Squire Patton Boggs > Birmingham, England > Firm Profile

Squire Patton Boggs
RUTLAND HOUSE
148 EDMUND STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B3 2JR
England

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs fields a large practice nationally and internationally which has a proven track record of advising on a wide spectrum of issues such as regulatory compliance, disputes and de-risking. It has a strong market presence in regulated utilities, especially water, nuclear and electricity sponsored schemes. Matthew Giles  plays a pivotal role in the group which caters to more than 500 clients with over £400bn of pension assets. Philip Sutton  is the managing director of the Trustee Corporation Limited and Glyn Ryland is another leading figure in the group. Victoria Jeacock is skilled at advising on UK occupational pension schemes, private pension plans and public sector schemes. Kate-Emma Bailey was recently promoted to the partnership.  

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Clear and pragmatic guidance on pensions issues. Victoria Jeacock provides us with high quality advice in a practical, friendly way’.

SPB is a very thoughtful but practical pension advisory firm. Philip Sutton   is just the sort of lawyer you want by your side when navigating the complexity of pensions regulation and his approach is thoughtful while pragmatic – to get the job done efficiently’.

‘The lawyers’ commercial and pragmatic approach to the provision of advice and the common sense and clear way in which the advice is delivered are the stand outs for me. The innovative way in which they deliver their regular “key points” updates engages the reader. Their fee rates are also very keen’.

‘Matthew Giles and team are a joy to work with. They are always responsive, get to the point quickly and work really well with both the corporate and trustee bodies. Matthew has a real talent for building a relationship with his clients’.

‘The SPB team is knowledgeable and led by an experienced partner. The team has been able to draw in additional specialisms from the wider firm. The SPB team is one of the strongest teams I have been working with in the UK. The lawyers are down to earth, pragmatic and they provide real value to my business. They work fast and are agile. They are real business partners. They have an impressive expertise in pensions law and related areas’.

‘We  have worked closely with Matthew Giles – his knowledge of both our scheme and the wider pensions legislation and practical application have been very helpful. Matthew 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’.

‘The SPB team has a truly personal approach to the professional service that it provides. Matthew Giles and Kate Bailey -they exceed your expectations in terms of what/when and how they deliver their advice. There is a feeling of collaboration and dedication to wanting the very best outcome for their client‘.

‘The pensions team is extremely proactive. The lawyers are on the ball and cut through the legalise to conclude sensible and pragmatic outcomes. I’m impressed by the quality of work and the way they advise both in meetings and outside. Kate Bailey is my partner contact. She attends trustee meetings and provides at these meetings commentary and advice that are sensible and extremely helpful in moving matters forward’.

Key clients

Goodyear Tyres

Jaguar Land Rover Pension Trustees Limited

Trustees of the Birmingham University Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Sandvik Pension Plan 2001

Trustee of the Meggitt Pension Plan

Trustee of the GXO Logistics Pension Scheme

The Trustee Corporation Limited

Northamptonshire County Council

IMI Pension Trust Limited

Kerry Ingredients (UK) Limited

Grafton Group (UK) Plc

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Meggitt Pension Plan trustee on the £6.3bn takeover of Meggitt Plc by Parker Hannifin, Inc.
  • Advised the Goodyear Tyres on the pensions aspects of the $2.8bn acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.
  • Advised the XPO pension scheme trustee on the spin-off of the XPO logistics business into GXO, an independent publicly traded company with annual revenue of over $7bn.

Real estate > Environment Tier 1

Steered by the Manchester-based national environmental, safety and health (ESH) head Rob Elvin, Squire Patton Boggs possesses considerable strength in the West Midlands, advising on the full gamut of non-contentious environmental and associated regulatory matters for a multifarious clientele. Environmental toxicology expert David Gordon regularly deals with various statutory authorities when negotiating environmental liabilities and enforcement actions, including UK Contaminated Land Regime-governed issues. Legal director Anita Lloyd is praised for the depth of her expertise in environmental and sustainability matters, working with various manufacturers and waste management operators on permitting and product compliance. ‘Extremely knowledegable‘ senior associate Robert Biddlecombe focuses on ESH challenges in the facilities management arena. Caroline Almond is noted for her expertise in water law, ranging from pollution to riparian water rights. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Testimonials

‘The environment team are exactly what we want from a firm of solicitors. They anticipate our requirements and are pro-active with advice and guidance. Always friendly and approachable, they are able to advise quickly and with a tailored service, relating any teachings to our business and what is important to us. The Team have provided training to us on many different aspects of the Environment Act 2021. Breaking down the complexities to easily digestible chunks. In addition, the team provide a fantastic update – FrESH Law Horizons – which is the best I have seen. Such a great service offered by this Team.’

‘Anita Lloyd is so knowledgeable and has considerable experience in environmental law. Very friendly and so approachable, Anita has been such a great support especially with help on the Environment Act 2021. Anita has provided great training to a number of our teams covering different areas. A great find for us and is everything that we would want.’

‘Rob Biddlecombe is an expert in his field. He is extremely knowledgeable, always available and very responsive. He gives clear, common-sense, practical, pragmatic advice and is expert in dealing with regulatory authorities.’

‘Helpful , pragmatic, and proactive.’

Key clients

ZF Friedrichshafen

Orthios Eco Parks (Anglesey) Limited

Olin Corporation

Michelman Inc.

Zippo Manufacturing Company

BMW

Owens Corning

McBride Plc

Braskem Netherlands BV

Taylor Wimpey

St Francis Group

Berry Global

Avery Dennison

Essity

Eden Springs

Kobayashi

EDF

Clear Channel

Baxter International Inc

Energy Networks Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Orthios Eco Parks (Anglesey) Limited in respect of EU/UK REACH, end of waste regulatory matters and securing the necessary regulatory permits for a new facility processing oil and chemicals from waste plastic.
  • Advising Taylor Wimpey on water and drainage solutions, abstraction licence transfer and trading, flooding issues and riparian rights on multiple UK development sites.
  • Advising a global manufacturer of construction and insulation products on a waste and producer responsibility mapping exercise across multiple European jurisdictions.

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

Squire Patton Boggs offers a wide range of IT services. In particular, they advise many clients in the automotive sector on matters like the development and roll out of clean air zones, electric vehicles and the development of autonomous vehicles. The team also advises on multinational IT project implementations which allows transaction on global SaaS contracts and multi-jurisdictional fraud screening platforms. Stuart James has particular expertise in the procurement of IT for the healthcare, retail, pensions and utilities sectors and advises regularly on mobile site development. Simon Jones has considerable experience in relation to IT outsourcing projects and Sam Tibbetts specialises in IT contracts.

Practice head(s):

Stuart James

Other key lawyers:

Simon Jones; Sam Tibbetts; Sam O’Neill; Richard Armitage

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the business and the regulatory framework we operate in.’

‘Able to call upon a wealth of experience to support the in house legal team on its contractual negotiations.’

‘Stuart James has proven himself to be deeply knowledgeable – not just from a legal perspective where he is excellent, but also in his understanding of technology’

 

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Homeserve plc

Waterstones

IDS Indata

Kings Security Systems

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders & various global car manufacturers such as Project 3 Mobility, Ineos Automotive, BMW Group, Stellantis, Ferrari and Maserati

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Arrow Global Group

Project 3 Mobility

Action Artificial Intelligence Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising TfGM (and indirectly Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the 10 GM local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
  • Advising Kings Security Systems on the negotiation of a contract to deliver a software as a service security application to a leading European retailer, which will be accessed from over 12,000 stores spread across over 30 countries.
  • Advised Grafton Group plc on the IT and intellectual property aspects of its acquisition of StairBox, an industry leading manufacturer and distributor of staircases.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs' London litigation practice is routinely instructed to act in large-value cases that are frequently multi-jurisdictional; and among the group's several specialist areas are commercial and contractual disputes, shipping and commodities litigation, and corporate and shareholder conflicts. Other areas of expertise range from banking litigation, to fraud and asset tracing, the enforcement of English awards and judgments, and international sports disputes. Stephen Sampson is a widely respected sports and entertainment disputes practitioner; Chris Webber acts in financial services, corporate and commercial disputes; and Katie Pritchard is 'an exceptional fighter'. Within the director pool, Stephen Cole is noted for High Court litigation and multi-jurisdictional disputes, while Ian Debbage maintains a broad commercial litigation practice. At associate level, senior Michael Davar and Katherine Wakeham are also experienced team members.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Webber; Katie Pritchard; Chris Swart; Michael Davar; Katherine Wakeham; John Rollason; Gabriella Martin; Lucy Webster

Testimonials

‘With an international reputation and the support of such a firm as Squire Patton Boggs, the team is able to service a wide breadth of commercial disputes, arbitrations and sports law disputes of a high-profile nature. The lawyers have an impressive core of clients from around the world and are tenacious and committed to their clients.’

‘Stephen Sampson is cerebral, conscientious and committed – leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Katie Pritchard is an exceptional fighter. If the client wants to take a matter to trial, it can have complete confidence that Katie will fight every step of the way and that no stone will be left unturned.’

‘Chris Swart is hugely experienced, litigation savvy and street wise. Chris has seen and done it all. This gives him real wisdom and perspective in difficult commercial litigation, and the confidence to make the right judgement calls.

Chris Webber is calm, collected, and on top of the detail. He provides timely and user-friendly commercial advice and representation, with a deep and sophisticated understanding of his clients’ businesses and needs.

‘Chris Webber is very sharp, considerate, and approachable. He strikes a good balance between seeking a win for his profession and the personal needs of a client.

‘Chris Webber and associate Katherine Wakeham make for a fantastic team. They are capable of providing strategic advice in addition to execution; and their grasp of complex issues and ability to distill them into straightforward advice with high degrees of autonomy is what makes them excel over others.’

Associate Katherine Wakeham is energetic, on the ball, and a brilliant technical lawyer. She commands the respect of clients and is a team player.

Key clients

Chelsea Football Club

Asia Coal Energy Ventures

Rembrandt Enterprises

GDS Publishing

Project 11

Sheffield Wednesday FC

World Academy of Sport

Independent Wealth Planners (UK)

Volta Energy Group

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria

The Consumer Protection Association of Saudi Arabia

Genuit

Twenty4Seven Education

Work highlights

  • Defending the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) against AIC’s attempt to enforce a foreign arbitration award against FAAN in the UK.
  • Successfully defended the Consumer Protection Association of Saudi Arabia against a £48m claim brought by a New York-based consulting firm for services alleged to have been provided in relation to asthma studies.
  • Successfully defended Volta Energy Group against a claim for a finder’s fee for locating a suitable storage site.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

Transactional work forms the cornerstone of the practice at Squire Patton Boggs. The team advises on mandates ranging from international acquisitions and disposals in the mid-market and upper mid-market private equity, to joint ventures and green economy M&A. Darren Warburton and James Fitzgibbon  are noted for their knowledge of the chemicals manufacturing and energy sectors, respectively. Louise Barber is noted for her niche expertise in matters at the intersection of corporate and capital markets and regularly acts for companies admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange. Giles Chesher leads the group, working closely with seasoned practitioner Andrea Cropley.

Practice head(s):

Giles Chesher

Other key lawyers:

James Fitzgibbon; Andrea Cropley; Louise Barber; Darren Warbuton

Testimonials

‘The team know our business extremely well, which means they tailor their advice to our risk appetite. They are responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Giles Chesher’s client relationship management is second to none. He is also an extremely able deal lawyer, with a very effective negotiating style that combines commercial pragmatism with tenacity when required to get the best outcome for his client. He manages cross-border deals seamlessly, bringing in colleagues from various departments to provide specialist advice and translating its impact into practical risks that our business colleagues can assess.’

‘High-quality, timely, practical advice provided throughout the team. Key issues identified early and pragmatic solutions offered.’

‘Responsive, professional and very enjoyable to work with.’

‘Well resourced across all grades of lawyer, good cross disciplinary skills, agile and responsive, client centric’

‘Andrea Cropley is a trusted advisor and valued partner. Highly skilled, has presence and gravitas and a “let’s get this done” attitude.’

Key clients

GB Group plc

Instem plc

Miss Group (backed by Perwyn Private Equity)

BGF

Foresight Group/Clubhouse Golf Limited

ECI Partners LLP

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

EPIC Investment Partners LLP

LDC

Shareholders of King Topco Limited (KB Associates)

Hili Ventures

Clear Group

Perwyn Private Equity

H2 Equity Partners

Shareholders of Nexus Topco Limited/Arkessa Limited

ROI Media UK Limited

Shareholders of InXpress Holdings Ltd

Vital Energi

The Coaching Inn Group Limited

Bantry Bay Capital Limited

Aptamer Group plc

Finance Yorkshire Limited

Galliford Try Investments Limited

HEB Group Limited

Mindtrace Limited

University Games Inc

Studio Retail Group plc

Cushon Group Limited

Boxt

Doodles Drinks

Fourth Group

Hospedia

Sambro

Sweatband.com

Progeny Group

Talkwalker

WCCTV

TheLogically Limited

Costain Pension Trustees

Innospec Pension Trustees

Work highlights

  • Advised GB Group, the Chester-based identification verification specialist, on its £547m acquisition of Acuant.
  • Advised ECI Partners and its management shareholders on the sale of KB Associates to the Waystone Group (backed by Montagu and Hg).
  • Advised Aptamer Group on its £80.7m AIM IPO.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

As well as its established proficiency in mandates relating to major corporate finance, private equity and property transactions, the team at Squire Patton Boggs is also noted for its expertise in employment-related, employee share incentive and pensions-related tax advice. Sectors in which the group is particularly knowledgeable include energy, technology, recruitment, chemicals, real estate and sport. Practice head Patrick Ford is capably supported by CTA-qualified senior associate Victoria Murphy. The firm is also able to leverage an international network spanning five continents to provide seamless assistance with cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Ford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Key strengths and capabilities are to focus on the key issues and to give clear direction on the level of risk to our business.’

‘Tax is a complex topic yet Patrick Ford is able to cut through the complex matters and keep the messaging to clients clear, with a risk assessment attached. He is extremely professional and commercial.’

‘Highly responsive and capable team across the whole spectrum of corporate tax and employment taxes.’

‘Patrick Ford gives great practical advice and has a great understanding of complex situations providing solutions that are workable for a business.’

‘The SPB Corporate Tax practice in the UK has an impressive wealth of experience in the sorts of challenges we see in our private acquisitions, and effectively translates that experience into common sense understanding and advice. I’ve been repeatedly impressed with their ability to explain complex tax concepts in everyday language and help our acquisitions team to understand the real risks and options on the table. It’s not everyday you meet tax lawyers that talk your language!’

‘Patrick Ford and Victoria Murphy have been critical players in both advising us on difficult tax and share option issues arising on our acquisitions, and effective negotiating solutions with the sellers. We have come to rely on their expertise and judgement, to the point that we use their practical advice and assessment of risk as our barometer when navigating difficult questions of tax risk and approach. They are regularly available on short notice, and I rest easy knowing when I hand over an issue to them to resolve it is in safe hands.’

‘Excellent, practical tax advice. Patrick Ford really understands how to communicate complex issues simply and how to easily get to the heart of what matters and what a wider board need to know. Great understanding of business issues and applying practical tax advice to those issues.’

Key clients

EDF Renewables

Co-operative Group

Greggs plc

Grafton Group plc

GB Group plc

Watkin Jones plc

ECI Partners

Lucite International

Studio Retail Group plc

H2 Equity Partners

Coventry Building Society

Boeing

Smiths Group

Richemont

Superdrug

Veolia

Morrisons

Jury’s Inn

Skyscanner

CEVA

University of Law

Hippo Digital

Habitat Energy

Sigmat

Work highlights

  • Assisting EDF Renewables with the sale of a gas and turbine power station and battery plant in Nottingham to EIG, including advising on the structure of the transaction and all tax aspects and documentation.
  • Advising Hippo Digital and its shareholders on a private equity investment into the company by Growth Capital Partners, in particular on the tax treatment for the sellers/option holders and the tax aspects of the documentation.
  • Advising GB Group on the renewal and relaunch of the client’s international savings-related employee share plan in multiple jurisdictions.

Employment Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs is a ‘go-to‘ source for Employment Tribunal litigation, and is particularly experienced in advising global businesses on whistleblowing claims, D&I initiatives, and complex investigations into misconduct and discrimination allegations. The team also covers globalisation of HR policies and strategic employment matters for clients active in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, and manufacturing industries. Practice head Alison Treliving was promoted to the position of co-global head of the labour and employment team in 2021. She is a key contact regarding cross-border TUPE issues and complex grievances. Head of the Manchester team Bryn Doyle frequently advises high-profile retail industry clients and leads the global investigations group.

Practice head(s):

Alison Treliving; Bryn Doyle

Other key lawyers:

James Pike

Testimonials

‘The team at Squire Patton Boggs is our go-to for tribunal litigation. They have incredibly capable junior and mid-level associates (including Alex Kelly and Ciara Petrucci) who we can trust to handle litigation themselves with minimal supervision by partners.’

