Firm Profile > Gowling WLG > London, England

Gowling WLG
4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AU
England

Listed funds Tier 1

Gowling WLG offers bespoke expertise in the closed-ended listed funds space, advising a number of major asset managers, investment banks and brokers. The team has maintained its heavy involvement in IPOs despite a difficult year for capital markets, and it works with funds throughout their lifecycle, alongside specialist tax and regulatory advice. The team is led by Nick Heather, a well-regarded and experienced closed-ended funds practitioner, who advises top-level investment houses and banks. Kristian Rogers specialises in large-scale capital raisings and fund restructurings, while John Reed and Oliver Riley are experienced in secondary transactions and fund structuring work. Principal associate Kate Seabourne continues to play a key role in leading IPOs and secondary fundraises. Another principal associate to note is Laura Dobie, who has notable in-house investment banking expertise from a secondment at Investec.

Practice head(s):

Nick Heather

Other key lawyers:

John Reed; Oliver Riley; Kristian Rogers; Kate Seabourne; Emily Troubridge; Laura Dobie

Testimonials

Very strong and committed performance from Nick Heather.

Key clients

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited

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

Nplus1 Singer Capital Markets Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) LLP

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

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 Limi

Water Tier 1

Gowling WLG has a first-rate reputation in domestic and international water, wastewater and desalination projects. It acts for a wide variety of clients, including governments, developers, utilities and regulators. Reflective of the firm's standing in the market, it is one of only four firms on Ofwat's panel to advise the regulator on its new procurement model for major water infrastructure projects. One of the key contacts at the firm is Andrew Newbery, who heads up the water practice. Also active in high-value water projects is Jonathan Brufal, who has over 20 years of experience working in Africa and the Middle East. John Cooper, who leads the public law and regulation team, is another key contact. Gareth Baker focuses on corporate energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Newbery; Jonathan Brufal; John Cooper; Gareth Baker

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the industry and good connections (specially Middle East). Always ready to help the client, even beyond the purely legal advice.’

Key clients

The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Almar Water

International Finance Corporation

eThkwini Municipality

AIB Group Plc

Longspur Capital and GVO

Commercial contracts Tier 2

Gowling WLG fields a commercial, IT and outsourcing team, which handles business-critical commercial agreements at a national and global level, including supply chain contracts, strategic alliances, outsourcing issues, technology mandates and procurement arrangements. Recent highlights include advising Ford on the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium agreement to manufacture ventilators for the NHS and handling all commercial elements of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. David Lowe leads the department and is also the firm’s head of international trade. Sarah Riding is a key name for manufacturing, automotive, energy and sports clients, while Robert Breedon focuses on the health and care sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Riding; Robert Breedon; Jocelyn Pauley; James Barr; Rachel Pennell

Testimonials

‘The team have been very good at getting under the skin of our business and requirements.’

‘The practical and commercial advice received from David Lowe (partner) and Rachel Pennell (Senior Associate) has been indispensable for us.’

‘We have been very impressed with the level of bespoke knowledge of the team.’

‘Sarah Riding in particular has an eye for detail, knows her sector incredibly well, but retains a common sense commercial approach and will always look for a solution that does not compromise on either legal principles or commercial practicalities.’

Key clients

ADP

AstraZeneca

Baylis & Harding

Birmingham Commonwealth Games

British Red Cross

Cadent Gas

CBI

CCEP (Coca Cola)

Church & Dwight

Cummins

Essar Oil

Ford

Frank Smythson

G42 Healthcare

Getlink

GSK

Hovis

Jaguar Land Rover

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical

LEVC (London Taxis)

London Legacy Development Corporation (owner of the London Stadium)

Made.com

Marks & Spencer

Mazda Motors UK Limited

Midcounties Co-Operative

Molson Coors

NFU Mutual

Nomad (Birds Eye)

Oxfam

Pandora

Premier Foods

Regional & City Airport

Rodan & Fields

SMMT (The UK automotive trade association)

Spirit AeroSystems

St Modwen

Taylor Wimpey

The Office Group

Transport for London

United Biscuits

Upfield

Volvo

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Gowling WLG is 'an excellent UK litigation outfit', whose team is widely respected for its expertise in large multijurisdictional cases, as well as domestic High Court matters. The department is led by senior litigation partner James Sidwell, who has extensive experience of all types of corporate and commercial disputes. Andrew Smith's varied workload includes cases arising from contract terminations, economic torts, misfeasance allegations and guarantees/indemnities. Catherine Naylor is notably prominent in complex multijurisdictional cases. Legal director Verity Barker represents trustees, fiduciaries and principal employers in negligence actions and asset recovery cases. Another legal director to note is Susannah Fink, who acts for clients in cross-border and domestic contractual disputes involving the life sciences, natural resources and banking sectors. Alex Jay left for Stewarts Law LLP in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Smith; Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker; Susannah Fink; Tom Cox

Testimonials

Superb mid-to-high-market offering with very experienced partners and highly able associates, who are in teams that are structured to provide real value for money when compared to mainstream commercial firms.

An excellent UK litigation outfit, with much know-how of domestic litigation and asset recovery matters.

They carefully consider all options and advise on the correct path at all stages of litigation.

The litigation and dispute resolution team led by James Sidwell is exceptionally strategic and effective.

James Sidwell and legal director Verity Barker are standout practitioners. They bring great professionalism and dedication to their work, and they are extremely personable and easy to foster a good relationship with.

Andrew Smith is hugely experienced, has great judgement, and is an excellent team manager with real client focus.

Catherine Naylor achieves great results for her clients, and has excellent commercial and tactical awareness.

Principal associate Tom Cox is energetic, extremely hard-working, reliable and insightful.

Key clients

Koninklijke Philips

The Hut Group

Superdrug

Hummingbird Resources

CPC Group

Spirit Aerosystems

Perrigo Company

Equiom

Exclusive Contract Services

Weetabix

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Gowling WLGGowling WLG is an international firm with the ‘depth of resource to handle every size of transaction’; its investment work sees it engaged by institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and private equity funds, including those based in the US, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Middle East, on disposals, lettings, purchases and asset management matters across an impressively broad array of asset classes. The team is also active in the development space where practice head Richard Bate and Nick Mumby excel in respect of residential schemes and ‘excellent operatorJon Lloyd specialises in retail and mixed-use projects, tapping in to the firm’s wider construction, planning and finance expertise to offer a full lifecycle service. Helen Emmerson spearheads the corporate occupier offering which handles portfolio optimisation, pre-let, new lease, saleback and subletting mandates at a range of sites such as data centre, office, warehouse and manufacturing facilities.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:

Jon Lloyd; Richard Beckingsale; Richard Bate; Giles Clifford; Ashley Mitchell; Nick Mumby

Testimonials

‘Helen Emmerson continues to provide excellent service, she maintains an awareness of all her team’s projects and is always approachable, and takes a very practical, pragmatic approach.’

‘Strong technical capability and refreshingly commercial approach to cut through the legal noise and focus on the important elements of a deal to get the transaction over the line. They have the depth of resource to handle every size of transaction with strong support from tax, construction, planning and environmental experts. A cohesive team lead by very strong and reassuringly available partners.’

‘Down to earth, user friendly, commercial, capable, no-nonsense, experienced, tactical, problem solvers, big thinkers. Mike Twining is a stand out, top class legal operator.”   

‘Jon Lloyd has provided an excellent level service to us for many years now. Highly professional, pragmatic, very commercial, and swift in response. An excellent operator in his field.’

‘Friendly and knowledgeable team who are always prepared to go the extra mile to achieve our goals.’

‘The team is brilliantly led by Richard Bate, whose knowledge and commercial acumen still astound me everyday.’

‘The individuals we work worth have an unrivalled passion for what they do and the care they show for us as a client. Nothing is too much trouble, and they happily make our problems their problems. At partner level, Emma Pioli always knows what’s going on. Below partner level, Kay Desai stands out.’

‘Emma Pioli gives timely advice very clearly, with clear recommendations.’

Key clients

Aldgate Developments Limited

Axa

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

Mosley Street Ventures

NFU Mutual

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Royal London

Rushmoor Borough Council

SEGRO

Stamford Land Corporation Limited

Stenprop

The Hut Group

Transport for London and London Underground

U and I

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Gowling WLG's capital markets practice distinguishes itself with AIM and Main Market work and it is also well-known for its strengths in the listed funds arena. With the firm having a significant Canadian capital markets capability, it is a particularly strong choice for dual-listings. The client roster includes more than 86 public companies (40 of which are listed on AIM), as well as NOMADs and brokers. Charles Bond leads the team, which ranks highly in the market for work from FTSE AIM 50 and FTSE AIM 100 companies. Bond is well-known for his experience of mandates connected with the mining and natural resources sector, while Hugh Maule's expertise spans the healthcare, renewable energy, technology and support services industries. Also recommended is recently promoted partner Samantha Myers, who is the head of the firm's UK cannabis group. In 2020, highlights included Bond and Sue Johnston advising Strand Hanson, Pareto Securities, Numis Securities and GMP First Energy on a $14.1m placing by Canadian company PetroTal Corporation. In addition, Kristian Rogers assisted closed-ended listed fund Urban Logistics REIT Plc with two fundraises that collectively raised £228m.

Practice head(s):

Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Maule; Sue Johnston; Alex Davidson; Kristian Rogers; Samantha Myers

Key clients

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

Revolution Bars Group plc

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Draper Esprit plc

Phoenix Copper Limited

Bacanora Lithium plc

Bushveld Minerals Limited

AfriTin Mining Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

H&T Group plc

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

Hummingbird Resources plc

Strand Hanson / Pareto Securities / Numis Securities / GMP First Energy

MD Barnard & Company Limited (t/a Oberon Investments)

WH Ireland

Healthcare Tier 2

The team at Gowling WLG provides full-service advice to its healthcare clients, which include NHS Trusts and medicine manufacturers. Its range of work includes health and social care transactions, as well as matters related to public procurement, data protection, IP, and digital health, as well as real estate for care homes and senior living facilities. Practice leader Robert Breedon is experienced  in advising on major commercial healthcare projects. Hugh Maule specialises in corporate law in relation to the care home and retirement communities sectors, while Andrew Litchfield is a regulatory and risk management specialist.

Practice head(s):

Robert Breedon

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Litchfield; Hugh Maule; Christopher Brennan

Testimonials

Robert Breedon is a great listener and empathetic to the client’s situation. He is also proactive in seeking solutions.’

Knowledgeable, industry-specific and detailed experience. Expert contacts. Accessible and able to explain complexities in a simple way.’

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

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Sitekit Applications Limited

TT Electronics

Audley Group

Infrastructure Tier 2

Advising the public and private sector, Gowling WLG has expertise in the procurement of government and infrastructure projects in the UK, as well as a growing international presence. A particular specialism is central government work, notably in the transport and defence sectors. The firm is also increasingly active advising governments, donor-funded institutions and sponsors across Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Stephen Kenny handles PPPs, PFIs, secondary market transactions and other complex infrastructure projects, including alliancing and long-term partnering contracts. He co-leads the team with Jonathan Brufal, who is head of the firm’s international projects group and has experience working in Africa as well as throughout the Middle East on a range of funding models.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kenny; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Curtis; Ashley Pigott; Ally Pointer: Andrew Newbery; Elizabeth Williams

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Brufal and Nathan Curtis both have superb knowledge and excellent commerciality’.

‘Commercially astute, pragmatic, attentive to the client and very thorough’.

‘Stephen Kenny is a hugely expereinced transactional lawyer, with a calm but firm negotiating mannner, eye for detail and a strong commercial acumen’.

‘Ashley Pigott is a no nonsense litigator – great personal style and client facing skills’.

‘Ally Pointer is diligent, thorough, reliable and has a down to earth manner when tackling complex issues’.

