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Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Education: institutions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is renowned for its work for higher education institutions, advising its large corporate client base on the full spectrum of employment and regulatory issues, mergers, and overseas establishments. The 'superb' Diane Gilhooley leads the multi-disciplinary national education team, which includes Leeds-based Ben WoodsGlynne Stanfield, who heads the corporate governance team; and Christopher Mordue, who handles contentious employment matters and dismissal claims. The group has also been involved with topical issues surrounding #MeToo in the education landscape and has provided advice on internal processes.

Fintech Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's fintech practice acts for financial institutions, challenger banks, start-ups and numerous investors in the sector. The group's broad expertise covers corporate matters, such as joint ventures and M&A; regulatory advice in terms of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2)/open banking, FCA approvals, GDPR and other pertinent legislation; ICOs, cyber crime, and high value disputes concerning digital finance platforms and the provision of digital products. The practice has strength assisting clients with FCA applications, and advising on specific, complex regulatory matters in relation to the application of blockchain within the context of new digital currencies and on the launch of new cryptocurrency platforms. Under the overall leadership of digital financial services and fintech head Matthew GoughAndrew Henderson leads the group's crypto practice and has advised several key clients, such as Nivaura, through the FCA sandbox process, which provides a restricted environment in which companies can test new tech in a live environment. Senior associate David Cook manages contentious and non-contentious matters regarding cyber crime, cyber security and data protection, including GDPR.

Health and safety Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a popular choice for multinational companies in relation to both contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters. Birmingham-based Kevin Elliott leads the team nationally and regularly advises on fatalities and serious incidents. Another notable name from the Birmingham office is David Young, who is especially experienced in the aerospace, energy, and food and beverage sectors. Newcastle-based Tim Hill leads the offices in Northern England and Scotland, and his work has a strong emphasis on the energy and manufacturing industries. Also recommended is senior associate Sarah Valentine who is experienced in corporate manslaughter investigations.

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises national and international clients on cross-border M&A transactions, acting for corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms. The firm's global reach facilitates this multi-jurisdictional approach, with the London office operating as a hub for advising clients. Key sectors for the firm include energy and infrastructure, industrials, real estate, TMT and financial services. Head of department Richard Moulton is especially experienced in the latter two, in addition to acting for private equity clients. Although the firm saw Sebastian Orton leave for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the team was bolstered by the hire of Stewart Womersley from Addleshaw Goddard, a specialist in real estate transactions, covering both indirect real estate and real estate funds. Co-chair of cross-border M&A, Roger Johnson, is also recommended.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

The non-contentious offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers the full range of key issues in the pensions market, with Francois Barker and Jeremy Goodwin handling bulk annuity transactions, benefit plan closures, derisking exercises and master trust implementation exercises. Of particular note is the team’s expertise in the emerging field of defined benefit consolidation structures. Claire Carroll leads the dispute resolution practice with a particular strength in the financial services sector, offering substantial experience acting in cases involving the exercise of trustee powers, Pensions Regulator investigations, GMP equalisation, rectification claims and professional negligence claims for trustees and employers. The team also offers advice on the growing field of pensions liberation fraud.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

The non-contentious offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers the full range of key issues in the pensions market, with Francois Barker and Jeremy Goodwin handling bulk annuity transactions, benefit plan closures, derisking exercises and master trust implementation exercises. Of particular note is the team’s expertise in the emerging field of defined benefit consolidation structures. Claire Carroll leads the dispute resolution practice with a particular strength in the financial services sector, offering substantial experience acting in cases involving the exercise of trustee powers, Pensions Regulator investigations, GMP equalisation, rectification claims and professional negligence claims for trustees and employers. The team also offers advice on the growing field of pensions liberation fraud.