‘Our partner contact, Bryn Doyle, is a pleasure to work with. He is responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic, and keeps costs in mind. He doesn’t over-supervise his associates and has built a good team around him.’

‘Notwithstanding that Squire Patton Boggs is an international firm, they are well-positioned as a core player at a local level. Commercial and pragmatic, they have a wealth of knowledge and are particularly strong with their tech platforms – which does set them apart from others.’

‘The employment team at Squire Patton Boggs has continued to provide us with clear and concise legal advice, often having to respond to queries in uncharted areas such as the Covid-19 pandemic. The Squire team takes the time to understand our business so that they are well placed to advise appropriately, and balance legal risk with commercial benefit when advising.’

‘James Pike has excelled at providing robust, commercial-based advice to us during a period of significant volatility for us as an organisation and more widely (driven by the Covid-19 pandemic).’

Alison Treliving’s approach to our client relationship has remained incredibly pragmatic and client-focused, and she has demonstrated an ongoing willingness and ability to adapt the service offering to best meet our needs.’

Key clients

Tesco Stores Ltd

EU Automation

Veolia

Princes Group Limited

Burberry Limited

McColl’s PLC

TransUnion

Grass Valley

Orchard House Foods

Superdrug PLC

The Perfume Shop

BDO Services Limited

Ineos

Molson Coors

CBRE

Sweco

Roadchef

Work highlights

  • GB Group plc Acting on this corporate transaction demonstrates the type and size of mandate we are regularly advising on. These deals are often financially significant, cover many jurisdictions with many moving parts. Working with our colleagues across different legal disciplines and across multiple jurisdictions demonstrates the strength in depth of our team.
  • Grass Valley Implementing new global annual leave policy – We were instructed to provide and co-ordinate advice across 12 jurisdictions in relation to proposed changes to this global technology manufacturer’s annual leave policy

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs frequently defends corporations and directors in health and safety matters. The team is particularly strong in health and safety advocacy and communicating with regulators, public inquires, audits, and health and safety training. Practice head Rob Elvin specialises in corporate defence and regulatory matters, while Robert Biddlecombe focuses on health and safety matters involving facilities management. Gary Lewis is a key contact regarding accident investigations, inquests, and prosecutions, while Bethany Thompson is noted for her work on inquiries and health and safety aspects of the security industry. Associate Oliver Bristow joined from CMS in August 2021 and specialises in professional regulatory defence matters.

Practice head(s):

Rob Elvin

Testimonials

‘Real technical insight of the individuals – they have depth of experience which they apply in very practical ways.’

‘Rob Elvin is hands-on in his dealings and has a great way of explaining the complex.’

‘The team is exceptionally responsive and accessible (especially during critical issues or when immediate input is needed). The team is also very willing to put extra time and effort into understanding our business, its unique challenges, and providing support at the right level. All support provided has been of the highest technical quality.’

‘Rob Elvin provides accessible, practical support of excellent technical quality. Rob focuses on building strong, mutually beneficial client relationships that allows him to act quickly and pragmatically in serious cases.’

‘Great at providing practical and grounded advice and clearly have a huge amount of expertise and experience in dealing with the relevant government agencies and procedures.’

‘Rob Elvin is excellent. He’s strategic, calm, highly expert and my business’s go-to external lawyer on H&S matters. He’s aware of business context and very good at communicating at the business exec level.’

Key clients

Manchester City Football Group

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Precision Colour Printing Limited

FC Nantes

Albis (UK) Limited

Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

National Grid Gas plc

Bayer Crop Science

Ashcourt Contracts Limited

RT Keedwell Group Limited

GB Group UK Limited

Lucite

Stonegate Group (formerly Enterprise Inns)

Work highlights

  • Advised Showsec International Limited on the Manchester Arena Inquiry.
  • Advising FC Nantes in relation to the Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala.
  • Advised National Grid Gas plc on a significant prosecution relating to alleged failures to maintain and inspect parts of its gas distribution network prior to its sale to Cadent in 2016.

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

According to clients, Squire Patton Boggs 'leads the market in pre-deal proactivity and the tracking of opportunities.' The team handles a range of private equity, capital markets and general M&A transactions, particularly in the mid-market. Its client roster includes private equity houses, management teams, large corporate clients and listed plcs on a national and international level. Hannah Kendrick is a food and drink expert; she leads the local practice together with Paul Jinks who covers the interface of commercial and IP. European managing partner Jonathon Jones and Paul Mann specialise in private equity matters. Jonathan Ross  assists clients with group reorganisations. The 'unflappable' Hannah Crosland was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Kendrick; Paul Jinks

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Jones; Paul Mann; Jonathan Ross; David Milne; Hannah Crosland

Testimonials

‘Paul Jinks gives practical commercial advice that anyone in the organization can understand. Agrees in advance the billing to avoid any delays and misunderstandings.’

‘We have tried a lot of different legal teams over the years but without a doubt, Squire Patton Boggs have been the best in terms of understanding of our requirements (quite specialist computer software contracts), speed of response and the relationship we have.’

‘The SPB team leads the market in pre-deal proactivity and the tracking of opportunities, making them a uniquely integral part of the deal process long before the execution phase.’

‘The proactive and tailored coverage we receive from Paul Mann and David Milne truly stands out. The level of individual engagement blends seamlessly into execution, making the SPB senior team feel like part of the investment deal team.’

‘The team were a tight-knit unit and were all excellent communicators. Despite several lawyers and paralegals working on projects they were all aligned at all times.’

‘Hannah Kendrick managed her team well and gave them the ability to move the project forwards.’

‘Hannah Crosland was excellent to work with and was careful, prompt and generally unflappable.’

‘Excellent team. Proactive and guiding in their approach. Lead partner Jonathan Ross was truly exceptional in managing several diverse stakeholders in a calm, patient and commercial manner, which has direct positive impacts. Highly recommend.’

Key clients

Applied Graphene Materials plc

Vp plc

Endless LLP

ClearCourse Partnership AcquireCo Finance Limited

ECI

Northedge

TransUnion Information Group Limited

ScaleUp Capital

Tilney Smith & Williamson Limited

Clipper Logistics plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for the shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Ligentia Group Holdings Limited including its subsidiaries in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Poland.
  • Acting for the Shareholders of Contis Group on the sale to Solarisbank AG.
  • Acting for the Shareholders of Progeny Holdings Limited on the sale of Progeny Group Limited to a newco backed by Further Global Capital Management.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs offers tax support in the areas of corporate and finance, property, employee share incentives, employment and pensions, VAT, contentious and private client. It is particularly well versed advising national and international companies on tax aspects of their corporate finance, private equity and property transactions. Practice head Mark Simpson specialises on the interface to real estate and handles matters for developers, investors, public sector bodies and funders. Timothy Jarvis also covers VAT planning and administration.

Practice head(s):

Mark Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Jarvis; Emma Perez

Testimonials

‘Better value than others but still very good advice and service.’

‘Mark Simpson consistently efficient, sound advice.’

Key clients

Prescient Healthcare Group

Saica

Postlane Partners

FORE Partnership

Hackman LLC

Octopus Real Estate

Man GPM Community Housing

Sweco

Altrad UK

Aptamer Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Postlane Partners on the acquisition from Shell of an oil refinery in Denmark.
  • Advised Octopus Healthcare Group on a fund raising (bringing the total fund value to £1bn) and the restructuring of one of its funds.
  • Advised Aptamer Group plc on its legacy share option plans in relation to its AIM IPO.

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

The ‘excellent team’ at Squire Patton Boggs is regularly instructed on whistleblowing cases and investigations, with strengths in various industries including technology, healthcare and life sciences, and manufacturing. It is also particularly adept at handling issues in the retail sector; practice head Matthew Lewis often advises on industrial disputes, including strike actions, within this area. Andrew Stones and director Gemma Finlayson handle board level changes and senior executive issues while Louise Martin frequently appears before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Senior associate David Harford-Jeffrey is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lewis

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, very responsive, collaborative, straightforward and very little legal jargon.’

‘Level of relevant knowledge and ability to offer advice not simply based on ‘the law’ but on the situation and therefore makes them very practical.’

‘The team provide a robust defence to tribunals for us as an employer, and they have a number of individuals who specialise in litigation. ‘

‘The individuals in the team get to know, and understand, us as a client and make sure that they adapt their approach to fit.’

‘Andrew Stones’ level of knowledge is excellent.’

‘Whilst the team as a whole is strong, David Harford-Jeffrey stands out as an excellent lawyer, providing clear and concise advice, that fits the requirements of the situation.’

Key clients

Smiths Group plc

Compass Group plc

Morrisons

Pets at Home plc

Greggs plc

Pret a Manger

Radley

Gate Gourmet

Whittard

2Sisters

University of Law

Zenith Vehicle Contracts

NewDay Burton’s Biscuits

Work highlights

  • Advised a FTSE 100 Healthcare and Life Sciences Company on a variety of matters including collective grievance, shift changes and new working patters and challenge from the unions and amending contracts and providing advice in advance of the intended requirement for people working directly with the NHS to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Advised a global manufacturer in relation to an EMEA wide restructure/reduction in force as part of a major change programme.

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

Squire Patton Boggs demonstrates an ‘impressive depth of knowledge and expertise’ in domestic and international projects arising out of the renewables sector, as demonstrated by its workload of onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, energy from waste and carbon capture mandates, in addition to combined power and water matters. James Duckworth, who divides his time between Leeds and Dubai, has notable expertise in Middle Eastern infrastructure projects and recently acted for Dubai Municipality on the procurement of a $1.3bn energy from waste mandate.

Practice head(s):

James Duckworth

Testimonials

‘SPB provides an impressive depth of knowledge and expertise in infrastructure and energy, particularly for a regional firm. Its team has developed significant experience in onshore oil and gas extraction and the planning issues associated with it.’

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

Veolia Middle East

Marubeni Corporation

Taqat Development Co

Nebras Power

Federal Government of the UAE

DP World

EESL Energy Solutions LLC

Capital and Centric

Zenith

Brookfield Group

Taqat Development Co

SP Manweb

EnergieKontor (UK) Limited

Innogy/Ventient

Triton Power

UK Power Networks

Northern Gas Networks

Northern Power Grid

Fred Olsen Renewables

Elgin Energy

Community Wind Power Limited

Low Carbon

Black Mountain Renewables

Wessex Energy Limited

Western Power Distribution

Falck Renewables

Karbon Homes

Electricity North West

Loxley Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dubai Municipality on the procurement of a $1.3bn major energy from waste project.
  • Advising Vital Energi (Drakelow) Limited in relation to a judicial review against South Derbyshire District, which unlawfully granted a Reserved Matters Approval to a neighbouring landowner in such a way as to threaten Vital’s existing REC facility.
  • Advising Community Wind Power Limited on the Sanquhar 2 Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs’ construction and engineering team has a strong track record in the energy and utilities space, advising on national and international mandates arising out of the renewables, combined power and water sectors. The practice also has demonstrable capability in advising public sector entities on infrastructure and regeneration projects. Team leader Zakir Mulla acts for property developers on student accommodation, primary care and forecourt development mandates, while James Duckworth specialises in the procurement of major development and infrastructure projects, and continues to grow his client portfolio in the Middle East. Key clients include Muse Developments Limited, Dubai Municipality and Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP.

Practice head(s):

Zakir Mulla

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Muse Developments Limited

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP

Capital and Centric

FORE

Brookfield Group

Price Waterhouse Coopers Dubai

Dubai Municipality

Taqat Development Co

Federal Government of the UAE

DP World

EESL Energy Solutions LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dubai Municipality on the procurement of a $1.3bn major energy from waste project.
  • Acting for DP World on the development of a port and warehousing facility at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Acting for the Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP in relation to the development of the low fold site in Leeds including the development of 150 energy efficient timber frame houses and 162 apartments.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs‘ ‘hardworking, pragmatic, and professional’ team routinely handles mid-market M&A deals, PE transactions, and multi-jurisdictional commercial contracts for various corporate clients. Practice co-chair Geoff Perry is highly experienced in cross-border transactions, with recent highlights in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Andrew Glaze specialises in corporate finance, possessing particular experience in real estate and Takeover Code transactions. On the commercial front, practice co-chair Stuart James works with a number of international entities on data transfer and supply chain mandates, while Simon Jones is noted for his capabilities in large-scale logistics projects and public sector contracts. Senior associate Claire O’Connor is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Perry; Stuart James

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Glaze; Simon Jones; Claire O’Connor

Testimonials

‘Hardworking, pragmatic and professional. Reasonable fees and a strong desire to be close to their client.’

‘Geoff Perry is a standout lawyer: responsive, focuses on the real issues and avoids wasting client time on the nitty details of the contract. Gets to the heart of the issue.’

‘Simon Jones is very helpful. Makes himself available and has great knowledge of public sector contracting.’

‘Stuart James has been outstanding. He has proved to be highly responsive, demonstrated a high degree of legal acumen and professionalism and continues to present pragmatic and business-like solutions.’

‘Stuart James is able to make his advice commercial and concise to enable internal stakeholders to understand the big issues.’

‘Without doubt all of the team demonstrated exceptional knowledge and experience, and came across as really genuine people.’ 

 

Key clients

Altrad Group

ARB Corporation Limited

Cazoo Holdings Limited

Daniel Harris and other minority shareholders

Enterprise Control Systems Limited

GracoRoberts UK Limited

Hackman Capital Partners LLC

Homeserve PLC

Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing UK Limited

Rimac Automobil

Rock Power Connections Limited

SAICA Pack UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Rimac in relation to a significant joint venture between Rimac and Bugatti.
  • Advised Hackman Capital Partners on numerous matters throughout 2021, including on the acquisition of Ardmore and Troy Studios (the two largest film studios in Ireland).
  • Advised Homeserve PLC on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of CET Structures Ltd (Project Castle) in a deal worth £53m.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has a specialism in retail mis-selling claims, including those related to film finance and payment protection insurance. Its expertise extends into the fields of regulatory issues and dispute management through insurance policy coverage. Simon Garbett  is a qualified solicitor advocate who specialises in commercial and financial services litigation and arbitration. Senior director Ian Skinner has a long history dealing with fraud and professional negligence work.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Simon Garbett; Ian Skinner; Mariyam Harunah

Testimonials

‘We utilise the banking litigation at Squires for the truly exceptional, always responsive service provided.’

‘A fantastic combination of technical expertise, people who are a delight to work with, and great value for clients.’

Key clients

Brooks Macdonald Group

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

Mazars Financial Planning

Representative Beneficiary of the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme

Representative Beneficiary of the CMG UK Pension Scheme

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

    The 'outcome focused' team at Squire Patton Boggs attracts praise for its handling of both local and cross border cases, especially those with a focus on IT and technology disputes where director Ian Skinner is prominent. Birmingham litigation head Simon Garbett handles a significant amount of risk advisory work and supply chain disputes within the automotive, retail and manufacturing sectors. Senior associate Mariyam Harunah is trusted by national and international clients on defamation and reputation management.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Garbett

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Technically strong and commercially aware.’

    ‘Ian Skinner and Simon Garbett provide pragmatic and outcome focused advice to help bring disputes to a satisfactory close.’

    ‘Simon Garbett is a really well-respected leader, and has the benefit of excellent, diligent and smart associates like Mariyam Harunah to help run the team.’

    ‘Mariyam Harunah is excellent in her attention, service and advice.’

    ‘Mariyam Harunah is very organised, efficient, a very hard worker, and a great pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Rose Chaudry is good to deal with and strong technically and sound commercially’

    Key clients

    Molson Coors Brewing Company

    Citron Hygiene

    Animoca Brands (Corporation) Limited

    Pets at Home

    Vodafone

    Cambridge & Counties Bank

    Jaguar Land Rover Pension Trustees Limited

    Atlantic Projects Company

    Taylor Wimpey

    Vets 4 Pets (Part of Pets at Home)

    Work highlights

      Employment Tier 2

      The team at Squire Patton Boggs receives a steady flow of instructions from a large number of international and blue-chip companies on UK employment law matters. Under the leadership of Charlie Frost, it enjoys considerable strength in the sports sector and regularly advises on complex restructurings, collective redundancies and offshoring strategies as well as on the TUPE aspects of corporate transactions. Ramez Moussa  is another key figure in the team which is also adept at advising on the engagement and exit strategies for senior private equity executives and also handles an impressive number of high-value contentious matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is extensively knowledgeable and applies its advice in a practical manner in accordance with the context of the organisational goals. The lawyers work in real partnership with our business, have built strong relationships and work alongside us to resolve complicated matters swiftly. On calls with other third parties I have witnessed clear and constructive articulation of complex matters to reach an agreement’.

      ‘Ramez Moussa has supported us for many years and understands our business values and approach very well. As well as having outstanding technical knowledge he is excellent at summarising issues and balancing approaches to provide us with an understanding of risks and options’.

