Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Firm Profile

Gowling WLG
TWO SNOWHILL
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6WR
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

Dispensing ‘industry advice that is second to none’, Gowling WLG works with a litany of corporates and PE firms on multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial matters - particularly in the automotive manufacturing, transport, and consumer goods sectors. The sizeable team is jointly chaired by corporate head Chris Towle and commercial lead David Lowe, who divides his time between London and Birmingham. With more than three decades of experience in the market, corporate partner David Vaughan is a key contact for a diverse range of public and private sector entities, while on the commercial side, Sarah Riding is a highly active practitioner who handles all manner of arrangements for clients in automotive, sport, and retail. Stuart Young and Anurag (Ragi) Singh are similarly noted for their automotive sector expertise; Young chairs the firm’s wider automotive group, while Singh is recommended for his expertise in manufacturing and electric vehicles. Other key figures include Jeremy Millington, a key port of call for the firm’s entrepreneurial clients, and Micky Yang, a real estate-focused corporate partner who joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Chris Towle; David Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Millington; David Vaughan; Anurag Singh; Michael Twining; Sarah Riding; Stuart Young; Micky Yang

Testimonials

‘We use Gowling WLG for industry advice that is second to none, their expertise in the automotive industry, particularly relating to health and safety, is excellent.’

‘Sarah Riding has extensive knowledge of the automotive industry, health & safety, and insurance, together with an understanding of franchising. All of this is also applied with practical commercial considerations.’

‘Genuine focus on real estate with strength in depth. Amazing client list and big deal exposure.’

‘Mike Twining is on top of every deal and offers commercial solutions.’

Key clients

Cummins Inc

Coca Cola European Partners

Halfords

Avison Young

Sanctuary Group

Atcore Technology Group Limited

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

HC One

SLR Global

BGF (Business Growth Fund)

LDC

The Midcounties Co-operative

THG

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

Salto Systems S.L.

Galway Sustainable Capital Inc

Sdiptech AB

Royal London

Mitek Holdings Inc

A F Blakemore & Sons

Birmingham City Council

Southco Inc.

M+W

Rettig Group

Staffline

Otto Bock

Palatine Private Equity

Hyundai

Sandvik AB

Tarmac

Metsaliitto Cooperative

GCI Group

GCP Applied Technologies

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

ReBound Returns

Aston Manor

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

Banyan Software

Evolution Funding

All Saints Retail Limited

Asda

Aston Martin

Azumi Restaurants Limited

Baylis & Harding

Bentley Motors Limited

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Bloor Homes Limited

British Red Cross

Baylis & Harding

Cadent Gas

CBI

CBRE

Cherry Park Residential

Chips Away International Limited (Franchise Brands plc)

Church & Dwight

Cummins

DivideBuy

Ford

GSK

Gordon Murray Automotive

Hermes (Parcels)

Hovis

Hydrafacial UK Limited

Jaguar Land Rover

Marks & Spencer

Mazda Motors UK Limited

Medicine Discovery Catapult

Molson Coors

NCP Limited

Nomad (Birds Eye)

Norton Motorcyles

Oxfam

Pandora

Polestar

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

Premier Foods

Prologis

Rodan & Fields

SMMT (The UK automotive trade association)

Saint Gobain

Spirit AeroSystems

Starbucks

St Modwen

St Peter’s Spirits

Tarmac

Taylor Wimpey

The Office Group

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Transport for London

Triumph Motorcycles Limited

United Biscuits

Upfield

Weetabix

Weston Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Rigby Private Equity on the sale of Nuvias Group to Bridgepoint-backed Infinigate Group, to form a combined business across Europe and EMEA with an anticipated turnover in the region of €1.4 billion.
  • Advised Weetabix Food Company on its acquisition of Lacka Foods Ltd.
  • Advised Motors UK Ltd on a number of key commercial matters, including updating dealer and repairer agreements, alternative retail models and electric vehicles.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

Gowling WLG's commercial litigation capabilities extend across the firm’s offices in Birmingham and London, with the two working closely together to service clients in commercial disputes. Sector expertise of the team lies in automotive, aerospace, government, life sciences, retail, energy, tech, and litigation finance, with the core group working closely with other sector teams to deliver a cohesive approach. Andrew Litchfield is the head of the group, with Andrew Smith, Patrick Arben, and Helen Davenport all key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Smith; Patrick Arben; Helen Davenport; Emma Carr; Sean Adams

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest commercial litigation teams in Birmingham. They win excellent quality work and deliver it to a very high level.’

‘Andrew Smith is a first-class lawyer. He is who I would want representing me if I had a commercial dispute.’

‘Sean Adams is excellent. He is bright, commercial and personable, all of which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

‘What particularly stands out about them is the excellence of their own substantive analysis; the thoroughly pleasant and cooperative way in which they work with counsel; and their absolute commitment to working with the client (and managing the client’s needs in a way that allows counsel to deliver the best result).’

‘Great firm  and great work. Pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is absolutely world-class, and belongs just as much in the very biggest ticket commercial litigation as smaller disputes.’

‘The best value representation I think can be obtained anywhere. Its particular strength is that many of its lawyers have cut their teeth on huge, important cases, and so are very experienced when tough issues arise.’

‘It is a very nice team full of charming individuals who are easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Alpha Whiskey Echo LLC

Aston Martin Lagonda

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

CPC Group

Financial Reporting Council

GKN

Halfords Autocentres Limited

HCC International Insurance Company PLC

Hyundai Motor UK

London Legacy Development Corporation & E20 Stadium LLP

M Group Holdings Limited

Midcounties Co-Operative Limited

Millbrook Healthcare Bidco Limited

Cairngorm Capital

National Car Parks

Sanctuary Housing

The Royal Parks

THG PLC

VRFB Holdings Limited

Weetabix

Work highlights

  • Advising the Organising Committee for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 on a number of disputes connected with the successful delivery of the Games.
  • Acting for London Legacy Development Corporation & E20 Stadium LLP in proceedings brought against their former legal advisors Allen & Overy LLP, and for M Group Holdings against their tax advisers in relation to advice connected with a business restructuring.
  • Acting for Millbrook Healthcare in relation to a breach of warranty claim under an SPA in a case that raises issues around the quantification of loss in this area.

Employment Tier 1

Headed by Jane Fielding, the team at Gowling WLG advises a vast array of UK and international private and public sector clients on the full gamut of employment, labour and equality matters. It specialises in key sectors such as manufacturing, life sciences, technology and central government. Its contentious expertise covers High Court business protection litigation through to complex discrimination and whistleblowing tribunal claims. Martin Chitty acts for some of the UK’s largest housing associations and retailers - he advises on all areas of employment law while overseeing the team’s work on corporate transactions. Jonathan Chamberlain  has particular expertise in advising on business protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Jane Fielding

Other key lawyers:

Martin Chitty; Jonathan Chamberlain

Key clients

Jacobs

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Ltd

London Borough of Croydon

Dudley Building Society

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Sanctuary Group

Credit Karma

Cummins

Work highlights

  • Acting as the Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – the employment team’s involvement in B2022 was to provide support on all workforce issues.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Gowling WLG has a thriving and ‘active’ practice that is ably led by Andrew Litchfield. Litchfield has long-standing experience of advising on regulatory criminal offences, statutory public inquiries and inquests. He frequently advises on investigations that are conducted by the police, Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, local authority as well as by the Coroner. The team is immersed in key sectors such as construction, building, quarrying, aerospace and defence and is repeatedly instructed on highly complex matters. Another key member of the talented team is principal associate Michael Hafen - Hafen specialises in the defence of civil/criminal litigation arising from various regulatory breaches.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have always found them amicable, professional and have our best interest at the forefront of our meetings’.

‘During Covid when government guidance was often difficult to decipher, Andrew was always on hand for clarity. Andrew has delivered training on Health and Safety Law to our Senior Management which is clear and concise which helps on our understanding of the law’.

‘Andrew keeps me up to date on legal judgements that may be useful to our business. Andrew is very knowledgeable on practices within the construction industry’.

‘Andrew Litchfield consistently provides calm, expert and pragmatic advice to us on a number of complex matters. He has taken the trouble to really understand our business and the regulatory and operational pressures we face’.

‘I’ve always found the team at GWLG to be professional with full support provided, whatever the matter’.

‘Michael Hafen has a great attention to detail and availability. I have worked with Michael on a number of matters and value his professionalism and the quality of his work’.

 

Key clients

Kingspan Insulation Ltd

Bakkavor Foods Ltd

Bloor Homes Ltd

The Channel Tunnel Group/Eurotunnel

Sanctuary Housing Association

Cummins Ltd

Midland Heart

The Arch Company Limited

Richmond Fellowship

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Limited

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

The 'brilliant' Elizabeth Gane  is at the helm at Gowling WLG  and is well-regarded for her work on complex funding issues, mergers and restructurings and benefit change. It has a stellar reputation for its work on diverse issues from advising on major and very large schemes to risk transfers and pensions disputes. Richard Black advises the trustees of some of the largest schemes in the UK. Paul Carberry  is a known name for his work with a broad mix of trustees and employers. Christopher Stiles  is skilled at advising both employers and trustees. Joanne Tibbott  is highly regarded for her work with both trustee and employer clients. Richard Lee  is another leading member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Gane

Other key lawyers:

Richard Black; Paul Carbery;  Richard Lee; Christopher Stiles; Joanne Tibbott; Ben Goldby; Alison Garton

Testimonials

‘Proactive and approachable, and very responsive. Very good at keeping us informed on progress and work quickly. Have adopted our preferred budgeting and billing processes and willing to adopt innovative fee structures’.

‘Richard Black. Very down to earth and gives unequivocal advice. Good at responding to questions in meetings without preparation, and excellent communication style’.

‘Ben Goldby. Excellent communicator and really good at keeping client informed on progress. Very responsive to requests’.

‘With the Gowling Pensions Team, you know you are in very capable hands’.

‘Chris Stiles knows the subject inside out. Consequently he can summarise any pension issue into its key elements and provide concise understandable and highly practical advice…. just what you want as a trustee chair’. 

‘Broad knowledge of pensions issues and solutions adopted by clients. Helpful and practical advice provided’.

‘Joanne Tibbott is a principal contact, supported by Alison Garton. Authoritative advice provided, good commercial approach taken, helpful training on new regulatory developments’.

 

Key clients

The Admenta Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan

Trustees of Fortune 500 sponsored scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustee of the multi-million pound Mitchells & Butler Executive Pension Plan on the full buy-out of all benefits in the Plan with Legal & General, a major transaction with major London firms, Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes, advising the other parties.
  • Advising a major scheme of a Fortune 500 US corporate – advising on a £1.2bn longevity swap to hedge longevity risk with Partner Re.
  • Providing advice to The Admenta Pension Scheme on all pensions related matters.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Gowling WLG’s fields of expertise include corporate banking, funds and debt capital markets work, among other areas and the team has considerable experience in various sectors, such as healthcare, social housing and manufacturing. The team is led by Chris Brierley, who has notable expertise in regard to lending in the low carbon and social housing spaces, while Navin Prabhakar is the firm’s key contact for clearing bank work, as well as offering considerable experience with banking-related M&A, and corporate finance deals. Legal director Angela Rawlins is particularly capable in the social housing finance space.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brierley

Other key lawyers:

Navin Prabhakar; Angela Rawlins

Key clients

Sanctuary Group

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

The Midcounties Co-operative Group

Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Lloyds Development Capital

CBPE Capital

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

AIB Group (UK) plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

Rigby Group (RG) plc

H & T Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanctuary Housing Association on a £150m bond tap.
  • Advised Rigby Private Equity Limited on the sale of a cybersecurity and intelligent networking solutions business to a European private equity backed distributor.
  • Advised Halfords on a pre-acquisition corporate re-organisation and subsequent acquisition of Lodge Tyre Company Limited.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

A team that is ‘supportive of client needs’, Gowling WLG routinely handles the financing, refinancing, development and expansion of projects situated in the infrastructure and energy markets. Recent areas of work for the team include battery storage, pumped storage, solar and hydrogen-related matters. The ‘unflappable’ practice co-head Stephen Kenny has notable expertise regarding UK government projects, often handling infrastructure and asset matters; Andrew Newberry jointly leads the team and is particularly experienced in energy and utility projects. Gus Wood bolsters the practice with his specialism in UK energy advice, while Elizabeth Williams focuses on defence and security work. Dominic Richardson leads on large-scale Public-Private Partnership (PPP) transactions in the infrastructure sector, whilst James Stanier is well-versed in energy sector legislation, industry codes and incentive scheme matters. Imran Mufti joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kenny; Andrew Newberry

Other key lawyers:

Gus Wood; Paul Green; Elizabeth Williams; James Stanier; Dominic Richardson; Imran Mufti

Testimonials

‘Calmness, ability to manage billing and legal costs prudently and carefully, supportive of the client’s needs.’

‘Stephen Kenny is very easy to work with, totally unflappable and a safe and steady pair of hands. Always amenable and calm and collected.’

‘Dominic Richardson and the team are really knowledgeable about PFI agreements.’

‘They have worked really well with our internal legal and project teams.’

‘We feel totally confident that we can rely on their legal and strategic advice.’