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Highways England

International Finance Corporation

Department of Health

CRRC

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Tarmac Plc

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office

Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Highview Power

Bushveld Minerals

The London Clinic

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

InfraCo Africa

CPCS Transcom Ltd

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited

Poti New Terminal Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Amey Hallam Highways Limited

Midlands Air Ambulance

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 2

Gowling WLG’s IP practice provides representation in patent litigation spanning the life sciences, technology and engineering sectors. Alexandra Brodie is recognised for handling SEP and FRAND litigation for cutting-edge telecoms clients, while in the pharmaceuticals sector, Paul Inman takes the lead on infringement and opposition proceedings, including ongoing instructions against world-leading generics companies relating to copycat insomnia treatments. In Gordon Harris, the team has a highly experienced High Court litigator for technically complex automotive, aviation and electronics patents. Primarily focused on the life sciences sector, Patrick Duxbury and Luke Kempton are the go-to names for patent licensing, collaboration and R&D negotiations. The dedicated medtech team includes notable partners Huw Evans and Jon Ball.

Practice head(s):

Kate Swaine

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Brodie; Paul Inman; Gordon Harris; Patrick Duxbury; Luke Kempton; Huw Evans; Jon Ball

Testimonials

They are able to quickly assemble a diverse team with all skills necessary to deal with complex matters, namely litigation.

Huw Evans and Gordon Harris are outstanding patent litigators with huge experience of the patent courts.

‘Gowlings WLG has a first rate patent litigation team. Well organised and resourced, providing sound, clear legal advice. Client focused with huge experience of the practicalities of conducting complex patent litigation. Very commercial outlook. Able to work effectively with patent attorney firms providing technical support.’

Very hands-on, pragmatic and down to earth people. Ahead of developments. I love Kate Swaine!’

‘Huw Edwards is a very experienced litigator. Jon Ball is easy to work with: commercial and down to earth. They’re both clearly dedicated and hard working patent litigators.’

Key clients

InterDigital

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Oatly AB

Comcast/Sky

Aston Martin Lagonda

Kingspan

Hextatronic Group

Freddy SpA

AstraZeneca

Sosei Heptares

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

With a combined team of lawyers in both London and Birmingham, Gowling WLG’s 'first-rate' IP outfit stands out for its 'responsiveness, intelligence, savvy, and pragmatism' when assisting with branding and design strategisation and enforcement. The 'highly responsive and persistent' John Coldham and practice head Katie Swaine operate in a broad range of IP-rich sectors including advertising, technology, retail, food and drink and healthcare. Khemi Salhan has been assisting Coldham with headline litigation relating to unregistered design rights of in the fashion sector. In the financial services sector, the team defends copyright infringement and database rights claims in relation to market analysis solutions.

Practice head(s):

Kate Swaine

Other key lawyers:

John Coldham; Khemi Salhan

Testimonials

John Coldham and Khemi Salhan are very efficient and effective, sound lawyers. They are prompt, realistic, mindful of the client requirements and objectives without protracting unnecessarily.

The team has a particularly strong commercial outlook and works to find solutions for clients without the need to launch infringement proceedings. They’re a great team to work with – very personable, and offer clear and practical advice. They also offer excellent value for a large, corporate firm where the standards are incredibly high.

John Coldham is excellent – he is my go-to person for advice re. litigation. He offers clear, practical advice and is able to offer sensible solutions to clients.

Katie Swaine is very accessible, quick and gives reliable advice.

Gowling has a first-rate trade mark and design litigation team. Well organised and resourced, providing sound, clear legal advice. Client focused with huge experience of the practicalities of conducting complex litigation. Very commercial outlook.

The team is very efficient and proactive in resolving issues, always giving advice that fits the situation with an eye on client priorities and budget. They work really well internally and always coherent across different teams, with a very client-centric focus.

John Coldham is highly responsive and persistent, always going the extra mile to ensure the most robust results regardless of our legal position. He shows great initiative, excellent client care and is always conscious of client.

Responsiveness, intelligence, savvy, and pragmatism. Rare is the firm that combines these qualities.

Key clients

InterDigital

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Oatly AB

Comcast/Sky

Aston Martin Lagonda

Kingspan

Hextatronic Group

Freddy SpA

AstraZeneca

Sosei Heptares

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary life sciences team at Gowling WLG has an excellent reputation for its cross-practice approach, advising on patent disputes, litigation, competition and regulatory issues. The practice also handles a range of licensing, collaborations and M&A transactions, as well as pharma manufacturing and clinical trial agreements. It is particularly well known for acting for global pharmaceutical companies, with clients including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Lundbeck. The group also works closely with the healthcare sector. Patrick Duxbury heads the team; his background in microbiology and genetics stands him in good stead in his transactional IP practice.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Duxbury

Other key lawyers:

Luke Kempton; Ian Piggin

Testimonials

‘Strong industry and transactional knowledge.’

‘We value that Gowling’s staff understands the balance a small company weighs when considering risk and costs associated with the business.’

‘Patrick Duxbury’s broad experience (particularly in transactional matters) has allowed us to quickly address matters with a range of solutions that bring resolution to any conflicts.’

Key clients

BioNTech

Gyrus Captial

Beckman Coulter

ERS Genomics

Neurim

Sosei Heptares

Cenkos Securities and Shore Capital

Nanexa

Oxford Biotherapeutics

Getinge

AstraZeneca

Bold Therapeutics

Crescendo

Evox Therapeutics

GlaxoSmith Kline

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

The pensions team at Gowling WLG offers a 'cradle to grave' service to clients. Under Jason Coates , the non-contentious team maintains strong scheme and employer advisory practices, though is also known for its risk transfer proficiency. Paul Feathers is a key name in the team, advising on the full spectrum of risk transfer options such as superfunds, longevity swaps, and buy-ins and buy-outs. Ian Gordon  leads the disputespractice, advising on a number of industry critical cases pertaining to rectification, scheme interpretation, and forfeiture. Charlotte Scholes is also a key member on the contentious side,  recognised for her 'sterling' support and advice.Gowling WLG

Practice head(s):

Jason Coates

Other key lawyers:

Paul Feathers

Testimonials

‘The team at Gowling offer a strong, pragmatic pensions practice, with particular excellence in buy-ins/out on the provider side.’

The team is very responsive and proactive, supporting clients through whatever challenges they face. The team work collaboratively with us as trustee and the other advisers.’

‘They have a deep understanding and experience of all pensions matters.’

‘Jason Coates embodies the culture of the team. Invests in developing strong relationships and understanding preferred ways of working to deliver advice to the me as a person as well as the trustee body I represent.

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Rothesay

Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes

Thales (UK) Pension Scheme

Trafalgar House Pension Trust

Pirelli UK Pension Funds

Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan

Weetabix Pension Plans

Rolls-Royce Retirement Savings Trust

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

The pensions team at Gowling WLG offers a ‘cradle to grave’ service to clients. Under Jason Coates , the non-contentious team maintains strong scheme and employer advisory practices, though is also known for its risk transfer proficiency. Paul Feathers is a key name in the team, advising on the full spectrum of risk transfer options such as superfunds, longevity swaps, and buy-ins and buy-outs. Ian Gordon  leads the disputes practice, advising on a number of industry critical cases pertaining to rectification, scheme interpretation, and forfeiture. Charlotte Scholes is also a key member on the contentious side,  recognised for her ‘sterling’ support and advice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Simon Davies; Maddy Frost; Charlotte Scholes; Nicky Yarwood

Testimonials

‘A comprehensive service for clients who want a ‘cradle to grave’ approach. Can lead a client through everything from benefit structure amendment, to employer liquidation, to Court of Appeal disputes on the most technical of issues.’

‘Excellent litigation practice. Comfortable that they will handle it all correctly.’

I see the advisory and litigation partners working very well together as part of the same team in a way I don’t see at other practices. The combined knowledge and approach gives the best of both worlds, and really demonstrates full service to the client.’

Ian Gordon always gives in-depth analysis and can explain the big picture issues to trustees. Able to give a practical way forward and is an excellent support when handling delicate issues.’

Key clients

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

Britvic Pensions Limited (trustee of the Britvic Pension Plan).

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

The trustees of Weetabix pension schemes

The trustees of the Steria Pension Plans

AMEC Pension Plan

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Pirelli Schemes

Retail and consumer Tier 2

Instructed by a broad range of clients, from FTSE 100 companies to innovative e-commerce and start-up retailers, Gowling WLG’s retail and consumer coverage is buttressed by its wide-ranging strengths in the real estate space The team is headed up by Christopher Hunt, who regularly advises corporate occupiers across retail on office, manufacturing and distribution matters. Katie Swaine and John Coldham, located in the Birmingham and London offices respectively, are both IP specialists who not only offer advice on day-to-day matters but also represent retail and consumer clients in strategic and enforcement matters. Joe Morris, another name to note, heads up the firm’s proptech team.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Katie Swaine; John Coldham; Jocelyn Paulley; Joe Morris

Testimonials

The team is very efficient and proactive in resolving issues, always giving advice that fits the situation with an eye on client priorities and budget. They work really well internally and are always coherent across different teams, with a very client-centric focus.’

John Coldham showed legal creativity and gave such client-centric advice that we decided he should work on some of our contentious matters. John is highly responsive and persistent, always going the extra mile to ensure the most robust results regardless of our legal position. He shows great initiative, excellent client care and is always conscious of the client.’

Key clients

Pret a Manger

Halfords Autocentres

Freddy

Mid-counties Co-operative

The Hut Group

Mothercare

Metro Bank

Made.com

The Jewellery Channel

Entain

The Works

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Gowling WLG is an international firm with the ‘depth of resource to handle every size of transaction’; its investment work sees it engaged by institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and private equity funds, including those based in the US, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Middle East, on disposals, lettings, purchases and asset management matters across an impressively broad array of asset classes. The team is also active in the development space where practice head Richard Bate and Nick Mumby excel in respect of residential schemes and ‘excellent operatorJon Lloyd specialises in retail and mixed-use projects, tapping in to the firm’s wider construction, planning and finance expertise to offer a full lifecycle service. Helen Emmerson spearheads the corporate occupier offering which handles portfolio optimisation, pre-let, new lease, saleback and subletting mandates at a range of sites such as data centre, office, warehouse and manufacturing facilities.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate; Helen Emmerson

Other key lawyers:

Joe Morris; Mike Trainer; Kay Desai; Emma Pioli

Testimonials

‘Helen Emmerson continues to provide excellent service, she maintains an awareness of all her team’s projects and is always approachable, and takes a very practical, pragmatic approach.’

‘Strong technical capability and refreshingly commercial approach to cut through the legal noise and focus on the important elements of a deal to get the transaction over the line. They have the depth of resource to handle every size of transaction with strong support from tax, construction, planning and environmental experts. A cohesive team lead by very strong and reassuringly available partners.’

‘Down to earth, user friendly, commercial, capable, no-nonsense, experienced, tactical, problem solvers, big thinkers. Mike Twining is a stand out, top class legal operator.”   

‘Jon Lloyd has provided an excellent level service to us for many years now. Highly professional, pragmatic, very commercial, and swift in response. An excellent operator in his field.’

‘Friendly and knowledgeable team who are always prepared to go the extra mile to achieve our goals.’

‘The team is brilliantly led by Richard Bate, whose knowledge and commercial acumen still astound me everyday.’

‘The individuals we work worth have an unrivalled passion for what they do and the care they show for us as a client. Nothing is too much trouble, and they happily make our problems their problems. At partner level, Emma Pioli always knows what’s going on. Below partner level, Kay Desai stands out.’

‘Emma Pioli gives timely advice very clearly, with clear recommendations.’

Key clients

Royal London

Metro Bank

The Hut Group

IM Properties

U+I

Pearson

NFU Mutual

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

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Gowling WLGGowling WLG is an international firm with the ‘depth of resource to handle every size of transaction’; its investment work sees it engaged by institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and private equity funds, including those based in the US, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Middle East, on disposals, lettings, purchases and asset management matters across an impressively broad array of asset classes. The team is also active in the development space where practice head Richard Bate and Nick Mumby excel in respect of residential schemes and ‘excellent operatorJon Lloyd specialises in retail and mixed-use projects, tapping in to the firm’s wider construction, planning and finance expertise to offer a full lifecycle service. Helen Emmerson spearheads the corporate occupier offering which handles portfolio optimisation, pre-let, new lease, saleback and subletting mandates at a range of sites such as data centre, office, warehouse and manufacturing facilities.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:

Dan Gwilliam; Michael Twining; Jon Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Helen Emmerson continues to provide excellent service, she maintains an awareness of all her team’s projects and is always approachable, and takes a very practical, pragmatic approach.’

