Gowling WLG > London, England > Firm Profile

Gowling WLG
4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AU
England

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 1

Gowling WLG has a stand-out closed-ended listed funds team that advises funds, investment banks and their brokers, throughout fund lifecycles, including IPOs and secondary fundraisings, as well as capital restructurings and reorganisations. The group works closely with the firm’s tax and financial services regulatory lawyers, giving it the ability to provide a rounded service. Nick Heather , who stepped down from the partnership and became of counsel in 2022, continues to lead the practice group, drawing on a strong track-record in domestic and overseas fund listings on the London markets. John Reed is an expert in fund structurings for on- and offshore fund managers, as well as public M&A transactions involving investment funds; while Oliver Riley and Kristian Rogers  are also practitioners of note. Principal associate Kate Seabourne  has a growing investment fund IPO and secondary fundraising practice.

Practice head(s):

Nick Heather

Other key lawyers:

John Reed; Oliver Riley; Kristian Rogers; Kate Seabourne

Testimonials

‘High partner access and engagement, experience, efficiency, commercial and pragmatic advice’

Key clients

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited

HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

Forward Partners Group plc

Castelnau Group plc

Life Science REIT plc

Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company plc

Triple Point Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Company plc

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

Temple Bar Investment Trust PLC

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc

CEIBA Investment Limited

Numis Securities plc

Winterflood Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Jefferies International Limited

Singer Capital Markets Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Empiric Student Property plc

GCP Student Living plc

GCP Asset Backed Income Fund Limited

AEW UK REIT PLC

Molten Ventures plc (formerly Draper Esprit plc)

BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust plc

BlackRock North American Investment Trust plc

BlackRock Energy and Resources Income Trust plc

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Odyssean Investment Trust plc

Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited

Investec Bank plc

Mercia Asset Management plc

RM Secured Direct Lending plc

RBC Europe Limited

Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited

Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust plc

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

abrdn European Logistics Income PLC (formerly Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC)

International Biotechnology Trust plc

ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited on its initial public offering to the specialist fund segment of the London Stock Exchange’s main market and initial fundraising of £370 million.
  • Advised HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc, a clean hydrogen-dedicated investment fund offering growth potential in clean hydrogen and related technologies, on its £107.35 million fundraising (including a strategic cornerstone investment of £25 million by INEOS Energy) and its listing on the premium listing segment of the London Stock Exchange’s main market.
  • Acted for GCP Student Living plc on a recommended cash takeover offer from a newly formed vehicle formed by a consortium of Scape Living PLC and iQSA Holdco Limited (funded by their respective primary shareholders, being funds managed by APG Asset Management N.V. and certain funds managed by Blackstone). The takeover offer valued GCP at £969 million on a fully diluted basis.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

Gowling WLG has a strong water team representing a number of high profile clients including international water companies, government agencies and investors. Andrew Newbery heads the water practice and handles financing, project development and transactional work in regards to domestic and international matters. John Cooper heads the Public Law and Regulation team and is an expert in regulatory issues. Jonathan Brufal has extensive experience advising clients with business interests in the Middle East and Africa. He also sits on the International Desalination Association’s legal advisory board. Gareth Baker assists clients with international M&A matters and other cross-border collaborations. The team has recently been augmented by the arrival of partner Mike Stewart, who is an expert in complex international infrastructure disputes, with a particular focus on the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Newbery; Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

Kieran Laird; Gordon Bell; Mike Stewart

Key clients

Almar Water

International Finance Corporation

eThkwini Municipality

AIB Group PLC

Group 42

Nova Innovation Limited

Longspur Capital

GVO

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR)

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium comprising four confidential water developers on their bid for the concession of the Glen Valley Wastewater Reclamation Project near Gaborone in Botswana.
  • Advised Ofwat, throughout the PR19 price review period on a range of public and administrative law matters and on the interpretation and application of the statutory and regulatory framework in respect of Ofwat’s draft and final determinations on the PR19 price controls.
  • Acted for Kansai Electric Corporation, a major Japanese utility based in Osaka, on its bid for the Project Lightning project. Lightning is a new underwater, subsea transmission project in Abu Dhabi with an estimated value of $3.2bn.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

Fielding one of the largest corporate and commercial practices in the region, Gowling WLG consistently handles big-ticket international transactions for a formidable line-up of public and private sector entities. Corporate chair Chris Towle spearheads the firm’s US sales and UK indirect real estate practices, handling cross-border REIT transactions and restructuring for some of the market’s biggest investment managers. Stuart Young heads up both the corporate finance and automotive sector groups, while automotive manufacturing lead Ragi Singh works with a number of electric vehicle companies on a steady flow of acquisitions. Sharon Ayres is highly experienced in investment structures and joint venture agreements, while Amar Adatia heads up the solvent structuring and group reorganisation desk. On the commercial side, David Lowe is reputed for his ‘knowledgeable, practical and solution-driven’ approach to logistics agreements and procurement strategies, most notably in the food and retail arenas. The ‘outstanding’ Sarah Riding is well-versed in all manner of contract arrangements, regularly assisting clients from the worlds of manufacturing, automotive, energy and sport. Principal associate Caroline McNally is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Chris Towle; David Lowe

Testimonials

‘The firm possesses broad expertise and inspires confidence in dealings.’

‘Sarah Riding has a sound understanding of the industry, and is a trusted advisor. We are relatively new to dealing with the firm but we have been very impressed so far.’

‘Sarah Riding’s knowledge of her area, together with her commercial considerations, are outstanding.’

‘David Lowe leads a great team at Gowling. Knowledgeable, practical and solution-driven.’

‘David Lowe brings a human touch to everything he does. Practical and understands business needs.’

Key clients

Cummins Inc

Coca-Cola European Partners

Halfords

Avison Young

Sanctuary Group

Atcore Technology Group Limited

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

HC One

SLR Global

Business Growth Fund

LDC

The Midcounties Co-operative

The Hut Group

Sdiptech AB

Royal London

Mitek Holdings Inc

A F Blakemore & Sons

Birmingham City Council

Southco Inc.

M+W

Rettig Group

Staffline

Otto Bock

Palatine Private Equity

Hyundai

Sandvik AB

Tarmac

Metsaliitto Cooperative

GCI Group

GCP Applied Technologies

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

ReBound Returns

Aston Manor

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

AstraZeneca

All Saints Retail Limited

Azumi Restaurants Limited

Baylis & Harding

Bentley Motors Limited

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Bloor Homes Limited

British Red Cross

Baylis & Harding

Cadent Gas

CBI

CBRE

Chips Away International Limited (Franchise Brands plc)

Church & Dwight

Cummins

Ford

GSK

Hermes (Parcels)

Hovis

Hyde Housing Association

Hydrafacial UK Limited

Jaguar Land Rover

Made.com

Marks & Spencer

Mazda Motors UK Limited

Molson Coors

NCP Limited

Nomad (Birds Eye)

Oxfam

Pandora

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

Premier Foods

Regional & City Airport

Rodan & Fields

SMMT (The UK automotive trade association)

Saint Gobain

Spirit AeroSystems

St Modwen

Tarmac

Taylor Wimpey

The Office Group

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Transport for London

Triumph Motorcycles Limited

United Biscuits

Upfield (global food manufacturer with brands such as Flora)

The Office Group

Transport for London

Weetabix

Work highlights

  • Advised Halfords Autocentres, a subsidiary of Halfords Group plc, on its acquisition of Universal Tyre and Autocentres (Universal).
  • Advised BGF Investments LP, and other shareholder individuals in the disposal of the entire share capital within CHS Healthcare Holdings Ltd.
  • Advised Sdiptech AB  on its acquisition of specialist EV charging point designer, manufacturer and retailer Rolec Services Ltd and One Stop Europe Ltd.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

The ‘excellent’ tax practice at Gowling WLG works closely with the firm’s wider corporate team on high-value transactions and projects for a multitude of real estate investors, developers, occupiers, and development and logistics companies. National tax chair Lee Nuttall‘s broad capabilities are principally concentrated on property and private investment fund taxation. Principal associate Tom Rank regularly handles the tax aspects of cross-border M&A transactions, employee share schemes, and VAT reviews. Senior associate Michael Sweeney focuses chiefly on real estate work and the practice further bolstered its ranks at the junior end through the arrival of principal associate Elizabeth Emerson, who joined from White & Case LLP in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lee Nuttall

Other key lawyers:

Tom Rank; Michael Sweeney; Elizabeth Emerson

Testimonials

‘Can only say that I have had an excellent service from the team at Gowling WLG with timely responses to all my enquiries and very good results with all the tax issues that they have assisted me with.’

Key clients

Aldgate Developments Limited

Bellway Homes

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Blackstone Bloor Holdings Limited

Bracknell Regeneration Limited Partnership

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Coventry City Council

Cummings Inc

Diageo Pension Trust

Empiric Student Property plc

Government Property Agency

Halfords

Harbert

Helical

Highways England (National Highways)

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

HSBC Bank Pension Fund

IM Properties

Jaguar Land Rover

Legal & General

Lidl

Lloyds Development Capital

London Borough of Barnet

M&G Real Estate

M Group Holdings

Miller Homes

National Farmers Union Mutual

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee

Persimmon Homes

Prologis

Red Bull Racing

Royal London Mutual

Sanctuary Housing Association

Schroder Real Estate Finance

SEGRO PLC

St Modwen Plc

Tarmac

Taylor Wimpey

The Arch Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal London Asset Management Limited on all tax aspects of its 50:50 joint venture with CDC Investissement Immobilier on the £115m acquisition of 1 St John’s Lane in Farringdon.
  • Advised Lincoln UK Services Limited in delivering a transformational £750m mixed-use regeneration scheme for Station Hill, Reading and the Thames Valley.
  • Handling the tax aspects of the creation of a network of interlocking strategic land agreements for Thakeham Homes to support UK’s first zero-carbon community in South-West Cambridge.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

The team at Gowling WLG includes partners with specialisms in a wide array of different areas, including warranty disputes, IT disputes, fraud and international arbitration. Seasoned litigator Andrew Smith has particular expertise in contractual disputes; Helen Davenport specialises in data privacy, cyber security and technology disputes. Patrick Arben focuses on the tech sector and issues relating to outsourcing disputes, public procurement challenges, anti-bribery and corporate investigations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Smith; Helen Davenport; Patrick Arben; Samantha Holland; Davinia Gransbury; Ian Weatherall; Emma Carr; Tom Price

Testimonials

‘Good communications; pragmatic advice.’

‘Tom Price is excellent. Very engaged, a good manager of the team and an excellent lawyer.’

‘Susan Wilson was hard working, on top of the detail and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (the FCDO) and British Council

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

VRFB Holdings Limited

The Midcounties Cooperative Limited and Co-operative Energy Limited

Millbrook Healthcare Bidco Limited (formerly Cairngorm Acquisitions 9 Bidco Limited)

Direct Rail Services Limited

Various shareholders, including a daughter in law of Rupert Murdoch

Sanctuary Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (the FCDO) and British Council in defending a procurement challenge brought by Vodafone Limited worth in excess of £184m.
  • Acting for the London Legacy Development Corporation in proceedings brought against their former legal advisors Allen & Overy, concerning allegations of negligence by A&O in their advice and drafting of LLDC’s Concession Agreement with premier league football club, West Ham United for the right to stage matches at the London Stadium.
  • Advising the Executive Council to the FRC in a claim against KPMG, along with several of its former and current employees.

Employment Tier 1

The first-rate team at Gowling WLG advises UK and international private and public sector clients on the full range of employment, labour and equality matters with particular specialisms in areas such as manufacturing, life sciences, retail and central government. It also has considerable contentious expertise covering High Court business protection litigation through to complex discrimination and whistleblowing tribunal claims. With Jane Fielding   at the helm, the group also advises on industrial relations issues and on workplace investigations. Martin Chitty advises some of the UK’s largest housing associations and retailers on all areas of employment law. Jonathan Chamberlain  has particular expertise in advising clients on business protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I find the Gowling legal practice a high quality one stop shop for everything my complex company needs: from international employment partnering and advice, across all disciplines of my business, from supporting in day to day to thought leadership.

‘The team has employment law experts, we feel confident that when we go to them they will be able to assist and add the value we need. They are always responsive and work to whatever time frames we put in place. It is a comfort to know that whenever we go to them, they will be able to support us in whatever advice we need to handle a matter/ situation.

‘Martin Chitty was excellent. He showed a sense of urgency, a commerciality, communication skills & a firm delivery of advice that I appreciated & valued enormously. His follow-up was timely & useful. Client care was second-to-none.’

The whole team we work with is always ready to assist and we are very happy with the support it gives to the business. Jane Fielding is always approachable and incredibly responsive. Her advice is straightforward and to the point, and she always deals with the practical issues as well as the legal background. We also work with Simon Stephen and Vivienne Reeve  – both of whom give an excellent level of service and are very easy to work with.

Anna Fletcher brings pragmatic realism alongside professional expertise in an approach that is characterised by warmth and humour. An astute networker who coordinates the go to people to resolve our challenges.’

Key clients

Jacobs

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Ltd

London Borough of Croydon

Dudley Building Society

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Sanctuary Group

Credit Karma

Cummins

Work highlights

  • Acting as official legal advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games ( Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Limited)

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The first-rate team at Gowling WLG continues to attract some new health and safety instructions from a number of high-profile clients. The talented group has key sector expertise in areas such as construction, quarrying, aerospace and defence in addition to food, health and social care. Practice head Andrew Litchfield  is vastly experienced in all aspects of regulatory investigations by the police, HSE, the Environment Agency, local authorities and the coroner. Principal associate Michael Hafen is adept at defending civil/criminal litigation arising from regulatory and environmental breaches. Natalie Barton-Howes, also a principal associate, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The firm is quick to recognise and adapt to the processes and procedures that we face as a binational company. Andrew Litchfield has expert knowledge, works hard to understand our business, gets the commercial and technical pressures we face and offers pragmatic and realistic advice’.

Key clients

Kingspan Insulation Ltd

Bakkavor Foods Ltd

Bloor Homes Ltd

The Channel Tunnel Group/Eurotunnel

Sanctuary Housing Association

Cummins Ltd

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd

Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain Ltd

Richmond Fellowship

Finning (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

    Employment > Pensions Tier 1

    Gowling WLG enjoys a stellar reputation for its work on a broad range of issues, from scheme advisory and employer advisory work, through to to pensions risk transfers and pensions disputes. Richard Black has particular expertise in advising both corporates and trustees on the pensions aspects of major deals whereas Paul Carberry  advises a broad mix of trustees and employers. Elizabeth Gane  is primarily trustee focused and advises on complex funding issues, mergers and restructurings in addition to benefit changes. Christopher Stiles and Joanne Tibbott  are also well-regarded, as is Richard Lee .

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    People are extremely knowledgeable but also very down to earth, responsive and pragmatic. They try to get to know us really well’.

    ‘Richard Black: very strong lead partner with vast knowledge and experience, he instils confidence with his responses but also is not afraid to listen to and take on board others’ views. He is very supportive of his team and promotes them well when credit is due. Ben Goldby: really strong second in command for our account, communicates excellently and manages ongoing activity really efficiently. He is also a very strong adviser in his own right’.

    ‘I feel like they put the client first and not their needs or desire to sell or bill more work. Good communicators, practical, commercial and pragmatic advice. Lead partner brings in individuals from across the practice for specific work that gives deep expertise when required. Takes time to understand what is required and very transparent on fees and billing – friendly, approachable and works collaboratively with you to find the right solution’.

    ‘The team we deal with at Gowlings is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. When non-standard work is agreed, this is delivered on time and is pitched so that it is both practical and cost-effective to implement‘.

    ‘Jo Tibbott and Ali Garton are the two people we see most of from Gowling. Both are well on top of current developments in legislation and regulation. We also use Gowlings to help with complaints or disputes from members and they advise us well when these arise, including references to the Pensions Ombudsman’.

    ‘Richard and Charlotte Whitehead and the team continue to be a real pleasure to work with, providing knowledgeable and clearly understandable advice in a timely manner‘.

