in her team. Katie is able to deliver the difficult advice clients need in order to run their case with care. Katie is also good at managing a client’s costs by providing Partner’s input only as required and requested and delegating where necessary. Katie is highly regarded by colleagues and clients alike‘.

‘The private client team is exceptionally able to deal with all complexities of family law both within the financial and child law context. The members of the firm I have worked with have demonstrated a mastery of the client’s case.’

‘This team always provides its clients with a first class service. Every solicitor I have worked with in this Firm has an impressive knowledge of the law and a flexibility of approach to suit each client. The excellent advice from the outset ensures that clients have balanced expectations and faith in their legal representatives‘.

Hannah Gumbrill-Ward stands out for having a strong practice in both children and finance. A client knows they can obtain a comprehensive and outstanding service from Hannah time after time. When instructing Counsel Hannah leaves no stone unturned and ensures that they have every paper and instruction they need to deliver. Hannah also has an extremely efficient approach to work, she ensures the work is done correctly and on time and is always on the other end of the phone for clients and Counsel‘.

‘The team seems like a confident, pragmatic and sensible group of family lawyers who are easy to work with. Anna-Laura Lock – extremely able associate.  Charming, skilled, constructive and collaborative.  She is clearly in the ascendant’.

‘Sarah Ingram deserves to be well-known in the industry: she is skilled, dedicated and possesses excellent judgement‘.

‘Sarah Ingram is excellent on the detail and very efficient‘.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Winckworth Sherwood LLP continues to be busy advising on trusts, high-net-worth estate planning and probate matters as well as high-net-worth matrimonial and residential work. It receives a steady flow of instructions from wealthy clients directly as well as advisors such as accountants and investment managers. Hugh MacDougald leads the practice that includes Tim Snaith who has particular expertise in setting up philanthropic and charitable structures. Dhana Sabanathan advises UK and non-UK clients on international tax and estate planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Hugh MacDougald

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In depth knowledge, a very personable way of putting across complex issues and the availability of the partner dealing with the matter‘.

‘Tim Snaith is a stand out partner at Winckworth Sherwood. He is responsive, efficient and collaborative and understands when advice needs to be nuanced to suit a particular client or set of circumstances. Tim is a perfect individual to refer sensitive, complex, high value work to and it is a pleasure to work with him’.

‘Excellent private client firm. Very capable people at partner level. Tim Snaith is my main contact. Very bright, very knowledgeable and great insight into complex trust and tax issues. Calm, considered, courteous manner ideally suited to private client work. Recommended without hesitation. Hugh MacDougald also excellent‘.

‘This firm has a number of high net worth clients with complex problems to solve. Not all of the matters are large “battles” but the lawyers are frequently involved in quietly resolving difficult trusts and estates issues. Tim Snaith – a strong technician with excellent client management skills‘.

‘The team led by Dhana Sabanathan is very strong on the technical aspects of the law. The tax and legal advisory work the team does for high net worth individuals and families and trustees and family offices is very impressive. The team is very client focused and gives a great overall service. Dhana has also instilled great team values. The team is from a diverse range of backgrounds and is clearly very happy and engaged’.

Dhana Sabanathan is a fantastic tax and private client lawyer. She is very strong on the technical aspects of the law and has an amazing ability to cut through the complexities of a situation and provide clear and pragmatic advice. She is also an absolute pleasure to deal with. She is very committed to her clients and goes out of her way to ensure that they receive an excellent service. I think she is one to watch‘.

‘Tim Snaith, his dedication and professionalism have impressed us. He considers the client’s case in a proactive way and is willing to spend time on understanding the circumstances of the client before giving out tailor-made advice‘.

The team is 100% focused on the best outcome for the client, and will advocate what is best for the client even when the answer may not be the one that the client wants to hear. Dhana Sabanathan and her team of associates are all extremely skilled in their fields, but it is the interpersonal skills and empathy that make them standout‘.

