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Squire Patton Boggs

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs ‘always responds in a considered manner’ and ‘makes the client feel confident that the job will get done to the highest level possible’. The ‘thorough and knowledgeable’ team is ‘far and away one of the best’ for private equity, M&A and capital markets transactions. Key names on the corporate side include Jonathan Jones, who handles private equity mandates; team head Hannah Kendrick, who is ‘exceptionally brilliant’; national private equity team head Paul Mann and Adam Hastings, who focuses on equity capital markets work. Paul Jinks and Francesca Fellowes are names to note on the commercial side. Recent highlights include Kendrick acting for Animalcare Group on its acquisition of Ecuphar, Hastings assisting Clipper Logistics with its separate acquisitions of Team Distribution and RepairTech, and Jones advising several management shareholders of Zenith Group Holdings on its management buyout (MBO). Growth Capital Partners and SIG Trading are also clients; Mann acted for the latter on the sale of its plastics business to General All Purpose Plastics. -Richard Hunt joined Addleshaw Goddard in 2018.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Jones - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Francesca Fellowes - Squire Patton Boggs

Paul Jinks - Squire Patton Boggs

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘prompt, efficient and commercial’ department is ‘exceptionally client focused and is made better by its ability to listen to the commercial imperatives of the matters it deals with’. Clients single out ‘brilliant individual’ Mark Simpson !Leeds and Tim Jarvis !Leeds, whose ‘theoretical knowledge is astounding’; Simpson focuses on real estate tax work and Jarvis is the main contact for private equity, banking and corporate finance transactions. Peter Morley !Leeds’s expertise encompasses national and international tax issues, M&A transactions, private equity mandates, IPOs, takeovers and restructurings. Recent highlights include advising Fore Advisors on an acquisition and securing finance for two further acquisitions, acting for LDC on its acquisition of a stake in Pelsis, and assisting Animalcare with its acquisition of Ecuphar. Six Degrees Group and Warrington Borough Council are also clients; Simpson advised the latter on the tax elements of its acquisition of Birchwood Park from Oaktree Capital Management.

Leading individuals

Mark Simpson - Squire Patton Boggs

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has ‘an outstanding banking practice with a roster of high-profile banking clients’ including banks, mortgage services, building societies, bondholders, issuers and investment funds. Simon Miller !Leeds heads the Leeds team and is highly recommended for professional negligence matters; clients also praise Manchester-based Anthony Taylor, who is ‘a very committed partner with a strong grasp of the commercial imperatives of any particular case’ and is ‘an astute negotiator, who is brilliant at deploying the right pressure points to secure a strong settlement’. Recent highlights include conducting investigations for six non-US banks regarding compliance with US sanctions, acting for a building society in a professional negligence claim and defending a retail bank in a case alleging the mis-selling of investment products. Clients also single out associate James Peel !Leeds, who is ‘a diligent and reliable young lawyer’.

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Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘first-rate team consistently puts the client first’ with ‘a good understanding of risk combined with commercial awareness and strong legal advice’ making it ‘easily one of the go-to firms in the North East’. Group head Simon Miller !Leeds is ‘vastly experienced and excellent at assessing the commerciality of litigation’; he handles national and international disputes. Clients also praise Lucci Dammone !Leeds as ‘experienced, commercially sensible and pragmatic’; he recently acted for Contact Print and Packaging in a claim against its insurer following the failure of a printing press at its Stockport site and represented Contact Originators in a claim against The Intouch Group regarding failure to transfer software licences, which breached the terms of an asset purchase agreement. Tesco, The Mansions Group, Trinity Mirror and Acorn Mobility Services are also clients. Other noteworthy individuals include senior associate Simon Lucas !Leeds, Victoria Leigh !Leeds, who focuses on pensions and financial services disputes, shareholder issues and data protection matters; Anthony Taylor !Leeds, who leads the financial service litigation team; and Rob Elvin !Leeds, who handles environmental and health and safety work. Jason Blakey !Leeds joined from DWF in 2018.