Rail Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's cross-practice rail group is focused on concessions, rolling stock and infrastructure work, where it handles major transactions and complex projects. The team is increasingly utilising its global footprint to advise on a raft of cross-border rail sector mandates. Mark Brunton specialises in rail sector commercial contracts and Agnes Koko handles UK and international rail infrastructure projects. Birmingham-based Anne Harris advised the Department for Transport on the termination of the Inter City East Coast franchise, operated by franchisee Virgin Trains East Coast, and the transfer of responsibility for delivery of the passenger services to government-controlled operator of last resort, London North Eastern Railway. Elsewhere, the firm's parliamentary and infrastructure consenting team advises on the promotion and implementation of public transport projects.

Retail funds Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's track record serving clients in the fund management industry dates back to the 1960s. It has a particularly dominant presence in the retail funds market, where it acts for many of the largest and most active asset managers, insurance companies and pension funds. It is also increasingly sought out to act for banks and institutional investors. Team head Michaela Walker has an excellent record establishing unit trusts and open-ended investment companies, and handling mergers of authorised unit trusts, among other matters. Phil Spyropoulos is a go-to adviser for advice on charity authorised investment funds. Camilla Spielman is an expert in funds taxation. Richard Batchelor is another name to note. Pamela Thompson is chair of the firm and joint head of the UK financial services team. .

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Public inquiry work is the main point of strength for the public law offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, with the team acting in some of the most significant ongoing matters in this field. The team has been instructed by an extensive list of public and regulatory bodies as core participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and a host of others in the police, healthcare and private sectors. The practice also provides expertise in defending and forwarding judicial review claims, with recent cases involving the provision of special needs learning assistance, wrongful terminations and the extent of regulatory bodies’ powers. Cardiff-based Peter Jones and Birmingham-based principle associate Isabelle Mitchell are particularly highly praised by clients for their expertise across the full suite of instructions.

Brexit Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Brexit group is jointly led by Ros Kellaway and Annabel Borg, who are members of the firm’s competition, EU and trade group. The team has particular expertise assisting with the Brexit elements of EU law, trade mandates and environment work and also has a designated parliamentary advisory service. The firm’s European network, which includes its Brussels office, enhances its EU law expertise, which includes advising multinational and UK clients on their goods and services in EU jurisdictions and the potential regulatory fallout of Brexit. On the trade side, the group is experienced in WTO rules, customs issues, contractual agreements, tariff changes, quotas and other trade barriers. James Lindop heads the international trade practice and has assisted clients with customs and WTO issues. Other key individuals include Manchester-based Tom Bridgford, who leads the international outsourcing group; and state aid and public procurement specialist Totis Kotsonis. Andrew Henderson is a partner in the financial institutions group. He recently advised multiple asset managers on their arrangements for providing services in the EU after Brexit.

Commercial contracts Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides expertise across key sectors including financial services, payments, energy, technology, health and sport. The firm acts for private and public sector clients and has experience advising on Brexit-related commercial work locally and internationally. In addition, the team is known for strategic transactional work. UK practice head Richard Prowse specialises in advising private and public sector clients on a range of commercial agreements, notably complex outsourcings and concession agreements. Alison Brearey leads the London group and has particular experience in international and global contracting. In a recent highlight, the department advised American Express on all aspects of its corporate co-brand agreement with British Airways, including drafting and negotiating the contract terms.

Commercial property: retail Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Paula Barrett heads up the privacy and cybersecurity law team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which sits as part of the firm’s wider international privacy and information law group. The dedicated practice assists with the full spectrum of data protection work with particularly notable expertise in freedom of information law matters and cybersecurity issues including cyber readiness work and data security breaches. Liz Fitzsimons, who is based in Cambridge, leads the firm’s freedom of information and environmental information regulation group and regularly assists with GDPR and privacy programmes including data audits, breach management issues and access requests. Birmingham-based Gayle McFarlane focuses on the retail, technology, automotive and manufacturing sectors and also handles data transactions and issues involving the interaction between data protection and technology.

