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Banking and finance Tier 1
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a broad range of banking work from Leeds, with the team working at a regional, national and international level. The firm sits on the panels of all national clearing banks. Kathryn Walters heads the team and has a particular strength in leveraged and structured finance work, as well as real estate investments. Paul Castle is also a key name for corporate lending, real estate finance and education finance mandates.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises its impressive client roster on a range of contentious matters, with experience handling high-profile litigation and international arbitrations. Gary Pellow (who heads up the commercial litigation group nationally) jointly leads the practice alongside product liability and procurement disputes expert Richard Matthews, and international head of TMT disputes James Hyde. The group's other specialisms include energy disputes, for which Mark Howarth is a key name to note; Chris Buddle focuses on the food and retail, industrial engineering, defence and waste resources sectors, and Deborah Polden is developing a growing expertise in unfair prejudice claims and breach of confidence and restrictive covenant cases.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP boasts a national team with expertise in retail, development and investment work, and its large and prestigious client base puts it in the top tier for commercial property. George Bacon heads up the practice, which advises a range of big-name retailers and shopping centres, while Simon Harris has taken lead roles on some of the firm's major deals since his promotion to partner in 2018. Ian Barker, who has significant public sector development experience, recently relocated to the Leeds office from Manchester, while hospitality and leisure expert Susan Samuel departed for DLA Piper UK LLP.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP combines local expertise with the ability to leverage the global reach of its international network to handle a range of multi-jurisdictional transactions. The food and drink, retail, diversified industrials and financial services sectors are all areas of strength for the Leeds-based corporate and commercial teams, which are led by Robin Skelton and Peter McCormack respectively. Principal associate Jonathan Pollard is a name to note for public and private company work.
Education Tier 1
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's dedicated team works with the full range of education clients, including higher education and further education institutions, schools, academies and private education providers. Chris Mordue leads the group in Leeds and specialises in providing employment and industrial relations advice to universities. Other key names include employment expert Ben Wood, litigator Alison Oldfield and Paul Castle, who handles finance work for further and higher education borrowers.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s employment practice acts for a range of domestic and international clients, with a reach extending from global corporates to banks and universities. The team provides advice on European Works Councils and trade unions, particularly in the industrial and education sectors. Practice head Paul Cotton specialises in employment aspects of M&A, as well as trade union and industrial relationship issues. Simon Rice-Birchall is well regarded for employment tribunal litigation and complex discrimination cases, while the recent addition of Christopher Mordue from Pinsent Masons LLP has added higher education expertise.
EU and competition Tier 1
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a dedicated team of competition specialists in Leeds advising regional, national and international clients across a range of sectors. In recent years the team has developed a particular specialism in regulated industries and utilities, with a specific focus on water and energy clients. The team is led by the hugely experienced Kate Newman, who has particular expertise in the application of competition law to complex regulated sectors and utilities.
Health and safety Tier 1
The environment, health and safety team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP combines contentious and non-contentious expertise to assist its impressive client roster, which includes a range of household names and highlights the firm's sector specialisms in the energy, manufacturing and education industries. The practice is jointly led by national practice head Kevin Elliott, who splits his time across several offices, and Leeds-based Paul Verrico, who has particular experience in the education sector. Senior associate Surekha Gollapudi is also singled out; she specialises in corporate criminal defence work and non-contentious compliance advice, and frequently handles inquests.
IT and telecoms Tier 1
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's technology team has significant experience in handling transactions and high-profile disputes, with particular expertise across the telecoms, media, retail, utilities, financial services and diversified industrial sectors; the group counts local, national and international companies as clients. Nick Stubbs, who splits his time between the Leeds and Manchester offices, and James Hyde head up the non-contentious technology and TMT disputes practices respectively. Principal associate Ed Williams is another name to note for contentious matters.
Pensions Tier 1
The pensions team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has significant experience acting for a combination of trustees, employers and providers on a range of instructions. Richard Shelton advises on the full spectrum of pensions matters, and heads up the team which includes the well-regarded Anthea Whitton and principal associate Gemma Hanley; Hanley has particular expertise in advising employers and trustees in the energy, water and rail sectors.
Property litigation Tier 1
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Leeds team, which forms part of the global firm's national practice, includes experts in the retail, transport, education and telecoms sectors with practitioners focusing on niche areas of expertise. Team head Damian Hyndman is highly regarded for telecoms-related property disputes, Alison Oldfield is a key name nationally for reputationally sensitive disputes and protester and campaign group-related issues; and insolvency specialist Andrew Todd has recently handled a number of high street company voluntary arrangements (CVAs). Associate Charlotte Miller is noted for her portfolio management expertise.
