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Banking and finance Tier 1
Gowling WLG acts for lenders and borrowers on acquisition finance, asset finance, corporate finance, project finance and securitisation matters across a wide range of sectors, including automotive, food and franchising, real estate, social housing and energy. Chris Brierley has particular expertise in balance sheet corporate lending and off balance sheet project financing, while director Navin Prabhakar leads on general corporate finance transactions.
‘Gowling WLG consistently delivers across multiple sectors and a wide variety of debt facility types. The firm works fast and effectively and will always work hard to meet client deadlines.
‘The team has a deep understanding of our group at multiple levels of the organisation, which enables them to quickly grasp often complex project issues’
‘Chris Brierley allocates the right level of expertise to projects’
‘Principal associate Angela Rawlins is knowledgeable, hard working, diligent and reliable. She is client focused and will put in the time required to deliver projects on time.’
State Bank of India
Universities Superannuation Fund
Pension Corporation plc
CBRE/The North West Evergreen Fund
HSBC Bank plc
Gowling WLG is regularly instructed in high-stakes litigation, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Andrew Litchfield, who leads the team, also advises on cases in the food and beverage, healthcare and hospitality sectors. Other key names include Andrew Smith, who focuses on contractual disputes, Andrew Nugent Smith, who is very active in the automotive sector; Patrick Arben, who is heavily involved in the technology sector, and energy disputes specialist Tom Price.
‘The Gowling litigation team is dedicated, focused, practical and effective while still being able to offer a less institutional feel than the really big City firms.’
‘Incredibly responsive, pragmatic and commercial team that quickly grasps the issues at hand to be able to provide a timely, tailored and effective solution.’
‘Diligent, hard working and analytical.’
‘Andrew Nugent Smith is measured, has good judgement, and is pragmatic and good with clients.’
Sopra Steria Limited and Steria (Pension Plan) Trustees Limited
Amec Foster Wheeler plc and other Amec group companies
Tarmac Building Products Limited
London Legacy Development Corporation and E20 LLP
NHS Shared Business Services Limited
London Borough of Croydon
Cemex UK Operations Limited
Bastug Metalurji Sanayi, A.S.
Gowling WLG handles agenda-setting transactions across real estate asset classes in sectors including energy, infrastructure, retail commercial and residential. The firm regularly acts for a diverse client roster including developers, property companies, investors, corporates and local authorities. Residential development expert Richard Bate heads the national real estate practice, while the 'fantastic' John Burns handles work for private equity investors and industrial developers. The highly regarded Matthew Walker was promoted to partner in May 2018.
‘Very knowledgeable and responsive – can provide a commercial analysis of risks and issues.’
‘One of the top real estate practices in Birmingham.’
‘Jon Burns is a fantastic lawyer.’
‘Responsive, professional and friendly team players.’
‘Excellent knowledge of my business and what I am trying to achieve, which makes my life easier.’
‘Richard Bate is the best property solicitor operating in my field in my opinion. He just gets it, and is commercial.’
M&G Real Estate
A& J Mucklow
HSBC Bank Pension Fund
Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee
Jaguar Land Rover
The Hut Group
Blackstone Real Estate Partners
The Office Group
Nuveen Real Estate
LaSalle Investment management
Construction Tier 1
The 'highly experienced' team at Gowling WLG has an impressive track record in all construction-related work, advising developers, institutional investors and contractors on projects in the energy, infrastructure, commercial development, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. Team co-heads Michael O'Shea and Richard Green lead on contentious and non-contentious matters respectively. The 'excellent' Ashley Pigott comes highly recommended for his broad expertise, as does Daniel Wood, who specialises in dispute resolution relating to energy, petrochemical and engineering projects. Below partner level, principal associate Gemma Whittaker is well versed in all aspects of non-contentious construction and engineering law, while 'unflappable' associate Sarah Dyer regularly handles adjudications and other proceedings.