    Chris Styles provides excellent technical advice in a very engaging way‘.

    Key clients

    Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan

    John Townsend Trust

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Trustees of the Mitchells & Butlers Plans on all matters, including, in the case of the Main Plan, successful High Court litigation against the sponsoring employer, Mitchells & Butlers plc. It has also advised on the proposed transfer of the Executive Plan to an insurance company, to facilitate its ultimate winding up with all benefits insured.
    • Advised the trustee of the John Townsend Trust Pension and Assurance Scheme in connection with an insurance transaction to secure the benefits of members of the pension scheme with an insurance company.

    Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

    Gowling WLG handles a huge variety of work, with a team that is firmly embedded in the West Midlands market. This includes corporate banking matters, private equity, debt capital markets and real estate finance, as well as more tradition clearing bank work. Chris Brierley  is a well-respected name in the market with in-depth knowledge of lending within the health, social housing, franchising and renewable energy fields. Navin Prabhakar leads the practice’s clearing bank work and maintains strong relationships with household name banking clients. Senior associate Angela Rawlins is also noteworthy, with considerable experience in social housing finance and infrastructure finance.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Brierley

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team was great, really knowledgeable about the sector and able to do all the heavy lifting for us which included not only drafting documents but dealing with a wide range of stakeholders as well as providing easy to consume reporting on the deal to assist with our internal governance process. Throughout the deal, communication and responsiveness was excellent and unfamiliar terms and legal jargon was handled with clarity and simplicity.’

    ‘Angela Rawlins was exceptional. She gave me every confidence things were in hand and was always available when needed for queries/actions.’

    Key clients

    Sanctuary Group

    Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

    The Midcounties Co-operative Group

    Dunelm Group Plc

    Warwickshire County Cricket Club

    Lloyds Development Capital

    CBPE Capital

    Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

    CBRE/The North West Evergreen Fund

    AIB Group (UK) plc

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    Thomas Miller Insurance

    SLR

    H & T Group plc

    State Bank of India

    Work highlights

    • Advised Dunelm Group plc on its £185m sustainability-linked unsecured revolving credit facility from a five bank club.
    • Advised NVM Private Equity LLP in relation to the management buyout acquisition of Edit Agency Limited.
    • Advised Triple Point on its issue of £195 million long dated, fixed rate, interest only sustainability-linked loan notes through a private placement with MetLife Investment Management clients and Barings.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

    The projects and infrastructure team at Gowling WLG has a very strong reputation for advising UK government related entities and non-departmental bodies on some of their most complex PPP work, as well as other big-ticket infrastructure schemes. Their client list includes groups like National Highways and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group. The team also advises on international matters covering Africa and the Middle East. Stephen Kenny is the national head of the practice, specialising in complex UK government projects involving significant infrastructure or assets. Andrew Newberry typically leads the project finance work stream, while newly-promoted partner Elizabeth Williams  specialises in defence and security work. Dominic Richardson  and principal associate James Stanier  are also highly recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Kenny; Andrew Newbery

    Other key lawyers:

    Gus Wood; Dominic Richardson; James Stanier

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are very knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. They have a very collaborative nature, supporting me and my project beyond the terms of the contract.’

    ‘Liz Williams has delivered beyond the brief, facilitating calls outside of normal hours. She has a very natural and friendly approach that is conducive to establishing a good working relationship. She takes the time to really understand the problem and individuals. I have enjoyed working with her.’

    ‘Easy to work with, friendly and down to earth. Approachable and humble, taking the time to explain and support their clients.’

    ‘Stephen Kenny – extremely nice, kind and supportive. Fun and approachable.’

    Key clients

    Ministry of Defence

    National Highways

    Kansai Electric Power Corporation

    GuarantCo

    AIB Group PLC

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Zzoomm plc

    Greenage Power Limited

    Brockwell Energy

    Eelpower

    Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group (including Magnox, Nuclear Waste Services, Nuclear Transport Solutions…)

    UK Health Security Agency

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    Work highlights

    • Advising National Highways on one of its flagship projects, the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project.
    • Advised leading UK energy storage company and valued client Eelpower on a £100 million joint venture partnership with specialist solar power renewable energy listed fund NextEnergy Solar Fund.
    • Advising the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) on its Defence Marine Services project, which is tasked to deliver the new commercial arrangements for the delivery of the MODs future Marine Services requirements when the current Provision of Marine Services and Range Safety & Aircrew Training contracts expire.

    Public sector > Health Tier 1

    Gowling WLG is especially capable at handling large scale health and social care transactions. The firm has aided clients that have been critical to the COVID-19 response including AstraZeneca, the Office for National Statistics and the Department of Health and Social Care. Robert Breedon  advises the DHSC's Test and Trace Team. Hugh Maule specialises in corporate transactions, private equity and venture capital matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Breedon

    Other key lawyers:

    Hugh Maule; Dominic Morris; Andrew Lichfield; Alexi Markham

    Testimonials

    Robert Breedon has excellent negotiating style. Polite, professional and technically great.’

    Key clients

    AstraZeneca

    Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

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

    UDG Healthcare Group plc

    Circle Health

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Ford – party to Ventilator Challenge UK consortium

    Formation Capital, LLC

    Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

    Getinge Group (includes ArjoHuntleigh UK, Arjo Ltd Med AB, Arjo Med Aktiebolag, Altrax Group, Getinge Infection Control AB, Getinge UK)

    Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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

    Lakeside Healthcare

    Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund (inc. Huntercombe Group)

    TT Electronics

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Sitekit Applications Limited

    NHS Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

    Work highlights

    • Advised ONS on its re-procurement to appoint a provider to undertake seroprevalence  Covid-19 Infection Survey (“CIS”), together with study and analysis services to support the Government in its COVID-19 response.
    • Advising DHSC in relation to critical and urgent contracts for the supply of goods and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Advise GSTT in relation to its ground-breaking public-private partnership to become an International Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence (CoE).

    Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

    Commercially astute with a keen eye for detail‘, Gowling WLG‘s eminent real estate practice is consistently sought out by an enviable lineup of developers, investors, and blue-chip corporate occupiers for its capabilities in big-ticket projects. Practice head Richard Bate is a seasoned market presence with decades of experience in residential development matters, helping to deliver numerous consortium developments, planning and infrastructure agreements, and mixed-use schemes. Duncan Murphy acts as the go-to advisor for many of the nation’s top house builders and sports stadiums, advising on big-ticket transactions as well as the full scope of commercial concerns. John Burns is a highly experienced advisor to clients in the industrial developer community, with recent highlights including major regeneration projects in the manufacturing sector. Logistics co-chair Mike Trainer attracts superlative praise for his ‘formidable‘ and ‘incredibly insightful‘ work on developments in the logistics, office, retail, and energy sectors. Helen Emmerson heads up the firm’s energy and utility real estate offering as well as its corporate occupier desk, and is particularly noted for her capabilities in large-scale renewable energy projects. Matthew Walker, who heads up the firm’s student accommodation offering, is also noted for his expertise in industrial and logistics, retail and office sectors. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.  

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Bate

    Other key lawyers:

    John Burns; Matthew Walker; Michael Trainer; Helen Emmerson; Ashley Mitchell

    Testimonials

    ‘Responsive and knowledgable.’

    ‘The practice covers the multiple disciplines involved in development with senior experienced practitioners. There are not many aspect in complex development landscape that experienced members of the team have not previously encountered somewhere.’

    ‘Gowling are a pleasure to deal with. Commercially astute with a keen eye for detail, they make transactions straightforward.’

    ‘Michael Trainer is the best commercial property lawyer in the West Midlands. He is incredibly insightful and wonderfully engaging company. I have undertaken a number of transactions with Mike over many years and he is always my go-to. I really enjoy working with him and he is a formidable person to have in your corner.’

    ‘The team demonstrates wide ranging commercial knowledge that allows legal advice to be delivered in an effective and meaningful manner. Good balance of risk awareness and commercial judgement.’

    ‘The Birmingham team are able to cope with a huge workload. As a firm we had several large transactions going on at the same time and they were able to deal with all of them.’

    ‘All very approachable and proactive.’

    ‘Their ability to understand a commercial position and identify the optimum way forward is what sets them apart from their competitors.’

    Key clients

    A&J Mucklow

    Atkins

    Bellway Homes

    Blackstone

    Bloor Holdings Limited

    Bridge UK Properties

    Cadent

    Coventry City Council

    Diageo Pension Trust

    Government Property Agency

    Halfords

    Harbert

    Helical

    Highways England (National Highways)

    HSBC Bank Pension Fund

    IM Properties

    Jaguar Land Rover

    Kew Technology

    Lidl

    London & Cambridge Properties

    London Borough of Barnet

    M&G

    Made.com

    Metro Bank

    Miller Homes

    National Farmers Union Mutual

    Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee

    Oxford Properties

    Persimmon Homes

    Premier Foods

    Prologis

    Sanctuary Housing Association

    Schroder Real Estate Finance

    SEGRO PLC

    St Modwen Plc

    Taylor Wimpey

    Telereal Trillium

    The Arch Company

    The Hut Group

    The Mid Counties Co-operative

    The Rugby Football Union

    Triple Point Investment Management

    UK Power Networks

    USS

    Vistry Homes

    Whitehall & Bordon Development

    Work highlights

    • Advised Thakeham Homes on the creation of a network of interlocking strategic land agreements for Thakeham Homes to support UK’s first zero-carbon community in South-West Cambridge.
    • Advised Blackstone on the purchase of Elite Logistics Fund I from Macquarie Capital and Elite Partners Capital.
    • Advised Lincoln UK Services Limited on the delivery of a £750m mixed-use regeneration scheme for Station Hill, Reading, and the Thames Valley.

    Real estate > Construction Tier 1

    Gowling WLG‘s sizeable construction and engineering practice is widely acclaimed for the depth of its capabilities in both public and private-sector driven mandates. Jointly steered by Michael O’Shea and Richard Green , who respectively head up the team’s contentious and non-contentious offerings, the firm is routinely engaged on big-ticket PFI handback disputes, regeneration project procurements, and breach of contract claims. Seasoned construction disputes specialist Ashley Pigott regularly helms multi-million pound disputes in the residential, education, and utilities sectors, while PFI handback expert Sarah Dyer concentrates on cases in the transport and energy sector. Ruth Griffin is a key port of call for a varied roster of retailers and infrastructure providers seeking assistance in high-profile projects. Principal associate Gemma Whittaker is recommended for her capabilities in major developments and automation projects. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael O’Shea; Richard Green

    Other key lawyers:

    Ashley Pigott; Sarah Dyer; Ruth Griffin; Gemma Whittaker

    Testimonials

    ‘The team has a good breadth of experience; able to cover all areas of work.’

    ‘Personable and down-to-earth throughout.’

    Key clients

    Surrey County Council

    Bombardier Transportation UK Limited (now part of Alstom)

    The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Castlepoint LP

    Transport for London

    Sheffield City Council

    Trinity House

    I.M Properties Plc

    St. Modwen Properties Plc

    Bericote Properties

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Surrey County Council in relation to a dispute with Suez Recycling and Recovery Surrey Limited in relation to a long term PFI project relating to an energy from waste plant.
    • Working with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, advising the OC on numerous contracts vital to the facilitation of the Games.
    • Advising Sheffield City Council on Heart of the City II – a 7 hectare, 1.5 million sq ft redevelopment of the city centre, comprising new offices, hotels, leisure venues, retail space, residential (including student accommodation) and public spaces.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

    Split between Birmingham and London, the ‘responsive, helpful, pragmatic and wise‘ IP team at Gowling WLG offers a global IP practice that handles a full range of transactional and contentious intellectual property issues. In particular, the team specialises in tech patent litigation, life sciences, sponsorships and designs litigation. Team leader Kate Swaine  has a strong track record in international brand strategy and enforcement as well as being the co-head of IP for the firm internationally. Patrick Duxbury utilises his background as a microbiologist to expertly handle life science matters. Senior associate Michael Carter  is also recommended for his expertise in IP licensing and enforcement.

    Practice head(s):

    Kate Swaine

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexandra Brodie; Huw Evans; Jon Ball, John Coldham; Michael Carter; Patrick Duxbury

    Testimonials

    Their attention to detail, their thinking out-of-the-box and enlarging the value they drive to the applicants.’

    Superb IP team with expertise in patent and design litigation, licensing and transactions. Great knowledge of the law and courts, coupled with exceptional commercial acumen and client care.’

    Responsive, helpful, pragmatic and wise.’

    The team is very engaged, enthusiastic, does a great job of communicating and providing strategic guidance.’

    Alex Brodie – Strong female role model in a tech field, still not that common. Good strategic thinker, good relationship with clients.’

    John Coldham is a clear, precise and available professional that consistently makes himself available to drive value to the clients.’

    Huw Evans – excellent partner, effective manager, excellent communication skills.’

    Jon Ball – excellent partner, good insight into case strategy, excellent communication skills.’

    Key clients

    InterDigital

    Neurim Pharmaceuticals

    Oatly AB

    Comcast/Sky

    Aston Martin Lagonda

    Kingspan

    Freddy SpA

    AstraZeneca

    Sosei Heptares

    Fluid Power Design

    Paragraf Limited

    Weetabix Limited

    B2022

    Scholl

    Ezee Group International

    Northstone

    Dyson

    Oxford BioTherapeutics

    Lab Genius

    Eisai Co Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Neurim in a UK dispute with Mylan (now trading as Viatris) concerning Mylan’s generic copy of Neurim’s highly successful melatonin product, Circadin.
    • Acting for Oatly in trade mark infringement proceedings. It came to Oatly’s attention that Glebe Farm Foods are using a “PUREOATY” mark, in highly similar retail presentation.

    West Midlands > Transport Tier 1

    Gowling WLG has strong expertise of assisting clients in the rail industry with matters such as employment issues and commercial contracts. The firm also advises prominent clients in the road and aerospace sectors on matters including development consent orders and air ambulance projects. Team leader Giles Clifford works alongside legal director Dominic Richardson, who has a wealth of experience advising on rail development schemes.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team at Gowlings have an excellent working knowledge of the London transport network and are able to offer timely and constructive advice on legal matters relating to infrastructure protection and delivery of new transport infrastructure.’

    ‘Giles Clifford can be trusted to get the subtle details and nuances of drafting right, while maintaining overarching awareness of the bigger picture on complex and multifaceted transactions.’

    ‘Clear and well informed advice with a good view of the underlying technical and operational issues. The firm (in my experience) focuses well on client service, being aware of internal reporting deadlines, supporting with relevant materials. The team is well connected with the wider market and able to share key insights.’

    ‘A good combination of friendly and very approachable lawyers with good market knowledge and a keen eye for the key legal, commercial and operational issues.’

    Key clients

    Transport for London

    London Underground Ltd

    Crossrail Ltd

    Docklands Light Railway Ltd

    Rail for London Ltd

    London Bus Services Ltd

    London Borough of Barnet

    GB Railfreight

    Ricardo Rail PLC

    Office of Rail and Road

    Arden Cross Consortium

    Railroad Development Corporation

    CRRC Corporation

    Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

    Arch Co

    Tarmac

    National Highways (name changed during 2021 from Highways England)

    FlyPlymouth Ltd

    Alstom Transport UK Limited

    Transport for Greater Manchester

    West Midlands Air Ambulance

    Transport for West Midlands

    Work highlights

    • Advised London Borough of Barnet on all rail aspects of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration, including construction of the new Brent Cross West Thameslink station, the first major new mainline station in London in over a decade.
    • Advised Transport for London on development agreement with Delancey for construction of a new London Underground station entrance as part of the major mixed use redevelopment of the former Elephant & Castle shopping centre site.
    • Acted as Bombardier’s Legal adviser on the renegotiation of its Manufacture and Supply Agreement (MSA) with Angel Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia in relation to the supply of a fleet of Aventra trains for the Greater Anglia network.

    Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

    Gowling WLG’s ‘commercially savvy’ and ‘modern, forward-looking practice’ is ‘continually thinking about how best to meet the client’s requirements’ on large-scale and business-critical commercial agreements. The team has experience in route-to-market issues, supply chain contracts, strategic alliances, outsourcings and procurement arrangements and in handling large national and international projects; in a recent highlight, the team acted for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on all commercial issues relating to the delivery of the games. David Lowe heads up the group, which also fields the ‘pragmatic and commercialSarah Riding and Robert Breedon, who advises public sector and healthcare clients.

    Practice head(s):

    David Lowe

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Gowlings is a modern, forward-looking practice which is continually thinking about how best to meet their client’s requirements. The team is commercially savvy and provides reliable and timely advice.’

    ‘Sarah Riding has a pragmatic, commercial approach.’

    ‘David Lowe has a pragmatic, common sense approach, informed by the commercial realities of a matter, which is absolutely key for commercial contracts advice.’

    ‘David Lowe always delivers concise and commercially pragmatic advice. He has a deep understanding of the national and international commercial sector which has proved invaluable for our business.’

    ‘The team is flexible and make themselves available when you need them. Their approach is pragmatic and efficient.’

    ‘Strong automotive practice.’

    ‘Working with David Lowe is a real pleasure. He is knowledgeable, pragmatic, solution orientated and most importantly he is not afraid to speak his mind. He does not mince his words and tries to get to the bottom of operational issues in order to find contractual solutions. More private practice lawyers should be like this.’

    Key clients

    AstraZeneca

    All Saints Retail Limited

    Azumi Restaurants Limited

    Baylis & Harding

    Bentley Motors Limited

    Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Bloor Homes Limited

    British Red Cross

    Baylis & Harding

    Cadent Gas

    CBI

    CBRE

    CCEP (Coca Cola)

    Chips Away International Limited (Franchise Brands plc)

    Church & Dwight

    Cummins

    Ford

    GSK

    Hermes (Parcels)

    Hill & Smith Holdings plc

    Hovis

    Hyde Housing Association

    Hydrafacial UK Limited

    Jaguar Land Rover

    Made.com

    Mazda Motors UK Limited

    Midcounties Co-operative

    Molson Coors

    NCP Limited

    NFU Mutual

    Nomad (Birds Eye)

    Oxfam

    Pandora

    Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

    Premier Foods

    Regional & City Airport

    Rodan & Fields

    SMMT (The UK automotive trade association)

    Saint Gobain

    Spirit AeroSystems

    St Modwen

    Tarmac

    Taylor Wimpey

    The Office Group

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing

    Transport for London

    Triumph Motorcycles Limited

    United Biscuits

    Upfield

    The Office Group

    Transport for London

    Weetabix

    Work highlights

    • Acting as official legal advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to help deliver a successful Games on time and to budget.
    • Advising the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in relation to the drafting of a number of urgent contracts for the supply of goods and services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Providing commercial contract advice on a range of issues, on a retainer basis, to Williams Advanced Engineering.

    Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

    Corporate finance partner Charles Bond leads the Gowling WLG practice and has particular expertise advising clients with assets in developed and emerging markets. His team handles Main Market and AIM transactions, acting for issuers and investment management houses as well as investment banks and brokers. The firm provides a full service in the area, drawing from its strengths in corporate, finance, tax, regulatory and dispute resolution. Notable specialisms include technology mandates, cross-border matters and advising mining companies listing on AIM.

    Practice head(s):

    Charles Bond

    Other key lawyers:

    David Brennan

    Testimonials

    ‘Very competent team with excellent sector knowledge.’

    ‘David Brennan is an exceptional lawyer and provides clear, straightforward advice focussed on the key risk issues at hand.’

    Key clients

    Codemasters Group Holdings plc

    Revolution Bars Group plc

    Urban Logistics REIT plc

    Molten Ventures plc

    Phoenix Copper Limited

    Bacanora Lithium plc

    Bushveld Minerals Limited

    AfriTin Mining Limited

    Cenkos Securities plc

    H&T Group plc

    Panmure Gordon Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

    Hummingbird Resources plc

    Altus Strategies PLC

    Shore Capital

    Arrow Exploration Corp

    Forward Partners Group plc

    finnCap Limited

    Pyx Resources Limited

    SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

    Berenberg (London branch)

    Canaccord Genuity

    Work highlights

    • Acted on the £248m cash takeover of Bacanora by one of the largest lithium compound producers in the world, Ganfeng Lithium from China.
    • Acted for Canaccord on the dual listing on AIM of the first listed Nigerian gold mining company, Thor Explorations Limited (listed on TSX).
    • Advised finnCap, as financial adviser to Cambria Bidco Limited, on its recommended cash offer for AIM listed company, Cambria Automobiles plc and the cash confirmation statement given by finnCap in the announcement of the offer.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

    Providing 'a very able and experienced team for substantial commercial litigation', Gowling WLG is consistently sought out for large international and domestic commercial disputes, particularly Chancery and Commercial Court cases. 'A super lawyer and a great team player,' senior litigation partner James Sidwell also co-heads the firm's financial services sector group; Catherine Naylor, 'an exceptional litigator,' is particularly focused on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases; and 'star litigatorAndrew Smith's track record includes large amounts of work in the automotive, food and drink, Pharma, property development and telecoms industries. At legal director  level, Verity Barker acts in a variety of cross-border commercial litigation, while Susannah Fink is on hand for both general commercial litigation and insurance disputes. Within the principal associate pool, Tom Cox's experience includes three successful heavyweight High Court trials in a recent five-year period, while Alexander Wrixon combines his litigation expertise with insurance market experience.

    Practice head(s):

    James Sidwell

    Testimonials

    ‘Gowling’s commercial litigation department offers a very able and experienced team for substantial commercial litigation, and at rates far below those charged by the Magic Circle.’

    James Sidwell is a super lawyer and a great team player, who gets the best out of his associates and Counsel for the benefit of clients. He is also extremely popular with clients because of his easy manner and direct advice.

    ‘Andrew Smith – cool head, great judgement, superb client manager and excellent team leader.

    Andrew Smith is a star litigator. If I were in trouble, I would head straight to Andrew’s door. Outplays colleagues at Magic Circle and other firms.

    ‘Catherine Naylor and Tom Cox were available 24/7 to respond to our questions, and to respond to often-ludicrous deadlines imposed by the lawyers acting for our opponents. They gave sound, practical and well- considered advice, and we were always confident that we were being guided well.’

    ‘Catherine Naylor is excellent in her communications with clients and Counsel, as well as in managing her team effectively. The client was delighted with her work on the matter – I would highly recommend her and her team.’

    ‘Catherine Naylor is an exceptional litigator. She is really clever, spots all the angles, and has great judgement. She is also a delight to work with and very popular with clients.

    Principal associate Tom Cox is very hardworking, takes on responsibility, and gets on top of everything.’

    Key clients

    VRFB Holdings

    THG

    HCC International Insurance Company

    CPC Group

    Financial Reporting Council

    Work highlights

    • Successfully acted for VRFB Holdings (VRFB) in proceedings brought by its joint venture partner, Garnet Commerce, which sought to force VRFB to sell its 50% share for half the market value.
    • Successfully obtained summary judgment (on behalf of HCC International Insurance Company) in a claim for unilateral mistake rectification brought against it by Caledonian Maritime Assets.
    • Acting for THG and 14 other respondents in successfully striking out in the Court of Appeal the majority of an unfair prejudice petition (in doing so removing all pleaded claims of monetary value).

    Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

    Trustee and pension scheme clients feel that Gowling WLG‘s team is ‘good to have on your side‘ in pensions disputes, with experience in cutting edge High Court litigation, as well as a broad practice that encompasses complaints by members under internal dispute procedures and to the pensions ombudsman. The group is led by Ian Gordon, who has recent experience in high-profile cases, acting for Mitchells & Butlers Pension, Britvic Pensions and the trustees of Axminster Carpets Group Retirement Benefits Plan. Principal associate Charlotte Scholes is another key pensions disputes specialist, with expertise in rectification and construction cases, ably supporting Gordon. In January 2022, Aaron Dunning-Foreman joined from Sacker & Partners LLP and brings with him a specialism in forensic reviews of historic scheme documentation.

    Practice head(s):

    Ian Gordon

    Testimonials

    ‘The team provides a comprehensive service with work done at the right level. They are very well linked with counsel and have a good knowledge of the market.’

    ‘Ian Gordon : good team leader. Practical experience of the court process and the conduct of live hearings. Thorough and good client liaison skills. Charlotte Scholes: thorough, timely communications. Keeps clients fully engaged throughout. Demonstrates in depth expertise and clarity in explaining issues to clients.’

    ‘Ian Gordon, who led the Gowlings team, covered all the potential angles in a long running dispute, helping to shape the Trustee case as the Company amended its defence. Ian also helped choose and then brief counsel, so that the Trustee was best represented in Court.’

    ‘Ian Gordon is a clear leader in the industry. He has handled a number of key cases in the last few years and really knows his stuff.’

    Charlotte Scholes has relatively recently moved to Gowlings. She continues to impress on contentious pensions particularly her approach to professional negligence claims. In my experience, she has an eye on the detail but also takes a pragmatic commercial approach to litigation where appropriate.’

    ‘The service from their pensions litigation department is good and efficient. They reply quickly to questions and are good at taking matters forward. They are also able to explain complex issues in an easy to understand way and there is strength in depth. This does not make them unique – ultimately they are good to have on your side.’

    ‘Ian Gordon gives a case 110%, really gets stuck in, totally committed, a “details man”. Charlotte Scholes (principal associate) – conscientious, very personable and easy to work with. Aaron Dunning-Foreman (principal associate) – switched on, full of ideas.’

    ‘My experience has been very positive. Commercial, pro-active and very clear in their explanation of the issues and process. Strength in depth and a thorough knowledge of pensions.’

    Key clients

    Mitchells & Butlers Pensions Limited

    Britvic Pensions Limited

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

    The Trustees of the Thales UK Pension Scheme

    The Trustee of KPMG Staff Pension Fund

    Work highlights

    • Represented Mitchells & Butlers Pensions Limited in its litigation against Mitchells Butlers plc.
    • Acted for Punter Southall Governance Services Limited, the trustee of the Axminster Carpets Group Retirement Benefits Plan, in a pensions case that raised a number of issues of industry-wide significance, including the effect of the failure to obtain an actuarial confirmation under section 37 of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 and the circumstances in which pensions are forfeit under the Plan’s rules.
    • Acted for Britvic Pensions Limited (trustee of the Britvic Pension Plan) in litigation against Britvic plc.  This was another case in a long line of cases in which the courts have had to consider the scope of the employer’s powers to change the rate at which pension increases are granted.

    Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

    At Gowling WLG, lawyers advise schemes, trustees and employers on a wide variety of pensions issues. On the scheme advisory front, the group is experienced in advising on ESG issues, GMP equalisations and the spectrum of transactions. For employers, the group handles liability management mandates, as well as contribution notice requirements. It also has several public sector pensions mandates, and area where Paul Carberry  is noted. Pensions risk transfers are led on by Paul Feathers  with the support of legal director Sara Chambers. Jason Coates  heads the overall pensions group and has developed a specialism in pensions-related ESG. Also recommended is legal director Maddy Frost, who is adept at advising trustee-side clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Jason Coates

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Feathers; Maddy Frost; Liz Wood; Sara Chambers; Paul Carberry

    Testimonials

    ‘The team has a broad range of relevant skills, for example they were pro-active in introducing the trustees to specialists in covenant assessment and then helped us integrate that dimension into a legal framework.’

    ‘We’re lucky, we have great people working on our account who have been with us for many years. So in addition to sky high levels of technical/legal skill we also benefit from their deep understanding of our circumstances and our industry. In addition I’d also emphasise that Gowling seem to have a very special knack for rendering complex legal issues accessible to lay trustees!’

    ‘A great understanding of our requirements and an ability to tailor the advice to our needs.’

    ‘Personable but professional getting things done and being patient with the sponsoring employers unique processes.’

    ‘We enjoy working with Gowling’s hands on team and consider them a trusted partner for the trustees of the pension scheme.’

    ‘They are proactive and provide straightforward advice in an informal manner. Timely service and I trust them to prioritise our interests. They offer some innovative billing and charging structures. Fees are competitive with London based firms.’

    ‘We have an excellent team at Gowling, that deliver sound, pragmatic advice on time.’

    Key clients

    Rothesay Life

    The Trustee of the ICL Group Pension Plan, a Fujitsu pension scheme

    Legal & General

    Rhone Capital

    Thales (UK) Pension Scheme

    Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes

    Trafalgar House Pension Trust

    Work highlights

    • Advised Rothesay on the £236 million full scheme buy-in for the Signet Group Pension Scheme (Scheme), which operates Ernest Jones and H. Samuel jewellery business.
    • Advised the Trustee of the ICL Group Pension Plan, a Fujitsu pension scheme when it insured longevity risk relating to £3.7 billion of scheme liabilities, with Swiss Re providing the reinsurance coverage.
    • Advised the Trustee of the Fund on an Assured Payment Policy (APP) with Legal and General Society (LGAS). This transaction is valued at £925m and is the largest APP to date.

    Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

    Gowling WLG’s cross-departmental life sciences sector group handles the full spectrum of life sciences work encompassing transactions, patent disputes, regulatory issues and commercial work. The team counts several high-profile pharmaceutical companies on its client roster, including AstraZeneca and BioNTech. The firm also fields a distinct health and care team, which acts for a range of health and care service providers and investors, and is highly regarded for its real estate work relating to care homes and senior living facilities. Patrick Duxbury and Robert Breedon lead the group; Duxbury focuses on life sciences transactions and Breedon handles corporate work in the health and care sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Patrick Duxbury; Robert Breedon

    Key clients

    BioNTech

    Gyrus Captial

    Beckman Coulter

    Neurim Pharmaceuticals

    AstraZeneca

    Eisai

    Bial Portela

    Katholike Universiteit Leuven

    Dynavax

    Argenx NV

    BioInvent International AB

    GSK

    Apposite Capital

    Sosei Heptares

    Amphista Therapeutics

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

    UDG Healthcare Group plc

    Circle Health

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Ford

    Formation Capital, LLC

    Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

    Getinge Group

    Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

    Synlab Group

    Lakeside Healthcare

    Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund (inc. Huntercombe Group)

    TT Electronics

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Sitekit Applications Limited

    NHS Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

    Work highlights

    • Advised BioNTech on a new research, development and commercialisation collaboration with Pfizer to develop a potential first mRNA-based vaccine for the prevention of shingles.
    • Advised AstraZeneca on its signing of a collaboration agreement with Scorpion Therapeutics to discover, develop and commercialise precision medicines against previously hard-to-target cancer proteins.
    • Acting for Neurim on a series of disputes with Mylan (now known as Viatris) and more recently also Teva, which is currently selling a generic version of the melatonin tablet Circadin (Neurim’s only significant marketed product) in the UK.

    Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

    The sizeable team at Gowling WLG advises retailers across all legal disciplines including handling competition, construction and IP matters. The team is co-led by John Coldham and Jocelyn Paulley, who moved into the role in March 2022; the pair took over from former head Chris Hunt, who focuses on real estate mandates. Coldham is well regarded for his expertise in both IP strategy and litigation, while Paulley acts for both established retail brands and start-ups, and leverages her data protection knowledge to oversee digital infrastructure mandates. Kate Swaine is also recommended for IP work and Sarah Riding handles commercial matters.

    Practice head(s):

    John Coldham; Jocelyn Paulley

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited

    Halfords Autocentres

    Freddy SPA

    Great Little Trading Co

    The Midcounties Co-operative

    THG (formerly known as The Hut Group)

    Made.com

    Unilever

    The Jewellery Channel

    Entain PLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised Halfords Autocentres, a subsidiary of Halfords Group plc, on its acquisition of Universal Tyre and Autocentres.
    • Advised Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited on the business critical, first generation outsourcing of its IT function to Tech Mahindra Limited.
    • Advised THG on the corporate equity investment and on the key licence agreement which set out the commercial arrangements for THG to use Civo’s Kubernetes technology.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 2

    The projects and infrastructure team at Gowling WLG acts for multinational corporate and government clients in domestic and international markets on PPPs and big-ticket infrastructure projects. Stephen Kenny co-heads the team and is recommended for PFI work, project refinancings, secondary market transactions and handback issues. Andrew Newbery, who jointly leads the team, also handles PFI matters and acts for a range of government clients. Birmingham-based Elizabeth Williams focuses on defence and security matters projects and has particular experience in procurement.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Kenny; Andrew Newbery

    Other key lawyers:

    Nathan Curtis; Elizabeth Williams

    Testimonials

    ‘We’ve had long-term, stable support from our key partner for over twenty years, providing immense continuity and historic knowledge’.

