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Squire Patton Boggs
7 DEVONSHIRE SQUARE
LONDON
EC2M 4YH
England

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

The litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of domestic and cross-border disputes and counts shareholder disputes, financial services litigation, cross-border fraud and asset tracing among its areas of expertise. The group benefits from the ability to leverage its national and international network and 'exploits the latest technology to achieve the best results'. Practice head Stephen Sampson also handles international sports disputes and regulatory investigations while Gareth Timms and Ben Holland are names to note for fraud and energy sector disputes respectively. Other names to note include 'masterful technical' Chris Webber for financial services disputes and associates Katherine Wakeham and Thomas Noble.

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Testimonials

The litigation team has a reputation for meticulous attention to detail. It exploits the latest technology to achieve the best results and cut costs

Christopher Webber is a masterful technical lawyer and delivers consistently exceptional service for his clients.

Kate Wakeham is exceptional.

Tom Noble is a very efficient and bright associate.

Key clients

Chelsea Football Club

Fawaz Al Hasawi

Rembrandt Enterprises Inc

Overgas Inc

Project 11 Limited

Lagardère Sports UK Ltd

Sheffield Wednesday FC

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

Supported by its offices in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, Squire Patton Boggs's London M&A team advises clients on domestic and cross-border deals across a range of sectors. Within the media sector the team, led by Nick Allen, is particularly experienced acting for clients in marketing services, live entertainment, publishing and film production. Trevor Ingle heads up the energy and utilities sector, advising corporates, utilities, funds  and developers  across renewable infrastructure and clean tech. Other key sectors for the group include industrials, financial services and recruitment, where the key names to note are James McKay, Robert Bray and Tim Stead respectively. The London corporate team has been bolstered by the arrivals of Stephen Ball from KPMG as well as Ben Squires and Charles Leeming from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP . Former EMEA corporate chair Jane Haxby was appointed as the firm's London managing partner in January 2020.

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional, effective and available’

‘Experts in my industry, which makes the team always valuable’

Key clients

Grafton Group PLC

Live Nation Entertainment

Coats Group PLC

Luceco PLC

Synthomer PLC

EDF Energy Renewables

Homeserve PLC

Low & Bonar PLC

Lucite International

Polypipe Group PLC

Health and safety Tier 2

The health and safety group at Squire Patton Boggs is known for its work in the entertainment, life sciences, food and drink and charity sectors. The practice also has a strong offering for clients in the construction, manufacturing, chemicals and energy industries. Team lead Rob Elvin focuses  on corporate defence and has extensive expertise in accident investigations, as well as in providing companies and directors with health and safety training. Robert Biddlecombe is an expert in facilities management-related matters and advises clients with substantial property portfolios, as well as assisting with compliance following large real estate transactions.

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‘Rob Elvin is very knowledgeable, very seasoned – he has a huge amount of experience’

‘ SPB provide a source of information and direction which enables our business to make informed choices as to the decisions we make with regards our legal duties and its implementation. Their ability to be contactable at a moment’s notice has been a key feature and the ability to expand our communication net to their overseas offices via our UK contact has proved decisive in understanding how other foreign legislative requirements can be met’

‘Gary Lewis provides us with an unbiased opinion based on how and what the legal system requires of us and how to fulfil our duties as an employer. He is considered a highly valuable member of our business’

Key clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Suez Plc (and subsidiary)

Selecta

Tunstall Healthcare

Feedwater Limited

National Grid Gas Plc

Bayer Crop Science

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

The pensions practice group at Squire Patton Boggs is led by Clifford Sims and Wendy Hunter, who heads up the London team. They are assisted by 'first rate practitioner' Kirsty Bartlett, an expert on interactions with the Pensions Regulator. In particular, the team works with a significant number of regulated utility clients. The pensions disputes offering is led from Manchester by Victoria Leigh, an 'unflappable' practitioner with expertise in public sector pensions, as well as the intricacies surrounding tax matters, risk insurance, cyber-attacks and breaches of auto-enrolment. The national pensions disputes team also includes a number of key practitioners in Birmingham, while 'tirelessly devoted' Manchester associate Rebecca Green is also recommended. More broadly, the firm is known for its prowess in professional negligence (with significant emphasis on financial services) and its knowledge of self-administered schemes.

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Squire Patton Boggs understand not only the law, but our culture and are prepared to stand up for our interests, even when we had to deal with pressure from central government.

Long personal involvement with the trustees. Deep understanding of the issues faced by the scheme. Very good collaboration with other advisers. Easy to deal with. Thorough and professional‘.

What stands out for me is SPB’s ability and willingness to use their undoubted technical legal knowledge to provide practical advice of use in the real world; they are not ‘ivory tower’ lawyers. Their written and verbal advice is always clear, to the point and provided on time, even when dealing with challenging timescales‘.

High level of integrity and specialist knowledge. They are honest and friendly. If they don’t know the answer they find a specialist in the wider team that does. Very able to think and debate on their feet. Wendy Hunter is outstanding in her knowledge and delivery. Very helpful in meetings to bring the group back to the core issue.‘.

Wendy Hunter is on a par with the best non-contentious pensions lawyers: she has the perfect analytical mind for the intricacies of pensions legislation and documentation, and provides a superb client service. Anyone who does not use her is missing out. Kirsty Bartlett is a rather different personality and the perfect foil to Wendy: she is instinctively lighter-touch and more overtly client friendly, but couples those qualities with a comprehensive knowledge of the subject and is a first rate practitioner.’

‘Clifford Sims is vastly experienced and has a very sure touch‘.

Kirsty Bartlett’s approach is eminently pragmatic which is really helpful from an efficiency perspective‘.

The SPB team has real strength and depth and is a pleasure to work with. Stand out for me is Wendy Hunter, who has a huge understanding of pensions issues particularly relevant to regulated utilities and whose advice is valued by trustees and sponsors in that environment accordingly‘.

Clifford Sims is an experienced and knowledgeable partner, friendly, relaxed and approachable but determined to achieve a balanced and pragmatic solution for his clients. Inside his velvet glove there is a hand of steel‘.

Key clients

Norfolk Pension Fund/Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Golden Tree Asset Management S.A

Trustees of the Carello Lighting and Magnetti Marelli Retirement Benefits Schemes

Combined Nuclear Pension Plan

British Tourist Boards’ Staff Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Hertfordshire County Council

ICI Specialty Chemicals Pensions Trustee Limited

Anglian Water Group Pension Scheme

London Waste Limited Pension Scheme

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

The pensions practice group at Squire Patton Boggs is led by Clifford Sims and Wendy Hunter, who heads up the London team. They are assisted by 'first rate practitioner' Kirsty Bartlett, an expert on interactions with the Pensions Regulator. In particular, the team works with a significant number of regulated utility clients. The pensions disputes offering is led from Manchester by Victoria Leigh, an 'unflappable' practitioner with expertise in public sector pensions, as well as the intricacies surrounding tax matters, risk insurance, cyber-attacks and breaches of auto-enrolment. The national pensions disputes team also includes a number of key practitioners in Birmingham, while 'tirelessly devoted' Manchester associate Rebecca Green is also recommended. More broadly, the firm is known for its prowess in professional negligence (with significant emphasis on financial services) and its knowledge of self-administered schemes.

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Squire Patton Boggs pulled out all the stops to help us when we were in need of urgent advice. Victoria Leigh marshalled a team that was calm in a crisis and managed to turn round a situation where we were on the back foot and facing a substantial claim into one much more manageable in terms of both quantum and timescales. They matched an aggressive opponent with their own tenacity and quickly got to grips with an area of law that was both complex and rapidly developing‘.

SPB are true experts in pensions disputes. The expansive knowledge and experience they provide in every case is standout. My experience is that they combine that with a real commercial eye on practical solutions for a client and a determination to get a pragmatic outcome at sensible cost.’

Pensions disputes often involve long nights, expensive decisions and gruelling workloads. Client management skills, and frankly just pleasant people to work with, are increasingly important.’

In my view Victoria Leigh and her team stand out for three reasons: first, its client service/value for money; second, their willingness to go above and beyond in providing a full service; and third, being so nice to work with.

‘They combine that with a real commercial eye on practical solutions for a client and a determination to get a pragmatic outcome at sensible cost‘.

It is difficult to think of partners in other firms with comparable knowledge and experience in this field to Victoria Leigh. She consistently deftly deploys that expertise to secure commercial outcomes for her clients. She is unflappable. Victoria is precisely the individual you want in your corner. There is a notable difference in her approach to many competitors in that she is very much a team player. It is also worth noting the efforts Victoria goes to to develop her team and give opportunities and support to more junior lawyers‘.

Rebecca Green stands out as an associate. Rebecca conducts litigation far beyond her PQE. She combines being a very reliable and safe pair of hands, with a creative approach. Rebecca is willing to consider different strategic options and flexibly responds to each case on its own merits. She is tirelessly devoted to client outcomes. She stands out from competitors for her ability to analyse the chess-moves involved in complex litigation, and lead (or, at the bare minimum, meaningfully contribute) to team discussions. She can be trusted to run matters on her own which others her PQE would require supervision on‘.

Key clients

Trustee of the Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

20-20 Trustees Limited

Southern Water Pensions Trustees

Representative Beneficiary for the Lloyds Bank plc No.1 Pension Scheme

Capital Cranfield Trustees

Mekatek Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Ian Wood and Trevor Ingle jointly lead the 'excellent' team at Squire Patton Boggs, which has 'deep knowledge of the industry' and provides 'swift, practical advice tailored to the specifics of the transaction'. Wood is a leading adviser in relation to nuclear energy, nuclear waste management and decommissioning issues, while Ingle is a 'great industry expert and M&A lawyer'. With expertise ranging across all areas of conventional and renewable power, the group has a notable focus on offshore wind and solar project developments. Other figures include Rinku Bhadoria, who focuses on the development and financing aspects of transactions; corporate partner Henry Davey and associate Robert Broom, who advises on the UK electricity market and its regulatory framework.

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‘Professionalism of the team, always available including and most importantly the senior people. Capacity to put complex things into simple and short explanatory emails (quite a unique quality to find in the industry practise!).’

‘Excellent team with deep knowledge of the industry. Swift, practical advice tailored to the specifics of the transaction. Excellent communication and client care.’

‘Trevor Ingle, partner. Great industry expert and M&A lawyer, capable to simplify complicated legal (and commercial as needed) matters and explain them in the less legalistic possible way.’

‘Trevor Ingle is a pleasure to work with. He has consistently been extremely responsive to our needs and has always given exceptional advice. In particular he will take the time to understand the transaction and tailor the level of detail required to an appropriate level.’

Key clients

EDF Energy

Myrtah Energy

Airvolution Energy

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Fiji Electricity Authority

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

Magnox Limited

Volta Energy Group Limited

Vital Energi

Calon Energy Limited

Ener-G Combined Power Limited

Frontier Investment Management, Denmark

Falck Renewables Limited

Invenergy

Cannock Renewables

Downing

Zambia Ministry of Energy and water

RES UK & Ireland Limited

Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems

Social Energy Limited

Toto Energy Limited

Esparity Holdings

So Energy

Mercia Power

Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE)

Global Wind Services US Inc.

