Firm Profile > Gowling WLG > London, England

Gowling WLG
4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AU
England

Listed funds Tier 1

Gowling WLG advises investment managers and financial institutions on the life cycle of closed-ended listed funds with work encompassing fund formations, IPOs and secondary raises, reorganisations and liquidations. The team acts for new and existing fund managers on a continuous basis, with a strong share of the domestic IPO market; it also leverages the firm's wider regulatory and tax expertise. Practice head Nick Heather has longstanding relationships with major fund and investment managers, and is recognised for his commercial advice, while Oliver Riley focuses on the launch, structuring and reconstruction of onshore and offshore funds, working with a number of investment banks. Other key names include Kristian Rogers, who specialises in capital raisings and restructurings; and principal associate Kate Seabourne, who wins praise for her equity capital markets and corporate financing work.

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Testimonials

‘High level of partner involvement. Very good specialist knowledge of the sector. Commercial approach.’

‘Nick Heather – very good alignment with clients’ business interests; good source of business ideas; good oversight of the team. John Reed – consistently diligent and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust PLC

M&G Credit Income Investment Trust

CEIBA Investment

BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Odyssean Investment Trust

Tufton Oceanic Assets

Investec Bank

Draper Esprit

Mercia Asset Management

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

Peel Hunt

RM Secured Direct Lending

Urban Logistics REIT

Empiric Student Property

GCP Student Living

Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT

AEW UK REIT

AEW UK Long Lease REIT

Triple Point Social Housing REIT

Jefferies International

GCP Asset Backed Income Fund

RBC Europe

Bricklane Residential REIT

Bricklane London REIT

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'thorough and pragmatic' Jason Coates now leads the pensions team at Gowling WLG following the retirement of the long-serving Glyn Ryland. While known for its risk transfer expertise, the firm is equally adept with regards to major buy-outs (the team recently advised Rothesay Life on the largest full scheme buy-out ever undertaken in the UK to date), bulk annuities, master trust approvals and defined contribution schemes. Paul Feathers and legal director Kevin Gude are also key members of the team, with specialisms in liabilities and group insurance providers. Ian Gordon heads up the UK pensions disputes practice, which works with a range of both domestic and international clients. Areas covered include rectification proceedings, Part 8, breach of trust claims, member complaints, professional negligence, moral hazard and PPF issues. The team was recently boosted by the arrival of principal associate Charlotte Scholes from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Testimonials

The practice instils confidence in clients by demonstrating a clear understanding of subject matter expertise supported by rationale and measured interpretation of the law. While that might be a reasonable expectation of any law firm, Gowling can be relied upon to demonstrate this in a helpful, supportive and commercially aware manner. Unlike some firms, the focus is always on finding practical and workable solutions‘.

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

Water Tier 1

Gowling WLG's team has specialist expertise and knowledge of all aspects of water, wastewater and desalination projects and frameworks. The firm has experience advising governments, regulators, utilities and developers on both domestic and overseas projects. Testament to the firm's strength in international work, regulatory practice head John Cooper advised Almar Water on a significant desalination project in Kenya. Andrew Newberry and Jonathan Brufal have an extensive background in water, and Gareth Baker leads on corporate energy matters.

Key clients

The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Almar Water

International Finance Corporation

eThkwini Municipality

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Gowling WLG's practice is widely regarded for its expertise in large, multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as in domestic High Court matters. Senior litigation partner in the London team, James Sidwell, specialises in domestic and cross -border disputes in the banking and financial services sectors, together with fraud and asset tracing, contentious trusts and regulatory enforcement work. Other notable litigators are Andrew Smith, who has been active in the automotive, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and heavy industry sectors, and commercial disputes specialist Catherine Naylor. Legal director Verity Barker and principal associates Emily Till and Tom Cox are also active practitioners.

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Testimonials

‘They offer dedication and commitment, a very personal service, and a commercially focused practical and sensible approach. I think they have the experience and ability to play in the big-litigation market at a cost far below that of the magic circle firms.’

‘Emma Carr is extremely committed and responsible and has shown why she deserved being elevated to partner a few years ago. Andrew Smith is everything you would want from a more senior partner: very experienced, independent thinking, considered, careful; and supported by two fantastic associates in Sean Adams and Tom Cox, extremely diligent and thoughtful.’

‘Gowling employ excellent team work. Good knowledge of the law and procedures, flexible and client friendly.’

‘Gowling have some fantastic lawyers who are really focused on getting the best result for the client: they are very sensible about cost-effective solutions and always aim for a quick solution if that is what the client needs. Many of the individual lawyers are outstanding: very clever but also very level-headed in litigation.’

‘Andrew Smith is a true stand-out partner in my view, and Cat Naylor is also very reliable. Among the senior associates Tom Cox and Sean Adams have really impressed me.’

‘One of the best teams around. They work for blue chip companies, but bring a realistic approach without in any way compromising the client’s interests.’

‘Andrew Smith is one of the top litigators in the country. Tom Cox is bright and very efficient. Maintains the client’s confidence at all times.’

Key clients

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

The Hut Group Limited

Superdrug plc

Hummingbird Resources plc

CPC Group Limited

Spirit Aerosystems, Inc

Perrigo Company plc

Equiom 13 years

Exclusive Contract Services Limited

Dover Street Limited

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Home to ‘an excellent combination of skilled technicians’, Gowling WLG's real estate practice is headed by Richard Bate; it supports clients with a range of services including the acquisition of leasehold and freehold properties, managing surplus space and portfolio management with established expertise of office, warehouse, manufacturing, retail, leisure and data centre assets. For investment, institutional investors and US private equity funds are a core strength; the group also represents sovereign wealth funds, REITs and family offices across the globe. It handles the buying, selling, letting and asset management of all asset classes including health and care and student accommodation premises. Jon Lloyd is a specialist in mixed-use projects with the team also handling regeneration and transport-related developments, among others.

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Testimonials

‘Gowlings work very hard at relationship development. They work to understand what we want to achieve. The advice they give is an good combination of the technical and the pragmatic.’

‘They are all practically orientated with their advice which I find invaluable. Advice is tailored to the needs of the project and the client.’

The team are an excellent combination of skilled technician and friend. They want to get to know us and our roles within the business and take the time to talk to us, as well as providing first rate help and advice. The team are readily available and when they are not, their response times are first rate. They have a clear grasp on important timescales.’

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

Energy and infrastructure Tier 2

Gowling WLG's sizeable team leverages top-tier expertise across the energy, transportation and infrastructure industry, both in the UK and further afield. Its work highlights include advising Highways England on the procurement of the £1.4bn Stonehenge project, and advising a Siemens / RenCo consortium on the development and financing of the first greenfield Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Armenia. The firm is able to offer expertise across the UK, in Birmingham, Stephen Kenny focuses on PPPs,  PFIs and secondary market transactions, working alongside London colleagues including project development partner Andrew Newbery , and head of international projects, Jonathan Brufal. Giles Clifford is the go-to partner for rail and transport-related development; director Dominic Richardson specialises in PPP transactions while associate Elizabeth Williams has a strong working relationship with the Ministry of Defence.

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Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Acciona

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

CRRC

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

FlyPlymouth

Bombardier Transportation (UK) Limited

Zhuzhou Times Electric Co Ltd.

Tarmac

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 2

Gowling WLG's international platform sees it act for a sizeable number of companies operating worldwide. It is a first choice for many clients operating in the mining, financials and real estate sectors, where it has a particularly standout reputation; it is also strong in the energy, technology and industrials sectors. Charles Bond, who leads the equity capital markets practice, is working with senior associate Alexander Davidson to advise Minergy Limited (a company listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange) on its dual listing on AIM.  Elsewhere, the firm is highly reputed for its AIM and Main Market work for listed investment funds. Corporate head Sunil Kakkad has more than 30 years of capital markets experience.