‘Strong technical capability and refreshingly commercial approach to cut through the legal noise and focus on the important elements of a deal to get the transaction over the line. They have the depth of resource to handle every size of transaction with strong support from tax, construction, planning and environmental experts. A cohesive team lead by very strong and reassuringly available partners.’

‘Down to earth, user friendly, commercial, capable, no-nonsense, experienced, tactical, problem solvers, big thinkers. Mike Twining is a stand out, top class legal operator.”   

‘Jon Lloyd has provided an excellent level service to us for many years now. Highly professional, pragmatic, very commercial, and swift in response. An excellent operator in his field.’

‘Friendly and knowledgeable team who are always prepared to go the extra mile to achieve our goals.’

‘The team is brilliantly led by Richard Bate, whose knowledge and commercial acumen still astound me everyday.’

‘The individuals we work worth have an unrivalled passion for what they do and the care they show for us as a client. Nothing is too much trouble, and they happily make our problems their problems. At partner level, Emma Pioli always knows what’s going on. Below partner level, Kay Desai stands out.’

‘Emma Pioli gives timely advice very clearly, with clear recommendations.’

Key clients

Aldgate Developments Limited

AXA

BAE Systems Pension Funds

Bracknell Regenration Limited Partnership

BMW UK Trustees Ltd

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Empiric Student Property plc

HC One Limited

Intu Properties

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

LaSalle Investment Management

Legal & General

London and Strategic land

Mosley Street Ventures

NFU Mutual

Nuveen

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Rockwell Property

Royal London

Rushmoor Borough Council

SEGRO

Stamford Land Corporation Limited

Stenprop

The Hut Group

TIAA Henderson

USS

Knight Frank Investment management

U and I

Emerging markets Tier 3

Gowling WLG has a large multi-disciplinary team across its office network that has expertise in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Its work includes acting for governments, regulators and clients in the private sector on market transformation programmes, as well as advising on energy regulations, M&A and joint venture transactions, structured financings, insolvencies, dispute resolution and project finance work. Clients claim 'the team has good access to local participants and proper knowledge of the inner workings of emerging markets'. Jonathan Brufal leads the international energy team and is also head of the Africa group; he recently assisted Kansai Electric with a new $2.5bn electricity transmission project in Abu Dhabi. Also key to the practice are corporate energy expert Gareth Baker, project finance specialist Andrew Newbery, natural resources expert Charles Bond, and Alasdair McKenzie, who focuses on development and impact financings.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Dhruv Chhatralia

Testimonials

‘Charles Bond is our key partner to the relationship. He is always available 24/7/365. When a matter is truly urgent, we always get a reply. Plus, he understands that sometimes a client needs one-hour advice and sometimes a one-week opinion. He is also great in bringing in additional resources within Gowling when his own expertise is limited, whether due to industry, litigation or geography. He is also excellent in process management (as are their associates). As a client, we have limited capacity to organise and project manage, and Charles and the team at Gowling have saved us many times in transactions by taking the lead on process management.’

‘The team has good access to local participants and proper knowledge of the inner workings of emerging markets. Adequate fees are also a plus.’

‘Proactive and always ready to help.’

‘Gowling has demonstrated unparalleled diligence and determination to not only advise this company on legal matters, but to intimately understand our plethora of agreements, so much so that they have long been considered an integral part of the company’s strategic planning group. The range of advice and guidance offered by Gowlings is done so in a timely, patient and – most importantly – digestible manner that allows the group to make decisions with maximum confidence.’

‘Gowling inspires confidence and little is decided in the company without referring to them for guidance or assurance. It is testament to their understanding of the company, our operating environment and political challenges that they are often found guiding local (Tanzania) counsel on matters of Tanzanian law.’

‘GWLG provide prompt and comprehensive advice on a range of matters relating to cross-border equity investments. They work well with local counsel and it is very helpful to be able to draw on expertise from across the team (e.g. dispute resolution) to resolve the issues and questions that inevitably arise over the course of a transaction. They respect deadlines and are available to answer ad hoc questions as they come up.’

‘Over several recent transactions, we have been pleased with Gareth Baker’s practical, commercially-minded advice and solution-orientated approach. On our Nigerian equity investment, Dhruv Chhatralia really pulled out all the stops to help us meet our deadlines and provided clear and comprehensive answers to our questions. Both are friendly, collegial and a pleasure to work with (not to be taken for granted)!’

Key clients

Kansai Electric Power Corporation

AGES Energy Ltd

eThkwini Municipality

International Finance Corporation

Bacanora Lithium plc

Bushveld Minerals Ltd

InfraCo Africa Limited

Almar Water

GuarantCo Ltd

Hummingbird Resources Plc

Poti New Terminal Corporation

AfriTin Mining Limited

Pan African Energy Tanzania Limited (PAET)

Bi Partecipacoes E Investimentos Ltda

Deme Concessions Wind NV

CPCS Transcom Ltd

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

Operating across the London and Brussels offices, Gowling WLG is also able to call upon expertise in its other European, North American and Asian teams to advise on issues relating to sanctions, trade defence investigations, customs compliance work and export controls. Much of the firm's recent work has related to Brexit; this has included providing strategic advice to EU and US-based clients on compliance with the UK's new 'roll over' free trade agreements. Departmental head Bernadine Adkins' practice spans competition and international trade law.

Practice head(s):

Bernardine Adkins

Other key lawyers:

David Lowe; Ursula Johnston

Key clients

Hill & Smith Holdings plc

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Cummins, Inc

Nomad Foods

The Hut Group

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Known for fraud and asset recovery work arising from Brazil, Gowling WLG’s expertise in the region continues to grow after the opening of its Sao Paulo office in 2020. The firm is also active in other state related anti-fraud matters, including instructions on behalf of an African state. Key areas of expertise cover financial services, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, MTIC fraud, land banking, carbon credit trading, contentious trusts and insolvency. Practice head Andrew Witts focuses on fraud and international asset tracing, with particular strength in complex, multijurisdictional cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Witts

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Smith; James Sidwell; Cat Naylor; Tom Cox

Testimonials

‘I have known Gowling and its predecessor, Wragge & Co, for all of my 34 years in practice. They have been my go to firm for anything of substance in this market. Practical, good, open and firm advice is what you can expect, without it being at the very top range of expense’. 

‘I have known in excess of 50 of their partners very well, having “grown up” with many of them over the years. While they are very clever, they are also very human, approachable and lacking in arrogance’.

‘Andrew Smith has long been one of the best litigators I have known. He attracts really high quality work from high profile clients. He is up with the very best litigators anywhere in the country. His knowledge of the law, his tactical vision and his ability to engage the trust of these clients is second to none’.

‘James Sidwell is someone you definitely want on your side. Driven, bright, tenacious. Understands what clients want and goes and gets it for them’.

‘Cat Naylor has a superb ability to see the bigger picture, to know where to look and what to look for. Inspires huge respect and confidence not only in clients but in the counsel team that she engages;.

‘Tom Cox – senior associate – will move effortlessly on to being a partner and rightly so. Has huge energy, which has been amply demonstrated during the last year of lockdowns. Appears to be indefatigable. Handles clients extremely well, ensuring that they are sufficiently involved in all aspects that they need to be, while not bothering them with the minutiae’.

‘Key capacities: The lawyers are well prepared and capable to handle complex issues with responsive emails and objective discussions. Andrew Witts is always ready to assist with a deep knowledge of the case and thoughful suggestions. Global reach. Litigators with experience in complex cross boarder fraud investigations and civil litigation’.

‘Andrew Witts has great experience and is an excellent project leader. Over 25 years in experience in complex multi jurisdictions cases’. 

Key clients

Kevin Hellard and Matthew Richardson as liquidators of Durant, Kildare and MacDoel (Maluf)

The shareholders of HUB Residential Limited

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

CPC Group Limited, Chris Candy, Nick Candy and others

Global Equities

Stephen Hunt as Liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions U.K. Limited

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

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

Kevin Hellard and Mike Saville (Grant Thornton) as joint liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA

Health and safety Tier 3

Gowling WLG's health and safety offering is led by Andrew Litchfield. The practice handles civil and criminal litigation and internal investigations/investigations by the HSE. The firm also handles corporate/gross negligence manslaughter, fatal accidents, and coroners' inquests. Sector expertise for the team is broad, with a strong offering in the aerospace and defence, construction, and social care sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Mining and minerals Tier 3

Gowling WLG has a reputable national and international mining finance practice for small and mid-cap mining companies and AIM-listed clients. The team advises an impressive client list on cross-border corporate transactions, project financings and fundraisings. Charles Bond, who also heads the UK’s natural resources group, manages the team and advises clients with assets in emerging markets, including Africa, India and South America. Andrew Wright is now a consultant at the firm but remains active in the team and a market leader in this space. Legal director Susan Johnston is recommended for her practice focusing on public and private offerings of securities for mining, exploration and natural resource companies.

Practice head(s):

Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:

Susan Johnson; Andrew Wright

Testimonials

’The most important feature of Gowling is their understanding of the mining sector and money markets. They are able to guide organisations through the complexities of operating in multiple jurisdictions and advise on fundraising and compliance.’

’The parties I have worked with most are Andrew Wright and Charles Bond. I find their contacts and understanding of the global mining sector exceptional. Their advice and guidance has been very valuable to me and over the years I have recommended them to others on countless occasions. More than anything, I appreciate their integrity and impeccable conduct.’

Key clients

Hummingbird Resources plc

Bushveld Minerals Ltd

AfriTin Mining Ltd

Eurasia Mining plc

Bacanora Minerals Ltd

Virtus Mining

Ariana Resources plc

Phoenix Copper

Strand Hanson

Shore Capital

Tertiary Minerals plc

UGC (Uzhuralzoloto)

Planning Tier 3

The team at Gowling WLG covers the full spectrum of planning law matters for clients, which ranges from strategic advice on complex planning applications to appeals and judicial reviews. In particular, the group has significant expertise in compulsory purchase and regeneration work, an area in which practice head Vicky Fowler is a specialist, handling large-scale regeneration and mixed-use development schemes. Ben Stansfield has expertise in environmental law and real estate development.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Fowler

Other key lawyers:

Ben Stansfield

Testimonials

‘Ben Stansfield is approachable, knowledgeable and has good commercial insights. He gives down-to-earth advice that is pragmatic and easy to understand.’

Key clients

Transport for London

Westminster City Council

U & I

London Borough of Barnet

Legal & General

The Crown Estate

St Modwen

Aviva

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

South Tees Development Corporation

Galliard Homes Limited

Lidl

Highways England

Valero Energy

Kidbrooke Partnership LLP

Ide Real Estate

London and Cambridge Properties

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Gowling WLG handles a significant amount of transactional energy mandates, both domestic and international, and strengthened its offering during 2020 with the hire of finance lawyer Nath Curtis from Burges Salmon LLP, where he was the head of the renewable energy finance team. The international energy and project development team is overseen by Jonathan Brufal (who also heads the Africa group); they 'think outside the box to add value', according to one client. The core team comprises group co-head Gareth BakerAndrew Newbery, who has significant experience in Middle Eastern markets, and John Cooper. Birmingham-based energy expert Gus Wood is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker

Other key lawyers:

Gus Wood; Andrew Newbery

Testimonials

‘We work closely with Gus Wood who provides cost-effective, pragmatic, no-nonsense, knowledgeable advice. He is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Great industry knowledge. Comfortable working on complex regulatory/contractual arrangements.’

‘Gowlings are our go-to energy practice. The experience and responsiveness to our needs is better than most other firms we have used. Billing is clear and focused and they think outside the box to add value.’

‘Gus Wood is a safe pair of hands – he is technically very good.’

‘Gareth Baker’s his attention to detail and understanding of our business and added value is outstanding.’

