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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
115 COLMORE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B3 3AL
England

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has expertise covering a range of corporate, real estate and leveraged finance matters. Patrick Davis leads the local practice, which is closely integrated with the wider firm’s expansive national and international networks; both he and Ben Tumelty directs their focus towards acquisition finance, restructurings, refinancing and a wealth of lending matters.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's financial services disputes and investigations group is praised for its 'enormous expertise and great strength-in-depth'. Neville Gray leads the West Midlands practice and advises his impressive roster of financial services clients on litigation and regulatory matters, extending to fraud issues and pensions disputes. Also in Birmingham sits national banking litigation head Chris Busby — whose broad expertise includes complaint handling, misselling claims, PPI and advising on contentious regulatory issues — and Martin Ward, who specialises in motor, asset and invoice finance work and is increasingly focusing on new trends in unfair relationship claims, including affordability and undisclosed commissions. Principal associates to note include Sarah Hope (who counts product misselling claims, PPI issues, bank charge disputes and asset finance recovery work among her specialisms) and Turon Miah who joined from Gowling WLG, adding significant insolvency litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Neville Gray

Other key lawyers:

Chris Busby; Martin Ward; Sarah Hope; Victoria Savage; Turon Miah

Testimonials

‘Eversheds are deservedly picking up some of the biggest banking cases around. They have enormous expertise and great strength-in-depth. First-rate.’

The team provides a flexible product to meet the client’s needs – offering detailed assistance and bespoke work where required but also template pleadings, witness statements and instructions to counsel in bulk litigation to keep costs down.

‘I have done a lot of work with Victoria Savage involving the full range of banking litigation disputes and have always found her work exemplary. Victoria provides a strong service especially against difficult timetables and has adapted brilliantly to the new ways of working in Covid -19. I always receive helpful instructions and support throughout a case and always feel able to pick up a phone to discuss matters and plan tactics.

‘They work exceptionally well on wide portfolios of cases. They identify a strategy (in consultation with counsel and the client) and they implement it with great effect.’

‘They work for many different lenders in PPI Claims and therefore can learn lessons for one lender that can be adapted across the piece. The team are always friendly and responsive. There is no sense of hierarchy and every member no matter how senior or junior is treated the same.’

‘Neville and his team are proactive and willing to go the extra mile to achieve the best outcome. In individual cases this may only represent a small saving but it makes a big difference to the company’s strategy overall. The team have a hard-working ethos and are able to turn around urgent matters quickly.’

Key clients

Nationwide Building Society

Santander

Phoenix Group/Standard Life

Safeway Pension Trustees Limited

Instant Cash Loans

Options Pensions

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'pragmatic and commercial' litigation and dispute management practice 'instils confidence in both its experience and judgement' across a range of local and international commercial disputes. The group is jointly led by the 'exceptional' Rich Lloyd, who frequently represents industrial engineering and energy and utilities sector clients in litigation and arbitration; Adam Fisher, who is particularly strong for fraud-related matters, automotive claims and technology and outsourcing disputes; head of public inquiries and investigations Sarah Jones, and Nottingham-based Louise Howarth. Principal associates Ridah Iqbal and Helen Amison are names to note for technology, and aerospace and defence sector disputes respectively, while 'excellent senior associateVictoria Callicott focuses the utilities sector.

Practice head(s):

Adam Fisher; Rich Lloyd; Sarah Jones; Louise Howarth

Other key lawyers:

Ridah Iqbal; Helen Amison; Victoria Callicott

Testimonials

‘This is a good team of varying bench strength. The team is engaging, committed and accessible. The advice is pragmatic and commercial and costs are always agreed up front and predictable. The firms instils confidence in both their experience and judgement.’

‘Rich Lloyd and his team were exceptional – in terms of client service, quality of advice – both legal and commercial, ease to deal with, understanding of our issues, availability and indeed anything else we needed.’

‘The partner Adam Fisher is commercial, pragmatic and always available. He is able to cut through the detail of complex issues and summarise in a way that is helpful to senior management. He has a partnering approach to his client relationships. He is a trusted and much-respected adviser.

Victoria Callicott is an excellent senior associate. She can retain a vast amount of detail and her advice is always considered and balanced. She works well with our business and has very much become part of the team.

‘Rich Lloyd, who headed the team, was exceptional and I would happily use him again and unreservedly recommend him. He was available, dealt with matters in an understandable way and without jargon, showed a great understanding of our issues and concerns, and was very “user-friendly”.’

‘Stand out partner is Adam Fisher and stand out associate is Victoria Callicott.’

‘The team led by Rich Lloyd are very responsive and commercial. They are outcome-driven and willing to propose innovative fee arrangements to win the business. Strong all-rounders.’

‘Rich Lloyd is a talented lawyer. He takes time to understand the detail and the commercial complexities and applies his knowledge and expertise to achieve the best outcome for us. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Compass Group

Experian

John Lewis Partnership

National Grid

Severn Trent

Thames Water

Shell

Mitchells & Butlers

Vestey Foods

Sherwin Williams

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Telford and Wrekin Council

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is engaged for a broad array of commercial property work including major developments and redevelopments, headquarter relocations and high-value property leasing, dispositions and acquisitions transactions. The Birmingham market is particularly pivotal to the firm and is home to its global head of real estate, Gurjit Atwal, a development and investment specialist with expertise of all mainstream asset classes from retail through to industrial. David Jones fronts the firm’s commercial development practice from Birmingham and another local name, Philip Medford spearheads the national residential development group. Beyond its big-ticket investment and development workload, the practice is also extremely active in the field of corporate real estate where Dawn Hilton and Iftkhar Ahmed respectively act on significant portfolio and occupier matters.

Practice head(s):

David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Gurjit Atwal; Philip Medford; Iftkhar Ahmed; Ben Newton; Dawn Hilton; Matthew Storer

Key clients

Arqiva Limited

Lord Stafford

Nikal Ltd

Friargate Coventry Development Limited

Buzz Group Limited

Homes England

Hammerson

Landsec

SEGRO

Capital & Regional

HSBC Bank plc

National Grid

Seven Trent

Mitchells & Butlers

Boparan Restaurant Group

Odeon Cinemas

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP caters to a impressive client roster of bluechip corporates, global businesses and local players on a range of high-magnitude transactions. Practice head Mark Beardmore is a household name in the field of private equity deals, as is Catherine Eley who operates across a variety of deal structures, such as joint ventures, investments, dispositions and acquisitions. Nigel Cooke is also integral to the practice due to his extensive track record in multi-jurisdictional M&A, while Steven Hacking provides the team with distinguished proficiency in equity capital markets. The team is particularly active in the industrial, technology and healthcare sectors and owing to the prominent profile of Theresa-Marie Stodell, is also a go-to for corporate real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Beardmore

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Eley; Nigel Cooke; Steven Hacking; Theresa-Marie Stodell; Louise Finnie; Sue Lewis

Key clients

EMK / Reconomy Group

Aston Lark

Baird Capital Partners

AFH Financial Group plc

Joules Group plc

Eurocell plc

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

SEGRO plc

Livingbridge

Wolseley

Employment Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a range of FTSE 100 companies as well as various public sector organisations. Other strengths lie in international and cross-border employment work with a strong US client base. It is also skilled at advising on labour, trade union and employee relations matters. Birmingham-based Audrey Elliott and Nottingham-based Mark Fletcher co-head the team.  Elliott specialises in acting for companies across the energy and utilities sectors. Hannah Wilkins has considerable expertise in the IT sector.  Wie-Men Ho is adept at handling multi-day complex and high profile discrimination claims across the UK. At a senior level there have been some changes; former Birmingham senior partner David Beswick has now retired and Nick Jew is now at Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott; Mark Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Wilkins; Wie-Men Ho; Michael Hardiman

Testimonials

‘City quality advice at good regional prices’.

‘The team is very responsive and proactive. Excellent at keeping us informed of external events and initiatives including updates to government policies. Good use of technology to provide overview of policies and trends in different countries. Excellent virtual events and conferences on a range of topics as well as policies for managing Covid’.

‘Audrey Elliott – extremely responsive – very good at anticipating needs – ensures timely provision of information and advice’.

‘Great team ethos and a service that goes the extra mile’.

‘We had a very difficult/complex and urgent case which needed immediate advice and support. Both the partner and the senior associate worked together as a team right through until midnight to provide the advice and support needed in time for us to report back to the Eexec‘.

‘Michael Hardiman is excellent. He has such a lovely warm style, very personable, patient and explains legal concepts easily in layman terms. The advice he gives is of a high standard and always provides commercial pragmatic advice and doesn’t just give the “legal view” but provides options/strategies to suit the needs of the business’.

‘Wie-Men Ho is an exceptional advocate, as good with witnesses from the shop floor to the boardroom as he is in the tribunal.’

Key clients

Next Plc

De Montfort University

Sandwell College

Greene King Limited

Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Limited

Specsavers Optical Group Limited (and other subsidiary companies)

Pendragon Plc

Carpetright Limited

Unipart Group Limited

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

A ‘forward-thinking, commercial’ practice, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP caters to a client roster of banks, mezzanine and asset-based lenders, private equity and distressed funds, as well as corporates and insolvency practitioners. The team has been involved in several significant insolvencies in the retail and casual dining space over the past year and, owing to the sector expertise of the ‘exceptionally goodAndrew Jordan, is also an active participant in the automotive supply chain, education, energy and healthcare industries. Jenna Poulton co-heads the department alongside Jordan and is acclaimed for her work on real estate, senior, mezzanine and solvent restructurings in addition to asset-based lending. Beyond partner level, legal director Anne-Louise Lawrence earns acclaim for her 'in-depth knowledge' of real estate-related restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jordan; Jenna Poulton

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Louise Lawrence; Kiran Khakh

Testimonials

‘This firm is forward-thinking, commercial and quickly understand the key drivers which marks success. They have been proactive in thinking about new ways in their negotiation techniques in order to gain a successful outcome for all parties.’

‘Andrew Jordan is exceptionally good at picking up the commercial complexities of each case and delivering a legal pragmatic strategy in order to achieve swift success and avoiding undue costs in the process.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with.’

‘Always very responsive with excellent advice and guidance.’

‘Strong team, high quality professionals and with the strength and depth of a large practice.’

‘The specific individuals and indeed the team as a whole are a very impressive outfit, commercially minded and the fees & costs are good value.’

‘Anne-Louise Lawrence provides in-depth knowledge of insolvency and corporate recovery, real estate and banking and finance law; she also has a very rational understanding of real estate and real estate markets.’

‘Very commercial minded and is driving solutions to assist in a difficult area of practice.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank PLC

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

Santander UK Bank PLC

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Alvarez and Marsal

Boparan Restaurant Group

Livingbridge

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a large team that advises the trustees of many of the most prominent pension schemes. The first-rate team advises a large number of employers on their pension obligations in addition to advising various Midlands based LGPS pension funds. Gary Delderfield heads the national public sector pensions offering. Emma King continues to be involved in pension scheme restructurings and other issues such as liability management projects for various key clients. Sarah Franklin is a primary contact for the specialist pension education sector team. Georgina Rankin and Gavin Paul are also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Emma King

Other key lawyers:

Gary Delderfield; Sarah Franklin; Georgina Rankin; Gavin Paul; James Ellis

Testimonials

‘Extremely proactive and responsive team’.

‘The lawyers are extremely thorough and robust in their advice but also very pragmatic in supporting the trustees to achieve our desired outcomes. Our invoices are never excessive and are often less than they might have been, even where it has not been possible to agree a budget in advance’.

‘James Ellis and Emma King have embedded themselves as trusted advisers for our scheme, swiftly developing a deep understanding of our rules, culture and personalities across the trustee board. I have been hugely impressed by how they have made themselves so available and have drawn on support from their colleagues when needed’.

‘The team is very quick to respond and really focuses on the legal advice – the lawyers don’t attempt to write up legal advice that is not needed or over-long – they are very good at getting straight to the point which is extremely helpful’.

‘Emma King and James Ellis are very friendly and easy to work with – work in a collaborative way with us and are very responsive. They make themselves available at short notice and are willing to talk complex issues through to help get to a solution’.

‘For public sector work Gary Delderfield is extremely well-regarded and works for some high-profile public sector clients‘.

Key clients

Evonik UK Holdings Limited

Trustee of the Clara Pension Trust

The Baptist Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Northern Gas Networks Pension Scheme

Siemens plc

Northumberland Council

Warwick University Pension Scheme

Ultra Electronics Pension Scheme

Rolls-Royce plc

Wolverhampton City Council

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Clients of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s property litigation practice hail it as ‘uniquely experienced in a varied range of disputes’. The practice caters to a broad client roster which, in addition to real estate companies, includes entities from the retail, leisure, financial service, energy and education sectors. Paul Moorcroft and solicitor-advocate Lisa Barge are hailed as ‘second to none’, particularly in respect of contentious dilapidation and rent review matters; the pair jointly front the practice alongside David Feist who holds distinguished expertise in supporting electricity distribution and transmission license holders with easement, land compensation and wayleave disputes. At the more junior end, Rob Holloway delivers a ‘commercially aware’ service for tenant insolvency, service charge and lease break options while Arren Thornton, is acclaimed for his proficiency in utility sector and business rate affairs; their fellow principal associate Charlotte Webster is also noted for her 'sensible, no-nonsense guidance'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Moorcroft; Lisa Barge; David Feist

Other key lawyers:

Rob Holloway; Arren Thornton; Charlotte Webster

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds Sutherland real estate litigation team are always ahead of the curve on new developments and are able to provide swift advice on complex issues. All partners and associates have good availability and do so much over and above their day job.’

‘I work mostly closely with David Feist and Lisa Barge in the Eversheds Birmingham team, they are both very adaptable and adept in their sectors, able to provide clear advice on the strength of any case or the interpretation of an issue to help unlock complex real estate disputes.’

‘What makes the Property Litigation team unique is their extensive experience of handling a varied range of real estate disputes meaning they are able to identify potential issues very early on in a case process.’

‘The team also have a strong commercial mindset and as a result, provide pragmatic advice to balance risk and potential reward. In my experience this essential approach is often missing from my competing firms.’

‘I work principally with Lisa Barge who has outstanding knowledge and experience of handing a wide range of real estate disputes.’

‘Lisa Barge, Paul Moorcroft and Paul Holloway all have exceptional broad skills and experience in in the sector. They also have a very good understanding of the surveying world and how their work impacts on the market.’

‘David Feist and Charlotte Webster can always be relied upon to cut to the chase and provide sensible, no-nonsense guidance without feeling the need to showboat or point-score.’

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Landsec

Birmingham City Council (Major Projects)

National Grid Electricity Transmission & National Grid Gas

Facebook UK Limited

Mitchells & Butler plc

Next plc

Severn Trent

HSBC Bank plc

Taylor Wimpey plc

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Peter Scurlock leads the construction and the non-contentious practice; he is 'always available to support on complex issues’ and also leads the firm's national team in relation to nuclear new build. David Jones jointly leads the non-contentious team with Scurlock and Richard Hartigan. Jones, a former chartered civil engineer, 'brings a broad range of expertise and experience', while Hartigan has a specific focus on the real estate sector and development of the built environment. They work with John Batten, who handles energy and offshore projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scurlock

Other key lawyers:

David Jones; Richard Hartigan; John Batten; Sarah Maylor; Richard Dickinson

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive and approachable and offer on-point, excellent advice and support.’

‘David Jones always provides excellent advice and brings a broad range of expertise and experience. ’

‘A well run, well informed team that provides clear and thoughtful advice to the development and construction industry.’

‘Peter Scurlock leads the team and is always available to provide advice on complex issues. Peter provides calm measured advice while understanding the commercial context and ensuring the best service at reasonable cost.’

‘The team provide us with a very responsive and effective service dealing with all our construction management contracts on our construction contracts for many years.’

‘Richard Hartigan, Sarah Maylor and Richard Dickinson are the people we mostly work with. Sarah Maylor and Richard Hartigan recently steered us to a very successful mediation settlement in relation to a claim we made against one of our contractors. Excellent advice and negotiating skills to help achieve the excellent outcome.’

Key clients

National Grid Group (including National Grid Gas and National Grid Electricity, National Grid Viking Link Ltd)

EDF Energy (including NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited and NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

RTE (Reseau de Transport d’Electricite) / EirGrid joint venture

RWE Renewables and RWE Generation

Hammerson

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Severn Trent Group

Landsec

Taylor Wimpey

Birmingham Airport

Segro

Heathrow Airport

Public sector > Education Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s nationwide team specialises in the regulatory aspects of education law, including employment, health and safety, IP and constitutional matters. Diane Gilhooley has a broad contentious and non-contentious employment practice in the education sector, encompassing tribunal proceedings, trade union issues, equality and diversity work, governance mandates and charity matters. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and helpful’ Mark Taylor is noted for his involvement in a high volume of mergers in the education sector, in which he provides full-service advice including due diligence and governance support. Principal associate Morag Roddick is noted for her roles in M&A and joint ventures involving a wide range of education clients.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley; Mark Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Morag Roddick

Testimonials

‘The team are quick to respond and provide excellent support services when we approach for advice and to take forward specific services, coordinating with legal firms overseas where in-country regulatory and legal advice is required, offering assurance we as a university understand the regulatory environment we intend to operate in.’

‘The team are always one step ahead of competitors. They have real strength and depth across the education sector. As well as the clear technical expertise, their approach is practical, and they really do feel like a part of the wider team committed to getting the job done.’

‘All individuals we have liaised with have provided excellent services, with professional, balanced and informed advice, giving us the confidence we are making informed decisions with regard to legal and regulatory matters.’

‘Eversheds have a breath and depth of experience in the education space, with specialists available who can help in numerous specific areas of law.’

‘Mark Taylor’s sector knowledge is outstanding. He is always on the front foot and really stands out when compared to competitors. He is very accessible and has a flexible style that works well across a variety of areas.’

Key clients

University of Wolverhampton

Sandwell College

Solihull College and University Centre

University of Reading

The Greater London Authority

National College for Advance Transport and Infrastructure

Medical Research Council

Vanta Education (owner of BPP)

Sheffield University

Trafford College Group

LEAD Multi Academy Trust

Nova Academy Trust

University of York

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

The national immigration practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is led from Birmingham by the hugely experienced Audrey Elliott, who 'has a wealth of knowledge on both UK and cross-border immigration and employment'. The firm has a strong focus on combining its employment and immigration specialisms to offer a more rounded service to clients, which include major companies in the retail, food and drink, logistics and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott

Testimonials

‘The team’s knowledge is unsurpassable in terms of the ability to commercially advise on immigration considerations. Due to the fact they keep employment considerations at the heart of immigration advice, I feel safe as a client that the advice I have been given has weighed the balance of risk and commercial need.’

‘Audrey Elliott is a standout partner for me. She has a wealth of knowledge on both UK and cross-border immigration and employment which she applies both in direct advice and in managing large multi-jurisdictional work. She has a natural warmth to her work with me as a client and gives clear and pragmatic advice on complex issues.’

Key clients

Next Plc

Unipart Group Limited

Associated British Foods Plc (including Twinings, Allied Bakeries, West Mill, Jordan Ryvita, Speedibake)

Unipart Group Limited

Cadent Gas

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active on major local and national infrastructure projects, significant residential developments, public transport improvement schemes and work for local authorities. Practice head Paul Maile has featured as an advocate in several prominent public enquiries and is particularly renowned for consenting energy projects; he is supported by Duncan Williams who frequently acts for national house builders, specialising in all facets of the planning process such as s106 Agreements, appeals and due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maile

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Williams

Testimonials

‘A very well respected team, for good reasons – I am grateful to be able to call upon them. ’

‘Paul Maile is fab. Great people skills and encyclopedic knowledge. You will be looked after thoroughly.’

‘The team has a broad set of skills to complement the the level of expertise needed in this area.’

‘They are dedicated, professional and work within a team ethic.’

Key clients

SEGRO/Roxhill

RWE Renewables UK Limited

Menter Mon Cyf

Tritax Symmetry Ltd

AWG Holdings Limited

Heyford Park Developments Limited

Community Windpower Limited

Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

L&G Senior Living

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

Led by Charlotte Walker-Osborn, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team focuses on various areas of regulatory IT mandates, including outsourcing projects, licensing issues, could computing work and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Walker-Osborn

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 4

In 2020, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP expanded its team with the recruitment of trade mark attorney Katie Smith from Stobbs IP. The newly bolstered practice focuses on patent, trade mark and copyright matters, predominantly on the non-contentious side. Among recent highlights, the team advised Ingevity Corporation on the IP aspects of its $590m cross-border acquisition of Perstorp Group's business. Rupert Bent handles a varied portfolio of contentious and transactional IP matters, including licensing, branding and R&D agreements.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Bent

Other key lawyers:

Katie Smith; Lisa Highet

Testimonials

‘I was impressed with the commercial awareness of the intellectual property team. They also turned around complex drafting in reduced timelines understanding the time pressure in-house lawyers are often under.’

