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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is known for its expertise in drafting and promoting legislation, statutory instruments, byelaws, and private bills, both in the Westminster and Scottish parliaments. The 'pre-eminent' team has extensive experience with legislation promoting key infrastructure projects, and 'a deep understanding of Parliamentary processes', as well as handling Parliamentary proceedings and procedure hearings. Head of the practice Paul Irving - dubbed - 'the clear master of this sector' - specialises in drafting and advising on legislation, with particular expertise in infrastructure promotions. Key advisers include consultant Alison GorlovHazel AndersonAlex Dillistone, and Jane Wakeham, who are all highly regarded.

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The pre-eminent team of specialists in this sector, led by the unrivalled experience, technical skill, encyclopaedic knowledge, and impeccable judgement of Paul Irving. The team has great expertise across the transport infrastructure sector. They have a deep understanding of Parliamentary processes and exceptionally strong relationship with Parliamentary clerks.’

Paul Irving is the clear master of this sector, completely reliable and trusted to deliver every time by clients and professional colleagues. Hazel Anderson has fantastic drive and experience in environmental law elements of Parliamentary work. She is fearless and utterly dispassionate in her advice. Alex Dillistone is following in Paul Irving’s footsteps in every respect, while Jane Wakeham is a calm and authoritative specialist with incisive advice.’

Senior executives Tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a standout reputation for advising senior executives on complex and high-value matters, with particular expertise in corporate governance, restrictive covenants, bonus and equity incentives, protected disclosures and regulatory obligations. Many of the firm's clients hold senior roles at major banks and financial services firms. The department also has strengths in employers work, and is known for its specialism in complex whistleblowing cases. Sector specialisms for employers include financial and professional services, pharmaceuticals, charities and religious institutions. Jo Keddie heads up the employment group. Other notable lawyers include Andrew YuleSusan Kelly, who has a niche specialism in advising high-ranking clergy in the Church of England, and Blair Adams, whose practice focuses on employer clients.

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‘Winckworth Sherwood are exceptional. They provide clear, easy to understand legal advice with pros and cons of different approaches. Most importantly however, the team really treats you as individuals and human beings – showing empathy and understanding during difficult times.’

‘Louise Lawrence gave me clear, well-articulated advice that was easy to understand – and helped me understand the pros and cons of different approaches so I could make a judgement, Her team was very efficient, and turned work around very quickly. What distinguished Louise most however, was her high degree of empathy in addition to all this which made working through a difficult time so much easier for me.’.

‘Sue Kelly was excellent, provided thoughtful advice, was very responsive and worked efficiently both on email and in person.’

‘The Winckworth Sherwood team provides considered, thoughtful and up-to-date advice on how to navigate the often complex world of employment issues, supporting clients (both employers and employees) throughout the engagement process. Fees are made very clear up front and billed at timely intervals.’

‘Andrew Yule has been the lead partner with whom I have engaged. He has always applied sound, realistic judgement to the matters in hand and provided strategic and tactical advice that lead to successful outcomes. He is prompt to respond to questions, turning drafts and submissions around quickly. Particularly valued is his ability to explain in layman’s terms the sometimes arcane aspects of employment law and is very supportive throughout the employee relations process.’

‘I work with Jo Keddie and she brings in external expertise as required. She is always a pleasure to work with, very engaging, and with a phenomenal work-rate. She also has an acute attention to detail that she very effectively balances with commercial realism.’

‘Winckworth Sherwood has a real depth of expertise across the public and private sector. They have long-standing expertise in ecclesiastical matters which is hard to find elsewhere.’

‘Fantastic advice, fair, really tailoring to special circumstances and desire of tone. Much more tailored than other firms I have worked with.’

‘Andrew Yule really stood out as extremely reactive, very knowledgeable, highly understanding.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP acts for the full range of charitable organisations, from educational institutions through to arts, cultural and ecclesiastical bodies, and has advised charities on their involvement in some of the most prestigious recent leisure, arts and cultural projects. The team also has particular expertise in the area of the transformation of public sector services into charitable organisations. Joanna Bussell advises on all aspects of charity law, with particular expertise in the establishment of new charities, including the recruitment, selection and appointment of trustees. Alison Talbot advises on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. Aiden Hargreaves-Smith is another key figure who acts for a wide range of private and institutional clients.