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Key clients

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

Draper Esprit plc

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Numis Securities Limited

Mercia Technologies plc

Bacanora Minerals Ltd

Bushveld Minerals

Hummingbird Resources plc

Highland Gold Mining Limited

Sylvania Resources

Firestone Diamonds Plc

CIP Merchant Capital Limited

Phoenix Global Mining Ltd

AfriTin Mining Ltd

Argentex

H&T Group plc

Health and safety Tier 2

Key areas of work for the team at Gowling WLG include defending civil and criminal litigation, investigations by authorities and advising on internal investigations. The practice handles corporate and gross negligence manslaughter matters, inquests and risk management. The department has a strong offering for clients in the construction, aerospace and defence, food, health and social care sectors. Practice head Andrew Litchfield has a great deal of experience handling inquests, coroners' proceedings and HSE investigations.

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Key clients

Bakkavor Foods Ltd

Odeon Cinemas Limited

E Manton Limited

Sanctuary

Bloor Homes Limited

Kingspan Insulation Ltd

The Channel Tunnel Group Ltd/Eurotunnel

A F Blakemore and Son Ltd

Richmond Fellowship

Ford Motor Company UK Limited

CEMEX UK Operations Limited

Integral UK Limited

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

DMG Technical Limited

Castlepoint LLP

Cummins Limited

Healthcare Tier 2

Gowling WLG has particular expertise advising clients on digital health matters, integrated healthcare issues, and major care home restructurings and acquisitions, such as advising on flagship NHS projects, groundbreaking PPPs and multi-practice mergers of GP practices into super-partnerships. Practice leader Robert Breedon focuses on integrated healthcare issues and joint ventures between providers and commissioners, while Hugh Maule handles venture capital matters and corporate work for public companies on the AIM and main markets. Based in Birmingham, Andrew Litchfield advises on regulatory work and is a specialist in managing risk and the avoidance of regulatory criminal offences.

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Testimonials

Gowling WLG demonstrate a flexible and commercial approach.’

My first point of call – they are very high quality and commercial. Robert Breedon is outstanding.’

The team has in-depth understanding which is reflected in all our transactional work. Their ability to appreciate the concerns of the other side and clearly address these concerns has been key in achieving the success that we have. We also do quite a bit of international work and their access to international associates that can provide specific advice has been very helpful.’

Key clients

Department of Health and Social Care

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

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

Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

UDG Healthcare Group plc

Lakeside Healthcare

Horder Healthcare

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

Circle Health

Formation Capital, LLC

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

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

Central Surrey Health Limited

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Sitekit Applications Limited

Rehab Without Walls Limited

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 2

Gowling WLG has an experienced practice advising across sectors including transport, defence, and infrastructure, with the Ministry of Defence a key client of the firm. The team, which frequently advises on international PPP projects,  also has a strong domestic practice,  advising on road and tunnel projects, as  well  as a smart metre project in the UK. Stephen Kenny heads the UK projects team, while Jonathan Brufal heads the international side of projects  work. Andrew Newberry is also a key individual in the practice, which clients describe as 'solution driven and user friendly'.

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‘Compact but very experienced, solution driven and user friendly team whose approach and model means they can be more competitive’

Jonathan Brufal  and Andrew Newbery both have more than 20 years’ experience working on infrastructure and energy deals in emerging markets so know their trade very well.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Acciona

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

CRRC

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

FlyPlymouth

Bombardier Transportation (UK) Limited

Zhuzhou Times Electric Co Ltd.

Tarmac

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

Gowling WLG fields a vast bench of patent litigation experts including life sciences expert Paul Inman and TMT experts Alexandra Brodie (UK patents head) and Gordon Harris (global patents head). The addition of new recruits Huw Evans and Jon Ball  (both from Norton Rose Fulbright) further reinforce the team’s fintech and medtech expertise. Ongoing trial work for the team includes multijurisdictional SEP and FRAND litigation, pharmaceutical patent infringement and revocation actions, as well as patent arbitrations for household-name electronics and aerospace clients. Patrick Duxbury and Luke Kempton advise on IP transactions out of the Birmingham office, with a strong presence in the life sciences sector. High-value collaboration deals, licensing negotiations and R&D agreements are regularly handled.

Testimonials

With the recent move of Huw Evans from Norton Rose Fulbright to Gowling, they have an almost unmatched technical patent litigation team.

Excellent lawyers. Very thorough and able to give practical advice.

Gowling has a very strong team with deep knowledge of many high-tech industries and wide experience of intellectual property issues.

Huw Evans is a remarkable lawyer. Intelligent, approachable, goes the extra mile, friendly, collegiate, with very extensive experience, especially of patents.

The team has a number of great litigators, all commercially minded. They are very responsive and give clear, well-considered advice.

Fabulous people who really understand what the developments in the industry are. Very innovative.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”)

TQ Delta, LLC (“TQD”)

Hexatronic Group AB

AstraZeneca

Heptares Therapeutics

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Argenx

Immunocore

Black Belt Therapeutics Limited

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

ERS Genomics

Chemours

Coloplast A/S

InterDigital

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

Gowling WLG has a particularly robust brand and design management service for household names in retail, consumer electronics, high-tech, FMCG, leisure and automotives. Kate Swaine, John Coldham and advertising law expert Dan Smith manage global trade mark and design portfolios, handling exploitation, enforcement and commercialisation matters for clients. Recent disputes work has involved initiating and defending infringement and passing-off claims in the UK courts and before the CJEU. Associate Khemi Salhan is a key name in this field. Leveraging the firm’s Birmingham footprint, the team was appointed as official legal adviser for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, encompassing IP protection, enforcement and licensing projects.

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John Coldham and Khemi Salhan are totally reliable, exceptionally knowledgeable and thorough. John provides sound, realistic advice backed up by Khemi’s exceptional research, making a formidable team.

John Coldham is one of the sharpest minds I have ever worked with and he manages to pull it off with simple, direct and prompt communication.

Key clients

Pear Technologies

The Entertainer and Addo Play

Shnuggle

Weetabix

Pandora

Hovis

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Freddy

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Carlsberg UK Limited

Premier Foods

Dyson Technology Limited

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

At Gowling WLG, Patrick Duxbury heads up the multidisciplinary life sciences team, while Robert Breedon leads the health and care group. The firm has lawyers with additional qualifications in areas such as biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and genetics. It serves clients in the big pharma, health and social care sectors, and also in the digital health field. The team’s clients include the likes of AstraZeneca and biotech companies, as well as various NHS trusts. It acts on research collaborations, cross-border licensing deals, patent protection and care home investments, in addition to advising on regulatory issues and broader corporate work. Paul Inman handles patent litigation, while Luke Kempton focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Jenny Davies undertakes both transactional and contentious matters in the patents field, and has a specialism in biochemistry. The team has been boosted by the arrival of IP specialist Huw Evans and Jon Ball from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Testimonials

Patrick Duxbury has been a very important contributor. I especially value Pat’s ability to offer legal advice tempered with a good sense of the business needs or requirements. It makes working with Pat very focused and time efficient.’

‘Robert Breedon is  outstanding.’

‘The team has in an-depth understanding of a very complicated IP situation which is reflected in all our transactional work. Their ability to appreciate the concerns of the other side and clearly address these concerns has been a key in achieving the success that we have. We also do quite a bit of international work and their access to international associates that can provide specific advice has been very helpful.’

With the recent move of Huw Evans, and serval others, from Norton Rose Fulbright to Gowling, they have an almost unmatched technical patent litigation team.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

AstraZeneca

Heptares Therapeutics

Argenx

Immunocore

Black Belt Therapeutics Limited

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

ERS Genomics

Chemours

Coloplast A/S

Beckman Coulter

Epidarex Capital LP

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

The 'thorough and pragmatic' Jason Coates now leads the pensions team at Gowling WLG following the retirement of the long-serving Glyn Ryland. While known for its risk transfer expertise, the firm is equally adept with regards to major buy-outs (the team recently advised Rothesay Life on the largest full scheme buy-out ever undertaken in the UK to date), bulk annuities, master trust approvals and defined contribution schemes. Paul Feathers and legal director Kevin Gude are also key members of the team, with specialisms in liabilities and group insurance providers. Ian Gordon heads up the UK pensions disputes practice, which works with a range of both domestic and international clients. Areas covered include rectification proceedings, Part 8, breach of trust claims, member complaints, professional negligence, moral hazard and PPF issues. The team was recently boosted by the arrival of principal associate Charlotte Scholes from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Testimonials

The practice instils confidence in clients by demonstrating a clear understanding of subject matter expertise supported by rationale and measured interpretation of the law. While that might be a reasonable expectation of any law firm, Gowling can be relied upon to demonstrate this in a helpful, supportive and commercially aware manner. Unlike some firms, the focus is always on finding practical and workable solutions‘.