‘Dominic Richardson has led the team and been very approachable and accessible.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

National Highways

AIB Group PLC

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Greenage Power Limited

Brockwell Energy Limited

Eelpower

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group (including Magnox, Nuclear Waste Services, Nuclear Transport Solutions…)

UK Health Security Agency

Department of Health and Social Care

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Exagen Group Limited

HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

InfraCo Africa

Island Green Power

Magnum Utilities Ltd

Pacific Green Energy Storage

Alfanar Company

UK Power Networks Services Limited

The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Work highlights

  • Advised National Highways on one of its flagship projects, the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project. The project will involve a 1.8 mile (2.7 km) tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.
  • Advised the shareholders of FI1 Limited on the sale of their stake in the project companies that will construct and operate the first ever UK-Germany Transmission Link – the NeuConnect Interconnector Project (NeuConnect) – to TEPCO Power Grid (TEPCO PG).
  • Advised the Ministry of Defence on its 11-year £695m investment to provide in-service support to the RAF’s fleet of Hawk T2 training aircraft and the Hawk T1 jets flown by the Red Arrows.

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

Consisting of the ‘highest calibre professionals’, Gowling WLG’s real estate practice has key expertise in the development and logistics, energy, investment and residential development sectors. Practice head Christopher Hunt is considerably experienced in advising corporate occupiers across retail, leisure, office, manufacturing and distribution premises. Richard Bate strengthens the practice with his expertise in residential development, while Richard Beckingsale leads the firm’s regeneration team. Helen Emmerson specialises in the energy and utility sector, handling an array of renewables and alternative energy projects, while Matthew Walker heads the firm’s student accommodation team. John Burns has a wealth of experience in large-scale transactions; and legal director Arminder Dhillon is another name of note, joining the team from Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Richard Bate; Richard Beckingsale; Helen Emmerson; Matthew Walker; John Burns; Arminder Dhillon

Testimonials

‘The team have excellent client management etiquette and are able to mobilise and assemble the highest calibre professionals to work on an outcome-driven pathway and are agile and expedient in their response to client requests.’

‘The Gowling team of experts has a unique style and can quickly grasp the nub of the problems to find expert solutions in a manner that is collaborative and seamlessly become integrated as part of our wider professional team.’

‘Advice is not tailored to what the client wants to hear but formulated in a timely and pragmatic and insightful way which is reassuring and provides the legal back-up to support the project despite the uncertainties of the landscape and shifting sands of delivery.’

‘Gowling WLG have a likeability factor that has not been remarked on by elected Councillors and Council Senior officers alike on any legal team before. Their commitment to maximising the public purse for the greater good means they are efficient and carry out their legal services effectively.’

‘The team is hugely experienced in the housebuilding sector, with individuals specialising in all aspects of the process from land acquisition and planning through to plot conveyancing.’

‘They offer bespoke training to clients, which is always well received.’

‘A well-resourced team made up of sufficiently knowledgeable senior partners to ensure work is conducted efficiently and effectively.’

‘A particularly commercial group of lawyers, unafraid to provide advice on complex and unclear issues.’

Key clients

Bellway Homes

Blackstone

Bloor Holdings Limited

Cadent

Diageo Pension Trust

Government Property Agency

Harbert

Harworth

Highways England (National Highways)

Land Securities

SEGRO PLC

St Modwen Plc

The Hut Group

The Mid Counties Co-operative

Triple Point Investment Management

UK Power Networks

Work highlights

  • Advising Bloor Homes on the acquisition of three major golf courses to build nearly 3,000 new homes.
  • Acting for IM Properties on the acquisition and development of Peddimore in the Midlands.
  • Advising Cadent project acquiring land rights for 120km of onshore high pressure hydrogen pipeline for the HyNet North West Project.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Fielding a sizeable construction team, Gowling WLG is well regarded in the market for its experience across both the public and private sectors and is singled out for its PFI handback expertise and city regeneration procurement. The firm’s contentious and non-contentious teams are led by Michael O’Shea and Richard Green respectively, both advising an impressive roster of developers and contractors. Sarah Dyer regularly advises on major construction and infrastructure disputes, with a focus on the transport and energy sectors, and has been engaged in early Building Safety Act litigation. On the non-contentious side, Ruth Griffin focuses her practice on the public sector, corporate occupiers, supply chain and new asset classes such as data centres and senior living, and is supported by Gemma Whittaker, who made partner in May 2023. Ashley Pigott departed to Michelmores LLP in Exeter in 2024.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Shea; Richard Green

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Always responds quickly to requests for advice and provides quality advice on a wide range of commercial issues.’

Key clients

Trinity House

The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Lincoln Property Company

MGT Investment Management

Rockwell Properties Limited

Surrey County Council

Conygar Nottingham Limited

National Highways

Castlepoint LP

Aver Property fund

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on numerous contracts vital to the facilitation of the Games.
  • Advising Surrey County Council in relation to its claims in arbitration against Suez Limited arising out of a PFI contract to build and operate a waste to energy plant in Teddington.
  • Advising National Highways in relation to the £1.9bn upgrade of the single carriageway section of the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down, near the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

‘Leading IP practice’ Gowling WLG’s broad offering covers both transactional and contentious issues, with a predominant emphasis on patents and brands/designs, as well as litigation matters. Its client roster includes businesses in the life sciences, retail and high-tech sectors, to name a few. The practice is spearheaded by the ‘top-notch’ and ‘highly competent’ Kate Swaine, whose expertise involves international brand strategy and the enforcement and management of global IP portfolios. Patrick Duxbury is well regarded for his expertise in the life sciences sector, while Luke Kempton is experienced in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, engaging in various kinds of deals. Both are recommended for being ‘experienced, skilled and committed’. Legal director Michael Carter bolsters the team with strengths in the automotive sector, especially in regard to licensing.

Practice head(s):

Kate Swaine

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Duxbury; Luke Kempton; Michael Carter

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent. Their legal knowledge and practical, commercial advice is second to none. They have a broad team in terms of seniority level, which means that they are able to offer competitive pricing for particular matters. Not only are their professional services impeccable, but they are a joy to work with, too!’

‘Gowling WLG is a leading IP practice with a number of fantastic lawyers covering patents, designs, trademarks and trade secrets. The team has breadth and depth and excellent legal and technical knowledge. The team is collegiate and provides exceptional client service.’

‘Luke Kempton and Patrick Duxbury are experienced, skilled and committed lawyers. We thoroughly enjoy working with them. They always respond fast, and their industry knowledge is excellent. Fabulous lawyers to have on your side.’

‘Significant strength and depth across all aspects of IP litigation and advice. It is unrivalled by other firms in the area.’

‘I have worked with Kate Swaine for many years. She is a font of knowledge on brands law, not only in the UK, but globally, and very commercial in her mindset. She is a delight to work with.’

‘A competent, dynamic, responsive and super-friendly female-led team, which is a pleasure to collaborate with. They cover every aspect of IP-law. You can feel the good spirit they have between them when you interact with them, which has positive effects on the overall collaboration and the resulting work products.’

‘Kate Swaine: she is highly competent and engaged and an absolute pleasure to collaborate with. Top-notch in litigious trademarks matters, pragmatic and always a sunshine. I could not recommend her more.’

‘Fabulous people! No stiff city lawyers, but people with the right attitude in getting things done in an international world.’

Key clients

InterDigital

AstraZeneca

BioNTech SE

Oxford BioTherapeutics

KU Leuven

Immedica Pharma AB

Amphista Therapeutics

GlaxoSmithKline

Sosei Heptares

Weetabix Limited

B2022

Keyloop

Major League Baseball

London Stock Exchange and subsidiaries: Refinitiv and LCH

Aston Martin Lagonda

Farfetch

Ghamkol Sharif UK

Industrials UK

Scholl

Aston Martin Lagonda

All Saints Retail Limited

Ezee Group Limited

Aston Martin Lagonda

Dyson Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising InterDigital (“IDG”) in relation to its global dispute with Lenovo.
  • Advised Astra Zeneca on its strategic collaboration with diagnostic company GRAIL, to develop and commercialize companion diagnostic (CDx) assays for use with AstraZeneca’s therapies. This deal recently won the award for partnering deal of the year 2022 at the Scrip Awards.
  • Appointed as exclusive Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

West Midlands > Transport Tier 1

Possessing broad expertise in the transport sector, Gowling WLG‘s practice is particularly strong in the rail space, as well as on interface agreements, logistics and roads matters, to name a few. Joint practice head Giles Clifford specialises in infrastructure, while co-lead Dominic Richardson has notable expertise of rail and rail-related development schemes. Richard Green has particular experience of new station developments, alongside advising on construction and engineering contracts; Toni Weston’s strengths lie in compulsory purchase law issues, alongside more niche expertise regarding road, tunnel, bridge and flyover structures; Sarah Riding advises on supply chain and logistics arrangements, as well as more general commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford; Dominic Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very friendly and approachable team, with a depth of knowledge and experience to match.’

‘Good market knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Always very easy to work with, focusing on the key issues with an eye on what the business needs to achieve.’

‘Knowledgeable team, good client care and reasonable prices.’

‘The diverse, creative and highly competent team provide a very strong service in all aspects of negotiation relating to transport infrastructure.’

‘Giles Clifford has a unique ability to rapidly decipher and break down complex legal scenarios and to identify strategies through which solutions can be reached.’

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

National Highways

The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Birmingham Airport Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for West Midlands

Bedford Borough Council

Arden Cross Consortium

West Midlands Air Ambulance

Railroad Development Corporation

CRRC Corporation

Arch Co

Tarmac

FlyPlymouth Ltd

Office of Rail and Road

Work highlights

  • Advised the London Borough of Barnet on all rail aspects of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration, including construction of the new Brent Cross West Thameslink station, the first major new mainline station in London in over a decade.
  • Advised Transport for London on a development agreement with Delancey for the construction of a new London Underground station entrance as part of the major mixed-use redevelopment of the former Elephant & Castle shopping centre site.
  • Acted as Bombardier’s Legal adviser on the renegotiation of its Manufacture and Supply Agreement (MSA) with Angel Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia in relation to the supply of a fleet of Aventra trains for the Greater Anglia network.

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 1

Gowling WLG‘s funds practice covers the full spectrum of closed-ended funds matters, assisting investment managers with structurings, initial public offerings (IPOs) fundraisings, restructurings and fund liquidations. The team also advises on the gamut of regulatory regimes, including the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCAs) new consumer duty, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014 (MiFID II) and Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) among others. Leading the team is of counsel Nick Heather, who advises both funds and investment banks on IPOs on the London Stock Exchange’s main market and Alternative Investment Market (AIM). John Reed acts for fund managers, banks and sponsors across the lifecycle of funds, from structuring and launch to fundraisings and mergers. Oliver Riley and Kristian Rogers advise banks and investment funds respectively on fundraisings, secondary matters, restructurings and IPOs, while principal associate Kate Seabourne focuses on secondary transactions and IPOs. Senior associate Emily Airton handles both IPOs and fund-related M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Heather

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced team, with very involved partners and an insightful service.’

‘Oliver Riley is a very hands-on partner, with a superb skill set.’

‘Oliver Riley offers value added and thoughtful advice consistently.’

‘John Reed – consistently good advice.’

Key clients

Harmony Energy Income Trust plc

AssetCo plc

Ellora Partners Limited

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited

HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

Forward Partners Group plc

Castelnau Group plc

Life Science REIT plc

Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company plc

Triple Point Energy Transition plc

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

Temple Bar Investment Trust PLC

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc

CEIBA Investment Limited

Numis Securities plc

Winterflood Securities Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Jefferies International Limited

Singer Capital Markets Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Empiric Student Property plc

GCP Student Living plc

GCP Asset Backed Income Fund Limited

AEW UK REIT PLC

Molten Ventures plc

BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust plc

BlackRock North American Investment Trust plc

BlackRock Energy and Resources Income Trust plc

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Odyssean Investment Trust plc

Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited

Investec Bank plc

Mercia Asset Management plc

RM Secured Direct Lending plc

RBC Europe Limited

Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited

Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust plc

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

abrdn European Logistics Income PLC

International Biotechnology Trust plc

ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited

Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advised Peel Hunt, Jefferies and Ellora Partners, acting as sponsor, joint global co-ordinators, joint brokers, joint bookrunners and intermediaries offer adviser to LXI REIT plc on the publication of a prospectus and a subsequent placing, open offer, offer for subscription and intermediaries offer raising proceeds of £250m.
  • Advised Ruffer Investment Company Ltd on the publication of two prospectuses in connection with the prior issue of, in aggregate, over 125 million redeemable participating preference shares.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Working for clients in a broad range of sectors, Gowling WLG handles insolvency issues for pension trustees, suppliers and UK-wide regulatory bodies. Jasvir Jootla helms the practice, working for numerous stakeholders in distressed situations. Ian Weatherall adds depth to the team with his experience as an insolvency litigator, whilst senior associate Emily Rust‘s strengths lie in corporate recovery, advisory and debt restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Jasvir Jootla

Other key lawyers:

Ian Weatherall; Emily Rust

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

Teneo Restructuring LLP

BDO LLP

Interpath Advisory Ltd

EY UK LLP

Lloyds Bank plc

HSBC UK Bank plc

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

FRP Advisory

Smith & Williamson LLP

HSBC UK Bank plc

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

SmartestEnergy

Dalriada Trustees Limited

Coventry City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Bank UK Plc and the administrators of the Big Prawn Co. Ltd and its shareholder Melton Constable Investments Limited on the sale of the business and certain assets of the UK based shellfish and shrimp supplier.
  • Acted for Daiwa in relation to the appointment of the administrators of DeTrafford Sky Gardens Ltd, DeTrafford (Regiment) Limited and DeTrafford Gallery Gardens Block A Ltd. These companies operated a property development business in Manchester, and are part of the wider DeTrafford group of companies, some of which entered administration last year.
  • Advising on the insolvency/restructuring aspects along with the firms’ Pensions Team on the significant scheme rescue of the McColls pension scheme when McColls appointed PWC.