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Speed of response. Flexibility of approach. Solution focused’

Joanna Bussell is supportive, good humoured in challenging times, flexible and pragmatic’

The team has significant expertise in dealing with charities and planning strategies to suit the client’s style and approach. The lawyers listen to feedback and respond to concerns or comments. They take time to know the organisations they support

Alison Talbot and Philip Collins are dedicated experts and really listen to clients. They bring superior knowledge of the charity sector and always find pragmatic solutions to challenges

Specific and very detailed knowledge that is nationally recognised relating to leisure and cultural charitable trusts

They stand out for their breath and range of knowledge but more importantly the experience of Joanna Bussell

Key clients

Burlington Magazine

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust

Artists’ General Benevolent Institution

Design Research Society

Putney School of Art and Design

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust

Imperial War Museum

Slough Borough Council as Corporate Trustee

Absolutely Leisure

The Golf Foundation

Dame Barbara Stocking (the former chief executive of Oxfam), the former deputy chief executive of Oxfam and former trustees who served on the board between summer 2011 and December 2017

Partnership Tier 2

Clients of Winckworth Sherwood LLP's partnership team include law firms and accountancy firms, investment funds and residential developers. The group is often called upon to assist with team moves and individual removals. It also has experience of handling harassment and discrimination claims for individuals and partnerships. The 'fierce and fearlessJo Keddie, who leads the team, has substantial experience of contentious partnership matters, which often involve senior partners. Another contentious partnership expert, Bettina Bender regularly assists individual LLP members with potential disputes and exit arrangements. John Hiscock is noted for advising investors using UK and cross-border alternative investment fund partnership structures.

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Exceptional market knowledge and experience in negotiating the best outcome for the client. Good profile in the market. Very good communication and case management.’

Expertise in their respective areas, second to none. Very much work as a team.

Jo Keddie is fierce and fearless – she inspires confidence, available constantly and absolutely fights to the death for her client. Practical and good advice.’

Jo Keddie and Bettina Bender. Competent and devoted to their clients’ interests. Efficient and rounded approach.’

Planning Tier 2

The practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises on a range of the country's largest, most complex mixed-use residential development schemes, as well as planning issues relating to tall buildings and riverside schemes. Karen Cooksley leads an experienced four-partner team that covers the full spread of planning matters. Recent work has covered CPOs, advice on CIL and appeals, and included regeneration work on large former factory sites. Tim Fogarty regularly assists UK housebuilders and is the key contact for contentious matters; Colette McCormack 'is skilled at delivering major projects and keeping them on track', and has advised the London Borough of Wandsworth on regeneration projects since 2012. Lindsay Garratt is another key contact for complex urban brownfield regeneration development, s106 matters and CIL.

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‘The team offers dedication to client needs and innovative problem solving.’

‘The team is proactive and very solutions driven. They are team players.’

‘Winckworth Sherwood work collaboratively as a team to provide in-depth and innovative legal planning advice in a timely manner. Given the complex character of our projects, it is hugely important to have a planning lawyer on team that is able to think about the crucial interrelationship between planning, commercial, contracting and development issues. It is also important to create a proactive, dynamic and fun environment within which to draw together the professional team and Winckworth Sherwood play a key role in creating this environment.’

‘The Winckworth Sherwood planning team led by partner Colette McCormack are clear leaders in the field of planning. 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.’

‘Lindsay Garrett is excellent – her advice to us was accurate and succinct, and met my demanding timescale.’

Rail Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP fields a 'close-knit team', with many years of experience of the planning, promotion and authorisation of rail projects, covering all relevant issues ranging from advising on compulsory purchase and compensation to environmental impact assessments. In 2019, the team advised on legislation regarding HS2, as well as on a number of rail and light rail projects for Network Rail, Crossrail and the West Midlands Combined Authority. Practice head Paul Irving is 'a consummate leader', known for his work advising and drafting rail legislation. Hazel Anderson has 'formidable analytical and advisory skills', focusing primarily on environmental matters and infrastructure planning work, while Alex Dillistone is a public law, planning, and environmental specialist. In April 2020, Jane Wakeham was promoted to partner; she specialises on the authorisation of tram schemes and heritage railways.

