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Addleshaw Goddard

40 LIME STREET, 10 NOBLE STREET, LONDON, EC3M 7AW, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7606 8855
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Fax 020 7606 4390
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47 LONDON
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www.addleshawgoddard.com

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's practice covers a range of areas, from contractual agreements and IT to payment systems and data protection. The firm has a particular focus on the retail and consumer, financial services, industrial, and digital sectors. IT and outsourcing specialist Michael Lowry leads a team that provides notable expertise in intellectual property and competition law, acting for large companies and public sector bodies in the UK and overseas. Key names in the department are Jonathan Davey, who has particular experience in retail and consumer businesses and loyalty arrangements, and Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, who advises on outsourcing and related transactions in the financial services, retail and telecoms areas. Rosamond-Lanzetta led the advice to Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB), a Cypriot state-owned bank, on a joint venture with Altamira Asset Management relating to the servicing of CCB's non-performing loan book.

Practice head(s):Michael Lowry

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Davey; Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta

Testimonials

'An exceptional team, offering a genuine depth of expertise across a very wide spectrum of commercial disciplines'

'They have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience which helps them to find constructive, innovative solutions to our problems'

'They have proved themselves capable of working at great pace, delivering high-quality advice and drafting to limited timescales'

'Mike Lowry is a standout performer - he provides fantastic advice and genuine commerciality'

'Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is a go-to person for a wide range of FTSE 100 clients'

'Jonathan Davey provides great support on commercial contracts; he's available and responsive, but most importantly he speaks the client's language and is pragmatic, which allows for wrapping things up efficiently with customers and suppliers'

Key Clients

Bruntwood Group of companies

TJX Europe

Lumesse Limited

Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd

Nectar Loyalty Limited

Department for Transport

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

Celtic Football Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club

FNZ (UK) Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

MedAccess Guarantee Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bruntwood on its 50/50 partnership with Legal & General Capital to create the UK’s largest property platform, dedicated to driving science and technology growth in regional cities.
  • Providing ad hoc support toTJX Europe on a variety of commercial contract and trading issues.
  • Project-managed the roll-out and negotiation of international HR software platform provider Lumesse Limited's data processor agreements with its customer base, which were required as a result of changes to data protection laws.
  • Advising the Department for Transport on the new rail franchise which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services.
  • Acted for Nectar in its agreement for the issue and redemption of Nectar points at Esso fuel stations.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Davey - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta - Addleshaw Goddard

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's tax team plays an integral part within  the firm's other offerings across real estate, financial services and private equity. The firm handles tax advisory and structuring work alongside a  particular strength  in transactional tax work. The tax and structuring team is led from Manchester by Justine Delroy, while Elaine Gwilt is the key tax contact for the London office; with expansive experience in the private equity space.

Practice head(s):Justine Delroy; Elaine Gwilt

Other key lawyers:Peter Sayer; Paul Concannon; Martin Griffiths

Key Clients

Wyevale Garden Centres/Terra Firma

Eli Global

GVC Holdings plc

British Land plc

Virgin Money

Work highlights

  • Advising Terra Firma on the sale and break up strategy in relation to the Wyevale Garden Centres business, instigated by its shareholder Terra Firma.
  • Provided tax, corporate and banking advice to Eli Global on the acquisition of entire issued share capital of Damoco Holdco Limited. The mandate was AG's first deal for Eli Global .
  • Advised longstanding client GVC on the disposal of its Turkish-language online gaming business, as a prelude to GVC's acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral (completed early 2018, for consideration of up to c.£3.9bn)
  • Advising Virgin Money on the ongoing establishment of its asset management joint venture with Aberdeen Standard Investments

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Led by the ‚Äėhighly competent‚Äô Bruce Kilpatrick, the competition team at Addleshaw Goddard¬†provides full-service advice on merger control, competition litigation, antitrust enforcement, market investigations, and state aid. Sector-specific expertise include financial services (including payment systems), consumer protection, and regulated utilities with a particular emphasis placed on water, energy and telecoms. The group is also adept at handling cross-border work; acting in a number of jurisdictions. One key mandate saw the firm secure merger clearance for client GVC Holdings‚Äô ¬£4bn acquisition of gambling company Ladbrokes Coral. Newly promoted partner Al Mangan¬†and Rona Bar-Isaac¬†are also noted.

Practice head(s):Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Al Mangan; Rona Bar-Isaac

Testimonials

'A feature setting the team apart from other firms is its ability  to seamlessly integrate and provide highly technical advice in a simple and pragmatic manner'

'Bruce Kilpatrick is an extremely capable lawyer, with top-drawer knowledge of even the most technical aspects of competition law'

Key Clients

GVC Holdings

Road Haulage Association

The Co-operative Group

Santander

Office Depot

Samworth Brothers

NKT

British American Tobacco

Telereal Trillium

William Jackson & Son

Work highlights

  • Advising The Co-operative Group in relation to the CMA's funerals market study.
  • Secured merger clearance in a number of jurisdictions for GVC Holdings; GVC acquired Ladbrokes Coral for £4bn.
  • Advising on the competition and regulatory aspects of Santander's groundbreaking re-branding of its debit-card portfolio from Visa to Mastercard.
  • Advised British American Tobacco on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Twisp Proprietary, the leading South African vaping business.
  • Advised Telereal Trillium on its joint venture with The Blackstone Group, aiming to acquire joint control of the commercial real estate business of Network Rail, which required clearance by the European Commission.
Next Generation Partners

Al Mangan - Addleshaw Goddard

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Spread across the firm's UK network, Addleshaw Goddard's public companies team is well placed to handle placings and takeover transactions involving AIM-listed companies around the country. Though the department was involved in one of 2018's largest AIM IPOs, the takeovers practice in particular is perhaps the team's strong point; not only was the firm involved in the largest takeover of an AIM-quoted company in 2018, but with four former Takeover Panel secondees among its legal staff, it is also a trusted adviser to the takeovers regulator. Nick Pearey is a name to note, and Giles Distin is 'a rare example of a true corporate lawyer with real expertise in AIM rules and Takeover Code issues'.

Practice head(s):Nick Pearey

Other key lawyers:Giles Distin; Simon Wood; Richard Lee; Roger Hart

Testimonials

'Good balance between an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects and a general commercial pragmatism.'

'Addleshaw Goddard is a very good firm ideally suited to complex transactions for smaller companies.'

Key Clients

Numis Securities Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

B. P Marsh

Panmure Gordon

Peel Hunt LLP

Piper Jaffray Ltd

Investec Bank plc

Accrol Group Holdings plc

Zeus Capital

Clinigen Group plc

Berenberg (Joh. Berenberg , Gossler & Co. KG)

4D Pharma plc

N+1 Singer

Cenkos Securities

boohoo.com plc

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Liberum Capital Limited

finnCap

Shore Capital & Corporate

Jefferies

Ramsdens Holdings plc

The City Pub Company plc

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

SPARK Advisory Partners

Stockdale Securities

Kainos Group plc

Frenkel Topping Group plc

Sumo Group plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Zeus Capital and Stifel Nicolaus Europe in their capacity as joint brokers (and in the case of Zeus, also as nominated adviser) in relation to the acquisition of KeyDrive S.A. by CentralNic Group plc and a placing and re-admission of ordinary shares of CentralNic Group plc to AIM.
  • Acted for Liberum in its capacity as nominated adviser and broker in respect of the IPO of Mind Gym plc on AIM, and the placing and the sale of existing shares in Mind Gym.
  • Advising target company, Artilium plc, on a recommended takeover offer made by Pareteum Corporation in which listed US-stock was offered as consideration.
  • Advising B.P Marsh in relation to a placing and open offer.
  • Advising Piper Jaffray on the cash confirmation and other takeover code aspects of Huadong Medicine Co., Ltd's bid for Sinclair Pharma plc.
Leading individuals

Giles Distin - Addleshaw Goddard

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Traditionally known for retail financial services and payments work, Addleshaw Goddard's practice covers legal, compliance, conduct, risk and governance support. Retail and payments regulation expert Amanda Hulme leads the team that includes Rosanna Bryant, who handles standalone consumer credit regulatory advice and is also regularly involved in financial services transactional work. Nichola Peters, Michelle De Kluywer and David Pygott are key names on the regulatory and global investigations and enforcement team and focus on contentious regulatory advice relating to FCA enforcement, investigations, AML and financial crime. The practice was strengthened by the 2018 arrivals of Richard Small, who specialises in financial services regulatory advice, from Stephenson Harwood; and consumer finance and retail banking expert Clare Hughes, from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):Amanda Hulme

Other key lawyers:Rosanna Bryant; Richard Small; Clare Hughes

Key Clients

Bank Leumi

Bank of China

Rathbone Investment Management Ltd

Revolut

Fisher Investments

Hamilton Lane Advisors

NFU Mutual

Panmure Gordan

Marcura Equities FZE

Investec

Work highlights

  • Provide regulatory advice to Hamilton Lane Advisers; and also advise at the structuring stage, and on an ongoing basis, in connection with numerous Alternative Investment Funds pursuant to the Alternative Investment Funds Managers Directive (AIFMD) to enable Hamilton Lane's launch of a significant number of parallel fund-of-funds structures in the EU.
  • Acting for Revolut, a "Tech Unicorn" digital banking alternative that provides pre-paid debit cards, currency exchange, cryptocurrency exchange and peer-to-peer services, we reviewed and advised on Revolut's full suite of client-facing documentation; and provided on-going advice on a range of other regulatory matters.
  • Acting for this major Portuguese bank Novo Banco in the closure of its UK branch which required advice on regulatory process; relations with the PRA & FCA; migration of business; and the management of outstanding liabilities.
Next Generation Partners

Rosanna Bryant - Addleshaw Goddard

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard handles complex corporate M&A in both the mid-market and high-end spaces, working for blue chip clients including Barclays, Diageo and SSE. The integrated nationwide team affords the firm a strong bench strength, channelled through the London office, where Andrew Rosling heads the M&A team. Rosling is an experienced M&A partner, holding  relationships with a number of the firm's key clients, with a particular focus on the retail and consumer goods sectors. Head of the London corporate team, Mike Duggan's expertise lies in the financial services sector, and he manages the firm's relationships with banking clients and financial institutions. Also recommended is Graham Cross, who regularly advises both investors and management teams in connection with all stages of the investment cycle, together with portfolio management issues. The firm hired James Dawson this year, previously of Macfarlanes LLP, who has notable experience working with start-ups in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):Andrew Rosling

Other key lawyers:Mike Duggan; Angus Rollo; Chris Taylor

Testimonials

'The best firm I've worked with. Very commercial and with good partner engagement'

'I would recommend the team for their responsiveness and expertise'

'I would highlight Charles Penney (Senior Partner) and Graham Cross (Corporate Partner) for their client service and dedication'

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

Bestway Wholesale

BP

British American Tobacco

DBAY Advisors / Harvey Nash

Diageo

GVC Holdings

LDC

Lloyds Banking Group

Moore Stephens

Rathbone Brothers

Sainsbury's Supermarkets

Samworth Brothers

Shareholders of Be at One

SSE

Wyevale Garden Centres/Terra Firma

Work highlights

  • Advised BP on its acquisition of a 43% minority equity stake in solar developer Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments, for $200m.
  • Advised DBAY Advisors on its £98.7m takeover of Harvey Nash Group., through a newly incorporated company, the Power of Talent.
  • Advised Associated British Foods on the acquisition of the business and assets of Holgran and Fleming Howden from Hovis.
  • Advised GVC on its £3bn+ takeover of Ladbrokes Coral.
  • Advising on the sale and break-up strategy of the Wyevale Garden Centres business, instigated by shareholder Terra Firma.
Next Generation Partners

Graham Cross - Addleshaw Goddard

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'professional' and 'market-leading' team is instructed by national and international professional service firms on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious partnership matters. The group has expertise in incorporation, governance and constitutional matters for partnerships and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), in addition to international structures, such as Swiss vereins and the use of LLPs in corporate groups. On the contentious front, the group regularly handles partner disputes and exits, including partner moves and discrimination issues. William Wastie leads the professional practices group, which includes Aster Crawshaw (who specialises in accounting firms) and financial services expert Jonathan Cheney. Senior managing associate Chris Hallinan is noted for his knowledge of governance and constitutional issues, as well as international regulatory matters. Managing associate Sarah Mathers joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in May 2018.

