Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
1 WOOD STREET
CHEAPSIDE
LONDON
EC2V 7WS
England

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 1

Headed up by the co-chair of the global corporate and M&A practice, Richard Moulton, who specialises in private equity and M&A transactions for corporate and financial sponsor clients, the London hub of the international practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers ‘deep sector expertise’ across at least seven key sectors including energy, insurance and financial services. The ‘excellent’ Robin Johnson is a widely recognised lawyer in the market and manages the firm’s client relationship with Next plc, handling their strategic M&A transactions. Regularly acting for clients in the industrials and technology arena, Antony Walsh, is well-versed in global M&A and reorganisation work. Simon Masters specialises in advising on M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, initial public offerings and fundraisings. James Trevis heads up the private equity group and Jon Gill’s practice principally involves private equity, M&A and venture capital transactions for high growth companies in the technology sector. Oil and gas and LNG specialist, Jubilee Easo, who advises state and international oil and gas entities and financial institutions, and Martin Mankabady, who regularly acts in financial services and insurance matters, are other key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Richard Moulton

Testimonials

‘They have deep sector expertise therefore their lawyers understand what is pertinent to our sector which helps issue spot and plan.’

‘Robin Johnson is an excellent M&A partner. He is always switched on when it comes to his clients, always seems to be thinking about them and how he can help, whether in a legal capacity or simply making a connection with other industry players. Amanda Partland is a fabulous M&A partner. I have worked with Amanda for 20 years. She is a consummate professional and unflappable in a transaction. She focuses on what needs to get done and delivers every time.’

‘Business-minded attorneys who act as much as business advisors as savvy attorneys.’

‘Antony Walsh is a top-notch attorney who provides outstanding service in every way, from the personal and direct involvement in all matters to assure prompt and excellent service, to immediate responsiveness whenever required, excellent legal advice informed by practicality and knowledge of the underlying business and matter. The associates providing support are excellent as well.’

Key clients

Rolls-Royce

Eutelsat

Next PLC

Aviva PLC

Johnson Matthey Plc

M&G

Experian

Eaton Corporation

Smiths Group

Tenneco

Work highlights

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The ‘highly responsive’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strong capabilities in advising a variety of well-renowned corporate clients on contentious matters. The group is well-equipped to advise on high-hazard compliance and regulatory matters relating to health and safety compliance and governance, having advised on well-known projects such as HS2. Practice head Paul Verrico is experienced in defending clients in matters brought by the HSE, as is ‘experienced and pragmatic’ infrastructure specialist Tim Hill, who works from both London and Newcastle. Sarah Valentine - who was promoted to partner in May 2023 - is noted for her capabilities in fatal and serious workplace incidents, advising clients in both criminal and regulatory investigations. ‘Highly trusted’ Amy Sadro has noteworthy expertise in criminal regulatory defence, and work involving women in health and safety.

Practice head(s):

Paul Verrico

Other key lawyers:

Tim Hill; Amy Sadro; Philip Crosbie; Julia Thomas; Sarah Valentine

Testimonials

‘Tim Hill and Amy Sadro work well together, have a good blend of experience, and give practical and focused advice. They understand our business very well.’

‘Tim Hill and Amy Sadro are both very good.’

‘The team has real-world subject matter expertise and delivers practical solutions.’

‘Tim Hill is a trusted legal advisor with a vast wealth of knowledge and practical experience; he establishes a relationship of trust with his clients. His pragmatic and practical approach has achieved the best possible outcomes in complex situations.’

‘Tim Hill is experienced and pragmatic. He has a humble yet knowledgeable manner which generates trust.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of our business, sector, challenges and legislative needs. They are highly responsive, pragmatic and approachable. A highly trusted partner to our business’

‘Amy Sadro is highly trusted by our company health and safety team, considered a competent and welcome extension of our HSE capabilities.’

Key clients

Network Rail

China Light and Power

Thames Water Utilities Limited

The Bannantyne Group

Drax Power Limited

AMES/Griffon Group

Northumbrian Water Limited

Nestle UK Limited

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Hutchison Ports

Tarmac Trading Limited

American Pan UK Limited

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Northern Gas Networks Limited

McFarlane Telfer

Cadent Gas Limited

Universities Safety and Health Association

Harworth Group plc

Parker Hannifin

Sembcorp

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

The dispute resolution practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is noted by clients as being a ‘market-leading team in the field of pensions disputes', formed of practitioners who ‘know what to expect and how to react‘ when dealing with the range of pensions litigation work. The ‘legendary' Claire Carroll leads the team and is particularly experienced in professional negligence claims, an area in which Jennifer Miles, Daniel Murphy, and associate Richard Bacon regularly provide support. The practice, which assists trustees, employers, banks, and administrators, is able to advise these clients on issues such as enforcement proceedings initiated by regulators, construction and rectification proceedings, the consolidation of pension arrangements, and breaches of statutory duties. For cases before the Pensions Regulator, Emma King and associate Amanda Rowley are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Claire Carroll

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is a market-leading team in the field of pensions disputes. Members of the team have a particular strength in dealing with regulatory and public law issues faced by major pension providers and advisers.’

‘Claire Carroll is legendary for her deep expertise in financial services disputes, particularly in the pensions sector. She combines profound technical knowledge with astute commercial judgement.’

‘Claire Carroll is super friendly, approachable, a pleasure to work with, technically excellent, and hugely experienced. Claire is known as a safe pair of hands and a trusted partner to us.’

‘Richard Bacon is not afraid to get stuck into the detail and is technically excellent, very approachable, proactive, and our trusted adviser.’

‘Claire Carroll runs a case with breath-taking efficiency and sophistication. She should be the first port of call for anyone with a pensions issue. Daniel Jackson is a really impressive associate – clever, hardworking, and comes up with really positive and helpful ideas.’

‘Amanda Rowley is fantastic to deal with and very responsive. She handles a case with a great deal of efficiency and has an engaging manner. Jennifer Miles is a very efficient and organised partner who is a pleasure to work with. She looks down the road of a case and makes sure that there are no speed bumps.’

‘The team is involved in the leading cases and has a wealth of experience to draw from when advising. They know what to expect and how to react to the issues that arise.’

‘Claire Carroll has a calm authority and is extremely knowledgeable and user-friendly. She’s the go-to lawyer for pensions disputes. Daniel Jackson is incredibly capable and is able to demonstrate a depth of knowledge well beyond the level that someone his age and experience should have. Daniel Murphy is very client-focused and user-friendly.’

Key clients

The Trustees of the National Transcommunications Limited Pension Plan

Aon Consulting Limited

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Standard Life Assurance Limited & Standard Life Trustee Company Limited

Options UK Personal Pensions LLP

West Northamptonshire Council

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

NOW:Pension Trustees Limited

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

The ‘technically excellent‘ and ‘pragmatic‘ pensions team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is able to advise its clients on the full-range of pensions work. Francois Barker, who co-heads the team, works with such well-known clients as Pensions Europe and The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, while fellow co-head Jeremy Goodwin is recommended for his work regarding the regulator’s anti-avoidance powers as well as for his experience in matters involving the duties and responsibilities of trustees. Mark Latimour is noted as being an ‘excellent adviser and strategic partner’; he frequently advises on pension investment issues. Michael Jones is recommended for his work on commercial pension schemes. Steven Hull and Sarah Swift are also names to note. Charlotte Cartwright was notably promoted to partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francois Barker; Jeremy Goodwin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds team is proactive and their engagement with our pension scheme is excellent. They work within our deadlines and are always accessible.’

‘The team that support our scheme are fully engaged and flexible. Recently, I have been particularly impressed by Mark Latimour and Lorna Doggett who have advised thetTrustee on separate specific matters, providing pragmatic and sensible advice.’

‘Great team that work well together and ensure that work is delivered on time. Professional, diligent approach with practical client-focused solutions. I am always confident they will deliver.’

‘Sarah and Freya work seamlessly together as the senior members of the team. However, all the team are able to cover matters and coordinate the necessary response.’

‘Mark Latimour is an excellent adviser and strategic partner. Apart from his technical strengths, he is fully up to speed with prospective legal and regulatory developments, and is instrumental in shaping these.’

‘This is a technically excellent but very user-friendly team that provides clear advice in accessible language, allied to a robust but pragmatic style.’

‘Integrity, understanding and responsiveness.’

‘Mark Latimour and Michael Jones are very approachable and consistently offer rapid turnarounds on advice. I’ve always received excellent, commercially-focused advice from them.’

Key clients

Tesco PLC Pension Scheme

Phoenix Life Limited

Accenture Pension Trustees

Legal & General Assurance Company

Rothesay Life Limited

Deloitte LLP

Universities Superannuation Scheme

London Stock Exchange Group Pension Scheme

GE Pension Trustees Limited

Santander Bank

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s ‘friendly, available and honest’ retail funds team acts for investment managers seeking to establish new funds, with particular strength in ESG-focused funds covering asset classes including debt, infrastructure and real estate. The practice group also assists clients with applications to the FCA, including for new Long-Term Asset Fund (LTAF) structures and consumer duty matters, in addition to providing advice on SFDR. Practice head Michaela Walker acts for both fund managers and depositary banks on fund structuring and oversight and cash monitoring, while also driving the team’s ESG work. Julian Brown advises on the formation of collective investment schemes and fund reorganisations, while Phil Spyropoulos focuses on regulatory issues, including ESG matters. Martin Sandler joined the team from Ernst & Young LLP in October 2022, advising on fund transactions, restructurings and associated regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Walker

Other key lawyers:

Julian Brown; Phil Spyropoulos; Martin Sandler; Katie Taylor; Giulia Del Bianco

Testimonials

‘The team is great at sharing regulatory updates and are very proactive.’

‘They can distil complicated regulatory issues into bite size pieces of information, and they aren’t scared to simply answer “yes” or “no” when needed, which is what is needed when a commercial decision is required.’

‘I work mainly with Michaela Walker, who always makes herself available.’

‘Very insightful knowledge of what the regulator expects.’

‘Friendly, available and honest.’

‘Julian Brown is a very knowledgeable partner.’

‘The firm is deep and broad in its experience and expertise.’

‘Michaela Walker is an exceptional lawyer and leader, across retail funds yet fully also across the full spectrum of fund and investment management.’

Key clients

Schroders

Santander Asset Management UK Limited

M&G Securities Limited

Aviva Investors

Fidelity

Franklin Templeton

Ninety One

St James Place

AEW UK

First Sentier Investors (UK) Funds Limited

Rathbones Unit Trust Managers

Sarasin & Partners

Janus Henderson

Hargreaves Lansdown Fund Managers

UBS Global Asset Management (UK)

Baring Asset Management Limited

Carne

Columbia Threadneedle

Evelyn

Kames

Phoenix Unit Trust Managers

Seven Investment Management

Thesis Unit Trust Management

T Rowe Price

Work highlights

  • Advised on one of the UK’s first long-term asset funds (LTAF). After receiving regulatory approval from the FCA in an expedited three months, our client’s LTAF is expected to be the second to ever launch in the UK and the first of its kind in terms of asset class and strategy.
  • Advised Franklin Templeton on a large restructuring project to combine the Franklin Templeton and Legg Mason fund ranges under a single brand identity.
  • Advised Oasis Crescent on the establishment of the first Shariah-compliant retail fund range in the UK which meets demand for financial products that are suitable for British Muslims and that tie in with religious, social and ethical beliefs of investors.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP continues to excel at advising higher and further education clients on a wide range of regulatory and commercial matters, leveraging its national strength to maintain close relationships with universities and sector associations across the UK. The team is well-regarded for its expertise in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, having provided advice on major higher education employment frameworks in addition to handling large-scale restructuring programmes, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, and strike action responses. Universities also frequently instruct the firm to advise on mergers, expansions, sales, and international activities. Nicola Bennison, an employment and discrimination specialist, divides her time between London and Nottingham and co-leads the practice with London-based lawyer Diane Gilhooley, who has handled a number of sexual harassment claims and regularly advises on industrial relations. Other key contacts in the team include London- and Cambridge-based governance expert Glynne Stanfield, who has advised on major mergers and expansions, and experienced litigator Alison Oldfield, who divides her time between London and Leeds and has a record of handling protestor disruptions.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Bennison; Diane Gilhooley

Other key lawyers:

Glynne Stanfield; Ben Wood; Alison Oldfield; Matthew Kelly; Robert Gray

Testimonials

‘The education team has unmatched sector knowledge and is able to quickly respond to wide-ranging questions. There is a high level of comfort and a consistent sense that the team provide robust, researched, and reasoned answers to all questions. I have an extremely high level of confidence in their advice and capabilities.’

‘Ben Wood listens carefully, immediately grasps the issues at hand, and is able to address complex issues with straightforward and understandable advice. He is very responsive, willing to discuss, and understands and cares about the sector and what colleges are trying to achieve.’

Key clients

Dulwich College

Greater London Authority

Harvard Global UK

Kings College London

London Institute of Mathematical Sciences

London South Bank University

Medical Research Council

NCH London

Oxford International Education Group

Queen Mary University of London

Richmond University London

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Royal College of General Practitioners

School of Oriental and African Studies

The Open University

University of Essex

University of Roehampton

Westminster University

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Roehampton on the delivery of a major restructuring programme involving around half of its academic staff, including staffing reductions of 65 full time posts and the transition of around 180 academic staff to new contracts.
  • Assisted Universities UK with a comprehensive briefing on the legal framework relevant to staff-student sexual misconduct in Higher Education, as part of a suite of policy and guidance documents published by Universities UK on this key issue in Higher Education.
  • Advised a range of colleges on implications of the ONS reclassification of Colleges into the public sector.

Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s team of Parliamentary Agents and clerks maintains an excellent reputation for its infrastructure advice and promotes bills, Transport and Works Act Orders, and Development Consent Orders in relation to some of the largest transportation, ports, and energy projects across the country. The team is noted across the sector for its promotion of Hybrid Bills for and its advice on the implementation of the HS2 railway project, and it has also advised on secondary legislation in relation to major railway expansions, developments, and upgrades for the likes of Network Rail. Harbour Orders are another area of specialism for the team, which is instructed by seaports across the country to advise on logistics and renewable energy schemes. The practice benefits from the ‘excellent commercially minded and dynamic leadership‘ of Roll A Parliamentary Agents James O’Connor and Stephen Collings, who provide specialist advice to some of the UK’s largest infrastructure providers on project implementation and parliamentary procedures. Other key contacts in the team include Jessica Craven, who has drafted Orders for and advised on major railway projects, and Darren White, who advises clients on their projects’ compliance with parliamentary requirements.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Collings; James O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent commercially minded and dynamic leadership from Stephen Collings and James O’Connor. They are highly approachable and responsive lawyers with very strong experience, having worked on the HS2 legislation since 2012, and they offer background in rail and other transport legislation, including considerable experience in the successful promotion of transport and works act orders for Network Rail. They are a diverse team with a number of excellent associates.’

‘Stephen Collings and James O’Connor are standout partners. Both are always spot-on with highly focused and supremely practical advice. Juliet Clark is an excellent associate lawyer in this team, brilliant at capturing the substance of what is needed in drafting and correspondence.’

‘James O’Connor and Jessica Craven are go-to advisers.’

‘The team has relevant knowledge and experience and are happy and confident to get involved in many aspects of the project.’

‘James O’Connor is very professional and knowledgeable and a key part of the wider team.’

Key clients

Blyth Harbour Commissioners

Department for Transport and HS2 Limited

Dover Harbour Board

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

PD Teesport Limited

Stena Ports Limited

Work highlights

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-known for its experience in acting for clients in business-critical real estate litigation matters. In particular, the firm handles work concerning enfranchisement, judicial review, rent review and significant developments. The team also contains specialists in telecoms and urban explorer-related cases. Team leader Will Densham has impressive experience in rent review and right to light disputes. Stuart Wortley is involved in market-leading cases concerning protest law in addition to his work concerning urban explorers. Thekla Fellas leads the telecoms code group, whilst the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Rashpal Soomal focuses on supporting high-profile developers on large-scale development matters.

Practice head(s):

Will Densham

Testimonials

‘Rashpal Soomal helped us out in real estate dispute. Thanks to her we saved a lot of time and money and we never had to worry about anything.’

‘Rashpal Soomal is incredibly knowledgeable about the complex area of right to light and she combines exceptional technical expertise with a commercial outlook and real enthusiasm and energy to achieve our objectives.’

‘As a practice, they have expanded their right to light capability which means they are able to resource large projects effortlessly and at short notice, including extensive due diligence exercises on big development schemes.’

‘Eversheds stands out from other firms because of their customer-focused work attitude.’

‘Precise, professional advice.’

‘Rashpal Soomal is one of a limited number of true experts when it comes to right to light, and really understands the issues.’

‘I always get the sense that Rashpal is looking out for the client’s best interests, offering practical commercial solutions rather than just navel gazing on the legal niceties.’

‘They have various specialisms where they have best in class lawyers, namely rights to light, rent review and telecoms. In my view, Eversheds Sutherland are one of , if not the key players in the real estate disputes market by some stretch.’

Key clients

Annington Property Limited/Terra Firma Capital

Aberdeen Asset Management (formerly Scottish Widows)

AP Wireless (II) UK Limited (APW)

Associated British Ports

Berkeley Homes

Blackstone Property Group/ReVantage Europe

Bloc Hotel

British Land

Canary Wharf Group

China General Nuclear Power Corp

Coventry City Council

Derwent London Plc

ED&F Man Group

Fordstam Limited

Go Ahead

IGas Energy

Land Securities

Legal & General

London Bishopsgate BV

Longmartin Properties Limited

River Court (part of Chinese Estates and other associated entities which hold other buildings)

Shaftesbury PLC

Sure Honest Limited

Teighmore Limited

The Leathersellers Company

University of Arts London

University of London

Utopia A Limited (an Elizabeth Murdoch company)

Transport > Rail Tier 1

Agnes Koko heads a practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP which is renowned for its expertise in all the key sectors of the rail industry. Its wide-ranging expertise includes advising on franchising/operating contracts, as well as rolling stock and infrastructure. The practice has a strong national offering and is also recognised for its parliamentary and planning expertise. In addition, it is lauded for its international capabilities, as it frequently works on key international projects and has a global focus on concessions and rolling stock issues. Birmingham-based Anne Harris specialises in rail related commercial contracts such as rail franchise agreements, regulated access agreements and rail project procurement related issues. William Spickett is at the Nottingham office and is highly experienced in advising on major transport and infrastructure projects. At the London office, Stephen Collings is a Parliamentary Agent in the Parliamentary & Infrastructure Consenting Team.

Practice head(s):

Agnes Koko

Other key lawyers:

Anne Harris; William Spickett; Stephen Collings

Testimonials

‘An experienced team with a well-established position within the sector’.

‘Capable and extremely diligent with a “can-do” attitude. Have worked extensively with many colleagues within the business but would highlight Agnes Koko and Will Spickett as stand out partners’.

‘Agnes for her ability to combine her legal expertise with commercial nous, and Will for his calm professionalism even when under pressure’.

Key clients

Department for Transport

Deutsche Bahn International Operations GmbH

HS2 Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

ONxpress Operations Inc

Employment Tier 1

The national employment and labour practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a hub in Cambridge which is well-equipped to handle local, national and international-level employment matters, ranging advising on restructurings and redundancies to handling litigation. Practice head Simon Tytherleigh, who ‘listens and delivers’, stands out for his Employment Tribunal work. Key partner Elizabeth Graves advises on employment matters in the life sciences, technology and financial services industries. The ‘very client-friendlyMatthew Kelly specialises in advising education sector clients, as does ‘thorough and prompt’ principal associate Alice Townley Smith. Constanze Moorhouse, who handles cross-border matters, is ‘very responsive and provides spot-on advice‘. Legal director Rachel Bennett has numerous clients in the pharmaceutical, transport and water sectors, whilst principal associate Sasha Willmott focuses on life sciences and technology.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tytherleigh

Testimonials

‘Simon Tytherleigh and team have done a great job supporting us on some very significant matters this year, both non-contentious and contentious. Working with Eversheds we have been able to reset perceptions both internally and in the market about our appetite to protect our business when individuals break their employment contracts after exit.’

‘A wide-range of employment expertise across all fields of employment law.’

‘The team is very approachable and responsive with great understanding of business mindsets and how to give practical advice therein.’

‘Constanze Moorhouse is very responsive, has broad experience, a business mindset and provides spot-on advice.’

‘Matthew Kelly turns around work very quickly, is very client-friendly, good at explaining the law to HR advisers and has excellent sector knowledge. Alice Townley Smith is very calm under pressure, and very client friendly. She is also methodical and thorough in her approach to complex legal case work.’

‘Eversheds were excellent at helping us formulate a plan of action, coordinate with international colleagues and agree a process.’

‘They provide timely, clear, pragmatic advice and have a highly professional approach to a range of complex employment situations, taking a risk-based approach.’

‘Matthew Kelly is outstanding in his rapid grasp of the salient issues, aligned with our organisation’s context and values. Alice Townley Smith is a consummate professional in her thorough and prompt advice. Both have a depth of knowledge which we value highly.’

Key clients

ITC Infotech India Limited

City, University of London

University of Portsmouth

Acacium Group

AstraZeneca UK Limited

Russell Group University

London South East Colleges

Arm Limited

Thames Water

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

The Ipswich office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP plays a key role in the firm’s national corporate claims practice, which acts directly for clients rather than through insurer panels. The practice is led by senior partner Nicola Lashmar, who focuses on crisis management and the resolution of high-value and sensitive injury claims; she has an impressive roster of clients, among them Johnson Controls, the Civil Aviation Authority, Thames Water and GSK. Lashmar recently defended Norfolk County Council against a claim brought by the wife of a deceased motorcyclist, who blamed a negligently resurfaced road for the accident. Louise Bland, legal director Paul Coppin, and principal associate Wayne Donovan also play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Lashmar

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Delivering cost-efficient resolution of disputes.’

‘Louise Bland is highly competent and prepares clear and detailed instructions.’

‘Louise Bland is very focused on the needs of her professional clients, tactically astute to protect her clients interests and a clear communicator.’

‘Proactive, Knowledgeable and approachable. Advice is clear and concise.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable on a wide area of topics. Anything that is new or not certain is researched thoroughly to provide the correct advice.’

‘They are hugely experienced and knowledgeable, proactive, pragmatic and excel at thinking outside the box.’

‘Nicola Lashmar is an outstanding legal practitioner whose empathy, intelligence and tenacity represents a unique standard of excellence in itself.’

‘Louise Bland is highly approachable and an extremely safe pair of hands. She is extremely knowledgeable in the law and has strong strategic capabilities, ensuring that the defence of claims are handled in a positive and proactive manner.’