‘The go-to construction team in Birmingham, with a wider reach all over the UK and internationally, for both contentious and non-contentious work‘
‘Gowling WLG really cares about the people working in its teams, and in turn the teams really care about their clients. There is a determination to achieve the best result for every client‘
‘Highly experienced, commercial, high quality lawyers. They are able to draw on their embedded contractor focused experience and understanding of contractors needs, and combine those with their developer claims experience. Which ever side of the fence you fall, they offer top draw construction expertise‘
‘They have bright and hard working associates‘
‘Ashley Pigott and Daniel Wood are head and shoulders above their geographical competitors. Ashley Pigott is extremely clever, unflappable and provides a very commercial and responsive service to his clients‘
‘Ashley Pigott is calm, sensible and very commercially minded. An excellent lawyer‘
‘Ashley Pigott is commercially astute and enormously experienced. He is sensible, experienced in construction litigation, supportive and measured‘
‘Daniel Wood has a very strong construction and energy practice with an ever growing international disputes book to complement his domestic practice‘
‘I was hugely impressed by Sarah Dyer on a recent arbitration. She managed a very tricky and challenging dispute in a high pressured environment, with a demanding client. Unflappable‘
‘Sarah Dyer is hard working, thoughtful and clever‘
St. Modwen Properties Plc
IM Properties PLC
Ash & Lacy Building Systems Limited
The Office Group
Alstom Transport (UK) Limited
Sheffield City Council
E.ON Climate & Renewables
The developer of Admiralty Arch, London
Gowling WLG has a strong reputation for working on high profile M&A and private equity deals within the region and beyond. The team focuses on sectors including real estate and the automotive industry as well as handling work for investment funds. David Vaughan leads the corporate team and is supported by Chris Towle , Ragi Singh , Andrew Lawton Smith and Jeremy Millington . The commercial side is led by Sally Mewies , whose team also includes Sarah Sasse , Stephen Kenny and principal associate Caroline McNally .
Birmingham City Council
Business Growth Fund
Hill & Smith Holdings Plc
The Midcounties Cooperative
Palatine Private Equity
Atcore Technology Group Limited
Mitek Holdings Inc
GCP Applied Technologies
Codemasters Group Holdings plc
A F Blakemore & Sons
The Hut Group
M&G Real Estate
University Superannuation Scheme
Marks and Spencer
Transport for London
Nomad Foods Europe Limited (Birds Eye)
Jaguar Land Rover
SMMT (UK automotive trade association)
The Rugby Football Union (RFU)
London Electric Vehicles Company
London Legacy Development Corporation (owner of the London Olympic Stadium)
Upfield (owner of brands such as Flora)
Employment Tier 1
Gowling WLG advises UK and international private and public sector clients on the full range of employment, labour and equality issues. Its areas of sector expertise include life sciences, technology, retail and healthcare, among many others. Practice head Jane Fielding has a strong reputation in the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors, and has notable experience of equal pay litigation. Martin Chitty acts for some of the UK’s largest housing associations and retailers. Another key figure is Jonathan Chamberlain, who demonstrates strong capabilities advising clients on business protection issues.
‘It has a first-rate reputation for its employment work‘.
‘The team has exceptional lawyers, who are also able to be practical and pragmatic when looking for solutions‘.
‘Gowling WLG takes a pragmatic, considered and sensible approach to employment issues. It takes the time to listen, to understand the issues and give a range of options for consideration‘.
‘Jane Fielding runs a great team, she is technically excellent and is very detail- orientated‘.
‘Martin Chitty is knowledgeable, practical, commercial and a seasoned player who is fantastic with clients‘.
‘The very responsive Louise Clifford is diligent and pays very close attention to detail‘.
‘Louise Clifford is an excellent negotiator: charming, assertive, with all the knowledge and solutions at her fingertips‘.
‘Hannah Swindle is always positive, responsive and intuitive‘.
‘Anna Fletcher is a commercially astute practitioner who understands and interprets employment law in a reasoned, and pragmatic way. She is confident to challenge, but empathetic in recommending practical solutions‘ .