Practice head(s):William Wastie

Other key lawyers:Aster Crawshaw; Jon Cheney; Chris Hallinan; Sarah Mathers; Johnny Cakebread

Testimonials

'The team has a rare combination of in-depth expertise in complex matters with an informal and accessible personal style.'

'Jonathan Cheney provides thoughtful advice in a friendly manner and is a natural team player.'

'Chris Hallinan makes complex matters straightforward and possesses seemingly endless patience.'

'Recommended for their extensive knowledge of current practices and case law in understanding the areas of LLP agreements that need attention and the options for dealing with them.'

Key Clients

Marks & Clerk LLP

Peter Brett Associates LLP

Moore Stephens LLP

Gordon Dadds Group plc

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Moore Stephens LLP ion its merger with BDO LLP.
  • Advising Moore Stephens on the disposal of its "Rulebook" insurance technology business to Verisk, a US-listed business.
  • Advising Moore Stephens on the disposal of its wealth management division to Tilney.
  • Advised longstanding client Peter Brett Associates LLP on all legal aspects of the sale of its business to Canada-based international consultancy Stantec Inc.
Leading individuals

Aster Crawshaw - Addleshaw Goddard

William Wastie - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Chris Hallinan - Addleshaw Goddard

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's private equity (PE) practice offers 'excellent service' to its clients and has won a number of new buyout houses to its roster, including  Palantine Private Equity, Primary Capital and Terra Firma. The team acts for more than 40 investor entities across the full range of mid-market transactions and also possesses a robust management practice on the high-cap side. Highlights include Marc Field and Mike Hinchcliffe advising ECI on the management buyout (MBO) of M3 Corporate Consulting. Elsewhere, Leeds-based Gary Elliott acted for LDC on its acquisition of shares in National Building Specification from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Hinchcliffe heads up the practice together with Yunus Seedat. Rising star associate Gemma Phillips is hailed as 'the best lawyer period' by one enthusiastic client and already boasts experience handling mandates from the likes of Inflexion Private Equity and Pheonix Equity Partners.

Practice head(s):Yunus Seedat; Mike Hinchliffe

Other key lawyers:Gemma Phillips; Gary Elliott; Nathan Pearce

Testimonials

'A very strong team. They are quick to understand what is important to us and and the advice was tailored to us accordingly'.

'A lot of lawyers we use are very focused on the minutiae of detail and are unable to see big picture. To this contrary, this team is very strong in understanding both the detail and how all the parts fit together together. Gemma Phillips in particular is exceptional'.

Key Clients

3i

Accel KKR

BGF

Bridges Fund Management

Cairngorm Capital

CBPE

ECI Partners

Elysian Capital

Endless

Equistone Partners Europe

Foresight

Graphite Capital

Inflexion Private Equity

LDC

Livingbridge

Maven

NorthEdge

NVM

Palatine Private Equity

Panoramic Growth Equity

Phoenix Equity Partners

Piper Private Equity

Primary Capital

Souter Capital

Synova Capital

Terra Firma

Work highlights

  • Advising Terra Firma on the disposal of its investment in Wyevale Garden Centres.
  • Advised Inflexion on a significant minority investment in the Quartz group.
  • Advised (i) the selling shareholders on the sale of CloserStill Media to US PE house Providence Equity Partners and (ii) management on the terms of their new management equity package with the buyer.
  • Advising LDC on the acquisition of Right Choice Insurance.
  • Advised ECI on the MBO of M3 Corporate Consulting, a leading global IT and financial markets technology consultancy with worldwide operations including in the UK, America, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong and France.
Leading individuals

Mike Hinchcliffe - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Nathan Pearce - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Gemma Phillips - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†advises on ‚Äėbet the company‚Äô fraud disputes, breaches of trust, worldwide freezing injunctions, cross-border fraud and commercial litigation. Other areas of expertise include international contract and fraud disputes relating to investments, corporate and director fraud and bribery. Michael Barnett, who¬†heads the practice, has been working in tandem with¬†Louise Caswell¬†to advise Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL)¬†on its defence of a ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS, which ran for seven years across two jurisdictions, and concluded in 2018 when¬†UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett

Other key lawyers:Louisa Caswell; Mark Chesher; Jon Tweedale 

Testimonials

'Addleshaws has a great reputation for civil fraud work. The firm combines two unusual qualities - first, a heavyweight approach that means the firm can support even the biggest cases, and two, a regional network of offices which means that it can price extremely competitively and win the domestic as well as the cross-border work.

'Addleshaws always fields a team well-matched to the demands of the case and the needs of the client: they have real strength in depth’.

‘Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult cases and position’.

'Mark Chesher and Abigail Healey are extremely personable whilst being totally committed to the clients' cause, and unflappable, as well as good technically.'

Key Clients

KWL (the Leipzig Water Authority)

British Petroleum (BP)

Zen Shipping & Ports Private Limited, the

Work highlights

  • Acting for KWL in its defence of a €350m claim brought by UBS which has run for seven  years across two jurisdictions. In 2018, UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for Pendragon (Master) Fund Limited in Commercial Court proceedings for fraudulent and/or negligent misrepresentation arising from defendant's purchase of shares and share options in Volkswagen in 2008.
  • Acting in relation to the impact of a worldwide corruption investigation on an international commercial bank's corporate customer group, including advising on resisting exposure to calls under multiple letters of credit and connected transactions in breach of anti-money laundering legislation.
  • Advising Güralp Systems Limited regarding SFO and DOJ investigations into payments made to a South Korean public official.
  • Successfully defending XRail in proceedings involving complex conspiracy and breach of confidence claim brought by Bourne Rail Limited and Beaver Management Services Limited.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'very well-run team' acts in a large amount of large, high-profile banking cases in the commercial court. Its full-service banking litigation practice¬†frequently advises on matters involving international elements and includes financial regulatory and financial crime expertise. It particularly stands out for derivatives and structured products litigation. It acted for¬†Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the City of Leipzig's¬†water authority, in its longstanding defence of an approximately ‚ā¨350m claim. The matter was brought by UBS and established new law on bribery.¬†Michael Barnett¬†is 'a very solid performer' and¬†Richard Clayton¬†and¬†James Herring¬†are also highly rated individuals, while¬†Sivan Daniels¬†and¬†David Wigg,¬†are senior managing associates. Mark Gill retired from the practice and Chris Brennan¬†left for¬†White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett

Other key lawyers:Richard Clayton; James Herring; Sivan Daniels; David Wigg

Testimonials

'The partners empower their associates, thus giving them the ability to learn and develop into the partners of the future. The practice is also very good at cost management and stays on top of all the aspects of a case to ensure that it is managed well from Day One through to the end.'

'Terrific ability to hit the ground running in high-octane banking litigation when the pressure and sums at stake can be immense.'

'Michael Barnett is an excellent strategic thinker and a genuinely decent, all-round good guy. He is also easy to work with, manages his team very well, and has strong legal knowledge that he matches with commercial nous.'

'Richard Clayton has the experience and expertise to handle complex banking issues.'

Key Clients

Bank Leumi

Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig

Lloyds Bank

Nationwide

Netherlands Development Finance Company

RBS

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Santander

Leading individuals

Michael Barnett - Addleshaw Goddard

Richard Clayton - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard 'has a very dedicated and commercial approach to all aspects of disputes'. The firm has one of the UK's largest litigation practice and is regularly instructed in the biggest and most high-profile cases in the English courts, including large IT disputes and bet-the-company fraud cases. Michael Barnett is litigation head, Mark Molyneux, who divides his time between the London and Manchester offices, is commercial litigation head, and Louisa Caswell is London commercial litigation lead. The other names to note are Jon Tweedale, Richard Wise and Richard Clayton, along with legal director Mark Chesher and managing associate Natasha Winter. Former managing associate Richard Levett left for Enyo Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett; Louisa Caswell; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Jon Tweedale; Richard Wise; Richard Clayton; Mark Chesher; Natasha Winter

Testimonials

'Strategic in their thinking, clear in their advice and they don't sit on the fence. The lawyers are also great to deal with - pragmatic, commercial and understanding of the pressures in-house teams are under'.

'Michael Barnett is a star performer who brings his vast experience of business disputes to bear on the cases he litigates. His ability to think out of the box and divine the other side's Achilles heel is just as impressive as his in-depth knowledge of law and procedure'.

'Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult case and position'.

'Richard Clayton is a great tactical thinker who is always able to achieve outstanding results for his clients'.

'Richard Wise is a very organised, able young partner, who will be a real star in the future'.

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

Britvic

GlaxoSmithKline

Barclays

The Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Insurance Group

NKT Group of companies

Pendragon (Master) Fund

Travelodge

Money Supermarket

Diageo

Manchester Airport Group

Wolseley

Solvay Group

Work highlights

  • In a seminal product liability case, the team acted for  GlaxoSmithKline, the UK's largest pharmaceutical company, in its defence of over 100 claims brought under a group litigation order.
Leading individuals

Louisa Caswell - Addleshaw Goddard

Mark Molyneux - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Natasha Winter - Addleshaw Goddard

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Competition litigation is increasingly an area of focus for the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which acts for national and international clients in relation to a number of high-profile cartel investigations. Notably, the group advises claimant The Road Haulage Association on a collective proceedings order concerning the trucks cartel fined by the European Commission. The team also stands out for its particular strengths in handling matters regarding consumer protection, retail, financial services, and regulated sectors. ‚ÄėHighly experienced‚Äô practice head Mark Molyneux¬†is based in Manchester, while Bruce Kilpatrick¬†heads the firm‚Äôs wider competition group.

Practice head(s):Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Bruce Kilpatrick

Testimonials

'A team which is increasingly gaining recognition in the area of competition litigation'

Key Clients

The Road Haulage Association

NKT A/S

Work highlights

  • Representing claimant The Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The proceedings arose out of the European Commission's findings regarding a trucks cartel investigation.
  • Acting for two of the addressees of the European Commission's cartel decision regarding the supply of high-voltage power cables.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its 'very good and astute use of the Bar'. The practice acts in major international arbitrations in relation to energy, life sciences, construction and insurance. Simon Kamstra is international arbitration head, Jon Tweedale is focused on energy and life sciences disputes and Sarah Vasani is experienced in investor-state arbitrations.

Practice head(s):Simon Kamstra

Other key lawyers:Jon Tweedale; Sarah Vasani

Testimonials

'The team has real technical expertise and does very good work'.

'Simon Kamstra is excellent and knowledgeable and doesn't blow his own trumpet'.

'Jon Tweedale is a very solid lawyer'.

'Sarah Vasani is among the best of her generation'.

Key Clients

The Estate of Ms Boonsom Boonyanit

Konoike Construction

Weyerhaeuser

Work highlights

  • Actied for The Estate of Ms Boonsom Boonyanit in relation to claims under the 1987 ASEAN Agreement.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Led by Alex Dumphy, Addleshaw Goddard's corporate banking team provides a 'pragmatic and commercial service' to borrowers and lenders on mid-market acquisition finance mandates. The firm's strong UK clearing bank relationships ensures that the team continues to pick up a significant volume of domestic and international  leveraged finance mandates across the capital structure, including those incorporating traditional term debt and revolving credit facilities. In addition, it is able to provide asset-based lending expertise and has used this alongside traditional bank debt on acquisition finance transactions. The regional offices, Manchester in particular, generate a significant amount of financing work from private equity sponsors.