‘Rupert Bent has a pragmatic and commercial approach. Other experts in the field I have found are able to identify issues but not able to offer pragmatic commercial solutions in the same manner as Rupert.’ 

‘Lisa Highet – personable and efficient, able to work under tight timelines.’

Key clients

National Grid PLC

University of Westminster

Tombola Limited

Manchester International Festival

Halewood International Limited

Genting Casinos UK Limited

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Led by the very well-respected Joanne Canning from Cardiff and also able to draw from the firm's wider UK-based resources, if necessary, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a particular strong reputation advising on complex real estate finance mandates for a lender-focused client base, including numerous clearing banks. Associate Melissa Hellio has gained an excellent lender-side perspective as a result of several bank secondments during her time at the firm, experiences which she deploys to good effect in relation to both real estate and corporate lending transactions.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team has a 'deep understanding of the sector and market trends', and it is also noted for its 'sophisticated approach to negotiations'. Kathryn Walters leads the group, which advises listed companies and the region's largest corporate borrowers on the largest facilities across the full range of financing transactions. Walters specialises in leveraged and structured finance, structured real estate investment finance and structured ABL/invoice finance. Corporate lending specialist Paul Castle, who is an authority in education finance, has a strong client following among universities and further education colleges. David Parry and Susan Ledger are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Walters

Other key lawyers:

Paul Castle; David Parry; Susan Ledger

Testimonials

‘The team is very consistent, from the partners who front the transactions, to the detailed up front questioning of the transaction. This detailed questioning is where the firm sets itself apart, allowing a scope of work (and price) which sees few surprises, with no ‘fee creep’ during the transaction. The quality of legal work, and the ability to bring in experts within a particular field from across the Eversheds’ staff, is also particularly impressive.’

‘The banking team is very detailed in its approach. Paul Castle and Kathryn Walters particularly begin any transaction/quotation with detailed questioning, clearly articulating (and probing) key risk areas and areas of less concern, using good examples to further explain the legal position. They are approachable and friendly.’

‘Kathryn Walters leads the engagements undertaken by Eversheds for the bank. Her experience and technical knowledge is stand out among her peers whilst also explaining the commercial rationale for legal points.’

‘Deep understanding of the sector, market trends, deal comps. Sophisticated approach to negotiations – with borrower and with borrowers legal advisors.’

‘Excellent levels of service – people you can trust to do an excellent job -Good partner engagement when appropriate- not always evident with other law firms.’

‘Paul Castle – very knowledgeable, accessible, provides a balanced and informed view based on experience in sector, very clear explanations if we as clients need further clarification. A pleasure to work with.’

‘The team were pragmatic, responsive and had a practical approach to dealing with our banking requirements.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

DFS Furniture plc

Cranswick plc

Harworth Group plc

Globus Group

Santander UK plc

UK Land Estates

British Business Bank

Virgin Money (previously Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank)

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Working independently, as well as being to draw from additional personnel throughout the firm's UK network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland's ten-strong team excels in handling complex and resource-intensive regional and UK-wide public sector disputes. A sizeable proportion of this work relates to public procurement matters and under the guidance of Richard Pitt , the team garners praise for the 'commercial and pragmatic' advice it is able to provide, both in a risk management setting during the procurement process, as well as in any disputes that may subsequently arise from failed bidders. Notably, Pitt recently led the team's high-profile representation of the Department for Transport in the defence of claims by Arriva and Stagecoach entities in relation to the East Midlands rail franchise competition. Luisa Gibbons is also well-versed in public procurement matters, combining this work with a niche professional discipline offering. Lawyers from the Cardiff office also regularly provide assistance to the firm's broader market-leading public inquiries offering, which is primarily led out of Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Richard Pitt

Other key lawyers:

Luisa Gibbons; Angharad Haf Hurle; Dorian Morris; Helen Rowland; Anna Lois Senter

Testimonials

The team provides commercial and pragmatic advice.

Key clients

Department for Transport

Network Rail

Gloucestershire County Council

Serious Fraud Office

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Thames Water

Close Brothers Limited

Marelli

Eastleigh College

Airbus UK

Teaching Regulation Agency

Welsh Language Commissioner

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Forest England

Stena Line/Stena Ports

Department for Education

Telford and Wrekin Council

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'first-class' commercial litigation team in Leeds has 'specialists in all areas and is able to marshal whatever resources are required to progress the matter'. In addition to a breadth of local experience, clients of the practice benefit from access to the firm's national and international networks. 'Exceptional' head of litigation in Leeds Richard Matthews also heads up the firm’s European product liability and UK contentious procurement practices, while head of commercial dispute resolution James Hyde and Mark Howarth lead the firm's international TMT and energy sector disputes groups respectively. Gary Pellow is particularly active in logistics, energy, aerospace and defence sector disputes, while Deborah Polden handles a range of general commercial litigation; legal director Edward Williams is strong for IT and procurement litigation; and 'top-rate senior associate' Alex Cook, for energy sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Matthews; James Hyde

Other key lawyers:

Gary Pellow; Mark Howarth; Deborah Polden; Alex Cook; Edward Williams

Testimonials

‘Non-traditional fee structure and actually helpful tech collaboration.’

‘Eversheds is always a very personable firm. The people are easy to work with and very client-focused. They work incredibly hard and have a “can-do” attitude. I am always impressed with their attitude towards women too. They always support women in leadership roles.’

‘The team is very cohesive. I was very impressed with how the team worked together on a very stressful case with tight deadlines and particularly in lockdown times. The team also works very efficiently with a very efficient allocation of work at different levels of seniority in the team.’

‘First class dispute resolution team, particularly in procurement issues. Excellent both at a) avoiding litigation b) dealing with litigation and c) resolving disputes.’

‘Mark Howarth and Deborah Polden are both excellent partners, Alex Cook is a top rate senior associate.’

‘Richard Matthews is one of the best and most thoughtful lawyers I have come across. I would rate him as exceptional and other partners are also very good (but not as shrewd as he is). Deborah Polden very good too.’

‘Mark Howarth – admirable grasp of the detail and availability.’

Key clients

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

Engie

Department for Transport

DXC

McCain

Johnson Matthey plc

Specsavers

WeWork

Arco

DHL

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial and corporate litigation team is a popular choice for high-value disputes involving both national and North West corporates. The group has particular experience across a number of key sectors, including the diversified industrial, chemicals and aviation industries, which are among Matthew Taylor's areas of specialism. The practice is also a popular choice for reputation management and business protection litigation (including breach of restrictive covenant disputes) for which Michael Clavell-Bate and recently promoted Phil Duignan are the respective partners to note. Taylor and Clavell-Bate jointly lead the team, which includes legal director Thomas Whitfield and principal associate Luisa Zukowski, who combines litigation and international arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Taylor; Michael Clavell-Bate

Other key lawyers:

Phil Duignan; Thomas Whitfield; Luisa Zukowski

Testimonials

‘The people at this practice are fantastic. Speed of response is excellent, working style is very attentive and detailed. Technology is good. When I work with Phil Duignan I feel like he’s in-house. He very rapidly can understand and process new and changing events. He’s an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Phil Duignan is truly exceptional in all areas. His response time (even out of hours) is the fastest I’ve seen in litigation (almost immediate). He can rapidly process quickly changing and very complex events and alter the litigation plan accordingly. He also understands people well and is able to extract the required outcomes in his communications with the other side. He’s humble, honest, smart and efficient.’

Key clients

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

DXC Technology

Daisy Group

INEOS

Premier Park

Swissport

Johnson Controls Inc

Very.co.uk

Assa Abloy

Fanatics

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 1

Headed by Kathryn CookEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team has the strength-in-depth and resources to be able to effectively deliver a range of services across the property spectrum for a varied client base that includes investors, developers and occupiers. As well as being the relationship partner for Annington, one of the largest owners of residential property in the UK, the 'commercially astuteGeraint Pullin Thomas also regularly provides the real estate input associated with the firm's market-leading renewable energy practice. Transport is another core industry sector focus for the real estate team, an area that the 'superbHelen Thomas continues to be active, alongside her broader responsibilities as European managing partner with responsibility for the firm's offices in France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. In addition to its competence and specialisms across industry sectors, the team also has partner-level specialisations relating to different real estate stakeholders. Key among these are David Emberson's investor-focused work for key institutional clients, including SEGRO, and Kevin Booth's developer practice in relation to both private and public sector transactions. Other recommended practitioners include James Trafford, who handles the real estate needs of numerous UK and global corporates, including those in the energy and infrastructure sector; the 'accessible, flexible and commercialGareth Ashfield, who handles the commercial property requirements of many major corporates (including in relation to HQs and logistics); and 'very bright, dedicated and diligent' senior associate Jonathan Woodward, whose varied workload includes work related to acquisitions, disposals and leases.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Roberts

Other key lawyers:

James Trafford; Elizabeth Fevyer; David Watkins; Kevin Booth; Helen Thomas; Geraint Pullin Thomas; David Emberson; Andrew Burns; Gareth Ashfield; Nicola Louise Smith; Jonathan Woodward

Testimonials

‘The real estate team based in Cardiff are legal services market leaders, delivering a range of services across the property spectrum. Advice provided is always succinct and understandable and delivered in a way which enables the client to make good, reasoned decisions.’

‘High level of attention to detail and working to tight deadlines without losing focus or quality of advice.’

‘Geraint Pullin Thomas is commercially astute.’

Helen Thomas is superb.’

‘Gareth Ashfield is always willing to understand and listen to our requirements and adapt to meet those needs.’

Jonathan Woodward is very bright, dedicated and diligent.’

Key clients

Transport for London

National Grid

SEGRO Plc

British Gas/Centrica

Annington Limited

CBRE Global Investors

Persimmon Homes

GSK

EDF Energy

RWE

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s team has ‘excellent expertise in all key areas’, with a strategic focus on investment work, where it acts for blue-chip institutions, pension funds and property companies. The department has a strong background in the acquisition, disposal and management of shopping centres, as well as development projects and real estate finance transactions. Investment and asset management specialist Steve Felstead acts for clients such as Legal & General and UK Land Estates. Sue Buckworth manages the portfolios of the firm’s international real estate clients, while Simon Harris and Ian Barker work on development mandates.

Practice head(s):

Steve Felstead

Other key lawyers:

Sue Buckworth; Simon Harris

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise in all key areas and good at problem-solving and follow-up.’

‘Very proactive.’

Key clients

Legal & General

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Next plc

UK Land Investments

Hammerson

Anchor Hannover

Frasers Group

Harworth

Kier

The University of Manchester

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a varied practice and a broad client base of public and private sector developers, funders, investors, and corporate occupiers. Sector strengths include healthcare, education and energy; the team regularly handles complex cross-jurisdictional matters. Practice head Nancy Brown has a broad range of expertise and advises major financial services companies. Phillip Tunney supports industrial clients, healthcare sector clients, property developers and investors in property matters while Michael Buchanan also advises some of the team’s most high-profile clients. Legal director Joanna Sowerby acts on large sales and purchases. Experienced practitioner Phil Birchall joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Brown

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Cartwright; Phillip Tunney; Michael Buchanan; Joanna Sowerby

Testimonials

‘Commercially minded, common sense advice. Very client focused – they go the extra mile.’

‘Elizabeth Cartwright is an up and coming star. Elizabeth always gives excellent advice, works very hard to exceeds expectations and is solid and dependable. ’

‘The international offering is excellent for a global company who may need access to legal services in international markets. Eversheds take responsibility by project managing the legal work to ensure a consistent level of service is maintained. I therefore have the benefit of dealing with a single contact who is then across all of the international work and liasises with the various international offices. ’

‘Phillip Tunney offers practical and commercial advice. He will explain the legal position but will then run through the commercial realities and gives you confidence to make good business decisions.

‘Always responsive and adaptive to our needs.’

Key clients

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

Ineos

Johnson Controls Inc

Kier Property Developments Limited

Lancaster (Jardine Motor Group)

Lookers

Manchester Airport Group/ Airport City Limited Partnership

Morris Homes Limited

Muse Developments Limited

PH Property

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Toni & Guy

University of Manchester

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

The 'very knowledgeable' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP excels in 'providing clear and constructive advice and support on complex high-value' energy and infrastructure projects. Alison Short leads the team; her practice has a domestic focus, including advising on the engineering and construction contracts to facilitate nuclear projects across the UK. Former co-head Rob McNabb left to join EY LLP in summer 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alison Short

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Aaron

Testimonials

‘The very knowledgeable team provides clear and constructive advice and support on complex high-value matters.’

‘The individuals are approachable and responsive to our requirements and are mindful of the commercial, as well as legal, challenges.’

Key clients

NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

Wales & West Utilities Limited

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Gresham House Storage Fund plc

Verda B.V

Glennmont Partners

Tamasuk Holding Co

TSO EirGrid and TSO RTE

Critical Project Services Limited

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘very good technical knowledge but also good awareness of wider commercial issues,‘ which it puts to work on high-value regional, national and international construction projects. Dominic Lacey in Cambridge leads the practice and is also head of the firm-wide roads sector group, which handles large infrastructure projects. He recently advised the Slovak Republic on the D4R7 – Bratislava Bypass, the country’s second PPP project. The ‘pragmatic, personable and knowledgeableTom Douglas is the key partner in Cambridge and specialises in transactions construction work for transport authorities, developers, government entities, lenders and contractors. Solicitor Ed Freeman also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Lacey

Other key lawyers:

Tom Douglas; Ed Freeman

Testimonials

‘The team have the technical skills to proficiently undertake our work. There is a good trust relationship with the team members. They deliver upon agreed timelines. They are adaptable; in the event that one member of the team is not available, they quickly allocate a replacement lawyer. On certain projects there is a lead lawyer and a supplemental lawyer, both understanding the deal points and therefore from a client perspective – this has great value-add.’

‘They wish to understand the relevant background and ask the pertinent questions to understand the instructions and requirements of the task. Not shy to disagree in a constructive manner.’

‘They provide a personal and friendly service. Their strengths are expertise, client care, commerciality and development of good, friendly working relationships and also with an eye on the charging with a view to keeping invoicing levels in line with project viability. ’

‘Dominic Lacey’s strengths include experience, knowledge, simplicity of conveying complex legal issues, commercial approach, instant advice.’

‘The firm have provided high quality advice. They have responded at short notice to meet deadlines.’

‘Very good technical knowledge but also good awareness of wider commercial issues. Responsive to new ideas and ways of working, particularly in relation to billing requests. Work well as part of a wider client team working on broader projects or larger corporate transaction.’

‘Tom Douglas is pragmatic, personable and knowledgeable. Not afraid to question an approach and think of different solutions.’

Key clients

Audley Group

Slovak Republic

ARM

Lancaster plc

Brunel University London

Highways England

Signature Senior Living

Anchor Hanover

Legal & General

Government of Rwanda

Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Led by the 'exceptionalPaul PughEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's ten-strong team provides 'clear, practical and commercial advice' to corporates and private equity sponsors engaged in upper mid-market transactions, invariably in deals outside of Wales and often within regulated sectors. Pugh is particularly well-versed at advising on transactional work within the financial services space and continues to regularly advise specialist fintech-focused investment fund, Pollen Capital, on its downstream investment work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Pugh

Other key lawyers:

Iwan Walters; Shelley Evans

Testimonials

‘The firm provides clear, practical and commercial advice and guidance.’

‘The exceptional Paul Pugh provides timely and excellent advice, which he delivers in a client-centric manner.’

Key clients

Pollen Street Capital

Foreign Currency Direct Plc

GDFC Services Limited

Specialist Risk Group (Specialist Risk Investments Limited

Association of British Insurers

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc.

Aryza Holdings Limited

Jaja Finance

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's corporate practice group has an excellent track record in advising private equity houses and handling high-value M&A matters for a wide roster of clients. The group has extensive domestic and international coverage and is headed up by Robin Skelton in Leeds, where large transactional mandates are led by Amanda Partland. In the equity capital markets space, Alison Starr is the main contact, particularly for takeovers. The group also has an experienced associate base, with senior associate Jonathan Wharam specialising in corporate finance work and principal associate Jonathan Pollard singled out for acquisitions and takeovers. David Milne left the firm for Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):

Robin Skelton

Other key lawyers:

Alison Starr; Amanda Partland; Jonathan Pollard; Jonathan Wharam

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

Kodak Alaris Holdings Limited

The Shareholder of Pipes UK (Holdings) Limited

DFS Furniture plc

New Imagitas Inc., a subsidiary of Red Ventures

The shareholders of Neoss Limited

The shareholders of Liberatis Limited

Doncaster Group

Cranswick

NiceLabel

Broadstone Holdco Limited, a Livingbridge portfolio company

MC20 HDGS Limited, a subsidiary of Broadstone Holdco Limited a Livingbridge portfolio company

Lipsy Limited

Iron Mountain

AqualisBraemar ASA

DAI Global, LLC

Shareholders of Natural Balance Foods Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its deep transactional capabilities, advising a diverse range of local, national, and international clients on large-scale and complex transactions, encompassing public and private M&A, corporate financing, and private equity investments, with private equity a particular specialism for newly-promoted partner Lizzy Tindall. The team is led by Michael Birchall, who advises on M&A, equity raisings, and joint ventures, with Daniel Hall, the 'persuasiveAlistair Cree, and commercial practitioner Tom Bridgford also key senior names within the team. Director Jamie Partridge is noted for her role in M&A and ECM matters in the healthcare, TMT and retail sectors, while senior associate Annika Unsworth is an up-and-comer in the corporate team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Birchall

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hall; Alistair Cree; Tom Bridgford; Lizzy Tindall; Jamie Partridge; Annika Unsworth

Testimonials

‘We worked with the team on a number of projects this year and were fully supported at every stage. Good practical advice was prvovided and costs were aligned with what we expected. There was great availability to seek guidance and we always felt valued as a client.’

‘Alistair Cree has a very practical perspective on matters and sees matters from the clients point of view. He is also persuasive when necessary and got the deals done within the timeframe.’

‘The team are very client focused and are really interested to understand what is important to us as a client.’

‘Our key contacts were Alistair Cree and Annika Unsworth. Both of them were always readily available, client focused and worked with us to complete a transaction in challenging uncertain times.’

‘The Eversheds Sutherland team is accessible and approachable, working in partnership with us as a client. Their sector expertise and specialism is invaluable.’

Key clients

N Brown Group plc

BAE Systems plc

Kingspan Group plc

Lookers plc

Van Elle Holdings Plc

Daisy Communications / Matthew Riley

Zeus Capital

Livingbridge

Newlands Capital Limited

Brown Shipley

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

As part of the firm's international network, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP Nottingham office is uniquely placed in the East Midlands to advise on cross-border M&A and other multijurisdictional corporate transactions. The group is instructed by national companies from a number of industry sectors, and also works with mid-market private equity houses to advise on transactions in numerous jurisdictions. Jon Cox-Brown leads the team and advises on acquisitions and disposals in the fintech and software sectors, while principal associate Matthew Hussey focuses on working with local technology and life science businesses. Ian Moore departed to Taylor Wessing LLP in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cox-Brown

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Hussey

Key clients

Experian plc

Capital One

Capita plc

Sygnature Discovery Limited

Buzz Bingo

ENSEK Limited

TAAL Distributed Information Technologies

Acacium Group

Lloyds Development Capital

IRIS

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's top-tier education practice handles a varied mix of transactional work, as well as employment law, real estate, constitutional and regulatory issues. The practice has been particularly active advising university clients on challenges presented by Covid-19, such as employment matters, online learning and the impact of the pandemic on student accommodation. Chris Mordue has over 22 years of experience advising universities on strategic employment law issues, employment disputes, industrial relations and executive level terminations. He is assisted by Ben Wood (national lead for academy work), Alison Oldfield and Simon Chamberlain. Paul Castle advises on financial transactions, while senior associates Charlotte Tanikal, Cat Ellis and Helena Tattersall advise on estate, project development and employment law.