    ‘We’ve had high quality support from other parts of Gowling as and when needed’.

    Key clients

    Ministry of Defence

    National Highways

    Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group (including Magnox, LLWR, RWM…)

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

    UK Health Security Agency

    HM Revenue & Customs

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    InfraCo Africa

    GuarantCo

    Greenage Power Limited

    Harmony Energy Income Trust

    Brockwell Energy

    Eelpower

    Pioneer Point Partners

    HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

    Dore Hold Co Limited

    Codford Biogas Limited

    Longspur Capital

    Gvo Capital

    Work highlights

    • Advising National Highways on one of its flagship projects, the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project.
    • Advised  leading UK energy storage company Eelpower on a £100m joint venture partnership with specialist solar power renewable energy listed fund NextEnergy Solar Fund.
    • Advising Greenage Power (and its affiliate, FI1 Limited) on matters relating to its investment and development rights in a significant international infrastructure project, the >£1.4 billion NeuConnect HVDC subsea transmission project between the UK and Germany.

    Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

    Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include institutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Hunt

    Other key lawyers:

    Nick Mumby; Helen Emmerson; Richard Bate; Richard Beckingsale; Giles Clifford; Ashley Mitchell

    Key clients

    Aldgate Developments Limited

    Axa

    Bevis Land Limited

    Bracknell Regeneration Limited Partnership

    Columbia Threadneedle Investments

    Empiric Student Property plc

    Intu Properties

    Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Legal & General

    Lidl

    London and Strategic land

    London & Cambridge Properties

    Mosley Street Ventures

    NFU Mutual

    Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

    Red Bull Racing

    Royal London

    Rushmoor Borough Council

    SEGRO

    Stamford Land Corporation Limited

    Stenprop

    The Hut Group

    Transport for London and London Underground

    U + I

    Work highlights

    • Advised Hodson Developments on development and financing aspects of the Chilmington Green housing project.
    • Advised London Borough of Barnet on the acquisition of the Brent South Retail Park for £55m from Hammerson.

    Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

    Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include insitutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Hunt

    Other key lawyers:

    Nick Mumby; Helen Emmerson; Richard Bate; Dan Gwilliam; Michael Twining; Matt Walker

    Testimonials

    ‘Deliver a decent service at a competitive price point.’

    ‘Matt Walker is responsive and helpful.’

    Key clients

    Aldgate Developments Limited

    Axa

    Bevis Land Limited

    Bracknell Regeneration Limited Partnership

    Columbia Threadneedle Investments

    EcoWorld

    Empiric Student Property plc

    HC-One Limited

    Intu Properties

    Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Legal & General

    Lidl

    London and Strategic land

    London & Cambridge Properties

    Mosley Street Ventures

    NFU Mutual

    Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

    Red Bull Racing

    Royal London

    Rushmoor Borough Council

    SEGRO

    Stamford Land Corporation Limited

    Stenprop

    The Hut Group

    Transport for London and London Underground

    U + I

    Work highlights

    • Advised Aldgate Developments on the sale of their interest in One Braham, London E1 to Union Investments for a purchase price in excess of €500 million.
    • Acted for Royal London Asset Management Limited on all aspects of its 50:50 joint venture with CDC Investissement Immobilier, the real estate arm of €177bn pension giant Caisse des Dépôts, on the £115m acquisition of 1 St John’s Lane in Farringdon.
    • Advised NFU Mutual on the sale of a six-strong portfolio of logistics assets to Goldman Sachs for £111.5m.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 2

    The patent practice at Gowling WLG, led by Kate Swaine, is considered ‘a leading IP practice’ by clients, with ‘many bright minds and creative thinkers’. Areas of strength for the team stem from the patent litigation practice, covering the life sciences, manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors, as well as SEP and FRAND strategy and litigation. Clients from the telecoms, hi-tech, and food and beverage industries also trust the team to manage their patent portfolios in a non-contentious capacity. Alexandra Brodie is notable for her SEP/FRAND litigation expertise for telecoms and technology clients, while Paul Inman is a key name in the team for high-profile pharmaceuticals patent infringement and revocation expertise. Luke Kempton and Patrick Duxbury are go-to members of the team for IP transactional work. Also of note is the medical technology team, which fields the ‘excellent’ Jon Ball and ‘superb’ Huw Evans. Life sciences specialist Jenny Davies was recently promoted to partner, while patent litigator and fluent Japanese speaker Seiko Hakada joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright.

    Practice head(s):

    Kate Swaine

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexandra Brodie; Paul Inman; Gordon Harris; Patrick Duxbury; Luke Kempton; Huw Evans; Jon Ball; Inga Pietsch; Seiko Hidaka; Jenny Davies

    Testimonials

    ‘Jenny Davies has a demonstrated track-record of achieving excellent results for her clients in big-ticket litigation and has a very promising future at the firm.’

    ‘This is a leading IP practice with some exceptional practitioners.’

    ‘Huw Evans is one of the UK’s best known and experienced IP litigators. He is a superb lawyer and heads up the patent litigation team at Gowlings WLG (UK). I have worked with Huw on a range of cases, most recently a patent entitlement dispute in the High Court, where he and his colleagues provided excellent commercial and strategic advice. He is able to offer innovative commercial solutions without always having to resort to litigation.’

    ‘Seiko Hidaka’s knowledge of patent law is magnificent. She is a fluent Japanese speaker and this has obvious benefits when dealing with Japan-based clients.’

    ‘Jonathan Ball is another excellent lawyer, who is recognised as being an expert on trade secrets.’

    ‘I have no hesitation in recommending Huw Evans and the Gowling IP team.

    ‘A strong team. Many bright minds and creative thinkers.’

    ‘Huw Evans, Seiko Hidaka and Paul Inman plus others are great fun to work alongside. Sassy, fizzing and thoughtful.’

    Key clients

    InterDigital

    Neurim Pharmaceuticals

    Oatly AB

    Comcast/Sky

    Aston Martin Lagonda

    Kingspan

    Freddy SpA

    AstraZeneca

    Sosei Heptares

    Fluid Power Design

    Paragraf Limited

    Weetabix Limited

    B2022

    Scholl

    Ezee Group International

    Northstone

    Dyson

    Oxford BioTherapeutics

    Lab Genius

    Eisai Co Ltd.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

    Gowling WLG‘s copyright, trade mark, and design practice focuses on brands and designs, with several practitioners in the team spanning both disciplines and working across litigation and transactional work. With the London and Birmingham offices working in tandem, brand strategy and enforcement expert Kate Swaine leads the soft IP practice, praised by clients as ‘one of the best trade mark and copyright lawyers in the UK’.  The team regularly advises on trade mark infringement and registered designs, also recently representing clients in a number of high-profile passing off cases. John Coldham is also highly praised for his excellent track record in design cases and is ‘well versed in balancing legal questions against business needs and PR aspects’.  Senior associates Khemi Salhan and Zoe Pearman are also of note.

    Practice head(s):

    Kate Swaine

    Testimonials

    ‘Strong team that understands the value of IP-rights and able tom device strategies accordingly. High partner engagement and extraordinary availability. Open about billing and budgets.’

    John Coldham is a very passionate lawyer with an extraordinary sense of urgency and availability. He is well versed in balancing legal questions against business needs and PR aspects. Strategically adaptable to clients’ needs and image. In other words, a really good adviser.’

    ‘John Coldham is always responsive and helpful.’

    ‘This is a leading full service IP practice with some exceptional practitioners.’

    ‘Exceptional communication, highly responsive and team players.’

    ‘The team led by Kate Swaine is really on top of developments. They are often off the beaten track, delivering high-quality work.’

    ‘Kate Swaine is lovely. She is really one of the best trade mark and copyright lawyers in the UK.’

    ‘John Coldham was quick to pick up my case, understood the personal distress the case was causing me and as such took a very considerate, compassionate and personable approach. His explanation of the situation and my options was delivered in plain English without legal jargon, which I appreciated. His advice and dealings with the other party was reassuring to me and he was quick to nip the problem in the bud. Couldn’t fault anything and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend John.’

    Key clients

    InterDigital

    Neurim Pharmaceuticals

    Oatly AB

    Comcast/Sky

    Aston Martin Lagonda

    Kingspan

    Freddy SpA

    AstraZeneca

    Sosei Heptares

    Fluid Power Design

    Paragraf Limited

    Weetabix Limited

    B2022

    Scholl

    Ezee Group International

    Northstone

    Dyson

    Oxford BioTherapeutics

    Lab Genius

    Eisai Co Ltd.

    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

    With access to the wider firm’s impressive corporate client base, the restructuring and insolvency team at Gowling WLG works with a broad range of businesses, including pension trustees, suppliers, overseas parent companies, alternative funders and UK wide regulatory bodies. Team leader Jasvir Jootla works for a variety of stakeholders in distressed situations. She is supported by corporate restructuring expert Tom Pringle and insolvency litigator Ian Weatherall .

    Practice head(s):

    Jasvir Jootla

    Other key lawyers:

    Julian Pallett; Tom Pringle; Ian Weatherall; Emily Rust

    Key clients

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

    Teneo Restructuring LLP

    BDO LLP

    Interpath Advisory Ltd

    EY UK LLP

    Lloyds Bank plc

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

    FRP Advisory

    Smith & Williamson LLP

    HSBC UK Bank plc

    Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acted for administrators James Cowper Kreston on the sale of YOTEL London Clerkenwell, a central London hotel owned by 100 Clerkenwell Limited (in administration) and operated by global hospitality brand YOTEL, to LGIM Real Assets, for £70m
    • Advised SmartestEnergy Limited on a qualifying floating charge holder appointment of administrators and the administration process of a 360,000 customer base energy company, Green Network Energy Ltd.

    Real estate > Planning Tier 2

    Working collaboratively between its offices in Birmingham and London, Gowling WLG‘s ‘impressive’ planning practice is consistently sought out by a multitude of national house builders, local authorities, public bodies, and institutional investors. Practice chair Toni Weston ‘s broad capabilities encompass planning, highways, compulsory purchase, and consent order matters, often handled alongside some of the most renowned names in the development space. 'Stand-out‘ principal associate Cairo Nickolls is a driving force behind the team’s residential planning offering, working on projects both within the West Midlands and beyond. Principal associate Richard Thurling also comes highly recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Toni Weston

    Other key lawyers:

    Cairo Nickolls; Richard Thurling

    Testimonials

    ‘Really impressive team in advising on all aspects of the planning and development sphere.’

    ‘Cairo Nickolls is an absolute stand-out solicitor.’

    ‘Excellent regional team with a big presence in the Midlands and beyond.’

    ‘Cairo Nickolls is user friendly and good at what he does.’

    Key clients

    Bloor Homes Limited

    Persimmon Homes Limited

    Miller Homes Limited

    Goodman Real Estate

    St Modwen Developments and St Modwen Homes

    South Tees Development Corporation

    Sanctuary Housing Association

    Transport for London

    National Highways Limited

    London Borough of Barnet

    Work highlights

    • Acted as lead legal advisor to National Highways on an application for a development consent order for the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool highway improvement scheme.
    • Advising a consortium of landowners and developers on the preparation and submission of a planning application for a sustainable urban extension of 5,000 new homes at Langley in the West Midlands.
    • Advised South Tees Development Corporation on the making, confirmation and implementation of a CPO to secure regeneration of 900 hectares of the former Redcar Steel Works.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

    Lauded as ‘a regional powerhouse‘ that marries ‘great experience and fresh talent‘, Gowling WLG is routinely sought out by multitude of local authorities, developers, and infrastructure players for representation in high-stakes proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Clive Chalkley , who works between London and Birmingham, and the ‘terrificPaul Barker, who focuses chiefly on investment and development disputes. Rob Bridgman, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, is noted for his expertise in technically-complex house builder cases concerning mining and minerals. Senior associate David Wigy is recommended for his capabilities in land possession and leasehold enfranchisement matters. Consultant Caroline Wort acts for investment funds in restrictive covenant claims, and cases regarding portfolio renewals. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Clive Chalkley; Paul Barker

    Other key lawyers:

    Rob Bridgman; Nigel Hampton

    Testimonials

    ‘A regional powerhouse with a mix of great experience and fresh talent. A very strong team.’

    ‘Paul Barker is terrific. A brilliant lawyer who is commercially savvy with great commitment to all his clients. Always a genuine pleasure to work with him.

    ‘Rob Bridgman is excellent. A great choice for residential developers.’

    ‘Nigel Hampton is very knowledgeable and a partner for the future.’

    ‘Very experienced and well established leading property litigation team. Absolutely a top-tier firm in Birmingham. Nice people to work with’

    ‘I have worked for many years with Paul Barker. He is an excellent lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable and truly is a specialist. Very personable and easy to work with. Detailed yet commercial in his approach and leaves no stone unturned. One of the cleverest lawyers out there.’

     

    Key clients

    NFU Mutual Insurance Society

    Persimmon Homes

    Royal London

    Zurich/Columbia Threadneedle

    Bloor Homes

    Schroder UK Property Fund and Schroder Retail Property Unit Trust

    Mucklow

    Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

    Transport for London

    Entain Group (which includes Ladbrokes and Coral)

    Cellnex/On Tower UK Limited

    IM Properties

    LaSalle Investment Management

    London Borough of Barnet

    Work highlights

    • Continuing to advise institutional investors and funds including NFU Mutual, Royal London, LaSalle Investment Management, NILGOSC, HSBC Pension Trust, M&G, and USS in relation to all aspects of asset management in connection with their portfolios.
    • Advising new client Cellnex/On Tower on a programme of renewals for agreements on telecoms sites, and setting up new sites for the London to Brighton Mainline project (providing uninterrupted signal on the London to Brighton rail line).
    • Advising Branston Properties in relation to High Court proceedings brought in relation to the ownership of subterranean minerals at a mixed use development.

    Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

    Gowling WLG‘s sizeable social housing practice enjoys a stellar reputation on account of its transactional expertise, working with a diverse roster of registered providers, local authorities, investors, and developers on high-value projects within the sector. Practice head Jacqueline Knox is a ‘stand-out‘ advisor whose broad practice encompasses development, investment, and housing management. London-based Richard Beckingsale heads up the firm’s regeneration practice, working with a plethora of public bodies on procurement negotiations and institutional investment transactions. Legal director Sally Farrall , who runs the affordable housing investments desk, is frequently engaged by major REITs for assistance in big-ticket transactions. Principal associate Gemma Courtenay is recommended for her far-reaching capabilities in development work. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Jacqueline Knox; Richard Beckingsale; Sally Farrall

    Other key lawyers:

    Gemma Courtenay

    Testimonials

    ‘Jacqueline Knox’s knowledge and experience in the sector are stand-out. The ability of the team to enable negotiations to reach conclusions are very helpful.’

    ‘Jacqueline Knox boasts excellent knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

    ‘Gemma Courtenay possesses excellent knowledge, strong attention to detail, and really fights her clients corner!’

    ‘My experience of working with Gowlings has been excellent, they managed to really get under the skin of our project, becoming a collaborative part of our wider team. They have draw upon a number of different specialisms whilst giving us a one stop service. Their advice is always clear and have a great way of providing detailed explanations on some more technical matters!’