Practice head(s):Alex Dumphy

Other key lawyers:Angus Gill; Mike Davison; Amanda Gray

Testimonials

'In terms of sector knowledge and business acumen, Addleshaws stack up well against City firms practicing in the same areas. Transparency around costs is also noted.'

'Mike Davison is well known in the industry for his specific know-how and commercially minded approach.'

Key Clients

Aareal Bank

ACT Property Holdings

Action Health Enterprises

Advance Global Capital

Aer Lingus

AgFe UK Real Estate

AIB Group (UK)

AIG Asset Management (Europe)

Air Asia Berhad

AKKR

Al Rayan Bank

Alcentra

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Assura Financing Limited

Aviation Capital Group

BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management

Balder Capital

Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland)

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London and The Middle East

Prudential Trustee Company

Bargate Property

Barings (UK) Limited

Bayerische Landesbank

Be at One Holdings Limited

Berlin Hyp AG

BlackRock Investment Management (UK)

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Boiler House Development

BPP Legal Advice Clinic

Brentford Phase II LLP

Brickfield Investments

British Airways plc

British Arab Commercial Bank

Britvic Soft Drinks

C C Land Holdings

Canada Life

Cargo Investments

Cassio Watford

Castle Trust Capital plc

Close Invoice Finance

Closerstill Group

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Cordoba Homes Finance

Cortland Trustees Limited

Dandara Limited

Denby Holdings

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Dexia Credit Local

DRC Capital

Dubai Aviation City Corporation (aka FlyDubai)

East African Breweries

ECI Partners

Educo Three Limited

EIGHT House

Employees Provident Fund

Eversholt

Fifth Third Bank

First City Monument Bank

Fortwell Capital Limited

Gain Capital UK Limited

GC Gilray Limited

GE Capital Bank

GR Properties

GSK Luxembourg

Guralp Systems

GVC Holdings

Halos Limited & Prudential Trustee Company

Hanner Tank

Harpur Centre Bedford Limited

HEC Finance 03 Limited

Helix Property

Heritage Square Limited

Hermes Real Estate Senior Debt Fund

Hero Inc.

Housing Growth Partnership Manager Limited

HRE Limited

HSH Nordbank

Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora

ICBC (London) plc

ICICI Bank (UK) plc

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Innovative Bites

International Consolidated Airlines Group

Investec Bank

Ivy Aviations Limited

KTB Asset Management Co

Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ (aka Helaba)

LATAM Airlines Group

LawWorks

Legal & General Investment Management Limited

Lembaga Tabung Haji

Leumi ABL Limited

Longbow Real Estate Capital LLP and Longbow Investment

LV Commercial Mortgages Limited

Lucid Agency Services Limited and Lucid Trustees Services

Macquarie Bank International Limited

Marcegaglia Carbon Steel

McLaren Property Limited

Millstream Property Limited

Mirabella Financial Services

Moore Stephens

Morris Group Limited

Mount Anvil

Muzinich

Muse Developments Limited

Napier Brown Holdings Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Natixis factor

Naviter Capital

Danske Bank

Pension Insurance Corporation plc

PNC Business Credit

Price Forbes Holdings Limited

Property & Funding Solutions Ltd

Public Bank Berhad

Puma Investment Management

RBC Europe Limited

Red's Smoque Limited

The Serviced Apartment Company Limited

The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch

Samworth Brothers Limited

Scapa Group

Secure Trust Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank

ShawCor Ltd

Shinhan Bank (London Branch)

Shoreditch Holdings Limited

SixtyFive House

SmBc

Sofa.com

Societe Generale Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Life Investments

Storage 21 Holdings

Stryker European Operations

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Synova

Svenska Handelsbanken

Tech Data Limited

Tellon Capital

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc

Triodos Bank NV (UK Branch)

TrustLaw

Tajara Capital

UK Rents (No 1) plc

Union Bancaire Privée

UPP Group Limited

Victory House

Volito Aviation

Waterside Places

Wellesley Finance plc

Wells Fargo & Company

Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank

Wings Capital Partners Management

Wyelands Bank plc

Yorkshire Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised the lending club on a cross-border leveraged finance transaction where the lending club financed the MBO of K2 Partnering Solutions Limited.
  • Acted for Barings Global Advisors  on its refinancing of the equity bridge provided by ECI Partners to acquire the outsourced communications provider TDKP Limited (operating as Moneypenny).
  • Acted for Muzinich & Co (the US private debt fund) in connection with facilities to finance Lloyds Development Capital's acquisition of FC Business Intelligence (a global events company).
  • Advised Alcentra funds on the provision of leveraged finance facilities provided to a bidco established by ECI Partners to finance the sponsor's acquisition of Clear Investments.
  • Advised the lending club on the provision of facilities to refinance the equity bridge provided by Bowmark Capital on its acquisition of the ASK 4 group.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

With practitioners spread across its national network of offices,¬†Addleshaw Goddard¬†has an ‚Äėexcellent reputation‚Äô in the market for handling UK-originated ABL deals on behalf of clearing and challenger banks, as well as independents and corporates. Appreciated for its ability to provide ‚Äėhigh-quality advice with a commercial edge‚Äô, the firm provides a ‚Äúcradle-to-grave‚ÄĚ service enabling it to provide holistic advice on new money transactions, in addition to any pursuant restructurings or litigation arising from any given deal. Described by one client as ‚ÄėMr ABL‚Äô, practice head¬†Mike Davison¬†not only regularly leads on the most challenging deals handled by the team but is also noted for his ability to develop new products for clients in the market. Manchester-based managing associate¬†Lauren Priest-Stephens¬†is recognised as a ‚Äėvery effective operator‚Äô; she regularly advises both bank and non-bank clients.

Practice head(s):Mike Davison; Simon Prendergast

Other key lawyers:Harold Brako; James Tarleton; Lauren Priest-Stephens

Testimonials

'The team has a strong knowledgebase, as well as the ability to find innovative solutions and adopt a commercial and pragmatic approach to getting the deal done'.

'Mike Davison is the "go to" man in the sector and has a diverse client base which trusts his opinion as well as his ability to deliver solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner'.

Key Clients

HSBC Invoice Finance

Clydesdale Bank

PNC Business Credit

Secure Trust Bank

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Leumi ABL Limited

Shawbrook Bank

Advance Global Capital

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Secure Trust Bank

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Metro Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Close Brothers Premium Finance on the provision of £100m specialist financing facilities to the Ardonagh Group.
  • Advised Homebase (UK&I) Holdings Limited in relation to £70m receivables and inventory finance facilities by Wells Fargo Capital Finance (UK) Limited.
  • Acted for HSBC Bank on its strategic re-banking of Albert Bartlett & Sons Limited, the leading Scottish potato manufacturer. The funding package included cashflow finance, ABL and equipment finance lines, which maximised the asset base of the group to provide it with suitable funding.
  • Advised on the launch of a specialist ABL offering for Wyelands Bank (formerly part of Tungsten Bank and now part of the Liberty House Group of Companies).
  • Advised PNC on the ABL facilities for the turnaround and rescue of Hornby Hobbies (brands include Hornby model trains, Scalextric, Corgi and Airfix).
Leading individuals

Mike Davison - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Lauren Priest-Stephens - Addleshaw Goddard

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Tapping into longstanding relationships with UK clearing banks, and also regularly servicing corporate clients on their financing requirements, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for handling mid-market bilateral, club and syndicated mandates, where it is able to provide a 'cost-effective and solutions-oriented service' by virtue of its ability to resource deals from London and out of its regional offices. Co-head Amanda Gray handles a diverse range of corporate banking transactions for lenders and borrowers. The 'commercially-minded' Mike Davison is also recommended and adds increased flexibility on financing deals by virtue of his asset-based lending prowess.

Practice head(s):Amanda Gray; Alex Dumphy

Other key lawyers:Angus Gill; Mike Davison; Steve Mackie; James Tarleton; Natalie Hewitt

Testimonials

'Mike Davison is well known in the industry for his specific know-how and commercially-minded approach.'

Key Clients

Aareal Bank

ACT Property Holdings Limited & Others

Action Health Enterprises

Advance Global Capital

Aer Lingus

AgFe UK Real Estate

AIB Group (UK) plc

AIG Asset Management (Europe) Ltd

Air Asia Berhad

AKKR

Al Rayan Bank

Alcentra Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Limited

Assura Financing Limited

Aviation Capital Group

BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management

Balder Capital

Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

Prudential Trustee Company

Bargate Property Limited

Barings (UK) Limited

Bayerische Landesbank

Be at One Holdings Limited

Berlin Hyp

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Ltd

Boiler House Development

BPP Legal Advice Clinic

Brentford Phase II LLP

Brickfield Investments

British Airways plc

British Arab Commercial Bank plc

Britvic Soft Drinks Limited

C C Land Holdings Limited

Canada Life Limited

Cargo Investments Limited

Cassio Watford Limited

Castle Trust Capital plc

Close Invoice Finance

Closerstill Group Limited

Cooperatieve Rabobank

Cordoba Homes Finance

Cortland Trustees Limited

Dandara Limited

Denby Holdings Limited

Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch)

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Dexia Credit Local

DRC Capital

Dubai Aviation City Corporation (aka FlyDubai)

East African Breweries

ECI Partners

Educo Three Limited

EIGHT House S.a.r.l.

Employees Provident Fund

Eversholt

Fifth Third Bank

First City Monument Bank

Fortwell Capital

Gain Capital UK Limited

GC Gilray Limited

GE Capital Bank

GR Properties Limited

GSK Luxembourg

Guralp Systems Limited

GVC Holdings plc

Halos Limited & Prudential Trustee Company Limited

Hanner Tank Limited

Harpur Centre Bedford Limited

HEC Finance 03 Limited

Helix Property Limited

Heritage Square Limited

Hermes Real Estate Senior Debt Fund

Hero Inc.

Housing Growth Partnership Manager

HRE Limited

HSH Nordbank

Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora

ICBC (London) plc

ICICI Bank (UK) plc

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Innovative Bites

International Consolidated Airlines Group

Investec Bank plc

Ivy Aviations Limited

KTB Asset Management

Landesbank Hessen- Thuringen GZ (aka Helaba)

LATAM Airlines Group S.A.

LawWorks

Legal & General Investment Management

Lembaga Tabung Haji

Leumi ABL Limited

Longbow Real Estate Capital LLP and Longbow Investment NO

LV Commercial Mortgages Limited

Lucid Agency Services Limited and Lucid Trustees Services

Macquarie Bank International Limited

Marcegaglia Carbon Steel

McLaren Property Limited

Millstream Property Limited

Mirabella Financial Services

Moore Stephens

Morris Group Limited

Mount Anvil

Muzinich

Muse Developments Limited

Napier Brown Holdings

Nationwide Building Society

Natixis Factor

Naviter Capital

Danske Bank  Pension Insurance Corporation plc

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited

PNC Business Credit

Price Forbes Holdings Limited

Property & Funding Solutions

Public Bank Berhad

Puma Investment Management

RBC Europe Limited

Red's Smoque Limited

The Serviced Apartment Company Limited

The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch

Samworth Brothers

Scapa Group plc

Secure Trust Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank

ShawCor Ltd

Shinhan Bank (London Branch)

Shoreditch Holdings

SixtyFive House

SmBc

Sofa.com

Societe Generale Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Life Investments Limited

Storage 21 Holdings Inc

Stryker European Operations

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Synova

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ)

Tech Data Limited

Tellon Capital

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc

Triodos Bank NV (UK Branch)

TrustLaw

Tajara Capital Limited

UK Rents (No 1) plc

Union Bancaire Privée

UPP Group Limited

Victory House

Volito Aviation

Waterside Places

Wellesley Finance plc

Wells Fargo & Company

Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank

Wings Capital Partners Management

Wyelands Bank plc

Yorkshire Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised the lending club on a cross-border leveraged finance transaction where the lending club financed the MBO of K2 Partnering Solutions Limited.
  • Acted for Barings Global Advisors Limited on its refinancing of the equity bridge provided by ECI Partners to acquire the outsourced communications provider TDKP Limited (operating as Moneypenny).
  • Acted for Muzinich & Co (the US private debt fund) in connection with facilities to finance Lloyds Development Capital's acquisition of FC Business Intelligence (a global events company). The firm also advised HSBC UK Bank plc as provider of the super senior revolving credit facility and Lucid as agent and security agent.
  • Advised Samworths (one of the leading own label food producers and largest privately owned businesses in the UK) on its banking facilities in connection with its conditional acquisition of the 2 Sisters' sandwich business, subject to Competition and Markets Authority approval process.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank as super senior revolving credit facility provider on the recapitalisation of Revolution Beauty.