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

With its planning team located within the broader real estate group, Gowling WLG has ‘good integration of its planning specialism with wider real estate capabilities’, offering a full spectrum of planning law advice. The firm is regarded for its strength in commercial developments and counts major housebuilders among its clients in relation to residential projects. Infrastructure is also a key area for the practice, specifically regarding highways and the rail freight interchange market. The practice is led by Birmingham-based partner Toni Weston, who is described as a ‘great lawyer’ offering ‘clear and reliable planning advice’, and who has experience across regeneration projects, highway schemes and both residential and commercial developments. Associates Cairo Nickolls and Richard Thurling are also key supporting members in the team.

Practice head(s):

Toni Weston

Other key lawyers:

Cairo Nickolls; Richard Thurling; Dan Leather; Madeline Creevy

Testimonials

‘Good integration of planning specialism with wider real estate capabilities.’

‘Toni Weston – clear and reliable planning advice.’

‘Gowlings are a very well thought of solicitors with an impressive client base.’

‘Toni Weston is a great lawyer.’

‘Excellent service all round. They have a strong team so the quality of work remains high with differing team members. They offer commercial advice and know our business well. The main strength is assessing the issues, presenting them clearly, advising on potential solutions, leading to positive outcomes.’

‘Dan Leather, Madeline Creevy and Richard Thurling in particular consistently deliver excellent service and sound legal advice. With many transactions, speed is important, but also tenacity and endurance. All three of those named above are adept and flexible enough to tailor their approach to each transaction and ensure that the desired result is achieved.’

Key clients

Bloor Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Miller Homes Limited

Hyde Housing

Goodman Real Estate

St Modwen Developments

St Modwen Homes

South Tees Development Corporation

Sanctuary Housing Association

Transport for London

National Highways Limited

London Borough of Barnet

Mulberry Commercial Developments Limited

Land and Partners

Hayfield Homes

Latimer and the Clarion Housing Group

Vistry Homes

Barratt Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead legal advisor to National Highways on an application for a development consent order for the A57 Link Roads improvement scheme.
  • Advising a consortium of landowners and developers on the preparation and submission of a planning application for a sustainable urban extension of 5,500 new homes in Langley.
  • Advised South Tees Development Corporation on the making, confirmation and implementation of a CPO to secure regeneration of 900 hectares of the former Redcar Steel Works.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Praised by clients for its 'top work and stellar reputation', Gowling WLG's property litigation team routinely works with a range of public and private sector clients - from national housebuilders to local authorities - on cases taken before the various courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Birmingham team is headed up by Paul Barker, a retail, investment, and leisure property specialist 'with deep experience, real tactical insight and a brilliant client manner.' London-based Clive Chalkley is noted for his track record in high-stakes litigation, while Rob Bridgman - 'a really good lawyer and a safe pair of hands’ - is key to the team's housebuilder-focused offering. David Wigy and Caroline Wort are also recommended.  

Practice head(s):

Clive Chalkley; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They handle all aspects of property litigation work at the highest level. Great personal relationships and client care.’

‘Paul Barker is absolutely excellent. A great lawyer, with deep experience, real tactical insight and a brilliant client manner.’

‘Rob Bridgman is a really good lawyer and a safe pair of hands.’

‘They have top clients, top work and a stellar reputation.’

‘Paul Barker is an experienced partner with excellent technical skills in the commercial property sector. I have worked with him for many years. He is well known, liked and respected in the industry. He is very hard working and conscientious. He is also great fun to work with and brings levity to challenging situations.’

‘Very professional approach.’

‘Rob Bridgman is a calm, measured and very hardworking property litigator.’

Key clients

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Persimmon Homes

Royal London

Zurich/Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Bloor Homes Limited

Schroder UK Property Fund and Schroder Retail Property Unit Trust

Mucklow

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

Transport for London

Entain Group (which includes Ladbrokes and Coral)

Cellnex/On Tower UK Limited

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Advising NFU Mutual in relation to a buyer’s default under a contract for the sale of a portfolio of properties for consideration of £234m.
  • Acting for Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited on various contentious issues relating to the roll-out of 5G technology, including the Supreme Court cases of Cornerstone v Ashloch and Cornerstone v Compton Beauchamp which were handed down in July 2022.
  • Continuing to advise institutional investors and funds including NFU Mutual, Royal London, LaSalle Investment Management, NILGOSC, HSBC Pension Trust, M&G, and USS in relation to all aspects of asset management in connection with their portfolios.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

Advising a range of not-for-profit registered providers, as well as pension funds, REITs and local authorities, Gowling WLG offers broad cross-sector experience in social housing, with a particular focus on major investments. Jacqueline Knox is head of the affordable housing team and specialises in social housing development and non-contentious housing management matters. Sally Farrall spearheads the firm’s affordable housing investment practice. Principal associate Gemma Courtenay has been a key contact on the firm’s social development projects for clients including Sanctuary Housing and Legal & General Affordable Homes. The Birmingham practice often operates on a cross-office basis, working closely with the firm’s London office, in which Richard Beckingsale leads on regeneration, and Dominic Morris advises on senior living.

Practice head(s):

Jaqueline Knox; Sally Farrall

Key clients

Sanctuary Housing Group

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Clarion Housing Group

London and Quadrant

Bournville Village Trust

TP Impact Housing

London Borough of Barnet

LaSalle Investment Management

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

Coal Pension Properties Ltd

KW Housing Limited

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

Horizon Infrastructure Partnership

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Hyde Housing

Fox Hound Capital

Symmetry Housing CIC

Vengrove

Anchor

CBRE

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanctuary Housing Association on its acquisition of the troubled Swan Housing Association, following the withdrawal of Orbit from merger discussions.
  • Acted for Legal & General Affordable Homes in relation to the establishment of its 50:50 joint venture with Metropolitan Trent Valley Housing, through its shared ownership brand So Resi, targeting the delivery of over 2,500 shared ownership and affordable rent homes.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Gowling WLG‘s practice encompasses a range of issues, including cloud computing, e-commerce, outsourcing and systems implementation. In addition, its client base is diverse, from small start-ups to public sector organisations and blue-chip clients, advising in sectors such as retail and financial services. Jocelyn Paulley helms the practice, leading the non-contentious IT team with notable experience in the retail and technology fields. Patrick Arben specialises in the technology sector, leading the firm’s IT and outsourcing dispute resolution practice, while Helen Davenport’s expertise covers technology-related commercial disputes, including those that arise from contracts, software licensing matters and data loss, to name a few.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Arden; Helen Davenport

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of what is the driver of any deal for the business, looking to agree points, not to grandstand on a legal argument!’

‘Jocelyn Paulley is the partner I have worked with extensively. She brings common sense and clear legal advice, enabling commercial discussions to flow while keeping the organisations protected by giving clear, unambiguous advice..’

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

Virtus Data Centres

Smartest Energy

Keyloop (UK) Limited

LCH (London Clearing House) Limited

Mazda Motors UK Limited

National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Mixmove Limited

Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

Dudley Building Society

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office

Statkraft GmbH

The Shrewsbury and Nottingham Maternity Services Inquiries

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

Known for its commercial awareness and deep understanding of business-risk, Gowling WLG is trusted by clients for the full range of business-critical contractual work, including a litany of outsourcing agreements, distribution and logistic arrangements, and joint ventures. Veterans in the retail, food and drink and automotive sectors, the team has an expanding breadth of work with big-ticket mandates regarding the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, where the team is still engaged with a number of legacy issues, and a number of transport, construction and real estate work. Leading the department is David Lowe, whose diverse commercial focus ensures he is sought-out for legal advice, particularly regarding supply chain concerns and the procurement of goods. Birmingham-based Sarah Riding has acted for Toyota in its procurement of innovative technological services, as well as in a wide range of commercial work for Weetabix as part of its purchase of Lacka Food. Jocelyn Paulley has supported a number of the department’s key mandates.

Practice head(s):

David Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The breadth of knowledge and commercial awareness is excellent. The team are always able to assist regardless of the nature of the query.’

‘David Lowe is not only a joy to work with, but has outstanding knowledge of our business which enables him to advise us quickly and efficiently, whilst appreciating our risk profile and the needs of the business.’

‘This is a team I can truly rely on to take a project and work with my commercial team and business partner them, giving them not just good legal advice but good commercial insights too.’

‘David Lowe and his team are all exceptional. He has managed to grow a team of like-minded and very able associates and juniors, which means it is a team to be relied upon to do tasks well and in a timely fashion.’

‘So far our relationship with Gowling is very positive, supportive, responsive.’

‘Sarah Riding is my key contact. She always makes herself available and give clear advice.’

Key clients

All Saints Retail Limited

Asda

Aston Martin

Azumi Restaurants Limited

Baylis & Harding

Bentley Motors Limited

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Bloor Homes Limited

British Red Cross

Cadent Gas

CBI

CBRE

CCEP

Cherry Park Residential

Chips Away International Limited (Franchise Brands plc)

Church & Dwight

Cummins

Divide Buy

Ford

GSK

Gordon Murray Automotive

Hermes (Parcels)

Hill & Smith Holdings plc

Hovis

Hyde Housing Association

Hydrafacial UK Limited

Jaguar Land Rover

Mazda Motors UK Limited

Medicine Discovery Catapult

Midcounties Co-operative

Molson Coors

NCP Limited

NFU Mutual

Nomad

Norton Motorcycles

Oxfam

Pandora

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

Premier Foods

Prologis

SMMT

Saint Gobain

Spirit AeroSystems

Starbucks

St Modwen

St Peter’s Spirits

Tarmac

Taylor Wimpey

The Office Group

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Transport for London

Triumph Motorcycles Limited

United Biscuits

Upfield

Weetabix

Weston Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as official legal advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, advising on commercial matters for the delivery of the 2022 Games.
  • Advised Transport for London (TfL) on outsourcing of car parking operations relating to 79 car parks and 10,500 parking bays to Saba Parking and Pay by Phone.
  • Advised Weetabix across a range of contracts and categories of procurement, including the purchase of Lacka Foods and the National facilities management outsourcing to CBRE GWS.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Gowling WLG’s ECM offering combines a strong funds practice with a separate team that advises on both Main Market and AIM transactions, with the latter having key experience of acting on landmark IPOs and major transactions in the space. Other core specialisms include technology mandates, cross-border matters and work on behalf of mining companies listing on AIM. Practice head Charles Bond has over 30 years of ECM experience across a wide variety of sectors. Jeffrey Elway - a 'very knowledgeable partner with a wealth of experience' - is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good client service.’

‘Deep knowledge and very commercial.’

‘The team offers a depth of experience in small-cap equity capital markets, whether that be in IPOs, fundraisings or M&A. The experience is much broader based across the team compared to many of its peers, yet fees remain competitive.’

‘Jeffrey Elway – very knowledgeable partner with a wealth of experience across ECM. Keeps himself at the centre of transactions and is always available. He doesn’t just delegate everything to more junior colleagues.’

Key clients

Aurrigo International PLC

Revolution Bars Group plc

Horizonte Minerals Plc

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Sprott Capital Partners LP

Shore Capital

Baden Hill

Andrada Mining Limited (formally AfriTin Mining Limited)

Cenkos Securities plc

H&T Group plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Hummingbird Resources plc

Peterhouse Capital Limited

Strand Hansen Limited

Kanabo Group plc

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Pyx Resources Limited

Ruffer Investment Company Ltd

Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company plc

Alvarium Securities Limited

Jefferies International Limited

abrdn European Logistics Income plc (formerly Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC)

Dowgate Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Aurrigo International PLC on its successful placing and admission to trading on AIM.
  • Advised the dual listed (AIM/TSX) mining company Horizonte Minerals Plc on a conditional raise of US$80 million for the further development of its Araguaia nickel project in Brazil.
  • Advised Canaccord Genuity Limited and Sprott as joint bookrunners on mining development and exploration company Greatland Gold PLC’s US$35 million cashbox placing.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Gowling WLG‘s ‘highly capable, committed and resourceful team‘ has notable sector expertise in a number of key sectors, including automotive, government, food and beverage, energy, and financial services. Senior litigation partner James Sidwellhas excellent judgement‘; Catherine Naylor is a specialist in multi-jurisdictional matters; and the varied caseload of Andrew Smith, who is ‘probably the best all-round litigator around‘, covers contract terminations, economic torts, legal professional privilege, misfeasance, and guarantees/indemnities. At non-partner level, Verity Barker is ‘unfailingly thoughtful and completely unflappable‘, while principal associate Tom Cox represents corporate and private clients in commercial disputes. Andrew Litchfield heads up the department from the firm’s Birmingham office.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Testimonials

‘On top of the facts and the law, with an analytical approach to advice. Very good at managing difficult clients.’

