Firm Profile > Gowling WLG > London, England

Gowling WLG
4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AU
England

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Lidl

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

Halfords

Jaeger

Fat Face

MADE.com

The Works

Mic-Counties Co-Operative

Specsavers Optical Superstores Limited

London and Strategic Land

Mosley Street Ventures

HC-One Limited

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

TIAA Henderson

U and I (formerly known as Development Securities)

LaSalle Investment Management

NFU Mutual

AXA

Intu Properties

USS

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Transport for London and London Underground

Listed funds Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

M&G Credit Income Investment Trust plc

CEIBA Investment Limited

BlackRock Investment Management

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Odyssean Investment Trust plc

Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited

Investec Bank plc

Draper Esprit plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

RM Secured Direct Lending plc

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Empiric Student Property plc

GCP Student Living plc

Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT plc

AEW UK REIT PLC

AEW UK Long Lease REIT PLC

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

Jefferies International Limited

GCP Asset Backed Income Fund Limited

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

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

Leading individuals

Key clients

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

Members of the Austin Reed Group Pension Fund

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

Trustees of the Weetabix pension schemes

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Steria Pension Plans

Pirelli Schemes

Water Tier 1

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

Leading individuals

Key clients

OFWAT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Severn Trent

Sumitomo Corporation

Veolia Middle East

Government of Kenya

Commercial property: development Tier 2

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

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

Testimonials

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

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

Very friendly practice group.

Key clients

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

Draper Esprit plc

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Mercia Technologies plc

Bacanora Minerals Ltd

Bushveld Minerals

Hummingbird Resources plc

Mkango Resources Ltd

Burlywood Capital

Firestone Diamonds plc

CIP Merchant Capital Limited

Phoenix Global Mining Ltd

AfriTin Mining Ltd

Healthcare Tier 2

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

Key clients

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

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

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

Circle Health

Intellectual property Tier 2

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

Rising stars

Testimonials

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

Key clients

GSK

TQ Delta, LLC

Alpha Animation & Toys Limited

Hexatronic Group AB

Takeda

Azumi

Dyson

Weetabix

Kampa

Shopify

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

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

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Rothesay Life

Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plans

PGL Pension Scheme

Pirelli UK Pension Funds

Weetabix pension schemes

Volvo Car UK Limited

Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes

Members of the Austin Reed Group Pension Fund

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

Trustees of the Weetabix pension schemes

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Steria Pension Plans

Pirelli Schemes

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 2

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

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Testimonials

Huw Evans’ expertise, practical approach and responsiveness made him a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Astrazeneca

Immunocore

ArgenX

Takeda

Heptares (Sosei Group Corporation)

Eisai Europe

Coloplast

VIB

ERS Genomics

Isogenica

Topas Therapeutics

Genomics PLC

Johnson & Johnson

KU Leven

Epidarex Capital

KWS BioTest Ltd

Bial Portela

Brand management Tier 3

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

Key clients

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

Weetabix

Carlsberg

Marks & Spencer

Mothercare

Commercial contracts Tier 3

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

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

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

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

HSBC Bank Plc/HSBC Private Bank

Dolphin Capital Partners

Cedar Capital

Premier Inn / Whitbread

Quadrant

Urban & Civic

ICG – Longbow

Center Parcs

Virgin Active

Forest Holidays

Young & Co’s Brewery

Ladbrokes Coral

RFU

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Lidl

London and Strategic Land

Mosley Street Ventures

HC-One Limited

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

TIAA Henderson

U and I (formerly known as Development Securities)

LaSalle Investment Management

NFU Mutual

AXA

Intu Properties

USS

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Transport for London and London Underground

Stenprop

Legal & General

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

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

Key clients

St. Modwen Properties

London Borough of Barnet

Sheffield City Council

AXA Fund

Emerging markets Tier 3

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

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Rising stars

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Access Power

United States Agency for International Development

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

AGES Energy Ltd

Bacanora Lithium plc

Laguna Gold Ltd

The Government of the Republic of Albania

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

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

Key clients

Hill & Smith Holdings

Aston Martin Lagonda

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Fostco

Fraud: civil Tier 3

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

Key clients

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

First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

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

Eric Shen

CPC Group Limited, Chris Candy, Nick Candy and others

Global Equities GmbH

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

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

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

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

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

Health and safety Tier 3

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

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 3

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

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

OFWAT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Siemens Project Ventures

Veolia Middle East

GuarantCo

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

St Modwen

Statkraft UK

Rockfire

Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)

Solihull MBC

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Armpower CJSC

Renco SpA

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Local government Tier 3

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

Key clients

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Croydon

Transport for London and London Underground

Docklands Light Railway

London Bus Service

London Borough of Barnet

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

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

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Mining and minerals Tier 3

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

Rising stars

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Charles Bond and Susan Johnston are both excellent.’