NKT Cables A/S

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Led by Paul Mann, the team at Squire Patton Boggs works with a number of mid-market buyout houses, portfolio companies, and management teams, with focused teams in London and across the UK regions. This geographical spread, combined with the firm's global platform, allows it to advise on a variety of cross-border transactions and investments on behalf of international clients. The team was bolstered in early 2020 with the arrival of Stephen Ball from KPMG Law in the United Kingdom, and the joint hire of Charles Leeming and Ben Squires from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, with the new hires expanding the firm's presence in London and relationships with major PE houses and corporates.

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Very proactive in responding to requests and in adapting to the changing nature of the deal

Always ready to help and made themselves available at short notice, even after the deal had gone quiet for a while

Key clients

ECI Partners

Growth Capital Partners

NorthEdge Capital

Bay Tree Private Equity

Inflexion Private Equity

H2 Equity Partners

Mobeus

Endless

LDC

Perwyn

Sport Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has been a longstanding relationship with Chelsea FC, most recently working on its investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse. This was led by disputes specialist Stephen Sampson, who regularly acts before sports tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Stuart McInnes is another experienced arbitrator whose reputation spans further beyond the UK, having recently been appointed as Chairman of the Ordinary Division of Qatar Sports Arbitral Tribunal. On the non-contentious side, the team regularly advises on major football club sales and acquisitions, primarily led by Mark Yeo and Birmingham-based David Hull. Charlie Frost, who advises on employment matters, also works from the firm's Birmingham office.

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Testimonials

‘Squires has a long tradition of acting in high-profile sports matters. They are a go-to practice for sports, particularly in contentious matters and M&A. ‘

‘Stephen Sampson is one of the market leaders for contentious work in sport. He knows all the issues and is extremely hard working. He is a great person to have on your team and a difficult opponent to face. Particularly strong in football related matters.’

Key clients

Sheffield Wednesday FC

United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee

AIA

International Tennis Federation

Renault Sport Racing

International Entertainment Corporation

Aston Villa FC

Fulham FC

Chelsea FC

Blackburn Rovers FC

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Mesut Özil

World Sailing

Ticketmaster

Asset based lending Tier 3

Despite a number of recent departures to Crowell & Moring, Squire Patton Boggs retains a credible presence in the ABL space under the guidance of the 'smart, efficient and practicalPaula Laird. The firm's practice brings 'strong knowledge, both on market practices and on legal aspects' to a plethora of funders, including clearing banks and independents. As well as handling a steady stream of domestic work, the team also has genuine expertise on cross-border mandates, including on transatlantic matters, where it benefits from a strong ties with numerous US participants. Praised for his 'attention to detail, responsiveness and accessibility', senior associate Tom Dell’Avvocato has a core focus on ABL work for commercial banks and alternative lenders and is a key member of a team that also has expertise on the recoveries and restructuring front.

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‘The cross-border team led by Paula Laird has very substantial experience with ABL transactions and is leading in the ABL niche market. The team has strong knowledge both on market practices and on legal aspects. ABL deals are by nature fairly complicated and Squire Patton Boggs team is very able to navigate clients through the minefield, where clients tend not to have any experience with the legal and operational aspects of an ABL arrangement.’

‘Paula Laird is an efficient leader of the pack; smart and practical.’

‘Paula Laird is an ABL expert with in-depth knowledge.’

‘Tom Dell’Avvocato brings attention to detail, responsiveness and accessibility.’

‘Their considerable sector expertise and knowledge of specific processes and procedures sets them ahead of their competition. This coupled with extensive knowledge of our market place always ensures robust and commercially acceptable advice and support when needed.’

‘Whilst professionalism and focus is to be expected, it is the flexibility, availability and personal care (especially from the partners) that makes the difference. A real effort is made to understand the client and what is important for them, and that is truly felt when dealing with the SPB team.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland

FGI Finance

Wells Fargo

HSBC

ABN AMRO

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc

Gordon Brothers

Apollo Global Management

Aurelius

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs' investment offering covers transactions, structuring, fund formation, asset management and the creation of investment vehicles. On the development side, the team handles forward funding agreements and site assembly work, among other matters. The team, which is led by Andrew Sprake in London and European real estate head Matthew Dalzell in Leeds, is able to call upon strong real estate finance expertise where necessary. Though it operates across all assets including infrastructure, hotels, retail and leisure, it has carved out a particular niche in representing energy, music and entertainment clients, along with high-net-worth individuals from Hong Kong, China and the Middle East. Occupier work is centred around London City and the West End, with a focus on financial services.

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‘The team has huge experience, knowledge of the law, and is responsive and easy to work with.’

‘The team understands what we are looking to achieve and approaches work in a pragmatic and commercially minded way.’

‘Andrew Sprake is pragmatic and helpful.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with Pat Ryan and Pippa Botham on a large residential conditional contract. Both are proactive, commercial and personable individuals. Their understanding and handling of the key issues and individuals involved was excellent.’

‘Patrick Ryan is a rarity in the commercial world, in that he proves to be 100% reliable and consistent in all our dealings. A breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that seem boundless. Always happy to explore alternative approaches and find a solution, he is invaluable to us in our transactions.’

‘Pippa Botham regularly impresses with her ability to deal with issues arising in a transaction in the most proactive ways. Her tenacity is admirable as is her ability to understand the commercial view in achieving the most appropriate outcomes.’

Key clients

Quintain

FORE Partnership

Equitix Ltd

Close Brothers Limited

One Healthcare Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

EDF Energy

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

Apsley House Capital Plc

VTP Global Holdings Ltd and VTP London Limited

Henley Investment Management

HSBC Bank plc

Selfridges Group

Live Nation Group (including Ticketmaster, Academy Music Group, Festival Republic)

Leeds City Council

Employers Tier 3

The employment team at Squire Patton Boggs is best known for its ability to deal with complex and high-value corporate change projects on a multinational level. Many key clients of the firm are international, with a significant number based in the US. Alongside this expertise, the department also regularly advises on cutting-edge contentious matters in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. Caroline Noblet heads up the London team. Other notable lawyers in the practice include David Whincup, an expert in internal investigations, and Janette Lucas, who has recently led on a major equal pay matter.

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Caroline Noblet is a tremendous leader of SPB’s employment practice. She seamlessly coordinates with SPB employment lawyers in other countries, including those at partner firms in countries in which SPB does not have offices.

There is nobody whose advice I trust more than the employment law partner David Whincup.  He’s practical and commercial with a healthy dose of humour

Caroline Noblet – Caroline leads the team and is exceptionally client-focused and easy to deal with.

 

Key clients

Tesco

DMGT

Lagardére

Nordson

Aspentech

Cambridge University Press

Currency Cloud

Starkey

Fortnum & Mason

WPP

Marriott

Vevo

Environment Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs's 'wide and diverse practice' provides a range of assistance on environmental matters, from non-contentious advice to contentious regulatory work, with a particular focus on matters relating to REACH, CLP, waste, producer responsibility and water regulations, and the contaminated land regime. Manchester-based Rob Elvin heads up the department, which acts for clients including corporations in the chemicals, property development, energy, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Birmingham-based Dave Gordon is another name to note and specialises in chemical regulation, environmental permitting and contaminated land mandates.

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‘Wide and diverse practice. Good industrial and property client base.’

‘Rob Elvin – long standing leader in environment. Dave Gordon – strong tactician and very capable team leader.’

Key clients

St Francis Group

Taylor Wimpey

British Plastics Federation

Olin Corporation

National Oilwell Varco

Cummins

EDF

Lucite

Carpenter

Molson Coors

Veolia

Essity (previously SCA Hygiene)

ITV

ZF TRW

McBride PLC

Orbit Homes

Gavilon

Polypipe

Stericycle

IT and telecoms Tier 3

With ‘valuable analysis of issues and developments’, Squire Patton Boggs provides 'deep insight into the regulatory landscape and trends’. Key names for the firm in the IT and telecoms arena are Andrew Wilkinson, who advises UK and international businesses on general commercial matters and day-to-day business requirements; and Francesco Liberatore, who focuses on competition law in the technology driven and digital economy sectors.

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Andrew Wilkinson; Francesco Libertore

Testimonials

‘Andrew Wilkinson was able to delegate to an experienced team of experts to provide advice on IT and Data, commercial and data protections issues.’

‘What I thought was unique was the really attentive service from the team , which felt like dealing with a familiar friendly in-house lawyer, but with the power and resourcing of a big law firm that can make anything happen quickly and efficiently.’

‘Andrew Wilkinson was extremely professional and delivered on all occasions.’

‘The individuals get the bigger picture and understand the commercial realities we, as their clients, operate in.’

‘Their advice is thorough and actionable.’

‘SPB provides business oriented practical advice.’

‘Francesco Libertore stands out in his ability to provide pragmatic and practical advice. He is constantly looking for ways to add value and is highly responsive and client oriented.’

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs's fraud practice has particular expertise in obtaining freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, Banker's Trust orders, delivery up orders and tracing claims. Gareth Timms specialises in asset tracing and fraud, with a particular focus on advising financial institutions in the UK on potential violations of US economic sanctions. Chris Webber and Kate Wakeham are also recommended. Stephen Sampson is the head of the team.

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Christopher Webber of Squire Patton Boggs is a masterful technical lawyer and delivers consistently exceptional service for his clients.’

Very organised and supportive.

Christopher Webber: pleasant, organised, supportive and intelligent. Katherine Wakeham: ditto and determined.’

Key clients

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Rembrandt Enterprises Inc

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs operates across the transport, basic and social infrastructure sectors handling projects ranging from roads and bridges, to hospitals and healthcare financing facilities. The firm’s clients range from governments to lenders, investors and construction companies. Trevor Ingle and Ian Wood  are key contacts.

International arbitration Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs's 'strong London team' represents commercial and state parties in investor treaty disputes and energy arbitrations. The practice is also experienced in arbitrations in the commodities, technology, telecoms, transportation, infrastructure, insurance and shipping sectors, among others. Ben Holland is an energy arbitration specialist, and Max Rockall acts in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Other key names are London IDR head Peter Crossley, and global co-chair of IDR George von Mehren, who divides his time between London and Cleveland. Former partner James Barratt joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Testimonials

‘Squire Patton Boggs’ London team is a strong team that is rising in its profile in the market. It competes at a very high level on international arbitration work.’

‘Michael Davar – a rising star associate that will go extra mile for a good result.’

‘George von Mehren is the team leader. He is the key person who leads the team to make proper legal strategy and organise/assign the team and members in a most effective way. Under his excellent leadership, our case and legal issues are properly resolved. The legal strategies he made have made great contributions to the preferable solution we could achieve for an important high value international arbitration case. He is a very capable, experienced and responsible counsel, team leader and working partner.’

‘Max Rockall partner at SPB has been outstanding in delivering quick accurate information and management, pulling together a first class team from those at his disposal, ensuring the right people are on the job and the required service is quickly and efficiently being executed. His relaxed yet highly professional management approach gives confidence the job is being resourced and executed as best it can. His attention to detail and quick understanding of the brief first class, he is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Ben Holland is very responsible and has a wide outlook and knowledge in technical matters which is important in cases where high tech equipment is the subject.’

‘The first thing that comes to mind is the professional way that the SPB team deal every issue whether of immense importance or otherwise.’