‘A superb team of solicitors who offer great value for money and an excellent service.’

‘This is a highly capable, committed and resourceful team – but also one that is approachable, practical, and friendly. It is very good at client management, but is also thorough and thoughtful in its approach to the technical detail.’

‘James Sidwell has excellent judgement, works very hard, and is a canny litigator. He is also an insightful adviser who really takes time to understand his clients.’

Verity Barker is brilliant – she is extremely bright and extremely diligent, but unfailingly thoughtful and completely unflappable.

‘Catherine Naylor – a partner who manages teams beautifully and has a sharp eye for challenging points and how to deal with them.’

Andrew Smith is probably the best all-round litigator around. He thinks creatively but is always realistic, with outstanding judgement and an unerring focus on getting the best result possible at the lowest possible cost.’

Tom Cox is the pick of the associates – utterly reliable and wonderfully personable.

Key clients

Alpha Whiskey Echo

Aston Martin Lagonda

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

CPC Group

Equity Trust (Jersey)

Financial Reporting Council

GKN

Halfords Autocentres

HCC International Insurance Company

Hyundai Motor UK

London Legacy Development Corporation

E20 Stadium

M Group Holdings

Midcounties Co-Operative

Millbrook Healthcare Bidco

Cairngorm Capital

National Car Parks

Sanctuary Housing

The Royal Parks

THG

VRFB Holdings

Weetabix

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for VRFB Holdings (VRFB) in proceedings brought by its joint venture partner, Garnet Commerce, which sought to force VRFB to sell its 50% share for half the market value.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment (on behalf of HCC International Insurance Company) in a claim for unilateral mistake rectification brought against it by Caledonian Maritime Assets.
  • Acting for THG and 14 other respondents in successfully striking out in the Court of Appeal the majority of an unfair prejudice petition.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Gowling WLG‘s ‘very strong specialist pensions litigation team' is led by the ‘intelligent and astuteIan Gordon, who is especially experienced in handling complex issues involving occupational pension schemes. The 'truly impressive' wider practice's workload includes assisting clients in High Court-level disputes; advising on professional negligence cases, work for which legal director Charlotte Scholes is a key contact; and assisting clients in the resolution of Pensions Ombudsman cases namely regarding claims and disputes with members. Associate Aaron Dunning-Foreman is experienced advising on issues relating to complex data breaches in a pensions context.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gordon

Testimonials

‘A very strong specialist pensions litigation team.’

‘The practice is very ably led by Ian Gordon who is an intelligent and astute litigator with a good knowledge of technical pensions law.’

‘The team has always fully engaged with us as clients from the point of referral and kept us informed of progress throughout. Their knowledge of the subject matter provides us with confidence that we are in good hands.’

‘Not only are they knowledgeable on the legal subject matter, but they also can put it into a commercial context. They have good knowledge of the overall pensions landscape.’

‘Gowlings’ is a truly expert pensions team – they offer breadth of experience across pensions advisory and disputes work. They take a commercial and pragmatic approach to their advice and litigation.’

‘Ian Gordon is one of the stars of pensions litigation with a huge amount of experience acquired in leading cases.’

‘What sets the team apart is their unwavering commitment to ensuring excellent communication throughout the entire process. They have consistently kept me informed, addressing any concerns promptly and effectively. It is evident that their expertise extends beyond legal matters, as they possess a deep understanding of the broader implications and practicalities involved in pension law.’

‘Their wealth of knowledge in the field is truly impressive, encompassing both the intricate nuances of the substantive law and a comprehensive understanding of UK pension plans.’

Key clients

Mitchells & Butlers Pensions Limited

Britvic Pensions Limited

CGI IT UK Limited

The Trustees of the Thales UK Pension Scheme

The Trustee of KPMG Staff Pension Fund

Croydon Borough Council

Virgin Media Limited

Government of Canada

The Trustees of the Debenhams Retirement Benefit Scheme

The Very Group Limited

Punter Southall Governance Services

Ross Trustees

BESTrustees

Independent Trustee Services

Zedra

PAN Trustees

Work highlights

  • Acted for the successful employer in litigation involving the CMG UK Pension Scheme.
  • Acted for the London Borough of Croydon in its dispute with Oasis Community Learning concerning the way employer contribution rates are set for participating employers of Croydon’s part of the Local Government Pension Scheme where a maintained school converted to an academy under the Academies Act 2010.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Gowling WLG‘s non-contentious pensions practice is headed by Birmingham-based Elizabeth Gane, with support from defined contribution expert Joanne Tibbott, the ‘approachable and knowledgeable' Jason Coates, and pensions risk transfer specialist Paul Feathers. The practice’s client base includes trustees of large schemes and employers, who the team frequently advises on longevity swaps and other general pensions issues. Recent examples of the team's work includes advising on issues relating to GMP equalisation, managing the liabilities of schemes, and advising on defined benefit and defined contribution scheme matters. Associates Sarah Tate and Sara Chambers are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Gane

Testimonials

‘Cohesive team which works well together and ensures the issues are dealt with at the right level, thereby charging on the most cost-effective basis.’

‘Jason Coates is approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘A very close-knit and reliable team who guide us through challenging issues.’

‘Joanne Tibbott provides a caring, thoughtful, and proportionate service to ensure advice strikes the right balance between giving you what is required and adequately covering the issues concerned without going over-the-top on detail. Joanne is more than ably supported by Sarah Tate, who efficiently deals with our requirements and helps us correctly solve legal problems.’

‘The team is commercial, available and really work as part of the scheme team. This applies across the team at all levels, and is refreshing. Fee conversations are timely, transparent and proportionate.’

‘Paul Feathers is great to deal with and is very solutions-driven. Sarah Tate is thorough and extremely knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Employment Conditions Abroad Retirement Benefits Scheme (ECARBS)

Unisys UK Pension Trustee Limited (UUKPTL)

The Trustee of the Flour Milling & Baking Research Association Pension and Assurance Scheme

TM Pension Trustees Limited (TMPTL)

Thales UK Pension Scheme

Admenta

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the Unisys UK Pensions Trustees to act as legal adviser to the Unisys Pension Scheme, the Unisys Payment Services Limited Pension Scheme and the Unisys Public Sector Pension Scheme, schemes with £1bn of assets in aggregate.
  • Advised the Trustee of the TM Group Pension Scheme and TM Pension Plan, two pension schemes operated by McColl’s Group plc, on a variety of pensions issues.
  • Advised Rothesay on a complex multi-billion buy-in/buy-out.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Patrick Duxbury and Robert Breedon lead the practice at Gowling WLG, which is noted for its ‘deep experience‘ in licensing matters and pharmaceutical manufacturing issues. The team regularly assists large pharmaceutical companies such as BioNTech and AstraZeneca, and is known for representing care home and senior facility operators and funders. With his academic background in microbiology and genetics, Duxbury handles an array of transactional issues, including commercialisation deals and collaborations, while Breedon advises both public and private sector clients in the healthcare space on outsourcing contracts and commercial projects.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Duxbury; Robert Breedon

Testimonials

‘Small team with deep experience in life sciences licensing and collaboration deals.’

Key clients

BioNTech

Gyrus Captial

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

European Pharmaceutical Company

AstraZeneca

Eisai

Bial Portela

Katholike Universiteit Leuven

Dynavax

Argenx NV

BioInvent International AB

GlaxoSmithKline

Apposite Capital

Sosei Heptares

Amphista Therapeutics

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

UDG Healthcare Group plc

Circle Health

Department of Health and Social Care

Ford

Formation Capital, LLC

Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

Getinge Group

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Synlab Group

Lakeside Healthcare

Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund

TT Electronics

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sitekit Applications Limited

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Nucleic Acid Imaging Company

UK Clinical Phase Biotech Company

Oxford BioTherapeutics

Immedica Pharma AB

Sentinel Oncology

Work highlights

  • Advised AstraZeneca on a strategic collaboration with diagnostic company, GRAIL, to develop and commercialise companion diagnostic assays for use with AstraZeneca’s therapies.
  • Advised BioNTech on its collaboration with the UK Government to accelerate personalised mRNA immunotherapy clinic trails providing personalised cancer therapies for up to 10000 patients by 2030.
  • Advised GSK on patent litigation proceedings brought by Pfizer in relation to RSV vaccines.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

Based across Birmingham and London, the retail team at Gowling WLG fields a sizeable team with expertise across the full range of retail, consumer, and trading mandates. Jocelyn Paulley is instructed by start-ups, established brands, and suppliers, and focuses on IT, digital infrastructure, and data protection matters. Intellectual property strategy and litigation mandates are handled by John Coldham. Paulley and Coldham jointly head the practice. Also in the core team are Kate Swaine, who advises on brand and design strategy, and handles trade mark enforcement, and commercial contracts specialist Sarah Riding.

Practice head(s):

John Coldham; Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gowling WLG’s retail team works across all disciplines, including corporate, commercial contracts, IT, real estate, finance, employment, IP, data protection and dispute resolution and has provided us with outstanding support in all those areas over many years.’

‘I would say that the firm is an assured and robust operation. Its understanding of the markets it advises in is detailed, up to date and relevant.’

‘The team integrates itself seamlessly as part of the overall project team, drives forward the legal work proactively, and is available at very short notice.’

Key clients

Asda

Entain PLC

De Kuyper Holding NV

Freddy SPA

Freemans Grattan Holdings Limited

Great Little Trading Co

Halfords Autocentres

H&T Group plc

Klarna Bank AB

Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited

The Jewellery Channel

The Midcounties Co-operative

THG (formerly known as The Hut Group)

Unilever

Wickes

Work highlights

  • Advised Freemans Grattan Holdings on the outsourcing of its IT function to Tech Mahindra.
  • Advised Halfords Autocentres on the acquisition of Lodge Tyre.
  • Advised the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on multiple retail issues, including ticket sales, merchandise sales, retailer outreach, ambush marketing guidance, official dressing for outlets in Birmingham, and take downs from online marketplaces.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 2

Gowling WLG advises on water infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad, acting for water companies, local governments and water regulators, handling financing, development and transactional matters. The practice also provides litigation support, representing clients engaged in international litigation. Leading the water practice is Andrew Newbery, who specialises in transactional matters in the water sector, including project financing, while John Cooper heads the firm’s public law team, advising on regulatory issues affecting water projects. Gareth Baker assists investors seeking to acquire infrastructure assets and Jonathan Brufal, who splits time between the firm’s Dubai and London offices, heads the firm’s international projects practice, with particular experience advising on developments in Africa and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Newbery; Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

Kieran Laird; Gordon Bell; Mike Stewart

Key clients

Almar Water

International Finance Corporation

eThkwini Municipality

The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR)

Work highlights

  • Mandated by the IFC to act as legal transaction advisor in its role providing support to the eThkwini Municipality in the development of two new wastewater projects in the Durban area.
  • Advised a consortium comprising four water developers, led by Almar Water, on their bid for the concession of the Glen Valley Wastewater Reclamation Project near Gaborone in Botswana.
  • Worked in liaison with the Department for Infrastructure, the Utility Regulation (UR) is considering options which might help to address the lack of capacity in sewerage networks and wastewater treatment works in Northern Ireland.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

With notable strength in industrial, mixed-use, regeneration and retail development schemes, the full-service real estate team at Gowling WLG excels in the energy sector.  The practice is also entrusted by occupiers, property REITS and regeneration authorities with the buying and selling, management and letting of assets. Chris Hunt oversees the real estate department and is proficient in office headquarter acquisitions and disposals, the real estate aspects of corporate M&A and retail expansion programmes. Head of the corporate occupier group Helen Emmerson caters to life science labs, retail, and supermarket leasing mandates, and Felicity Lindsay is well-versed in direct and indirect office investment transactions, as well as office developments and lettings. Kay Desai advises corporate occupiers in the retail and leisure sectors, while Nick Mumby is a key contact for debt-funds, family run developers and international private equity firms. Kate Cunningham advises private and public sector clients on mixed-use and transport-oriented regeneration projects and Dan Gwilliam is seasoned in advising institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Gowling are able to disseminate complex information into easy-to-understand concepts for their clients.’

‘They are considerate and personable in their approach to clients, while offering a robust and unwavering approach in challenging negotiation scenarios.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable, technical and work well collaboratively. They are approachable and deal with matters expediently.’

‘The individuals have great technical expertise and the team has depth with an ability to resource transactions of scale.’