‘Andrew Wright is extremely knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Hummingbird Resources plc

Bushveld Minerals Ltd

AfriTin Mining Ltd

Firestone Diamonds plc

Eurasia Mining plc

Bacanora Minerals Ltd

Highland Gold Mining Ltd

Strategic Minerals plc

Altyn plc

Phoenix Global Mining

Sylvania Platinum

Planning Tier 3

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

Ben Stansfield is a fantastic new addition to the team.

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

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

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

Key clients

Transport for London

Be First Regeneration

U & I

London Borough of Barnet

Legal & General

The Crown Estate

St Modwen

Aviva

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

South Tees Development Corporation

Galliard Homes Limited

Lidl

Highways England

Cadent Gas

Martin-Baker

Taylor Wimpey

South Tees Development Corporation

Intu

Westminster City Council

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

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

Key clients

Mytrah Energy Limited

Brockwell Energy Limited

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

SmartestEnergy Limited

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)

Statkraft Markets GmbH

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

Sumitomo Corporation

Veolia Middle East

Renco SpA

Siemens Project Ventures

AGES Energy Ltd

EOG Resources, Inc.

Property litigation Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Government Property Agency

LaSalle Investment Management

U and I Group

Biffa Waste Services

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

M&G

Lidl

Telereal Trillium

BAE Pension Funds

St. Modwen

Rail Tier 3

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

Key clients

Transport for London

London Underground Ltd

Crossrail Ltd

London Borough of Barnet

GB Railfreight

Ricardo Rail PLC

Direct Rail Services

Railroad Development Corporation

Devon and Cornwall Railways

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK

Blackstone Property Partners /  Telereal Trillium

Real estate funds Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income plc

M&G Real Estate

CEIBA Investment Limited

Empiric Student Property plc

ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited

GCP Student Living plc

Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT plc

AEW UK REIT PLC

AEW UK Long Lease REIT PLC

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

Stockdale Securities Limited

CBRE

Pension Protection Fund

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

University Superannuation Scheme

Local Government Pension Scheme Panel

Aviation Tier 4

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

Key clients

Cathay Pacific Airways

dnata

Flybe

GKN

Regional & City Airports (Holdings)

Thai Airways International Public Company Thai Airways

Sirius Aircraft Leasing Fund

Martin Baker Aircraft Company

Competition litigation Tier 4

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

Key clients

Thai Airways International Public Company

British Telecommunications

Dixons Carphone

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

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

Key clients

First Peninsula Trustees

Port of Hercules Trustees

Abdul Rahman Alokozay

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey))

Alliance Trust plc

New World Trust

Equiom

Dover Street (a subsidiary of Stanley Gibbons plc)

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

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

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

Testimonials

‘Ian Mason is excellent’

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

Key clients

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

Bushveld Minerals Limited

Fintech Tier 4

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

Key clients

Blue Star Capital

Bricklane

BTL Group Limited

Draper Esprit plc

Lending Works Limited

Nebulous, Inc.

Neyber Holding Limited

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

Route 66 Ventures

IT and telecoms Tier 4

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

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

London Borough of Croydon

Infinis Energy Management Limited

CTIL

GlaxoSmithKline

Xoserve Limited

A S Watson

Sanctuary Housing Association

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

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

Testimonials

Fantastic firm

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

Key clients

Wilmington Plc

Rant and Rave Limited

Cairngorm Capital

Synlab International GmbH

Entanet Holdings Ltd.

Equiom Group

Star Capital Partners

Brockwell Energy Limited

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Highland Gold Mining

Circle Holdings plc

Active Assistance (UK) Group

The Montreux Healthcare Fund plc

Mytrah Energy

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

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

Testimonials

The team has a flourishing advertising practice.