London Borough of Croydon
Rider Levett Bucknall
Morgan Motor Company
Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
Iglo Foods (now Nomad)
The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
Energy Tier 1
The highly regarded energy team at Gowling WLG covers the whole spectrum of sector-related matters, including transactional, regulatory, commercial, real estate and technology issues. Practice head John Cooper specialises in energy regulation, while Gus Wood often acts for developers, offtakers and funders on power purchase agreements and other trading arrangements. Former practice head Derek Goodban left the firm in January 2019 to join National Grid.
‘The team has a very strong all-round grasp of the sector on the transaction and debt front’
‘The team is customer-focused, cost effective and manage time well within agreed budgets’
‘Very good reputation and very good quality lawyers in their team’
‘Helen Emmerson is responsive, efficient and takes time to understand the issues’
Alt HAN Co
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)
Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation
Smart Energy Code Company
Squeaky Clean Energy
Wales & West Utilities
Environment Tier 1
Gowling WLG is highly respected in the environmental space and is instructed by prominent clients across a wide range of sectors, including food and drink, engineering, housebuilding and the public sector. The team, headed by Lee McBride, is regularly called on to advise on acquisitions and disposals of contaminated development and industrial sites, remediation works and environment-related aspects of M&A transactions. Litigator Andrew Lichfield handles investigations, criminal proceedings and civil claims for damages for environmental incidents.
Health and safety Tier 1
Gowling WLG's specialist team is immersed in the key sectors of construction, building materials quarrying, aerospace and defence. It is also extremely active in areas such as food, local government, health and social care. The first-rate practice stands out in reputationally-sensitive regulatory investigations, inquests, criminal prosecutions and civil litigation. Practice head Andrew Litchfield is well-regarded.
‘No matter how large or small my legal query, they respond promptly and in ‘layman’s’ language’, so I can understand’.
‘Has a calm and confident approach, coupled with exceptional business acumen and strategic thinking‘.
‘Andrew Litchfield‘s stunning all-round performance drives and inspires this team to the commanding heights it occupies. This team has no weaknesses and its access to the firm’s other resources makes it formidable in all respects‘.
‘Andrew Litchfield is very calm and reassuring , very experienced‘.
‘The health and safety team has a myriad of experience in regulatory matters across the board and a real depth of knowledge and experience. It is extremely client focused, personable and easy to work with, giving its corporate clients practical and commercial advice‘.
‘Andrew Litchfield is entirely dedicated to the client’s case, and goes over and above in helping, advising and generally being on call at all hours to try and assist. Clients like his affable and engaging manner, and impeccable professionalism, even under pressure’.
‘Michael Hafen works tirelessly in assisting clients to achieve the best possible outcome to the case‘.
CEMEX UK Operations
Intellectual property Tier 1
Gowling WLG has in-depth experience across a number of sectors, hanlding high-profile complex cases for major clients, with a particular focus on the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors. Gordon Harris heads the practice, works across London and Birmingham, in tandem with Birmingham-based UK life sciences head Patrick Duxbury. Kate Swaine leads the UK trademarks, brands and designs team, while Luke Kempton is well known for his scientific expertise in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
‘Gordon Harris is a very seasoned and competent patent lawyer, who is also a real team player.’
‘John Coldham gives clear and concise advice with a no-nonsense approach. Highly recommended.’
TQ Delta, LLC
Alpha Animation & Toys Limited
Hexatronic Group AB
IT and telecoms Tier 1
Gowling WLG advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, a wide client base spanning a range of sectors including aerospace and housing. The Birmingham practice, which works as part of a single unit with the firm's London team, is led by commercial, IT and outsourcing head Sally Mewies, who has more than 20 years' experience in technology-related contracts. Director Richard Smith left for a new role as deputy head of UK legal at National Express.
Pensions Tier 1
Gowling WLG has over 50 pensions lawyers and a notable client list, which includes numerous household names and pension schemes with billions of pounds worth of assets. It continues to attract significant new clients and its recent work has involved advising on issues such as closure to accruals, benefit changes and risk transfers, as well as liability management exercises. Its pensions disputes practice is another area of strength. Glyn Ryland is highly recommended.
