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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a national charity practice that includes key members in its Cambridge office. Glynne Stanfield works in both Cambridge and London and is a key adviser in the charity and not-for-profit sector on matters including complex charity and governance issues, joint ventures and mergers. The firm expanded its range of expertise in East Anglia with the recruitment of associate Helen Teague from Macfarlanes LLP and senior associate and education sector specialist Martyn Robinson from Hewitsons. Another name to note is rising star Stephen O’Reilly.

Key clients

Turning Point

South Downs National Park Trust

Royal Society of Chemistry

Dewsbury Endowed Schools Foundation

Institute of Physics

Medical Research Council

Havens Christian Hospice

Further Education Trust for Leadership

Higher Education Academy

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 1

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP real estate practice acts for an impressive list of national and international clients in the regional, London and international markets. Among its clients are private and public sector developers, land promoters, corporate and institutional occupiers, as well as institutional, private and offshore investors. The firm's broad offering includes market-leading knowledge of property matters in the transport, hotel, education and senior living sectors.  Dominic Morris, who focuses on development and regeneration projects, and Clare Whitaker, who handles investment and occupier matters, lead the practice.

Key clients

Signature Senior Lifestyle

Audley Group

Dacorum Borough Council

Legal & General Senior Living

Mayfield Villages

Taylor Wimpey

Homes England


Mace Developments

Legal & General UK Property Fund

Construction Tier 1

The construction and engineering practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Cambridge is led by Dominic Lacey, who is also head of the firm's international transport group. In 2018, leading a firm-wide team, he acted for the Government of Rwanda in the funding and construction of New Bugesara Airport. Alongside his international work, he also handles UK matters, which recently included a £125m portfolio of senior living development. The firm has a deep bench of rising star associates handling high-value matters, including Tom Douglas, Catherine Andrews, Ed Freeman and Patrick Cooney.

Key clients

Brunel University London

Signature Senior Lifestyle Limited

Legal & General

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Department for Transport

Transport for London

Highways England

Audley Court Limited

Lancaster plc Limited

Dacorum Borough Council

Education Tier 1

Nationally, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has one of the largest education sector practices in the UK and its Cambridge office houses substantial expertise. It handles employment, student, charity law, disputes, real estate, corporate and commercial, intellectual property, health and safety, constitutional and regulatory matters for HE and FE colleges, schools, academies and private education institutions. Education and corporate governance expert Glynne Stanfield and real estate specialist Clare Whitaker are the lead partners. Matthew Kelly is a key partner in the firm's education employment practice. Also recommended are Stephen O’Reilly for charity law and senior associate Martyn Robinson who joined from Hewitsons.

Key clients

Natural Environmental Research Council – National Oceanography Centre

Richmond, The American University in London

Medical Research Council

Newnham College

Bolton College

Hartpury College


Collab Group

Lambeth College

Employment Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP plays a central role in the firm's nationwide employment practice, which handles a high volume of cross-border matters for an international client base. The practice has particular experience in the education, financial services, pharmaceutical and transport sectors, for which it handles complex Employment Tribunal litigation, business restructuring and redundancies, and business immigration. Practice head Simon Tytherleigh, co-head of the financial services employment sector team Elizabeth Graves, and head of the firm's international employment counsel team Constanze Moorhouse, are leading lights in the market. The team also includes Matthew Kelly, who has worked on a number of high-profile further education mergers, as well as principal associates Rachel Bennett and Sasha Willmott who both demonstrate broad experience.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a national practice for personal injury defence work that is run from its Ipswich office. Head of corporate claims Nicola Lashmar , Paul Coppin and Louise Bland are the key partners in a practice that is frequently involved in the most significant matters in the market. The practice handles high-value national and cross-border matters and is frequently involved in litigation across Europe, in Africa and China. It also handles day-to-day matters for clients such as National Grid plc, Cadent Gas and Anglian Water Services. Rising star associate Wayne Donovan is also recommended.

Key clients

Anglian Water Services Limited

General Electric Insurance

Legal & General Insurance

National Grid plc

Cadent Gas Limited

Johnson Controls International plc

Forestry Commission

Halliburton Company

Natural Environment Research Council

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Turkish Airlines

Alitalia Societa Aerea Italiana SPA

Northern Gas Networks



Ewals Cargo Care

Argus Insurance Company (Europe) Limited



Manchester United


Intellectual property Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Cambridge office is home to a substantial part of the firm's national IP practice, which comprises six partners. Simon Crossley is the key partner in Cambridge and he has more than 20 years' experience in areas such as open source software and open innovation, establishing licence models for app stores, and the use of technology in healthcare. Adrian Toutoungi has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property but has a particular focus on complex patent litigation.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Cambridge draws on an experienced team of corporate, IT and IP lawyers to handle complex projects for both national businesses, including financial institutions, and high-growth companies based in the technology hub of Cambridge. Transactional technology lawyer and practice head Simon Crossley. He is a key member of the firm's national life sciences practice and an expert in regulatory matters and IT commercialisation projects.