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Weetabix

Carlsberg

Marks & Spencer

Mothercare

Hovis

Oxfam

Nomad Foods

Dollar Shave Club

Volvo

Oil and gas Tier 4

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

Property finance Tier 4

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

ICG-Longbow

HSBC Bank plc

HSBC Private Bank

LBBW

Nuveen Real Estate

Quadrant Real Estate Advisors

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

London and Cambridge Properties

Empiric Student Property PLC

Deutsche Hypo

HC-One Limited

M&G Real Estate Limited

Peritus Corporate Finance

Savills Investment Management

Tier One Capital Limited

Stenprop Limited

Alpha Real LLP

Downs Road Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken

Telereal Trillium

Hayfield Homes Limited

Social housing: finance Tier 4

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

Key clients

Sanctuary Housing Association

Pension Insurance Corporation plc

Sanctuary Treasury Limited

Sanctuary Affordable Housing Limited

Clarion

Home Group Limited

Metropolitan

Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc

Venture capital Tier 4

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

Key clients

Business Growth Fund

Draper Esprit

Epidarex Capital

Oxbotica

ReBound Returns

Administrative and public law Tier 5

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

Testimonials

Provides pragmatic and useful advice

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

Key clients

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

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

London Borough of Croydon

Oxfam

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP)

National Association of Citizens Advice

DCUSA Ltd

Commercial litigation Tier 5

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

Rising stars

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

JPMorgan

Nicholas Candy, Christian Candy and CPC Group

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey)

Alliance Trust

Grant Thornton

Philips Electronics UK

The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo

Hummingbird Resources

Equiom

First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees

Dover Street and The Fine Art Auction Group

Construction: contentious Tier 5

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Sue Ryan and Helen Arthur have great integrity and determination.’

Key clients

Muse Developments

Wates

SES

Crown Commercial Services

EU and competition Tier 5

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

Next Generation Partners

Key clients

Avison Young

Aston Martin Lagonda

British Telecommunications

Dixons Carphone

Eisai

Mazda Motors UK

Origin Enterprises

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Thai Airways

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

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

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Thomas Miller Holdings Limited

Marsh

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

Ellipse

Crispin Speers and Partners Limited

Pirelli

Arthur J. Gallagher

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

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

Key clients

JP Morgan Ventures Energy

JP Morgan Chase Bank

First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees

Grant Thornton

Liquidators of Durant International and Kildare Finance

Dacland

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

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

Testimonials

‘Ian Mason is excellent’

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

Key clients

Andrews Sykes Group plc

Nebulous Inc.

Blue Star Capital

Volkswagen Financial Services

Audi

Model T Finance Company

Gravis Capital Partners

Honda

Pacific Capital Partners

AEW UK Investment Management

M&G Alternatives Investment Management Limited

Excelsior Insurance Company (part of Compass Group Plc)

Draper Esprit plc

Empiric Student Property plc

Peel Hunt

Transport for London

Ofwat

International arbitration Tier 6

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

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

Tom Price offers great levels of personal involvement‘.

Key clients

Government of the Republic of Albania

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

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

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

Kevin Goldfarb of Griffins as sole liquidator of Vertu Corporation Limited

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

MLT Aikins LLP

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

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.

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Number of UK partners : 200+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 600+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Gowling WLG boasts particular expertise in listed funds and pensions, as well as a 'stellar reputation in the IP sector', which sees trainees 'working with colleagues who are the best in their fields'. The firm, which has an 'excellent reputation internationally', offers training contracts in Birmingham and London, with the latter office offering views over the Thames and Tower Bridge. Recruits feel that they are 'of real value to the firm' and receive 'plenty of client contact', as well as 'opportunities to get involved in business development'. Gowling has a 'truly collegiate culture' where 'everyone is treated equally' and 'fosters an environment where people really enjoy their jobs and their colleagues are their friends'. Indeed, 'provided you show lots of interest and willingness to learn, your colleagues will go above and beyond to help you succeed'. No wonder the firm has been awarded a Lex 100 Winner medal for inclusiveness and supervisor approachability. Work/life balance is also respected; we hear that the firm is 'fantastic at not encouraging an ethos of long hours'. The main complaints regarded the pay, which some respondents feel 'could be more competitive', in particular at NQ level. Unsurprisingly, recruits did not enjoy 'all-nighters', 'admin tasks' or 'any interaction with the Land Registry'. But there was nothing dull about 'running a transaction with a partner', 'being part of a successful client pitch' and 'attending a client's hotel in Dubai whilst on secondment to have them sign a share purchase agreement for the transfer of an English League 1 Football Club'! For a firm with an 'impressive client list' where 'the people (especially partners) are amazing and extremely supportive', consider Gowling WLG.