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A close-knit team with huge experience and deep technical knowledge and skill in this sector. Proven and prolonged record of successful delivery of major rail schemes both via parliamentary process and statutory processes.’

Paul Irving, a consummate leader in this field, combines intellectual heft with procedural and commercial nous that is second to none. Extraordinarily sound judgement.’

‘Hazel Anderson is an environmental specialist with formidable analytical and advisory skills.’

Key clients

Secretary of State for Transport

Crossrail Ltd.

Department for Transport

West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Centro)

Network Rail

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has an  ‘excellent range of expertise’  in social housing matters, putting it on a strong footing to advise many of the largest registered providers in the UK. The group includes experts in social housing finance, planning, property litigation, tax, corporate & commercial and construction. Practice head Andrew Murray has particular expertise in major regeneration schemes. Charlie Proddow advises on all aspects of site assembly, land acquisitions, onward disposals and lettings for residential and mixed-use schemes.  Head of residential development sales Ruth Barnes advises numerous London-based providers on new build plot disposals.

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Both partners and associates at WS have excellent experience in advising RP’s on development transactions. The advice is thorough and pragmatic.’

Excellent knowledge of the sector and our requirements. This understanding of our internal processes/needs and tailoring their service to accommodate makes them easy to work with.

Very contactable and willing to make time to talk through issues when they arise ensuring all decisions made are done so with full understanding.’

Commercial property: development Tier 3

At Winckworth Sherwood LLP, real estate head Francesco Ferrari and managing partner Roger Fitton lead the commercial property offering, which prides itself on its regeneration work and residential developments, handling joint ventures, public-private procurement and fixed income investment projects, among others. The firm's sector expertise is broad with entities from the public sector, education, retail, care home, not for profit and public rented sector forming the client roster. The team, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Jamie Barton and Richard Mulcock from Knights plc, is able to call upon construction, planning and finance expertise to support across the full lifecycle of projects.

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‘A really broad set of skills across the team and a personable, easy-to-work-with style. There is no pomposity.’

‘Andrew Bedford and his team are first class.  Andrew is very experienced in all aspects of real estate, and we would recommend him and his team.’

‘The team is responsive – this is a refreshing element amongst lawyers. this team will not leave you to ‘walk alone’ and will accompany you until things are resolved. One can speak to them without the fear one will be hit by an unknown and unexpected bill.’

‘Alan Duncan is an excellent solicitor who has assisted us on a number of complex deals. His particular strength are negotiating in a non-confrontational manner and he has the ability to relay complex structures to board members in a clear concise manner.’

Key clients



Redrow Homes Limited

Barratt London

Aviva Investors

Keepmoat Homes Limited



Meyer Homes


Telford homes

Laxton Properties Limited

Otto Group

St George PLC


Regis Group Plc

J Sainsbury PLC

Education: schools Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's education practice, which is led by Andrea Squires, advises clients such as schools, colleges and multi-academy trusts. The team has experience of advising on academy conversions, governance issues, dispute resolution and employment law issues.

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Licensing Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is particularly known for its work handling licensing matters for the supermarket and petrol forecourt sectors. The firm has extensive experience both in negotiating licences with officers and representing clients at council hearings, as well as acting on behalf of residents in opposing licences. With Robert Botkai at the helm, the team also assists a number of City firms who may be acting on a corporate acquisition, by providing a licensing adjunct to their legal services.

Local government Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP provides advice to local authorities throughout the UK on matters such as procurement, planning, outsourcing, regeneration and development, housing, employment, contracts, and finance. The team has a particular niche speciality advising on funding regarding leisure services in arts and culture, such as local parks, museums, and theatres. In recent years, it has developed its expertise in setting up local authority trading companies. Key highlights include advising on the creation of local authority trading companies for the London Borough of Hounslow and Lancaster City Council. Practice leader Joanna Bussell specialises in public sector outsourcing projects with particular expertise relating to leisure and culture, while Simon Randall CBE focuses on housing, charitable trusts, joint ventures, and public procurement.