    Key clients

    Sanctuary Housing Group

    Metropolitan Thames Valley

    Clarion Housing Group

    London and Quadrant

    Bournville Village Trust

    TP Impact Housing

    London Borough of Barnet

    LaSalle Investment Management

    BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

    Coal Pension Properties Ltd

    KW Housing Limited

    Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

    Triple Point Investment Management LLP

    Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

    Horizon Infrastructure Partnership

    Universities Superannuation Scheme

    Legal & General Affordable Homes

    Hyde Housing

    Fox Hound Capital

    Symmetry Housing CIC

    Vengrove

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Legal & General Affordable Housing on its first deal with Lovell Partnerships – the acquisition of 114 affordable units at Oldbury, in the West Midlands.
    • Acted for Sanctuary Affordable Housing on its acquisition of a site at Green Gables Business Centre, Kings Road, in Evesham and procured the construction of 76 modular units by Ilke Homes in Sanctuary’s first major modular construction deal.
    • Acted for Triple Point Social Housing REIT Plc on the acquisition of 144 supported living/general needs affordable housing units let to Highstone Housing Association.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

    With a specialty in non-contentious IT work, Gowling WLG handles an array of work including data protection, freedom of information, cloud computing and e-commerce. Jocelyn Paulley has acted on major outsourcing projects and co-chairs the firm's data centre practice. David Brennan acts for tech start ups at the beginning of their life cycle and focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions.

    Practice head(s):

    Jocelyn Paulley

    Other key lawyers:

    Patrick Arben; David Brennan; Helen Davenport; Alexandra Brodie; Matt Hervey

    Key clients

    Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

    Virtus Data Centres

    Smartest Energy

    Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited

    LCH (London Clearing House) Limited

    Mazda Motors UK Limited

    National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

    The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Finning (UK) Limited

    The Hut Group plc

    Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

    Williams Advanced Engineering Limited

    Volex plc

    Faculty Science Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Pret a Manger on its first generation outsourcing of core IT business functions as part of its digital transformation strategy.
    • Advising LCH Limited (London Clearing House) on creating a standard document suite on which it could license its existing and planned, expanded data sets and which are sufficiently flexible to adapt with the data business as it develops.
    • Advising THG (The Hut Group) on a long-term licensing arrangement with Civo to provide Kubernetes technology to THG, and its resellers and THG Ingenuity clients, a transaction which was accompanied by a minor-equity investment into Civo

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

    Leveraging its strong international footprint, Gowling WLG works with an array of high-profile corporate clients on the full gamut of import and export controls, major regulatory reviews, and customs issues. The practice is steered by Bernardine Adkins, a highly experienced trade defence investigations specialist who divides her time between the firm’s London and Brussels offices. David Lowe, who also heads up the firm’s commercial contracts team, regularly handles international supply chain and procurement matters, ranging from cross-border outsourcing to freight delivery terms. Associate James Stunt is noted for his experience in free trade agreement utilisation and commodity code verification issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Bernardine Adkins

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Hill & Smith Holdings plc

    Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

    Cummins, Inc

    Nomad Foods

    The Hut Group

    Work highlights

    • Advising various brand owners in relation to mitigating significant supply chain issues arising post-Brexit.
    • Advising various international businesses on a range of critical matters following the imposition of sanctions upon the Russian economy, including specified individuals.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

    Gowling WLG is well equipped with its dedicated civil fraud and asset tracing team to handle matters relating to anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, MTIC fraud, and insolvencies, among others. It saw an increased workload in Brazil-related work due to the opening of a local office as well as an uptick in cryptocurrency-related fraud cases. Andrew Witts leads the practice, which also includes financial services specialist Catherine Naylor.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Witts

    Other key lawyers:

    Catherine Naylor; Emily Till

    Testimonials

    ‘The team has global knowledge to lead complex asset recovery cases. They make great use of disclosure applications and freeze orders in UK.’

    ‘Andrew Witts has worked with asset recovery on fraud cases for more than 30 years and has managed transnational litigation in many foreign jurisdictions.’

    ‘Gowling is a standout litigation practice within an excellent firm.’

    ‘Andrew Witts has long been a stand out individual, his practice being mainly fraud and asset recovery within the Gowling litigation group.’

    Key clients

    Grant Thornton LLP

    CPC Group Limited

    Global Equities

    Interpath Advisory

    Liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions U.K. Limited

    Joint liquidators of the Refined London Group

    Liquidator of Capital Alternatives Sales and Marketing Limited and Green Planet Investment Limited (Gibraltar)

    Work highlights

    • Instructed by the liquidators of Durant International Corp, Kildare Finance Limited and MacDoel Investment Limited, three BVI companies connected to Paulo Maluf to recover assets misappropriated by the former Mayor of Sao Paulo.
    • Acting for Global Equities GmbH, a German company, in claims by the Danish Tax Authority concerning tax reclaims that it alleges were obtained fraudulently.
    • Advising the liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions U.K. Limited to pursue contribution claims related to the claims made in the liquidation by a number of companies who committed large-scale MTIC fraud.

    Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

    The West Midlands-based regulatory crime team at Gowling WLG work closely within the construction, quarrying, aerospace, food and social care sectors, regularly receiving instructions from major clients within these industries. Risk management is a particular focus area for the team, deliberately avoiding taking cases from insurance companies. Andrew Litchfield leads the team, with wide experience of regulatory investigations and conducting advocacy in inquests and criminal courts.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Litchfield

    Key clients

    Kingspan Insulation Ltd

    Bakkavor Foods Ltd

    Bloor Homes Ltd

    The Channel Tunnel Group/Eurotunnel

    Sanctuary Housing Association

    Cummins Ltd

    Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd

    Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain Ltd

    Richmond Fellowship

    Finning (UK) Ltd

    Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 3

    The projects and infrastructure practice at Gowling WLG is seen by one client as 'a challenger to the Magic Circle, which lives up to that billing by being innovative yet pragmatic in its approach to transactions and problems'. The firm has a presence in the utilities and mining sectors, and it has a strong track record of start-up transactions, joint ventures, farm-ins, equity, debt and project financings in jurisdictions as diverse as Russia and the CIS, Armenia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and many countries throughout Africa and South America. Head of international projects Jonathan Brufal oversees the firm's emerging markets work, which involves many key partners. Among them are corporate energy partner Gareth Baker, project finance specialist Andrew Newbery and head of natural resources Charles Bond, who 'has an easy style where even unexpected challenges are taken in stride'. Impact finance partner Alasdair McKenzie is 'very commercial and solution-focused'. Gordon Bell is the go-to partner for international arbitration.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker; Andrew Newbery; Charles Bond; Alasdair McKenzie; Gordon Bell

    Testimonials

    ‘We see Gowling as a challenger firm to the Magic Circle, which lives up to that billing by being innovative yet pragmatic in their approach to transactions and problems. The focus is on an efficient resolution rather than maximising billable hours and, as such, they build trust and confidence with their clients with a long-term view that a deep relationship will generate longer term profits/returns.’

    ‘Alasdair MacKenzie has proven to be a very commercial and solution-focused partner at Gowling who has earned respect from both ourselves and our clients. He is also a lawyer who is happy to not sit on the fence but pick a side on an issue and explain why he thinks it is the better course of action whilst also providing a balanced evaluation of the downside and alternative. We have felt this approach to be much more value-adding than simply being given a read out of the law.’

    ‘A diverse set of expertise within the orgnisation. It also feels that those different groups work well together (e.g. there is internal collaboration for the benefit of the client rather than competition for attention or a certain legal direction). This extends to their legal partners outside Gowling. This seamless integration of different ways to serve a client is very valuable.’

    ‘We work with Charles Bond a lot, but even other partners and associates are always available. When needed, things get turned around very quickly. Furthermore, there is an easy style where even unexpected challenges are taken in stride.’

    Key clients

    Kansai Electric Power Corporation

    Group 42

    Energy Storage Africa

    InfraCo Africa

    Bushveld Minerals

    International Finance Corporation

    eThekwini Municipality

    Almar Water

    Bi Partecipacoes E Investimentos Ltda

    Deme Concessions Wind NV

    GuarantCo

    Bacanora Lithium Plc

    Horizonte Minerals PLC

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Kansai Electric Corporation, a major Japanese utility based in Osaka, on its bid for the Project Lightning project. Lightning is a new underwater, subsea transmission project in Abu Dhabi with an estimated value of $3.2 bn.
    • Advising Energy Storage Africa, the developer, on the project development and finance of a 50 MW battery storage project in Malawi, which is the first battery storage project in Malawi.
    • Acted for Bacanora Lithium Plc on the £248m cash takeover of Bacanora by one of the largest lithium compound producers in the world, Ganfeng Lithium from China.

    Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

    Nick Heather leads Gowling WLG‘s corporate and investment funds team, described as providing ‘top-notch support’ to its clients. The real estate funds offering advises large institutional investors and GPs on complex transactions and has a particular presence in the social housing, specialist supported housing, senior living and retirement housing markets. It deals with private closed-ended, platforms, club deals, joint ventures and deal-by-deal investment structures. The team is recognised for its expertise in investment funds, more specifically in relation to closed-ended, listed funds and REITs; Oliver Riley has established himself as a leading adviser on real estate fund transactions with focus on the launch, structuring and reconstruction of onshore and offshore closed-ended funds and REITs, having advised on the UK residential REIT GCP Student Living.

    Practice head(s):

    Nick Heather

    Other key lawyers:

    Kristian Rogers; Sharon Ayres; Oliver Riley; John Reed

    Testimonials

    ‘Personable, collegiate team run by an excellent partner who retains oversight of the wider projects. excellent at understanding clients requirements and processes and taking initiatives on our behalf.’

    ‘Always available and happy to get involved in any issue no matter scale or complexity. Very engaged and distribute work sensibly to maintain focus on costs.’

    ‘We get top-notch support from our team at Gowling on managing our real estate fund transactions.’

    ‘Sharon Ayres – great to have her defending your interests or pushing to improve positions. She is completely across the docs and makes compelling arguments.’

    Key clients

    Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income plc

    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

    Urban Logistics REIT plc

    Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

    CBRE

    M&G Real Estate

    NFU Mutual

    Universities Superannuation Scheme

    Corby Land & Development Ltd

    Monarch Alternative Capital LP

    Royal London Asset Management

    Thales Pension Scheme

    Goodman

    Pension Protection Fund

    Local Government Pension Scheme Panel

    AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

    Lincoln Property Company

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

    Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

    Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust PLC

    Work highlights

    • Advising the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited (“NFU Mutual”), having previously advised on the launch of a new investment platform for build-to-rent schemes, on new funding within the structure.
    • Advising the Universities Superannuation Scheme into a long term partnership investment arrangement with BP.
    • Advised a fund on a complex long-term joint venture arrangement with a subsidiary of Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (Cadillac Fairview) and Stanhope; with Stanhope also being appointed as development manager.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 3

    The ‘readily available, approachable and knowledgeable’ team at Gowling WLG deals with private and public M&A, and debt and project financings in the mining sector. It acts for small and mid-cap companies and is well placed to handle multijurisdictional matters with support from its Dubai, Singapore, Germany and Canada offices. Corporate and capital markets practitioner Charles Bond heads the practice and consultant Andrew Wright is a name to note for project management and cross-border transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Charles Bond

    Other key lawyers:

    Susan Johnson; Andrew Wright

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is readily available, approachable and knowledgeable’.

    ‘Advice is always on-point and we place great reliance and value on their advice’.

    ‘Charles Bond is an exceptional lawyer and has the ability to make clients feel that no question is too trivial to ask’.

    ‘Charles Bond and his team have been our long-term trusted advisor for over 10 years due to their practical and efficient timely commercial advice’.

    ‘The team always find time to help when things are urgent, always seeming to be able to make themselves available and anticipating challenges before they arise’.

    ‘We have regularly recommended Charles and his team to other companies in the industry’.

    ‘Andrew Wright has always been an experienced sounding board for ideas and challenges in the industry’.

    Key clients

    Bacanora Lithium Plc

    Central Copper Resource Plc

    Pyx Resources Limited

    Horizonte Minerals Plc

    Altus Strategies Plc

    Gensource Potash Limited

    Bushveld Minerals

    Ariana Resources Plc

    Berenberg

    Canaccord

    Work highlights

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

      Gowling WLG has an excellent transactional advisory practice with practitioners at the forefront of energy mandates in the corporate, finance and project development space. ‘The team is very commercial with a very target-oriented mindset’ with the corporate side being led by Gareth Baker. Nath Curtis advises funder and sponsor clients on net-zero projects while John Cooper specialises in providing public law advice. Gus Wood is a key name in relatino to regulatory issues while Jonathan Brufal provides support from Dubai.

      Practice head(s):

      Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Nath Curtis; Jonathan Brufal

      Other key lawyers:

      Gus Wood

      Testimonials

      ‘We very much enjoy working with the Gowling team. They get to the key issues and understand how to get a deal done. We work well with their team across a number of disciplines.’

      ‘Gareth Baker is very calm and assured and makes no fuss in getting deals done. Good communicator. Roisin Bergin is an up and coming lawyer with real drive and desire to do a great job for clients. Helen Emmerson is very good on real estate aspects, has a great work ethic and is pleasant to work alongside.’

      ‘The partners I have worked with, Jonathan Brufal and Andrew Newberry, have deep industry inside and experience. The team is very commercial with a very target oriented mindset.’

      ‘The local experience in the UAE and understanding of the end customer. Also the experience in dealing with a complex client structure.’

      Key clients

      Harmony Energy Income Trust

      Brockwell Energy Limited

      HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

      Eelpower Limited

      Nova Innovation Limited

      Pioneer Point Partners

      Dore Hold Co Limited

      Nabuh Energy Limited

      Codford Biogas Limited

      Triple Point Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Company plc

      Energy Storage Africa

      BPCE Energeco

      AIB Group (UK) plc

      Mustang Energy Plc

      Bushveld Energy Limited

      Acciona

      Greenage Power Limited

      Pacific Green Technologies

      Work highlights

      • Advised HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc on its £107.35m fundraise and its listing on the premium listing segment of the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
      • Advised Eelpower on a £100 million joint venture partnership with specialist solar power renewable energy listed fund NextEnergy Solar Fund.
      • Advised Energy Storage Africa on the project development and finance of a 50 MW battery storage project in Malawi.

      Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

      Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

      Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include insitutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.

      Practice head(s):

      Chris Hunt; Helen Emmerson

      Other key lawyers:

      Nick Mumby; Kay Desai; Richard Bate; Emma Pioli; Joe Morris; Mike Trainer

      Key clients

      Royal London

      Metro Bank

      Halfords

      The Hut Group

      IM Properties

      U+I

      Pearson

      NFU Mutual

      Pandora

      Atkins

      Intermediate Capital Group

      Coca-Cola European Partners

      Lidl

      Intu Properties

      Queensberry Real Estate

      Made.com

      HMRC

      Birds Eye

      Weetabix

      A.F. Blakemore (Cash & Carry)

      DPD

      Young & Co.’s Brewery

      Work highlights

      • Advised longstanding client, Young & Co.’s Brewery on the sale of 56 of its tenanted pub estate to Punch Taverns.
      • Advised Halfords Autocentres, a subsidiary of Halfords Group plc, the UK’s leading provider of motoring and cycling products and services on its acquisition of Universal Tyre and Autocentres (Universal).
      • Advised sustainable food group, Upfield, on its lease of the fourth floor of the landmark 70,000 sq. ft. Southworks building on the South Bank in London.

      Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

      Gowling WLG acts for a number of household name, blue-chip clients on a range of contentious issues. Domestically, it advises on real estate developments, infrastructure, and energy projects, with particular expertise in PFI disputes and fire safety-related cases. It also has a growing international practice, advising on major construction, energy and infrastructure disputes. The contentious practice is lead by Gordon Bell, Sue Ryan, and Mike Stewart. Bell specialises in international arbitration, Ryan is notable for her building and fire safety disputes work, and Stewart focuses on complex construction and infrastructure disputes, particularly in the Middle East.

      Practice head(s):

      Gordon Bell; Sue Ryan; Mike Stewart

      Other key lawyers:

      Daniel Wood

      Testimonials

      ‘Gordon Bell and Daniel Wood bring a diverse range of skills and a fresh approach to large complex matters. Both are straightforward to work with, ahead of the curve and go above and beyond what as required.’

      ‘They provide a common sense, practical approach to problem resolution for issues, and understand the business and commercial drivers.’