      ‘Ramez Moussa is always responsive and acts to meet challenging deadlines when needed. Sophie Copson has a fantastic reltionship with all our team. She is responsive and manages multiple streams of work efficiently. She has assisted us to resolve a number of litigation matters to a suitable commercial settlement’.

      Key clients

      Aggregate Industries / Holcim Group

      Helios Technologies Inc

      Logicalis Group

      Ontic

      Aqualisa

      Peoplesafe

      West Bromwich Albion Football Club

      Friends MTS Limited

      Citron Hygiene

      Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland

      Dalata Group

      Jewson / Saint-Gobain

      Next Plc

      Carl Zeiss

      BDO LLP

      ECI Partners

      Bayer Plc

      Friends MTS Limited

      ECI Partners LLP

      National Australia Bank

      Roper Technologies Inc.

      Amaris Hospitality

      Pierre Fabre

      Work highlights

      • Advised global aerospace parts manufacturer Ontic Engineering on the acquisition of the Staverton manufacturing facility and several related product lines from Triumph Group. The deal successfully concluded in October 2022 and took 12 months to complete from receipt of initial instructions.
      • Working closely with the client’s in-house legal and HR teams in designing and delivering a programme of training to support the client’s zero tolerance approach to workplace harassment. This included training sessions for different levels of management within the business. The programme was nominated for most Inspiring Awareness Campaign for the Inspire Awards.
      • Provided ongoing support to ECI and its portfolio companies with legal and strategic updates on the employment law aspects of COVID-19 measures.  With ECI’s backing, the team ensured that its portfolio of companies received expert, external legal support on the constantly changing furlough rules as the pandemic continued to evolve through 2021 and into 2022, with related advice on furlough pay, return to work arrangements, agile working and vaccinations.

      Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

      The regional banking and finance practice at Squire Patton Boggs is fully integrated within the firm’s national and international banking and finance department. As well as a niche expertise in football finance, the practice is well-regarded for asset-based lending work, pension fund related finance and education finance. The team is led by Roy Grist, who primarily advises borrowers and lenders on debt finance.

      Practice head(s):

      Roy Grist

      Other key lawyers:

      Yasser Muflahi

      Testimonials

      ‘Very transparent and honest approach to instructions, timelines and fee quotes. Responsive and pragmatic advice presented in a way that is easy for the business to understand and digest. Reliable. Reasonably priced.’

      ‘Roy Grist – solid and reliable. Take reassurance from the methodical and meticulous approach taken by Roy when delivering his advice. Appreciate his upfront honest approach and ability to manage expectations.’

      Key clients

      Lloyds Banking Group

      National Westminster Bank Plc

      ThinCats

      Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

      Endless LLP

      Hackman Capital Partners

      Envirogen Group

      Barclays Bank Plc

      The PNC Financial Services Group Inc

      Gordon Brothers

      Work highlights

      • Advised Amscan International in connection with a £30,000,000 funding package from PNC to support the business through its next stage of growth.
      • Advised Hackman Capital Partners in connection with financing the acquisition of two renowned film and television studios in Ireland.
      • Advised one of the UK’s largest pension funds in connection with financing an innovative “Help to Own” housing scheme in Wolverhampton which is targeted at key workers.

      Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

      Squire Patton Boggs is particularly noteworthy for its expertise in its knowledge of sectors including retail, education, pensions, sport and hospitality. The team operates on a truly international scale, with recent matters spanning in Croatia, China, the US and the United Arab Emirates. With 25 years of experience, Devinder Singh  brings great expertise in the energy and sports sectors; he co-leads the team with Russell Hill, who leads on significant multi-jurisdictional corporate and finance transactions.

      Practice head(s):

      Devinder Singh; Russell Hill

      Other key lawyers:

      Oliver Ward-Jones

      Testimonials

      ‘They have technical capability and an ability to clearly communicate’

      ‘Russ Hill – commercial approach with a clear commitment to delivering for clients’

      ‘Russell Hill is the leading restructuring lawyer in the Midlands. Not only is he technically strong, he is highly commercial and is strongly motivated and driven to understand his clients objective and make sure this is delivered. He is absolutely my go to person when I have a problem and need creative, commercial problem solving. He has also built an exceptional team of professionals who we are happy to have supporting us.’

      ‘Well versed in complex corporate insolvency, both contentious and non-contentious. A well earned reputation for excellence.’

      ‘Devinder Singh leads a well-managed and approachable team. Russ Hill has an excellent reputation for non-contentious work and Oliver Ward-Jones is an impressive senior associate.’

      ‘Devinder Singh  has led the team excellently. He completely “gets” the market and is absolutely dependable in all situations.’

      ‘Experienced team with strength across the board’

      ‘Devinder Singh vastly experienced in the market, with excellent client skills and technical knowledge’

      Key clients

      Lloyds Bank

      Barclays Bank

      Interpath (formerly KPMG)

      Ernst and Young

      Grant Thornton

      Kroll (formerly Duff & Phelps)

      Leonard Curtis

      BDO

      Cambridge & Counties Bank

      RCapital

      FRP Advisory

      Secure Trust Bank

      One Savings Bank PLC

      Smith and Williamson

      Shawbrook Bank

      Essar Oil (UK) Limited

      Aurelius Finance Company Limited

      Trussle Lab Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Smith & Williamson in the administration of Duet Capital (Holdings) Limited
      • Advising Trussle Lab Ltd, a leading digital mortgage and insurance broker in the UK, on its restructuring options prior to its sale to Better HoldCo Inc., one of the fastest-growing digital home ownership platforms in the US.
      • Acting for Interpath in the administration of Orvec International Limited.

      Real estate > Construction Tier 2

      Praised by clients for its ‘unswerving commitment‘ and ‘exceptional industry knowledge‘, Squire Patton Boggs is routinely engaged on a strong mix of energy, infrastructure, industrialised plant, and commercial real estate development matters. Beyond its contract expertise, the team is also well-versed in PFI matters and power generation disputes, including arbitrations and ADR proceedings. Graeme Bradley possesses a wealth of experience in cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly in the engineering and process plant sectors. Robert Norris is an equally prolific advisor at the national and international level, while Ray O’Connor is praised for his capabilities in multi-jurisdictional energy project disputes. Senior associate Matt Bromilow, who joined the practice from Mills & Reeve LLP in January 2022, is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

      Practice head(s):

      Graeme Bradley; Robert Norris; Ray O’Connor

      Testimonials

      ‘Ray O’Connor is bright, quick of thought, and of action.’

      ‘Unswerving commitment to fulfilling the client’s needs. Exceptional industry knowledge and experience.’

      Key clients

      ABB Limited

      Aggregate Industries UK Limited

      Arena Events Group plc

      Association of Decentralised Energy

      Atlantic Projects Company Limited

      Baglan Operations Limited

      Blackpool Borough Council

      Calon Energy Limited / Macquarie

      Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited

      Cheyne Capital

      Circular Resources (UK) Limited

      Cummins

      Dalata Hotels

      Department of Health

      Envirogen Group

      Feldon Valley (Guernsey) Limited

      Fincher Utilities

      Fluence Energy LLC

      Frontier Power

      Green Arrow Capital

      HBV Villages

      Imperial College

      Johnson & Johnson

      Jury’s Hotels

      Kentucky Fried Chicken

      Mercia Power

      Midas Construction Limited

      Morrisons (Supermarkets)s

      Pannonia Ethanol ZRT

      Quartzelec Limited

      RTS Technology Solutions Limited (t/a Vanti)

      Selfridges Retail Limited

      Smiths Industries

      Taylor Lane

      The University of Law

      Triton Energy

      Veolia

      Wyre Borough Council

      Natural History Museum

      Meggitt

      TPS civil engineering

      Work highlights

      • Advising Circular Resources on EPC and related contracts to deploy patented WEEE recycling facilities in the UK and Australia and subsequently across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
      • Acting for Morrisons in complex, high-value multi-party litigation in the UK.  
      • Advising the Natural History Museum on decarbonisation and a large scale combined heat, power and cooling project under 15 years construction and maintenance contracts.

      Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 2

      Widely praised by clients for their ‘skill, knowledge, and availability‘, Squire Patton Boggs‘ considerable domestic and international footprint makes them a strong choice for a legion of corporate clients seeking advice on the full scope of mid-market transactions. Chaired by financial services and fintech lead Robert Bray, the practice is made up of a number of dedicated sector specialists including global industrials lead James McKay; energy and utilities-focused Trevor Ingle; and Mark Yeo, who concurrently helms the media, healthcare, science, and sports desks. The ‘excellent’  Tim Stead is reputed for his proficiency in recruitment and corporate finance deals. Joe Abbott, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, is also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Rob Bray

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Very good, diversified mid-market law firm.’

      ‘Nick Allen, Mark Yeo and Joe Abbott are all excellent, deal-oriented, and highly motivated.’

      ‘Great knowledge, skill, and availability. They all know what’s going on so they can each ensure issues are dealt with.’

      ‘I trust the partners there, and I trust their associates. They do things in the right way, they display a moral compass, and they give clear advice rather than just options.’

      ‘Great team who worked well together and delivered pragmatic sensible advice.’

      ‘Excellent advice, commercial and pragmatic, always calm, and worked hard to find solutions to any issues.’

      ‘Tim Stead is excellent. A terrific sounding board who is always available with pragmatic advice. Focuses on building a long-term partnership.’

      Key clients

      Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

      Live Nation Entertainment

      Coats Group plc

      Cazoo

      Synthomer plc

      EDF Energy Renewables

      HomeServe plc

      Grafton Group plc

      Lucite International

      Polypipe Group plc

      Work highlights

      • Advised Broadridge Financial Solutions on its acquisition of Itiviti Holding AB for €2.143bn from Nordic Capital.
      • Advised on the sale of Grafton’s traditional merchanting business  to Huws Gray/Blackstone for £520m.
      • Advised Endless LLP on the acquisition of Party City’s international wholesale, manufacturing, and retail and e-commerce businesses in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

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

      Squire Patton Boggs‘ private equity practice draws on partners in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham to provide wide-ranging advice to clients. In addition to acting for sponsors, the team stands out for its work representing management teams in sales to private equity, PE-backed management buyouts, investments and re-investments. Paul Mann leads the European PE team and is an ‘excellent client partner’ to buyout houses, management teams and shareholders. Jonathon Jones and Ben Squires also have a focus on PE transactions.

      Practice head(s):

      Paul Mann

      Other key lawyers:

      Jonathan Jones; Ben Squires; Mae Salem; David Milne; Giles Chesher; Mark Yeo; Joe Abbott; Charles Leeming; James Fitzgibbon

      Testimonials

      ‘Great knowledge, skill and availability. They all know what’s going on so they can each ensure issues are dealt with.’

      ‘I trust the partners there – Jonathan Jones, Charles Leeming, James Fitzgibbon. They do things in the right way (i.e. they have morals) and they give advice, not just options’

      ‘Great team, worked well together, clear distinction of roles, excellent pragmatic advice’

      ‘Mark Yeo and Joe Abbott both excellent. Sensible pragmatic advice, always calm, worked well with PE firm lawyers, non-adversarial approach, worked very hard and always available when needed.’

      ‘The Squires team are extremely proactive and reactive in terms of deliverables. They also have a very commercial viewpoint and are excellent at sifting through points which need client input, taking the load on other points. Squires go above and beyond in terms of covering all considerations.’

      ‘Mae Salem was standout for our deal and was never phased by challenging situations with a very clear attitude of getting the deal done with the best terms for us, the client.’

      ‘Excellent communication / deal management and commerciality.’

      ‘David Milne is an excellent deal manager – incredibly responsive and measured. Paul Mann is an excellent client partner – available at all the right times. Giles Chesher has excellent PE experience.’

      Key clients

      ECI Partners

      Growth Capital Partners

      NorthEdge Capital

      Business Growth Fund

      Inflexion Private Equity

      H2 Equity Partners

      Rockpool Investments

      Endless

      LDC

      Perwyn LLP

      MML Capital Partners

      TPA Capital

      The Craftory

      Work highlights

      • Acted as lead counsel for MML Capital Partners and all shareholders of Waystone on the sale of the group to Montagu, at reported value of $1.3 billion..
      • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Outright Games Limited to EMK Capital.
      • Advised on the sale of Reward Gateway by Great Hill Partners and fellow shareholders to Castik Capital and Abry Partners.

      Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

      Squire Patton Boggs‘ environmental, safety and health team has a strong international reputation, with the national UK team being supported by partners across Europe, the US and Australia. The team has specialist industry experience in the entertainment, food and drink, construction, chemicals, life sciences and manufacturing sectors. The practice encompasses a wide area of expertise, including public inquiries, internal investigations, auditing, training and liaising with regulators. Rob Elvin leads the team with a focus on corporate defence and training PLC boards on directors’ duties. He has a significant presence in the power generation, construction and manufacturing sectors. He is supported by associates Robert Biddlecombe and Gary Lewis.

      Practice head(s):

      Rob Elvin

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The SPB team take the extra time to get to know their client’s business (often in detail) in advance of any crisis that may require their support. They are keen to share their knowledge widely and openly rather than “guard their secrets” which is always welcome.’

      ‘Rob Elvin is a practical, non-nonsense team leader who is fantastic at cutting straight to the issue and providing the real-world helpful advice needed.’

      Key clients

      Manchester City Football Group

      EDF Energy

      Live Nation

      Showsec International Limited

      Precision Colour Printing Limited

      FC Nantes

      Albis (UK) Limited

      Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

      National Grid Gas Plc

      Bayer Crop Science

      Ashcourt Contracts Limited

      RT Keedwell Group Limited

      GB Group UK Limited

      Lucite

      Stonegate Group (formerly Enterprise Inns)

      Work highlights

      • Advising Showsec International Limited on the Manchester Arena Inquiry
      • Advising FC Nantes in relation to the Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala
      • Advising National Grid Gas Plc on a significant prosecution relating to alleged failures to maintain and inspect parts of its gas distribution network prior to its sale to Cadent in 2016.

      Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

      Consistently strong with litigation work‘, Squire Patton Boggs‘ team is adept at contentious regulatory and fraud-related pensions work, with additional expertise in professional negligence cases, where it represents trustees and employers in bringing claims. Tax disputes and data protection issues concerning pension schemes are other niches for the group, which also has a growing risk management focus. Leading the department from Manchester is ‘excellent case strategistVictoria Leigh, who is active in pension disputes thought leadership. Also in Manchester, senior associate Rebecca Green is building a practice that involves pension-related professional negligence claims. In Birmingham, Simon Garbett acts for employer and trustee clients across the waterfront of contentious pensions issues. In Leeds, Jason Blakey has experience in representing companies involved in pensions liberation fraud cases.

      Practice head(s):

      Victoria Leigh

      Testimonials

      ‘Victoria Leigh and Rebecca Green have been excellent in their approach in helping me to understand the processes and what is happening in terms that I am able to understand.’

      ‘Consistently strong with litigation work, I have extensive experience of SPB’s Manchester Office and it has been uniformly excellent. Equally at home with corporate or individual clients, in my experience they tend to go the extra mile wherever possible to ensure they best understand and meet a client’s needs.’

      ‘Victoria Leigh stands out first and foremost because of her ability to analyse complex case issues with considerable skill but then explain them to lay clients in a manner which is fully intelligible without being shrouded in legal terminology. Secondly, she is an excellent case strategist. Finally, she has always been genuinely keen to provide excellent client service across the board. As to associates, I would strongly recommend Mariyam Harunah.’

      ‘The team is headed by Victoria Leigh who is simply one of my favourite people to work with. She is clever, hardworking, practical, treats her associates well and is well-liked by the bar, judiciary and other firms. Of the associates, Rebecca Green has deservedly been described as a rising star and is cut from the same cloth as Victoria.’

      ‘Superb pensions team covering all aspects of high quality pensions litigation.’

      ‘Victoria Leigh is one of the best pensions partners in the country. Combines intelligence and hugely impressive legal knowledge with attention to detail and superb client skills. Someone you want on your side in pensions litigation.’

      Mariyam Harunah is very much a stand out associate. Very bright and engaged, combining excellence on the law with a strong commercial approach.’

      Key clients

      Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

      Greater Manchester Pension Fund

      Representative Beneficiary of the Cobb Pension Scheme

      Representative Beneficiary of the CMG Pension Scheme

      Representative Beneficiary of the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme

      Thames Water Pension Trustees Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting for a representative member of the Parker and Sanford section of the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme in a claim brought by the trustee seeking clarification from the court as to whether members of the Parker Pen Pension Plan who were under 45 who transferred from the final salary section to a money purchase section had their benefits transferred correctly.
      • Advised a representative member of the CMG UK Pension Scheme on an application for an order rectifying certain definitions in the Scheme’s Rules annexed to a Deed of Variation.
      • Completed the successful defence of a Scheme member’s appeal of a Pensions Ombudsman’s decision, determining that the Scheme member was not entitled to a cash equivalent transfer enhanced to take into account Serious Ill Health Pension benefits.

      Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

      Squire Patton Boggs is noted for predominantly advising trustees on the gamut of their pensions law requirements, with specialisms in regulatory compliance, investments, data protection and de-risking. The group has a particular strength in pensions schemes for utilities companies, and is also well-versed in public sector and not-for-profit organisation schemes. Wendy Hunter is an expert in public to private sector transfers, investments and the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. She jointly heads the department with Clifford Sims , who specialises in pensions-related investment and financial services issues. The duo are ably supported by 2022 minted partner Chris Harper, who is building a strong pensions practice, with a focus on pensions investments in relation to the not-for-profit sector; and senior associate Simon James.

      Practice head(s):

      Clifford Sims; Wendy Hunter

      Other key lawyers:

      Kirsty Bartlett; Chris Harper; Simon James

      Testimonials

      ‘Personalised service with named contacts. Team is well managed and focused on us as a client. Very easy to bring in additional or specialist resource where needed.’

      ‘Thoroughly professional in their dealings with a large group of stakeholders who have different agendas. Always courteous and delivering a pragmatic approach to solving problems in order to obtain the best outcome.’

      ‘Very personable and professional team. Keen to assist in an accurate but pragmatic manner. Very sympathetic to trustee concerns, but clear and tough when needed.’

      ‘Kirsty Bartlett is excellent. She explains tricky issues very clearly and ensures that there is full understanding. If repeating for clarification is needed, she is always happy to. She endeavours to be pragmatic at all times but won’t cut corners either. A very safe pair of hands. Chris Harper is similarly a safe pair of hands and, whilst not as polished as Kirsty, has an equally professional in all the work he does.’

      ‘Wendy Hunter is exceptional, a true partner. I know I can always get a well rounded response to issues, works well with our other advisers and excellent communication with a diverse group of trustees. A true partner.’

      Key clients

      Essex County Council/ ACCESS Pool

      West Midlands Pension Fund

      Agfa Group UK Pension Plan

      Merchant Investors Staff Pension Plan

      West Northamptonshire Council

      Cobham Pension Plan

      Lincoln’s Inn Staff Pension Scheme

      Anglian Water Group Pension Trustee Limited

      Combined Nuclear Pension Plan

      Manpower Pension Plan

      Finance > Asset based lending Tier 2

      Drawing upon significant domestic and global resources, the ‘solutions-oriented‘ team at Squire Patton Boggs provides ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ advice to a balanced mix of lenders and borrowers, in both domestic and international settings. Vastly experienced team leader Paula Laird remains active on the fee-earning front and balances this with her role as head of the firm’s EMEA financial services practice. ‘Commercial and fair‘ in her negotiations with counterparties across a range of ABL finance transactions, including highly structured and bespoke matters, Laird is ‘easy to work with’, a reflection of her longstanding involvement in the space. The ‘excellentTom Dell’Avvocato also continues to gain plaudits among banks, alternative lenders and corporate borrowers for his aptitude at structuring ABL deals; his increasing profile in the market was also recently acknowledged by the firm which promoted him to a director assignation.

      Practice head(s):

      Paula Laird

      Other key lawyers:

      Tom Dell’Avvocato; Stephen Downey; Tom Telford; Alice Moserova; Dominika Leyshon

      Testimonials

      ‘They are super responsive, knowledgeable and provide commercial guidance/solutions to the deal process.’

      ‘The solutions-oriented team understands the overall deal and marries this with the legal structure in an efficient and practical manner.’

      Paula Laird is commercial and fair, and ensured that we as lender and the company could focus on the material points.’

      Paula Laird is easy to work with.’

      ‘The SPB team is efficient and accurate. I find the advice we receive is commercial and pragmatic. The team are friendly and fun as well as having a great work ethic so they’re fantastic to have as part of our extended team. I find pricing is generally reasonable and in my experience quotes are honoured in the spirit they’re given.’

      ‘They are hands on when they need to be so we get a good level of senior time where it matters and they’re supported by an excellent team who are well-briefed and coached and know what’s required.’

      ‘The ABL team at SPB is one of the go-to shops for ABL. With only a few other firms in London, this team operates at the heart of the ABL industry, and has profound knowledge of both the practical and operational sides, and the legal complexities. The team is also great in cross-border deals, working seamlessly together with their colleagues in some jurisdictions, and with friendly firms in others.’

      ‘Paula Laird is very pragmatic, flexible, and capable. She has a clear understanding of the markets and its dynamics. Tom Dell’Avvocato is an experienced lawyer and a safe pair of hands. Very pleasant to deal with.’

      Key clients

      Apollo Global Management

      Lloyds Banking Group

      The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

      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

      Breal Zeta Commercial Finance

      Endless LLP

      FGI Worldwide LLC

      Raiffeisen Bank International

      Deutsche Bank AG

      Work highlights

      • Advising PNC Financial Services – in its capacity as agent and original lender – on the acquisition financing and restructuring of the AFI Group, one of the UK’s leading powered access specialists backed by financial sponsor Pricoa, the private capital business of Prudential Financial.
      • Advising Bank of America as lender on a secured financing to Sound United – refinancing the debt used to acquire Bowers & Wilkins, a leading music equipment provider, out of bankruptcy.
      • Advising PNC Financial Services on the provision of asset based lending facilities to the Chapel Down group, one of the UK’s largest still and sparkling wine producers.

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

      The energy and natural resources team at Squire Patton Boggs provides a full service offering in legal areas such as venture capital, project finance, tax, IP, energy regulation and M&A. The team is frequently involved in clean tech projects with particular strength in offshore wind as they advise sovereign governments, developers, regulatory authorities and infrastructure funds. Practice head Trevor Ingle has vast experience in joint ventures and private equity while Ian Wood  focuses on nuclear energy. Peter Stewart handles Africa mandates while Chris Thomson strengthened the team with his arrival from Dentons in March 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Trevor Ingle

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘We use the team for our oil and gas sector requirements, which includes M&A in the industry, our joint venture and licencing, including overseas, and in relation to our hydrocarbon offtaking arrangements.’

      Key clients

      EDF Energy Ltd

      EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

      EDF Energy Thermal Generation

      EDF Energy Supply

      EDF Nuclear Generation

      Cyclife SAS

      Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

      Fiji Electricity Authority

      MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

      Magnox Limited

      Volta Energy Group Limited

      Ener-G Combined Power Limited

      Falck Renewables Limited

      Invenergy

      Postlane Capital Partners LLC

      RES UK & Ireland Limited

      Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems

      Social Energy Limited

      So Energy

      Mercia Power

      Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE)

      Downing

      Global Wind Services US Inc.

      Vital Energi

      Sonnedix

      Cannock Renewables

      Guyana Department of Energy

      Habitat Energy Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised EDF in relation to the disposal in 2021 to UK Transition Power of the entire issued share capital of EDF Energy (West Burton B) Limited.
      • Acted for Habitat Energy Limited in relation to its most recent venture capital financing round.
      • Acted for EDF Renewables UK on its new joint venture partnership with DP Energy on the Gwynt Glas project, a 1GW floating offshore project in the Celtic Sea.

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

      The communications, IP and technology group at Squire Patton Boggs is praised as a ‘very strong team‘. The group is well-versed in undertaking technology and telecoms transactions and M&A, as well as handling the regulatory and competition aspects of those transactions. Andrew Wilkinson is head of the firm’s IP and technology EMEA group and advises UK and international users of technology on a wide variety of matters, from cloud arrangements to system design, implementation and maintenance mandates. Francesco Liberatore leads the communication regulation group, and is notable for advising clients in the telecoms space. Senior associate James Pearson stands out for his expertise in technology contracts and the supply of IT, and Malcolm Dowden joined the group from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in March 2022.

      Testimonials

      ‘A very strong IT and telecoms team.’

      ‘Good client skills, collaborative approach and global reach.’

      ‘Francesco Liberatore is the key man in this department in the London office and well deserves his absolutely stellar reputation.’

      ‘Francesco Liberatore is a very practical and knowledgeable global telecoms attorney who comes up with risk-balanced advice. He’s also great to work with and extremely responsive.’

      Key clients

      Akamai

      Avaya

      Broadridge Financial Solutions

      Ericsson

      Etisalat

      GSMA

      Hellen Systems

      Telecom Infra Project

      Viber

      VMware

      Vodafone

      Work highlights

      • Advising Etisalat on its proposed increase in stake in Mobily.
      • Advised Telecom Infra Project on it successful application for £30m R&D funding from the UK Government for the development of Future RAN projects that support the goals of the Government’s 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy.

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

      Squire Patton Boggs is best known for handling corporate, contentious and regulatory, commercial, IP, and employment matters for sports clients globally. The team operates closely with the media, new media and gaming team. Practice head Stephen Sampson primarily handles contentious and regulatory work, with extensive experience appearing before sports tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Warren Phelops advises clients on a variety of sports-related issues, including content ownership and exploitation, event staging and broadcast/media matters. Associate Dr Katie Smith acts for clubs, governing bodies, media companies, athletes and agents.

      Practice head(s):

      Stephen Sampson

      Other key lawyers:

      Warren Phelops; Mike Llewellyn; Stuart McInnes; David Hull; Katie Smith

      Testimonials

      ‘Innovative and willing to think outside the box to find the right solution.’

      ‘Stephen Sampson is one if the most experience solicitors in sport. He has excellent judgement and gives 100% to his clients.’

      ‘Katie Smith is a brilliant associate in the team.’

      ‘Exceptional experience – Stephen Sampson. You can rely on Stephen doing a first class job (and you know he will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the instruction is given the attention it requires and is completed on time).’

      ‘Good at building relationships (and this means they are on the front foot in knowing what issues you are likely to be facing). Very good industry knowledge – one of the leading firms when assessing experience and breadth of matters they have worked on. Commercially pragmatic.’

      Key clients

      AIA Company Limited

      Alpine Racing Limited

      Arena Racing Limited

      Blackburn Rovers FC

      Chelsea FC

      Creative Artists Agency LLC

      Fosun Sports Group

      Fulham Football Club

      The International Tennis Federation

      Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

      Mesut Özil

      FC Nantes

      Project 11 Limited

      Sheffield Wednesday Football Club

      Sportfive

      Ticketmaster

      West Bromwich Albion Football Club

      Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

      The World Academy of Sport

      World Sailing

      Work highlights

      • Advised Alpine Racing Limited on a range of matters throughout the year including the virtual launch of its 2021 F1 car; appointment of a professional e-sports team; appointment of various sponsors and partners; driving and marketing services agreement with Esteban Ocon and Mercedes Benz; agreement with Fernando Alonso in relation to the production of a limited edition Alpine A110 car and other driver arrangements for the 2022 season.
      • Defended the international sailing authority World Sailing, in two consecutive antitrust investigations, first by the Italian Antitrust Authority, and subsequently, by the European Commission. Both antitrust authorities have dropped their allegations for abuse of dominance in relation to the selection of sailing equipment for the Olympic Games of 2024 before the European Commission.
      • Acted as co-counsel with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to Sport Republic in respect of the acquisition of Southampton Football Club and related shareholder arrangements.

      Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

      At Squire Patton Boggs, practice head Anthony Taylor‘s ‘natural talent for identifying the best strategies for successful resolution‘ ensures that the firm maintains its stellar reputation for expertise in financial services litigation on both the national and international stage. The group is particularly well known for representing lenders in high-value professional negligence claims and handling complex PPI and investment mis-selling disputes. Legal director Peter Lees is another key name to note in this ‘excellent team of hugely committed banking lawyers‘.

      Practice head(s):

      Anthony Taylor

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘An excellent team of hugely committed banking lawyers – and a match for any London city firm.’

      ‘Anthony Taylor – excellent client service, and great team player. Brilliant at boosting client morale.’

      ‘Anthony Taylor is exceptionally dedicated to his clients. Really understands the commercial issues and fights hard on his client’s behalf.’

      ‘The banking litigation team is a pleasure to work with – the client service is excellent and the advice is consistently clear, comprehensive and of an exceptionally high quality, incorporating both success prospects and the commerciality of any claim.’

      ‘Anthony Taylor is a highly skilled and knowledgeable litigator whose advice is always of exceptional quality. He has a natural talent for identifying the best strategies for successful resolution which leads to outstanding client results and an excellent sense of humour complements a friendly, helpful and proactive approach.’

      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

      Close Brothers Asset Finance

      Work highlights

      • Represented Manchester Building Society in a £47m professional negligence claim against Grant Thornton.
      • Representing Close Brothers Asset Finance in a claim against DWF for the negligent drafting of a security document.

      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

      Under the direction of practice head Victoria Leigh, Squire Patton Boggs maintains its reputation for excellence in the manufacturing, technology, recruitment and financial services sectors. The team also continues to see growth in the fields of reputation management and data protection claims; Peter Lees has been instrumental in building up the firm’s cross-office offering in the former area, while Leigh takes the lead on the latter.  At senior associate level, Rebecca Green – whose regular workload includes professional negligence claims, contractual disputes and pensions litigation – is particularly recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Victoria Leigh

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The commercial litigation team in Manchester is just a pleasure to work with – sensible and realistic goals alongside great communication and planning.’

      ‘Victoria Leigh runs a great ship and has huge experience running complicated litigation.’

      ‘Their strength in depth – both in terms of personnel, expertise but also covering a range of practice areas – through the UK, and connections internationally is of real value to this organisation.’

      ‘They are highly experienced, but incredibly ‘user-friendly’ – they build good understanding of client needs and priorities,  focusing quickly on shared outcomes. Importantly, they are consistently down to earth, which helps build confidence. The lead partner is able (and willing) to coordinate key practice ‘leads’ to ensure legal advice is comprehensive.’

      Key clients

      Co-operative Group

      Studio Retail Group

      Manchester Building Society

      Pets at Home

      Close Asset Finance

      DNOW Inc

      MAN Energy Solutions

      Berwind Corporation

      GBG Plc

      Innospec Limited

      Work highlights

      • Represented Manchester Building Society in its claim against Grant Thornton for negligent advice.
      • Acting for a representative member of the Parker and Sanford section of the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme in a claim brought by the trustee seeking clarification from the court as to whether members of the Parker Pen Pension Plan who were under 45, who also transferred from the final salary section to a money purchase section, had their benefits transferred correctly.
      • Acted for a number of corporates who have received claims from individuals seeking compensation for breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

      Employment > Pensions Tier 2

      Squire Patton Boggs specialises in regulatory compliance, pensions disputes, de-risking, and investment advice, especially for clients in regulated industries such as water, nuclear, and electricity industries, as well as not-for-profits and other schemes in the charity sector. Practice head David Griffiths is noted for his broad experience in areas such as reorganisations and restructurings, GMP equalisation, de-risking, buy-ins and buy-outs, and corporate transactions. Pension dispute specialist Victoria Leigh was promoted to partner in May 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      David Griffiths

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Sensible, pragmatic, proportionate and cost-effective advice.’

      ‘David Griffiths is excellent at distilling complex legal matters and explaining them in terms that lay trustees can understand. He is a very reassuring presence when working through multi-faceted projects.’

      ‘David Griffiths: Very reliable, reasonable, practical. Helps us find reasonable outcomes. Solid advice.’

      ‘David Griffiths is very thoughtful in his approach, reasonable on guidance and fees.’

      ‘Good support across the team.’

      ‘David Griffiths is commercial and pragmatic. He responds promptly and is not afraid to come to a view.’

      Key clients

      Trustees of Gas Controls Equipment Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

      Trustees of the Sappi UK Pension Scheme.

      Bestrustees Limited

      Marriott Hotels

      Nampak Staff Pension Scheme

      Young & Co.’s Brewery plc

      Representative Beneficiary of the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme

      Tata Limited Pension Scheme

      PZ Cussons plc

      Representative Member of Cobb Pension Scheme

      Trustees of Brammer Services Retirement Benefits Scheme

      Fugro NV

      Mercer

      Work highlights

        Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

        Squire Patton Boggs is known for its strong practice advising borrowers, acting for them on acquisition and debt financings. This often features significant cross-border elements, such as advising on GB Group’s £175m credit facilities for its acquisition of US-based Acuant. It also advises lenders on similar matters. Claire Shepherd leads the Manchester-based team and is known for her work with public body funders. Matthew Ingram is known for his acquisition financing work. Director Mariche Chambers arrived in September 2021 from Eversheds Sutherland and Andrew Kirkham joined from Pinsent Masons in January 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Claire Shepherd

        Other key lawyers:

        Matthew Ingram; Mariche Chambers; Michael Atherton

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is superbly led by Claire Shepherd – she is always available to take your call, flexible and solutions-driven and the team surrounding her are fully supportive detailed and diligent’

        ‘Claire Shepherd – fun to work with, light-hearted, enthusiastic, clever, target driven, diligent and keen to help.’

        ‘The team comprise some excellent banking lawyers, but in particular, they are partner-led. Many large law firms continually delegate work down to the most junior lawyer. Squires do not seem to do this.’