Practice head(s):

Chris Mordue

Other key lawyers:

Ben Wood; Alison Oldfield; Simon Chamberlain; Paul Castle; Charlotte Tanikal; Cat Ellis; Helena Tattersall

Testimonials

‘The team are skilled specialists in education and up-to-date with the unusually complicated way in which our sector works. It is because of this they are able to share good practice and are well connected in the sector with key stakeholders.’

‘Ben Wood offers expert, skilled advice at short-notice and usually outside of usual working hours. No situation phases him and he is able to pick through the complexities to find a pragmatic solution.’

‘My main contact is Charlotte Tanikal. I always receive quick feedback and work is completed accurately and on time.’

‘Chris Mordue is a stand out employment lawyer. He is technically strong and exceptionally able; he excels when dealing with complex employment disputes and labour law issues. Chris can be trusted to advise on the most sensitive and challenging of matters. He is also an accomplished advocate and provides a very responsive service.’

‘The practice, especially the partners, are excellent at building good working relationships with their clients. They have superb sector knowledge (HE) and provide detailed advice.’

Key clients

Durham University

University of Leeds

The University of Sheffield

University of York

University of Bradford

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'responsive and personable' team has a strong profile in the education sector, as is evidenced by its work for clients such as schools, academy trusts, further education colleges, higher education institutions and private education institutions. Led by Diane Gilhooley, the department advises on employment, student matters, charity law, dispute resolution, real estate, health and safety and regulatory issues. Robert Gray, who 'always makes time for you as a client', has expertise in employment and governance issues. Senior associate Siân Jones-Davies specialises in student issues and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley

Other key lawyers:

Simon Chamberlain; Robert Gray; Siân Jones-Davies

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds team are always responsive and personable. They provide an individual service taking time to listen to particular issues and always understand the context in which decisions are being made.’

‘Robert Gray has consistently provided outstanding professional advice over many years. He always makes time for you as a client and his legal advice in considered and clear.’

‘Good, practical, reliable advice. Easy to work with. Good at providing updates and being available. Wide expertise. Responsive. Excellent advice throughout pandemic, providing webinars on wide range of issues being considered by in-house lawyers in Higher Education.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland’s reputation is as the leading education practice. Their connectedness to government policy development and change makes them a first choice, particularly for complex matters involving difficult choices and analysis. The size of the practice belies the accessibility of partners, who are available to respond decisively at short notice. ’

‘Di and Rob are an excellent education employment team, well informed about HE sector developments as well as employment matters generally and the education sector specifically. We particularly value the speed, quality and clarity of their advice and this applies to any case, no matter the size and significance. Their free updating service on a wide variety of issues is of high quality.’

‘I particularly value the expertise around student contracts and institutional duty of care for students.’

‘There is always a quick, personable response. Where wider expertise is required around a question they will always provide a comprehensive response.’

Key clients

University of Bradford

Manchester Metropolitan University

Sheffield Hallam University

Harper Adams University

London South Bank University

University of Central Lancashire

Cardinal Newman College

Loughborough University

Middlesex University

University of Manchester

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises numerous HE and FE institutions, with experienced education lawyers handling employment issues, student matters, charity law and litigation and dispute management work. Other areas of strength for the 'responsive and knowledgeable' team encompass real estate, corporate and commercial, IP and constitutional issues and regulatory advice. The group has a developed network of specialists: with offices in Shanghai, Dubai, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Riyadh and the US, the department is exceptional at advising education institutions globally. Practice head Diane Gilhooley is a highly regarded education and employment law specialist, who has extensive experience advising on complex tribunal proceedings, industrial relations and governance issues. 'Exceptional practitioner' Glynne Stanfield leads the international education and corporate governance sub-group, and is a go-to expert for education mergers and regularly advises on innovative public and private sector interactions.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley

Other key lawyers:

Glynne Stansfield; Chris Mordue; Nicola Bennison

Testimonials

‘Glynne Stansfield is an exceptional practitioner, whose advice and counsel has proved invaluable over many years.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable team, ably meeting our organisation’s needs.’

‘What is exceptional about Eversheds Sutherlands is their willingness to listen and engage, which ensures their professional advice is always relevant, appropriate and clear. They have excellent relationships across the sector which can be invaluable when seeking both formal and informal solutions.’

‘The breadth of expertise offered is impressive, and all the lawyers strive to understand the context of our business.’

‘Worked with the firm on complex mediations and conducted a number of different and complex cases over the years. Very good with technology and creative with solutions.’

Key clients

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association

National Oceanography Centre

Richmond, the American University in London

Portsmouth University

University of Reading

Vanta Education

BPP University

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University College London

Capital City Colleges Group

New City Colleges Group

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Hult Education

Global University Systems

Northeastern University

Medical Research Council

University of Essex

Barnet and Southgate College

Basingstoke College of Technology

King’s College London

Canterbury Christ Church University

Employment Tier 1

The client roster of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's employment practice includes an enviable selection of international corporate heavyweights and household names. The team, headed nationally by Audrey Elliott from the Birmingham office, acts for listed clients on their day-to-day matters and tribunal cases, and has a niche specialisation in the education sector. Mark Fletcher heads the Nottingham office; he gives ‘commercially astute’ advice to corporate clients and is praised for acting in the ‘commercial best interests’ of clients. ‘First class advocateMark Pipkin is noted for his tribunal work.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott; Mark Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Mark Pipkin

Testimonials

‘Mark Fletcher is always very responsive to our questions – even though, from billing terms, we are likely a small contributor, he still engages as if you are a major client and I get the sense that he really cares about our success. Mark’s advice is always commercially astute, pragmatic and proportionate, which is key for us to be able to implement and integrate into our approaches. His depth of knowledge and expertise stands out and his advice has proven invaluable over the years.’

‘The Nottingham team work as one unit which, for a customer, is essential – it is always the case that individuals will be unavailable at times, so having access the the rest of the team for those issues that require immediate support is critical. The Nottingham team never hesitate to cover each other and always keen to pick up issues.’

‘Mark Fletcher is incredibly supportive for me and is prepared to work with me in the commercial best interests of my business, exploring suitable resolutions that satisfy both legal and commercial needs.’

‘Mark Pipkin is a first class advocate who explains options fairly and clearly. Mark provides a first class service.’

‘Fantastic, knowledgeable and approachable team. Excellent and timely advice and support.’

‘Having used a number of employment lawyers to support us over the years, we have been really impressed with Eversheds Sutherland. The accessibility, friendliness, approachability and great support and advice has been most welcome. Nothing is ever to much trouble and the commercial and employment side is always considered.’

‘The Eversheds Sutherland team are invariably friendly, knowledgeable and responsive; they understand our business and the guidance and support that we receive is therefore, pragmatic in all of the circumstances. Consequently, the relationship is a collaborative and effective one. I would have to include the administration team for mention also, since my interactions with that part of the Eversheds operation is similarly characterised by a friendliness and efficiency that I value.’

Key clients

Next Plc

De Montfort University

Sandwell College

Greene King Limited

Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Limited

Specsavers Optical Group Limited (and other subsidiary companies)

Pendragon Plc

Carpetright Limited

Unipart Group Limited

Employment Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a key hub for the firm-wide employment practice, which frequently acts for large international corporates and is active in key sectors such as education, financial services, life sciences, technology and transport. The firm provides 'commercial advice that is not only legally sound but also has clients' particular business culture in mind'. Simon Tytherleigh leads the practice. Elizabeth Graves leads on life sciences and healthcare matters, Matthew Kelly focuses on the education sector, and Constanze Moorhouse, who is dual-qualified in England and Germany, leads on international matters. Principal associates Rachel Bennett (who provides 'no nonsense, pragmatic advice') and Sasha Willmott, and senior associate Sasha Lormant, are key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tytherleigh

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Graves; Matthew Kelly; Constanze Moorhouse; Sasha Lormont; Rachel Bennett; Sasha Willmott

Testimonials

‘We have a number of international projects, where we need to obtain employment law advice in a number of jurisdictions. Eversheds has a unique position as they are used to working together on these international projects.’

‘Constanze Moorhouse’s understanding of international employment law makes Eversheds a natural go-to on international employment law projects.’

‘The team work really hard to understand their client, including their approach and appetite to risk and therefore are able to tailor their advice accordingly.’

‘Rachel Bennett is fantastic to work with. I know I can rely on her to provide clear, no nonsense, pragmatic advice. She works collaboratively with us and always delivers as promised.’

‘Eversheds has a range of different level solicitors and chooses the most appropriate for the situation, ably supported by the partner. Where applicable, we can agree with them up front what level of advice we need and can thereby manage our costs.’

‘The practice has great HE sector knowledge. Matthew Kelly is responsive, proactive and goes the extra mile.’

‘Unlike other law firms you can really trust them to give you sound commercial advice that is not only legally sound but also with your particular business culture in mind. They never judge you and instantly make you feel comfortable, no matter how big, small or crazy the situation.’

‘I partner with Simon Tytherleigh and Sasha Lormont and have worked with them for a number of years now. Nothing is ever too much, even when we have been working against time or the odds; they always pull through for us. Working with them feels like you have your own in-house legal support because they never make you feel you’re not their top priority. The collaboration and relationships are so great, I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else.’

Key clients

Queen Mary University of London

Roche Products Limited

Seadrill Management Limited

PayPal

Owens & Minor

AstraZeneca

Oxford International Education Group

Northampton College

Bromley College t/a London South East Colleges Group

University of Portsmouth

Employment Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Manchester office has a broad practice in employment law, covering contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is active in employment tribunal claims brought by individuals and groups of employees; it also stands out for its work on matters involving trade unions. The practice is frequently instructed by clients from the higher education sector. Diane Gilhooley is a key figure in the Manchester practice, and also serves as global head of the firm's HR and pensions team. Naeema Choudry is an experienced advocate in employment tribunals; Michael Thompson is also recommended. Michael Burns departed the practice in September 2020, joining Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Diane Gilhooley; Naeema Choudry; Michael Thompson

Key clients

EDF Energy Limited

United Utilities Group Plc

RPS Group Plc

Equality and Human Rights Commission

International Nuclear Services and Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited

West Midlands Trains Limited

University of Bradford

Manchester Metropolitan University

Sheffield Hallam University

Harper Adams University

London South Bank University

Cardinal Newman College

Loughborough University

Middlesex University

Warburtons Limited

Sellafield Limited

Employment Tier 1

Alongside its established reputation as a firm of choice for national public and third sector clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is also recognised for its expertise in a number of key commercial sectors, including consumer, energy, manufacturing and transport. Practice head Shirley Hall is known for her experience with complex equal pay and discrimination matters, while recently promoted partner Jessie Uppal is noted for her extensive knowledge of business immigration issues. At the associate level, principals Suzanne Caveney and David Williams stand out; the latter's area of specialist focus is financial services work, and the former has a broad practice which encompasses equal parts contentious and advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Shirley Hall

Other key lawyers:

Jessie Uppal; Suzanne Caveney; David Williams

Testimonials

‘The team in Newcastle is excellent. Quality advice and particular expertise in local authority, education and healthcare.’

‘Shirley Hall leads an excellent team. A standout lawyer is principal associate, Suzanne Caveney. She has excellent judgement and handles complex cases with confidence and authority.’

‘The team at Eversheds-Sutherland offer a wide range of specialisms which is helpful to us as a large corporate organisation.’

‘Shirley Hall is excellent – highly knowledgeable, pragmatic and understands the public sector very well. Suzanne Caveney again offers a pragmatic and helpful approach, particularly on complex issues. Jessie Uppal is a unique specialist on immigration issues – engaging and focused on assisting with key issues.’

 

Key clients

British Broadcasting Corporation

Avery Dennison Plc

British Polythene Limited

Tata Consumer Products

Nestle UK Limited

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Chief Constable of Northumbria Police

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

Northumberland County Council

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's employment practice is noted for its 'commercial, pragmatic and timely advice', and fields a team of experts focusing on a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters. The group handles domestic and international employment matters for a large corporate client base including Russell Group universities and national gas providers. Practice head Paul Cotton is the key contact for TUPE issues and cross-border reorganisations. Other core members of the group include Simon Rice-Birchall, who specialises in national minimum wage compliance issues; Christopher Mordue, who has strength in the higher education sector; and Louise Lightfoot, who focuses on business immigration matters. At the associate level, Tanzeela Hussain is rated by clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cotton

Other key lawyers:

Simon Rice-Birchall; Christopher Mordue; Louise Lightfoot; Tanzeela Hussain

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds Sutherland Employment team at Leeds are a well established group, extremely knowledgeable and engaging in their approach. The team has great depth, are very well led and pride themselves on really understanding their clients, ensuring that the advice they provide is given in context.’

‘Simon Rice Birchall – His bold and confident approach gives great confidence to HR professionals like myself and his approach is very personable and engaging. He has a very natural way of putting you at ease and somehow simplifying the issues so that everything seems logical and makes sense. Simon is always willing to express a view and to look for pragmatic and commercial solutions to problem situations.’

‘I am constantly impressed by the employment team at Eversheds Sutherland. Their knowledge, commercial application and straight forward, clear advice is truly valued by me and my team.’

‘Their commercial approach, style and very clear understanding of my business make them standout. I have used a variety of law firms. Some good, some indifferent. Eversheds Sutherland is head and shoulders above them all. Simon Rice-Birchall is my go-to for clear, pragmatic and strategic law advice.’

‘Tanzeela Hussain is by far a rising star – have watched her grow from a trainee to an outstanding lawyer. I am always impressed by their diverse knowledge across all spectrums – and when giving advice is not just a dump of information, rather an informed and strategic conversation, with tangible outcomes.’

‘Chris Mordue is thorough, professional, pragmatic and realistic. Chris always does what he says he will do and to an excellent standard.’

Key clients

University of Reading

University of Nottingham

University of Birmingham

Lloyds Bank

Hallmark Cards

Yorkshire Water

Network Rail

Virgin Atlantic

Rockwell Corporation

Pall Corporation

Employment > Employment: Recommended Firms Tier 1

With four partners located in Cardiff and also able to leverage the firm's broader UK and international resources, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle a significant volume and range of contentious and non-contentious work for major corporates, many of which are multinational and based outside of Wales. As well as continuing to advise clients on conventional employment matters, including as it relates to reorganisations, collective employment and board level investigations, the team has been extremely active advising employers on Covid-related issues. This has manifested itself particularly visibly within the aviation sector and the firm's strong ties with RyanAir and Heathrow Airport have subsequently led to a significant influx work, including Thomas Player's work for the former in applying the furlough scheme across the entire workforce of cabin crew and pilots. Team head Anthony Rees has an excellent pedigree representing employers, in both tribunal cases as well as in litigation before the High Court, where he himself is able to provide advocacy should the need arise.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Rees

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Player; Huw Jones; Tom Bray; Emma Allchurch; Sally Isaacs

Testimonials

‘The employment practice has a wealth of practical knowledge, understands the constraints under which we operate and always tries to assist us in finding the most appropriate course of action.’

‘Anthony Rees is able to mix a high level of professionalism with personal humour and engagement.’

‘The support, guidance and advice I received from Anthony Rees on a particularly challenging case was excellent – and ultimately it led us to the best possible outcome for that case. From the start, I felt fully supported and confident that Anthony’s advice was leading us in the right direction.’

Key clients

RyanAir DAC

Heathrow Airport

DNATA Catering

University of the West of England

Selfridges Retail Ltd

International Medical Group Plc

C&C Group plc

Nerak Wise (UK) Limited

WestRock Inc

Dana GmBH

Idexx Inc

Brush Electrical Machines Ltd

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's competition practice group has 'an excellent breadth of experience' and handles a significant amount of complex merger control matters for large international clients and corporates. Based out of Leeds, the team is fully integrated into the firm's wider network and can handle multijurisdictional deals and transactions. Practice head Kate Newman handles investigations by the competition authorities, while Elizabeth Marshall is the key name for procurement work, having over two decades of experience in this area. Nicola Holmes advises clients across the transport and aviation sectors on trading and pricing policies. The group also specialises in state aid work and foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Kate Newman

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Marshall; Nicola Holmes

Testimonials

‘Experts in their field. Great understanding of how our business works and the commercial challenges combined with their expertise in competition law make them very effective. Additionally they also excel at helping to shape complex potential future strategic initiatives.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the issues facing us and the sector.’

‘Nicola Holmes – really great – commercial, excellent understanding of the issues facing the sector. Able to be clear and concise in her advice.’

‘I can say that I am very satisfied with the service provided and would not hesitate to recommend Kate Newman.’

‘Kate Newman has been exemplary to work with. She is efficient, timely and clear in the advice that she provides and I would not hesitate to work with her.’

‘An excellent breadth of experience across a number of sectors. Availability of technology is good. Billing is transparent and well managed.’

‘Kate Newman is accessible and considered in her advice. She approaches challenges pragmatically and is quick and thorough in the advice she provides. Nothing is too much trouble for Kate and I respect her hugely. Her knowledge and experience is excellent.’

‘The team always deliver a great service, to time and within budget.’

‘Kate Newman knows our business very well and her advice is always tailored to suit our needs.’

Key clients

Eutelsat SA

Ecolab Limited

Greencore Group PLC

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Ecobat Technologies Limited

European Metal Recycling

Department of Transport

Pentland Group plc

Tyman plc

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the multidisciplinary health and safety practice is led by Leeds-based Paul Verrico and has extensive experience across contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team handles investigations and sensitive inquests regarding workplace fatalities, and works cross-border with its offices in Asia Pacific and the Middle East on high-value safety systems. Philip Crosbie advises on compliance matters and is active in the medical and pharmaceuticals sectors, while Charlotte Wood is the contact for large compliance projects. Clients include leading national infrastructure players and blue chip companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Verrico

Other key lawyers:

Philip Crosbie; Charlotte Wood

Testimonials

‘Paul Verrico and Phil Crosbie are great, really are second to none.’

‘Our first (and only!) call when it comes to H&S advice – Paul and his team provide expert, practical and commercial advice in relation to any H&S matter. They have supported us with a range of issues and each time the advice received was first class.’

‘Paul Verrico – commercial and approachable but also a true expert in his field. Provides quick, astute advice in all situations and has a fantastic team too. Charlotte Wood – very knowledgeable and approachable and great with detail.’

‘Paul Verrico is a big name in this field who adds regular and insightful commentary to H&S in the workplace. He is well respected by clients, counsel and peers. A true force to be reckoned with!’

‘Phil Crosbie in the team is also very effective.’

‘Paul Verrico is the star in their ranks – very capable, calm under pressure and a great advocate. he is brimming with ideas on how to take the team forward. Also a Partner in the making is Philip Crosbie – an asset to any team.’

Key clients

Network Rail

China Light and Power

BAM Nuttall

Kingspan

UCEA

Harworth Estates

Hutchison Ports

University of Liverpool

Parker Hannifin

Bothar Boring

Dyson

Bannatyne Group

Drax

Marshalls plc

Pall Corporation

Places for People

EP (UK) Investments

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's health and safety team is known for its wide sector expertise, which supplies an integrated environmental, health & safety offering. Led by Tim Hill and Kevin Elliott, the practice is both proactive and reactive; providing development, behavioural and compliance consultancy products and regulatory defence work for clients. The team has a broad range of expertise given the firm's significant national and international presence. Elliott has extensive experience in high-profile disaster responses, and provides strategic advise to a number of high profile organisations. Hill's practice is predominantly high-hazard industries, with a focus on the energy, chemical, and manufacturing sectors. He is trusted by clients in matters with the potential for significant risk to reputation.  The team also includes Paul Verrico , whose practice has evolved to include the Asia Pacific region.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Elliott; Tim Hill

Other key lawyers:

Paul Verrico; Sarah Valentine; Amy Sadro

Testimonials

‘They provide top rate advice from incident, through investigation to a charging decision. The firm frequently bypasses enforcement using its tactical experience and its ability to be thinking three stages ahead.’

‘An extremely reactive and proactive team. It has excellent people who react with great legal and commercial skill to a client’s problem or query.’

‘A professional practice, with access to enough resource across different areas that will give you the confidence to know that you are getting a premium service and support. Excellent staff with a can do attitude. ‘

‘Kevin Elliott is an outstanding solicitor at the top of his game in Health and Safety and many other regulatory areas including food safety and environmental law. In my view he is in the premier league of practitioners in this area. He has the highest level skills in law, client care and the ability to mastermind strategy in complex matters with a natural instict for obtaining the best result.

‘Paul Verrico and Sarah Valentine have been exceptional in availability, willingness to listen and explain, explore and then advise on action.’