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 4

Andrea Squires heads up the education practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, which advises academies and MATs as well as independent schools, handling parents complaints, employment work and governance issues. The team has a specialised offering for Catholic schools and Dioceses.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Squires

Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 4

Employment > Employers Tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is regularly involved in complex whistleblowing cases, as well as being instructed by clients across redundancies, restructurings and high-level strategic removals. The department is overseen by Jo Keddie, who is ‘tireless in her pursuit to get to the right decision for the business and the law’. The ‘tremendously supportiveAndrea London and Blair Adams, who excels in large global projects, are additional practitioners of note.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Yule; Blair Adams; Louise Lawrence; Andrea London

Testimonials

My main contact is Andrea London who is easy to communicate with, has a commercial approach and the more junior colleagues she sometimes delegates to have always been highly effective too.’

‘A very strong team – they are aligned, knowledgeable and able to pick up work quickly and seamlessly. I think their collaboration is second to none – whoever you speak to they understand our business and can advise accordingly.’

Jo Keddie is always available, tireless in her pursuit to get to the right decision for the business and the law.’

Good, precise and prompt professional advice which has a real positive impact.’

The practice is excellent. The team has been outstanding in terms of communications, extremely helpful on cost, and highly effective in tackling the issues which brought me there.’

Andrea London is one of the most generous and attentive solicitors I have ever encountered. In fact, I followed her to this practice from her previous firm, and have consulted her for several years.

I have been impressed with their ability to react quickly as well as make clear and effective strides in aiding our case. They provide a bespoke and personalised service to their customers and are very easy to contact.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Mountview Estates P.L.C.

The Financial Conduct Authority

Reliance Bank

R Raphael & Sons plc

Vistra Group

AEG Europe

Edwards Limited

OKI Europe

MSXI Europe

Rise Investment Limited

Quintain Services Limited

Novacyt UK Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully fought off claims in the Employment Tribunal against all three Church of England Dioceses/Bishops by clergy claiming to be employees.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is well regarded for its advice to housebuilders and infrastructure and UK real estate developers. The team has a broad practice, but with particular expertise in matters involving building safety concerns and large-scale heating schemes. Eleanor Kilminster and Colin Hall co-head the construction team, advising on public sector and energy work respectively.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Kilminster; Colin Hall

Testimonials

‘Very friendly and approachable. Excellent service delivery.’

‘Wide range of expertise. Honest advice.’

‘Eleanor Kilminster is always super helpful.’

‘The in-house team at Winckworth Sherwood provides a comprehensive service that covers all aspects of residential property development. This provides an efficient service for us.’

‘I often seek advice over specific points requiring a friendly, common-sense view with a quick turnaround. The WS team always support the task in hand.’

Key clients

A2Dominion

Aviva Investors

Barratt Homes

Bouygues Development

Camden Town Centre Limited

Catalyst Housing

Clarion Housing Group

Consensus

Countryside Properties

Countrywide Developments

Evolve Housing

Fusion Leisure

Harwich Haven Authority

Hill Partnerships

Hollybrook

Hyde Housing

Keepmoat Homes

Lewisham Homes

London & Quadrant Housing

Meridian Home Start

Network Housing

Notting Hill Genesis

Octopus

One Crown Place

One Brighton Quarter

Optivo Housing

Peabody

Pimlico District Heating

Populo Living

Redrow Homes

Swan Housing

Telford Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Redrow Homes on transactions for the development and sale of two schemes with a combined GDV of £183.5m.
  • Advising Barratt on its role as construction and development manager on two projects at Blackhorse Road and Wembley Park.
  • Advising Notting Hill Genesis, the lead developer regenerating the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, on overall strategy matters.

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

 

Winckworth Sherwood is a fast-growing, full-service commercial firm headquartered in London. Having built an exceptional and diverse client base, it has earned a reputation for successfully delivering high-value, high-profile projects that matter both to clients and the public at large.

The firm: Known for its reliability and competitiveness, as well as for being well-rounded and knowledgeable, Winckworth Sherwood is a steadily evolving firm with a strong track record in various projects, including over £3bn of deals.

Its client base includes some of the UK’s largest businesses and institutions. The firm also advises a broad range of investors, entrepreneurial companies, professional partnerships, family offices, charities and wealthy individuals.

Winckworth Sherwood has made a number of significant senior appointments in the past 12 months to bolster the partnership, and new lateral hires at partner level to further expand its real estate, corporate, litigation and employment teams.