Key clients

Johnson Controls International

Civil Aviation Authority

Thames Water Utilities Limited

UK Research & Innovation

Norfolk County Council

Gov Facility Services Limited

Resolute Management Limited

LV

National Grid Electricity Distribution plc

Buzz Group

GSK

Lyondellbasell

Work highlights

  • Acted for a national leisure sector client when a customer was left tetraplegic after taking part in activities at the client’s centre. The claimant in his 20’s required lifelong care. The accident had potential to cause huge damage to the client’s brand if not sensitively handled.
  • Advised a global energy client in a claim where the claimant suffered life changing injuries to lower limbs following an accident on ship. The accident led to a health and safety prosecution with the potential for reputational damage.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The Cambridge office at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a key hub for its national charities practice and is the base of head of the firm-wide group Stephen O’Reilly, who provides ‘prompt, sensible legal advice and always appreciates the wider business context'. He is supported by senior associate Martyn Robinson, who ‘displays excellent technical and broader industry knowledge'. The firm has a stellar roster of clients, among them The National Film and Television School and Our Future Health. Robinson recently assisted the FIA Foundation with governance matters, while O’Reilly advised Every Youth, newly-branded successor to End Youth Homelessness, on establishing itself as a stand-alone entity.

Practice head(s):

Stephen O’Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We worked closely with Martyn Robinson on developing the company’s constitutional arrangements. Martyn was responsive, displayed excellent technical and broader industry knowledge, and ensured we had a smooth and rapid pathway to completing the necessary arrangements.’

‘Aware of trends and insights in the charity sector.’

‘Stephen O’Reilly provides prompt, sensible legal advice and always appreciates the wider business context. He has an ability to appropriately assess risk and help steer clients who are new to charity laws.’

Key clients

Our Future Health

FIA Foundation

Turning Point

Quality by Randomization Limited (trading as Protas)

Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Towards Zero Foundation

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

National Oceanography Centre

The National Film and Television School

Richmond, The American International University in London, Inc

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is central to the firm’s national construction practice, and is home to Dominic Lacey, who is head of the firm’s international transport group and also handles major transactions for senior living providers. The team consists of ‘excellent technical lawyers with a can-do attitude‘. Key partner Tom Douglas, who handles transactional construction matters and is ‘unshakeable, methodical and a delight to work with‘, and senior associate Emma Raspin recently acted for Signature Senior Living in the development of numerous luxury care and nursing homes. Senior associate Joanne Naylor handles disputes and complex infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Lacey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I find them approachable and practical in their advice with the ability to pull in wider experience if necessary.’

‘Excellent technical lawyers with a can-do attitude. Wider understanding of a client’s objectives and approach to business.’

‘Tom Douglas is a stand-out construction partner who delivers time and time again. Unshakeable, methodical and a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Signature Senior Living

Cross Keys Homes

Inspired Villages

Sun Venture

Midland Expressway Limited

Audley Group

Transport for London

Network Rail

CyrusOne

Legal and General

National Highways

Mace Develop Limited

Greater London Authority

Persimmon

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Led by the ‘extremely approachable’ and ‘commercially astute’ Jon Cox-Brown, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team advises the region’s fastest-growing corporates on high-end transactions; a recent example included its advice on the £415m sale of Albumedix to Frankfurt and Paris-listed life sciences company Sartorius. Transactions in the financial services, technology and healthcare sectors comprise the bulk of the department’s instructions. Cox-Brown also advises on fundraisings, joint ventures and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cox-Brown

Testimonials

The team has extensive experience in cross-border M&A and has a global network of advisors to provide specialist and jurisdictional advice as required. The team coordinate the network of advisors to ensure legal advice is joined-up, deal specific and commercially focused.’

‘Jon Cox-Brown stands out for his commercially focused advice, unwavering negotiation style and proactively finding solutions when faced with complex deal negotiations.’

‘The team are technically very capable and have a very strong understanding of our business. Between projects, they tailor regular news updates to provide updates that are specific to the nature of our business and are clearly always thinking of ways to add value. Always provide a first-rate service at all levels from partners to associates.’

‘Jon Cox-Brown has a longstanding relationship with our business and in many ways feels like an extension of our internal legal team. Jon has a very strong understanding of our business and is both technically very capable and commercially very astute. He takes a pragmatic approach to our projects and is very approachable and available. ‘

‘Jon Cox-Brown is so approachable and has become the main contact for all areas. Jon will step in to ensure consistent quality.’

‘Jon Cox-Brown is an extremely approachable and engaged partner and you can tell he has a great relationship with his team. He always strikes the right balance between sound legal advice and commerciality.’

Key clients

Ideagen

Sygnature Discovery

Albumedix

IRIS Software

ENSEK

Capita

Acacium

Management team of Blis Global

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition of Peak Proteins by Sygnature Discovery.
  • Advised Capita on the sale of technology business Secure Solutions and Services to NEC Software Solutions UK.
  • Advised the management shareholders on the sale of Forest Holidays from Phoenix to Sykes Holiday Cottages.

Employment Tier 1

A heavyweight in the Midlands, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s practice is led out of Birmingham by Audrey Elliott, with the support of Nottingham-based partner Mark Fletcher, who heads the employment litigation team and is noted for his expertise in the retail and consumer sectors. Focusing on employment issues in the education sector, litigator Nicola Bennison is the go-to counsel for senior management issues, equality and diversity, including dealing with complex grievances and strategic human resources matters. Clare Ward is an expert in labour relations and supports restructuring and TUPE exercises.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott

Key clients

BMI Group

NEXT PLC

Skanska UK PLC

DFDS Seaways Limited

Carpetright Limited

Pendragon Plc

Specsavers Optical Group Limited

Sandwell College

Work highlights

  • Supporting BMI Group in all of its employment and HR-related issues in the UK, which has included advice in relation to workforce restructuring projects, complex grievances and investigations.
  • Advising Skanska UK on various employment, labour relations and immigration matters, as well as handling the entirety of the client’s employment litigation.
  • Supporting Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS Seaways (and group) on all employment (strategic and day-to-day) immigration and labour relations issues.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP houses a ‘very commercially sound and technically gifted team, which provides excellent service’ in the areas of corporate restructuring and insolvency. Lead partner Mark Wood undertakes both contentious and non-contentious instructions, and is particularly active in asset recovery. Director and litigator Ian Gill is another key figure in the department.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wood

Other key lawyers:

Ian Gill; Andrew Jordan

Testimonials

‘The team understand the full implications arising from the brief, and put a team together that can deliver complete solutions to complex problems.’

‘Stand Out individuals: Mark Wood & Ian Gill – Both are focused on ensuring that they provide the right solution for clients and know their subject area and have a complete understanding of the commercial ramifications of the solutions that they are proposing and the alternatives.’

‘A very commercially sound and technically gifted team which provides excellent service.’

‘Mark Wood and Andrew Jordan are highly regarded and capable. You know you will get a good service from them and a capable team around them.’

Key clients

Interpath Advisory LLP

Quantuma Advisory Limited

FRP Advisory LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

J & P Associates Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

RSM UK Restructuring Advisory LLP

Begbies Traynor (SY) LLP

Mazars LLP

Smith Cooper LLP

Teneo Restructuring Limited

Kroll Advisory Limited

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

BDO LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jupiter Marketing Interpath Administrators on the administration of the company,
  • Continues to act for FRP Administrators of JDP Furniture Group  in the restructuring and implementation of CVAs of subsidiaries for the administrators.
  • Acted for DCA J & P Associates in taking potential arbitration proceedings against various debtors in the context of the Gibson Innovations Group insolvency.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strong expertise in private equity, advising on transactions across the mid-market both locally and internationally. The practice is prominent across a range of sectors including healthcare, aerospace, retail, real estate and defence. Michael Birchall leads the team and advises clients on acquisitions, joint ventures and financing projects. Daniel Hall  specialises in TMT while Alistair Cree focuses on M&A transactions and ECM work. Elizabeth Tindall is well-versed in private equity matters and Tom Bridgford handles commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Birchall

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hall; Alistair Cree; Elizabeth Tindall; Tom Bridgford

Testimonials

‘Lizzy Tindall is great – very commercial, extremely hard working and responsive.’

‘Lizzy Tindall is outstanding.’

Key clients

Norcros Plc

Uinsure Limited

Lookers plc

Livingbridge

Peel L&P

Morris Group

Footasylum

Arcline Investment Management

Sovereign Capital

Persimmon plc

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

The litigators at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLPprovide a first-class service’, and remains one of the pre-eminent practices in the North West. Mainstream commercial disputes are at the heart of the practice, with sector expertise closely tied to the key sectors of the firm. The Manchester-based team is led by Matthew Taylor, regularly leading on heavyweight commercial disputes, with specialist knowledge of industrials, chemicals, and aviation. Heavyweight Michael Clavell-Bate who is recognised both domestically and internationally for the strength of his practice is integral to the team, as is Philip Duignan, who brings particular expertise in shareholder disputes, warranty claims, and employment related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The billing is timely, very clear and transparent -breakdown on how time was spent etc. always prepared to take feedback and make adjustments if needed.’

‘They are very approachable, genuine and its always feel like the make the effort to understand me and my core stakeholders.’

‘Phil Duignan is an excellent lawyer. He is commercial, accessible and moves at pace when necessary. You want him in your corner where urgent applications might be needed.’

‘Both the firms lawyers and and other client facing colleagues are extremely helpful and motivated to find out what would be truly useful to me as GC and also to my business partners.’

‘Very responsive, adaptable and open to new ways of working. Seek to understand what I need to make me look good towards my business and board and to find ways to make my life easier.’

‘The team provide a first class service. They take time to understand the problem and communicate well with the diverse range of individuals that business brings. Their advice is well considered and their presentation is very professional.’

Key clients

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited

Next plc

International Air Transport Association

LEGO Group

Helly Hansen and Musto

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

Capita plc

SFO

Boohoo Group Plc

Johnsons Controls

Employment Tier 1

Possessing a deep bench of practitioners which was further bolstered over 2022, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is trusted by clients in the manufacturing, education, financial and professional services industries for the full range of employment matters. Beyond industrial action and trade union work, the firm has seen a marked increase in unfair dismissal and discrimination cases, worker status and rights issues, and significant global restructuring projects. Helming high-profile mandates for a number of sector giants, Paul Cotton‘s practice centres on corporate transaction-related employment issues, including, but not limited to, TUPE, redundancies, and executive terminations. Naeema Choudry leverages her established strength in litigation to act in Employment Tribunals, with recent cases including unfair dismissal, holiday pay and disability discrimination, while Robert Gray is the go-to advisor for the education sector. Jenny Mann works closely with financial services, TMT and utility clients to advise on executive departures, restrictive covenant and employee incentive and bonus schemes, whilst also being viewed as a cross-border specialist. Stephen Chegwin continues to be active in employment and labour litigation, alongside complex reoganisation and redundancy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cotton

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent mix of technically excellent lawyers that can deploy that knowledge effectively in a user friendly way. When you talk to them, you get the information you need in a way that allows you to implement or react to it.’

‘Jenny Mann is the star of the team. She is insightful, measured and committed. You know exactly where you are with her and what the likely outcomes are. She is very approachable, very user friendly and incredibly helpful. I always have complete faith in her advice and her handling of matters.’

‘Stephen Chegwin combines his very strong legal and interpersonal skills with his knowledge from his previous HR experience, making his advice particularly rounded.’

‘The employment practice is outstanding. Their ability to get to know our business is second to none. They have quickly established themselves as a trusted advisor and are recognised by our executive team as being able to handle any issues that arise in an efficient manner that ensures we are covered both legally and commercially.’

‘Naeema Choudry is a stand out partner and applies all of her talents to every case for which she is responsible.’

‘The depth of skill, knowledge and experience in the employment team is impressive, as is the professionalism in how matters are dealt with by the team members. The calibre of advice is excellent, as is client care.’

‘Gemma Rusling is the definition of a rising star – her personable, commercial, direct and knowledgable approach sets her apart from any other lawyer i’ve dealt with on employment matters. Gemma always meets the demands of our deadlines, is comfortable working directly with the business and has ultimately become an extension of our company.’

‘A genuine top tier employment practice with exposure to very good quality work which, in turn, continues the cycle of attracting and retaining very able individuals to service such quality work.’

Key clients

Warburtons Limited

United Utilities Group Plc

RPS Group Plc

Equality and Human Rights Commission

International Nuclear Services and Pacific Nuclear

Transport Limited

Sellafield

Dechra plc

Westminster University

University of Manchester

University of Central Lancashire

London South Bank University

Wigan & Leigh College

Loughborough University

Trafford College

West Midlands Trains Limited

Beaverbrooks

Bridgeway Consulting Limited

Go North East Limited

Hestia Housing & Support

JDR Capable Systems Limited

Global People UK Limited

Work highlights

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts on pension issues for a number of household names including Kellogg and Carlsberg. The practice is experienced in developing pension laws and policies in addition to advising on transfer deals. Team head Ele Lovering  advises on risk, debt and liability management while Simon Daniel acts for trustees of occupational pension schemes. Charmian Johnson  works on scheme restructuring arrangements and de-risking exercises. Amanda Small  has extensive experience in governance issues and regulatory compliance while Lauren O’Connor  works on scheme restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Ele Lovering

Other key lawyers:

Simon Daniel; Charmian Johnson; Amanda Small; Lauren O’Connor

Testimonials

‘This practice has the strength of size, and having access across all legal specialists and experts, but feels like a personal service firm too.’

‘Charmian Johnson and Amanda Small make an excellent team, working well together and individually, providing guidance and advice which feels reliable and sound. Their personal styles make them easy to work with as part of your own team, as a client. They understand transparency about costs and this in turn allows a trust in them about value.’

‘The service is partner-led, with strong support from all levels below. They offer good value for money, are very responsive and good at delivering to a deadline.’

‘Ele Lovering has a hand in all aspects of her team’s advice, providing a valuable and experienced peer-review process. She’ll share the benefit of her experience across the market with clients, and isn’t afraid to speak up if there are issues that she thinks the client needs to hear about.’

‘Good knowledge of the current and ongoing changes to all aspects of pension law.’

‘Charmian Johnson gives clear unbiased advice and where necessary clear instruction on legal requirements. Listens – debates and is an excellent team player.’

‘Very practical advice on complex issues. Easy to discuss fees with and willing to be flexible.’

‘Amanda Small is knowledgeable, experienced and gives practical advice.’

Key clients

CF Fertilisers UK Limited

Outokumpu Stainless Limited

MSD Animal Health Pension Scheme

NOW:Pension Trustee Limited

Kellogg

Joy Global Industries Pension Scheme

The Cooperative Group’s pension schemes

Carlsberg UK Limited Pension Scheme

Trustee of T Mobile International UK Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Murco 1981 Pension Scheme

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Manchester-based education practice ‘provides a bespoke flexible approach on all occasions, with exceptional knowledge of all education matters.’ The team led by Diane Gilhooley and Robert Gray supports a wide client portfolio ranging from schools, further education providers, academies, and most notably the higher education sectors on contentious and non-contentious matters including employment, a specialist area supported by senior associate Laura Marsh, charity law, immigration, constitutional and regulatory issues. Two recent areas of focus are the issue of free speech and academic freedom as well as sexual harassment and misconduct.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley; Nicola Bennison; Robert Gray

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced, globally recognized lead partner, Diane Gilhooley.’

‘Diane is both able and personable. She is also pragmatic and has provided us with sound advice for almost 30 years. Rob has worked with Diane for at least two decades. Rather more cautious, but hardworking and capable.’

‘Exceptional knowledge and experience.’

‘There has been consistency over many years of the people who are working with us and therefore they are aware of our culture allowing for good advice.’

‘Di Gilhooley and Rob Grey are very knowledgeable and always there to support, with a balanced and appropriate approach.’

‘Extremely client centred gaining an understanding of the overall aims of the organisation rather than just providing legal advice. Very strong background on the education sector.’

‘Very responsive and can be trusted to provide excellent support – especially Robert Gray.’

Key clients

Westminster University

University of Manchester

University of Central Lancashire

London South Bank University

Wigan & Leigh College

Loughborough University

Trafford College

Cardinal Newman College

Wigan & Leigh College

Sheffield Hallam University

Work highlights

  • Advising on the completion of the University of Manchester on its internationally significant development – a 26 acre, £1.5 billion GDV scheme in Manchester City Centre.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

The cohort at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP X. Following the June 2022 retirement of former team lead Nancy Brown , corporate real estate expert Elizabeth Cartwright is at the helm of the practice. Also with a developing specialism in this particular area is Jayne Speers, who was notably promoted to partner in May 2022. ‘Standout partner’ Phillip Tunney has experience acting for national and international key clients across a range of industry sectors. The team has a strong reputation for its ability to advise on significant projects in the region, including developments such as the Mayfield; regenerations, which are Michael Buchanan‘s particular focus, an example being the ongoing regeneration of Salford Central; as well as acquisitions and disposals. Legal director Joanna Sowerby is adept in advising across the board.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Cartwright

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Tunney; Michael Buchanan; Phil Birchall; Jayne Speers; Michelle Millard; Joanna Sowerby; Tracy Gibson

Testimonials

‘The team provides a bespoke and practical service and demonstrated a strong commercial knowledge along with legal knowledge in their approach, which is refreshing. The partners have been exceptionally good at helping manage relationships with stakeholders.’   

‘Phillip Tunney in particular is a standout partner. He has a strong ability to approach situations from the perspective of the clients involved, and provide very useful advice.’

‘A very responsive and accurate team.’

‘Elizabeth Cartwright and Michelle Millard are both excellent.’

Key clients

AXA Investment Managers

Barchester

Booker

Capital & Regional

Castle Green Homes Limited

The Co-operative Bank PLC

English Cities Fund

Essar

Evans Property Group

Eurogarages

European Metal Recycling Limited

European Tyre Enterprise Limited/Kwik Fit

General Projects

INEOS

Johnson Controls Inc

Kier Property Developments Limited

Lancaster (Jardine Motor Group)

Lookers PLC

Manchester Airport Group/ Airport City Limited Partnership

Morris Homes Limited

Muse Developments Limited

PH Property

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Toni & Guy

University of Manchester

INOVYN

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

‘Outstanding practitioners’ Richard Lloyd and Michelle Moss are at the helm of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Manchester-based cohort. The team is involved in complex national scale work at the forefront of the sector, an example being its advising on the high-profile HS2 project, on which principal associates Fiona Barker and Sarah Wood have particular presence. It has strong capabilities assisting on planning and environmental aspects of joint venture projects, an example being its work for the English Cities Fund on its £2bn regeneration of Salford Crescent. The team is experienced in handling innovative work, namely being significant regeneration proposals and large housing allocations. Jane Southworth leads the environment team and has a notable focus on ESG-related mandates; she regularly works with principal associate Catherine Manning.

Practice head(s):

Richard Lloyd; Michelle Moss; Jane Southworth

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Barker; Sarah Wood; Hayley Gore; Helen Miller; Catherine Manning

Testimonials

‘Richard Lloyd is an exceptional lawyer, he goes the extra mile to ensure his advice is as project-specific as necessary. Richard is an excellent communicator, he engages well with all members of the client-side team.’

‘The capacity to organise is the team’s key strength, as well as their ability to make information easier from a client perspective. The simple things are done so well and when matters are in dispute, the team are very well-informed, and provide detailed advice in a timely manner to guide cases.’

‘Michelle Moss is very knowledgeable, and can very clearly identify the key issues within any dispute. She hands-on and approachable. Michelle’s knowledge of the compensation code is outstanding and her guidance has been imperative to us in settling a significant number of cases over the last year. She also formulates the best possible arguments where litigation is unavoidable.’

‘Standout performers include Helen Miller and Hayley Gore who have proven themselves on often difficult cases and have facilitated a significant number of disputed cases proceeding to resolution.’

‘Richard Lloyd and Michelle Moss are both outstanding practitioners. Their knowledge and personable natures are unique.’

‘Richard Lloyd is the best in the business in my view.’

‘The team are able to work effectively with client teams who may not have a full technical appreciation of the legal area of work and advice being given. Advice is suitably tailored to suit its audience. The team can anticipate issues, enabling clients to be on the ‘front foot’ throughout.’

‘Richard Lloyd is very experienced and knowledgeable and as such is a thoroughly reliable expert. Hayley Gore is a great asset to planning team, she gives timely, thorough advice on complex issues.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

English Cities Fund

The London Borough of Barnet

Ask Patrizia

Anglian Water Services Limited

Homes England

Muse Developments

Hammerson plc

Peel Group

Landsec

RWE

National Grid

National Grid Ventures No

Thurrock Council

Work highlights

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, ‘willing to go above and beyond’, is noted for its ‘diverse and inclusive range of employees’. The team is well-equipped to act for such well-known clients as The Cooperative Bank PLC and HS2 on complex work in both domestic and cross-jurisdictional contexts. David McGuirk, described as having ‘a clear and deep understanding of his field’, leads the team and is experienced in handling commercial and residential development disputes, particularly in relation to right to light matters. Alex Wright also stands out in the team, having recently led on such cases as a complex possession dispute for European Metal Recycling Limited. Senior associate Carly Fishwick is remarked as working ‘exceptionally hard to ensure that every case is run impeccably’. Legal director Joanne Mills departed to Addleshaw Goddard in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

David McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very personal service offered from a team willing to go above and beyond in time-critical situations.’

‘The team at Eversheds are incredibly helpful, quick to respond to queries and also provide sound commercial advice.’

‘David McGuirk is not only friendly and approachable but has a clear and deep understanding of his field. He offers sound commercial advice and takes into account the specific needs of the client. I would highly recommend him.’

‘A depth of knowledge and excellent attention-to-detail, alongside a slick service.’

‘Alex Wright was able to get to the nub of our complex issue quickly, and when additional advice was needed he knew exactly where to go.’

‘Despite having all the advantages of being a big firm including detailed knowledge of the law, strong expertise and experience in most types of cases within the property litigation sphere, the team is friendly and approachable and gives close attention to its clients’ cases.’

An appropriate amount of time and energy is dedicated to each case, and cases are always very well-prepared. I have noticed that this firm has a diverse and inclusive range of employees, having regard to gender diversity and social mobility.’

‘David McGuirk brings an air of authority and calmness to all litigation that he conducts. He never overreacts and always thinks carefully about the merits and demerits of the case before giving the client clear and robust advice. Senior associate Carly Fishwick works exceptionally hard to ensure that every case is run impeccably and is always firm but fair.’

Key clients

HS2

The Co-Operative Bank PLC

SI Properties Limited (Smiths Group plc)

European Tyre Enterprise Limited (Kwik-Fit)

AXA IM

The Emerson Group

Four Seasons Health Care

G4S

DXC Technology

INOVYN (INEOS Group)

Employment Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Newcastle-based employment team defends high profile employers, such as supermarket retailers, education institutions, national manufacturers and global investment banks in equality pay, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. The team also take on non-contentious work, focusing on employment matters following the closure of facilities and offices, as well as HR assistance to national and international commercial clients. The experienced Shirley Hall leads the local office and is supported by newly promoted partner Suzanne Caveney, who likewise focuses on employment tribunal cases. Principal associates David Williams and Corrine Bentham are key contacts, with the former specialising in supporting financial services companies on employment rules and the latter an expert on business immigration.

Practice head(s):

Shirley Hall

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland LLP has a strong employment law presence, with expertise across a range of areas. I have been particularly impressed with their handling of contentious and complex employment tribunal disputes.’

‘David Williams is an outstanding lawyer. I have worked with him on several employment tribunal disputes and have consistently been impressed by the depth of his knowledge, his strategic and practical judgement, and his client management skills.’

‘The team is an excellent provider of employment law advice. Its excellent service makes it unique. The quality of instructions I receive are second to none.’