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‘Joanna Bussell is pragmatic, collaborative and reasonable where appropriate but firmly protects her clients’ interests when required.’

Key clients

Braintree District Council

East Sussex County Council

Epping Forest District

Chelmsford City Council

East Staffordshire District Council

Canterbury City Council

Lancaster City Council

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 commercial and residential property litigation expertise is routinely brought to bear in property portfolio management instructions and disputes arising from developments. where it is called upon by housebuilders, housing associations, property companies and large pension funds. The team advises on a broad cross-section of issues, such as tenancy breaches, lease renewals, overage obligations, dilapidations, service charges, insolvency and rights of light matters, including rights of light insurance, among others. Solicitor advocate Emma Chadwick, who leads the team, is noted for her experience of telecoms sector disputes. Paul Dunbar joined from Ashfords LLP in September 2019.

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This is a very strong team made stronger by the recent addition of partner Paul Dunbar.

Emma Chadwick is a formidable operator. Paul Dunbar is one of the most savvy and commercially-minded property litigators in London. Charlotte Coleman is bright personable and very determined on behalf of her clients.’

This is a big team which is consistently underrated. WS do a fabulous job – very cost-effective and very hard working – and have a much better offer to the market than some other forms which are much more astute at self-promotion. The team and WS doesn’t waste time talking the talk: they’re far too busy walking the walk.

Key strength: two very high-quality partners who have oversight of and engagement with most cases. Clients get fabulous value for money as a result.

Team leader Emma Chadwick doesn’t just walk the walk: she struts her stuff. A very good lawyer with an ability to empathise with the client and then steer them to the right solution so gently, they don’t know they’re being steered: a class act.

Partner Paul Dunbar is a great contrast: a bit of a wheeler-dealer, and that’s a compliment.

Senior Associate Katy Humphrey – one-woman whirlwind who does the job of at least three men. Clever, super-energetic and super-savvy, but at the same time cheerful and charming.

Senior Associate Charlotte Coleman is just who you want at your side when things get weird: calm, collected and hard-working, she’ll get the client where it wants to go most of the time.

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group


Network Homes

One Housing


Notting Hill Genesis

Greenwich Hospital

Capital City College Group

Reliance Globalcom

Cote Restaurant group

Social housing: finance Tier 3

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s finance team works with its broader social housing group to provide a full service to both lender and borrower clients. The firm frequently advises on issues relating to short-term bank debt and act for clients on the negotiation of their main bank agreements, whether from traditional funders or from new entrants to the market. Ruby Giblin is experienced in property charging and is instructed to charge security for transactions involving bonds, private placements, PRS, loans, and pension funds. Patricia Umunna has advised on internal and external joint venture arrangements. Former practice head Louise Leaver departed in 2020 to join Bevan Brittan LLP, along with Deborah Rowntree.

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Sovereign Housing






BNP Paribas

Lloyds Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Reliance Bank

Trident Housing Association

Family Tier 4

The team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is led by the highly recommended Katie Spooner, who leads on complex matrimonial and financial remedy cases, often involving children and cross-jurisdictional matters. Her client base is increasingly made up of highly successful executives, high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. The department advises on highly complex Children Act proceedings, as well as nuptial agreements and financial remedy proceedings. Amanda Andrews moved to Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP and associate Alexander Woolley to Farrer & Co, but the team has strong associates in Anna-Laura Lock and Selena Arbe-Barnes.

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Katie Spooner is now at the helm and steering the ship with aplomb. She is one to watch – she is ambitious, hardworking and fights for her clients

Katie Spooner took a very sensible and rational approach, trying to find pragmatic solutions to resolve matters for our clients. She provided exceptional support and was calm, measured, candid, and tough in equal measure

‘Katie Spooner is an excellent lawyer, with superb people skills, very much suited to being head of department. Under her watch the team is likely to go places

‘A close-working team with deep specialisms, particularly in finance and private law children matters. Katie Spooner is great – down to earth, straightforward and ever the tactician when it comes to running a case. She holds her own with ease in negotiations’

‘Anna-Laura Lock in the family team stands out as a first-rate associate. She is cool, calm, and collected under pressure, has excellent client care skills, and fantastic attention to detail