Education: schools Tier 2

The education practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has considerable experience in the academies sector and is renowned for acting as a 'one-stop-shop' for all of the legal needs of schools. Jointly overseen by Ben Wood and Diane Gilhooley, the team has sector strengths in commercial property (where Charlotte Tanikal is particularly active), corporate law and regulatory matters, enabling it to handle complex restructurings, mergers and conversions. The team also handles judicial review proceedings and the management of social media issues such as defamation. Other team members include Glynne Stanfield, who leads the international education practice area; employment lawyer Nicola Bennison, who leads the national student team; and Helen Cairns. The corporate education practice has been strengthened with the appointment of Jon Baskerville to the partnership.

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has historically been a strong performer in the mid-market IPO space, working across the AIM and main market. The practice group has shown a particularly strong client base of nomad/brokers and UK investment trusts. Steve Nash and Richard Moulton are key contacts.

EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 2

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the international trade team is adept at handling a wide range of cross-border matters, such as trade control requirements, export classification and licensing audits, sanctions compliance analysis and investigations. The group has experience in dealing with WTO-specific issues, including providing advice on trading within the organisation’s framework, as well as on quotas and trade barriers, pricing mechanisms, reviews of contractual obligations in light of Brexit, and regulatory compliance risk assessments. While the department has already carved out a significant reputation in these areas, it is further expanding its presence in the aerospace and defence, engineering, chemicals, technology, utilities, transportation and energy sectors. ‘Truly excellent’ practice head James Lindop has particular expertise in diversified industrials and technology. Giles Salmond’s practice focuses on customs duties with a particular emphasis on litigation.

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP department provides a broad range of regulatory advisory services, particularly specialising in cryptoassets. Co-head Michaela Walker advises fund management clients and depositary banks in regulated activities and product development, as well as related corporate work; co-head David Saunders has expertise in project managing regulatory investigations, regulatory change projects and past business reviews for financial services firms. The contentious wing of the practice is notable for anti-money laundering regulations, financial crime and is appointed to the FCA/PRA Skilled Person’s panel. The firm also has an in-house team of regulatory consultants and compliance professionals. Gregory Brandman leads the contentious team and specialises in representing financial institutions, senior managers and approved persons in FCA and PRA enforcement proceedings. He can call on the expertise of Jake McQuitty, formerly the Head of Investigations & Enforcement at Barclays Bank plc, who focuses on corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of corporate crime and investigations specialist Steve Smith, who joined from Nomura International Plc, and hedge fund expert Ben Watford, who joined from MJ Hudson. Partner Neill Blundell left for Macfarlanes LLP in 2018.

Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's areas of expertise span the promotion and opposition of private bills in Parliament; acting on behalf of Network Rail and Transport for London, as well as local authorities and objectors, on TWA orders and other statutory orders; and compulsory purchase, land compensation and other issues affecting the implementation of infrastructure projects. Parliamentary agents Stephen Collings and Monica Peto and real estate partners Morag Thompson and Stuart Andrews are the key contacts. James O’Connor specialises in the consenting of public infrastructure projects, including the promotion of TWA orders, harbour orders and development consent orders.

Local government Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's public law expertise includes advising local authorities on areas such as procurement - Jackie Heeds  is noted for her infrastructure procurement expertise. Core team members Bridgette Wilcox, Paul Pugh and Huw Jones are based in Cardiff.

Planning Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a significant presence in the field of infrastructure planning, with experience in promoting complex DCOs for energy, renewables and transport projects. The team regularly advises developers and landowners on all development planning issues such as CPO applications and compensation, urban extensions, regeneration schemes and contentious instructions including public inquries. Recent high-profile work involved advising on fracking projects across the UK, securing consent for large-scale garden city projects, advising on strategic rail freight interchange projects, and securing consent for a major football stadium redevelopment in London. Other strong fields of expertise for the practice include strategic residential projects, commercial office space developments, and retail and leisure projects.