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Addleshaw Goddard

With a strong presence in London, as well is in regional offices including Manchester, Addleshaw Goddard handles a significant volume of UK mid-market restructuring mandates, particularly from clearing banks and accountancy firms. Although it is active across a wide range of industry sectors, the team provides particular prowess in relation to contentious and non-contentious mandates in sectors where the firm has an overarching focus; including healthcare, education, and energy. 'Experienced and driven' co-head Fraser Ritson has recently received a significant number of instructions from boards of directors of troubled companies, including from Evans Cycles. Alison Goldthorp has a strong reputation in the domestic market particularly for contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):Ged Barnes; Fraser Ritson

Other key lawyers:Alison Goldthorp; James Davison; Anna Hodgson; Adam McCarron

Testimonials

'Good team. Very flexible and hands on. Partners get down and dirty and don't leave everything to associates.'

'Alison Goldthorp, the lead partner in insolvency is incredibly experienced, fights every corner for her client and leads from the front.'

'Fraser Ritson guided the board through a very difficult and prolonged period of stress and distress, including moving the company into administration. He navigated the director issues with real skill and understanding, including dealing with complex financial arrangements with the lenders. He is absolutely my go-to choice for director issues in stressed and distressed situations. He is well liked by lenders and other law firms, which really helped.'

'Alison Goldthorp is direct and is particularly good at litigation in an insolvency situation. Her advice was clear, direct, well timed, and absolutely on point.'

Key Clients

KPMG

PwC

Royal Liverpool and BroadGreen Hospital Trust

RSM

Deloitte

Directors of Three Valleys Healthcare

Semperian Companies

BDO

Lone Star Funds

HSBC Bank

Evans Cycles

Work highlights

  • Advised the administrators of HMV in relation to their appointment and their duties as administrators, administration trading, the sale of the business, and on contingency planning in the event that a sale was not possible.
  • Advised the board of directors of Evans Cycles  in connection with an accelerated M&A process delivered via a pre-packaged administration sale of the business and assets to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct plc and then advising PwC as Administrators.
  • Advising the board of an AIM-listed business specialising in energy procurement and energy management services for SME businesses.
  • Advising the Royal Liverpool and Broad Green Hospital Trust in relation to its position following the liquidation of Carillion Construction.
  • Acting for BDO as administrators of the failed restaurant group Villandry.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises on a wide scope of debt capital markets work, including publicly offered listed issues and privately placed deals. On the public side, it acts for banks such as Barclays and Lloyds in their roles as dealers and managers, and for issuers and trustees. A key specialism is social housing finance, in which department head Beth Collett is a leading light, and the practice, formed two years ago, handles large mandates in that area. Among these deals in 2018 was the issuance by London & Quadrant Housing Trust of £250m of secured bonds, in which the firm acted for RBS, Lloyds and Santander as joint bookrunners and Prudential Trustee Company Limited as bond trustee and security trustee.

Practice head(s):Beth Collett

Other key lawyers:Daniel Foong

Testimonials

'The team is very knowledgeable and able to structure on time and within budget'.

'Approachable and adaptive, the team responds to changing situations superbly and is on hand to deal with issues as they arise with practical, workable solutions'.

'Beth Collett and Daniel Foong have specialist DCM social housing knowledge'.

'Beth Collett is always professional and her adaptability makes her stand out. She is collaborative and practical'.

Key Clients

Banco Santander, S.A

Barclays Bank Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Natwest Markets Plc

RBC Europe Limited

Prudential Trustee Company Limited

BPHA Limited

IDCM Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised RBS, Lloyds and Santander as joint bookrunners and Prudential Trustee Company Limited as bond trustee and security trustee in relation to the issue by London & Quadrant Housing Trust of £250m 2.65% secured bonds due 2028 and £250m 3.125% secured bonds due 2053.
  • Advised Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank and Banco Santander as joint bookrunners and Prudential Trustee Company Limited as bond trustee and security trustee in connection with the issue by Peabody Capital No 2 of £450m 3.25% secured bonds due 2048.
  • Advised HSBC Bank, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets and NatWest Markets as joint bookrunners and Prudential Trustee Company Limited as bond and security trustee in respect of the issue by Southern Housing Group Limited of £300m 3.50% secured bonds due 2047.
  • Acted for bpha Finance on its tap issue of £150m 4.816% secured bonds due 2044.
  • Acted for Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets plc and NatWest Markets Plc as joint bookrunners and Prudential Trustee Company Limited as bond trustee and security trustee in respect of the issue by Karbon Homes Limited of £250m 3.375% secured bonds due 2047.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for clearing banks, overseas banks and funds in trade finance transactions. Mike Davison leads the finance and projects team, in which the firm's trade finance expertise resides. His work includes receivables financing and supply chain financing, Shariah-compliant deals and commodity finance arrangements. Partners Michael Barnett and Richard Clayton handle contentious trade finance matters. Rising star associate James Tarleton plays a key role in asset-based lending, trade finance and specialty finance transactions. One client remarks that the firm's practice has 'real titans in this field with wide ranging experience and expertise of all forms of trade finance transactions and disputes'.

Practice head(s):Mike Davison

Other key lawyers:Michael Barnett; Richard Clayton; James Tarleton; Andrew Reeves

Testimonials

'The firm stands out for its breadth of knowledge, responsiveness and attentiveness.'

'Real titans in this field: with wide ranging experience and expertise of all forms of Trade Finance transactions and disputes.'

'Mike Davison stands out for his responsiveness, willingness to make himself available and the breadth of his trade finance knowledge.'

'Richard Clayton's wealth of experience and knowledge means that clients see a successful resolution of disputes. His great tactical awareness means that opponents are at risk of being outflanked.'

'Litigation associate Sivan Daniels is a formidable lawyer who combines an exceptional eye for detail with a first class intellectual rigour.'

Key Clients

Advance Global Capital

Bank Leumi

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

PNC Business Credit

Bank of London and the Middle East

HSBC Invoice Finance

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Close Brothers

Leumi ABL Limited

FimBank Plc

Wyelands Bank

Shinhan Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for Close Brothers Premium Finance on the provision of £100,000,000 specialist financing facilities to the Ardonagh Group.
  • We advised Homebase (UK&I) Holdings Limited in relation to the provision of £70,000,000 receivables and inventory finance facilities by Wells Fargo Capital Finance (UK) Limited.
  • Advised the syndicate in relation to the provision of structured Trade Finance Facilities (mixture of Conventional and Sharia'h law compliant Facilities, including complex Sharia'h law Syndication advice and separation of monies) to Wogen Metals.
  • Acting for HSBC Bank plc in their strategic re-banking of Albert Bartlett & Sons Limited the leading Scottish potato manufacturer.
  • We advised RBS Invoice Finance in relation to a £60,000,000 working capital facility, and NatWest in relation to a £30,000,000 term loan facility, to Gardner Aerospace Holdings Limited.
Rising stars

James Tarleton - Addleshaw Goddard

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Based out of London but also able to leverage a strong regional presence, Addleshaw Goddard provides a 'commercial and pragmatic service' across the spectrum of transportation asset classes. Following the recruitment of Clive Smith towards the end of 2017 from Osborne Clarke LLP, the firm has increased visibility in the rail sector in light of his high-profile domestic work for manufacturers, train operators, lessors and financiers on the procurement, finance, leasing, maintenance and modification of new and existing rolling stock fleets, in both the passenger and freight markets. Edinburgh-based Alan Shanks provides ship financing expertise, while Rebecca Garner heads up the firm's aviation offering.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Garner; Clive Smith; Ed Watt

Other key lawyers:Alan Shanks; Jane Gallagher

Testimonials

'Rebecca Garner provides excellent advice'.

Key Clients

Arriva UK Trains

International Airlines Group (British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling, Iberia)

SMBC Leasing

Wings Capital Management

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Lombard North Central Plc

Royal Bank Of Scotland Plc

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Shawbrook Bank

Eversholt Rail

Stobart Group

Southern Cross Aircraft

Investec Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising SMBC Leasing and Equitix, as the equity sponsors, in relation to secured financing of four fleets of new-build rolling stock and associated spares/equipment, for operation by KeolisAmey on the Wales & Borders passenger rail franchise.
  • Advised Eversholt Rail on the leasing of a fleet of Mk IV passenger rolling stock coaches to the new KeolisAmey operator of the Wales & Borders franchise.
  • Advising Clydesdale Bank in relation to the re-registration and re-mortgage of two vessels from a fleet facility from the UK Ship Register to the Ship Registry of Panama.
  • Advising RBS/Lombard on the £158m disposal to Investec and Shawbrook of its entire Lombard Offshore portfolio.
  • Advising Eversholt Rail on the finance and leasing of a €20m order of addition CAF Civity UK diesel multiple units for operation by Arriva Rail North.
Leading individuals

Clive Smith - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

In addition to day-to-day advisory work, Addleshaw Goddard's team provides clients with a full remuneration service, which includes advice on governance issues, best practice, share dealings by directors and matters pertaining to internationally mobile employees. Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers heads the department; his practice covers advising on tax-efficient share incentives, the implementation of employee plans globally, and corporate governance and disclosure issues for listed companies.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers

Other key lawyers:Martin Griffiths; Nicky Griffin

Testimonials

'The team is knowledgeable'

'Nicky Griffin gives good technical advice, but is always very practical too'

Key Clients

Ted Baker plc

GVC Holdings plc

Rathbone Brothers Plc

Nationwide Building Society

UPP Group Holdings Limited

William Hill PLC

Carclo plc

Moneysupermarket.com Group plc

Work highlights

  • Assisting Ted Baker's legal, reward and HR teams with ensuring the company's employee incentives comply with the new UK Corporate Governance Code
  • Advising on a number of matters for GVC, including the completion of its £4bn acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral
  • Acted for Rathbones in connection with the acquisition of Speirs & Jeffrey, Scotland's largest independent wealth manager
  • Advised UPP, the UK's leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, in relation to the implementation of a new management incentive scheme for key executives

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's employment, incentives and immigration group, which is described as 'one of the best employment teams in London' has a strong reputation for its work in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, while also advising on the employment aspects of transactions and regulatory investigations. The practice is led by 'safe pair of hands' Michael Leftley; he works with a team which includes the 'hard-hitting' Richard Yeomans, experienced boardroom consultant Alasdair Simpson and 'star quality new partner' Sarah Harrop.

Practice head(s):Michael Leftley

Other key lawyers:Richard Yeomans; Alasdair Simpson; Sarah Harrop

Testimonials

'Commercial; responsive; technically solid; nice to work with.'