‘Suzanne Caveney is always spot-on. She is incisive, confident and commercial in her approach to tribunal proceedings. I love working with her and it is evident that clients really appreciate her friendly and knowledgeable approach.’

‘Shirley Hall is exceptionally experienced in equal pay matters. She provides clear advice at all times. She is very responsive, good at managing a variety of stakeholders and excellent to deal with at all times.’

‘The Newcastle team has exceptional experience in advising on the full range of equal pay issues.’

‘The team at Eversheds Sutherland are outstanding. They are immediately receptive and very knowledgeable in their field.’

‘David Williams is an exceptional individual who delivers first class client care and sound legal reasoning. David’s ability to provide innovative, but pragmatic resolutions to complex legal matters is excellent.’

Key clients

British Broadcasting Corporation

Avery Dennison Plc

British Polythene Limited

Tata Consumer Products

Nestle UK Limited

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Peter Vardy Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

TDR Training

Work highlights

Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

While it has limited visibility in the local market, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Cardiff office regularly acts on its own, or alongside other offices across the firm's UK-wide and international network, in relation to mandates outside of the Welsh borders, often involving a cross-border complexion. In this context, many of the transactions are within the financial services and fintech space, with team head Paul Pugh leading the way on such deals, including a continuing flow of work for fund client, Pollen Street Capital, on its M&A transactions in the sector. Principal associate Shelley Evans  is also noted for her financial services M&A expertise.

Practice head(s):

Paul Pugh

Other key lawyers:

Shelley Evans; Owen Llewelyn

Key clients

Pollen Street Capital

Specialist Risk Group

Kingswood Holdings Limited

Aryza Holdings Limited

Saudi Telecom Company

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc.

Helianthe Holdings B.V. / Rinkelberg Capital

Cash Access UK Limited

AON UK Limited

Forest Holidays Public Sector Holdings LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the partners of long-standing client, Pollen Street Capital, in connection with the sale of shares in Pollen Street Capital to listed fund Honeycomb Investment Trust PLC.
  • Advised Helianthe Holdings in connection with the sale of Autorama UK Ltd, a vehicle leasing marketplace, to Auto Trader Group plc.
  • Advising one the largest mobile operators in the Middle East, in connection with a joint venture with a major Asian cloud provider and Middle Eastern capital fund.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Acting on its own, as well as being able to call upon the vast resources across the firm's UK-wide network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-placed to represent clients in the firm’s core areas of industry strength, including transport, energy and education, across a wide range of high-stakes disputes. As well as his commercial litigation expertise, team head Richard Pitt is noted for his public procurement prowess, both on behalf of public entities defending the outcome of public procurement competitions and, challenging decisions of other public authorities. Luisa Gibbons assists Pitt with the day-to-day running of the team, focusing her work largely on matters with a public sector complexion, including public procurement and judicial review matters, as well as it relates to professional discipline and fitness to practise. Public law also forms a key component of senior associate Helen Rowland's practice, with her regularly working alongside Gibbons and Pitt on high-profile mandates, as well as handling her own caseload, defending and bringing challenges relating to public procurement awards. Public inquiry work also remains a cornerstone to the firm's overarching litigation expertise, with the Cardiff office often engaged as part of multi-office teams covering many matters of public importance. In this regard, Angharad Haf Hurle is 'super knowledgeable and vastly experienced' and has been a lynchpin of the firm's involvement in the long-running infected blood inquiry. Finally, the team is rounded out by a strong financial services litigation offering, an area that Gareth Vowles  and Tom Black , who was promoted to partner in May 2022 are particularly accomplished.

Practice head(s):

Richard Pitt

Other key lawyers:

Nick Rundle; Robert Phillips; Alison Short; Gareth Vowles; Tom Black; Angharad Hurle; Wayne Davies; Luisa Gibbons; Helen Rowland; James Coleman; Lindsey Caddy; Daniel Gilligan; Anna Lois Sente;

Testimonials

‘They are a client-focused, hard-working, efficient and hugely experienced group, delivering a really outstanding service.’

‘They are very experienced in all areas of public inquiries work: from working for the inquiry through to representing witnesses and core participants.’

Angharad Hurle is super knowledgeable and vastly experienced. She is utterly efficient with an innate understanding of what the decision maker wants.’

Key clients

Northern Rail

Network Rail

NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

Consultant Connect Limited

Air Liquide Healthcare Limited

Gloucestershire County Council

Serious Fraud Office

Close Brothers Limited

Marelli

Airbus UK

Teaching Regulation Agency

Welsh Language Commissioner

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Forest England

Commission For Equality and Human Rights

Department for Education

Telford and Wrekin Council

The Stationery Office

Lumon Risk Management Limited

Work highlights

Employment Tier 1

Led from Cardiff by the ‘exceptional’ Anthony Rees , and also able to leverage the firm’s UK-wide and international resources, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a popular choice for large domestic businesses, as well as multinational corporates, across the full scope of their employment requirements. An accomplished advocate who has a strong track record of success for clients in tribunal hearings, but also effective at advising on international restructurings, Rees is praised for his ‘pragmatic, proportionate and very wise advice’, which he dispenses to clients from a range of sectors, including education providers. ‘Not just a great employment lawyer, but a great partner to the client as well’, Tom Bray excels in providing employment support on international M&A, outsourcing and restructuring projects, and has over the years developed a particular level of specialism advising clients (including Heathrow Airport) within the aviation sector. Thomas Player also excels in handling international employment mandates, including in the context of collective employment law, work which regularly sees him acting in an advisory capacity for many companies operating European Works Councils.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Rees

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Player; Huw Jones; Tom Bray; Sally Isaacs; Ellie Brown; Leonie McQuaide

Testimonials

The efficient team has strong levels of technical expertise.’

‘The employment practice in Cardiff offers a deep understanding of the national education sector issues combined with a local personal approach.’

The exceptional Anthony Rees provides pragmatic, proportionate and very wise advice.’

Anthony Rees has developed a deep understanding of the organisation and its mission to underpin his advice over a period of time. He will always respond when his advice is sought and offers pragmatic advice appropriate for the context.’

‘Tom Bray is not just a great employment lawyer, but a great partner to the client as well. He always makes time for you, speaks sense and is a decent human being as well.’

Key clients

Wolverine Worldwide/Sweaty Betty

Gresham House Plc

Heathrow Airport

SONY

Vale Europe Limited

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Tinopolis PLC

Rubix

Cardiff University

University West of England

Work highlights

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

‘Well-connected across the industry and from a policy perspective’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘a plain English and common sense approach’ to trustees and employers across a wide range of standalone matters and in a corporate support capacity (including scheme mergers). ‘Very pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ team head Stuart Earle is key to the office’s success and provides ‘a joined up service’ to clients in heavily regulated sectors across a myriad matters, including on funding arrangements and risk management strategies. Earle also leads the firm’s relationship with NEST Corporation, as well as advising several financial services on the establishment of new SIPP products. Senior associate Collette Davies  is particularly adept at handling public sector-related pensions matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Earle

Other key lawyers:

Ian Davies; Collette Davies; Jen Green

Testimonials

Really well-connected across the industry and from a policy perspective.’

The team provides a plain English and common sense approach.’

The strength of the Cardiff pensions team is the sheer knowledge and expertise of the people involved.’

The very pragmatic and solutions-oriented Stuart Earle is a standout partner.’

Stuart Earle goes to great lengths to provide a joined up service that covers all angles.’

Stuart Earle’s advice is always accurate, apposite and pitched to be understandable to all members of the Board, regardless of their previous experience.’

Collette Davies provides an unfailing service to support the Board and ensure efficient governance of the scheme.’

Key clients

Nest Corporation

National Grid plc

Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water

Trustee of the SSE Southern Group of the ESPS

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Volkswagen

Microsoft / Trustee of the Nokia Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Morgan Advanced Materials Pension Schemes

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Retirement Benefits Plan

Robert Bosch Limited

Work highlights

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Drawing upon 'significant breadth of resource and capability' out of Cardiff and London, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a lender focused client base (including clearing and challenger banks, as well as non-bank lenders) on new money and refinancing transactions, primarily centred outside of Wales. 'Commercially pragmatic' team head Joanne Canning is particularly adept at handling property finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Canning

Other key lawyers:

Sali Roberts; Emily Dagnall

Testimonials

They have significant breadth of resource and capability.’

Joanne Canning is commercially pragmatic.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Making efficient use of legal technology and also often acting on a contingency basis, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a ‘responsive and cost-effective’ service to banks in professional negligence claims brought against solicitors and surveyors stemming primarily from secured commercial and residential lending. Nick Rundle is often at the forefront of this secured recoveries work arising from commercial lending, as is Wayne Davies , who is ‘easy to deal with and good at gathering together the correct information', including in cases involving large portfolios both under commercial ownership or owned by individual buy-to-let landlords. Gareth Vowles has ‘a commercial approach which ensures the best result for clients’, including intermediaries, lenders and asset managers as defendants in claims arising from alleged negligent advice and/or the mis-selling of a myriad of financial products – instructions which account for some of his workload in his role as head of the office’s financial services disputes and investigations team. As well as handling claimant work for banks, including in the context of professional negligence allegations of mortgage fraud, James Coleman also regularly acts for financial institutions clients in internal and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rundle; Gareth Vowles; Tom Black

Other key lawyers:

Wayne Davies; James Coleman; Lindsey Caddy; Tiffany Neville; David Sweet; Yassmin Yehia

Testimonials

They are responsive and cost effective.’

Gareth Vowles has a commercial approach which ensures the best result for the clients.’

‘Wayne Davies – Easy to deal with, good at gathering together the correct information.’

Key clients

Santander UK

Bank of Ireland

Nationwide (including The Mortgage Works and UCB)

Investec/Kensington Mortgages

HSBC

Castle Trust Capital

West One Finance

Onesavings Bank

Metro Bank

Charter Court Financial Services

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 1

Leveraging effective use of IT applications and benefitting from tremendous strength-in-depth, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘cost-effective and commercial advice’, on both “bulk” style work as well as complex transactions, ‘always ensuring that the right people with the appropriate level of skills are allocated’. James Trafford provides ‘very knowledgeable and reliable’ advice to a plethora of large-scale employers on their corporate real estate needs, including as it relates to strategic structuring advice and large-scale acquisition, disposal and relocation programmes. Trafford is also one of many in the team with deep knowledge of renewables-related property matters, another being Geraint Pullin Thomas , who provides ‘clear, concise and commercial legal advice’, particularly in the context of solar matters. Gareth Ashfield  is a key contact for developer work, including for SEGRO on the development of several “brown field” sites for logistics parks. As part of his broad investor-side practice, David Emberson  oversees the firm’s advice to SEGRO, one of many core institutional clients which require advice in relation to  acquisitions and disposals and general property management work. Andrew Burns  has a core focus on transport infrastructure matters, and now heads up the team following Kathryn Roberts ‘ transitioning to a role as chair of the firm’s international offering. Legal director Jonathan Woodward provides ‘excellent, considered advice and support’ across a broad range of work, including for corporate pension funds on property matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burns

Other key lawyers:

James Trafford; Elizabeth Fevyer; Kathryn Roberts; Geraint Pullin Thomas; David Emberson; Gareth Ashfield; Nicola Louise Smith; Alex Shapland

Testimonials

‘The team provides cost-effective and commercial advice across the whole property sector.’

‘The team truly work as an extension of our in-house team. There is such breadth and depth of experience I know they will be able to handle anything we send them.’

‘The team we’ve been working with at Eversheds have been very friendly and easy to work with, they are highly competent and very responsive.’

The entire team are willing to go the extra mile for their client.’

‘Geraint Pullin-Thomas is always available 24/7 and willing to provide clear, concise and commercial legal advice.’

‘James Trafford is very knowledgeable and reliable, we can trust him with anything.’

Jonathan Woodward provides excellent, considered advice and support to his client. Jonathan is always available and ready to support his client across the full range of real estate work.’

‘Alice Bushell is an up and coming star. Her advice is commercially focused and on point. I know I can let her advise the wider business directly without needing to filter the advice.’

Key clients

Telereal Trillium

Taylor Wimpey

The Entertainer Group

National Grid

SEGRO plc

Annington

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

EDF Energy

RWE Renewables

Network Rail

Work highlights

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Drawing upon an ‘in-depth knowledge of the construction sector’, gleaned from many years’ experience in the field, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has the ability ‘to solve complex issues utilising legally sound and commercially practical advice’. Team head Alison Short provides ‘exceptional legal and commercial advice’ to stakeholders involved in a range of projects relating, in particular, to nuclear, water, renewable energy and transport projects, both domestically and internationally. As well as working alongside colleagues from other key offices in the network, including Birmingham and London, Short is also assisted out of Cardiff by senior associate James Molland , who regularly runs his own caseload focusing more on construction issues associated with traditional commercial property projects.  

Practice head(s):

Alison Short

Other key lawyers:

James Molland

Testimonials

‘The team provides in-depth knowledge of the construction sector, providing their client with both detailed and excellent legal advice about matters such as contracts, warranties etc., but also detailed information about the wider construction market and the changing legal framework so that the client can best position and protect itself.’

Excellent construction law knowledge and experience. Able to solve complex issues utilising legally sound and commercially practical advice.’

‘Alison Short provides exceptional legal and commercial advice to her clients ensuring they are able to make considered decisions having weighed all the arguments.’

Alison Short displays great attention to detail and is able to simplify complex legal issues quickly that works both commercially and technically.’

 

Key clients

Dwr Cymru Cynyngedig (Welsh Water)

Stena Line Limited

Annington Property Limited

Wales and West Utilities

G4S

Work highlights

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

Acting on its own, as well as frequently as part of a cohesive national offering alongside lawyers from other offices at the firm, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-positioned to provide 'practical and clear advice' to clients on both Welsh specific planning matters as well as on UK-wide mandates. 'Friendly and practical' senior associate Stephen Jefferson  now heads the team following Kee Evans' move in July 2022 to Foot Anstey and continues to focus on securing the relevant planning consents related to utilities, energy and transport projects, as well as having significant knowledge of the planning concerns which are unique to Wales as a result of its devolved status. Senior associate Gareth Davies , who co-heads the team alongside Jefferson, transferred from the firm's Birmingham office in August 2022 and adds further bandwidth in light of his strategic planning advice relating to data centre sectors and residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Jefferson

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Davies

Testimonials

‘The firm provides practical and clear advice tailored to the needs of the transaction.’

Stephen Jefferson – friendly and practical with excellent technical expertise.’

Key clients

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

EDF Renewables

Welsh Government

Transport for Wales

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

University of Reading

Statkraft UK Ltd

Taylor Wimpey

Barratt David Wilson Homes

Morris Homes

Work highlights

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Under the leadership of Rob PhillipsEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a diverse array of property litigation for clients within core sectors of strength for the firm as a whole, including energy and transport. As well as handling fairly conventional disputes, including landlord and tenant and development litigation, the practice also advises on more niche areas, including as it pertains to minerals rights and agricultural law. The team, which is also able to effectively leverage broader resources across the UK network of offices, also has core strength acting on property-related matters for its impressive roster of financial services clients including REITs, SIPPs and Propcos.

Practice head(s):

Rob Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Gilligan; Amy Acres

Key clients

Thames Water Utilities

The Welsh Ministers

Legal & General (Industrial Property Investment Fund Limited)

Romulus Group

Annington Property Limited

Associated British Ports

Transport for Wales

Local Retail Fund

Segro Plc

Telereal Trillium

Work highlights

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

Leveraging deep and longstanding contractual expertise among the team’s fee-earners, including in relation to outsourcing and advice on digitisation strategies, as well as drawing upon the efficiencies inherent in the firm’s consultancy arm Konexo, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a very comprehensive service to UK and international clients across a range of tech/IT-related work. Under the guidance of the vastly experienced Matthew Gough, the firm is particularly adept at advising on work at the interface of financial services and technology, both in relation to standalone contractual work, as well as on due diligence pursuant to M&A in the sector (including for core fund client Pollen Street Capital). Eve England  is also a key member of the team, whose expertise within the fintech and retail space manifests itself in relation to transactional work, as well as standalone contractual advice – where clients also benefit from her consumer law knowledge, particularly in the context of online sales channels.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Eve England; Joanna Hooper

Key clients

Aon Plc

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Pollen Street Capital Limited

Specialist Risk Group

Multiple UK financial institutions, including clearing banks, asset managers and investment businesses

Multiple retailers, manufacturers and leisure businesses (UK and international)

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

A stellar roster of blue-chip corporate clients – as well as a number of private equity (PE) houses - regularly turn to the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which is noted for its expertise in cross-border, mid-market transactions. Midlands corporate chair Mark Beardmore is particularly noted for his private equity (PE) acumen, working with a number of leading firms and investors on high-value transactions. Catherine Eley is another seasoned M&A partner whose expertise is concentrated in PE, with recent engagements including high-value investment transactions with a strong multi-jurisdictional component. Steven Hacking heads up the firm’s health and life sciences practice, while Nigel Cooke’s cross-border capabilities make him a key port of call for a diverse range of blue-chip companies. Louise Finnie  is noted for her focus on private capital work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Beardmore

Testimonials

‘Catherine Eley and James Finney have taken the trouble to really get to know our business and as a result do a first class advisory job. Quick, efficient and wide-ranging.’

Key clients

Veincentre Bidco Ltd and CBPE Capital LLP

Livingbridge

Rolls-Royce

Ranjit Boparan’s Private Office

Apollo Chemicals Group Limited and the shareholders of the Apollo Chemicals Group

New Spring Holdings Limited

Livingbridge and Management Shareholders of Carousel Logistics

LDC and Management Shareholders of Citysprint

Aston Lark Limited

Baird Capital

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

Counting HSBC, Nationwide Building Society and Santander among its key roster of clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s sizeable team boasts a strong track record in high-end litigation, with demonstrable experience in handling disputes for challenger banks. Following the departure of Neville Gray in December 2022, Martin Ward spearheads the West Midlands practice and specialises in motor, asset and invoice finance, while Chris Busby heads the firm’s UK financial disputes and investigations group. Victoria Savage handles high-value commercial lending litigation, in addition to payment protection insurance disputes, and principal associate Daniel Murphy advises on authorised push payment fraud mandates. Other key contacts in the team include principal associates Amanda Rowley and Sarah Hope.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ward; Sarah Langham; Chris Busby

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Nationwide Building Society

Santander UK plc

Creation Financial Services Limited

Options UK Personal Pensions LLP

Very Group

Studio Retail Limited

Legal & General Group plc

Together

Aviva Life and Pensions UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending HSBC UK Bank plc in the Ingenious litigation.
  • Defending several thousand litigated payment protection insurance claims brought against a number of major clients, including HSBC UK Bank plc and Creation Financial Service.
  • Following FTX filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the US, supporting our US team advising an ad hoc committee of non-US creditors of FTX.com (principally comprising institutions and other exchanges) as regards claims for digital assets, e-money and fiat currency deposited with cryptocurrency exchange FTX.com, with claims valued around USD$2 billion. FTX.com’s terms are governed by English law, which is why English legal advice on novel areas of digital asset law is required.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has expertise across the automotive, aerospace, industrial engineering, technology, and energy sectors, including in climate change and greenwashing-related matters. Corporate disputes and civil fraud are also both mainstays of the firm. Heavyweight commercial litigators Rich Lloyd and Adam Fisher lead the team, alongside head of the firm’s inquiries and investigations practice, Sarah Jones and Louise Howarth. Principal associate Ridah Iqbal specialises in technology and outsourcing disputes, with senior associate Victoria Callicott focusing on fraud litigation.

Practice head(s):

Adam Fisher; Rich Lloyd; Sarah Jones; Louise Howarth

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SEGRO plc

Cadent Gas

Vestey Foods

Redbrain

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Telford & Wrekin Council

Work highlights

Employment Tier 1

At the Birmingham office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLPAudrey Elliott heads the department that acts for a number of FTSE 100 companies together with various global and Fortune 500 companies. It also acts for several public sector organisations as well as educational institutions. The group is well-equipped to handle tribunal work, labour relations and transactional matters such as outsourcing and business reorganisations. Hannah Wilkins specialises in supporting global companies (especially those in the IT sector), as well as UK plcs, on various employment matters. Principal associate, Michael Hardiman, is a known name for his employment tribunal work and for cross-border expertise.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott; Mark Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BMI Group

NEXT PLC

Skanska UK PLC

DFDS Seaways Limited (and group)

Carpetright Limited

Pendragon Plc

Specsavers Optical Group Limited (and other subsidiary companies)

Sandwell College

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

The agile and large team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises the trustees of many household name clients on their pension schemes as well as many key employers on their pension obligations. Emma King  leads the first-rate department. Gary Delderfield  heads the national public sector pensions offering. Sarah Franklin  is vastly experienced in advising trustees and scheme sponsors on all aspects of their occupational pension schemes. Principal associate, Tom Meyrick, has particular expertise in acting on both DB and DC schemes. Also, at principal associate level, James Ellis  has significant experience in advising trustees and employers on a wide range of issues including liability management exercises and on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Emma King

Other key lawyers:

Gary Delderfield; Sarah Franklin; Tom Meyrick; James Ellis

Key clients

Wales & West Utilities Pension Scheme Trustee

Coventry Building Society Pension Scheme Trustee

Birmingham Airport Pension Scheme Trustee

University of Manchester

Siemens plc

The Tenneco Automotive (UK) Pension Scheme and Walker Group Executive Retirement Benefit Scheme Trustees

Trustees of the Baptist Pension Scheme

Ultra Electronics Pension Scheme

Clara Pension Trust

Various Local Government Pension Scheme administering authorities

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Regularly sought out by stakeholders in the leveraged finance market, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is capable of handling particularly complex leveraged finance transactions as well as complex funding structures. The team also has notable expertise in relation to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainability-linked loans, and asset-based lending mandates. The team is led by Patrick Davis, who specialises in leveraged finance and corporate lending work. Ben Tumelty‘s wealth of experience encompasses leveraged finance, corporate lending and asset-based lending.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Davis

Other key lawyers:

Ben Tumelty; Lisa Boyle; Kate Clarke

Key clients

Shawbrook Bank

Arcline Investment Management

Santander

Eurocell

Bloor Homes / Triumph Motorcycles

Livingbridge

Sovereign Capital

HSBC

Barclays

NatWest

Work highlights

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Providing ‘commercial and pragmatic advice’, the Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP practice has expertise in numerous sectors including energy, retail and real estate, with notable strengths in the former particularly. The practice is jointly led by Andrew Jordan, who is capable of leading complex restructuring matters in a wide array of sectors, and the ‘top-quality’ Jenna Poulton, who is experienced in distressed banking, asset-based lending and club/syndicated restructurings, to name a few. Anne-Louise Lawrence bolsters the team with notable capability in handling real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jordan; Jenna Poulton

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Louise Lawrence

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds team provide commercial and pragmatic advice, tailored to the needs of the situation.’

‘They go out of their way to support their clients with their advice and support.’

‘Jenna Poulton is a top-quality lawyer, she is very strong technically, and a strident advocate for her client’s position.’

‘Jenna Poulton has a good appreciation of both commercial and strategic considerations.’

‘Eversheds are a quality advisor who combine detailed focus with commerciality.’