        ‘Claire Shepherd is an outstanding lawyer and just the sort of wellspring of advice and commercial common sense you need advising you on a financing transaction. Advice is clear, concise and practical and you feel that Claire will support you throughout a deal from start to finish.’

        Key clients

        The Royal Bank of Scotland plc / National Westminster Bank PLC

        Lloyds Bank PLC

        Santander UK PLC

        OakNorth Bank plc

        Clydesdale Bank plc

        Bank Leumi UK plc

        Genuit Group PLC

        GB Group PLC

        Leisure Resorts Limited

        Trueman HoldCo Limited

        Frontier Development Capital Limited

        Boost & Co

        Praetura Commercial Finance Limited

        Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LP

        Greater Manchester Combined Authority

        Chiltern Capital

        EPE Special Opportunities

        ECI Partners

        Work highlights

        • Advised GB Group plc on the refinancing of its £175M syndicated loan facilities as part of the $736M acquisition of identity-verifier Acuant.
        • Acting for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the grant funding for brownfield housing in the Greater Manchester area.
        • Advising Genuit Group plc on a number of major acquisition financings.

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

        The team at Squire Patton Boggs has strong capabilities in local, national and international disputes thanks to its close-knit network of offices. Clients from the financial services, food, retail, manufacturing, IT and utilities sectors often approach the group, which is well-positioned to represent clients in breach of contract actions, claims for conspiracy, conversion issues, breaches of fiduciary duty/restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes and warranty claims. Jason Blakey is noted for his ‘outstanding commercialism‘; he and David Holland are the key contacts in Leeds. Senior associate Jenny Broderick is singled out as ‘technically superb and commercially excellent’.

        Practice head(s):

        Jason Blakey; David Holland

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Very commercial, client focused advice. You always sense that they are trying to add value and not involve you in pointless process driven cost.’

        ‘Jason Blakey – outstanding commercialism and very pragmatic.’

        ‘Jenny Broderick – technically superb and commercially excellent. A brilliant lawyer.’

        Key clients

        Wm Morrison Supermarkets

        Vodafone Limited

        Kwik Fit (European Tyre Enterprise Limited)

        Quartzelec Limited

        Findel PLC

        CPP Group PLC

        Northern Gas Networks

        Laybuy Holdings (UK) Limited

        InTechnology PLC

        Komori UK Limited

        Electricity North West Limited

        Euronet Worldwide Inc (and YourCash)

        Equiniti Group

        Chint Europe (UK) Limited

        Bright Station Ventures/Management Limited/Ivor Dunbar

        Compass Group PLC

        Hollinshead and Greaves families

        Leisure Resorts Limited

        Megadyne Medical Products Inc (J&J)

        Work highlights

          Employment > Pensions Tier 2

          Squire Patton Boggs has a strong market presence in regulated utilities, with a particular focus on water, nuclear and electricity sponsored schemes. Led by Catherine McKenna, the group is ‘excellent’ and is active on ESG strategy and compliance as well as GMP equalisation solutions. Senior associate Anna Tomlinson advises on corporate transactions while Jane Briggs advises in relation to retail pensions, insurance providers and master trusts. Based in London, Clifford Sims is the firm’s national head of pensions.

          Practice head(s):

          Catherine McKenna; Clifford Sim

          Testimonials

          ‘Tight knit team of lawyers of varying qualification. Very adaptable to ensure they meet our needs especially in terms of updates and billing.’

          ‘Sound knowledge, excellent resourcing, quick responses.’

          ‘All queries and requests for advice etc. are dealt with promptly and extremely efficiently.’

          ‘Their knowledge of pensions is excellent, and they respond in a language that we can understand and easily act upon. Their billing is exact and concise.’

          ‘All queries and requests for advice etc. are dealt with promptly and extremely efficiently. Their knowledge of Pensions is excellent, and they respond in a language that we can understand and easily act upon. Their billing is exact and concise.’

          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 SPX Pension Scheme

          Northern Gas Networks

          Trustee of the B/WIP Pension Plan

          Work highlights

          • Assisting Northern Powergrid Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme with implementing a new deed of amendment and updating various retirement processes.
          • Acting as Trustee of the Kelda Group Pension Plan, covering all legal aspects for the scheme, including update of governance practices, member retirement and administration processes, and covenant and funding approach.
          • Acting as Trustee of the Lucite International Pension Fund, advising on review of the fund’s investment and governance arrangements as well as covenant and funding issues following a disposal.

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

          The team at Squire Patton Boggs has extensive expertise in acquisition finance, real estate investment and treasury and derivatives; Jeremy Ladyman concentrates on the latter. It is also adept at handling complex asset-based lending structures, with practice co-head Tom Telford building a strong specialism in this area. Nicholas Bell jointly leads the team and has a broad practice that includes significant PFI capabilities for schools, hospitals and infrastructure.

          Practice head(s):

          Tom Telford; Nicholas Bell

          Other key lawyers:

          Jeremy Ladyman

          Testimonials

          ‘The team are extremely commercial and focus on what matters to clients not clocking billable hours.’

          ‘Tom Telford. He knows his stuff on the technical points and is a very sensible, practical transaction lawyer when it comes to getting the deal done on time and on budget.’

          ‘Helpful and responsive. Good at explaining difficult legal concepts.’

          ‘Tom Telford has a very clear mind and a patient, customer-friendly approach.’

          Key clients

          Breal Zeta

          National Westminster Bank plc

          Lloyds Bank plc

          Clydesdale Bank plc

          Portsmouth Estates

          Mercia Power Response

          Wells Fargo Capital Finance (UK) Limited & BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Wells Fargo and BNP on £70m syndicated ABL facility agreement to Mach Recruitment Limited.
          • Advised Lloyds Bank plc on £18m senior funding package to Raymond Brown with mezzanine finance.
          • Advised Mercia Power Response on £26m project financing to fund the development / acquisition of a portfolio of gas peaking power plants.

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

          Practical and realistic advice is given in a timely manner’ by the team at Squire Patton Boggs, who handle development and investment work concerning student accommodations, and count high-street retailers, corporate occupiers and energy operators among its clients. Matthew Dalzell, who heads the Leeds and European real estate group, is noted for his expertise in the student accommodation, hospitality and private residential sectors, while David Chan focuses on regeneration and energy projects. Other key members of the team include ‘first-class’ partner Prew Lumley, who heads the national retail real estate practice, and Karen French, who is praised by clients.

          Practice head(s):

          Matthew Dalzell

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘SPB has served our property needs very well over the last few years, assisting on all aspects of property transactions.’

          ‘Prew Lumley is first-class, super efficient and straight forward to deal with. Focused on getting deals done and not over-complicating things. Always responds in reasonable timeframe and also turns documents out very speedily too. Highly recommend!’

          ‘Practical and realistic advice is given in a timely manner.’

          ‘What makes this team unique is its people and their approach to clients. They speak to me as a human being, not as if I am a corporate entity. It is always a pleasure to listen to their advice, understand the situation and come away knowing more than when the call started.’

          ‘Karen French is amazing, understands our business so well, remembers the facts and is a friendly person too.’

          Key clients

          Henry Boot Developments Limited

          Ainscough Strategic Land Limited

          Helix Property Limited

          Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire Limited

          Alliance Holdings (Beverley) Ltd

          Muse Developments Limited

          Pronovias UK Limited

          Sirdar Properties Limited

          Cummins Ltd

          The Brookfield Group

          Citu Group Trading Ltd

          Hallam Land Management Limited

          Muse Developments Limited

          Taylor Wimpey plc

          ZM Land and Capital Limited

          Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest & Royal Bank of Scotland International

          Ryman Limited

          Burning Night Pub Group

          YUM! III (UK) Limited (KFC, Pizza Hut)

          Selfridges Retail Limited

          Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics Ltd

          Joe Browns Ltd

          CKL Realisations limited (Cath Kidston)

          Scapa UK Limited

          Zenith Vehicle Contracts Ltd

          Gate Gourmet London Limited

          Princes Foods Ltd

          Selecta UK Limited

          Habasit (UK) Limited

          Reach plc

          Univar Limited

          TransUnion Information Group Limited

          Mercia Power Response Limited

          Western Power Distribution plc

          Electricity North West Limited

          Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited

          Scottish Power Manweb plc

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Henry Boot Developments on a £53.8m forward funding deal with Oxenwood Real Estate in connection with a 28 acre site in Nottingham that was part of the former Imperial Tobacco plant.
          • Advised regeneration business Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire Limited on securing a £22.5m contract to build 152 affordable homes on the former site of Leeds City College in Horsforth on behalf of social housing provider Stonewater.
          • Acting for Muse in the development of the mixed use leisure led Forge Island scheme at Rotherham, involving, cinema, hotel and restaurants.

          Real estate > Planning Tier 2

          Counting energy and utility companies, local authorities, retail operators and commercial and residential developers among its key list of clients, Squire Patton Boggs has demonstrable expertise in national infrastructure projects and is also noted for its capability in contentious planning matters. Senior associates David Myers and Gemma Newell assists clients in compulsory purchase matters and regeneration schemes.

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Community Wind Power Limited

          Low Carbon

          Black Mountain Renewables

          Wessex Energy Limited

          Aldwark Toll Bridge Limited

          Western Power Distribution

          Falck Renewables

          Fred Olsen Renewables

          Elgin Energy

          Clear Channel

          East Lindsey District Council

          The Co-op

          Leavesley Group

          Reckitts

          Taylor Wimpey

          Karbon Homes

          Loxley Homes

          DHLand Limited

          Strata Homes

          Homes by Carlton

          Wendy’s

          Watkin Jones Group

          SP Manweb plc

          Electricity North West

          Northern Powergrid

          Northern Gas Networks

          Leeds City Council

          Work highlights

          • Advising Community Wind Power Limited on the Sanquhar 2 Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway, one of the largest on-shore wind farms yet proposed in Scotland at 308 MW.
          • Advising East Lindsey District Council on several flood risk related matters, where the Environment Agency has objected to 40 planning applications made by caravan park operators and three applications were called in by the Secretary of State as test cases.
          • Advising Vital Energi (Drakelow) Limited in relation to a judicial review against South Derbyshire District, which unlawfully granted a Reserved Matters Approval to a neighbouring landowner in such a way as to threaten Vital’s existing REC facility.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

          Squire Patton Boggs’ national property litigation team is led by David Holland, who specialises in compulsory purchase compensation cases, claims under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973, as well as contentious energy and utilities compensation matters. The practice advises airports on statutory compensation claims and landowners affected by the High Speed 2 rail scheme. Senior associate Bethany Reid is another key contact in the group and has experience in leasehold portfolio management for clients in the retail and leisure sectors.

          Practice head(s):

          David Holland

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘The team at SPB understands the legal issues and how to achieve an outcome which may sometimes be better served without the need for formal litigation, and how looking to resolve the issue by negotiation might be a better answer for all involved.’

          ‘David Holland is an exceptional lawyer and his willingness, and that of his team, to work with you to achieve our aims is commendable and they are not frightened of telling you how it is and what we need to achieve the best outcome.’

          Key clients

          Mamas & Papas

          Tatton Estate

          EDF

          Holland & Barrett Limited

          Mitchells & Butlers plc

          Peel Group

          Gate Group plc

          Clear Channel

          Taylor Wimpey

          Ryman Limited

          Bizspace Limited

          Selfridges

          Live Nation

          Manchester Airport Group

          Birmingham Airport Limited

          United Utilities Group plc

          Western Power Distribution plc

          London Borough of Redbridge

          Electricity North West Limited

          Northern Powergrid

          Reach plc

          Cooperative Group

          SP Manweb plc

          Cancer Research UK

          Cummins plc

          Signet Group plc

          Levantine UK Limited

          On Tower UK Limited

          Work highlights

          • Acting for Levantine (UK) Limited, who were affected by HS2 in a multi-million pound claim for compensation, in relation to the compulsory acquisition of its commercial premises for the purposes of the High Speed Two rail scheme, successfully resolved by way of mediation.
          • Acting for Holland & Barrett Limited in a multi-million claim for compensation, resulting from the compulsory purchase of its Birmingham premises.
          • Acting for Birmingham Airport Limited in compensation proceedings in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), relating to claims for compensation arising for runway extension work sunder Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973.

          Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

          Squire Patton Boggs fields a strong national team that is well-regarded for its defence of large corporate organisations and directors in the most serious health and safety matters. In addition, it is recommended for its accident and internal investigation work. The practice has specialist industry experience in areas as diverse as entertainment and construction through to waste, energy and manufacturing. Birmingham-based Robert Biddlecombe is the key contact in the West Midlands.

          Practice head(s):

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          The team is exceptionally responsive and accessible (especially during critical issues or when immediate input is needed). The team is also very willing to put extra time and effort into understanding our business, its unique challenges, and providing support at the right level. All support provided has been of the highest technical quality’.

          ‘Rob Elvin provides accessible, practical support of excellent technical quality. Rob focuses on building strong, mutually beneficial client relationships that allow him to act quickly and pragmatically in serious cases’.

          ‘Practical advice delivered by a highly experienced team. Rob Elvin‘.

          The expertise and guidance provided by the team at SPB was incredibly valuable and was fundamental in delivering a positive outcome for our business. It was critical to find the right partner and utilise their expertise as early as possible, in order to help deliver a positive outcome for our business, a result which exceeded all expectations‘.

          ‘The team at SPB demonstrated not only a clear understanding of health and safety principles, but also a practical understanding of the machinery and processes involved. This enabled us to collectively submit a tailored response designed to illicit the most positive outcome. I would highly recommend SPB, as it offers excellent value for money, combined with a real understanding of health and safety matters’.

          ‘In particular, Gary Lewis deserves special mention. His expertise in health and safety matters is without question one of the very best in the UK. Gary consistently demonstrates not only a very clear understanding of the matters under review, but also a practical understanding of the machinery and processes involved, including how matters will be viewed objectively by 3rd parties and the courts’.

          Key clients

          Manchester City Football Group

          EDF Energy

          Live Nation

          Showsec International Limited

          Precision Colour Printing Limited

          FC Nantes

          Albis (UK) Limited

          Pontrilas Sawmills Limited

          National Grid Gas Plc

          Bayer Crop Science

          Ashcourt Contracts Limited

          RT Keedwell Group Limited

          GB Group UK Limited

          Lucite

          Stonegate Group (formerly Enterprise Inns)

          Work highlights

          • Advising Showsec International Limited on the Manchester Arena Inquiry.
          • Advising FC Nantes in relation to the coroner’s inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala.
          • Advising National Grid Gas Plc on a significant prosecution relating to alleged failures to maintain and inspect parts of its gas distribution network prior to its sale to Cadent in 2016.

          Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 3

          Other key lawyers:

          Christopher Swart; Katie Pritchard; Joseph Magoon; Alexander De Wild; John Rollason

          Testimonials

          ‘A strong, tight knit, team with a proven track record.’

          ‘Chris Swart is hugely experienced, litigation savvy and street wise. Chris has seen and done it all. This gives him real wisdom and perspective in difficult commercial litigation – and the confidence to make the right judgment calls.’

          ‘Katie Pritchard is an exceptional fighter. If the client wants to take a matter to trial, it can have complete confidence that Katie will fight every step of the way and that no stone will be left unturned.’

          ‘Joseph Magoon is wise and calm well beyond his years, Joseph is exceptionally diligent, organised and efficient. He will have a complete mastery of the material. You need him on your team.’

          ‘Alexander De Wild is a highly efficient, diligent and committed associate with an eagle eye for errors and inconsistencies. A great asset to any litigation team.’

          ‘The lawyers we have been dealing with have a very good understanding of the business we are in so this enables them to not only provide advice purely based on contract and shipping law but also in tandem with commercial practices. It is our impression that they work well as team.’

          ‘We have dealt mainly with their senior lawyers Christopher Swart and John Rollason, supported by other team members at times. They both and team are always available for phone- and videocalls or for in-person meetings when needed.’

          ‘We consider the quality of their work/legal advice as first class.’

          Employment > Employers Tier 3

          Squire Patton Boggs is a reputable counsel for global employment transformation projects, especially those involving a DEI agenda. Data privacy, gender pay gap, psychological safeguarding and Covid-19 related projects are its key areas of instruction. It launched the Global Edge 2.0, a global employment tech tool providing in-house lawyers and HR professionals with access to key employment law and developments in 39 countries. Caroline Noblet leverages over 30 years experience across all contentious and non-contentious areas of employment law. Practice head David Whincup is the firms’ main resource for internal workplace investigations, discrimination and worker status.

          Practice head(s):

          David Whincup

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘The team under Caroline Noblet’s leadership is focused on building a trusted partnership relationship, they are very collaborative and responsive.’

          ‘I like the focus on diversity and sharing best practice through a network that they have established.’

          ‘Caroline Noblet is energetic, passionate and commercially focussed. She builds and leads a diverse team and is very responsive to customer needs. ‘

          The team is uniquely down-to-earth, practical and solutions-focused.’