This is a very proactive firm; the team works closely with the trustees and its advisers in providing clear, timely guidance and advice across a wide range of pensions related issues. More recently, advice on how to manage through the COVID 19 crisis has been invaluable. The firm has a very close focus on continuity of service and ensuring there is strength in depth within the team‘.

The strength of the firm is in the quality of its partners and the way they work together. They have been particularly good for me recently in a difficult but not really contentious negotiation‘.

Kevin Gude is clearly an expert in his field, delivering his input to clients with measured authority balanced with approachability. Beyond his obvious technical expertise I particularly value the extent to which Kevin can be relied on for open and honest conversation about complex issues and the practical challenges faced in addressing these – his advice is never less than helpful.’

Jason Coates maintains a good working relationship with me and is fully aware of key issues and developments. A standout feature of this firm has always been Jason’s attention to detail in ensuring continuity of service and flexibility both at partner level (in the event of his unavailability) and also at associate level where he has focused on natural succession‘.

Jason Coates is thorough and pragmatic, producing good guidance without cutting corners‘.

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

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

Retail and consumer Tier 2

With a client roster of leading national and international brands and retailers, Gowling WLG's team draws on all of the firm’s practices to provide a full-service approach to its retail clients; example include Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, The Hut Group and KFC. Christopher Hunt leads the group and splits his time between London and Birmingham; he specialises in real estate mandates and regularly acts for corporate occupiers. Katie Swaine and John Coldham are key contacts for IP work, Jocelyn Paulley focuses on commercial, IT and outsourcing matters, with notable experience in data centre issues; meanwhile, recently promoted partner Joe Morris heads up the firm’s proptech team.

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Debenhams plc

Halfords Autocentres

Marks & Spencer plc

Mid-counties Co-operative

The Hut Group

Mothercare UK Limited

Metro Bank plc

Made.com

KFC

GVC Holdings

Weetabix

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Home to ‘an excellent combination of skilled technicians’, Gowling WLG's real estate practice is headed by Richard Bate; it supports clients with a range of services including the acquisition of leasehold and freehold properties, managing surplus space and portfolio management with established expertise of office, warehouse, manufacturing, retail, leisure and data centre assets. For investment, institutional investors and US private equity funds are a core strength; the group also represents sovereign wealth funds, REITs and family offices across the globe. It handles the buying, selling, letting and asset management of all asset classes including health and care and student accommodation premises. Jon Lloyd is a specialist in mixed-use projects with the team also handling regeneration and transport-related developments, among others.

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Testimonials

‘Gowlings work very hard at relationship development. They work to understand what we want to achieve. The advice they give is an good combination of the technical and the pragmatic.’

‘They are all practically orientated with their advice which I find invaluable. Advice is tailored to the needs of the project and the client.’

The team are an excellent combination of skilled technician and friend. They want to get to know us and our roles within the business and take the time to talk to us, as well as providing first rate help and advice. The team are readily available and when they are not, their response times are first rate. They have a clear grasp on important timescales.’

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

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Royal London

Rushmoor Borough Council

SEGRO

Stamford Land Corporation Limited

Stenprop

The Hut Group

TIAA Henderson

USS

Knight Frank Investment management

U and I

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Gowling WLG works with a strong roster of developers, contractors and institutional purchasers/investors on non-contentious construction matters. The team, which has a prominent reputation for technology-related matters, is led by Richard Green, who has acted on some of the UK's largest construction schemes. Philip Baker advises clients including funders and institutions on project delivery and procurement strategies. Senior associate Sarah Rock is also noted for her transactional experience, including work on projects involving digital construction.

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Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

Metro Bank

Legal & General

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society

AXA

Canada Life

Charles Wells Brewery

London Borough of Barnet

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Emerging markets Tier 3

Gowling WLG is 'focused on commercial solutions - not letting the legal issues lead, but making them fit to our requirements'. The firm calls on a large team of specialists in mining, energy, infrastructure, finance and arbitration to handle regulatory, M&A, financing and projects work in Latin America, Africa and Asia. International energy partner and head of the Africa group Jonathan Brufal and key corporate energy partner Gareth Baker are 'communicative, easy to reach, approachable and clear in their advice'. Regulatory specialist John Cooper, project finance partner Andrew Newbery and natural resources expert Charles Bond are also central to the firm's emerging markets offering.

Testimonials

‘Even though we had to work in a transaction that involved various jurisdictions with quite different backgrounds, Gowling was capable of putting all the work together with the quality we would expect from them.’

‘The firm is really client-driven, available on short notice and proactive in looking for imaginative solutions.’

‘The teams have really strong internal communication, they are focused on commercial solutions – not letting the legal issues lead, but making them fit to our requirements – and they are very flexible in terms of peaks and troughs in work. Finally, their fee structure is highly competitive, commercial and based on building a long-term relationship rather than being short-term focused. Their approach is refreshing and not one that I have seen in other firms.’

‘Jonathan Brufal and Gareth Baker are communicative, easy to reach, approachable, clear in their advice, and very commercial in their approach. The teams under them are dedicated, deliver on time and often under some pressure, and are great to work with. I would recommend Jonathan and Gareth to anyone –  indeed I already do!’

Key clients

AMEA Power

Sumitomo Corporation

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

AGES Energy Ltd

eThkwini Municipality

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Bacanora Lithium plc

Bushveld Minerals Ltd

Almar Water

Trademark East Africa

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

Gowling WLG’s team, which is split between London and Brussels, regularly works with colleagues based in Canada, China, France, Russia and Germany. The firm's global reach puts it on a strong footing to advise on sanctions-related issues, export controls, customs and trade compliance. Practice head Bernardine Adkins has notable credentials in trade defence investigations. Director Ursula Johnston is a key contact for advice on customs valuation and tariff classification, among other matters.

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Hill & Smith Holdings

Aston Martin Lagonda

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Cummins

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Gowling WLG specialises in state-related anti-fraud matters and international fraud cases, including disputes originating in Brazil, Africa, Europe and offshore jurisdictions. James Sidwell focuses on domestic and international fraud and asset tracing, acting primarily for financial services companies and high-net-worth individuals.

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Testimonials

‘A top-rate team with a multinational practice. They have the ability to deploy the appropriate number of staff to get the job done as fast as possible without compromising the need to investigate properly and build the case in the right way.’

‘Andrew Witts – a wealth of experience on high level multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing matters. Significant experience dealing with government and civic authorities. Extremely good at seeing the wider picture and leading a wider strategy across multiple jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Kevin Hellard and Matthew Richardson as liquidators of Durant and Kildare

First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

Grant Thornton LLP (Marcus Wide and Hugh Dickson, liquidators of Stanford Bank)

Alokozay FZE Abdul Rahman Alokozay & Alokozay FZE

CPC Group Limited, Chris Candy, Nick Candy and others

Global Equities

Neil Gostelow and David Standish as Trustees in Bankruptcy

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

Local government Tier 3

Gowling WLG advises local government clients on a wide range of matters, including regeneration projects, NHS-related matters, housing, defence, and waste treatment and disposal. The team is co-led by Sarah Sasse, who focuses on IT outsourcing, while co-leader Michael Luckman has particular credentials for advising the UK government on IP aspects of electricity privatisation, and recently advised a joint bidder on decommissioning nuclear sites in the UK. Based in London, Richard Beckingsale focuses on real estate and joint venture projects, while head of rail Giles Clifford advises on PPPs in transportation and urban regeneration.

