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Squire Patton Boggs

NO 1 SPINNINGFIELDS, 1 HARDMAN SQUARE, MANCHESTER, M3 3EB, ENGLAND
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14347 MANCHESTER-1
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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advises global clients on M&A, private equity and capital markets and has a growing presence in the corporate real estate market. The firm has a particular focus on the chemicals and manufacturing sectors, and also the tech sector where it is introducing innovative pricing models for start-ups and early stage businesses. Clients include institutional investors, angels and founders/managers. Giles Chesher heads the team and specialises in mid-market private equity and advising large corporate clients. James Fitzgibbon and Jane Haxby are also recommended, while Darren Warburton  has a wealth of experience in the chemicals manufacturing sector.

Practice head(s):Giles Chesher

Other key lawyers:Jane Haxby; Darren Warburton; Andrea Cropley; James Fitzgibbon; Laura Green; Matthew Canipa; James Fitzgibbon; Jane Haxby

Key Clients

Miss Group Holdings

NorthEdge Capital LLP

On the Beach plc

GB Group

I.T. Labs Limited

BGF Investments LP

Maven Capital Partners (UK) LLP

Belden Inc

United States Bank

Co-operative Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Miss Group on the investment of £6.5m by BGF.
  • Advised On the Beach on its £21m acquisition of Classic Collection Holidays.
  • Advised I.T. Labs Limited on its £20m acquisition of Content & Cloud.
  • Acted for Cheshire Energy Limited on the £16m acquisition of the entire share capital of Halite Energy Group Limited and Anglesey LNG Limited.
  • Advised on the transfer of over £1 bn worth of assets.
Leading individuals

Darren Warburton - Squire Patton Boggs

Giles Chesher - Squire Patton Boggs

Jane Haxby - Squire Patton Boggs

Next Generation Partners

James Fitzgibbon - Squire Patton Boggs

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs caters to small and local clients, as well as large multinationals requiring tax advice on cross-border matters. Areas of expertise include the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions, private equity transactions, tax-related employment advice, employee share incentive and pensions-related tax work. Many of its clients are household names in sectors including renewable energy, technology, recruitment, chemicals, real estate and sport/leisure. Patrick Ford heads the team. Victoria Carpenter was promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):Patrick Ford

Other key lawyers:Victoria Carpenter

Key Clients

EDF Energy

The Co-op Group

Lucite International

CitySprint

WPP

Watkin Jones plc

GB Group plc

BASF

Tesco

ICF

Greggs plc

LMAX Exchange

Cleveland Clinic

SmartStream Technologies

PZ Cussons Pension Scheme

BT Pension Scheme

Molson Coors

Omnio/Chronos Investments

Innospec

INEOS

Selecta

Stobart Group

H2 Equity Partners

Bayer

Grafton Group plc

Babylon Health

ICI Pension Scheme

Assetz Capital

Shield Safety Group

Work highlights

  • Advising EDF on tax aspects of the £701m sale of a 49% stake in 24 of its UK wind farms to Dalmore Capital.
  • Acting for Lucite International on the £92m sale of the client's European acrylic and composites business to Swiss-based Schweiter Technologies.
  • Advising International Entertainment Corporation, based in Hong Kong, on its £22m acquisition of Wigan Athletic Football Club.
  • Acting on the £180m sale and development of four large student accommodation sites to a Luxembourg fund advised by Round Hill Capital/KKR.
  • Advising GB Group on the implementation of a new long term incentive plan and the granting of share awards to its senior management.
Leading individuals

Patrick Ford - Squire Patton Boggs

Rising stars

Victoria Carpenter - Squire Patton Boggs

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs 's Manchester competition practice is headed by Diarmuid Ryan, who splits his time between London and Manchester. He is assisted by local legal director Nicola Elam . The team is able to work closely with colleagues in London, Brussels, Paris, Washington and Asia to handle antitrust, private enforcement, judicial review proceedings, merger control, CMA and European Commission investigations. They also advise on state aid matters, public procurement and policy and communications law matters. It has also been advising some clients on Brexit-related planning.

Practice head(s):Diarmuid Ryan

Other key lawyers:Nicola Elam

Key Clients

Nielsen

Ashtead Group plc

Bathroom Brands/Crosswater Holdings Ltd

Bayer AG

Bemis Company, Inc.