Key clients

Brockwell Energy Limited

Statkraft Markets GmbH

Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Highview Power

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Bushveld Minerals

Svea Renewable Solar AB

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

Draper Esprit

AtmosClear Investments

Longspur Capital

GVO

A. P. Moller Capital

AIB Group PLC

Dore Hold Co Limited

Energy Storage Africa

The Triple Point Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Company PLC

Eelpower Limited

Harry Piers Shaw Bond

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 3

Gowling WLG's varied practice acts for PE houses on buyouts, disposals, and investments, including transactions involving international elements. Real estate, life sciences, and energy are particular sectors of focus for the team, which acts for a number of sector-specialist funds. As well as acting for sponsors, the team also receives mandates from portfolio companies and founders involved in sales to private equity. Ian Piggin leads the team, and focuses on life sciences transactions along with Neil Hendron. Chris Towle specialises in real estate transactions and additionally handles the team's relationships with US-based clients. The London office is frequently supported by the firm's Birmingham office.

Practice head(s):

Ian Piggin

Other key lawyers:

Neil Hendron; Chris Towle; Jeremy Millington; Gareth Baker;

Testimonials

‘Commercial lawyers who listen to what you want to achieve as a client and then go all out to deliver it. Great communication among the team meaning that all of them are aware of what is happening at any point. Able to call on a large team of specialists who communicate in plain English. They’re also just nice people to deal with!’

‘Chris Towle is an experienced partner who can rapidly assimilate information and advise you of the right course of action. He is a calm influence in the heat of a negotiation or whilst dealing with any challenging issues arising during a deal. I would highly recommend.’

‘Consistent, excellent client service is delivered throughout the Gowlings hierarchy.’

‘First-class customer service and high quality advice.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital Limited

Star Capital Partners

NVM PE Limited

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Equiom Holdings Ltd

BGF Investments LP

The Office Group Properties Limited / The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

Mercia Asset Management PLC

Avison Young (Canada) Inc.

Pioneer Capital Partners LLP

MXP Capital

Kyotherm

Panoramic Growth Equity

Centerbridge

Mountaingate Capital

Gyrus Capital

Property litigation Tier 3

Gowling WLG counts developers, corporate occupiers, funds and public sector bodies among its clients, who regularly seek out the team to assist with various disputes associated with developments and the management of property portfolios. Recent work includes rent reviews, lease disputes and vacant possession strategies, but the team has also been increasingly active in the telecoms sector, where it advises operators on the renewal of agreements under the Electronic Communications Code. Aside from its litigation capabilities, the team co-led by solicitor advocate and CEDR accredited mediator Martin Thomas and Clive Chalkley also offers a wide range of ADR services. Consultant and rights to light expert Anne Waltham is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Martin Thomas; Clive Chalkley

Other key lawyers:

Anne Waltham

Testimonials

Good and varied property litigation team.

The team is led by the clever and resourceful Clive Chalkley with great skill and verve. He is a force to be reckoned with.

Gowlings’ property litigation team stands out for the number of truly excellent women: diversity is not an issue here.

Everyone in the property litigation world knows Anne Waltham! She absolutely rolls up her sleeves and gets stuck in.

The team have a very strong reputation indeed and are extremely well-established in the field.

Clive Chalkley has a strong reputation. I have found him to be extremely experienced and knowledgeable. I also found him very pleasant to work with.

Impressive continued response to working in Covid times. Responsive and innovative.

Key clients

The Arch Company

Cornerstone

U&I (formerly Development Securities)

GVC (Ladbrokes Coral)

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

HMRC

SEGRO

Royal London

TfL

St Modwen

Rail Tier 3

Gowling WLG advises rail developers on all key matters, with particular focus on infrastructure, planning, governance, real estate and construction. The team has a track record of work on rail station developments and is known for its 'industry knowledge and commercial awareness'. Practice head Giles Clifford has advised London Underground, TfL and Crossrail on infrastructure protection, over station development and Network Rail interfaces. He splits his time between Birmingham and London and works alongside Richard Green, who specialises in new station development, and commercial contracts expert Sarah Riding, who joined as partner in May 2020 from Irwin Mitchell. Director Dominic Richardson is also a key contact regarding rail development schemes.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford

Other key lawyers:

Richard Green; Sarah Riding; Dominic Richardson

Testimonials

‘Good industry knowledge and commercial awareness.’

‘Dominic Richardson is pragmatic and commercially astute.’

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

Highways England

FlyPlymouth Ltd

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Real estate funds Tier 3

Gowling WLG acts for a wide range of funds on real estate investments, joint ventures, co-investments and downstream transactions. In addition, other drivers of work include fund formation and regulatory advice. The team's experience includes listed real estate funds and REITs investing in retail and mixed-use properties, and emerging asset classes such as build-to-rent and university accommodation. The firm also has a strong LP practice, with it advising institutional investors on pool structures and ESG considerations. The practice is led by Nick Heather, who has strong relationships with brokers and managers. Sharon Ayres has a notable focus on closed-ended real estate funds. Kristian Rogers is another key individual in the group.

Practice head(s):

Nick Heather

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Ayres; Kristian Rogers

Testimonials

Very joined up between funds team and real estate team. Able to draw on technical financial services regulatory advice at short notice and provide integrated response.

Sharon Ayres was completely across the documentation, very available and responsive and really fought our corner in the negotiations.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income plc

CEIBA Investment Limited

Empiric Student Property plc

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

Royal London Asset Management

Thales Pension Scheme

Goodman

Hyde Housing Association

TMT Tier 3

Gowling WLG assists clients in various sectors with a wide range of projects, including cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and software development mandates. In addition, the team is well-known for its expertise in IP law and projects utilising emerging forms of technology, such as blockchain and AI. 'Pragmatic' group head Jocelyn Paulley specialises in advising retail and technology companies in relation to outsourcing projects, data protection work and commercial agreements underpinning the development of products and services.  Patrick Arben handles commercial litigation involving technology clients, including customers and providers of IT services in the private and public sectors. On the corporate side, David Brennan is a key partner.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Arben; David Brennan

Testimonials

‘Very hardworking, highly competent lawyers, with a steely edge.’

‘Strong sector experience at partnership level. Able to see the big picture and avoid protracted and expensive negotiation over minutiae.’

‘Jocelyn Paulley is pragmatic, has obvious sector experience and is easy to work with.’

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

Smartest Energy

Pret a Manger

LCH (London Clearing House)

GlaxoSmithKline

Metro Bank plc

Xoserve Limited

National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Gowling WLG has experience in a wide array of contentious issues, acting for developers, contractors and investors alike. Its sector expertise is equally broad, with experience in PFI disputes, energy cases, cladding-related matters and infrastructure projects. Michael O’Shea leads the team from Birmingham, while Sue Ryan heads up the London practice, advising on complex, multi-party matters often involving design defect, professional negligence or ground conditions claims. The team was bolstered at senior level by the arrival of Mike Stewart from Wikborg Rein in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Shea

Other key lawyers:

Sue Ryan; Mike Stewart

Testimonials

‘They listen to clients, action matters quickly and provide an excellent all-round service.’

Key clients

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

iQ Student Accommodation

Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Cathedral (Bromley) Limited

Blackstone

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Known for representing a number of blue-chip construction clients, Gowling WLG offers support in key areas including real estate and energy. In addition to acting on London matters, the team is advising on many large-scale regeneration projects in Birmingham and the Midlands area. It also benefits from the strong support of the firm's contentious practice. Richard Green heads up the firm's non-contentious arm from the Birmingham office, supported by Philip Baker in London, who offers strategic procurement advice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Green

Other key lawyers:

Philip Baker

Testimonials

‘They listen to clients, action matters quickly and provide an excellent all-round service.’

Key clients

Battersea Power Station Development Company

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

iQ Student Accommodation

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited

The developer of Admiralty Arch, The Mall, London

Highways England

Blackstone

GCP Student Fund

London Borough of Barnet

The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

The team at Gowling WLG is primarily based in London but draws on the expertise of its private wealth practitioners in Singapore, Dubai and Canada. It focuses on all aspects of trusts litigation, primarily cross-border disputes. Andrew Witts advises on international and offshore cases. James Sidwell is another seasoned practitioner. Head of team Catherine Naylor focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional cases.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Naylor

Other key lawyers:

James Sidwell; Andrew Witts

Testimonials

‘Gowling brings a practical approach to complex transactions.’

‘It has been my go-to firm for anything of substance in this market. Practical, good, open and firm advice is what you can expect, without it being at the very top range of expense. James Sidwell – someone you definitely want on your side. Driven, bright, tenacious. Understands what clients want and goes and gets it for them. Very personable, knows how to deal with personalities in the slightly rarified world of contentious trusts.’

Cat Naylor – great promotion to partner a few years back. Understands contentious trusts extremely well, and just as importantly the egos behind those trusts. Clients like her and feel extremely secure in her ability.’

‘James Sidwell – James is an experienced litigator with a wealth of knowledge in contentious trusts matters. His attention to detail is second to none and he always has the best interest of the client at heart. Catherine Naylor is experienced, driven and always delivers.’

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

Fintech Tier 4

Gowling WLG assists clients with debt and equity investments in the fintech sector, and it also handles IP, commercial contracts, regulatory issues and platform structuring matters. Clients of the firm include start-ups and other fast-growth companies, listed funds, crypto asset firms, banks and other financial institutions. David Brennan and Ian Mason co-head the multidisciplinary team, which has notable blockchain and distributed ledger technology expertise. The group in London is part of a larger international practice that acts for clients globally.

Practice head(s):

David Brennan; Ian Mason

Other key lawyers:

Jocelyn Paulley; Shushil Kuner

Testimonials

‘Gowling WLG shows the type of commitment and engagement that we want from our external counsels.’

‘They are highly responsive, provide high-quality pragmatic advice, and are our “go-to advisers” for UK financial services and advertising issues.’

‘They really understand our business and commercial objectives on the detailed level that we need and actively try to find solutions rather than just identify problems.’                     

‘Sushil Kuner is incredibly responsive and her deep-seated regulatory knowledge and first-hand FCA experience really shines through.’

‘Ian Mason is a former senior ex-regulator and is astute and pragmatic.’

‘Sushil Kuner is an expert on the UK’s consumer credit regime.’

‘We have great confidence in Sushil Kuner’s technical and legal nous, as a result of which she is currently working on some of our highest profile work streams.’

Key clients

Draper Esprit plc

Peel Hunt LLP & NPlus1 Singer Capital Markets Limited

Reorg Research, Inc.

Klarna Bank AB

Expertus Technologies, Inc.

InfraCo Africa

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Gowling WLG specialises in contentious and non-contentious technology law, with a particular focus on cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and licensing. Jocelyn Paulley leads the non-contentious practice, advising clients in the retail and technology sectors in relation to outsourcing arrangements and commercial agreements. Patrick Arben focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes, acting for both customers and providers of technology.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Arben

Testimonials

‘They are a reliable and knowledgeable law firm and provide access to specialist lawyers as required.’

‘Strong sector experience at partnership level. Able to see the picture and avoid protracted and expensive negotiation over minutiae.’

‘Jocelyn Paulley is pragmatic, has obvious sector experience and is easy to work with.’

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

Smartest Energy

Pret a Manger

LCH (London Clearing House)

GlaxoSmithKline

Metro Bank plc

Xoserve Limited

National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

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

Gowling WLG's full-service corporate group regularly represents clients from the worlds of tech, energy, healthcare and finance, handling a range of domestic and cross-border transactions. Its global reach on deals has continued over the past year, with corporate head Sunil Kakkad and M&A and private equity team leader Gareth Baker steering the team on a range of acquisitions and disposals across Europe, North America, and East Africa. Kakkad heads up the firm's dedicated India desk, while Baker co-leads the global energy sector practice. Following his 2020 promotion to partner, Neil Hendron has continued to build his reputation as key figure for private company M&A in the life sciences and media arena.

