Firm Profile > Squire Patton Boggs > Manchester, England

Squire Patton Boggs
NO 1 SPINNINGFIELDS
1 HARDMAN SQUARE
MANCHESTER
M3 3EB
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs advises major businesses and private equity funds on transactional tax, employment issues including share plans, and property taxation, handling complex, often cross-border tax structuring arrangements. The team is led by Patrick Ford, a tax specialist with a strong record across corporate taxation, and a particular focus on the high-level sports sector, as well as private equity. Ford is supported by senior associate Victoria Murphy, a dual-qualified CTA with broad expertise across transactional and employment tax.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Ford

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Murphy

Testimonials

‘Tax is quite a complex area and the SPB team are really good at explaining difficult concepts. All work is done to a high standard and extremely efficient. The tax team are friendly and engaging.’

‘Very pleased. I’ve been using them for many years and service delivery has been consistently excellent – which is why I keep coming back.’

‘Very strong team – hard working, commercial and personable. ’

‘We find the people at Squires highly commercial. They offer advice we can immediately action rather than advice which we have to then spend time working out how we are going to use it.’

Patrick Ford is excellent to work with. Like his colleagues, Patrick provides detailed but also commercial advice. He always provides options and detailed view on their relative risks so we can make informed decisions.’

‘Excellent sensible advice, calm and measured approach Very proactive’

‘Patrick Ford was excellent – great advice, sensible approach to issues, worked well with other advisers and other offices’

‘Patrick Ford has been extremely helpful and taken the time to understand our issues and give the appropriate advice. ’

 

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Watkin Jones plc

Greggs plc

Lucite International

Grafton Group plc

Co-operative Group

GB Group plc

Coventry Building Society

ECI Partners

H2 Equity Partners

Boeing

Smiths Group

Richemont

Superdrug

Veolia

Morrisons

Jury’s Inn

Skyscanner

CEVA

University of Law

Employment Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs is adept at advising prominent multinationals on employment matters of substantial reputational importance. These include conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct and institutional racism, as well as representing employers facing discrimination claims in tribunals. Other areas of work include TUPE, national minimum wage compliance, and executive departures. The practice also works alongside the firm's offices around the world to advise on global matters such as multijurisdictional restructurings. Practice head Alison Treliving is highly experienced in complex, cross-border work, while Bryn Doyle has a broad practice acting for prominent clients, particularly in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Alison Treliving

Other key lawyers:

Bryn Doyle; James Pike

Testimonials

‘The level and depth of expertise within Squire Patton Boggs is exceptional which is really helpful when you have a wide breadth of issues from IR35, Covid, restructuring, employment tribunals and NMW audits. I find that Squires have insightful proactive updates and advice for clients, and as well as specific issues you may work with them on, I value the level, depth and number of free webinars on topics that are really useful for HR and legal professionals.’

‘I think the biggest stand out factor for me is you don’t feel like you are working with an external partner, they feel like and act like an extension of your own organization which helps you feel secure in the knowledge they will always push and advise for the best commercial and legal outcome for you. They partner and act like an extension of your business. I also think the biggest stand out on all the individuals I have worked with at Squires is their level of expertise balanced perfectly with pragmatism. It’s not uncommon, or unfair to suggest often with lawyers they “sit on the fence” and you can come away frustrated not knowing best next steps, just the risks, and often a more pessimistic view. I find in my dealings with Squires that they are objective, factual, balanced and give you an honest and practical view of the issues and how to proceed.’

‘The team I partner with are very professional, do not push constantly for further projects but balance this and therefore I return each time for advice and support. It is the lawyers we partner with that make the difference at Squires.’

‘I have partnered with Squires for some years, the main point of contact is Bryn Doyle. I have found Bryn to be informative, supportive, balanced, and has been outstanding in his support to myself and the company.

‘The team is very responsive and provides pragmatic, well thought through advice at a reasonable cost. They are our go to for litigation and are adept at handling tribunal claims in a cost effective manner, balancing the need to properly defend a case with the need to take a sensible, cost conscious approach.’

‘The team has high quality associates/juniors who can be trusted to lead tribunal work with minimal supervision from seniors and in an efficient way. ’

‘The team are experienced, quick to respond and commercial in their approach as well as being personable and keen to learn about our business and how they can best work alongside us. They are not afraid to give frank advice or to take a robust line in litigation. They have developed an online portal to assist with litigation case as well as spend management which in a fast moving business information that is key for us to be able to easily access. SPB also provide us with a named contact for billing and invoicing.’

‘Bryn Doyle is always responsive, available and commercial in his advice. Bryn has a great deal of experience and is always on top of current Tribunal approaches and evolving issues in the employment law space which has been invaluable over the past year. Jane Saunders is a clear and considered lawyer who really listens and provides concise advice.’

Key clients

CBRE

Tesco Plc

Superdrug Stores Plc

Gazprom

Ineos

Molson Coors

Burberry Limited

McColl’s Retail Plc

Vodafone Group Plc

Pets at Home Plc

Roadchef

BDO Services Limited

Sweco

Wells Fargo Capital Finance (UK) Limited

The Perfume Shop

Savers Health and Beauty Limited

Belcan LLC

Cardtronics

TransUnion

ThinkMoney Group

Tom James International

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs has a proven track record in acting for organisations facing significant, reputationally important investigations, inquests and prosecutions. The team's work encompasses some of the most high-profile matters in the market, such as the public inquiry into the Manchester bombing, and it also provides proactive advice on compliance with health and safety regulations. Solicitor-advocate Rob Elvin leads the practice; a health and safety specialist, he has more than 20 years' experience in this sector. Gary Lewis is frequently instructed by insurers and has a focus on the construction and printing industries.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

Gary Lewis

Testimonials

‘Superb communication, excellent industry sector knowledge, helpful and proactive, legitimate willingness to help.’

‘Gary Lewis made us feel that we were working together as a cohesive team.’

‘Their communication skills and ability to put over a complex issue with simple straight forward communication was excellent.’

‘The team are able to roll their sleeves up and give practical advice. They don’t just tell you what the law says. The Covid-19 briefings from the Employment team were the best I received from all law firms – they disseminated quite difficult legislation and guidance into understandable messages and the style was pitched just right.’

Key clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Delphi Diesel Systems

Aeros Global Limited

Tunstall Healthcare

Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

National Grid Gas Plc

Bayer Crop Science

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

A key strength of the ‘pragmatic team’ at Squire Patton Boggs lies in real estate finance work, while asset-based lending, corporate lending and leveraged finance work are additional areas of focus. The group frequently acts for private equity clients and is increasingly active in the public sector, supporting local authorities as well as other funders on large projects. Claire Shepherd leads the group, advising lenders and borrowers on all aspects of commercial lending, while key lawyer Matthew Ingram is also singled out. The team was strengthened with the arrival of associate Michael Atherton who rejoined the team from JMW Solicitors LLP in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Claire Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ingram; Graham Ball; Michael Atherton

Testimonials

‘High-quality advice from a regionally-focused firm with international reach.’

‘Prompt and pragmatic.’

‘Claire is an extremely intelligent, proactive, incisive and effective lawyer. She is my ‘go to’ banking lawyer in the North West region. She is smart, personable and humorous. She has excellent commercial aptitude and she distils complex legal issues in concise and effective language that allows me to make important legal decisions with confidence.’

‘Claire Shepherd is our main partner contact in Manchester. We value her in depth knowledge of our portfolio and procedures together with her common sense and practical approach to getting things done.’

‘The practice is knowledgeable and service orientated/partner led. Partners lead the conversations and are solution orientated, able to juggle workloads to ensure timelines are met. The partner we deal with is able to smoothly manage transactions/negotiations in a positive/constructive manner, easily able to put egos aside.’

Key clients

OakNorth Bank PLC

Praetura Commercial Finance Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/National Westminster Bank PLC/The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Lloyds Bank PLC

Yorkshire Bank / Clydesdale Bank

Polypipe Group PLC

Bank Leumi UK PLC

Stewart Milne Group

Assetz SME Capital Limited

ECI Partners LLP

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' 'excellent' financial services group includes a 'talented, hard-working and dedicated team of banking lawyers' with particular experience in misselling litigation, contentious regulatory work, professional negligence claims and fraud disputes. 'Highly skilled litigator' Anthony Taylor leads the national team and has a broad contentious banking and financial services practice. Peter Lees is a legal director to note, particularly for professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Peter Lees

Testimonials

‘A talented, hard-working and dedicated team of banking lawyers with fierce self-confidence and determination.’

‘Highly skilled and experienced team allied to a proactive and imaginative approach to litigation management. A traditional approach, but very soundly based and client focused.’

‘The banking litigation team at Squires is excellent – wonderful client service with consistently clear and considered advice that takes into account both success prospects and the commerciality of any claim. The team is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Anthony Taylor consistently provides advice of excellent quality and has a wonderful talent for identifying the best strategies for successful resolution, both on straightforward and complex matters. Always friendly and approachable, a great sense of humour also makes any discussions far more enjoyable.

‘Anthony Taylor is a highly skilled litigator. In addition to his high levels of technical competence and experience, he is extraordinarily diligent and hard working, determined to get to grips with difficult (non-legal) technical issues in order to understand and progress his clients’ interests.

Key clients

Manchester Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group (this includes Lloyds, Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Private Bank, Birmingham Midshires, Intelligent Finance, Colleys, Black Horse, Cheltenham & Gloucester, Halifax, and The Mortgage Business).

Mortgage Express

NRAM Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' Manchester commercial litigation team is particularly popular among clients in the manufacturing, technology, financial services and recruitment sectors. The latter is a growth area for the practice which is increasingly handling restrictive covenant disputes. The team is also increasingly active in contentious reputation management matters— where Peter Lees is highlighted — and data protection and cybersecurity disputes, for which the 'exceptional' practice head Victoria Leigh is the name to note; Leigh also maintains a strong pensions litigation practice. Other names to note include regulatory expert Rob Elvin, and director Mike Caird and senior associate Rebecca Green, who both have broad experience in corporate and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Taylor; Peter Lees; Rob Elvin; Mike Caird; Rebecca Green

Testimonials

‘This practice are extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and remained professional at all times. Billing was completely transparent. Great diversity in the practice.’

‘Sound, sensible, practical advice.’

‘Victoria Leigh was exceptional. She was extremely responsive to all emails and phone calls and all her advice was carefully thought through. I felt completely at ease and knew I was in safe hands.’

‘Very efficient and business-like service. Clear, sensible, and pragmatic advice. Provide excellent and timely support to a counsel team.’

‘Anthony Taylor demonstrates great commercial acumen, ability to think outside the box, and imagination in solving difficult legal problems.’

‘Quick review, response and advise where time is essential. Solid ability to pull other skill types (IP, Corporate, Commercial etc) into one platform.’

‘Rebecca Green – very good at commercial litigation support.’

‘Victoria Leigh, SPB Manchester. I’ve worked in-house for seven years and have trouble finding local counsel to address needs and assume control with little to no day-to-day direction without overstepping and leading without concern. Victoria does this well and I see her as a strategic ally and business partner as opposed to us having a client/customer relationship.’

Key clients

Co-op Group

Studio Retail Group

Manchester Building Society

Cullum Detuners Ltd

STVA UK Limited

DNOW Inc

MAN Energy Solutions

Assetz SME Capital Limited

GBG Plc

Fresh Property Group

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong record in corporate finance and private equity-backed transactions, alongside traditional M&A in a variety of sectors, particularly technology and e-commerce. The firm has notable capabilities in cross-border deals, with recent transactions including US, Canadian, and European elements. Practice head Giles Chesher is an active dealmaker with a number of notable repeat clients, while James Fitzgibbon is noted for his expertise across M&A and private equity work. Darren Warburton handles large-scale deals within the chemicals sector, while 'practical and pragmaticAndrea Cropley specialises in corporate finance work for infrastructure and financial services clients. Louise Barber was recently promoted to partner, and has expertise in corporate governance, ESG, and equity raisings.

Practice head(s):

Giles Chesher

Other key lawyers:

James Fitzgibbon; Andrea Cropley; Louise Barber; Darren Warbuton

Testimonials

‘I always appreciate the access to and involvement of the partner in engagements with SPB, which differentiates them from other firms I deal with’

‘Andrea Cropley is always on top of the detail as well as the big issues, and gives pragmatic and practical advice’

‘Diligent, driven and personable. Working with all associates and partners is a pleasure but importantly, deliverables are on time and to a high standard.’

‘Always on the end of the phone, no matter the time, to make sure things are delivered to deadline.’

Key clients

Zeus Capital Limited

GB Group plc

Instem plc

Studio Retail Group plc

Foresight Group/Clubhouse Golf

LDC Private Equity

Vaultier7

Clear Group

Hili Ventures

Miss Group (backed by Perwyn)

Shareholders of Nexus Topco Limited / Arkessa Limited

ROI Media UK Limited

Business Growth Fund

Atherton Bikes

Hospedia Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Intec Business Solutions

Mobeus Private Equity

On The Beach plc

The Coaching Inn Group Limited

Bantry Bay Capital Limited

Aptamer Group Limited

Finance Yorkshire Limited

Galliford Try Investments Limited

University Games Inc

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs advises a combination of public and private sector proponents, as well as notable financiers, on energy, transport, and social infrastructure developments. It has a strong flow of ongoing PFI work, alongside leading advice on HS2 and clean air projects. The team is led by Nick Helm, who has expertise in a broad range of infrastructure and PPP projects, including major net-zero and clean air developments.  Andrew Herring has notable capabilities in rail infrastructure, working nationally and internationally. Julian Scott is noted for his work on battery storage for investment funds, and Ian Wood  for his nuclear power specialism. Senior associate Amy Scott has wide expertise in infrastructure and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Nick Helm

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Herring; Julian Scott; Ian Wood; Amy Scott

Testimonials

‘SPB have assembled a great team here. Given the relatively small size of the team they punch well above their weight and offer much better value than many of their competitors in the infrastructure world. ’

‘Nick Helm leads the team well, he always gives us a positive experience, is reliable, always willing to assist, to educate and to try to find alternative solutions that lead to better commercial outcomes.’