Key clients

Overgas Inc AD

Naturgy (formerly Gas Natural Fenosa) (Spain)

Edison SpA (Italy)

The Slovak Republic

The Republic of Estonia

The Republic of Ecuador

The Republic of Kosovo

Licensing Tier 4

The team at Squire Patton Boggs is known particularly for its work at transport hubs, as exemplified by the ongoing advice provided to Select Service Partner, which operates nearly 300 licensed units at stations and airports across England and Wales. Another area of expertise for the firm is hotel licences, for which practice head Stephanie Perraton is instructed by a number of major players in the market.

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‘We have worked with this firm for many years and in that time have had excellent results. The team are efficient, knowledgeable and personable.’

‘Nicola Smith is our main contact and is very through when dealing with a case and provides great communication. The attention to detail when dealing with a contentious case has been vital in our outcomes, particularly reviews/ appeals, which fortunately is not something we deal with on a regular basis.’

Key clients

Select Service Partner Limited / SSP Air

One Stop Stores Limited

Jurys Inns

Roadchef

RBH Management

InterContinental Hotels Group

Bryant Park Hospitality (Part of Valor, formerly QMH)

Dalata Hotel Group

Halewood International

Etc. Venues

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs draws on experts in its UK, US and European offices to provide a broad range of assistance to its pharma and healthcare clients, many of which are major global companies. Andrew Wilkinson, Diarmuid Ryan and William Downs collectively provide a blend of IP, competition and commercial expertise. Qualified pharmacist Adrian Spooner is skilled in regulatory and commercial matters. The team also handles issues concerning advertising and promotions and healthcare matters relating to hospitals, both private and public.

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They have a depth and range of pharmaceutical industry knowledge, built up and sustained over many years. Professionals providing advice in a form that enables swift implementation.’

‘Adrian Spooner is outstanding. His legal advice is based on practical understanding, and he is an expert at scenario planning and trend identification. He is able to translate legislation from the statute book into how it will be implemented in the UK and other parts of Europe.’

Oil and gas Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs has recently expanded its energy capabilities with the addition of Peter Stewart from Clyde & Co LLP in early 2020, who added his extensive experience advising national oil companies and state entities on upstream oil and gas infrastructure projects in emerging markets to the practice; he is also well versed in exploration and production agreements, gas supply arrangements, financings, petroleum regulations, farmouts and international arbitration proceedings. Ian Wood and Trevor Ingle jointly lead the group, which also includes Ben Holland, who is an experienced advocate in multinational energy disputes.

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‘Fast feedback on enquiries with preliminary analysis even in the first email. Direct contact with executive lawyer not only with partner which is speed up the process. Advise and support on first stages even before commercial issues agreed. Support from colleagues in other jurisdictions in cross-border cases even in countries where the firm does not have own office.’

‘Ben Holland is very responsible and has a wide outlook and knowledge of technical matters which is important in cases where high tech equipment is the subject.’

Key clients

Guyana Department of Energy

National Oil Company of Liberia

Overgas Inc. AD

TEC Resources

Pall Mall Oil and Gas

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs is knowledgeable in advising clients from the brands, consumer and industrial products industries as well as the food and beverage, chemical and medical devices sectors. The international practice handles cross-jurisdictional regulatory, criminal and civil proceedings, contractual protection issues and product recalls. Manchester-based practice head Rob Elvin is a product recall specialist, while Simon Garbett regularly handles supply chain disputes. Director Nicola Smith is also a key name to note.

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The team is very knowledgeable about the catering industry. It can relate to real life examples well.

Nicola Smith is diligent, knowledgeable and responsive.

Key clients

Mamas and Papas

RKW t/a Tower Housewares

Luceco Plc/Nexus Industries Limited

Molson Coors

Acorn Mobility Services

Morgan Advanced Materials

Makita (referral from EEF)

American Greetings/ Clintons Cards

MacDermid Performance Solutions

Kobayashi Pharma

Retail and consumer Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs' multi-practice team handles mandates across the full spectrum of the retail sector, with notable expertise across IP, advertising and marketing work, corporate transactions, data protection and technology issues as well as employment, real estate and restructuring matters. Key areas of specialism for the practice include the food, clothing, health and charity retail sectors; the practice has also recently launched a dedicated retail Brexit and trade service. Employment specialist Matthew Lewis leads the global practice from Leeds; other key names include Leeds-based real estate partner Prew Lumley, who is vice chair of the retail industry group; London-based IP expert Carlton Daniel, and Simon Jones in Birmingham, who handles technology projects.

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I’ve been impressed by the practical and commercial advice provided by Squire Patton Boggs. Unlike other firms, I don’t worry that the firm is looking for billable hours but rather spends the time to understand the business need, works with clients to contain costs and avoid surprises.

‘My primary dealings are with Carlton Daniel who has been a great gatekeeper to the firms resources, knowledgeable about our business and ultimately customer-centric when proposing services. I’ve found him to be always available, responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Group (Co-op)

AS Watson (SuperDrug, Perfume Shop and Savers)

Signet Trading Signet Jewellers Ltd.

Clintons

Charlotte Tilbury

Clarks (Shoes)

Waterstones

Securitisation Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs acts for a broad range of issuers, note investors, funders, arrangers, trustees, facility and paying agents, as well as primary and special servicers based in the UK and continental Europe. Among its key clients are OneSavings Bank, Studio Retail Group and Ashland Global Holdings Group. It has a lean but effective practice that is known for dedicated partner and senior associate input on all transactions. Mark Thomas leads the practice and handles a broad portfolio of securitisation, structured loan products, trust structures, debt capital markets and derivatives. Asset-based lending specialist Paula Laird and derivatives and structured finance partner Jeremy Ladyman also play key roles in the practice.

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OneSavings Bank plc

Brydg Capital Limited

Studio Retail Group PLC

Ashland Group LLC

Conister Bank Limited

Coface

B-North

Assetz Capital Trust Company Limited

1st Stop Group

DWW London Limited

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs is 'well-able to handle high value, complex and fast-moving disputes against well-armed opponents' and counts structured finance litigation, private equity disputes and international fraud and asset tracing claims among its areas of specialism. The group also has particular experience acting for asset-based lenders — for which Gareth Timms (who also handles Islamic finance and fraud-related issues) is a key name to note — and crypto-asset disputes, in which Chris Webber, Ian Debbage and Kate Wakeham have particular expertise. Stephen Sampson and Manchester-based Anthony Taylor lead the London and national litigation teams respectively. Nicola Phillips joined Crowell & Moring.

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Testimonials

A a tight-knit and very capable team, well-able to handle high value, complex and fast-moving disputes against well-armed opponents.

The difference is direct partner contact and access to specialist lawyers. The team are not only able to provide constructive legal advice but also provide commercial solutions, which mitigates risk & exposure in respect to the situation that has arisen.

Strong black letter lawyers with good commercial acumen.

Lili Yip is fantastically tenacious, pragmatic and cost aware, with credit control debtor litigation.

Gareth Timms is  a ‘fighting general’ – up to speed on the detail, not afraid to get his hands dirty, and willing to lead the charge. Very commercial, and a pleasure to work with.

Knowledgeable and always able to deliver on what has been requested, no matter how tight the time-frame or complicated the matter. Always willing to go the extra mile’

Key clients

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

EPIC Private Equity

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs' investment offering covers transactions, structuring, fund formation, asset management and the creation of investment vehicles. On the development side, the team handles forward funding agreements and site assembly work, among other matters. The team, which is jointly headed by Andrew Sprake and Matthew Dalzell, is able to call upon strong real estate finance expertise where necessary. Though it operates across all assets including infrastructure, hotels, retail and leisure, it has carved out a particular niche in representing energy, music and entertainment clients, along with high-net-worth individuals from Hong Kong, China and the Middle East. Occupier work is centred around London City and the West End, including notable financial services clients.

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‘The team has huge experience, knowledge of the law, and is responsive and easy to work with.’

‘The team understands what we are looking to achieve and approaches work in a pragmatic and commercially minded way.’

‘Andrew Sprake is pragmatic and helpful.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with Pat Ryan and Pippa Botham on a large residential conditional contract. Both are proactive, commercial and personable individuals. Their understanding and handling of the key issues and individuals involved was excellent.’

‘Patrick Ryan is a rarity in the commercial world, in that he proves to be 100% reliable and consistent in all our dealings. A breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that seem boundless. Always happy to explore alternative approaches and find a solution, he is invaluable to us in our transactions.’

‘Pippa Botham regularly impresses with her ability to deal with issues arising in a transaction in the most proactive ways. Her tenacity is admirable as is her ability to understand the commercial view in achieving the most appropriate outcomes.’

Key clients

Quintain

FORE Partnership

Equitix Ltd

Close Brothers Limited

One Healthcare Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

EDF Energy

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

Apsley House Capital Plc

VTP Global Holdings Ltd and VTP London Limited

Henley Investment Management

HSBC Bank plc

Selfridges Group

Live Nation Group (including Ticketmaster, Academy Music Group, Festival Republic)

Leeds City Council

Fintech Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs primarily advises clients on corporate transactions, including investments and funding rounds in the fintech space. The team shows additional expertise in tax, IP, competition and employment law. Robert Bray is the firm's go-to corporate partner for fintechs involved in M&A, joint ventures and various other deals. Miriam Lampert specialises in employment law.

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Citigroup

TP ICAP Plc

Broadridge

Contis Group

Neptune Networks

Euronet Worldwide, INC

Monex Group

Transunion

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Tide

Reputation management Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs acts almost entirely for corporate clients operating in sectors such as telecoms, media and sports, advising on a range of reputation management issues. Litigator Stephen Sampson and Carlton Daniel, who specialises in IP and regulatory matters, are some of the core practitioners to note. Peter Lees is experienced in handling defamation claims.

Testimonials

‘Plenty of people to work on cases, and not frightened of hard work.’

EU and competition Tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs handles a wide array of matters including merger control, state aid and behavioural and market investigations. The team draws upon the expertise of the firm’s well-known public policy group for regulatory competition work. Brussels-based managing partner Brian Hartnett leads the group. Martin Rees, Diarmuid Ryan and the 'brilliant and charming' Francesco Liberatore are also key figures in the team.

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‘A good team, particularly in the form of Francesco Liberatore.’

‘Francesco Liberatore manages to be both brilliant and charming. He is the standout individual in the department, highly noted both for his work ethic, knowledge of European law and superb people skills.’

‘Depth of experience in competition law. Loyal clients, good caseload.’

‘Diarmiud Ryan is a pleasure to work with; fights hard for his clients; is a good strategic thinker and has excellent client skills.’

‘Erling Estellon is devoted to his cases and is a hard worker.’

 

Key clients

Britned

Cathay Pacific

Citron Hygiene UK

Funeral Partners

Studio Retail Group

VP plc

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Co-heads Carlton Daniel and Kerry Lee lead the IP offering at Squire Patton Boggs. With a focus on the key sectors of media, advertising, travel, food and drink, fashion and entertainment, the team handles trade mark and copyright infringement claims, IP licensing and issues pertaining to database rights. Daniel is based in London while Lee divides his time between Manchester and Brussels.

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‘The key strength of this team is that they really care about what is the best for their clients and they are willing to go extra mile to make sure of the best outcome. They are good at helping me to fully understand the risk, implications so I can make the best informed decisions for my business. Their team clearly have very strong working relationship between them across different function and area of expertise, as they can always bring different experts into the conversation when it’s needed.’