          ‘They are responsive, deliver value for money, bill on time and always willing to discuss fees sensibly.’

          ‘They are curious to consider new angles and stay on the pulse of what GCs care about.’

          ‘The strength of the international employment practice at this firm is particularly impressive.’

          ‘I know that I can work with them on cross-border projects covering multiple jurisdictions and they will provide a joined-up approach, both in terms of how the work is presented, and how it is billed.’

          Key clients

          Cleveland Clinic

          PGIM

          Currency Cloud

          Credit Karma

          Boston Consulting Group

          You Gov

          Kantar

          Kongsberg Automotive

          XPO Logistics

          National Football League Inc.

          Immunocore

          Bacardi

          Tesco

          DMGT

          Wood Mackenzie

          Vice Media

          Fortnum & Mason

          WPP

          Vevo

          PageGroup (Michael Page)

          Work highlights

          • Advising Kongsberg Automotive, a global automotive parts manufacturer, on the employment aspects of the sale of substantially all of its Interior Comfort Systems business to Lear Corporation.
          • Advised on strategic UK Vaccination law and other Covid-related issues arising in preparation for the National Football League’s two games in London in the summer of 2021.
          • Advised Cummins in relation to a project involving the re-categorisation of its entire 60,000 strong workforce worldwide as part of its New Ways of Working initiative.

          Employment > Immigration Tier 3

          The business immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs acts primarily for large corporate clients, drawing on the firm’s experience and global reach to provide strategic support from large-scale visa applications to compliance, training, and auditing advice. Practice head Annabel Mace has broad experience across immigration and employment law, with particular expertise in handling issues that span the two areas, such as regulated labour leasing matters and overseas remote working issues. She is supported by a strong team of associates, with senior associate May Cheung a notable recent arrival, having joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in September 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Annabel Mace

          Other key lawyers:

          May Cheung; Carine Elliott; Osheenn Giam

          Testimonials

          ‘The Squire Patton Boggs team that we work with is headed up by Annabel Mace. There is nothing too difficult or too challenging for them. They are always willing to take their time, to explain and be patient with people and this makes them stand out as a great partner. Their commitment to people, processes and ethics as well as offering transparency of pricing and clear and easy to follow guidelines makes it a dream to work with them.’

          ‘SPB provide us with exceptional service in helping prospective employees gain skilled visas to come to the UK. The team deals with highly demanding employees and managers in a professional and prompt manner.’

          ‘Annabel Mace has a professional, caring, enthusiastic, calming and reassuring style which means that nothing ever seems to be too much trouble for her or her team.’

          ‘SPB provides us with exceptional service and support. They partner with us to understand our needs and then work with us to develop a game plan to determine the best way to execute their services.’

          ‘Annabel Mace has been great at providing advice and is always available. Carine Elliott is excellent at managing a high work load at a pace and always with attention to detail.’

          ‘Throughout the years, Squire Patton Boggs has been my partner of choice for everything regarding visas and immigration. No matter who I work with there, I receive the same depth of knowledge combined with actionable, pragmatic advice. As we have offices around the world, and an active transfer programme operating between them, Squire Parron Boggs are able to ensure that I don’t waste my time trying to figure out any immigration challenges.’

          ‘Annabel Mace and Osheenn Giam have been great partners to us in delivering our mobility program. Both are knowledgeable, patient, responsive and professional. They have honed the skill of “meeting you where you are” with educating us on each immigration scenario.’

          ‘The team provide high level expertise and advice in all things relating to immigration, both in a reactive and proactive capacity. The advice provided is always timely and pragmatic and the team work alongside us to create the best experience for our sponsored colleagues and their line managers.’

          Work highlights

          • Advised a global media company within a period of 9 months on the successful reinstatement of its sponsor licence following a compliance suspension, an extensive internal audit and the immigration implications both of an internal group restructure and subsequent sale of the business.
          • Advised a leading health care provider on over 200 Skilled Worker and Healthcare visas in a period of 8 months ensuring the successful operation of its UK operations.
          • Advised global energy providers on over 30 applications under the rarely used Temporary Worker – International Agreement visa route which was vital to its ongoing UK operations.

          Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

          Squire Patton Boggs acts for a range of well-known retailers including Holland & Barrett, Charlotte Tilbury, Claire’s Accessories and Selfridges, and is sought out for its expertise in employment matters, high-value IT projects, real estate work and restructuring issues. Matthew Lewis and Carlton Daniel jointly lead the practice. Lewis is well regarded for his employment expertise and often handles matters concerning pay negotiations and strike action. Daniel’s practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious IP matters; he is also the co-lead of the firm's advertising, media and brands industry group.

          Practice head(s):

          Matthew Lewis; Carlton Daniel

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Stones

          Testimonials

          Very well informed and collaborative team. Take time to understand our business and then ensure they give us the appropriate advice. Constantly stay updated with whats new and relevant and take time to ensure we are made aware.’

          ‘Andrew Stones – continues to provide high-level support and ensures we get the best possible service.’

          Key clients

          AS Watson (Superdrug, Perfume Shop and Savers)

          Billabong International Limited

          Cancer Research UK

          C. & J. Clark International Limited t/a Clarks

          CK Acquisitions Limited t/a Cath Kidston

          Charlotte Tilbury

          Claire’s Accessories UK Limited

          The Cooperative Group

          Eataly Retail UK Limited

          Holland & Barrett Limited

          One Stop Stores Limited

          Richemont (includes Cartier, Chloé, Dunhill, Montblanc, Van Cleef & Arpels)

          Ryman Limited

          Selfridges

          Signet Group Limited

          Studio Retail Group plc

          Tesco Stores Ltd

          Threadology London Ltd

          Whittard

          WM Morrison Supermarkets

          Work highlights

          • Advised WM Morrison Supermarkets plc on the acquisition by International Seafoods Limited of the entire issued share capital of Falfish (Holdings) Limited.
          • Acted for Tesco in a significant employment law claim.

          Real estate > Environment Tier 3

          Squire Patton Boggs‘ ‘very pragmatic and commercially focused‘ environmental, safety and health team is led by Rob Elvin, whose expertise includes the nuclear, gas and electricity generation and distribution industries. It also counts on the expertise of Anita Lloyd, who is described as ‘expert in the area’. The team works across jurisdictions and benefits from its international reach, offering clients services ranging from non-contentious advisory work to regulatory defence work. Oliver Bristow joined from CMS in September 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Rob Elvin

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Anita Lloyd at Squire Patton Boggs provided an overview training session to our business on the many aspects of The Environment Act 2021. Anita was able to translate the complexities of the Act to easy digestible pieces providing great clarity. Anita is such an expert in this area and  friendly, approachable and keen to help.’

          ‘Few firms have Environment practices. The SPB team is developing a reputation in this nascent area, helping clients navigate their way through the ever-increasing swathe of legislative requirements whilst also providing clear commercial advice and guidance to clients looking to engage in Carbon Offsetting for the first time, as was the case with my business.’

          ‘Anita Lloyd was our lead solicitor on a few Environmental projects last year. She was calm, unshowy and generous with her time, educating many on client-side as we sought to understand this new area of law and practice.’

          ‘We have found the team to be very pragmatic and commercially focused with good background knowledge of the science based issues as well as pure legal ones.’

           

          Work highlights

          • Advising Orthios Eco Parks (Anglesey) Limited in respect of EU/UK REACH, end of waste regulatory matters and securing the necessary regulatory permits for a new facility processing oil and chemicals from waste plastic.
          • Advising Taylor Wimpey on water and drainage solutions, abstraction licence transfer and trading, flooding issues and riparian rights on multiple UK development sites.
          • Advising a global manufacturer of construction and insulation products on a waste and producer responsibility mapping exercise across multiple European jurisdictions.

          Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

          With ‘highly practical‘ group lead Diarmuid Ryan splitting his time between the firm’s Manchester, London and Brussels offices, the team is well placed to handle the gamut of contentious and advisory EU and UK competition and state aid matters. Assisting with international merger control reviews is a particular area of strength, as is acting in CMA market investigations. Director Nicola Elam is also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Diarmuid Ryan

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Diarmuid Ryan provides highly practical and commercial advice delivered straight.’

          Key clients

          A.C. Nielsen

          Amcor

          Bayer UK

          Calon

          EDF

          Grafton plc

          HomeServe Plc

          Kongsberg Automotive ASA

          Primo Water Corporation (previously Cott Corporation)

          Princes Foods

          Rimac

          Roche

          S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa CIF (SAICA)

          Selecta Group

          SRCL Limited

          Studio Retail Group PLC

          Telegraph Media Group

          Vp PLC

          World Sailing

          Work highlights

          • Defending Vp in the CMA’s groundworks cartel investigation.
          • Advising Kongsberg Automotive on the merger control aspects of the €175m sale of its interior comfort systems business unit to Lear Corporation, including the Phase 1 review by the European Commission.
          • Advising Grafton Group on the CMA’s Phase 1 review and conditional clearance of the proposed sale of six of its businesses within the general builders merchants industry to Huws Gray.

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

          Squire Patton Boggs‘ team advises a mix of domestic and international clients and is contacted for large scale, cross-border corporate restructuring mandates. Pensions are a key area of expertise for the group, with a particular strength advising on defined benefit scheme restructurings. Clients include a blend of lenders, accountancy groups and borrowers, with a particular strength advising asset-based lenders. Mark Prior leads the Manchester team, offering excellent real estate insolvency knowledge.

          Practice head(s):

          Mark Prior

          Testimonials

          ‘Established specialist team with the ability to link into larger specialist teams in London and elsewhere that don’t seem “siloed” in approach.’

          ‘Mark Prior has managed to bring together differing legal aspects and wider advice in order to formulate a considered yet commercial response.’

          ‘Strong regional and very experienced team in Manchester.’

          ‘Responsive, experienced and thorough.’

          Key clients

          BDO

          Close Invoice Finance

          Co-op

          EY

          FRP Advisory Trading

          Grant Thornton

          Interpath Advisory

          Lloyds Banking Group

          Manchester Building Society

          Mazars

          Sun Securities

          Teneo

          Work highlights

          • Advising Hong Kong client Sun Securities on its opposition to $1bn US restructuring plan of China Fisheries.
          • Advised Total Fitness Health Clubs on its restructuring and turnaround via company voluntary arrangement.
          • Advised administrators at Mazars on the disposal of the headquarters of developer GM Jones.

          Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

          The Manchester-based practice at Squire Patton Boggs is experienced in advising private and public actors in infrastructure, energy and PFI projects. It regularly deals with financial issues inherent to the developing of green field projects, such as assets acquisition, investment and financing. Nick Helm leads the team, his areas of focus include renewable energy, decarbonisation and clean air. Julian Scott specializes in battery storage and gas peaking projects, while senior associate Amy Scott plays a key supporting role.

          Practice head(s):

          Nick Helm

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Herring; Julian Scott; Ian Wood; Amy Scott

          Testimonials

          ‘Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) have been a pleasure to work with over the past four years. They have efficiently assisted with the disposal of a number of PFI assets. SPB work collaboratively, keeping everything simple and easy to understand.’

          ‘I have worked with the current partner, Nick Helm on many occasions and have always found them to be responsive and knowledgeable and will always be able to find the answers required. They are proactive and think outside the box to find solutions as well as managing risk.’

           

          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

          Rendesco

          National Energy

          Work highlights

          • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester (and indirectly the 10 GM local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
          • Advised Vital Energi on its 18MW energy from waste scheme sited at Drakelow, Burton-upon-Trent, which included negotiating on all aspects of the project documents including in relation to governance arrangements, site, grid connection agreements, RDF supply, EPC and O&M documentation, financing and corporate structuring.
          • Advice and support to a number of infrastructure investors on a range of PFI schemes within their portfolios, including secondary market M&A disposals, project variations, distress events and general ongoing project support.

          Public sector > Local government Tier 3

          The team at Squire Patton Boggs is experienced in advising public-private partnerships on development and strategic regeneration projects. It is noted for its advice on clean air initiatives, and has supported clients on transport and infrastructure projects. Practice head Mark Barker specializes in major development projects. Mark Gaffney ’s expertise includes property joint ventures, development transactions and public sector funding.

          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

          Greater Manchester Combined Authority

          Sheffield City Council

          Work highlights

          • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester (and indirectly 10 Greater Manchester local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan and the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project.
          • Advising Preston City Council on the key strategic redevelopment of the City’s indoor market for a leisure-led scheme anchored by a multi-screen cinema operator and a bowling operator.
          • Advising Sheffield City Council on its proposed Clean Air Zone.

          Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

          The real estate team at Squire Patton Boggs have a 'wealth of experience' in advising clients across a range of sectors including retail, regeneration, and renewables. Development expert Mark Barker leads the team, largely focusing on complex and strategic regeneration projects. Nick Helm regularly acts on renewable energy and transport schemes and Mark Gaffney has expertise in property joint ventures and public sector funding. Jonathan Brooke is also a key name in the development market.

          Practice head(s):

          Mark Barker

          Other key lawyers:

          Mark Gaffney; Nick Helm; Jonathan Brooke; Richard Nichols

          Testimonials

          ‘Mark Barker has provided clear, concise and pragmatic advice acting for us on a difficult negotiation of a forward funding agreement, where the funder was represented by a large international firm. His knowledge of the market and of the particular idiosyncracies of this funder have been invaluable in the negotiation.

          ‘The team provide clients with sound practical advice and support. There is a wealth of experience and consistency throughout the department and in my experience I have found them to be extremely responsive and proactive.’

          ‘Mark Barker leads a very capable and well organised team, He is very personable by nature and provides clear and practical advice. Mark is extremely knowledgeable and is thoroughly pragmatic in his approach to, and management of complex real estate transactions.’

          Richard Nichols offers excellent advice and sound guidance. He is an excellent communicator and adopts a realistic approach. He always goes that extra mile for his clients and has consistently demonstrated his ability to innovate to resolve complex issues.

          ‘Mark Gaffney’s attention to our needs and ability to turn things around quickly and accurately is something we have not experienced elsewhere.

          ‘Strategic insight and a desire to know and understand our business.’

          ‘Mark Barker has a deep understanding of the residential for rent markets and offers great commercial insight. He also takes the time to understand the requirements of our business.’

          Key clients

          Watkin Jones 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

          Dandara

          Sheffield City Council

          Work highlights

          • Advising TfGM (and indirectly 10 Greater Manchester local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan and the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project.
          • Acting for Watkin Jones on the £35.5m forward funding sale of a purpose build student accommodation scheme in Leicester.
          • Advising Preston City Council on the key strategic redevelopment of the City’s indoor market for a leisure-led scheme anchored by a multi-screen cinema operator and a bowling operator.

          Real estate > Construction Tier 3

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

          The restructuring and insolvency team at Squire Patton Boggs has extensive expertise in contentious matters across a wide range of sectors including retail, mining, manufacturing and energy. Practice head John Alderton specialises in complex restructurings and large scale insolvencies while senior associate Jon Chesman, who ‘is wise beyond his years’ has a broad practice of both contentious and non-contentious work.

          Practice head(s):

          John Alderton

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘It is a pleasure to work with a team that delivers on our often time pressured requirements in an efficient and accurate manner.’

          ‘The team are extremely knowledgeable and very efficient.’

          ‘We worked with Squire Patton Boggs on a number of insolvency engagements, in particular in the energy sector, where they have a sector specialism.’

          ‘John Alderton and John Chesman were both integral to the delivery of Squires’ work. John Alderton in particular had deep sector knowledge.’

          ‘Jon Chesman is wise beyond his years and always very calm under pressure.’

          Key clients

          Interpath Advisory

          Teneo Advisory

          BDO

          EY Parthenon

          RSM

          PwC

          Grant Thornton

          CRG Recovery

          Begbies Traynor Group

          Leumi ABL

          Work highlights

          • Advised a Hong Kong creditor in its objection to a substantial restructuring plan of a Peruvian fishing business who are circa $1bn in debt.
          • Advised Zebra Power Limited and its administrators in the transfer of its customers to an alternative supplier, as part of Ofgem’s “supplier of last resort” process.
          • Advised Clare Boardman and Daniel Butters of Teneo Restructuring as joint nominees and supervisors of the Pizza Express (Restaurants) Limited CVA.

          Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

          Working closely with its offices in London and the US, Squire Patton Boggs‘ interdisciplinary real estate practice is regularly engaged by clients from the worlds of hospitality, retail, and healthcare. Practice head Nick Green is recommended for his expertise in commercial relationships and portfolio advisory work, most notably in the hospitality, retail, and healthcare sectors. Neil Taylor handles both residential and commercial development matters, acting for national house builders, regeneration specialists, and investors. Residential development specialist Kevin Nagle acts for both developers and landowners on national housing projects, and possesses particular experience in later-living and logistics matters. Senior associate James Thorman focuses on residential land acquisitions, and landlord and tenant matters for logistics sector operators.

          Practice head(s):

          Nick Green

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Hardworking and very transparent on fees and billing.’