BritNed Limited

Brewers of Europe

British Beer and Pub Association

Cathay Pacific

Cott Corporation

Cranswick PLC

Lane Clark Peacock LLP

Live Nation

Low & Bonar PLC

Magnox Limited

Manchester Airports Group

Marston Holdings

Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

Neptune Networks Limited

Peninsula Business Services

S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa CIF (SAICA)

SRCL Limited

Synthomer plc

Vp plc

World Sailing

Work highlights

  • Represented BritNed in first ever cartel damages claim to go to full trial and judgment in the UK.
  • Advising Cott Corporation on the EU/UK merger control aspects of the proposed $1.25 bn sale of its traditional beverages manufacturing business to Refresco Group N.V.
  • Advised Nielsen on the CMA’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 review of Nielsen’s acquisition of Ebiquity plc’s adintel division.
  • Advising investment consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock on its involvement in the CMA’s market investigation into the supply and acquisition of investment consultancy and fiduciary management services in the UK.
  • Advised Ticketmaster, GET ME IN! and Seatwave on the CMA’s secondary ticketing investigation.
Leading individuals

Diarmuid Ryan - Squire Patton Boggs

Rising stars

Nicola Elam - Squire Patton Boggs

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs handles complex, high-value litigation for clients including banks, mortgage servicers, building societies and investment funds. The practice's expertise covers international arbitration, regulatory issues, investigations and risk mitigation, while other areas of focus include sanctions, professional negligence and enforcement actions. Anthony Taylor, who was recently promoted to head of UK litigation and is recognised for his 'sharp intelligence', heads up the team. Senior associates Mike Caird and Peter Lees are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:Mike Caird; Peter Lees; Rebecca Green

Testimonials

Anthony Taylor has a sharp intelligence that allows him to cut into issues quickly’.

Anthony Taylor handles his clients well, often in difficult circumstances’.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a financial institution in a claim against its auditors.
  • Acted for a major lender in relation to professional negligence claims.
  • Acted for a major lender in the defence of residential valuation claims.
  • Acted for a major lender in the investigation of fraudulent residential transactions.
  • Acted for a lender in a complex professional negligence claim.
Rising stars

Mike Caird - Squire Patton Boggs

Peter Lees - Squire Patton Boggs

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong track record on complex national and international disputes, working in tandem with the firm's Leeds base on domestic matters and leveraging its international platform on cross-border work. The team has a particular focus on the retail, chemical, manufacturing, IT and financial services sectors, acting for a raft of major banks and building societies. Victoria Leigh, who heads the team, is well known for her work on pension disputes.

Practice head(s):Victoria Leigh

Other key lawyers:Anthony Taylor; Sean McCay; Rob Elvin; Helen Hoath; Mike Caird; Peter Lees; Simon Lucas

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic, sensible and collaborative’.

Victoria Leigh and the team maintain their good humour and professionalism and their commitment to reaching a sensible conclusion in the face of the most challenging circumstances’.

Key Clients

SSP Limited

GB Group Plc

INEOS Group

Yorkshire Building Society

Assetz SME Capital Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Instem Plc

Coyle Personnel Plc

Valtris Speciality Chemicals

Hough Green Garage

Manchester Building Society

MAN Energy Solutions UK Ltd

Albis (UK) Ltd

Boal (UK) Ltd

Concordia Management GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised a trustee of the Southern Water Pension Scheme on a high-profile matter involving the Pensions Regulator’s first attempt to exercise its funding powers with a cross-practice and office team.
  • Advised energy company on defence of a corporate warranty claim.
  • Advised on dispute between chemical companies over a chemical supply agreement.
Leading individuals

Victoria Leigh - Squire Patton Boggs

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is active across real estate finance, corporate lending, leveraged finance, project finance and asset based lending transactions. The team acts for a range of lender and borrower clients, and regularly handles complex domestic and cross-border instructions. Department head Claire Shepherd handles property finance, asset based lending, acquisition finance, project finance, restructuring and general corporate lending mandates. Matthew Ingram is 'experienced' and is regularly instructed on cross-border matters. Debra Cooper is 'excellent on real estate finance mandates'.