‘An all-round excellent team‘.
‘A well-resourced team with real strength in depth‘.
‘Glyn Ryland is technically excellent, promotes a great service culture and provides clear, definitive and practical advice‘.
‘Richard Black provides excellent, intelligible and pragmatic advice, explaining issues clearly and concisely‘.
‘Richard Black is very supportive, dedicated, pragmatic and a great communicator. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced‘.
‘Paul Carberry is personable and user friendly‘.
‘There is nothing that Richard Lee does not know about pensions, and he is fun to work with‘.
‘Joanne Tibbott gives clear and straightforward advice and is very unflappable‘.
Universities Superannuation Scheme
Thales UK Pension Scheme
PGL Pension Scheme
Pirelli UK Pension Funds
Weetabix pension schemes
Fujitsu UK Services pension schemes
Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plans
Volvo Car UK
Planning Tier 1
Gowling WLG handles heavyweight nationwide work relating to major commercial and residential developments, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation matters, as well as dispute resolution. The group’s client roster includes household names in the housing, development, leisure, transport and public sectors. 'Stand-out strategist' Andrew Thomas heads the team and has excellent capabilities advising on the full spectrum of planning matters, often working alongside director Toni Weston. Principal associate Cairo Nickolls is another key member of the practice.
‘An excellent combination of sound strategic advice and attention to the detail of drafting’
‘Gowling WLG is proactive, professional and above all, commercially minded’
‘Gowling WLG has been very strong over many years and is delivering very good quality work’
‘Andrew Thomas is a stand-out strategist’
‘Andrew Thomas is an excellent lawyer’
‘Vicky Fowler is very experienced’
‘Associate Priya Patel is a remarkable up and coming talent’
Bloor Homes Limited
Persimmon Homes Limited
Taylor Wimpey UK Limited
Goodman Real Estate
St Modwen Developments
South Tees Development Corporation
Sanctuary Housing Association
Transport for London
London Borough of Barnet
Project finance and PFI Tier 1
Gowling WLG is the leading address for clients seeking advice on PFI and PPP projects in the transport, infrastructure, energy, waste and defence sectors. The highly regarded Stephen Kenny, who leads the team nationally, acts as legal adviser for clients such as the Ministry of Defence and Highways England. Another key member of the team in Birmingham is director Dominic Richardson, who specialises in PPP and project transactions.
‘Stephen Kenny is extremely knowledgeable and has managed to simplify our procurement approach, thereby improving our programme and effectively reducing the risk of legal challenge’
‘Stephen is very highly thought-of in the sector’
Ministry of Defence
United States Agency for International Development Power Africa
International Finance Corporation
Government of Kenya
Department of Health
Siemens Project Ventures
Veolia Middle East
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company
Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)
Bacanora Lithium PLC
Banking litigation Tier 2
Gowling WLG's skillset in this space covers banking, finance and insolvency litigation with a number of major financial institutions among its client roster. Ian Weatherall heads the practice and is most notably skilled in disputes involving undisclosed commission and payment protection insurance. Banking and asset finance specialist Matthew Harvey is also highly recommended. Associate Katie Molloy is skilled in asset recovery disputes.
CIT Vendor Finance
Hampshire Trust Bank
RCI Financial Services
Mercedes Benz Financial
Earl Shilton Building
Investec Asset Finance
UK Asset Resolution
Royal Bank of Canada
Barclays Bank UK Plc
Corporate tax Tier 2
Gowling WLG's tax team offers the full gamut of tax services, and is particularly known for advising clients in the real estate sector. Lee Nuttall leads the tax team nationally and is highly experienced in matters covering VAT, corporate tax, stamp duty land taxes and capital allowances. Another notable name is director Chris Nyland, who has a strong record in property tax issues.