Practice head(s):

Sunil Kakkad; Gareth Baker

Other key lawyers:

Neil Hendron; Ian Piggin; Stuart Young

Key clients

Codemasters Group Holdings Plc

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited

Williams Grand Prix Holdings Plc

Gyrus Capital

Equiom Holdigns Limited

Eleven Sports Network / Aser Ventures

Cairngorm Capital

Dore Hold Co Limited

Montreux Healthcare

Lloyds Development Capital

BGF Investments LP (and other shareholders)

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

At Gowling WLG, the ‘personable, practical and responsive’ advertising law team is active in multijurisdictional projects across Europe, North America, Russia, the Middle East, the ASEAN region and China. It acts for clients in the automotive, retail, food and drink, technology and consumer sectors on advertising-related matters, including digital marketing issues. Legal director Dan Smith, who heads up the practice, advises global brands, rights holders and agencies on matters relating to digital media, multinational promotions, influencers and native advertising, ASA complaints, sponsorship and ambush marketing. Birmingham-based partner Kate Swaine is an experienced litigator with expertise in comparative advertising.

Practice head(s):

Dan Smith

Other key lawyers:

Kate Swaine; Mathilda Davidson; Kate Hawkins

Testimonials

‘This team is able to provide practical feedback and risk assessments when it comes to marketing advice and guidance.’

‘They are personable, practical, and responsive.’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Carlsberg

Weetabix

Hovis

Oxfam

Nomad Foods

Dollar Shave Club

Volvo

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Property finance Tier 4

Gowling WLG acts for UK clearing banks, debt funds and alternative lenders, REITs and overseas banks. The team advises on transactions involving a variety of asset classes, particularly residential, mixed-use, student accommodation, logistics and hotel properties. Nick Turner leads the team and is particularly strong in acting for debt fund clients.

Practice head(s):

Nick Turner

Key clients

ICG-Longbow

HSBC Bank plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

LBBW

Quadrant Real Estate Advisors

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics plc

Gravis Capital Management

London and Cambridge Properties

Empiric Student Property PLC

Deutsche Hypo

HC-One Limited

Social housing: finance Tier 4

Gowling WLG offers social housing finance advice to both borrowers and lenders on a variety of issues, such as revolving credit facilities and special purpose vehicle subsidiaries. Practice head Chris Brierley, who is experienced in senior debt financing and commercial paper programmes, advises large social housing providers and major clearance banks. Navin Prabhakar has a focus on advising large social housing associations, local authority lenders and banks.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brierley

Other key lawyers:

Navin Prabhakar

Key clients

Sanctuary Group

Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc

Venture capital Tier 4

Forming an integral part of the firm’s mid-market private equity capabilities, Gowling WLG‘s group handles a significant volume of venture capital mandates for a varied roster of venture capital houses, corporate venturers and investees. While it is active on deals throughout the funding space, the team has developed particular strength in advising on early-mid stage financings in the life sciences, technology and energy space. As well as handling domestic mandates, 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

Testimonials

The team always bring a clear understanding of the commercial complexities and the necessary innovation to overcome the unique risks a fast moving deal throws up.’

Key clients

PeakSpan Capital

Panoramic Growth Equity

Tonik Energy

Business Growth Fund

Draper Esprit

Forte Energy

InfraCo Africa

Zzoomm plc

Administrative and public law Tier 5

With a wide range of clients including regulators, central government bodies and local authorities, Gowling WLG is known for handling significant commercial judicial reviews, representing clients in competition appeals and working on major projects, such as the roll-out of smart meters across the UK. John Cooper focuses primarily on advising utilities companies in connection with public law issues, including judicial reviews in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Kieran Laird has extensive and wide-ranging experience in public law challenges, in addition to a wealth of knowledge of the constitutional issues caused by Brexit.

Practice head(s):

John Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Kieran Laird

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally deep knowledge of regulatory public law matters. Special experience of acting for and against regulators. Backed up by good general public law experience.’

‘John Cooper has outstanding knowledge and experience of the regulatory sector. He is a very fine public lawyer, who will always dig deeper for the client.’

Key clients

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

Water Services Regulation Authority (known as Ofwat)

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

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

Oxfam

Regulator of Community Interest Companies

Wales and West Utilities Limited

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Gowling WLG's commercial litigation team leverages its financial services regulatory, structure finance, fraud and restructuring expertise in financial services disputes. Its broad experience includes acting both for and against investment banks and funds. James Sidwell (who has a breadth of experience in financial services disputes including those involving regulatory issues,  asset tracing and fraud) leads the group which includes Catherine Naylor who focuses on multijurisdictional disputes. Alex Jay joined Stewarts Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker

Key clients

First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

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 Marcus Wide as liquidators of Durant International Corp and Kildare Finance Limited and MacDoel Investment Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

EU and competition Tier 5

Gowling WLG's broad practice, led by  Bernadine Adkins, assists with corporate transactions, dawn raids, abuse of dominance investigations and state aid matters, as well as handling contentious issues. Samuel Beighton is another key team member, and uses his background in competition law economics to advise on multinational merger filings.

Practice head(s):

Bernardine Adkins

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Beighton

Testimonials

Gowlings has the best client care.’

Bernardine Adkins makes the practice unique. She gives practical advice and is fully prepared to give firm advice. She is also readily available. She has exceptional market, as well as legal, knowledge and she is very approachable.’

Key clients

Dixons Carphone

Mazda

Eisai

Aston Martin Lagonda

Origin Enterprises plc

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Preventx

Codemasters

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Gowling WLG's team has experience handling the spectrum of contentious regulatory matters, with a specialism in issues arising from LIBOR and FX. The group is also known for its work involving FCA and PRA authorisations, supervision and enforcement. James Sidwell, a litigation expert, leads the team, which includes fraud and asset-tracing specialist Andrew Witts.

Practice head(s):

James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Witts; Ian Mason; Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker ; Sushil Kuner ; Sean Adam

Testimonials

Ian Mason is a standout star of the London financial services scene and a tremendous asset to Gowlings’ friendly and able team.’

Ian Mason is technically excellent with an eye for detail. Having worked at the regulator he has a great sense of strategy and tactics. A pleasure to work with.’

The team carried out its essential role with a high degree of skill. Their preparation for carrying out interviews was meticulous and they took great care to ensure that the witness statements were clear and accurate. Their management of large volumes of documentary material was exceptionally efficient. They liaised effectively and appropriately with the regulator, counsel and witnesses. Overall, their performance was first class.’

James Sidwell is calm, level-headed and highly experienced in commercial and regulatory matters. Verity Barker (legal director) has an excellent eye for detail and is hard-working, careful and thorough.

Gowling is a very well-oiled machine. They know what they do and they do it well. They have an unusually strong crop of associates at the moment.

James Sidwell is very strong indeed – calm in a crisis, bags of talent. Verity Barker is a great person to have on your side – extremely clever and with real attention to detail.

Key clients

Grant Thornton LLP

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Gowling WLG's financial regulatory group has experience in advising on regulatory compliance issues relating to market abuse, conflicts of interest and agency relationships, as well as FCA consumer protection regulations and matters arising from consumer credit and payment services. Lawyers are increasingly active in the fintech space, with an expanding client roster of technology-based financial services, blockchain and crypt-asset companies. Ian Mason leads the team, with contentious and non-contentious experience. Principal associate Sushil Kuner has a growing reputation in the fintech arena.

Practice head(s):

Ian Mason

Other key lawyers:

Sushil Kuner; Kam Dhillon

Testimonials

Gowling WLG shows the type of commitment and engagement that we want from our external counsels. They are highly responsive, provide high-quality pragmatic advice, and are our ‘go-to advisors’ for UK financial services and advertising issues. They really understand our business and commercial objectives on the detailed level that we need and actively try to find solutions rather than just identify problems.’

Sushil Kuner is our ‘go-to person’ at Gowling WLG and not only is she incredibly responsive, but her deep-seated regulatory knowledge and first-hand FCA experience really shine through. She is an expert on the UK’s Consumer Credit regime and has helped us navigate the complexities of the regime in the context of our technological advancements. We have great confidence in Sushil’s technical and legal nous, as a result of which she is currently working on some of our highest profile workstreams.’

Key clients

Klarna Bank AB

Draper Esprit Plc

H&T Group Plc

Expertus Technologies, Inc.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (B2022)

W H Ireland

International arbitration Tier 6

Gowling WLG's commercial arbitration practice acts under all major institutional rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings, and it has sector experience in the IP, technology, life sciences, natural resources, and construction and engineering industries. With extensive arbitration experience, Gordon Bell leads the international arbitration practice, which includes Birmingham's 'experienced disputes partner' Tom Price. In 2021, construction and infrastructure disputes partner Mike Stewart was recruited in January from Wikborg Rein, while Michael Darowski joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in May.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Bell

Other key lawyers:

Mike Stewart; Tom Price; Dan Wood

Testimonials

Good understanding of demanding clients and working with non-UK/common law legal practices.

Active, co-operative, relaxed but professional, experienced and easy to work with.

I have a very good impression of the firm. Very professional, dedicated to clients’ needs and able to handle big cases – but still with a down-to-earth, hands-on approach.

A very solid and reliable partner – I did not identify any weaknesses.

Deeply engages with us to understand in depth the core issue and related problem before making an assessment.

Excellent professional values, skills and competence.

What I liked the most is their cutting-edge legal drafts and arguments.

Tom Price is an experienced disputes partner with excellent analytical skills, and he is enjoyable to work with. I was impressed by the way Tom and his team handled a massive dispute, in the course of which literally thousands of documents have been produced.

Key clients

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Albania

Banking and finance Tier 1

Gowling WLG's team handles a wide variety of banking and finance matters, from traditional banking matters, such as bilateral and syndicated transactions, through to private equity, corporate and project finance, funds work and debt capital market affairs. Practice head Chris Brierley has notable prowess in balance sheet corporate lending and off-balance sheet project financing which he supplements with strong sector-specific knowledge in the health, social housing, franchising and renewable energy fields. The other key partner locally is Navin Prabhakar whose practice spans acquisition, social housing and general corporate finance transactions. The group generates a considerable amount of work locally in addition to routinely supporting its London and overseas-based colleagues on matters of national and international significance.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brierley; Navin Prabhakar

Other key lawyers:

Angela Rawlins; Richard Crawley

Testimonials

‘The team are always available when needed and provide prompt responses. Their key strength is to manage projects through to conclusion within a given timeframe. ’

‘They have developed a deep understanding of our business so are able to react and support quickly to our needs. They provide practical and sensible advice to reach rapid and meaningful conclusions.’

Key clients

Sanctuary Group

Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc

The Midcounties Co-operative Group

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

Harvey and Thompson Limited

State Bank of India

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

Gowling WLG's 'superb team of dedicated lawyers' are experienced in a range of commercial and corporate disputes and post-M&A disputes. The group is 'highly proficient in the IT disputes world' — Patrick Arben and Helen Davenport are key names to note — and counts health and safety, insurance, procurement, data privacy, bribery, corruption and fraud disputes among its other areas of expertise. Contentious regulatory expert Andrew Litchfield leads the team, which includes Tom Price, who handles a range of cross-border disputes and 'has substantial CIS region expertise'; Andrew Smith, who has particular experience in contractual disputes; and Davinia Gransbury, who focuses on corporate governance, civil fraud, directors' responsibilities and duties, and contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:

Davinia Gransbury; Helen Davenport; Andrew Smith; Samantha Holland; Emma Carr; Patrick Arben; Tom Price; Sean Adams; Amber Strickland

Testimonials

‘Superb team of dedicated lawyers, highly proficient in the IT disputes world.’

We used the team at Gowling WLG for a public procurement case and were impressed by their knowledge and experience in this niche area.

‘Helen Davenport inspires great confidence and is closely engaged in her cases.’

‘Patrick Arben is a standout partner within the technology litigation market, his commercial know-how and acumen coupled with strong litigation skills make him a go to adviser.’

‘Tom Price has substantial CIS region expertise and was happy to get stuck in and drive the case forwards. He showed a great ability to manage a team, even during testing times at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amber Strickland was all over the detail of the case, anticipating issues before they arose and working out practical ways to resolve them.’

‘Samantha Holland is valued for her knowledge in the particular (D&O insurance) field, empathetic involvement, availability, follow-up.’

‘Patrick Arben is a wise source of advice, measured but determined. Sean Adams is a stand-out associate and one to watch for the future.’

Key clients

The Midcounties Cooperative Limited

Amec Foster Wheeler plc and other Amec group companies

Tarmac Building Products Limited

Bastug Metalurji Sanayi, A.S.