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Mining and minerals Tier 3

Gowling WLG displays considerable expertise in advising AIM-listed companies in the mining sector including Bushveld Minerals, Bacanora Lithium and Altus Strategies. Other areas of expertise include project management issues, start-up transactions, debt and project financings, and public M&A. The firm advises a broad range of international clients and has a strong global presence with offices in Dubai, Paris, Stuttgart and Canada. Practice head Charles Bond has a strong background in corporate finance work and heads the UK natural resources group. Legal director Susan Johnston is also a key name to note.

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The team has good experience advising publicly listed mining companies. In particular, they are used to dealing with tricky companies in foreign jurisdictions where an understanding of risk and the ability to take a risk-based rather than standard approach is required.’

Charles Bond is a very experienced yet hands-on partner who is always a good source of sound advice.’

The Mining Team led by Charles Bond provide excellent client service on a long term basis, through being highly responsive and always available to provide sensible practical advice efficiently and quickly.’

We have been pleased to recommend this team to a number of other companies in the sector who have greatly appreciated the recommendation and subsequent service!

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

Altus Strategies plc

Ariana Resources plc

Phoenix Global Mining

Galantas Gold Corporation

Salt Lake Potash Ltd

Sylvania Platinum

Sunrise Resources plc

Tertiary Mineral plc

Planning Tier 3

The multiple specialisms of Gowling WLG's planning practice cover the making of and implementing CPOs for both public and private sector clients; high-profile city estate regeneration schemes; and DCOs for infrastructure-led projects. Practice head Vicky Fowler is an expert on CPOs and regeneration projects and has recently handled key matters including multibillion-pound town centre redevelopment as well as CPOs on mixed-use retail developments. Ben Stansfield is another key lawyer, noted for his expertise in environmental law. He has recently led on environmental judicial review challenges for the firm.

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‘Ben Stansfield has been a great recruit to the partnership. We transferred our work from Ben’s previous firm so that he could continue to handle it.’

‘We have engaged Gowlings for housing regeneration planning advice; Gowlings are agile, competent, relevant, straightforward legal advice-givers, they also add value to us.’

‘Vicky Fowler is technically fantastic and commercially astute.’

Key clients

Transport for London

Be First

U & I

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

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

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Gowling WLG has a well-established energy practice with 'very strong technical abilities coupled with commercial acumen' across the corporate, financing and regulatory areas. The firm is also actively involved in the development of UK energy codes as well as renewals and the renegotiation of UK renewable PPAs. Jonathan Brufal heads up the international energy and project development practice, and is supported by emerging markets specialist Andrew Newbery, corporate partner Gareth Baker and John Cooper, who is recognised for his experience in regularly matters.

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‘Very strong technical abilities coupled with commercial acumen. This allows for efficient legal advice on complex energy projects.’

‘The team combines both breadth and depth of knowledge in the energy sector with a profound understanding of practical, commercial considerations faced by clients.’

‘Gareth Baker has been an outstanding and consistent partner for us. Always adding value, suggesting opportunities, and proving to be supportive generally.’

Key clients

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

Statkraft Markets GmbH

Armpower CJSC

Co-operative Energy Limited

Highview Power

Sumitomo Corporation

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Almar Water

GMP FirstEnergy LLP, Numis Securities Limited and Pareto Securities Limited.

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust PLC

Alt HAN Company Ltd

SmartestEnergy Limited

Cadent Gas

Habitat Energy Limited

Tonik Energy Limited

Retail Energy Code Company Ltd

Draper Esprit

AGES Energy

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

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

Gowling WLG advises on buyouts, exits, and secondary transactions for repeat sponsor clients and sector specialist funds, including several international funds investing in UK assets. These sector specialisms include healthcare and life sciences, technology, logistics and energy. The team works on domestic transactions, as well as collaborating with international offices on cross-border deals. Ian Piggin leads the practice, and is a trusted adviser to many buyout houses, with a particular specialism in life sciences transactions. Chris Towle works on a range of private equity-backed deals, including high-value real estate investments. Newly promoted partner Neil Hendron is active in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.

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Lloyds Development Capital

Star Capital Partners

NVM PE

Cairngorm Capital Partners

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Mobeus Equity Partners

Equiom Holdings

BGF Investments

The Office Group Properties / The Blackstone Group International Partners

Mercia Asset Management

Avison Young (Canada)

Pioneer Capital Partners

Kyotherm

Panoramic Growth Equity

Conegliano

Property litigation Tier 3

Gowling WLG acts for real estate businesses, developers, corporate occupiers and public sector bodies. Its work covers contract, property ownership and lease disputes. It also provides regular assistance with asset management and portfolio issues, such as rent reviews, and advises on vacant possessions to permit development and redevelopment projects. Team head and solicitor advocate Martin Thomas, who is also a CEDR accredited mediator, has a specialism in negligence and contract claims, business rates and CPO compensation. His team includes consultant and rights of light expert Anne Waltham, who is also a key contact for rent reviews.

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Clive Chalkley is always impressive. He is a truly innovative thinker, full of creative ideas. He’s not afraid of giving hard advice in challenging situations with authority and charisma. Clive is what a senior partner in a law firm looks like: a skilful lawyer and a natural leader who knows his stuff inside out and upside down.’

Key clients

The Arch Company

LaSalle Investment Management

U & I (formerly Development Securities)

GVC (Ladbrokes/Coral)

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

HMRC

Segro

Royal London

TfL

St Modwen

Rail Tier 3

The 'friendly and hands-on' team at Gowling WLG has expertise in all core legal areas related to rail, including the intersection of rail and other forms of transport, infrastructure, technology, governance, construction, real estate, and engineering. The team specialises in new station development, as well as advising on station upgrades across the UK, particularly in over station and over track development in London. Its clients include rail freight operators and users, including manufacturing, supply, and procurement, as well as rail freight distribution centres. Group head Giles Clifford is 'calm and precise', and specialises in infrastructure protection and over station development, as well as Network Rail interfaces.

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Friendly and hands-on and always willing to explain matters in an easy to understand manner. Very good commercial knowledge and expertise in dealing with transport and infrastructure related negotiations. Willing to provide clear advice rather than just present options.’

Giles Clifford has always had the ability to see both sides, which means his advice seldom leads to protracted disputes. He is also able to recall from memory key aspects of an agreement and hence easily flag clauses to be reviewed when an issue arises or a question is asked. He is calm and precise which makes him invaluable in meetings.’

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

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Real estate funds Tier 3

Gowling WLG's team, which is spread between the London and Birmingham offices, demonstrates extensive expertise across a wide variety of funds and fund-like vehicles. It assists clients with the launch of onshore and offshore closed-ended real estate funds and REITs, and is also experienced in club arrangements and joint ventures. Team head Nick Heather is a well-known name among brokers, investment banks and investment management companies. John Reed and Lee Nuttall are among other key names.

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The team’s knowledge of fund formation, foreign direct investment into UK real estate and tax are its real strengths. In addition, the team follows a partner-led approach with a real focus on client care and responsiveness. Overall, an excellent balance of commercial acumen and client-focused delivery.’

‘Sharon Ayres and Lee Nuttall are both stand-out partners. Their technical expertise and client delivery are exceptional. Within their team, legal director, Emma Payne, is also highly experienced and technically minded.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income plc

CEIBA Investment Limited

Empiric Student Property plc

ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited

GCP Student Living plc

Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT plc

AEW UK REIT PLC

AEW UK Long Lease REIT PLC

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

CBRE

M&G Real Estate

NFU Mutual

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Corby Land & Development Ltd

Monarch Alternative Capital LP

Royal London Asset Management

Thales Pension Scheme

Goodman

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

LGPS Panel

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

TMT Tier 3

The commercial, IT, outsourcing and intellectual property team at Gowling WLG has broad experience that includes GDPR, AI, telecoms and data issues. The practice is co-led by Jocelyn Paulley, who has particular expertise in the retail and technology sectors; and patent litigator Alexandra Brodie, who specialises in IP. Also notable is Birmingham-based Patrick Arben, who is a commercial litigation partner specialising in the technology sector. Sally Mewies left for Walker Morris LLP in 2019.

