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

Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

Winckworth Sherwood LLP drafts and promotes legislation, statutory instruments and byelaws in the Westminster parliament, with a specialist focus on major infrastructure projects of strategic importance. The practice is led by Paul Irving, who has led on work for the Department of Transport as well as schemes and legislation related to British ports. Hazel Anderson has a focus on rail and harbour clients, with work including environmental impact assessments and habitats issues. Alex Dillistone negotiates complex legal agreements with a range of organisations with objections to HS2 and National Rail projects. Jane Wakeham works across the practice on matters including hybrid and private bills, development consent orders and Transport and Works Act orders. The hugely experienced Alison Gorlov has stepped down as a partner and now acts as a consulting Parliamentary Agent for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Paul Irving

Other key lawyers:

Alison Gorlov; Hazel Anderson; Alex Dillistone; Jane Wakeham

Testimonials

‘The team of lawyers we work with at Winckworth Sherwood are really great – they have a real depth and breadth of experience in the specialist area we work with them on and are personally delightful.’

‘Paul Irving is a leader in his field and is widely and rightly recognised as the foremost expert. Alex Dillistone is a deeply talented lawyer with a quick wit and again, superbly skilled.’

‘Ability to understand the client’s needs and so apply their knowledge and expertise to meet that need in the scope of the project and client’s aspirations. They have a strength in exuding confidence in their client that they will be able to support their needs and go over and above and also see the context and wider (time and space) perspective of the client’s project.’

‘They approach the client as being part of the team not standing back, as is vital to understand the needs of the client but also in building relationships to enable the aspirations of the client to be met and in the smoothest way possible and maximising any opportunities.’

‘Unique experience acting for the Government in the promotion of hybrid Bills for major infrastructure projects.’

‘Paul Irving remains one of the best Parliamentary Agents in the business, with vast experience, capacity and an unerring ability to offer succinct and always useful advice.’

‘They remain the stand out team in this highly specialised and complex sector. Tremendous experience and track record of success in promoting national and other major transport schemes through Parliamentary and statutory consent procedures. Intellectually very powerful practitioners. Long standing emphasis on carefully structured and principled legal advice in support of robust and defensible outcomes. Incredibly approachable and down to earth individuals. A sheer joy to work with.’

‘Paul Irving – remains the clear first choice by a long distance in this field. Formidable judgement worn astonishingly lightly. Hazel Anderson is the go to practitioner in this field for authoritative advice on environmental assessment and related regulatory matters. Alex Dillistone always provides the most clear and astutely focused advice. Jane Wakeham is particularly strong in advising on negotiating settlement.’

Key clients

HS2

Crossrail

Secretary of State for Transport

West Midlands Combined Authority

Associated British Ports

Port of London Authority

Network Rail

Harwich Haven Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Secretary of State for Transport in the promotion of three bills in Parliament to authorise the High Speed railway network.
  • Acting for the Port of London Authority on the promotion of a major harbour revision order to revise its powers to regulate the Port of London.
  • Acting for Network Rail in the promotion of an Order under the Transport and works Act to authorise the east-west rail project.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

Winckworth Sherwood LLP counts law and accountancy firms, private equity, real estate and investment funds among its clients. It also has a specialism in advising real estate investor and developer LLPs where these are vehicles for holding property or establishing joint ventures. It advises partnerships, especially individual partners on a range of discrimination issues involving forced retirement, and  investigations. ‘Star‘ performer Jo Keddie is widely recognised for her skillful handling of both transactional and contentious cases; she represents clients in the High Court, Employment Tribunals and in arbitrations and mediations. Bettina Bender is also noted for her broad experience while senior associate Danielle Crawford‘s focus is on employment issues arising within partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Winckworth Sherwood have a very high quality and energetic team, in particular acting for senior partners and partnerships’

‘Jo Keddie is a star in this area, with very good knowledge and a superb commercial sense.’

‘In my view, Winckworth Sherwood has the leading employment team in the City, particularly for individuals. The firm has deep expertise in employment law and strength at both partner and associate level.’

‘I have also had extensive dealings with Ms Harriet Calver, a senior associate at Winckworth Sherwood. She is thoughtful, responsive and pays great attention to detail.’

‘WS is well regarded for its contentious partnership work.’

‘Jo Keddie is very hands on and did (what the counterparty’s head of legal described as) the most comprehensive challenge to contractual terms they had ever seen’.

‘The team has strong connections with both financial services and professional services firms, and is also able to offer other high net worth services.’

‘Jo Keddie and Bettina Bender have many years of experience of dealing with employment and partnership issues and are very alive to the strategic considerations required and the clients’ needs. They deal with matters themselves.’

Key clients

A2 Dominion

Sovereign Housing Association

Catalyst Housing

BNP Paribas Real Estate/Strutt & Parker LLP

Brunswick Group LLP

Merchant Cantos LLP

Work highlights

    Employment > Senior executives Tier 2

    Highlighted as ‘very knowledgeable and experienced advisers to individuals with regard to employment matters in a corporate environment’, Winckworth Sherwood LLP has particular expertise in advising on strategic departures. The firm provides advice on corporate governance compliance, restrictive covenants, bonus and equity incentives, protected disclosures and regulatory obligations, which it combines with contentious expertise in the High Court and the Employment Tribunal; disputes range from unfair dismissals, to discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Practice head Jo Keddie specialises in contentious and non-contentious employment and partnership law. Another key name in the area is Louise Lawrence, whose focus is on advising senior executives in the professional services, financial services and creative sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Jo Keddie

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘They are very knowledgeable and experienced advisers to individuals with regard to employment matters in a corporate environment. The advice is nuanced and commercial whilst taking into account the personal impact of the matter on the client.’