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 2

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the 'focus on building strong client relationships is simply exemplary'. The firm's practice regularly advises national and international PE houses, in addition to management teams and providers of debt finance, and now counts more than 20 different buyout houses on its client list, with many providing repeat instructions. Besides MBOs and management buy-ins, the group is also instructed on public-to-private transactions, leveraged buyouts and 'debt for equity' restructurings. The corporate offering further boasts integrated sector expertise in areas such as financial services, energy, industrial engineering, TMT, aerospace and defence and healthcare. Andy Case, who acts as global head of company secretarial services, is a key contact.

Property finance Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for its expertise in development finance. It acts for traditional lender banks, as well as investment firms and specialist development lenders. The team is particularly active in the PRS sector and has advised on several high-profile residential developments. Other areas of strength include structured deals and cross-border transactions, particularly involving assets located in Europe. The firm is also expanding its practice on the borrower side, advising several real estate investment and asset management firms. Simon Mead leads the team, and Robert Ludwig is also a key contact.

Property litigation Tier 2

Working in close co-operation with its real estate and financial services departments, Will Densham's team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly acts for major development and investment companies in landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidation claims, rights to light issues, judicial reviews and energy-related litigation. Recently, the team has been particularly active in obtaining injunctions to prevent free climbers and urban explorers from trespassing on various well known London skyscrapers, including the Shard; this type of work is frequently handled by real estate litigator Stuart Wortley. Telecoms code specialist Thekla Fellas joined the team from Fladgate LLP in March 2019.

Real estate funds Tier 2

Thanks to a strong historical reputation for funds regulation work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP often advises clients on compliance with non resident Capital Gains Tax (CGT), European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and Brexit planning. Besides fund management work of this kind, the firm's recent highlights have been marked by an increasingly steady flow of fund formation instructions. The group is capable of handling matters involving alternative real asset classes such as build-to-rent schemes and homeless shelters. Additional teams in Luxembourg, Dublin, Hong Kong and the US ensure seamless coordination during cross-jurisdictional fund work. Michaela Walker heads up the practice; Richard Batchelor is an expert in alternative funds.

Brand management Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is able to assist with the exploitation and monetisation of IP rights through licensing, promotions and commercial agreements, as well as handling the core aspects of trade mark portfolio management, enforcement and prosecution, including advising on the seizure of counterfeit goods and managing online content. Andrew Terry advises on all aspects of trade marks, copyright, design rights, advertising and reputation management matters. Head of brands Kate Ellis is another name to note. Neil Mohring left for Apple Corps and Harrisongs in February 2019.

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial and corporate litigation team was recently active in taking three cases to trial, with one in the Court of Appeal. Commercial dispute resolution group head in London Mark Davenport is also global international commercial disputes head; Neville Byford has over 25 years’ litigation experience; Richard Little's experience includes high-value actions in the Commercial Court; and Jonathan Leach has particular expertise in energy, trade and finance related disputes.  Lucy Webster and Tim Browning are experienced principal associates, and legal director Rachel Bennet was hired from Enyo Law LLP.

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's contentious construction team has expertise in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, rail and transport sectors. Jonathan Douglas, who leads the team, acts on disputes in the retail, logistics, renewables and offshore wind sectors, with particular expertise in complex delay claims. The 'extremely capable and diligent' James Pickavance is another notable name in the practice, acting for public bodies, governments and international corporations across a range of sectors - he advised Toucan Energy Holdings on multiple disputes arising out of the acquisition of a portfolio of renewable energy projects.

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's non-contentious team handles a broad range of matters for energy, transport, real estate clients. Within the construction sphere, it is one of the largest teams in the UK, working almost exclusively for purchaser clients, while the London office serves as both a domestic and global hub for a variety of international work. Global practice head Simon Oats has been leading the firm's team on the £1bn redevelopment of Chelsea Football Club’s new stadium, while disputes specialist James Pickavance  also acts for construction purchasers across a range of sectors including energy, healthcare, hotels and transport. Other key partners include Jonathan Bowley, who leads the transactional team in London.

