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Gowling WLG

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's broad practice includes advising on routine business contracts as well as large-scale and innovative outsourcing transactions. Sale of goods expert David Lowe leads the team and has experience negotiating and drafting contracts for a range of clients on national and international supply chain and procurement agreements. He also has notable experience advising clients on Brexit-related issues.

Practice head(s):David Lowe

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s EU, trade & competition department acts for a wide range of clients, including multinational companies, leading trade associations, and governmental departments. Led by Bernadine Adkins, who splits her time between Brussels and London, the practice excels at advising on cartels, contentious matters, UK and EU merger control issues, and on the competition law aspects of distribution agreements and other commercial arrangements. The team has a particular strength in cartel work, handling everything from dawn raids, investigations by the CMA or by other regulators exercising concurrent jurisdiction, through to follow-on damages claims arising out of decisions confirming competition law infringements. The team is active across sectors including energy, retail, technology, aviation, automotive, and life sciences. Samuel Beighton is another  key figure in the department.

Practice head(s):Bernardine Adkins

Other key lawyers:Samuel Beighton

Key Clients

Avison Young

Aston Martin Lagonda

British Telecommunications

Dixons Carphone

Eisai

Mazda Motors UK

Origin Enterprises

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Thai Airways

Work highlights

  • Advised Avison Young on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of GVA Grimley, one of the UK's leading real estate advisory businesses.
  • Advised Eisai on an agreement concerning the transfer of development and marketing rights in Europe for a non-opioid severe chronic pain treatment, including securing the required merger clearances unconditionally in Portugal and Spain.
  • Advising Mazda Motors UK on the application of UK and EU competition law to its 'Mazda MyWay' project.
Next Generation Partners

Samuel Beighton - Gowling WLG

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

The EU, trade and competition team at Gowling WLG advises on EU and UK sanctions law, customs and trade compliance, and EU trade defence investigations. The group also works closely with the firm’s commercial law department in the export controls space. Bernadine Adkins heads the department and has significant expertise in trade defence investigations. The department also broadened its offering in relation to customs, excise duties and regulatory matters through the appointment of legal director Ursula Johnston, who joined from Ernst & Young Global Limited in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Bernardine Adkins

Other key lawyers:Ursula Johnston

Key Clients

Hill & Smith Holdings

Aston Martin Lagonda

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Fostco

Work highlights

  • Advised a UK manufacturer and exporter of military goods on a trade compliance issue concerning an alleged breach of an export licence.
  • Advised a multinational company on the application of EU sanctions law and UK export controls to a proposed offshore drilling and exploration project on Russian territory.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's corporate group is one of the market's leading advisers for AIM-quoted mining and exploration companies. The corporate team often works hand-in-hand with the natural resources group headed by Charles Bond, and given the nature of its industry expertise, it has extensive experience acting for dual-listed corporates operating in numerous jurisdictions across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. Moreover, corporate head, Sunil Kakkad, also leads an India-focused group. Although the team is generally most active for corporate issuers, the firm remains plugged into the nomad community, producing an AIM handbook and holding an annual conference for nominated advisers.

Practice head(s):Sunil Kakkad; Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:Kris Rogers; Jeffrey Elway; Samantha Myers

Testimonials

'The lawyers' knowledge in encyclopaedic and they are an absolute pleasure to work with.'

'The team impresses with its understanding of the industry, ability to quickly understand a client's requirements and provide appropriate advice in an efficient and timely manner.'

'Very friendly practice group.'

Key Clients

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

Draper Esprit plc

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Mercia Technologies plc

Bacanora Minerals Ltd

Bushveld Minerals

Hummingbird Resources plc

Mkango Resources Ltd

Burlywood Capital

Firestone Diamonds plc

CIP Merchant Capital Limited

Phoenix Global Mining Ltd

AfriTin Mining Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for video games maker Codemasters in its admission to AIM.
  • Advised venture capital company Draper Esprit plc on its £115m fundraising by way of a placing and a subscription of new ordinary shares.
  • Advised Urban Logistics REIT on a secondary fundraising which raised gross proceeds of approximately £20m by way of a placing of ordinary shares.
  • Advised Mytrah Energy Limited, a listed renewable energy company with its operating assets in India, on a recommended £78.9m cash takeover offer by Raksha Energy Holdings Limited.
  • Acted for CIP Merchant Capital Limited in connection with a subscription for up to 100 million ordinary shares at 100 pence per share.

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has particular experience in consumer credit and retail finance as well as capital markets, fund regulation and payment services. The firm also provides expertise in fintech, advising on the regulatory aspects of new technologies including blockchain. Practice head Ian Mason joined the firm in 2018 from DLA Piper and advises on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues, non-contentious and contentious. He has significant experience in regulatory investigations, in enforcement and on the defence side. On the contentious side he leads with expert litigator James Sidwell and their team has experience advising institutions and individuals on responding to regulatory investigations and FCA/PRA enforcement issues, including those related to anti-bribery, corruption and mortgage fraud.

Practice head(s):Ian Mason; James Sidwell

Testimonials

'Ian Mason is excellent'

'Ian Mason has a deep-seated knowledge of how the regulator approaches matters. A pleasure to work with, he is highly diligent and collegiate in his approach'

Key Clients

Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson of Grant Thornton LLP as joint liquidators of Stanford Bank

Bushveld Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Advise on all matters concerning Stanford Bank's UK assets, which has included seeking the release of a restraint order obtained in 2009 by the Serious Fraud Office on behalf of the US Department of Justice.
  • Advised Bushveld Minerals on a major AIM disciplinary case.
  • Advising an investment fund in relation to a regulatory investigation involving a number of very serious allegations.
  • Advising a UK financial services client about a claim under the Payment Services Regulation in respect of losses resulting from unauthorised transactions by a foreign exchange service.
  • Acting for two companies in a High Court claim against three of their former directors.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has particular experience in consumer credit and retail finance as well as capital markets, fund regulation and payment services. The firm also provides expertise in fintech, advising on the regulatory aspects of new technologies including blockchain. Practice head Ian Mason joined the firm in 2018 from DLA Piper and advises on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues, non-contentious and contentious. He has significant experience in regulatory investigations, in enforcement and on the defence side. On the contentious side he leads with expert litigator James Sidwell and their team has experience advising institutions and individuals on responding to regulatory investigations and FCA/PRA enforcement issues, including those related to anti-bribery, corruption and mortgage fraud.

Practice head(s):Ian Mason

Testimonials

'Ian Mason is excellent'

'Ian Mason has a deep-seated knowledge of how the regulator approaches matters. A pleasure to work with, he is highly diligent and collegiate in his approach'

Key Clients

Andrews Sykes Group plc

Nebulous Inc.

Blue Star Capital

Volkswagen Financial Services

Audi

Model T Finance Company

Gravis Capital Partners

Honda

Pacific Capital Partners

AEW UK Investment Management

M&G Alternatives Investment Management Limited

Excelsior Insurance Company (part of Compass Group Plc)

Draper Esprit plc

Empiric Student Property plc

Peel Hunt

Transport for London

Ofwat

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Andrews Sykes Group plc on corporate and financial services regulatory matters.
  • Security token offering for Nebulous Inc.
  • Advising Blue Star Capital  on reverse takeover of SatoshiPay Ltd.
  • Advice to Volkswagen Financial Services and Audi on an innovative business model.
  • Providing Model T Finance Company with regulatory advice and guidance for its application to the PRA for a banking licence.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's corporate M&A practice handles national and international transactions through partners with deep sector expertise. Key sectors of note are real estate, life sciences, healthcare, energy and manufacturing, with each sector spearheaded by individual partners. The overall corporate team is led by Sunil Kakkad . Given the firm was formed through the merger between legacy Canadian firm Gowlings and UK firm Wragge Lawrence Graham, many mandates are cross border, with the firm developing its mid-market client base  on both sides of the Atlantic.

Practice head(s):Sunil Kakkad

Other key lawyers:David Brennan; Gareth Baker; Ian Piggin

Testimonials

'Fantastic firm'

'Gareth Baker thinks like a client. He is quick and responsive'

Key Clients

Wilmington Plc

Rant and Rave Limited

Cairngorm Capital

Synlab International GmbH

Entanet Holdings Ltd.

Equiom Group

Star Capital Partners

Brockwell Energy Limited

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Highland Gold Mining

Circle Holdings plc

Active Assistance (UK) Group

The Montreux Healthcare Fund plc

Mytrah Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders of UK-based technology business Rant & Rave on its £50m sale to US-based Upland Software.
  • Represented Sella Open Fintech Platforms on its recommended cash takeover offer for Vipera Plc, at a valuation of £24m.
  • Represented Brockwell Energy in its £23m management buyout, backed by Pioneer Point Partners and Davidson Kempner European Partners.
  • Advised the shareholders of KWS BioTest on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Charles River Laboratories International, for ca. £15m
  • Advised Bushveld Minerals Limited on the conditional purchase of the remaining 55% issued share capital of Bushveld Vametco that it did not own from Yellow Dragon Holdings, for $12.3m.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Led out of London by Ian Piggin and also able to tap into the expertise of numerous Birmingham-based practitioners, Gowling WLG provides an 'excellent service' to funds, corporate venturers and investee companies, particularly as it pertains to deals within the healthcare/life sciences, technology and energy sectors. Although it is active across the investment lifecycle, the firm is perhaps best-known for its early-stage work, where it is able to provide a cost-effective service to start-up companies utilising the firm's 'Jumpstart' programme, which provides packaged advice (in key areas such as HR, IP, corporate governance, data protection) and template documents.