Stadco Limited (subsidiary of Magna International Inc)

The Royal Parks Limited

GIC Private Limited

M Group Holdings Limited

AS Watson

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

CBRE

CPC Group Limited

GKN Limited

The Hut Group Limited

Hub Residential Limited

Independent Office for Police Conduct

Kingspan Insulation Limited

Magna International Inc

National Car Parks Limited

NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group

Sanctuary Housing Association

Spirit Aerosystems (Europe) Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Transport for London

M Group

Nomad Foods

Sanctuary Housing

National Car Parks Ltd

NHS Rushcliffe Combined Commissioning Group

Civica

Capgemini

Specialist Computer Centres

Rigby Group

CACI

HMRC

Wilmington

Dyson

British Red Cross

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

The real estate practice at Gowling WLG provides ‘a broad range of services with noteworthy depth of resources and capability’. Its investment work, handled on behalf of a number of global institutional work, consists of acquisitions, disposals, asset management and letting while development activity is centred around major mixed-use, retail, industrial and regeneration projects. The third key pillar of the practice is its corporate occupier matters which includes strategic real estate projects, acquisition programs and general estate management. Practice head Richard Bate is a residential development specialist who enjoys a track record in large-scale consortium developments and a prominent position within the house-building sector; his team enjoys formidable strength in-depth at partner level and also includes US and overseas investment expert, John Burns, as well as Matthew Walker whose asset knowhow encompasses student accommodation in addition to mainstream classes such as retail, industrial and office.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:

John Burns; Matthew Walker; Mike Trainer; Duncan Murphy; Richard Beckingsale; Emma Pioli; Mike Twining; Edward Colreavy; Nisha Jassal; Helen Emmerson; Susan Bennett; Chris Hunt

Testimonials

‘Genuinely dedicated real estate team. Everything done commercially with a minimum of fuss and no point-scoring. Ahead of the game on legal tech.’

‘The team are very committed to providing a high level of commercial legal advice and offer a broad range of services with a depth of resource and capability in both their London and Birmingham offices. The team works well as a collective and the partners are heavily involved and on hand to provide advice on all matters across the portfolio. ’

‘Mike Twining is a very down to earth no nonsense partner who cuts through legal noise and focuses on getting the deal done. He is very experienced and capable in development driven deals and is excellent in project managing time pressured transactions. He is extremely user friendly and commercially astute, very glad to have him on our side.’

‘Emma Pioli works in tandem with Mike Twining, taking the partner lead on the asset management side of the portfolio and focusing on the day to day activity. Emma is calm and measured and extremely user-friendly. She is very personable and technically assured.’

‘The Gowling real estate team have come together to think about how they can provide a tailored service that supports our business and directly relates to our business objectives. They are keen to identify and share opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce costs for us even when this may reduce their involvement. They are happy to put their legal advice in the context of the commercial decision to help our own decision making. They are proactive in trying to address issues and also with the volumes of work try hard to meet the varying resourcing demands.’

‘Where legal advice is required the senior team members provide clear and helpful guidance and always seek to provide the commercial context.’

Key clients

A& J Mucklow

Aston Martin

Atkins

Bellway

Blackstone

Cadent

Freshwater Group

Government Property Agency

Harbert

Helical

HSBC Bank Pension Fund

IM Properties

Jaguar Land Rover

M&G

M&S

Metro Bank

Miller

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee

Oxford Properties

Persimmon

Premier Foods

Prologis

Schroder Real Estate Finance

SEGRO PLC

St Modwen Plc

Taylor Wimpey

Telereal Trillium

The Hut Group

The Mid Counties Co-operative

The Rugby Football Union

UK Power Networks

Construction Tier 1

Gowling WLG displays ‘excellent knowledge’ across a wealth of major projects covering energy, retail and leisure, infrastructure, nuclear and hotels. Richard Green spearheads the non-contentious practice, calling upon his formidable expertise in all major standard forms of construction and engineering contracts as well as professional appointments. On the contentious front, Michael O’Shea oversees a team with notably capacity in cladding, fire protection, safety issue and PFI handback affairs. Elsewhere, Ashley Pigott commands a prominent reputation owing to his involvement in a number of landmark construction cases while at the more junior end, principal associate Gemma Whittaker is up-and-coming name, principally in respect of regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Shea; Richard Green

Other key lawyers:

Mark Stephenson; Daniel Wood; Paul Green; Ashley Pigott; Gemma Whittaker

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge at partner level.’

‘Daniel Wood and Ashley Pigott are exceptional construction lawyers.’

Key clients

Conygar Investment Company plc

Peel L&P Environmental

Metro Bank

Castlepoint LP

Transport for London

Sheffield City Council

Compass House Limited

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Osborne + Co

I.M. Properties Development Limited

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

Gowling WLG’s corporate and commercial practice is jointly led by corporate head David Vaughan and commercial contracts head David Lowe, a specialist in international trade, consumer law, procurement and supply chain matters. The team also includes Jeremy Millington who has carved out distinguished expertise in real estate and entrepreneurial-related M&A, as well as Stuart Young and Ragi Singh, specialists in the automotive sector. Elsewhere, Sharon Ayres is the key contact for investment funds while Sarah Riding, former practice head at Irwin Mitchell, is a notable new arrival who excels in relation to franchising, routes to market, outsourcing and manufacturing mandates. The team is frequently engaged for international transactions with the US, Europe and India serving as its key jurisdictions of activity.

Practice head(s):

David Vaughan; David Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Millington; Stuart Young; Ragi Singh; Sharon Ayres; Sarah Riding; Chris Towle; David Lowe

Testimonials

‘The corporate team is excellent; always respond quickly and with clarity. They understand when urgency is required.’

‘Sarah Riding has an excellent, in-depth knowledge of the automotive sector, together with the health & safety involved. She has a commercial and practical approach, and her advice is always clear and helpful. ’

‘Great engagement in getting to know the client, and good feedback on internal processes where law firm can identify improvements.’

‘David Lowe takes the time to understand the issues and give examples from previous projects with other clients.’

‘Very practical advise and high responsiveness’

‘David Vaughan is a very prudent negotiator.’

‘Down to earth with a hands-on approach, very pragmatic’

Key clients

LDC

Birmingham City Council

Southco Inc.

M+W

Huhtamaki

Business Growth Fund

Rettig Group

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

Cummins Inc.

Staffline

The Midcounties Cooperative

Otto Bock

Palatine Private Equity

Atcore Technology Group Limited

Hyundai

Sandvik AB

Tarmac

Metsaliitto Cooperative

GCI Group

Mitek Holdings Inc

GCP Applied Technologies

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

A F Blakemore & Sons

ReBound Returns

Oxbotica

Aston Manor

The Hut Group

Sanctuary Group

SLR Global

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

Avison Young

Coca Cola European Partners

Sdiptech AB

ADP

AstraZeneca

Baylis & Harding

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

British Red Cross

Cadent Gas

CBI

Church & Dwight

Essar Oil

Ford

Frank Smythson

G42 Healthcare

Getlink

GSK

Hovis

Jaguar Land Rover

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical

LEVC (London Taxis)

London Legacy Development Corporation (owner of the London Stadium)

Made.com

Mar

Corporate tax Tier 1

Gowling WLG is best-known for its work on multi-jurisdictional projects and reorganisations. Practice head Lee Nuttall’s practice spans the full range of commercial taxation affairs including a distinguished level of expertise in tax efficient designs for private investment funds. He is supported by Zoe Fatchen, a specialist in private equity investment structuring, equity-based incentives and tax disputes, as well as real estate tax lawyer Chris Nyland, particularly adept in SDLT and VAT matters. Clients include local, London-based and international private equity investors, private and listed funds and major corporates, among others.

Practice head(s):

Lee Nuttall

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Fatchen; Chris Nyland

Key clients

Segro

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Osborn+Co

St Modwen

Williams F1

NFU Mutual

Lloyds Development Capital

USS

M Group Holdings

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Employment Tier 1

With Jane Fielding at the helm at Gowling WLG, the 'responsive' team advises both national and international private and public sector clients on the full range of employment, labour and equality issues with particular specialisms in manufacturing, real estate, life sciences, financial services, technology, retail and central government. The team is well-placed to advise on workplace investigations and has a strong contentious offering that covers High Court business protection litigation through to complex discrimination and whistleblowing tribunal claims. Martin Chitty acts for some of the UK's largest housing associations and retailers and advises on all areas of employment law. Jonathan Chamberlain is another seasoned practitioner who is known for his advice to clients on business protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Jane Fielding

Other key lawyers:

Martin Chitty; Jonathan Chamberlain; Simon Stephen

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are extremely responsive.  They work well in a team, and they are transparent and practical. Their responsiveness, especially at associate-level. Associates are very diligent, hardworking, and professional while also maintaining a good relationship. They are down to earth which I truly appreciate’.

‘The employment team is a real strength for this firm. Outstanding knowledge and very responsive to clients. The team understands the complexities of a public sector international organisation’.

‘Jane Fielding advises on complex employment disputes. Excellent strategist and outstanding knowledge. Always across the detail’.

‘Jane Fielding is thorough, prompt in her responses and a pleasure to work with’.

‘The Gowling employment team provides reliable and practical advice at reasonable rates’.

‘Jane Fielding is brilliant, practical, strategic, efficient and reliable- excelling in all of the characteristics you look for in outside counsel. Knowledgeable, business focused advice on a range of employment topics. Proactive updates, keen interest in specialisms and flexible to meet our needs’.

Martin Chitty  is experienced, knowledgeable and has a long standing and excellent reputation in the market‘.

‘Simon Stephen is solution orientated‘.

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

University College London

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Sanctuary Group

Credit Karma

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

Gowling WLG's team advises public and private sector clients engaged in major infrastructure projects across the country. Of particular note is the firm's ongoing work for Highways England regarding its flagship infrastructure project; in addition, the team stands out for serving as the sole legal adviser to several public departments regarding the UK government's five year £5.8bn International Climate Finance initiative, which focuses on de-carbonisation initiatives designed to tackle climate change. Stephen Kenny specialises in advising clients on PPPs, PFIs and various other complex infrastructure projects. Jonathan Brufal has developed key knowledge of different funding models in various parts of the world, including Africa and the Middle East, which he leverages to advise clients on a wide range of infrastructure and energy initiatives. Gus Wood stands out for his expertise in energy transactions, power purchase agreements and refinancing arrangements, and Dominic Richardson and principal associate James Stanier are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kenny; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

Gus Wood; Dominic Richardson; James Stanier

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Highways England

International Finance Corporation

Department of Health

CRRC

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Tarmac Plc

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office

Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Highview Power

Bushveld Minerals

The London Clinic

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

InfraCo Africa

CPCS Transcom Ltd

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited

Poti New Terminal Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Amey Hallam Highways Limited

Midlands Air Ambulance

Intellectual property Tier 1

Gowling WLG's 'passionate and responsive' team, which is split between Birmingham and London, specialises in patent litigation and brand protection work, spanning numerous sectors including the manufacturing, life sciences and advertising industries. The firm recently advised AstraZeneca on its landmark collaboration with Oxford University to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. The 'very pragmatic' Kate Swaine is highly regarded for her strong track record in brand strategy and enforcement matters, having assisted various multinational companies with global IP portfolios. Patrick Duxbury utilises his background as a microbiologist and geneticist to provide life sciences clients with detailed advice regarding collaboration and IP arrangements. Associate Michael Carter is also recommended for his expertise in IP licensing and enforcement work.

Practice head(s):

Kate Swaine

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Duxbury; Michael Carter

Testimonials

‘Gowling is able to quickly assemble, run and deploy the needed experts for complex matters, namely litigation. No matter the opponent they were able to win the case.’

‘A top rate IP team based in Birmingham and London. Very experienced and skilled IP litigators.’

‘Client focused team who are collegiate and good to work with on contentious patent and trade mark infringement cases. Superb track record of winning difficult disputes.’

‘The team is keenly aware of the complexities in this area, including the intersection between these fields and other areas such as privacy.’

‘Approachable, excellent knowledge of legislation and case law, astute and wholly relevant legal and practical client advice.’

‘A very modern practice, always ahead of developments, unique international collaboration – the team is really integrated also culturally. Very diverse team.’