‘Kerry Lee is highly effective and also very pragmatic. Throughout the process, he explained things in great detail so I got the full picture of all pros and cons. He would actively bring suggestions to me which could benefit my business. He also understood the importance of cost control for my business and was always willing to suggest cost-effective ways to achieve our business goals.’

‘Kerry Lee clearly has a real passion for IP law. He is very proactive and offers clear advice. He has a focus on what is right for the client, rather than what produces the largest invoice. I have rarely come across a lawyer who is so passionate about their particular discipline.’

‘The team is reliable, effective and easy to work with. They accommodate and understand our needs with a can-do approach. Whenever something comes up, I know I can count on them to help me better deal with the issue at hand.’

‘Kerry Lee’s deep knowledge of IP combined with his in-house experience provides him with the empathy and strategic view that general counsels love to see in law firm’s partners.’

Key clients

WPP Group

Sony

Telegraph Media Group

Yum Brands

Google

Live Nation

AIA

Scott Dunn

Avery Dennison

C. & J. Clark International Limited

Harves

Immigration

The immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs is particularly strong on the overlap between employment and immigration law, with strength in the health, media, retail, food, pharma, manufacturing, sport and financial services sectors. Practice head Annabel Mace specialises in complex tier 2 immigration compliance issues and has extensive expertise in the transfer of staff to countries outside the UK. The firm has strong employment capabilities to draw on in the US, Asia Pacific and Latin America, handles a large amount of inbound work from China and India, and has significant experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional matters.

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‘Great client service, attentive and responsive. Will always make time and deliver to a high standard.’

‘The availability of the team is remarkable and humbling. But what sets this team apart is the deep level of knowledge and practical business sense.’

‘The team quickly develops a strong understanding of their clients’ business and the particular needs and delivers catered advice. The quality of their advice has been proven in time and it is humbling seeing this team never makes any mistakes.The team seems to be on top of the rapid changes in this area as they happen. They know their way around complicated processes and details.’

‘I could not be happier with the work that Annabel Mace and her team have done. The advice has been sound, the support continuous and the ultimate result what I wanted.’

‘Supinder Sian’s responsiveness, attention to detail, high standard of delivery and subject matter knowledge make him excellent to work with.’

‘Annabel Mace has been a reliable business partner to our company and has been able to help us navigate with ease urgent and complex issues. She makes complicated things seem simple, and the advice is always very clear and easy to follow – the ingredients of good counsel. Annabel has always showed strong expertise and ensured a good communication with our team.’

‘Supinder Sian is well connected and always up to date, which makes all the difference in getting things done.’

Construction Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs leverages its top expertise in cross-border transactions and construction disputes, mostly notably in the energy sector; it also handles commercial developments and infrastructure projects. Standout matters include advising Japanese EPC contractor J Power Systems and Sumitomo Electric on the third UK Europe electrical interconnector as part of the £800m interconnector for the Elia/National Grid combination venture. 'Industry heavyweight' Graeme Bradley, Robert Norris and Ray O’Connor handle all  aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters within the construction and engineering arena.

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‘Graeme Bradley is an industry heavyweight.’

Key clients

Al Shamsh General Contracting

Arena Events Group plc

Association of Decentralised Energy

Atlantic Projects Company Limited

Baglan Operations Limited

Blackpool Borough Council

Calon Energy Limited / Macquarie

Construction Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs focuses on the the energy and utility sectors, development projects and public sector infrastructure issues, with a range of national and international mandates from major clients, aided by the firm's global reach. A particular strength of the practice is its work with governmental bodies and corporates on PFI and PPP-funded projects. Practice head Zakir Mulla focuses on construction, engineering, and infrastructure projects, James Duckworth specialises in developments and infrastructure procurement work in the energy sector, and Matthew Mulqueen handles renewable energy projects, particularly offshore wind matters, on an international basis.

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The team at Squire Patton Boggs under Matthew Mulqueen is unique due to the long term business relationship we have with Matthew. Matthew has supported us for several years and has a unique commercial understanding of our business.’

Matthew has a depth of experience in the offshore wind industry, which, in my experience, very few advisers can match. This, along with his excellent technical knowledge and commercially informed approach, makes Matthew a go to member of our project deal teams.

Key clients

Muse Developments

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund

Catalyst Capital

FORE

Price Waterhouse Coopers Dubai

Dubai Municipality

Black Cat Engineering and Construction

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Frontier Investment Management, Denmark

Chania Green Generation Company

NKT Cables

Global Wind Services US

Selenkei Investment Limited and Cedate

Capital and Centric

Zenith

Brookfield Group

Taqat Development

GSC Holdings

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

An impressive list of international private equity funds engages Squire Patton BoggsJonathan Jones, Paul Mann and Jonathan Ross on high-value private equity-backed M&A transactions in the market spanning the financial services, digital marketing, retail and manufacturing sectors. Adam Hastings and Hannah Kendrick (who also heads up the national food and drink sector group) lead on public takeovers for clients in the main and AIM markets, with subsequent corporate governance support provided on an ongoing basis. Corporates in the private sector also engage the team on disposals. Paul Jinks provides commercial advice to a stand-alone client roster, which also encompasses IP mandates.

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‘Speed of response, depth of knowledge across a breadth of areas, PE experience, international network.’

‘The team all demonstrated very strong technical skills, but importantly showed a detailed understanding of what we were trying to achieve and how it would be best achieved with the characters involved.’

‘They are very proactive, pragmatic and commercial. They never give the impression of being on the clock and are very comfortable bringing in other experts from around the firm to provide advice early in a process. As with most corporate sales processes, our sale was complicated and at times stressful, the team managed this process effectively and did much of the heavy lifting, only involving management in material issues as they arose.’

‘Hannah Kendrick is a very good relationship partner and marshals her resources well. The team is very accessible and always available.’

‘Jonathan Jones is a class act – making law simple for clients.’

‘Paul Mann has an attentive nature and makes you feel like a key client.’

‘Jonathan Jones was tireless and dedicated to explaining the deal to all parties on our side. He was also passionate about making it work for us.’

‘Jonathan Ross has been our key contact and he has orchestrated all of the firm’s resources very effectively. In a short space of time he has become a real trusted advisor. I find him to be very pragmatic in finding solutions – he seems to keep things simple when trying to solve a problem.’

Key clients

Callcredit Group / Trans Union

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Clearcourse Partnership Acquireco Limited

Xeros Technology plc

2 Sisters Food Group Limited

Elaghmore Partners

Endless LLP

ECI Partners

Burtons Biscuits

Sweco UK Holdings Limited

Corporate tax Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs’ corporate tax practice advises on the breadth of transactional matters, from high-value private equity deals, cross-border M&A and corporate restructurings to IPOs and financing and funding rounds. The group's client roster comprises a cross section of corporates, private equity funds and pension schemes. As head of the national real estate tax practice, Mark Simpson is an expert in commercial property transactions, acting for developers, public bodies and investors. Timothy Jarvis is the go-to name for VAT planning issues and the administration of employee share schemes.

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Proactive multidisciplinary team that provides practical advice.

They clearly know their stuff and can easily explain difficult theoretical concepts in a practical way.

Key clients

FORE Partnership

Catalis plc

Clearcourse

2 Sisters Food Group

Burton’s Biscuits (Frontier Acquisitions)

Endless LLP

Sweco UK

Corporate tax Tier 1

Patrick Ford, ‘an exceptional tax specialist’, is the key name at Squire Patton Boggs; he heads the department and is acclaimed for his handling of the tax aspects of corporate finance, matters, property transactions and corporate restructurings, alongside expertise in employment tax and employee incentive work. Another lawyer to note is senior associate Victoria Murphy who is developing a reputation for her knowledge of private equity transactions, management buyouts, share schemes and corporate acquisitions. Industry expertise encompasses the energy, technology, recruitment, chemicals, real estate, leisure and sports sectors.

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‘Patrick Ford is an exceptional tax specialist. He is unquestionably up to date with the latest changes and is able to respond swiftly to any query you ask. As he has such a depth of knowledge and experience. He does not need to give points some thought but instead is able to give you a quick view – which is sometimes all you need. I have such confidence in his advice and am always grateful for the quick turnaround he is able to provide. He also has specialist knowledge of the recruitment sector.’

‘The stand out partner is Patrick Ford. He is commercially astute; practical advice; understanding of business requirements and issues.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Watkin Jones plc

Greggs plc

Lucite International

Grafton Group plc

BASF

GB Group plc

Coventry Building Society

Boeing

Smiths Group

Richemont

University of Law

H2 Capital

ClearSource

CEVA Logistics

Veolia

HB Villages

LMAX

AS Watson/Superdrug

The Co-Op Group

Molson Coors

CAA Sports

Bayer

Ashtead Group

Employment Tier 1

Led by experienced litigator Alison Treliving, Squire Patton Boggs’ 'exceptional' employment team advises on a wide range of matters, but has particular expertise in high-value employment litigation and investigation matters. Other key areas of strength include complex Employment Tribunal claims involving whistleblowing and discrimination, large scale restructuring projects and cross-border TUPE matters. Recently, it has developed its financial institutions client base; the team's client roster primarily comprises corporations in the retail, recruitment, manufacturing, life sciences, energy and natural resources sectors. Bryn Doyle and senior associate James Pike are highly regarded in this space.

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‘The Squire Patton Boggs team is exceptional. They are always responsive, take a very pragmatic approach to the advice they offer, and deal with complex matters. Their key strength is their understanding of our business and the key challenges we face. They are also proactive in providing coaching and education to the HR team on employment law matters.’ 

‘James Pike is an exceptional individual. He is very straightforward to work with, is available and responsive and provides advice in a pragmatic manner. He is calm and reassuring in his communication and has a key strength in encouraging us to think through broader implications.’ 

‘I have not had another law firm offer the same level of commitment and investment from the outset.’ 

‘It doesn’t seem to matter which one of the team you deal with, they all seem to share the same commercial and pragmatic approach. I have the same faith in the more junior partners to make the same sound judgements as their senior partners.’ 

‘Pragmatic, down to earth and commercial advice. They just seem to get our business and quickly grasp any issues.’ 

Key clients

CBRE

Tesco

Ashtead Plc

Superdrug

Gazprom

Ineos

Kemira Chemicals

Savers Health & Beauty

Limited

SThree Plc

The Perfume Shop

Mamas & Papas

Burberry

McColls Retail

Think Money Group

Tom James International

Vida Healthcare

Magnox

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs’ employment team recently had significant client wins at the national and international level across the supermarket, food processing, financial services and construction sectors. Practice head Matthew Lewis, Andrew Stones and director James Keogh excel at handling large-scale, multijurisdictional corporate restructurings and the resulting litigation proceedings. Stones also regularly advises on senior-level appointments and exits, representing employers as well as employees. Director Louise Martin acts on the contentious side and has recently defended against discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.

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‘Professional, Commercial, Thorough, Responsive, and equally very Pragmatic and show real Empathy with business challenges.’

‘Responsive, credible, and create a strong sense of trust’

‘The overall strength of the team within Squire Patton Boggs is willingness to listen, and provide practical yet robust legal advise to enable the business to work through options and solutions to resolve challenges.’