'Addleshaw Goddard has one of the best employment teams in London - but works closely with large and highly experienced regional offices in Manchester and elsewhere.  It offers excellent client care and know-how in a broad range of areas for employers including the tricky subject of industrial relations.'

'Michael Leftley is a very reassuring and safe pair of hands to handle any complex employment dispute.'

'Sarah Harrop - a star quality new partner with great airline and industrial relations knowledge.'

'Richard Yeomans is extremely approachable and clever, but shows he can be hard-hitting when necessary for a multinational in a difficult dispute.'

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

The pensions team at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong trustee support offering, advising on member complaints, scheme mergers and amendments, interpreting scheme rules, pension winding up applications, scheme closures and administrator changes. The practice also advises on the pensions issues of corporate transactions. Contentious issues are covered by the commercial litigation offering with regular mandates including professional negligence claims and pension liberation fraud cases. Catherine McAllister is a key partner in the London office; the Leeds-based Rachel Rawnsley heads the practice nationally.

Practice head(s):Catherine McAllister; Rachel Rawnsley; Susan Garrett

Testimonials

'Responsive to requests. Good working knowledge. Pragmatic approach and clear guidance.'

'Catherine McAllister has solid knowledge and experience and is always timely in her responses.'

'Provide timely and pragmatic advice on complex areas.'

Key Clients

Celesio (Admenta Lloyds Pharmacy)

Samworth Brothers

ICON

Chemtura

Trustee of the Citrus Pension Plan

Trustee of the three CGI pension schemes

Trustee of the Credit Agricole CIB Legacy Pension Scheme

Global Radio

Trustee of the Gulf International Bank Pension Plan

Trustees of the Delbanco Pension Plan

Trustees of the Holland & Holland Pension Plan

HS1

Columbia Threadneedle

Steinhoff

Trustees of the Unisys Public Sector Pension Scheme

Trustees of the P&O Ferries 2008 Division Pension Scheme

Wolseley (now Ferguson)

Freightliner

Large business in the rail industry

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustee of the P&O Ferries Division 2008 Pension Scheme on the employer's proposal to close the defined benefit scheme to future pensionable service.
  • Acting for the trustee of the Citrus Pension Plan, a multi-employer sectionalised scheme with circa £300m assets.
  • Instructed to advise on matters relating to Freightliner's participation in the Railways Pension Scheme.
  • Advising the trustee of the Credit Agricole CIB Legacy Pension Scheme on the full range of issues concerning its circa £400m pension scheme.
  • Advising Terra Firma on the pensions aspects of a corporate sale.

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

The pensions team at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong trustee support offering, advising on member complaints, scheme mergers and amendments, interpreting scheme rules, pension winding up applications, scheme closures and administrator changes. The practice also advises on the pensions issues of corporate transactions. Contentious issues are covered by the commercial litigation offering with regular mandates including professional negligence claims and pension liberation fraud cases. Catherine McAllister is a key partner in the London office.

Practice head(s):Catherine McAllister; Rachel Rawnsley; Susan Garrett

Testimonials

'Responsive to requests. Good working knowledge. Pragmatic approach and clear guidance.'

'Catherine McAllister has solid knowledge and experience and is always timely in her responses.'

'Provide timely and pragmatic advice on complex areas.'

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard counts infrastructure, construction, marine and finance as particular sector strengths, advising clients on matters including investigation insurance, property damage and business interruption losses, professional indemnity, business loan repayment insurance and M&A risk management disputes. 'Impressive lawyer' Richard Wise has particular expertise in Bermuda Form arbitration and mediation, and Richard Clayton focuses on acting for financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Richard Wise

Other key lawyers:Richard Clayton

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard has a knowledgeable, professional team which understands the market and is able to provide a differentiating service'

'Deep sector knowledge, borne out of a long pedigree and history of insurance work'

'Richard Wise and associate Josianne El Antoury are both excellent in providing good technical information that can be understood. Their availability for discussions also adds value'

'Richard Wise is a very good insurance lawyer. He knows the area like the back of his hand and is always willing to think outside of the box'

'Richard Wise is an impressive lawyer and a tremendous individual'

Key Clients

Weyerhaeuser Company

Network Rail

2 Sisters Food Group

Capita Group

Rhiannon Properties

Tideland Limited

TSB Bank PLC

Ross Sloan Investments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Weyerhaeuser Company in responding to an anti-suit injunction obtained by XL and Catlin concerning the proper forum for the insurance coverage dispute between the parties.
Leading individuals

Richard Wise - Addleshaw Goddard

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'commercially sensitive and aware' insurance group relies on expertise collectively drawn from the firm's London team and its other offices throughout the UK, advising clients including banks and building societies on insurance distribution cases and day-to-day regulatory matters. Financial services regulatory partner Brian McDonnell leads the London team.

Practice head(s):Brian McDonnell

Testimonials

'Integrity, great knowledge and always have solutions to issues. Commercially sensitive and aware.'

 

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Barclays Bank plc

CIS General Insurance Limited (The Co-operative Group)

Moneysupermarket.com

NFU Mutual

Simplyhealth

Thomas Cook (White Horse Insurance)

Synova Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for Inflexion on its investment into Quartz Holdings Limited which owns (directly and indirectly) the entire issued share capital of Granite Underwriting Limited and Pine Hill Holdings Limited.

  • Handled insurtech transaction involving advising Moore Stephens on the sale of the business and assets related to the insurance software known as 'Rulebook'.
  • Advising CIS General Insurance on legal basis for processing data for insurance products, including data sharing with partners, and drafting required privacy notices for customers and contracts with suppliers.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's team is a popular choice for clients from the pharmaceutical, retail, consumer goods, and food and drink industries to handle matters relating to recalls, safety and advisory work. The group is acting for GlaxoSmithKline in a group action relating to its antidepressant Seroxat; practice head Louisa Caswell leads on this. Insurance expert Richard Wise is well versed in coverage disputes. Erin Shoesmith in Manchester, who made partner in 2018, acts for the firm's corporate clients facing prosecution and investigation by regulatory bodies. Associates Mark Chesher and Cécile Burgess are regularly involved in the team's most significant matters.

Practice head(s):Louisa Caswell

Other key lawyers:Richard Wise; Erin Shoesmith; Mark Chesher; Cécile Burgess

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard has a strong team that is on the rise in this area, handling in particular one of the largest pharmaceutical product liability cases in the UK.'

'Louisa Casswell is an excellent product liability practitioner and very well regarded.'

'Senior associate Cécile Burgess is an outstanding practitioner.'

Key Clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Britvic

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Totally Wicked (Pillbox 38)

Dixons Carphone Warehouse

PZ Cussons

Diageo

Sainsbury's/Sainsbury's Bank

Steel Dynamics UK Limited

Victrex Group

Work highlights

  • Represent  GlaxoSmithKline in numerous claims regarding its antidepressant drug, Seroxat, which allegedly caused symptoms that amount to personal injury when claimants discontinued or attempted to discontinue use; the outcome of the trial will make new law on the assessment of whether the medicine is a defective product under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
  • Acting for Steel Dynamics in relation to claims relating to defective steel supplied to it by one of Europe's leading steel mills; the steel was sold on by the client and the team is advising on potential claims against the steel mill.
  • Advised an importer of electronic cigarettes on the UK/EU regulatory regime to help them shape the characteristics of their existing and proposed products, and on permitted marketing and branding, among other areas.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical client on government proposals concerning the pricing of medicines and associated regulations relating to the provision of information further to the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017.
  • Challenged the treatment of a branded drug under the NHS Drugs Tariff for a pharmaceutical client.
Leading individuals

Louisa Caswell - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Mark Chesher - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Cécile Burgess - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is well versed in PPP and PFI related matters. The team is engaged by public and private clients and has considerable experience in infrastructure projects in the renewable, information and communication technology sectors as well as transport. Work includes  advising infrastructure asset funds and investors on the PFI secondary market regarding the buying and selling of stakes. Practice head Richard Goodfellow splits his time between Leeds and London and is a key contact for energy and renewable matters. Paul Hirst in Leeds has particular experience of the rail industry.

Practice head(s):Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:Paul Dight; Oliver Carruthers; Paul Hirst; Ursula Gould

Key Clients

Keolis UK

Amey Rail

Department for Transport

London Luton Airport Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Scotia Gas Networks

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Network Rail

Semperian

InfraRed Capital Partners

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Circular Waste British Columbia Inc

Luton Borough Council

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Transport on a multi-year mandate on the rail franchise that will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services.
  • Assisted Scotia Gas Networks with revisiting the funding and security structures of its £250m Gas to the West project.
  • Counselled Low Carbon Contracts Company in connection with the sale of 50% of the Hornsea 1 offshore windfarm project from Orsted to Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on all rail aspects of  the planned expansion of the Midland Metro tram system in the West Midlands to serve Brierley Hill via Dudley.
  • Assisting London Luton Airport Limited in respect of its plans to expand the airport and the possible delivery models for each element of the airport's expansion.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

The energy and utilities lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard have recently handled a number of significant transactions in the oil and gas space across a number of jurisdictions. The full-service offering covers the acquisition, divestiture, structuring, development and financing of oil and gas assets across the entire energy value chain, including upstream, midstream and downstream. In recent highlights, the group advised BP on its investment in solar developer Lightsource. In London, the main name to note is Guy Winter, while Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton are based in the Leeds office. Anna Nerush recently joined Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP.

Practice head(s):Guy Winter; Richard Goodfellow; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:Angus Rollo; Sarah Vasani

Key Clients

BP

Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)

Consortium of banks, including MUFG Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC and Mizuho Bank

SSE plc (Retail)

National Grid Electricity

Transmission plc

Northern Ireland

Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised SGN on the £250m Gas to the West project, which is delivering gas to 40,000 homes in the west of Northern Ireland.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard works with a big-name roster of energy majors and corporates with increasing energy requirements. Renewables and the decentralisation of energy generation are a particular of focus for the team, with significant sources of work coming from its thriving smart metering practice. The team is also active in the nuclear energy space, advising on new builds, decommissioning, research and development. Major recent work has included advising Macquarie Principal Finance on its agreement with Amazon to fund and develop roof-top solar panels on Amazon's UK bases. Richard Goodfellow heads up the firm's infrastructure, projects and energy group.

Practice head(s):Guy Winter; Richard Goodfellow; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:Simon Courie; Angus Rollo; Sarah Vasani; Oliver Carruthers

Key Clients

Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)

Consortium of banks, including MUFG Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC and Mizuho Bank

SSE plc (Retail)

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised MPF on its agreement with Amazon to fund, develop and operate roof-top solar panels on Amazon's fulfilment centres across the UK.
  • Advised the lenders providing project financing for the acquisition of offshore transmission systems to be owned and operated by a consortium led by Diamond Transmission Corporation.
  • Supporting SSE on its proposed merger with npower.
  • Advising NGET (part of National Grid) on the entry into of an asset maintenance contract for the Sellindge convertor station.
  • Assisting Northern Ireland Electricity Networks with new competition requirements by the Utility Regulator in Northern Ireland which introduced contestability in the electricity connection markets.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's dedicated water group covers a wide variety of disciplines, from regulatory, construction and litigation, to environmental and transactional, acting for regulators, water companies and suppliers alike. In recent highlights, Rona Bar-Isaac's London-based team has been working with water companies at the forefront of planning strategy for the effective use of the direct procurement regime and its implications for PR19 planning, and assisted South East Water with its disposal of its non-household retail business to Castle Water.

Practice head(s):Rona Bar-Isaac; Mike Shaw

Testimonials

'The team combines an in-depth knowledge of the sector with a broader knowledge of regulation and competition to deliver a round and very practical service.'

'Addleshaw Goddard has great experience and reputation in this sector. Clients can have confidence instructing this team knowing they are going to get a certain standard.'