‘My main contacts, Jenna Poulton and Andrew Jordan, give straight forward, clear advice backed by experience and strong sector expertise.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Interpath Advisory (formerly KPMG Restructuring)

Teneo Restructuring Limited (formerly Deloitte Restructuring)

FRP Advisory LLP

Alvarez and Marcel

Livingbridge Private Equity

Kroll Restructuring

CMME Group Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Birmingham real estate group is led by David G Jones; other key names based in the office include national corporate real estate head Dawn Hilton; Gurjit Atwal, who is co-head of global real estate and planning; and major corporates group head Iftkhar Ahmed.

Practice head(s):

David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team in Birmingham has a lot of in-depth experience in commercial property. The team are pragmatic in seeking solutions to problems and provide a range of options to clients.’

‘The quality of the advice provided is excellent.’

‘I have worked extensively on projects with Matthew Storer and have found him to be extremely capable and understanding of our objectives to ensure our needs are fully met and we have outcomes that are tailored to our requirements.’

‘An extremely knowledgeable and friendly team who know how to give effective commercial advice.’

‘Sam Bhachu is a very hands-on partner who is always ready to roll up his sleeves and provide me with what I know is the best legal and commercial support available.’

‘The individuals that stand out for me are Matthew Storer and Owen Dutton. Working with them was delightful, and I would recommend them to others going forward.’

‘An experienced team with visible partner presence and excellent commercial and practical advice. A balanced team with the ability to resource appropriately across a variety of different instructions.’

‘Tom Birchall is experienced, knowledgeable and approachable. Andy Leeds is very commercially minded, and his technical knowledge is unrivalled.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

With a roster of blue-chip corporate clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active in property disputes spanning a number of key sectors, including retail, leisure, energy, utilities and education, in matters concerning both commercial and residential development. The sizeable team based in Birmingham is led by solicitor advocate David Feist, who is regarded for his broad experience across property disputes, with a focus on energy, investment and city centre regeneration. Alongside Feist is Lisa Barge, head of the firm’s national real estate disputes team, who is recognised for her expertise in areas including lease renewals, dilapidations, consent applications and restrictive covenant disputes. Other key names to note in the team include Rob Holloway, who regularly undertakes contentious property and portfolio management work, with particular emphasis on tenant insolvencies, and principal associate Arren Thornton, who has specialist experience in the utilities sector. Paul Moorcroft has recently undertaken an active consultant role, supporting the team with his wide-ranging experience. Charlotte De Silva left to join Mills & Reeve LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Feist

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely well led by Lisa Barge who is supported by a strong established team with a good depth of knowledge which helps lead to practical commercial solutions.’

‘Great sector knowledge, experienced and good to deal with.’

‘Lisa Barge has a great breadth & depth of knowledge that she applies to deliver practical commercial solutions to a range of problems, and she is always keen to take on the next challenge.’

‘David Feist – very experienced in the housebuilder space, pragmatic and commercial with strong technical knowledge and good to deal with.’

Key clients

Hammerson

Landsec

Facebook

Mitchells & Butlers

Next

Wolseley

HSBC

Taylor Wimpey

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

The corporate team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are well regarded for their sector expertise in the food and drink, retail, industrials, and financial services spaces. It acts for a range of clients, including private companies, PLCs, and private equity houses on a broad spectrum of local and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Practice head Robin Skelton specialises in private equity and M&A transactions, and is supported by principal associate Russell Naglis. Other notable practitioners include Amanda Partland, who acts for multi-nationals on cross-border deals, and Robin Johnson, who has significant international M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Robin Skelton

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland are professional and meet all our needs.’

‘We work closely with Robin Skelton and Russell Naglis who are very strong in the field of work they specialise in.’

‘Russell Naglis is outstanding and has such a calm manner giving you confidence in his work.’

Key clients

Morningside Pharmaceuticals and Morningside Healthcare

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

Shareholders of Medequip

Cranswick Country Foods plc

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Next plc

Rolls-Royce plc

Elysian Capital

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a full-service competition law offering, including procurement, state aid and subsidy control capabilities. Nicola Holmes and Charlie Markillie co-head the team; Holmes has particular expertise in firm trading and pricing practices, while Markillie has a broad practice that covers commercial agreements, trade practices, investigations and compliance-related matters. Elizabeth Marshall acts for a wide range of public bodies, with particular expertise handling procurement mandates. Kate Newman has recently departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Holmes; Charlie Markillie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Charlie Markillie has outstanding attention to detail. A sharp mind and very quick to develop a deep understanding of our sector. Very willing to help and readily available when needed. Took a balanced and pragmatic view and challenged us where necessary.’

‘Clear and concise advice, dealt with promptly where needed, and fully understand our business and the sector.’

‘Nicola Holmes is approachable and accessible, provides clear and concise advice, and has a very good understanding of our business.’

‘Charlie Markillie was very effective and supported us well through a number of clearance and approvals process.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland have a diverse client base and the team have a really good knowledge and understanding of many different industries and sectors, which is invaluable when it comes to navigating industry wide issues. Their lawyers are technically first class and their advice and guidance is always on point, they really stand out as leaders in their field.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland are really taking the time to get to know our internal team and understand our business, which enables them to better support us and act as a true extension of our in-house team. It also enables them to focus on the big picture and deliver pragmatic business solutions to complicated legal issues.’

‘The team have an excellent understanding of our business, the challenges we face and our attitude to risk. This ensures that we get advice tailored to meet our needs.’

‘Nicola Holmes has worked with our company for many years and provides us with excellent legal support on competition law matters, especially recently on exclusive distribution and sales agreements. She provides pragmatic advice and gives clear guidance to us all, which is valued.’

Key clients

Capita PLC

Inflexion

WestRock

Wolseley UK

Pentland Group plc

Tyman plc

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

The ‘excellent, first class litigation practice’ at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  acts on some of the most complex disputes across Leeds and the UK, regularly instructed by some of the largest corporates in the region. In addition to extensive experience across pure commercial, public procurement, TMT, and energy disputes, the team is commended for its ‘comprehensive understanding of large scale and complex international arbitrations.’ Commercially savvy’ Richard Matthews leads the team, with expertise in commercial disputes and European product liability, playing a leading role in the firm’s contentious procurement practice. ‘Standout partner’ James Hyde specialises in high-value litigation and arbitration, while Gary Pellow remains a key senior figure.

Practice head(s):

Richard Matthews; James Hyde

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Polden; Mark Howarth; Alex Cook; Peter Shervington; Adam Fisher; Ridah Iqbal; Luisa Zukowski; Gary Pellow

Testimonials

‘Deborah Polden, Mark Howarth, Alex Cook and Peter Shervington are all excellent’

‘Of the firms I work with the team at Eversheds are a winning combination of being able to grapple with complex technical detail but also are pragmatic and listen to their client’s commercial objectives.’

‘Matt Chapman is absolutely excellent and a rising star – very technically minded, great to work with and practical. James Hyde and Adam Fisher are both standout partners – on top of the detail and have good relationships with the clients. Ridah Iqbal is wonderful to work with – gets on top of complex detail quickly and commercially minded.’

‘Comprehensive understanding of large scale and complex international arbitrations.’

‘Mark Howarth is wise beyond his years. A great strategic thinker he is always maximizing his clients interests.’

‘Extremely well organised with motivated and high performing team members’

‘Luisa Zukowski is very able and experienced’

‘Excellent, first class litigation practice.’

Key clients

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

National Iranian Oil Company

Department for Transport

DXC

McCain

Johnson Matthey plc

Specsavers

WeWork

Arco

DHL

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP attracts a range of high-profile clients through the combination of its ‘commercial and practical understanding’ of employment law matters and the firm's international footprint. Industrial relations, board-level exits, and tribunal work are particular strengths of the practice, as is the education sector, which is managed by its own separate team. Operating out of Leeds, practice head Paul Cotton specialises in the employment aspects of M&A transactions, particularly TUPE matters, reorganisations, and redundancies, while Chris Mordue remains eminent nationally in the higher education space, with recent activity in industrial action mandates. Other lawyers of note include Simon Rice-Birchall and his work around minimum wage compliance; Lousie Lightfoot, whose strengths are in immigration and multi-jurisdictional projects; and Ben Wood, who specialises in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Paul Cotton is my go-to counsel when I need an attorney in the UK, EU, or Asia.’

The Eversheds Sutherland Employment team at Leeds standout as a practice which puts the client firmly at the heart of what they do. They have a really stable, experienced team who make it their business to get to know their client’s particular circumstances and needs so any advice is always given in context.’

The professionalism of the the entire Eversheds Sutherland employment team means that whoever my team engages with, they can be sure of excellent service and advice. Specifically, I have worked closely with Simon Rice-Birchall over many years and his knowledge, experience, and commerciality make him a stand-out performer.’

‘Louise Lightfoot is the main point of contact in my current organisation and her breadth of knowledge and experience as well as her depth of understanding of our business means she can always be relied upon to provide sound, commercial and pragmatic advice.

Their uniqueness comes down to a commercial and practical understanding of our business. Not just advising on the law but also strategy and how to navigate situations with a best for business outcome.’

There is an understanding that our business is far from 9-5 and a clear willingness to act as though they are one of our own employees and see difficult matters through to a conclusion no matter the commitment required.’

The team has a valuable and friendly approach towards the client and proves willing and available to listen to the client’s needs and expectations in order to try to support them. The ease with which they can be reached is valuable.’

In general terms, the ease with which they can be reached and the team’s positive attitude towards the client and its needs are above standard.

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic

Lloyds Bank

University of Leicester

Assura PLC

Hallmark Cards

University of Nottingham

Network Rail

University of Reading

DHL

Skipton Building Society

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters, representing clients in prosecutions brought by the HSE, police, and local authorities, and undertaking proactive compliance work across the energy, rail, and construction industries. The firm's international footprint is another asset for the team, with a strong track record in both APAC and Hong Kong, and a capacity to undertake cross-jurisdictional mandates. Paul Verrico leads the team in Leeds, operating a deep-dive insights programme into potential risks faced by clients across the energy, education, and events sectors, while also having extensive experience in handling high-profile prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Verrico

Testimonials

‘The knowledge of the team and the resources that are available from Eversheds is fantastic. The team has a unique way of putting the client at ease and you know you are working with a professional team from the start. We have managed to collaborate with professionals that Eversheds have used to support a case and we continue to tap into that resource to continually improve the business.’

‘I have worked with the health, safety and environments team on some very sensitive and challenging cases. They bring so much knowledge to the table and assist and guide you through the process, and they intentionally go out of their way to support and coach you through a very challenging time and process.’

‘The people make the practice; when they arrive on site, they show great professionalism and make you feel at ease with the questions they ask. The manner in which Eversheds approach a situation is informative, supportive, and they give you an indication of what paths or options are available.’

‘The associates work hard and ask the hard questions in a way that eases you; they have great attention to details and are very encouraging. They will not only advise any potential pitfalls they may foresee, but will guide you around these and point you in the right direction. They use the expertise within your business and will listen objectively.’

‘Paul Verrico leads the team. He is very professional and provides good support.’

‘Paul Verrico is recognised in the field as a leader in H&S.’

‘A very creative, engaging, knowledgeable, experienced, and diverse team, strong in communication skills and highly adept at collaborating with a cross section of our organisation – from our senior leaders to our operational front line colleagues. Timely delivery of outputs, and successful in achieving our corporate aims.’

Key clients

Network Rail

China Light and Power

Thames Water Utilities Limited

The Bannantyne Group

Drax Power Limited NAMES

Northumbrian Water Limited

Nestle UK Limited

HS2 Limited

Hutchison Ports

Tarmac Trading Limited

American Pan UK Limited

Biffa Waste Plc

Northern Gas Networks Limited

McFarlane Telfer

Cadent Gas Limited

Universities Safety and Health Association

Harworth Group plc

Parker Hannifin

Sembcorp

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

The banking and finance team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP sits on the corporate panel of all clearing banks, and is also instructed by a number of listed PLCs and large private companies in the region. Paul Castle leads the team, with clients benefiting from his nationally-recognised education finance expertise. The team has extensive experience advising both borrowers and lenders, with particular strength regarding real estate finance, sustainability-linked loans, and investment trusts.

Practice head(s):

Paul Castle

Other key lawyers:

David Parry; Amy Franks

Testimonials

‘Resource the job efficiently and effectively. Well connected with other lawyers and lenders which makes the negotiation process more efficient. Know market practice well so they can advise on what to accept and challenge. Proactive.’

‘Paul Castle – very responsive, very experienced; knows the market back to front, both the people and market practice; resources the job well; very diligent about fee estimates and updates.’

‘Highly capable, trusted, customer focused. Understand our business and have developed strong relationships throughout our teams.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

DFS Furniture plc

Harworth Group plc

UK Land Estates

Accsys Technologies plc

G2M Capital

Cranswick plc

Virgin Money (previously Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank)

Santander UK plc

Finsbury Growth & Income Trust plc

Work highlights

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Counting higher education and further education providers, schools, academies and private education institutions among its key roster of clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on employment matters, charity law issues, litigation and dispute management cases, real estate mandates, corporate and commercial matters, health and safety issues, and regulatory work, among others. The practice is also well-placed to leverage the firm’s international footprint to act for education institutions globally. Praised as ‘incredibly knowledgeable and technically excellent’, Chris Mordue spearheads the offering in Leeds alongside ‘standout partner’ Ben Wood. Charlotte Tanikal, who advises independent schools, academies, further education and higher education clients on real estate matters, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley; Nicola Bennison; Chris Mordue; Ben Wood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very professional and willing to go the extra mile. Quality of legal advice is very good.’

‘Approachable and friendly. Good at listening and give considered responses.’

‘Great work from Chris Mordue.’

‘The team is outstanding both in terms of technical knowledge and its application to individuals and the sector.’

‘Ben Wood is consistently outstanding. Responsive, sensible and incredibly well informed. I have 100% confidence in his advice. Beyond that Ben has leveraged support from across the firm to deliver sector guidance, advice and speakers for our network which is invaluable.’

‘The Eversheds Education team is consistently strong; its online and in-person legal updates and training offering are highly relevant and delivered to a very high standard.’

‘Standout partner is Ben Wood. His expert advice, experience and availability is second to none.’

‘Chris Mordue is incredibly knowledgeable and technically excellent. Easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Durham University

University of Leeds

University of Sheffield

University of Hull

University of Roehampton

University of Huddersfield

University of Essex

Sheffield Hallam University

University of York

Leeds Trinity University

Norther School of Contemporary Dance

York St John University

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of Leicester

University of Reading

Kings College London

University of Plymouth

Askham Bryan College

DN Colleges Group

Leeds College of Building

Luminate Education Group

RNN Group

Wakefield College

Windsor Forest Colleges Group

Beacon Multi Academy Trust

Batley Multi Academy Trust

Chelsea Academy

Jewish Community Academy Trust

LEAD Academy Trust

NOVA Education Trust

The Potteries Education Trust

The Prospect Trust

Trinitas Academies Trust

The Wensum Trust

Work highlights

  • Worked with the University of Roehampton to successfully deliver a major restructuring programme, involving around half of its academic staff, including staffing reductions of 65 full time posts and the transition of around 180 academic staff to new contracts.
  • Working with Universities UK, publishing a comprehensive briefing on the legal framework relevant to staff-student sexual misconduct in Higher Education, as part of a suite of policy and guidance documents published by Universities UK on this key issue in HE.
  • Advising the University of Manchester on its development known as “ID Manchester”, a 26 acre, £1.5 billion GDV scheme in Manchester City Centre.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The Leeds-based team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well regarded for its ‘national reputation across a range of truly niche areas of expertise’, specialising in handling complex mandates related to building safety, telecoms infrastructure and property discrimination. Recent legislative developments including the Building Safety Act 2022 and the Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 provide the practice with a large volume of instructions, and the team also provides strategic advice to property owners on land compensation claims, dilapidations and tenancy issues. The practice is led by Damian Hyndman, who is an expert in telecoms disputes. Alison Oldfield is highly recommended for her work relating to protester disruption and her relationships with education clients, and building safety expert Andrew Todd is also a key contact for clients in the retail sector. Charlotte Miller is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Damian Hyndman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Part of one nationwide team, with excellent technical knowledge and great strategic oversight, this team is extremely well-placed to maximise outcomes in the most complex of real property disputes. Expertly managed by Damian Hyndman.’

‘Damian Hyndman is a great leader, communicator, and collaborator. He is extremely bright and responsive.’

‘I think the team Damian Hyndman leads has a very strong reputation locally and nationally. They seem to have an excellent depth of knowledge across the full range of contentious property matters, but they really stand out because they also have a national reputation across a range of truly niche areas of expertise across areas such as disputes and litigation concerning access to services/property under the Equality Act 2010, telecommunications, and high-profile, reputationally sensitive disputes. It is a unique practice.  The team are focused on really understanding our business and providing an excellent client-focused service. They are highly responsive, strong technically, commercial, show excellent attention to detail and consistently deliver clear advice. Always collaborative and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Damian Hyndman really stands out. Really fantastic, sharp, very likeable with a calming gravitas. A re-assuring presence on any case. He is a trusted and highly regarded adviser for the business. He is incredibly personable, approachable and calm. Always accessible and responsive, he is really in tune with our business and goes the extra mile to consistently deliver a top-class client-focused service. An excellent leader and team-player. Technically very strong, knowledgeable, focused and commercial, he does not ‘over-lawyer’ situations.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland’s breadth and depth of expertise means it is able to support us on a range of issues and cover all of our requirements for external legal support. Eversheds Sutherland has a diverse client base and the team have a really good knowledge and understanding of many different industries and sectors, which is invaluable when it comes to navigating industry-wide issues. Lawyers are technically first class and their advice and guidance is always on point, they really stand out as leaders in their field. They provide great support on smaller local issues and can also quickly assemble large teams with full project management support, which really helps to coordinate larger/cross-border projects.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland is really taking the time to get to know our internal team and understand our business, which enables the team to better support us and act as a true extension of our in-house team. It also enables them to focus on the big picture and deliver pragmatic business solutions to complicated legal issues. Their lawyers are prepared to adopt a commercial approach when required and give us clear recommendations rather than simply laying out the options. They have excellent attention to detail and are able to tailor their advice to our specific needs and provide it in a way that can be efficiently relayed to our internal clients. They are always very responsive and able to manage tight deadlines. Damian Hyndman has provided a lot of support recently on real estate issues. Damian really understands our business and has a wealth of experience in this area, which has been instrumental in helping us resolve various real estate disputes and other matters.’

‘Andrew Todd is well versed on property litigation and has good sound judgement and commercial acumen. He can cut through the issues to get to the heart of the matter.’

‘Alison Oldfield is a safe pair of hands – considered & professional.’

Key clients

Arqiva

Eaton Limited

Frasers Group

Homes England

Housing Ombudsman

LNER

Legal & General

McCain Foods GB Limited

Newell Brands

Scarborough Developments

The Peel Group

UK Land

WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

‘A well led, experienced team with a very commercial approach’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a wide offering owing to its depth and breath of practitioners located in and beyond London, and is experienced in acting on major templated transformation projects, joint venture agreements, facilities management and goods and services contracts. Beyond established sector presence in aerospace, transport and real estate, the group has seen a notable increase in sport, media and entertainment, and automotive related matters, acting for a range of blue-chip clients on complex and regularly cross-border issues, the latter of which is an area of particular strength for team head Peter McCormack. Working closely with the real estate and property department, Kelly Holmes acts on a broad range of property management and facilities management contractual work for a number of FTSE100 companies and public bodies, while Tom Bridgford is the key contact to AstraZeneca. Both Agnes Koko and principal associate Edward Tompkin have broad practices, with the former’s largely concentrated on transport-related issues and the latter on large-scale international outsourcings.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A well led, experienced team with a very commercial approach.’

Key clients

HSBC

AstraZeneca, plc

Compass Group

Croda International plc

Severn Trent

Department for Transport

Deutsche Bahn International Operations GmbH

Hammerson

Transport for London/Greater London Authority

Mitchells & Butlers plc

Boparan Restaurant Group

University of Manchester

Sherwin-Williams

Johnson Matthey plc

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

‘Highly collaborative and extremely responsive‘, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises corporate entities, brokers and investment funds on a range of domestic and cross-border matters, namely main market and AIM transactions that encompass potential IPOs, reverse takeovers, fundraisings, and M&A deals – both public and private. Corporate head Richard Moulton co-leads the team with Stephen Nash, a ‘very pragmatic‘ adviser who is a key name for all things ECM and public company takeover transactions. Other key figures include Alistair Cree, based in Manchester, and Mark Roe, whose advice spans public company and corporate governance advice. All named lawyers are based in London unless specified otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Nash; Richard Moulton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds team is highly collaborative and extremely responsive, and present an extremely credible and professional face to the board of directors.’

‘Stephen Nash is extremely focused on client needs and is very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Lookers plc

Norcros plc

Integrafin Holdings plc

NewRiver Retail plc

NBrown plc

Boohoo plc

Ilika plc

OnTheMarket plc

ProCook plc

Smoove plc

Revolution Beauty plc

Persimmon plc

Morses Club plc

Numis Securities Limited

Investec Bank plc

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations Tier 2

The international corporate reorganisations team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles all aspects of reorganisations, including corporate, tax and employment issues. As part of a large international network, the London team is well placed to handle cross-border reorganisation projects and often works with practitioners in other jurisdictions. UK lead Nicola Evans is recommended for a range of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures, general advisory matters, and reorganisations, while Ben Jones focuses on tax issues pertaining to corporate transactions and restructurings. Since publication, Eda Demirel left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Evans

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland have large teams covering a wide variety of legal matters with office locations across the globe providing great international reach. As a global business we have operations in many different countries and Eversheds Sutherland’s breadth and depth of expertise means they are able to support us on a range of issues and cover all of our requirements for external legal support.’

‘Their lawyers are technically first class and their advice and guidance is always on point, they really stand out as leaders in their field. They provide great support on smaller local issues and can also quickly assemble large teams with full project management support, which really helps to coordinate larger/cross-border projects.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland are really taking the time to get to know our internal team and understand our business, which enables them to better support us and act as a true extension of our in-house team. It also enables them to focus on the big picture and deliver pragmatic business solutions to complicated legal issues. Their lawyers are prepared to adopt a commercial approach when required and give us clear recommendations rather than simply laying out the options.’

‘They have excellent attention to detail and are able to tailor their advice to our specific needs and provide it in a way that can be efficiently relayed to our internal clients. They are always very responsive and able to manage tight deadlines.’

Key clients

DuPont

VSI London

Dubai Islamic Bank

GoDaddy

Eaton Corporation

Rockwell Automation

Experian

JAS Worldwide

FTX US / International exchange

Work highlights

  • Advised Experian Group on a complex global reorganisation and Experian Europe on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Experian Holding Italia.
  • Advised the Culligan Group on a reorganisation involving a number of mergers, share acquisitions, sales of receivables (shareholder loans) and transfer of equity interests between several entities of the Culligan Group to make the group structure more efficient in terms of operations and legal structure.
  • Advised JAS Worldwide on a global post-acquisition integration project spanning 11 jurisdictions, following its acquisition of Tigers Global Logistics.