Hill & Smith Holdings plc
Empiric Student Properties REIT
Sanctuary Housing Association
Crown Estate Commissioners
LaSalle Investment Managers Legal & General
GCP Student Living REIT
Triple Point Social Housing REIT
Health Tier 2
Gowling WLG is regularly involved in healthcare-related public-private partnerships, M&A, procurement of services, general corporate advice and real estate transactions, while also helping clients prepare for the likely consequences of Brexit. Robert Breedon heads the team and has a strong track record advising clients from the public and private sector on commercial healthcare projects and outsourcing contracts.
‘Gowling is a very well-regarded specialist firm.‘
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
Synlab Group (includes Labco UK, Integrated Pathology Partnerships and Synlab)
Formation Capital, LLC
Montreux Healthcare Fund
Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited
Central Surrey Health Limited
Philips Electronics (Healthcare)
With a nationwide reach, Gowling WLG covers a wide scope of insolvency and restructuring work, advising lenders, investors, private equity companies as well as insolvency practitioners and distressed businesses. Jasvir Jootla stands out for her corporate recovery and debt restructuring expertise, while Ian Weatherall specialises in insolvency litigation.
Duff & Phelps
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Cranfield Business Recovery
Property litigation Tier 2
Gowling WLG advises housebuilders and public bodies on pre- and post development disputes including those relating to vacant possession. Other areas of expertise include ownership disputes, lease renewals, rent reviews and dilapidation. Carole Peet leads the team and handles a wide range of contentious matters while 'technically very good' principal associate Rob Bridgman focuses on representing housebuilders in their development disputes.
‘Technically capable lawyers‘
‘Rob Bridgman is a very good technical lawyer and is also aware of the commercial issues – good to deal with‘
Circle/Clarion Housing Association
Social housing Tier 2
Gowling WLG regularly acts for housing providers on site acquisitions, development, regeneration and portfolio transactions. The 'very able' Jacqueline Knox specialises in social housing development and investment and non-contentious housing management, while Richard Beckingsale heads the regeneration team. Another mainstay of the practice is financing work for a diverse client base comprising of investment funds, REITs and other lenders.
‘Extremely communicative and knowledgeable team who go out of their way to provide an excellent level of service at highly competitive fee rates. Very responsive, they work with you to meet and exceed client expectations around often tight deadlines and timescales‘
‘Jacqueline Knox is a very able lawyer‘
Sanctuary Housing Group
Metropolitan Housing Trust
Clarion Housing Group (formerly Circle Housing Group)
London and Quadrant
Bromford Housing Group
Bournville Village Trust
London Borough of Barnet
LaSalle Investment Management
Cheyne Social Impact Fund
BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited
Coal Pension Properties Ltd
Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee
Triple Point Investment Management LLP
Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc
Horizon Infrastructure Partnership
Alpha Real Capital LLP
Universities Superannuation Scheme
Legal & General Affordable Housing
Extra Care Charitable Trust
Transport Tier 2
Gowling WLG is particularly known for its work in the rail sector, with expertise in projects, contracts and disputes. Giles Clifford, who leads the team has a particularly strong of advising on station developments and infrastructure projects.
Transport for London
London Borough of Barnet
Ricardo Rail PLC
Railroad Development Corporation
Devon and Cornwall Railways
Bombardier Transportation UK Limited
Blackstone Property Partners / Telereal Trillium
Gowling WLG > Firm Profile
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.
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.
Technology: the team’s in-depth sector experience is used to help its clients maximise their growth and protect and monetise their assets. Services include: banking and finance; corporate; commercial; competition and EU issues; data protection, privacy and security; dispute resolution; employment; intellectual property; information technology; investment; regulatory; software development and licensing; and systems implementation and integration.
Commercial: the Gowling WLG team appreciates that clients are looking for pragmatic legal advice which helps secure and maximise the right opportunities. Its advice is strengthened through its specific expertise in key industry sectors such as: life sciences; real estate; retail; financial services; food and beverage; automotive; IT; telecom; defence; health; government projects; aviation; and travel.
Competition and antitrust: the specialists at Gowling WLG provide competitive, technically sound, strategic advice. Key industry sectors include: agrochemicals; aviation; automotive; construction; energy; fast-moving consumer goods; food and drink; healthcare; heavy engineering; life sciences; and technology, media and telecommunications.