Practice head(s):Ian Piggin

Other key lawyers:Kris Rogers; Neil Hendron; Stephen Bowman

Key Clients

Business Growth Fund

Draper Esprit

Epidarex Capital

Oxbotica

ReBound Returns

Work highlights

  • Acted for Epidarex Capital as an investor in the Series A2 fundraising round in respect of Nodthera Limited.
  • Advised ReBOUND on a multimillion-pound funding investment from equity capital investor BGF, boosting the company's expansion into new markets globally.
  • Advised everyLIFE Technologies on an investment by Robin Batchelor and an open offer to existing shareholders.
  • Advised Draper Esprit on its second Series A funding of Pod Point.
  • Advised Toob Limited and its management team on the £75m fundraising from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's team advises on international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, asset freezing, missing trader fraud, carbon credit trading fraud, contentious trusts and insolvency. The firm, which is a founding and active member of the ICC FraudNet association, acts for insolvency practitioners, governments, foreign office holders, foreign trustees and other financial services clients in a wide variety of jurisdictions around the world. Co-head of team James Sidwell focuses on domestic and cross-border fraud and international asset tracing. Alex Jay, who also heads the team, specialises in international asset tracing and freezing injunctions. Catherine Naylor was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):James Sidwell; Alex Jay

Other key lawyers:Andrew Witts; Patrick Arben; Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly; Helen Davenport; Emily Till; Catherine Naylor

Key Clients

Kevin Hellard and Marcus Wide of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidators of Durant and Kildare

First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidators of Stanford Bank

Eric Shen

CPC Group Limited, Chris Candy, Nick Candy and others

Global Equities GmbH

Gracefield Developments Limited (1) Kewal Krishan (2) Parkash Krishan (3)

Nedim Ailyan and others as liquidators of Reco Environmental Partners LLP (in liquidation) (Co 1)and Eco-Synergies Nominees Ltd (in liquidation) (Co 2)

Mark Wilson and Alexander Kinninmonth of RSM Restructuring and Advisory LLP as joint liquidators of the Refined London Group

David Ingram of Grant Thornton LLP as liquidator of Capital Alternatives Sales and Marketing Limited and Green Planet Investment Limited (Gibraltar)

Kevin Hellard and Michael Leeds of Grant Thornton LLP in their capacity as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Christos

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the liquidators of two BVI companies associated with the former mayor of Sao Paulo.
  • Advising two professional trustees in a high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.
  • Acted for Eric Shen, in addition to companies domiciled in the US and Singapore, in defending proceedings relating to the ownership of two rare classic cars valued at $45m and $18m.
  • Acting for CPC Group Limited and five individuals in respect of a £132m claim brought against by Mark Holyoake and his corporate, Hotblack.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG acts in high-profile regulatory matters, including LIBOR and FX claims, and frequently assists with disputes involving structured finance, restructuring, and fraud. James Sidwell has extensive experience in banking and finance litigation, as well as contentious regulatory issues. Director Catherine Naylor, principal associate Verity Barker, and senior associate Sean Adams are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker; Sean Adams

Key Clients

JP Morgan Ventures Energy

JP Morgan Chase Bank

First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees

Grant Thornton

Liquidators of Durant International and Kildare Finance

Dacland

Work highlights

  • Defended JP Morgan Ventures Energy against a claim commenced in the English Commercial Court by a Swedish natural resources company, which alleged breach of commercial contracts. The case gave rise to significant questions on jurisdiction and procedure.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's team is 'always responsive and thorough'. The practice acts on large, multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as in domestic High Court matters.  It has particular strength in fraud and asset tracing, insurance and reinsurance, insolvency, financial services and contentious trusts. UK commercial litigation head  James Sidwell is a senior litigation partner in the London team while chairman Andrew Witts advises on international and offshore fraud cases. Also highly regarded are Alex Jay and Andrew Smith, whose primary office is Birmingham. Catherine Naylor has been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:Andrew Witts; Alex Jay; Andrew Smith; Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker; Tom Cox

Testimonials

'The firm deploys a mix of London and Birmingham professionals, enabling it to provide a first-rate service at economic rates, with dedicated high-quality partners leading a great team of associates'.

'Shows sound judgement and strength and depth in its knowledge when getting to grips with a case'.

'The stand out partners are James Sidwell, who is an outstanding lawyer, highly personable, astute and extremely intelligent; and Catherine Naylor, an extremely competent and hardworking lawyer, who is efficient and offers sound pragmatic advice'.

'Andrew Smith is very experienced and a great team leader'.

'Senior associate Tom Cox  is a future superstar, who gets into the detail but also sees the wood for the trees'.

Key Clients

JPMorgan

Nicholas Candy, Christian Candy and CPC Group

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey)

Alliance Trust

Grant Thornton

Philips Electronics UK

The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo

Hummingbird Resources

Equiom

First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees

Dover Street and The Fine Art Auction Group

Work highlights

  • Advised two corporate trustees in high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation, which arose out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.
Rising stars

Catherine Naylor - Gowling WLG

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG handles contentious competition matters for both claimants and defendants. The group’s work highlights include cases at multiple levels - before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal. The team represented Dixons Carphone in bringing a damages claim against MasterCard; the claim followed on from the European Commission's findings concerning the payment card market and the legality of multilateral interchange fee rates applied by the defendant. Splitting time between the firm’s offices in London and Brussels, practice head Bernadine Adkins has extensive litigation experience, as well as particular expertise in cartel work and defending competition authorities’ enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):Bernardine Adkins

Key Clients

Thai Airways International Public Company

British Telecommunications

Dixons Carphone

Work highlights

  • Advised Thai Airways on its defence and on the settlement of a high-value claim brought by British Airways; the claim arises from the European Commission's infringement decisions fining an airfreight cartel.
  • Advised BT on bringing and settling claims against various MasterCard entities; the claims concerned damages suffered as a result of MasterCard's multilateral interchange fee rates.
  • Advising Dixons Carphone on £125m claims for damages brought against MasterCard and Visa as a result of the European Commission's findings regarding the multilateral interchange fee rates.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is 'very co-operative and listens to clients'. The practice is experienced in a wide range of arbitrations, including construction and engineering, energy, oil and gas, natural resources, IP and technology disputes. The names to note are Gordon Bell, Michael Darowski and Tom Price, along with director Karen O’Connell and principal associates Julia Strettell and Tom George. David Breslin left for Fladgate LLP.

Practice head(s):Gordon Bell

Other key lawyers:Michael Darowski; Tom Price; Karen O’Connell; Julia Strettell; Tom George

Testimonials

'The team has the ability to be in charge of things, combined with great legal skills and strategic thinking'.

'Tom Price offers great levels of personal involvement'.

Key Clients

Government of the Republic of Albania

Work highlights

  • Acted for an oil company in an ad hoc arbitration, which arose under a long-term gas supply agreement.
Leading individuals

Gordon Bell - Gowling WLG

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Gowling WLG

The 'young and energetic' team at Gowling WLG has a 'real strength in both restructuring and insolvency litigation'. Led by Julian Pallett, the six-partner team has successfully cultivated strong relationships in both London and Birmingham, as well as regularly picking up work from clearing banks, turnaround professionals, and directors. The team is also noted for its 'in-depth knowledge of the pensions space' and regularly works with its market-leading defined benefit pensions team to provide bespoke insolvency-related advice to pension trustees. On the contentious front, it has a strong reputation handling asset tracing cases as well as in relation to public interest winding-up cases.

Practice head(s):Julian Pallett

Other key lawyers:Alex Jay; Jasvir Jootla; Pippa Hill; Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly; Tom Stockley

Testimonials

'The team is very responsive and always a pleasure to work with.'

'The lawyers are bright, no nonsense people, who will tell you how it is.'

'Alex Jay is an excellent contentious insolvency specialist. He understands the challenges that insolvency practitioners face and is very good at finding practical solutions.'

'Alex Jay is always calm under pressure and a delight to work with.'

'Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly combines  in-depth legal knowledge with commercial nous.'

'Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly is a fantastic tactician with great judgement and super client skills, she is head and shoulders above the average junior partner.'