‘The team offer the complete solution for the safety requirements of the firm. Strategy, consultancy, advice and execution.’

‘The London team is part of the internationally recognised and respected national team. They provide top rate advice from incident, through investigation to a charging decision the firm frequently bypasses enforcement using its tactical experience and its ability to be thinking three stages ahead.’

Key clients

China Light and Power Limited

Sellafield

Places for People Homes Limited

Network Rail

Sir Robert McAlpine

Bannatyne Fitness Group

HS2

Derby City Council

Network Rail

UCEA

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

With three practitioners focusing almost exclusively on immigration matters, and also able to access expertise from the firm's broader employment offering, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is very well-positioned to represent private and public sector clients, from an advisory, project specific and litigation perspective. Led by 'knowledgeable and dependable' senior associate Nerys Ireland, the team's sweet-spot remains in the education sector, where it is able to provide 'very creative' advice to numerous higher education providers, including many Russell Group universities, on Tier 4 compliance relating to overseas students, as well as other attendant immigration matters. Senior associate Jennifer Pinder has also been a key addition to the team since arriving from Capital Law Limited in April 2020, and has been particular effective in growing the firm's offering in relation to business immigration work, both from a corporate support perspective, as well as in relation to global mobility issues regarding hires or cross-border team moves.

Practice head(s):

Nerys Ireland

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Pinder; Francesca Smith

Testimonials

The legal team that we work closely with are very competent in their area of law (immigration) and have a professional approach, but are also friendly, accessible and offer clear explanations of, often, complex legal issues.’

The individuals at Eversheds that we have worked with over the past few years are incredibly knowledgeable in their area of law but also down to earth and approachable, which is appreciated and has helped us to build up a strong relationship.’

The team provides very knowledgeable advice.’

The individuals that we work closely with demonstrate creative thinking with tricky immigration issues, which sets them apart, but are always straightforward so we know exactly where we stand.’

Nerys Ireland has really gone the extra mile for our organisation and you feel that nothing is too much trouble. She was key in working with our organisation to develop and agree a suitable contract to deliver an online immigration advice service as well as training sessions to our membership.’

Key clients

Leeds Trinity University

Birmingham City University

South Thames Colleges Group

The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom (AASAP/UK)

University of the West of England

University of Essex

Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP deals with substantive parliamentary law matters. With three parliamentary agents authorised to promote or oppose private and hybrid bills in parliament, the team has extensive legislative drafting experience and experience with major infrastructure projects.  Stephen Collings advises on major transportation projects, while James O’Connor specialises in advising on infrastructure projects. Monica Peto acts for railway companies, local and public authorities, and ports on the authorisation of rail, port, and energy infrastructure projects,  such as HS2. Stuart Andrews advises on significant urban regeneration projects. Juliet Clark rejoined the team in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Collings; James O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Monica Peto; Stuart Andrews; Juliet Carl; Darren White

Testimonials

‘The team is always very responsive to our needs as a client. They make the effort to understand what our requirements are so that they provide the service that we need in the timescales required. They have consistently delivered for us over a number of years.’

‘The Infrastructure practice is superb. Their service is second to none, with collaboration & client focus at the heart of what they do. They understand the environment we work in, the external influences we have to manage and the importance of delivering to a programme. They are willing to challenge and pose the difficult questions but work with you to find solutions. They provide value for money through reviewing resources, support required and providing the best solution’

‘Monica Peto and Darren White represented our organisation in a professional and knowledgeable manner. Advice was clear and concise and we felt always in good hands. There was a nice personal touch, with a good splash of humour thrown in, which made the entire process rather enjoyable. Monica and Darren ALWAYS delivered what they promised well within agreed timescales and budgets.’

‘Monica’s experience and professionalism were superb and we knew our project was in excellent and safe hands. She made the whole process completely painless and smooth and a little humour thrown in made for quite a pleasant experience all in all.’

‘Huge technical expertise and experience in this very challenging field of practice. They have been key advisers in a wide range of major rail schemes, including the high speed rail (HS2) legislation.They are equally at home piloting a project through the consent stage and driving that project forward to delivery. They are particularly strong in their commercial judgment.’

‘Stephen Collings brings a wealth of experience advising on rail projects both nationally and locally. He has an excellent forensic eye to detail and superb, practical judgement.’

‘James O’Connor combines a very fine intellect and legal brain with strong strategic and tactical judgement’

 

Key clients

Department for Transport and HS2 Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Stena Ports Limited

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited and the Highland Council

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Working closely with the firm's Birmingham office, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is one of the strongest firms in the region for bank-related work. The team, led in Nottingham by Mark Wood, is instructed by high street banks and Big Four accountancy firms to assist with restructurings across numerous sectors. 2020 led to an increase in insolvency work for the group in the retail and hospitality sectors; the national team has advised on proceedings relating to a number of high-profile restaurant chains. The Nottingham team also includes Ian Gill, who acts in contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wood

Other key lawyers:

Ian Gill; Douglas Highet

Testimonials

‘I worked with the team at Eversheds on a restructuring sale process, the team were very proactive and extremely responsive to the needs of all parties involved. The team worked extremely hard, dealing with a difficult counterparty with great professionalism. The deal was large and complex and the team at Eversheds worked collaboratively with myself, the lending syndicate and the target to ensure we completed in an efficient manner.’

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

Santander UK Bank PLC

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Alvarez and Marsal

Boparan Restaurant Group

Livingbridge

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

Led by Matthew GoughEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team regularly advises customers and suppliers on IT commercial contracts relating to software development, cloud computing and outsourcing. Gough is also adept at advising on work at the intersection of IT and financial services, including on behalf of fintech companies, as well as traditional financial instiutions adopting new technologies. Newly promoted partner Eve England is the other core member of the team and has an excellent reputation in the market advising clients seeking to digitise their services and operating models, as well as in relation to consumer law issues concomitant to the increasing use of online sales channels.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Eve England; Joanna Hooper

Key clients

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Pollen Street Capital Limited

Schools Software Solutions Limited

Scansource Europe

British Gas

Admiral Insurance

The National Grid

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's London office handles major, cross-border deals on behalf of numerous household names in the worlds of financial services, energy, life sciences, TMT, infrastructure and automotive production. Practice head Richard Moulton specialises in PE-backed transactions, a fast-growing source of M&A activity for the team over the past year. Robin Johnson's cross-border expertise sees him leading on large, multi-jurisdictional mandates, while Antony Walsh focuses on cross-border matters for industrial and tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Richard Moulton

Other key lawyers:

Robin Johnson; Antony Walsh; Chris Halliday

Key clients

General Motors

Mondelez

Johnson Matthey

Next

Fleetcor

Owens & Minor

Ricoh

Smiths Group

Experian

Rolls-Royce

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises an enviable client base, including household name sponsors, trustees and major master trusts, on pension matters. The team's work encompasses all areas of pension law, including providing regulatory guidance, handling risk management transactions, and advising on pension issues arising from corporate transactions. The Manchester office acts with the firm's offices around the world to advise on the UK aspects of cross-border matters, such as compliance reviews of pan-European pension schemes. Ele Lovering leads the sizeable team, and has experience in de-risking, restructurings and mergers. Charmian Johnson has a focus on matters with international dimensions, and Jon Walters has broad expertise in acting for defined benefit and defined contribution funds. Elsewhere, Simon Daniel handles high-value buy-outs and investments. Principal associates Amanda Small and Lauren O’Connor and director Sarah Lown are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ele Lovering

Other key lawyers:

Jon Walters; Simon Daniel; Charmain Johnson; Amanda Small; Lauren O’Connor; Sarah Lown

Testimonials

‘The team understands how we like to work, they’re good value for money, and I rarely if ever get surprises on fees. The service is heavily partner-led, and for the most part done to a high standard. Referrals to other teams within Eversheds are managed well, and they have a decent well of resource on which to draw.’

‘The team is led by Ele Lovering, who gets stuck in when she needs to and lets the team handle it when she doesn’t, maintaining a good overview throughout. Simon Daniel is an absolute pleasure to deal with on the investment side’.

‘Ele Lovering, good on fees, always willing to discuss. Amanda Small, excellent day to day work with practical advice.’

‘The strength is in the team approach. There are able and willing substitutes available in the event of accidents or holidays or illness. This Fund has confidence in the team and the substitutes.’

‘Jon Walters is one of the lead partners. He has developed the team to meet this Fund’s particular requirements. He is a guiding hand behind the scenes but he is always available. Lauren O’Connor is the prime day to day contact and she normally attends each Trustee meeting. To the Trustee she has the knowledge and experience to be partner level.’

‘I have worked with the Eversheds Sutherland Pensions Team in Manchester for the last 18 years, and although some individuals have changed throughout this time, there has always been a good spread of experience and knowledge of our scheme which means that the advice is always sound and relevant. ’

‘The Pensions Team in Manchester work together very well and you always feel that they are informed of all issues ongoing with the scheme, and you feel confident in the advice that is being given. The team is led by Jon Walters whom has worked on our scheme for the past 15 years. Jon and his associates are all very approachable and work with our trustee board very well, bringing relevant and timely legal advice appropriate to our scheme. ’

‘Great communication of difficult concepts into advice I can work with. Pensions is a complex area to say the least, getting more complex and wide ranging over time. The contacts I have are always aware of the issues I raise (and they give me a broad spread of relevant information in newsletters and seminars) and if on occasion they are not fully expert in them, have been very good at bringing in other specialists from the wider practice.’

Key clients

The Trustees of the various Co-Operative Group Pension Schemes

KCOM Pension Scheme trustees

DuPont

Kellogg

Milk Pension Fund Trustees

MSD Animal Health Pension Scheme Trustees

Murco

Old Bushmills Pension Scheme

Trustees of the various Manchester Airport Group Pension Schemes

Trustees of the Aegon DC Master Trust

Trustees of the Cabot Pension Schemes

Trustees of the Man UK Group Pension Schemes

Trustees of the Raytheon Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Swissport GB Pension Scheme

Joy Global Pension Scheme Trustees

Ecolab Inc/Ecolab Limited

Jungheinrich Pension Scheme Trustees

T-Mobile Pension Scheme Trustees

Trustees of the various INEOS Group Pension Schemes

Outokumpu Stainless Limited

Avis Budget

Carlsberg UK Limited Pension Scheme Trustees

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Handling work on its own and also forming an integral part of the firm's extensive UK-wide offering, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'quietly efficient' six-strong team handles a range of high-calibre pensions work for a myriad public and private sector employers. As well as being particularly skilled at advising trustees and employers within heavily regulated sectors, Stuart Earle's broad expertise includes a considerable focus on work relating to the growing prevalence of multi-employer occupational pension schemes. Senior associate Collette Davies has a strong grounding in public sector-related pensions matters, although she also regularly provides the necessary pensions advice pursuant to corporate transactions handled by the firm. Ian Davies retired from the partnership in May 2020, although he still handles some work for the team in his role as a consultant, including on behalf of providers in the SSAS/SIPP market.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Earle

Other key lawyers:

Ian Davies; Collette Davies; Jen Green

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent – quietly efficient and capable.’

‘The partner I work with gives relevant advice, clear suggestions as to the way of dealing with situations and, most importantly, has shown his ability to work to find simple and effective solutions to, apparently intractable problems and challenges.’

Key clients

NEST Corporation

National Grid Plc

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water

Arconic/Trustee of the Arconic Britain Pension Scheme

Trustee of the SSE Southern Group of the ESPS

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Nokia Group UK Pension Scheme

Volkswagen

Robert Bosch Limited

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s pensions group is highlighted for its ‘exceptional knowledge’ and is led by Anthea Whitton in Leeds. The team advises on major pension schedules for clients operating in the defence, telecoms, higher education and financial services sectors, as well as acting on pension risk transfers for insurers. Key figurehead in the team Richard Shelton is the key name for specialist pensions law advice and corporate due diligence matters. The core team also has a number of strong associates; Andy Wright and Gemma Hanley are regularly instructed on corporate restructurings, buyouts and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Anthea Whitton

Other key lawyers:

Andy Wright; Gemma Hanley; Richard Shelton

Testimonials

‘Richard Shelton is very good in a difficult situation.’

‘We have been consistently impressed with the advice we have received from Eversheds. The individuals we have dealt with have consistently provided excellent service. They have provided innovative solutions to complex scenarios, and have communicated the issue and solution clearly. They have a wide range of expertise and have always been able to find a specialist who can provide the required input into an issue. They adopt a pragmatic approach and in our experience get to the right answer more quickly than other advisers we have worked with.’

‘Anthea Whitton (Partner) and Andy Wright (Principal Associate) provide excellent advice to us.‘

‘Ultimately their strength lies in its people, but at a high level, they are incredibly commercial, user-friendly (especially on the more complex and technical areas of law.’

‘First and foremost we use Eversheds because of Andy Wright. Exceptional knowledge to the extent that on calls he is comfortable talking about all aspects of pension law with little or no preparation time. Fiercely commercial and an astute understanding of the client’s needs coupled with first rate client communication skills – very much the ‘rock star’ of the department.’

‘Super strong partner team, wide experience of every issue that moves in pensions.’

‘Genuinely heavyweight partners – have had particularly good service in 2021 from Anthea Whitton, amongst others. Good associate support from Andy Wright.’

‘Richard Shelton has been outstanding.’

Key clients

Deloitte Pensions Master Trust

BT Hybrid Pension Scheme

The People’s Pension

Trustee of the Short Brothers Pension Scheme (Bombardier)

Trustees of the Bombardier Transportation UK Limited Pension Scheme

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Full service adviser to trustees, employers and providers, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's pensions practice is praised by clients for its deep knowledge of the industry, and its competence in making its advice accessible, with a bespoke touch. Francois Barker leads the overall team, which is able to draw on industry-leading scheme investment work by Mark Latimour,  pension insurance buy-ins and buy-outs experience,  and innovative IFA pensions transfer advice structures.  The London practice is led by Jeremy Goodwin who has been instrumental in 'outstanding' work within the defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) markets, and innovative work  advising on the establishment of a new DB superfund. Barker was involved in developing the UK Government mandated Simpler Annual Pensions Statement for DC schemes. Claire Carroll leads the dispute resolution team, where Jennifer Miles is a specialist litigation partner who offers expertise in  defending self invested personal pensions (SIPP) operators from claims, rectification, and equalisation. The team has strong links with TPR, and has been developing its offering in digital areas of concern, such as data privacy and cyber security. Michael Jones recently joined the firm as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Francois Barker; Jeremy Goodwin

Other key lawyers:

Steven Hull; Mark Latimour; Sarah Swift

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds team were phenomenal. Their insights, guidance and excellent negotiations delivered a complex buy-in transaction on time and well under budget, saving us tens of millions euros. This was probably one of the most complex and time pressured transactions ever done.’

‘We use Eversheds Sutherland because of their deep pensions and benefits expertise, married with pragmatic, clear and timely advice, and their ability to leverage resources across different legal disciplines.’

‘Highly knowledgable – deep and broad knowledge at all levels. Able to respond rapidly to issues, and quickly get up a learning curve. Excellent communication, both verbal and written. Clear, accessible, and unequivocal – there’s no “on the one and …and on the other…”. There’s clear guidance as to the appropriate path to take.’

‘Jeremy Goodwin is an outstanding partner for Eversheds. Jeremy genuinely cares about the Trustee, the Scheme and the sponsor. He is always available and is a very good listener.’

 

Key clients

Cadent Gas pension scheme

Clara Pension Scheme

Zurich Financial Services UK Pension Scheme

Department for Transport

Legal & General

GE Pension Plan Trustees

Compass Group Pension Scheme

Tesco Pension Scheme

Accenture Retirement Savings Plan

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Full service adviser to trustees, employers and providers, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s pensions practice is praised by clients for its deep knowledge of the industry, and its competence in making its advice accessible, with a bespoke touch. Francois Barker leads the overall team, which is able to draw on industry-leading scheme investment work by Mark Latimour,  pension insurance buy-ins and buy-outs experience,  and innovative IFA pensions transfer advice structures.  The London practice is led by Jeremy Goodwin who has been instrumental in ‘outstanding’ work within the defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) markets, and innovative work  advising on the establishment of a new DB superfund. Barker was involved in developing the UK Government mandated Simpler Annual Pensions Statement for DC schemes. Claire Carroll leads the dispute resolution team, where Jennifer Miles is a specialist litigation partner who offers expertise in  defending self invested personal pensions (SIPP) operators from claims, rectification, and equalisation. The team has strong links with TPR, and has been developing its offering in digital areas of concern, such as data privacy and cyber security.

Practice head(s):

Claire Carroll

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Miles; Giles Orton; Emma King; Daniel Murphy; Richard Bacon

Testimonials

‘It is clear that a collegiate atmosphere and working environment is fostered by Claire and that very much brings out the best qualities in all the members of the team. 

‘They combine first class technical pensions knowledge with a first class litigation team.’

‘Excellent, astute and friendly lawyers. They are a pleasure to work with and are very supportive. Eversheds have a very deep knowledge base on pensions and pension law. They are a large corporate firm but maintain a good feel and touch for their clients.’

‘Claire Carroll is friendly, approachable, supportive and a pleasure to work with. She is timely and considered in her responses, has the ability to look tactically at the bigger-picture and isn’t afraid to get stuck into the minutia of a case. Very impressive lawyer and one that is greatly admired by our team as a trusted adviser.’

‘Richard Bacon: Very technically astute and always on top of the details and nuances of a case. Methodical and considered in his approach and thorough in his communications. An excellent lawyer’

‘Jennifer Miles is calm under pressure and very pragmatic.’

‘Claire Carroll has a wide body of experience that she brings to bear, including from the financial services context, which is a real bonus.’

Key clients

Options UK Personal Pensions LLP (formerly Carey Pensions UK LLP) (“Options”) / Carey Pension Trustees UK Limited

Safeway Pension Trustees Limited

Department for Transport

Northamptonshire County Council

Standard Life Assurance Limited & Standard Life Trustee Company Limited

Carole Avis and Sarah Heald (representative beneficiaries)

Aon Hewitt Limited (“Aon”)

Aon Consulting Limited

Sogefi Filtration Limited and the Trustees of the Filtrauto UK Limited Staff and Works Pension Schemes

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited (“Aviva”)

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

The Ipswich office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has 'a small but well organised and engaged group who really value good collaboration with their client'. Head of corporate claims Nicola Lashmar specialises in crisis management and assisting clients with high-value and sensitive injury claims that could cause reputational damage. Louise Bland, who works in the Ipswich and London offices, and legal director Paul Coppin, who has 30 years' experience and is known nationally for his expertise, are key figures in the practice. Principal associate Wayne Donovan, who 'understands the economics of the process as well as the technical detail', is also recommended for high-value, complex and fatal claims.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Lashmar

Other key lawyers:

Louise Bland; Paul Coppin; Wayne Donovan; Carl Hurle

Testimonials

‘Eversheds in Ipswich has a small but well organised and engaged group who really value good collaboration with their client. They are focused on maintaining good relationships and pushing for the right outcome making sure that we are updated and included in the key decisions. A straightforward approach (avoiding jargon when possible) is much appreciated as is their pragmatic approach to defending and negotiating defendant cases.’

‘The team utilises a keen attention to detail when it comes to collation of evidence; compliance with protocols and court deadlines; advice and recommendations; and deploying agreed strategy.’

‘Both Nicola Lashmar and Paul Coppin bring energy and enthusiasm to the legal process and their personal impact has helped us to navigate through some difficult cases.’

‘This practice has a different approach to the “paint by numbers” approach adopted by many personal injury defendant firms. Defence spend can be disproportionately high. This practice makes early commercial decisions on cases, rather than incurring unnecessary expert or counsel fees. The key to this is by using experienced lawyers making good decisions at the early stages.’

‘Wayne Donovan handles our account. We followed him from another firm as he understands the need for proportionality when dealing with these low-value claims and understands the economics of the process as well as the technical detail.’

‘The team is very approachable and easily contactable. They are willing and ready to provide advice on pre-litigated matters in effort to steer the claim in the right direction and achieve the best result. It is a collaborative approach to the claims with Eversheds.’

‘Nicola Lashmar and Carl Hurle do an excellent job. The are very responsive to our queries, and provide in-depth and thorough answers to questions we may have in relation to the strategy and next steps on handling the claims.’

‘Nicola Lashmar and Carl Hurle show great flexibility to meet the needs of the client.’