Corporate, M&A and capital markets: the very highest quality legal advice delivered through a partner-led service makes the Gowling WLG corporate team a popular choice with clients ranging from the world’s leading financial institutions and public companies to private businesses and entrepreneurs.
Employment, labour and equalities: the team advises a broad client base, comprising commercial, corporate and public sector entities, on the full range of employment issues. The team brings its knowledge and creativity to the employment service, giving advice that is timely, focused and practical.
Environmental: the firm’s role is to anticipate new developments in environmental law and deliver sound, practical advice and representation. It provides unparalleled depth and scope with regards to hazardous waste, chemicals, contaminated sites, shipments of hazardous goods, importation of new products, and environmental safety with respect to new products.
Insurance and professional liability: the teams have expertise in handling the defence of liability and property claims, as well as dealing with coverage issues when they arise. The firm understands and engages in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, domestic and trade arbitration, international arbitration under common institutional rules, and ADR – including mediation.
Intellectual property: with unmatched expertise in patents, trade marks, brands and designs, copyright, advertising, IP litigation and more, the firm has been winning IP cases for clients around the world for over 125 years, and offers exceptional representation in a dynamic and competitive market.
Litigation and dispute resolution: the team is renowned for securing successful results. Whether it’s the specialist divisions of commercial, chancery, companies and technology and construction in the English courts, domestic arbitration, adjudications or international arbitration proceedings under common institutional rules including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC and DIAC, clients will be in safe hands.
Pensions: the team is renowned for communicating in plain English, delivering pragmatic advice and giving a clear view on grey areas. The firm has a tailored, efficient service with easy access to wider legal advice, delivering what its clients need while keeping them abreast of the latest developments.
Projects: Gowling WLG offers legal services that address all aspects of your project, whatever its nature, working for all project parties: governments, contractors, EPC/EPCM contractors, design-builders, operators, banks, consultants, advisers and debt providers, among others.
Tax: combining the skills of lawyers and chartered tax advisers, the 16-strong team advises on the full range of tax issues including corporate, real estate, dispute resolution, funds, individuals and trustees, private capital, and employment.
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 200+ Number of other UK fee-earners : 600+
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictGowling WLG boasts particular expertise in listed funds and pensions, as well as a 'stellar reputation in the IP sector', which sees trainees 'working with colleagues who are the best in their fields'. The firm, which has an 'excellent reputation internationally', offers training contracts in Birmingham and London, with the latter office offering views over the Thames and Tower Bridge. Recruits feel that they are 'of real value to the firm' and receive 'plenty of client contact', as well as 'opportunities to get involved in business development'. Gowling has a 'truly collegiate culture' where 'everyone is treated equally' and 'fosters an environment where people really enjoy their jobs and their colleagues are their friends'. Indeed, 'provided you show lots of interest and willingness to learn, your colleagues will go above and beyond to help you succeed'. No wonder the firm has been awarded a Lex 100 Winner medal for inclusiveness and supervisor approachability. Work/life balance is also respected; we hear that the firm is 'fantastic at not encouraging an ethos of long hours'. The main complaints regarded the pay, which some respondents feel 'could be more competitive', in particular at NQ level. Unsurprisingly, recruits did not enjoy 'all-nighters', 'admin tasks' or 'any interaction with the Land Registry'. But there was nothing dull about 'running a transaction with a partner', 'being part of a successful client pitch' and 'attending a client's hotel in Dubai whilst on secondment to have them sign a share purchase agreement for the transfer of an English League 1 Football Club'! For a firm with an 'impressive client list' where 'the people (especially partners) are amazing and extremely supportive', consider Gowling WLG.
United Kingdom: Intellectual Property
Published: August 2019
Authors: Jenny Davies Elwin Morgan
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Intellectual Property laws and regulations that may occur in United Kingdom.
Germany: Intellectual Property
Published: August 2019
Authors: Manuela Finger Ines Lin Lars Schönwald
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Intellectual Property laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
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