Types of work undertaken:  Charities and social enterprises: Winckworth Sherwood advises a range of charitable bodies, with particular strengths in education, ecclesiastical and housing.

Church of England and Roman Catholic Church: Winckworth Sherwood’s ecclesiastical practice is the largest in the UK. It advises on parish reorganisations, marriage law, appointment of clergy, the highly complex area of land and property, and more.

Commercial and corporate: the team advises on mergers and acquisitions; partnerships and joint ventures; corporate finance, tax and governance; commercial arrangements, outsourcing and procurement; intellectual property, IT contracts and data protection and management; funding agreements, structures and hedging arrangements; and asset acquisition, management and disposal.

Dispute resolution: Winckworth Sherwood’s experienced dispute resolution team uses a range of methods to resolve matters, including litigation, mediation, expert determination, adjudication and arbitration. It specialises in three main areas: real estate, construction and commercial.

Education: the firm advises schools, dioceses and other trustee bodies, local authorities, universities, colleges, charities, parent teacher associations, teaching unions and consultants.

Employment: the firm’s employment lawyers act for both employers and employees.

Family: the family and matrimonial team prides itself on the excellence of its advice and high-quality service. It advises on separation and divorce; pre/post-nuptial and pre/post-civil partnership agreements; the appropriate jurisdiction for issuing proceedings; cohabitation and cohabitation agreements; issues involving and international enforcement of maintenance and financial orders.

Leisure and hospitality: the firm advises on acquisition, development and disposal of commercial property; alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment licences; commercial contracts and procurement; expansion strategies; employment matters and more.

Local and central government: the firm has a depth of experience in information management, parliamentary, procurement and public, constitutional and administrative law.

Private client: Winckworth Sherwood advises on attorneyship and the Court of Protection, conveyancing, disputed wills, estates and trusts, estate planning and wills, lease extension and enfranchisement, and private trusts.

Real estate: commercial property, construction, conveyancing, development, environmental, ground rent, institutional investment, lease extension and enfranchisement, planning, plot sales, private rented sector, real estate litigation and regeneration.

Social housing: the firm provides legal services to more than 200 registered providers across the UK in construction, acting for employers, extra care housing, institutional investment, leasehold and housing management, procurement, social housing finance and social housing litigation.

Tax: corporate tax, inheritance tax and estate planning, international, private trusts, real estate tax and tax compliance.

Telecoms and utilities: Winckworth Sherwood has a complete understanding of the interface between telecoms and utility companies, land and property owners, and the public sector.

Transport and infrastructure: the firm has extensive experience in parliamentary and procurement.

Other offices: Oxford, Manchester.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Partner and Head of Employment Jo Keddie
Managing Partner and Head of Corporate Richard Tinham
Finance Louise Forrest
Litigation/arbitration Emma Chadwick
Property Francesco Ferrari
Education Andrea Squires
Planning Colette McCormack
Church Aiden Hargreaves-Smith
Family Katie Spooner
Private client Hugh MacDougald
Commercial real estate and licensing Robert Botkai
Parliamentary and infrastructure Paul Irving
Social housing Charlie Proddow and Alan Duncan
Local government Joanna Bussell
Construction Eleanor Kilminster
PhotoNamePositionProfile
 Jodie Campbell  photo Jodie CampbellPartner: Jodie is a partner in the Residential Development team and has…
 Charlotte Coleman  photo Charlotte ColemanSenior associate Charlotte qualified in October 2008 and joined the Property Litigation…
 Alex Dillistone  photo Alex DillistoneSenior associate Alex is a public law, planning and environmental lawyer specialising…
 Tim Fogarty  photo Tim FogartyPartner Tim is an experienced development risk and disputes lawyer with a…
 Katy Humphrey  photo Katy HumphreySenior associate Katy qualified in September 2009 and joined the Property Litigation…
 Katie Spooner  photo Katie SpoonerPartner Katie regularly advises men and women from all backgrounds on the…
 Jane Wakeham  photo Jane WakehamSenior associate Jane practiced at the common law bar for 5 years…
Number of UK partners : 68
Number of other UK fee-earners : 176