Key clients

Abrdn

Aldgate Developments

AnaCap

Audley Group

Aviva

Clear Sky Capital

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Cube

Ellis Campbell Group

Empiric Student Property plc

Friends Life

Greater London Authority

HC-One Limited

Inspired Villages

Intu Properties

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

Knight Frank Investment Management

LaSalle Investment Management

Legal & General

London Borough of Barnet

London and Strategic land

London & Cambridge Properties

LXi REIT plc

Industrials REIT (formerly Stenprop)

National Highways

NFU Mutual

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Revcap Advisors

Royal London

Salmon Developments

SEGRO

St Modwen

Stamford Land Corporation Limited

Stenprop

Transport for London

U + I

Universities Superannuation Scheme

USS

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London Asset Management (Royal London) on the development and subsequent letting of The Earnshaw on New Oxford Street, WC1.
  • Advised Cube Real Estate on the acquisition, funding, development, planning and construction of Unilever’s new headquarter development, Eden Campus.
  • Advised U+I on the joint venture project with TfL to develop and regenerate a derelict 1.7 acre site owned by TfL, The Liberty Of Southwark.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

With notable strength in industrial, mixed-use, regeneration and retail development schemes, the full-service real estate team at Gowling WLG excels in the energy sector.  The practice is also entrusted by occupiers, property REITS and regeneration authorities with the buying and selling, management and letting of assets. Chris Hunt oversees the real estate department and is proficient in office headquarter acquisitions and disposals, the real estate aspects of corporate M&A and retail expansion programmes. Head of the corporate occupier group Helen Emmerson caters to life science labs, retail, and supermarket leasing mandates, and Felicity Lindsay is well-versed in direct and indirect office investment transactions, as well as office developments and lettings. Kay Desai advises corporate occupiers in the retail and leisure sectors, while Nick Mumby is a key contact for debt-funds, family run developers and international private equity firms. Kate Cunningham advises private and public sector clients on mixed-use and transport-oriented regeneration projects and Dan Gwilliam is seasoned in advising institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Gowling team operate as a cohesive team drawing on specialisms as and when required.’

‘Felicity Lindsay is commercially minded and practical.’

Key clients

Abrdn

AnaCap

Aviva

Clear Sky Capital

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Ellis Campbell Group

Empiric Student Property plc

Friends Life

HC-One Limited

Intu Properties

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

Knight Frank Investment Management

LaSalle Investment Management

Legal & General

London and Strategic land

London & Cambridge Properties

LXi REIT plc

Industrials REIT (formerly Stenprop)

NFU Mutual

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Revcap Advisors

Royal London

SEGRO

Stamford Land Corporation Limited

Stenprop

U + I

Universities Superannuation Scheme

USS

Work highlights

  • Advised USS on the acquisition of three Butlins sites (Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis).
  • Advised Janus Henderson the sale of its £1bn property fund to an undisclosed buyer.
  • Advised NFU Mutual on its sale of a portfolio of prime logistics assets to Barings.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 2

Recommended for its ‘great commercial acumen’, the Gowling WLG IP practice, which is headed by Kate Swaine, has key strengths that include tech patent litigation, SEP/FRAND litigation and work in the life sciences field, to name a few. Alexandra Brodie is noted for her expertise in the technology sector, leading significant cases in the SEP/FRAND sphere, while Paul Inman has considerable experience in pharma patent infringement and revocation actions. Further strengthening the practice is Patrick Duxbury, who is well-versed in handling transactional matters, and Huw Evans, who routinely handles life sciences and technology related matters. Luke Kempton is particularly active in the biotech and pharma sectors, and Jamie Rowlands routinely represents a multitude of clients in global patent disputes, being especially active in the telecoms space. Matt Hervey and Nick Cunningham are also recommended. Jonathan Ball departed to Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kate Swaine

Testimonials

‘I have no hesitation in recommending them for large cases and small.’

‘Alex Brodie is one of their top partners. Good strategic sense, good with clients, very commercial, but absolutely on top of all the legal detail too.’

‘Paul Inman was impressive – good command of detail and able to take the big decisions.’

‘Great commercial acumen and willingness to put the best litigation team together to meet client expectations. They have a diverse team with varying levels of experience which means that work can manage costs effectively.’

‘Huw Evans is one of the UK’s best known and experienced IP litigators. He is an excellent lawyer. He can offer innovative commercial solutions without always having to resort to litigation.’

‘Pat Duxbury is a recognised expert on patent licensing.’

‘A brilliant combination of technical know-how and litigation savviness, with excellent teamwork.’

‘Luke Kempton is great in the biotech and life sciences sphere.’

Key clients

InterDigital

AstraZeneca

BioNTech SE

Oxford BioTherapeutics

KU Leuven

Immedica Pharma AB

Amphista Therapeutics

GlaxoSmithKline

Sosei Heptares

Work highlights

  • Advising InterDigital (“IDG”) in relation to its global dispute with Lenovo. The FRAND trial that took place in January and February 2022 was only the second ever FRAND trial after Unwired Planet.
  • Advised Astra Zeneca on its strategic collaboration with diagnostic company GRAIL, to develop and commercialize companion diagnostic (CDx) assays for use with AstraZeneca’s therapies.
  • Advised BioNTech on its third research, development and commercialization collaboration with Pfizer to develop the first mRNA-based vaccine for the prevention of shingles.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

Acting for clients in the telecoms, advertising and food and drink sectors, among others, Gowling WLG’s ‘fabulous’ full-service IP offering is helmed by Kate Swaine, who is well-versed in international brand strategy and enforcement and routinely acts for household names in the management and enforcement of their portfolios. John Coldham leads the brands and designs team, with his litany of experience encompassing building brands, portfolio management and litigation; Coldham is praised by clients for his strength in litigation. Gordon Harris is experienced in managing designs and brands related cases in high profile disputes. Zoe Pearman, Jasmine Lalli and Charlie Bond are also key contacts in the group.

Practice head(s):

Kate Swaine

Testimonials

‘The team are experts across all types of IP issues: trademarks, copyrights, designs. They have a very commercial approach, are conscious of costs, and they are very approachable.’

‘John Coldham is prompt in his responses, very clear and concise, and available. He has strong litigation experience.’

‘We have always received timely and clear advice.’

‘Kate Swaine has been our contact; she has always been available, quick to answer and has been clear in her advice.’

‘Fabulous people. Friendly and responsive.’

‘Kate Swaine is brilliant in litigation and strategy.’

‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable on trade mark, copyright and design litigation.’

‘John Coldham has unrivalled expertise in design litigation. His clear and concise advice is always practical and tailored to the specific matter and client involved.’

Key clients

Weetabix Limited

B2022

Keyloop

Major League Baseball

London Stock Exchange and subsidiaries: Refinitiv and LCH

Aston Martin Lagonda

Farfetch

Ghamkol Sharif UK

Industrials UK

Scholl

Aston Martin Lagonda

All Saints Retail Limited

Ezee Group Limited

Aston Martin Lagonda

Dyson Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Appointed as exclusive Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Brands, Advertising & Designs team advised, and continues to advise, across a host of brand protection and enforcement, licensing and sponsorship issues relating to the games which took place from 27 July until 8 August 2022.
  • Acted for Ezee Group International in relation to what would have been the biggest design right case of the year. The designs issues arising from this dispute are crucial for the development of design law and encompass areas such as must fit, technical function and commonplace.
  • Advising the Farfetch group on its global trade mark strategy, clearance, oppositions, enforcement, domain name issues and specific IP focused client projects. This matter entails the collaboration of various offices in jurisdictions where our client is active and our UK team co-ordinates all enforcement matters across the world.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 2

Gowling WLG houses a broad practice which assists clients with a diverse range of issues, including digital marketing relating to online choice architecture, fake reviews, and marketing to children. Advertising expert Dan Smith leads the team, regularly advising on a broad range of matters relating to greenwashing, affiliate marketing, and social media. Associate Kate Hawkins advises a number of global corporates in the automotive, retail, and food and drink sectors on influencer marketing, and is particularly adept at defending against complaints made to the ASA; while senior associate Zoe Pearman maintains an IP focused practice, and primarily handles copy clearance and promotional marketing issues.

Practice head(s):

Dan Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dan Smith is our main contact. He has a deep understanding of automotive markets and provides pragmatic, commercially relevant advice with a great level of responsiveness.’

‘Dan Smith is very knowledgeable, offers practical advice, and is super experienced in advertising law.’

Key clients

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Volkswagen Group

Weetabix

Carlsberg Marstons

Commonwealth Games England

Hasbro, Inc.

Premier Foods

Oxfam

Volvo

Wickes

Work highlights

  • Advised Hovis and Volkswagen Group to ensure their marketing claims avoid falling foul of the Competition and Markets Authority’s new Green Claims Code, including by providing training and copy clearance.
  • Advising on digital marketing issues around influencer marketing, fake reviews, augmented reality and digital marketing to children, with clients including disruptive businesses and innovative digital advertisers.
  • Assisted a leading European food manufacturer (which owns a number of key frozen food brands) and global automotive manufacturer in connection with the appointment of a new pan-European and/or global media agency for media booking and buying services.

Real estate > Environment

Real estate > Environment

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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

The trade and competition team at Gowling WLG has a strong track record across the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, spanning UK and EU sanctions law, export controls, customs compliance, FTA utilisation, and anti-dumping. Practice head Bernadine Adkins is a respected authority on the impact of Brexit on UK trade law and policy, as well as EU-third country trade deals. David Lowe is highly regarded for national and international supply chain matters, with a recent uptick in the number of cross-border outsourcing mandates, while James Stunt provides expertise in customs compliance and FTA utilisation.

Practice head(s):

Bernardine Adkins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Gowling WLG sanctions team has sufficient expertise to cover any EU and UK sanctions questions and also from my perspective as a US client they do a particularly good job of flagging and explaining unique EU and UK sanctions concepts that are not readily apparent to US sanctions practitioners. The Gowling WLG team also cooperates very well with counsel from other jurisdictions on cross-border matters that require subject matter experts from multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Bernardine Adkins is very pleasant to work with and she is especially effective at distilling complicated concepts into practical verbal advice.’

‘James Stunt prepares direct and concise work product and also does a very good job of meeting promised delivery timelines.’

Key clients

Hill & Smith Holdings plc

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (“SMMT”)

Cummins, Inc

Nomad Foods

The Hut Group

Work highlights

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

With offices across the globe, Gowling WLG specialises in asset recovery and anti-corruption affairs. Its portfolio includes a wide range of domestic and cross boarder cases, and, since opening its Brazil office, the team hassecured work with the high-profile public figure Paulo Maluf (former Mayor of Sao Paulo). Catherine Naylor is distinctly knowledgeable in settling commercial disputes, often with a fraud or trusts aspect. In addition, Andrew Witts is noted for his prowess in international asset tracing and has over 25 years experience in multi-jurisdictional cases, while Jason Freedman is well versed in insolvency litigation and asset recovery investigations.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Witts, Jason Freedman, Emily Till, Joanna Rhodes

Testimonials

‘The firm has global knowledge to lead complex asset recovery cases. Partners are in general available to be involved in the cases and the team has important cross-border experience’

‘Andrew Witts is a leader in the field of asset recovery and Catherine Naylor is also a leader in complex asset recovery cases.’

‘A very tight ship – no weak links. Very capable of dealing with all different sizes and shapes of litigation.’

‘Catherine Naylor: Very smart and able to make the big calls clearly and calmly – a real pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

  • We continue to be instructed by the liquidators of three BVI companies connected to the former Mayor of Sao Paulo, Mr Maluf, in relation to the large-scale corruption case.
  • Acting for Equity Trust and one of its former directors defending £30 million fraud claims in the Chancery Division.
  • Pursuing claims against: (i) First Curacao International Bank N.V. (“FCIB”); and (ii) Johannes Christiaan Martinus Augustinus Maria Deuss (“John Deuss”) for a contribution to the claims made in TWPS’ liquidation by a number of companies who committed large scale MTIC fraud using FCIB accounts to do so.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Andrew Litchfield, described as ‘incredibly knowledgeable and great on strategy’ works from the firm’s Birmingham and London offices and leads the London regulatory crime team at Gowling WLG. The group's client list notably includes Bloor Homes Ltd and Eurotunnel. The team freqently advises defends its clients at Inquests involving on-site deaths or serious injuries, and also advised on the remit of health and safety regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, the group has experience handling sensitive matters involving vulnerable individuals.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hafen

Testimonials

‘Andrew Litchfield is incredibly knowledgeable and great on strategy and organisation with really good client care. We highly recommend him.’

Key clients

Kingspan Insulation Ltd

Bakkavor Foods Ltd

Bloor Homes Ltd

The Channel Tunnel Group/Eurotunnel

Sanctuary Housing Association

Cummins Ltd

Midland Heart

The Arch Company Limited

Richmond Fellowship

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Limited

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 3

Gowling WLG has a thriving projects and infrastructure practice in London that is 'technically sound, pragmatic and risk aware not risk averse, professional and culturally sensitive'. Head of international projects Jonathan Brufal is 'not only willing, but keen, to get into the detail on projects'. He worked with project finance specialists Andrew Newbery and Imran Mufti to support Saudi construction company Alfanar Company in the development of five Construction Villages procured by the NEOM Company, each with accommodation for up to 10,000 individuals who will ultimately oversee and deliver a new urban area in Tabuk Province. Corporate energy partner Gareth Baker  'provides pragmatic and sound legal advice, taking time to understand the commercials', and impact finance partner Alasdair McKenzie 'has a clear interest and passion for emerging markets work and his advice is sound and pragmatic'. Together they advised InfraCo Africa on a $15m loan to to UK-registered next generation utility company Bboxx for its Africa-focused off-grid solar business. Head of natural resources Charles Bond and standout partner for international arbitration Gordon Bell are also active in emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker; Imran Mufti; Andrew Newbery; Charles Bond; Alasdair McKenzie; Gordon Bell

Testimonials

‘The biggest draw for working with Gowlings is their flexibility in approach to working in emerging markets. This is reflected in their fee proposals and team compositions. They have also been proactive in introducing our company to clients of theirs to explore opportunities to work together and have also been gracious enough to host us at their offices for a strategy day. Technically sound, pragmatic and risk aware (not risk averse), professional and culturally sensitive.’