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

Able to draw on its significant national resources, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s ‘in-depth knowledge of both the PE industry and the larger corporate industry‘ is prized by a host of PE houses and management teams alike. The cross-office team is led by the Birmingham-based James Trevis, who works with a number of the firm’s key sponsor clients on mid-market deals. Also based in Birmingham, Mark Beardmore‘s sector-specific experience includes tech and logistics-oriented deals, while Catherine Eley has recently worked with management teams on a number of strategic bolt-on acquisitions and divestitures. International corporate head Richard Moulton is a highly experienced adviser whose recent engagements include a number of sell-side processes in the software and professional services arenas. Other names to note include Leeds-based Robin Skelton and the ‘excellent’ Richard Kyle. All named lawyers are based in London unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

James Trevis

Testimonials

‘Very proactive on client management and new opportunity origination. Have an in-depth knowledge of both the PE industry and the larger corporate industry, and translate complex concepts into straightforward, digestible advice.’

‘James Trevis is very strong; a leading member of the Midlands PE market and proactively manages the national relationship with Equistone well.’

‘Very commercially astute.’

‘Hardworking and relationship driven. Richard Kyle is excellent.’

‘Breadth of experience across multiple jurisdictions. Able to handle complex topics and accommodate new topics very quickly. Very clear communication in plain English!’

Key clients

H2 Equity Partners

Livingbridge

Inflexion

CBPE Partners

Baird Capital Partners Europe

Sovereign Capital

LDC

Aurelius

EMK

Arcline

Equistone

Elaghmore

Pollen Street Capital

Bowmark

Silverfleet

Platinum Equity

Beech Tree Private Equity

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is praised as a ‘very safe pair of hands‘ in indirect tax matters, and advises clients in the hospitality, pharmaceutical, technology, retail, financial services, real estate, and automotive sectors on domestic and cross-border mandates. Its offering is wide ranging and encompasses VAT, Stamp Duty, SDLT, APD, Landfill Tax, and IPT matters, in addition to advising clients on the impacts of Brexit. Giles Salmond heads up the indirect tax and VAT team with a strong reputation in tax disputes, and other key team members include corporate practice head Ben Jones and Paul Beausang, who chairs the real estate group. Henry Bolton joined CMS in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Giles Salmond

Other key lawyers:

Ben Jones; Paul Beausang; Ed Griffiths; Charlotte Stodell; Anisha Polson

Testimonials

‘Very client focused and user friendly, all over the detail of the tax legislation, and a very safe pair of hands when it comes to all things tax dispute related.’

‘Giles Salmond is second-to-none when it comes to tax disputes; very practical in his advice, good on costings and great with clients.’

Key clients

Raymond James Investment Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Raymond James Investment Services on the VAT treatment of their supplies.

Employment > Employers Tier 2

Well known for its industrial disputes work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP represents clients from a range of sectors including financial services, energy and healthcare. The team is led by Paul Fontes, who has a high level of tribunal litigation experience as well as expertise on matters including remuneration and incentive plans, business reorganisations and restructurings and executive-level terminations. Supporting him is collective actions specialist and head of the firm’s industrial relations practice, consultant Marc Meryon. Further key names to note in the team include TUPE issues expert Sophie White, the industrial relations-focussed Emma Humphreys and experienced litigator Hannah Mahon.

Practice head(s):

Paul Fontes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eversheds is a good all-round practice which offers the advantages of a regional model while still having the market knowledge of a London firm.’

‘Paul Fontes is our main contact. He is always practical, personable, efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Proactive and responsive. I feel as if we are their only client!’

‘Sophie White, Hannah Mahon and the team (Holly Short and John Morgan) are very much trusted advisors that we can consistently rely on to handle our very sensitive issues. They are exceptional technical advisors who consistently deliver clear, practical and concise advice.’

‘We recommend Emma Humphreys and Marc Meryon.’

‘Hannah Mahon has taken up a well-earned position as Employment partner. Extremely hardworking, diligent and with a superb grasp of employment law issues.’

‘Emma Humphreys – a stand-out individual in terms of industrial relations issues placed in a business context.’

‘Emma Humphreys provides considered solutions on a range of matters that have enabled us to progress issues pragmatically.’

Key clients

Peoples Energy

Open Banking

Aviva Plc

Pitmore

Work highlights

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

Counting household names such as Lego, Frasers, and Helly Hansen among its impressive roster of clients, the retail and wholesale practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles the full spectrum of retail mandates. Leveraging the firm’s international network, the practice has particular strength in cross-border mandates. Leeds-based real estate litigation specialist Andrew Todd now co-heads the team with assistance from Paris-based Catherine Detalle, who oversees the firm’s international consumer sector team. Former practice heads Paul Moorcroft, in Birmingham, and Amanda Partland, in Leeds, remain active and are recommended for their expertise in real estate disputes and corporate transactions in the food and beverage sectors, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Todd; Catherine Detalle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland has large teams covering a wide variety of legal matters with office locations across the globe providing great international reach. Their lawyers are technically first class and their advice and guidance is always on point, they really stand out as leaders in their field.’

‘They are always very responsive and able to manage tight deadlines. They really understand our business and have a wealth of experience in this area, which has been instrumental in the development and management of our retail and distribution strategy.’

Key clients

LEGO

Castore

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Gymshark

DFS

Frasers

Helly Hansen

Kering

Next

Newell Brands

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP cover the full scope of insurance work, with established strengths in life insurance, namely in pension longevity and de-risking matters, insurance broking M&A, and work around start-ups in the insurance space, particularly those with private equity and US-based funding. The firm’s global footprint lends the firm to handling complex cross-border mandates, just as its sector specialism allows it to undertake the full range of M&A, regulatory, and sector-specific transactions. Hugo Laing heads the practice being a specialist in insurance transactions and life insurance. Martin Mankabady is the co-head of the firm’s global insurance group, advising non-life businesses that include brokers, insurers, and major tech companies with insurance-related activities, and Paula Gaddum in Manchester leads on non-contentious regulatory work. Adriana Cotter regularly advises overseas finance clients on investment into the UK insurance market, and principal associate Rosamund Wood covers the crossover between pensions and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Laing; Martin Mankabady; Paula Gaddum

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Reasonable, pragmatic and commercial.’

A responsive, dependable team who are very well regarded in the market. Excellent value for work done.’

Knowledgeable, experienced, approachable and responsive.

Martin Mankabady is an excellent, technical and highly pragmatic lawyer. He is also thoroughly likeable and very responsive.

A responsive, dependable team who are very well regarded in the market. Excellent value for work done.

Hugo Laing is very responsive and always highly commercial in approach. Rosamund Wood is always a very reliable, technical practitioner.’

Key clients

SCOR SE – London Branch

Phoenix Life

Aviva

Lloyds Banking Group

Legal & General

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Praised by clients for its 'great team' and its 'knowledge and focus on solutions', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a host of high-value product liability claims for various corporates, both domestically and internationally. The team is headed up by Richard Matthews, whose expertise in product failures and other sensitive incidents spans the manufacturing, chemical, technology, and automotive sectors. Other key figures include Peter Shervington, 'an outstanding individual' noted for his capabilities in engineering and tech-focused matters, and Aimee Taroni, whose experience includes a host of corporate and commercial claims.

Practice head(s):

Richard Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is very good in proposing business oriented solutions that meet our and our customers’ needs and requirements. They are able to always bring experts on very specific topics and are very responsive even when we are in crisis mode.’

‘Peter Shervington was a wonderful support in our product liability matter. He helped us find innovative solution and protect our interests in the best way. He always brought new ideas that helped us keep our customers satisfied. He and Aimee Taroni were excellent support for our company.’

‘Great team to work with. Excellent communication, knowledge and focus on solutions.’

‘Peter Shervington is an outstanding individual. He worked with us through a complex situation. His knowledge, clarity, promptness and willingness to support was essential.’

‘Responsiveness and availability across multiple jurisdictions in relation to a safety-critical product compliance matter.’

Work highlights

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 2

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for the breadth of its public sector expertise, regularly advising major clients on transformational projects, private and third sector collaboration, major outsourcings, procurement, investigations and public sector pensions. Cardiff-based Huw Jones is head of local government and leads on the employment aspects of public sector matters, while in Manchester, Kuljeet Gill has extensive experience in the tax, real estate, banking and construction sectors. In Birmingham, Sarah Jones leads the inquiries and investigations team, while London-based Mukhtiar Tanda leads the governments and infrastructure group. In Birmingham, legal director Isabelle Mitchell has worked extensively on a number of major investigations and public inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill; Huw Jones; Sarah Jones

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Mitchell; Alison Oldfield

Testimonials

‘The team has unrivalled experience in this area and they have the huge resources of a truly national firm at their disposal.’

‘Sarah Jones is a superb team leader, astute and clear in her thinking and having a real flair for getting the best out of them all.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland’s administrative and public law practice team is undoubtedly one of the strongest in the country. It has significant expertise across a range of public law areas, most notably in the area of public inquiries and investigations.’

‘Sarah Jones is a star in the area of public inquiries, she has represented major public bodies in a number of national-scale public inquiries and has also acted as solicitor to the inquiry to a number of prominent investigations.’

‘My experience with Eversheds has been in major public inquiries. Experience and quality throughout the team – they have worked on behalf of inquiries as well as for “core participants” involved in the work of the inquiry and have a well-rounded view of this work.’

‘My knowledge is of the inquiries and investigations team; a grouping that was essentially invented by Peter Jones with Eversheds in the 1990s and his successors have now literally written the book on the topic. The team will be in every major public inquiry somewhere and deservedly so. Their strength of knowledge and expertise is beyond compare.’

‘Having worked with ES over 5 years in relation to a public inquiry, I have had an excellent experience with them. There have been several members of the team who have come and gone during this time, but there has always been a constant management of the team by several senior members.’

Key clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc (“EIO”)

The Haemophilia Society

Telford & Wrekin Council

Welsh Language Commissioner

Department for Transport

Housing Ombudsman

Forestry England

National Highways

University of Manchester

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘knowledgeable, professional, and pragmatic advice to a wide range of state and private schools across the full range of education law, with a particular capacity for advising multi-academy trusts on conversions and acquisitions, restructuring matters, and contentious and non-contentious issues in relation to safeguarding and student inclusivity. The team is also well-regarded for its advice on employment matters, having been instructed to advise on industrial actions, restructuring programs, exits from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, and employment tribunal claims. The team is co-led by Diane Gilhooley, who has vast experience handling high-profile education governance and employment matters, and Ben Wood, who regularly handles academy conversions and is also a key contact for contentious student and staff matters. Further key contacts in the team include Nicola Bennison, who has advised on complex safeguarding and admissions issues, and real estate expert Charlotte Tanikal.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley; Ben Wood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The flexibility and pragmatic approach stands out.’

‘Ben Woods, our contact partner, is always available via email or at the end of the phone, and offers succinct, practical advice. Ben also has a good sense of when to field a query himself and when to refer a matter for specialist consideration or advice.’

‘We receive an excellent service from the team. We have a main contact who may then refer us to another team member for specialist advice, depending on the topic.’

‘Ben Wood has a down to earth style with pragmatic approach to advice.’

‘The team at Eversheds are knowledgeable, professional, and pragmatic in the advice they give.’

‘Ben Wood is our contact, and without fail, we have received a timely and well-informed advice. Ben communicates in a way which is easy to understand and gives professional and practical advice. For us, one of the most valuable aspects is the sector-specific knowledge that Ben holds.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland have experienced and knowledgeable partners.’

‘The information that they provide is clear and concise, the communication is faultless.’

Key clients

ASC International Schools

Batley Multi Academy Trust

Beacon Multi Academy Trust

Beyond Schools Trust

Chelsea Academy

Compass Learning Partnership

Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Frontier Learning Trust

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust

Jewish Community Academy Trust

LEAD Academy Trust

Nova Education Trust

The Harmony Trust

Trinitas Academy Trust

Twyford Church of England Academies Trust

Windsor Learning Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised a higher education provider on the establishment of a new Maths School (i.e. a 16-19 academy) where the client acted as sponsor.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

London lawyer Mukhtiar Tanda, Manchester-based procurement specialist Kuljeet Gill, Cardiff employment lawyer Huw Rolant Jones, and the Birmingham-based duo of investigations expert Sarah Jones and pensions specialist Gary Delderfield together form the consortium of lawyers leading Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national local government practice. The large team is well-regarded for the breadth of its capabilities and has a strong record of advising on high-profile public inquiries, council pension schemes, contentious employment issues, and planning and procurement matters in connection with transformational regeneration schemes and land transactions. In addition to the practice heads, Birmingham-based lawyer Matthew Storer is recommended for his experience advising on property acquisitions and disposals in connection with regeneration and development schemes.

Practice head(s):

Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill; Huw Rolant Jones; Sarah Jones; Gary Delderfield

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bedford Borough Council

London Borough of Barnet

Telford & Wrekin Council

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Bolstering its stellar client roster of household technology clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is often instructed by public sector clients on a range of development mandates. In the investment sphere, the team caters to a wide range of big-ticket projects and is geared to handle significant acquisitions and joint ventures. ‘Extremely practical and commercial’ Tom Goldsmith leads the London real estate team and is reputed for his thorough expertise in pre-letting for technology clients, particularly from the US. Lucy Chadwick is knowledgeable of the energy sector and caters to development funding transactions, as well as property acquisitions and disposals. Chris Mullings and Emma Shepherd are noted for their experience in acting for institutional investors, while Natasha Osment leverages her knowledge of the serviced office market following a secondment at Blackstone Property Management and The Office Group. Lee Jackson has been critical to the development of the firm’s private capital real estate business, while Nicholas Bartlett leads the living sector department. Stewart Womersley’s practice encompasses cross-border real estate investment, and Clare Rudd is well-informed on build to rent developments, forward funding and purchases and sale and leaseback transactions. Mukhtiar Tanda is noted for his experience in development and infrastructure urban regeneration projects, and Balraj Birdi is informed on enfranchisement, pre-emption rights and residential tenancies. Bruce Dear retired in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tom Goldsmith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team operate as one and reflect on previous deals we have done to make suggestions on future deals based on their acquired knowledge of the organisation.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is incredibly approachable and calm under pressure. He has a way of explaining complex principles that means I’m comfortable putting him straight in front of my business clients without worrying that he will legalise the matter.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is very commercial and has a deep understanding of the market that is eminently useful.’

‘Natasha Osment treats every deal (no matter how mundane) with the same level of enthusiasm and attention to deal. A really safe pair of hands.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is always available, extremely practical, and commercial. He has deep occupier and film studio experience which commands respect during negotiations, and is able to cut through legal noise to focus only on real (rather than theoretical) risks.’

Key clients

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

LandSec

GSK

Haleon Plc

Meta (previously known as Facebook)

Raymond James

TripAdvisor

William Blair

Work highlights

  • Advised GSK on the relocation of their global headquarters from Brentford to London’s West End via a pre-let of Royal London’s the Earnshaw Building.
  • Acted for Landsec on their conditional letting to Kindred Concepts.
  • Acted for Oxford Nanopore on the sale of its UK headquarters.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Bolstering its stellar client roster of household technology clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is often instructed by public sector clients on a range of development mandates. In the investment sphere, the team caters to a wide range of big-ticket projects and is geared to handle significant acquisitions and joint ventures. ‘Extremely practical and commercial’ Tom Goldsmith leads the London real estate team and is reputed for his thorough expertise in pre-letting for technology clients, particularly from the US. Lucy Chadwick is knowledgeable of the energy sector and caters to development funding transactions, as well as property acquisitions and disposals. Chris Mullings and Emma Shepherd are noted for their experience in acting for institutional investors, while Natasha Osment leverages her knowledge of the serviced office market following a secondment at Blackstone Property Management and The Office Group. Lee Jackson has been critical to the development of the firm’s private capital real estate business, while Nicholas Bartlett leads the living sector department. Stewart Womersley’s practice encompasses cross-border real estate investment, and Clare Rudd is well-informed on build to rent developments, forward funding and purchases and sale and leaseback transactions. Mukhtiar Tanda is noted for his experience in development and infrastructure urban regeneration projects, and Balraj Birdi is informed on enfranchisement, pre-emption rights and residential tenancies. Bruce Dear retired in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lee Jackson; Nicholas Bartlett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Careful and conscientious advice, coupled with great depth in knowledge of commercial property investment law.’

‘A strong real estate team with experience in all areas.’

 ‘We have always found them to be professional and courteous.’

 

Key clients

Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust

Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractual Scheme

Host Students

LaSalle Investment Management

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust Fund in refinancing.
  • Advised Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractual Scheme on the sale of its assets at Park Royal and Imperial Park Watford.
  • Advised Host Students on establishing an onshore/offshore joint venture comprised of Luxembourg, UK and Guernsey entities.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

The privacy and cybersecurity team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for public bodies and UK and multinational corporates on matters concerning international data transfers, data breach incidents, and large-scale litigation. Paula Barrett, head of the practice, is ‘ preeminent in her detailed yet practical advice‘ and is regularly instructed on international compliance programmes, regulatory investigations, and incident response, with particular sectoral expertise in financial services, life sciences, and telecoms. Liz Fitzsimons heads the team’s freedom of information subgroup, while Philip James specialises in fraud prevention, cybersecurity incidents, and multijurisdictional regulatory investigations. Dave Hughes handles privacy and cybersecurity work for clients in the consumer sector. ‘Persistent and pragmatic‘ senior associate John Inglese is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paula Barrett

Testimonials

‘The Data Protection team we use at Eversheds has strength and depth in the number of strong data protection specialists that it has. Our key contact is Dave Hughes who is one of the partners in the Data Protection team. Dave is commercially very pragmatic, helpful and always makes himself available for key matters.’

‘I work with Liz Fitzsimons’ team on FOI and data protection. They have a lot of knowledge and practical experience of dealing with the ICO which is invaluable. It enables them to give very pragmatic advice on how to approach issues.’

‘The individuals I have worked with are extremely responsive and will always make time in a very busy schedule for calls etc. They are hugely knowledgeable and experienced and give very practical advice taking on board a deep knowledge of their client.’

‘Dave Hughes’ expertise is very much appreciated. He is responsive and available at short notice. With his detailed understanding of our business he is able to provide pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Deep and technical knowledge of the requirements but able to provide advice that is clear and simple to understand’

‘The Eversheds team is truly international, and we are able to make inquiries about data protection, privacy and security and receive localized advice from practitioners in varying jurisdictions while maintaining single points of contact for overall advice and relationship management. The single point of contact remains very well versed in the subject matter to know when localized advice is necessary while still providing value in our primary jurisdiction of interest.

‘Paula Barrett is preeminent in her detailed yet practical advice.’

‘John Inglese is persistent and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Meta (Facebook, Reality Labs, WhatsApp)

Dyson

LHR Airports Ltd (Heathrow Airport)

Akamai

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Specsavers

DWR Cymru Welsh Water

IATA

NEST Corporation

MicroStrategy

Kering Group

WC Bradley

National Grid

Telford & Wrekin Council

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc

South London Coroner

Rizvi

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Emily Hasted leads the immigration offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, where she advises on all aspects of business immigration work, from sponsorship licensing and global mobility matters through to the recruitment of non-EU nationals in the UK. The practice also routinely advices on both the immigration and the employment issues arising from right to work checks and illegal working concerns. Audrey Elliott chairs the national immigration practice from Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott; Emily Hasted

Public sector Tier 2

Work highlights

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

Working across its Birmingham and Nottingham offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP technology team covers the whole spectrum of technology law, with a strong focus on transport relate technology, government and infrastructure and financial services. Nick Blane leads on large-scale public sector IT and outsourcing projects from his Nottingham base, along with Joanne Veitch who focuses on central government and financial services technology enabled projects.

Practice head(s):

Nick Blane

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

National Highways

Driving Standards Agency

Protas

Our Future Health

Department for Education

Sellafield

BAM Nuttall

Buzz Group

Surrey County Council

Police & Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire

Work highlights

  • Advised National Highways on two business critical technology frameworks which will be the core vehicles for the delivery of IT products and services technology pipeline (RIS2) to support the delivery of its Road Investment Strategy (2020-25).
  • Advised Our Future Health on its cloud infrastructure and trusted research environment procurement to award two strategically key contracts in helping to achieve its aim of transforming the prevention, detection and treatment of serious medical conditions.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP houses a ‘strong banking litigation practice in the North West with experienced and capable lawyers offering a high-quality service’. Based in Manchester, the team regularly collaborates with the firm’s offices across the UK to advise on high-value, and often cross-border cases concerning retail finance, investment mis-selling, asset finance, professional negligence and invoice finance. Practice head James Southworth ‘offers commercially astute advice’ to major investment, corporate and retail banks, while principal associate Lindsey Roberts ‘provides strategic and valuable input’ when handling banking and financial services disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Southworth

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Roberts; Tom Parry; Victoria Rogers

Testimonials

‘Eversheds is able to field a diverse global team of complementary specialists to handle large and complex international litigation.’

‘Victoria Rogers is adept at managing large-scale litigation.’

‘Advice provided by Tom Parry and Martin Ward is always balanced and their knowledge of the financial services market is excellent. Responses always provided in a timely manner.’

‘ESI has a strong banking litigation practice in the North West with experienced and capable lawyers offering a high-quality service.’

‘Lindsey Roberts and James Southworth are trusted advisers. James has excellent industry knowledge and offers commercially astute advice. Lindsey provides strategic and valuable input in the work she does for us and is efficient, responsive and extremely capable.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc/Santander Cards UK Limited

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Acted for an international bank in seeking to recover losses flowing from a multinational fraudulent conspiracy worth US$6bn.
  • Acted for a number of major financial services firms in defending significant volumes of mis-selling claims.
  • Acted for a public sector body in relation to a multi-million pound dispute arising from pensions administration regulations, involving a combination of Part 7 proceedings and judicial review.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides contentious support to large corporates facing investigations by the regulator. The non-contentious offering includes mandates to undertake assurance and compliance work in the energy, logistics and construction sectors. Paul Verrico leads the team with expertise in matters relating to odour control and waste. Catherine Henney is experienced in public inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Paul Verrico

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This firm is a genuine leader in the fields of health, safety, environmental, inquests and inquiries.’

‘Strengths are in the unrivalled experience in the practice areas, both in case preparation, the selection of counsel, and working as a team. Realistic expectations are core, as is ensuring the best outcome for its vast client base. This involves detailed advice across many industries and organizations.’

‘Keeping up with the latest case law, legislation, technology and diversity is second nature. Seminars are undertaken regularly for clients, the profession and selected counsel where collaboration and the exchange of ideas is writ large.’

‘A quality practice throughout.’

‘In every case, the attention to detail is clear, converting complex issues into easily understood digestible advice. All angles are covered, and response times impressive. Those undertaking advocacy are always well prepared, giving both clients and the court confidence, achieving excellent outcomes.’

‘Very experienced and approachable team. Very knowledgeable of my industry hence return instructions.’

‘Catherine Henney- at partner level, provides an exceptional service to clients, always going the extra mile.’