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‘The team has the right culture and approach and the associates are technically sound, with the correct level of gravitas’

‘Patrick Arben is a go-to person; as a partner he is exceptionally creative in approach and great at finding solutions to problems. His knowledge of the IT market is excellent and his in-depth knowledge of the technical side of IT projects, coupled with his litigation skills, makes him an outstanding individual in his field’

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Birmingham City Council

Virtus Data Centres

Rigby Group

Marks & Spencer plc

Cornerstone Telecommunications Limited

Metro Bank plc

Xoserve Limited

Secretary of State of the Home Office (‘Home Office’)

Office of National Statistics

InterDigital

TQ Delta

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Home to ‘an excellent combination of skilled technicians’, Gowling WLG's real estate practice is headed by Richard Bate; it supports clients with a range of services including the acquisition of leasehold and freehold properties, managing surplus space and portfolio management with established expertise of office, warehouse, manufacturing, retail, leisure and data centre assets. For investment, institutional investors and US private equity funds are a core strength; the group also represents sovereign wealth funds, REITs and family offices across the globe. It handles the buying, selling, letting and asset management of all asset classes including health and care and student accommodation premises. Jon Lloyd is a specialist in mixed-use projects with the team also handling regeneration and transport-related developments, among others.

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‘Gowlings work very hard at relationship development. They work to understand what we want to achieve. The advice they give is an good combination of the technical and the pragmatic.’

‘They are all practically orientated with their advice which I find invaluable. Advice is tailored to the needs of the project and the client.’

The team are an excellent combination of skilled technician and friend. They want to get to know us and our roles within the business and take the time to talk to us, as well as providing first rate help and advice. The team are readily available and when they are not, their response times are first rate. They have a clear grasp on important timescales.’

‘Helen Emmerson works tirelessly to maintain a strong relationship with her clients, having a friendly and open demeanour. Her advice is always well though through, well structured and reflects the needs of the project. Her leadership style flows through to her team.’

Key clients

Royal London

Metro Bank

The Hut Group

IM Properties

U+I

Pearson

NFU Mutual

Atkins

Net-a-Porter

Intermediate Capital Group

Coca-Cola European Partners

Lidl

Intu Properties

Queensberry Real Estate

Made.com

Competition litigation Tier 4

Gowling WLG's practice has an emphasis on follow-on damages claims, where it acts for both claimants and defendants. Another key workstream seems the firm advise on claims involving an interplay between competition law and IP. Practice head Bernardine Adkins, who splits time between London and Brussels, has accrued significant experience of handling cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

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Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

The team at Gowling WLG is primarily based in London but draws on the expertise of the firm’s private client practitioners in Singapore, Dubai and Toronto. It handles all aspects of trusts litigation for its clients, many of whom are internationally based. Newly promoted partner Catherine Naylor leads the team and has a particular focus on complex multi-jurisdictional cases. Andrew Witts is well regarded for his work on international and offshore cases, while James Sidwell has extensive experience of contentious trusts matters.

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Strong relationship with partners. Provides excellent client support during the legal process and court action. In-depth knowledge of court process, collation of documentation and statement preparation. Good underlying support from a strong legal team

The team here brings its heavyweight commercial litigation experience into the trusts litigation arena

Catherine Naylor is an exceptional litigator, with great judgement and real analytical and strategic intelligence

‘A truly top team in this area, with three internationally recognised partners. A go-to practice for offshore firms needing a firm to deal with the English part of international trust disputes

James Sidwell is tactical, very astute, extremely well prepared for all cases and very good with clients. Catherine Naylor is very intelligent, sensitive to clients’ needs and will not be pushed around. Andrew Witts has a very sensible approach, and is suitably aggressive when the need arises

Key clients

First Peninsula Trustees Limited

Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

Abdul Rahman Alokozay

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited)

Chris and Nick Candy (the Candy brothers)

Alliance Trust Plc

New World Trust

Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Company (Cayman) Limited

Equiom

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

The ‘approachable and helpfulGowling WLG has experience across a range of contentious regulatory matters, including those relating to LIBOR and FX. The firm also provides expertise in FCA and PRA authorisation, supervision, enforcement and the regulatory aspects of Fintech. Practice head James Sidwell acts in corporate and financial services litigation, as well as fraud and asset tracing, contentious trusts and regulatory matters.

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‘From partners to junior solicitors, everyone is keen to work constructively and to find ways of making their clients’ lives easier’

‘James Sidwell has a practical, straightforward, no-nonsense attitude to litigation, combined with an easy and charming manner’

‘Verity Barker is very clever, completely on top of detail, and meticulously organised, but wears it all very lightly: she’s a pleasure to work with’

‘Their preparation for carrying out interviews was meticulous and they took great care to ensure that the witness statements were clear and accurate’

‘Their performance was first class’

‘James Sidwell is calm, level-headed and highly experienced in commercial and regulatory matters’

‘Verity Barker has an excellent eye for detail and is hard-working, careful and thorough’

‘Sophia Khan was highly efficient’

Key clients

First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

Grant Thornton LLP

Fintech Tier 4

Gowling WLG's fintech team primarily advises clients on investments, commercial contracts, platform structuring, regulatory issues and IP. David Brennan is a name to note for fintech M&A and equity transactions, including IPOs and secondary fundraisings. Ian Mason frequently advises clients on the financial services regulation governing ICOs, crypto-assets and blockchain projects. Jocelyn Paulley primarily advises start-ups in the retail sector on commercial, IT and outsourcing arrangements, as well as data protection matters.

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‘The team has a great mix of former regulators and pure lawyers, so offers a breadth of knowledge and a good balance of legal and practical experience.’

‘Ian Mason: a former FCA regulator, now providing high level regulatory guidance in the fintech space.’

‘Sushil Kuner – another former regulator with a great network and strong technical and social skills.’

‘David Brennan is smart, efficient, personable, very responsive and commercially minded.’

Key clients

Draper Esprit plc

Nebulous, Inc.

Mercia Asset Management

LiquidityEdge

Reorg Research

Klarna Bank

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Gowling WLG advises on contentious and non-contentious IT work, particularly mobile network projects, cloud mandates and 5G issues. The firm also has significant experience acting for data centre operators. Jocelyn Paulley is active in the retail and technology sectors, for customers and suppliers. She co-leads the team with Alexandra Brodie, who is a patent litigator. Sally Mewies left the firm for Walker Morris LLP in 2019.

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‘Jocelyn Paulley has knowledge of technology and application and considerations for contracting structures and strategies.’

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Birmingham City Council

Virtus Data Centres

Rigby Group

Marks & Spencer plc

Cornerstone Telecommunications Limited

Metro Bank plc

Xoserve Limited

Secretary of State of the Home Office (‘Home Office’)

Office of National Statistics

InterDigital

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

Gowling WLG has a full service corporate group working on both national and international transactions. The team is experienced in the real estate, life sciences, healthcare, energy and manufacturing sectors and is active on transactions in Africa, China, Eastern Europe, the CIS, India, the Middle East, Russia and Singapore. Sunil Kakkad leads the corporate group and has 30 years' experience advising a variety of clients on the full range of M&A work.

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Wilmington Plc

Bushveld Minerals

Cairngorm Capital

H&T Group plc

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 Limited

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Gowling WLG's advertising law team acts for leading brands with particular experience in the food and drink, retail, automotive, technology and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. The group is well-placed to handle multijurisdictional matters with strong advertising practices in Russia, Germany, France, the UAE (covering the Middle East and North Africa), Singapore and China. Legal director Dan Smith leads the team and counts issues relating to digital media, multinational promotions, influencers, ASA complaints, sponsorship and ambush marketing among his areas of expertise. Kate Swaine (who splits her time between Birmingham and London) specialises in the enforcement of brands and comparative advertising litigation.