‘Kate Swain is the best – a real leader of the international IP group at Gowling.’

Key clients

InterDigital

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Oatly AB

Comcast/Sky

Aston Martin Lagonda

Kingspan

Hextatronic Group

Freddy SpA

AstraZeneca

Sosei Heptares

Pensions Tier 1

Gowling WLG has a heavyweight team with approximately 50 pensions lawyers who act for numerous household names in addition to defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes that have billions of pounds worth of assets. Key names include Richard Black, who advises the trustees of some of the largest schemes in the UK; Paul Carberry advises a broad mix of trustees and employers on a wide range of pension matters and Richard Lee  who heads up the combined human resources team of lawyers who specialise in pensions, employment and benefits law. Elizabeth Gane ’s practice is primarily trustee focused. Christopher Stiles and Joanne Tibbott are other key members of the 'very responsive and technically excellent' team.

Practice head(s):

Jason Coates

Other key lawyers:

Richard Black; Paul Carberry; Richard Lee; Elizabeth Gane; Christopher Stiles; Joanne Tibbott; Sara Chambers

Testimonials

‘The team has great strength and depth with expertise in all sub-specialisms. The lawyers are responsive and pragmatic, and tend to be sensitive to costs management. Chris Stiles is pragmatic and calm with excellent mastery of the detail, seemingly across all sub-specialisms, but a rare ability to explain things simply for a wide audience’.

‘We appointed Gowlings a couple of years ago and have been very pleased with this decision. We have a high degree of understanding of pensions within our business, so matters which we refer to our legal advisers would be expected to be complex and out-of-the-ordinary. We were looking for an established pensions legal practice with depth of knowledge, expertise and resource. Gowlings meets our requirements. We have also been very pleased with the access the lawyers have offered to their colleagues within other parts of their business with specialised experience and knowledge which has helped us tremendously’.

‘The lawyers are very accessible – it’s really easy to get hold of them and they respond very quickly to requests, often working within very tight timescales to meet our needs. Communication is excellent – both in terms of keeping us updated of progress and also the advice delivered. They are very clear in terms of the advice and any caveats or suggested follow-up work. Most of my contact has been with Paul Carberry and Jason Coates both of whom I found to be excellent. I really enjoy working with the team at Gowlings’.

‘Very solution focused and able to condense legal issues into easily digested formats. Paul Carberry holds his clear in-depth knowledge lightly, never making one feel stupid for asking a question and is always responsive. He brings an appropriate sense of humour to a debate’.

‘Extremely reliable and responsive with strong attention to value for money. Very personable and capable team with excellent client management. The lawyers really care about the client and meeting their needs’.

‘Richard Black: very strong overall lead, inspires confidence and has great empathy for the client and their needs. Goes above and beyond what is expected. Amazing sense of humour. All of the team clearly gets on really well together and works as a united group of people. Client always feels well informed and that a task will just get done, and cost will be managed as far as possible’.

‘Good all round pensions law experience, with significant expertise in Master Trust legislation and regulation. I particularly appreciate the speed with which the lawyers adopted technology to ensure that home working did not affect the quality of service and accessibility of their services’.

‘Highly responsive to all requests for legal advice, particularly in short notice urgent pieces of work which are common in a fast growing commercial master trust. Joanne Tibbott is a pleasure to work with. She has strong client-centric communication and management skills, as well as demonstrating the expert advice we need’.

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Rothesay

Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes

Thales (UK) Pension Scheme

Trafalgar House Pension Trust

Pirelli UK Pension Funds

Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan

Weetabix Pension Plans

Rolls-Royce Retirement Savings Trust

Transport Tier 1

Gowling WLG focuses primarily on assisting clients operating in the railway industry with a range of matters, including station developments, commercial contracts and employment issues. More broadly, the firm advises clients in the aviation sector regarding air traffic control projects and supply contracts, and separately assists companies engaged in major highway developments. Legal director Dominic Richardson is currently engaged in various large-scale transport projects, including Highways England's flagship £1.5bn road tunnel project. Giles Clifford leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Richardson

Testimonials

‘The team (and in particular Dominic Richardson) were instrumental in getting a project over the line, especially as this was a relatively new area for our business. They worked incredibly hard to support us.’

‘Dominic Richardson has a deep understanding of the sector and explains complex projects in a way that makes sense.’

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

Devon and Cornwall Railways

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Arch Co

Tarmac

Highways England

FlyPlymouth Ltd

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Health Tier 2

Gowling WLG's 'incredibly responsive and commercial' practice stands out for its involvement in various matters related to Covid-19; in particular, the firm advised the Department of Health and Social Care on its Test and Trace programme, and separately assisted AstraZenca with its collaboration agreement for the development of the University of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine. Robert Breedon is best known for his expertise in large-scale healthcare projects and outsourcing arrangements, while principal associate Alexi Markham regularly advises clients on public procurement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Breedon

Other key lawyers:

Alexi Markham

Testimonials

‘Strength and depth of team, partner led – understand the sector and can convey the key commercial risks and advise us accordingly.’

‘Gowling listen to the customer, understand the brief and work to the best interest of the customer whilst also understanding the customers style and culture.’

‘Incredibly responsive, commercial etc but they understand how we as a business need to operate and adapt accordingly.’

‘Accessible, helpful, engaging, positive, safe. Always happy to help-questions us as an organisation-gives clear guidance.’

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

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Synlab Group

Lakeside Healthcare

Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG

NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Sitekit Applications Limited

TT Electronics

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

At Gowling WLG, Jasvir Jootla now serves as head of restructuring and corporate recovery; former practice head Julian Pallett recently stepped down as partner but has remained at the firm in a consultancy role. Jootla is extensively experienced in corporate recovery, debt restructuring and relevant advisory work. The pair split their time between the Birmingham and London offices and frequently collaborate with colleagues in Asia, Canada and the Middle East on multi-jurisdictional affairs. The team serves a notably broad client base, handling distressed and insolvency matters on behalf of lenders, insolvency practitioners, government departments, company directors and pension trustees. A key differentiator for the group is that it excels in the handling of IP rights within the context of restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Jasvir Jootla

Other key lawyers:

Julian Pallett; Ian Weatherall; Tom Stockley

Testimonials

‘Genuinely a great team to work with. Responsive and proactive.’

‘Jasvir Jootla is technically very competent, is willing to go the extra mile. I formed a great working relationship with Jasvir over the months I worked with her. She reached “trusted adviser” status very quickly.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

Deloitte UK LLP

BDO LLP

KPMG LLP

EY UK LLP

Lloyds Bank plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

FRP Advisory

Smith & Williamson LLP

ABN Amro

RSM

Dalriada Trustees Limited

ITS Limited

Alder King LLP

Planning Tier 2

Excellent on large planning projects with complex issues’, Gowling WLG serves as a one-stop shop, acting on everything from planning applications and compulsory purchase and compensation matters through to High Court disputes and judicial reviews. Toni Weston represents both public and private sectors clients and fronts the department, replacing the recently retired Andrew Thomas; her team demonstrates a prowess for office, retail and logistics schemes in addition to major housebuilder-led residential ventures and infrastructure projects, especially those in the highways and strategic rail freight interchange sectors. Additional names of prominence include Vicky Fowler, a regeneration specialist, as well as Ben Stansfield whose core expertise lies in real estate developments and the consenting and regulation of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Toni Weston

Other key lawyers:

Ben Stansfield; Vicky Fowler; Cairo Nickolls

Testimonials

‘Excellent on large planning projects, with complex issues. ’

‘Cairo Nickolls is hands-on and with an eye for a pragmatic solution for the client.’

Key clients

Bloor Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Goodman Real Estate

St Modwen

South Tees Development Corporation

Sanctuary Housing Association

Transport for London

Highways England

London Borough of Barnet

Property litigation Tier 2

Gowling WLG fields a ‘fantastic team of great litigators’ who ‘approach disputes with careful analysis and good strategic judgement’. Paul Barker  ‘always goes the extra mile’ in retail, leisure, development and investment-related disputes; he jointly leads the team alongside the ‘standoutClive Chalkley who is dual-qualified as a barrister and possesses an intimate knowledge of rent review, overage, vacant possession and telecoms-related cases. Other prominent names include Carole Peet who ‘grapples very complex concepts with ease’, as well as principal associate Rob Bridgeman who is a ‘star in the making’ when it comes to breaches of covenant, land option and service charge disputes.

Practice head(s):

Clive Chalkley; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:

Carole Peet; Rob Bridgeman

Testimonials

‘A fantastic team of great litigators with strong legal ability who are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Paul Barker is very client-focused. Always goes that extra mile. Brilliant to see him leading at Gowling.’

‘Rob Bridgman delivers excellent legal knowledge and a great litigator. It is a fortunate client that has Rob on board. Complete partner material.’

‘A fantastic team of great litigators with strong legal ability who are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Carole Peet always gets the heart of the issues quickly and can grapple with very complex concepts with ease. She takes time to understand her client’s motivation and key objectives and works out how to best achieve them, and advises on the best strategy to ensure that the case is put on the right track at the outset. She is a shrewd negotiator who has excellent judgement on where to pitch an offer to achieve the best settlement.’

‘Standout individuals are Clive Chalkley and Rob Bridgeman. Rob is clearly a star in the making and future partnership material, completely unflappable and has a good rapport with clients.’

‘A high quality team of litigators who have in depth knowledge of all property related disputes. They are very good at guiding clients through a case. They respond to queries quickly and keep the momentum up on a case to ensure that it does not stagnate.’

Key clients

Bloor

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Zurich/Columbia Threadneedle

Schroders

M&G

Cornerstone

TfL

GVC Ladbrokes/Coral

Royal London

Social housing Tier 2

Gowling WLG provides ‘excellent quality advice and really understands the commercial issues faced by clients’. Social housing practice head Jacqueline Knox is a ‘real leader in the sector’, primarily in respect of developments, investments and non-contentious housing management matters; she is supported by Richard Beckingsale who fronts the firm’s dedicated regeneration and residential investment department, a role which sees him engaged by both public and private sector entities operating within the social housing field. Legal director Sally Farrall, praised as a 'walking law firm', is also integral to the offering with experience in both development and investment matters. The practice caters to social housing providers, local authorities, investors and funds and is also geared to support on social housing finance, corporate and governance, dispute, construction, commercial contract, employment and pension-related affairs.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Knox; Richard Beckingsale

Other key lawyers:

Chris Brierley; Sally Farrall

Testimonials

‘The real estate team provide excellent quality advice and really understand the commercial issues we face.’

‘Jacqueline Knox is a real leader in the sector and a great problem solver. She is very responsive and offers quick turn around times.’

‘Sally Farrall is a walking law firm. She is the best lawyer I have ever worked with and absolutely delightful.’

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

Cheyne Social Impact Fund

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

Coal Pension Properties Ltd

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

Banking litigation Tier 3

Gowling WLG has experience acting for major clearing banks, automotive finance clients and asset financiers in disputes. Ian Weatherall and Katie Molloy both have expertise in financial and insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ian Weatherall

Other key lawyers:

Katie Molloy

IT and telecoms Tier 3

With particular strength in the technology, retail and telecoms sectors, Gowling WLG is known for handling various matters in the field of IT law, including cloud computing issues, data privacy mandates and outsourcing contracts. Patrick Arben, who leads the practice, is a go-to lawyer for clients seeking assistance with software licensing issues, data security work and systems integration projects.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Arben

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

Gowling WLG’s corporate and commercial practice is jointly led by corporate head David Vaughan and commercial contracts head David Lowe, a specialist in international trade, consumer law, procurement and supply chain matters. The team also includes Jeremy Millington who has carved out distinguished expertise in real estate and entrepreneurial-related M&A, as well as Stuart Young and Ragi Singh, specialists in the automotive sector. Elsewhere, Sharon Ayres is the key contact for investment funds while Sarah Riding, former practice head at Irwin Mitchell, is a notable new arrival who excels in relation to franchising, routes to market, outsourcing and manufacturing mandates. The team is frequently engaged for international transactions with the US, Europe and India serving as its key jurisdictions of activity.