Leading individuals

Jason Blakey - Squire Patton Boggs

Simon Miller - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Simon Lucas - Squire Patton Boggs

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Tom Telford, who made partner in 2017, is the key name to note at Squire Patton Boggs following Andrew Fordham’s move to Addleshaw Goddard in 2018. Telford is ‘one of the best out there for asset-based lending advice’ and ‘is highly regarded by lenders and borrowers alike’; he also handles acquisition finance and real estate finance work. Jeremy Ladyman is a key contact for investment management, derivatives and financial services matters. Recent highlights include acting for Principle Global on an MBO and shareholder restructuring funded by a unitranche secured note purchase facility and super senior working capital facilities, assisting Lloyds Development Capital with its acquisition finance to support the MBO of Pelsis via a unitranche debt facility and working capital facilities, and advising Perwyn on the provision of debt facilities to finance the MBO of Vouchercloud. Clydesdale bank, Bank Leumi and ECI Partners are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Tom Telford - Squire Patton Boggs

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is ‘excellent on all counts’ with ‘in-depth knowledge of the law and the local market’. Department head John Alderton specialises in reorganisations, disposals and corporate advisory work; he recently led advice to RSM Restructuring Advisory as administrators of ALNO Kitchens on the sale of its franchise and retail businesses and acted for KPMG as administrators of Clean Energy Trading in claims against various directors. Other clients include Deloitte, Begbies Traynor, CRG Recovery, PwC and Lloyds Banking Group. Key sectors include the retail, mining, chemicals and transport sectors. Laura Crawford is the key name for contentious insolvency issues; clients praise her as ‘highly motivated and dedicated to getting the best possible results no matter the complexity’.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' 'five star' employment team is 'positive, commercial and client-focused'. With 'outstanding strength and depth of experience' the group offers 'pragmatic advice from a practical perspective rather than a purely legal interpretation'. The team benefits from 'very broad international reach with strong local working relationships' and has been engaged in complex cross-border transactions and restructuring projects. It is particularly well-known for its substantial retail sector expertise and has further increased its roster of clients in this industry over the past year. The 'calm, assured, very practical' Andrew Stones is 'knowledgeable about both the retail sector and the broader issues that currently impact client's businesses'. Beyond the retail sector, the group has considerable experience acting for clients in the manufacturing and engineering space. The 'excellent' Matthew Lewis heads the employment team which also includes 'impressive younger talent', such as the 'knowledgeable, personable and commercial' senior associate James Keogh. Other names to note include senior associates Gemma Finlayson - who is praised for her 'close partnership with clients when dealing with complex matters' - and 'safe pair of hands' Louise Martin.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

The pension department at Squire Patton Boggs is regularly instructed by public sector clients and not-for-profit organisations, in addition to companies and insurers. London-based +Clifford Sims heads the national practice taking over from Catherine McKenna !Leeds who continues to handle matters from the Leeds office. The Leeds-based team also boasts the addition of Elizabeth Graham !Leeds from the firm's Manchester office. Graham continues to advise the trustees of the Northern Powergrid Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme on several matters. In another key representation McKenna and Graham are leading advice to the trustees of the Pentair UK DB Scheme on complex covenant and security issues. Additional changes to the team include the promotion of Jane Briggs !Leeds  to director, and Anthea Whitton's departure to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Leading individuals

Catherine McKenna - Squire Patton Boggs

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)

Energy - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘industry knowledge and quality of delivery is second to none’ with advice that is ‘incredibly client focused and thoroughly researched’. Richard Glover and James Duckworth jointly lead the group; Glover is a key name for planning advice and Duckworth (who splits his time between Leeds and Dubai) handles major energy and infrastructure projects. Matthew Mulqueen is based in the firm’s Leeds, London and Houston offices and handles international energy projects; he recently advised Radiant Energy (Mauritius) on the development of a solar project in North-Western Kenya. Other recent mandates include Glover assisting Ineos Upstream with the development of wells for the production of shale gas, David Hardy acting for Innogy Renewables on issues relating to multiple commercial wind farms and Glover handling the construction and operation of a new overhead power line for SP Manweb.