    ‘Bettina Bender is a knowledgeable and impressive lawyer. She has an excellent awareness of employment matters in a financial services context. Bettina is empathetic and commercial and she makes a very difficult situation easier to handle.’

    ‘The communication was just exceptional and all of my questions were answered so quickly. It felt like nobody could do too much and no question was silly. Everything was explained to me so well.’

    ‘This was my first experience needing support with a legal issue and it has been such an illuminating experience. Louise Lawrence not only made me feel comfortable, open and completely reassured, she educated me on the topic, tapped into my feelings around the ethics of my issue and so succinctly translated what I was trying to say. She was very personable and I felt like I was in such secure hands and trusted her judgement. I can’t thank Louise enough.’

    ‘I cannot recommend Andy Yule highly enough. He was professional, personable and efficient. Andy clearly understood my drivers and objectives from the outset and managed my expectations throughout what was a very stressful period of my life. He was always transparent about timescales and billing of all documents and never tried to overstate the complexity of the case.’

    ‘I believe it was Andy Yule’s personable nature and top class communication skills that make him stand out from others. He was extremely helpful and helped put me at ease throughout the entire process.  I would personally recommended Andy Yule to any company and individual known to me who require his specialist employment law knowledge and experience.’

    ‘I worked with Andrew Yule who was always highly helpful, professional and prompt in his responses. He had a lovely bedside manner during a very tricky time!’

    ‘Excellent expertise, commercialism and cross border coordination on complex employment matters.’

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

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises the full range of charitable organisations across multiple sectors with particular strength in education, housing, leisure and the arts. Other core areas of sector expertise include culture and ecclesiastical. Alison Talbot has extensive experience in charity law and governance and has also advised charities on several high-profile Charity Commission investigations and inquiries. Joanna Bussell has considerable strength in advising charities in the leisure, arts and cultural sectors. Bussell advises on all aspects of charity law from the establishment of new start up charities to undertaking governance reviews for existing charities. Aiden Hargreaves-Smith acts for various institutional charity clients including individual parishes and clergy as well as Bishops and Cathedral Chapters.

    Practice head(s):

    Alison Talbot; Joanna Bussell

    Other key lawyers:

    Aiden Hargreaves-Smith; Darren Oliver

    Testimonials

    ‘Field leaders in ecclesiastical law. I don’t trust any other firm to know the complexities of it the way I trust WS to know it’.

    ‘I principally work with Darren Oliver, who has a wealth of knowledge and applies it well. He is willing to look at the practical realities of situations as well as the black letter law’.

    ‘Joanna Bussell is the lead partner and is undoubtedly the leader in the charity and not-for-profit field. She is able to call on, and organise, her colleagues in other practice areas, such as HR, property, finance etc to great effect, to give a great all-round service’.

    ‘Joanna Bussell is knowledgeable, helpful, precise and swift in all the work that she does for us, and has a unique commercial insight that she brings to the field. She also has a thorough understanding of other related fields, such as local government and other related sectors. We consider Joanna to be a vital member of our team, and she has been essential to help our organisation deal with all the issues we face’. 

    Key clients

    Christ Church, Oxford

    Wiener Holocaust Library

    Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

    Archbishop of Canterbury

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

    Artists’ General Benevolent Institution

    Knepp Wildland Foundation

    Staffordshire Cricket Limited

    Camden Highline

    St George Plc

    Rossendale Leisure Trust

    Tower Hamlets Community Transport

    Tonbridge and Malling Leisure Trust

    Enable Leisure & Culture

    Staffordshire Cricket Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Camden Highline on the £100m park in the sky for London. This is one of the UK’s most exciting infrastructure projects, inspired, in part, by the New York Skyline.
    • Advising Staffordshire Cricket on the advantages and disadvantages of charity registration culminating in the Cricket Board registering as a charity in December 2021.
    • Advising Tonbridge and Malling Leisure Trust on the management and operation of Leybourne Lakes. This is an expansive Country Park in Leybourne, including woodland, open space and lakes for water sports activities and fishing.

    Public sector > Local government Tier 2

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP‘s local government team is at the forefront of a number of major local government projects and advises private sector organisations on high value joint ventures within the sector. The multi-disciplinary team contains specialists in real estate, planning, regeneration, procurement, parliamentary agency, infrastructure and finance. Practice leader Joanna Bussell is particularly adept at handling local government outsourcing projects and advises both central and local government agencies in regards to partnerships within the private and third sectors. As well as this, she is especially known for her experience with leisure and culture outsourcing projects. Simon Randall has over 40 years of experience advising local and central government agencies, with a particular expertise in housing issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Joanna Bussell

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Randall; Colette McCormack

    Testimonials

    ‘Joanna Bussell is the lead partner for us on local government matters. She is one of the leading practitioners in the field and has outstanding expertise and knowledge in this practice area. She is also able to call on her colleagues in other practice areas, such as HR and Property to provide a high quality all round service.’

    ‘Joanna Bussell is knowledgeable, helpful, precise and swift in all the work, and brings high quality, authoritative insight and advice. She also has a thorough understanding of other related fields, such as charity and not-for-profit, commercial, and other related sectors.’

