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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
M1 5ES
North West

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial dispute resolution team is co-led by hugely experienced Manchester senior partner Michael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor, who focuses on the industrial, chemicals and aviation sectors. The firm works with many of the largest corporates in the North West, as well as others with national and global coverage, with key sectors including diversified industrials and transport. Principal associate Phil Duignan is experienced in procurement disputes, while fellow principal associate Thomas Whitfield is also recommended.

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on M&A, sales, joint ventures, private equity and commercial matters. The firm acts for public and private sector clients and continues to advise on major regeneration and development projects across the UK. The team, headed by  Tom Bridgford ,  focuses on client sectors including healthcare, aerospace and defence, technology, retail, real estate and chemicals.  Key partners include Alistair Cree, Daniel Hall and Michael Birchall , who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard. Senior associate Elizabeth Tindall  and legal director Jamie Partridge are also recommended. Nicola Brookes was promoted to partner.

Education Tier 1

The 'outstanding' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP routinely advises a raft of clients across the higher education and further education sectors, and also acts for schools, academies and private education institutions.  Employment, student matters, charity law, dispute management, real estate, corporate, commercial, IP, health and safety, constitutional and regulatory mandates are key areas of expertise. Team head Diane Gilhooley is a 'true leader in the field' and is ably supported by Simon Chamberlain, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices and heads the estates education team. Legal director Robert Gray  handles employment matters in the education sector and senior associate Siân Jones-Davies specialises in student issues and regulatory matters.

Employment Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, with sector specialisms in education, food retail, aerospace and defence, utilities, chemical and healthcare. The department has seen an uptick in cross-border matters, as well as employment-related immigration advice and maters relating to equal pay and gender and ethnicity pay. Other areas of expertise include worker status, TUPE, class actions, restrictive covenants, trade unions and advocacy in the higher courts. Michael Thompson, who leads the team, has a particular focus on the chemical sector.

Pensions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's client base consists of trustees, employers and providers, which it advises on the full gambit of pensions issues including debt and liability management, pensions insurance, scheme funding solutions, scheme closures and scheme mergers. The practice is led by Ele Lovering, alongside Charmian Johnson, who is particularly adept at handling moral hazard investigations and advising employers and trustees on compromise deals with the Pension Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator. Helen May, Sarah Lown, Simon Daniel and principal associate Amanda Small are also key team members.

Planning and environment Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning team, which is led by Richard Lloyd and Michelle Moss, handles development and infrastructure projects. It advises on residential schemes, regeneration projects, CPO-based schemes and CPO compensation cases. The energy and retail sectors are also key areas of focus.  Lloyd heads the compulsory purchase group and Moss is an 'excellent CPO practitioner'. Senior associate Fiona Barker is also noted. The environment team, which is led by legal director Jane Southworth , handles contentious and non-contentious work and stands out for its chemicals expertise. Senior associate Catherine Manning is noted for non-contentious environmental and health and safety matters.

Property litigation Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is engaged on a full range of property litigation work and boasts expertise across cases involving lease terminations and renewals, breach of covenant, rent reviews, dilapidations, rights of light and insolvency. The team assists clients to de-risk property portfolios and it acts for clients across the transport, education, industrial, chemicals, financial services, telecoms, consumer, aviation, energy and utilities sectors. James Batham is engaged by retail occupiers and developers and is instructed on professional negligence claims relating to complex transactions. Department head David McGuirk handles a raft of contentious landlord and tenant portfolio management and property disputes. Senior associates Alex Wright and Joanne Mills are also key figures.  Gemma Staples has joined Pannone Corporate LLP.

Banking litigation Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has long-established relationships with a raft of major banks including HSBC, for which it manages a multimillion-pound portfolio of live matters. The team also advises clients on regulatory risks and contentious regulatory matters, as well as pensions litigation and financial crime. In recent months the firm has been working on an increasing amount of cyber and data privacy matters in relation to fraud. James Southworth and Birmingham-based Chris Busby head the team, while Sarah Louise Naylor is also recommended.

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'very well established' team regularly acts for private and public sector developers on development and regeneration schemes as well as acting for  real estate funds and institutional investors on the funding, acquisition and disposal of investment properties and is experienced in 'build to rent' mandates. The team also stands out for its experience in advising corporate clients on property mandates, and for its retail and healthcare sector experience. Team head Nancy Brown is 'very experienced' and handles a range of corporate real estate mandates, with particular experience in advising clients in the financial services, healthcare, retail and logistics sectors. Phillip Tunney acts for industrial clients on their property holdings and is also experienced in the minerals sector, and legal director Joanna Sowerby is also recommended.

Construction Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. The team is instructed by employer and purchaser clients on construction projects and it is active on matters across the energy, utilities, transport, property development and public sectors. Simon Chamberlain heads the firm's North construction and engineering practice, and Chris Pickens is active in energy, utilities and transport sector work. The 'first-rateGregory Buckley heads the firm's national construction and engineering disputes team.

Immigration Tier 2

Principal associate Simon Kenny, who leads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Manchester immigration team, frequently advises universities and companies seeking to sponsor from overseas for study or work in the UK. Another key stream of work is advice on the immigration risk issues in the aftermath of Brexit, as well as handling illegal working allegations and helping clients to respond to sponsor licence suspensions. Kenny also handles global immigration programmes for multinationals seeking to transfer employees to multiple jurisdictions.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active on high-value restructuring and insolvency mandates and acts for a range of insolvency practitioners as well as large corporate and lender clients. The team has recently advised on a raft of high-profile administrations. It particularly noted for its experience in pensions-related work, and is active across real estate, retail and professional services sector instructions. Department head David Gray  and principal associate Sarah Duignan  are noted.

Licensing Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its experience in licensing and gambling law and is active across the hospitality, leisure, gambling and retail sectors. It regularly acts for hotel operators and owners, retail and online gambling sector clients, as well as real estate developers, landlords and occupiers. Principal associate David Roberts heads the licensing team.

Local government Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its public sector expertise and the firm advises on projects, governance and structures, collaboration with the private sector and third sector, regeneration developments, major outsourcing, procurement, investigations and public sector pension matters. In Manchester, the team has handled significant transport and development projects. Jackie Heeds is 'brilliant' and has vast experience in infrastructure transactions procured through PFI/PPP/PF2 and Joint Ventures. Kuljeet Gill is also a key figure.

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of infrastructure transactions procured through PFI, PPP, PF2 and joint ventures. Its expertise spans the health, energy, waste, accommodation, transport, housing and regeneration sectors and it is instructed by public and private sector clients, and lenders. The team works closely with colleagues across the UK and overseas to handle on domestic and cross-border work. Jackie Heeds, Kuljeet Gill , Chris Pickens and Phillip Tunney, who is UK head of the chemicals sector group, are key figures in Manchester.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its strong corporate borrower following and handles a raft of high-profile transactions. The team is also developing its bank side practice and counts several major banks as clients. Real estate finance and education finance are key areas of expertise, as are care home finance and renewable energy finance. Department head Jason Wurzal and  Taslima Salam who specialises in in corporate banking and real estate finance, are key figures.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's key client sectors include TMT, energy, retail, utilities, financial services and industrial. Tom Bridgford heads the technology department in the North West and is the key partner for large corporate clients. Nick Stubbs splits his time between the Leeds and Manchester offices and handles outsourcing, licensing, procurement and commercial arrangements. Principal associate Richard Hill deals with outsourcing, software contracts, data security and data centre arrangements.

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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Number of UK partners : 308
Number of other UK fee-earners : 837