‘Consistency and focus on their clients and customers needs is greatly appreciated.’

‘Matthew Lewis takes time to understand the business, listens to the issues and supports to make sometimes tough decisions easier.’

‘The team is responsive, provides first class advice, clients are reassured that they are in safe hands.’

‘Stands out as willing to think outside the box and come up with new ideas, solutions etc’

‘Andrew Stones- approachable, easily understands the business and its priorities, always available, gives excellent strategic direction’

‘Louise Martin- builds excellent client relationships, fantastic attention to detail, doesn’t give up without a fight, determined, a formidable opponent.’

Key clients

Morrisons

Smiths Group

Pret

Pets at Home plc

Wood Group plc

University of Law

Zenith Vehicle Contracts

Greggs

Card Factory

2 Sisters Food Group

Drax

KP Films

Environment Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs 'provides clear, practical and business-minded legal advice' on the full range of environmental contentious and non-contentious issues spanning regulatory defence work, waste mandates, producer responsibility issues, environmental permitting, water regulations and contaminated land regimes. Compliance expert David Gordon is noted for his skills in negotiating with statutory authorities and environmental liability issues relating to multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions. Anita Lloyd has experience advising clients in the manufacturing and waste sectors on regulations, contamination mandates and climate change law.

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‘Provides clear, practical, business-minded legal advice. Listens to what the client wants, while also helping the client understand what it needs.’

Key clients

St Francis Group

Taylor Wimpey

British Plastics Federation

Olin Corporation

National Oilwell Varco

Cummins

EDF

Lucite

Health and safety Tier 1

Solicitor-advocate Rob Elvin leads the practice at Squire Patton Boggs, while also serving as managing partner of the international firm's Manchester base. The team has a strong national reputation for defending large corporate organisations and directors in high-stakes health and safety matters. Advising clients on regulatory compliance, real estate matters and audits of compliance management systems are other areas of strength. It also specialises in handling accident and internal investigation work across a wide range of sectors, including entertainment, energy, chemicals, construction, energy and sport. Gary Lewis is also noted for his expertise in this space.

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‘Gary Lewis provides more than just “standard” legal support. He is genuinely concerned for his clients’ business and personal interests. He works closely with his clients and is always available at short notice to assist, even when this extends beyond his initial brief. He works with and provides clients access to high-quality advisers for the future interests of the client organisation.’ 

Key clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Suez Plc (and subsidiary)

Selecta

Tunstall Healthcare

Feedwater Limited

National Grid Gas Plc

Bayer Crop Science

Infrastructure and energy Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs' energy and infrastructure practice focuses on domestic offshore wind farms, public infrastructure mandates and innovative gas-from-waste projects. Practice co-head Richard Glover is noted for advising local authorities and utilities companies across the UK on complex compulsory purchase orders and compensation matters, while David Hardy handles planning matters (including litigation) for onshore wind farm projects and battery storage facilities. On the international side, practice co-head James Duckworth advises on oil and gas, waste water and combined power projects in the Middle East, while Matthew Mulqueen assists with landmark offshore wind projects in the US.

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Specialist expertise in a niche arena makes the team unique when compared to competitors. Excellent at bringing together a range of skills from across the firm to provide a package of advice on complex topics.

Richard Glover’s experience and expertise is unparalleled and respected across the electricity distribution sector.

Key clients

Muse Developments Limited

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP

Catalyst Capital

FORE

PricewaterhouseCoopers Dubai

Dubai Municipality

Black Cat Engineering and Construction

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

Frontier Investment Management Denmark

Chania Green Generation Co. Ltd

NKT Cables A/S

Global Wind Services US, Inc.

Selenkei Investment Limited and Cedate Limited

Capital and Centric

Zenith

Brookfield Group

Taqat Development Co

GSC Holdings (Pty) Limited

SP Manweb

EnergieKontor (UK) Limited

Innogy/Ventient

Triton Power

UK Power Networks

Northern Gas Networks

Northern Power Grid

Egdon Resources UK Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs impresses with its 'deep knowledge of the industry and the commercial realities of contracts and deals'. The firm is a top choice for clients in the retail, automotive, technology and financial services sectors and is regularly instructed on cutting edge mandates including the development and roll out of electric and autonomous vehicles, the commercial application of business-critical IT systems, and data security issues. Group head Stuart James is 'excellent' for IT system procurements, while Simon Jones is highlighted for his 'deep technical and industry knowledge' of systems integration contracts, cloud computing contracts and agile system development work. Senior associate Sam Tibbetts is also highly recommended.

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‘Very deep knowledge of the industry and the commercial realities of contracts and deals. Intellectually impressive and very effective.’

‘Stuart James is excellent. Exceptional intellect combined with deeply grounded commercial acumen – a fantastic asset for our business over the years.’

‘Stuart James has a great understanding of tech and is solution focused.’

‘Simon Jones has both deep technical and industry knowledge, surpassing our expectations. He is experienced, attentive, meets promised timescales and outcomes focused.’

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Pets at Home

Waterstones

Arrow Global

Logicalis

LGPS (Local Government Pension Schemes)

Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Trustee Limited (CNPP)

Jurys Inns

Licensing Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs has a national offering that advises clients on the full range of licensing issues. The team has particular expertise in dealing with hotel licences and transport hubs. Other strengths lie in the convenience retail sector as well as providing support to its corporate, property and insolvency departments. Practice head Stephanie Perraton is well-regarded for her work on all aspects of operational licensing including alcohol, entertainment, late-night food sales and other regulatory issues. Perraton works with a wide range of operators from listed companies to entrepreneurs. In addition Nicola Smith has significant expertise in the hotel and retail sectors and has successfully represented clients at numerous contested hearings across the country.

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‘The company is very supportive and engaging no matter what the issues are.’

‘Respectful and dedicated in so far as they will advise and remind us from time to time of particular and possible unforeseen circumstance.’

‘Always get an immediate response.’

 

Key clients

Select Service Partner Limited / SSP Air

One Stop Stores Limited

Jurys Inns

Roadchef

RBH Management

InterContinental Hotels Group

Bryant Park Hospitality (Part of Valor, formerly QMH)

Dalata Hotel Group

Halewood International

Etc. Venues

Pensions Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong team nationally and internationally that specialises in pensions, benefits and investment matters. The group has an excellent public sector pensions offering and Victoria Jeacock is well-regarded for her work in this area. Matthew Giles is a highly experienced practitioner who heads the team locally. Helen Miles leads on pension trustee and corporate advisory matters for a broad range of significant clients. In addition the practice has a large number of not-for-profit clients. It also acts for many well-known names in the automotive, manufacturing, chemical and engineering sectors and other industries such as financial services and healthcare. The team recently added Glyn Ryland from Gowling WLG and Vivien Cockerill to its ranks as directors of The Trustee Corporation Ltd. Kate Bailey has been promoted to director. Other key members of the team include London-based Clifford Sims, who is the national head of the group, and Philip Sutton, who is also recommended.

Testimonials

The team provides a clear analysis of very complex issues‘.

Matthew Giles is very measured, calm and adopts a reasonable approach‘.

Matthew Giles has a wonderful ability to distill matters to the essentials and then communicate these in a simple, direct style. There are no airs and graces about him’.

Philip Sutton is very approachable and is a very steady pair of hands‘.

Philip Sutton is a very calm and logical person‘.

Clifford Sims – very experienced, always prepared and provides solid and reasoned advice’.

This is a dynamic team that is always on top of the workload. The lawyers have depth of knowledge and can deliver this in a practical way without over-complicating the issues. Clear advice that can be acted on. This is a young and energetic team. Bubbly and determined to provide a quality outcome‘.

Key clients

Goodyear Tyres UK Ltd

Coats Group plc

Fergusson Wild Group Pension & Assurance Scheme

Fiat Group Pension Scheme

Wilkinson Group Retirement Benefits Scheme

Dun & Bradstreet (UK) Pension Plan

Sandvik Pension Plan 2001

Aston Martin Lagonda Pension Scheme

IMS (UK) Pension Plan

Meggitt Pension Plan

University of Southampton Pension Scheme for Non-Academic Staff

IMI 2014 Pensioner Fund

Pensions Tier 1

Headed by Elizabeth Graham and featuring the expert knowledge of Catherine McKenna, Squire Patton Boggs’ pensions practice is a trusted advisor to a suite of prestigious trustees in the public and private sectors across the UK. The team offers the full breadth of advice on governance and investment and funding strategies, and  is regularly instructed for high-value buyouts, wind-ups, reorganisations, scheme mergers and corporate due diligence. Director Jane Briggs focuses on providing advice to master trusts. The firm is particularly prominent in the highly regulated energy and utilities sectors, with recent client wins in the retail sector.

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Jane Briggs has a high level of practical experience on day-to-day issues surrounding master trust documentation.

Key clients

Trustee of Kelda Group Pension Plan

Trustees of the Ashland UK Pension Fund

Trustee of the Northern Powergrid Group of the ESPS

ACCESS Pool of the Local Government Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Lucite International Pension Fund

Trustee of the CMP Batteries Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Fenner Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Scott Wilson Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Huntsman Pension Scheme

Trustees of the BW/IP International Limited Pension Plan

Planning Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs' Leeds-based group sits as part of the firm's national planning team, advising public and private sector clients on a range of matters including major infrastructure projects in the energy sector and contentious planning permission proceedings. Practice head Richard Glover is highly regarded for his work for electricity companies, while dual-qualified solicitor and barrister David Hardy primarily handles compulsory purchase issues and wider contentious matters. The team works on a national level, with a client roster encompassing local councils, property developers, retailers and international energy companies.

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David Hardy; David Myers

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The team have really strength in depth to deal with all aspects of planning, wherever a project might lead -from straightforward specialist drafting of agreements, through to advocacy at appeal or in court. The skill base is broad and I have not yet found any limit to it!

David Hardy -A good man to have on your side in a fight. Incisive, knowledgeable and cuts straight to the chase. Good with clients and solid, frank advice. David Myers -very capable pair of hands in negotiations with LPAs and drafting of agreements-simply thinks of everything!

Squire Patton Boggs have also been able to provide quick and highly reactive responses to briefs and have worked flexibly to enable support and advice to be drawn down as required. This flexibility is highly valuable when working on challenging projects with tough deadlines and a high level of complexity.

Key clients

SP Manweb

Leeds City Council

Cummins Ltd

Muse Developments

Taylor Wimpey

Triton Power

UK Power Networks

Watkin Jones

Northern Gas Networks

High Street Residential

Leeds Jewish Housing Associate

Northern Powergrid

Falck Renewables

Newby Estates

Hallam Land Management

CITU

Royal British Legion

Statuslist

GP Atkin Homes

EnergieKontor

Reckitt

Egdon Resources

Sport Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs has full-service capabilities in all aspects of sports law, encompassing corporate and commercial advisory matters, employment issues, contentious work and regulatory mandates. David Hull has niche expertise in sports M&A and has advised on the sell side of various take-overs of leading football clubs. Simon Jones, who has particular experience in the motor racing sector, regularly advises on the digital rights of televised motor racing, cricket, golf and football events. Employment lawyer Charlie Frost is also of note.

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‘The firm has a good knowledge of the football industry and has a range of relationships with football’s governing bodies.’

