Firm Profile > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England

Gowling WLG
B4 6WR

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.’

Key clients

State Bank of India

BNP Paribas

CBPE Capital

Universities Superannuation Fund

Pension Corporation plc

CBRE/The North West Evergreen Fund

Deutsche Bank

Greenbank Partnerships

HSBC Bank plc

Primrose Solar

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

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.’

Key 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.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

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.’

Key clients

M&G Real Estate



Taylor Wimpey


St Modwen

IM Properties



A& J Mucklow

HSBC Bank Pension Fund

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee



Jaguar Land Rover

Aston Martin

The Hut Group

Blackstone Real Estate Partners


Metro Bank

Telereal Trillium




The Office Group

Lincoln MGT

Orion Capital



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

Key clients

St. Modwen Properties Plc


IM Properties PLC

Ash & Lacy Building Systems Limited

Charles Wells

The Office Group

Alstom Transport (UK) Limited

Sheffield City Council

Center Parcs

E.ON Climate & Renewables

The developer of Admiralty Arch, London

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

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 .

Key clients


Birmingham City Council

Southco Inc.



Business Growth Fund

Rettig Group

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

Cummins Inc.


The Midcounties Cooperative

Otto Bock

Palatine Private Equity

Atcore Technology Group Limited


Sandvik AB


Metsaliitto Cooperative

GCI Group

Mitek Holdings Inc

GCP Applied Technologies

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

A F Blakemore & Sons

ReBound Returns


Aston Manor

The Hut Group

Sanctuary Group

SLR Global

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

Marks and Spencer

Transport for London

Nomad Foods Europe Limited (Birds Eye)


Molson Coors

Kraft Heinz

Premier Foods

Jaguar Land Rover

SMMT (UK automotive trade association)

The Rugby Football Union (RFU)



Coca-Cola Europe


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‘.

It is always reassuring to take advice from Jane Fielding and Louise Clifford. They will always provide clear and knowledgeable advice and steer you to the best solution to the problem‘.

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‘ .


Key clients

Cathay Pacific

London Borough of Croydon

Civilised Investments

Rider Levett Bucknall

Morgan Motor Company

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains

Iglo Foods (now Nomad)

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Sanctuary Group

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’

Key clients

AB Ports

Alt HAN Co

Avid Energy



Cadent Gas

Co-op Energy


Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

E.ON Climate & Renewables


Future Biogas

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)

Infinis Energy

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation

Opus Energy


Reform Energy

Smart Energy Code Company



Squeaky Clean Energy


Wales & West Utilities

Welsh Power

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‘.

Key clients

Bakkavor Foods

CEMEX UK Operations

GKN Autostructures

Midland Heart

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.’

Key clients


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.

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

London Borough of Croydon

Infinis Energy Management Limited



Xoserve Limited

A S Watson

Sanctuary Housing Association

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 and Christopher Stiles  are both comfortable explaining complex legal issues to lay trustees in a manner that makes them readily understandable’.

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‘.

Key clients

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Rothesay Life

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’

Key clients

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

Highways England

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’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence


Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Siemens Project Ventures

Veolia Middle East


Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

St Modwen

Statkraft UK


Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)

Solihull MBC

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Armpower CJSC

Renco SpA

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.

Key clients


CIT Vendor Finance

Hampshire Trust Bank

RCI Financial Services

Honda Finance

Mercedes Benz Financial


Earl Shilton Building


American Express

Black Horse

Investec Asset Finance

UK Asset Resolution

Manchester Building


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.

Key clients

St Modwen


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.

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

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

Central Surrey Health Limited

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

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.

Key clients


Deloitte LLP

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

Key clients



Taylor Wimpey





U&I Group

Circle/Clarion Housing Association

Sanctuary Housing

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

Key clients

Sanctuary Housing Group

Metropolitan Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Group (formerly Circle Housing Group)

London and Quadrant

Orbit Homes

Bromford Housing Group

Bournville Village Trust

Home Group

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

Sage Housing

Legal & General Affordable Housing

Extra Care Charitable Trust

Methodist Homes

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.

Key clients

Transport for London

London Underground


London Borough of Barnet

GB Railfreight

Ricardo Rail PLC

Railroad Development Corporation

Devon and Cornwall Railways

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Blackstone Property Partners / Telereal Trillium

Debt recovery Tier 3

Gowling WLG's banking litigation team handles aspects of debt recovery-related work. Commercial disputes specialists Andrew Nugent Smith and Ian Weatherall are the two key names of note.

Gowling WLG is a law firm with more than 1,400 professionals and a range of business support teams working to deliver world-class legal advice across 19 cities in the UK, Canada, continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sectors include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services include: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other UK offices: London, SE1 2AU

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Number of other UK fee-earners : 600+

The Lex 100 Verdict

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