Key clients

American Pan UK Limited

Telford & Wrekin Council

South London Coroner – Inquest into the death of Sabina Rizvi

Nestle UK Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Sembcorp

Harworth Group plc

Parker Hannifin

AMES/Griffon Group

Drax Power Limited

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

The environment, health and safety team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is the first port of call for clients in the chemicals and utilities sectors who are seeking advice on compliance with environment permitting, waste management, and producer responsibility issues. Drawing considerable praise from clients, Newcastle-based Tim Hill not only collaborates with planning and environment practitioners in the Manchester, Leeds and London offices, but is also the lead for contentious issues. His wide-ranging capabilities cover prosecutions and urgent enforcement actions involving environment agencies and local authorities, as well as health and safety issues in the chemical, energy, pharmaceuticals, waste and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hill

Testimonials

‘The firm goes the extra mile. Attention to detail is in its DNA.’

‘Tim Hill is a good team leader. He has a relaxed style and has a shrewd legal approach.’

‘The advice given is extremely practice and provides a view of how compliance can reasonably be achieved. Eversheds understand our business and the very complex arena of producer responsibility legislation under which we operate and as such can provide the highly technical advice which we require.’

‘The team has an excellent understanding of our business, the challenges we are facing with regulators and our attitude to risk. This ensures that we get advice tailored to meet our needs. They work with us in a collaborative way and share experiences from working with other clients and regulators which is always insightful and welcome.’

‘Tim Hill has provided excellent on-going support in respect of recent litigation. He regularly joined calls with our team, including the president and the COO, to hear their views on responses to and management of the business’ relationship with the regulator. He ensured that we were all aligned from the outset, with regular check-ins as appropriate.’

‘The team displays vast experience, and a very high level of the tactical case awareness needed to deal with serious and complicated environmental litigation.’

‘Tim Hill is a standout practitioner in the field of serious environmental criminal litigation. He comes with vast experience and very good judgement that one needs when dealing with cases in a complicated field of work.’

Key clients

REPIC

SIMS Group UK Limited

Legal and General

Endless LLP

Work highlights

Northern Ireland > Employment Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland caters to a high profile roster of major clients, including PayPal, Sky UK, and Sportsdirect. Team lead Ian McFarland specialises in redundancy processes, with additional expertise in TUPE, and employment aspects of commercial transactions. McFarland joined the group from Elliott Duffy Garrett in January 2023. Associate Laura McManus has particular strength in contentious issues, and acts as the group’s primary point of contact for tribunal matters in the jurisdiction.

Practice head(s):

Ian McFarland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team offer pragmatic and commercially minded legal advice, quickly and efficiently. We sometimes find it frustrating that some law firms do not match our pace and expected delivery timelines, but Eversheds Belfast consistently delivers.’

‘Laura McManus offers expert legal advice, can work to tight timelines and is readily available.’

‘There is a personal element to the service and flexibility to look beyond straight forward advice and move into business solutions.’

‘Really professional and flexible.’

‘Laura McManus has been a profound professional throughout all dealings.’

Key clients

Aviva

BA Kitchen Components

Brinks Cash Ireland Limited

Capita Business Services Limited

CDE Global Limited

Countrywide Freight Logistics Limited

Crown Packaging

DFS

Edgewater Contracts

EshopWorld

Expedia

Global Pay

GXO Logistics

Hannon Transport Limited

ITW Limited

Johnson Controls

Kestrel Thermoplastics Limited (client for 10 years)

Kingfisher plc – B&Q (client for 5 years)

Kingspan Water & Energy Limited (client for 6 years)

Lloyds Banking Group

Marks & Spencer plc (client for 9 years)

Mediahuis

Northern Ireland Hospice

PayPal

Riggotts

Sky UK (client for 17 years)

Specsavers

Sportsdirect

Statsports Group Limited

Sysco (formally Brakes / Pallas Foods)

Walsin Limited

Westrock

Whitemountain Quarries Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented CDE Global Limited in seeking an emergency interim injunction to prevent an employee joining a direct competitor.
  • Advising a multinational corporation in defending a claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination, including an appeal to the Court of Appeal and tailored advice regarding DSAR and legal/litigation privilege.
  • Advised a private equity consortium on all employment aspects relating to a majority share purchase in a group of NI recycling businesses.

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland acts for a client list of both local companies and prominent global businesses in all real estate matters, including investment, development, and leasing transactions. Gareth Planck, who is experienced working in both Northern Ireland and England, acts for institutional fund, developer, tenant, and finance clients. Core to the team are senior associate Hannah Boyd, whose focus is landlord and tenant work in the retail sector, and senior associate Corrina Cassidy, whose practice includes property development, asset management, and acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Planck

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Undisputed property knowledge and client service with commercial and professional delivery every time.’

Key clients

Frasers Group plc

Wolseley UK

Sweaty Betty

Hollandale Projects

Park Street Projects

Choice Housing Ireland

Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland

Kildare Projects

Sports Direct International

Tim Hortons

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Frasers Group Plc in the acquisition of Boucher Retail Park in South Belfast for GBP 40m from a well known Northern Irish investor.
  • Advised Martin Property Group, a Londonderry-based property development company, on the acquisition of the Tillie and Henderson site. Upon receiving planning permission for a residential led regeneration of the site, our client sold the property to Ark Housing under a design and build contract.
  • Advised Choice Housing Ireland on the acquisition and development of a number of high value sites across Northern Ireland that would ensure the client delivered on their Govt. set social housing targets.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Acting on its own, as well as engaging support from its Birmingham office - which was recently bolstered by the return of Nerys Ireland  after a brief stint at Mishcon de Reya LLPEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly effective at handling immigration work for education clients. Senior associate Francesca Smith is the principal contact from Cardiff and handles all aspects of immigration including sponsor licence and compliance issues, right to work and visa queries.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Smith

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Led by Matthew Gough Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly adept at advising on non-contentious IP matters, including on the effective commercialisation of IPR and on digitisation strategies for clients. Niche areas of strength include consumer law compliance and work for software providers and users of software on licensing matters. The financial services sector is also a key area of focus, with Eve England , the other partner in the group, regularly providing IP due diligence for fund client Pollen Street Capital on its M&A work in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Eve England; Zoe Haden

Key clients

Aon Plc

Pollen Street Capital Limited

Specialist Risk Group

Schools Software Solutions Limited

Multiple retailers, manufacturers and leisure businesses (UK and international)

Work highlights

Public sector > Education Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s ‘personalised and individualised service’ includes a range of expertise, such as student matters, privacy law and governance issues. Gary Delderfield strengthens the practice with his capabilities in public sector pension issues, whilst associate Thomas Pollitt advises clients on a range of issues, from M&A, to regulatory and constitutional matters, with particular strength in higher education. Former practice head Mark Taylor left the firm in September 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Gary Delderfield; Thomas Pollitt

Testimonials

‘The team started by agreeing to my objectives and understanding what was I trying to achieve. Once established, various options were discussed – I found the skills, knowledge and experience of the whole team reassuring, supportive and outcome driven.’

‘As individuals, they provided a personalised and individualised service, being fully aware of my situation at all times.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are one of only a few practices with the breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences to be able to provide a “complete” service in the post-16 education sector.’

‘The Eversheds Sutherland Education team offers a full range of expertise with sector knowledge that is second to none. This breadth of coverage means that whatever a college board or management is facing – there is an individual to help.’

‘Excellent team members, who bring specific skills and knowledge.’

Key clients

University of Wolverhampton

Sandwell College

Solihull College and University Centre

University of Reading

The Greater London Authority

Medical Research Council

Vanta Education (owner of BPP)

Sheffield University

Trafford College Group

LEAD Multi Academy Trust

Nova Academy Trust

University of York

Work highlights

  • Advised universities colleges, and private providers across the education sector on apprenticeships and subcontracting to the value of many hundreds of millions of pounds.
  • Advised on half of the first wave of the Institutes of Technology, and now the team is advising on the majority of the Wave 2 Institutes.
  • Advising a range of colleges on the implications of the ONS reclassification of Colleges into the public sector.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is sought out for its broad experience in development projects encountering a range of planning requirements. Practice head Paul Maile is noted for his expertise in infrastructure, particularly in renewables and water, and has been active in several recent mandates across the energy sector. Principal associate Duncan Williams has specific experience in residential developments, as well as High Court challenges and due diligence. Noted for her contentious work, senior associate Kate Radford has a growing infrastructure practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maile

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tritax Symmetry (Hinckley) Limited

RWE Renewables UK Limited

AWG Holdings Limited

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

INRG Solar (Little Crow) Ltd

SEGRO Plc

L&G Senior Living

Statkraft UK Ltd

EDF Energy Ltd

Taylor Wimpey

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of corporate tax matters, including corporate reorganisation, transactional tax, and advisory work. It is also noted for its cross-border tax capabilities. Colin Askew heads the group and has expertise in private equity tax-related matters. Other key practitioners include David Jervis, who has a broad corporate tax practice, Matthew Cummings, who is particularly involved in the charity and education tax sectors, and Emily Gaffney, who acts for both public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Colin Askew

Testimonials

‘Colin Askew and his team is knowledgeable, accommodating and efficient in communications – they provide summaries and ‘layman’ terminology as required to enable quick comprehension of legal documentation.’

Key clients

Pollen Street Capital

Rolls-Royce

Valentia Partners Consulting Limited

Endless LLP

Aurelius Investments Limited

Norcros PLC

Longacre Group

Candid Group B.V.

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a number of the largest pension schemes in the country, and has a demonstrable ability to impact policy and law. Newly promoted partner Gemma Hanley has significant expertise in industry-wide schemes, and principle associates Kate Sheehan, Catherine Lonergan, Patricia Critchley, and Cat Ellis, cover between them the full scope of public and private sector pension work. Former group head Anthea Whitton is now a consultant with the firm.

Testimonials

‘Kate Sheehan gives pragmatic advice’.

‘Eversheds Sutherland have large teams covering a wide variety of legal matters with office locations across the globe providing great international reach. Eversheds Sutherland’s breadth and depth of expertise means they are able to support us on a range of issues and cover all of our requirements for external legal support.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland have a diverse client base and the team have a really good knowledge and understanding of many different industries and sectors, which is invaluable when it comes to navigating industry wide issues. Their lawyers are technically first class and their advice and guidance is always on point; they really stand out as leaders in their field.’

‘They provide great support on smaller local issues and can also quickly assemble large teams with full project management support, which really helps to coordinate larger cross-border projects. Eversheds Sutherland places a high priority on client satisfaction and retention, and their client relationship management is excellent.’

‘Their horizon scanning and legal updates are always relevant, their seminar and in-house lawyer development programmes are also really useful and help with development of our internal team. They offer an online matter instruction portal backed up with excellent reporting, which helps streamline the instruction process and gives excellent visibility over matters and management information.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland are really taking the time to get to know our internal team and understand our business, which enables them to better support us and act as a true extension of our in-house team. It also enables them to focus on the big picture and deliver pragmatic business solutions to complicated legal issues.’

‘Their lawyers are prepared to adopt a commercial approach when required and give us clear recommendations rather than simply laying out the options. They have excellent attention to detail and are able to tailor their advice to our specific needs and provide it in a way that can be efficiently relayed to our internal clients.’

‘They are always very responsive and able to manage tight deadlines. Gemma Hanley has provided a lot of support on pension issues. Gemma really understands our business and has a wealth of experience in this area, which has been instrumental in resolving various issues related to our UK pension schemes.’

Key clients

The People’s Pension

Thames Water Utilities Limited

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP maintains a Leeds offering that is tailored towards advising major UK investors, property holders and retailers, which instruct the team to advise on portfolio management and restructuring issues as well as major landlord and tenant work. The practice is jointly led by Simon Harris, who handles large-scale acquisitions and disposals, and Steve Felstead, who leads the team’s extensive work for clients looking to invest in prime commercial real estate. Legal director Peter Woods is noted as a key contact for asset management matters, while Charlotte Smart is recommended for her ability to advise on leases and acquisitions in the retail sector. Ian Barker departed the practice in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Simon Harris; Steve Felstead

Other key lawyers:

Peter Woods; Charlotte Smart; Rachael Newell

Testimonials

‘Of the firms I work with, the team at Eversheds are a winning combination: They are able to grapple with complex technical detail, and they are also pragmatic and listen to their client’s commercial objectives.’

‘I personally have been working with Eversheds for just over two years. Eversheds ensure that we remain updated with any legal changes, and they also think outside the box and offer us advice based on implications we may face over the long lease term. Eversheds understand the needs of our business and have always accommodated our needs. They are very attentive to detail and also work with us rather than for us in our instructions. They provide quality advice on all points that we need to consider, but also look to offer a recommendation where needed. The team are great to work with.’

‘Charlotte Smart and Rachael Newell from the team have been great from day one. Both are available for any queries that we have and provide us with great advice. They are always keen to support the team. They are always available when I need to discuss or sense check anything before a decision is made. They are up-to-date with the laws and regulations and look to make us aware of potential issues we may face as a business. Charlotte has been of great help. She goes over and beyond what is expected and is always available to discuss anything I need to discuss. Charlotte has become a key adviser to the business and her input is invaluable. A great way to show that they work “with us” rather than “on our behalf”.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland is a top team with some exceptional talent. They are very easy to work with and know their stuff.’

Key clients

ARM

Audley Group

Caddick Construction

Cisco

Frasers

Hammerson

Inspired Villages Group

Land Securities

Legal & General

Local Pension Plan Investments

MARK (formerly Meyer Bergman)

NewRiver REIT

Nord Anglia

ServiceNow

Taylor Wimpey

UK Land Estates

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

The planning team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its work in the energy and infrastructure spaces, maintaining a roster of clients that encompasses names such as Vattenfall and Network Rail. Under the leadership of renewable energy specialist Peter Nesbit, the team has advised on section 36 planning consents, public inquiries and appeals, and applications for the promotion of national infrastructure projects. The team is also equipped to assist with planning matters on large-scale residential schemes, for which Roddy Macdonald is a key contact. Newly promoted partner Paul McLean is highly recommended for his expertise in commercial development matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Nesbit

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Force 9 Energy Partners LLP

Homes England

Infinergy Limited

Kier Ventures

Legal and General

Luminate Education Group

Miller Homes

Network Rail

Theakston Estates

Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd

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

The Leeds-based practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well situated to provide its clients with ‘excellent sector expertise’ when advising on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team handles a number of large-scale outsourcing projects and procurement initiatives for clients in the financial services sector, and James Hyde spearheads the team’s contentious offering through his ability to act in contractual, cyber and data disputes. James Ruane, who supports the team’s outsourcing and procurement work, is another key contact. Edward Williams departed the firm in June 2022 and Nick Stubbs left to Walker Morris LLP in 2024.

Practice head(s):

James Hyde

Other key lawyers:

James Ruane; Matt Chapman; Matthew Clark; Lucy Clarkson

Testimonials

‘The team at Eversheds is a winning combination of being able to grapple with complex technical detail while also being pragmatic and listening to its client’s commercial objectives.’

‘Matt Chapman is absolutely excellent – very technically minded, great to work with and practical.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland’s work was detailed, fast-paced, and required significant effort given the constraints in place. The team demonstrated excellent sector expertise, commercial astuteness and ultimately protected us as their client. In undertaking this work they were open and honest, assisting us to make the best decisions through wise counsel and excellent work through scenarios. They acted with total integrity and professionalism throughout the engagement and remain key to our ongoing contractual work.’

‘As part of the total offering, the individuals we worked with were intrinsic to the service offering and exceptional. James Ruane was our day-to-day lead and was commercial, diligent, and easy to work with.’

Key clients

DXC

HSBC

Phoenix Group

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

Utilising the firm’s international presence, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides strategic advice on a wide range of core international trade law matters, including WTO, FTA terms, export controls and classifications, sanctions, and regulatory aspects. Practice head James Lindop focuses on international trade, foreign investment and subsidy control, advising on all relevant aspects from contractual rights and obligations to import tariffs and anti-dumping. Tax specialist Giles Salmond has previously appeared before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on customs matters concerning valuation, classification and entry price systems, while principal associate Monika Zejden-Erdmann  has built a stellar reputation regarding export control and sanctions law matters.

Practice head(s):

James Lindop

Other key lawyers:

Giles Salmond; Monika Zejden-Erdmann

Key clients

Marelli Automotive Systems

Ricoh

Shell Trading & Supply

ESET, spol. s r.o.

Teledyne Technologies, Inc.

Santé Global LLP

EDF

Oxford Nanopore

SNC Lavalin

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Many of the world’s largest and most established regulated institutions instruct the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which operates across all areas pertaining to financial crime investigations, compliance, risk advisory and enforcement matters. In a recent demonstration of its expertise, the firm has acted successfully as defence counsel in six FCA enforcement investigations involving potential criminal offences and breaches of the money laundering regulations. ‘Great lawyer and leaderGregory Brandman heads up the practice, with capable support from seasoned practitioners Jake McQuitty and Julia Neal. Principal associate Adam Berry and senior associate Hayley Astles are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Brandman; Jake McQuitty; Julia Neal

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Paley; Adam Berry; Hayley Astles

Testimonials

‘A stand-out team in the market. They know what the regulator thinks and what is achievable for the client. Well versed, well resourced, driven to get the desired outcome for the client and lovely to work with.’

‘Gregory Brandman: few in the market have as much experience. A great lawyer and leader.’

‘Adam Berry – having worked for the FCA, he knows how to handle the very toughest of investigations and negotiations.’

‘Hayley Astles is charming, diligent and a star of the future.’

‘They are a highly competent regulatory practice offering an appealing blend of capability, exposure to the big work, contact with the regulator and value.’

‘Jake McQuitty is a compelling presence. He has great gravitas, a firm grasp of the regulatory system, and a commercial, pragmatic approach. He’s a very good choice to lead on regulatory enforcement cases and advice.’

‘Greg Brandman – excellent ex-FCA lawyer, knows his stuff and inspires and leads his team. Adam Berry – hard-working and conscientious. Hayley Astles – rising star associate.’

Key clients

Equifax Limited

Julius Baer International Limited

Al Rayan Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Julius Baer International in its FCA enforcement investigation.
  • Defending the former CEO of Sonali Bank (UK) against an enforcement action that the FCA brought against him for senior manager misconduct.
  • Defending Al Rayan Bank in an FCA enforcement action into alleged failings concerning the bank’s financial crime controls framework.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

The London banking litigation team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which is led by David Flack, acts for an impressive roster of clients including Barclays, Julius Baer, Santander and Citigroup, as well as challenger banks such as Tesco Bank, the Co-operative Bank and Metro. Flack is able to draw on his previous experience as in-house litigation counsel at UBS, while fellow partner Gregory Brandman is a former manager in the FCA's enforcement and financial crime division.

Practice head(s):

David Flack

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Brandman; Jennifer Miles; Mark Cooper

Testimonials

‘Unlike some relatively senior partners who have become more rainmakers for their firm rather than hands-on litigators, David Flack always thinks hard about the case himself and so managing the case becomes an ongoing dialogue where two minds are definitely better than one. He has a collaborative approach, is the opposite of egotistic, and is one of the nicest, most positive people you could hope to meet.  He is living proof that you do not need to be Mr Nasty as a litigator to get brilliant results.’

‘Greg Brandman is wonderful with clients.’

‘Jennifer Miles – a very efficient and organised partner who is a pleasure to work with. She looks down the road of a case and makes sure that there are no speed bumps.’

‘Mark Cooper thinks of every angle and leaves no stone unturned in taking a case forward.’

‘Greg Brandman – few in the market have as much experience. A great lawyer and leader.’

‘Jennifer Miles has a great eye for detail.’

‘Greg Brandman – an excellent ex-FCA lawyer who knows his stuff and inspires and leads his team. ‘

‘Jennifer Miles is excellent.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

The ‘responsive and tactically astute’ practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises global conglomerates and leading corporates on a wide range of commercial disputes. Mark Davenport leads the team of ‘very serious heavy-hitting partners‘ whose experience spans a broad range of sectors, including consumer goods, industrials, healthcare, and TMT. The ‘superb’ Neville Byford is a key member of the team, with one client describing him as a ‘real fist of iron in a velvet glove‘. Also of note are Phillip Richardson, Sheena Buddhdev, Richard Little, and Tim Browning.

Practice head(s):

Mark Davenport

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eversheds have very capable lawyers who are focused on doing a really good job for their clients. They have provided helpful, tailored training to us.’     

‘Philip Richardson is very client-friendly.’

‘Some incredible breadth and depth; very serious heavy-hitting partners with skilled, hungry associates who are enthusiastic. A great team.’         

‘Neville Byford is superb – he has a great eye for tactical manoeuvres and squeezes every drop out of a case for the best results. A real fist of iron in a velvet glove.’

‘The London team has provided excellent support for us throughout recent years. It is responsive and commercially astute.’    

‘Tim Browning understands the commercial imperatives and tailors his advice accordingly.’

Key clients

The Tejani Family

Brown-Forman Beverages UK Limited

Chartered Insurance Institute

Optimas OE Solutions Limited

HCA International Limited

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has 'very broad experience in acting in high-value international arbitrations'. The UK team has particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure, industrial, and trade sectors, as well as disputes involving joint ventures, shareholders and M&A-related claims. International commercial and investor-state arbitration expert, Jonathan Leach, is global international arbitration co-chair; Richard Little is a key international commercial disputes practitioner; and Sheena Buddhdev's broad practice incorporates international arbitration work. Cameron ForsaithKate Lomas and Luisa Zukowski are experienced principal associates. Former partners Greg Falkof and Claire Stockford recently departed for Mishcon de Reya LLP and Quadrant Chambers, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leach

Other key lawyers:

Richard Little; Sheena Buddhdev; Cameron Forsaith; Kate Lomas; Luisa Zukowski; Mark Howarth; Alex Cook; Neil Donald; Michael Armstrong: Katia Finkel

Testimonials

‘They have very broad experience in acting in high-value international arbitrations all over the world.’

‘Jonathan Leach has great attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Mark Howarth is simply superb, who has the confidence of high-ranking government officials in the energy sector.’

‘Mark Howarth and Alex Cook are both particularly impressive. Responsive and technically excellent.’

‘A truly excellent team. There isn’t an aspect of international arbitration work that they have not come across.’

‘Katia Finkel is hardworking but also super-smart. Her knowledge of international arbitration – both procedures and practices – is impeccable. She comes up with solutions that basically rescue cases.’

‘Cameron Forsaith is very sharp and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Luisa Zukowski is particularly diligent, knowledgable and helpful.’

Key clients

Brown-Forman Beverages Europe

Annington Property

Malaysia’s Minister of Finance (Incorporated)

1Malaysia

Development Berhad

Government of Libya

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Government of Malaysia in a challenge to an arbitral award, arising out of a mega-value fraud.
  • Acted for Brown Forman Beverages Europe in a high-value dispute with Bacardi-Martini.
  • Acted for the National Iranian Oil Company in an arbitration concerning sales of Iranian gas to the UAE under a long-term gas sales agreement.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s London team 'comprises ideal litigators for clients seeking to pursue international claims'. The practice covers both major investor-state arbitrations, as well as complex state-to-state arbitrations. Other notable PIL areas are boundary disputes and business and human rights. UK international arbitration head Jonathan Leach and principal associate Cameron Forsaith are both investor-state arbitration and PIL experts; and at senior associate level, Kate Johnston is a Middle East specialist. Former partners Greg Falkof and Claire Stockford recently departed for Mishcon de Reya LLP and Quadrant Chambers, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leach

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Forsaith; Mark Howarth; Alex Cook; Kate Johnston

Testimonials

‘Broad experience in both PIL and investment treaty arbitration.’

