Firm Profile > Winckworth Sherwood LLP > London, England

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Highly professional, yet also very understanding on a personal level.’

The team has a unique level of expertise in church-related cases.’

Superb knowledge of the law combined with a real world savvy and robustness, a very good combination when dealing with clients who are often in sensitive and fraught situations.

‘Jo Keddie is analytical and pragmatic – I can absolutely recommend Jo and her team to any company who has difficult choices to make with regard to restructuring and HR options and strategies. Every CEO or senior manager welcomes clear and well thought advice and Jo provides that.’

‘Jo Keddie has a wealth of experience and knowledge and gives you as a client the confidence that is needed, as well the knowledge that Jo is working for you as an individual. She is pragmatic and flexible in her approach.’

‘Jo Keddie and her team are extremely easy to work with, pleasant, efficient and very commercial. Jo is a rare combination of a first class mind and really good instincts. I would always want her on my side.’

Susan Kelly is highly intelligent, utterly committed and tireless.

Anita Rai is a total professional – extremely calm, clear-thinking and robust when required, with an excellent instinct for negotiation underpinned by a real knowledge of the law.

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Irving

Testimonials

The team is one of very few that do parliamentary agency work and technical harbour authority legislative work

Paul Irving is an outstandingly clever and efficient partner, and the only one who I have seen leading counsel defer to on matters of law

The most able and authoritative firm in this specialist field. Utterly reliable and a pleasure to work with. Genuinely exceptional.’

Paul Irving is the best there is. Superb intellect, authoritative lawyer, wonderful judgement. Modest and straightforward in all he does.’

Hazel Anderson is a tremendous foil to Paul Irving. Fantastic drive and attention to detail. Fearless in her judgement and analysis. Engaging and refreshing team player.’

Alex Dillistone is an excellent lawyer: she is independent minded, with brilliant client focus. Calm but tenacious with superb judgement.’

Key clients

HS2

Crossrail

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.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Bussell; Aiden Hargreaves-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Alison Talbot; Philip Collins

Testimonials

The sector specific knowledge provided by Winckworth Sherwood is second to none‘.

The WS team is responsive, efficient and more than anything understands the issues relating to the leisure and culture charitable trust sector not only from a legal perspective but the team has a good understanding of the operational and financial issues‘.

‘Joanna Bussell’s level of expertise is without question very comprehensive‘.

The team is very user friendly and knowledgeable about the leisure trust sector. Joanna Bussell is simply outstanding. She is so helpful, friendly and explains the issues simply so that non legal people like me can understand‘.

Joanna Bussell brings knowledge, hard work and commitment coupled with a common sense approach to solving problems and to creating positive solutions‘.

The team is very talented, has vast experience and many practical examples to refer to when discussing issues and looking for workable solutions‘.

The team is really knowledgeable‘.

Key clients

Chelmsford City Council

Epping Forest District Council

Southwold and Waveney Valley Regeneration Society

Leisure United

Imperial War Museum

Upper Norwood Library Trust

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust

One Trust

Sinai Park House

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.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Bettina Bender; John Hiscock; Louise Lawrence

Testimonials

Jo Keddie knocks it out of the park – she is fearless and strong, works incredibly hard and produces results.

The arrival of Bettina Bender has given the team considerable depth and breadth in contentious partnership law matters; she is a measured, experienced and knowledgeable practitioner.

On the litigation side, one of the most effective and powerful firms. A team that you want on your side.

Key clients

Aviva

Avalon Capital Markets LLP

Genesis

Barratt

London and Quadrant Housing Trust

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Irving

Other key lawyers:

Hazel Anderson; Alex Dillstone; Simon Livesey; Jane Wakeham

Key clients

Secretary of State for Transport

Crossrail Ltd

Department for Transport

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.

Practice head(s):

Louise Leaver

Testimonials

Winckworth Sherwood can bring a wide skill set to the table in support of our business. Louise Leaver, James Duncan, Richard Tinham and Ruby Giblin are stand-out partners. Each of them has extensive experience and delivers a commercial approach backed by a true understanding of our business knowing what matters to us. The relationship is exceptionally positive, as it is one that is honest and open to feedback.

The practice is unique because the team has a personable style, and a bespoke approach to dealing with legal briefs.