          ‘Neil Taylor is very helpful, approachable, and intuitive.’ 

          ‘Very helpful and persistent.’

          Key clients

          Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

          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

          Hackman Capital Partners

          Cazoo Holdings Limited

          Bild Studios Limited

          Montreux Healthcare Fund PLC

          United Healthcare Developments Limited

          Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing UK Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Cazoo Holdings Limited on acquisition of Vans365, including assisting with agreeing Cazoo’s occupation rights and advised on property due diligence and related planning and environmental issues.
          • Assisted United Healthcare Developments Limited in the conditional acquisition of the site and simultaneous purchase and leaseback of two GP practices’ existing premises, entering into agreements for lease with the GP practices and separate development funding agreement for the new facility.
          • Advised Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing UK Limited on acquisition of the business and assets of Triumph Aerospace Operations UK Limited, including assisting with the assignment and licence arrangements.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

          Leveraging its robust national footprint, Squire Patton Boggs is instructed by various blue-chip corporate clients on a host of commercial portfolio matters, including contested lease renewals, dilapidation claims, and breach of covenant issues. Practice head Michelle Adams is noted for her capabilities in telecoms-related property disputes, working with high-profile landowners on Electronic Communications Code leases and wayleave agreements. Associate Kuljeet Takhar is also noted for her expertise in the telecoms sector, as well as her broader experience in forfeiture, nuisance, rent arrears, and title dispute matters. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

          Practice head(s):

          Michelle Adams

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘They are efficient in their work and the team are very quick to respond to queries. Holly Lindley epitomises this and I am always pleased when she is allocated the work, as I know it will be done efficiently and to a high standard.’

          ‘Great breadth of experience and very client-orientated approach.’

          ‘Michelle Adams is exceptional, as is Stephanie Hadley.’

          ‘Engaged and persistent in resolving matters quickly.’

          Key clients

          Signet Group Limited

          Cancer Research UK

          Cellnex Telecoms/On Tower UK Ltd

          Molson Coors Holdings Limited

          Claire’s Accessories UK Limited

          Billabong International Limited

          Rexel UK Limited

          CEVA Logistics Limited

          Taylor Wimpey

          Selfridges

          Epwin Property Group

          Salutem Shared Services

          Red Industries Group

          Work highlights

          • Advising On Tower UK Limited on implications of the 2017 Electronic Communications Code and strategy (negotiation and drafting) of code agreements.
          • Aassisted Signet Group Limited with various instructions, ranging from rent arrears claims to dilapidations.

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

          Increasingly active on bank-side ECM instructions, Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of transactions across the energy, natural resources, technology, industrials and consumer sectors. Jane Haxby co-leads the team with Hannah Kendrick and both have expertise in M&A, fundraisings, takeovers and reorganisations.

          Practice head(s):

          Jane Haxby; Hannah Kendrick

          Other key lawyers:

          Jayson Marks

          Testimonials

          ‘We use the corporate team for our corporate finance, ECM and M&A requirements, and they provide an excellent service – very knowledgeable, very responsive and great knowledge of our business.’

          ‘Our team is led by Jayson Marks, who provides terrific and personal service, he knows our industry and business and is very commercial, as well as being very knowledgeable and responsive.’

          Key clients

          Aptamer Group plc

          GB Group plc

          Genuit Group plc (formerly Polypipe Group plc)

          Animalcare Group plc

          Xeros Technology Group plc

          WH Ireland Group plc & WH Ireland Limited

          Canaccord Genuity Limited

          Applied Graphene Materials plc

          Studio Retail Group plc

          Coats Group plc

          Enwell Energy plc

          Metals Exploration plc

          Work highlights

          • Advised Aptamer Group plc on its AIM IPO and £10.8m placing with a market capitalisation of £80m.
          • Advised GB Group plc on its £300m placing and related acquisition of US business Acuant Intermediate Holding Corp for £547m.
          • Advised Canaccord Genuity Limited on the $41m placing, subscription and retail offer (via PrimaryBid) and $55m convertible bond issuance by Alaskan oil and gas-focused, Pantheon Resources plc.

          Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

          Squire Patton Boggs‘ offering includes obtaining freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, Banker’s Trust orders, delivery up orders and tracing claims, and works particularly close with its Middle Eastern offices in fraud matters. It has predominantly banks and other financial institutions on its client roster, and Chris Webber is a key contact for these clients. Director Ian Debbage further covers the retail, sport and construction industries, and Stephen Sampson leads the practice.

          Practice head(s):

          Stephen Sampson

          Other key lawyers:

          Chris Webber; Ian Debbage; Gareth Timms

          Testimonials

          ‘Outstanding on strategy, tactics and execution.’

          ‘Gareth Timms – very available, cost effective.’

          Key clients

          GDS Publishing Limited

          Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 4

          Drawing on the firm's strengths in the hospitality and retail sectors, the Birmingham-based team at Squire Patton Boggs handles licensing work for hotels and transport hubs across the UK. Practice head Stephanie Perraton has significant expertise handling a range of licences for alcohol, entertainment, and late night food sales. Regulatory compliance specialist Nicola Smith supports the firm's wider corporate, property, and insolvency teams, as well as advising on the licensing of music protected by copyright.

          Practice head(s):

          Stephanie Perraton

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Select Service Partner Limited

          One Stop Stores Limited

          Jurys Inns

          Roadchef

          RBH Management

          InterContinental Hotels Group

          Valor Hospitality Europe Limited

          Trafford Palazzo Limited

          Lensbury Hotel

          Newstay Manchester t/a Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel

          Work highlights

          • Managing all aspects of the licensed estate for Select Service Partner nationally, including units at mainline stations, international airports, service stations and shopping centres throughout the UK.
          • Advising One Stop Stores, who operate over 700 retail convenience stores in England and Wales.
          • Acting RBH Management, the largest independent hotel management company in the UK, obtaining licences for two flagship new hotels in London, the Gantry and the Westin London City.

          Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

          Squire Patton Boggs‘ ‘exceptional‘ London practice stands out for its representation of buyers in natural gas and LNG price review disputes. The commercial arbitration team is also notably growing its shipping and commodities practice. London and Cleveland-based George von Mehren is IDR global co-chair; Peter Crossley is London IDR leader; Max Rockall is an energy disputes expert; and Alexis Martinez is an international arbitration specialist. In late 2021, Africa disputes partner Timi Balogun was recruited from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

          Practice head(s):

          George von Mehren; Peter Crossley

          Other key lawyers:

          Max Rockall; Alexis Martinez; Timi Balogun; Peter Stewart; Chris Swart; Katie Pritchard; John Rollason; Tim Flamank; Michael Davar; Gabriella Martin

          Testimonials

          ‘Great coverage for engineering project disputes worldwide, and very timely and pragmatic with its advice. Exceptional service and a very professional law firm for anything involving domestic and international arbitration.’

          ‘Hugely enthusiastic, with lawyers who really try to fight every inch to protect/promote clients’ interests.’

          ‘Peter Crossley – hugely experienced, with very sage instincts as to how best promote or defend clients’ interests.’

          ‘Max Rockall can always be relied upon for his expertise and efficiency. ’

          ‘Max Rockall and Peter Crossley have great knowledge and experience.’

          ‘Alexis Martinez is very easy to work with and absolutely committed to his clients. He is very thoughtful in sharing articles and legal updates, and has broad geographic experience and connections. His depth of knowledge about recent and relevant arbitration decisions is also very impressive.’

          ‘Alexis Martinez is appreciated for his open-minded and client-based approach, as well as his high-level coordination of all communication to the tribunal and opposing party throughout the arbitration process.’

          Senior associate Michael Davar really cares about his cases and clients. He is keen to identify all the points that might help them, and is always looking for an innovative angle.

          Key clients

          Elekta

          Elekta AB

          Edison

          The Slovak Republic

          The Federal Republic of Nigeria

          Turkmenistan

          Republic of Costa Rica

          Republic of Croatia

          Dominican Republic

          Republic of Ecuador

          Republic of Kosovo

          Laos

          Republic of Peru

          Romania

          Libya

          Republic of Benin

          Work highlights

          • Successfully defended Elekta and Elekta AB against a €365m claim, brought by a former distribution partner before the London Court of International Arbitration.
          • Secured a full victory for Edison (one of Italy’s largest oil and gas companies) in a price review arbitration brought by Qatargas.
          • Successfully defended the Slovak Republic in a €128m claim brought under the Polish-Slovak bilateral investment treaty.

          Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

          Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘strong sense of commercialism and client-focused solutions based on a deep understanding of the sector’ allows the life sciences practice to excel in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, primarily focusing on regulatory and commercial issues. The group also regularly advises on product clearance, advertising and promotional matters, and the distinct healthcare team provides a range of advice to healthcare organisations. Commercial and IP specialist Andrew Wilkinson and healthcare experts Diarmuid Ryan and Mark Yeo jointly lead the group.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew Wilkinson; Diarmuid Ryan; Mark Yeo

          Other key lawyers:

          Adrian Spooner

          Testimonials

          ‘The combination of deep subject knowledge of the sector (spanning pharmacy/pharmaceutical industry/health policy/government & NHS insights) is in my experience unique.’

          ‘Adrian Spooner is an outstanding practitioner. His advice is always implementable in a practical way through business operations. I believe this is due to his legal knowledge & experience being added to by being a pharmacist and direct experience from the pharmaceutical industry.’

          ‘A strong sense of commercialism and client focused solutions based a deep understanding of the sector.’

          Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 4

          Squire Patton Boggs‘ environmental, safety and health team has specialist expertise in advising both on the criminal and regulatory aspects of product liability. The team frequently acts on civil claims, risk management and product recalls in the food and automotive sectors, with specialty chemical lawyers and a worldwide food and beverage litigation team. Rob Elvin leads the team with extensive expertise in the nuclear, gas, chemical, engineering and construction sectors. He is supported by Birmingham-based lawyers Simon Garbett, who heads the firm's automotive group and compliance expert Nicola Smith.

          Practice head(s):

          Rob Elvin

          Other key lawyers:

          Simon Garbett; Dave Gordon; Nicola Smith

          Testimonials

          ‘Expert knowledge with ability to structure technical advice in a clear and comprehensible manner’

          Key clients

          #Molson Coors

          American Greetings/ Clintons Cards

          Kobayashi Pharma

          USN (internal referral)

          Essity

          Tunstall (internal referral)

          Michelman

          AKW DLP

          Carl Zeiss (internal referral)

          Work highlights

          • Advice to a wheel and tyre manufacturer on various product liability claims, and connected advice in relation to legal requirements for recall and potential safety risks.
          • Advising healthcare company on potential obligations for notification, product withdrawal and recall in respect of an assistive technology product in the healthcare market, categorised as a general consumer product and involving advice on obligations under UK electrical equipment and general product safety regulations.
          • Advising a global manufacturer of construction and insulation products on a waste and producer responsibility mapping exercise across multiple European jurisdictions.

          Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 4

          Squire Patton Boggs offers clients an integrated UK-wide team which handles infrastructure projects in the transport and energy sectors and stands out for its expertise in Clean Air Zones and other Net Zero projects. Nick Helm heads the practice and is a name to note for renewable energy and decarbonisation projects.

          Practice head(s):

          Nick Helm

          Other key lawyers:

          Trevor Ingle; James Duckworth; Julian Scott; Andrew Herring

          Key clients

          Transport for Greater Manchester

          Sheffield City Council

          Galliford Try Investments

          Amber Infrastructure

          Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

          InfraRed Capital Partners

          Circular Resources

          Campus Living Villages

          Vital Energi

          GSC Holdings (Pty) Limited

          Leeds City Council

          Equitix

          Magnox

          Rendesco

          National Energy

          Transport > Shipping Tier 4

          In 2021, Squire Patton Boggs continued to expand its London shipping expertise with the addition of Robert Parson from Clyde & Co. The practice regularly collaborates with the firm’s Singapore group and advises clients on both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of shipping. Chris Swart and Barry Stimpson jointly lead the team, which also counts Graham Harris and John Rollason among its key contacts.

          Practice head(s):

          Chris Swart; Barry Stimpson

          Other key lawyers:

          Graham Harris; John Rollason; Katie Pritchard

          Testimonials

          ‘They are very diligent and thorough when reviewing documents and evidence.’

          ‘The team knows a wide range of industry practices and the latest technology and systems.’

          Key clients

          Berlian Laju Tankers / Shipowners’ Protection

          Work highlights

          • Acting for shipowner Berlian Laju Tankers in claims against Petronas and Schlumberger, currently the subject of High Court proceedings and relating to the detention of the vessel MT “Celosia” and her crew by Thai customs authorities.

          Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 4

          The team at Squire Patton Boggs brings its ‘great technical knowledge‘ to the gamut of specialist environmental services, from non-contentious advisory matters to regulatory defence work. The group is also regularly instructed to interpret new and proposed environmental legislative requirements. The close collaboration between Manchester-based Rob Elvin and Leeds-based Richard Glover exemplifies the ties which exist between the two offices.

          Practice head(s):

          Rob Elvin; Richard Glover

          Other key lawyers:

          Gary Lewis

          Testimonials

          ‘Great technical knowledge applied in a very practical and helpful way.’

          ‘This team only came to my attention recently following enquiries I made concerning what is now the Environment Act 2021. Very quickly I was asking myself why I had not been in touch with them sooner. They are now an invaluable source of information, recommendations and guidance. The team’s in-depth knowledge is phenomenal. They are friendly, approachable and nothing is too much trouble. They will explain complex areas, in Planning and Environmental law, in easy to understand ways and will ensure my understanding before they move on. The team is also adaptable and were happy to provide specific training to accommodate our requirements. Just such a great service and exactly what we want.’

          ‘The individuals that I have had the opportunity to work with are extremely hardworking and knowledgeable about their area of practice. They have the ability to explain things in a way that both fellow lawyers and company engineers and business representatives can understand.’

          Key clients

          ZF Friedrichshafen

          Orthios Eco Parks (Anglesey) Limited

          Olin Corporation

          Michelman Inc.

          Zippo Manufacturing Company

          BMW

          Owens Corning

          McBride Plc

          Braskem Netherlands BV

          Taylor Wimpey

          St Francis Group

          Berry Global

          Avery Dennison

          Essity

          Eden Springs

          Kobayashi

          EDF

          Clear Channel

          Baxter International Inc

          Energy Networks Association

          Community Wind Power Limited

          Low Carbon

          Black Mountain Renewables

          Wessex Energy Limited

          Aldwark Toll Bridge Limited

          Western Power Distribution

          Falck Renewables

          Fred Olsen Renewables

          Elgin Energy

          Clear Channel

          The Co-op

          Leavesley Group

          Reckitts

          Karbon Homes

          Loxley Homes

          DHLand Limited

          Strata Homes

          Homes by Carlton

          Wendy’s

          Watkin Jones Group

          SP Manweb plc

          Electricity North West

          Northern Powergrid

          Northern Gas Networks

          Work highlights

          • Advising Orthios Eco Parks on issues relating to EU/UK REACH, end of waste regulatory matters and securing the necessary regulatory permits for a new facility processing oil and chemicals from waste plastic.
          • Advising a large oil refinery in relation to the acceptance by the Health & Safety Executive of its updated COMAH report.
          • Advising a global manufacturer of construction and insulation products on a waste and producer responsibility mapping exercise across multiple European jurisdictions.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

          The team at Squire Patton Boggs has particular sector focus on clients in the chemical industry, whilst also advising telecoms operators, energy providers, and agricultural landowners. Legal director Helen Hoath is experienced in commercial landlord and tenant matters such as rent review, break clause issues, and easement and title issues.

          Practice head(s):

          David Holland

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          The Co-operative group of companies

          Studio Retail group of companies

          HB villages

          The Taylor Wimpey group of companies

          EDF Energy

          The Inovyn group of companies

          Preston City Council

          Watkin Jones

          Cellnex Telecoms/On Tower UK Limited

          Work highlights

          • Provided strategic Rights to Light advice to a Local Authority on the redevelopment of its city centre.
          • Acting for Co-op Group on management issues arising from its large property portfolio.
          • Acting for Cellnex Telecoms/On Tower UK Limited on the renewal of Code agreements and other management issues across its large portfolio.

          Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

          Squire Patton Boggs‘excellent team’ possesses a truly multifarious competition offering, regularly advising on multi-jurisdictional merger clearance processes, cartel investigations, FDI reviews, and state aid matters. Newly appointed global practice chair Diarmuid Ryan enjoys a stellar reputation on account of his far-reaching EU and UK competition expertise and associated compliance advice. Triple-qualified (English, Belgian, and Irish) Martin Rees is called on to handle cartel and abuse of dominance investigations before the CMA and the European Commission, while Francesco Liberatore is highly regarded for his niche expertise in the communications sector. Senior associate Tatiana Siakka is also recommended. All named lawyers are based between London and Brussels.

          Practice head(s):

          Diarmuid Ryan

          Testimonials

          ‘An excellent team.’