    ‘The local government team are also leisure and culture charitable trust specialists. They have a national reputation for being the number one legal experts in the sector and have been for over 10 years. There broad range of experience means there has never been a scenario I have described to them they have not come up against before. From ad hoc informal advice to retendering and writing new and complex contract documentation they are the leaders in the field and I would only use them.’

    ‘Joanna Bussell is renowned as the leading expert nationally in leisure and cultural charity trust legal advice. She has many years of diverse experience and I would not hesitate and have done to recommend her to colleagues. Joanna always goes the extra mile and the knowledge she carries in her head without reverting to research is mind-boggling. She just is the best.’

    Key clients

    Braintree District Council, Council

    East Sussex County Council

    Epping Forest District

    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

    London Borough of Hounslow

    Braintree District Council, Council

    East Sussex County Council

    Epping Forest District

    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

    London Borough of Hounslow

    Work highlights

    • Appointed by Lancaster City Council to explore options to improve service delivery at Lancaster City Council’s flagship facility, Salt Ayre Leisure Centre.
    • Assisted Lichfield District Council implement a major redevelopment of its sports complex, including a ground-breaking approach to maximising VAT recovery in relation to capital works. The works included a state of art energy efficiency system.
    • Advised West Lancashire Borough Council on the design and build of two new leisure centres in West Lancashire. The two leisure centres are critical to the Council’s objectives to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.

    Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

    The planning and development risk department at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is led by Colette McCormack and is well known in the market for advising on complex residential projects, as well as mixed-use projects, urban extensions, tall buildings and estate regeneration. McCormack has broad planning experience, which includes compulsory purchases, judicial reviews, heritage issues and environmental impact assessments, while Legal director Joanne Hannah is a name to note for highways, and town and village green matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Colette McCormack

    Other key lawyers:

    Joanne Hannah; Matthew Steinbrecher

    Key clients

    Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited

    Barking Riverside Limited

    Wandsworth Borough Council

    Altered Space

    Morris Homes

    Keystone & Partners

    Peel Land & Property Group Management Limited

    Clarion Housing Group

    Eutopia Homes

    A2 Dominion Limited

    Hollybrook Homes

    Work highlights

    • Advised Peel Land and Property Limited on strategic planning advice to enable delivery, including approval, of the first two neighbourhood masterplans i.e. Princes Dock and Central Docks and planning permission in the Bramley Moore Dock for the Everton Football Club Stadium.
    • Continuing to advise Wandsworth Borough Council on the delivery of VNEB Opportunity Area including the iconic Battersea Power Station as well as advising on the council’s multibillion estate regeneration programme.
    • Providing strategic planning advice to Peel Ports on the delivery of reserved matters application and a s73 application. This multi-billion pound regeneration project will transform the Wirral to deliver 13,000 new homes and 20,000 new jobs.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 3

    With a ‘broad range of legal expertise’, Winckworth Sherwood LLP specialises in supermarket and petrol forecourt licensing, while also clients in the restaurant, hotel, leisure, and entertainment sectors. Additionally, the team continues to act for residents and businesses in opposing licences. Robert Botkai  heads up the practice, drawing on over 30 years’ experience to act for leading on-trade and off-trade clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Botkai

    Testimonials

    ‘Broad range of legal expertise which has enabled us to use them for advice on licencing, real estate and litigation. Grouping these elements under one firm has been extremely helpful, offering a broad range of advice on all matters when needed. Extremely efficient and assist with a deep understanding of how our business operates.’

    ‘Multidisciplinary, efficient, commercial.’

    ‘Robert Botkai is an absolute pleasure to work with, he is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and assuring. Licencing is a fundamental element of our business and without his contributions we would have been unable to be successful. He immediately helped us to grasp complex matters and has guided us through several licencing hearings and applications – it is impossible to quantify his contribution, nothing short of phenomenal from an external advisor.’

    ‘On matters of licencing Robert Botkai’s competent and commercially minded approach has provided us with the tools for success, he has delivered creative solutions to complex problems. The administrational side of his work has always been impressive alongside their legal advice, which has provided a cost effective and accurate volume of work. I cannot fault him as a lawyer, he has excellent ethics and is always on call to offer advice – his dedication is beyond belief. Robert is extremely efficient; he has adapted to our working style immediately and I have been extremely impressed by his rate of execution in all matters.’

    ‘Strengths: Communication, compassion, commercial mindedness, knowledge of licencing, efficiency, excellent judgement, network within the field of licencing, commitment, administration.’

    ‘Very efficient, reliable, and good teamwork.’

    ‘I would give 10/10 to Robert Botkai. We have worked with him since 2016, and I can’t praise him enough. Very efficient, prompt responses to all queries even during out of business hours. His knowledge and experience are great.’

    Public sector > Education: schools Tier 3

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises multi-academy trusts, local authorities and teaching unions, among other organisations, on a range of issues including parental complaints, special educational needs and safeguarding. In addition to the new challenges presented by COVID-19, the practice has advised on problems resulting from the inappropriate use of TikTok. The team is led by Andrea Squires  who works with dioceses and advises on estate regeneration, PFI and disputes. Aida Smajlovic was promoted to partner in April 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrea Squires

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team knows the context of the employment dispute within the education sector, inside out. It is unusual to have employment experts with such a specialist knowledge of the education sector, and is of huge benefit to their clients.’