‘Alasdair McKenzie is a fantastic relationship partner as he does not manage from afar. He has a clear interest and passion for emerging market work and his advice is sound and pragmatic. He has also taken the time to understand our business model and therefor his advice is not generic as he understands our risk appetite.’

‘Gareth Baker provides pragmatic and sound legal advice, taking time to understand the commercials and adapting his advice accordingly. He is quick to understand an issue and catch up to where the commercial team is.’

‘Gowling’s collaborative, partner-led approach is extremely welcome in a sector that can often be unpredictable and necessarily requires experience, flexibility, open-mindedness and multi-disciplinary problem-solving to deliver our goals. They know their strengths, are across their brief and project manage effectively.’

‘Jonathan Brufal is a hands-on partner who is not only willing, but keen, to get into the detail on projects, rather than taking on the more high-level role that we often encounter with some of their competitors. We therefore benefit from his significant experience working across a number of emerging markets and sectors, and his process-focused approach to ensure we can get the results we are looking for in the long term.

‘Jonathan Brufal and his team are, despite their status and experience, very approachable, open and friendly – they put their clients at ease and explain tricky topics in a straightforward, patient manner. Thank you very much to Gowling WLG.’

‘The Gowling team excel at making the unorthodox seem orthodox, taking the complexity out of the execution of the legal documentation and thereby helping to save time and money. A lot of this is achieved by the high level of cultural diversity in the team which allows for issues to be looked at from different perspectives and to build empathy across the table – which develops the relationship and trust that is highly valued by clients.’

‘Alasdair MacKenzie is our go-to partner at Gowling. We value his entrepreneurial nature and the creativity that he brings to the table. We have never not closed a deal with Alasdair at the helm.’

Key clients

Alfanar Company

Energy Storage Africa

InfraCo Africa

Bushveld Minerals

International Finance Corporation

eThekwini Municipality

Almar Water

Andrada Mining Limited

GuarantCo

Hummingbird Resources plc

Horizonte Minerals plc

Green Guarantee

Work highlights

  • Advised Alfanar Company, a leading Saudi Arabian construction and operations company, on the project development and financing for the construction, operations and maintenance of five Construction Villages procured by the NEOM Company, which successfully reached financial close.
  • Advising Energy Storage Africa on the development of an innovative battery storage project in Malawi, which is the first battery storage project in Malawi.
  • Advised InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), over an agreement to lend up to $15 million, by way of convertible loan notes, to UK-registered next generation utility company Bboxx for its Africa-focussed off-grid solar business.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

Sitting within the firm’s wider corporate offering, the real estate funds team at Gowling WLG has recently undergone some structural changes, with the stepping down of former practice head Nick Heather into an advisory role. The practice is now led by Birmingham-based Sharon Ayres, and Micky Yang, who joined the London office from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in April 2022. The national practice advises on both listed and private real estate funds, and offers strong ancillary support in more general real estate matters. Ayres has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of investment funds matters, while Yang brings expertise in investment and development joint ventures. Oliver Riley, another key practitioner, is a key contact for the formation, structuring and reorganising of onshore and offshore closed-ended funds. James Breffit joined the Birmingham office as a legal director, arriving from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in May 2022. All named lawyers are based in London unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Ayres; Micky Yang

Other key lawyers:

Kristian Rogers; Oliver Riley; John Reed; Nick Heather; James Breffit

Testimonials

Kris Rogers is very experienced , gives good and wise advice, and I have huge confidence in him.’

Key clients

Empiric Student Property Plc

Abrdn European Logistics Income Plc (formerly Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income Plc)

Bricklane London REIT Plc

Bricklane Residential REIT Plc

Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company Plc

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust Plc

Urban Logistics REIT Plc

AEW UK REIT Plc

Royal London

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

Goodman UK Partnership LP Fund

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

ICG

Reassure

Hyde Group

Abrdn

Castlepoint Shopping Centre LP

BEIS ( the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)

FCDO (the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)

Thomas White Oxford

HS2

Transport for London

Development Guarantee Group Ltd (“DGG”)

L&G Modular

L&G Affordable

Taylor Wimpey

CBRE

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

Thales Pension Scheme

Pension Protection Fund

Local Government Pension Scheme Panel

Lincoln Property Company

Work highlights

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: M&A and acquisition financing Tier 3

The team at Gowling WLG are able to demonstrate roles on big-ticket deals within the infrastructure space as well as advising on mandates including private equity investments in hydrogen companies and developments. Gareth Baker leverages his experience as one of the founding members of Gowling’s hydrogen group to advise on this work, as well as showing expertise across the board of renewables and sustainable infrastructure work. Dominic Richardson is also recommended for his transactional expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

National Highways

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group (including Magnox, LLWR, RWM…)

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

UK Health Security Agency

HM Revenue & Customs

Department of Health and Social Care

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

East London Waste Authority

Surrey County Council

HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited

Shore Capital

J.P Morgan Cazenove

Numis Securities Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company plc

Winterflood Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of FI1 Limited on the sale of their stake in the project companies that will construct and operate the first ever UK-Germany Transmission Link – the NeuConnect Interconnector Project (NeuConnect) – to TEPCO Power Grid (TEPCO PG).

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 3

Gowling WLG is a leading player on infrastructure mandates, advising across the entire lifecycle of  projects, from financing, to project development, procurement, as well as guiding clients through ESG and net zero goals. The team regularly advises on politically sensitive projects and works on matters at the cutting edge of the UK defence and security space. Stephen Kenny and Andrew Newbery co-head the practice, with the former recognised for his work on PPP/PFI matters and serving as a key contact for the Ministry of Defence. Newbery's financing expertise sees him regularly advise on large utility and energy projects. Dominic Richardson's experience includes transport and rail developments, while Elizabeth Williams regularly works alongside Kenny on Ministry of Defence projects. Alexandra Poynter is noted for her supporting role on a wide spectrum of practice mandates. Imran Mufti  joined the group from Hogan Lovells International LLP in July 2022, bringing expertise in capital market transactions, project finance, and knowledge of the Middle Eastern market.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kenny; Andrew Newbery

Testimonials

‘Very approachable, modest and abile to become part of, and blend into, the project team.’

‘Stephen Kenny – very affable and approachable and extremely easy to work with. Excellent value for money and ability to operate a lean but effective service.’

 

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

National Highways

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group (including Magnox, LLWR, RWM…)

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

UK Health Security Agency

HM Revenue & Customs

Department of Health and Social Care

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

East London Waste Authority

Surrey County Council

HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited

Shore Capital

J.P Morgan Cazenove

Numis Securities Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company plc

Winterflood Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised National Highways on one of its flagship projects, the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project. The project is a nationally significant road improvement project, which will involve a 1.8 mile (2.7 km) tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.
  • Advising DVLA on all aspects of its PFI contract with Trillium.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 3

Praised for its ‘excellent international understanding’, the team at Gowling WLG has a robust track record for complex cross-border work including mining project management, alongside handling start-up transactions, joint-ventures and farm-ins, as well as equity and debt financing work. Mining sector private and public M&A transactions also form a core component of the group’s practice in the space. Practice leader Charles Bond is well-versed advising clients in emerging and established markets on corporate matters. Consultant Andrew Wright  is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:

Susan Johnson; Andrew Wright

Testimonials

‘We see Charles Bond and his team as our trusted advisor on many areas, effectively as part of our own team’

‘They are very personal and transparent, take the time to understand the company and have an excellent international understanding, which allow open discussions.’

‘We developed a clear partnership very quickly, and the team accepted Gowling’s people as part of the company with shared objectives.’

‘Good working relationship, always helpful in tricky situations and try to overcome any obstacles in proactive way.’

‘Honest, reliable service with excellent problem-solving skills.’

‘Charles Bond, Sue Johnston and their teams provide incomparable service. They are always available and provide comprehensive advice and drafting that can be confidently relied upon time and again.’

Key clients

Horizonte Minerals plc

Canaccord Genuity Limited and Sprott Inc.

Altus Strategies plc

Bushveld Minerals Limited

Strand Hanson Limited & Peterhouse Capital Limited

Hummingbird Resources plc

Andrada Mining Limited

Zamare Minerals Limited

Liberum Capital Limited and Peterhouse Capital Limited

Pyx Resources Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Horizonte Minerals plc, the dual listed (AIM/TSX) mining company, on a conditional raise of US$80m for the further development of its Araguaia nickel project in Brazil. The fundraise shares will represent40.9%of the issued ordinary share capital of the company prior to the fundraise. The deal was challenging on account of the speed of execution as the company required the capital quickly in an inflationary environment.
  • Advised Canaccord Genuity Limited and Sprott as joint bookrunners on mining development and exploration company Greatland Gold PLC’s US$35 million cashbox placing. The deal was unusual because of the cashbox element where no shareholder meeting is required and has become less frequent in the current market (and was used again for speed of fundraising in a challenging market).
  • Advised Zamare Minerals Limited, a copper/cobalt explorer focused on the Zambian side of the Central African Copperbelt, on its proposed listing on AIM. The project is currently on hold but it was well advanced and will recommence once the market improves.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Gowling WLG‘s offering is co-led by a multitude of energy specialists, being ‘results-driven’, corporate-focused Gareth Baker, regulatory experts John Cooper and Birmingham-based Gus Wood, real estate specialist Helen Emmerson, also in Birmingham, Nath Curtis, who has a particular focus on project finance and Jonathan Brufal, who works predominantly on international project development matters from the London and Dubai offices. The team ably handles transactional energy work in these areas, in key M&A and financing matters of high-value, in particular, frequently acting in collaboration with the Dubai team on international work. ‘Leader in the field’ James Stanier is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Gus Wood; Helen Emmerson; Nath Curtis; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

James Stanier; Roisin Bergin

Testimonials

‘This team has unparalleled experience in the energy sector.’

‘James Stanier is a leader in the field. He is knowledgeable, has excellent communication skills and has done such a good job for us – you know they’ve done a good job when the other side tries to steal them! Associate George Nixon is also fantastic – he is very detailed in his approach and knowledgeable.’

‘The team takes the time to understand your business, its strategy and future plans and then tailor their advice on specific projects in the best way to deliver  for the wider company’s benefit. They think outside the box and add real value to businesses.’

‘Gareth Baker drives the added-value approach and tries to understand the business – he tailors advice on that basis. He takes care when delegating to others within the team to maintain a real oversight at all times and add value.’

‘Gowlings’ practice has good experience in new technologies across the market, particularly on hydrogen projects. The team are particularly responsive and go the extra mile to get deals done for clients.’

‘Gareth Baker is results-driven, pragmatic and a shrewd negotiator; Nath Curtis has market-leading knowledge and particular expertise in financing deals; Roisin Bergin is an up-and-coming talent, very dedicated and shows great client care.’

‘Gus Wood is very good on commercial energy matters.’

Key clients

Brockwell Energy Limited

Eelpower Limited

Energy Storage Africa

Greenage Power Limited

Pacific Green Technologies

Shore Capital

J.P Morgan Cazenove

Numis Securities Limited

Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc

Cadent Gas

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Island Green Power Limited

Exagen Group Limited

The Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of FI1 Limited on the sale of their stake in the project companies that will construct and operate the first ever UK-Germany Transmission Link.
  • Advised Eelpower on its new partnership with Renewable Power Capital, a pan-European renewable energy investment platform backed by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
  • Advised the Utility Regulator on determining disputes between persons connected or wanting to be connected to the energy network and the owner/operator of the network.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

With notable strength in industrial, mixed-use, regeneration and retail development schemes, the full-service real estate team at Gowling WLG excels in the energy sector.  The practice is also entrusted by occupiers, property REITS and regeneration authorities with the buying and selling, management and letting of assets. Chris Hunt oversees the real estate department and is proficient in office headquarter acquisitions and disposals, the real estate aspects of corporate M&A and retail expansion programmes. Head of the corporate occupier group Helen Emmerson caters to life science labs, retail, and supermarket leasing mandates, and Felicity Lindsay is well-versed in direct and indirect office investment transactions, as well as office developments and lettings. Kay Desai advises corporate occupiers in the retail and leisure sectors, while Nick Mumby is a key contact for debt-funds, family run developers and international private equity firms. Kate Cunningham advises private and public sector clients on mixed-use and transport-oriented regeneration projects and Dan Gwilliam is seasoned in advising institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hunt; Helen Emmerson

Other key lawyers:

Felicity Lindsay; Kay Desai; Nick Mumby; Kate Cunningham; Dan Gwilliam; Reena Patel; Anna Colley; Emma Pioli

Key clients

Royal London

Metro Bank

Halfords

The Hut Group

IM Properties

U+I

Pearson

NFU Mutual

Pandora

Atkins

Intermediate Capital Group

Coca-Cola European Partners

Lidl

Intu Properties

Made.com

HMRC

Birds Eye

Weetabix

A.F. Blakemore (Cash & Carry)

DPD

Young & Co.’s Brewery

Work highlights

  • Advised the Birds Eye group on the lease of their new office at 184 Shepherds Bush Road.
  • Advised Royal London Asset Management (Royal London) on the development and subsequent letting of The Earnshaw on New Oxford Street, WC1.
  • Advised Made.com on a new lease of a warehouse unit at London Gateway.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