'Rona Bar-Isaac works on both competition and water related issues which is not a common combination. This allows her to provide well-balanced advice that combines the challenges introduced by competition with the reality of the water sector.'

'Matthew Collingwood-Cooper stands out. He is technically very able and doesn't miss a trick.'

Key Clients

Southern Water

United Utilities More

South East Water

Yorkshire Water

Castle Water

Portsmouth Water

Work highlights

  • Handled the sale of Invicta Water Limited, which operated South East Water's non-household retail business, to Castle Water Limited.
  • Advising United Utilities on its major works frameworks for Asset Management Period 7 – spanning its entire water and wastewater infrastructure.
Leading individuals

Rona Bar-Isaac - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s recent highlights include assisting its corporate and public sector clients with a range of contentious actions and advisory support. The team acts for a number of utilities companies and NHS bodies in judicial review applications against national regulators and local authorities, with recent mandates involving the recovery of business rates and charging arrangements implemented by Ofgem. Further matters concerned procurement challenges and tax disputes with HMRC. Current advisory work involves assisting with the reconfiguration of public healthcare services, advising commercial clients on planned regulatory changes, and handling requests for confidential information where issues of particular public interest are involved. Devising strategies for mitigating the risk of public law challenges is also a significant aspect of the practice. Leeds-based Simon Kamstra is particularly active in international and energy sector matters.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett

Other key lawyers:Simon Kamstra

Testimonials

'The team provides sound, in-depth advice on all sectors of public law and always goes the extra mile'

'Addleshaw Goddard's level of service, knowledge and ability to communicate complex issues in a commercial and practical manner is outstanding'

'Provides a pragmatic, commercial approach which maintains good client relationships'

'Simon Kamstra inspires confidence in his clients'

'Clare Dwyer is a superb technician with a great eye for detail'

'The team has a strong understanding of its clients' needs and is commercially pragmatic and creative in coming up with legal solutions'

Key Clients

Scottish and Southern Energy plc

Totally Wicked Limited (Pillbox 38 UK Limited)

OFGEM

OFWAT

Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc (and its UK subsidiaries)

United Utilities plc

Manchester Airports Group

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Supported Scottish and Southern Energy as an interested party in a judicial review challenging Ofgem's changes to electricity transmission charging arrangements for embedded generators.
  • Instructed by 17 NHS foundation trusts in a joint High Court claim seeking to recover business rates paid to a number of defendant local authorities.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for an impressive list of NHS trusts and private healthcare providers, and has 'tremendous expertise and real depth of knowledge' in healthcare infrastructure. Matthew Newing has a 'strong reputation' acting for sponsors, investors, developers and lenders on major PFI/PPP projects, as does David Hartley. Also of note are Manchester-based partners Michael O’Connor, who also leads the national practice, and Andrew Pettinger for corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Michael O’Connor

Other key lawyers:Matthew Newing; David Hartley; Andrew Pettinger

Testimonials

'The team at Addleshaw Goddard are market leaders in my view, offering excellent legal advice which is also practical and appreciates the commercial context.'

Key Clients

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

GlaxoSmithKline

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for STEP as development partner for a pathfinder project for the Department of Health leading to the development of two new hospitals at sites in Tooting and Kingston.
  • Advised Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord), as the senior funder, in relation to the £40m Primary and Community Care Centre Project in County Antrim.
  • Advising Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mid-Essex NHS Trust and Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in conjunction with KMPG, on the proposed complex three-way merger of the trusts to reconfigure services across Essex.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

The team at Addleshaw Goddard offers a host of services to local authorities in connection with regeneration and redevelopment work, transport projects, outsourcing contracts (including ICT contracts), financing and refinancing.  Mike O’Connor and Andrew Pettinger lead the practice and Richard Goodfellow, who heads the infrastructure, projects and energy group, handles major transactions that include PPPs, project financing and renewables matters. Rob Thompson also has a focus on energy as well as the waste and health sectors.

Practice head(s):Mike O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Richard Goodfellow; Rob Thompson

Key Clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire EastCouncil/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan

Borough Council N

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tameside (in its capacity as administrator of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund) as mezzanine lender and equity investor in a joint venture with Urban & Civic as developer in connection with the development of three residential blocks at Manchester New Square.
  • Continuing to advise Luton Airport Limited on the £200m development of a mass passenger transit system (the Luton DART) between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal.
  • Acted for Leeds City Council in relation to the promotion and procurement of a district heating scheme in Leeds. The advice  included state aid, procurement, corporate, joint venture and general commercial aspects.
  • Advising Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement which will allow the council to make energy savings in excess of 60%.
  • Advising West Midlands Combined Authority on all aspects of a £340m expansion of the Midland Metro tram system, including various complex rail regulatory issues, real estate aspects and the suite of asset protection and other agreements to govern the whole life of the scheme.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is home to a ‚Äėwealth of expertise‚Äô, ‚Äėproducing high-quality and innovative legal solutions‚Äô. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding in every way‚Äô and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:Iain Hindhaugh; Chris Cartwright

Testimonials

'The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.'

'Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.'

'Responsive and practical'.

'The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.' 

 'Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.'

Key Clients

Sainsbury's

Primark

M&S

Battersea Power station

HB Reavis

We Work

British Land

Diageo

Britvic

Royal Mail Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for WeWork in connection with completion of its lease of Two Southbank, a new development near London Waterloo, which when open this year will be the world's largest co-working space.
  • Acting for M&S on its rationalisation programme which in addition to its store closure programme included the reduction in its need for office space at its London HQ and as part that the subletting of space in its existing premises at 5 Merchant Square, Paddington Basin.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is home to a ‚Äėwealth of expertise‚Äô, ‚Äėproducing high-quality and innovative legal solutions‚Äô. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding in every way‚Äô and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:Simon Tager

Testimonials

'The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.'

'Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.'

'Responsive and practical'.

'The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.' 

 'Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.'

Key Clients

Aviva Line Fund

Hermes

Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

HB Reavis

Mount Anvil

UPP

Muse Developments

Kasamar Holdings

Taberner House LLP

Battersea Power Station Development Company

People's Republic of China

Work highlights

  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on an agreement relating to the transfer of and long term development and asset management strategy for the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the Battersea Power Station development.
  • Advised the Chinese Government on the relocation of its Embassy in London to the former Royal Mint Court site. The site will be re-developed following the grant of planning for the new embassy.
  • Advising London developer Mount Anvil on a joint venture with Catalyst, one of London’s leading housing associations, for the regeneration of the Friary Park estate in Acton, West London.
  • Advised Kasamar Holdings on the acquisition of 16-17 Hanover Street, London.
  • Representing Taberner House LLP on the forward funding of three residential towers in the Taberner House redevelopment in central Croydon to Legal & General and London & Quadrant to deliver 513 new homes, of which over 50% will be affordable housing
Leading individuals

Leona Ahmed - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is home to a ‚Äėwealth of expertise‚Äô, ‚Äėproducing high-quality and innovative legal solutions‚Äô. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding in every way‚Äô and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:James Salford; Luke Baines

Testimonials

'The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.'

'Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.'

'Responsive and practical'.

'The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.' 

 'Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.'

Key Clients

Aareal Bank AG

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Standard Life Assurance Limited)

Amaris Hospitality

Aprirose

Barclays Bank

Be At One Limited

Clydesdale

Coutts

Criterion Capital

Daniel Thwaites

Ennismore (owner of Hoxton Hotels and Gleneagles)

Greene King

HSBC plc

KTB Asset Management

National Westminster Bank PLC & AIB Group (UK) plc

Puma Investments

Precis Investments (owners of the Montcalm Hotels Group and Shaftsbury Hotels Group)

SACO Real Estate Group

Santander

Seafood Pub Company

Shearings Hotels Ltd

Staycity

The Hotel Collection

Travelodge Hotels Ltd

TH UK & Ireland Limited (trading as Tim Hortons)

THAT Group

The City Pub Group plc

UK Hotels (Sharp Street, Manchester) Limited

Village Urban Resorts

Work highlights

  • Acting for new client Ennismore on its acquisition of Eynsham Hall, a 135-room Grade II listed hotel near North Leigh and subsequent proposed expansion and refurbishment.
  • Advised Village Urban Resorts / Village Hotels on the development of new resort style hotels in Portsmouth and Bristol and on the refurbishment of its existing stock.  
Next Generation Partners

Luke Baines - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is home to a ‚Äėwealth of expertise‚Äô, ‚Äėproducing high-quality and innovative legal solutions‚Äô. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding in every way‚Äô and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:Michael Scott; Lee Sheldon; Simon Tager

Testimonials

'The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.'

'Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.'

'Responsive and practical'.

'The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.' 

 'Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.'

Key Clients

Aviva

Hermes

Wells Fargo

CC Land

Hammerson

M&G

PGIM

Threadneedle;

Ribston

Schroders

Heeton Holdings

Tellon

Dandara

Aberdeen Standard

HSBC Alternative Investments LImited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

GR Property Limited

KTB Asset Management

Cheung Kai

LondonMetric Property

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act on the corporate and real estate elements of Battersea Power Station’s ‘sale’ of the Power Station for £1.6bn.
  • Advised the Chinese Government on the relocation of its Embassy in London to the former Royal Mint Court site.
  • Advised GR Property Ltd, a listed Hong Kong property investor, on the acquisition of Juxton House, a prestigious building directly opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral, for a consideration of £134.5m.
  • Advising British Land on the sale of five Debenhams stores for a total consideration of £110m, involving two different purchasers across the five stores.
  • Advised Threadneedle on the sale of 65-68 South Molton Street in London W1.
Leading individuals

Leona Ahmed  - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is home to a ‚Äėwealth of expertise‚Äô, ‚Äėproducing high-quality and innovative legal solutions‚Äô. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding in every way‚Äô and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:William Boss; Andrew Martin

Testimonials

'The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.'

'Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.'

'Responsive and practical'.

'The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.' 

 'Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.'

Key Clients

British Land

Hammerson

Battersea Power Station

Hermes

Aviva

Marks and Spencer

Sainsbury's

Travelodge

Terra Firma

Telereal Trillium

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Britvic

Work highlights

  • Advising across all the real estate requirements of Marks and Spencer.
  • Won the mandate to represent Southgate Limited Partnership (an Aviva/British Land joint venture) on the ongoing asset management of Southgate Shopping Centre, Bath.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong contentious construction offering, working on international arbitration disputes relating to infrastructure and energy projects as well as PFI dispute work. Jonathan Tattersall is the head of the team, and is known for his knowledge of PFI/PPP disputes, particularly in the health sector. Tattersall was the lead partner acting for Konoike, a Japanese construction company, in relation to the enforcement of an ICC arbitration. Gerlando Butera is another key member of the team, acting as a lead partner on several matters and specialising in disputes arising out of engineering and power projects. Legal director James Shackleton joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2019, bringing particular expertise in matters in the transport and marine engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:Gerlando Butera; James Shackleton

Key Clients

Konoike Construction Co

Peterborough (Progress Health)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Konoike, a Japanese construction company, in relation to the enforcement of an ICC arbitration.
  • Advised Progress Health, a joint venture between John Laing Infrastructure Fund and Infrared Capital Partners, on a matter involving a number of parties in order to prevent termination of a project and Progress Health's default on £400m bond finance arrangements.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a broad non-contentious offering which covers the health, education, housing, manufacturing and hotels sectors, advising a range of well-known developers, employers and funders. The team is led by the 'very commercial' Andy McVeigh who is a specialist in student accommodation and residential development, and who led the firm's team advising St Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on the delivery of its capital investment strategy plan. Julia Court is another notable name, acting as the prime partner on the Battersea Power Station redevelopment. Luke Baines is a 'hotels specialist' and has experience in real estate development including town centre regeneration. Legal director Sam Cary, who has worked closely with McVeigh and acted for investors, developers and manufacturers, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Andy McVeigh

Other key lawyers:Julia Court; Luke Baines; Sam Cary

Testimonials

'Andy McVeigh is very commercial - you want him in the bunker with you if things go wrong.'