The team has a unique experience in professional sports, with very precise knowledge and business-oriented recommendations.’

Partners are very reactive and have a business-oriented approach. It is always a pleasure to work with them and their expertise is much appreciated.’

Key clients

Sheffield Wednesday FC

Renault Sport Racing

International Entertainment Corporation

Aston Villa FC

Project 11

Banking and finance Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' practice is headed up by the 'approachable, hands on and very practical' Claire Shepherd. She advises clients on a wide range of commercial lending matters, including investment property and development finance, an area of strength for the firm. The practice was bolstered by the addition of associate Ben Shore in 2019 and senior associate John Michael Chidwick in early 2020. Key practitioner Matthew Ingram is active across various sectors, including retail, financial services and healthcare. His expertise includes acting for clients on real estate finance and asset based lending. Debra Cooper has departed to join Shoosmiths LLP in mid-2020.

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‘Claire Shepherd is a very capable technical lawyer, has excellent commercial acumen and has good communication skills. She is also the antithesis of the ‘classic’ banking partner at a large international law firm. She is approachable, hands on and very practical. You can work with Claire to resolve problems without any formality or posturing on her part; her approach is refreshingly intelligent and sensible.’

‘Claire Shepherd is commercial and responsive with advice pitched at the right level. Pricing is sensible and competitive.’

Key clients

Yorkshire Bank / Clydesdale Bank

HSBC Bank plc

Bank Leumi UK PLC

Allied Irish Banks plc

Rothschild & Sons

Banking and finance Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has notable strength in acquisition finance work and has handled a number of cross-border mandates, which leverage the firm's global platform. Practice co-heads Tom Telford and Nick Bell are active on corporate and real estate financing work respectively, acting for major national banks, international investors and private equity funds on a range of M&A transactions, equity investments and property developments. Jeremy Ladyman is a key contact for financial services work including derivatives, treasury issues and investment management matters for pension trustees and investment funds.

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Jeremy Ladyman; James Washington

Testimonials

Squires Yorkshire are a highly diligent and professional team. Incredibly approachable and knowledgeable in their sector and for one of the big 4 firms – tend to be good value for cost.

Tom Telford – Partner – typifies the firm’s qualities. Knowledgeable and happy to discuss cases and commerciality. I always feel he has our back and will direct us appropriately. James Washington – Associate – more new to us, but on our last two transactions, James has led the way very well. Forging his own style nicely. One for the future.

Key clients

RBS Invoice Finance Ltd

PNC Bank, National Association

A-Safe Limited

Coaching Inns Ltd

Plexus Law

SEC Holdings/Endless LLP

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

Arbuthnot

Shawbrook Bank Limited

VP

Banking and finance Tier 2

At Squire Patton Boggs, practice head Roy Grist has over 20 years of experience undertaking banking and finance work for borrowers and lenders. His extensive expertise includes international and national acquisition finance, real estate finance, asset-based lending and general bank lending. In 2019, Grist advised RCapital Partners LLP on the financing aspects of the MBO of Redeem Group. Elsewhere, clients also turn to the firm for advice on pension fund-related funding and asset structures, education finance and corporate banking.

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‘The standard and timeliness of work is excellent.’

‘Roy Grist is fantastic, responsive and understanding of my layman level of legal knowledge. I feel I can trust and rely on him for advice and support – an invaluable resource.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Miss Group

Frontier Development Capital

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Gordon Brothers

London Electric Vehicle Company

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc

Barclays Bank Plc

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

Aston Villa Football Club

ABN Amro

Banking litigation Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' 'excellent' financial services litigation practice has developed a niche in representing lenders in claims against professional advisers. Both practice head Anthony Taylor and recently promoted director Peter Lees have a breadth of experience in this area, while Taylor is also known for acting for clients in arbitration proceedings against professional indemnity insurers. With the ability to leverage its strong New York and Washington DC practices, the group is well-placed to handle cross-border disputes with US elements.

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Excellent, niche, banking litigation team; very knowledgeable; client-focused and good value.

Anthony Taylor has built a small but accomplished team around him that are motivated by doing the most challenging and high-profile litigation. The team compares well to any of the magic circle teams that I work with but have the advantage of a regional cost structure and rate card.

Excellent client service and a real feel for the ‘commercial’ aspects of the legal advice. Very prompt and efficient client service, and well capable of making mischief for opponents in correspondence.

Anthony Taylor is a stand out individual in banking litigation. Great fun to work with; a deep knowledge of banking law; and an excellent feel for the right strategy move in a difficult case.

Anthony Taylor, highly accomplished and incredibly tenacious. He uses his charm to drive higher levels of performance from his teams and the experts that support him. Devotes significant time to the matters that he leads such that you get the commitment levels that you might see more readily from senior associates in the City.

Anthony Taylor is a very effective litigator – very fast response times, and an extremely clear communicator. Clients trust him, and rightly so.

Banking litigation Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' finance litigation practice has particular expertise in contentious regulatory matters (including in the insurance and pensions sectors) as well as in traditional misselling claims. The group functions as a national practice led by Manchester-based Anthony Taylor and works with colleagues across its global platform, including in the US, Dubai, Paris and Brussels. In Birmingham, Garon Anthony handles contentious regulatory matters, cybersecurity and data breaches; Simon Garbett acts for banking and pensions clients in cross-border disputes, while director Ian Skinner acts for lenders in fraud and professional negligence claims.

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Very quick and proactive. Achieve excellent results. Sound advice.

Ian Skinner is very knowledgable, strong commercial bias. Proactive.

Garon Anthony is very approachable, proactive and sensible.

Key clients

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Brooks Macdonald Plc

Trustee of Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

Homeserve Plc

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

Mazars Financial Planning

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

The litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs combines expertise in acting for national and global companies with a strong local presence, particularly in the automotive, aerospace, logistics and manufacturing sectors. The group has experience in a range of cross-jurisdictional matters, with a niche in disputes with elements in the Middle East. Practice head Simon Garbett is strong for supply chain and product liability disputes in the manufacturing and automotive sectors, while Garon Anthony and Ian Skinner are highlighted for pensions and IT sector disputes respectively.

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SPB has a unique ability to bring true top-quality legal expertise down to a local level. Its lawyers are both professional and collaborative. Importantly, SPB can deal with even the most complex challenges on behalf of their client by combining legal expertise with pragmatic business savvy.

They really make the effort to understand the client and be part of the team so that their advice is truly commercial, accurate and capable of using right away with the business.

Provide practical and commercial solutions.

I have worked particularly with Garon Anthony. I found him to be a highly dedicated lawyer who tirelessly worked to achieve the best possible result for his client. He had an in-depth knowledge of his client’s business and legal history and is thus able to give detailed and importantly practical instructions.

Key clients

Trustee of the Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

Dalata Hotel Group plc

GSH, Inc.

Homeserve Plc (and group companies such as Checkatrade)

Mazars Financial Planning

Brooks Macdonald Plc

Marston’s Plc

SAICA

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Blackburn Rovers FC

Commercial litigation: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs attracts praise for 'delivering client-focused solutions' in a range of commercial disputes. Jason Blakey leads the practice and handles a range of contentious contractual and tortious matters; he also counts pensions litigation among his areas of specialism. Senior associate Jenny Broderick is 'outstanding', particularly for shareholder disputes, warranty claims, professional negligence issues and defamation disputes. The practice benefits from the ability to utilise the firm's national and international network to work cross-office; the Leeds-based team works particularly closely with individuals based in Manchester.

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Easy to deal with and reliably meet deadlines. SPB are keen and able to have a better understanding of our business and activities and have formed closer working relationships that other solicitors which we find greatly assist in getting suitable advice tailored to the business.

Very commercially focused, delivering client-focused solutions rather than expensive black letter law. An impressive cultural commitment to getting clients from A to B at the minimum achievable expense but with the firepower to see litigation through to trial, if necessary.

A strong, experienced team, with significant expertise in the electricity sector.  A reputation for providing advice across a range of subject areas.

Jason Blakey is our main contact and he is very friendly, approachable and shapes his communications and advice depending upon the level of person he is dealing with. We have used Jason to deliver training as well as for serious litigation and have always found him responsive and highly capable.

Jason Blakey leads the team. He is very experienced, commercial and knows how to give clients what they want. A quality operator.

Jenny Broderick is an outstanding lawyer and litigator. If there is a killer point, she will find it.’

Key clients

Contact (Print and Packaging) Limited

Vodafone Limited

Kwik Fit

Quartzelec Limited

Findel Plc

CPP Group PLC

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Clipper Logistics PLC

InTechnology PLC

Eurolink Technology Limited

Electricity North West Limited

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' disputes practice counts the chemical, manufacturing, technology and financial services industries among its sector specialisms. Victoria Leigh leads the Manchester practice and has particular expertise in pensions, financial services and shareholder disputes and also acts in contentious IT and data protection issues. Anthony Taylor specialises in bringing professional negligence claims for banks and building societies against their professional advisers, while director Mike Caird and senior associate Peter Lees are highlighted for international arbitration proceedings and reputation management matters respectively.

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Very commercial lawyers, always looking to get the matter resolved rather than progress to trial. Open to new and innovative ways of resolving disputes. My go-to for more complex matters.’

Anthony Taylor is very approachable, excellent communicator.

Associate Rebecca Green is one to watch.’

Senior associate Peter Lees is a safe pair of hands.

Key clients

INEOS Group

Yorkshire Building Society

Assetz SME Capital Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Instem Plc

Fresh Property Group

Hough Green Garage

Distribution Now

Avery Dennison

MAN Energy Solutions

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs regularly advises on major projects locally, nationally and internationally, working with developers and investors, particularly venture capital and private equity funds. The team is involved in all key sectors, including the retail, hospitality and student housing industries, and also handles residential developments and commercial occupation issues. Practice head Matthew Dalzell works closely with international investors on high-value joint ventures, and also handles a range of developments, acquisitions, disposals and regeneration projects. Prew Lumley focuses on retail and commercial matters, while David Chan advises residential developers on land use and management issues. Andrew Sprake has moved to the firm's London office.

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Responsive, commercial and able to deliver across the spectrum.

The commercial property team works methodically, quick and are friendly to clients and most often bears results quicker than expected.

Always available, they call back quickly, all are friendly and all are quick, very knowledgeable and communicate in a very professional way with us.

Key clients

Jomast Group

Leeds City Council

Live Nation Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Clydesdale Bank

Muse Developments

Selfridges Group

Reach

Bizspace

Henry Boot Developments

Yum Brands

Cummins

Taylor Wimpey

Cheyne Capital

Vistry Partnerships Limited

Beijing Construction Engineering Group International

Capital and Centric

Selecta U.K.

Rymans/Partners the Stationers

TransUnion Information Group

Gate Gourmet London

Victus European Student Accommodation Fund

Peel Investment Properties

Campus Living Villages

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs is a powerhouse for mid-market corporate M&A, and it features particularly prominently in the industrials and manufacturing, healthcare, leisure and retail, and football industries. Although its team is primarily active in buy-side mandates, it also demonstrates strong capabilities in sell-side matters. Elsewhere, private equity deals, Takeover Code work and equity capital markets transactions form other key pillars of the practice. Birmingham corporate head Geoff Perry and Andrew Glaze acted for CH Bailey Plc on its AIM delisting and capital reorganisation. Stuart James has over 20 years of experience advising clients on commercial law issues.