Key Clients

Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson of Grant Thornton LLP as joint liquidators of Stanford Bank

Kevin Hellard and Michael Leeds of Grant Thornton LLP as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Christos Lemos

Kevin Goldfarb of Griffins as sole liquidator of Vertu Corporation Limited

Mark Wilson and Alexander Kinninmonth of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP as joint liquidators of the Refined London Group

MLT Aikins LLP

Kevin Hellard and Marcus Wide as joint liquidators of Durant International Corp and Kildare Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise the joint liquidators on all matters concerning Stanford Bank's UK assets (with an approximate value of $110m), which has included seeking the release of a restraint order obtained in 2009 by the Serious Fraud Office on behalf of the US Department of Justice.
  • Acting for the Trustees in bankruptcy of an individual who previously operated a global shipping and property holding empire, at one time valued in excess of £100m.
  • Having previously advised the board of directors of Vertu Corporation Limited, the team was instructed to advise the proposed administrators in relation to a proposed pre-packaged administration sale which involved negotiating a pre-packaged administration sale agreement and applying to court for an administration order.
  • Act for the liquidators of four companies that had established a property business with assets of nearly £10m.
  • Continue to act as English Counsel for five Canadian individuals in relation to litigation that was launched against them by a family member in both Canada and the US and the recovery of costs relating to that litigation, totalling around £2m.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has specialist sector knowledge in mining, energy, infrastructure, finance and arbitration. The practice led by Jonathan Brufal, who focuses on international energy matters and is head of the firm's Africa group, is 'patient, clear in its advice and works extremely well to deadlines'. It traditionally focuses on MENA and sub-Saharan Africa, although it is increasingly active in Central Asia. In the utilities and mining sectors, the firm frequently handles multi-jurisdictional emerging market deals, and has ben involved in projects in the former Soviet Union, Armenia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and throughout Africa. Among such projects, in 2018, was the first desalination plant in Abu Dhabi and the first-ever project financing in Armenia. Also recommended are Charles Bond, head of the UK natural resources group, who advised on projects in Africa, China, South America and the CIS, and project finance partner Andrew Newberry.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Andrew Newbery; Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:Michael Darowski; Gordon Bell; Alasdair McKenzie; James Bruce

Testimonials

"The firm has supported us as a start-up looking at electricity generation and supply projects in Africa, and it has deep understanding of the lending environment, country context and operational difficulties."

"The team is highly communicative and clear on its needs to allow it to work. It is also great value for money.

"Jonathan Brufal is very proactive, focused on what needs to be done and clear in his advice. He has excellent and deep knowledge of the sector and what it takes to be successful in emerging markets."

Key Clients

Access Power

United States Agency for International Development

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

AGES Energy Ltd

Bacanora Lithium plc

Laguna Gold Ltd

The Government of the Republic of Albania

Work highlights

  • Advised Access Power on the development of a 50MW wind project in Kazakhstan.
  • Following the procurement of phases 1 and 2 of the Hassyan Clean Coal project in Dubai, the firm is advising DEWA on the procurement process of the third phase of the project.
  • The firm continues to advise the USAID Power Africa Indefinite Delivery on Indefinite Quantity Contract (PA-IDIQ), which is a five-year framework to improve electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Energy team has been advising AGES Energy Ltd on its development of a multi-site up to 25MW solar farm in Sierra Leone.
  • Advised the Consortium in relation to its bid for the Taweelah Independent Water Project in Abu Dhabi, a greenfield reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant with a net potable water capacity of 200MIGD located 50km north east of Abu Dhabi.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Brufal - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

James Bruce - Gowling WLG

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG 's health and safety practice focuses primarily on the construction, food and beverage, healthcare, and aerospace industries. Birmingham-based Andrew Litchfield leads the team and has a track record of work on investigations, inquests and criminal proceedings.

Practice head(s):Andrew Litchfield

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

High-profile rectification claims have been a recent area of focus for Gowling WLG's contentious pensions practice, while Birmingham-based practice head Peter Shave has also acted on a number of breach of trust claims, Pensions Ombudsman complaints, professional negligence claims and moral hazard investigations. The full-service non-contentious offering has seen instructions across the breadth of pensions issues, particularly in the risk transfer space including complex residual risk buy-outs and longevity swap transactions, as well as the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. Clients range from regulatory bodies and institutions to household-name employers and high-value pensions scheme trustees. Jason Coates, Paul Feathers and disputes specialist Ian Gordon are the key partners in the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):Glyn Ryland; Peter Shave

Other key lawyers:Ian Gordon; Jason Coates; Paul Feathers

Key Clients

Pension Protection Fund

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Rothesay Life

Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plans

PGL Pension Scheme

Pirelli UK Pension Funds

Weetabix pension schemes

Volvo Car UK Limited

Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes

Members of the Austin Reed Group Pension Fund

Punter Southall Governance Services Limited (trustee of the Axminster Carpets Group Retirement Benefits Plan)

Trustees of the Weetabix pension schemes

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Steria Pension Plans

Pirelli Schemes

Work highlights

  • Appointed via tender to the Pension Protection Fund's panel of legal advisors.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser to the trustees of the £4bn ICL Group Pension Plan (of Fujitsu Services Limited). Recently advised on benefit scheme changes, investment guidance and strategic governance structure.
  • Serving as sole legal adviser to the trustees of the £3bn Thales UK Pension Scheme.

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

High-profile rectification claims have been a recent area of focus for Gowling WLG's contentious pensions practice, while Birmingham-based practice head Peter Shave has also acted on a number of breach of trust claims, Pensions Ombudsman complaints, professional negligence claims and moral hazard investigations. The full-service non-contentious offering has seen instructions across the breadth of pensions issues, particularly in the risk transfer space including complex residual risk buy-outs and longevity swap transactions, as well as the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. Clients range from regulatory bodies and institutions to household-name employers and high-value pensions scheme trustees. Jason Coates, Paul Feathers and disputes specialist Ian Gordon are the key partners in the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):Peter Shave

Other key lawyers:Ian Gordon; Jason Coates; Paul Feathers

Key Clients

Mitchells & Butlers Pensions Limited (trustee of the Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan).

Members of the Austin Reed Group Pension Fund

Punter Southall Governance Services Limited (trustee of the Axminster Carpets Group Retirement Benefits Plan)

Trustees of the Weetabix pension schemes

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Steria Pension Plans

Pirelli Schemes

Work highlights

  • Issued High Court proceedings seeking to rectify three sets of deeds and rules for Mitchells & Butlers Pensions Limited.
  • Acting for the Lancaster Pension Scheme and others in proceedings to determine the consequences of various transfer payments made to various schemes.
  • Advising a leading IT and business outsourcing company on its application to the court for an order to rectify an error in the rules of its pension scheme.
Leading individuals

Peter Shave - Gowling WLG

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's team has recently been working with clients looking to navigate the ongoing consolidation in the insurance market by helping them create more efficient business and revenue models. The team has litigation at its roots, but also has a developing focus on non-contentious work, principally in relation to policyholders. The team, which is led by Samantha Holland, advises on matters relating to warranty and indemnity insurance, M&A and the insurtech sector.

Practice head(s):Samantha Holland

Testimonials

'Proactive, creative where required and very efficient. They are accountable and will hit tight deadlines.'

Key Clients

Thomas Miller Holdings Limited

Marsh

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

Ellipse

Crispin Speers and Partners Limited

Pirelli

Arthur J. Gallagher

Work highlights

  • Acted for Thomas Miller Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of international marine consultancy, Brookes Bell LLP.
  • Acting for Thomas Miller in connection with its acquisition of Navigators’ fixed-premium protection and indemnity business, which supports consolidation in the protection and indemnity market.
  • Advised a consortium on the insurance aspects of its £1bn+ acquisition of a commercial estate portfolio.
  • Advised the shareholders of a successful UK tech company on the insurance aspects of its sale including advising on the strategic use of warranty and indemnity cover.
  • Advised a large fund on the procurement and negotiation of a substantial rights of light insurance policy in connection with a large city centre mixed use development.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's listed investment funds practice, which is led by Nick Heather, represents both listed vehicles and major intermediaries such as investment banks and brokers, often with support from the firm's tax and regulatory departments. The team has particular expertise in closed-ended listed investment funds, and is one of the busiest firms in this area in terms of deal volumes. The 'exceptional' Oliver Riley focuses on the launch, structuring and reconstruction of onshore and offshore closed-ended funds, while other recommended members of the team include Kristian Rogers, who specialises in capital raisings, John Reed and senior associate Kate Seabourne.

Practice head(s):Nick Heather

Other key lawyers:Kristian Rogers; Oliver Riley; Kate Seabourne; John Reed

Testimonials

'The key strength of this team lies in the expertise, experience and commitment to client delivery by its partners and, in particular, Oliver Riley.

'Oliver Riley stands out as an exceptional legal adviser who exceeds all expectations as regards client availability, expertise in investment fund law and his ability to create a very pleasant working environment for all involved in a transaction'.

Key Clients

M&G Credit Income Investment Trust plc

CEIBA Investment Limited

BlackRock Investment Management

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Odyssean Investment Trust plc

Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited

Investec Bank plc

Draper Esprit plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

RM Secured Direct Lending plc

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Empiric Student Property plc

GCP Student Living plc

Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT plc

AEW UK REIT PLC

AEW UK Long Lease REIT PLC

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

Jefferies International Limited

GCP Asset Backed Income Fund Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Investec Bank plc as sole sponsor and broker to Smithson Investment Trust plc, which raised £822.5m on IPO.
  • Advised on the initial public offering of M&G Credit, a new investment trust managed by M&G, the asset management arm of Prudential.
  • Acted on the London listing of CEIBA on the Specialist Fund Segment of the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange in conjunction with an initial issue (by way of placing and offer for subscription) that raised £30m.
  • Advised AIM quoted venture capital fund Draper Esprit on its £100mfundraising by way of a conditional placing new ordinary shares.
Leading individuals

Kristian Rogers - Gowling WLG

Nick Heather - Gowling WLG

Rising stars

Kate Seabourne - Gowling WLG

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

'Calm voice of reason' Sharon Ayres is a key contact at Gowling WLG's investment funds practice group, which is jointly led by Nick Heather and Lee Nuttall. While the firm has experience handling both listed and private funds, it has particular expertise in closed-ended listed funds and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) work. Besides a steady flow of mandates involving student accommodation and mixed-use real estate assets, the group has also seen increasing instructions relating to specialist supported housing accommodation and private rented sector assets. Complex secondaries transactions are another demonstrable growth area, with large institutional investors a  key client class.