'Luke Baines is a hotels specialist.'

'Luke Baines is responsive, helpful, friendly and keen to understand client needs.'

'Friendly and responsive team.'

Key Clients

University Partnership Programme

Santander

Clydesdale

UK Parliament

Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital

Work highlights

  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company across the whole business and phases in relation to construction.
  • Advising Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures on the development of two new hospitals at the Trust's two main sites in Tooting and Kingston.
  • Advising the University Partnership Programme on all of its student accommodation schemes.
Leading individuals

Andy McVeigh - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Luke Baines - Addleshaw Goddard

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard enjoys a strong flow of housing and mixed-use development mandates including complex build-to-rent schemes across London and a number of retail-led developments in the wider UK market. Contentious work in this field saw national planning practice head, Marnix Elsenaar, successfully defending a judicial review of the planning permission granted for a shopping centre extension. The team also has a footprint in the national infrastructure space, with expertise in drafting DCOs and Transport and Works Act orders for a number of high-profile projects in the energy and transport sector. Further contentious work saw Gary Sector successfully representing a client in a high-value appeal to secure planning permission for a residential development.

Practice head(s):Marnix Elsenaar

Other key lawyers:Gary Sector

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard has a very acute understanding of planning law and policy with a commercial instinct and a focus on delivery.'

'Gary Sector is outstanding.'

'Gary Sector is an exceptional planning lawyer, with an ability to cut through extraneous details and define what the key issues are in every case.'

'Gary Sector is an expert on planning law, policy and practice. He deals very capably with major projects and is particularly adept at cases which cross over between planning, environmental law and permitting.'

'Gary Sector has very sound judgement and is a delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Hub Group

British Land

Hammerson

Muse Developments

SSE

Tellon

London Luton Airport

UPP

Dandara

Work highlights

  • Advising London Luton Airport on a number of projects including the planning application for the DART mass passenger transit scheme.
  • Advising University Partnerships Programme on an appeal following a planning application refusal for a redevelopment of the Reading University student halls.
  • Advising Tellon on all elements of the Bargate Quarter mixed-use development in Southampton.
  • Advising Hub Group on a number of major housing developments across London.
  • Advising Muse Developments on a number of mixed-use developments across London including Lambeth Town Hall, Brentford Lock and Hale Wharf.
Leading individuals

Gary Sector - Addleshaw Goddard

Marnix Elsenar - Addleshaw Goddard

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is known for its strong lender-side client base, acting for traditional UK banks and German¬†Pfandbrief banks, as well as funds, insurers and challenger banks. The team also counts a number of Asian investors ¬†among its clients, and is expanding its borrower-side practice. Other areas of expertise include hotel, private rented sector (PRS) and student accommodation finance. Steve Mackie¬†took over as practice head from Paul Salsbury, who focuses on cross-border real estate matters. The team also includes hotel finance specialist James Salford;¬†Zoe Maurer, who has particular strength in investment and development finance;¬†and the ‚Äėsuperb‚Äė Zak Ikponmwosa.

Practice head(s):Steve Mackie

Other key lawyers:Paul Salsbury; James Salford; Zoe Maurer; Sarah Egbu; Zak Ikponmwosa

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard's REF team is user-friendly and highly responsive. The real estate and banking teams are well integrated, ensuring that transactions run smoothly and efficiently. They have a strong bench of team members.'

'Zoe Maurer stands out for her excellent deal management. She has a user-friendly style and fights your corner expertly in complex negotiations.'

'The team provides fantastic, client-focused service. They are knowledgeable and able to provide the right kind of advice that a lender needs to make a decision.'

'The team is committed, determined, and made up of people who go the extra mile to get a deal over the line.'

'Zoe Maurer is an excellent partner and project lead. She is knowledgeable and equally as determined when it comes to completing a transaction.'

'The team is strong across the levels. The senior associates are easily able to step into the shoes of the partner. Everyone seems to know what everyone else is doing, so it is very joined up and effective. They also develop strong relationships with the other side so that time is not wasted on point-scoring.'

'Sarah Egbu is a strong commercial partner.'

'Sarah Egbu has a strong understanding of the client and the underlying commercial views, and she is able to clearly articulate both to us and to the other side any concerns we may have on a transaction.'

'I have been impressed by the level of advice and service received from the Addleshaw Goddard property finance team and the lengths the team will go to really understand the core principles of our business and provide us with commercial advice relevant to the issues at hand. Having a practice which puts commerciality at its heart is incredibly important.'

'Steve Mackie is always helpful and great at providing various options and ideas for funding structures which work for all parties and provide a reasonable starting position for negotiations.'

'Addleshaw Goddard has a very well-coordinated team, which is a pleasure to work with and extremely responsive at all times.'

'Zoe Maurer is exceptional. She is very commercial, quick, responsive and just make the deals happen while not compromising on what's really important.'

'James Salford is a fantastic lawyer and very knowledgeable.'

'Almost every hotel financier will use James Salford on their side. He gives a lot of his time for free on holidays, weekends and evenings explaining points and is very borrower friendly.'

Key Clients

Aareal Bank AG

AIB Group UK plc

AgFe

Al Rayan

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London & The Middle East plc

Barclays Bank PLC

Bayerische Landesbank

Bizspace

British Arab Commercial Bank

C C Land

Canada Life Investments

Cheung Kei Group

CIMB (London, Singapore and Malaysia)

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Coutts & Co

Criterion Capital

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Fortwell Capital

Gaw Capital Group

GR Properties

Handelsbanken

HB Reavis

Hengli Group (owner of Lloyds Bank HQ)

Hillview Real Estate

HSBC Bank plc / HSBC UK Bank plc

HSH Nordbank

ICICI

Investec Bank plc

Kasamar Holdings

KTB Asset Management

Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen GZ (Helaba)

Lembaga Tabung Haji

McLaren Property

Mount Anvil

National Westminster Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

Nord/LB, Hanover

OakNorth Bank plc

Peel

Precis Investments (owners of the Access Self Storage Group, Montcalm Hotels Group and Shaftesbury Hotels Group)

Public Bank Berhad

Public Islamic Bank Berhad

Puma Investments

Qatar National Bank, London Branch

Rocket Properties

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Santander

Standard Chartered Bank, India Branch

Tellon Capital

Tribeca

United Overseas Bank Limited

University Partnership Programme

Wellesley Finance Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cheung Kei Group in relation to its acquisition and financing of 5 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank plc on the development and investment financing for the construction of the first office premises at the high-profile One Embassy Gardens development at Nine Elms, London.
  • Advised University Partnerships Programme on the share acquisition of two purpose-built student accommodation properties at the Swansea Bay Campus, which involved the overlaying of a £63m index-linked term debt from Pension Insurance Corporation on an existing income strip lease structure.
  • Acting for Hengli Group on the acquisition of 25 Gresham Street, London (also known as the Lloyds Bank headquarters) and the subsequent refinancing of that acquisition with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, London Branch.
  • Advised Shore Capital Group’s fund management arm Puma Investments on a £200m capital investment from funds advised by RoundShield Partners to grow its UK property finance business.
Next Generation Partners

Zak Ikponmwosa - Addleshaw Goddard

Zoe Maurer - Addleshaw Goddard

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard excels in development work and is particularly active in rights of light disputes - these are often led by 'very knowledgeable' legal director Gregory Simms - and site clearance matters but the 'close-knit and very effective' team also handles contentious landlord and tenant issues. Clients include institutional investors, high-profile tenants, developers, financial institutions and governments. Team head Andrew Blower 'has enormous knowledge and provides a mature response to problems'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Blower

Other key lawyers:Gregory Simms

Testimonials

'Works very hard to provide an exceptional service.'

'Gregory Simms takes a considered approach and thinks carefully before he acts. He has got superb judgement.'

'There is a real sense that the team pulls together very well and that they all enjoy what they do.'

'Provides tailored advice that has the appropriate balance of legal and commercial focus.'

Key Clients

British Land

Primark

Muse Developments

The People's Republic of China

Travelodge

Standard Life Aberdeen

Marks & Spencer

HB Reavis

WeWork

Tellon Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising HB Reavis on a vacant possession strategy and its partial implementation with regards to its Elizabeth House redevelopment project, immediately adjacent to Waterloo Station.
  • Provided strategic advice to Tellon Capital on site clearance and vacant possession matters pertaining to its proposed redevelopment of the former Bargate shopping centre in Southampton.
  • The team continues to provide strategic advice to a telecommunications company on lease and insolvency matters pertaining to a high-tech facility that houses its telecommunications equipment.  
Next Generation Partners

Gregory Simms - Addleshaw Goddard

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's outstanding reputation in the social housing sector across the UK has made it a destination firm for related finance for banks, large housing associations, pension funds and other investors. It features prominently acting for lenders and funders on a number of the sector's most significant mergers; a recent highlight saw Steve Mackie, managing associate Tom McHugh and others acting for all lenders on a circa £1.63bn refinance of loan facilities to Metropolitan Housing Trust, which was part of a wider merger with Thames Valley Charitable Housing Association. In addition to handling mainstream bank-led financing and refinancing work, the firm also excels in advising on complex bridge-to-bond facilities, bond issuances and private placements. Beth Collett is a name to note for public debt capital markets issuances. Managing associate Daniel Foong joined from The Bank of New York Mellon in 2018. Nick Barlow and Geoffrey McGinley are also recommended. Lee Shankland heads the team, which also includes recently promoted partner Jennie Chilton and managing associate Helen Hunter.

Practice head(s):Lee Shankland

Other key lawyers:Nick Barlow; Steve Mackie; Beth Collett; Tom McHugh; Daniel Foong; Geoffrey McGinley; Jennie Chilton; Helen Hunter

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard is a leading firm in social housing finance, with its team demonstrating excellent knowledge and experience, as well as a hands-on approach.'

'The firm has a strong team, which is available and has a transaction-focused approach, ensuring it closes well-structured deals in a short time frame.'

'What sets the team apart is its ability to be open and creative with our platform, bringing a host of new perspectives to the sector.'

Key Clients

Barclays Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

NatWest Markets

Santander

Lloyds

MUFG

BNP Paribas

Blackrock Investment Management Limited

Macquarie

HSBC Bank UK

Nationwide Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised each of Barclays Bank, Nationwide Building Society, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander UK on the refinance of all existing loan facilities to Torus housing group and Liverpool Mutual housing group by way of restated facility agreements totalling £288m as part of the merger of these housing groups to create the new group borrower, "Torus62 Limited" (another "mega-merger" in the social housing sector, to create a single housing entity owning/managing over 38,000 residential units).
  • Acted for BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited (in its capacity as investment manager of the purchasers) on the acquisition of a further £50m of notes issued by Wheatley Funding No.1 Limited.
  • Advised National Westminster Bank plc, Santander UK plc, Nationwide Building Society and Newcastle Building Society on the circa £167m syndicate split and refinance associated with the amalgamation of Grand Union Housing Group.
  • Acted for Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions on the £160m provision of facilities to Shepherd's Bush Housing Association Limited via a syndicated facility with MUFG (MUFG providing a short-term revolving facility and Macquarie providing the long-term investment funding).
  • Advised all existing lenders on the restructure of their facilities with Anchor Trust and Hanover Housing Association following the merger of Anchor Hanover Group (formed of care homes provider and housing association, Anchor Trust and Hanover Housing Association).
Leading individuals

Beth Collett - Addleshaw Goddard

Lee Shankland - Addleshaw Goddard

Steve Mackie - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Jennie Chilton - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Geoffrey McGinley - Addleshaw Goddard

Helen Hunter - Addleshaw Goddard

Tom McHugh - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's multi-disciplinary team handles the full spectrum of governance, regulatory compliance and risk management mandates, with notable expertise in statutory and regulatory obligations; board, directors and general counsel support; annual reporting issues and annual general meeting matters. Will Chalk heads up the corporate governance team, which also draws from the corporate, employment, employee incentives, corporate crime and regulatory departments;. Key individuals include global investigations practice head Nichola Peters, Ben Koehne, who leads the building societies group; financial regulation head Amanda Hulme, employee incentives expert Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers and Edinburgh-based data head Helena Brown. David Pygott joined from CMS to expand the firm's contentious regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):Will Chalk

Other key lawyers:Nichola Peters; Ben Koehne; Amanda Hulme; Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers; Helena Brown; David Pygott; Richard Preston

Testimonials

'This is the only team I know that focus solely on corporate governance - they are the closest I can find to a Company Secretary advisory service. Although a small team, their response times are impressive and they cover wide range of governance issues yet have a great depth of knowledge.'