Practice head(s):Claire Shepherd

Other key lawyers:Matthew Ingram; Debra Cooper; Graham Ball

Testimonials

The team has a professional and pro-active approach and is praised for its overall speed of delivery

Debra Cooper provides a very impressive, high quality service, as well as all round assistance and advice

Matthew Ingram is first-rate

Claire Shepherd is an excellent operator

 

Key Clients

Allied Irish Banks

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

NM Rothschild & Sons

Clydesdale Bank

Manchester City Council

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LP

Frontier Development Capital

PNC Business Credit

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for Polypipe Group on the refinancing of its senior revolving credit facilities of £300m with an additional uncommitted accordion facility of up to £50m. The facilities were provided by a five bank syndicate.
  • Advised Findel on the refinancing of its senior revolving credit facilities of £100m, which were provided by a six bank syndicate.
  • Acted for FDC on the provision of mezzanine loans to Inprova Finance for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Energy & Carbon Management Ltd.
  • Advised Manchester City council on the provision of senior development finance borrower Capital and Centric to fund two separate apartment blocks near Piccadilly station in central Manchester.  
  • Advised On The Beach Group on the financing for its £20m acquisition of Classic Collection Holidays.
Leading individuals

Claire Shepherd - Squire Patton Boggs

Matthew Ingram - Squire Patton Boggs

Next Generation Partners

Debra Cooper - Squire Patton Boggs

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Led by Susan Kelly , the team at Squire Patton Boggs is regularly instructed on complex restructuring and insolvency mandates by accountancy firms, banks, international companies and asset based lenders. Asset based lending work is an area of expertise, as is pensions-related insolvency work. The financial services, retail, oil and gas, real estate, food and drink, manufacturing, chemicals, construction, healthcare, technology, leisure and transport sectors are key areas of focus, and the team particularly stands out for its cross-border expertise. Director Mark Prior is also noted.

Practice head(s):Susan Kelly

Other key lawyers:Mark Prior

Testimonials

Department head Susan Kelly is first-class and is very experienced

Susan Kelly is a real market leader

Susan Kelly and her team are professional in regard to all matters

Susan Kelly  is always available and has extensive knowledge in her field; she is approachable and sensible in her advice; and she can relate to clients and adapt her style accordingly.

Nothing is too much trouble and Susan Kelly works with you to get the job done; she has a straight talking and refreshing approach

 

 

Key Clients

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Barclays Bank

BDO LLP

Close Invoice Finance

CNG Financial Corporation

Co-op

Deloitte

EY

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton LLP

KPMG LLP

Lloyds Banking Group

Manchester Building Society

PNC Business Credit

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Shawbrook Bank

Urban Splash Modular

Work highlights

  • Advised Urban Splash on its acquisition of the business and assets of SIG Building Systems, the struggling modular offsite construction business of SIG.
  • Advised FRP Advisory LLP as the administrators on the sale of the franchising part of Cash Generator's business to Fantastic Voyage.  
  • Advised Manchester Building Society on the acquisition of a loan portfolio from the liquidators of NMB Mortgage Acquisition Company.
  • Acting for the Grant Thornton, the administrators of the UK’s largest payday lender, Wonga Worldwide, and is advising on the process of negotiating sales.
  • Advised ECI on the restructure and eventual exit of its interest in Evans Cycles.
Leading individuals

Susan Kelly - Squire Patton Boggs

Rising stars

Mark Prior - Squire Patton Boggs

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advises on the full gambit of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, from complex Employment Tribunal claims involving whistleblowing and discrimination, to large scale restructuring projects and day-to-day employment issues. The team is well-regarded for its involvement in significant strategic change projects and cross-border TUPE matters. The firm's clientele encompasses global and regional companies as well as financial institutions, across sectors including retail, recruitment, manufacturing, life sciences, energy and natural resources. Experienced litigator Alison Treliving leads the department.

Practice head(s):Alison Treliving

Other key lawyers:Bryn Doyle; James Pike

Key Clients

CBRE

VEOLIA

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

Leading individuals

Alison Treliving - Squire Patton Boggs

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Rob Elvin leads Squire Patton Boggs' health and safety team, which has a good reputation for its work defending large corporates and directors facing serious health and safety issues, as well as handling accident and internal investigation work across a wide range of sectors including entertainment, food and drink, retail, construction, energy and sport. Other expertise includes advising on regulatory compliance relating to large corporate and real estate transactions, as well as audits of compliance management systems.

Practice head(s):Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:Gary Lewis

Key Clients

Ei Group (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Suez Plc (and subsidiary)

Bayer Crop Science

Mamas & Papas

Homebase

International Tennis Federation

Staples

Work highlights

  • Advised EDF Energy in relation to a prosecution following work at height accident.
  • Represented Homebase in relation to its appeal against a prohibition notice imposed as a result of work practices.
  • Represented Vale Park Demolition Limited at its prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive following a serious injury of an employee.
  • Advising on the health and safety aspects of the acquisition of Wigan Athletic Football Club (including its stadium and training ground) from the Whelan family. The matter included advising in relation to asbestos management and fire safety.
Leading individuals

Rob Elvin - Squire Patton Boggs

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

David Griffiths is at the helm of Squire Patton Boggs' Manchester pension team, which has been very busy in recent months advising pension funds and employers in relation to GDPR compliance. The team has a strong presence in public sector pensions, while other sector specialisms include utilities, manufacturing, chemical, engineering, automotive, healthcare, financial services and infrastructure. Victoria Leigh  is noted for her contentious experience.