Practice head(s):Nick Heather; Lee Nuttall

Other key lawyers:Sharon Ayres

Testimonials

'Gowlings are easy to contact, responsive and keen to find solutions rather than dwell on problems. They are commercial and always apply, rather than just state, the law'

'Sharon Ayres is is quick to take a step back and recommend an alternative route to bring the matter to a successful conclusion'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income plc

M&G Real Estate

CEIBA Investment Limited

Empiric Student Property plc

ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited

GCP Student Living plc

Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT plc

AEW UK REIT PLC

AEW UK Long Lease REIT PLC

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

Stockdale Securities Limited

CBRE

Pension Protection Fund

Greater Manchester Pension Fund (acting by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council)

University Superannuation Scheme

Local Government Pension Scheme Panel

Work highlights

  • Acted on the London listing of CEIBA on the Specialist Fund Segment of the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange in conjunction with an initial issue (by way of placing and offer for subscription) that raised £30 million.
  • Advised on the launch of a new investment platform between NFU Mutual, Apache Capital and Harrison Real Estate Capital.  The platform intends to invest in a range of up to seven build-to-rent schemes across England and Scotland.
  • Advised M&G Real Estate on the setup and structuring of a circa £94 million investment fund using the new private fund limited partnership vehicle and bringing together both national and international professional investors.
  • Advised University Superannuation Scheme, on the setup of a £300 million+ joint venture fund with Places for People.
  • Advise on the downstream disposal by Corby Land & Development on the sale of its investment which was implemented by way of a sale of a Jersey unit trust, a limited partnership interest and another English limited company to LXI REIT Plc.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s team is based primarily in London but also draws on the expertise of the firm’s private wealth practitioners in Singapore and Dubai. It focuses on all aspects of trusts litigation as well as on cross-border asset tracing and high-value contentious insolvency matters. Catherine Naylor heads the trusts litigation team and has a particular focus on complex multi-jurisdictional cases with an offshore or trusts litigation aspect.

Practice head(s):Catherine Naylor

Key Clients

First Peninsula Trustees

Port of Hercules Trustees

Abdul Rahman Alokozay

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey))

Alliance Trust plc

New World Trust

Equiom

Dover Street (a subsidiary of Stanley Gibbons plc)

The Fine Art Auction Group (a subsidiary of Stanley Gibbons plc)

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees (administrated by Moore Stephens Monaco), who are trustees of two discretionary BVI-law family trusts, in high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.
  • Acting for the claimants in a breach of trust and account for profits claim brought in respect of a cross-border family dispute against a former employee of Alokozay International.
  • Acting for the trustees in the bankruptcy of Christos Lemos, who previously operated a global shipping and property holding empire, spanning several jurisdictions, and involving various companies and trust structures, which it is believed were set up with the intention to defraud his creditors.
  • Defeated a £132m claim that was brought against its clients the Candy Brothers and others.
  • Advising an offshore trust company, Equity Trust (Jersey), in relation to potential breach of trust proceedings.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

The team at Gowling WLG has a busy practice advising on defence, transport and infrastructure PPP matters. Other areas of expertise include providing advice on procurement and financing. The group has a strong national practice but has also been taking on growing amounts of work internationally, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, where international projects head Jonathan Brufal is particularly involved. Birmingham-based Stephen Kenny leads the national projects practice and is experienced in the delivery of government projects. Andrew Newbery has been active in the PPP/ PFI space for manyyears. Sarah Sasse heads up the public sector practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brufal; Stephen Kenny

Other key lawyers:Andrew Newbery; Sarah Sasse; Dominic Richardson

Key Clients

Ministry of Defence

OFWAT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Siemens Project Ventures

Veolia Middle East

GuarantCo

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

St Modwen

Statkraft UK

Rockfire

Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)

Solihull MBC

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Armpower CJSC

Renco SpA

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Work highlights

  • Provide legal support to Highways England regarding the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down road/tunnel project.
  • Dealing with project and property documentation for the new Finsbury Park Underground station Step Free Access.
  • Appointed as international counsel advising the OPWP on the procurement of a clean coal-fired power station in Oman.
  • Advised Bacanora Lithium on the debt funding of the Sonora lithium project in Mexico.
  • Continue to advise the Ministry of Defence, as sole legal adviser, on Project Marshall, a PPP seeking to appoint a private sector provider to be responsible for the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's mining team, which has 'a deep knowledge and understanding' of the industry', has expertise across a range of matters, including AIM listings, project management and cross-border mandates, particularly with regards to joint ventures, farm-ins, equity, debt, project financing and broader corporate work. The firm's client roster primarily consists of small to mid-cap companies such as Hummingbird Resources and Bacanora Lithium, but also includes financial institutions, investment banks, individual directors and investors. Natural resources head Charles Bond leads the team, while principal associate Susan Johnston is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:Sefton Collett

Testimonials

'Charles Bond and his team provide excellent client service, with a deep knowledge and understanding of their clients' businesses, the industry and the challenges they face. They are always available and willing to help with practical efficient advice. Their costs are competitive and critically they really do put service before invoicing and short term fees, to build long term relationships (which many firms do not). We see this team as our trusted advisers, and have been pleased to recommend them to other companies.'

'User friendly, always available, sound, sensible, relevant and pragmatic advice.'    

'Personable, part of the team approach, always goes that bit further with advice, you feel as if it matters.'

'Charles Bond and Susan Johnston are both excellent.'

'Andrew Wright is extremely knowledgeable and experienced.'

Key Clients

Hummingbird Resources plc

Bushveld Minerals Ltd

AfriTin Mining Ltd

Firestone Diamonds plc

Eurasia Mining plc

Bacanora Minerals Ltd

Highland Gold Mining Ltd

Strategic Minerals plc

Altyn plc

Phoenix Global Mining

Sylvania Platinum

Work highlights

  • Acted for Firestone Diamonds in a firm placing, placing and open offer which raised gross proceeds of $25m through the issue of new ordinary shares to both institutional and other investors including the ongoing participation of two of the client's major shareholders, RCF and Pacific Road.
  • Advising Stellar Diamonds on its Tribute Mining Agreement and Revenue Sharing Agreement with Octea in relation to Octea's Tonguma mining license in Sierra Leone which is adjacent to the client's Tongo license.
  • Handled the demerger of Greenhills Resources, which is now held 100% by AfriTin Mining, from client Bushveld Minerals.
  • Represented Bacanora Lithium in its $460m debt and equity fundraising.
  • Acted for Highland Gold Mining regarding the English law aspects of its acquisition of a gold mine and two significant license areas in Russia from Aristus Holdings.
Rising stars

Susan Johnston - Gowling WLG

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is especially strong across the regulatory space but also oversees the implementation of new natural gas markets, the acquisition, financing (equity and debt) and divestiture of oil and gas exploration and development projects, and the acquisition, divestiture and development of pipeline and refining projects. Practice head Charles Bond has extensive experience advising clients in the sector on flotations, secondary funding, and public and private M&A, and the team's recent work includes assisting longstanding client Cape plc with its introduction to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. David Ponsford departed to Teacher Stern LLP.

Practice head(s):Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:John Cooper; Daniel Wood; Gordon Bell

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

The energy group at Gowling WLG focuses on working for government and regulator clients, both in the UK and overseas, and for developer clients, particularly in new and challenging markets or jurisdictions. On the back of high volumes of project development activity with onshore renewables, the firm has seen an uptick in capacity market work comprising of project development, M&A transactions and financing mandates. The team is also notably active in the smart infrastructure and technology space, as demonstrated by its advice to the UK Government on the £11bn smart metering programme. Former energy head Derek Goodban recently left to join National Grid as UK general counsel.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Andrew Newbery

Other key lawyers:Gus Wood

Key Clients

Mytrah Energy Limited

Brockwell Energy Limited

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

SmartestEnergy Limited

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)

Statkraft Markets GmbH

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

Sumitomo Corporation

Veolia Middle East

Renco SpA

Siemens Project Ventures

AGES Energy Ltd

EOG Resources, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Brockwell Energy Limited on securing the backing of Pioneer Point Partners together with Davidson Kempner European Partners.
  • Advising AGES Energy Ltd on its development of a multi-site solar farm in Sierra Leone.
  • Advising BEIS on its smart meter programme – a £11bn programme of installing smart meters in all domestic and small business premises in Great Britain.
  • Advising Ofgem on its new gas and electricity code, the Retail Energy Code.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG advises governments, regulators, utilities and developers on all aspects of water, wastewater and desalination projects and frameworks, from a regulatory perspective to ground-breaking infrastructure PPP projects in developing countries. In recent highlights, the Sumitomo Corporation and Veolia consortium appointed Andrew Newbery's group to assist with their bid for the Taweelah RO IWP project in Abu Dhabi. Former head of energy David Goodban departed the firm to become UK general counsel at National Grid.