          ‘Francesco Liberatore is the key man in this department in the London office and fully deserves his absolutely stellar reputation.’

          Key clients

          A.C. Nielsen

          Altrad Group

          Amcor

          A.U. Optronics

          Bayer UK

          Brewers of Europe

          British Beer and Pub Association

          Calon

          Cathay Pacific

          Dussur

          EDF

          Ericsson

          Grafton plc

          GSMA

          HomeServe Plc

          Kongsberg Automotive ASA

          LAN

          Marston Holdings

          Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

          Neptune Networks Limited

          Primo Water Corporation (previously Cott Corporation)

          Princes Foods

          Rimac Automobili

          Roche

          S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa CIF (SAICA)

          Scandinavian Tobacco Group

          Selecta Group

          Sheffield City Council

          Siemens

          Sita Aero

          SRCL Limited

          Studio Retail Group PLC

          Telecom Infra Project

          Vodafone

          Vp PLC

          World Sailing

          Work highlights

          • Advised Grafton Group plc on the CMA’s ongoing review of the £520m sale of its traditional merchandising business in Great Britain to Huws Gray.
          • Defended Vp PLC in the CMA’s Groundworks cartel investigation and advising on appeal merits.
          • Advised Kongsberg Automotive on the merger control aspects of the €175m sale of its interior comfort systems business unit to Lear Corporation, including the ongoing Phase 1 review by the European Commission.

          Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

          Squire Patton Boggs leverages its broad national and international network to oversee an array of multi-jurisdictional AML, financial crime, bank sanction and skilled person review proceedings. Paul Anderson and Anthony Taylor co-head the national offering with Chris Webber and Wayne Barnes serving as key contacts at the London office. Hannah Laming is the European head of the government investigations and white collar practice.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Anderson; Anthony Taylor

          Testimonials

          ‘Excellent team – great strength across the board. Good industry knowledge.’

          ‘Chris Webber: an excellent litigator who fights hard for his clients, and really knows the FS industry in detail.’

          ‘Paul Anderson and Chris Webber offer practical, commercial advice.’

          Key clients

          Manchester Building Society

          Brooks Macdonald plc

          Independent Wealth Planners UK Ltd

          Gallium Fund Solutions Ltd

          Qualia Care Limited

          Maven Wealth Group Limited

          Euronet Worldwide Inc (and YourCash)

          Equiniti Group

          Work highlights

          • Representing Gallium Fund Solutions in relation to the collapse of mini-bond issuer Basset & Gold plc.
          • Representing the Qualia Care group owner in High Court proceedings brought by the FCA alleging that two Qualia companies have been operating unauthorised collective investment schemes.

          Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

          ‘Flexible and efficient managers of litigation’, Squire Patton Boggs has a varied banking disputes practice, acting for a client base including retail banks, investment managers, financial advisers, mortgage providers and private individuals. The team’s workload covers claims of fraud and breach of contract; it has also carved out a niche in professional negligence claims involving financial services professionals, representing both claimants and defendants in this space. Stephen Sampson and ‘first-rate legal thinker’ Anthony Taylor co-head the team, with Chris Webber also noted for the broad nature of his work and praised as ‘an excellent litigator who fights hard for his clients’.

          Practice head(s):

          Anthony Taylor; Stephen Sampson

          Other key lawyers:

          Chris Webber; Katherine Wakeham; Peter Lees; Paul Anderson; Christian Toms

          Testimonials

          ‘Excellent team – great strength across the board. Good industry knowledge.’

          ‘Chris Webber: an excellent litigator who fights hard for his clients, and really knows the FS industry in detail.’

          ‘Antony Taylor is very dedicated to his clients. Peter Lees is a very able director.’

          ‘Flexible and efficient managers of litigation. Excellent at dealing with difficult points of litigation strategy.’

          ‘Anthony Taylor – first-rate legal thinker and leader of litigation.’

          ‘Thoughtful and sensible litigators, who work well as a team. They know when to be aggressive and when to compromise, which makes them more effective when a tough line is required.’

          ‘Stand-out partner: Chris Webber. Has the rare ability to know the details but also see the big picture. Not a partner who delegates it all and views his role as mere relationship management – he actually takes time to get on top of the detail. It means he gets the best out of his team, because he genuinely leads from the front.’

          Key clients

          LMAX Limited

          My Bucks SA

          Manchester Building Society

          Tokushukai Inc (owner of Tokuda Bank)

          Administrators of Duet Capital (Holdings) Limited

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

          Gallium Fund Solutions Limited

          Independent Wealth Planners (UK) Ltd

          Maven Wealth Group Ltd

          Work highlights

          • Acted for the Manchester Building Society in a claim against its auditors, Grant Thornton alleging that Grant Thornton provided negligent and incorrect valuation advice on hedge products (SWAPS). The matter went to the Supreme Court before a seven-judge panel in the Supreme Court, with judgment handed down in 2021. Theclient won by a unanimous judgment and has recovered around £14million plus costs.
          • Defending Robin Forster (founder of the Qualia Care group) in £48 million civil restitution proceedings brought by the FCA, which alleges that our client was knowingly concerned in operating unauthorised collective investment schemes.
          • Advising Gallium Fund Solutions Limited in relation to the high-profile collapse of mini-bond provider Basset & Gold plc, resulting in £36 million of losses to investors.

          Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

          Squire Patton Boggs’ real estate practice acts for public sector clients, energy and distribution providers, as well as entertainment and healthcare companies in development projects and counts site assembly issues, memorandums of understanding and development and forward funding agreements in its workload. The London-based team, which is well-placed to collaborate with the firm’s Manchester and Leeds offices, handles acquisitions and disposals, fund formations, in addition to leasing mandates in the City of London. Practice leader Andrew Sprake has demonstrable experience in town centre regeneration projects, while Bradley Silver, who joined from Gowling WLG in May 2021, is focusing on bolstering the firm’s capability in the investment space.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew Sprake

          Other key lawyers:

          Bradley Silver; Patrick Ryan

          Key clients

          FORE Partnership

          Grafton Group plc

          Reditum Capital Limited

          One Healthcare Limited

          Taylor Wimpey UK

          EDF Energy (including EDF Thermal, EDF Nuclear and EDF Renewables)

          Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

          Genuit Group PLC (including Polypipe and Adey Innovation)

          Quintain Limited

          Macquarie Group

          HC-One Limited

          Selfridges Group

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

          Leeds City Council

          Citron Hygiene UK Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advising Live Nation and Oakview Group on a bid to develop the Cardiff Indoor Arena and a Travelodge hotel.
          • Acting for Western Power Distribution plc on the diversion of an overhead power line network at Staplegrove, Taunton.
          • Acting for Leeds City Council in relation to the redevelopment and restoration of Temple Works, involving the establishment of the British Library North.

          Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

          Squire Patton Boggs has expanded the London footprint of its global investigations and white-collar practice, adding new practice head Hannah Laming from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in July 2022, an expert in complex, high-profile regulatory and criminal proceedings, alongside director Ben Ticehurst, who has a strong record across UK agency investigations of all types, including fraud, bribery, and money laundering, who joined from Howard Kennedy LLP in March 2022. Sports sector specialist Wayne Barnes joined from Fulcrum Chambers Ltd in January 2022, further bolstering the team. The firm acts for a wide range of clients, and has notable expertise in high-profile investigations with significant reputational risk in industries such as sports, calling upon in-house financial services, employment, and health and safety expertise in complex cases. In cross-border work, the team is able to collaborate with its US and Middle East practices, as well as a growing presence in Europe. Jonathan Chibafa is a legal director with a combination of in-house corporate governance and advocacy expertise, and focuses on high-stakes investigations and internal compliance advice on financial crime and ESG issues.

          Practice head(s):

          Hannah Laming

          Testimonials

          ‘Very experienced at dealing with investigations, especially in complex matters.’

          ‘Jonathan Chibafa: Highly experienced at dealing with complex investigations. Able to think laterally and understand the nuances of complex investigations. His background as a barrister gives him a real edge in understanding the core issues at play.’

          ‘The team are truly fabulous. They conduct investigations with the utmost discretion, conscious of the environment and personalities involved. Their advice was legally sound yet easily understandable and practical. The team’s diversity is a huge strength – the team didn’t feel like they were talking to a panel that didn’t understand our business, it felt like they understood us and could advise in our landscape.’

          ‘Jonathan Chibafa is a superstar in the team. He is bright, approachable, always available at short notice, and understanding of the pressures of our business. His advice is always practical and makes sense to the team. I never need to translate it into a simpler form for non-lawyers – it is always presented in a way that means the whole business can understand the advice and why we have got to that conclusion.’

          ‘People, willingness to help and find unique ways of dealing with problems which arise.’

          ‘The practice has a number of very experienced and well-regarded lawyers with genuine and longstanding experience of the full range of white collar and business crime issues. The distinctive feature of the practice is the depth of expertise in these issues areas in a field where many firms offering these services do so through existing civil litigation lawyers with a limited background in criminal law.’

          ‘Jonathan Chibafa has a varied background which makes him very well-informed from multiple perspectives. His strategic judgment and legal knowledge was honed over nearly 10 years of independent practise at the Bar. His time in-house at large multi-national corporations gives him a keen understanding of what clients need and want. He has a broad perspective that encompasses regulatory risk and compliance practice.’

          ‘A very accessible team with excellent client care.’

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

          Squire Patton Boggs acts for financial service companies, established fintechs and emerging fintech start-ups on corporate transactions and regulatory issues. The practice also acts for global banks on complex transactions. Robert Bray leads the team, advising fintech clients on all aspects of corporate work, including private equity and venture capital issues, M&A and joint ventures.

          Practice head(s):

          Robert Bray

          Other key lawyers:

          Julian Ciecierski-Burns; Miriam Lampert

          Testimonials

          ‘Team is very responsive, super professional and knowledgeable and practical and provides advice that makes business sense.’

          ‘Miriam Lampert is practical, quick to respond and provides good business advice.’

          ‘The team is extremely cohesive, they know the status of the matter at any point in time and are personable, accommodating and reasonable.’

          Key clients

          Broadridge Financial Solutions

          Currency Cloud

          TP ICAP Plc

          Contis Group

          Neptune Networks

          Euronet Worldwide, INC

          TransUnion

          Trussle

          Tide

          CPP Group PLC

          Laybuy Holdings (UK) Limited

          Euronet Worldwide Inc (and YourCash)

          Equiniti Group

          New Day

          Rebel

          Work highlights

          • Advised Broadridge which agreed to acquire Itiviti Holding AB, a leading provider of trading and connectivity technology to the capital markets industry, in an all-cash transaction valued at €2.1bn from Nordic Capital.
          • Worked on a merger between Canbras Global Inc. and Geru Holding Limited and subsequent equity funding round.
          • Advised a key fintech client on several mandates including (i) commercial and regulatory advice and (ii) employee incentive/growth share structuring and associated tax advice.

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

          Squire Patton Boggs provides a cross-departmental reputation management practice which has libel, defamation, and privacy expertise. Practice head director Peter Lees acts for a range of well-known individuals and corporate clients with a particular focus on environmental issues and internal governance. Lees is supported by senior associate Mariyam Harunah, IP specialist Carlton Daniel  and litigator Stephen Sampson.

          Practice head(s):

          Peter Lees

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Peter Lees is friendly, approachable and sensible in the advice he provides. Mariyam Harunah is extremely hardworking, available at all times, creative and approachable.’

          ‘The team has a number of highly effective lawyers, who combine to deliver good results for their clients. They were legally sure-footed and had excellent industry knowledge in that sphere.’

          ‘Carlton Daniel is very cerebral and thorough, but still warm and friendly. He will not miss anything. Peter Lees is hard-working and capable.’

          ‘Friendly, commercial.’

          ‘Peter Lees – pragmatic, trusted his advice, sensible.’

          ‘We have worked with them for a good while now as our preferred supplier for many of our divisions. They have learned the business and brands and how they operate which is a bonus for us, they have build up some solid relationships.’

          ‘We know if we call for advice it will be straightforward and if we have risks they will let us know, and help to put in place a strategy to minimise said risks and the business reputation. They are easy to approach and we know we will get good advice and we have a team that is allocated to support on our cases as needed.’

          ‘They are all great to work with, no issues have ever been noted with their advice – they are approachable and don’t judge on the cases we have or the queries and questions we have to ask’

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

          The IP practice at Squire Patton Boggs advises a number of global clients on trade mark and design oppositions, cross-border franchise expansion, and portfolio management issues across a number of industries, including the entertainment, food and beverage, fashion and retail sectors. Kerry Lee is praised by clients for his ‘pragmatic’ approach and ‘unparalleled’ knowledge. Carlton Daniel is also of note within the team, with a broad practice covering contentious and non-contentious matters.

          Other key lawyers:

          Kerry Lee; Carlton Daniel; Callum Burbidge

          Testimonials

          ‘The team provide outstanding practical advice in a simple and easily understandable manner. They go out of their way to describe different possible outcomes and which may be best suited to our company.’

          ‘Kerry Lee and Callum Burbidge have stood out for me. Kerry provides excellent practical advice and always indicates which solution he thinks would best suit our company. Kerry is a trusted pair of hands. Callum takes complex matters and sets them out in simple and easy to understand points, this is fundamental to being able to make a fully educated decision on a complex legal matter. Callum is a trusted pair of hands.’

          ‘Great team – very commercial, dynamic.’

          ‘Responsive, very commercial, proactive.’

          ‘Squire Patton Boggs dealt with everything on my intellectual property case, from start to finish. Clear explanations, good advice. The company completely put my mind at ease at all times. They took the stress out of what was a very stressful situation.’

          ‘Kerry Lee was superb. I was confident that he knew exactly the best thing to do every step of the way. And he did. Kerry and his team handled everything brilliantly.’

          ‘Kerry Lee understands what is required by an in-house legal department. He adds value. He presents the advice and solution in a way that is easy for an in-house team to assimilate. He is enthusiastic, nothing is too much trouble. Likewise, he is a pleasure to deal with.’

          ‘Kerry Lee’s in-depth knowledge of IP is unparalleled. He has a pragmatic approach, 100% availability and he is supported by a hands-on team who are ease to deal with and always on top of their game. I couldn’t have a better IP lawyer at my side than Kerry.’

          Key clients

          C. & J. Clark International Limited t/a Clarks

          CK Acquisitions Limited t/a Cath Kidston

          Punter Southall Group Limited

          Threadology London Ltd.

          Planet Holding Limited

          Karate Union Great Britain

          Roadchef Limited

          Agden Consulting Limited

          Better Health Limited

          Oliver James

          Work highlights

          • Acting for and managing the trade mark portfolio for Clarks.
          • Acting for and advising on the global trade mark portfolio of CK Acquisitions Limited, which owns the well-known fashion brand CATH KIDSTON.

          Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

          Squire Patton Boggs has heavily expanded its London capabilities in international fraud and white-collar representation, with the arrival of Ben Ticehurst and Hannah Laming, creating a team with strong experience in cases before the SFO, FCA, and global investigatory agencies.

          Finance > Trade finance

          In summer 2021 Squire Patton Boggs sealed the hire of a Clyde & Co trade finance team comprising experienced practitioner Robert Parson along with senior associate duo Geraldine Butac and Jennifer Greengrass.

          Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

          Squire Patton Boggs significantly ramped up its insolvency and restructuring capabilities in September 2022 with the hire of a London team from Brown Rudnick LLP led by Charlotte Møller and Monika Lorenzo-Perez.

          Finance > Derivatives and structured products

          North West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

          The Manchester-based practice at Squire Patton Boggs is experienced in advising private and public actors in infrastructure, energy and PFI projects. It regularly deals with financial issues inherent to the developing of green field projects, such as assets acquisition, investment and financing. Nick Helm leads the team, his areas of focus include renewable energy, decarbonisation and clean air. Julian Scott specializes in battery storage and gas peaking projects, while senior associate Amy Scott plays a key supporting role.

          Practice head(s):

          Nick Helm

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Herring; Julian Scott; Ian Wood; Amy Scott

          Testimonials

          ‘Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) have been a pleasure to work with over the past four years. They have efficiently assisted with the disposal of a number of PFI assets. SPB work collaboratively, keeping everything simple and easy to understand.’

          ‘I have worked with the current partner, Nick Helm on many occasions and have always found them to be responsive and knowledgeable and will always be able to find the answers required. They are proactive and think outside the box to find solutions as well as managing risk.’

           

          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

          Rendesco

          National Energy

          Work highlights

          • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester (and indirectly the 10 GM local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
          • Advised Vital Energi on its 18MW energy from waste scheme sited at Drakelow, Burton-upon-Trent, which included negotiating on all aspects of the project documents including in relation to governance arrangements, site, grid connection agreements, RDF supply, EPC and O&M documentation, financing and corporate structuring.
          • Advice and support to a number of infrastructure investors on a range of PFI schemes within their portfolios, including secondary market M&A disposals, project variations, distress events and general ongoing project support.
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          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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