Louise Leaver and Lucy Grimwood are able to give pragmatic and commercial advice that allows the client to complete transactions and achieve a fantastic outcome.

Winckworth Sherwood was prepared to listen to the client’s thoughts and concerns, and provide clear and cohesive advice to ameliorate transactional risks.

Key clients

NHG

Sovereign

VIVID

M&G

BAE

Apex

Network

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Murray

Testimonials

Partners are available at short notice, backed up by great support from associates

Unlike many other firms, Winckworth Sherwood offers a genuinely all-round service in terms of providing truly expert advice covering everything from general conveyancing and contract enquiries to more specialist and complex legal matters. This they do through a hugely experienced team of legal practitioners, all of whom understand the client’s needs and are able to communicate often complicated advice in a straightforward and common sense manner. What stands Winckworth Sherwood apart from others is the openly collaborative way in which they approach business development, doing so with the appropriate professional authority, but balanced with good humour and a strong partnering ethos

Every individual at Winckworth Sherwoood with whom I have worked reflects the broader ethos of the firm in terms of promoting the importance of strong client relationships – whether that be in maintaining excellent lines of communication, providing ad hoc advice ‘at risk’, or demonstrating expertise in every facet of the legal process. Nobody embodies this approach more openly than Will Rutter, who not only provides sound, definitive advice and guidance on contract matters, but also recognises the ‘idiosyncrasies’ of the client in terms of the processes which inform their legal requirements – an important combination of skills in the increasingly challenging environment of affordable housing

Key clients

Bpha

Network Homes

One Housing

Notting Hill Genesis

Hyde

London & Quadrant

Swan Housing

Southern Housing

A2Dominion

Peabody

SovereignClarion Housing

Radian

Optivo

Sovereign

Clarion Housing

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Sage

Moat

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.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Ferrari; Roger Fitton

Other key lawyers:

Eollyn Ives; Andrew Bedford

Testimonials

A well founded and real view of the planning world. They understand the intricacies and trip wires that are part and parcel of the development world.’

‘Recommended for its breadth of experience in residential and commercial development with an excellent town planning team. Good understanding of commercial as well as legal issues. Excellent deal management.’

Key clients

Catalyst

A2Dominion

Redrow Homes Limited

Barratt London

Aviva Investors

Keepmoat Homes Limited

M&G

EURO INVESTMENTS OVERSEAS INC 

Meyer Homes

Fidelity Investment Management

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Squires

Key clients

London Borough of Haringey

Newham Community Schools Trust

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.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Bussell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Braintree District Council

Epping Forest District Council

Chelmsford City Council

East Staffordshire District Council

Canterbury City Council

Lancaster City Council

London Borough of Ealing

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Emma Chadwick

Other key lawyers:

Tim Fogarty; Paul Dunbar

Testimonials

Extremely able and experienced team that can handle all types of property litigation.

Emma Chadwick is commercially focused yet quite capable of fighting her clients’ corner if required.

They are good lawyers and fun to work with.

Experience and knowledge across the board.

Committed to the client’s cause.

Paul Dunbar is realistic, commercial and wholly client-focused.

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Network

Canary Wharf Group

Barratt

Network Homes

One Housing

A2Dominion

Notting Hill Genesis

Quadrant Construction

Aldgate Place (GP)

Greenwich Hospital

Capital City College Group

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.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Katie Spooner; Alexander Woolley; Anna-Laura Lock

Testimonials

‘Really good team unit. Works well together, very responsive and good client management. Very on top of the case and able to identify the issues in the case early on leading to a good resolution for the client’.

‘Amanda Andrews is able to see the big picture, she knows where her case is going and how to arrive at the most beneficial outcome for the client. Because of the respect she is able to command from her clients, they have no hesitation in following her advice and have every confidence that she will achieve the best result’.

‘Amanda Andrews leads a dynamic and energetic team that impresses with its determination to get the right result for its clients. Amanda Andrews is a first-class lawyer who nails it every time’.

‘Amanda Andrews is charm personified with amazing client handling skills and excellent strategic oversight’.

‘Practical, sensible and firm when needed. Amanda Andrews has seen it all and combines warmth and empathy with solid advice and straight talking when needed’.

‘Amanda Andrews and Katie Spooner are both smart and well-regarded’.