Practice head(s):

David Vaughan; David Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Millington; Stuart Young; Ragi Singh; Sharon Ayres; Sarah Riding; Chris Towle; David Lowe

Testimonials

‘The corporate team is excellent; always respond quickly and with clarity. They understand when urgency is required.’

‘Sarah Riding has an excellent, in-depth knowledge of the automotive sector, together with the health & safety involved. She has a commercial and practical approach, and her advice is always clear and helpful. ’

‘Great engagement in getting to know the client, and good feedback on internal processes where law firm can identify improvements.’

‘David Lowe takes the time to understand the issues and give examples from previous projects with other clients.’

‘Very practical advise and high responsiveness’

‘David Vaughan is a very prudent negotiator.’

‘Down to earth with a hands-on approach, very pragmatic’

Key clients

LDC

Birmingham City Council

Southco Inc.

M+W

Huhtamaki

Business Growth Fund

Rettig Group

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

Cummins Inc.

Staffline

The Midcounties Cooperative

Otto Bock

Palatine Private Equity

Atcore Technology Group Limited

Hyundai

Sandvik AB

Tarmac

Metsaliitto Cooperative

GCI Group

Mitek Holdings Inc

GCP Applied Technologies

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

A F Blakemore & Sons

ReBound Returns

Oxbotica

Aston Manor

The Hut Group

Sanctuary Group

SLR Global

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

Avison Young

Coca Cola European Partners

Sdiptech AB

ADP

AstraZeneca

Baylis & Harding

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

British Red Cross

Cadent Gas

CBI

Church & Dwight

Essar Oil

Ford

Frank Smythson

G42 Healthcare

Getlink

GSK

Hovis

Jaguar Land Rover

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical

LEVC (London Taxis)

London Legacy Development Corporation (owner of the London Stadium)

Made.com

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Gowling WLG is a law firm with more than 1,400 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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Chief executive David Fennell
Chairman Andy Stylianou
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 Robert Adam  photo Robert Adam Robert deals with a full range of commercial property work. He has…
 Khalil Ahmad  photo Khalil Ahmad Director
 Tarfa Ahmad  photo Tarfa Ahmad Pricipal Associate
 Robert Armour  photo Robert Armour Senior Counsel, Chair of UK Nuclear Practice
 Helen Arthur  photo Helen Arthur Pricipal Associate
 Philip Baker  photo Philip Baker Philip Baker is a partner in our engineering and construction team. A…
 Gareth Baker  photo Gareth Baker Partner
 Verity Barker  photo Verity Barker Legal Director
 Richard Beckingsale  photo Richard Beckingsale Partner, Head of Regeneration
 Samuel Beighton  photo Samuel Beighton Partner
 Charles Bond  photo Charles Bond Partner, Head of Natural Resources
 Stephen Bowman  photo Stephen Bowman Principal Associate
 Keith Brades  photo Keith Brades Associate
 Robert Breedon  photo Robert Breedon Robert Breedon is a partner in Gowling WLG’s healthcare team. He is an…
 David Brennan  photo David Brennan Partner, Head of Corporate Tech
 Alexandra Brodie  photo Alexandra Brodie Partner in the IP litigation team with over 15 years of experience…
 Emma Brown  photo Emma Brown Associate
 Natasha Brown  photo Natasha Brown Associate
 James Bruce  photo James Bruce Principal Associate
 Jonathan Brufal  photo Jonathan Brufal Jonathan Brufal specialises in advising on international energy and infrastructure projects, with…
 Daniel Bryan  photo Daniel Bryan Senior Associate
 Alice Bucharova  photo Alice Bucharova Associate
 Rebecca Burrows  photo Rebecca Burrows PSL Principal Associate
 Katie Carter  photo Katie Carter Associate
 Ailsa Carter  photo Ailsa Carter PSL Principal Associate
 Clive Chalkley  photo Clive Chalkley Partner in the real estate dispute resolution team. Clive specialises in property…
 Ian Chapman-Curry  photo Ian Chapman-Curry PSL Principal Associate
 Jason Coates  photo Jason Coates Experience acting for a number of major corporate and trustee boards on…
 Sophie Coggan  photo Sophie Coggan Senior Associate, New Zealand Qualified
 John Coldham  photo John Coldham Director
 Dominic Conte  photo Dominic Conte Associate
 Julia Cooper-Perks  photo Julia Cooper-Perks Associate, Qualified in Scotland
 Kate Cunningham  photo Kate Cunningham Principal Associate
 Ryan Davies  photo Ryan Davies PSL Principal Associate
 Kam Dhillon  photo Kam Dhillon Principal Associate
 Jeffrey Elway  photo Jeffrey Elway Corporate finance (flotations and secondary issues), public company takeovers, M&A, disposals, joint…
 Paul Feathers  photo Paul Feathers Partner in 50 lawyer team. Undertakes a broad range of pensions work.…
 Susannah Fink  photo Susannah Fink Principal Associate
 Eleanor French  photo Eleanor French Associate
 Sarah Friedrich  photo Sarah Friedrich Associate
 Sarah Galvin  photo Sarah Galvin Director
 Ian Gordon  photo Ian Gordon Ian is a partner in the pensions disputes team within Wragge Lawrence…
 Dan Gwilliam  photo Dan Gwilliam Partner in the real estate department. Experienced in the acquisition and sale…
 Michael Hallowell  photo Michael Hallowell Of Counsel
 Matthew Harvey  photo Matthew Harvey Matthew specialises in banking and asset finance. He is a leading asset…
 David Hayward  photo David Hayward Commercial property with an emphasis on insolvency and ?corporate transactions. Considerable experience…
 Nick Heather  photo Nick Heather Specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and London Stock Exchange related…
 Emma Hine  photo Emma Hine Associate
 Christine Jackson  photo Christine Jackson Partner in the real estate group. Practice areas: (1) investment and asset…
 Susan Johnston  photo Susan Johnston Principal Associate
 Sunil Kakkad  photo Sunil Kakkad Specialises in corporate finance and has significant experience of advising UK and…
 Myles Kiely  photo Myles Kiely Advises on all aspects of real estate including the acquisition, leasing, management…
 Laura Kutnick  photo Laura Kutnick Senior Associate
 Michael Lacey  photo Michael Lacey Michael specialises in corporate insurance (both life and general) and financial services,…
 Meera Lakhani  photo Meera Lakhani Senior Associate
 Rebekah Lane  photo Rebekah Lane Senior Associate
 Jon Lent  photo Jon Lent Jon specialises in real estate, hotel and healthcare financing transactions in the…
 Sanjeet Liddar  photo Sanjeet Liddar Senior Associate
 Felicity Lindsay  photo Felicity Lindsay Partner
 Jon Lloyd  photo Jon Lloyd Partner specialising in commercial real estate particularly development projects, investment and real…
 Alice Loughney  photo Alice Loughney Associate
 David Lowe  photo David Lowe Commercial contracts and outsourcing contracts of all types; particular focus on contractual…
 Duncan MacLaurin  photo Duncan MacLaurin Of Counsel
 Jennifer Mackerras  photo Jennifer Mackerras Banking and finance partner specialising in acting for lenders and borrowers in…
 Alexi Markham  photo Alexi Markham Principal Associate
 Elizabeth Martin  photo Elizabeth Martin Senior Associate
 Hugh Maule  photo Hugh Maule Managing partner of Lawrence Graham 2008-14 and now leading corporate, finance, tax,…
 Heather McCulloch  photo Heather McCulloch Senior Associate
 Alasdair McKenzie  photo Alasdair McKenzie Principal Associate
 Richard Miles  photo Richard Miles Head of commercial development and investment. Expertise: investment – acquisitions disposals and…
 Paul Moran  photo Paul Moran Associate
 Michael Murphy  photo Michael Murphy Corporate tax partner whose principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions,…
 Samantha Myers  photo Samantha Myers Partner
 Catherine Naylor  photo Catherine Naylor Director
 Andrew Newbery  photo Andrew Newbery Partner
 Julian Pallett  photo Julian Pallett Partner in debt finance team and head of restructuring and corporate recovery;…
 Reena Patel  photo Reena Patel Partner
 Jocelyn Paulley  photo Jocelyn Paulley Director
 Carole Peet  photo Carole Peet Advising on all aspects of contentious property matters to include tenant default…
 Angela Perry  photo Angela Perry Principal Associate
 Ian Piggin  photo Ian Piggin Ian is head of the Wragge & Co’s private equity team. He…
 Sally Pinkerton  photo Sally Pinkerton Head of International Real Estate
 Niall Rafferty  photo Niall Rafferty Associate
 John Reed  photo John Reed John is a partner in the corporate group and a member of…
 Mike Reed  photo Mike Reed Senior Associate
 Christopher Richards  photo Christopher Richards Senior Associate
 Oliver Riley  photo Oliver Riley Oliver is a partner in the corporate group and specialises in corporate…
 Huw Roberts  photo Huw Roberts Partner specialising in development and investment work; involved in a number of…
 Kristian Rogers  photo Kristian Rogers Kris helps clients to float and raise capital on the London Stock…
 Philippa Satterthwaite  photo Philippa Satterthwaite Principal Associate
 Kate Seabourne  photo Kate Seabourne Senior Associate
 Denise Sexton  photo Denise Sexton Director
 Tim Sharp  photo Tim Sharp Senior Associate
 Nisha Shukla  photo Nisha Shukla Principal Associate
 James Sidwell  photo James Sidwell Based in LG’s respected dispute resolution team, James is an experienced commercial…
 Bradley Silver  photo Bradley Silver Director
 Robert Smith  photo Robert Smith Specialises in the provision of comprehensive legal advice in the areas of:…
 Stephen Stephens  photo Stephen Stephens Stephen currently works on investment portfolios, having also worked on office and…
 Sarah Stephens  photo Sarah Stephens Principal Associate
 Andy Stylianou  photo Andy Stylianou Andy Stylianou is a Corporate partner in Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s…
 Martin Thomas photo Martin Thomas Partner (advocate and mediator) specialising in disputes relating to real property and…
 Peter Thorne photo Peter Thorne Head of the real estate team in the London office. Partner specialising…
 Tom Thurgood  photo Tom Thurgood Senior Associate
 Emily Troubridge  photo Emily Troubridge Associate
 Charlotte Tyfield  photo Charlotte Tyfield Principal Associate
 Rita Vartoukian  photo Rita Vartoukian Principal Associate
 Lara Wilding  photo Lara Wilding Principal Associate
 Rhodri Williams  photo Rhodri Williams Associate
 Andrew Witts  photo Andrew Witts Andrew is LG’s senior partner (as of 1 May 2011), having been…
 Andrew Wright  photo Andrew Wright Consultant
 Stuart Young  photo Stuart Young Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions work including international joint ventures; leader…
Number of UK partners : 200+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 600+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees applied to Gowling WLG because it is ‘the best firm in Birmingham’ and for the ‘opportunity to do big-ticket, international work in a regional setting’. The international firm also offers training contracts in London in impressive offices overlooking Tower Bridge. A ‘small cohort of trainees’ means ‘wide exposure to the firm’s variety of work’. Gowling’s culture is ‘very friendly and inclusive’, with a ‘non-hierarchical structure’ and the people are ‘very approachable and generally nice to deal with’. ‘Working directly with partners on matters’ is not uncommon, and senior staff are ‘more than happy to sit down with you to talk about the firm or about any case you may be working on together’. Everyone at the firm wants you to ‘become the best lawyer you can be’. While Gowling’s London trainees think that the salary ‘could be increased to meet the standard of the competition’, some of their Birmingham counterparts consider their pay ‘inadequate in comparison to the level of work that is expected of us’, especially as ‘we work every bit as hard and long as London colleagues and often directly with them'. ‘Advising on the billion-pound sale of a UK company’, ‘acting on an international pharmaceutical arbitration’ and a ‘week-long impromptu secondment to a client in my first seat’ were moments that trainees relished. Conversely, ‘being pulled onto a matter at the last moment and having to get to grips with the task and working late’, ‘not understanding the IT system’ and ‘feeling a bit forgotten about whilst working from home at times’ were worst moments. For ‘good quality, City-level work which is also available outside of London, together with interesting secondment opportunities and approachable people’, consider Gowling WLG.