Employee share schemes Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP focuses on acting for FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies, advising on rewards and incentives. The firm has particular expertise in relation to implementing and advising upon employee incentive schemes in multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Mathew Gorringe is a cross-border specialist and is known for taking the lead on rolling out schemes in various jurisdictions, as well as guiding companies through the laws of local jurisdictions to facilitate this.

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a large team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly involved in infrastructure projects across the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors. It is also instructed to advise on PPP projects and clean energy matters. The firm has different practice heads for various areas, with Robert Pitcher serving as  European co-head of the international energy & infrastructure group. Alex Doughty knows the financing space, including credit support and performance bonds, well. Stephen Hill and Mark Dennison are key contacts in the renewable energy sector, for transactions and financing respectively. Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP in late 2018 and Michael Grimes departed as well.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's offering covers all lines of business including tax, product liability, property damage and business interruption, trade credit and energy. As global head of the insurance group, Simon Brooks handles a wide range of matters including negligence claims against insurance brokers. He is supported by associate Naz Gauri, who has experience in financial, professional and property claims.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a broad insurance practice, which is led out of London but made up of partners and associates spread across the UK. The team acts for top insurers on matters of risk transaction (life and non-life), reinsurance and regulation, while distribution is another key area for the firm. The team is led by global insurance co-head Simon Brooks, while a key member of the London team is Hugo Laing, who specialises in M&A and Part VIIs, and led the firm's team advising longstanding client Legal & General on the £2.4bn buy-out of the Nortel Networks UK pension plan, a deal which represented the second biggest buy-out ever.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The IT team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP frequently handles major IT projects and assists financial services clients with the regulatory aspects of infrastructure issues and application deployments to cloud services. Simon Gamlin heads up the practice, which includes Craig Rogers, who regularly assists with cross-border IT and outsourcing arrangements, and international head of telecoms Simon Cloke, who has notable strength in projects which involve technology and communications elements.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's media and entertainment practice is noted for its experience in music industry mandates, where it acts for a number of household names. The team is adept at handling reputation management issues, particularly in relation to social media. TV, film, gaming, sport, advertising and sponsorship are also key industry focuses for the team, which advises on media buying, IP, marketing and advertising agreements for major brand owners and blue-chip clients. The firm is also able to advise on media finance and banking issues. Advising Apple Films on a new Beatles film, which is directed by an A-list director, is a notable highlight for the team.

Oil and gas Tier 3

The energy lawyers at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialise in acquisitions and disposals, delivering projects, raising funds and resolving problems in the most sensitive and challenging markets. Recent work highlights include divestments and restructuring of upstream assets for Shell, CNOOC and NIOC, joint-venturing for Shell and Gunvor, and project development of LNG terminals for LNG Canada and New Caledonia. Also notable is the firm's energy disputes practice. The team led by Robert Pitcher and Jubilee Easo was recently joined by construction expert Jessica Neuberger from AshurstConrad Purcell departed to Bird & Bird LLP.

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

The energy team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its work on projects in emerging markets, transactional work for Chinese state-owned enterprises and 'whole lifecycle' nuclear work. Michelle Davies, who set up the firm's international clean energy and sustainability Group 17 years ago, continues to lead that group from the Cardiff office, working in tandem with energy and infrastructure co-head Robert Pitcher in London. Stephen Hill recently led the firm's team on one of Europe's largest solar transactions during 2018 - infrastructure fund Greencoat Solar Assets II's purchase of 24 solar farms across the UK. Construction and engineering expert Jessica Neuberger joined the firm from Ashurst while Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP .

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in a variety of industry sectors, with notable expertise in the automotive and technology space, where the team is regularly instructed to advise on product safety and regulatory matters, as well as on emerging technologies. Other work includes defending clients in product liability claims, recalls and withdrawals, brand protection, and compliance advice. Leeds-based Richard Matthews leads the UK team, as well as the firm's pan-European practice, and is well versed in handling multi-jurisdictional disputes. Principal associate Peter Shervington, also in Leeds, has considerable knowledge of the automotive sector.