 

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Sheffield City Council

Leeds City Council

Vital Energi

Galliford Try Investments

Amber Infrastructure

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

InfraRed Capital Partners

Equitix

Magnox

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs routinely acts for pension sponsors and trustees in sectors including regulated utilities, manufacturing and the public sector, such as local governments. The team's work spans transactions, risk management, litigation, and investigations by the Pensions Ombudsman. The practice also acts for the trustees of master trusts. Practice head David Griffiths has decades of experience advising on all kinds of pension schemes, and also serves as a professional trustee. Victoria Leigh leads the team's contentious work.

Practice head(s):

David Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Leigh

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, proportionate legal advice and a willingness to work collaboratively with other stakeholders to achieve the best outcome. An ability to think more widely than just legal considerations which are relevant to an issue.’

‘David Griffiths has consistently delivered considered, timely legal advice aimed at overcoming barriers to achieving the desired outcome for our scheme.’

‘Very robust knowledge of a highly specialist area. Sage counsel offered in a unemotional way, quickly and responsively. ’

‘We value their commercial and practical approach. Great availability of partners and reasonable cost.’

‘It does not matter what questions, queries or problems you give the team, they always deal with everything in a calm, efficient and professional manner. I know that I am in good hands and can ask them anything and they will deliver.’

‘David Griffiths has a superb knowledge of our schemes and has worked with us for many years. I really value his integrity, experience and patience; he always provides an exceptional service. ’

‘I have worked with David Griffiths on many different schemes and always found the advice to be effective and non-contentious.’

‘Absolutely fantastic, the Emergency Service of the legal world. We instructed Squire Patton Boggs in a multi-partite dispute which has involved not only mitigating a substantial liability for our client but also some unusual points of constitutional law.’

Key clients

Representative Beneficiary for the Cobb Europe Limited Pension Scheme

Trustees of PZ Cussons PLC Pension Plans

Trustees of Nampak Staff Pension Plan

Amey plc and Trustee of the Amey OS Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Aviva Master Trust

Trustees of the Sappi UK Pension Scheme.

Trustee of Graphic Packaging UK Limited Pension Scheme

Trustee of Brammer Services Retirement Benefits Scheme

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Led by development expert Mark Barker, praised for his ‘loyalty and professional integrity’, the team at Squire Patton Boggs advises clients on a wide range of both private and public sector matters, with a particular focus on advising public bodies on clean air and decarbonization initiatives. Additional areas of sector focus include retail and energy as well as sport and leisure. Mark Gaffney's expertise in regeneration and high value, complex transactions make him a key figure on the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barker

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gaffney; Nick Helm; Jonathan Brooke

Testimonials

‘A team that can switch between individuals quite easily and keep continuity. They have provided free training sessions for our team on matters that we selected – this has been exceptionally valuable for us.’

‘Jonathan Brooke is credible, knowledgeable and has an endless capacity to deal with all of the complexities we face in our land deals. I have worked with Jonathan for approaching 10 years and he has consistently been our preferred lead on all legal matters.’

‘The team have huge commitment to supporting our business. They have good knowledge of our internal and external sensitivities and risk appetite. They are highly supportive of our business plan and growth. They will go the extra mile to support us on operational deals. They have looked to include us in interesting round tables and initiatives. They have been highly supportive during the pandemic with good fee flexibility’

‘Mark Barker has been a huge supporter to our business. He has great loyalty and professional integrity. Mark will always go the extra mile for us when the pressure is on. Mark does not point-score but forms a strong relationship with the opposite advisers and commands their respect.’

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

Warburtons

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Equitix

InfraRed Capital Partners

Amber Infrastructure

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

The team at Squire Patton Boggs has been involved in local, national and international matters. Julian Scott covers non-contentious construction work, with expertise in renewable energy and other heavy engineering projects, as well as residential and mixed-use developments. Nick Helm contributes experience in infrastructure project finance and PFI/PPP schemes, with a wide range of sector expertise including education, energy, transport and healthcare.

Other key lawyers:

Julian Scott; Nick Helm

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs acts for major national and international clients in antitrust disputes, competition litigation, merger review proceedings, and investigations by the CMA and European Commission, including cartel proceedings and sector-wide market investigations. The team is led by Diarmuid Ryan, who divides his time between London and Manchester, while director Nicola Elam plays a leading role in major merger control and cartel investigations, as well as advising clients on competition law compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Diarmuid Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Elam

Testimonials

‘They provide a very personal service. They are client friendly, pragmatic, and the quality of their advice is very good. ’

‘Diarmuid Ryan: Highly value his collaborative nature and thoughtfulness. Nicola Elam: Excellent synthesizing complex information into clear and compelling legal submissions.’

‘Squire Patton Boggs has a really outstanding competition law practice. They provide top-notch legal advice across the gamut of competition law that is focused on being practical and to the point. ’

‘Partner Diarmuid Ryan is an extremely able competition lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients. He is great at providing pragmatic and real-world advice and his ability to strategise is second to none. His negotiating skills are also top-notch.’

 

 

Key clients

A.C. Nielsen

Bayer UK

Funeral Partners

Studio Retail Group plc

Telegraph Media Group

Vp plc

Amcor

ClearCourse Partnership LLP

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs acts nationally as well as internationally, handling complex cross-border restructuring matters for a client list that includes the Big Four accounting firms, large companies, clearing banks and asset-based lenders. The practice is also noted for its expertise in pensions-related insolvency work and distressed real estate matters. With the retirement of Susan Kelly, director Mark Prior, who has nearly two decades of experience in the restructuring and insolvency arena, now leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prior

Key clients

Aspinal of London

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

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs' team is instructed in matters involving public and private sector entities, particularly complex regeneration schemes and large-scale development projects. The practice is also active in infrastructure and transport projects, and has a niche in clean air and decarbonisation initiatives. Mark Barker leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barker

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gaffney; Nick Helm; Andrew Herring

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

Preston City Council

Lancashire County Council

Galliford Try Investments

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 4

Experienced practitioner Rob Elvin, who leads Squire Patton Boggs' environment team in the Manchester office, has particular sector expertise in the energy, chemicals, engineering and construction industries. He is supported by legal director Gary Lewis, who specialises in environment and health and safety litigation matters. The ‘very strong environment practice’ in Manchester works closely with the environment and planning teams in Birmingham and Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin; Richard Glover

Other key lawyers:

Gary Lewis

Testimonials

‘Very strong environment practice with strength in depth.’

‘Great all-round performance, expertise and very good to deal with.’

Key clients

Olin Corporation

Taylor Wimpey

McBride Plc

St Francis Group

National Oilwell Varco

Cummins

EDF

Lucite

Carpenter

Molson Coors

Veolia

Essity

Eden Springs

ZF Friedrichshafen

Kobayashi Healthcare Europe Limited

Orbit Homes

Huntsman

Gavilon

Polypipe

Circular Resources

Vital Energi

Baker Hughes

Avery Dennison

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Michelman Inc

Micromeritics

Electricity North West

Hackman Capital Partners

Northern Gas Networks

SP Manweb

Western Power Distribution

Falck Renewables

Fred Olsen Renewables

Elgin Energy

Clear Channel

The Co-op

Karbon Homes

Pure Gym

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

The team at Squire Patton Boggs acts for clients from the retail, energy and chemicals sectors. Director Helen Hoath is experienced in an array of contentious real estate matters, including commercial landlord and tenant disputes, easement disputes and restrictive covenants.

Other key lawyers:

Helen Hoath

Key clients

Co-op Group of companies

Studio Retail group of companies

Peel Group of companies

Clarity Travel Limited

H B Villages

Kemira Chemicals (UK) Limited

Northern Gas Networks Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs' team has 'really excellent experience across the whole gamut of commercial litigation'. It acts for clients in complex commercial and contractual disputes, shipping and commodities litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, and high-value fraud cases (particularly those involving multiple jurisdictions). In addition, other areas of activity include disputes connected with banking, sports and asset-based lending. Members of the team are also experienced in the enforcement of English awards and judgments. London litigation head Stephen Sampson is highly rated for sports and entertainment sector disputes, while Gareth Timms specialises in asset tracing matters and fraud-related cases. Chris Webber is a financial services, corporate and commercial litigation specialist. At director level, Stephen Cole focuses on high-value High Court litigation and multijurisdictional disputes. Ian Debbage acts for banking, retail, sport and construction industry clients. Senior associate Michael Davar and associate Katherine Wakeham are also highly regarded. Ben Holland joined K&L Gates LLP in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Stephen Cole; Ian Debbage; Chris Swart; Katie Pritchard; Stuart McInnes; Kwangkyu Park; Michael Davar

Testimonials

SPB offers big firm coverage in talent and quality of service with the intimacy of a boutique, and they are attentive and capable of acting with a high degree of autonomy.

This is a great, cohesive team of hands-on players, who are highly committed to the client’s cause.

Really excellent experience across the whole gamut of commercial litigation.

A very professional, well-organised and run commercial dispute resolution practice.

Stephen Sampson is earnest, hard-working. thorough and conscientious, but with a tough streak when required. He has trained up some truly exceptional lawyers, who have gone on to be market leaders.

Stephen Sampson leads the team authoritatively, but with a very supportive and reassuring manner towards both clients and team members.

Chris Webber is very smart, strategic and not intimidated by opponents. He’s thoughtful, proactive and productive in finding solutions to complex challenges.

Associate Katherine Wakeham is smart and determined, and can navigate complex information to communicate a viable strategic position.

Key clients

Chelsea Football Club

Asia Coal Energy Ventures

Rembrandt Enterprises

GDS Publishing

Project 11

Sportfive UK Holding

Sheffield Wednesday FC

Ali Khashoggi

Rangers FC

West Bromwich Albion

Kingdom of Spain

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong reputation in energy infrastructure, particularly in renewables, combined power and water projects (both nationally and in emerging markets). James Duckworth's practice spans all aspects of procurement of major development and infrastructure projects, and he is an expert in PPP/PFI projects. He continues to develop his practice in the Middle East, receiving new instructions relating to government advisory work and large-scale infrastructure projects. Zakir Mulla advises public sector organisations and national developers on landmark infrastructure and regeneration projects in relation to student accommodation, primary care and forecourt development.

Practice head(s):

Zakir Mulla

Other key lawyers:

James Duckworth

Key clients

Muse Developments Limited

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP

Catalyst Capital

FORE

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Dubai

Dubai Municipality

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

Frontier Investment Management, Denmark

Chania Green Generation Limited

NKT Cables A/S

Global Wind Services US Inc

Selenkei Investment Limited and Cedate Limited

Capital and Centric

Brookfield Group

Taqat Development Co

GSC Holdings (Pty) Limited

Central & Urban

Marubeni Corporation

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

Noted for its 'extremely high standard of work', Squire Patton Boggs has an excellent track record and maintains a spread of activity across the international private equity funds and capital markets spaces. Overseen by Hannah Kendrick, the team has been recently bolstered with the arrival of David Milne who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, and the elevation Mae Salem to the partnership. The group is engaged by many private equity funds on high-value M&A transactions and is skilled in handling IPOs. Jonathan Jones is a key transactional lawyer in the group as is Paul Mann, and Jonathan Ross is also singled out. Form commercial work, Paul Jinks is the main contact, advising a range of clients including blue-chip companies.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Kendrick

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jones; Paul Mann; Jonathan Ross; David Milne; Mae Salem

Testimonials

‘Robust legal advice. Take time to understand our needs and apply advice with a commercial focus. Problem solvers as well as lawyers. Good rapport with clients and always make themselves available at short notice.’

‘Jonathan Ross. Technical legal adviser who adopts a commercial approach. Has built a high level of trust with us as a client and became our go-to for corporate legal services.’

‘We have used SBP for two and a half years on all the M&A deals (27 in total) we have done. We continue to use the team as not only do they perform to an extremely high standard, they are also a really nice, friendly, helpful team of people. We have no complaints about them.’

‘The team are very helpful and flexible in terms of more active support when needed.’

‘Very practical and pragmatic team.  Down to earth. Hannah Kendrick is my contact.’

‘They are very “user-friendly”, by which I mean that they are incredibly easy to deal with – they are hugely impressive with the quality of their advice but they work with you in such a way that it’s not an intimidating, over-bearing, heavy-duty exercise. It’s just really good advice delivered in a friendly, professional manner that is easy to follow for non-lawyers.’