    ‘Aida Smajlovic’s judgement is spot-on as a result of her extensive experience within employment law, but her specialist expertise within the sector sets her apart from her competitors. She is a shining light of sensible, practical advice for her education clients but she is also tenacious and tough in support of her clients’ best interests.’

    ‘The team at Winckworth Sherwood are extremely accessible and their legal knowledge is excellent. They provide pragmatic advice in an accessible way. I always feel supported and our working relationship feels like a partnership. If I have a query which requires specialist legal advice, the partner or associate I am speaking to will either consult with a colleague, or will forward my query to the relevant specialist team.’

    ‘I have worked with a number of individuals at Winckworth Sherwood. However, my stand-out partner is Aida Smajlovic. I have worked with her on a number of complex disciplinary and grievance investigations. She has always provided timely advice and I always feel that Aida is happy to talk through issues and scenarios. Her advice is always practical and robust.’

    ‘Nothing is ever too much trouble for the Winckworth Sherwood team; they are simultaneously professional and personable. People are at the heart of their practice and they take the time to really get to know their clients’ needs in order to deliver a bespoke, efficient and outstanding service.’

    ‘The team at Winckworth Sherwood have real expertise in the overlap between employment and education law, and the particularly complexities that that can give rise to. I am impressed by their knowledge of the nuances created by employers being, for example, charities, faith schools, and academies. Their advice is practical and commercial but, importantly, sector specific.’

    ‘Aida Smajlovic is great with clients. Her advice is commercial and always extremely objective-focused for clients. She understands what clients want and need to achieve, and helps them navigate the relevant areas of law to achieve those objectives.’

    ‘Unusually within education law, Winckworth Sherwood have leading solicitors with experience of acting on both the school-side and parent-side which assists them when acting for schools. They are impressive at dealing with discrimination law issues.’

    Key clients

    Rickmansworth School

    Peterborough Council

    The Bishop’s Stortford High School

    St Joseph’s Catholic Academy Trust

    Diocese of Hallam

    The Church of England Education Office (also known as the National Society

    East Barnet School

    All Saints Catholic School

    The Bishop’s Stortford High School

    The Association of Muslim Schools

    London Borough of Haringey

    Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust

    Herts for Learning Multi Academy Trust

    Catholic Education Service

    Work highlights

    • Assisted the establishment of a turnaround MAT project, a pilot project run by the Department for Education, focusing on schools which have been failing for some and where all the usual intervention triggers have been exhausted.
    • Successfully acted for All Saints Catholic School in defending a number of employment tribunal claims brought by former employees of the school. The claims related to unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.
    • Providing schools with a range of support on various issues which have arisen in schools as a result of Covid-19, which have touched on a number of specialisms including contracts, parental complaints, special educational needs, data protection, safeguarding, employment law.

    Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s real estate practice is noted for its expertise in regeneration projects and residential development schemes, particularly those with joint venture and PPP elements, and has demonstrable capability in acquisitions and disposals. The team is well-placed to advise on the entire project lifecycle, from planning and development to construction and financing. Practice leader Francesco Ferrari acts for registered providers of social housing and national housebuilders on major development schemes, while Andrew Bedford handles regeneration projects, mixed-use schemes and residential developments. James Corbett is another key member of the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Francesco Ferrari

    Other key lawyers:

    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

    Real estate > Planning Tier 3

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP‘s accomplished planning team advises a variety of clients including major developers and local authorities. The firm’s expertise lies in complex residential and mixed-use developments, on which practice head Colette McCormackleads the team admirably’; McCormack also leads the team on estate regeneration schemes. Associate Matt Steinbrecher regularly assists McCormack and ‘pays attention to the detail’ on major projects. Lindsay Garratt is commended for ‘thinking outside of the box to collaboratively find solutions’ and counts Barratt London as a key client.

    Practice head(s):

    Colette McCormack

    Other key lawyers:

    Lindsay Garratt; Tim Fogarty; Matt Steinbrecher; Alex Woolott; Alice Rowland

    Testimonials

    ‘The Planning Team at Winckworth Sherwood are one of the most experienced in London. The team are able to take complicated matters and simplify them in a way that allows myself as a client to make key commercial decisions with the important facts to hand.’

    ‘Lindsay Garratt understands our business inside out, which has developed through working across numerous projects. This in turn is then passed down throughout the associate and junior team.’

    ‘Winckworth Sherwood have worked incredibly well collaboratively with myself as a client as well as the wider design team, constantly offer solutions and advice that have benefitted every project I have worked on with them.’

    ‘Lindsay Garratt – Lindsay’s competence is well known throughout the industry, leading to her having a reputation that speaks for itself. I have worked with Lindsay on a number of complex projects and have always been incredibly impressed with her approach to thinking outside of the box to collaboratively find solutions and to translate these to the wider team.’

    ‘They never drop the ball and are always extremely attentive to each site’s issues and requirements and think and focus about us and what we are trying to achieve.’

    ‘Colette McCormack leads the team admirably, is thorough and friendly; always willing to make herself available for a discussion at short notice. Colette is very well supported in particular by Matt Steinbrecher, and a wider team at Winckworth Sherwood, who have our full trust to deal efficiently and effectively with our Planning needs.’

    ‘Matthew Steinbrecher is an associate who pays attention to the detail, is always well prepared for meetings with clients and is on hand to assist with advice even at short notice which is greatly appreciated.’