Practice head(s):Andrew Newbery

Other key lawyers:John Cooper; Jonathan Brufal

Key Clients

OFWAT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Severn Trent

Sumitomo Corporation

Veolia Middle East

Government of Kenya

Work highlights

  • Advised the consortium comprising of Sumitomo Corporation and Veolia Middle East in relation to its bid for the Taweelah Independent Water Project in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on its smart meter programme.
  • Advising on the Muranga Water PPP project in Kenya.
Leading individuals

Andrew Newbery - Gowling WLG

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 5

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s dedicated public law and regulation practice has a solid client roster of national regulators (in fields such as utilities and education), central government bodies, local authorities and other regulated companies. Recent non-contentious mandates involved drafting regulatory frameworks and reforms, licence modification projects, advising on regulator’s price control proposals, and further vires and administrative law issues. Contentious public law experience encompasses defending clients in judicial reviews of regulatory decisions, handling applications to the Competition and Markets Authority, and representing clients in third-party interventions (such as assisting Oxfam as intervenor in the challenge to granting arms export licences to companies selling to Saudi Arabia). Practice head John Cooper has a strong reputation for advising on administrative law in highly regulated markets.

Practice head(s):John Cooper

Testimonials

'Provides pragmatic and useful advice'

'John Cooper and Gus Wood are standout partners with significant expertise in the energy sector'

Key Clients

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR and known as the Utility Regulator)

London Borough of Croydon

Oxfam

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP)

National Association of Citizens Advice

DCUSA Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation in drafting the regulatory framework through which it will regulate new and reformed vocational qualifications.
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation on the legal framework for settling disputes between consumers and energy suppliers.
  • Representing Oxfam as intervenor in a judicial review brought by the Campaign Against Arms Trade challenging the government's grant of export licences to companies selling arms to Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) on its licence simplification project, which aims to better reflect Ofwat's regulatory approach and objectives.
  • Represented the London Borough of Croydon in a judicial review challenge to its decision to undertake a pilot scheme to create pedestrianised zones around several Croydon schools during drop-off and pick-up times.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG continues to be active in a wide range of significant healthcare developments and transactions, such as advising Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on its ground-breaking public-private partnership to become an international orthopaedic centre of excellence. Other areas include GP super-partnerships, care home transactions, regulatory matters and digital health. The firm has added complementary expertise in complex public sector transactions, procurement and service reconfigurations with the hire of Alison Richards from Capsticks LLP. Key figures include department head Robert Breedon, who is noted for his work in commercial healthcare projects, joint ventures and outsourcing contracts. Hugh Maule and Andrew Litchfield are also recommended for corporate and private equity and regulatory matters, respectively.

Practice head(s):Robert Breedon

Key Clients

Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Synlab Group (includes Labco UK, Integrated Pathology Partnerships and Synlab)

Circle Health

Work highlights

  • Advising Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on a significant project involving the design and build of a new multimillion-pound theatre facility, to be in place by the end of 2020, and the delivery of a 15-year bespoke managed service at GST's existing orthopaedic theatres, a new modular theatre and the Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence.
  • Advised Lakeside Healthcare on its series of mergers to create one of the largest GP partnerships in England at over 90 partners.
  • Advised Central Surrey Health Limited in relation to a challenge against NHS Surrey Downs CCG arising from a procurement for adult community services in Surrey.
  • Assisted Montreux Healthcare Fund on the bolt-on acquisition of John-Edwards Care Homes by the Active Assistance Group.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Market sources acknowledge Gowling WLG for the quality of its work, including on large regeneration projects. Procurement and outsourcing are Sarah Sasse's core areas with a focus on IT outsourcing - she co-leads the team with Michael Luckman who is based in Birmingham. Richard Beckingsale provides the real estate and joint venture projects expertise, and Giles Clifford has extensive experience in rail/transport and urban regeneration work, and related public-private partnerships. Health/the NHS, housing, leisure, waste and defence are some of the sectors in which it works and it offers a comprehensive range of disciplines, including corporate, intellectual property, governance and employment.

Practice head(s):Sarah Sasse; Michael Luckman 

Other key lawyers:Richard Beckingsale; Giles Clifford

Key Clients

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Croydon

Transport for London and London Underground

Docklands Light Railway

London Bus Service

London Borough of Barnet

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Be First (Regeneration) (subsidiary of London Borough of Barking & Dagenham)

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Croydon on the procurement of an operator to run the Fairfield Halls arts complex.
  • Assisting Transport for London and London Underground on all  aspects of the procurement negotiations with a development partner for TfL's project at South Kensington Station, which is listed in a heritage location. The advice covers real estate, property development, construction, corporate and joint venture issues.
  • Acting for Transport for London, London Underground (LUL), Docklands Light Railway and London Bus Services regarding agreements for the development of a new station entrance for LUL's West Ham Jubilee line station, and for three new bridges across the Jubilee line, and DLR tracks in the vicinity.
  • Continuing to advise the London Borough of Barnet on the £4bn Brent Cross/Cricklewood Scheme.
  • Advising the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on the procurement of a development partner which has entered into a contractual joint venture with the council to lead the delivery of a residential-led development in Maidenhead.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG¬†is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector‚Äô where it undertakes a wide spectrum of matters including joint ventures, refinancing and restructurings, expansions and store acquisitions. Also recommended for its investment and development work, the team is engaged by institutional investors on buying, selling, asset managing and letting work and also acts on mixed-use development and regeneration matters. In the hotels and leisure space, IP, operating agreements, regulatory issues and M&A are among the group‚Äôs offering, as is insolvency, finance and construction work. Corporate occupier matters are also a focus for the department, which includes the highly rated Jon Lloyd, who is recommended for retail and mixed-use investment and development projects and is also handling an increasing number of residential-focused schemes.

Testimonials

'Exceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector. Competitive fee quotes.'

'Chris Hunt inspires confidence. Kay Desai is exceptionally hardworking, thorough and very responsive.'

'The team works well across a range of different disciplines and offices, providing a seamless service which targets the key issues at hand. The ability to bring in skills at different price points depending on the complexity of the work keeps costs down to the minimum. Above all, the firm is commercial in their view which means that a good solution is usually reached quickly and without fuss.'

'Khalil Ahmad is an efficient and effective lawyer. Turnaround times on documents are often scarcely believable in their speed, yet the quality of the work is consistent. He is also a good judge of when to revert with questions and when to work autonomously without instruction. He displays an excellent understanding of our business.'

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG¬†is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector‚Äô where it undertakes a wide spectrum of matters including joint ventures, refinancing and restructurings, expansions and store acquisitions. Also recommended for its investment and development work, the team is engaged by institutional investors on buying, selling, asset managing and letting work and also acts on mixed-use development and regeneration matters. In the hotels and leisure space, IP, operating agreements, regulatory issues and M&A are among the group‚Äôs offering, as is insolvency, finance and construction work. Corporate occupier matters are also a focus for the department, which includes the highly rated Jon Lloyd, who is recommended for retail and mixed-use investment and development projects and is also handling an increasing number of residential-focused schemes.

Practice head(s):Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:Jon Lloyd; Rabinder Chaggar; Dan Gwilliam

Testimonials

'Exceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector. Competitive fee quotes.'

'Chris Hunt inspires confidence. Kay Desai is exceptionally hardworking, thorough and very responsive.'

'The team works well across a range of different disciplines and offices, providing a seamless service which targets the key issues at hand. The ability to bring in skills at different price points depending on the complexity of the work keeps costs down to the minimum. Above all, the firm is commercial in their view which means that a good solution is usually reached quickly and without fuss.'

'Khalil Ahmad is an efficient and effective lawyer. Turnaround times on documents are often scarcely believable in their speed, yet the quality of the work is consistent. He is also a good judge of when to revert with questions and when to work autonomously without instruction. He displays an excellent understanding of our business.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on joint venture between NFU Mutual and Salmon Developments Limited, in which the team advised on the site acquisition, forward funding, development and pre-let of a 100,000 sq ft office scheme at 3 Glass Wharf, Bristol to HMRC.
  • The firm has been acting on the regeneration of Bracknell town centre since 1995.
  • Acted for Bride Hall Developments Ltd in relation to all documentation in respect of the acquisition of a freehold interest in Plot 5, Fletton Quays from Peterborough Investment Partnership.
  • Advising a client on the terms for and the negotiation of the agreement for the development of a new 100,000 sq ft head office building and its fitting-out.
  • Negotiated a development agreement and lease on behalf of Crossrail and advised on all ancillary aspects of the transaction with regards to the proposed 1-14 Liverpool Street over site development.
Leading individuals

Jon Lloyd - Gowling WLG

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG¬†is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector‚Äô where it undertakes a wide spectrum of matters including joint ventures, refinancing and restructurings, expansions and store acquisitions. Also recommended for its investment and development work, the team is engaged by institutional investors on buying, selling, asset managing and letting work and also acts on mixed-use development and regeneration matters. In the hotels and leisure space, IP, operating agreements, regulatory issues and M&A are among the group‚Äôs offering, as is insolvency, finance and construction work. Corporate occupier matters are also a focus for the department, which includes the highly rated Jon Lloyd, who is recommended for retail and mixed-use investment and development projects and is also handling an increasing number of residential-focused schemes.