‘Corporate partner – Hannah Kendrick. Very approachable, always makes time for you and is pragmatic, credible, authoritative and manages to be an invaluable source of counsel for the senior management and board of the company.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Clearcourse Partnership Acquireco Limited

Kooth PLC

Heitman International LLC

Elaghmore Partners

Endless LLP

ECI Partners

H2 Equity Partners

LDC

Tissue Regenix Group plc

Xeros Technology Group plc

Applied Graphene Materials plc

TransUnion (formerly Call Credit)

Live Nation

Punter Southall Group

EDF Energy

Account Technologies

Clear Books Plc

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs’ corporate tax practice has a focus on domestic and international business tax issues, high-value and cross-border M&A deals, and financing work. Led by Leeds-based Mark Simpson, the team has a specialism in property related tax advice and has private equity funds, investors and public sector bodies as key clients. In the PE space, Timothy Jarvis has an employment-related practice and advises on land tax planning issues and employee share schemes. The team also works regularly with the firm's offices in London and Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Mark Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Jarvis

Testimonials

‘Good partner involvement. Responsive team.’

Key clients

Hackman Capital LLP

Live Nation

Kooth plc

FORE Partnership

Redx Pharma plc

Adler & Allan

LDC

ECI

Clearcourse

Prescient Healthcare Group

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs’ employment team is instructed by leading domestic and global corporates on cross-border restructuring matters and major litigation work. The group has strength across the food and drinks sector with various supermarkets and food processing plants as key clients. Matthew Lewis oversees the practice, which comprises key contacts Andrew Stones and newly promoted director Gemma Finlayson, who are skilled in handling complex reorganisations and senior executive issues. Louise Martin advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters including appearing before the Employment Tribunal on issues pertaining to discrimination claims, grievances and complex litigation; she also advises on corporate transactions involving TUPE issues. James Keogh left the team for Knights plc.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Stones; Gemma Finlayson; Louise Martin; Fiona Sellers

Testimonials

‘Squires handle our HR disputes on a retainer basis; we use a small team there who are readily available and provide an efficient service. Squires have also advised on more senior colleague issues offering pragmatic and commercial solutions. During Covid, they have been very helpful in guiding us though the many iterations of guidance and legislation we needed to comply with.’

‘Knowledgeable, always available, responsive and friendly. Always provide pragmatic, commercial advice. Partners retain professionalism and a sense of humour, appropriately.’

‘They understand the business, listen to properly identify what the issue or challenge you are trying to resolve and work collaboratively providing practical solutions or options to help with decision making.’

‘They work directly with us, maintain consistency, don’t duplicate work and are flexible but also able to bring in other expertise when required. Providing simple to understand options and suggestions with legal backup.’

‘The team are supportive, build strong relationships and take a personal interest. Commercially focused and knowledgeable in terms of our sector. Great internal network across SPB so you can always access the advice you need on a number of different employment related matters.’

‘Andrew Stones – Personable, professional, expert, commercial, relationship orientated, a good partner who gets to know and understand our business from the inside. Trusted.’

‘They take time to understand both the business and the issues before providing advice and support which is always pragmatic with a number of options.’

‘Both Andrew Stones and Fiona Sellers are excellent – they are ultra responsive and excellent communicators. I always judge my support on how they react to problems and issues and these individuals go over and above to provide the support I need.’

Key clients

Morrisons

Smiths Group

Pret

Pets at Home plc

Whittard

University of Law

Zenith Vehicle Contracts

Greggs

Card Factory

2 Sisters Food Group

Pure Electric

KP Films/Linpac

Real estate > Environment Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggsis very experienced with issues related to environmental compliance in the UK and EU’. The group is well-equipped to support on everything from non-contentious advisory matters through to contentious regulatory defence work, with a distinguished level of expertise in the interpretation of new and proposed legislative requirements, waste producer responsibility, environmental permitting, water regulatory, climate chance and contaminated land, among many other matters. David Gordon is the key senior name locally; he is principally experienced in compliance, liability and sustainability affairs and leverages the distinction of holding a Ph.D in environmental toxicology. At the more junior end, director Anita Lloyd is especially knowledgeable of the manufacturing and waste industries while senior associate Robert Biddlecombe is noted for his 'cool, calm and reassuring advice, even under pressure' . The practice is closely integrated with the firm’s global environmental, safety & health group which is spread across the US, Australia and the rest of Europe.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

David Gordon; Anita Lloyd; Caroline Almond; Rob Biddlecombe

Testimonials

‘The team go above and beyond and are always very concise with their answers’

‘Anita Lloyd is very personable; she makes advice easy to understand with concise answers that can be feedback into the business easily.’

‘Very experienced with issues related to environmental compliance in the UK and EU.’

‘Able to discuss the technical details behind legal requirements in the UK and EU, and able to quickly investigate any new issues as they arise.’

‘Partner and associate availability and engagement were both exceptional.’

‘An excellent environmental services lawyer, Rob Biddlecombe has been invaluable in assisting us with a number of challenging environmental and regulatory issues. He has provided cool, calm, reassuring advice under pressure and delivered constantly helpful and detailed advice and end product, which helped us achieve a successful outcomes to our problems. Always available, amenable and gives robust, practical, common sense advice to real world problems. ’

‘The environmental team is unique in that they have the capability to provide counsel and advice regarding European Union laws and regulations related to the management, handling, use and disposal of chemicals. I have also been impressed with the teams broad resources in this area, which was crucial when my company needed to obtain advice regarding the use of a certain chemical in several jurisdictions both in the EU and around the world. This broad capability and depth of knowledge makes the environmental team unique.’

‘The team is very approachable and easy to work with and talk to. I appreciate that they are very smart and experienced with respect to the area of law that I am seeking advice on and they take the opportunity to educate me as someone who is relatively new to the laws and regulations.’

Key clients

Olin Corporation

Taylor Wimpey

McBride Plc

St Francis Group

National Oilwell Varco

Cummins

EDF

Lucite

Carpenter

Molson Coors

Veolia

Essity

Eden Springs

ZF Friedrichshafen

Kobayashi Healthcare Europe Limited

Orbit Homes

Huntsman

Gavilon

Polypipe

Circular Resources

Vital Energi

Baker Hughes

Avery Dennison

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Michelman Inc

Micromeritics

Electricity North West

Hackman Capital Partners

Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs is highly active across the energy and infrastructure space, with a track record in high-end international and domestic project mandates. Co-head Richard Glover leads on planning matters with a multidisciplinary group fielding experts from litigation and real estate law. On the renewable energy side, Matthew Mulqueen is the key contact who handles domestic and EMEA-based offshore wind projects, while dual-qualified David Hardy handles planning matters for private sector clients and local authorities. On the international side, practice co-head James Duckworth splits his time between Leeds and Dubai and is strong on large-scale energy projects in the Middle East; he is also the PPP specialist in the team and regularly handles government regulatory work for Gulf States.

Practice head(s):

Richard Glover; James Duckworth

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Mulqueen; David Hardy

Key clients

Muse Developments Limited

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP

Catalyst Capital

FORE

PricewaterhouseCoopers Dubai

Dubai Municipality

Egdon Resources UK Limited

Veolia Middle East

Sumitomo Corporation

Marubeni Corporation

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

Fred Olsen Renewables

Elgin Energy

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs'highly capable' team has a strong foothold in various industries requiring IT services, however it stands out due to its expertise in technology-led energy projects, including matters involving electric vehicles and the development of clean air zones. In addition, clients benefit from the firm's international presence, which enables it to provide advice on global SaaS contracts, multi-jurisdictional fraud prevention strategies and various related matters. Stuart James is best known for advising clients on the procurement of IT systems in the healthcare, retail, financial services and utilities sectors. Simon Jones is an expert in IT outsourcing projects, with a niche in autonomous vehicles and smart manufacturing mandates. Associate Sam Tibbetts is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stuart James

Other key lawyers:

Simon Jones; Sam Tibbetts

Testimonials

‘Having used a number of firms over the past ten years, I find the depth of the commercial knowledge alongside the legal expertise offered to be exceptional. The team is responsive and motivated, and there seems to be a culture of hard work but with a very good balance between delivery and meeting our (sometimes changing) needs.’ 

‘The team have a lot of knowledge and expertise which they channel into simple, practical advice. They are results driven and so take a practical approach to getting the job done.’

‘Stuart James is the smartest lawyer I’ve worked with. His intellect is augmented by strong commercial acumen and pragmatism; his advice is first rate and is always provided with due regard for the commercial realities that we face (and detailed knowledge of the wider market). His team is strong but Stuart James is the person we turn to when we need in-depth advice.’

‘Stuart James is knowledgeable, curious, easy to work with and has a pragmatic understanding of the sector. He is clear on which points to fight for and which to concede based on your needs and risks.’ 

‘Simon Jones provided invaluable input and expertise on a recent technology and logistics project.’

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Greggs

Pets at Home

IDS-Indata

Kings Security Systems

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Grafton Group plc

ECI Partners LLP

Action Artificial Intelligence Limited

Intechnica Limited

Arrow Global Group plc

Waterstones

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

Stephanie Perraton heads the department at Squire Patton Boggs, advising on the full range of licensing issues. The team is known for its particular expertise in dealing with hotel licenses and acts for a number of the key players in this market. It is also recommended for its work with transport hubs and the convenience retail sector. Perraton is adept at covering all aspects of licensing such as alcohol and entertainment as well as late night food sales. She acts for a wide range of operators (including some listed companies). Nicola Smith is another significant member of the team who acts for hospitality, leisure and retail operators - her experience covers both licensing and food/product law.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Perraton

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Smith

Testimonials

‘Strong, structured, but above all realistic advise at all times. Response times are excellent. Understand the specifics of our industry “hospitality” which helps in giving sound guidance and advice. Run industry specific webinars. Helps educate us in markets where we may have limited or no exposure currently. Proactive in advice and support’.

‘Stephanie Perraton is an outstanding support. Realistic and a trusted advisor. Available, always takes a realistic approach. Strong communication. Multi-functional in terms of helping via colleagues with areas beyond her remit’.

‘Highly knowledgeable, excellent advice, really getting to know the issues at hand, ability to bring in other experts where necessary, very responsive and efficient. Provides direct advice and feedback’.

‘I have worked with Nicola Smith for many years. Always fully up to date with changes in legislation, able to bring previous cases and history as comparisons. Offers sound and well thought out advice in a range of situations.  An exceptional individual in her field.’

‘ Stephanie Perraton is technically knowledgeable, highly competent and very approachable; she is client-focused and goes and above beyond the call of duty! Truly exceptional – she gives lawyers a good name! Highly recommended! When Stephanie is not around, Nicola Smith is also superb – we have absolute confidence in Nicola’s abilities to deal competently and diligently with our licensing matters. She always responds in a timely manner‘.

‘Extremely proactive, always available, supportive and very friendly. The team’s knowledge and understanding of our business is superb’.

‘Stephanie Perraton acts and supports, as though she work for our business, as her understanding of it is excellent. Her willingness to go above and beyond is just second nature to her’.

Key clients

Select Service Partner Limited

One Stop Stores Limited

Jurys Inns

Roadchef

RBH Management

InterContinental Hotels Group

Shiva Hotels

4 C Hotels – Minories LLP (new client)

London Portman Hotel Limited (new client)

Kaleidoscope Bird Limited (new client)

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

The London team at Squire Patton Boggs is well-regarded for its 'calm professionalism and consistently high levels of service' - the corporate team is equally adept at handling both domestic and cross-border mid-cap transactions. Jointly led by Robert Bray and the Paris-based Tony Reed, the team's specialised sector-based approach sees them acting for a broad spectrum of private and publicly listed corporates. Bray's expertise lies chiefly in financial services and technology, while James McKay's prolific M&A practice spans various public and private industrials, as well as private equity houses. The 'exceptional' Mark Yeo advises a wealth of clients in media, healthcare, and sports. Veteran practitioner Trevor Ingle heads up the energy M&A desk. Ben Squires is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tony Reed; Rob Bray

Other key lawyers:

James McKay; Mark Yeo; Trevor Ingle; Ben Squires; Tim Stead

Testimonials

‘Great billing transparency – they agreed to provide automated daily WIP updates. Brilliant! Nothing is too big an ask with these guys and client service is always consistent. Advice is very practical.’

‘Rob Bray is an understated titan. Steely, tough, bright and very easy to work with.’

‘We are relatively new to the firm, but so far they have shown a good breadth of skills and knowledge for our requirements, in particular in the oil and gas industry in which we operate, on our M&A projects, in relation to AIM matters, where we are quoted, and for corporate matters generally.’

‘We have worked with the team for many years and always appreciated their calm professionalism and consistently high levels of service, irrespective of the size of transaction.’

‘One of the advantages of working with this firm is the quality of every member we deal with. Each bring their own particular expertise.’

‘We used SPB as legal advisors for two transactions and they were fantastic both times. They are true partners and always placed the success of our organisation and welfare of our team at the heart of their decision making. We had total confidence in their advice, they always cut through the legalese ensuring we knew what was of material importance. They are strong across M&A, tax and internationally. I never felt we were on the clock regarding fees, they always checked with us in advance before committing us to additional spend. Most importantly, they are good people who you enjoy working with during periods of high stress.’

‘Mark Yeo is exceptional.’