Practice head(s):David Griffiths

Other key lawyers:Victoria Leigh

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Homestyle 2007 Pension Plan

Cruden Group

Trustees of the ABB Pension Plan

Nampak Pension Scheme

Marshalls Pension Scheme

PZ Cussons PLC Pension Trustees

Trustees of the Siddall and Hilton Pension Plan

PwCEE BV Pension Plan

West Midlands Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Cruden Group on the restructure of pension scheme deficits to avoid insolvency.
  • Handling complex deficit matter involving The Pensions Regulator for a newly-appointed trustee client.
  • Advising Trustees of the ABB Pension Plan on a cross-border guarantee on a £1bn pension scheme.
  • Advising trustees on a potential buyout situation involving PwC.
Leading individuals

David Griffiths - Squire Patton Boggs

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors and sub-contractors, funders and public sector clients on project finance and PPP schemes. It is active on social infrastructure, transport and energy projects and also acts for developer clients on battery storage and gas peaking projects. The team is able to utilise the expertise across its national and international network of offices to advise on high-profile mandates. Nick Helm heads the team and is ably supported by Julian Scott.

Practice head(s):Nick Helm

Other key lawyers:Julian Scott; Amy Scott

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

Balfour Beatty Investments

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Vital Energi

Gresham House

Statera

Keele University

Magnox

Peel Developments

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

EDF

Work highlights

  • The team advised GTI on separate disposals of interests in 2 PFI schemes to infrastructure investors InfraRed Capital Partners and Equitix.
  • Represented the sponsor group on three linked major Healthcare PFI schemes, the Arden/Three Shires Batch, in respect of issues related to the failure of Carillion.
  • The team advises Magnox on a wide range of strategic and operational issues.

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its experience across regeneration projects and large scale development transactions involving public and private sector collaboration, and the team also has extensive experience in the funding market. Local government pension schemes, infrastructure and transport projects are also key areas of expertise, as are finance, corporate issues and disputes. Team heads Mark Barker and Mark Gaffney specialise in development work and regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):Mark Barker; Mark Gaffney

Other key lawyers:Nick Helm; Julian Scott; Matthew Ingram; Victoria Leigh; Giles Chesher

Key Clients

Leeds City Council

Preston City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Birmingham City Council

Muse Developments

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

Hertfordshire County Council Pension Fund

Galliford Try Investments

Equitix

 

Work highlights

  • Acting for Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund in £9.6m of funding for the construction of 330 low carbon homes.
  • Advising Hertfordshire County Council Pension Fund on behalf of the ACCESS Pool on a range of governance and investment issues.  
  • Advised Preston City Council on the £50m redevelopment of the City’s Markets Quarter.
  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the £130m mixed-use town centre regeneration project at Time Square.
  • Advised Muse Developments on a joint venture with Wirral Borough Council in respect of the Wirral Growth Company, a property/asset JV providing a £1bn regeneration opportunity.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs handles a raft of real estate mandates. It is noted for its development practice and the team advises a range of regional and national developers. The team also acts for a number of public sector clients on regeneration mandates, while the retail, sports, leisure, chemical and transport sectors are key areas of focus. The team also offers real estate finance expertise. Mark Gaffney heads the team and is ably supported by the 'fantastic' Mark Barker.

Practice head(s):Mark Gaffney

Other key lawyers:Mark Barker; Jonathan Brooke; Steven Silver; Nick Helm; Claire Hilton

Testimonials

'A strong, partner led team, with good expertise.'

'Mark Baker takes a calm and pragmatic approach and is always willing to explain the issues in whatever level of detail as the client requires.'

'The team is swift to respond to issues and is willing to move appointments to make things work.'