Practice head(s):Matthew East; Jon Lent

Other key lawyers:Mike Lacey; Matthew East; Joe Morris

Testimonials

'Exceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector. Competitive fee quotes.'

'Chris Hunt inspires confidence. Kay Desai is exceptionally hardworking, thorough and very responsive.'

'The team works well across a range of different disciplines and offices, providing a seamless service which targets the key issues at hand. The ability to bring in skills at different price points depending on the complexity of the work keeps costs down to the minimum. Above all, the firm is commercial in their view which means that a good solution is usually reached quickly and without fuss.'

'Khalil Ahmad is an efficient and effective lawyer. Turnaround times on documents are often scarcely believable in their speed, yet the quality of the work is consistent. He is also a good judge of when to revert with questions and when to work autonomously without instruction. He displays an excellent understanding of our business.'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank Plc/HSBC Private Bank

Dolphin Capital Partners

Cedar Capital

Premier Inn / Whitbread

Quadrant

Urban & Civic

ICG – Longbow

Center Parcs

Virgin Active

Forest Holidays

Young & Co's Brewery

Ladbrokes Coral

RFU

Work highlights

  • Advising ICG Longbow on a £200m term loan facility to a UK group of companies for the acquisition, development of and investment in caravan sites for both leisure and residential uses.
  • Advising Prime Developments on the development and construction elements of the conversion of the Grade 1 Listed Admiralty Arch on the Mall in London into a five star Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG¬†is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector‚Äô where it undertakes a wide spectrum of matters including joint ventures, refinancing and restructurings, expansions and store acquisitions. Also recommended for its investment and development work, the team is engaged by institutional investors on buying, selling, asset managing and letting work and also acts on mixed-use development and regeneration matters. In the hotels and leisure space, IP, operating agreements, regulatory issues and M&A are among the group‚Äôs offering, as is insolvency, finance and construction work. Corporate occupier matters are also a focus for the department, which includes the highly rated Jon Lloyd, who is recommended for retail and mixed-use investment and development projects and is also handling an increasing number of residential-focused schemes.

Practice head(s):Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:Peter Thorne; Dan Gwilliam; Reena Patel

Testimonials

'Exceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector. Competitive fee quotes.'

'Chris Hunt inspires confidence. Kay Desai is exceptionally hardworking, thorough and very responsive.'

'The team works well across a range of different disciplines and offices, providing a seamless service which targets the key issues at hand. The ability to bring in skills at different price points depending on the complexity of the work keeps costs down to the minimum. Above all, the firm is commercial in their view which means that a good solution is usually reached quickly and without fuss.'

'Khalil Ahmad is an efficient and effective lawyer. Turnaround times on documents are often scarcely believable in their speed, yet the quality of the work is consistent. He is also a good judge of when to revert with questions and when to work autonomously without instruction. He displays an excellent understanding of our business.'

Key Clients

Lidl

London and Strategic Land

Mosley Street Ventures

HC-One Limited

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

TIAA Henderson

U and I (formerly known as Development Securities)

LaSalle Investment Management

NFU Mutual

AXA

Intu Properties

USS

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Transport for London and London Underground

Stenprop

Legal & General

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting on a joint venture between NFU Mutual and Salmon Developments Limited, including the site acquisition, forward funding, development and pre-let of a 100,000 sq ft office scheme at 3 Glass Wharf, Bristol to HMRC.
  • The firm has been acting on the regeneration of Bracknell town centre since 1995.
  • Advising Commonwealth Government on the issues arising from the vacation of its existing High Commission, the agreement for the refurbishment of that building, the terms for occupation of temporary decant premises and the re-occupation of newly refurbished High Commission.
  • Acted for Bride Hall Developments Ltd in relation to all documentation in respect of the acquisition of a freehold interest in Plot 5, Fletton Quays from Peterborough Investment Partnership.
  • Advising a client on the terms for and the negotiation of the agreement for the development of a new 100,000 sq ft head office building and its fitting out.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG¬†is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector‚Äô where it undertakes a wide spectrum of matters including joint ventures, refinancing and restructurings, expansions and store acquisitions. Also recommended for its investment and development work, the team is engaged by institutional investors on buying, selling, asset managing and letting work and also acts on mixed-use development and regeneration matters. In the hotels and leisure space, IP, operating agreements, regulatory issues and M&A are among the group‚Äôs offering, as is insolvency, finance and construction work. Corporate occupier matters are also a focus for the department, which includes the highly rated Jon Lloyd, who is recommended for retail and mixed-use investment and development projects and is also handling an increasing number of residential-focused schemes.

Practice head(s):Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:Matt Walker; Chris Hunt; Joe Morris

Testimonials

'Exceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector. Competitive fee quotes.'

'Chris Hunt inspires confidence. Kay Desai is exceptionally hardworking, thorough and very responsive.'

'The team works well across a range of different disciplines and offices, providing a seamless service which targets the key issues at hand. The ability to bring in skills at different price points depending on the complexity of the work keeps costs down to the minimum. Above all, the firm is commercial in their view which means that a good solution is usually reached quickly and without fuss.'

'Khalil Ahmad is an efficient and effective lawyer. Turnaround times on documents are often scarcely believable in their speed, yet the quality of the work is consistent. He is also a good judge of when to revert with questions and when to work autonomously without instruction. He displays an excellent understanding of our business.'

Key Clients

Lidl

A.F. Blakemore & Son Limited (Cash & Carry, Spar)

Halfords

Jaeger

Fat Face

MADE.com

The Works

Mic-Counties Co-Operative

Specsavers Optical Superstores Limited

London and Strategic Land

Mosley Street Ventures

HC-One Limited

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

TIAA Henderson

U and I (formerly known as Development Securities)

LaSalle Investment Management

NFU Mutual

AXA

Intu Properties

USS

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Transport for London and London Underground

Work highlights

  • Advised The Hut Group on its strategic acquisition of Eyeko – the Alexa Chung-backed, award-winning eye cosmetics brand, via the purchase of the entire issued share capital of M Beauty Ltd and Make Money Limited as part of the group's growing international beauty & cosmetics offering.
  • Acted for MADE.COM in relation to their acquisition of new warehouse space at London Gateway.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an adviser to developers, institutions and contractors in relation to infrastructure, energy and PFI disputes. The team is led by the Birmingham-based Michael O’Shea, who is known for his advice to UK contractors and is a specialist in technical disputes. The 'highly knowledgeable' Sue Ryan acts for employers, professionals and developers in multiparty disputes, and was the lead partner acting for BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees in a multiparty action in the TCC arising out of a defective design and construction of a 10,000 sq m warehouse in Cheshire.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Shea

Other key lawyers:Sue Ryan

Testimonials

'Good attention to detail and great perseverance to get the best outcome for the client.'

'Sue Ryan is highly knowledgeable and will go above and beyond to get the best results for a client. Her attention to detail is faultless.'

'Ashley is extremely clever, unflappable and provides a very commercial and responsive service to his clients.'

'Sue Ryan and Helen Arthur have great integrity and determination.'

Key Clients

Muse Developments

Wates

SES

Crown Commercial Services

Work highlights

  • Represented BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees in a multi-party action in the TCC arising out of the defective design and construction of a warehouse in Cheshire.
  • Representing residential developer Waterside Places in a six-party action relating to the recovery of remedial costs required to a residential development completed in 2015.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's practice acts for developers, contractors and institutional investors across a variety of sectors, such as commercial development, retail and leisure, energy, infrastructure and hotels. The team is led by Richard Green who divides his time between Birmingham and London and who has significant experience of drafting and negotiating bespoke documentation for onshore and offshore projects. Philip Baker is another key partner in the team; he advises on hotel developments and has also been serving as lead partner advising the Battersea Power Station Development Company on construction aspects of its £8bn redevelopment.

Practice head(s):Richard Green

Other key lawyers:Philip Baker

Key Clients

St. Modwen Properties

London Borough of Barnet

Sheffield City Council

AXA Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on the construction aspects of various elements of the £8bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
  • Advising Barnet Council on the procurement and construction elements (including construction contracts and agreements with Network Rail) in relation to the closure of existing rail freight facilities, and the delivery of a new rail freight facility and new railway station, currently known as Brent Cross Thameslink.
  • Advising a private development company on the redevelopment of the iconic Admiralty Arch in London.
  • Advised Charles Well on the procurement route and drafted and negotiated all construction documentation for a new brewery and visitor centre.
  • Advising Meggitt on all construction aspects of the construction, by developers Manse Opus, of its new £130m manufacturing facility at Ansty Park.