‘Close partner engagement on deals. Pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Live Nation Entertainment

Coats Group

Luceco

Synthomer

Edf Energy Renewables

Homeserve

Grafton Group

Lucite International

Polypipe Group

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs has a robust team nationally and internationally that is strong in the public and private sector and 'deals with complex matters while explaining options clearly'. Key specialisms include advising on  regulatory compliance, investment, disputes and data protection issues. The group has a significant market presence in regulated utilities (especially water, nuclear and electricity sponsored schemes) and also has many not-for-profit clients, clients in the faith sector, industry bodies as well as trade associations and trade unions. Matthew Giles is a seasoned practitioner who leads the practice that includes Philip Sutton and former Gowling WLG practice head Glyn Ryland, who joined the Trustee Corporation - a professional independent trustee company which is part of the firm - in 2020. Newly promoted partner Victoria Jeacock co-ordinates its national public sector pensions group.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Giles; Clifford Sims

Other key lawyers:

Philip Sutton: Glyn Ryland; Victoria Jeacock

Testimonials

‘A strong and effective team. I was pleased to see Victoria Jeacock being promoted to partner recently – very well deserved’.

‘The team is knowledgeable and led by an experienced partner. The team has been able to draw in additional specialisms from the wider firm. We have worked closely with Matthew Giles – his knowledge of both our scheme and the wider pensions legislation and practical application has been incredibly helpful. He is also commercial and puts forward pragmatic solutions to complex situations’.

‘The SPB team is one of the strongest in the Midlands market. The lawyers are extremely impressive. They have worked hard on social media and communications and provide excellent content to clients and the wider market’.

‘I find that Phil Sutton gets to the route of issues quickly and is very helpful in delivering commercial advice. The lawyers price competitively and understand what is important to trustees’.

‘The firm has immense expertise in pensions law and related areas including investments and banking. The firm provides a complete pensions service including preparation of legal documents, legal advice, information about developments in pensions law as well as pensions training’.

‘Clifford Sims explains complex issues in a clear and straightforward way and quickly gains respect from his audience. Phil Sutton is very detailed and thorough in his advice’.

‘Its collaborative style leads to a seamless service delivery, with that service being delivered at a cost that frankly continues to surprise me at its value for money. I truly believe that we receive a quality of advice comparable with any of the big London firms, at a considerably lower cost’.

‘Matthew Giles delivers on point advice that is tempered with a commercial insight and a keen understanding of the practicalities. His ability to outline issues and solutions in a way that is understandable to all is a quality that is rare but so very valuable. All in all, it means that things just get done’.

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover Pension Trustees Limited

Goodyear Tyres UK Limited

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

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

At Squire Patton Boggs, the Leeds pensions practice is led by key name Catherine McKenna and advises an impressive roster of clients including public and private sector trustees. The team is active in regulated industries and provides a full-service offering across regulatory compliance, investment, dispute and data protection work. Jane Briggs advises pension schemes and their sponsors, and is supported by a group of strong associates including. Jason Blakey and Anna TomlinsonElizabeth Graham left the team for Walker Morris LLP.

Practice head(s):

Catherine McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Jane Briggs; Jason Blakey; Anna Tomlinson

Testimonials

‘Good industry knowledge and able to provide good sound practical advice. Very willing to adapt to clients needs.’

‘Jane Briggs- able to deal with large volumes of work and styles of negotiation. Very supportive and calm under pressure. A great team asset.

‘The practice has good coverage of pensions law and a helpfully straightforward and practical way of explaining it. They are proportionate in their approach and careful to tailor their advice to the specific circumstances and requirements of our scheme.’

‘We mainly deal with Catherine McKenna. She has acted for the scheme for many years and thus has in-depth knowledge of both the scheme characteristics and the Trust Deed and Rules. She also has very good relationships with the key members of the Trustee Board and indeed other advisers. Above all she is absolutely clear in acting in her clients best interest, which is enormously valuable in the context of difficult negotiations.’

Key clients

Trustee of Kelda Group Pension Plan

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 Fenner Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Belden Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Huntsman Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Intelek Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Lincoln Electric Pension Scheme

Trustees of the SPX Pension Scheme

Northern Gas Networks

Real estate > Planning Tier 1

At Squire Patton Boggs, Richard Glover is 'an excellent tactician and steeped in public inquiry experience', particularly in the renewable energy and public utilities arenas. Dual-qualified solicitor and barrister David Hardy has varied experience in compulsory purchase matters (working on behalf of both private sector clients and local authorities) and planning litigation. Senior associate David Myers is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Glover

Other key lawyers:

David Hardy; David Myers

Testimonials

SPB has a particular strength in the development of energy related projects, and in contentious appeal work. They combine a clear sighted understanding of tactics and strategy for section 78 appeals with an impressive level of organisation and efficiency.’

‘Richard Glover – an excellent tactician and steeped in public inquiry experience.’

Key clients

Northern Gas Networks

SP Manweb

Western Power Distribution

Falck Renewables

Fred Olsen Renewables

Elgin Energy

Clear Channel

East Lindsey District Council

The Co-op

Leavesley Group

Reckitt

Taylor Wimpey

Karbon Homes

Loxley Homes

Strata Homes

Pure Gym

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

With a large team across the UK, Squire Patton Boggs is well positioned to handle significant M&A, regulatory matters, commercial agreements and employment litigation involving major football clubs and other prominent sporting organisations. David Hull has built a strong reputation as a result of handling numerous M&A transactions for football clubs. On the non-contentious side, Charlie Frost is a core member of the team and is singled out for advising clients on complex employment law matters, while Simon Jones stands out for his diverse commercial sports practice. At a more junior level, senior associate Sarah Wilkinson is a standout lawyer, with a particular focus on employment issues.

Practice head(s):

David Hull

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Frost; Sarah Wilkinson; Simon Jones

Key clients

Sheffield Wednesday FC

Alpine Racing

Aston Villa FC

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Project 11

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has 'deep knowledge of ABL techniques' which it deploys to good effect on behalf of a primarily funder-oriented client base, including commercial banks and alternative lenders. Although numerous lawyers based out of the firm's regional offices do have some ABL knowledge as part of their broader finance offering, the engine room of the team remains in London and is overseen by the 'very effective' and experienced Paula Laird, who has developed a formidable reputation in the market for advising on both domestic and cross-border mandates. Noted for his 'attention-to-detail and business acumen', senior associate Tom Dell’Avvocato also continues to develop a strong reputation in the market and provides invaluable assistance to Laird on many of these mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paula Laird

Other key lawyers:

Tom Telford; Gareth Timms; Claire Shepherd; Graham Ball; John Alderton; Tom Dell’Avvocato; Stephen Downey

Testimonials

The team has deep knowledge of ABL techniques and offers the best assistance, both in terms of quality and time-responsiveness.’

The team is accessible and committed to providing an innovative solution.’

The team provides a solutions-based approach.’

Paula Laird has significant market presence.’

‘Tom Dell’Avvocato has  good attention to detail, business acumen and accessibility.

‘Claire Shepherd is enthusiastic, helpful, knowledgeable and decisive.

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland

White Oak

Wells Fargo

HSBC

ABN AMRO

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc

Gordon Brothers

Aurelius

Pretura Commercial Finance

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' group demonstrates strong regional, national and cross-border expertise in acquisition finance, real estate investment and development finance and asset-based lending. It also works closely with the pensions team to offer complementary advice on PPF matters, debt finance aspects of pensions matters and liability driven investment mandates. Key partners include Tom Telford for asset based lending; real estate finance specialist Nicholas Bell and the 'very pragmatic and efficient' Jeremy Ladyman, who focuses on treasury and derivatives and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Telford; Nicholas Bell; Jeremy Ladyman

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic team who continue to bring good people through their business.’

‘Jeremy Ladyman – very pragmatic and efficient.’

Key clients

Global Autocare Holding Limited

Vp plc

Clydesdale Bank plc (Trading as Yorkshire Bank)

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Primo Water Corporation

Zeus Capital Limited

King Topco Limited

Customade Group

Ligentia Group Holdings Limited

H2 Equity Partners / RAM Bidco Limited

IG Markets Limited

Huntington Bank

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Roy Grist is Squire Patton Boggs’s key finance partner in Birmingham; he is highly acclaimed for his proficiency in asset-based, real estate and acquisition finance, as well as general bank lending. His practice is fully integrated with both the firm’s national and international banking and finance department, which is also particularly formidable in terms of cross-border corporate acquisition finance, leveraged and sponsor-backed acquisition finance and the amendment and restructuring of existing facilities, among other matters. The firm enjoys an excellent reputation within the education, sporting and pensions sectors.

Practice head(s):

Roy Grist

Testimonials

‘They are proactive, commercial and good to work with. Their services are priced well vs competitors.’

‘Roy Grist is approachable, professional and very knowledgeable.’

‘They take ownership, respond promptly and collaborate with other members of their team well.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

National Westminster Bank Plc

ThinCats

Frontier Development Capital

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Gordon Brothers

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc

Barclays Bank Plc

Miss Group

Envirogen Group

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has particular experience in financial mis-selling disputes, including relating to PPI and film finance schemes, as well as cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement issues. Its expertise also extends to insurance and pensions disputes. The national team is led by Manchester-based Anthony Taylor and includes Simon Garbett and director Ian Skinner, who focuses in fraud and professional negligence work, in Birmingham. Garon Anthony joined HCR Hewitsons.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Simon Garbett; Ian Skinner

Key clients

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Brooks Macdonald Plc

Trustee of Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

Homeserve Plc

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

Mazars Financial Planning

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs‘ litigation practice attracts praise for its ‘excellent service‘ across a range of UK and cross-border disputes. Practice head Simon Garbett, who ‘always has an eye out for the commercial and pragmatic element of any dispute‘, focuses on automotive and manufacturing supply chain disputes, including product liability and delay issues. The group also counts IT sector litigation, for which director Ian Skinner is noted, financial services disputes, including film finance issues, and pension disputes among its areas of specialism. Other names to note include senior associate Mariyam Harunah, whose experience spans pension, defamation and reputation management disputes, and ‘technically sound‘ associate Rose Chaudry. Garon Anthony joined HCR Hewitsons.

Practice head(s):

Simon Garbett

Other key lawyers:

Ian Skinner; Mariyam Harunah; Rose Chaudry

Testimonials

‘Flexibility in response, good coordination of team and interface. Clear and constructive communication, good sense and competent recommendations.’

‘Very responsive, excellent service.’

‘Great team that are super friendly and approachable. My go-to team for litigation queries. They always help, even when it is not a matter that is big enough to be billed. It means that when the big-ticket work comes around, I will always consider using them first.’

‘Simon Garbett always takes time to keep in touch and to be available. He is clearly well versed in the tactics of contentious matters but always has an eye out for the commercial and pragmatic element of any dispute. A pleasure to work with and a genuinely good guy.

Rose Choudhry is great to work with. She understands the issues quickly and provides solid, sensible advice quickly and to budget. I have no qualms about contacting Rose directly.’

‘Good to have one experienced contact point that at various points in time can pull in experts in theme and coordinate them. Good collaboration.’

‘Rose Chaudry – good to deal with, technically sound and well-pitched advice.’

Key clients

Vodafone

Atlantic Projects Company

Taylor Wimpey

Vets 4 Pets (part of Pets at Home)

Jaguar Land Rover Pension Trustees Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank

AKW Medi-Care Limited

Edenhouse Solutions

Citron Hygiene

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' 'talented, commercially focused and technically excellent' litigation and international dispute resolution group is particularly strong for cases with multi-jurisdictional issues. The team is jointly led by the 'outstanding' Jason Blakey, real estate litigation expert David Holland and Manchester-based Victoria Leigh and benefits from the ability to leverage its hefty cross-office resources in national and international matters. Among its broad experience, the team has expertise in pensions and procurement litigation; for the latter, senior associate Jenny Broderick — who is highlighted by one client as 'a go to litigation lawyer outside London with a very big future' — is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jason Blakey; David Holland; Victoria Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Broderick; James Peel

Testimonials

‘Clear and precise with their interpretations and advice. Continually offer a refreshingly realistic picture of the law in relation to any given situation. As a client, you are left with the impression that they are not only protecting you from a legal perspective but also trying their best to offer maximum value for their fees.’

‘James Peel has been the standout representative of Squire Patton Boggs. A highly personable individual with a gift of comprehensive understanding, swift analysis, and incisive thought. James helped guide us to a successful mediation after a protracted claim. Had the claim not been successful I would still have recommended James as proved to be a diligent and trustworthy counsel throughout.’

‘Proactive and Commercial.’

‘It is a talented, commercially focused and technically excellent team. It is more commercial and more client-focused than other teams – it seeks to deliver favourable commercial outcomes as efficiently and quickly as possible and resists process driven solutions which are expensive and can be unpredictable.’

‘Jason Blakey: very easy to work with, very experienced and commercial. He focuses upon getting his clients to favourable outcomes as quickly and painlessly as possible.’

Jenny Broderick: an outstanding lawyer. Technically superb but blends with obvious commercial acumen – a “go to” litigation lawyer outside London with a very big future.’

‘Very easy to work with and a good team dynamic both within SPB and between us and SPB. Over the past years SPB have invested time and effort to get to know us, our company and how we operate to a much greater extent than their competitors and this really shows in the results as well as the working relationship. Our success rate with SPB is very high and I believe this is largely due to the relationship and understanding between us.’

‘Jason Blakey is an outstanding solicitor, very friendly and approachable, knowledgeable and genuinely cares about us as customers. Always available and willing to help without billing 6 minutes for every brief question!’