‘Amanda Andrews – friendly, easy to talk to and very calming!’

‘Alexander Woolley is a future star of the solicitor world. His attention to detail is second to none and he is a very technical lawyer with a keen interest and ability to digest complex legal problems’.

‘Anna-Laura Lock’s written work is impeccable’.

‘I like Katie Spooner a lot, she is bright and efficient.’

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.

Practice head(s):

Hugh MacDougald

Other key lawyers:

Tim Snaith; Dhana Sabanathan; Emi Page

Testimonials

This is a responsive and highly skilled team which has decades of experience across private client matters and cross-border trusts‘.

A really high quality of firm, flying well below the radar. Clients value the team for the quality of technical expertise provided in an understated manner.

‘Tim Snaith is a good-quality private client solicitor who is comfortable in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious areas of private client law. He is calm and precise and knows his stuff.’

Tim Snaith – bright, charming, knowledgeable personable, understanding, efficient. He filled me with confidence.

Tim Snaith is proactive without being overly pushy. He has managed to get complex work completed for incredibly busy people, which has required persistence and patience on his part.

‘Tim Snaith – very sensible, focused on getting the deal done, delivers good-quality advice.’

The team works diligently to come up with a solution for its clients. Dhana Sabanathan is a pleasure to work with and has a wonderful work ethic.’

Dhana Sabanathan has great in-depth tax knowledge and a proactive approach to solving complex problems involving offshore trust and company structures.

Dhana Sabanathan is exceptionally approachable, and has built a team of very competent associates who share her view on client interaction and service.

‘Emi Page  is clearly going to be a star and has proven to be capable of providing well-thought through support to Tim.

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.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Kilminster

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A team with strength across a range of construction and housing areas.’

‘The firm goes the extra mile to ensure the client’s interests are best represented.’

‘Always prepared to go the extra mile.’

‘Very hardworking and always available.’

‘Particularly impressed and won over by their ability to represent prevailing legislation in the context of the matters at hand.’

Key clients

A2Dominion

Bouygues Development Ltd

Pimlico District Heating Undertaking

One Crown Place

One Brighton Quarter

Redrow

Clarion Housing Group

Notting Hill Genesis

Barratt

London & Quadrant Housing

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.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Highly professional, yet also very understanding on a personal level.’

The team has a unique level of expertise in church-related cases.’

Superb knowledge of the law combined with a real world savvy and robustness, a very good combination when dealing with clients who are often in sensitive and fraught situations.

‘Jo Keddie is analytical and pragmatic – I can absolutely recommend Jo and her team to any company who has difficult choices to make with regard to restructuring and HR options and strategies. Every CEO or senior manager welcomes clear and well thought advice and Jo provides that.’

‘Jo Keddie has a wealth of experience and knowledge and gives you as a client the confidence that is needed, as well the knowledge that Jo is working for you as an individual. She is pragmatic and flexible in her approach.’

‘Jo Keddie and her team are extremely easy to work with, pleasant, efficient and very commercial. Jo is a rare combination of a first class mind and really good instincts. I would always want her on my side.’

Susan Kelly is highly intelligent, utterly committed and tireless.

Anita Rai is a total professional – extremely calm, clear-thinking and robust when required, with an excellent instinct for negotiation underpinned by a real knowledge of the law.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Mountview Estates P.L.C.

The Financial Conduct Authority

Reliance Bank

R Raphael & Sons plc

AS Equity Partners Limited

Andiamo Limited

Island Health Trust

Planning and environment Tier 2

The team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is experienced in contentious and non-contentious planning mandates and is active across compulsory purchase, environmental town and village greens, assets of community value and highway issues. The team is engaged by developer clients on residential schemes and is instructed by a raft of local authority clients on regeneration projects. Team head Colette McCormack is 'excellent' on planning and environmental instructions, and is ably supported by senior associate Joanne Hannah.

Practice head(s):

Colette McCormack 

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Welford Estates

Landform Estates

Jarrold & Sons

Tatton Estates Management

Barking Riverside

Bevington Developments

A2 Dominion

Cheadle Hulme School

Gladman Developments

Harrow Estates

Moda Living

Morris Homes

Notting Hill Genesis

Peel Holdings

Redrow Homes

St Modwen Developments

Wandsworth Borough Council

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes North West

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