    Key clients

    Barratt London

    Harrow View LLP

    St George (part of the Berkeley Group of Companies)

    Weston Homes

    Barking Riverside

    The London Borough of Wandsworth

    Notting Hill Genesis

    Keystone & Partners

    Catalyst Housing

    Southwark Charities

    Work highlights

    • Advised Barratt London and TFL on the Secretary of State S77 call-in of the Wembley scheme for 454 homes and granted permission in March 2022.
    • Advised Weston Homes on its Goodmayes scheme for 1,280 homes in Redbridge which secured GLA Stage II approval in March 2022.
    • Advised LB Wandsworth on its estate regeneration scheme securing permission for the Alton Estate (1100 homes) in March 2022.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team has a range of expertise including development obligation disputes, building safety and cladding issues, rectification of development option agreements and lease covenants. The practice is led by Emma Chadwick. She has over 25 years' worth of experience in property litigation and is a former barrister. Her expertise includes land and development risk in contract disputes, overage disputes and boundary and easement issues. Paul Dunbar is noted for his vast knowledge in commercial landlord and tenant disputes involving dilapidation claims, lease renewals and service charge disputes. Mention is given to Charlotte Coleman for her expertise in party walls and restrictive covenant issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Emma Chadwick

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team members’ strength lies in their technical knowledge and expertise in resolving disputes.’

    ‘Paul Dunbar has a great depth of legal and market knowledge, which he deploys to the benefit of his clients, whether in litigation or dispute resolution.’

    ‘Charlotte Coleman has a cool and calm manner, which makes for an effective and happy team, and puts clients at their ease, getting the best out them in the litigation process.’

    ‘Emma Chadwick is experienced and fights relentlessly on behalf of her clients Paul Dunbar is one of the most savvy and commercially minded proplit practitioners in London. Charlotte Coleman is a thoroughly excellent and experienced senior associate.’

    ‘Winckworth Sherwood are a premier property litigation firm. Their range of clients is exceptional as is their client services.’

    ‘Emma Chadwick is exceptional and is a market leader.’

    ‘Very experienced and can deal with all property related matters.’

    ‘The team has huge experience in acting for housing associations, developers and retailers.’

    Key clients

    Canary Wharf Group

    Barratt

    Network Homes

    Berkeley Group

    A2Dominion

    Notting Hill Genesis

    Greenwich Hospital

    Aviva

    Crest Nicholson

    Yellow Brick

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Fairhold Holdings in respect of a First Tier Tribunal case concerning VAT on service charges.

    Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 3

    The social housing finance team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP provides advice to both borrowers and funders on all types of debt funding. The ‘very well regarded lawyers‘ are ‘highly experienced‘ and show ‘sound judgement‘ when advising their lender, issuer, trustee and investor clients on such finance matters as bonds, bank loans and private placements as well as bespoke funding arrangements. ‘Stand-out partnersRuby Giblin, Jill O’Reilly and Louise Forrest jointly head the team and are noted for being both ‘very knowledgeable and approachable‘. Lucy Grimwood, who made partner in April 2022, has a specialism in ESG-linked finance options.

    Practice head(s):

    Ruby Giblin; Jill O’Reilly; Louise Forrest

    Other key lawyers:

    Lucy Grimwood; Patricia Umunna; Zofia Kordek

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are highly experienced and have a sound judgement. As such, they are very well regarded lawyers in the sector. How they differ from other firms I would say is the service, which always feels personal. We used their online portal on our recent charging exercise to upload and download information & it was very useful & easy to navigate.’

    ‘Ruby Giblin and Jill O’Reilly stand out for me as partners. Very knowledgeable & approachable. Their staff shine for me due to their personal service, overall diligence and dedication.’

    ‘Jill O’Reilly and her team work really hard on our charging matters. They are all really knowledgeable, friendly and approachable.’

    ‘The team are exceptional. There is always some available to answer any questions whether related to a transaction or any ad hoc ones.’

    ‘Excellent team, great personable people. Passionate about what they do.’

    ‘I view Patricia Umunna as a trusted partner, whose advice I respect and who I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone else. She and her team worked with us to make sure our loan facility was well-scrutinised but agreed on time – we have the feeling they will go the extra mile for us – and that is very comforting!’

    ‘Patricia Umunna and Zofia Kordek explain the loan documentation very well and patiently to ensure you understand the terms. Jill O’Reilly and the property team are very responsive and explain the issues around properties and present solutions to issues very proactively.’

    ‘Louise Forrest – fantastic knowledge. Lucy Grimwood – meticulous and keen to understand the issues of the client. Patricia Umunna is a trusted partner.’

    Key clients

    Clarion Housing Association Limited

    M&G Trustee Company Limited

    Longhurst Group

    Soho Housing Association

    B3 Living

    Tower Hamlets Community Housing

    Spitalfields Housing Association

    Hightown Housing Association

    Harrow Churches Housing Association

    MUFG

    First Abu Dhabi Bank

    Lloyds Bank plc

    Swan Housing Association

    Notting Hill Genesis

    M&G Investment Management Limited

    Vivid Housing

    A2 Dominion

    London & Quadrant

    BPHA

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

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP acts for both for-profit and not-for-profit registered providers assisting with a full service regarding housing development schemes. The team provides support on all aspects of housing developments, from initial pre-acquisition due diligence, acquisition and planning to financing, charging, section 106 agreements, construction and sale as well as ongoing asset management, which clients feel are ‘second to none‘. Head of the team Charlie Proddow specialises in advising registered providers on housing developments as well as other property-related transactions. Former head of the department Andrew Murray has now retired.