Property litigation Tier 2

The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP plays a key role in the firm's national property litigation practice. The departure of key partner Richard New to Mills & Reeve LLP leaves principal associate Samuel Maw as the key contact. The firm is highly regarded for matters involving business rates, on which it advises blue-chip clients in the retail and online sectors. The firm also represents major UK lenders and property developers.

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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Senior office partner Matthew Allen
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 Rachel Bennett  photo Rachel Bennett
 Anna Britland  photo Anna Britland
 Frances Butler  photo Frances Butler
 Karen Chang  photo Karen Chang
 Lucy Churchill  photo Lucy Churchill
 Patrick Cooney  photo Patrick Cooney
 Jessica Craven  photo Jessica Craven
 Simon Crossley  photo Simon Crossley
 Catherine Dear  photo Catherine Dear
 Liesje Dilworth  photo Liesje Dilworth
 David Dowsett  photo David Dowsett
 Josie Dye  photo Josie Dye
 Megan D’Souza-Mathew  photo Megan D’Souza-Mathew
 Leigh Edgar  photo Leigh Edgar
 Liz Fitzsimons  photo Liz Fitzsimons
 Andrew Garbett  photo Andrew Garbett
 Joanne Gaston  photo Joanne Gaston
 Bryan Gillery  photo Bryan Gillery
 Nadia Gracias  photo Nadia Gracias
 Elizabeth Graves  photo Elizabeth Graves
 Alice Heatley  photo Alice Heatley
 Dave Hughes  photo Dave Hughes
 Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh  photo Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh
 Matthew Kelly  photo Matthew Kelly
 Michael Loffler  photo Michael Loffler
 Sasha Lormant  photo Sasha Lormant
 Arabella Manning  photo Arabella Manning
 Samuel Maw  photo Samuel Maw
 Constanze Moorhouse  photo Constanze Moorhouse
 Claire Morgan  photo Claire Morgan
 Ivan Moriarty  photo Ivan Moriarty
 Dominic Morris  photo Dominic Morris
 Stephen O’Reilly  photo Stephen O’Reilly
 Dan Scannell  photo Dan Scannell
 Poppy Short  photo Poppy Short
 Bertilla Shotton  photo Bertilla Shotton
 Glynne Stanfield  photo Glynne Stanfield
 Geoff Street  photo Geoff Street
 Olivia Toulson  photo Olivia Toulson
 Adrian Toutoungi  photo Adrian Toutoungi
 Alice Townley Smith  photo Alice Townley Smith
 Simon Tytherleigh  photo Simon Tytherleigh
 Owen Warnock  photo Owen Warnock
 Clare Whitaker  photo Clare Whitaker
 Natalie Williams  photo Natalie Williams
 Sasha Willmott  photo Sasha Willmott
Number of UK partners : 308
Number of other UK fee-earners : 837

The Lex 100 Verdict

Eversheds Sutherland is an 'international firm but with a local focus'. Training contracts are offered across England and Wales and the firm has 'great clients in the regions', which allows trainees to undertake high-profile work regardless of their office location. Several recruits had fond memories of the vacation scheme, during which time they experienced an 'inclusive and energetic workplace' and an 'atmosphere of collegiate fun'. Eversheds Sutherland is 'rapidly growing, in terms of global reach, brand strength, quality of work and innovative expertise', but this 'exciting growth does not come at the expense of the firm's culture'. The 'friendly yet intelligent and hard-working people' foster a culture of openness and are 'always happy to have a conversation regardless of seniority'. A Lex 100 Winner medal has been awarded for approachability. And, whilst there is 'close supervision', by the same token trainees have the 'autonomy to take matters forward and not be micro-managed'. Complaints centred on the 'not very efficient' IT system, 'feeling like you're not listened to when it comes to the allocation and content/experience of seats' and the 'limited international secondments in relation to the number of trainees'. 'Very late evenings/early mornings' and 'weekend working' were also begrudged. In contrast, 'attending client offices for a signing on a major deal which made the national news' and 'completing a multi-jurisdictional reorganisation' were exciting. Some trainees counted international secondments – an 'amazing opportunity to expand my network and experience another country' – among their best moments, earning the firm another Lex 100 Winner medal in this category. For a 'very international' firm where trainees are 'offered high-quality work, trusted to complete it and have their opinion valued', take a closer look at Eversheds Sutherland.