Gowling WLG acts for developers, contractors and institutional clients across various sectors, with particular expertise in PFI hand back, building safety, and international energy projects. The contentious practice is co-led by Gordon Bell, Sue Ryan, and Mike Stewart. Bell, a specialist in international arbitration, concentrates on the construction and energy sectors, advising owners, contractors, and engineers. Ryan lends her expertise in complex, technical construction, and engineering disputes, with experience in building and fire safety disputes. Meanwhile, Stewart offers insight into complex, high-value disputes from major construction and infrastructure projects, particularly in the Middle East. Legal director Mary Lindsay joined the team in late 2023 from Wikborg Rein.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Bell; Sue Ryan; Mike Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Helen Arthur; Patrick Fox; Mary Lindsay

Key clients

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

iQ Student Accommodation

Empiric Student Property PLC

Telford Homes Limited

Tilia Homes Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Swan Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Telford Homes in relation to claims being brought by 257 tenants of the Avantgarde Building in relation to building safety.
  • Advising BAE’s fund managers, LaSalle, on the legal recovery strategy for cladding and fire safety defects at a key strategic asset located in central London, comprising a hotel and adjoined residential tower.
  • Advising iQ following its acquisition by Blackstone (on which we led the cladding/defects due diligence) to advise on and undertake legal recovery on 10 of the assets in its portfolio which have cladding and fire safety defects.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Gowling WLG provides comprehensive legal services for developers, contractors, and institutional clients across diverse sectors, specialising in PFI hand back, building safety, and international energy projects. Philip Baker heads the non-contentious side of the practice, using his extensive experience in advising on procurement strategy and project delivery for a wide array of real estate, construction, and engineering clients, including institutions, funders, and end-users. Principal associate Tarfa Ahmad guides developer and institutional investor clients on various construction projects and the construction aspects of investment acquisitions, while principal associate Hannah Daeche complements the team with her expertise in providing transactional advice to a diverse clientele in the real estate, construction, and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Philip Baker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees

Legal & General

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society

iQ Student Accommodation

Empiric Student Property PLC

Battersea Power Station Development Company

The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

London Borough of Barnet

Telford Homes Limited

Canada Life

Zurich

Columbia Threadneedle

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on various non-contentious and contentious issues arising from the development of the iconic power station site in London.
  • Advising the Royal London UK Real Estate Fund on the construction documents for a £200 million new office building in central London.
  • Advising the London Borough of Barnet on the construction elements of a new railway station, known as Brent Cross Thameslink and other significant regeneration works.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Practice head Vicky Fowler, an expert in CPO matters, sits at the helm of Gowling WLG's planning team and advises both public and private clients on the making and implementation of CPOs, particularly for regeneration schemes. The department handles a range of contentious work, including planning appeals, High Court planning litigation, and judicial review work; several members of the team are sought after due to their advocacy in the Planning Court. Ben Stansfield has continued to develop his reputation as an environmental lawyer, spearheading projects involving sustainable infrastructure, biodiversity net gain, and mineral neutrality.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Fowler

Other key lawyers:

Ben Stansfield; Tim Sharp; Laura Nation

Testimonials

‘Ben Stansfield has a very commercial, wide experience that he can apply to different situations, and a genuine passion for sustainability.’

Key clients

Greater London Authority

Transport for London

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Westminster City Council

Land Securities

London Borough of Barnet

Legal & General (Strategic Land) and Modular Homes

The Crown Estate

St Modwen

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Suffolk Constabulary

SEGRO

Galliard Homes Limited

Lidl

National Highways

Valero Energy

Bloor Homes

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Be First

Blackstone

Cherry Orchard Homes and Villages

Fornax Environmental

Work highlights

  • Advised Westminster City Council on the redevelopment of the Ebury Bridge Estate regeneration.
  • Advised Land Securities (U+I) on the redevelopment of Morden Wharf for a mixed-use development, including the provision of 1,500 residential apartments.
  • Advised Ryan Property Group on its successful planning appeal for a continuing care retirement community at Rochford in Essex.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Transport > Rail Tier 3

Giles Clifford heads the practice at Gowling WLG, which has a strong specialism in rail station development and station upgrades. Other areas of focus include advising on overstation and over track development. The excellent team also has considerable experience of acting for developers and operators of logistics facilities. In addition, it advises a number of rail clients on general and rail-specific aspects of employment, TUPE and pensions issues. Richard Green and Dominic Richardson are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clifford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Gowling are able to disseminate complex information into easy to understand concepts for their Clients. They are considered and personable in their approach to clients, while offering a robust and unwavering approach in challenging negotiation scenarios’.

‘Giles Clifford is well versed in all aspects of drafting and negotiation. He is thorough and diligent. He is approachable and easy to reach when needed, which as a client seeking to progress matters quickly is important’.

Key clients

Transport for London

Transport for Greater Manchester

London Underground Ltd

Crossrail Ltd

Docklands Light Railway Ltd

Rail for London Ltd NLondon Bus Services Ltd

London Borough of Barnet

GB Railfreight

Ricardo Rail PLC

Office of Rail and Road

Arden Cross Consortium

Railroad Development Corporation

Devon and Cornwall Railways

CRRC Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Arch Co

Tarmac

Alstom Transport UK Limited

 

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Barnet on all rail aspects of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration, including the new Thameslink station.
  • Advised Transport for London on the development agreement with Aviva for over the Crossrail and London Underground lines at Liverpool Street.
  • Acted as Bombardier’s legal adviser on the renegotiation of its manufacture and supply agreement with Angel Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia in relation to the supply of a fleet of Aventra trains for the Greater Anglia network.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 4

Noted for its significant international footprint, the corporate practice at Gowling WLG fields a cross-disciplinary team of ‘responsive’ lawyers that sit across the life sciences, real estate, healthcare, energy, and advanced engineering sectors. The team is led by and co-head of the firm’s India group, Sunil Kakkad, and the head of the London M&A and private equity team Gareth Baker, a specialist in corporate energy and infrastructure transactions who is described as ‘results driven, pragmatic and a shrewd negotiator. The ‘excellent’ Neil Hendron is praised for his ‘practical and pragmatic’ advice in high-value private company M&A transactions – particularly in the healthcare and life sciences industries. European PE head Ian Piggin regularly advises biotech companies, life sciences investors and mid-market private equity firms. Other key lawyers include Hugh Maule and Jeffrey Elway.

Practice head(s):

Sunil Kakkad; Gareth Baker

Testimonials

‘I have always found that they consider the business as a whole when working on specific projects for us. They also think outside the box beyond the pure legal advice where they can add value.’

‘Gareth Baker is our partner, and he is the proponent of the holistic approach to advising on activities as they may impact the wider business so thinks outside the box and brings value added ideas to the table. He imparts this approach to his team and also maintains an active if watching brief to ensure consistency.’

‘Gowling’s practice acts in relation to a number of leading deals in the market and have good experience in a number of key sectors. The team are particularly responsive and go the extra mile to get deals done for clients.’

‘Gareth Baker is results driven, pragmatic and a shrewd negotiator. Neil Hendron is excellent. Roisin Bergin is an up-and-coming talent that is very dedicated and shows great client care.’

‘In my experience, Neil Hendron is first class for M&A. He is very responsive, displays great attention to detail, is pragmatic and practical.’

‘Neil Hendron is highly technical, but also user friendly. He is practical and pragmatic, whilst also using fact to argue his case well. He is always well prepared in his understanding of the transaction, the history and the detail, really sets him apart.’

Key clients

Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp.

Eelpower Limited

Shareholders of Gladman Development Limited

Island Green Power Limited

Reorg Research Inc.

Shareholders of FI1 Limited

Brockwell Energy Limited

AssetCo plc

Exagen Group Limited

Mobeus

Revolution Bars Group plc

Shareholders of PRIMA Regulated Markets Ltd

Odyssey Inns Ltd

Medux

Nedbank Private Wealth

Sceptre Hospitality Resources

The Independent Builders Merchant Group

Kelso Pharma

Work highlights

  • Supported Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Perkins Coie as co-lead counsel on the acquisition of Qenta Inc., a financial technology company created to digitize the world’s assets and transactions, for $622 million USD by Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.
  • Advised long-standing client and UK specialist battery storage company, Eelpower, on its new £550 million GBP partnership with Renewable Power Capital, a pan-European renewable energy investment platform backed by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
  • Advised the shareholders of land promoter Gladman Developments Limited on its £250 million sale to national sustainable house-builder Barratt Developments.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

Working across its various national offices, Gowling WLG works with a mix of sponsors, investors, and growth capital funds on a number of lower mid-market transactions. Practice chair Ian Piggin‘s recent engagements include sponsor-side acquisitions and cross-border deals for VC funds. Piggin heads up the healthcare and life sciences team alongside Neil Hendron, whose capabilities also extend to the financial services sector. Global energy co-chair Gareth Baker handles a host of domestic and international matters, acting for renewable dedicated investment funds, among other clients. Listed funds specialist Kris Rogers is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ian Piggin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mercia Asset Management plc

Nedbank Group

Eelpower Limited

Sceptre Holdings, LLC (backed by Serent Capital)

BGF

LDC

Gyrus Capital

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

Rigby Private Equity Limited

The Independent Merchant Group (part of Cairngorm Capital Partners’ portfolio)

HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc

Nova Innovation Limited

NVM Private Equity LLP

Grant and Stone Limited

Cove Hill Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Sceptre Holdings LLC, backed by Serent Capital, on its acquisition of Avvio Limited.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Solid Solutions Group Ltd (including LDC), on the sale of Solid Solutions Group Ltd to TriMech.
  • Advised clean hydrogen-dedicated investment fund HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc on its £10m investment in HiiROC Limited and on its £9m investment in NanoSUN Limited.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 4

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Catherine Naylor heads the offering at Gowling WLG in London. The team also draws on the firm’s other private wealth practitioners in Singapore and Canada, primarily. It focuses on all aspects of trust litigation which often necessitates managing and coordinating complex cross-border disputes. The practice remains busy advising on claims by and against professional trustees and fiduciaries. James Sidwell and Jason Freedman are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very tight ship – no weak links. Very capable of dealing with all different sizes and shapes of litigation.’

‘James Sidwell: a great team leader and strategist. Catherine Naylor: Very smart and able to make the big calls clearly and calmly – a real pleasure to work with. Emily Till: a star in the making – very committed and able.’

‘With their superb knowledge of commercial litigation, the overlap into this team is excellent. Very well regarded in the contentious trusts world.’

‘Catherine Naylor is loved by clients who trust her judgment totally.’

‘A strong team with many years’ experience. Always readily available and willing to go that extra mile for their clients.’

‘James Sidwell is a shrewd litigator who is tenacious and determined, someone you want to have on your side when the going gets tough. Catherine Naylor is an excellent communicator and litigator. The quality of her written work is outstanding.’

Key clients

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited)

Joanna Lemos

Dan Finch

Adam Smith

Work highlights

  • Acting for Joanna Lemos and the trustees in bankruptcy on a dispute concerning valuable property held on the trusts of a Bermudian trust.
  • Acting for Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited, a subsidiary of TMF Group, and one of its former employees, who was a director of English asset-holding companies that formed part of one of the Z Trusts, in proceedings brought by the asset-holding companies (acting by their liquidators).

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Gowling WLG‘s client roster consists of UK clearing banks, debt funds, alternative lenders, and REITs. The practice is consistently active on development projects in the private rented sector, build to rent, student accommodation, data centres and hotels. Team lead Nick Turner is recommended for his expertise in restructuring distressed real estate finance deals and distressed assets, inter-creditor arrangements. Turner also frequently represents German banks on their investments.

Practice head(s):

Nick Turner

Testimonials

‘Transaction is typically partner led with support from a good quality associate base. The firm often collaborates well with the client and third parties (other consultants and other sides legal advisors).’

‘Nick Turner is highly commercial and always considers the risks of the underlying transaction in his approach to documentation and negotiation of legal agreements. Very good at drafting bespoke legal agreements to cover deal risks and collaborates well with colleagues and the client.’

Key clients

ICG

HSBC Bank plc

LBBW

Aberdeen Standard European Logistics plc

CBRE/Grosvenor

DZ Hyp

Empiric Student Property PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ealing Council on a £400m facility agreement for development and regeneration for the provision of social housing in the borough.
  • Acted for Hayfield Homes on an increase to its existing facility with OakNorth Bank plc to a total maximum amount of £67m, in order to fund the purchase of an additional site. We acted on the facility increase and the purchase of four sites.
  • Acted for Inland Homes on a £21.6m facility agreement with Homes England and a £1.75m increase to its existing facility agreement with Paragon, to refinance existing indebtedness and provide funding for its Cheshunt Lakeside development.

Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 4

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 4

Cryptoasset regulatory advice, payment services issues, and corporate transactional work stand out as recent areas of activity for Gowling WLG, while commercial contracts, tax and IP are additional areas of strength for the practice. Technology specialist David Brennan helms the firm’s fintech offering; his corporate expertise extends to advice on public takeovers and private acquisitions. Kristian Rogers is noted for his capabilities in capital raisings and fund restructurings. Commercial litigators Helen Davenport and Sean Adams extend the unit’s contentious expertise, while Sushil Kuner is praised for her ‘wealth of knowledge concerning fintech and FCA regulatory work’. Ian Mason left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Brennan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gowling really care about the customer and finding the best outcome for the issue. Such a pleasure to work with David Brennan and the team.’