    Practice head(s):

    Charlie Proddow

    Testimonials

    ‘Adaptability to change and take on board complex instructions.’

    ‘They listen, discuss and agree the solutions. The team have dealt with varying land issues in the past year with success and compliance with our directions’

    ‘Down to earth, approachable, accessible / responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic when it comes to negotiating fees and taking a view if projects aborted.’

    ‘Charlie Proddow: highly personable and responsive, going the extra mile to be of assistance and often taking a commercial view on work in progress verse emerging work. Prepared to discuss downside / abortive project risk and strike an excellent balance of give and take.’

    ‘The support on property, strategic partnership agreements, joint ventures and development agreements is second to none. The recent support on a major stock sale was invaluable.’

    ‘Charlie Proddow has incredible attention to detail which never diminishes even when the transaction gets hard. Their support on a major stock transfer which included negotiations with HE and the GLA, a development agreement, warranty agreements and assignment of build contracts was outstanding. Advice is quick and commercially astute. They are an asset in any negotiation.’

    ‘The team at Winckworths work collaboratively with each other to provide advice in a timely manner, seeking assistance from their colleagues with another specialisms as appropriate to try and assist as best they can.’

    Key clients

    A2Dominion

    Abri

    Bpha

    Catalyst

    Clarion

    Hightown

    Hyde

    Hyelm

    Golding

    London & Quadrant

    Metropolitan Thames Valley

    Moat

    Network Homes

    Notting Hill Genesis

    One Housing

    Optivo

    Peabody

    Sage

    Settle

    Southern Housing

    Sovereign

    Swan Housing

    Vivid

    ReSI Housing

    Lewisham Homes

    Evolve Housing + Support

    Worthing Homes

    Work highlights

    • Advised Optivo on a “first of its kind” £100m plus disposal of 420 grant-funded homes under development to for-profit registered provider, Sage Housing.
    • Advised L&Q on its development acquisition of a 120 unit lease for relocating residents within major regeneration scheme at Brent Cross.
    • Advised Clarion on its “Clarion 2040 Stock Disposal” project involving the sale of ca. 4,000 tenanted homes and associated parts of the business.

    Transport > Rail Tier 3

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a proven track record in the rail sector and has been instrumental in the promotion of major railway infrastructure and tramway schemes. It regularly advises on issues as diverse as compulsory purchases and compensation, related property issues and environmental impact assessments as well as planning and statutory procedures. Head of department Paul Irving specialises in advising on the drafting of legislation in relation to railways. Hazel Anderson is well-regarded for her infrastructure planning work.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Irving

    Other key lawyers:

    Hazel Anderson; Alex Dillistone; Jane Wakeman; Emma Rodican-Jones

    Testimonials

    ‘Has unique experience in acting for the Government in the promotion of hybrid Bills for major railway infrastructure (HS2, Crossrail, HS1 etc)’.

    ‘Paul Irving remains one of the best Parliamentary Agents in the business for advice on major railway projects’.

    ‘They remain the stand out team in this highly specialised and complex sector’.

    ‘Tremendous experience and track record of success in promoting national and other major transport schemes through Parliamentary and statutory consent procedures.

    ‘Intellectually very powerful practitioners. Long standing emphasis on carefully structured and principled legal advice in support of robust and defensible outcomes. Incredibly approachable and down to earth individuals. A sheer joy to work with’.

    ‘Paul Irving remains the clear first choice by a long distance in this field. Formidable judgment worn astonishingly lightly’.

    ‘Hazel Anderson is the go to practitioner in this field for authoritative advice on environmental assessment and related regulatory matters’.

    ‘Alex Dillistone always provides the most clear and astutely focused advice. Jane Wakeham and Emma Rodican Jones are particularly strong in advising on negotiating settlement’.

    Key clients

    Secretary of State for Transport

    Crossrail Ltd

    Department for Transport

    West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Centro)

    Network Rail

    Work highlights

    • Advised DfT on the promotion of 3 bills to authorise the High Speed 2 rail network.
    • Advised Network Rail on the Transport and Works Act order to authorise Phase 2 of the East West Rail project.
    • Advised Network Rail on the promotion of 3 orders to authorise the closure of a multiplicity of level crossings in East Anglia.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP is led by Jamie Barton and focuses on corporate occupiers and development work, especially in the hospitality and logistics sectors where the firm represents McDonald’s and Pret A Manger. Additionally noteworthy is its extensive expertise in acting for ecclesiastical office holders.

    Practice head(s):

    Jamie Barton

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Mulcock; Darren Oliver

    Key clients

    McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

    Oxfam

    Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

    Simon Hegele Logistics & Service Limited

    Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance

    The Arcadia Group

    Harleyford Estate Limited

    Tufton Warren Farm LLP

    Hot Pickle Trading Limited

    Private client > Family Tier 4

    The agile team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP has particular strength in highly complex Children Act proceedings as well as advising on nuptial agreements and financial remedy proceedings. Head of department Katie Spooner  regularly leads on a variety of complicated matrimonial and financial remedy cases which often have cross-jurisdictional elements and complicated children law issues. It was pleased to add Sarah Ingram to its ranks from Pinsent Masons LLP who has extensive experience of advising companies and trustees in the context of family proceedings.