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Environment
Leading individuals

Ben Stansfield - Gowling WLG

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s planning practice provides expertise in promoting CPOs for public and private sector clients for significant regeneration schemes in London and throughout the national market. Mixed-use development schemes are of particular focus for the team, such as Vicky Fowler’s advice to the relevant local authorities on the multi-billion pound Brent Cross redevelopment project. The team handles planning applications and related planning agreements for transport infrastructure projects and promotes DCOs for key public and private sector clients. Retail planning is cited as another field of expertise, including acting on associated contentious work such as planning appeals and judicial review applications. The team welcomed Stephenson Harwood's previous planning head Ben Stansfield to the team, who brings considerable expertise in real estate development projects and the consenting and regulation of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):Vicky Fowler

Other key lawyers:Ben Stansfield

Testimonials

'Ben Stansfield is a fantastic new addition to the team.'

'Ben Stansfield has a fantastic approach with clients; down to earth, accessible and practical.'

'Vicky Fowler and Laura Nation are very personable and able to identify the source of the issue.'

'The team provides well-balanced, considered legal advice and wealth of experience.'

Key Clients

Transport for London

Be First Regeneration

U & I

London Borough of Barnet

Legal & General

The Crown Estate

St Modwen

Aviva

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

South Tees Development Corporation

Galliard Homes Limited

Lidl

Highways England

Cadent Gas

Martin-Baker

Taylor Wimpey

South Tees Development Corporation

Intu

Westminster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for London on new transport infrastructure projects including new ticket halls and other transport obligations for The Mall Walthamstow, the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre redevelopment, and Canada Water Masterplan.
  • Ongoing advice to South Tees Development Corporation on the strategy to secure the regeneration of the 900 hectare former SSI steelworks at Redcar.
  • Advising Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation on three development sites.
  • Providing strategic planning advice to Westminster City Council on the regeneration of a priority housing site.
  • Advising the London Borough of Barnet on the multi-billion pound Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme, which will create a new town centre incorporating 7,500 homes, 27,000 jobs, three re-built schools, redevelopment of Brent Cross shopping centre, new parks and community facilities, an additional Thameslink train station, as well as major road and public transport improvements.
Leading individuals

Ben Stansfield - Gowling WLG

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is known for its strong UK clearing bank client base, but it also acts for an increasing number of debt funds and alternative lenders, REITs and borrower funds, and German banks. The team has been highly active advising on development projects, with expertise in a range of sectors, including student accommodation, hotels and PRS. Practice head Nick Turner has notable experience advising debt funds on distressed real estate finance deals. The team also includes Jon Lent, who specialises in hotel, student accommodation and healthcare financing.

Practice head(s):Nick Turner

Other key lawyers:Jon Lent; Matthew East

Testimonials

'Gowling WLG has a highly experienced team with broad and deep knowledge of debt finance transactions and strong commercial acumen.'

'Jon Lent is a strong negotiator, with detailed technical knowledge, and always makes time to discuss, talk through and explain matters.'

Key Clients

ICG-Longbow

HSBC Bank plc

HSBC Private Bank

LBBW

Nuveen Real Estate

Quadrant Real Estate Advisors

Gravis Capital Management (as investment manager of a number of funds)

London and Cambridge Properties

Empiric Student Property PLC

Deutsche Hypo

HC-One Limited

M&G Real Estate Limited

Peritus Corporate Finance

Savills Investment Management

Tier One Capital Limited

Stenprop Limited

Alpha Real LLP

Downs Road Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken

Telereal Trillium

Hayfield Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising (along with club lenders) on Phase 4 of the Greenwich peninsula development for Knight Dragon, involving a £225m secured development facility.
  • Advising Quadrant Real Estate Advisors on a series of facilities to finance the acquisition and development of various properties.
  • Advising Deutsche Hypo on a series of loan facilities relating to several different developments.
  • Advising HSBC Bank plc on a number of commercial real estate, hotel and residential loans.
  • Advising Jersey-listed investment fund GCP Infrastructure Fund on refinancing and warehouse facilities from the Royal Bank of Scotland and ING Bank.
Leading individuals

Nick Turner - Gowling WLG

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Acting for real estate businesses, developers and corporate occupiers, Gowling WLG handles a 'wide range' of property disputes including contentious portfolio matters, commercial landlord and tenant disputes and business rates disputes as well as rights to light and vacant possession issues alongside other matters concerning large-scale property developments. Martin Thomas heads the team, which includes rights to light expert Anne Waltham, who retired from the partnership in April 2018 but continues to act as consultant.

Practice head(s):Martin Thomas

Other key lawyers:Clive Chalkley; Anne Waltham

Testimonials

'Clive Chalkley is excellent and has a very good communication style together with a strong depth of knowledge.'

Key Clients

Government Property Agency

LaSalle Investment Management

U and I Group

Biffa Waste Services

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

M&G

Lidl

Telereal Trillium

BAE Pension Funds

St. Modwen

Work highlights

  • Acting for Transport for London (TfL) in the successful appeal to the Supreme Court, against Southwark and the City, regarding the meaning of highway in the GLA Act, and the Highways Act 1980. The case concerns ownership of the main road network in London and, in particular, ownership of property beyond the road surface.
  • Acting for Performance Retail in its High Court claim against Wagamama for breach of the terms of a lease agreement.
  • Acting for Bircherley Green Redevelopment, owned by the Diageo Pension Fund, in a series of contested lease renewals in order to obtain vacant possession of various retail units to permit development.
  • Providing assistance with a rent review dispute concerning the contractual interpretation of the rent review clauses in the long head-lease of an office block.
  • Acting for the tenant, Corinium Gym Venture, in a dispute with its new landlord following the original landlord assigning its interest to a third party, over an extended rent free period, among other issues.
Leading individuals

Anne Waltham - Gowling WLG

Martin Thomas - Gowling WLG

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's reputation in social housing finance has grown under the leadership of its practice head Chris Brierley, with the firm regularly involved in finance transactions requiring innovative solutions. In 2018, highlights included Brierley acting as the lead adviser to Norland Estates Limited (a special purpose vehicle subsidiary of Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc) on its £68m senior debt financing and take out by private placement, and in a separate matter, assisting another subsidiary Triplepoint Propco 2 Limited with a senior debt financing with Lloyds Bank plc of a portfolio of social housing-supported living assets. Brierley's first-rate reputation is also highlighted by the fact that Sanctuary Housing Association is a longstanding client. Brierley works with principal associate Angela Rawlins and director Navin Prabhakar.

Practice head(s):Chris Brierley

Other key lawyers:Angela Rawlins; Navin Prabhakar

Key Clients

Sanctuary Housing Association

Pension Insurance Corporation plc

Sanctuary Treasury Limited

Sanctuary Affordable Housing Limited

Clarion

Home Group Limited

Metropolitan

Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc

Work highlights

  • Acting as the lead adviser to Norland Estates Limited (a special purpose vehicle subsidiary of Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc) on its £68m senior debt financing and take out by private placement.
  • Assisting another subsidiary Triplepoint Propco 2 Limited with a senior debt financing with Lloyds Bank plc of a portfolio of social housing-supported living assets.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG advises on all facets of branding, and is well known for its strong capabilities in marketing and advertising, where recent mandates included advising the Volkswagen Group on various campaigns such as Audi's 'You CAN own an Audi' on Snapchat and Seat's 'Marcella' competition alongside ITV. The team has experience in international portfolio management, multi-jurisdictional  trade mark and design enforcement, and anti-counterfeiting and parallel import matters. Key practitioners include Birmingham-based Kate Swaine, who leads the trade marks, brands and designs team, and Dan Smith, who focuses on advertising and sponsorship.

Practice head(s):Kate Swaine

Key Clients

Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles)

Weetabix

Carlsberg

Marks & Spencer

Mothercare

Work highlights

  • Advising Mothercare and Early Learning Centre on IP enforcement and design project clearance and portfolio management worldwide.
  • Advising Weetabix on all aspects of its trade mark portfolio protection and enforcement.
  • Operating a global hub for Dyson Technology, managing the enforcement of its IP rights in the Dyson Bladeless fan range in over 40 countries.
  • Successfully defended Audi against ASA complaints about its 'Snow Mode' TV ad, screened over Christmas 2017, and the 'Clowns' TV advert in a precedent-setting case.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's fintech team advises banks and financial institutions, p2p lending platforms, manufactures and crypto asset firms on investments, IP issues, ICOs, platform structuring and a range of regulatory issues, spanning FCA authorisations, MiFID II requirements and the adoption of open banking. Led by David Brennan, the group's strong corporate offering covers investments in the tech sector, equity fundraising, reverse takeovers and joint ventures. Financial services regulatory associate Sushil Kuner, who joined the firm in 2018, advises clients on the regulatory aspects of ICOs, crypto-assets and blockchain projects, and sits in the firm's dedicated blockchain and smart contracts group.

Practice head(s):David Brennan

Other key lawyers:Sushil Kuner

Key Clients

Blue Star Capital

Bricklane

BTL Group Limited

Draper Esprit plc

Lending Works Limited

Nebulous, Inc.