Key Clients

HB Villages

Peel Group

Stewart Milne Group

Watkin Jones Group

Warrington Borough Council

Preston City Council

AIG Global Real Estate

Co-op Group

Bespoke Hotels

Muse Developments

The Royal British Legion

NPL Group

Findel

First Step Group

Galliford Try Investments

Equitix

Work highlights

  • Advised Muse Developments on a joint venture with Wirral Borough Council for the Wirral Growth Company.
  • Advised Watkin Jones Group on the forward funding sale and development of a portfolio of four student developments for more than £180m.
  • Advised Preston City Council on the redevelopment of the city's Markets Quarter.  
  • Advised Galliford Try Investments on its disposal of equity interests in two operational PFI schemes.
  • Represented Bespoke Hotels on an agreement to design and develop a new five-star luxury hotel, forming part of the One Crown Place mixed-use development in London.
Leading individuals

Mark Barker - Squire Patton Boggs

Mark Gaffney - Squire Patton Boggs

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of national and international contentious and non-contentious construction work. The energy, nuclear, infrastructure, chemicals and waste sectors are key areas of expertise, and the team is engaged on regeneration and development projects. Sean McCay specialises in contentious construction and engineering work and Julian Scott handles projects and non-contentious construction mandates, with expertise in energy storage, solar and offshore wind farm projects, as well as property developments.  Infrastructure specialist Nick Helm acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors, subcontractors, funders and public sector clients on project finance and PPP schemes.

Practice head(s):Sean McCay; Julian Scott

Other key lawyers:Nick Helm

Key Clients

Harry Fairclough Construction

F Parkinson

Princes

Westshield

Galliford Try Investments

Equitix

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Gresham House/Hazel Capital

EDF Energy

Manchester Life Development Company

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Harry Fairclough Construction in adjudication proceedings initiated by a sub-contractor concerning an alleged entitlement to a substantial payment arising out of the design and construction of an office development.
  • Successfully defended F Parkinson on two sets of adjudication proceedings, which were initiated on behalf of a sub-contractor, regarding an alleged entitlement to payment arising out of the design and construction of a schools project.
  • Advised Princes on contractual matters arising out of the design and construction of a major warehouse development.
  • Advised Westshield on contractual issues arising out of two significant civil engineering projects.
  • Advised Galliford Try Investments on separate disposals of interests in two PFI schemes to infrastructure investors InfraRed Capital Partners and Equitix.
Leading individuals

Sean McCay - Squire Patton Boggs

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' environment team is spread across the firm's Manchester and Birmingham offices and is focused on environmental and regulatory matters. The team has expertise across the chemicals, property development, energy, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Manchester office managing partner Rob Elvin is noted for contentious matters, and his expertise spans from nuisance claims to environmental permit appeals. Director Gary Lewis handles a range of waste management and environmental permitting breaches. Birmingham-based Dave Gordon is also a key contact. The firm's planning team is led by Leeds-based Richard Glover.

Practice head(s):Rob Elvin; Richard Glover (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Gary Lewis; Dave Gordon (Birmingham)

Key Clients

William Blythe

Mexichem

Innospec

NicePak

Scottish Power

FMC

Man Diesel

Olin Corporation

Lucite

Cott Beverages

EDF

Veolia

Essity (previously SCA Hygiene)

ITV

National Oilwell Varco

ZF TRW

McBride Plc

Carpenter

St Francis Group

Gavilon

Taylor Wimpey

International Entertainment Corporation

SP Manweb

Electricity North West

Northern Powergrid

Pendle Borough Council

Citadel Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised Essity on potential environmental enforcement action.
Leading individuals

Rob Elvin - Squire Patton Boggs

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is often engaged on cases involving vacant possession of multi-tenanted redevelopment sites, and the chemicals and agricultural sectors are key areas of focus for the team. Director Helen Hoath is experienced on a range of real estate litigation cases and is noted for commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Cases involving  rent reviews, service charges, break clause issues, easement issues, opposed lease renewals and complex title rectification are key areas of activity. The team also handles cross-border instructions. Leeds-based David Holland heads the team.

Practice head(s):David Holland (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Helen Hoath

Key Clients

Co-operative Group

Royal British Legion

Manchester City Football Club

Findel Group of companies

Stewart Milne Group of companies

Luxfer Group of companies

Quintain (Wembley Retail Park)

Lubrizol Group of companies

Signet Group

Peel Group of companies

Work highlights

  • Acted for a developer client in opposing an application to succeed to an agricultural holding on death.
  • The team advised on an application to register title to part of a large site by adverse possession.
  • The team advised on a high-value landlord and tenant dispute for a large commercial entity.
  • The team provides ongoing advice in connection with original tenant liability under two leases of an industrial site.
  • Advised a Middle Eastern consulate in relation to the exercise of a break in its lease, following its relocation.

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