‘There are some exceptional associates in this team, in particular Anna-Laura Lock and Selena Arbe-Barnes. The team is down to earth, can compete with the big players and has reduced costs because of its south of the river location. Anna-Laura Lock really looks after her clients. She is very approachable and genuine

‘A top London firm with an excellent reputation for conducting litigation in a firm but appropriate manner. Some excellent young associates who will be big names in the future. Anna-Laura Locke is exceptionally bright, unbelievably diligent and fantastic with clients. Selena Arbe-Barnes is a rising star. She is very clever and adds enormous value to a case

Selena Arbe-Barnes is a rising star – she brings a great deal of maturity and intelligence to her cases and is superb with clients. I would not hesitate in referring cases to her as she is reassuring, clever and very committed to her clients

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The team at 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. Its international private client practitioners also continue to assist wealthy non-UK resident, non-domiciled individuals and family offices on various international and tax estate planning matters. Other clients include a number of landed estates, charities, and a range of agents acting on behalf of incapacitated individuals such as attorneys and deputies. Hugh MacDougald heads the practice.

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This is an understated firm that is doing very high value and complex trusts, tax and estates work with considerable expertise Tim Snaith is excellent to work with and technically very strong

Dhana Sabanathan is amazing at what she does. She employs a holistic approach to client situations and is super helpful in all matters pertaining to clients

‘Responses are very swift. The lawyers come up with solutions to problems. I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm, and Tim Snaith in particular

‘Tim Snaith is outstanding. His client manner, responsiveness, practical mind and ability to simplify and guide clients through some complex ideas is brilliant. Anybody I have referred to him has, without exception, thanked me for the introduction and reported glowingly on the experience

‘An exceptionally strong practice in this area dealing readily with high-value complex and contentious trust, tax and probate matters. Tim Snaith is very knowledgeable and experienced, exceptional in managing difficult clients and unflappable under pressure. He is discreet and courteous – the very model of a private client partner

‘A good solid practice with quality clients. Tim Snaith is well versed in the law and has a calm and sensible head. He has his clients’ best interests at heart’

Philip Collins brings a practical approach and significant experience

‘There was direct and easy access to the partners handling my various matters

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Winckworth Sherwood LLP displays a 'depth of experience' in their transactional construction practice. Clients include real estate developers, housebuilders and infrastructure operators. Eleanor Kilminster co-leads the team with Colin Hall; she is noted for her 'great sector knowledge', working on developments in the UK and working closely with the firm's social housing and development practitioners. Hall stands out for his work in the energy sector while Alexandra Reid handles both public and private sector work, acting for charitable trusts and private developers.

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‘They have taken the time to really get know our business and have delivered consistency of contact through.’

‘Ellie Kilminster and Alexandra Reid are fantastic in challenging our assumptions and requests whilst not strangling entrepreneurial spirit. We always get a rapid response from the team and they are well informed in the industry and provide great sector knowledge.’

Employers Tier 6

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a standout reputation for advising senior executives on complex and high-value matters, with particular expertise in corporate governance, restrictive covenants, bonus and equity incentives, protected disclosures and regulatory obligations. Many of the firm's clients hold senior roles at major banks and financial services firms. The department also has strengths in employers work, and is known for its specialism in complex whistleblowing cases. Sector specialisms for employers include financial and professional services, pharmaceuticals, charities and religious institutions. Jo Keddie heads up the employment group. Other notable lawyers include Andrew YuleSusan Kelly, who has a niche specialism in advising high-ranking clergy in the Church of England, and Blair Adams, whose practice focuses on employer clients.

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‘They are commercial and compassionate at the same time – a very hard balance to achieve.’

‘Andrea London provides a high touch service, timely and valuable support. She has strong subject matter knowledge.’

‘The team were responsive, pragmatic and supportive to us as we went through a complicated and challenging process. They were able to pick up work where we had resource restraints internally and cut through a lot of information to provide practical advice.’

‘Andrew Yule  is calm and measured with a well-thought-through view considering legal and commercial aspects pragmatically.’

‘We have been working with Winckworth Sherwood for some years now and we are very happy with the services they provide. They have a pragmatic and yet very professional approach to dealing with employment law issues.’