Construction Tier 2
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for national and international clients in the energy and infrastructure spaces on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The group is also growing its experience in specialist rail work and cross-jurisdictional oil and gas issues. Jo Hatton-Jones leads the practice and handles mandates in the energy, water, utilities, retail, property and education sectors. Senior associate Matthew Shotton focuses on contentious issues, and Simon Chamberlain and Gregory Buckley divide their time between Leeds and Manchester.
Corporate tax Tier 2
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP assists clients with transactional and structuring tax advice with particular expertise in corporate tax matters, real estate transactions and fund structures, VAT and employment tax. The team frequently leverages its international network in handling cross-border matters and counts the renewable energy, education, waste and local authority sectors as notable areas of strength. Leeds-based David Jervis jointly heads up the firm's global tax practice; other key names to note include recently promoted partner Colin Askew, who handles transactional and private equity tax work and recently joined the Leeds-based team from the firm's London office, and principal associate Amanda Dodsworth, who is a key name for employment tax advice.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's specialist restructuring team is focused on a number of key sectors, including retail, diversified industrials, energy and infrastructure, construction and further education. Team head Paul Dutton is a key name for non-contentious work, consultant Peter Cranston focuses on corporate matters, principal associate Lemi McAuley handles board advisory and transactional matters and senior associate Victoria Procter works with key clients including banks, accountants and other corporates.
Planning Tier 2
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning and infrastructure consenting team has notable experience in the retail, renewable energy and commercial development sectors, with practice head Peter Nesbit excelling in minerals and oil and gas work, and principal associate Roddy Macdonald leading on residential work.
Energy Tier 3
The key contact in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Leeds office is Mark Howarth , who leads the international firm's UK energy sector commercial and regulatory disputes team. The practice works closely with the firm's national and international network to advise on global issues across the oil, power and renewable energy sectors. Jo Hatton-Jones is also noted for her renewable and clean energy expertise.
Local government Tier 3
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national team counts central government, local authorities and other public bodies as clients, which it assists with projects, governance issues, development, outsourcing, procurement work and investigations. In the Leeds office, Alison Oldfield focuses on contentious mandates and Michael Grimes handles projects and infrastructure work, particularly in the waste sector.
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Eversheds Sutherland has a culture of, and commitment to, client service excellence. It is known for its commercial awareness, the quality of its legal advice and its bespoke, innovative solutions, as well as the sector knowledge it brings to its clients.
The firm: As its clients expand globally, Eversheds Sutherland is there to support them. Its lawyers around the globe are united by its vision, values and understanding of clients’ businesses and their needs. The firm provides legal advice of the highest quality whether it is operating within country or across borders from its 60+ offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Through its recent combination in the US, its increased capability in Singapore and its regional alliances, Eversheds Sutherland is ideally placed to support clients when they need it, where they need it.
Quality: consistently recognised by the leading independent legal guides, the firm understands the needs of clients in all sectors. As a modern, progressive law firm, Eversheds Sutherland sets itself apart through its people, culture and its attitude to change. Quality is a matter of personal pride to everyone. The firm has invested greatly in the training and development of its lawyers to ensure only the highest calibre individuals represent its clients’ businesses. The drive for quality means Eversheds Sutherland is able to provide innovative solutions to the most complex and high-profile legal problems.
Client relationships: the firm’s diverse client base ranges from small- and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals. It acts for 71 of the US Fortune 100; 57 of the FTSE 100; 119 of the Fortune 200 and 85 of the FTSE mid-250. It is on the panels of more than 25 major banks and several hundred global corporations. The firm works for some of the world’s largest companies including GE, Facebook, Microsoft, Siemens and The Coca-Cola Company.
Its lawyers are accessible, engaged and responsive. Eversheds Sutherland serves its clients as trusted advisers and cultivates deep and genuine relationships offering highly commercial insight and expertise across sectors and around the world.
Innovation: collaborative working and innovative thinking is encouraged and supported at all levels, meaning that clients enjoy an offering that is constantly evolving and improving to meet their changing needs. This has led to pioneering approaches to the law such as genuine project management and measurement of results that lead to cost predictability and control. In particular, the firm is noted for effectively delivering complex, multinational legal services through one point of contact.
Types of work undertaken: Sector focus: the firm prioritises building long-term client relationships. Its commitment to understanding each client’s business is underpinned by vast sector knowledge gained from years of experience. This sector focus gives the firm the means to offer clients advice that is commercial and pragmatic. Around 90% of its revenue is derived from its key sectors. This approach has established it as a trusted advisor in many sectors, including: consumer; diversified industrials; education; energy and natural resources; financial institutions; health and life sciences; public sector; real estate; sport; TMT and transport.
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 308 Number of other UK fee-earners : 837
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- EU and competition
- Health and safety
- IT and telecoms
- Property litigation