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

Birmingham 2022

Weetabix

Carlsberg

Marks & Spencer

Mothercare

Hovis

Oxfam

Nomad Foods (Europe’s largest frozen foods manufacturer and the owner of the Birds Eye, Iglo and Findus brands)

Dollar Shave Club

Volvo

Premier Foods (Peckish, SAXA, Bisto, Nissin Cup Noodle, Mr Kipling, Sharwoods, Loyd Grossman, Simplicity by Knighton)

Property finance Tier 4

With a client roster consisting of traditional banks, debt funds and REITs, Gowling WLG is highly skilled in the investment and development financing of residential, hotel, retail and office properties. Practice head Nick Turner regularly acts for debt funds and is particularly strong in handling distressed assets. Other key individuals include Matthew East, who is noted for his work on the financing of hotels.

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‘Responsive and commercial. A fantastic understanding of the repercussions of various clauses within loan documents and how they translate into potential risks for the client, and more importantly whether it is something worth spending time debating.’

Key clients

ICG-Longbow

HSBC Bank plc/HSBC UK Bank plc

Bank of East Asia

LBBW

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics plc

Quadrant Real Estate Partners

Gravis Capital Management

London and Cambridge Properties

Empiric Student Property PLC

Deutsche Hypo

HC-One Limited

Hayfield Homes Limited

Inland Homes plc

Social housing: finance Tier 4

Primarily a lender practice, Gowling WLG advises a number of banks and SPVs on revolving credit facilities, bond issues and private placements. The group also has a history of acting for some of the largest registered providers in the market. In 2019, highlights included assisting Sanctuary Group with its £75m public bond issue on the newly formed International Securities Market. Chris Brierley is lead adviser to the team's key banking clients and is ably supported by Navin Prabhakar.

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Sanctuary Group

Triplepoint Social Housing REIT plc

Venture capital Tier 4

Gowling WLG has a sizeable roster of funds clients seeking to deploy capital into life sciences, technology and energy sector-focused businesses. While he has expertise throughout the investment lifecycle, team head Ian Piggin is particularly known for his experience in early-to-mid stage financings, many of which increasingly involve an international component.

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PeakSpan Capital

Panoramic Growth Equity

Tonik Energy

Krios Capital

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Gowling WLG’s public law and regulation practice acts for a client roster, which comprises central and local government bodies, utilities and education regulators, consumer bodies and regulated companies. Practice leader John Cooper and legal director Ravi Randhawa advise on matters ranging from vires issues and the administration of major procurement projects to human rights and EU food safety law. The team typically acts on the defence side of judicial review litigation for public sector clients, with newly promoted partner Kieran Laird reinforcing this expertise.

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Ofqual

Ofwat

BEIS

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation

Oxfam

Regulator of Community Interest Companies

Office for Product Safety and Standards

Aviation Tier 5

Gowling WLG primarily acts for airlines, airports and aircraft component manufacturers. Key areas of strength in aviation include handling matters relating to IP, outsourcing, competition, dispute resolution, employment, pensions and technology issues.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Gowling WLG acts for and against large banking institutions in a range of contentious matters, including regulatory, structured finance, restructuring and fraud disputes.  James Sidwell, who has a breadth of experience spanning banking litigation and contentious regulatory matters, leads the team. Recently promoted partner Catherine Naylor and principle associate Verity Barker are other names to note.

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First Peninsula Trustees Limited and Port of Hercules Trustees Limited

Grant Thornton LLP

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

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Gowling WLG acts for developers, contractors and institutional purchasers/investors across a multitude of sectors including retail, leisure, hotels and energy. The practice is jointly led from Birmingham by Richard Green and Mike O’Shea. Sue Ryan heads up the London office and is an expert in construction and engineering issues and has represented professionals and employers in multi-party disputes.

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Wates

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society

AXA

Canada Life

BAE Systems Pension Funds (Trustees) Limited

EU and competition Tier 5

At Gowling WLG, the EU, trade and competition group places particular emphasis on cartel-related advice, UK and EU merger control, state aid, and the overlap between IP and competition law. Splitting her time between London and Brussels, practice head Bernardine Adkins focuses on contentious competition law issues. Samuel Beighton stands out for his credentials in competition law economics.

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Dixons Carphone

Mazda

Cummins

Thai Airways

Eisai

Aston Martin Lagonda

Origin Enterprises

H & T

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

E (Gas and Electricity)

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

The ‘very experienced and knowledgeableGowling WLG advises on consumer credit, payment services, Fintech and fund regulation. The firm also has expertise in retail and automotive finance. The ‘excellentIan Mason leads the team and advises on contentious and non-contentious issues. His team includes principal associate Sushil Kuner, whose experience covers e-commerce, payment services, consumer credit and mortgage regulation.

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‘Their knowledge and experience of regulators has been one the firm’s strengths’  

‘Easy to deal with, friendly and very knowledgeable in the field they specialise in’

‘Keep their clients updated with the latest regulatory news and offer help and advice where necessary’

‘Ian Mason is focused on solving the client’s actual needs’

‘Sushil Kuner has a particularly strong business approach and understands the regulatory environment very well’

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Bricklane Investment Services

Draper Esprit plc

H&T Group PLC

Klarna Bank AB

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust PLC

International arbitration Tier 6

Gowling WLG's commercial arbitration practice acts in high-value and complex arbitrations under the major institutional rules as well as ad hoc proceedings. It has 'excellent legal knowledge' of disputes concerning the technology, IP, life sciences, natural resources, and construction and engineering sectors. Gordon Bell heads up the international arbitration practice; legal director Karen O’Connell and principal associate Tom George are also key members.

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‘Gordon Bell is a senior, skilled and very professional with his work and views. Tom George is a motivated and focused individual who is fast thinking and result driven.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge.’

‘Gordon Bell. Extremely diligent, studies documents in depth, brilliant lawyer. Pleasure to work with!’

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Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Albania

Banking and finance Tier 1

Gowling WLG is a go-to firm for many clients in their largest and most significant banking and finance transactions. The team is led by Chris Brierley, who is particularly active in lending work connected with sectors such as franchising, health, renewable energy and social housing. The group's varied workload covers areas such as acquisition finance, project finance and general corporate finance, among others. Tom Stockley has a growing derivatives practice. In a recent highlight, Navin Prabhakar was the lead adviser to LDC on financing its investment in Solid Solutions. Stockley and Prabhakar made partner in May 2020.

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Sanctuary Group

State Bank of India

BNP Paribas

CBPE Capital

Universities Superannuation Fund

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

CBRE/The North West Evergreen Fund

Deutsche Bank

Greenbank Partnerships

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Primrose Solar

Lloyds Development Capital

H&T Group Plc

Midcounties Co-operative Group

Triplepoint Social Housing REIT Plc

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

The commercial litigation team at Gowling WLG operates as a single team across Birmingham and London and benefits from a diverse client base ranging from West Midlands-based to global companies. It has a number of sector specialisms including the insurance and IT sectors for which Samantha Holland and Patrick Arben are the respective contacts to note. Regulatory crime expert Andrew Litchfield heads up the group which also includes Davinia Gransbury, who focuses on civil fraud, corporate governance and insolvency disputes; Andrew Smith, who excels in contentious contractual matters; and Tom Price, who is particularly strong for international arbitration proceedings and jurisdictional disputes. Andrew Nugent Smith, who was particularly active in the automotive sector, left to establish the London office of US firm Keller Lenkner.

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Exceptional case management, flexibility and proactiveness.

Great communicators, proactive, passionate, an extension of our in house team.

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Co-Operative Energy Limited (part of the Midcounties Co-operative group)

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

Sopra Steria 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

Sanctuary Housing Association

Wilmington

Dyson

British Red Cross

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

Gowling WLG is a regional real estate powerhouse with a solid reputation in leading top-end mandates in mixed-use, retail, industrial and regeneration developments. The group is singled out for its experience in acting for global institutional investors and working with residential developers and corporate occupiers. Practice head Richard Bate stands out for his knowledge in strategic land site assembly work, consortium transactions and equalisation issues. Mike Trainer, John Burns, Duncan Murphy, Susan Bennett, Richard Beckingsale and Matthew Walker comprise the other key figures.