Neyber Holding Limited

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

Route 66 Ventures

Work highlights

  • Handling a technology contract between SmartestEnergy and Origami Energy for flexible energy system.
  • Advising Nebulous, Inc. on a security token offering to be issued in Europe.
  • Advised Blue Star Capital on the corporate and regulatory issues related to its aborted acquisition of SatoshiPay, focusing on the Payment Services Directive and E-Money Regulations.
  • Advising Draper Esprit plc on its investments in technology companies such as Seedcamp and Revolut.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's Birmingham-based commercial, IT and outsourcing department assists its national and international client roster, which includes a combination of technology start-ups, public sector organisations and large corporates, with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Sally Mewies has expertise in technology-related contracts, while Patrick Arben is a name to note for disputes. Other key names include Sarah Sasse, who frequently advises public sector clients on how to structure their procurements and commercial arrangements; David Brennan, who handles corporate transactions and Jocelyn Paulley, who has particular expertise in the retail and technology sectors as well as data protection and data centre practices.

Practice head(s):Sally Mewies

Other key lawyers:Patrick Arben; Sarah Arben; David Brennan; Jocelyn Paulley

Key Clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

London Borough of Croydon

Infinis Energy Management Limited

CTIL

GlaxoSmithKline

Xoserve Limited

A S Watson

Sanctuary Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Bromford Housing, a social enterprise, on its procurement of a partner to provide enterprise solutions and transformation partner services via a competitive dialogue process.
  • Instructed by the Virtus group of data centre operators on its major customer contracts.
  • Advising Birmingham City Council on a range of negotiations with its joint venture partner Capita.
  • Advising Xoserve on the procurement of a strategic hosting solution for its core operating software, and a re-platforming of the application that underpins pricing information in the gas industry.
  • Assisting a leading UK university with a key technology contract.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's intellectual property team is spread across the firm's London and Birmingham offices and has expertise across contentious and non-contentious patent, brand and design matters, particularly in the life sciences and advertising and marketing spaces. Other sector specialisms include the telecoms and IT, retail, automotive and aviation engineering, and food and drink industries. Practice head Gordon Harris focuses on engineering and technology patent disputes, David Barron is highlighted for his SEP expertise, Paul Inman handles life sciences litigation, and Alexandra Brodie is 'developing a niche strength in telecoms work'. In Birmingham, key names to note include transactional IP specialists Patrick Duxbury and Luke Kempton, and head of brands and design, Kate Swaine, while, in London, 'stand out' director Matt Hervey is 'absolutely superb' for patent disputes. The group has continued to add to its team with the recruitment of the 'very able, responsive and commercially minded' Huw Evans and 'very experienced patent litigator' Jonathan Ball from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):Gordon Harris

Other key lawyers:David Barron; Paul Inman; Alexandra Brodie; Patrick Duxbury; Luke Kempton; Kate Swaine; Huw Evans; Jon Ball; Matt Hervey

Testimonials

'Birmingham-based partner Luke Kempton is a commercial genius and always delivers.'

Key Clients

GSK

TQ Delta, LLC

Alpha Animation & Toys Limited

Hexatronic Group AB

Takeda

Azumi

Dyson

Weetabix

Kampa

Shopify

Work highlights

  • Acted for GSK in the UK element of an international dispute relating to the technology used for making very fine powders for use in certain inhaler products.
  • Representing TQ Delta in a patent infringement claim against Zyxel and a related a FRAND declaration regarding the proposed licensing terms of a patent, which is essential to broadband internet specifications.
  • Acting for Hexatronic, a global leader in fibre-optic cable technology, in a patent infringement dispute brought by Emtelle.
  • Instructed by Dyson to manage infringement issues in 51 territories.
  • Advising Azumi on its worldwide restaurant name, Zuma, being used as part of a new dog food brand.
Rising stars

Matt Hervey - Gowling WLG

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's advertising offering is instructed by a raft of global brands across the food, drink, automotive, retail, technology and fast-moving consumer goods sectors, and it is also engaged by rights-holders and agencies. Utilising the firm's international network of offices, it is often engaged on multi-jurisdictional advertising projects; it advises Volkswagen on a range of advertising and marketing-related matters across its brands including; Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The team, which is led by director Dan Smith, often advises on emerging issues in digital marketing, native advertising, influencer marketing, reviews and augmented reality. ASA complaints, sponsorship and ambush marketing are also key areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):Dan Smith

Other key lawyers:Kate Swaine; Mathilda Davidson; Jason Stephens; Alice Stagg

Testimonials

The team has a flourishing advertising practice.

Key Clients

Volkswagen Group

Weetabix

Carlsberg

Marks & Spencer

Mothercare

Hovis

Oxfam

Nomad Foods

Dollar Shave Club

Volvo

Work highlights

  • Advised Volkswagen Group UK on ground-breaking ASA rulings on the depiction of new connected and safety technologies in vehicles.
  • Advises Carlsberg on all of its alcohol marketing clearance, queries and ASA issues.
  • Provides Mothercare with specialist retail advertising advice.
  • Advises Hovis on the full range of advertising law issues across its business.
  • Advises a number of charities (such as Oxfam, Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), WWF) on marketing matters.  
Rising stars

Dan Smith (Advertising) - Gowling WLG

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG offers well-honed expertise in 'heavy' patent (and other types of IP) disputes together with commercial transactions including joint ventures, licensing and collaborations. Team head Patrick Duxbury and Luke Kempton  bring impressive scientific backgrounds to their transactional IP/regulatory practice; Ian Piggin handles corporate and structuring matters and associate Jenny Davies is a life sciences patent specialist who handles pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device advisory and contentious cases.

Practice head(s):Patrick Duxbury

Other key lawyers:Dr Luke Kempton; Ian Piggin; Jenny Davies

Key Clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Astrazeneca

Immunocore

ArgenX

Takeda

Heptares (Sosei Group Corporation)

Eisai Europe

Coloplast

VIB

ERS Genomics

Isogenica

Topas Therapeutics

Genomics PLC

Johnson & Johnson

KU Leven

Epidarex Capital

KWS BioTest Ltd

Bial Portela

Work highlights

  • Acting for GlaxoSmithKline on a patent infringement matter concerning technology for making very fine powders for use in certain inhaler products. The case resulted in only the second Arrow declaration ever awarded in the UK. The opponent has appealed the decision.
  • Acted for biotechnology company argenx in its global collaboration and license agreement with Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. Belgium-based argenx focuses on the clinical development of novel antibody-based therapies.
  • Advised Sosei Group Corporation on an agreement with Allergan to amend its 2016 global R&D and commercialisation partnership (worth approximately €3bn) between Allergan and Sosei’s subsidiary Heptares Therapeutics.
  • In a complex and long-running case, acting for Coloplast in a patent infringement case against MacGregor Healthcare in respect of the client's patent for urinary catheters.  Leave to appeal has been sought.
  • Acted for Takeda in a dispute with UCB over payments being made for a licence of patents from UCB to Takeda concerned with making humanised antibodies. The claim included payment of past royalties.
Leading individuals

Patrick Duxbury  - Gowling WLG

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG 's cross-practice aviation offering acts for a range of key players in the sector such as airlines, airports and aircraft component manufacturers. IP, outsourcing, competition, dispute resolution, employment, pensions and technology matters are key focuses for the group, which spans its London and Birmingham offices.  The team defended Thai Airways in air cargo cartel damages proceedings.

Practice head(s):Matthew Harvey

Other key lawyers:Bernadine Adkins; Gordon Harris; Richard Lee; Sally Mewies; Stuart Young; Clark Sargent; Gordon Bell; David Lowe; James Barr; Helen Davenport; Anna Fletcher; Tom George; Rebecca Jones; Karen O’Connell

Key Clients

Cathay Pacific Airways

dnata

Flybe

GKN

Regional & City Airports (Holdings)

Thai Airways International Public Company Thai Airways

Sirius Aircraft Leasing Fund

Martin Baker Aircraft Company

Work highlights

  • The team is defending Thai Airways in proceedings brought by British Airways in the UK Air Cargo litigation.
  • Advised Rigby Group on the acquisition of Bournemouth Airport from Manchester Airport Group.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is engaged on a range of mandates in the rail sector; it advises on station development and upgrades, overstation and over track developments, infrastructure projects and handles interface agreements for developers. The team supports on rolling stock and commercial contracts and acts for freight operators and users. It also offers expertise in employment and pensions work in the sector. The team continues to advise the London Borough of Barnet on the development of a new rail freight facility and new station, as part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme.

Practice head(s):Giles Clifford

Other key lawyers:Richard Green; Dominic Richardson; Michael Hallowell; Michael Whitehouse; Alexander Wrixon

Key Clients

Transport for London

London Underground Ltd

Crossrail Ltd

London Borough of Barnet

GB Railfreight

Ricardo Rail PLC

Direct Rail Services

Railroad Development Corporation

Devon and Cornwall Railways

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK

Blackstone Property Partners /  Telereal Trillium

Work highlights

  • The team is advising TfL on a development agreement and lease with Aviva, and advised on all ancillary aspects of the transaction, to aid the proposed 1-14 Liverpool Street over site development.
  • The team is advising TfL and London Underground Ltd on the procurement of a property development partner for the development of South Kensington station, and station enhancement works.
  • The team is advising TfL and London Underground Limited on the project and property documentation for the development of step-free access at Finsbury Park Underground Station.
  • The team is advisng The Arden Cross Consortium on all aspects of the development of Arden Cross.
  • The team advised China Rail and Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) on a contract to supply rolling stock wagons for a Bauxite Mine/Aluminium plant in Guinea.

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