      ‘The team are easy to contact and reactive to issues that aligns with business speed.’

      Key clients

      BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

      Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

      iQ Student Accommodation

      Empiric Student Property PLC

      Battersea Power Station Development Company

      Work highlights

      • Advising Battersea Power Station in relation to one of London’s largest ever construction schemes, comprising some eight million sq ft of residential, office, employment, and leisure development, the refurbishment of the iconic power station building and the provision of a new London Underground station.
      • Advising BAE’s fund managers, LaSalle, on the legal recovery strategy for cladding and fire safety defects at a key strategic asset located in central London, comprising a hotel and adjoined residential tower.
      • Advising iQ following its acquisition by Blackstone to advise on and undertake legal recovery on 10 of the assets in its portfolio which have cladding and fire safety defects.

      Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

      The non-contentious construction team at Gowling WLG advises a full range of clients, including developers, contractors, purchasers and investors. The practice is active across a variety sectors, including commercial and residential development,  hotels, retail and leisure, energy, infrastructure and nuclear. It also has particular expertise in PFI handback-related matters in the UK, as well as a growing international practice acting for international contractors in Europe and the Middle East. Philip Baker leads the non-contentious team from London, advising on procurement strategy and project delivery on real estate, construction and engineering projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Philip Baker

      Testimonials

      ‘Practical application of the law to issues, creating a commercial driven outcome and advice.’

      ‘Excellent responsiveness and reactive that aligns with our business needs.’

      Key clients

      Battersea Power Station Development Company

      Organising Committee for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

      The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

      Transport for London

      London Borough of Barnet

      Castlepoint LLP

      Work highlights

      • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Limited in relation to one of London’s largest ever construction schemes, comprising some 8 million sq ft of residential, office, employment, and leisure development, the refurbishment of the iconic power station building and the provision of a new London Underground station.
      • Advising the Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in relation to procurement and drafting of numerous contracts to facilitate the games.
      • Advising The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund on the professional team appointments and building contracts for the £200 million new office building next to Holborn Viaduct in central London.

      Real estate > Planning Tier 3

      Gowling WLG‘s planning practice advises clients on the full scope of advice on planning law matters including court litigation and strategic advice on complex planning applications. The firm’s strengths lie in regeneration and compulsory purchase work, which is practice head Vicky Fowler‘s area of expertise. Ben Stansfield‘s specialisms are real estate developments and the consenting and regulation of infrastructure projects. Associate Tim Sharp has all-round experience in acting for private and public sector clients on planning and highways matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Vicky Fowler

      Other key lawyers:

      Ben Stansfield; Tim Sharp; Laura Nation

      Key clients

      Greater London Authority (Transport for London, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation)

      Westminster City Council

      U & I

      London Borough of Barnet

      Legal & General (Strategic Land) and Modular Homes

      The Crown Estate

      St Modwen

      Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

      Suffolk Constabulary

      SEGRO

      Galliard Homes Limited

      Lidl

      National Highways

      Valero Energy

      Bloor

      London Borough of Barking and Dagenham/Be First

      Blackstone

      Cherry Orchard Homes and Villages

      Work highlights

      • Advised Westminster City Council on the redevelopment of the Ebury Bridge Estate regeneration.
      • Advised U+I on the redevelopment of Morden Wharf for a mixed-use development including the provision of 1,500 residential apartments.
      • Advised regional property developer Ryan Property Group on its successful planning appeal for a continuing care retirement community at Rochford in Essex.

      Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

      The team at Gowling WLG are well equipped to oversee property litigation matters at all levels, with a track record of representing clients before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The practice is also well regarded for its expertise in telecoms. Clive Chalkley has over 20 years' worth of experience as a litigator and often handles complex and high profile disputes. He co-heads the team with Martin Thomas who has over 30 years' worth of real estate litigation expertise. His expertise also encompasses landlord, tenant and freehold property disputes. Another notable individual is Anne Waltham; she is well regarded for her expertise in rights of light matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Clive Chalkley; Martin Thomas

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team are the most accessible and straightforward legal team I work with. They are dynamic and adaptable, deploying skill, intelligence and charm whether in front of us, the court or their opponents.’

      ‘Martin Thomas is a very skilled solicitor advocate and gives fantastic advice in an easy to use manner.

      ‘Clive Chalkley is outstanding. He combines brains, commercial nous, an ability to make big calls and a winning sense of humour.’

      ‘A really good team with excellent experience in all areas of property litigation.’

      Key clients

      The Arch Company

      Cornerstone

      U&I (formerly Development Securities)

      GVC (Ladbrokes Coral)

      NFU Mutual Insurance Society

      Cellnex/OnTower

      SEGRO

      Royal London

      TfL

      St Modwen

      Transport > Rail Tier 3

      Giles Clifford heads the practice at Gowling WLG that is recommended for its work in diverse areas such as rail station development and station upgrades as well as overstation and over track development. It supports rail freight operators and users and has extensive experience of acting for developers and operators of logistics facilities. Its pensions and employment practices are also skilled at advising on the Railways Pensions Schemes. Dominic Richardson continues to be involved in numerous rolling stock transactions. Richard Green and Sarah Riding are among the other key members of the practice at a senior level.

      Practice head(s):

      Giles Clifford

      Key clients

      Transport for London

      Transport for Greater Manchester

      London Underground Ltd

      Crossrail Ltd

      Docklands Light Railway Ltd

      Rail for London Ltd

      London Bus Services Ltd

      London Borough of Barnet

      GB Railfreight

      Ricardo Rail PLC

      Office of Rail and Road

      Arden Cross Consortium

      Railroad Development Corporation

      Devon and Cornwall Railways

      CRRC Corporation

      Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

      Arch Co

      Tarmac

      Alstom Transport UK Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised London Borough of Barnet on all rail aspects of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration, including the new Thameslink station.
      • Advised Transport for London on the development agreement with Aviva for over the Crossrail and London Underground lines at Liverpool Street.
      • Acted as Bombardier’s legal adviser on the renegotiation of its Manufacture and Supply Agreement (MSA) with Angel Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia in relation to the supply of a fleet of Aventra trains for the Greater Anglia network.

      Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 3

      Real estate > Environment Tier 3

      Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 4

      Widely regarded for the strength of its health and life sciences offering, Gowling WLG is also noted for its transactional capabilities in the real estate, energy, and advanced engineering sectors. Sunil Kakkad also serves as co-head of the firm’s India group, where he works with a host of Indian companies, financial institutions, and investors on cross-border transactions. London M&A head Gareth Baker is a driving force behind the firm’s energy offering, possessing noteworthy expertise in thermal, renewable, and nuclear technologies. Life sciences expert Ian Piggin routinely handles investments and partnerships in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors, while Neil Hendron’s health and care capabilities are concentrated in private company M&A transactions. Senior associate Róisín Bergin advises widely on corporate transactions driven by PE and VC investments.

      Practice head(s):

      Sunil Kakkad; Gareth Baker

      Testimonials

      ‘Strong life sciences calibre and knowledge.’

      ‘Ian Piggin has great experience and knowledge of the health and life sciences sector but also of transactions structures from venture through to private equity buy and build. This level and breadth of experience is relatively rare and is combined with a strong attention to detail.’

      ‘Very hands on and bright team offering full service with the addition of healthcare expertise and a separate W&I practice. The team is very good in handling various deals at the same time and offers excellent value for money.’

      ‘Neil Hendron is a very hands-on and intelligent partner, very quick in grasping difficult cross-border funding mechanics.

      ‘Roisin Bergin is a senior associate who is very much in control of the file.’

      Key clients

      Rimkus Consulting Group Inc.

      Dore Hold Co Limited

      Harry Bond & Others

      Memery Crystal LLP

      Gyrus Capital S.A.

      Bacanora Lithium plc

      GCP Student Living plc

      Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

      Eleven Sports Network Ltd

      Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP

      Meggitt plc

      Nabuh Energy Limited

      Shareholders of Hera Indemnity Limited

      XLCubed Limited

      Apposite Capital LLP and Kelso International Limited

      Huntercombe Group Holdco Limited

      Grant & Stone Limited

      NVM Capital Equity

      Work highlights

      • Advised GCP Student Living plc on its acquisition by Gemini Jersey JV LP for £969m.
      • Acted for Eleven Sports Network Ltd on their acquisition of US-based Whistle Sports, Inc.
      • Advised Cairngorm Capital on its merger of Grant and Stone and IBMG, creating the largest builder’s merchant group in the south of England.

      Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

      Gowling WLG acts for sponsors and portfolio companies on a steady stream of investments, mergers, acquisitions and bolt-on deals. The practice is also engaged by growth equity funds, particularly in the renewable energy sector, where Gareth Baker takes the lead. Neil Hendron and Ian Piggin are also key names to note; Piggin leads the team and handles deals across sectors including professional services and technology, while Hendron focuses on the healthcare sector.

      Practice head(s):

      Ian Piggin

      Other key lawyers:

      Gareth Baker; Neil Hendron; Chris Towle; Jeremy Millington

      Key clients

      THG plc

      Telia Company AB

      Gyrus Capital S.A.

      Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

      HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

      Nova Innovation Limited

      Pioneer Point Partners

      Grant and Stone Limited

      PeakSpan Capital

      Medux

      Huntercombe Group Holdco Limited

      NVM Private Equity LLP

      Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP

      Nedbank Group

      Cove Hill Partners

      Work highlights

      • Acted on behalf of the global technology platform THG, which specialises in taking brands directly to consumers, in relation to (i) THG Ingenuity’s £1.4m minority investment in certain new shares in the cloud-native service provider Civo Limited; (ii) Call options to acquire up to 49% stake in Civo Limited; and (iii) License and Reseller Agreement into THG Ingenuity.
      • Advised Telia Company on the UK aspects of the sale of the entire issued share capital of Telia Company’s subsidiary Telia Carrier, to Polhelm Infra.
      • Advised Mobeus Equity Partners LLP on the £25.5 million management buyout of Inbox Insight Group Limited (“Inbox Insight”)

      Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 4

      Combining transactional expertise with the industry sector experience of a full service law firm, Gowling WLG derives a significant volume of investor side work from funds, including in the context of renewables and tech venture capital mandates. Although the team handles its fair share of later stage mandates, its sweet-spot lies in advising on early to mid stage financings. Team head Ian Piggin has developed significant expertise in advising international investment syndicates.

      Practice head(s):

      Ian Piggin

      Other key lawyers:

      Kris Rogers; Chris Towle; Gareth Baker; Neil Hendron; Stephen Bowman; Róisín Bergin

      Key clients

      HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

      PeakSpan Capital

      Nova Innovation Limited

      BGF Investments LP

      Conegliano Ventures LP

      Work highlights

      • Advised clean hydrogen-dedicated investment fund HydrogenOne on venture capital investments into HiiROC Limited (£10m), and NanoSUN Limited (£9m).
      • Advised HydrogenOne on a venture capital investment in Sunfire GmbH (Sunfire).
      • Advised PeakSpan on a non-participating Series C investment in Cognism to further develop its sales acceleration platform, which uses AI to help businesses grow.

      Industry focus > TMT Tier 4

      The commercial, IT and outsourcing team at Gowling WLG is led by Birmingham-based expert Jocelyn Paulley, who specialises in non-contentious IT matters, with particular experience advising clients in the retail and technology sectors, as well as co-leading the data privacy and cybersecurity team on the non-contentious side. Commercial litigator Patrick Arben, also based in Birmingham, leads on contentious IT matters, while corporate expert and technology group co-chair David Brennan focuses on M&A and equity capital funding work.

      Practice head(s):

      Jocelyn Paulley

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

      Virtus Data Centres

      Smartest Energy

      Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited

      LCH (London Clearing House) Limited

      Mazda Motors UK Limited

      National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

      The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

      Finning (UK) Limited

      The Hut Group plc

      Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

      Williams Advanced Engineering Limited

      Volex plc

      Faculty Science Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Pret a Manger on its first generation outsourcing of core IT business functions as part of its digital transformation strategy.
      • Advising LCH Limited (London Clearing House) on creating a standard document suite on which it could license its existing and planned, expanded data sets and which are sufficiently flexible to adapt with the data business as it develops.
      • Advising THG (The Hut Group) on a long-term licensing arrangement with Civo to provide Kubernetes technology to THG, and its resellers and THG Ingenuity clients, a transaction which was accompanied by a minor-equity investment into Civo.

      Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

      Catherine Naylor heads the department at Gowling WLG that is based primarily in London but also draws on the firm’s other private wealth practitioners in Singapore and Canada. It focuses on all aspects of trust litigation for its predominantly internationally based clients. It is adept at handling cross-border disputes as well as other matters such as claims by and against professional trustees.

      Practice head(s):

      Catherine Naylor

      Key clients

      Aquila Topco Limited (the holding company of Equiom)

      TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited)

      Chris and Nick Candy (the Candy brothers)

      Joanna Lemos

      Edward Cartwright, Robert Sloss and Tim Barlow

      Kevin Hellard and Matthew Richardson in their capacity as Joint Liquidators for Durant International Corp (in liquidation), Kildare Finance Ltd (in liquidation) and MacDoel Investment Ltd (in liquidation)

      Dan Finch

      Adam Smith

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Joanna Lemos and the trustees in bankruptcy on a dispute concerning valuable property held on the trusts of a Bermudian trust.
      • Successfully defending Chris and Nick Candy (The Candy Brothers) against a £132m claim by Mark Holyoake relating to residential property at Grosvenor Gardens House.

      Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

      Gowling WLG handles ‘complex and structured property investment and development transactions’ for clearing banks, debt funds and alternative lenders, overseas banks and borrower funds. In particular, the group has been active in development finance mandates in the private rented sector, build to rent, student accommodation, data centres, mixed residential use, and hotels. Nick Turner heads up the practice, acting for some of the group’s major debt funds and mezzanine lenders. Jon Lent joined Squire Patton Boggs  in June 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Christine Jackson; Alice Bucharova

      Testimonials

      ‘They are able to combine the legal requirements of different jurisdiction in finance documents, because they are open-minded to other legal systems.’

      ‘Gowling property finance team is able to handle complex and structured property investment and development transactions.’

      ‘It’s especially impressive that the team has good understanding of financial covenants and commercial matters, which helps with documentation negotiation and drafting.’

      ‘They are able to draft complex ideas in simple words.’

      ‘Nick Turner has huge legal knowledge, ability to explain English law requirements to foreign lawyers, is reliable and flexible, and great in negotiations.’

      ‘Christine Jackson is very experienced and concise in dealing with all real estate topics.’

      ‘Alice Bucharova follows lengthy, complicated discussions with an amazing ability to put the results into the documentation with great speed. Very organised regarding all details to be observed.’

      Key clients

      ICG

      HSBC Bank

      LBBW

      Aberdeen Standard European Logistics plc

      CBRE

      Gravis Capital Management

      DZ Hyp

      Empiric Student Property PLC

      HC-One Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acted for CBRE/Daiwa on a £24m facility to fund a bridge to planning transaction.
      • Acted for Hayfield Homes on an increase to its existing facility with OakNorth Bank plc to a total maximum amount of £67m, in order to fund the purchase of an additional site.
      • Acted for Inland Homes on a £21.6m facility agreement with Homes England and a £1.75m increase to its existing facility agreement with Paragon, to refinance existing indebtedness and provide funding for its Cheshunt Lakeside development.

      Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 4

      Gowling WLG acts for banks, housing associations as well as registered providers on a variety of finance issues related to the social housing market. The team advises on bond issuance and cancellation, cash pooling and treasury arrangements as well as direct loans and has recently been active on LIBOR to SONIA switches, financings incorporating sustainability targets and the unwinding of uneconomic interest hedging transactions. Chris Brierley heads the practice and is experienced in acting for both borrowers and lenders. Navin Prabhakar  is experienced in advising on corporate banking facilities and bond issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Chris Brierley

      Other key lawyers:

      Navin Prabhakar

      Key clients

      Sanctuary Group

      Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

      Work highlights

      • Advised Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc on a £195m private placement secured on a portfolio of specialised supported living properties.