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

Komori UK Limited

Electricity North West Limited

Euronet Worldwide Inc (and YourCash)

Redmayne Bentley LLP

Northern Gas Networks

Laybuy Holdings (UK) Limited

Chint Europe (UK) Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

At Squire Patton Boggs, European real estate head Matthew Dalzell leads the 'dynamic, professional, results-focused and dependable' group. Dalzell is a specialist in investment transactions and development projects in the student accommodation, hospitality and residential sectors. David Chan offers complementary expertise in transactional regeneration, development and energy work, while Prew Lumley is active in retail-related real estate work. Karen French and senior associate Ian Hartley are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dalzell

Other key lawyers:

David Chan; Prew Lumley; Karen French; Ian Hartley

Testimonials

‘Dynamic, professional, results focused and dependable.’

‘Ian Hartley’s ability to be commercial and pragmatic whilst understanding the real estate/property legal position. In addition Ian’s communication style was a huge benefit to working with the other side and also with the investment company management teams who were very complimentary about his ability to explain in simple terms what it means to them.’

‘Karen French – approachable, funny, great deal of knowledge about our sites and our business.’

Key clients

Esquire Retail Limited

Artisan Food Hall Worcester Limited

BCEGI

Muse Developments

ZM Land and Capital

Large American fast food operator

Capital & Centric (Resurrection) Limited

Nimbus Investments CXLII B.V. and Customade Group

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs’ construction and engineering practice forms part of the firm’s global team and is active on matters in jurisdictions as diverse as Kenya, Italy, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia. The group delivers a full lifecycle service on energy, infrastructure, industrialised plant and commercial real estate development projects with prominent expertise in all types of contracts, in addition to PFI-related advice and disputes. The ‘always approachable and consistently intuitiveRay O’Connor is vastly experienced in energy project-related disputes, as is Graeme Bradley who is also active in the real estate and infrastructure sphere and leverages a track record in adjudication, litigation, international arbitration, ADR and mediation matters; the pair head the practice alongside Robert Norris whose expertise primarily lies in rail, civil engineering, process plant and building projects.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Bradley; Robert Norris; Ray O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Evans

Testimonials

‘The team are very adaptive to whatever issue they are been asked to advise and support our business on. In my time working with SPB the subjects have varied from adjudications on payment issues to very complex geotechnical issues, settlement agreement negotiations and dispute strategies. At all times SPB listen to our team and their understanding and frustrations and then simplify and assist in enabling us to step back and structure a way forward. Whilst their technical capability is excellent, the skill they have in listening to their clients’ needs and piecing together the correct solution is a formidable trait.’

‘Ray O’Connor continues to be a vital member of our team and is always approachable on any subject we put to him. His input is consistently professional and intuitive, in a manner that is always supportive. Often efforts are open and collaborative which enables solutions and outputs to be drafted, amended and perfected quickly and efficiently whilst ensuring all relevant inputs from the team are incorporated and presented effectively. Deadlines, costs and results are key to all businesses and in the past difficult year the quality of support has been unaffected with Ray and his team embracing innovation.’

‘Very effective team with good professional standards and high quality work. The documentation for a recent adjudication was of a very high standard and the quality of our submissions is what I believe caused our opponents to concede the case. There is a good working relationship with our in house staff.’

‘Graeme Bradley is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced; he is easy to talk to and has no problem talking through situations and potential solutions to help find the suitable remedies with good advice always available.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and professional. Very approachable and easily accessible team.’

‘Graeme Bradley and Stephen Evans are accomplished, experienced, communicative and easy to deal with. Safe advice given and successful outcomes achieved with their assistance and guidance on a number of issues.’

‘Excellent knowledge of PFI infrastructure disputes and commercial awareness of Contractual levers and drivers.’

‘Robert Norris shows excellent skills in understanding – and trying find to solutions to – complex issues quickly and efficiently.’

Key clients

ABB Limited

Areaworks Group Limited (NAO Group)

Arena Events Group plc

Association of Decentralised Energy

Atlantic Projects Company Limited

Baglan Operations Limited

Blackpool Borough Council

Calon Energy Limited / Macquarie

Centrica

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited

Cheyne Capital

Circular Resources (UK) Limited

Cummins

Dalata Hotels

Department of Health

Envirogen Group

Envirogen Water Technologies Limited

Feldon Valley (Guernsey) Limited

Fluence Energy LLC

Fresenius Kabi

Frontier Power

Green Arrow Capital

HBV Villages

Imperial College

Inception Holdings SARL

Johnson & Johnson Finance Limited

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Limited

Jury’s Hotels

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Mercia Power

Midas Construction Limited

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Pannonia Ethanol ZRT

PWC

Quartzelec Limited

RTS Technology Solutions Limited (t/a Vanti)

Selfridges Retail Limited

Severn Power Limited

Statera

Sutton Bridge Power Generati

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs is highly regarded for mid-market M&A transactions, equity capital markets and takeover code work, as well as private equity mandates. Practice head Geoff Perry, praised as ‘an expert in his field’, is primarily active in the industrials and healthcare sectors though the wider team also represents household names from industries such as manufacturing, retail, leisure and football. On the commercial front, the group is adept in the full gamut of contractual affairs and boasts distinguished expertise in the establishment of both inbound and outbound trading arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Perry; Tony Reed; Stuart James

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Glaze; David Hull; Simon Jones

Testimonials

‘Down to earth, knowledgeable and approachable team.’

‘Geoff Perry is an expert in his field but practical and friendly, no arrogance, always willing to help out.’

‘Down to earth and pragmatic. Friendly and knowledgeable.’

‘Geoff Perry is a pleasure to work with. He is sensible and really knows his stuff and manages to put complex matters into easy to understand language.’

Key clients

Polypipe Group PLC

Anglo Asian Mining PLC

Pine Island Capital Partners

Sheffield Wednesday F.C.

Matrix SCM Group Limited

Homeserve PLC

Rcapital Partners LLP

Veolia Environment S.A.

Transport for Greater Manchester

Employment Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs acts for a number of high-profile sports clients and also advises organisations in the technology, healthcare, construction, hospitality, retail and financial sectors. It is adept at handling complex restructurings (including advising on offshoring strategies) and large-scale international projects. In addition the practice also boasts a number of TUPE specialists who advise on the TUPE aspects of corporate transactions. Charlie Frost and Ramez Moussa regularly provide employment law advice to the firm’s private equity clients. The group is well-regarded for its strength on the contentious side too.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Frost

Other key lawyers:

Ramez Moussa

Testimonials

‘The employment team at Squires is a great team to work with, it is a diverse group who between them support all our needs whether it be a complex TUPE discussion or a more straight forward settlement agreement. The lawyers are commercial in their advice and are always on hand to help work through a challenging change programme’.

‘Ramez Moussa is articulate, knowledgeable, commercially focussed and my ‘go to’ for complex employment matters. He is equally good when asked to discuss matters with our customers or our customers’ legal advisors and is an absolute professional. Outstanding’.

‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable. It has built good working relationship with our HR team and an understanding of our business and values. The lawyers provide realistic summaries and options to reach pragmatic solutions. Always proactive with changes on the horizon and sharing updates’.

‘Ramez Moussa is a highly experienced individual, very robust TUPE support especially. Always responsive and flexible and a great partner at a senior level’.

Key clients

Amaris Hospitality Limited

Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland

Renault F1 (now Alpine F1)

Dalata Group

LafargeHolcim

Next Plc

Bayer Plc

Deutsche Bank

Aggregate Industries Limited

National Australia Bank

Carl Zeiss

Jewson

Saint-Gobain

Aston Villa Football Club

BDO LLP

ECI Partners

Roper Technologies Inc

West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Citron Hygiene

Visteon

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong health and safety offering in the petrochemical, waste, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors. The team is led by Robert Elvin whose corporate defence and accident investigation practice is highly rated. The team also undertakes work in the retail, entertainment and energy sectors, particularly in the context of compliance advice as part of large corporate and real estate transactions. In addition, the practice offers health and safety training in all of the above sectors, maintaining longstanding relationships with notable clients within these industries. Gary Lewis is an expert in the construction and printing sectors and offers advice on matters including accident investigation and directors' duties, particularly in the area of suicide in the workplace.

Practice head(s):

Robert Elvin

Other key lawyers:

Gary Lewis; Robert Biddlecombe

Testimonials

‘Gary Lewis provides a level of help and support which is second to none.’

‘Rob Elvin is always available for us, nothing is too much trouble and he has been very approachable, enabling me to get ‘up to speed’ in an area of law that is not my specialism. Rob’s advice is among the most practical and business focused that I have encountered. He filters out hypothetical debate and quickly identifies practical solutions to a situation’

Very knowledgeable about the law and its application. 

Key clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Delphi Diesel Systems

Aeros Global Limited

Tunstall Healthcare

Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

National Grid Gas Plc

Bayer Crop Science

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs' team, which is led by John Alderton, demonstrates 'exceptional legal knowledge and ability' in complex reorganisations, disposals and corporate insolvency work. Its recent work spanned the retail and restaurant, mining and energy sectors. Associate Jon Chesman frequently assists Alderton with contentious and non-contentious insolvency mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Alderton

Other key lawyers:

Jon Chesman

Testimonials

‘The team combines its skills from litigation, finance, re-structuring and insolvency, so you receive a very rounded approach. ’

‘John Alderton – senior partner with an excellent all round knowledge and understanding of the many aspects of finance and insolvency that we are involved in, with an ability to manage situations that are under pressure and need careful management.’

‘Jon Chesman – associate and insolvency specialist. An individual that never ceases to impress with his ability to translate thoughts into impressive and understandable letters and spoken thoughts.

‘Interactions largely limited to John Alderton. Long standing partner, great in the market, well connected and commercial/practical approach. Easy to get on with, easy to get hold of and understands the importance of reciprocity.’

‘Exceptional legal knowledge and ability to ‘spin up’ at a moments notice. The team will lead or support depending on requirements and you always know you’re safe in their hands. ’

Key clients

KPMG

Deloitte

BDO

Ernst & Young

RSM

PwC

Grant Thornton

CRG Recovery

Begbies Traynor Group

Leumi ABL

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Noted for its specialist knowledge of the high-street, hospitality, retail, education, pensions and automotive sectors, Squire Patton Boggs operates on a local, national and international scale; the restructuring and insolvency team has recently been active across Spain, Sweden, the UAE and US, among other jurisdictions. The ‘excellentDevinder Singh leads the group and is particularly busy on the contentious front, acting for major clearing banks, insolvency practitioners, asset-based lenders, corporates and creditors alike. The team also includes Russell Hill, hailed as an ‘excellent restructuring adviser’, along with ‘important’ senior associate Oliver Ward-Jones.

Practice head(s):

Devinder Singh

Other key lawyers:

Russell Hill; Oliver Ward-Jones

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the local restructuring market.’

‘Russell Hill has a very good balance between commercial, practical and legal knowledge which is invaluable when delivering solutions for clients.’

‘Quick to respond, excellent legal advice. Proactive.’

‘The SPB team has strength in-depth and can always pull on the wider legal team for in depth sector or specialist area knowledge. Their responsiveness is always good and all the work is partner led, with clear, sound advice.’

‘Devinder Singh and Russell Hill are both excellent lawyers who lead the team from the front. They have excellent detailed legal knowledge and are always prepared to support us as a team as part of our long standing and close relationship. They are good guys to deal with and both ver personable.’

‘My main contact is Russell Hill who is both pragmatic and user friendly in highly charged matters which restructuring can often involve. Oliver Ward-Jones is an important part of the team. Devinder Singh is good on the contentious litigation side and we regularly work with him’

‘SPB’s restructuring practice is one of the leading mid market players in the UK, driven capably by Russell Hill who is one of our few go-to lawyers for complex situations.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Barclays Bank

KPMG

Ernst and Young

Grant Thornton

Duff & Phelps

Leonard Curtis

BDO

Cambridge & Counties Bank

RCapital

FRP Advisory

Secure Trust Bank

Thincats

Smith and Williamson

PNC

Sanko Gosei UK Limited

Litigation Funding Solutions Ltd

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

Squire Patton Boggs advises clients across the spectrum of IT and telecoms, demonstrating particular strength in M&A transactions. Andrew Wilkinson, who leads the firm's IP and technology EMEA group, advises major suppliers and users of technology on various matters, encompassing cloud arrangements, system design, build and implementation and outsourcing. Francesco Liberatore specialises in competition law, assisting TMT clients with merger control due diligence and filings, investigations brought by regulators and compliance issues. Senior associate James Pearson stands out for his expertise in IT contracts involving biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Warren Phelops, who specialises in IP and technology law, joined the firm from K&L Gates LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Liberatore (Communications Regulation) Andrew Wilkinson (Intellectual Property and Technology)

Other key lawyers:

James Pearson; Warren Phelops

Testimonials

‘A strong team, made excellent by the presence of Francesco Liberatore.’

‘Francesco Liberatore is particularly superb – great to work with and has a real in-depth knowledge of telecoms law and practice.’

‘Combination of antitrust and telecoms expertise. The team is always available and quick when needed.’

Key clients

Arqiva

Avaya

Clear Channel

Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar

GSMA

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Vodafone

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs's non-contentious pensions practice is led by Wendy Hunter and Clifford Sims. Known for its strong market presence in regulated utilities and working with six Local Government Pension Schemes, the team's specialisms include regulatory compliance and investments. Kirsty Bartlett  leads the firm's national public sector pensions group, where she advises on trustee and employer matters ranging from benefit changes, to funding and mergers. Victoria Leigh manages the disputes practice, which acts for trustees, employers, and members in all litigious and disputed matters.  Liaising with the firm's data protection lawyers, fraud and cyber risk management in the pensions sector is a growing area of expertise for Leigh and colleagues. The team also advises on construction and rectification issues, as well as and professional negligence claims, funding disputes, and regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Clifford Sims – National; Wendy Hunter – London

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Bartlett; Chris Harper; Philip Sutton

Testimonials

‘Tremendous strength at partner level for both litigious and advisory work across its UK offices.’