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Andrew Glaze; Simon Jones

Testimonials

Responsive, deep commercial knowledge, and with the scale to get things done efficiently

Stuart James, partner, is an exceptional intellect with extraordinary commercial knowledge and experience. The consensus here is that he is the most capable lawyer any of us has dealt with. He is incredibly effective and has single-handedly helped us generate revenue where we thought there was no opportunity. He has a decent team too

Seamless integration of the various technical segments offered through the corporate team. I have one point of contact who simply makes life easy and delivers high quality advice. Not just legal advice but a genuine commercial involvement in transactions and real assistance with forming a view of the issues before us

Andrew Glaze is engaged, always available and offers excellent technical, real world advice. I see him as my team mate on transactions not my lawyer. I really value his opinion. The practical issues of delivering the legal support are his and I don’t need to see them but he absolutely ensures that the big issues are surfaced early and clearly

Key clients

Anglo Asia Mining Plc

Carver (Wolverhampton) Limited

CH Bailey Limited (previously C.H. Bailey Plc)

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

DK Group Investments Ltd

Lyndon Scaffolding Limited (previously Lyndon Scaffolding Plc)

Park Ohio Industries Inc

SAICA (Sociedad Anonima Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa)

Transport for Greater Manchester

Veolia Group

Vulcan Industries Plc

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

The team at Squire Patton Boggs is well regarded for providing 'sensible, commercially focused advice’. With a distinct focus on mid-market transactions, Giles Chesher oversees the practice, leveraging his expertise in private equity and the technology sector. James Fitzgibbon, an expert in the energy sector, is another noteworthy name for private equity while Darren Warburton is the go-to name for matters in the chemical manufacturing industry. M&A, capital markets and work for institutional investors are also core strengths, as are the financial services and corporate real estate sectors. Director Emma Ball leads the commercial team in Manchester; while recent hires have included well-regarded legal director Louise Barber, who joined in August 2019 from Pets at Home Group, where she was group legal director.

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The team at Squires provide sensible, commercially focused advice. They cut through the issues and provide practical solutions to problems; they aren’t afraid to get off the fence and offer opinions on the right way forward. I find them thorough, reliable and friendly.’

‘Emma Ball takes no nonsense and cuts right to the heart of issues. She presents commercially sensible and pragmatic solutions.

‘Louise Barber brings her experience of in-house legal to the firm. This allows her to see issues from the company’s perspective and provide business focused advice in a format that a non-lawyer can easily understand.’

‘Very proactive in responding to requests and the large network spanning across so many territories facilitates continued business growth.’

‘James Fitzgibbon and Louise Barber are recommended’.

Key clients

Studio Retail Group plc

Finance Yorkshire Limited

The Coaching Inn Group Limited

GB Group

Endless

ECI Partners LLP

North Edge

LDC

Miss Group

BGF

Employment Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs regularly handles complex employment matters for high-profile clients such as organisations in the sports, technology, healthcare and construction sectors. Other sector strengths lie in the hospitality, retail and financial sectors. The team is adept at advising on complex restructurings, TUPE, outsourcing and redundancy consultations as well as senior executive terminations. It has also been involved in a myriad of multi-jurisdictional projects spanning the UK, US and Europe. The group is also regularly instructed, under the leadership of Charlie Frost, on a considerable number of high-value and complex whistleblowing and discrimination claims and has acted for a number of clients in the High Court on injunction matters. Ramez Moussa is another key figure in the market.

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The team is really commercial, and I am able to discuss employment matters with the team in an open way and get clear and practical advice which I am able to put into practice really easily‘.

Charlie Frost is excellent‘.

The team overall is knowledgeable about our business and is responsive. Ramez Moussa is exceptional. He is very articulate and puts his points across in a concise and clear way‘.

The team provides a hands-on approach to issues that arise and is quick to respond to our needs. The team is professional and provides legal advice which is clear and jargon free‘.

Key clients

Amaris Hospitality Ltd

Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland

Renault F1

Dalata Group

Babylon Partners

Next plc

Bayer plc

Coventry Building Society

Aggregate Industries Ltd

National Australia Bank

Carl Zeiss

Jewson

Saint-Gobain

Aston Villa Football Club

BDO LLP

Zara

Roper Technologies Inc

Veolia plc

West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Citron Hygiene

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs acts on a wide range of business insolvencies and restructuring matters, advising insolvency practitioners and accountants and consultancies acting as administrators. The group has key industry expertise in the retail, mining, manufacturing and energy sectors, where it handles complex reorganisations and disposals, and provides advice before and during administrations. The practice is led by highly experienced restructuring expert John Alderton, who also heads up the team's contentious insolvency team following the retirement of Laura Crawford at the end of 2019.

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Ernst & Young

KPMG

Deloitte

BDO

RSM

PwC

Grant Thornton

CRG Recovery

Begbies Traynor Group

Leumi ABL

Walsh Taylor

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs displays a 'breadth of expertise' in its insolvency and corporate recovery practice. Susan Kelly undertakes contentious and non-contentious work in relation to restructuring and insolvency mandates, with over two decades of experience in the regional market; she also has standout expertise in pension restructuring work. The 'hardworking and diligent' Mark Prior is a specialist in real estate restructuring and insolvency matters.

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‘We use Squires across a range of specialties and they have the breadth of expertise to deliver.’

‘Anthony Taylor, Mark Prior and Peter Lees are always available to provide advice and suggestions to achieve our desired outcomes. Hardworking and diligent.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

BDO

Close Invoice Finance limited

CNG Financial Corporation

Co-op

Deloitte

EY

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

KPMG

Lloyds Banking Group

Manchester Building Society

PNC Business Credit

Praetura Commercial Finance

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Shawbrook Bank

Wuhu Anrui Optoelectronics

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs excels in high-profile domestic restructuring and insolvency assignments, and its international reach also makes it a strong choice for cross-border matters. Devinder Singh leads the team, which advises on administrations, liquidations, out-of-court restructurings and voluntary arrangements, among other key mandates. It is particularly strong in pensions-related restructurings. Russell Hill and senior associate Oliver Ward-Jones are other notable individuals in the group. In 2019, Singh and Ward-Jones advised the management of All Star Leisure Group on the appointment of BDO as administrators, among other issues.

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Excellent turnaround times. Very knowledgeable with a strong commercial basis

Russ Hill – very approachable, turnaround times excellent. Advice second to none

Russ Hill and Dev Singh are two of the leading legal advisers in the Midlands restructuring market, covering contentious and non-contentious work. They are both very highly regarded, always looking for opportunities to connect clients with potential new opportunities and deliver second-to none legal advice at competitive rates

Well-rounded, able to provide excellent advice in all aspects of the law both from within their own department & collaborating with colleagues across the firm providing key specialisms. I have strong relationships with a number of the key players in the team, providing confidence in their strength in depth. Advice is also founded on a strong understanding of the law – that is clear from conversations I regularly have with the team; they are able to reference specific elements of law in a way that clients can easily understand

Russell Hill – always adopts a pragmatic approach, and clearly articulates the relevant options available to protect our position in a clear & concise manner. Able to flex his style to reflect the circumstances & always builds strong relationships with my clients, no matter how challenging the situation. Has an excellent understanding of law & able to explain key issues in a clear manner that clients can understand. Dev Singh – Extremely knowledgeable & always finds time to give to clients. Has a calm, reassuring yet pragmatic approach. Great with clients and clearly respected. Oliver Ward-Jones – Fantastic service received from Olly. Collaborates with colleagues to ensure advice given is of the highest standard

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Barclays Bank

KPMG

Grant Thornton

Duff & Phelps

Leonard Curtis

BDO

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Rcapital

FRP Advisory

HBL (UK) Ltd

Pensions Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs’ pensions team has considerable experience of advising on public sector pensions, particularly local government pension scheme issues. David Griffiths heads the Manchester-based practice, assisting clients in an assortment of sectors, having recently made inroads advising clients from the retail sector. It also has a track record of advising not-for-profit clients such as charities and trade unions. Victoria Leigh is noted for her expertise in contentious matters.

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‘David Griffiths is always very approachable and offers quick, clear and pragmatic solutions.’

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Trustees of the ABB Pension Plan

JLT Benefit Solutions Limited

Nampak Pension Scheme

PZ Cussons PLC Pension Trustees

Brammer Services Retirement Benefit Scheme

Fugro Pension Scheme Trustees

Banco do Brasil London Section of the Deloitte Master Trust

Homestyle 2007 Pension Plan

Australian High Commission Pension Scheme

Phoenix Life Limited

Property litigation Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs provides a range of specialist support to commercial occupiers and landlords, utility companies and major infrastructure developers. The team fields a dedicated land compensation practice for clients affected by major rail and airport projects, acting on a national basis; it also assists energy and utility providers with development constraint issues. David Holland leads the team, and heads up the land compensation practice; he represents commercial clients in a range of disputes including landlord and tenant conflicts, dilapidation claims, and right-to-light litigation.

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Squire Patton Boggs fields a team of professionals who have an excellent commercial understanding, which is crucial, alongside strong but sensitive management of the client’s expectations for a successful outcome. The team meets clients needs throughout‘.

David Holland listens, understands the situation and makes recommendations as to the strategy and actions with a balanced command and forcefulness. He leads the team with gravitas and mature authority‘.

Key clients

Northern Gas Networks

Western Power Distribution

Yum! (KFC & Pizza Hut)

Cooperative Group

Selfridges

Manchester Airport Group

Birmingham Airport

SP Manweb

Electricity North West

Reach

A-Plant

Northern Powergrid

Welcocks Skips

Cummins

Ryman Group

Ainscough Strategic Land

Fore Group

American Greetings (Clintons)

Cath Kidston

London Borough of Redbridge

United Utilities Group

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

At Squire Patton Boggs, managing partner and head of real estate Nick Green leads on corporate real estate mandates, where he focuses on commercial investments with an angle in the hospitality, retail and healthcare sectors. Victoria Camfield specialises in finance work, assisting banks, funds and other institutions with acquisitions and financing real estate investments. In the residential space, Camfield also lends her expertise to strategic land acquisitions, promotion agreements, joint ventures and collaborations. Neil Taylor and Kevin Nagle are also of note.

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‘Strong and commercially driven practice.’

‘Nick Green- commercial and practical approach.’

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Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Rexel UK Limited

Volvo Cars UK Limited

Molson Coors Brewing Company UK Limited

Dalata Hotel Group

Signet

Cancer Research UK

St Francis Group Limited

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs is characterised by a 'focused team that are able to find solutions to complex problems whilst understanding the wider deal issues.' Team head Mark Barker is an expert in development work, particularly regeneration matters, with a history of representing public and private sector clients. He is recognised for 'going the extra mile to get things across the line.' Mark Gaffney, who acts on public sector funding, portfolio transactions and property joint ventures, is another key member of the team.

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‘A very positive, flexible and deal focused team that are able to find solutions to complex problems whilst understanding the wider deal issues.’

‘Very strong relationship with our key partner/relationship manager. Pragmatic and non-point scoring advisers. Building a team to help our business grow.’

‘Mark Barker is very loyal and a strong supporter for our business. Will always make himself available whenever needed and provides pragmatic and sound advice. He does not overcomplicate when not required and will go the extra mile to get things across the line.’