Key clients

Legal & General Insurance

Norfolk County Council

Generali Versicherung AG

Argus Insurance Company (Europe)

Anglian Water

Resolute Management Limited

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Forestry England

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

Benefiting from 'strong technical knowledge and informed about local issues', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team of Cardiff-based planning specialists provides wide-ranging expertise, including advice on Section 106 Agreements, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and environmental issues, both in a standalone capacity, as well as in conjunction with the firm's broader real estate function. 'Helpful and unflappable' team head Kee Evans is a 'calm oasis of expert knowledge and local insights', including on planning issues pertinent to transport and renewables-related infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Kee Evans

Testimonials

‘The team provides commercial and responsive advice across a range of matters including planning, S106 Agreements, highways, utilities and infrastructure agreements, compulsory purchase and environmental law.’

The team has strong technical knowledge and is informed about local issues.

The team has expert knowledge of its field and is able to take complex policy and turn it into digestible information so the correct decisions can be taken by the client in support of its individual projects and wider commercial aims.’

‘The helpful and unflappable Kee Evans is a calm oasis of expert knowledge and local insights.’

‘Kee Evans provides realistic advice, highlights risks and potential outcomes.’

Key clients

Highways England Company Limited

INRG Solar Limited

Annington Property Limited

University of Portsmouth

Forestry Commission

GlaxoSmithKline

GE Healthcare Limited

Richmond Upon Thames College

Welsh Government

Legal and General Home Finance Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

Praised for being ‘thoroughly on the ball’, the practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its deep bench of experienced practitioners, offering expertise in a range of specialisms. Richard Lloyd, who leads the planning team, supports clients with major regeneration schemes. Michelle Moss, an expert in compulsory purchase issues, is involved in major infrastructure projects, as is senior associate Fiona Barker-Hall. The 'fantasticJane Southworth heads the environment team, which handles non-contentious matters, particularly in the areas of chemicals, product stewardship and waste, as well as contentious matters, covering both prosecution and defence work. Principal associate Catherine Manning also plays a key role in the environment practice.

Practice head(s):

Jane Southworth; Richard Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Moss; Fiona Barker-Hall; Catherine Manning; Sarah Wood

Testimonials

‘Thoroughly on the ball. Reliable, precise and very knowledgeable. When you place a matter with them you know it is in good hands and you know things are going to get done, and done well.’

‘Michelle Moss is excellent. Efficient, meticulous and dependable. She progresses matters with proficiency, care and skill. You always know what’s happening and you know that nothing is going to get missed.’

‘Great compulsory purchase order and planning team offering pragmatic advice and the ability to take things off your desk and run with it.’

‘Michelle Moss, Fiona Barker-Hall and Sarah Wood are all exceptional individuals who stand out because they understand their client and work well with various stakeholders.’

‘Jane Southworth is fantastic. She was recommended to me for environmental and chemicals matters and I can see why. She’s very personable and her legal knowledge and practical experience is second to none; she is the kind of specialist that everybody needs.’

‘Provide a balanced view, considering the sometimes different requirements of complex, interlinked regulations and will advise us of the potential options available to us and any associated risks.’

‘Jane Southworth has taken the time to build relationships with us and get to know us as individuals as well as our business. She explains complex issues in simple and easy-to-understand terms, and is extremely pragmatic, but at the same time provides valuable advice enabling us to take steps to protect our business. She understands and works to our timescales.’

‘Excellent legal support received from Eversheds’ environment practice.’

Key clients

REPIC

Sims Group UK Limited

Severn Trent Water

Legal and General

Segro Plc

Thames Water Utilities Limited

High Speed Two Limited

English Cities Fund (a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General, and Homes England)

Thurrock Council

The London Borough of Barnet

National Grid

Highways England

Hammerson

The Peel Group

Ask:Patrizia

Mentor Mon Morlais Limited

Landsec

Mace Developments

Capital & Regional plc

Homes England

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

With significant resources on the ground in Cardiff, as well as being able to leverage the expertise of lawyers throughout the UK, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has the strength-in-depth and critical mass to handle a huge range and volume of professional negligence work for claimants and defendants in the financial services sector. Nick Rundle leads the claimant offering, which is focused on pursuing secured commercial and residential actions for lenders, including against solicitors, relating to title defects and surveyors overvaluing properties. Senior associate Wayne Davies 'has significant expertise in lenders' professional negligence claims and in related title rectification issues', and is a key member of this team that is able to resource a huge volume of instructions, in part by dint of its effective case management system. Promoted to partner in May 2020, Gareth Vowles leads the firm's defendant-side offering which regularly represents intermediaries, lenders and asset managers in claims arsing from alleged negligent advice and/or the mis-selling of a myriad financial products. Senior associate James Coleman has a balanced offering for financial institutions both as claimants and defendants, including representing commercial and investment banks in regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rundle

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Vowles; Wayne Davies; James Coleman; Lindsey Caddy; Tiffany Neville; David Sweet

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds financial disputes team in Cardiff has vast experience of making professional negligence claims on behalf of its banking sector clients.’

‘Wayne Davies has significant expertise in lenders’ professional negligence claims and in related title rectification issues.’

‘Tiffany Neville is up and coming.’

Key clients

Santander

Bank of Ireland

Nationwide (including The Mortgage Works and UCB)

Deutsche Bank

GE Money

Investec

HSBC

Castle Trust Capital Plc

West One Finance

Onesavings Bank

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Forming a key part of the firm's overarching national offering, as well as being a compelling proposition in its own right, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's six-strong Cardiff-based team excels in handling a range of strategic risk management and contentious matters, for corporates, developers and public sector entities, which often own extensive property portfolios. Team head Kathryn Cook has an excellent track record across a range of property disputes, including as it relates to tenant default and dilapidations issues, work which she very effectively handles for major retail clients, financial services/pension providers and transport and infrastructure clients.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Cook

Key clients

Legal and General

Annington Property Limited

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Highways England

RWE Generation UK

Associated British Ports

Transport for London

HMV Retail Limited

Namulas Pension Trustees Limited

Telereal Trillium

SEGRO Plc

Wales and West Utilities Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Highlighted for its 'profound market knowledge', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong profile for handling rent reviews, development disputes and telecoms sector work. Electronic Communications Code specialist Thekla Fellas leads on instructions in the last-mentioned segment and predominately acts for landowners, while team head Will Densham is 'the go-to rent review lawyer' and also well known for rights to light work, including arbitration. Elsewhere, the team is well versed in guiding institutional investors, development companies, tenants and high-net-worth individuals through dilapidation and service charge disputes and provides assistance with rent arrears matters. Stuart Wortley is best known for his niche in urban explorer injunction cases.

Practice head(s):

Will Densham

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Wortley; Thekla Fellas; Kate Poole; Karen Mitchell

Testimonials

I can confidently say there are no weaknesses.

They have huge strength in depth.

The London team has been building significantly over the last five years down to Will Densham’s drive and determination. They are incredibly good lawyers, first and foremost. They have an eagle eye for the detail but at the same time are so sector aware that they do not bore certain clients with lengthy notes of advice where they simply don’t want it nor will they pay for it.

I was hugely grateful for all the input they have given me over the years – they get the balance exactly right, depending on who they are advising.

The primary lawyer I have dealt with is Will Densham and I have worked with him for well over a decade. He is the go-to rent review lawyer in central London.

I have known Will Densham for many, many years and there is no one better for giving completely accurate legal advice but within a commercial context. I hugely rely on his support for me with other mutual clients and he often goes above and beyond, giving advice in the background or on a pro bono basis, which I find extremely helpful.

The experience is always first class. They have profound market knowledge and we rely on them hugely to give us good advice. They over deliver. Not only is the advice commercial and accurate but it is based on a deep understanding of the practice area that no one else comes close to having. They are super responsive.

Thekla Fellas and Karen Mitchell have been excellent, providing reassuring advice to clients and putting them at ease from the initial instruction.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management (formerly Scottish Widows)

AP Wireless (II) UK Limited (APW)

Associated British Ports

Berkeley Homes

Blackstone Property Group

Bloc Hotel

British Land

Canary Wharf Group

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

Point West GR Limited

River Court

River Doree Holdings Limited

Ruby Triangle Properties Limited

Shaftesbury PLC

Sure Honest Limited

Teighmore Limited

The Leathersellers Company

University of Arts London

University of London

Utopia A Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a sizeable portfolio of local, national and international clients. It undertakes a full spectrum of litigated property matters for clients, including lease terminations and renewals, professional negligence, dilapidation claims and insolvency-related litigation. The practice is led by David McGuirk, whose ‘expertise in real estate litigation matters is second to none‘, with a notable specialism in disputes connected with residential and commercial property developments. Recently-promoted principal associate Alex Wright is one of the other key individuals in the team, as is ‘excellent and technically very able’ senior associate Joanne Mills, who has specialist knowledge of residential property and tenant insolvency. James Batham is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

David McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

James Batham; Alex Wright; Joanne Mills

Testimonials

‘We have a great relationship with the real estate litigation team at Eversheds. They are very easy to approach and work with and always willing to go the extra mile – whether that is on day-to-day instructions or urgent new instructions.’

‘David McGuirk, Partner – David is extremely knowledgeable and very good at what he does. David’s expertise in real estate litigation matters is second to none and he is also excellent at spotting the commercial factors and drivers that need to be taken into account, which is very important to us.’

Joanne Mills, Senior Associate – Jo is very personable, down-to-earth and easy to work with. Jo is extremely thorough in everything that she does and always keen to highlight new and evolving areas in the industry, which is very useful for us.’

‘Very reliable and provide excellent, commercially-minded advice.’

‘David McGuirk stands out. His technical knowledge is excellent but his advice is pragmatic and not too legalistic. Very reliable.’

‘Responsive and accommodating.’

‘Collaborative environment, strong command structure, competitive rates.’

‘David McGuirk – heads the team brilliantly, very good strategist. Joanne Mills – excellent and technically very able, with astute judgment.’

Key clients

Manchester Airports Group

Aviva Investors

The Co-Operative Bank PLC

Toni&Guy

AXA IM

G4S

INOVYN

Muse Developments

European Tyre Enterprise Ltd (Kwik Fit)

European Metal Recycling Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which provides a 'one-stop multidisciplinary service', has a highly experienced team comprising of Alison Oldfield, Damian Hyndman and Andrew Todd. Oldfield and Hydman stand out for their expertise in CPO compensation claims, reputationally sensitive litigation, and disputes concerning access to services/property and the Electronic Communications Code/telecommunications apparatus. Todd is sought after counsel for development disputes arising under high value sale and lease agreements. Senior associates Charlotte Miller and Jennifer Leah are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Damian Hyndman

Other key lawyers:

Alison Oldfield; Andrew Todd; Charlotte Miller; Jennifer Leah

Testimonials

‘Damian is a master at his craft, with extensive legal knowledge to guide you through the issue and ensure the best result, no matter what the circumstances.’

‘The attention to detail and the way that information is collated and summarised to feedback is always impressive. The essential understanding of regulations is communicated in an easy to understand way that is jargon-free.’

‘Alison Oldfield ensures that I am always appraised of the latest status of matters pertaining.  Pragmatic and realistic whilst also ensuring that I and my company keep sense of proportion about the strengths and weaknesses of our case.’

‘Eversheds can provide a team who can look at matters pragmatically and give robust, sound legal advice.’

‘Andrew Todd in commercial litigation is very sound and has a great commercial approach to all matters including understanding complex cases quickly and providing a clear path forward. He has a great work ethic and always makes himself available to respond to matters quickly and without fuss.’

‘Eversheds offers a one-stop multidisciplinary service. The firms is focused on providing clear advice and is excellent at allocating the necessary resource in terms of costs and experience to the case work.’

‘Andrew Todd is excellent at identifying the salient case issues and give clear strategic, commercial advice and recommendations to achieve the required outcome. Andrew and his team are always available to provide input and manage stakeholder expectations on expected outcomes and relevant timelines.’

Key clients

Anchor Hanover Housing group

Frasers Group

The Peel Group

Department of Health Residual Estates

WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc

CH Power Limited

McCain Foods GB Limited

University of Essex

Cisco

Highways England

Public sector Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is home to a substantial part of the firm's education practice, which is the largest in the UK. Acting for clients across the UK, as well as assisting major institutions in East Anglia, it counts numerous HE and FE colleges among its clients, as well as schools, academies and private education institutions. The multi-disciplinary team provides support on both domestic and international matters concerning employment work, student issues, charity law, litigation, real estate matters, corporate and commercial work, intellectual property mandates, health and safety claims, constitutional issues and regulatory matters. Glynne Stanfield leads the practice's international education and corporate governance group, with experience in the formation of HE and FE  group structures and the establishment of overseas campuses. Employment partner Matthew Kelly is central to the practice, as are legal director Stephen O’Reilly and senior associate Martyn Robinson for charity law matters.

Practice head(s):

Glynne Stanfield; Matthew Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Stephen O’Reilly; Martyn Robinson

Key clients

ACS International Schools Limited

ACS Schools

Activate Learning

Bangor University

Barnet and Southgate College

Basingstoke College of Technology

Birmingham City University

BPP University

Bromley College

Canterbury Christ Church University

Capital City Colleges Group

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Global University Systems

Hult Education

National Oceanography Centre

New City Colleges Group

Newham College

Northeastern University

Portsmouth University

Reading University

Richmond, the American University in London

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

STCG

UKCBC

University of York

University of Wales Trinity St David

Vanta Education

Transport > Rail Tier 1

The 'commercially astute' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides the full range of advice to rail clients, particularly regarding commercial, regulatory, and planning matters. The team, which can draw on the wider firm's global footprint, has expertise in concessions, rolling stock, and has been involved in the promotion of the bills in relation to major infrastructure projects such as HS2. Practice co-leader Mark Brunton is an expert in rail franchise agreements and rolling stock contracts, while co-leader and consultant Anne Harris is a 'standout individual', advising on major policy issues. Agnes Koko - 'one of the best minds' in the industry - and James O’Connor focus on complex rail infrastructure projects, while Stephen Collings is a parliamentary agent authorised to promote and oppose bills in Parliament. William Spickett and Andrew Bell provide 'top-rate support' to the rest of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brunton; Anne Harris

Other key lawyers:

Agnes Koko; Stephen Collings; James O’Connor; William Spickett; Andrew Bell

Testimonials

There is a breadth of experience. Anne Harris’s extensive experience which is a particular strength. A further strength is that team can usually pull in other firm expertise (e.g company, insolvency, pensions) very effectively – knitting that expertise into their service to the client seamlessly.

Anne Harris is the standout individual. Her knowledge of the law is awesome but she understands the policy and commercial pressures we work within and is creative in the way she analyses issues and suggests options. Agnes Koko and William Spickett are very impressive in the rolling stock field – again with very strong legal knowledge backed by pragmatism and a standing in the industry which means counterparties listen and respect positions we take.

A strong, highly experienced team with expertise built up from many years of involvement in developing and negotiating rail contracts in the privatised GB rail market.’

Anne Harris, Mark Brunton and Agnes Koko are all stand-out experts in their field, having advised on a large number of rail-related transactions over many years, and can be relied upon to provide high-quality commercially-focused advice. Andrew Bell and Will Spickett have provided top-rate support.’

A great breadth and depth of subject matter specific knowledge across a tight knit and collaborative team. In the unlikely event one team member doesn’t know an answer, they can immediately pass you on to a colleague who does. These guys are the experts.

A commercially astute and highly experienced group, with deep subject matter knowledge in their field. Excellent clarity and grasp of complex commercial issues. Team members have a wider understanding of issues beyond just legal matters, and use it to make their legal advice more telling.’

We regularly work with the international rail and infrastructure team of Eversheds London under Agnes Koko. The practice has a global footprint which is very helpful since we are acting in many different jurisdictions. In comparison to other firms: very thorough, understanding clients commercial requirements, high responsiveness and excellent know how and analytical approach.’

Agnes Koko is one of the best minds I know in the industry and a very impressive personality. She is brilliant, very creative, highly reliable. She understands all aspects of rail in all levels of complexity with extensive international experience in the rail sector on both sides of the table. Agnes is highly structured and able to create strategies fitting her clients commercial requirements. She is very strong in negotiations and in representing her clients interests. Agnes has the ability to always proactively identify and find workable solutions to highly complex issues and is absolutely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

UK Department for Transport

Dubai Rail Transport Authority

High Speed 2 Limited

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP notably services household brands drawn from across the food, retail, leisure and consumer goods segments of the market. Housed in the firm’s Birmingham office, James Batham and Paul Moorcroft take the lead on the retail and leisure and consumer sub-groups respectively, while Amanda Partland oversees the food and beverage practice from Leeds. Key areas of strength for the group include large corporate deals, high-value real estate transactions, outsourcing mandates. disputes, commercial strategy and competition law issues. As one of the firm’s five priority sectors, the team's global experience helps it deliver in priority areas for the sector, such as technology, data privacy and automation, payments, supply chain and ESG issues.

Practice head(s):

James Batham; Paul Moorcroft

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Partland

Testimonials

Well resourced and have numerous experts in their field. They also have their finger on the pulse of the market and live and breathe it day in day out.’

‘Very commercial and you never feel you are talking to a lawyer – you feel like you are talking to a business partner. They are all very useful sounding boards.’

Key clients

Boohoo

DFS

Frasers (formally known as Sports Direct, including HoF)

Helly Hanson

Kering (including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen)

Next (including Lipsy)

Specsavers

Steinhoff

Urban Outfitters

Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a diverse practice, advising fund managers on authorised and unauthorised products, listed closed-ended funds, unit trusts and limited partnerships. Particular areas of expertise include alternative asset class investments in areas such as crypto and cannabis, as well as advice on ESG and sustainability issues, and post-Brexit transition arrangements. Firm chair Pamela Thompson, who heads up the practice, is a specialist in handling collective investment schemes, pooled investments and financial services regulatory work for international asset managers. Michaela Walker advises sponsors and depositary banks on financial services regulatory issues, while Phil Spyropoulos is known for his work for FCA-authorised and retail-focussed funds on ESG, charity investments and Brexit-focused securities issues. Principal associate Stefanie Sahla-Jones focuses on unauthorised funds and joint ventures for onshore and offshore clients, and she also works with institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Pamela Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Phil Spyropolous; Stefanie Sahla-Jones; Michaela Walker

Key clients

Citibank

HSBC Global Asset Management UK

Rathbones Unit Trust Management

Santander Asset Management UK

National Farmers Union

St James’ Place

Schroders Unit Trusts Limited

Caceis Bank

Barings Asset Management Limited

Phoenix Unit Trust Managers Limited

Royal London Asset Management Limited

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Aviva Investors Fund Services Limited

M&G Securities Limited

Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited

Sarasin Investment Funds Limited

Northern Trust

BNP Paribas

Alpha Real Capital

Natixis

Maitland Institutional Investors

Smith & Williamson Fund Administration

Link Financial Services

Investment Fund Services Limited

NCM Fund Services

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

With particular expertise in the transport, infrastructure and utilities sectors, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly advises clients in relation to transformational projects, regeneration schemes, outsourcings and procurement processes. In addition, the firm has a strong public inquiries division, which focuses on cases involving safeguarding issues and historic abuse claims. Huw Jones, who is based in Cardiff, leads the firm's local government practice, advising clients in relation to governance and public law issues. In Birmingham Sarah Jones, stands out for her work in highly sensitive public inquiries across various sectors; she is currently leading the team appointed as the Commissioning Body in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Telford. Birmingham-based principal associate Isabelle Mitchell, described as 'outstanding' by one client, is also a key member of the firm's public inquiries and investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Huw Jones; Sarah Jones

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Mitchell

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds team have provided consistent, reliable and good advice on various issues I’ve dealt with in the field of public law.’ 

‘Isabelle Mitchell in the commercial disputes/public inquiries team is outstanding and incredibly commercial in her approach.’

‘To my knowledge, the leading firm in this area with unrivalled experience in public inquiries. Strength in depth. Committed. Work collaboratively with us. Fantastic working relationship. Transparent on fees.’

‘It’s their sector specific expertise (in the higher education field) which ensures that they understand the strategic and operational issues which we are facing and can provide tailored and focused advice.’

Key clients

The University of Manchester

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Telford and Wrekin Council

Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board ( AHDB)

UK Biocentre Limited

Department for Transport

Network Rail

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

With a strong corporate borrower client base and a place on the panels of many clearing banks, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an active and varied practice. The team can draw on the firm's network of international offices on cross-border matters, as well as specific sector expertise for renewable energy finance work. Jason Wurzal leads the team, acting for clients on revolving credit facilities, high-profile transactions and refinancing matters. ‘High-quality lawyerTaslima Salam is head of the firm’s national real estate finance practice across the regions.