‘Jonathan Leach has great attention to detail and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Cameron Forsaith is very sharp.’

‘The ES team comprises ideal litigators for clients seeking to pursue international claims.’

‘Highly qualified in their domain and make good use of the firm’s international reach.’

‘Jonathan Leach and Cameron Forsaith – both individuals stand out for their punctuality and to-the-point approach.’

‘The Eversheds team is very well organised and managed in terms of assigning appropriate lawyers to different aspects of the case.’

Each of the lawyers has a very sharp eye on the detail and a firm handle on the evidence being prepared, such that they are able to test and challenge the evidence with a high level of scrutiny before it is finalised. This inevitably strengthens the case-wide body of evidence and ensures that all of the key issues relevant to cases are fully addressed.

Key clients

State of Libya

Islamic Republic of Iran

Government of Malaysia

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has core expertise in indirect tax disputes, including VAT, APD, IPT, and customs duties, and is experienced working with both UK and international tax authorities. Giles Salmond, who is qualified as a barrister and solicitor advocate, specialises in international tax disputes, particularly indirect tax. Salmond leads the team alongside Ben Jones, who is co-head of global tax within the firm. Senior associate Edward Griffiths is praised for his 'extraordinary attention to detail.'

Practice head(s):

Giles Salmond; Ben Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The to go team when it comes to tax litigation – all over the technicals, but bringing unique insights and practical advice to help clients navigate the tax litigation landscape.’

‘Giles Salmond is exceptional – his in-depth knowledge of all things tax, importantly including customs and excise, means he is a safe pair of hands when it comes to all things tax disputes. His down to earth and practical advice is particularly appreciated by clients.’

‘Eversheds is an extremely strong law firm. They have showed a brilliant ability to step into some of the most complex areas of tax litigation, and thrive. They also foster excellent internal promotions, as is recently evidenced by Edward Griffiths being promoted to senior associate.’

‘Giles Salmond, and Edward Griffiths represent two market leading tax litigators at Eversheds. They have extraordinary attention to detail, are hard-working, and nothing was ever too much trouble. They provided extremely solid advice, instructions and insight into the market.’

Key clients

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Aozora GMAC Investment Ltd

Work highlights

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an established practice advising upon the tax aspects and practical implementation of employee incentive schemes across multiple jurisdictions. Instructed by a wide array of public and private companies, the team is praised for being ‘able to source advice from overseas offices at short notice’. Leeds-based practice head Mathew Gorringe has longstanding experience in designing and drafting bespoke incentive arrangements. Danny Blum heads the London team, and regularly advises clients ranging from FTSE100 to AIM listed companies on a broad range of incentives projects. Amanda Dodsworth and Victoria Green contribute their vast incentives expertise to the group.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Gorringe

Testimonials

‘Responsive, business minded and commercial.’

‘I’ve found the team to be very knowledgeable about tax efficient share based remuneration. They were able to provide UK advice and guidance on tax authority practice and source advice from overseas offices at short notice.’

‘Danny Blum is technically excellent and is well versed in latest HMRC practice and more generally practice within the market.’

‘Danny Blum thinks a lot about the commercial aspects of the proposed schemes and how these will be viewed by recipients.’

‘Good depth in the team.’

‘Danny Blum – dedication and generosity of time. Highly technical.’

‘Victoria Green – dedication and availability – quality senior associate that I would recommend for a partner promotion.’

Key clients

Pulse Clean Energy Limited

Corre Energy B.V.

Coventry University

MicroStrategy Inc.

Sygnature Discovery

London Heathrow Airport

Tekmar Group plc

Alcumus Group Limited

Coda Payments Pte Limited

NTT

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Drawing on its strong international presence, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is involved in complex, high-value disputes across various lines of insurance and reinsurance. Practice head Simon Brooks specialises in coverage disputes, negligence claims against insurance brokers and other professionals, property damage and business interruption disputes, product liability claims and D&O issues. Principle associate Naz Gauri continues to handle a number of property, specialty risks and Covid-19 mandates, including business interruption, contingency and other losses. Mark Everiss – who joined from Cooley (UK) LLP in September 2022 – is an authority in the London market with a specialism in reinsurance and coverage.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Allen; Mark Everiss; Naz Gauri; Kate Hill

Testimonials

‘A solid team led by industry stalwart Simon Brooks.’

‘Simon Brooks is a very experienced practitioner who gives pragmatic and well-informed advice.

‘Kate Hill consistently provides easy-to-digest and commercially sensible advice which enables the business to move forward.’

 

Key clients

Qatar Insurance Company

Aon Limited

RiverStone Management

Marsh Limited

Antares Reinsurance

McGill & Partners

Lockton Companies LLP

United Insurance Brokers Limited

White Rock (Gibraltar) Limited

BRIT Syndicates Limited

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a ‘well experienced, technically brilliant’ professional negligence team which specialises in defending high value claims and regulatory investigations against accountants, insurance brokers, and pension advisors. The firm regularly draws on its significant international resources, and is frequently instructed by leading professional services firms and their insurers. Team lead Simon Brooks specialises in complex, high value professional indemnity claims. Matthew Allen has expertise in accountancy cases, and acts for key clients such as KPMG.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Claire Carroll; Jennifer Miles; Naz Gauri; Kari McCormick; Matthew Allen; Paula Gaddum

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds insurance/professional negligence team is well experienced, technically brilliant, hugely experienced, and a long-standing trusted partner and adviser.’

‘Simon Brooks is friendly, helpful, enormously experienced and a long-standing and hugely trusted partner.’

‘Simon Brooks – very good instincts.’

Key clients

Aon Limited

United Insurance Brokers Limited

Lockton Companies LLP

Marsh Limited

Options UK PP

KPMG

BDO

Grant Thornton

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Standard Life Assurance Limited

Standard Life Trustee Company Limited

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 3

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

The practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is adept in all aspects of energy, from drafting and negotiation to mergers and acquisitions in cases involving such areas of focus as tidal energy, battery storage and interconnectors. David Wyles joined the practice in April 2023 from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Further team changes to note include the departures of Andrew Duckworth to an in-house position in November 2022 and of Greg Falkof to Mishcon de Reya LLP in December 2022. The team is led by Stephen Hill. Robert Broom has joined from Ernst & Young LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hill

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Clapham; Jason Lovell; David Jones; David Wyles

Testimonials

‘The overall team has great depth and breath. The support we have received in the energy infrastructure areas of seabed leases, off-take, grid sharing, debt financing, merger & acquisitions. Whenever we need specific expertise, the firm seems always able to provide a competent and experienced professional.’

 

Key clients

Greencoat Capital LLP

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc

Menter Môn Cyf

NextEnergy

NextEnergy

Pulse Clean Energy

Reseau de Transport d’Electricite

EirGrid

RWE

Statkraft UK

TEPCO

The Renewables Infrastructure Group (UK) Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

Bolstering its stellar client roster of household technology clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is often instructed by public sector clients on a range of development mandates. In the investment sphere, the team caters to a wide range of big-ticket projects and is geared to handle significant acquisitions and joint ventures. ‘Extremely practical and commercial’ Tom Goldsmith leads the London real estate team and is reputed for his thorough expertise in pre-letting for technology clients, particularly from the US. Lucy Chadwick is knowledgeable of the energy sector and caters to development funding transactions, as well as property acquisitions and disposals. Chris Mullings and Emma Shepherd are noted for their experience in acting for institutional investors, while Natasha Osment leverages her knowledge of the serviced office market following a secondment at Blackstone Property Management and The Office Group. Lee Jackson has been critical to the development of the firm’s private capital real estate business, while Nicholas Bartlett leads the living sector department. Stewart Womersley’s practice encompasses cross-border real estate investment, and Clare Rudd is well-informed on build to rent developments, forward funding and purchases and sale and leaseback transactions. Mukhtiar Tanda is noted for his experience in development and infrastructure urban regeneration projects, and Balraj Birdi is informed on enfranchisement, pre-emption rights and residential tenancies. Bruce Dear retired in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mukhtiar Tanda; Balraj Birdi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mukhtiar Tanda has a strong partner approach to relationship management and problem-solving.’

‘Good strategic advice.’

Key clients

National Highways

The London Borough of Barnet

Bedford Borough Council

The University of Manchester

Work highlights

  • Advising National Highways on two business critical technology frameworks to support the delivery of its Road Investment Strategy.
  • Advising Brent Cross Council on planning and CPO aspects of the regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood involving several million square feet.
  • Advised the University of Manchester on its development known as “ID Manchester”, a 26 acre, £1.5 billion GDV scheme in Manchester City Centre.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP showcases proficiency in infrastructure, real estate, energy, and transport sectors, with strong capabilities in international arbitration in regions such as the UK, Middle East, France, and the US. Jonathan Douglas, who leads the UK practice, predominantly acts for purchasers, while Simon Oats, head of the global team, specialises in high-value procurement projects and dispute resolution. Jessica Neuberger, with her vast experience in construction and engineering disputes, increasingly focuses on the energy and renewables sectors as well as PFI work. Nick Pinder centres his work around international disputes, particularly in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Neuberger; Nick Pinder; Richard Black; Kiren Dillon; Alice Maloney

Testimonials

‘I was consistently grateful that Jonathan Douglas was on our side and that we were not up against someone represented by him. He is an extremely capable lawyer, but what really stood out was his commercial acumen and ability to strategise with us.’

‘I worked closely with Jonathan Douglas and Kiren Dillon for an extended period and can’t speak highly enough about their client service and tactical approaches. They were both continuously all over the detail and made themselves available for many late-night and weekend negotiations.’

‘They have an excellent focus on dialogue and feedback and are always keen to hear from us on the relationship. For example, the fee updates are exemplary and assist me in my internal communications with both management and control – when done right, this adds significant value to the engagement, and it surprises me how few firms make the right effort.’

‘They have made it their business to understand our business, and what drives us. The principal associates are Richard Black and Alice Maloney, who are outstanding – Richard has an excellent view of any situation and Alice’s grasp of delay is second to none. It was a pleasure to see her simply baffle the other side in a recent senior management meeting.’

‘They have a very loyal team and there is a lot of depth of experience in some of the associates when it comes to energy disputes. When you have a major dispute you need a big team prepared to roll up their sleeves to do battle and the Eversheds team are great to work with.’

‘Nick Pinder is at the top of his game when it comes to strategy, and his desire to get into the technicalities behind the engineering is unparalleled. I think this makes him stand out, and he has a brilliant team around him, which is of course essential when it comes to big, complex disputes.’

Key clients

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV

St Modwen Properties Limited

Jean Francois Clin

Energetický aprůmyslový holding (EPH)

Facebook/Meta

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Brockton Capital

Next Energy Capital

EDF

Work highlights

  • Acted for the parent company/guarantor of St Modwen Properties in a dispute concerning alleged defects and related damage to a distribution centre, which was the subject of a multi-party litigation in the Technology and Construction division of the High Court.
  • Acting for Jean Francois Clin in an ongoing dispute with Walter Lilly & Co Ltd in connection with construction works at Mr Clin’s ultra-prime residential property at 50 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington.
  • Representing EPL in High Court Part 8 proceedings commenced by Langage Energy Park Limited (“LEPL”) in relation to the supply of services from a power plant to a neighbouring business/industrial park.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

The planning team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s London office focuses on strategic residential development, urban regeneration, and significant infrastructure projects. The team is experienced in energy infrastructure, and practice head Stuart Andrews specialises in the promotion of international energy projects. The group advises on technical planning matters, including water neutrality, legacy planning, and equalisation. The team handles a range of contentious matters, including judicial reviews and statutory challenges, and is bolstered by Daniel Freiman’s ‘fantastic practical and legal planning knowledge' from across the transport, water, energy, and waste sectors. Freiman also has particular expertise in the consenting of major infrastructure projects. Matthew Nixon left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Frieman; Hannah Abu-Harb

Testimonials

‘A knowledgeable team that is building depth.’

‘Daniel Freiman has fantastic practical and legal planning knowledge. He knows the pressures on clients and how to get things moving.’

‘Superb attention to detail and high-quality legal drafting and analysis.’

Key clients

Marlow Film Studio

Berkeley Homes (North London) Limited

Henley Camland

St Congar

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

Simon Mead heads the ‘thoroughly responsive, pragmatic and solutions-focused team’ at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which remains a favourite amongst clearing banks completing complex development deals, as well as overseas banks, insurers, debt funds and asset managers. Deputy head Robert Ludwig is known for his senior and mezzanine transactions and development financing practice. ‘Highly competent, knowledgeable and trusted partner’ Chris Brooks has a strong pan-European practice and is sought after by non-bank lenders on development and structured transactions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Mead

Other key lawyers:

Robert Ludwig; Chris Brooks

Testimonials

‘A thoroughly responsive, pragmatic and solutions-focused team. They are a key partner for our business in executing transactions in an efficient, timely and professional manner.’

‘Chris Brooks is a highly competent, knowledgeable and trusted partner. He provides balanced advice which offers both sound legal opinion as well as providing a commercial overlay to aid decision-making and negotiations.

‘Simon Mead has excellent commercial instincts and runs as smooth ship.’

‘Chris Brooks is an absolute all star individual and lawyer. He is incredibly smart, whilst remaining humble – his patience in answering endless queries and sound legal advice is second to none. ‘

‘Superior interpersonal communication, hard-working team who are knowledgeable and commercial. They manage to strike the right balance in securing best terms whilst creating minimal headache for their clients.’

Key clients

Precede Capital

Aviva Commercial Finance Limited

LaSalle Investment Management

Tristan Capital

Starwood Capital

Audley Group

Citibank

Schroders

Cheyne Capital

Pacific Alliance Group (PAG)

Work highlights

  • Advised Precede Capital, Carlyle and Crosstree as the mezzanine lenders on Project One, a very complicated financing of R&F’s development of One Nine Elms.
  • Advised Starz Real Estate as lender in connection with a €68.5m facility provided to Union Street Investments, a US-based investment firm which is managed by Spring Real Estate. The facility comprised a term loan and a capex facility designed to fund further upgrade works at a portfolio of office buildings in the Netherlands.
  • Advised PAG Assets Ltd in connection with the refinancing of facilities to refinance Abbots Gate property.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

The 'practical, commercial and effective'  digital financial services and fintech team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are active across collaborations and joint-development agreements between our large institutional clients and early-stage fintechs, IPOs and work involving crypto-assets. Governance and transparency issues connected to the use of business data and M&A due diligence are additional areas of expertise. Cardiff-based practice head Matthew Gough is equipped to advise clients on a broad array of commercial agreements. Advising financial institutions on technology arrangements is a fulcrum of Craig Rogers' practice. Simon Lightman is described as 'excellent technically and very easy to work with'. Clients include fintechs, challenger banks and investors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is a pleasure to work with. Practical, commercial and effective. Strong focus on cost management. Very highly recommended.’

‘Simon Lightman is excellent technically and very easy to work with. Feels like his just as invested in a successful outcome as you are!’

‘Excellent industry knowledge. Very approachable and well connected in the industry.’

‘Craig Rogers is a clear industry leader. He has deep experience and knowledge in the fast moving sector. ’

‘The team have a flexible approach focused on problem solving. They are very knowledgeable on both black letter law and its application in practice.’

‘Ruth Fairhurst is particularly knowledgeable on payment services regulation and industry practice.’

Key clients

Zopa

Pollen Street Capital Limited

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. (FLEETCOR)

HSBC

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Counting banks, IT providers and reinsurers among its key roster of clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on matters concerning outsourcing, procurement, licensing and regulatory issues. Simon Gamlin covers a range of technology transactions, including system development deals, ERP projects, system integrator matters, complex software licensing arrangements and e-commerce projects, while Craig Rogers focuses on IT and outsourcing arrangements. Simon Lightman acts for customers and suppliers across the IT arena and James Hyde is well-versed in communications-related disputes. All named partners collectively lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Simon Gamlin; Craig Rogers; Simon Lightman; James Hyde

Testimonials

‘The team has a great team spirit, motivation and energy. Gathering information and aligning across different teams was strong.’

‘Excellent technical skills, strong focus on cost management and broad depth of resources.’

‘Timely, business minded and on-the-spot advise on international software, technology intensive contracting.’

Key clients

Alexander Mann Services (AMS)

American Express

Anglo American

AT&T

Barclays

Capita

Clara Pensions Trustees

CyrusOne

Fiserve / First Data

HSBC

IQ-EQ

Legal & General

Premia

Nationwide

NTT Ltd

Shell

Standard Life (part of Phoenix Life)

Multinational Bank

Splunk

The Instant Group

The People’s Pension

Williams Advanced Engineering

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles pensions related professional negligence claims involving actuarial/administrative firms and solicitors, acting for pension trustees and corporates (as claimant) as well as for the professional services firms (as defendant). It is also experienced in residential claims and those arising from commercial transactions. Nottingham based Sarah Langham is the lead partner.  

Practice head(s):

Sarah Langham

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

The planning and infrastructure team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is regularly involved in high profile local and national development projects, particularly those requiring development consent. Laura-Beth Hutton is experienced with major development schemes and large infrastructure projects, including the securing and implementing of compulsory acquisition matters. Karen Mutton works across all aspects of planning and consenting regimes with a particular focus on renewable energy. Paul Maile leads the team from Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maile

Other key lawyers:

Laura-Beth Hutton; Karen Mutton

Key clients

Tritax Symmetry (Hinckley) Limited

RWE Renewables UK Limited

AWG Holdings Limited

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

INRG Solar (Little Crow) Ltd

SEGRO Plc

L&G Senior Living

Statkraft UK Ltd

EDF Energy Ltd

Taylor Wimpey

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Jason Wurzal sits at the helm of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s practice, which is able to act on a broad range of issues which often feature cross-jurisdictional elements. The group's focus namely involves advising a noteworthy portfolio of clients, ranging from nationally recognised plcs to renowned UK banks, on matters involving corporate lending, as well as real estate, leveraged and education finance work. Hannah McAdam, who ‘goes the extra mile’ for clients, is an associate to watch in the team. Taslima Salam departed to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jason Wurzal

Other key lawyers:

Hannah McAdam; Thomas Donohoe

Testimonials

‘The team proactively manages all projects we have worked on together. They respond quickly and bring in other experts as needed in a seamless manner and truly operate as one team.’

‘Jason Wurzal and Hannah McAdam from the banking team are truly exceptional in their responsiveness.’

‘The team demonstrate extensive legal knowledge and are in tune with the market, they provide pragmatic advice.’

‘Jason Wurzal has very good market knowledge, whilst Hannah McAdam goes the extra mile and puts the client first.’

Key clients

Next plc

Revolution Beauty Group PLC

Epwin Group plc

Lookers plc

Reiss Limited

N Brown plc

Renold plc

Fintel plc

Andium Homes

Globus (Shetland) Limited

Peel Media Limited

Footasylum plc

Cadogan Estates Limited

Topps Tiles plc

Zen Internet Limited

Morses Club plc

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

Barclays Bank PLC

HSBC UK Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Santander UK plc

Romaco Limited

Perwyn LLP

Meininger limited

Flooid Limited

Morses Club plc

LNT Group Limited

Lakeland Limited

Toorak Capital Partners (UK) Ltd

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The ‘high-quality’ practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-equipped to advise its broad range of clients on an array of matters, from distressed acquisitions and trading issues therein, to matters involving the validity of debts and securities. The team’s workload is consistently high-value, a notable example being its advising the Administrators on the £80m administration of seven companies within the Urban Splash Group. Sarah Duignan was promoted to partner in May 2022, and she co-leads the team alongside David Gray, who continues to focus also on the building of the firm’s Yorkshire practice.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Duignan; David Gray

Other key lawyers:

Max Morrison

Testimonials

‘A high-quality team with a fantastic and respected market brand. A full-service offering delivered with consistent quality.’

‘Affable yet professional individual team members from partner through to associate grades.’

Key clients

Interpath Limited

Teneo Financial Advisory Limited

Ernst & Young

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Begbies Traynor

Quantuma

Alvarez & Marsal

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Described as a ‘vital resource‘ by its clients, the Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP IT practice assists with large scale outsourcing and implementation projects. The firm regularly supports clients in a number of sectors including financial services and pharmaceuticals. The team is led by outsourcing expert Tom Bridgford. He is supported by Richard Hill, who also works on outsourcing as well as software contracts and data protection. Also key within the team is litigator Matthew Taylor.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bridgford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has deep experienced and supported a key IT project for us. They were flexible and creative in responding to several commercial challenges which disrupted out timeline. Service was always delivered using the right seniority of lawyer and the team anticipated challenges and provided solutions for us.’

‘Richard Hill provided a broad range of advice and input, always with a focus on solutions to move forward what was, at times, a very challenging project.’

‘The Practice can provide a holistic view of complex issues spanning across contractual / regulatory and corporate matters.’

‘Stand out partners: Tom Bridgford (Partner and Head of Outsourcing (International) Matthew Taylor (Partner Commercial Dispute Resolution) Breadth and depth of knowledge, clarity of advice’

‘The IT practice team within Eversheds are a vital resource to us as an organisation and they provide sound commercial advice in a timely fashion which is primarily what we want.’

‘Tom Bridgford and Matt Taylor are key individuals that we rely on whenever we need advice on a particular transaction that has kept them busy for a number of years now.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

CVS (UK) Limited

Cognizant

Xactly

Hargreaves Lansdown

Lookers

Heywood

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Areas of expertise for the Eversheds Sutherland department include procurement disputes, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Team lead Matthew Howse, who is qualified in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, specialises in financial litigation. Associate Emily Paisley joined the group from Worthingtons in 2021, and covers commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howse

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Emily and Matthew are diligent and pragmatic – very professional, with sound advice.’

‘Matthew Howse is a dedicated lawyer who leaves no stone unturned when engaged in litigation.’

‘The dispute resolution team at Eversheds Sutherland have developed over a number of years to become one of the market leading teams in Belfast and maintains a significant present in the Commercial and Chancery Courts in Belfast.’

‘Matthew Howse as Partner is top tier in the dispute resolution market in Northern Ireland. He is superb at leading large teams of lawyers working on complex matters.’

‘The firm is extremely detail oriented. They take a collaborative approach so that each team member will be able to deal with matters which arise in a case at extremely short notice.’

‘Emily is able to effectively manage a large case load for us and provide us with expert knowledge on all areas of Northern Irish Law.’

‘The team work quickly and cohesively, readily available and pragmatic and commercially minded legal advice. This is a high standard I have come to expect from this team and are my go-to support for dispute resolution.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland are always willing to adapt their service offerings to match our changing requirements. This is done quickly and efficiently without any adverse drop in service.’