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A& J Mucklow

Aston Martin

Atkins

Bellway

Blackstone

Cadent

Freshwater Group

Government Property Agency

Construction Tier 1

Gowling WLG fields a 'very experienced, engaging and well-respected group of construction specialists' who act for developers, contractors and institutional purchasers and investors across a variety of sectors including the energy, retail, hospitality and leisure, infrastructure and nuclear energy industries. Richard Green is a non-contentious specialist, who focuses on construction and engineering contracts and is experienced in onshore and offshore projects; while principle associate Gemma Whittaker is recommended for major regeneration projects. Michael O’Shea leads the contentious team, which includes Ashley Pigott, Sue Ryan and Daniel Wood.

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‘A group of very experienced, engaging and well respected construction specialists with good attention to client needs.’

‘Daniel Wood and Ashley Pigott are both exceptional dispute lawyers and I use Daniel for complex advisory and settlement issues because of his thorough attention to detail.’

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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

John Sisk & Son

Cadent

IM Properties

Goodman

Pemberstone (Green Quarter) Reversions Limited

Organising Committee for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Center Parcs

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

Gowling WLG is active in headline M&A and private equity deals, and it also provides specialist commercial contracts advice. The group acts for clients in industries such as real estate, automotive and food and drink. In 2019, Chris Towle and others advised BGF Investments LP on its co-investment with CBGF into Appnovation Technologies as part of its international expansion strategy. David Vaughan heads up the corporate team in Birmingham, which also includes Jeremy MillingtonAnurag (Ragi) Singh and Stuart YoungSharon Ayres leads a group specialising in private fund formation, investments and restructurings. Principal associate Caroline McNally is also recommended.

Testimonials

They care and are very attentive in understanding their clients’ needs and offering great advice. They also guide their clients through difficult waters, with a full support network being available to support the lead solicitors

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

Employment Tier 1

Gowling WLG provides UK and international private and public sector clients with the full array of employment, labour and equalities advice. The first-rate team has specialisms in areas as diverse as manufacturing, real estate and life sciences through to police work, social housing and healthcare. Its contentious expertise covers High Court business protection litigation through to complex discrimination and whistleblowing tribunal claims. The team under the leadership of Jane Fielding also regularly advises on industrial relations issues as well as workplace investigations. Recently the group has also been busy working with clients on the new employment aspects of data protection law and has been providing support on corporate and real estate transactions. Martin Chitty is also well-regarded. Chitty acts for some of the UK’s largest housing associations and leading manufacturers in addition to private equity investors. Jonathan Chamberlain’s specialist areas include financial services, technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing.

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Martin Chitty deservedly has an excellent reputation‘.

Martin Chitty stands out for his expertise on restrictive covenants‘.

Gowling really knows our business and makes sure it delivers its advice according to our needs‘.

The team takes a collaborative approach. The responses are legally spot on and the approach practical. There is no sense of a distant ivory tower which is very important to me’.

Key clients

Jacobs

Cathay Pacific

London Borough of Croydon

RLB

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

Iglo Foods (now Nomad)

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Sanctuary Group

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

Gowling WLG's cross-disciplinary team,  which is led by Gus Wood, John Cooper and Helen Emmerson, provides full-service support encompassing advising private and public sector clients on market transformation programmes, regulatory issues, M&A, structured finance work and energy supply and trading issues. Energy specialist Wood acts for developers and funders on power purchase agreements, particularly for large offshore wind projects. Cooper is the key figure for regulatory reform projects in the utilities sector, while Emmerson focuses on real estate matters. Other key lawyers include Dominic Richardson, who handles defence and infrastructure projects, and Paul Green, who assists with mandates involving wind and solar farms, CCGT power stations and nuclear plants. Associate James Stanier is recommended for commercial contracts.

Key clients

Brockwell Energy Limited

AMEA Power

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

Statkraft Markets GmbH

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

EOG Resources, Inc

Environment Tier 1

Gowling WLG 's sizeable team, which includes Lee McBride, Andrew Litchfield and Ben Stansfield, provides 'solid environmental advice backed by a wealth of experience'. In the non-contentious space, McBride and Stansfield advise on issues pertaining to contaminated land, environmental permitting, regulatory issues arising from commercial property transactions and international environmental law.  Litchfield primarily defends clients in criminal proceedings brought by the Environment Agency and local authorities.

Health and safety Tier 1

Gowling WLG is immersed in the key sectors of construction, building materials quarrying, aerospace and defence. Other significant focus areas include local government, health and social care. Head of team Andrew Litchfield is skilled at helping clients in the prevention of accidents and helps them during the course of any investigations and inquests and through the criminal courts. Michael Hafen is another prominent member of the team. Hafen is known for his work in the defence of civil and criminal litigation in the aftermath of regulatory breaches, healthcare, trading standards and environmental breaches.

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Andrew Litchfield is really experienced, sensible‘.

The whole team at Gowling is really strong’.

Key clients

Bakkavor Foods Ltd

Odeon Cinemas Ltd

E Manton Ltd

Sanctuary

Bloor Homes Ltd

Kingspan Insulation Ltd

The Channel Tunnel Group Ltd/Eurotunnel

A F Blakemore and Son Ltd

Richmond Fellowship

Ford Motor Company UK Ltd

CEMEX UK Operations Ltd

Integral UK Ltd

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd

DMG Technical Ltd

Castlepoint LLP

Cummins Ltd

Intellectual property Tier 1

Gowling WLG is an IP powerhouse with particular depth of expertise in the telecoms, life sciences, brands, automotive and food and drink sectors. The practice also fields a team of technical specialists including Luke Kempton and Patrick Duxbury, who has a background in biochemistry, biotechnology and microbiology. The group is also well regarded for trade mark infringement claims, passing off cases, brand strategy issues and enforcement work, often with an international angle. Key figures include Kate Swaine for branding and portfolio management issues; Nick Cunningham for patent and copyright disputes; and principle associate Michael Carter for litigation involving patents and autonomous vehicles. Litigator Gordon Harris is co-head of the global IP team.

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Key clients

TQ Delta, LLC

Hexatronic Group AB

Pear Technologies Ltd

Shnuggle Ltd

Weetabix

AstraZeneca

Pensions Tier 1

The pensions team at Gowling WLG is a heavyweight team with almost 50 pensions lawyers. It has an excellent client list acting for numerous household names and pension schemes with billions of pounds worth of assets. Richard Black is recommended for his advice to trustees of some of the largest schemes in the UK and Richard Lee focuses on pension scheme changes, auto-enrolment as well as defined contribution schemes. Paul Carberry is another key figure and heads up the team’s public sector pensions unit. Elizabeth Gane advises trustees on complex funding issues and mergers. There have been some changes to the team as Christopher Stiles and Joanne Tibbott were promoted to the partnership in May 2019.  Glyn Ryland is now a director of The Trustee Corporation Ltd at  Squire Patton Boggs. Jason Coates is the new head of the team.

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Testimonials

Richard Black is very caring about the client experience and strives to give a top-quality service’.

Richard Black is brilliant with clients and really understands his clients and their businesses. Paul Carberry is one of the leaders in his field for public sector pensions‘.

Richard Black is a great lawyer and a very engaging person, clients love him.  Liz Gane is doing more and more high-profile work ‘.

Richard Lee and the team have been a real pleasure to work with, providing knowledgeable and clearly understandable advice in a timely manner. Attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of our pension arrangements’.

Practical advice given in understandable language – they are pleasant people to work with. Pragmatic and friendly. Special call out for Liz Gane‘.

Sara Chambers has a very measured, calm and reasonable approach‘.

A very well-resourced team, high-calibre individuals, service orientated that is focused on the client and resolving the issue at hand within the legal boundaries which apply. Richard Black is exceptional’.

The people are very down to earth, very efficient and really care about the job they do and the client on a personal basis. Good communicators and manage workload very well‘.