    Practice head(s):

    Katie Spooner

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Ingram; Hannah Gumbrill-Ward

    Testimonials

    ‘Strong team, great junior solicitors with good judgment, dedicated to client service, clear advice. Hannah Gumbrill-Ward – excellent solicitor, wonderful manner with clients, firm and clear advice, very on top of papers and figures.’

    ‘The firm is fortunate to have recruited Sarah Ingram. She is dynamic, competent and wise’.

    ‘Very high quality work but more economical as south of the river’.

    ‘As a firm they are looking to grow and improve their family department and have recently headhunted Sarah Ingram from Pinsent Masons. Sarah is a major catch for them. She is a star and is pretty determined, so I am sure that we are going to see a leap forward for the team’.

    ‘Sarah Ingram is excellent. She attracts good work and offers her clients a stellar service. She is dedicated, efficient and motivated. The clients like her and respond to her. She will surely now drive the team forward to achieve the success to which she is accustomed’.

    ‘The close relationship the WS family team has with its private client team, which is one of the best in London, makes this one of the best firms for dealing with complex nuptial agreements’.

    ‘Katie Spooner is a clear rising star in family law. Her easy charm makes clients love her, while she provides clear and no-nonsense advice and representation’.

     

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

    Hugh MacDougald  leads an excellent team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP  that has been busy advising both national and international wealthy individuals and families on high-end tax, trusts and probate matters.  It also receives a steady flow of work from intermediaries such as accountants, independent financial advisors and investment managers.  Tim Snaith  is a trusted advisor to many significant HNW families and individuals. Dhana Sabanathan is recommended for her advice to UK and non-UK clients on international tax and estate planning matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Hugh MacDougald

    Other key lawyers:

    Tim Snaith; Dhana Sabanathan

    Testimonials

    ‘Great firm. Good experienced people. Good high value clients. Excellent strength in depth with extensive sound wills, trust and probate knowledge. Thoroughly recommended. As a team they will get to the right answer’.

    ‘Tim Snaith is my main contact. Also to a lesser extent Hugh MacDougald. Both very good and immensely experienced. Tim is discreet, charming and excellent with clients. Combined with sound common and practical sense and excellent legal knowledge – he is outstanding’.

    ‘This firm often handles large and sensitive matters discreetly and with the minimum of fuss. They are a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable. Tim Snaith, charming, confident and usually right!’.

    ‘I have only had dealings with Tim Snaith (Partner) – see below – and would wholeheartedly recommend using him. Tim was exceptional throughout. The matter was particularly complex and he was able to cut through the issues. I was particularly impressed by his speed of response and his desire to work constructively and collaboratively for the benefit of both our clients. His overall skillset was the best I’ve seen from a Private Client partner at another firm’.

    ‘Strong private client team. Tim Snaith is a good quality Private Client solicitor who has his client’s best interests at the heart of everything he does’.

    ‘The team has many strengths and the whole firm can provide a very comprehensive private client service. Dhana Sabanathan is exceptional and provides extremely clear and timely advice. She is excellent at delivering verbally or in writing and I would introduce her to all of my clients if I could!’.

    ‘Very personal service provided by Tim Snaith and his team. Brilliant bedside manner, great attention to detail, very commercial, thorough and all-encompassing ‘bigger picture’ advice always given – trying to think beyond the immediate needs of the clients’.

    Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a well-developed contentious trusts and estates offering in its Oxford office, which works closely with the firm's team in London and other departments including corporate and employment. The group has a solid clientbase of high-net-worth individuals and their advisors. Practice head Philip Collins and is adept at bringing and defending claims against estates under the Inheritance Act. Alison Talbot brings expertise in charity law.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Collins

    Other key lawyers:

    Alison Talbot; Samantha Warner

    Testimonials

    ‘Winkworth Sherwood has a specialist and growing contentious probate team which works closely alongside a strong private client team.’

    ‘I deal predominantly with Phillip Collins who heads up the team. Phil is very thorough, pragmatic, calm and straightforward – a pleasure to deal with. He advocates strongly and effectively for his clients and quickly identifies the central issues. I am happy to refer conflict work to him knowing that my clients will be in very capable and empathetic hands.’

    ‘Philip Collins provided exceptional advice and support to achieve an extremely positive outcome in a long running matter.’

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

    Philip Collins leads the team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, where he focuses on disputes for private individuals and charities, concerning estates, trusts, and wills. The firm handles trusts, estate planning, probate, and HNW residential matters, both on the contentious and non-contentious side.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Collins

    Other key lawyers:

    Alison Talbot; Samantha Warner

    Testimonials

    ‘Communication was prompt and clear throughout.’

    Employment > Employers Tier 5

    Jo Keddie leads the employment department at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, where she is a highly experienced counsel in High Court and tribunals and is equally skilled in non-contentious and HR advisory matters. She is recommended for complex and sensitive investigations, particularly in relation to organisations and individuals who are subject to regulation in the legal, accountancy and financial sectors. Andrea London and Blair Adams are the other key figures.

    Practice head(s):

    Jo Keddie

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Andrea London always provides exceptional advice from a commercial angle. Probably the best relationship I have had with an employment lawyer in my career.’

    ‘Lovely firm to work with.’

    ‘The firm has a very good employment practice, all of whom are very client friendly and hard working and are able to deal with some really tricky specialist issues.’

    ‘WS is a very pro-active firm in the disputes that they have supported me on.’