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 4

      Gowling WLG advises on investments, intellectual property matters, commercial contacts, regulatory issues and platform structuring mandates. The multidisciplinary practice benefits from a dedicated financial services regulatory team, which has expertise in cryptoassets regulation, consumer credit, payment services and the use of AI in financial services. David Brennan co-heads the team alongside Ian Mason, with the latter advising on the regulatory aspects of fintech, including ICOs, cryptocurrencies and blockchain developments. Kristian Rogers is another key team member.

      Practice head(s):

      David Brennan; Ian Mason

      Other key lawyers:

      Kristian Rogers; Sushil Kuner

      Key clients

      Molten Ventures plc

      Forward Partners Group Plc

      Reorg Research, Inc.

      Klarna Bank AB

      Work highlights

      • Advised Molten Ventures plc on its £111m fundraising by way of a placing of new shares.
      • Provided Klarna with regular regulatory advice on the UK Consumer credit regime, the FCA’s financial promotion rules, product governance issues and payment services.
      • Advised Forward Partners Group plc, the London-based venture capital group, on its oversubscribed fundraise and admission to AIM.

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

      Gowling WLG has both contentious and non-contentious IT practices. On the non-contentious side, it handles cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, outsourcing and software development projects, licensing issues, and systems implementation and integration work, as well as M&A transactions. Jocelyn Paulley heads up the non-contentious practice with expertise in the retail and technology sectors, advising on outsourcing and SaaS projects. Commercial litigator Patrick Arben specialises in the technology sector, acting for both customers and providers of technology in disputes. Matt Hervey is also of note, heading up the AI team.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

      Virtus Data Centres

      Smartest Energy

      Pret a Manger

      LCH

      Mazda Motors UK Limited

      National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

      The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

      Finning (UK) Limited

      The Hut Group plc

      Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

      Williams Advanced Engineering Limited

      Volex plc

      Faculty Science Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Pret a Manger on its first generation outsourcing of core IT business functions as part of its digital transformation strategy.
      • Advising LCH on creating a standard document suite on which it could license its existing and planned expanded data sets.
      • Advising The Hut Group on a long-term licensing arrangement with Civo to provide Kubernetes technology to THG, and its resellers and THG Ingenuity clients, a transaction which was accompanied by a minor-equity investment into Civo.

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

      Specialists in advertising, the team at Gowling WLG act for household names from various industries including the Volkswagen Group, Carlsberg Marstons, and Nomad Foods both on non-contentious matters and proceedings before the Advertising Standards Authority. A recognized expert in his field, Dan Smith heads the practice and has recently advised Audi in connection with multiple advertising projects concerning the client's electronic vehicles. Kate Swaine co-heads the firm's global intellectual property practice and is a specialist in clearance and enforcement of brands, advertising, and designs.

      Practice head(s):

      Dan Smith

      Other key lawyers:

      Kate Swaine; Mathilda Davidson; Kate Hawkins

      Key clients

      Volkswagen Group

      Carlsberg Marstons

      Hovis

      Weetabix

      Oxfam

      Nomad Foods

      Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

      Commonwealth Games England (Team England)

      Volvo

      Work highlights

      • Assisted Hovis and Volkswagen Group to ensure their marketing claims comply with the Competition and Markets Authority’s new Green Claims Code.
      • Assisted a European food manufacturer and global automotive manufacturer in connection with the appointment of a new pan-European and/or global media agency for media booking and buying services.

      Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

      With a broad competition practice with a particular strength in state-aid work, Gowling WLG‘s team is led by Bernardine Adkins. Samuel Beighton, who has a background in competition economics, is another key team member and advises on merger control, investigations and dawn raids.

      Practice head(s):

      Bernardine Adkins

      Other key lawyers:

      Samuel Beighton; James Stunt

      Key clients

      Dixons Carphone plc (now Currys plc)

      Mazda Motors UK

      GCP Student Living plc

      Nabuh Energy

      The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

      Preventx Limited

      Origin Enterprises plc

      Codemasters Group Holdings Plc

      Medux

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Preventx in obtaining an interim injunction against Royal Mail in the context of a claim alleging an abuse of dominance by Royal Mail.
      • Representing GCP Student Living on its £969 million sale to a consortium.
      • Acting for Codemasters on its £945 million sale to Electronic Arts.

      Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

      Led by James Sidwell, Gowling WLG is geared to support on an extensive array of contentious financial services affairs including FRC, FCA and PRA authorisations, supervisory and enforcement proceedings, LIBOR matters, FX manipulations and SEC investigations; the team is also notably formidable within the fintech field, acting on contentious ICO, cryptocurrency and blockchain proceedings.

      Practice head(s):

      James Sidwell

      Other key lawyers:

      Andrew Witts; Ian Mason; Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker

      Testimonials

      ‘Strength in depth – lots of good people at all levels.’

      ‘Verity Barker has terrific attention to detail and runs cases very smoothly. James Sidwell is hugely experienced.’

      Key clients

      The Financial Reporting Council

      Grant Thornton LLP (Mark McDonald and Hugh Dickson, liquidators of Stanford Bank)

      Work highlights

      • Acting for the FRC in relation to an investigation and disciplinary proceedings against KPMG and several individuals in the audit team regarding the provision of allegedly false and misleading information and/or documents to the FRC in connection with the FRC’s Audit Quality Reviews of two audits carried out by KPMG, including the audit of Carillion plc for the year end 2016.
      • Advising 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.

      Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

      Gowling WLG’s practice is led by Ian Mason, a specialist in FCA/PRA authorisation and the regulatory aspects of fintech, cryptocurrency and blockchain issues. He is supported by two standout principal associates: Sushil Kuner whose key strengths include cryptoassets, consumer credits and payment services, as well as Kam Dhillon, an expert in crowdfunding, market abuse and fund regulatory affairs.

      Practice head(s):

      Ian Mason

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Great team with strong commercial and technical skills.’

      ‘Individuals always available.’

      ‘Both Ian Mason and Sushil Kuner have excellent regulatory knowledge between them and both have invaluable FCA experience. We use Gowlings for advice about the UK’s consumer credit regime, FCA authorisations and financial promotions marketing. Both are highly reliable and equally personable.’

      Key clients

      AssetCo Plc

      Klarna Bank AB

      Molten Ventures Plc

      H&T Group Plc

      Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

      WH Ireland

      Excelsior Insurance Company Limited

      Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc

      Work highlights

      • Serving as the sole legal adviser to AssetCo and providing Financial Services Regulatory advice in respect of AssetCo’s ‘buy and build’ strategy.
      • Advising Molten Ventures with respect to FCA Change in Control applications which may be necessary before Molten Ventures can make an investment into any FCA regulated fintech.
      • Advised Klarna Bank AB on a broad range of regulatory issues.

      Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

      Gowling WLG is particularly specialised in acting for liquidators of financial services companies, handling disputes involving their assets as well as litigation against former directors for alleged fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Catherine Naylor and Andrew Witts take the lead on this work. James Sidwell leads the overall practice and has a close relationship with JP Morgan, representing the investment bank in a range of disputes related to loans and forex transactions.

      Practice head(s):

      James Sidwell

      Key clients

      J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg SA – London Branch

      Grant Thornton LLP

      Stephen Hunt in his capacity as liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions U.K. Limited (in Liquidation)

      Kevin Hellard and Matthew Richardson as liquidators of Durant International Corp and Kildare Finance Limited and MacDoel Investment Limited

      RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

      Work highlights

      • Acting for JP Morgan in a dispute arising from financing in the region of US$50m provided to company registered in the Cayman Islands. This includes enforcement of security against corporate entities and investments as well as against the UK-based controlling individual.
      • Instructed by Kevin Hellard and Matthew Richardson as liquidators of Durant International Corp, Kildare Finance Limited and MacDoel Investment Limited, three BVI companies connected to Paulo Maluf, the former Mayor of Sao Paulo, to recover assets misappropriated as part of a c. $200m fraud perpetrated by him.
      • Advising the liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions UK in a £200m contribution claim against the First Curacao International Bank N.V. and its ultimate beneficial owner in relation to widespread missing trader intra community fraud committed against HMRC through the use of First Curacao International Bank accounts.

      Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 5

      Real estate > Environment Tier 5

      Gowling WLG’s London environment team is led by Ben Stansfield and works closely with its Birmingham team. It stands out for its expertise in dealing with allocating risk in sales of real estate, and increasingly in relation to green buildings. The team has also seen an increase in its corporate governance and risk management work. Other areas of expertise include product stewardship and crisis management and climate change litigation. Nick Harding recently rejoined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

      Practice head(s):

      Ben Stansfield

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Pragmatic and commercial advice that’s instantly user-friendly for clients, especially non-lawyers – Well-connected with decision makers and regulators so it knows who to call to unlock regulatory problems – Its expertise is spread across a number of sectors, especially manufacturing, automotive, and real estate. Vocal and authoritative on issues of the day – whether COP26, net zero, biodiversity and reporting/disclosure.’

      ‘Ben Stansfield is the go-to partner for all of the above.’

      ‘Passion for the environment and sustainability, deep expertise in the topics and clear, concise advice.’

      ‘Ben Stansfield is a leader in the field. He is an expert in environmental and sustainability issues and provides clear advice on how to navigate these complex and fast-moving areas of regulation. He also understands clearly the technical risks, but also the reputational risks, that exist in the ESG space.’

      Key clients

      Cummins Inc.

      Valero Energy

      Be First

      Bellway Homes Limited

      SEGRO Plc

      St Modwen Plc

      Lidl Great Britain Limited

      Royal London

      Stenprop

      Bloor Homes Limited

      South Tees Development Corporation

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      Work highlights

      • Advised Valero Energy in relation to the proposed £500m Greenlink Interconnector project, which will run adjacent to the nationally significant Valero Refinery in Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, South Wales.
      • Advised Be First, the commercial development arm of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in relation to the environmental aspects of the £300m development of a new Film Studios complex at a former pharmaceutical facility in Dagenham, London.

      Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

      Very experienced in international arbitration‘, Gowling WLG‘s international arbitration practice acts in high-stakes commercial and investment arbitrations under the major institutional rules, as well as in ad hoc proceedings; and the team has notable sector experience in construction and engineering, IP/technology, life sciences and natural resources. Gordon Bell is international arbitration head; Mike Stewart acts in construction and infrastructure project-related disputes; and Birmingham-based Tom Price is ‘an excellent litigator‘. Legal director Elinor Crowther specialises in international disputes, particularly arbitration.

      Practice head(s):

      Gordon Bell

      Other key lawyers:

      Mike Stewart; Tom Price; Dan Wood; Jamie Rowlands; Elinor Crowther; Patrick Fox; Dominic Sinnott

      Testimonials

      ‘Regardless of how many details have to be tackled, the team never loses sight of what really matters.’

      ‘The team is excellent from top to bottom.’

      ‘The lawyers are very experienced in international arbitration and able to give their clients excellent advice.’

      ‘The individuals here are uniformly excellent- good lawyers, good tacticians and very pleasant to work with.

      ‘Impressive legal drafting style – lucid yet with punch to it.’

      ‘The people working in this firm are more receptive than their competitors, and they pay attention to detail.’

      Tom Price is an excellent lawyer, very responsive, and great to work with.’

      ‘Particularly notable is Tom Price, who is an excellent litigator. He is hardworking, tenacious and very practical.’

      Key clients

      Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Albania

      West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

      Fielding one of the largest corporate and commercial practices in the region, Gowling WLG consistently handles big-ticket international transactions for a formidable line-up of public and private sector entities. Corporate chair Chris Towle spearheads the firm’s US sales and UK indirect real estate practices, handling cross-border REIT transactions and restructuring for some of the market’s biggest investment managers. Stuart Young heads up both the corporate finance and automotive sector groups, while automotive manufacturing lead Ragi Singh works with a number of electric vehicle companies on a steady flow of acquisitions. Sharon Ayres is highly experienced in investment structures and joint venture agreements, while Amar Adatia heads up the solvent structuring and group reorganisation desk. On the commercial side, David Lowe is reputed for his ‘knowledgeable, practical and solution-driven’ approach to logistics agreements and procurement strategies, most notably in the food and retail arenas. The ‘outstanding’ Sarah Riding is well-versed in all manner of contract arrangements, regularly assisting clients from the worlds of manufacturing, automotive, energy and sport. Principal associate Caroline McNally is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

      Practice head(s):

      Chris Towle; David Lowe

      Testimonials

      ‘The firm possesses broad expertise and inspires confidence in dealings.’

      ‘Sarah Riding has a sound understanding of the industry, and is a trusted advisor. We are relatively new to dealing with the firm but we have been very impressed so far.’

      ‘Sarah Riding’s knowledge of her area, together with her commercial considerations, are outstanding.’

      ‘David Lowe leads a great team at Gowling. Knowledgeable, practical and solution-driven.’

      ‘David Lowe brings a human touch to everything he does. Practical and understands business needs.’

      Key clients

      Cummins Inc

      Coca-Cola European Partners

      Halfords

      Avison Young

      Sanctuary Group

      Atcore Technology Group Limited

      Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

      HC One

      SLR Global

      Business Growth Fund

      LDC

      The Midcounties Co-operative

      The Hut Group

      Sdiptech AB

      Royal London

      Mitek Holdings Inc

      A F Blakemore & Sons

      Birmingham City Council

      Southco Inc.

      M+W

      Rettig Group

      Staffline

      Otto Bock

      Palatine Private Equity

      Hyundai

      Sandvik AB

      Tarmac

      Metsaliitto Cooperative

      GCI Group

      GCP Applied Technologies

      Codemasters Group Holdings plc

      ReBound Returns

      Aston Manor

      M&G Real Estate

      University Superannuation Scheme

      St Modwen

      NFU Mutual

      AstraZeneca

      All Saints Retail Limited

      Azumi Restaurants Limited

      Baylis & Harding

      Bentley Motors Limited

      Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

      Bloor Homes Limited

      British Red Cross

      Baylis & Harding

      Cadent Gas

      CBI

      CBRE

      Chips Away International Limited (Franchise Brands plc)

      Church & Dwight

      Cummins

      Ford

      GSK

      Hermes (Parcels)

      Hovis

      Hyde Housing Association

      Hydrafacial UK Limited

      Jaguar Land Rover

      Made.com

      Marks & Spencer

      Mazda Motors UK Limited

      Molson Coors

      NCP Limited

      Nomad (Birds Eye)

      Oxfam

      Pandora

      Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

      Premier Foods

      Regional & City Airport

      Rodan & Fields

      SMMT (The UK automotive trade association)

      Saint Gobain

      Spirit AeroSystems

      St Modwen

      Tarmac

      Taylor Wimpey

      The Office Group

      Toyota Motor Manufacturing

      Transport for London

      Triumph Motorcycles Limited

      United Biscuits

      Upfield (global food manufacturer with brands such as Flora)

      The Office Group

      Transport for London

      Weetabix

      Work highlights

      • Advised Halfords Autocentres, a subsidiary of Halfords Group plc, on its acquisition of Universal Tyre and Autocentres (Universal).
      • Advised BGF Investments LP, and other shareholder individuals in the disposal of the entire share capital within CHS Healthcare Holdings Ltd.
      • Advised Sdiptech AB  on its acquisition of specialist EV charging point designer, manufacturer and retailer Rolec Services Ltd and One Stop Europe Ltd.

      West Midlands > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

      The projects and infrastructure team at Gowling WLG has a very strong reputation for advising UK government related entities and non-departmental bodies on some of their most complex PPP work, as well as other big-ticket infrastructure schemes. Their client list includes groups like National Highways and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group. The team also advises on international matters covering Africa and the Middle East. Stephen Kenny is the national head of the practice, specialising in complex UK government projects involving significant infrastructure or assets. Andrew Newberry typically leads the project finance work stream, while newly-promoted partner Elizabeth Williams  specialises in defence and security work. Dominic Richardson  and principal associate James Stanier  are also highly recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Stephen Kenny; Andrew Newbery

      Other key lawyers:

      Gus Wood; Dominic Richardson; James Stanier

      Testimonials

      ‘The team are very knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. They have a very collaborative nature, supporting me and my project beyond the terms of the contract.’