Key clients

Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Rothesay Life

Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plans

PGL Pension Scheme

Pirelli UK Pension Funds

Weetabix pension schemes

Volvo Car UK Ltd

Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes

Planning Tier 1

Gowling WLG's Birmingham planning team has 'experience in a diverse range of planning and infrastructure projects', namely highways, compulsory purchases, commercial and residential developments and major regeneration schemes. The team also has a strong track record in appeals and planning litigation. Group head Andrew Thomas is 'wise and experienced' in schemes including strategic rail freight interchanges, sports stadium projects, residential-led projects and energy projects. Vicky Fowler and Toni Weston are also key partners.

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‘A really user friendly planning law team with experience in a diverse range of planning and infrastructure projects.’

‘Andrew Thomas is reliable and responsive. Particularly on tricky and complex planning law issues.’

‘Andrew Thomas – wise and experienced.’

‘Vicky Fowler – experienced, client friendly.’

Key clients

Bloor Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Goodman Real Estate

St Modwen

Banking litigation Tier 2

Gowling WLG assists a range of financial institutions with enforcement and litigation relating to lending and security. Ian Weatherall leads the team and handles a range of contentious banking and insolvency matters including undisclosed commission and PPI claims. Principal associate Katie Molloy acts for clearing banks and automotive and asset financiers in asset recovery disputes.

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Corporate tax Tier 2

Gowling WLG excels in handling cross-border reorganisations for multinational companies; its team's expertise in this space includes VAT, remuneration structuring, customs duties and payroll taxes. In addition, the group advises on tax issues connected with corporate and real estate transactions, management incentives and tax disputes. In 2019, practice head Lee Nuttall and recently promoted senior associate Michael Sweeney provided tax advice to Stamford Land on its acquisition of a Grade A office and retail investment property at 8 Finsbury Circus from Mitsubishi Estate London Ltd. Tom Rank made principal associate. Recently promoted partner Chris Nyland has real estate tax expertise.

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Testimonials

The team is proactive and friendly. I can expect commercial and well-judged advice.’

Lee Nuttall always gives sound advice.’

The Gowlings tax team is great to work with as they are not only superb experts in property tax but also are able to work collaboratively with us to make sure all tax issues are covered off.’

Lee Nuttall is a superb tax lawyer, who really knows his stuff and is very easy to work with. I have learned a lot from his very patient explanations of complex tax issues. Lee has a huge amount of experience and uses this to good effect when providing solutions to tax problems.’

Key clients

Queensgate Investments

GCP Student Living Plc

U&I

Stamford Land

The Office Group

Royal London Mutual Insurance

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Triple Point Social Housing REIT Plc

Tameside/Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Health Tier 2

At Gowling WLG, Robert Breedon heads up the national healthcare practice and has extensive knowledge of commercial public and private partnerships, collaboration arrangements for health and social care commissioners and developing delivery models for healthcare providers. Andrew Litchfield is recommended for regulatory investigations and inquiries.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Gowling WLG is an excellent choice for contentious and non-contentious national and cross-border mandates, with its Birmingham team working with practitioners in London as one integrated group. The team is sought after for advice on corporate restructurings and turnarounds, distressed M&A, distressed banking matters, exits and work outs, among many other matters. Jasvir Jootla is the lead contact in Birmingham, with London-based Julian Pallett being the overall head of the practice. Ian Weatherall has a first-rate reputation in insolvency litigation. Tom Stockley, who was promoted to director in May 2019, more recently made partner.

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Testimonials

Corporate focused, very connected within their own firm’s expertise and client base

Jasvir Jootla is a class act, unflapable, calm and collected in all situations. Commercially and legally sharp and a great team player

Key clients

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM

EY LLP

FRP

KPMG

BDO LLP

Smith & Williamson

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Gowling WLG has a strong roster of blue-chip clients in the retail, telecoms, technology and public sectors, and assists with contentious and non-contentious IT matters, including cloud computing issues, outsourcing projects and data privacy mandates. Patrick Arben is 'technology dispute specialist of the highest calibre' and also handles software licensing work, data security issues and systems integration projects. Other key figures include London-based group head Jocelyn Paulley, Helen Davenport and principle associate James Barr. Former head of IT Sally Mewies departed to Walker Morris LLP.

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‘Patrick Arben is a talented, pragmatic, commercially minded, technology dispute specialist of the highest calibre.’

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Birmingham City Council

Virtus Data Centres

Rigby Group

Marks & Spencer plc

Cornerstone Telecommunications Limited

Property litigation Tier 2

Gowling WLG has substantial experience representing residential developers,  housebuilders and commercial occupiers in complex lease disputes, strategic land claims and high-value dilapidation claims. The group also bolstered its bench strength with the hire of former head of property litigation at Higgs & Sons, Paul Barker in early 2020; Barker brings his extensive experience in retail property disputes and anti-trespass and protester matters. Leading the Birmingham team, Carole Peet acts in dilapidation claims and disputes arising from break notices, lease renewals and rent reviews. Principal associate Rob Bridgman has an impressive housebuilder practice and 'consistently outperforms many a City partner with his development-related work'.

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‘Gowling’s Birmingham office is the property litigation hub of the firm. It has a comprehensive offering at associate, senior associate, principal associate and partner level.’

‘Gowling is top of my list for real estate property litigation in the Midlands. They are in a class of their own. They act for a host of household name companies across the spectrum of property litigation issues. A wealth of experience from senior consultants, through the partners to incredibly strong senior associates.’

‘Rob Bridgman is cheery, even when under pressure, and works tirelessly to get the desired result. He stands out because he knows how to make good use of a team, which ensures his client is provided with a comprehensive (and cost effective) service. He must surely be a partner in the making, and seems set to remain a strong and respected presence in the market.’

‘Rob Bridgman is absolutely excellent: a real star. Focused, responsive, insightful, commercial and always a pleasure to work with. He consistently outperforms many a City partner with his development related work.’

Key clients

Bloor

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey

Transport for London

Zurich/Threadneedle

Schroders

M&G

Social housing Tier 2

Gowling WLG leverages its considerable national cross-departmental expertise in the social housing sector, and also utilises complementary experience in corporate and commercial, real estate, planning and dispute resolution issues. Practice head Jacqueline Knox specialises in social housing developments, investment work and housing management issues. In the regeneration and investment team, Richard Beckingsale is noted for his niche expertise in the private rented sector.

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Sanctuary Housing Group

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Clarion Housing Group

London and Quadrant

Orbit Homes

Bromford Housing Group

Bournville Village Trust

Transport Tier 2

Gowling WLG draws upon strengths across multiple areas to advise clients on a wide range of transport-related issues. Giles Clifford heads up the multidisciplinary group, whose expertise includes technology, governance, construction, public procurement and planning. Its work is notably prominent in the rail, road, aerospace and aviation, and logistics arenas. The firm is advising Goodman Shepherd on the proposed development consent order for the East Midlands Intermodal Park. Principal associate James Barr is another key name.

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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

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

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.

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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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 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

Birmingham-rooted with a global outlook and network, Gowling WLG is described as a 'true international firm' with 'big-ticket work' undertaken from its offices in Birmingham and London. With 'a strong reputation in intellectual property', the firm is a full-service outfit which, according to current trainees, is 'the best firm in Birmingham in terms of quality of legal work and reputation'. Trainees often have previous experience with the firm either as paralegals or through work experience. One trainee describes the firm as 'friendly and approachable' without the 'pretention of a lot of international firms'. Another trainee identified his attraction to the firm, saying 'the strong focus on a friendly and progressive culture was appealing; it seemed like a genuinely nice place to work and this has been confirmed by reality'. Through a small intake in each office of around 15 trainees, the training features 'comparatively more support and the chance for more international work' plus 'more exposure to clients and more responsibility to undertake complex and senior-level work'. Highlights of the training include 'acting for a client in a Supreme Court case' and 'going to a fund's IPO at the London Stock Exchange after months of work'. Trainees cite the pay differential between London and Birmingham, plus the lack of non-alcohol-based socializing as a downside, but compliment the canteen in the Birmingham office. The firm has a strong CSR and pro-bono programme, including a day of trainee induction selling The Big Issue, working with Kids in Need of Defence and Birmingham Law Clinic. Gowling WLG is worth watching if you are interested in training at an international firm with a small intake and decent work/life balance.