‘Great attention to detail but pragmatic at the same time. Good availability of wider resources within the firm, with specialisms that may be needed from time to time. All exceptional team players who work collaboratively with other advisers – helps run the Board efficiently.’

‘The team are quick to respond to queries and are always helpful and joined up. We have had some significant projects needing advice and that always is clear and comprehensive.’

‘Clifford Sims, Wendy Hunter, Kirsty Bartlett, Philip Sutton and Victoria Leigh are all leaders in their fields.’

Key clients

West Midlands Pension Fund

Allianz Retirement and Death Benefit Fund

Amey plc and Trustee of the Amey OS Pension Scheme

The Pension Service

Trustees of the UNISON Staff Pension Scheme

Local Government Association

Trustee of the Aviva Master Trust

The trustees of the Manpower Pension Plan

Anglian Water Group Pension Trustee Limited

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs‘s non-contentious pensions practice is led by Wendy Hunter and Clifford Sims. Known for its strong market presence in regulated utilities and working with six Local Government Pension Schemes, the team’s specialisms include regulatory compliance and investments. Kirsty Bartlett  leads the firm’s national public sector pensions group, where she advises on trustee and employer matters ranging from benefit changes, to funding and mergers. Victoria Leigh manages the disputes practice, which acts for trustees, employers, and members in all litigious and disputed matters.  Liaising with the firm’s data protection lawyers, fraud and cyber risk management in the pensions sector is a growing area of expertise for Leigh and colleagues. The team also advises on construction and rectification issues, as well as and professional negligence claims, funding disputes, and regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Simon Garbett; Garon Anthony; Rebecca Green; Mariyam Harunah

Testimonials

‘Probably my top recommendation for pensions litigation. Very strong in the market, superb lawyers and excellent strategic thinking/client care.’

‘The team has actively gone to lengths to explain the legal process that has to be followed in a comprehensive yet straightforward way that is therefore neither intimidating or open to misunderstanding. It has been evident that whilst due process must be respected, pragmatism is also central to proceedings.’

‘Victoria Leigh is the head of department in pensions litigation and pre-eminent in her field. She is sensible, pragmatic, commercially-minded and a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Representative Beneficiary for the Cobb Europe Limited Pension Scheme

Amey plc and Trustee of the Amey OS Pension Scheme

Jaguar Land Rover Pension Trustees Limited

Representative Beneficiary for the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme

Representative Beneficiary for the CMG UK Pension Scheme

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Panasonic Pension Plan

Elementis Group Pension Plan

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs’ power practice handles the full range of renewable and conventional energy projects, and has strength in the offshore wind area. Ian Wood is a key name for nuclear power mandates, and jointly oversees the group with Trevor InglePeter Stewart, who recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP has expertise across emerging markets, particularly in Africa and the Middle East; he advises on infrastructure projects and handles international arbitration matters. The practice has recently seen the departures of two senior figures - Henry Davey and Peter Wright, who joined McCarthy Denning, with new joiners including corporate specialists Jayson Marks and Julian Thatcher.

Practice head(s):

Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:

Peter Stewart; Robert Broom; Jayson Marks; Matthew Mulqueen

Testimonials

‘They have a good breadth of skills and knowledge for our requirements, in particular in the oil and gas industry in which we operate, on our M&A projects, in relation to AIM matters, where we are quoted, and for corporate matters generally.’

‘Jayson Marks is very knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and easy to work with.’

Key clients

EDF Energy

Myrtah Energy

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Calon Energy Limited

Fiji Electricity Authority

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

Magnox Limited

Volta Energy Group Limited

Ener-G Combined Power Limited

Frontier Investment Management Denmark

Falck Renewables Limited

Invenergy

RES UK & Ireland Limited

Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems

Downing

Cannock Renewables

Mercia Power

Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE)

Social Energy Limited

Toto Energy Limited

So Energy

Global Wind Services US Inc.

NTK Cables A/S

Vital Energi

Esparity Holdings

Habitat Energy Limited

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

In addition to acting for a number of private equity houses on transactions, Squire Patton Boggs is also frequently instructed by management teams to handle sales to private equity. The practice has a broad geographic reach; led by Paul Mann in Leeds, it also has teams in Manchester, Birmingham and London, in addition to lawyers across the US. Besides Mann, who acts on the full range of corporate transactions, key contacts in the team include Jonathan Jones, who also serves as European managing partner.  The firm has made a number of partner-level additions to the PE team since the start of 2020 including:  Ben Squires , Charles Leeming , Stephen Ball ,Fergus Gallagher  and Julian Thatcher.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mann

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jones; Mae Salem

Testimonials

‘Very good technically. Very sensible pragmatic advice. Always looked for solutions. Calm approach. Worked well with lawyers on the other side, non-adversarial.’

‘Highly commercial lawyers who understand their clients and their market as well as providing excellent legal advice.’

‘Collaboration amongst various service lines is incredibly strong i.e. corporate, banking, restructuring, property.’

‘The core team were excellent, all very pro-active, good allocation of work between them, technically very strong. Calm sensible approach to any issues, excellent planning of work streams to ensure efficient delivery of services.’

‘Paul Mann & Mae Salem – Paul as relationship partner and Mae as lead always have a considered, commercial and pragmatic view.’

Key clients

ECI Partners

Growth Capital Partners

NorthEdge Capital

Business Growth Fund

Inflexion Private Equity

H2 Equity Partners

Mobeus

Endless

LDC

Perwyn LLP

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong reputation nationally in land compensation and compulsory purchase cases, under the leadership of practice head David Holland. The scope of its work in this space includes energy and utility compensation cases and statutory compensation claims for airports. Also notable is that the firm is advising landowners impacted by the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail scheme. Holland works with senior associate Bethany Reid, whose 'service, knowledge and attitude is second to none' .

Practice head(s):

David Holland

Other key lawyers:

Bethany Reid

Testimonials

‘The Squires lawyers are obviously all good and very experienced and knowledgeable, however what has stood out the most is the cost of this advice. Due to Squire working closely with us they understand what we can and cannot do in-house, providing their expertise without the associated bill. It is like Squires are our in-house lawyer.’

‘On short time frames, David Holland digested the problem and provided a great solution we could employ ourselves. This meant we got great advice an internal legal team could then deploy itself, saving money but getting a great result.’

‘Bethany Reid ensures that all requests for advice or counsel are forwarded to the appropriate individual. Beth always sits in on calls/meetings and ensures matters are followed up and closed out. Beth can often deal with matters herself at all times her advice is professional and timely.’

‘I am dealing with Bethany Reid on a current matter and have found her service, knowledge and attitude second to none. She is friendly yet direct, deals with matters in a very timely manner and I always feel that she has our best interests as her client at heart.’

Key clients

Peel Group

Pret a Manger

EDF Energy

Holland & Barrett Limited

Mitchells & Butler plc

Leicester City Council

Gate Group plc

Clear Channel

Taylor Wimpey

Ryman Limited

Co-operative Group

Sirdar Properties Limited

Provident Financial plc

BizSpace Limited

Selfridges

Reach plc

Live Nation

Manchester Airport Group

Birmingham Airport Limited

United Utilities Group plc

Electricity North West Limited

Western Power Distribution plc

Northern Powergrid Limited

SP Manweb plc

Northern Gas Networks

London Borough of Redbridge

Cancer Research UK

Signet Group plc

Cummins

Johnson & Johnson

RTS Waste Management Limited

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

The ‘first-rate’ sports lawyers in Squire Patton Boggs’ London office are part of a global team spread across Europe, the US and Australia. The domestic practice is especially well-regarded for its expertise in corporate and M&A, contentious and regulatory, commercial, IP and employment matters – the team has also recently boosted its expertise in digital media and gambling with the recent high-profile arrivals of broadcasting and digital advertising expert Warren Phelops and Mike Llewellyn from K&L Gates LLP. Stephen Sampson, ‘one of the UK’s most experienced sports lawyers’, leads the department; his foremost fields of activity are contentious and regulatory mandates, including those before sports tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, though he also routinely supports on non-contentious matters including corporate and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Warren Phelops; Mike Llewellyn; Stuart McInnes; David Hull; Thomas Horton

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the sport allied to an impressive insight into the law.’

‘Stephen Sampson provides shrewd analysis and excellent skills in presenting a case.’

I recently moved my sports-related work to SPB and have been very pleased with the level of partner support across a broad range of needs – well beyond that of just sports.’

‘Very hands on engagement from my primary partner, Warren Phelops but also strong engagment from Stephen Sampson. I want to give a special nod to Mike Llewellyn, the senior associate who does much of the drafting of complex documents and contracts – he is a standout star!’

‘First-rate sports specialist team with broad range of experience and industry knowledge.’

‘Stave Sampson is one of the most experienced sports lawyers in the UK with unrivalled knowledge. He is also one of the most hard working, well prepared and thoughtful solicitors in the space, who gives 100% to his clients and has very good judgment.’

‘Squire Patton Boggs’ understanding of the sports world is absolutely excellent and was key in our decision to engage their services. We have been highly impressed.’

‘Stephen Sampson is an exceptional litigator, not only with a vast knowledge but with a very down-to-earth practical way of applying that knowledge to what was a very novel area of law. Warren Phelops has a huge understanding of the sports world and is excellent at applying that knowledge to novel areas of law in order to find solutions that are sometimes far-from obvious.’

Key clients

AIA Company Limited

The International Tennis Federation

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

World Sailing

Sheffield Wednesday FC

Arena Racing

Alpine Racing Limited

Chelsea FC

Sportfive

Mesut Özil

Supponor

Stableduel

Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 3

In November 2019, Squire Patton Boggs launched a new global commodities and shipping group with 21 fee earners in London, Singapore, New York and Australia. The London practice comprises of a team of six practitioners who moved over from HFW. Among them are Chris Swart, who has more than 20 years of experience of international dispute resolution; his clients include traders, charterers, banks and state-owned enterprises. Katie Pritchard's work includes both arbitration and litigation, while other notable individuals are legal director John Rollason and senior associate Gabriella Martin. They are known for providing 'very helpful and constructive legal advice', and 'are able to connect the legal side of things with commercial considerations'.

Practice head(s):

Chris Swart

Other key lawyers:

Katie Pritchard; John Rollason; Gabriella Martin

Testimonials

‘Our working experience with SPB has been excellent. Apart from having been provided with very helpful and constructive legal advice, the lawyers we have been dealing with also understand our business very well so they are able to connect the legal side of things with commercial considerations and practices, which is very important for a trading house like us. They are always available for phone and video calls or for in-person meetings.’

‘The quality of individual lawyers at the firm is exceptionally high.’

‘Great experience and versatility.’

‘Our working experience with Chris Swart and his team, including John Rollason, has been excellent. Mr. Swart is a highly experienced partner who has advised us for a long time now, and who understands our business and needs very well . They understand when things are urgent and adjust their schedules to advise us quickly and in detail, so we feel we have a strong reliable partner on our side.’

‘John Rollason is very knowledgable and a good speaker.’

Key clients

Asia Coal Energy Ventures Limited

Argyle Street Management

Employment > Employers Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs’ employment team, singled out for its ‘practical approach and agile nature’, is noteworthy for its routine involvement in high-value corporate change projects on a global scale. Spearheaded by the vastly experienced Caroline Noblet, 'a force to be reckoned with' whose international perspective is cherished by clients, the group also represents clients in contentious matters in both Employment Tribunals and the High Court. Other key names operating in the department include internal workplace investigations specialist David Whincup and transactional support expert Janette Lucas.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Noblet

Other key lawyers:

David Whincup; Janette Lucas; Miriam Lampert

Testimonials

David Whincup always asks the right questions and his sense of humour makes a complex case less painful to deal with. David provides sound advice to steer us in the right direction from both a legal and commercial perspective.’

For me, a key strength of the SPB employment team is in its depth of experience across different offices and being able to act cohesively on multi-jurisdictional projects.’

Caroline Noblet is a force to be reckoned with. She is incredibly commercial and steers the global team to ensure a consistency of approach in terms of commercialism, pragmatism and even billing.’

‘The practical approach and agile nature of the UK employment team is outstanding – true partners, always feel in safe hands.’

Key clients

Immunocore

Bacardi

Tesco

DMGT

Lagardére

Aspentech

Cambridge University Press

Wood Mackenzie

Vice Media

Fortnum & Mason

WPP

Marriott

Vevo

PageGroup (Michael Page)

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

The ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced team’ at Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work. Notable areas of expertise include chemical regulations such as REACH, producer responsibility and waste issues, environmental permitting and water regulation. The practice assists UK and international clients in the property development, chemicals, manufacturing, energy and consumer goods sectors. Manchester-based Rob Elvin leads the national environmental safety and health team. In Birmingham, David Gordon contributes his scientific background in environmental toxicology while director Anita Lloyd is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ on environmental and sustainability matters.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

David Gordon; Anita Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Anita Lloyd is extremely knowledgeable and is able to easily translate jurisdictional differences into simple and understandable advice. She is always good humored and friendly. It is a pleasure working with her.’