Professional negligence Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP defends claims against insurance brokers, pension advisors and accountants, and it is instructed by blue-chip professional services firms, insurers and major insurance brokers on complex claims. The London team is ably supported by its regional network of offices to handle high-profile claims. Its pensions sector expertise is demonstrated by its involvement in defending Airways Pension Scheme Trustee, the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, in a long-running claim that examines the extent to which a trustee body must have regard to the sponsoring employer’s views and funding of the scheme when exercising its discretionary powers.

Public international law Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's investor-state arbitration practice continues to be highly sought after by states in the most significant disputes. It is acting for the state of Libya in its defence of three separate and unrelated arbitrations, brought in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.  The group also draws upon its network of international offices to advise on treaty obligations and interpretation, the status of foreign governments, state immunity, and international human rights claims. Jonathan Leach advises multinational corporates on non-contentious and contentious matters arising from their investments into and trade with emerging markets. Other key figures to note include Mark Howarth, who is representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in a long-running dispute with the USA, before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal; Greg Falkof, and senior associates Cameron Forsaith and Ahmed Abdel-Hakam.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in handling cross-border investigations including those brought by the SFO, CFA, HMRC and CPS. Areas of expertise include compliance, fraud, tax evasion, financial crime and prosecutions. Clients include multinationals, financial institutions and individuals. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the team and is adept at advising on sanctions, money laundering and bribery matters. Steve Smith joined as a partner from Nomura International plc. Former head of team Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Key areas of expertise for the contentious tax team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP include VAT disputes, customs duty disputes, international tax, Stamp Duty Reserve Tax matters and tax investigations by both UK and international tax authorities. Department head and solicitor-advocate Giles Salmond stands out for his experience of contentious VAT cases and has appeared before courts at every level. Associate Kunal Nathwani is a specialist in international tax disputes.

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Key areas of expertise for the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are investment fund taxation, international tax, real estate tax, finance tax and tax risk insurance. The group is led by Ben Jones, who has a strong tax insurance practice alongside VAT and indirect tax work. The group also includes real estate tax specialist Paul Beausang, who joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in May 2018, and principal associate Deepesh Upadhyay, who is an expert in finance-related tax. Giles Salmond is another key name, with indirect tax disputes experience. Cathryn Vanderspar retired.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's disputes experience includes banking law and regulation compliance controversies, co-ordinating case strategy for the cross-border aspects of disputes, fraudulent payment litigation and recoveries, and consumer finance litigation and class action defence. Matthew Allen is co-head of financial services disputes and investigations globally, and Andrew Legg is a senior litigation partner who is highly rated for his litigation and contentious regulatory work, which often contains cross-border elements. Also key to the practice are David FlackJennifer Miles and Jake McQuitty. Mariafrancesca De Leo   relocated to the firm's Milan office.

Corporate tax Tier 4

Cathryn Vanderspar leads the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has a broad offering in investment fund taxation, cross-border M&A, real estate investment, finance tax and tax risk insurance. The team includes funds taxation specialist Camilla Spielman and real estate tax expert Paul Beausang, who joined the group from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in May 2018.

Employment: employers Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's has a particular focus on three areas - City financial service firms and major plcs; international work; and industrial relations. With regards to City/financial services work, the team handles much work relating to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, while its international practice is continuing to thrive on the back of the firm's transatlantic merger in 2017 and other recent global expansion. Manchester partner Diane Gilhooley heads up the firm's global HR practice; in London, the team is led by Paul Fontes, who handles both non-contentious and contentious matters, including Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Other key London partners include labour relations head Martin Warren, industrial relations head Marc Meryon and Sophie White, who joined from Abbiss Cadre LLP in April 2018.