Practice head(s):

Jason Wurzal

Other key lawyers:

Taslima Salam; Hannah McAdam

Testimonials

‘I mainly work with Taslima Salam – high-quality lawyer that is easy to work with, responsive and provides good advice.’

Key clients

Perwyn LLP

Epwin Group plc

Qualtex UK Limited

Globus (Shetland) Limited

Augustus Regis Limited

Romaco Limited

SimplyBiz Group plc

Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc

Charles Street Commercial Investments Limited

Barchester Healthcare Limited

Peel Media Limited

Footasylum plc

Cadogan Estates Limited

UC Group

Santander UK plc

Aeriance Investments

Triodos Bank N.V.

Barclays Bank plc

Together

Eurohotels

Christies International plc

Marshall of Cambridge

Begbies plc

Lookers plc

Next plc

N Brown plc

Marshalls plc

Renold plc

HSBC Bank PLC

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Holidaybreak Ltd

API Group Plc

Topps Tiles plc

Morses Club plc

LNT Group Limited

Maslow Capital

Zen Internet Limited

Lakeland Limited

Wathegar 2 Limited

Winsford Devco LLP (part of Kier)

Augusta Securities

FS Wind Limited

XPO

Valero Energy Ltd

Beech Developments Limited

Venus Healthcare Limited

Metro Bank plc

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Praised for its 'deep understanding of financial services litigation', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's financial services disputes and investigations practice acts for leading banks and institutions in a range of contentious issues. The group operates as a national practice led by Chris Busby in Birmingham, while Manchester-based James Southworth leads the Northern practice. The group also has 'very good insight into the business and understanding of the in-house role' and several litigators, including Southworth, have previous experience working in-house at banks.

Practice head(s):

Chris Busby; James Southworth

Testimonials

‘Very good insight into the business and understanding of the in-house role and challenges which helps bring commercial solutions – taking the problem away and delivering a solution quickly.’

‘Deep understanding of financial services litigation across whole of UK banking industry – great contacts, approachable style and make effort to feel part of an extended team when working with in-house teams.’

Key clients

Nationwide Building Society

Coventry Building Society

Phoenix Group

Santander

Instant Cash Loans

The Co-Operative Bank

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

HSBC

Starling Bank

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Nottingham team works closely with its Birmingham office to act for national clients in all types of proceedings. While active in numerous sectors, the group is particularly strong in the automotive and energy industries, representing leading car manufacturers as well as utility companies including Thames Water and the National Grid. Louise Howarth is the key practitioner in the East Midlands; as head of the national energy regulatory disputes practice, Howarth specialises in Ofgem regulatory investigations and judicial review proceedings following regulatory decisions in the energy, water and environmental sectors.

Practice head(s):

Louise Howarth

Testimonials

‘The team are accessible and good at keeping in touch/keeping us updated. Billing is always transparent and we rarely get surprises. They are excellent at predicting future spend, which is helpful from a budgeting perspective. The team is well resourced with the right level of seniority doing appropriate roles. I feel we get good value for money.’

Key clients

Compass Group

Experian

John Lewis Partnership

National Grid

Severn Trent

Thames Water

Shell

Mitchells & Butlers

Vestey Foods

Sherwin Williams

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Telford and Wrekin Council

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team, which is led by Jo Hatton-Jones, is 'accessible and provides relevant and objective advice'. The team demonstrates depth of expertise in energy, rail and infrastructure, fronted by Hatton-Jones with assistance from senior associate Matthew Pexton, advising institutional clients as owners and operators of infrastructure, energy generating assets and manufacturing facilities and other major construction works. Sarah Maylor advises infrastructure providers on complex construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jo Hatton-Jones; Sarah Maylor

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Pexton

Testimonials

‘Helpful, proactive and always available.’

‘Sarah Maylor stands out as a pragmatic problem solver.’

‘Very accessible and provide relevant and objective advice.’

‘We work with the same individual which helps build up trust and mutual understanding which helps self start with new commissions.’

Key clients

Wales & West Utilities

Network Rail

Legal & General

WM Morrison

Tension Control Bolts Limited

University of Sheffield

University of Leeds

Wartsila

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd

Severn Trent Water

AXA

North East Property Partnership Limited (UK Land)

Greencore

Harworth Group PLC

Avenir LNG Ltd

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

With a strong sector focus on energy, utilities, infrastructure and transport, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, led by the ‘highly capable and experiencedSimon Chamberlain, assists both private and public sector clients, predominantly employers or purchasers. Gregory Buckley leads the disputes practice with a focus on large-scale dispute avoidance and resolution, supported by Claire Randall-Smith, who was promoted to partner in May 2020 and acts for some of the practice's major clients. Chris Pickens assists clients in transactional matters and advises on procurement strategies for complex construction contracts, as well as leading cross-office and disciplinary teams to deliver high-value projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Claire Randall-Smith; Gregory Buckley; Chris Pickens

Testimonials

‘The construction team provide a professional service from contract drafting to supplemental agreements and clear strategic and tactical advice on the operational aspects of contracts as they arise. The advice is thorough but above all practical and pragmatic, based on a commercial as well as legal perspective.’

‘A highly capable team with experience across a wide range of issues. Very responsive and able to resource and meet demanding deadlines. The team works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders/partners.’

‘Simon Chamberlain is a highly capable and experienced individual. Simon consistently provides advice and service of the highest quality and is extremely responsive regardless of the demands. Unlike many other legal professionals I have worked with, as well as being very talented Simon is able to communicate and collaborate with a wide range of team members and stakeholders, always putting the client’s requirements first.’

‘The team have a wealth of experience and have the added advantage of worldwide coverage.’

‘Newly promoted to the partnership, Claire Randall-Smith is knowledgable and tenacious.’

‘This team has significant sector knowledge and experience. It is responsive, professional and knowledgeable both in relation to this practice area but also to the unique needs of the industry. The firm’s commitment to this business, including throughout these challenging times, has been extremely welcome.’

Key clients

Network Rail

Cadent

National Grid Plc

Sellafield Limited

Severn Trent Water

Welsh Water Organic Energy Ltd

John Sisk & Son Limited

Manchester City Council

English Cities Fund

Barchester Healthcare Limited

Airport City Limited

Applied Industrial Systems

University of Essex

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's tax group has experience handling large tax structuring matters and acts for PE clients across the corporate tax space. The group is led by the firm’s global tax co-head David Jervis in Leeds. Colin Askew is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Colin Askew

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

The ‘very practical and pragmatic’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of data protection and cybersecurity matters, and leans on its international network to provide a joined up approach on cross-border mandates. Paula Barrett heads up the team and is supported by Liz Fitzsimons, who has ‘excellent knowledge of data protection law and its development at an international level’. Philip James joined from Sheridans and Dave Hughes was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Paula Barrett; Liz Fitzsimons

Other key lawyers:

Philip James; Dave Hughes

Testimonials

‘The practice covers comprehensively a number of areas of law and enables a very good coverage of our needs’.

‘The ability to pull together and coordinate efficiently a team of lawyers covering different areas for a project is really a great asset’.

‘Liz Fitzsimons has a very pragmatic approach in responding to queries’.

‘The clarity of communication was excellent’.

‘The team have strong insight into the sector having engaged with industry in various ways’.

‘The team is top notch in terms of expertise, commercial acumen and client care’.

‘They are always quick to respond to urgent matters and provide very pragmatic advice’.

‘They have good links with other experts, and having a global presence makes their insight more invaluable’.

Key clients

Facebook

Dyson

IATA

Akamai

Thames Water

Specsavers

DWR Cymru Welsh Water

Heathrow Airport

NEST

Eastman Chemicals

Kering Group

Hilton

National Grid

MicroStrategy

ADP (Automatic Data Processing) Inc

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 2

The schools team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works for a broad range of clients across the sector, advising academies, free schools, university technical colleges, studio schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities as well as maintained and independent schools. School project work is a particular strength, and the team has extensive experience working with sixth form colleges looking to convert into academies, as well as handling estates work, from day-to-day operation and asset management issues through to major developments and funding mandates. National head of education Diane Gilhooley is a highly regarded education and employment specialist. Ben Wood concentrates on advising education establishments on governance and employment matters, and is the practice's national lead for academy work.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley; Ben Wood

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland offer a service that is specifically tailored to our sector and they have a wealth of knowledge.’

‘Very strong sector knowledge coupled with strong legal expertise in key areas of data protection, employment and media.’

‘Ben Wood – strong rapport and keen understanding of our areas and concern and the sector’s emerging legal issues.’

‘Without exception all partners that we have worked with across a wide range of specialisms have been both knowledgeable and helpful.’

‘The availability and advice and support from staff is excellent.’

‘Friendly, approachable, responsive service.’

Key clients

Compass Learning Partnership

Beacon Multi Academy Trust

ACS International Schools Limited

The Bentley Wood Trust

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust

Trinitas Academy Trust

Twyford CofE Academy Trust

Chelsea Academy

Cambridge Meridian Academy Trust

The Prospect Trust

Nova Education Trust

L.E.A.D. Multi Academy Trust

The Delta Education Trust

The Great Schools Trust

Employment > Employers Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s international presence not only enables the group to undertake ‘cross-jurisdictional litigation’, but also to handle cross-border projects, global outsourcings, and high-value transactional work. A large proportion of the work ‘tends to be collective labour law and industrial relations-related’, particularly for industrial relation expert Marc Meryon. Global head of the firm’s HR and pensions practice, Diane Gilhooley, steers the group alongside the ‘dedicated, intelligent, diligent and commercialPaul Fontes, who has particular expertise in advising major PLCs and clients in the financial services sector on issues such as SMCR, remuneration, restrictive covenants and team moves, as well as whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Sophie White, meanwhile, specialises in diversity issues and the TUPE implications of outsourcing, insolvency and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley; Paul Fontes

Other key lawyers:

Marc Meryon; Sophie White; Elizabeth Graves; Fiona McMutrie

Testimonials

The Eversheds team is responsive and adept, and provides commercial advice on cutting-edge regulatory and employment matters. We rely on them exclusively for UK advice impacting our international financial practice.

Paul Fontes is dedicated, intelligent, diligent and commercial. He has an excellent understanding of our operations and business, including the commercial history, and provides useful, timely commercial advice.’

The work tends to be collective labour law and industrial relations/industrial action related. Always for employers. Eversheds has the size and depth to allow for specialisation. It also academic links with leading universities which can be tapped into for views and advice.’

International presence in substantial employment litigation enabling the firm to pull together substantial resources in cross-jurisdictional litigation.’

Paul Fontes is superb. Not showy or bombastic – just quietly gets on with beating the other side. On top of the detail, great with clients, great with counsel and really smart – also a great drafter of documents.’

The entire team are a class act and the project simply would not have been a success without them.’

Niche and deep technical expertise in the industrial relations arena which has been critical to us on key programmes of work.’

Key clients

Expedia

UniCredit

Virgin Atlantic

London City Airport

Landsec plc

Revlon

Capital One

Aegis

Liberty Specialty

Saputo Dairy UK (formerly Dairy Crest Group plc)

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a significant number of companies listed on AIM and the Main Market, and its client roster also includes many prominent brokers and NOMADs, UK investment trusts and Channel Islands-registered investment companies. Stephen Nash leads the equity capital markets department, which handles IPOs, secondary offerings and reverse takeovers. Elsewhere, the firm excels in public and private M&A work. Richard Moulton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Nash

Other key lawyers:

Richard Moulton

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice has built up a sizeable client base since its inception in 2015, with it acting for fintech companies, financial institutions (including challenger banks) and investors. It advises clients on a wide range of matters, such as M&A and investment transactions, IPOs, private fundraises, product-specific regulations and data protection. Matthew Gough focuses on commercial arrangements, IT and outsourcing agreements and software licensing. Simon Gamlin and Craig Rogers are also key individuals in the group. James Burnie left for gunnercooke LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Simon Gamlin; Craig Rogers

Testimonials

‘Matthew Gough is brilliant, easy going, professional, fun, dedicated and passionate about this sector.’

‘We would not use anyone else for this sort of work.’       

‘I have been constantly impressed with the quality of their service and commercial approach to finding solutions to legal matters.’

‘The team are very much in tune with current developments and are all over legal tech.’

‘They host an annual technology conference, which is both informative and inspiring.’        

‘I enjoy meeting with the team, as they are down to earth and able to connect with you on a human level.’

Key clients

Aon group

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Kubrick Group

Maia Technology

Admiral Group Plc

ZOPA

Monzo Bank

Nexo Capital Inc

FLEETCOR Technologies Inc

Noel Moran and others (Prepaid Financial Services)

TAAL Distributed Information Technologies Inc

Aryza Holdings Limited

Foreign Currency Direct PLC

Specialist Risk Group PlC

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP combines an an active fund formation practice with broad regulatory expertise, advising clients on Brexit considerations and European regulatory changes, as well as specific jurisdictional advice relating to Cayman and Luxembourg-domiciled funds. Notable engagements during 2020 included renewable energy and crypto asset funds. The team advises asset managers, insurers and pension funds, and it has also increased its share of work with institutional investors, particularly banks. Practice head Ben Watford is highly active in handling fund launches for managers in key jurisdictions, and he is also heavily involved in regulatory work and thought leadership within the industry. Ronald Paterson has a strong track record in fund launches. Edinburgh-based principal associate Sarah Burnside specialises in financial services sector advice, including fund mergers and reorganisations, and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Ben Watford

Other key lawyers:

Ronald Paterson; Sarah Burnside

Key clients

Westbeck Electric Metals Fund

Westbeck Energy Opportunity Fund

Westbeck Volta Fund

Westbeck Resource Income Fund

Kimura Commodity Trade Finance Fund Limited

Greenlake

Qbera Capital LLP

Owl Rock Capital Partners

Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation (“Federal”)

West 4 Capital

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Under the leadership of principal associate Simon Kenny, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on employment matters including visa applications and right-to-work checks.

Practice head(s):

Simon Kenny

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Hands-on partnerDavid Gray leads the restructuring practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP across the North West; he supports clients on all aspects of debt and equity restructuring and insolvency work. The team advises on administrations, assists corporate clients with the restructuring of debt and handles directors' duties. In addition to large clearing banks and accounting firms, the client list also includes alternative lenders and debt acquirers. Principal associate Sarah Duignan’s expertise includes advising pension trustees on restructurings and insolvencies relating to sponsoring employers.

Practice head(s):

David Gray

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Duignan

Testimonials

‘In the North West, the group is led by David Gray who is a very hands on partner, hugely approachable and responsive individual. The team is small but has good national connections to flex with demand. Wider connectivity with their Firm is also visible and a key strength.’

Key clients

Ernst & Young

KPMG

Deloitte

PwC

BDO

Duff & Phelps

Begbies Traynor

Alix Partners

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

The specialist intellectual property practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on all contentious issues, including patent infringement claims, as well as trademark, domain name and copyright related disputes and co-existence agreements. Further, the team offers a full array of non-contentious services, advising on portfolio management, performing risk assessments and audits as well as supporting on the IP aspects of corporate transactions. Rupert Bent leads the practice, is an experienced litigator with an impressive track record of High Court litigation and also advises on branding, licensing and research and development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Bent

Key clients

National Grid PLC

University of Westminster

Tombola Limited

Manchester International Festival

Halewood International Limited

Genting Casinos UK Limited

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

Led by Matthew GoughEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is adept at advising on the IP risks and issues associated with digital services and technology. The team also has a strong reputation representing financial services clients on IP-related matters, both on a standalone basis, as well as in the context of IP-related corporate support work, including for specialist financial services investment company, Pollen Street Capital, on its downstream investment work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Eve England

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland provide superb support on the tech and telecoms front.’

‘Matthew Gough and  Eve England are a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Schools Software Solutions Limited

Pollen Street Capital Limited

Scansource Europe SPRL

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Yorkshire technology team is based in Leeds, and works in tandem with the wider firm's national practice to handle large-scale commercial outsourcing projects, contracts and telecoms agreements. Jointly managed by Nick Stubbs, the group's litigation offering is headed by co-head James Hyde, and handles a significant amount of contentious work for global clients operating across the retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors. Director Edward Williams focuses on IT disputes and public procurement work, often concerning data security breaches and PFI issues. James Ruane is another key member of the team and advises on data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Nick Stubbs; James Hyde

Other key lawyers:

James Ruane; Edward Williams

Testimonials

‘They really understand our requirements and the impact upon the business of agreements we enter. Their focus on inclusivity and diversity is apparent.’

‘Nick Stubbs really understands our requirements and the impact upon the business of agreements we enter in to.’

Key clients

Rolls-Royce plc

Rugby League World Cup 2021

DXC Technology

HSBC

Go Plant Fleet Services Limited

Anglo American

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is highly regarded for its advice to local authorities, public bodies, and infrastructure funds across projects including procurements, investigations, outsourcings and development and regeneration schemes. Of particular note is its expertise advising on public pension schemes. Head of local government Huw Jones advises across all relevant local governance and public law matters, while Sarah Jones leads as head of inquiries and investigations. Head of the national public sector pensions team Gary Delderfield is another key contact. Former public sector head Bridgette Wilcox retired in 2020, while public law partner Totis Kotsonis moved to Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Huw Jones; Sarah Jones; Gary Delderfield

Other key lawyers:

Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill

Testimonials

The uniqueness of the practice is the positive mix of people and expertise that come together to ensure client needs are met. Contributions are honest and fully informed. It has been challenging for all over the last 12 months, despite this the team have been able to provide a continuous and consistent level of service.’

The team brings to bear a team of specialists in a coordinated and accessible way which gives great confidence that you are getting the best possible advice on every aspect of a project. This is done in a seamless manner.’

There is ownership by a partner at a senior level who is always fully aware of the overall picture and is able to give concise advice and confidence that the matter is being moved forwards rapidly and rigorously. Any client changes are also readily managed. The individual staff at all levels are always knowledgeable and personable, and willing to go the extra mile to get urgent deals completed without compromise.’

Key clients

Telford and Wrekin Council

Northamptonshire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Thurrock Council

The London Borough of Barnet

LB Hammersmith and Fulham

LB Southwark

Northumberland Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Manchester City Council

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Peter Nesbit leads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP team, which advises on the planning aspects of wind and solar energy projects, rail infrastructure and retail developments. Nesbit undertakes all planning, highways and CPO work, particularly in the renewable energy sector and in regeneration schemes. The firm's recent key mandates included advising on the promotion of a 67MW wind farm development (known as Trosten Loch) in Scotland and assisting London South Bank University with the proposed regeneration of two campus buildings. Principal associate Roddy Macdonald is experienced in the promotion of housing sites across the North East, as well as retail and industrial planning.

Practice head(s):

Peter Nesbit

Other key lawyers:

Roddy Macdonald

Key clients

FCC Environment (UK) Limited

Wentworth Clean Power Limited

Force 9 Energy Partners LLP

Network Rail/TRU

Homes England

Segro PLC

London South Bank University

Templegate Developments Limited

Evans Property Group

Next PLC

Miller Homes and Kier

Letterone

EDF Energy Renewables Limited

Infinergy

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning practice advises on a myriad of technical planning-related issues, such as compulsory purchase and highways delivery. The team is also experienced in judicial and statutory challenges, urban regeneration and the promotion of major residential development; the latter being practice head Stuart Andrews' specialism. In addition, new settlements and complex structures are a key part of the practice, with expertise in legacy planning and equalisation. Highlights included securing consent for comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment on the Isle of Dogs for Westferry Development Limited.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Andrews

Testimonials

‘Stuart Andrews is hugely knowledgeable and I find him calm and reassuring, with great legal/planning/commercial judgement.’

‘The legal and planning advice Eversheds Sutherland provided was clear and precise and explained in a way that was easy to take in. Complex issues are explained in a way that allows the customer to move forward with confidence.’

‘Personable coupled with expertise and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Westferry Developments Ltd

Berkeley Homes (North London) Limited

Berkeley Homes (South London) Limited

Avanton

Department for Transport

Summix

Robert Hitchins

Barratt Homes/Taylor Wimpey

Catesby Estates PLC

St Congar

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has extensive experience of handling contentious environmental and planning matters, such as issues relating to planning permits, waste offences and pollution-related violations. Tim Hill heads up the department and often takes the lead on mandates handled in collaboration with the firm’s office in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hill

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's private equity team is able to offer clients the benefit of its extensive international presence, including its network of offices across the US. The practice has close relationships with buyout houses such as Livingbridge, acting for sponsors and their portfolio companies across the PE transactional space. London-based James Trevis leads the global private equity team, with global head of corporate Richard Moulton also a key figure in the London office. Mark Beardmore in Birmingham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Trevis

Other key lawyers:

Richard Moulton; Mark Beardmore; Robin Skelton; Catherine Eley; Louise Finnie; Richard Kyle

Testimonials

‘Being commercial is an easy description that all lawyers like to label themselves as but the Eversheds team really do stand out. Consistently knowledgeable about the details of the transactions they are acting on, they bring a calmness and flexibilty in their approach to challenging issues.’