‘Louise Lawrence is very strong within employment law. She has attention to detail and provides high quality and tailored advice.’

‘Jo Keddie completely understands us, how we operate and how best to solve the challenges.’

‘They are approachable and pragmatic – they take their time to understand our company and provide appropriate advice.’

‘Danielle Crawford is calm, pragmatic and very responsive. We see her as an extension of our own team.’

‘Jo Keddie – knowledgeable, pragmatic and detailed.’

Planning and environment Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's planning team is led by Colette McCormack, who acts on development projects regionally and nationally. Reflective of her deep expertise and standing in the market, she served as the Government’s chief planner at the Chartered Institute of Housing National Conference in 2019. Another name to note is senior associate Joanne Hannah, who provides 'clear advice' on 'complex areas of planning law' and has advised local housebuilders on projects.

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‘The Winckworth Sherwood planning team led by partner Colette McCormack are clear leaders in the field of planning. 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- importantly they don’t just tell you what the law is – which is what some lawyers – they tell you how to apply it and provide a solution. Importantly they understand the political context of planning law at local and community level as well as the need to deliver.’

‘Colette and her team deal with highly complex planning issues but you can always rely on them to lead the project forward. They are proactive and very solutions-driven. Even though they are advising the Council as the local planning authority – they understand the development process and industry and the local government process and how it works including the interplay with the Mayor and local politicians which stand them apart from many planning teams.’

‘The team is led by planning partner Colette McCormack and she is assisted by senior associate Jo Hannah and associate Matt Steinbrecher and the team is proactive and very solutions-driven. They are team players and work closely with the officers advising on highly complex planning and development issues. Colette’s understanding of local government law and the commerciality required in the development process coupled with her specialist planning legal knowledge allows her to think outside the box to find the right solution. We know that we can rely on Colette and Jo to provide clear advice on what are usually very complex areas of planning law.’

‘Colette is very calm under pressure and is skilled at delivering major projects and keeping them on track. She has a very good manner not only with the council officers but also the developers and their consultant teams. Colette, Jo Hannah and Matt Steinbrecher are always on top of their brief from the council and we are always glad that they are advising us at the council as you can always rely on Colette to bring the parties round the table together and to find a solution, as well leading on complex legal negotiations.’

Key clients

Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited

Barking Riverside Limited

Wandsworth Borough Council

St. Modwen Limited

Persimmon Homes (North West) Limited

Peel Land & Property Group Management Limited

Clarion Housing Group (North)

Romal Capital Limited

A2 Dominion Limited

Gladman Development Limited


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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner John Rees
Managing partner Roger Fitton
Corporate Richard Tinham
Finance Louise Leaver
Litigation/arbitration Emma Chadwick
Property Francesco Ferrari
Employment Jo Keddie
Education Andrea Squires
Planning Karen Cooksley
Church Aiden Hargreaves-Smith
Family Amanda Andrews
Private client Hugh MacDougald
Commercial real estate and licensing Robert Botkai
Parliamentary and infrastructure Paul Irving
Social housing Andrew Murray
Local government Joanna Bussell
Construction Eleanor Kilminster
Photo Name Position Profile
 John Burnand  photo John Burnand Partner: John specialises in all aspects of corporate finance, including mergers and…
 Jodie Campbell  photo Jodie Campbell Partner: Jodie is a partner in the Residential Development team and has…
 Charlotte Coleman  photo Charlotte Coleman Senior associate Charlotte qualified in October 2008 and joined the Property Litigation…
 Alex Dillistone  photo Alex Dillistone Senior associate Alex is a public law, planning and environmental lawyer specialising…
 Tim Fogarty  photo Tim Fogarty Partner Tim is an experienced development risk and disputes lawyer with a…
 Katy Humphrey  photo Katy Humphrey Senior associate Katy qualified in September 2009 and joined the Property Litigation…
 Katie Spooner  photo Katie Spooner Partner Katie regularly advises men and women from all backgrounds on the…
 Jane Wakeham  photo Jane Wakeham Senior associate Jane practiced at the common law bar for 5 years…
Number of UK partners : 56
Number of other UK fee-earners : 153