EU and competition Tier 4

Acting nationally and internationally, the competition, EU and trade team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides full-service legal advice to clients on matters concerning market studies and investigations, competition litigation, merger control, distribution arrangements, regulatory issues, state aid, and competition law compliance. Established as a standout in the merger control space, the team also handles reviews regarding foreign direct investment. Of recent note, a team led by Peter Harper convinced the CMA to grant a Phase I clearance to client Tayto Group in relation to its acquisition of The Real Pork Crackling Company. Among other high-profile matters, practice head Ros Kellaway provides competition law advice relating to Brexit. Bringing ‘a great deal of experience across multiple sectors’, Lesley Farrell is also noted. Currently serving as a consultant at the firm,Stephen Rose retired from the partnership in October 2018. Rod Lambert joined from Brodies LLP in April 2018 and splits his time between Brussels and London.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP department provides a broad range of regulatory advisory services, particularly specialising in cryptoassets. Co-head Michaela Walker advises fund management clients and depositary banks in regulated activities and product development, as well as related corporate work; co-head David Saunders has expertise in project managing regulatory investigations, regulatory change projects and past business reviews for financial services firms. The contentious wing of the practice is notable for anti-money laundering regulations, financial crime and is appointed to the FCA/PRA Skilled Person’s panel. The firm also has an in-house team of regulatory consultants and compliance professionals. Gregory Brandman leads the contentious team and specialises in representing financial institutions, senior managers and approved persons in FCA and PRA enforcement proceedings. He can call on the expertise of Jake McQuitty, formerly the Head of Investigations & Enforcement at Barclays Bank plc, who focuses on corporate investigations and regulatory enforcement. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of corporate crime and investigations specialist Steve Smith, who joined from Nomura International Plc, and hedge fund expert Ben Watford, who joined from MJ Hudson. Partner Neill Blundell left for Macfarlanes LLP in 2018.

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong track record of work on corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement and fraud matters, with areas of expertise including market abuse, money laundering, cybersecurity, asset tracing and recovery, online fraud and identity theft. The firm is also experienced in multi-party litigation and multi-jurisdictional trust disputes, with key client sectors including commerce, finance and sport. Neville Byford and Neville Gray head the team. Former head of corporate crime and investigations Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP; he was succeeded by Zia Ullah.

Aviation Tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's cross-office and multidisciplinary team is instructed by airports, airlines and aviation support businesses on a range of issues including disputes, projects, regulatory, employment and corporate matters.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for over 250 charities. It has particular expertise in advising clients in the education, health, regeneration, mental health and grant-giving sectors. Glynne Stanfield and Paul Pugh are key members of the team that has significant expertise in advising research institutions and grant makers on issues ranging from governance, international giving, social investments and tax. Legal director Stephen O’Reilly is another name to note for his work on diverse matters such as the release of permanent endowment restrictions through to payments to trustees.

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP focuses predominantly on representing buy-side clients and it is a leading adviser to authorised funds complying with new regulations affecting the derivatives market. Among its clients are numerous investment funds and pension schemes, which it assists with trading and hedging matters. The practice also acts for banks and building societies in balance sheet management. Jonathan Master leads the UK derivatives practice and his recent work includes advising hedge funds on ISDA agreements and other related derivatives documentation. Key partner Richard Batchelor, principal associate Jamie Dunlop and senior associate Paul Denham, who advises banks, building societies, asset managers and corporate buy-side entities on derivatives and securities finance transactions, play key roles in the practice.

International arbitration Tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and the practice has particular experience of challenging jurisdictions in emerging markets. Jonathan Leach is the UK international arbitration and PIL head; Mark Howarth in Leeds acts in international commercial arbitration proceedings across the energy and industrials sectors; and Greg Falkof focuses on disputes in the oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Cameron Forsaith is an experienced principal associate and senior associate Ahmed Abdel-Hakam joined from LALIVE's Geneva office.

Reputation management Tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers reputation management services from five key offices across the UK. Privacy work for senior individuals at board level is one of the firm's areas of expertise. Furthermore, the practice specialises in claimant work and provides defamation advice to many existing clients of the global law firm. Reputation and corporate brand management expert Andrew Terry heads the team, together with Michael Clavell-Bate, who is based in Manchester. Associate Eileen Weinert brings expertise in working on technical disputes to the table.