Leading individuals

James Duckworth - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Mulqueen - Squire Patton Boggs

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Infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Key figures at Squire Patton Boggs include James Duckworth, Matthew Mulqueen, Richard Glover and David Hardy; Duckworth divides his time between Leeds and Dubai while Mulqueen is based in the firm’s Leeds, London and Houston offices. Duckworth regularly acts for clients in the energy, waste, transport and healthcare sectors; his recent work includes advising a developer on the development of an urban mixed-use development in a GCC capital city and assisting a GCC government with the structuring and financing of an extension to a metro network. Mulqueen focuses on international infrastructure and energy projects, and Glover and Hardy are key names for planning-related mandates; Glover acted for SP Manweb on the planning elements of its construction of an overhead power line in North Shropshire. New clients for the department include Alkane Energy, Egdon Resources, Lincolnshire County Council and The Energy Networks Association.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Recent highlights for Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘exceptional’ department include advising Zenith Vehicle Contract Group on the lease for a new headquarters in a new development in Leeds, assisting Muse Developments with the £200m regeneration of the Civic and Cultural Quarter in Doncaster and acting for Leeds City Council on the South Bank Regeneration Project. In the team, practice head Matthew Dalzell !Leeds is a key name in the region for student accommodation-related work, Prew Lumley !Leeds handles development work and regularly advises corporate occupiers, Karen French !Leeds is recognised for her manufacturing and higher education expertise, Andrew Sprake !Leeds focuses on real estate finance mandates and public sector regeneration schemes, John Leake !Leeds specialises in development work and David Chan !Leeds was promoted to the partnership in 2017.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘excellent’ Zakir Mulla !Leeds leads the department at Squire Patton Boggs and is highly active in the energy, utilities, development and infrastructure sectors; he recently advised Muse Developments on the construction of an office building for Conwy County Borough Council. The practice also has notable experience in international mandates; James Duckworth !Leeds divides his time between Leeds and Dubai, and Matthew Mulqueen !Leeds is based in the firm’s Leeds and Texas offices. Duckworth focuses on major development and infrastructure projects; recent mandates include acting for a developer on an urban mixed-use development in a GCC capital city, and advising a GCC government on the structuring and financing of an extension to a metro network. Mulqueen’s recent work encompasses acting for GSC Holdings on the development of a solar development in Cameroon, and advising Radiant Energy on the development of two solar projects in Kenya. Other clients include Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund, Brookfield Group, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Rotherham Council.

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Planning - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Richard Glover  leads the department at Squire Patton Boggs and is recognised for his expertise in applications for consent under the Electricity Act 1989, representing utility companies in compulsory wayleave hearings and energy-related projects. Dual-qualified barrister and solicitor David Hardy  handles compulsory purchase matters and is active in the energy, residential, commercial, heritage, mines and minerals, and transport sectors; consultant David Goodman is recommended for planning appeals, highway schemes and issues relating to overhead electricity lines; and senior associate Julia Dixon advises developers, occupiers and investors. In a recent highlight, Glover advised Inoes Upstream on its development of wells for the exploration of shale gas; other mandates include representing Egdon Resources in a planning appeal following the refusal of planning permission for the production of oil from an existing wellsite and handling a Development Consent Order (DCO) for SP Manweb. Leeds City Council, Northern Powergrid, Electricity North West and Lidl are also clients.

Leading individuals

Richard Glover - Squire Patton Boggs

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

David Holland !Leeds heads the real estate litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs, which ‘provides an excellent service due to in-depth knowledge, a professional attitude and an ability to always think two steps ahead’. Holland, who was promoted to the partnership in 2017, is highly regarded for his expertise in specialist land compensation matters. He recently advised United Utilities on its compulsory purchase of development lead and sewerage plant for a town centre relief road, representing Manchester Airport Group in claims under the Land Compensation Act 1973 relating to public works undertaken at Stanstead Airport, and acted for SP Manweb in a high-value compensation claim arising from the grant of a necessary wayleave under the Electricity Act 1989. Other clients include Trinity Mirror Group, Live Nation UK, Yum! Brands, the London Borough of Redbridge and Birmingham Airport.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ recent work includes defending Easylife Group in a trade mark infringement and passing off action, representing Rondol Technology in copyright infringement, design right infringement and breach of confidence litigation, and acting for Zipwall in a patent infringement dispute. Other clients include London Taxi, MOBA Mobile Automation, Magnomatics, Avantia and Lantor are also clients. Andrew Clay leads the team, which has a particular specialism acting in IP infringements and disputes including patent actions, breach of confidence issues or design right infringements.

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