      ‘Liz Williams has delivered beyond the brief, facilitating calls outside of normal hours. She has a very natural and friendly approach that is conducive to establishing a good working relationship. She takes the time to really understand the problem and individuals. I have enjoyed working with her.’

      ‘Easy to work with, friendly and down to earth. Approachable and humble, taking the time to explain and support their clients.’

      ‘Stephen Kenny – extremely nice, kind and supportive. Fun and approachable.’

      Key clients

      Ministry of Defence

      National Highways

      Kansai Electric Power Corporation

      GuarantCo

      AIB Group PLC

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

      Zzoomm plc

      Greenage Power Limited

      Brockwell Energy

      Eelpower

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group (including Magnox, Nuclear Waste Services, Nuclear Transport Solutions…)

      UK Health Security Agency

      Department of Health and Social Care

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      Work highlights

      • Advising National Highways on one of its flagship projects, the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project.
      • Advised leading UK energy storage company and valued client Eelpower on a £100 million joint venture partnership with specialist solar power renewable energy listed fund NextEnergy Solar Fund.
      • Advising the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) on its Defence Marine Services project, which is tasked to deliver the new commercial arrangements for the delivery of the MODs future Marine Services requirements when the current Provision of Marine Services and Range Safety & Aircrew Training contracts expire.

      West Midlands > Public sector > Health

      Gowling WLG is especially capable at handling large scale health and social care transactions. The firm has aided clients that have been critical to the COVID-19 response including AstraZeneca, the Office for National Statistics and the Department of Health and Social Care. Robert Breedon  advises the DHSC's Test and Trace Team. Hugh Maule specialises in corporate transactions, private equity and venture capital matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Robert Breedon

      Other key lawyers:

      Hugh Maule; Dominic Morris; Andrew Lichfield; Alexi Markham

      Testimonials

      Robert Breedon has excellent negotiating style. Polite, professional and technically great.’

      Key clients

      AstraZeneca

      Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

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

      UDG Healthcare Group plc

      Circle Health

      Department of Health and Social Care

      Ford – party to Ventilator Challenge UK consortium

      Formation Capital, LLC

      Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

      Getinge Group (includes ArjoHuntleigh UK, Arjo Ltd Med AB, Arjo Med Aktiebolag, Altrax Group, Getinge Infection Control AB, Getinge UK)

      Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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

      Lakeside Healthcare

      Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund (inc. Huntercombe Group)

      TT Electronics

      Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      Sitekit Applications Limited

      NHS Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

      Work highlights

      • Advised ONS on its re-procurement to appoint a provider to undertake seroprevalence  Covid-19 Infection Survey (“CIS”), together with study and analysis services to support the Government in its COVID-19 response.
      • Advising DHSC in relation to critical and urgent contracts for the supply of goods and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Advise GSTT in relation to its ground-breaking public-private partnership to become an International Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence (CoE).

      West Midlands > Real estate > Property litigation

      Lauded as ‘a regional powerhouse‘ that marries ‘great experience and fresh talent‘, Gowling WLG is routinely sought out by multitude of local authorities, developers, and infrastructure players for representation in high-stakes proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Clive Chalkley , who works between London and Birmingham, and the ‘terrificPaul Barker, who focuses chiefly on investment and development disputes. Rob Bridgman, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, is noted for his expertise in technically-complex house builder cases concerning mining and minerals. Senior associate David Wigy is recommended for his capabilities in land possession and leasehold enfranchisement matters. Consultant Caroline Wort acts for investment funds in restrictive covenant claims, and cases regarding portfolio renewals. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

      Practice head(s):

      Clive Chalkley; Paul Barker

      Other key lawyers:

      Rob Bridgman; Nigel Hampton

      Testimonials

      ‘A regional powerhouse with a mix of great experience and fresh talent. A very strong team.’

      ‘Paul Barker is terrific. A brilliant lawyer who is commercially savvy with great commitment to all his clients. Always a genuine pleasure to work with him.

      ‘Rob Bridgman is excellent. A great choice for residential developers.’

      ‘Nigel Hampton is very knowledgeable and a partner for the future.’

      ‘Very experienced and well established leading property litigation team. Absolutely a top-tier firm in Birmingham. Nice people to work with’

      ‘I have worked for many years with Paul Barker. He is an excellent lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable and truly is a specialist. Very personable and easy to work with. Detailed yet commercial in his approach and leaves no stone unturned. One of the cleverest lawyers out there.’

       

      Key clients

      NFU Mutual Insurance Society

      Persimmon Homes

      Royal London

      Zurich/Columbia Threadneedle

      Bloor Homes

      Schroder UK Property Fund and Schroder Retail Property Unit Trust

      Mucklow

      Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

      Transport for London

      Entain Group (which includes Ladbrokes and Coral)

      Cellnex/On Tower UK Limited

      IM Properties

      LaSalle Investment Management

      London Borough of Barnet

      Work highlights

      • Continuing to advise institutional investors and funds including NFU Mutual, Royal London, LaSalle Investment Management, NILGOSC, HSBC Pension Trust, M&G, and USS in relation to all aspects of asset management in connection with their portfolios.
      • Advising new client Cellnex/On Tower on a programme of renewals for agreements on telecoms sites, and setting up new sites for the London to Brighton Mainline project (providing uninterrupted signal on the London to Brighton rail line).
      • Advising Branston Properties in relation to High Court proceedings brought in relation to the ownership of subterranean minerals at a mixed use development.

      West Midlands > Real estate > Social housing

      Gowling WLG‘s sizeable social housing practice enjoys a stellar reputation on account of its transactional expertise, working with a diverse roster of registered providers, local authorities, investors, and developers on high-value projects within the sector. Practice head Jacqueline Knox is a ‘stand-out‘ advisor whose broad practice encompasses development, investment, and housing management. London-based Richard Beckingsale heads up the firm’s regeneration practice, working with a plethora of public bodies on procurement negotiations and institutional investment transactions. Legal director Sally Farrall , who runs the affordable housing investments desk, is frequently engaged by major REITs for assistance in big-ticket transactions. Principal associate Gemma Courtenay is recommended for her far-reaching capabilities in development work. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

      Practice head(s):

      Jacqueline Knox; Richard Beckingsale; Sally Farrall

      Other key lawyers:

      Gemma Courtenay

      Testimonials

      ‘Jacqueline Knox’s knowledge and experience in the sector are stand-out. The ability of the team to enable negotiations to reach conclusions are very helpful.’

      ‘Jacqueline Knox boasts excellent knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

      ‘Gemma Courtenay possesses excellent knowledge, strong attention to detail, and really fights her clients corner!’

      ‘My experience of working with Gowlings has been excellent, they managed to really get under the skin of our project, becoming a collaborative part of our wider team. They have draw upon a number of different specialisms whilst giving us a one stop service. Their advice is always clear and have a great way of providing detailed explanations on some more technical matters!’

      Key clients

      Sanctuary Housing Group

      Metropolitan Thames Valley

      Clarion Housing Group

      London and Quadrant

      Bournville Village Trust

      TP Impact Housing

      London Borough of Barnet

      LaSalle Investment Management

      BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

      Coal Pension Properties Ltd

      KW Housing Limited

      Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

      Triple Point Investment Management LLP

      Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

      Horizon Infrastructure Partnership

      Universities Superannuation Scheme

      Legal & General Affordable Homes

      Hyde Housing

      Fox Hound Capital

      Symmetry Housing CIC

      Vengrove

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Legal & General Affordable Housing on its first deal with Lovell Partnerships – the acquisition of 114 affordable units at Oldbury, in the West Midlands.
      • Acted for Sanctuary Affordable Housing on its acquisition of a site at Green Gables Business Centre, Kings Road, in Evesham and procured the construction of 76 modular units by Ilke Homes in Sanctuary’s first major modular construction deal.
      • Acted for Triple Point Social Housing REIT Plc on the acquisition of 144 supported living/general needs affordable housing units let to Highstone Housing Association.

      West Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

      With a specialty in non-contentious IT work, Gowling WLG handles an array of work including data protection, freedom of information, cloud computing and e-commerce. Jocelyn Paulley has acted on major outsourcing projects and co-chairs the firm's data centre practice. David Brennan acts for tech start ups at the beginning of their life cycle and focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions.

      Practice head(s):

      Jocelyn Paulley

      Other key lawyers:

      Patrick Arben; David Brennan; Helen Davenport; Alexandra Brodie; Matt Hervey

      Key clients

      Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

      Virtus Data Centres

      Smartest Energy

      Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited

      LCH (London Clearing House) Limited

      Mazda Motors UK Limited

      National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

      The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

      Finning (UK) Limited

      The Hut Group plc

      Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

      Williams Advanced Engineering Limited

      Volex plc

      Faculty Science Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Pret a Manger on its first generation outsourcing of core IT business functions as part of its digital transformation strategy.
      • Advising LCH Limited (London Clearing House) on creating a standard document suite on which it could license its existing and planned, expanded data sets and which are sufficiently flexible to adapt with the data business as it develops.
      • Advising THG (The Hut Group) on a long-term licensing arrangement with Civo to provide Kubernetes technology to THG, and its resellers and THG Ingenuity clients, a transaction which was accompanied by a minor-equity investment into Civo
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      Gowling WLG is a law firm with more than 1,500 professionals and a range of business support teams working to deliver world-class legal advice across 19 cities in the UK, Canada, continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

      The firm: Gowling WLG represents a natural evolution for its founding firms – Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co – who have both continually adapted to better serve their clients’ needs.

      The firm strives to be adaptive, insightful and completely dedicated to the results that matter most to its clients. Gowling WLG knows the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, all while providing legal advice that’s tailored to the world in which its clients live.

      The firm provides multi-jurisdictional support in key global sectors including: life sciences; financial services; corporate; energy; infrastructure; real estate; natural resources; technology; automotive; aviation; aerospace; and defence. The firm is also home to one of the world’s premier intellectual property practices, and delivers a full suite of commercial law and litigation services.

      Gowling WLG’s UK lawyers have outstanding legal expertise plus, crucially, the in-depth market knowledge its clients need to succeed. Clients in London, the UK and worldwide can be sure that whatever the deal, dispute or project, its lawyers are ideally placed to advise.

      Gowling WLG is home to one of the UK’s largest real estate practices: a broad-based practice acting for institutions, investors, developers and occupiers. The firm is also the number one AIM firm by market capitalisation and is top-rated for its investment funds, pensions and private capital work.

      Types of work undertaken: With expertise that covers a wide range of services and sectors, the firm understands the distinct challenges you face and is positioned to help you succeed.

      Sectors include
      Automotive: Gowling WLG is at the forefront of this exhilarating sector, matching its sector depth with the international reach of its clients. The firm offers leading technical excellence and a dedicated cross-firm team of lawyers who are passionate about all things auto.

      Aviation, aerospace and defence: the team has expertise in crucial areas of: alliancing and outsourcing transactions, including outsourcing of mission-critical passenger services systems; public-private partnerships and other government projects; M&A; competition issues; contentious and non-contentious intellectual property issues; defence procurement contracts; sector-specific HR/employment issues; aircraft maintenance; dispute resolution; and health, safety and regulatory.

      Construction and engineering: the firm has a ‘substantial group with an impressive client list’. Experience includes: innovative contract solutions for major developers; first ‘new-build’ luxury hotel in London for more than 40 years; and Bicester town centre redevelopment.

      Energy: Gowling WLG’s multi-disciplinary sector-focused energy team has a first-class reputation in the energy sector and offers clients proactive, commercially focused and innovative solutions. Areas of expertise include: project development; project and structured finance; construction, equipment supply and O&M; capital markets advice; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and IPOs; energy purchasing; supply and trading arrangements; government advisory and market reform; energy regulation; real estate, planning and environmental; dispute resolution; and tax.

      Financial institutions and services: the team provides a full service in all types of general corporate and investment grade financing, through the following sub-teams: leveraged finance; asset finance/invoice discounting; general banking and derivatives; real estate finance; capital markets and securitisation; and restructuring and corporate recovery.

      Infrastructure: the firm provides full lifecycle assistance to your infrastructure team, with substantial experience in all related service areas, including: procurement and regulatory; project development and PPP (P3) concessions; construction and engineering; operations and management; infrastructure M&A and funds; project funding/ debt and equity; and dispute resolution.

      Life sciences: from biotech startups and research organisations to large pharmaceutical companies, the firm acts for a wide range of entities in the sector. Services include: clinical trials and drug manufacturing agreements; drug pricing and reimbursement; freedom to operate opinions; labelling, advertising and distribution; licensing, development and commercialisation agreements; joint ventures; patent and brand protection and litigation; and risk management among others.

      Natural resources: Gowling WLG has extensive knowledge and understanding of the natural resources industries as a result of working with clients in these sectors. The firm’s natural resources expertise benefits clients in numerous industries, particularly oil and gas, mining and water.

      Real estate: Gowling WLG is home to one of the UK’s largest real estate practices with a team of more than 275 commercially minded lawyers. The areas covered include: purchase/sale; development; leasing/landlord and tenant; financing/lending; disputes/property litigation; and planning and zoning.

      Services include
      Technology: the team’s in-depth sector experience is used to help its clients maximise their growth and protect and monetise their assets. Services include: banking and finance; corporate; commercial; competition and EU issues; data protection, privacy and security; dispute resolution; employment; intellectual property; information technology; investment; regulatory; software development and licensing; and systems implementation and integration.

      Commercial: the Gowling WLG team appreciates that clients are looking for pragmatic legal advice which helps secure and maximise the right opportunities. Its advice is strengthened through its specific expertise in key industry sectors such as: life sciences; real estate; retail; financial services; food and beverage; automotive; IT; telecom; defence; health; government projects; aviation; and travel.

      Competition and antitrust: the specialists at Gowling WLG provide competitive, technically sound, strategic advice. Key industry sectors include: agrochemicals; aviation; automotive; construction; energy; fast-moving consumer goods; food and drink; healthcare; heavy engineering; life sciences; and technology, media and telecommunications.

      Corporate, M&A and capital markets: the very highest quality legal advice delivered through a partner-led service makes the Gowling WLG corporate team a popular choice with clients ranging from the world’s leading financial institutions and public companies to private businesses and entrepreneurs.

      Employment, labour and equalities: the team advises a broad client base, comprising commercial, corporate and public sector entities, on the full range of employment issues. The team brings its knowledge and creativity to the employment service, giving advice that is timely, focused and practical.

      Environmental: the firm’s role is to anticipate new developments in environmental law and deliver sound, practical advice and representation. It provides unparalleled depth and scope with regards to hazardous waste, chemicals, contaminated sites, shipments of hazardous goods, importation of new products, and environmental safety with respect to new products.

      Insurance and professional liability: the teams have expertise in handling the defence of liability and property claims, as well as dealing with coverage issues when they arise. The firm understands and engages in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, domestic and trade arbitration, international arbitration under common institutional rules, and ADR – including mediation.

      Intellectual property: with unmatched expertise in patents, trade marks, brands and designs, copyright, advertising, IP litigation and more, the firm has been winning IP cases for clients around the world for over 125 years, and offers exceptional representation in a dynamic and competitive market.

      Litigation and dispute resolution: the team is renowned for securing successful results. Whether it’s the specialist divisions of commercial, chancery, companies and technology and construction in the English courts, domestic arbitration, adjudications or international arbitration proceedings under common institutional rules including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC and DIAC, clients will be in safe hands.

      Pensions: the team is renowned for communicating in plain English, delivering pragmatic advice and giving a clear view on grey areas. The firm has a tailored, efficient service with easy access to wider legal advice, delivering what its clients need while keeping them abreast of the latest developments.

      Projects: Gowling WLG offers legal services that address all aspects of your project, whatever its nature, working for all project parties: governments, contractors, EPC/EPCM contractors, design-builders, operators, banks, consultants, advisers and debt providers, among others.

      Tax: combining the skills of lawyers and chartered tax advisers, the 16-strong team advises on the full range of tax issues including corporate, real estate, dispute resolution, funds, individuals and trustees, private capital, and employment.

      Other UK offices: London, SE1 2AU

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