    ‘The Partners and Associates speak both law and business – for me an essential component in any law firm.’

    ‘I have yet to look at one of their invoices and considered it anything other than value for money.’

    ‘Andrea London – highly experienced; excellent listening and communication skills; pro-active; commercial; fearless.’

    ‘Blair Adams is hands on with a relaxed manner that instantly puts clients at ease.’

    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

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

    Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises clients across the real estate sector in the UK, including for both private residential and public sector developers. The team is led by Eleanor Kilminster, who is experienced in advising on mixed-use schemes, residential and commercial accommodation, and station infrastructure. Meanwhile, Colin Hall is experienced in advising on decentralised energy schemes.

    Practice head(s):

    Eleanor Kilminster

    Other key lawyers:

    Colin Hall; Ashley Pappin

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is very committed to their client. Their key strength is the people and their tactical abilities focused solely on assisting their clients.’

    ‘Charis Beverton is astute and practical.’

    ‘Greg Carter is excellent. His determination to defend his client’s position is absolute. He works extremely hard and is very conscientious.’

    ‘Winckworth Sherwood is unique in its balance of internal capabilities. Partners get involved closely with client cases.’

    ‘Ashley Pappin is very proactive. What makes him different from competitors is his ability to make his advice understood by non-legal individuals. Ashley is highly commercially aware, always looking to strike a balance between cost and benefit.’

    ‘Their commitment to finding solutions and their commercial assessment of the best outcome are key strengths.’

    ‘The way engage with the clients and experts, and the knowledge they have is first-class. The way they conduct themselves is in the best interest for the client.’

    ‘Greg Carter is amazingly determined.’

    Key clients

    A2Dominion

    London & Quadrant Housing Trust

    Quadrant Construction Services Limited

    Flametree Properties Limited

    Notting Hill Genesis

    Redrow Homes Limited

    Network Homes Limited

    BDW Trading Limited

    Watkins Energy

    Aviva Investors

    Westminster Green Management Co Limited

    Crest Nicholson (Operations) Limited

    Lewisham Homes

    Harwich Haven Port Authority

    Euro Investments

    Clarion Housing Group

    Bouygues Development

    Camden Town Centre Limited

    Catalyst Housing Limited

    Consensus

    Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

    Countrywide Developments

    Evolve Housing

    Hill Partnerships

    Hollybrook

    Hyde Housing

    Keepmoat Homes

    Meridian Home Start

    Octopus

    One Crown Place

    One Brighton Quarter

    Optivo Housing

    Peabody Trust

    Populo Living

    Work highlights

      Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

      Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a strong practice acting for private residential developers and housebuilders in the UK, as well as for acting for public sector developers. The team is led by Eleanor Kilminster, who is experienced in advising on commercial projects, including mixed-use schemes.

      Practice head(s):

      Eleanor Kilminster

      Other key lawyers:

      Colin Hall

      Testimonials

      ‘Very responsive and always well briefed.’

      ‘Well qualified and professional.’

      ‘A group of experienced lawyers that are solution-focused, they can come up with creative solutions to complex legal issues without increasing the client’s risk position.’

      ‘They are highly motivated and solution focussed.’

      ‘Strength in understanding development agreements for long term regeneration projects.’

      ‘Eleanor Kilminster always gives timely and effective advice.’

      Key clients

      A2Dominion

      London & Quadrant Housing Trust

      Quadrant Construction Services Limited

      Flametree Properties Limited

      Notting Hill Genesis

      Redrow Homes Limited

      Network Homes Limited

      BDW Trading Limited

      Watkins Energy

      Aviva Investors

      Westminster Green Management Co Limited

      Crest Nicholson (Operations) Limited

      Lewisham Homes

      Harwich Haven Port Authority

      Euro Investments

      Clarion Housing Group

      Bouygues Development

      Camden Town Centre Limited

      Catalyst Housing Limited

      Consensus

      Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

      Countrywide Developments

      Evolve Housing

      Hill Partnerships

      Hollybrook

      Hyde Housing

      Keepmoat Homes

      Meridian Home Start

      Octopus

      One Crown Place

      One Brighton Quarter

      Optivo Housing

      Peabody Trust

      Populo Living

      Swan Housing

      Telford Homes

      Sovereign Housing Trust

      Argent Energy (UK) Limited

      Vivid Housing Association

      Watkins Energy

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

      Winckworth Sherwood LLP is led by Jamie Barton and focuses on corporate occupiers and development work, especially in the hospitality and logistics sectors where the firm represents McDonald’s and Pret A Manger. Additionally noteworthy is its extensive expertise in acting for ecclesiastical office holders.

      Practice head(s):

      Jamie Barton

      Other key lawyers:

      Richard Mulcock; Darren Oliver

      Key clients

      McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

      Oxfam

      Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

      Simon Hegele Logistics & Service Limited

      Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance

      The Arcadia Group

      Harleyford Estate Limited

      Tufton Warren Farm LLP

      Hot Pickle Trading Limited

      South East > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

      Philip Collins leads the team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP, where he focuses on disputes for private individuals and charities, concerning estates, trusts, and wills. The firm handles trusts, estate planning, probate, and HNW residential matters, both on the contentious and non-contentious side.

      Practice head(s):

      Philip Collins

      Other key lawyers:

      Alison Talbot; Samantha Warner

      Testimonials

      ‘Communication was prompt and clear throughout.’

      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
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      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