‘The attention to detail and continuous availability of the Squire Patton Boggs team throughout our matter, and the common-sense, practical, down-to-earth advice we received, ensured we felt reassured and well advised thoroughout.’

‘Good understanding of environmental legislation and the way it impacts a range of stakeholders.’

‘Anita Lloyd is incredibly client focused, and very good at keeping the client in the picture at all times and at meeting agreed deadlines.’

‘A hugely knowledgeable and experienced team. A go-to firm in the field.’

‘Dave Gordon is great to deal with and leads his team well. Anita Lloyd is an established and capable lawyer in her own right.’

Key clients

Olin Corporation

Taylor Wimpey

McBride Plc

St Francis Group

National Oilwell Varco

Cummins

EDF

Lucite

Carpenter

Molson Coors

Veolia

Essity

Eden Springs

ZF Friedrichshafen

Kobayashi Healthcare Europe Limited

Orbit Homes

Huntsman

Gavilon

Polypipe

Circular Resources

Vital Energi

Baker Hughes

Avery Dennison

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Michelman Inc

Micromeritics

Electricity North West

Hackman Capital Partners

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs is recognised for its work in defending large corporate organisations and directors in the most serious health and safety matters and for its accident and investigation work both nationally and internationally. It has specialist industry experience across a range of sectors such as entertainment, food and drink, retail, waste and manufacturing. Other specialist areas include chemicals, construction, life sciences and the charity sector. Rob Elvin leads the team, working with director Gary Lewis in Manchester. Senior associate Robert Biddlecombe is among the key contacts in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

Gary Lewis; Robert Biddlecombe

Testimonials

‘Superb communication, excellent industry sector knowledge, helpful and proactive, legitimate willingness to help’.

‘We were made to feel that we were working together as a cohesive team, Gary Lewis worked closely with us to understand the engineering issues. Gary was able to understand a complex engineering issue and formulate a defence. His communication skills and ability to put over a complex issue in a simple and straightforward way was excellent’.

‘The team is able to roll its sleeves up and give practical advice. The lawyers don’t just tell you what the law says’.

Key clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Delphi Diesel Systems

Aeros Global Limited

Tunstall Healthcare

Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

National Grid Gas Plc

Bayer Crop Science

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs' group combines know-how in the traditional retail sector with consumer brand capabilities, handling the full suite of legal matters across the supply chain. The group is instructed on finance, restructuring, advertising, IP, real estate, employment and corporate mandates. Employment law maven Matthew Lewis heads the global practice from Leeds, where Prew Lumley handles portfolio management mandates. Other names to note include London-based Carlton Daniel, who mainly advises on IP issues, and Birmingham-based Simon Jones, noted for his track record in IT projects.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Prew Lumley; Carlton Daniel; Simon Jones; Louise Barber

Testimonials

A responsive team who offer pragmatic, well-thought-through advice at good value. Turnaround time is quick and the team has good retail knowledge. Particularly strong at handling litigation.’

The team are extremely responsive and work with us more as a partner than an advisor, helping with practical operationally correct decisions rather than simply advising on the law.’

They go the extra mile, add value on business decisions and priorities,  support and up-skill our HR Operational teams, and keep us abreast of key learnings / cases / legal updates on a timely basis.’

The team are relatable and approachable which makes it far easier to come to a good solution. It means they understand our attitude to risk balanced against the industry challenges we work in where things change very quickly.’

The specific individuals we work with make themselves available, are regularly reaching out to us to make sure we’re in the loop of changes and in the last year in particular they have been regularly available at short notice to help us navigate the challenges of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Furlough.’

All the team members I have come in contact with have been really helpful, supportive and great advice. This includes their international teams too.’

Matthew Lewis is exceptional. He’s very supportive, understands the particular situation and his advice is clear. He is very pragmatic in his approach. Great to work with.’

Key clients

WM Morrisons Plc

Selfridges.

Studio Retail Group

The Co-operative Group (Co-op)

Clarks (Shoes)

Pets At Home

Greggs

Claire’s Accessories UK Limited

Signet Group Limited

Ryman Limited

Cancer Research UK

AS Watson (SuperDrug, Perfume Shop and Savers)

Clintons

Charlotte Tilbury

Tesco

Pure Electric Scooters

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

The team at Squire Patton Boggs handles complex regeneration projects, calling upon its reputed infrastructure and environmental expertise to serve as a one-stop shop. The practice is also active in the field of corporate real estate where department head Nick Green handles investment and portfolio matters in the hotel, hospitality, retail and healthcare sectors. Other prominent figures include Neil Taylor who represents commercial developers, plc housebuilders and regeneration specialists, along with Kevin Nagle who is primarily active in the residential development sector, acting for house builders on significant national housing project.

Practice head(s):

Nick Green

Other key lawyers:

Neil Taylor; Kevin Nagle

Testimonials

‘Good interaction between the property and tax teams.’

‘Good communication and efficency.’

‘As a global company, we have worked with many different firms. We have been so happy with Nick Green and his Squires team that we now use them for all of our UK and Europe expansion projects; allowing Nick to then select and manage local counsel on our behalf.’

‘Nick Green and his team are exceptional.’

Key clients

MBS Hackman

Volvo Cars UK Limited

Molson Coors Brewing Company UK Limited

Dalata Hotel Group

Signet Group

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

St Francis Group

Claire’s Accessories (UK) Limited

Rexel UK Limited

Octopus Healthcare Development Limited

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs' ECM practice has gained momentum with key additions to its team; Jayson Marks joined from HFW in 2020, and Fergus Gallagher was hired from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP  while Louise Barber made partner. The national team, which is jointly led by Jane Haxby in London and Leeds-based partner Hannah Kendrick, demonstrates particularly notable expertise in the technology, industrials and consumer sectors. The firm was able to capture a sizeable share of AIM IPOs and other equity fundraises in 2020; public M&A work is another key mainstay of the practice. Highlights for the group included acting for Kooth Plc on its AIM IPO, as well as advising WH Ireland (as NOMAD and sole broker) on the £25m fundraising and AIM IPO of Various Eateries Plc.

Practice head(s):

Jane Haxby; Hannah Kendrick

Other key lawyers:

Jayson Marks; Fergus Gallagher; Louise Barber; Hannah Crosland

Testimonials

In-depth industry knowledge of the mining and commodities trading sector and an ability to take a global view on transactions and resource them appropriately.’

Partner-led with a very collaborative, capable team. All very approachable and willing to help/explain. Very professional and get the job done on time.’

Our primary lawyer at the firm is Jayson Marks, with whom we have worked for many years. He is very knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and easy to work with.’

Very solid, competent and responsive.’

Always very responsive, user-friendly & easy to deal with – and give very solid professional advice.’

Key clients

Kooth plc

Polypipe Group plc

Studio Retail Group plc

Xeros Technology Group plc

Instem plc

Tissue Regenix Group plc

Applied Graphene Materials plc

GB Group plc

WH Ireland Group plc

WH Ireland Limited

Coats Group plc

Enwell Energy plc

Metals Exploration plc

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Specialising in multijurisdictional fraud and asset tracing claim, Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of commercial and financial fraud investigations, including employee fraud. The practice has experience obtaining freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, banker’s trust orders, delivery up orders and tracing claims. This is supplemented by expertise within the firm in white-collar fraud, banking investigations and Bribery Act work. Stephen Sampson is head of litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Webber; Gareth Timms

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 4

The integrated transport, energy and infrastructure team of Squire Patton Boggs advises on projects in the UK and internationally from the greenfield development stage to later lifespan. Key specialisms include rail, clean air, EV networks, social infrastructure, legacy PFI/PPP projects and renewables. Andrew Herring leads the department and has particular expertise advising public sector authorities, private sector operators and infrastructure providers in the international heavy and light rail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Herring

Other key lawyers:

Nick Helm; Trevor Ingle; Matthew Mulqueen; James Duckworth; Julian Scott

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Sheffield City Council

Galliford Try Investments

Amber Infrastructure

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

InfraRed Capital Partners

Circular Resources

Calon Energy Limited

Triton Power

PricewaterhouseCoopers Dubai

Campus Living Villages

Vital Energi

Chania Green Generation Company Limited

GSC Holdings (Pty) Limited

Leeds City Council

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs offers a strong national licensing practice with a number of specialisms. It is known for its work on behalf of hotel operators and for licensed units at various UK transport hubs. Stephanie Perraton leads the team, covering licensing, alcohol and night food sales. Director Nicola Smith is also well regarded and has expertise in food and product law.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Perraton

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Smith

Testimonials

‘We work with Squires Patton Boggs on licensing. Knowledge and offering practical solutions to problems stand out as being strengths.’

‘The balance of being easy to do business with along with a straightforward honest evaluation of situations are the main differentials.’

‘Strength in depth. Always available. Down to earth. Diligent and dedicated.’

‘Stephanie Perraton and Nicola Smith are just brilliant. So friendly and approachable. They put you at ease and explain everything in easy-to-understand lay-person’s terminology. Yet, they are super-competent and absolutely excellent at the technical, legal aspects.’

Key clients

Select Service Partner Limited

One Stop Stores Limited

Jurys Inns

Roadchef

RBH Management

InterContinental Hotels Group

Shiva Hotels

4 C Hotels – Minories LLP (new client)

London Portman Hotel Limited (new client)

Kaleidoscope Bird Limited (new client)

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

The life sciences group at Squire Patton Boggs handles a broad range of regulatory and commercial work, advising on early research and development, marketing and advertising. The team also handles transactions on behalf of healthcare and pharmaceuticals businesses, and has significant contentious capabilities. The practice is jointly led by IP and technology specialist Andrew Wilkinson, competition-focused Diarmuid Ryan and transactional and governance expert William Downs.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson; Diarmuid Ryan; William Downs

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Spooner; Paul Jinks

Testimonials

‘Up to date knowledge and experience in a fast-paced changing environment post-Brexit.’

‘Adrian Spooner gives practical advice that can be commercially implemented.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs' team has ‘good breadth of skills and knowledge’ in the oil and gas sector, and its client roster includes sovereign governments, national oil and gas companies and independent E&P companies. Peter Stewart has an excellent record in cross-border oil and gas transactions and disputes, as is evidenced by his work in markets such as Kazakhstan, Kenya, Uganda and Libya, among many others. Ian Wood co-heads the group with Trevor Ingle, which also includes Jayson Marks and international arbitration partner Max Rockall. Ben Holland left for K&L Gates LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:

Jayson Marks; Max Rockall; Peter Stewart

Testimonials

‘Our primary lawyer at the firm is Jayson Marks, with whom we have worked for many years. He is very knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Guyana Department of Energy

Blue Star Exploration Ghana Limited

National Oil Company of Liberia

Overgas Inc. AD

TEC Resources

Pall Mall Oil and Gas

Enwell Energy plc

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs' team handles product liability matters for clients manufacturing and selling food and drink, industrial products, medical devices, toys and chemical products, among others. It has experience in the criminal and regulatory aspects of product liability matters and in relation to civil claims, contractual protection and risk management, and product recalls. Manchester-based Rob Elvin is the dedicated specialist and practice head, and is supported by Dave Gordon and director Nicola Smith in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:

Simon Garbett; Nicola Smith; Dave Gordon

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable about product regulatory matters. Capable of engaging an international team on short notice.’

‘Nicola Smith is very knowledgeable and capable of drafting very well-structured advice.’

Key clients

Mamas and Papas

RKW t/a Tower Housewares

Luceco Plc/Nexus Industries Limited

Molson Coors

Acorn Mobility Services

Huntsman

Makita

American Greetings/ Clintons Cards

Starco

Kobayashi Pharma

Essity

Avery Dennison

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

A ‘personable team of excellent lawyers’, Squire Patton Boggs is extremely active in terms of telecoms law disputes and also supports on nuisance and possession, rent and insolvency, dilapidation, covenant, service charge and injunctive relief matters. The ‘extremely responsiveMichelle Adams is the key name at partner-level locally while at the junior end, associate Kuljeet Takhar is ‘resilient and always delivers on time’.

Practice head(s):

David Holland

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Adams; Kuljeet Takhar

Testimonials

‘The team was very quick to understand the needs of the files we entrusted to them and gave us relevant advice. They built an extranet file that allowed us to share in real time the evolution of the files. The billing conditions were clearly explained and followed ’

‘Michelle Adams is extremely professional, responsive and empathetic to her clients.’

‘This practice is small, personable and excellent qualified lawyers, providing a high standard professional service at all times. Highly recommend.’

‘Kuljeet Takhar is very friendly, professional, honest and open. Kuljeet is highly competent, resilient and delivers on time.’

‘The real estate litigation team give good value for money and are responsive and helpful.’