‘Strong leadership from partner-level down; team are highly commercial; they work highly effectively across borders and move seamlessly from corporate into specialisms that the situation requires.’

‘They are highly personable and make dealing with challenging situations and counterparties more manageable and far less stressful! They have an ability to simplify complex situations and distill it to key issues to focus on.’

‘James Trevis has led the relationship throughout our many years of working together; he always delivers a team to meet our requirements; he shows outstanding client service; he is pragmatic and commercial when it comes to fee discussions; he brings strong senior associates to support the service delivery.’

Key clients

Intermediate Capital Group

Silverfleet Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Perwyn LLP

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

Primary Capital

CBPE Capital Partners

Sovereign Capital

Livingbridge

LDC

H2 Equity Partners

Graphite Capital

Baird Capital Partners Europe

Bridgepoint Development Capital

Bridges Fund Management

Aurelius

Phoenix Private Equity

Elysian

NorthEdge

Bregal

EMK

Limerston Capital

Newlands Capital

Arcline Capital Partners

Elaghmore

Synova Capital

Projects, energy and natural resources > Private finance initiative (PFI) Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works closely with the firm's national and international offices to advise on multijurisdictional projects relating to the energy and infrastructure sectors. Mark Dennison is the key name in Nottingham and leads the infrastructure team, which also includes transport specialist William Spickett.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dennison

Other key lawyers:

William Spickett; Mike Turner

Public sector Tier 2

Diane Gilhooley leads the national education team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP while 'stellar performer' Nicola Bennison heads the education team in Nottingham. The firm offers 'a one-stop shop for high-quality legal advice' to higher and further education institutions, schools, academies and private education institutions. Advice covers all legal areas and includes litigation and dispute management, property, employment and student matters, health and safety, corporate and commercial, intellectual property, governance issues as well as regulatory advice. The team makes use of its network of international offices to advise education institutions globally.

Practice head(s):

Diane Gilhooley; Nicola Bennison

Testimonials

‘They have a very broad range of expertise, essentially offering a one-stop shop for high-quality legal advice.’

‘They establish a relationship with the client, ensuring that when a particular case arises they already know the strategic context of the organisation and so can ‘hit the ground running’ without the requirement to explain the strategic context again.’

‘They provide sensible and pragmatic advice, responding rapidly when needed to challenging casework.’

‘Nicola Bennison provides buckets of common sense and is quick to grasp the most complex problems.’

‘Nicola Bennison is a stellar performer who consistently adds value.’

‘The level of expertise in both education generally and further education specifically particularly in relation to complaints to regulatory bodies.’

‘Nicola Bennison has provided timely, insightful and incisive advice. She has delivered high quality work to tight deadlines.’

‘The main difference for me is their credibility. I always have absolute trust and confidence in the advice and expertise from this firm, and I have not found this same level of trust in other firms I have used.’

Key clients

Sandwell College

Moulton College

Royal National College for the Blind

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Trust Federation

Nottingham Trent University

West Nottinghamshire College

Shrewsbury College Group

University of Essex

University of Reading

De Montfort University

University of Nottingham

Leicester University

Loughborough University

ACS International Schools Limited

L.E.A.D Multi Academy Trust

Birmingham City University

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers broad expertise, which includes advising major international fund managers on fund formation and structuring, secondary transactions and M&A, and regulatory issues such as SFDR disclosure. The team has a strong profile in open-ended funds, with it advising managers in key jurisdictions such as Luxembourg and the Channel Islands. It has also expanded its work for closed-ended, private equity-style funds, as well as investments in emerging asset classes such as shared ownership and build-to-rent. Richard Batchelor advises managers throughout the lifecycles of open and closed-ended funds, particularly private market funds. The highly experienced Pamela Thompson focuses on collective investments, structuring and regulatory work. Principal associate Stefanie Sahla-Jones has a strong real estate practice, handling unauthorised funds and joint ventures, both onshore and offshore.

Practice head(s):

Richard Batchelor

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Thompson; Stephanie Sahla-Jones

Testimonials

Richard Batchelor is a great partner to our business and our in-house team. Whilst obviously being a subject matter expert, he provides us with pragmatic and commercial advice.

Outstanding commercial and legal capabilities and the ability to negotiate and structure complex transactions in the alternative investment space. A very reliable and meticulous team, which always goes the extra mile and is well regarded by clients, as well as counterparties.

Stefanie Sahla-Jones and Richard Batchelor are excellent complements. The team must have other clients, but we feel that we receive exclusive attention. Both are also happy to help us find solutions to interesting problems, often on short notice.

Key clients

M&G Real Estate

Homes and Communities Agency (trading as Homes England)

AEW

Kinetic Capital

London LGPS CIV

Local Pensions Partnership Investments

Nuveen

Schroders

Townsend Holdings

BMO Real Estate Partners

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an experienced cross-border indirect tax practice with particular expertise in advising on real estate VAT issues. The team handles a broad range of VAT matters for clients in the hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail, financial services, real estate and automotive industries. Giles Salmond heads the practice and is an 'excellent solicitor'; he has a strong focus on contentious VAT work, with expertise in advising on pension funds.

Practice head(s):

Giles Salmond

Other key lawyers:

Ed Griffiths

Testimonials

Giles Salmond leads the indirect tax practice and is an expert on indirect tax, particularly in respect of the indirect tax treatment of pensions.’

Giles Salmond is an excellent solicitor who is a pleasure to work with. Edward Griffiths is developing into his own role as an associate and also supports on banking tax.’

Giles and the team are very responsive, commercially aware and assist in unpacking complex tax matters in a way which clients really appreciate.’

Giles Salmond’s knowledge and understanding of all things tax sets him apart from others in the tax disputes space.’

Key clients

Legal and General Assurance (Pensions Management) Limited

Audley Group Limited

Siemens AG

Raymond James Investment Services Limited

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's financial services disputes and investigations team has the 'technical resource to take on the biggest and most complex and document-heavy banking cases'. It is praised for its 'real specialism dealing with multijurisdictional disputes and complex asset tracing matters' and counts investment misselling, derivatives and structure products, lending and insolvency disputes among its other areas of expertise. The 'exceptional' David Flack and Andrew Legg have a breadth of expertise in financial disputes; Mark Cooper provides 'very pragmatic, commercially aware advice' particularly in relation to freezing orders, while Jennifer Miles has particular experience in defending allegations of fraud and group litigation actions.

Practice head(s):

David Flack; Gregory Brandman

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Legg; Mark Cooper; Jennifer Miles; Oliver Shipway; Rory McGrath

Testimonials

Down to earth and totally committed to the client’s objectives. Sensitive to the needs of in-house clients at banks and good at anticipating what they need. Extensive experience of what litigation involves for banks.

David Flack: wide experience in the area means he spots potential problems before they arise. Very focussed on the client’s needs and objectives. Extremely pleasant and very good at assembling and running diverse teams in the best interests of the client.

Mark Cooper (partner) has provided us with excellent advice on a number of issues, most recently on a number of actions to which we have been third parties, giving us exactly the very pragmatic, commercially aware advice we need.

David Flack (partner) is really exceptional and lovely to work with. He is thoroughly hands-on in his approach and across the detail, whilst also being an excellent team leader who knows the strengths of his juniors and deploys and supports them well. He is thoughtful and strategic – working with him is a constant dialogue, testing out ideas and strategies by talking them through.

Ollie Shipway (principal associate) has carried the burden of one of the largest disclosure exercises I have yet been involved with. He probably now knows more about the disclosure pilot scheme than anyone would care to and has carefully navigated a precise path through all kinds of knotty disclosure issues over the past year. Rory McGrath (junior associate). One to watch. Very bright and efficient.

Banks are extremely demanding clients who typically want a slick City firm service but without Magic Circle prices. Eversheds is well placed to meet that need. They have the depth and quality in their banking litigation team and the available technical resource to take on the biggest and most complex and document-heavy banking cases but at a more competitive price.

Real specialism dealing with multijurisdictional disputes and complex asset tracing matters.

The team has a good depth of knowledge, including extensive in-house practice experience, allowing them to give advice rooted in practicality, as well as being technically excellent (which contrary to popular belief is not a given).’

Key clients

HSBC Bank plc

HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited

Options UK Personal Pensions LLP (formerly Carey Pensions UK LLP) (“Options”) / Carey Pension Trustees UK Limited

Doha Bank Q.P.S.C.

Global Energy Horizons Corporation

Valla PTC Limited

Julius Baer International Limited

Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc

Kamran Amouzegar

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

Various / Court Orders

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a standalone commercial contracts team, which is led nationally by Richard Prowse, who has notable expertise in the industrial and transport sectors. The team includes practitioners from across the firm’s national network of offices. Kelly Holmes in Birmingham has experience in route to market, asset management and business expansion work, while Peter McCormack in Leeds handles long-term, strategic contractual issues. The department also has experience at an international level, and regularly assists multinational clients with structuring and operating businesses in Europe and heavily regulated regions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Prowse

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Holmes; Peter McCormack; Simon Crossley; Matthew Gough; Tom Bridgford; Nick Blane; Eve England; Kuljeet Gill; Alison Brearey

Testimonials

‘Peter McCormack led the team and really invested time in getting to understand us and our business.  I wouldn’t want to use anyone else now. Peter frees up a significant proportion of my time because I know I can trust him to work directly with the business teams and to know when he needs to bring me in for an opinion on something, which brings a valuable degree of assurance for me without taking up too much of my time.’

‘Peter McCormack is fantastic. He really gets what we’re trying to achieve, which means he’s great in a negotiation – he knows the points to stand firm on, he anticipates where the greatest risks lie, and he doesn’t waste time arguing points that don’t have value. He also understands the culture of our organisation, and as a result our business teams all find him really easy to work with. He has a great client service ethic too.’

‘Kuljeet Gill was able to become a key part of our team, driving the project forward and coordinating our approach and responses on hugely complex issues. She was also able to translate complex issues to enable us to make key decisions.’

Key clients

American Express

Crown Commercial Service

Croda

University of Manchester

Compass

Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) (part of the Department for Transport)

Network Rail

Coventry City Council

Busy Bees

Legal & General

Hammerson

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's 'fantastic' commercial dispute resolution team 'offers strength and reliability at all levels of seniority'. The practice blends a breadth of experience in litigation and international arbitration proceedings, with many practitioners, including Richard Little, having experience in both. It also benefits from a range of sector-specific expertise; Mark Davenport has particular experience in the energy, pharmaceutical, transport and IT sectors while legal director Lucy Webster excels in energy, industrials and media sector disputes. For civil fraud issues, Neville Byford and recently promoted partner Tim Browning  (who also counts contractual, M&A and  tort claims among his areas of expertise) are recommended. TMT disputes expert Phillip Richardson and Sheena Buddhdev, who handles corporate insolvency, joined from Linklaters LLP and Akin Gump LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mark Davenport

Other key lawyers:

Richard Little; Lucy Webster; Neville Byford; Tim Browning; Margrit Trein; Kimeya Baker; Phillip Richardson; Sheena Buddhdev

Testimonials

They are a fantastic team that offers strength and reliability at all levels of seniority. This is combined with individuals who are remarkably reassuring and easy to work with.’

Richard Little has an almost psychic ability to determine the key concerns of a judge and how best to address them. Tim Browning is great to work with and is skilled at both focusing on the detail of a case as well as the bigger picture and broader strategy, Kimeya Baker is generally excellent and completely dependable.’

Neville Byford would be the first name on the team sheet of any top flight disputes resolution team. A 24/7 practitioner of the highest quality.

Margrit Trein is superb. Always across all details of the case and very hard working. Kimeya Baker – an excellent team member, happy to be thrown in a case at the deep end – Kimeya will always come to the surface triumphant. Lucy Webster – a brilliant solicitor – the sort of person round whom the rest of a legal team gravitates and on whom it depends.

Industry knowledge (rail industry), attention to detail and proactive engagement with the client.

Mark Davenport: Excellent strategic thinker and skilled team manager. Kate Lomas: highly skilled technical with a good practical insight.’

One of the best Dispute Resolution departments in London.’

What makes this practice unique is Richard Little. He is a really commercial litigation solicitor – and a joy to work with in a team. His judgement is superb, both in relation to legal issues and in dealing with clients (not all of whom are easy). Most of all he is a gifted draftsperson when it comes to inter-solicitor correspondence.

Key clients

Amouzegar

Sepura Limited

Brown-Forman Beverages UK Limited

Malaysia’s Minister of Finance (Incorporated) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad

Bemaco Steel Limited and Prime S.A.

Frames Process Systems International B.V.

Credit Suisse Trust

Ben Maher

Network Rail

Iranian Offshore Engineering Company

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team is able to draw on support from offices all over the globe, and adopts a sector-specific approach to real estate, principally focusing on student housing, build-to-rent, logistics and city office assets. Practice head Bruce Dear is frequently involved in occupier-related matters at some of London’s most prominent locations; the wider team is made up of lawyers with dedicated expertise in regeneration projects, inbound investment into the European market, build-to-suit logistics schemes, innovative transaction structuring and investment vehicles, related estate-related M&A and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Dear

Other key lawyers:

Lee Jackson; Tom Goldsmith; Nicholas Bartlett; Angus Ford

Testimonials

‘Tom Goldsmith understands what actually matters to us as a client and what doesn’t, which means we don’t waste time arguing over points that have no commercial or operational impact. We value clear, plain English in written and verbal communications and Tom is very good at this. He is also excellent at dissecting an issue and coming up with a creative fix that is likely to be agreed by everyone. We have now started to use Eversheds Sutherland in France and Portugal, with Tom ensuring a consistently high level of service.’

‘The lawyers coordinate well internally so we as clients get a considered consolidated response. They offer flexibility in terms of fees and billing arrangements.’

‘Our relationship partner, Lee Jackson, watches out for us.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is incredibly commercial and responsive and a trusted advisor to us. He is always accessible, well staffed with associates and takes complicated deals and breaks them down into elements that commercial stakeholders understand and appreciate.’

‘Tom Goldsmith goes above and beyond and his level of service exceeds the average outside counsel. He is always down to earth, proactive and focused on driving a deal to completion.’

‘They take a very comprehensive, hands-on approach to commercial real estate transactions. Very strong in looking at deals from all angles, and in coordinating other advisors (technical, tax, etc.) to provide complete and coherent results. Very proactive in solving problems as soon as they appear (or even anticipating them).’

‘Proactiveness and availability. Good grasp of all issues that have an impact on real estate acquisitions.’

‘Tom Goldsmith and his team have extensive experience acting for corporate occupiers. They have done an outstanding job for us on a number of complex agreements for lease and leases, drawing on this experience. They are highly responsive and honour their fee proposals.’

Key clients

Legal & General

Aprirose Real Estate

Convene

Greenridge

SEGRO PLC

State of Qatar

Elite Partners Capital PTE

Network Rail

Secretary for State for Transport

Grainger

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLPEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team is able to draw on support from offices all over the globe, and adopts a sector-specific approach to real estate, principally focusing on student housing, build-to-rent, logistics and city office assets. Practice head Bruce Dear is frequently involved in occupier-related matters at some of London’s most prominent locations; the wider team is made up of lawyers with dedicated expertise in regeneration projects, inbound investment into the European market, build-to-suit logistics schemes, innovative transaction structuring and investment vehicles, related estate-related M&A and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Dear

Other key lawyers:

Lee Jackson; Theresa-Marie Stodell; Tom Goldsmith; Nicholas Bartlett

Testimonials

‘Tom Goldsmith understands what actually matters to us as a client and what doesn’t, which means we don’t waste time arguing over points that have no commercial or operational impact. We value clear, plain English in written and verbal communications and Tom is very good at this. He is also excellent at dissecting an issue and coming up with a creative fix that is likely to be agreed by everyone. We have now started to use Eversheds Sutherland in France and Portugal, with Tom ensuring a consistently high level of service.’

‘The lawyers coordinate well internally so we as clients get a considered consolidated response. They offer flexibility in terms of fees and billing arrangements.’

‘Our relationship partner, Lee Jackson, watches out for us.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is incredibly commercial and responsive and a trusted advisor to us. He is always accessible, well staffed with associates and takes complicated deals and breaks them down into elements that commercial stakeholders understand and appreciate.’

‘Tom Goldsmith goes above and beyond and his level of service exceeds the average outside counsel. He is always down to earth, proactive and focused on driving a deal to completion.’

‘They take a very comprehensive, hands-on approach to commercial real estate transactions. Very strong in looking at deals from all angles, and in coordinating other advisors (technical, tax, etc.) to provide complete and coherent results. Very proactive in solving problems as soon as they appear (or even anticipating them).’

‘Proactiveness and availability. Good grasp of all issues that have an impact on real estate acquisitions.’

‘Tom Goldsmith and his team have extensive experience acting for corporate occupiers. They have done an outstanding job for us on a number of complex agreements for lease and leases, drawing on this experience. They are highly responsive and honour their fee proposals.’

Key clients

Legal & General

Aprirose Real Estate

Convene

Greenridge

SEGRO PLC

State of Qatar

Elite Partners Capital PTE

Network Rail

Secretary for State for Transport

Grainger

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

The contentious team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a particularly strong purchaser client base, and extensive experience in international arbitration. It currently does significant work in Europe and the Middle East, with an expanding focus on the US market. Jonathan Douglas heads the UK team and has broad expertise, but with a particular emphasis on renewables matters. Meanwhile, Simon Oats heads the global team. Nick Pinder is 'meticulous in his approach' and has a well-regarded energy practice. Jessica Neuberger is also known for her strength in built environment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Neuberger; Nick Pinder

Testimonials

‘The people I deal with at Eversheds have true expertise when it comes to certain energy projects and I think that genuine expertise is hard to find amongst a lot of generalists.’

‘Nick Pinder loves getting to grips with the complex engineering issues which are critical to our energy projects. This is a unique skill and this means he can get the best out of the wider project team. He is meticulous in his approach and always seems to be one step ahead of the other side.’

‘Great legal insight on dealing with some pretty tough issues.’

‘Nick Pinder has a fantastic legal mind and never ceases to amaze with his original thought.’

‘Strong leadership from Jonathan Douglas.’

‘Jonathan Douglas is innovative and commercial as well as highly knowledgeable about the law.’

Key clients

Apple

EP Langage Limited

Hammerson

Lendlease

Legal & General

Facebook

SMP

Thames Water

Vantage

Wärtsilä

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Leeds office manages a diverse client roster, assisting public and private companies, including major corporates and private equity backed companies. The team also leverages the firm’s international network, most recently assisting on matters covering Europe, Asia and North America.  Mathew Gorringe heads up the team and is skilled in advising on equity and non-equity based incentives and assisting with major M&A and IPO transactions. London-based Danny Blum is another key name and sits on the Share Scheme Experts Committee of the Quoted Companies Alliance.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Gorringe

Other key lawyers:

Danny Blum 

Testimonials

‘They gave commercial and practical advice and worked to a timetable to implement a new incentive scheme for a private equity backed business.’

‘Eversheds made the whole process of setting up an employee share scheme clear and uncomplicated. They were able to draw on a wide range of expertise through internal partners specialising in company restructures and tax to compliment the construction of the share scheme which enabled our company to consider the wider considerations involved. ‘

‘Communication was clear and regular and Eversheds provided a clear road map of the processes and stages involved. The Partners ensured that we understood every stage of the process and guided us through every key decision. ‘

‘This practice is very knowledgeable and responsive. They work collaborative and look for pragmatic solutions.’

‘Mathew Gorringe is our main contact, comments above apply specifically to him.’

‘The Employment team were professional, engaging and of integral support to our Project. Their support and communication was excellent, knowing they were available at the end of the phone was extremely reassuring during such a busy and intense period.’

‘Eversheds have been a true business partner in establishing a new global share incentive scheme across 46 countries. They have an extensive network of local partners they can leverage.’

‘Mathew Gorringe is a industry leading expert. We relied heavily on his expertise to establish the many different facets of the global incentive scheme, often with tight turnaround times which he always met with good humour and a problem-solving approach.’