‘Sushil Kuner is very knowledgeable, professional, great and easy to deal with. He has a wealth of knowledge concerning fintech and FCA regulatory work. Highly recommended!’

Good sensible and timely advice.’

Key clients

Molten Ventures plc

Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp

Klarna Bank AB

Work highlights

  • Acted for Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp. I, a special purpose acquisition company, with respect to their $622m acquisition of Qenta Inc.
  • Provided Klarna with frequent regulatory advice on the UK Consumer credit regime, the FCA’s financial promotion rules, product governance issues and payment services.
  • Provided corporate support to Molten Ventures in respect of investments into portfolio companies and also provide ad hoc financial services regulatory advice.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

The IT practice at Gowling WLG is adept at handling a range of projects, from cloud computing, e-commerce and data protection to privacy, freedom of information and outsourcing matters. The team is also experienced in dispute resolution, acting for start-ups, public sector organisations, blue chip and FTSE 100 clients. Practice head Jocelyn Paulley assists customers and suppliers, while Patrick Arben handles commercial litigation cases. David Brennan, who acts for tech start-ups through to established quoted companies, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong telecoms and IT knowledge, allowing the legal and commercial support of technical and operational considerations.’

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

Virtus Data Centres

Smartest Energy

Keyloop (UK) Limited

LCH (London Clearing House) Limited

Mazda Motors UK Limited

National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Mixmove Limited

Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

Dudley Building Society

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office

Statkraft GmbH

The Shrewsbury and Nottingham Maternity Services Inquiries

Work highlights

  • Advising Freeman Grattan Holdings on its first generation outsourcing onto a cloud platform of its IT function to support its e-commerce business.
  • Advising National Famers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited on a ‘material outsourcing’ (as classified by the PRA) of its communication system and channels into its customer-facing contact centre.
  • Assisting the FCDO with its ECHO 2 Programme, which involved three procurement related workstreams/projects (i) advised on its options in extending the current ECHO 1 contract; (ii) the procurement of a Framework Agreement for Network Integration Services (NSI) following a competitive procedure with negotiation and; (iii) the procurement and establishment of a Dynamic Purchasing System for global internet connectivity services

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

James Sidwell brings an ‘incomparable work ethic‘ to his role as practice head at Gowling WLG. The firm runs the gamut of contentious regulatory matters, and is noted for its expertise in more niche areas, including FCA and PRA authorisation, supervision and enforcement, and mandates with a nexus to fintech, including cryptocurrency and blockchain developments.

Practice head(s):

James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Witts; Verity Barker

Testimonials

‘My experience of Gowling to date has exceptional. The Gowling team was extremely impressive throughout, both in their attention to detail on the substance of the case and in the case management. I also found it extremely impressive that they were able to set up a virtual hearing centre for four barristers and a team of other professionals virtually overnight.’

‘I have developed a good professional relationship with James Sidwell. Despite being an extremely senior and experienced partner, James still gets stuck in to his cases and knows the detail just as well those more junior. He is extremely gifted in client management and has an incomparable work ethic. I very much hope to have the opportunity to work with James again in the future.’

Key clients

The Financial Reporting Council

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the FRC in investigation and disciplinary proceedings against KPMG and several individuals in the audit team regarding the provision of allegedly false and misleading information and/or documents to the FRC in connection with the FRC’s Audit Quality Reviews of two audits carried out by KPMG, including the audit of Carillion for the year end 2016.
  • Representing certain individuals at Grant Thornton LLP, the newly-appointed liquidators of Stanford Bank.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 5

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Gowling WLG’s banking litigation expertise extends to regulatory, structure finance, restructuring, and fraud, acting on many high-profile regulatory matters linked to Libor and FX. The team notably acts for JP Morgan on many of its banking disputes. James Sidwell is the head of the practice. He has experience across all aspects of corporate and financial services litigation, including fraud and asset tracing.  Further noted practitioners include Catherine Naylor and Sean Adams.

Practice head(s):

James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg SA – London Branch

Grant Thornton LLP

The liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions U.K. Limited (in Liquidation)

The liquidators of Durant International Corp and Kildare Finance Limited and MacDoel Investment Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for JP Morgan in a dispute arising from financing in the region of US$50m provided to a company registered in the Cayman Islands.
  • Instructed by the liquidators of Durant International Corp, Kildare Finance Limited and MacDoel Investment Limited to recover assets misappropriated as part of a c. $200m fraud.
  • Advising the liquidator of Transworld Payment Solutions UK in a £200m contribution claim against the First Curacao International Bank N.V. in relation to missing trader intra-community fraud committed against HMRC.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

Under the leadership of Bernardine Adkins, a seasoned practitioner with over 25 years of EU, trade and competition law experience, Gowling WLG‘s team is adept at assisting clients with all facets of UK and EU competition law, with a particular strength in state aid work. Leveraging the firm’s accomplished IP team, the practice combines its knowledge to provide clients with comprehensive guidance on the interplay between IP and competition law. Samuel Beighton  is noted for his expertise advising on a broad range of competition law instructions, including merger control, dawn raids and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Bernardine Adkins

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Beighton; James Stunt

Key clients

Brockwell Energy

Mazda Motors UK

Island Green Power

Rigby Group

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Origin Enterprises plc

TT Electronics plc

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to an ongoing CMA investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct.
  • Advising Rigby Private Equity on the sale of Nuvias Group, a cybersecurity and intelligent networking solutions business, to Infinigate Group AG.
  • Advising TT Electronics plc on the acquisition of the defence sector power and control business of Ferranti Technologies.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Praised for its ‘helpful, targeted advice and pragmatic approach’, key contacts in Gowling WLG’s financial services regulatory practice include principal associates Kam Dhillon and Sushil Kuner, following the departure of Ian Mason to Walkers in December 2022. Dhillon handles UK and EU financial services regulatory matters, while Kuner has demonstrable experience in the fintech arena.

Practice head(s):

Kristian Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provides helpful, targeted advice and pragmatic approach to problems.’

Key clients

AssetCo Plc

Klarna Bank AB

Molten Ventures Plc

H&T Group Plc

Wickes

Mercia Asset Management PLC

Inspired Villages Group

Work highlights

  • Advising AssetCo plc on the acquisition of River and Mercentaile Group PLC for circa £95m.
  • Advising Klarna Bank AB on UK financial services regulatory matters.
  • Advising Mercia Asset Management PLC on its acquisition of Frontier Development Capital Limited.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Able to handle large and complex cross-border disputes‘, Gowling WLG‘s international arbitration team has significant expertise in technology, life sciences, and construction and engineering arbitrations. Gordon Bell's 'years of experience shine through'; Mike Stewart is an expert in construction and infrastructure project-related claims; and Birmingham-based Tom Price is ‘a joy to work with‘. Principal associate Patrick Fox focuses on complex commercial disputes in the energy and construction sectors, while senior associate Dominic Sinnott is 'an up-and-coming lawyer'.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Bell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is able to handle large and complex cross-border disputes. Good collaboration as co-counsel and good use of technology.’

Very dedicated and professional handling of cases.

Provides various alternative paths to move cases forward, which helps clients make fast and reasonable decisions.

‘Gordon Bell is a star. Years of experience shine through – strategic, insightful, and never shies away from the thorny issues. Excellent to work with.’

‘Gordon Bell is an excellent lawyer that takes ownership of his assignment. Very hands on.’

‘Tom Price is a joy to work with.’

‘Dominic Sinnott is an up-and-coming lawyer with a sharp mind and a great attitude.’

‘Very strong offering.’

Key clients

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Albania

Surrey County Council

Work highlights

  • Co-representing (with a Finnish law firm) an international engineering solutions company, as claimant, against a UK counterparty in an ICC arbitration, which concerns the rebuild of an industrial facility in northern Europe.
  • Acting for a joint venture of international contractors, in relation to an ICC arbitration arising from the construction of a water facility in the Middle East.
  • Acting for a major European industrial company in an ICC arbitration, arising from the construction of a process plant in Northern Europe.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Gowling WLG welcomed a number of lawyers from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, hiring well-reputed partner Julia Dacre Field in January 2023 to lead a new development-focused Leeds team that also includes strategic land expert Mark Owen and public sector specialist James Lawson.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Based in Birmingham, Gowling WLG‘s interdisciplinary sports team, led by experienced commercial contracts specialist Sarah Riding and corporate lawyer Ragi Singh, is known for supporting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on a range of matters, including corporate governance, employment, procurement, IT contracts and brand protection. The team also regularly works on IP and sponsorship mandates.

Gowling WLG is a law firm with more than 1,500 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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Chairman Andy Stylianou
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Sean Adams photo Sean Adams Partner
Patrick Arben photo Patrick Arben Partner
Sharon Ayres photo Sharon Ayres Partner
Paul Barker photo Paul Barker Partner
Richard Bate photo Richard Bate Partner
Richard Black photo Richard Black Partner
Charlie Bond photo Charlie Bond Principal Associate
Robert Breedon photo Robert Breedon Partner
Rob Bridgman photo Rob Bridgman Partner
Chris Brierley photo Chris Brierley Partner
John Burns photo John Burns Consultant
Paul Carberry photo Paul Carberry Partner
Michael Carter photo Michael Carter Legal Director, Head of Automotive IP (UK)
Clive Chalkley photo Clive Chalkley Partner, Head of the Real Estate Sector Team (UK), Head of Real…
Jonathan Chamberlain photo Jonathan Chamberlain Partner
Martin Chitty photo Martin Chitty Consultant
Giles Clifford photo Giles Clifford Partner
Ed Colreavy photo Ed Colreavy Partner
John Cooper photo John Cooper Partner
Helen Davenport photo Helen Davenport Partner
Kay Desai photo Kay Desai Legal Director
Patrick Duxbury photo Patrick Duxbury Partner, Head of Life Sciences (UK)
Helen Emmerson photo Helen Emmerson Partner
Sally Farrall photo Sally Farrall Legal Director
David Fennell photo David Fennell Chief Executive, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
Elizabeth Gane photo Elizabeth Gane Partner
Ian Gordon photo Ian Gordon Partner, Head of Pensions Disputes (UK)
Davinia Gransbury photo Davinia Gransbury Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
Richard Green photo Richard Green Partner
Paul Green photo Paul Green Partner
Ruth  Griffin photo Ruth Griffin Partner
Michael Hafen  photo Michael Hafen Principal Associate
Gordon Harris photo Gordon Harris Of Counsel, International IP Leadership
Samantha Holland photo Samantha Holland Partner, UK Head of Insurance and W&I
Paul Inman photo Paul Inman Partner
Nisha Jassal photo Nisha Jassal Partner
Jasvir Jootla photo Jasvir Jootla Partner
Luke Kempton photo Dr Luke Kempton Partner
Stephen Kenny photo Stephen Kenny Partner
Jacqueline Knox photo Jacqueline Knox Partner, Head of Social Housing
Kieran Laird photo Kieran Laird Partner
Richard Lee photo Richard Lee Partner, Head of Combined HR Solutions
Andrew Litchfield photo Andrew Litchfield Partner
Jeremy Millington photo Jeremy Millington Partner
Ashley Mitchell photo Ashley Mitchell Partner, Head of Housing Development and Regeneration
Katie Molloy photo Katie Molloy Principal Associate
Duncan Murphy photo Duncan Murphy Partner
Cairo Nickolls photo Cairo Nickolls Principal Associate
Lee Nuttall photo Lee Nuttall Partner, Head of UK Tax and Head of Private Funds
Michael O'Shea photo Michael O'Shea Partner
Rachel Pennell photo Rachel Pennell Principal Associate
Emma Pioli photo Emma Pioli Partner, Head of Asset Management
Navin Prabhakar photo Navin Prabhakar Partner
Tom Price photo Tom Price Partner, Head of the CIS and CEE desk
Dominic Richardson photo Dominic Richardson Partner
Sarah Riding photo Sarah Riding Partner
Sue Ryan photo Sue Ryan Partner
Ragi Singh photo Ragi Singh Partner, Head of Electric Vehicle Group and India Team
Andrew Smith photo Andrew Smith Partner
James Stanier photo James Stanier Partner
Ben Stansfield photo Ben Stansfield Partner
Mark Stephenson photo Mark Stephenson Partner
Christopher Stiles photo Christopher Stiles Partner
Amber Strickland photo Amber Strickland Principal Associate
Andy Stylianou photo Andy Stylianou Chairman
Kate Swaine photo Kate Swaine Partner, Co-Head of Intellectual Property
Martin Thomas photo Martin Thomas Partner
Joanne Tibbott photo Joanne Tibbott Partner
Chris Towle photo Chris Towle Partner
Mike Trainer photo Mike Trainer Partner
Nick Turner photo Nick Turner Partner, Head of Real Estate Finance (UK)
Michael Twining photo Michael Twining Partner
David Vaughan photo David Vaughan Partner
Ian Weatherall photo Ian Weatherall Partner
Toni Weston photo Toni Weston Partner
Gemma Whittaker photo Gemma Whittaker Partner
Elizabeth Williams photo Elizabeth Williams Partner
Andrew Witts photo Andrew Witts Partner
Gus Wood photo Gus Wood Partner
Daniel Wood photo Daniel Wood Partner
Nicky Yarwood photo Nicky Yarwood Principal Associate
Number of UK partners : 200+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 600+