Key clients

Agua Fabrics Limited

Alex Properties Limited

AON UK Limited

AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

Azzuro Associates Limited

Bannatyne Fitness Limited

BDO

Bentley Corporate Manufacturing LLP

CDE Global Limited

Clover 51 Limited

CSC Computer Sciences Limited t/a DXC Technology

DFS

Ellard Limited

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Four Seasons Healthcare Limited

Frasers Group Plc

Funding Circle Limited

Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

Harcourt Construction (NI) Limited

Keenan Corporate Finance Limited

Kevin Watson Construction Limited

Kildare Projects Limited

Legal & General Group Plc

Lloyds Bank General Insurance Limited

Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

Northland Deutsche Bucht GMbH

Northstone NI Limited t/a Farrans

Pearson Management Services Limited

PwC

Radius Housing Association Limited

Ramos Ferreira UK Limited

Roland Graham

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Shoe Zone

Totara Learning Europe Limited

Trustees of the Calor Group Pension Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising AP Wireless II (UK) Limited after it had been served with 16 separate sets of Article 7 Notices pursuant to the Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.
  • Advising Lloyds Bank General Insurance Limited on a variety of different types of claim in circumstances where our client provides a policy of home insurance, and where our client’s insured is the subject of threatened or actual legal proceedings.
  • Advising Radius Housing Association Limited in two procurement challenges over the last 3 to 4 months, with values of c.£10million and c.£100million respectively.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland 's growing Belfast team works closely with other offices across the Republic of Ireland and the UK to provide comprehensive cross-border service. Team lead Deborah Archer, who joined from PwC in April 2022, is dual-qualified in Northern Ireland and England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Archer

Key clients

Phenna Group

Starwood European Finance Partners Limited

Fortus Group

QSix Real Estate Finance LLP

Barclays Bank PLC

Titanic Distillers Limited

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Work highlights

  • Acting for a UK Bank in relation to the refinance of a locally owned leisure group and more particularly to aid the refurbishment of one of its prestigious hotels.
  • Acting for a local bank with all island presence in relation to the share acquisition by a ROI packaging group of a Northern Irish entity for circa €35 million.
  • Acting for a UK wide real estate client of the firm in respect of a complex financing transaction with a deal value of £440 million.

Wales > Public sector Tier 3

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a prominent name in the M&A insurance market, known for its role in the development of tax risk insurance. Ben Jones, who leads the department, and is co-head of the firm's global tax group, specialises in cross-border M&A, investments, and reorganisations. Paul Beausang heads a dedicated real estate tax practice, Deepesh Upadhyay leads on finance tax, and Camilla Spielman spearheads the financial services team. Associate Helen Mackey is a key name.

Practice head(s):

Ben Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eversheds are a fast moving and dynamic tax team. They work well within our business.’

‘Paul Beausang is a strong all round tax professional and has helped identify and manage transactional tax risks.’

‘The team have your best interests at heart and strive to achieve the best outcome for you.’

‘Deepesh Upadhyay is a detail-orientated, knowledgeable tax partner.’

Key clients

DuPont (U.K.) Limited

AIG, Liberty Mutual, Tokio Marine and others

Scottish Widows Limited

SCOR SE

Network Rail

Aspen Pharmacare

Precede Capital Partners

Costar Group, Inc

Aviva Plc

Phoenix Life Limited

Segro Plc

Legal & General

Tristan Capital Partners

LaSalle Investment Management

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

Praised for its ‘wealth of experience’ and ‘super pragmatic’ approach, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-versed in the full gamut of UK and EU competition matters, routinely handling merger control proceedings, FDI filings and investigations. A litany of corporates in the automotive, air transport and financial services sectors turn to International Co-Chair Ros Kellaway for her expertise in cartels and competition investigations. Head of the Competition, EU and Trade team, James Lindop, advises on all aspects of international trade, including on contractual rights and obligations, export controls and economic sanctions. The ‘fantastic’ Peter Harper has extensive experience of obtaining merger control clearances for complex cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures. Kate Newman and Andrew Duckworth have left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ross Kellaway; James Lindop

Other key lawyers:

Julia Woodward-Carlton; Peter Harper; Elizabeth Coleman; Claire Morgan; Jessica Martin; Georgia Mitchell

Testimonials

‘The team is super pragmatic, providing advice that can be immediately used by our Legal and Compliance team, as well as our internal stakeholders.’

‘Elizabeth Coleman has extensive experience in competition law, including disputes and dawn raids, which gives us the confidence that her advice is up to date and based on her experience.’

‘Very strong competition team with a wealth of experience. I have worked with them on a range of competition matters, including mergers and litigation cases. They have a number of very experienced and well-known competition partners.’

‘Peter Harper is very good and experienced in a wide range of competition matters. He understands client needs very well and is alert to all of the possible risks, for example when obtaining merger clearance.’

‘Claire Morgan is a rising star. She has incredibly good client skills – clients naturally warm to her and she quickly builds strong trust relationships. She also has a huge amount of experience in a range of competition law work.’

‘The individuals that we work with from Eversheds Sutherland are highly capable offering excellent advice and guidance through a process that is highly specialised. They have been excellent on advising and keeping our business on the right path and adhering to all aspects of the IEO.’

‘Peter Harper has been fantastic in leading his team and is very approachable and responsive. Georgia Mitchell  has been excellent in offering advice and guidance, producing highly accurate work time after time and in a very short timescale.’

‘Jessica Martin: Sharp competition law mind. Commercial mindset making it easy for an inhouse lawyer to spar with. Very responsive.’

Key clients

Department for Transport, DfT OLR Holdings Limited, and SE Trains Limited

SSS Public Safety Limited

Albumedix Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising SSS Public Safety Limited (formerly Capita Secure Solutions and Services) in relation to the CMA’s investigation of its completed acquisition by NECSWS.
  • Advised Albumedix Limited, a leader in recombinant human-based solutions, in relation to its £425m sale to sartorial, an international laboratory and bioprocessing technology company.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

With a track record of representing national and international financial services institutions, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers a comprehensive civil fraud practice. Drawing from its international connections, with a presence in over 30 countries, the firm is well-placed to handle complex and high-value civil fraud claims. Neville Byford heads the department with over 35 years’ experience in the field and has recently acted in a multi-jurisdictional trusts dispute. The team is further strengthened by Manchester-based James Southworth , ‘an excellent strategist’ who possesses significant experience in asset tracing and contentious regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Neville Byford

Other key lawyers:

James Southworth; Tim Browning; Richard Little

Testimonials

‘Eversheds seem to be going from strength to strength at the moment. The litigation team provides a seamless service across multiple offices and jurisdictions. Their next generation of partners are particularly strong.’

James Southworth is an excellent strategist and really understands the needs of institutional banking clients.’

‘Depth of expertise and ability to run well-resourced litigation efficiently.’

‘A fantastic team of hardened civil fraud practitioners.’

‘Neville Byford’s international fraud experience is unique, and his strategic and tactical judgment is highly valued in London and around the world.’

Key clients

The Government of Malaysia and 1MDB

Dubai Islamic Bank (ADGM proceedings)

Kamran Amouzegar

HSBC – Mercury

HSBC – Ingenious

Pension Fraud (General)

Translux Financing Trust

Barclays Pharmaceutical Limited

Mark Newson Smith

Work highlights

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for 'excellent relationship management and expertise across all finance areas in multiple jurisdictions', and clients praise its 'strong technical and market knowledge'. Focused on advising buy-side clients, the firm frequently acts for investment funds and their managers, insurance companies, corporates and pension schemes. Head of financial services Michaela Walker oversees the work of the derivatives group, in which Jonathan Master and Richard Batchelor are the standout practitioners. Batchelor recently provided JB Drax Honoré with regulatory advice on its global derivatives activities, covering the implementation of UK EMIR, reverse solicitation issues, and compliance with DFSA regulation. Clients also praise Jamie Dunlop for his availability and responsiveness.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Walker

Testimonials

‘Excellent relationship management and expertise across all finance areas in multiple jurisdictions’

‘Strong technical and market knowledge.’

‘Jamie Dunlop – good availability and responsive.’

Key clients

American Express

Chetwood Financial

HSBC Global Asset Management

JB Drax Honoré

Nomura Asset Management UK

Phoenix

Sonnedix UK Services Limited

Northern Trust Management Services Limited

Tesco Pension Scheme

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited

Industry focus > TMT Tier 4

Work highlights

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 4

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts on significant UK infrastructure projects across diverse areas including energy, transport, data centres, and fit-outs. Simon Oats, leading the firm’s global construction practice, specialises in complex procurement projects and cross-border disputes resolution, while construction litigator Jonathan Douglas heads the UK construction team. Lucy Chadwick advises private sector clients on procurement strategies and a full range of construction documentation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lucy Chadwick has become my ‘go to’ construction partner due to her deep understanding of the market and her very commercial approach. Her technical expertise is excellent, but also has the rare skill of negotiating quietly and effectively under pressure.’

‘I am always delighted with their advice and professionalism.’

Key clients

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV

St Modwen Properties Limited

Jean Francois Clin

Energetický aprůmyslový holding (EPH)

Facebook/Meta

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Brockton Capital

Next Energy Capital

EDF

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

The corporate crime and investigations practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP shows significant strength in international economic sanctions and AML remediation projects. The team has in-depth knowledge of dealing with domestic enforcement agencies, ranging from the SFO to the FCA, and consistently acts for global corporate clients in anti-bribery and corruption investigations. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the group, specialising in international financial sanctions and financial crime. In London, Anupreet Amole provides comprehensive fraud advice, while the ‘hugely experienced’ Steve Smith routinely defends regulatory and criminal proceedings. Also in London, Emma Gordon concentrates on cross-border investigations.

Practice head(s):

Zia Ullah

Other key lawyers:

Anupreet Amole; Steve Smith; Ruth Paley; Saira Choonka; Victoria Turner; Chris Stott; Kimberly Jones; Emma Gordon

Testimonials

‘Zia Ullah leads a fantastic team of lawyers who are clearly thriving under his steer. His promotion of senior women is particularly commendable. Above all his team is hugely respected by clients and the industry alike for its expertise and competence in what is now one of the most technically complex and high risk practice areas – and this reputation is a testament to a truly well-run ship’

‘Zia Ullah has for over a decade been one of a very small group of UK sanctions experts who has the experience and expertise to excel at this work. His experience of competently conducting large scale corporate internal investigations into sanctions related matters is probably unsurpassed in the UK.’

‘The Financial Services Regulation department at Eversheds is unique, in that it is the only firm that has skilled persons status with the FCA. This means that they are uniquely qualified to advise corporates in respect of financial crime systems and controls from the perspective of the FCA. They have the authority to make judgement at a high level in relation to the adequacy of a corporates financial crime arrangements.’

‘Ruth Paley has become an invaluable player within the corporate crime and investigations team at Eversheds. Her reputation for her unwavering support and dynamic, tenacious representation of her corporate clients proceeds her. Ruth has rapidly become the go-to name within the sector for AML advice and compliance for corporations. A truly exceptional lawyer.’

‘A great team under Zia Ullah. Advice is well structured, concise and practical.’

‘Eversheds have a very strong corporate crime offering and do a lot of work for financial services firms in this space, including being one of the few firms who do skilled persons reports. Their practice is not limited to just financial services and I have worked with them on two private equity matters. They field a strong multi-partner team and have specialist associates.’

‘Ruth Paley is one of the strongest lawyers in the anti-money laundering space. She is a technical expert in this space, but is a commercial lawyer who is good with clients. She brings her experience at the bar to bear on representations of corporates. She is a joy to work with and hugely collaborative.’

‘Steve Smith is a hugely experienced practitioner with a perspective borne of having worked in criminal defence, for a regulator and as an MLRO. He is a savvy operator.’

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s offering encompasses the full spectrum of IP rights, as well as recent involvement in software copyright and breach of confidence disputes, notably within the financial services sector. David Wilkinson leads the team, having previously led the IP team at Ashurst; Wilkinson handles a variety of contentious and transactional IP work, while legal director Kate Ellis bolsters the practice with her expertise in managing trade mark and design portfolios. Lisa Highet advises on all aspects of IP law and brand management, while Alexandra Emery specialises in transactional matters. Indradeep Bhatacharya's practice focuses on high-value patent litigation across a range of areas, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and energy. Anette Gärtner joined the team from Reed Smith LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Kate Ellis; Lisa Highet; Hari Sharma

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive, commercial in approach and has achieved good results for clients.’

‘David Wilkinson is personable, practical in his approach and has a huge experience in the IP field.’

Key clients

Metro Bank PLC

Next plc

Rowse Honey Limited & Valeo Foods UK Limited

Vagaro, Inc

Hammerforce Ltd

Johnson Matthey

Rugby League World Cup

The Very Group (formerly Littlewoods)

J D Williams

Footasylum

Employment Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland's client roster consisting of national and international companies benefits from the group’s renowned capabilities in the energy sector, due not least to the specialism of practice head Euan Smith in this space; he splits his time between Edinburgh and Newcastle. Dawn Dickson's expertise extends to the industrial sector and employment law matters at the intersection with data protection. Recent contentious work includes employment tribunal support pertaining to whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims, while typical non-contentious instructions involve strategic HR, transactional and TUPE advice.

Practice head(s):

Euan Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Petrofac Facilities Management

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

Macdonald Hotels

Petroleum Experts

KCA Deutag Drilling

Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance Ltd

Shin Etsu Handotai

Jabil Inc

Insight Direct (UK) Ltd

The Kitchin Group

Kinly

Rowan Alba

Liontrust Asset Management plc

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland directs particular emphasis towards development, investment, corporate occupier and finance work, though also has a strong track record in leasing and portfolio management affairs. Drawing on his dual qualification in England and Scotland, team head Steven Dick handles an abundance of development deals; his practice places particular focus on the energy transition.

Practice head(s):

Steven Dick

Other key lawyers:

Christine Barnsley; Fiona Linklater; Alisdair Jamieson

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and quick to respond.’

Key clients

Legal & General

Aviva

Microsoft

Gresham House Plc

Wm Morrison

Northland Power

Goodstone Living

EDF Energy

Lloyds Banking Group

Precis Capital

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Industria Resources

Next Plc

Mitchells & Butlers Retail Limited

National Grid

Technip FMC

CVS UK Limited

UK Finance Limited

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

EVH Finance Limited

Elite Partners Capital

Roxy Leisure

Work highlights

Employment > Immigration Tier 5

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Stephen O’Reilly heads up the practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which acts for a number of high-profile bodies in the areas of science, medicine and research. In addition, it is skilled at advising various commercial companies on the establishment of corporate foundations, and advising banks on lending to charities. O’Reilly is experienced in charity mergers, governance issues, and advising on payments to charity trustees. Glynne Stanfield is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen O’Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stephen O’Reilly was very precise in outlining the work to be carried out and very helpful in helping us to make the correct decision out of the alternatives offered. Didn’t use legal language when explaining issues which helped in day to day communication. All in all this was a good experience’.

‘Responsive and straightforward. The Team at Eversheds Sutherland understood what we needed immediately and took the time to make sure we understood the entire process ahead of us’.

‘Stephen O’Reilly was calmly authoritative and inspired confidence. Stephen made our lives incredibly easy and was a joy to work with. I looked forward to our meetings!’.

Key clients

Our Future Health

FIA Foundation

Turning Point

Quality by Randomization Limited (trading as Protas)

Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Towards Zero Foundation

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

National Oceanography Centre

The National Film and Television School

Richmond, The American International University in London, Inc

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in VC investments’ for both investors and investees. The team, which has a targeted VC offering as well as being able to leverage the firm’s broader TMT M&A group, is also well-placed to advise on cross-border mandates by virtue of its international network. ‘Fantastic’ team head Jon Gill is ‘vastly knowledgeable and reactive’, and takes the lead on the most notable work handled by the team, including in the corporate venturing space.

Practice head(s):

Jon Gill

Other key lawyers:

Lizzy Tindall; Louise Finnie; Waltter Kulvik; Richard Kyle; Catherine Eley; Paul Pugh; Sebastien Bonneau

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in VC investments. They were able to quickly understand the complex legal issues involved in our transaction and provide clear and concise advice.’

‘Jon Gill is a fantastic partner – he is vastly knowledgeable and reactive.’

‘Very commercially aware, sensible pragmatic approach. Can-do attitude and very efficient.’

‘Jon Gill is very thorough and delivered the deal on time and to budget.’

Key clients

Ada Ventures

Sussex Place Ventures

YFM Equity Partners

Legal & General

Mercia Technologies PLC

Perwyn Private Equity

Verlinvest SA

Baird Capital

Xplorer Capital

Morningside Ventures

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 6

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Chris Hastings is key to the firm’s success with private equity sponsors seeking financing for acquisitions, primarily within the mid-market. As part of his role as head of the London office’s banking practice, Nick Swiss handles some lender work on acquisition finance and corporate lending transactions. The arrival in July 2023 of private credit expert Ben Davis from Proskauer Rose LLP is a significant hire for the firm in light of the increased importance private capital has in funding mid-market M&A activity.

Practice head(s):

Nick Swiss

Other key lawyers:

Chris Hastings; Christopher Akinrele; Christopher Williams; Catherine Jones; Alex Smith; Ali Stark; Ben Davis

Key clients

Inflexion

Sovereign Capital Partners

Perwyn Advisors

Bowmark Capital

Baird Capital

H2 Equity Partners

Livingbridge

Work highlights

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Led from London by Carl Allen,  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘robust experience in the restructuring landscape’, which it deploys to good effect on behalf banks, corporates and IPs across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Allen has taken the lead on a number of high-profile matters within the beleaguered energy sector and has become recognised as an expert in relation to the effective deployment of the “Supplier of Last Resort” regime. The team also continues to generate more cross-border instructions, with Alex Rogan, who ‘combines a razor sharp academic approach with commercial pragmatism’, particularly adept at utilising the English scheme of arrangement in the context of international restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Carl Allen

Other key lawyers:

Simon Waller; Andrew Jordan; Alex Mehdevy; Sheena Buddhdev; Alex Rogan; Zoe Aarons; Felicity Jordan

Testimonials

Highly experienced team with robust experience in the restructuring landscape.’

Broad depth of knowledge, with an underlying technical ability and skillset.’

‘They have an excellent understanding of the nuances of the Restructuring Plan in the UK.’

Alex Mehdevy is responsive, proactive and experienced.’

Alex Rogan is a very strong restructuring lawyer; he combines a razor sharp academic approach with commercial pragmatism.’

Alex Rogan who is a bankruptcy superstar in the making.’

Zoe Aarons is easy to work with and provides reliable and high-quality advice.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alvarez & Marsal

Kroll Advisory

EY

Teneo

Interpath

FRP

BDO

Grant Thornton

Mazars

Ad Hoc Customer Committee (FTX customers)

Dubai Islamic Bank

UK Government Investments

Work highlights

Wales > Employment > Pensions

‘Well-connected across the industry and from a policy perspective’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘a plain English and common sense approach’ to trustees and employers across a wide range of standalone matters and in a corporate support capacity (including scheme mergers). ‘Very pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ team head Stuart Earle is key to the office’s success and provides ‘a joined up service’ to clients in heavily regulated sectors across a myriad matters, including on funding arrangements and risk management strategies. Earle also leads the firm’s relationship with NEST Corporation, as well as advising several financial services on the establishment of new SIPP products. Senior associate Collette Davies  is particularly adept at handling public sector-related pensions matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Earle

Other key lawyers:

Ian Davies; Collette Davies; Jen Green

Testimonials

Really well-connected across the industry and from a policy perspective.’

The team provides a plain English and common sense approach.’

The strength of the Cardiff pensions team is the sheer knowledge and expertise of the people involved.’

The very pragmatic and solutions-oriented Stuart Earle is a standout partner.’

Stuart Earle goes to great lengths to provide a joined up service that covers all angles.’

Stuart Earle’s advice is always accurate, apposite and pitched to be understandable to all members of the Board, regardless of their previous experience.’

Collette Davies provides an unfailing service to support the Board and ensure efficient governance of the scheme.’

Key clients

Nest Corporation

National Grid plc

Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water

Trustee of the SSE Southern Group of the ESPS

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Volkswagen

Microsoft / Trustee of the Nokia Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Morgan Advanced Materials Pension Schemes

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Retirement Benefits Plan

Robert Bosch Limited

Work highlights

Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

The corporate team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are well regarded for their sector expertise in the food and drink, retail, industrials, and financial services spaces. It acts for a range of clients, including private companies, PLCs, and private equity houses on a broad spectrum of local and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Practice head Robin Skelton specialises in private equity and M&A transactions, and is supported by principal associate Russell Naglis. Other notable practitioners include Amanda Partland, who acts for multi-nationals on cross-border deals, and Robin Johnson, who has significant international M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Robin Skelton

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland are professional and meet all our needs.’

‘We work closely with Robin Skelton and Russell Naglis who are very strong in the field of work they specialise in.’

‘Russell Naglis is outstanding and has such a calm manner giving you confidence in his work.’

Key clients

Morningside Pharmaceuticals and Morningside Healthcare

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

Shareholders of Medequip

Cranswick Country Foods plc

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Next plc

Rolls-Royce plc

Elysian Capital

Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of corporate tax matters, including corporate reorganisation, transactional tax, and advisory work. It is also noted for its cross-border tax capabilities. Colin Askew heads the group and has expertise in private equity tax-related matters. Other key practitioners include David Jervis, who has a broad corporate tax practice, Matthew Cummings, who is particularly involved in the charity and education tax sectors, and Emily Gaffney, who acts for both public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Colin Askew

Testimonials

‘Colin Askew and his team is knowledgeable, accommodating and efficient in communications – they provide summaries and ‘layman’ terminology as required to enable quick comprehension of legal documentation.’

Key clients

Pollen Street Capital

Rolls-Royce

Valentia Partners Consulting Limited

Endless LLP

Aurelius Investments Limited

Norcros PLC

Longacre Group

Candid Group B.V.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Martin Bechtold martinbechtold@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 146
Banking and finance Dr Alexander Honrath alexanderhonrath@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 232
Compliance Dr Joos Hellert jooshellert@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 185
Construction Dr Steffen Jung steffenjung@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 310
Corporate Dr Matthias Heisse matthiasheisse@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 231
Employment Frank Achilles frankachilles@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 275
Energy Dr Werner Brickwedde, LL.M. wernerbrickwedde@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 211 86467 51
Energy Dr Martin Weitenberg martinweitenberg@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 211 86467 58
Financial services and investment management Dr Carola Rathke carolarathke@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 40 808094 200
Insurance Fabian Volz fabianvolz@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 391
Intellectual property Dr Tobias Maier tobiasmaier@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 262
IT and data privacy Dr Alexander Niethammer, LL.M. (UConn) alexanderniethammer@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 318
IT and data privacy Dr Lutz Schreiber lutzschreiber@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 40 808094 444
Life sciences Dr Tobias Maier tobiasmaier@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 262
Litigation and dispute management Dr Joos Hellert jooshellert@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 185
M&A Christof Lamberts christoflamberts@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 217
Pensions Dr Rolf Kowanz rolfkowanz@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 40 808094 230
Private equity Sven Schweneke svenschweneke@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 153
Procurement law Carsten Eichler carsteneichler@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 264
Real estate Dr Gerhard Molt gerhardmolt@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 137
Restructuring and insolvency Dr Christian Hilpert, MBA christianhilpert@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 30 70 01 40 600
Tax Dr Stefan Diemer stefandiemer@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 239
TMT Dr Lutz Schreiber lutzschreiber@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 40 808094 444
Trade and distribution Dr Joos Hellert jooshellert@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 185
Trade and distribution Dr Alexander Niethammer, LL.M. (UConn) alexanderniethammer@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 89 54565 318
Notary Carsten Brüninghaus carstenbrueninghaus@eversheds-sutherland.com +49 30 700140 950
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