Acquisition finance Tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is best-known for handling the financing requirements of the firm's impressive roster of mid-market private equity sponsor clients, including Inflexion and LDC. It is able to provide a cost-effective service by dint of its ability to resource matters from London, as well as many of the firm's regional offices, including Birmingham. Significant clearing bank relationships ensure that the firm also regularly handles a range of corporate lending mandates and acquisition financing matters. Co-head of the London banking practice, Nick Swiss, is recommended.

Intellectual property Tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's IP team, which is particularly experienced in trade mark matters, portfolio and brand management, and advertising issues, counts well-known national and global brands among its client roster. Andrew Terry, who focuses on brand protection issues, heads up the team, which includes individuals across its national office network including Cambridge-based Adrian Toutoungi, who specialises in trade mark and patent litigation, and Manchester-based legal director and trade mark attorney Kate Ellis. Neil Mohring left to an in-house role at Apple Corps and Harrisongs.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Led out of London by 'safe pair of handsSimon Waller, and also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners from across the firm's extensive regional network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's eight-partner team excels at handling domestic mid-market mandates for a diverse client base that includes clearing banks, funds, corporates and insolvency practitioners. The 'fantasticJamie Leader has 'huge intellectual ability and sound commercial sensibilities' which he applies to good effect in relation to complex contentious insolvency matters.  

Eversheds Sutherland has a culture of, and commitment to, client service excellence. It is known for its commercial awareness, the quality of its legal advice and its bespoke, innovative solutions, as well as the sector knowledge it brings to its clients.

The firm: As its clients expand globally, Eversheds Sutherland is there to support them. Its lawyers around the globe are united by its vision, values and understanding of clients’ businesses and their needs. The firm provides legal advice of the highest quality whether it is operating within country or across borders from its 60+ offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Through its recent combination in the US, its increased capability in Singapore and its regional alliances, Eversheds Sutherland is ideally placed to support clients when they need it, where they need it.

Quality: consistently recognised by the leading independent legal guides, the firm understands the needs of clients in all sectors. As a modern, progressive law firm, Eversheds Sutherland sets itself apart through its people, culture and its attitude to change. Quality is a matter of personal pride to everyone. The firm has invested greatly in the training and development of its lawyers to ensure only the highest calibre individuals represent its clients’ businesses. The drive for quality means Eversheds Sutherland is able to provide innovative solutions to the most complex and high-profile legal problems.

Client relationships: the firm’s diverse client base ranges from small- and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals. It acts for 71 of the US Fortune 100; 57 of the FTSE 100; 119 of the Fortune 200 and 85 of the FTSE mid-250. It is on the panels of more than 25 major banks and several hundred global corporations. The firm works for some of the world’s largest companies including GE, Facebook, Microsoft, Siemens and The Coca-Cola Company.

Its lawyers are accessible, engaged and responsive. Eversheds Sutherland serves its clients as trusted advisers and cultivates deep and genuine relationships offering highly commercial insight and expertise across sectors and around the world.

Innovation: collaborative working and innovative thinking is encouraged and supported at all levels, meaning that clients enjoy an offering that is constantly evolving and improving to meet their changing needs. This has led to pioneering approaches to the law such as genuine project management and measurement of results that lead to cost predictability and control. In particular, the firm is noted for effectively delivering complex, multinational legal services through one point of contact.

Types of work undertaken: Sector focus: the firm prioritises building long-term client relationships. Its commitment to understanding each client’s business is underpinned by vast sector knowledge gained from years of experience. This sector focus gives the firm the means to offer clients advice that is commercial and pragmatic. Around 90% of its revenue is derived from its key sectors. This approach has established it as a trusted advisor in many sectors, including: consumer; diversified industrials; education; energy and natural resources; financial institutions; health and life sciences; public sector; real estate; sport; TMT and transport.

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