Key clients

Signet Group Limited

Cancer Research UK

OnTower UK Ltd/Cellnex Telecoms

Selfridges

Claire’s Accessories UK Limited

Billabong International Limited

Rexel UK Limited

CEVA Logistics Limited

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Epwin Property Group

Salutem

Red Industries Group

39 Steps Coffee Haus/Sheldon Investment Holdings Limited

etc venues Limited

Finance > Securitisation Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs frequently acts for banks, private equity firms, building societies, originators, issuers, servicers and special servicers, liquidity facility providers and trustees in both UK and cross-border structured finance transactions. Mark Thomas leads the practice, bringing to bear his wide-ranging experience in structured finance including securitisation, structured loan products, trust structures, debt capital markets and derivatives. He recently advised DWW London Limited as corporate services provider on the winding up of the Tasman Property Holdings BV securitisation. Thomas works closely with asset-based lending partner Paula Laird. Jeremy Ladyman focuses predominantly on derivatives and structured products work, but he also has significant input on securitisations.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thomas; Paula Laird

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Ladyman

Key clients

OneSavings Bank plc

Brydg Capital Limited

Studio Retail Group PLC

Ashland Group LLC

Conister Bank Limited

Reditum Capital Ltd

Assetz Capital Trust Company Limited

ThinCats

ME Funding Group

DWW London Limited

Polypipe Group PLC

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs' team handles regulatory issues, investment misselling litigation, disputes arising from complex finance transactions, private equity disputes, international fraud and asset tracing. Stephen Sampson leads the litigation practice while Gareth Timms is noted for multijurisdictional banking disputes, including Islamic finance, asset tracing and fraud-related work. Other names to note include the 'commercially minded' Chris Webber and 'superstar' senior associate Katherine Wakeham.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Katherine Wakeham

Testimonials

Everyone we have dealt with in the team has been very strong in terms of both technical knowledge and strategic ability. There is a real focus on client service, and team members make themselves available on very short notice and during unsociable hours as a matter of course.’

Chris Webber is very technically smart, pragmatic and strategic. His advice is sensible, commercially minded and legally robust.’

In terms of litigation, I have most frequently dealt with Kate Wakeham, who is a superstar. She is available day and night, and a very calming, pragmatic and sensible influence in any circumstance. She has exceptional technical knowledge and is very easy to deal with.

Key clients

LMAX Limited

Administrators of Duet Capital (Holdings) Limited

Robin Forster (owner of the Qualia Care group of companies)

Gallium Fund Solutions Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs’ London real estate department is ‘dependable, commercial, down to earth and efficient’. It has a strong presence in development projects and is sought after to assist clients with development and forward funding agreements, memorandums of understanding and site assembly issues, among various other matters. Elsewhere, the varied portfolio of work encompasses acquisitions and disposals, as well as fund formation and other asset management mandates. In addition, corporate occupier work is another cornerstone of the practice, which includes leasing matters in the City of London and West End. Andrew Sprake leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sprake

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Ryan

Testimonials

‘The team is dependable, commercial, down to earth and efficient.’

Good knowledge of the law. Practical advice in relation to leases and negotiating leases. Good knowledge of our business and application of that to our contracts. Works well with lay clients.’

Key clients

Selfridges Group

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

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

Leeds City Council

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs‘ London practice forms part of the firm’s global competition group, and advises on issues ranging from merger clearances to investigations and state aid.  ‘Brilliant strategist and consummate negotiator’, Diarmuid Ryan, handles complex issues such as phase II merger reviews and the competition aspects of various types of commercial agreements. Martin Rees handles cartel and abuse of dominance investigations as well as contentious issues.

Other key lawyers:

Martin Rees; Diarmuid Ryan; Francesco Liberatore; Nicola Elam; Erling Estellon; Sam Hare; Tatiana Siakka

Testimonials

I would unhesitatingly recommend both Diarmuid Ryan and Tatiana Siakka . I can’t think of any who I would rather have fight my corner than Diarmuid Ryan, who is a brilliant strategist and consummate negotiator. Tatiana Siakka is an outstanding competition lawyer and meticulous in her attention to detail. Her knowledge of the subject is also second-to-none.’

The team are knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to work with. They manage matters calmly and have good client facing skills.’

Martin Rees is a highly experienced partner in the field of procurement law. He has a great ability to make wise, tactical decisions in order to secure the best outcome for his clients. Sam Hare is experienced litigator who keeps his cool in stressful situations. He is very good with clients and is fantastic to work alongside.’

Francesco Liberatore is an exceptional partner to work with in the state aid field, extremely knowledgeable, insightful and responsive.’

Key clients

A.C. Nielsen

Amcor

Avaya

Bathroom Brands/ Crosswater Holdings Ltd

Bayer UK

Brewers of Europe

British Beer and Pub Association

Britned

Calon

Cathay Pacific

Clearcourse Partnership LLP

EDF

Funeral Partners

LAN

Lane Clark Peacock LLP

Live Nation

Manchester Airports Group

Marston Holdings

Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

Neptune Networks Limited

Primo Water Corporation (previously Cott Corporation)

Roche

S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa CIF (SAICA)

Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Send for Help

Selecta

Singtel

SRCL Limited

Studio Retail Group PLC

Telegraph Media Group

Vodafone

VP plc

World Sailing

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

At Squire Patton Boggs, contentious financial services regulatory work is split between the financial services and litigation teams. Areas of expertise include representing asset management companies in FCA regulatory investigations, skilled person reviews (an area of specialism for Chris Webber) and supervisory interventions. The group also makes use of the firm's international presence, assisting clients with matters arising from the US sanctions regime. Based in Leeds, Paul Anderson leads the broader financial services practice, while Manchester's Anthony Taylor, an expert in disputes involving banks and building societies, heads the litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Anderson; Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Chris Webber; Gareth Timms

Testimonials

Excellent team: good sector understanding and in-depth experience in the area.’

Chris Webber: excellent understanding of FCA matters and the legal framework around contentious FS matters. Approachable and user friendly. First-rate.’

Very dedicated, great understanding of the client, complementary service areas and technically strong.’

Real ‘get to know’ approach to clients and understanding of our business. Always willing to go the extra mile and they combine that with a really solid knowledge of our business and industry.’

They are able to deploy a wide range of expertise in complex and diverse areas that we need. They have specific expertise in FCA and PRA Regulation.’

Key clients

Manchester Building Society

Brooks Macdonald plc

Independent Wealth Planners UK Ltd

Gallium Fund Solutions Limited

Robin Forster (owner of the Qualia Care group of companies)

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs' work for clients in the fintech sector covers corporate and finance transactions, as well as a wide ambit of regulatory issues. Robert Bray, who heads up the team, is experienced in including private equity and venture capital work. It acts for start-ups and banks, both in the UK, and globally. In a recent development, Julian Thatcher joined from an in-house role at MHMK Capital.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bray

Other key lawyers:

Miriam Lampert; Julian Thatcher

Testimonials

‘Great fintech knowledge and how to navigate cryptoasset regulation from a UK and EU perspective.’

Key clients

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Currency Cloud

TP ICAP Plc

Contis Group

Neptune Networks

Euronet Worldwide, INC

Monex Group

TransUnion

Trussle

Tide

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs 'works really hard to achieve the best results' and has a strong track record in investor treaty disputes and energy arbitrations, in addition to a well-known international commercial arbitration practice. Max Rockall is an energy disputes specialist, Peter Crossley is London IDR head, and global co-chair of IDR George von Mehren works between London and Cleveland. Tim Flamank and Michael Davar are active senior associates. Ben Holland left for K&L Gates LLP in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Peter Crossley; George von Mehren

Other key lawyers:

Max Rockall; Alexis Martinez; Chris Swart; Katie Pritchard; Tim Flamank; Michael Davar; Joseph Magoon

Testimonials

SPB were very professional, helpful and insightful.

The team at SPG are recognised experts in handling complex sovereign disputes, and were recommended to me for this and their industry-specific experience.

The team was very thorough in preparing the witness statement for which I was responsible – excellent communication and patience in working to understand the rather complicated details of the arbitration case.

We do really appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm in the work of the Squire Patton Boggs team – the whole team works really hard to achieve the best results in all the areas of law that arbitration cases comprise.

Max Rockall is one of the most diligent and responsive lawyers I’ve ever met, with outstanding knowledge in the LNG field (as well as dispute resolution) and a friendly character.

Max Rockall and Peter Crossley made themselves available seven days a week at any time, picking up the technicalities of the case with ease.

Senior associate Michael Davar was extremely diligent, helpful, courteous and professional in all my dealings with him.

Key clients

Naturgy

Edison

The Slovak Republic

Elekta

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs provides a multidisciplinary approach to reputation management issues. Peter Lees leads the defamation team across the UK, with the team working collaboratively to best suit the needs of clients with multijurisdictional issues. Lees is supported by senior associate Mariyam Harunah. IP specialist Carlton Daniel and litigator Stephen Sampson are key practitioners.  

Practice head(s):

Peter Lees

Other key lawyers:

Carlton Daniel; Stephen Sampson

Testimonials

‘Able to offer reputation management advice alongside full range commercial law firm offering.’

‘A well-rounded team with very good legal knowledge and skills. As they have more inhouse legal expertise than some, they do not need to involve counsel as much and are happy and competent to give difficult legal advice on many issues without feeling the need to go to counsel. Although many of the team are not based in London, you get what feels like a top drawer City service, but presumably at a lesser cost.’

‘Carlton Daniel stands out above his peers. He can see the case through the advocate’s eyes as well as the solicitor’s.

‘Peter Lees –  highly responsive, pactical, pragmatic advice’

Transport > Shipping Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs’ shipping practice underwent significant expansion in 2020, following the arrival of a team of lawyers from HFW. The London-based team frequently works with the shipping group in Singapore, and is particularly focused on arbitration claims, including charterparty, shipbuilding and collision disputes. Chris Swart team and director John Rollason are two key names to note among the new additions to the practice. Litigator Graham Harris is also active in this space, as is Barry Stimpson.

Practice head(s):

Chris Swart; Barry Stimpson

Other key lawyers:

Graham Harris; John Rollason

Testimonials

They are extremely knowledgeable, can cover a lot of ground in quick amount of time, and provide further insight and creative options for potential resolution.’

Key clients

Berlian Laju Tankers/Shipowners’ Protection (“SOP”)

Kingdom of Spain

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co Ltd

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 7

Squire Patton Boggs advises on trade mark and design oppositions and cancellations for international brands across the retail, food and drink, entertainment and fashion sectors. Co-heads Carlton Daniel and Kerry Lee (an 'expert tactician' who divides his time between London and Manchester) coordinate with the firm's Frankfurt office to enact cross-border registry proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Carlton Daniel; Kerry Lee

Testimonials

Really efficient and well-run team with top-notch expertise.

They are extremely efficient and provide very high-quality work.

Kerry Lee has been outstanding. I have worked with many other firms for IP – the level of commitment, time and dedication Kerry Lee has given to myself and the company has been outstanding. The level of protection he has put in place is better than anything we have ever received from anywhere before.

The team is headed by Kerry Lee, who is a brilliant intellectual property lawyer. His in-depth knowledge combined with his hands-on approach makes him a must have for in-house lawyers who need IP support on a regular basis.

Kerry Lee – exceptional tactician combined with technical expertise, and fantastic client care. Very diligent.

Carlton Daniel – impressive knowledge of the market and the technology in use.

Deep technical expertise, combined with an understanding of the client business. Our field is marketing and advertising technology, and the team is familiar with the market, and the technologies used in this space. This made the whole process of instructing and seeking advice much easier.

The team as a whole is very easy to work with. Kerry Lee is reliable, accurate and quick to respond.

Key clients

C. & J. Clark International Limited

CK Acquisitions Limited

SunFlora, Inc.

Punter Southall Group Limited

Planet Holding Limited

Magnuson Hotels

Pharmacy2U Limited

McBride PLC

Nice-Pak International Limited

Clockwise Group Limited

Lensbury Limited

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Employment > Immigration

Annabel Mace heads up the UK business immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs. The group is part of the firm's labour and employment practice group, and Mace has particular expertise on the crossover between employment and immigration law. She leads the team with 'passion, dedication, and professionalism', advising on the full range of matters, including the immigration aspects of corporate restructurings and major M&A deals. Clients are drawn from sectors including media, retail, healthcare, sport and energy, and the UK team is able to draw on support from the wider firm's large global footprint to help clients manage their international workforces. Fellow partner Supinder Sian left to join Lewis Silkin LLP in summer 2021.

Practice head(s):

Annabel Mace

Other key lawyers:

Osheenn Giam; May Cheung

Testimonials

‘Annabel Mace and Osheenn Giam are wonderful to work with. They are always patient, detail oriented and communicate with us in terms we can easily understand. They are both accessible and flexible and were great partners to us as we navigated immigration issues in the midst of the pandemic. We consider SPB a valuable resource in helping us manage our international workforce.’

‘All contacts that I have worked with at Squires are attentive and well informed. In particular, Annabel Mace leads with passion, dedication, and professionalism. Annabel takes the time to get to know and understand the client with a willingness to listen; working with her is effortless.’

‘Annabel Mace has been exceptional in helping us move forward some of our immigration matters. The timely responses and attention to detail make this firm exceptional. I could not recommend them enough. On top of excellent individualized advice, the webinars Annabel Mace and her team are holding on global mobility is extremely valuable and level of detailed advice is unparalleled by other firms. They should be proud of their practice.’

‘Squires is a one stop shop. They have partners and associates all over and they can easily facilitate all levels of employment and immigration related matters.’

‘The advice given is always catered to your need and you never feel like you’re being given general information. I appreciate the level of effort that goes into the details and making sure no stone remains unturned.’

‘I’ve worked with May Cheung for years and couldn’t be more impressed with how quickly and efficiently she provides responses to enquiries or issues.’ 

‘May Cheung is exceptional. Always comes back with good answers even when my questions might appear naïve or obvious.  Her patience is exemplary.  May walks us through every step on the visa applications and manages our sponsorship license with ease. She is able to juggle many tasks and has made sure with Brexit that we have everyone where we should have ahead of last December.  She came in explicitly to work with all our Europeans to ensure they understood the process.’

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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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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