‘Partners are readily available and give the deals the right level of attention. Mark Barker is a friendly face with a great work ethic. Highly knowledgeable on property matters and always able to suggest commercially viable solutions.’

Key clients

Watkin Jones Group

Peel Group

Co-op Group

Muse Developments

HB Villages

Warrington Borough Council

Preston City Council

Manchester City Council

Leeds City Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

AIG Global Real Estate

Bespoke Hotels Limited

Panacea Developments

Stewart Milne Group

Taylor Wimpey

NPL Group

Create Developments

Galliford Try Investments

Fresh Property Group

Findel plc

Vital Energi

Construction Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs' construction practice acts for clients on projects and developments locally in the North West, as well as nationally and internationally. The head of the team in Manchester is Julian Scott, who specialises in non-contentious work, with particular experience of advising on energy-related matters, such as energy storage projects, solar projects and offshore wind farms. He is also active in residential projects and mixed-use developments. Also recommended is infrastructure specialist Nick Helm, who advises a range of clients. Former team head Sean McCay departed for TLT in June 2019.

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‘The contentious construction offering at Squire Patton Boggs is very strong and partner-led.’

Key clients

Galliford Try Investments

Equitix

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Gresham House/Hazel Capital LLP

EDF Energy

Manchester Life Development Company Limited

EU and competition Tier 3

The Manchester team at Squire Patton Boggs is part of a broader practice spread across London and Brussels; key partner Diarmuid Ryan divides his time between all three offices. Director Nicola Elam, who is based in the Manchester office, benefits from previous experience at the European Commission, and advises many of the team's key clients on UK and EU competition law.

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‘Providing legal competition argument to required narrative in a punchy style.’

‘Diarmuid Ryan cuts to the chase and sees the bigger picture and points of detail extremely quickly.’

 

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Britned

Cathay Pacific

Citron Hygiene UK

Funeral Partners

Studio Retail Group PLC

Vp PLC

Health and safety Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs  is widely recognised nationally and internationally for its work both in defending large corporate organisations and their directors in the most serious health and safety matters and for its accident and internal investigation work. It has specialist industry knowledge of a wide range of sectors including entertainment, food and drink as well as the construction, waste and energy sectors. The 'excellent' team under the leadership of Manchester-based Rob Elvin is skilled across the board from representing clients at PACE interviews through to advising large corporates on their compliance with health and safety regulations. The highly regarded Gary Lewis is another key name, along with Birmingham-based Robert Biddlecombe.

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‘Very accommodating solicitors who speak in a language that is understood.  I find that I get very clear advice. ‘

‘Our involvement with SPB was in connection to a health and safety accident, Gary Lewis provided clarity based on clear expertise and experience which allowed us to be able to plan for the months ahead at a time of potential uncertainty.’

‘SPB provides “legal support plus”. That is to say that its interest in working with clients extends beyond just typical legal representation and advice at a distance. When engaged, SPG works with clients as if they are an extended part of the company’s management, and provides not only legal advice, but support and advice on H&S improvement programmes that are realistic, achievable, compatible with the company’s culture and of course satisfy legal compliance.’

‘The team has a comprehensive range of knowledge and experience, but the real selling point is their customer focus, attention to detail, and their collaborative and accessible approach to client liaison. They are equally at home in an operational engineering workshop as they are in the boardroom seamlessly adapting their approach to meet the needs of the audience and deliver excellent support right through the business.’

‘Rob Elvin is extremely knowledgeable about all things health and safety and inquest-related – he is a safe pair of hands.’

‘From Gary Lewis we got “tough love” – nothing was sugar-coated in regard to what we had got wrong and where the risk lay, balanced with no panic; this immediately commanded our respect developed confidence and trust.’

‘Gary Lewis provides sound legal advice, representation and support. He goes far beyond what I would expect as typical legal representation. Having worked closely with him I have found that he has an excellent ability to analyse root and branch issues, present them to clients with clarity and to recommend solutions that extend far beyond a typical lawyer’s approach. He continually emphasises a collaborative approach to problem solving and having worked with him in such a manner on a number of occasions I know how effective he is in steering clients in the right direction. Every senior executive I have seen him work with has had obvious and absolute confidence in the advice and support he provided. Personally, I can say that Gary has I given me the utmost support and advice, and I have learned a great deal from him during our working relationship. If asked by any of my own clients for a potential legal adviser for health and safety, Gary Lewis is the only name I would provide.’

‘Rob Elvin is an excellent leader, setting the tone for the team, who are all approachable, client focused and collaborative, demonstrating excellent communication skills and inspiring real trust and engagement right across our business.’

Key clients

Ei Group plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Suez plc (and subsidiary)

Selecta

Tunstall Healthcare

Feedwater Ltd

National Grid Gas plc

Bayer Crop Science

Local government Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs is most well-known for its expertise in regeneration projects and development transactions involving public and private sector collaboration. Other key strengths include funding and development finance, infrastructure and finance projects, public sector pensions, legacy PFI schemes and clean air and decarbonisation initiatives. Mark Gaffney focuses on property development and portfolio transactions; he jointly heads the team with Mark Barker.

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Key clients

Leeds City Council

Manchester City Council

Birmingham City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LP

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

Preston City Council

Muse Developments

Equitix

Galliford Try Investments

Norfolk Pension Fund

Planning and environment Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs' 'highly professional and diligent practice' is led by Manchester office managing partner Rob Elvin, whose broad environmental expertise includes work noise abatement, pollution, permits and environmental warranty matters. He is active in the energy, chemicals, engineering sectors. Elvin works with Birmingham-based practitioners David Gordon and Anita Lloyd.

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Other key lawyers:

David Gordon (Birmingham); Anita Lloyd (Birmingham)

Testimonials

‘The firm has a wide range of in-house expertise and is able to offer valuable advice and legal services across a number of areas. This includes CPO advice and technical planning advice as well as wider property-related support.’

‘SPB has a very impressive grasp of both the tactical side of conducting planning appeals, and the importance of giving practical commercial advice. In the most recent case in which I was instructed by them, they ran a very tight ship and the process ran smoothly to a very successful conclusion.’

‘Excellent at planning law.’

‘A mix of international reach with local knowledge and an accessible, practical approach. A wide-ranging infrastructure practice that routinely tackles the esoteric makes for a nimble team with more original and pragmatic insights.’

Key clients

St Francis Group

Taylor Wimpey

British Plastics Federation

Olin Corporation

National Oilwell Varco

Cummins

EDF

Lucite

Carpenter

Molson Coors

Veolia

Essity (previously SCA Hygiene)

ITV

ZF TRW

McBride PLC

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Nick Helm is practice head at Squire Patton Boggs; his practice revolves around representing sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors and subcontractors and funders, as well as public sector clients, on project finance and PPP schemes. Among the team’s key sectors are transport, energy and infrastructure, covering offshore wind, nuclear and rail. Clean air projects have also been a recent focus, including PFI-related matters.

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Testimonials

‘The team is small compared to many of its peers, but its expertise is strong, as is the partner involvement.’

‘Nick Helm is a trusted pair of hands who is able to turn his skills to many different sectors and issues.’

Key clients

Equitix

Galliford Try Investments

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Vital Energi

Gresham House

Statera

Keele University

Magnox Limited

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

EDF Energy

Peel Group

Muse Developments

Warrington Borough Council

Preston City Council

Manchester City Council

Leeds City Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

Property litigation Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs works with an international client base, with the chemical sector a particular focus for international firm's Manchester office. David Holland, who leads the national team, handles a broad range of litigation, including high value landlord and tenant matters, rights to light and dilapidations disputes, while also specialising in land compensation matters. Experienced director Helen Hoath has a long track record of work on landlord and tenant disputes such as rent reviews and opposed lease renewals.

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Key clients

Co-operative Group Ltd

Studio Retail Group of Companies

HB Villages

Mawasem Ltd

Signet Group Ltd

Load-Lock Ltd

Building Design Partnership

Kemira Chemicals (UK) Ltd

Cummins Ltd

Property litigation Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs has a depth of experience in high-profile property portfolio management claims, as well as landlord and tenant issues, dilapidations and  injunctive relief work. The team is led by senior associate Michelle Adams, who has a growing practice in telecoms litigation and also acts for retail, media, charity and logistics clients.

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Testimonials

‘Michelle Adams did a great job for me. She exercised a calm and polite approach which was logical and easy to follow.’

Key clients

Signet Group Limited

Cancer Research UK

Rexel UK Limited

G4 Pro Investments Limited

Recognised as one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, Squire Patton Boggs provides insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

Squire Patton Boggs gives clients a voice, support their ambitions and is committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

With a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 47 offices across 20 countries, Squire Patton Boggs provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. The firm delivers a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.

Squire Patton Boggs offers solutions shaped by a clear, commercially focused understanding of clients’ business. The firm’s robust and open culture enables us to find the right answers quickly and effectively from committed teams of lawyers who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges at hand. Recognising the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, Squire Patton Boggs has a unique mix of world-renowned lobbying and political capabilities supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

The firm advises a diverse mix of clients – from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, startup visionaries and sovereign nations – whom the firm places at the core of everything it does.

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Chair/global CEO Mark Ruehlmann
Managing partner – UK LLP Jane Haxby
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Recognised as one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, Squire Patton Boggs provides insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

Squire Patton Boggs gives clients a voice, supports their ambitions and is committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

With a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 45 offices across 20 countries, Squire Patton Boggs provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. The firm delivers a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.

Squire Patton Boggs offers solutions shaped by a clear, commercially focused understanding of clients’ business. The firm’s robust and open culture enables us to find the right answers quickly and effectively from committed teams of lawyers who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges at hand. Recognising the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, Squire Patton Boggs has a unique mix of world-renowned lobbying and political capabilities supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

The firm advises a diverse mix of clients – from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, startup visionaries and sovereign nations – whom the firm places at the core of everything it does.

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Chair/Global CEO Mark J. Ruehlmann

The Lex 100 Verdict

Squire Patton Boggs offers a six-seat training contract in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Leeds. This 'makes the firm very attractive in terms of deciding the area of law in which to qualify'. The vacation scheme was 'a crucial draw' and succeeded in providing 'real exposure to the culture and people at the firm', as well as an 'insight into what the training would be like'. Squire Patton Boggs reaps the benefits of being a regional firm which attracts 'big local clients', whilst also benefiting from its global network which brings with it international clients and cross-border work. Recruits love that 'you can approach anyone at any level and have a laugh with them, as well as ask questions'. Indeed, even the partners are 'really friendly and not scary at all!'. It follows that Squire Patton Boggs has scooped up two Lex 100 Winner awards for inclusiveness and partner approachability. Some trainees feel that the pay and benefits could be improved. Others found the secondment opportunities 'disappointingly limited', especially when 'compared with other firms that have a smaller global footprint than us'. But those who undertook seats in the firm's Brussels and Paris offices considered their time abroad the best experience of the training contract to date. Client secondments are also on offer. Work highlights included 'running a matter which covered five jurisdictions with minimal supervision' and 'working as a team to get a disclosure deadline over the line', whilst low points were 'the run-up to Christmas in a transactional seat' and 'working all of Sunday to get a review done for a client'. For 'high-quality work in a collaborative environment', consider Squire Patton Boggs.