'Will Chalk's wide ranging knowledge and experience mean he is the go-to person as a first port of call.'

'Richard Preston has an impressive grasp on detail.'

Key Clients

NFU Mutual

Celtic Football Club

Edinburgh Airport

FNZ (UK)

Standard Life

Mercy Corps

Worldpay

Argos Financial Services

City Pub Group plc

Portakabin

Reclaim Fund Ltd

Southern Water Services Limited

Threadneedle Investments

National Grid

Network Rail

Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility Services Limited

National Grid Property

Work highlights

  • Advising an investment management client on its share plans including a replacement save as you earn scheme, the operation of the share incentive plan and the position of leavers under the executive plans.
  • Assisting Portakabin with its data protection compliance internationally.
  • Advising Southern Water Services Limited on a South Hampshire public inquiry relating to regulatory issues in the water industry including changes to water abstraction licences.
  • Assisting a retail client with supply chain transparency compliance issues.
Leading individuals

Will Chalk - Addleshaw Goddard

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard 's corporate crime team is led by Nichola Peters , who has experience of cross-border investigations, deferred prosecution agreements and judicial review proceedings against authorities. The team cover a wide range of corporate crime and fraud matters including allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and insider trading, as well as handling matters involving economic sanctions, export controls, health and safety and regulatory matters. Michelle de Kluyver focuses on corporate investigations, money laundering  and fraud matters, as well as handling cases involving data protection breaches.  The firm has made a number of hires, with David Pygott joining as a partner from CMS, Tony McGlennan and  Janie Wong joining as legal directors, with Amy Russell joining as a managing associate.

Practice head(s):Nichola Peters

Other key lawyers:Michelle de Kluyver; David Pygott; Tony McGlennan; Amy Russell; Janie Wong; Matt Butter; Neeta Chityal; Mark Molyneux; Erin Shoesmith

Testimonials

‘Excellent and thoughtful, dedicated team’.         

‘Very good, able to leverage their regional network while also having a base in London’.

‘Good contacts in the industry where you need them’.

Key Clients

Güralp Systems Limited

A national energy provider

Victrex

Serco

Road Haulage Association

Siemens Mobility plc

Investigations into the Collapse of Carillion

Work highlights

  • Advising Güralp Systems Limited ("GSL") regarding SFO and DOJ investigations into payments made to a South Korean public official.
Leading individuals

Nichola Peters - Addleshaw Goddard

Next Generation Partners

Michelle de Kluyver - Addleshaw Goddard

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's reputation & information protection team 'is right at the top of claimant work'  according to clients and focuses on defamation matters related to online media and social media platforms. Thanks to its ability to draw on support from the full-service firm and its international network, clients include both blue chip companies and high-net-worth individuals from a wide range of sectors such as retail & consumer and financial services. In particular, the firm's client base in the Gulf regions and Hong Kong is growing. The team is headed by the 'tremendously effective' David Engel who specialises in crisis management, advisory, investigations and litigation; whereas the 'consistent' consultant Abigail Healey has built her practice in the growing area of information protection and excels at handling data breaches. Associate Samantha Haigh is the practice's rising star, in particular with regards to data privacy cases.

Practice head(s):David Engel

Other key lawyers:Abigail Healey; Samantha Haigh

Testimonials

'Right at the top in terms of claimant-focused reputation management.  They have the specialist expertise to provide high quality and comprehensive personal advice to individual clients and also the wider resources and capacity to run and manage very large-scale litigation if required.'

'David Engel is tremendously effective and gives very well-informed advice.'

'David Engel rightly holds a superb reputation. He is a highly intelligent and personable lawyer with impeccable judgement and the ability to handle matters of any size or gravity.'

'Abigail Healey has consistently demonstrated her ability and stamina to run large-scale pieces of litigation and to get across the detail of even the most complex cases.'

Key Clients

Bathstore.com

British Airways

DNAFit Life Sciences

Jet2.com

Lloyds Pharmacy

Moneysupermarket Group

Sainsbury's

Ted Baker

William Hill Organization Limited

Bathstore.com

Leading individuals

David Engel - Addleshaw Goddard

Rising stars

Samantha Haigh - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's full-service brand management practice combines the expertise of trade mark attorneys, advising global brand owners on the protection, maintenance and enforcement of their brand portfolios, with commercial legal advice in relation to sponsorship and licensing. Paul Bentham head the brands and designs practice from Manchester, where James Whittaker also advises on IP rights acquisition and licensing, media, and sponsorship, with a focus on the retail and consumer goods sector. On the contentious side, Emma Armitage and associate Rachel Cook are particularly active in IP and design disputes in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):Paul Bentham

Testimonials

'The team have a wide variety of in-house skills which enables them to advise easily across legal disciplines on complex contracts.'

Key Clients

British Airways

Canon Europe

The Co-operative Group

PZ Cussons

Primark

Work highlights

  • Assisting Diageo with the drafting and negotiation of a trade mark licence and beer manufacturing agreement with Heineken in Ghana.
  • Successfully defending Primark in Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) proceedings for trade mark infringement brought by Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Ltd over the trade mark "P.S. Love Your Hair" used by Primark for hair care products.
  • Continuing to advise brands within the PZ Cussons Group on promotional and brand licensing activities, such as the recent promotion of Original Source toiletries products on E4's Made In Chelsea.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard stands out for its work for clients across the spectrum of fintech, including major banks and start-ups, which it advises on investments, collaborative projects and partnership agreements, particularly in the payments space. The group also stands out for its work assisting clients, primarily banks, with the development of new payment products, including mobile payment services and digital banking platforms. Practice head Fiona Ghosh (who has expertise in outsourcing, procurements, strategic alliances and joint ventures) recently advised Bink on its partnership agreement with Barclays bank relating to the provision of its technology to Barclays. Junior partner David Anderson predominantly advises clients on IT projects and strategic investments into IT and fintech companies; he is currently instructed by FNZ to manage its material outsourcing services contracts with blue-chip financial services clients. The firm’s extensive work for banks also covers regulatory compliance in relation to PSD2, having previously acted for CMA9 banks in relation to open banking solutions.

Practice head(s):Fiona Ghosh

Other key lawyers:David Anderson

Key Clients

FNZ (UK) Limited

Loyalty Angels trading as Bink

Rainmaking io

Halotrade

Airtime Rewards Ltd

Lendable

Nivo

Trezeo

Worrapay

The Card Processing Advisory Service Limited

PaySafe

Ratesetter

Revolut

WireCard

Oodle Finance

ShieldPay

Aareal Bank

NIBC Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Bink on the contractual negotiations with Barclays Bank for the integration of the company’s technology into Barclays’ retail app and Barclays’ investment into Bink.
  • Delivering ongoing legal advice to Halotrade, the ground breaking fintech involved in ethical supply chain finance.
  • Advising banks on their mobile payments arrangements with global technology companies including ApplePay and AndroidPay  expand in reach to a broader cross section of banks and jurisdictions.
  • Advised FNZ on a number of its long-term contracts with banks, insurers, life companies and insurers over the last twelve months.
  • Advising the leading global fintech business on a review of its business terms including crypto services.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's team has particular experience handling IT and digital projects and advising financial services sector clients. Practice head¬†Damon Rosamond‚ÄďLanzetta¬†advises clients on IT and outsourcing transactions in the financial services, transport and telecoms sectors;¬†Fiona Ghosh¬†focuses on fintech matters;¬†William James¬†leads the payments group,¬†and Elvan Hussein¬†handles a range of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Damon Rosamond–Lanzetta

Other key lawyers:Fiona Ghosh; William James; Elvan Hussein

Key Clients

GVC Holdings

British Land Company Plc

Sainsbury's Bank

Reckitt Benckisser

SSE Telecoms

Delio Wealth

Oxera

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Hitachi Rail Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander UK on the provision, integration and implementation of a white-labelled solution for a reporting, payments and liquidity management platform, which has been available to its SME corporate customers.
  • Instructed by British Land's technology and procurement teams on a range of matters including the procurement of a number of software-as-a-solution products, data hosting services, mobile-specific software issues and packaged IT solutions.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is best known for its aviation finance and leasing practice, however the firm is also well-placed to advise on aviation disputes as well as commercial and regulatory matters. The team also handles airport development and project work. The team is now led by the 'very commercial' Rebecca Garner following the retirement of Rory MacCarthy.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Garner

Testimonials

'Rebecca Garner did a terrific job advising our company on the acquisition and charter of a jet aircraft.'

'Rebecca Garner is very commercial.'

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's rail team 'possesses a good balance of relevant rail specific knowledge and experience, coupled with a strong ability to provide guidance in various customer specific areas'. With specialists across the UK, the team is regularly engaged on complex franchising, rolling stock, projects and infrastructure mandates for public and private sector clients. Department head Paul Hirst, who is experienced across transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, rolling stock procurements and regularly leads on big-ticket mandates; Hirst led advice for the DfT, on a multi-year mandate, regarding a new rail franchise, which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services. Clive Smith has a strong market following and is noted for his rolling stock expertise. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of experienced consultant Martin Fleetwood, who 'shows impressive pragmatism and an ability to help shape solutions to complex issues', from Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):Paul Hirst

Other key lawyers:Clive Smith; Jacqui Langley-White; Anna Heaton; Sara Gilmore; Ursula Gould; Martin Fleetwood; William Smith

Testimonials

The team provides a broad service with particular strength in considering procurement issues.

Paul Hirst demonstrates an impressive level of understanding of, and engagement with, the rail industry.

Martin Fleetwood has good general knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Key Clients

Ove Arup & Partners

London Luton Airport

Department for Transport (DfT)

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Amey Rail

SMBC Leasing

UK Tram

VTG Rail UK

Hitachi Rail Europe

Eversholt Rail

Arriva

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (i.e. CAF)

Equitix

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Hitachi Rail Europe on its bid to Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus), for the Metrofutures fleet replacement programme.
  • The team is advising West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, 11 km expansion, of the Midland Metro tram system in the West Midlands to serve Brierley Hill via Dudley.
  • The team continues to advise London Luton Airport Limited, the owners of Luton Airport, on the £200m development of a mass passenger transit system (the Luton DART) between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal, which is to replace the shuttle-bus transfer currently in operation.
  • The team is advising UK Tram on the establishment of a dedicated safety body for the UK light rail industry, in line with the recommendation of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) following the derailment at Sandilands on the Croydon tram network.
  • The team is advising VTG Rail UK on the hire and maintenance of 42 steel wagons to British Airways, including the associated fuel and depot access arrangements at the depot facilities, owned by BP, at its Isle of Grain oil terminal.
Leading individuals

Clive Smith - Addleshaw Goddard

Paul Hirst - Addleshaw Goddard

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