‘We work mainly with a single Partner but that means we have a well-established and long-standing relationship – this personal touch means working together is straightforward, open and honest.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

DuPont

Achievers Inc.

New Look

Openwork Limited

Saunderson House Limited

Croda International Plc

N Brown Group plc

Advanced Supply Chain Group Limited

United Utilities Group Limited

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's international trade group provides 'top-notch' advice in relation export controls, economic sanctions, compliance audits and customs. James Lindop leads the team; his experience includes representing clients before a range of institutions, include the European Commission, OFAC and HMRC. In addition to the core trade group, the firm is able to utilise is wider expertise, particularly with regards to tax, to provide a comprehensive service to clients. Among the associates, Monika Zejden-Erdmann 'is skilled in providing clear guidance' in relation to the potential impact of Brexit and Covid-19 border closures.

Practice head(s):

James Lindop

Other key lawyers:

Monika Zejden-Erdmann; Giles Salmond

Testimonials

The collaborative manner in which the practice is set up allows Eversheds to serve as a primary point of contact for legal advice needed to support business globally. This saves the company time/resources and helps facilitate a consistent and reasonably digestible work product across a multitude of different circumstances.’

James Lindop and Monika Zejden-Erdmann have been our primary contact points. Both provided quality advice and showed a good value for the money.’

Responsive and practical advice.

We work primarily with James Lindop. We find him to be extremely responsive, and highly proficient at translating complex law into practical actions.’

Easy straight to the point communication.

James and his team were able to jump start helping us practically immediately after the initial contact of more than a year ago and have proved to be very valuable since. They helped us to analyse our compliance situation, provided reasonable legal guidance with various steps to take to set up a compliance project. When a certain situation occurred that didn’t require expert legal skill they came with a very reasonable specific price arrangement.’

Monika Zejden-Erdmann is well-versed in her practice areas of expertise. She is responsive and collaborative in the services she provides. Monika is skilled in providing clear guidance without superfluous information that does not provide value to the business. This is critical to helping balancing legal compliance needs with fast-paced business demands.

James Lindop and Monika Zejden-Erdmann are both extremely talented lawyers who know what they are talking about in a very complicated area of law. Their application of complex multi-jurisdictional rules and legislation is impressive. They are responsive and commercial. Top notch.’

Key clients

Cobham

ESET, spol. s r.o.

Santé Global LLP

Inivos Limited

Sonnedix

Greene King

Shell Trading & Supply

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's financial services disputes and investigations department contains former FCA enforcement lawyers, including team co-leaders Gregory Brandman and Julia Neal; while Jake Mcquitty, who leads alongside the duo, has in-house experience in the investigations and enforcement department of a major bank. The group is most known for its expertise in anti-money laundering investigations and financial criminal cases, but it also has a significant presence in the cybersecurity and operational resilience investigations space. Matthew Allen, global co-head of the firm's financial disputes group, has particular experience in benchmark-related misconduct claims, as well as in anti-money laundering issues. Kari McCormick joined from Burges Salmon LLP in March 2020, bringing with her expertise in defending accountancy firms and their senior employees in investigations by the financial reporting council.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Brandman; Jake McQuitty; Julia Neal

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Allen; Kari McCormick; Ruth Paley; Saira Choonka

Testimonials

Good strength and depth.’

Thorough, considered, inspire confidence in both advice and support when things get challenging.’

Gregory Brandman has deep knowledge of his area of specialty and the market and is very responsive to situations as they arise which inspires complete confidence.’

Key clients

Equifax Limited

Mohammad Ataur Rahman Prodhan

Santander

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a broad range of clients including international sponsors, bank lenders, infrastructure funds, government bodies and corporates. The firm’s expertise covers the spectrum of infrastructure assets in the UK and internationally, and it is  ‘competent across all major technologies and throughout the lifecycle of projects‘. Notable specialisms for the practice are utilities, energy transition, digital and more traditional real estate assets, as well as being increasingly active advising on sustainable and technological enhancements to existing infrastructure. Mark Dennison leads the team and advises lenders, borrowers and sponsors on the financing of infrastructure projects. Michelle T Davies left for EY as part of a team in summer 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dennison

Other key lawyers:

Richard Streeter; James Trafford; Jason Lovell; Kate Shannon

Testimonials

‘The project finance team is very responsive, proactive and can adapt quickly to complex documentation as well as to the needs of their clients. They are available, efficient and command great knowledge of legal requirements regarding infrastructure financing. Their technical skills are impressive and they have a unique ability to make complex matters simple and digestible for non-lawyers’.

‘The team is very price competitive and works with the client to ensure absolute transparency around fees. This is much appreciated’.

‘The partner level involvement is commendable and sets Eversheds apart from other firms. Mark Dennison is very responsive, dynamic and a good communicator. He has a great capacity of finding the best solutions very efficiently when we are faced with challenging issues’.

‘Mark Dennison’s depth and breadth of knowledge of project finance has proved to be invaluable on a number of transactions that we have worked with him on recently. We look forward to working further with him’.

‘Eversheds’ renewables practice provides excellent expert advice on all aspects of renewable energy projects (projects, commercial contracts, planning & property, finance, corporate & M&A, regulatory) through a team of seasoned industry experts’.

‘The team are competent across all major technologies and throughout the lifecycle of projects (be it pre-planning, under development, ready-to-build or operational)’.

Jason Lovell has competence in M&A and corporate matters, guiding us through various acquisitions over the years; flexibility and ingenuity in devising solutions. Richard Streeter has attention to detail, patience and rigor in negotiating the suite of project contracts of a significant RE project’.

‘Mark Dennison and Kate Shannon are great; knowledgeable, insightful, honest, frank’.

Key clients

Shell

National Grid

GuarantCo

Greencoat Capital

Pension Infrastructure Platform

Glennmont

Arlingclose and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Segro

Macquarie

EP UK Investments Ltd

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a range of insurance litigation matters, from broker negligence claims to property damage disputes. The multidisciplinary practice is led by Simon Brooks, who has more than 25 years' experience in insurance and reinsurance disputes. Principal associate Naz Gauri has a particular focus in financial and professional, property and specialty risks.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Naz Gauri

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical knowledge specific to UK and EU insurance regulatory issues’

‘Partners and associates very approachable and give pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Qatar Insurance Company

Aon Limited

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Sedgwick Loss Adjusters

Glenmont Partners (owners of Port Clarence Energy Ltd)

Lockton Companies LLP

United Insurance Brokers

IF P&C

Gefion

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has expertise in regulatory and transactional work, with notable strengths in pension de-risking, insurtech and distribution structures. Hugo Laing, who heads up the practice, is particularly experienced in longevity transactions, portfolio transfers and restructurings. Paula Gaddum focuses on regulatory and commercial work, such as distribution and profit share agreements, as well as policy wording. Clients also benefit from the expertise of Paul Pugh, who handles corporate transactions and helped set up the £2bn not-for-profit flood reinsurance fund Flood Re.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Laing

Other key lawyers:

Paula Gaddum; Paul Pugh; Jonathan Cox-Brown; Richard Batchelor; Chris Ives; Kerry Boyle; Edward Moss; Henry Dean; Mark Latimour; Rosamund Wood; Harriet Sayer

Testimonials

This team works very effectively to provide seamless service to us from the various offices where their experts are located. When a new lawyer is brought into the team they are fully briefed internally before I meet them and they receive ongoing support from the lawyers who know us best.’

Hugo Laing is sharp, personable and to the point. He is very high quality and as fast as a whippet.’

In depth team with meaningful knowledge of their practice areas in insurance and regulation.’

Paula Gaddum as team leader is approachable, knowledgeable, and easy to communicate with. Kerry Boyle has real expertise in FCA and SRA regulation and is able to apply it in a commercially efficacious fashion.’

Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations Tier 3

In Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's corporate reorganisations group, Amanda Partland in Leeds and legal director Nicola Evans in London jointly head up the group, which also includes Antony Walsh, who is a key contact for clients in the industrial and technology sectors. The practice leverages the firm's global footprint to handle the full range of international mandates; in a recent highlight, the team advised G4S on the corporate reorganisation of its global cash businesses.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Partland; Nicola Evans

Other key lawyers:

Antony Walsh

Testimonials

‘Results focused, the team managed multi-jurisdictional matters, including remote signings, to meet a tight deadline for an entity reorganisation across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Nicola Evans was immediately responsive and handled the co-ordination of several advisers to achieve our goal.’

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises major companies in the retail, automotive, and financial services sector on IT procurement, cloud computing, and digital transformation matters, as well as working with tech-focused clients on an array of commercial and transactional issues. Of particular note is the firm's work in the fintech space, with practice heads Tom Bridgford and Richard Jones offering particular expertise on financial services regulatory issues within the sector.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bridgford; Richard Jones

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hill

Testimonials

‘Richard Hill – very personable and easy to work with.’

‘From an operational perspective, the team were open to a flexible billing arrangement that made sense given our current situation. This was supported by a pragmatic and effective balance between Partner and Associate input.’

The team demonstrated a good understanding of the fundamentals of SaaS licensing and were quick to adapt this to our offering. This included handling some quite specific and detailed issues around our pricing structure, which the team (of their own volition) reworked and improved after their initial proposal. They could have easily left things as they were, as the initial proposal was totally satisfactory. The team’s desire to truly find the best solution for us was hugely helpful.

Key clients

Smiths Business Information Services Limited

Cobham

Santander

Yum! Brands

Lookers plc

Anglo American

Rolls-Royce

Daisy Communications Limited

AstraZenecaUK

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialises in IT and technology matters in the fintech sector, in which it acts for large financial institutions, growth stage companies and start-ups. Simon Gamlin leads the firm's international IT group, advising clients on outsourcing transactions, software licensing, e-commerce projects and various other matters. Simon Cloke leads the firm's telecoms practice, providing full-service advice to clients during technology projects and outsourcing arrangements. Craig Rogers stands out for his expertise in fintech and digital payments law, having advised numerous banks, insurers, payment service providers and other parties involved engaged in innovative projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Gamlin; Simon Cloke

Other key lawyers:

Craig Rogers

Testimonials

‘Responsive, adaptable, client focused, hardworking, patient, enthusiastic.’ 

 

Key clients

Link Asset Services

Kambi Group PLC

CyrusOne

Aon

Covantis

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers extensive expertise in alternative investment and closed-ended funds matters, advising a wide range of funds continuously on IPOs and secondary raisings, strategy (including ESG considerations) and regulatory issues. Practice head Ronald Paterson has great experience of fund launches across a variety of asset classes, as well as handling secondaries transactions. Principal associate Sarah Burnside is also active in equity raisings and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Paterson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Burnside

Testimonials

A good, solid practice with excellent knowledge of listed companies and their needs.

The team has wide knowledge and depth to its expertise around investment funds, and was able to guide us through a minefield of regulations and requirements for what was a complicated structure, bringing in other departments’ expertise when required.

The individuals were always approachable at any time, making us feel valued as clients. They offered significant hand holding during the project. Specific associates worth mentioning are Sarah Burnside and Ronald Paterson.

The team, while smaller than some competing legal advisers in the listed investment company space, has some very experienced members who work diligently and promptly on transactions and provide detailed and professional advice.

Strong team and detailed background knowledge.

Our main contact is Sarah Burnside, Sarah is always approachable and ready to assist with any queries that we may have.

Dedication and capacity to move at pace.

Key clients

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund PLC

UK Mortgages Limited

VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Nottingham team works alongside the Birmingham office to provide contentious and non-contentious planning advice relating to projects in the renewable energy and residential development sectors. Legal director Karen Mutton is the key name to note in the region, and has developed a niche specialism in retirement living mandates, and also advises on the implementation of development consent orders for onshore wind projects. Associate Laura-Beth Hutton assists with the planning requirements of infrastructure projects, most notably in the rail sector.

Other key lawyers:

Karen Mutton; Laura-Beth Hutton; Martin Pinnington

Testimonials

‘Our business and Eversheds has developed an excellent relationship enabling us to rapidly access lawyers to receive advice to suit our business needs. The advice is excellent and the lawyers very personable which assists the relationship and the trust which has been established.’

‘Karen Mutton and Martin Pinnington are my ‘go to’ lawyers with all planning related queries. We are able to readily contact them with queries either for phone calls to chat through issues or to request written advice. They understand our business and are able to tailor their advice to meet our requirements. The service they provide is excellent.’

‘The fact that I haven’t used another major practice speaks volumes of the regard I have for Eversheds, albeit it comes down to the individuals who I work with day to day.’

‘Laura-Beth Hutton is professional and knowledgeable in her field but above all else she is proactive and ensures that she is very much a key member of the team always going above and beyond expectations.’

Key clients

SEGRO/Roxhill

RWE Renewables UK Limited

Menter Mon Cyf

Tritax Symmetry Ltd

AWG Holdings Limited

Heyford Park Developments Limited

Community Windpower Limited

Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

L&G Senior Living

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's energy and infrastructure group provides ‘excellent advice’ and has notable expertise of acting in emerging markets on large-scale projects, as well as transactional mandates across Asia. Jason Lovell is singled out by clients and has a reputable corporate practice handling transactions for energy sector clients. Key names include global energy and infrastructure co-head Robert Pitcher and  energy disputes head Mark Howarth in Leeds. Stephen Hill focuses on cross-border M&A work for funders, whilst Indraj Mangat is a key name for project finance; he advises on onshore and offshore wind projects and solar matters. International head of clean energy and sustainability Michelle T Davies recently left to join EY LLP.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pitcher; Mark Howarth

Other key lawyers:

Jason Lovell; Ryan Gawrych; Stephen Hill; Indraj Mangatt

Testimonials

’The Eversheds Sutherland team has been very responsive, are familiar with our project and are able to refer to the projects they have previously advised on to help with the current assignment. They are always prompt in replies and the advice is very helpful, in part due to their knowledge of the MOs of various types of clientele.’

’Jason Lovell is instrumental. Very knowledgeable, has a good memory, quick responses, calm in a fiery discussion, able to guide discussions to fruitful conclusions.’

‘Eversheds’ renewables practice provides excellent expert advice on all aspects of renewable energy projects (projects, commercial contracts, planning & property, finance, corporate & M&A, regulatory) through a team of seasoned industry experts. The team are competent across all major technologies and throughout the lifecycle of projects.’

‘Jason Lovell has competence in M&A and corporate matters, guiding us through various acquisitions over the years, as well as flexibility and ingenuity in devising solutions.’

‘The Eversheds team are very responsive and reliable throughout the transaction process. In particular, they proceeded in an orderly manner during the last few days before the closing, when the pressure was high and the workload was heavy. I very much appreciate their support throughout. In addition, one of the key strengths of Eversheds is their international footprint. This was vital to the transactions we worked on as they were cross-border in nature. Various offices of Eversheds were able to work as one team effectively and efficiently. This made a positive difference in negotiation rounds and execution.’

‘They were very professional and knowledgeable on the subject matter. The overall experience was very positive. I deeply appreciated their pragmatism and their ability to consider both legal implications and commercial impact.’

‘Eversheds has excellent, engaged partners delivering a high calibre work product.’

’I would single out Mark Howarth as the standout. He is the full package: strategic, clever, easy to work with and pragmatic.’

Key clients

EPH

Greencoat Solar Assets II Limited

Glennmont Partners

Essar Oil (UK) Limited

Avenir LNG Limited

SSE and Equinor

National Grid Viking Link Limited

National Iranian Oil Company (“NIOC”)

Sonnedix

Hexicon AB

CGN Europe Energy SAS

Gresham House Energy Storage Holdings

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team is 'unmatched in its expertise and experience of dealing with Europe-wide product liability issues'. It regularly acts for clients from the aerospace, automotive, chemicals, food, consumer products, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. The offering includes advising on launches, risks and compliance, as well as handling disputes. Practice head Richard Matthews and principal associate Peter Shervington are the dedicated specialists at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Richard Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Peter Shervington 

Testimonials

‘Eversheds has a very strong team. They are unmatched in their expertise and experience of dealing with Europe-wide product liability issues – notably in respect of product recall – which requires especially accurate and prompt advice under considerable time pressures.’

‘Richard Matthews is a hugely skilled and able case leader and tactician. He combines immense intellectual ability with unparalleled legal knowledge. He exudes calm authority in pressurised situations.’

‘The team has had extensive experience across many product classes and is well versed in helping its clients manage relationships with their customers.’

‘Richard Matthews and Peter Shervington are a great team who are very responsive and sensible with their advice.’

Key clients

Johnson Controls

Johnson Matthey

Allied Glass

DuPont

Assa Abloy

Smiths Group

Honda Motors Europe

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strengths in the financial services sector, in particular defending claims against insurance brokers, pension advisers and accountants. The team also has the ability to handle cross-border mandates. Practice head Simon Brooks has expertise in professional negligence claims against insurance brokers, lawyers, accountants and construction professionals. Claire Carroll is skilled in defending professional negligence claims brought against pensions professionals, trustees and advisers. Kari McKormick joined the team in 2020 from Burges Salmon LLP , strengthening the practice further.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘A large firm with a good capacity to scale up on difficult matters when needed.’

‘Kari McCormick has been excellent on a large high-priority matter for our business. She was able to get on top of some very difficult legal issues quickly, and then follow up on the practical implementation of that advice over a large amount of documents.’

Key clients

Marsh

Aon Limited

KPMG

XL Catlin

Aon Hewitt

Lockton Companies LLP

United Insurance Brokers Limited

Aon Consulting

Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Options Personal Pensions

BDO

Grant Thornton

FSCS

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

Simon Mead heads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's real estate finance team, which is particularly noted for its development finance expertise. Robert Ludwig is also a key contact.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's PIL team is best known for acting for states and state-owned entities, both in state-to-state and investor-state arbitration, and it has particular expertise in emerging markets jurisdictions. Global co-chair of international arbitration Jonathan Leach has longstanding experience of investor-state arbitrations. The group also includes Greg Falkof, who focuses on large, complex disputes in the oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Claire Stockford is experienced in acting for claimants and governments in investor-state cases. Additional support is provided by experienced principal associates Cameron Forsaith (who has 'excellent PIL knowledge') and Ahmed Abdel-Hakam.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leach

Other key lawyers:

Greg Falkof; Claire Stockford; Cameron Forsaith; Ahmed Abdel-Hakam

Testimonials

They have a good mix of investment treaty arbitration and also more “pure” public international law specialists.

One of the top global firms for public international law and increasingly centred in the firm’s London office.

Eversheds have an incredibly strong team of international arbitration practitioners and a great diversity of talent in their ranks, drawn from a multitude of legal disciplines and jurisdictions, which allows them really to get to grips with public international law disputes.

Jonathan Leach is meticulous in his approach and will leave no stone unturned. He is also easy to deal with and proactive in dealing with any potential problems.

Greg Falkof is a great asset to the Eversheds team. Greg is a well-respected international arbitration specialist who knows the law inside out, and is a pleasure to work with. He is also incredibly intelligent, tenacious about getting his client the right result, and very down to earth and a pleasure to deal with.

Claire Stockford was very hardworking, and managed to pull together a complex submission in challenging circumstances.

Principal associate Cameron Forsaith has excellent PIL knowledge, and is very pleasant to deal with. He has a relaxed manner but is always on top of things.

Senior associate Ahmed Abdel-Hakam is a fantastic, up-and-coming international arbitration specialist, who brings a great deal of energy and rigour to cases, and has a thorough grounding in international law. His ability to operate in French and Arabic, as well as English, also sets him apart as a truly international practitioner.

Key clients

State of Libya

Islamic Republic of Iran

Government of Malaysia

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers a broad range of areas, including complex VAT issues, customs duties, loan relationship, international tax and more. Practice head Giles Salmond has extensive tax litigation experience that 'sets him apart' from others. Salmond has particular expertise advising clients on EU law aspects of UK tax law. Senior associate Kunal Nathwani is also noted and has a broad international tax disputes and investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Giles Salmond; David Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Kunal Nathwani; Matt Cummings; Edward Griffiths

Testimonials

Relevant technical knowledge, adaptable to specific and difficult circumstances.’

Giles Salmond – very thorough and a thought leader.’

Ed Griffiths – Well-informed, view and advice covers all different scenarios (thinks widely).’

Giles and the team deal with all aspects of tax litigation and settlement matters in a practical and efficient manner and are always able to suggest sensible options to clients who are navigating what can be a daunting, complex and multi-faceted process.’

Giles’ experience in leading high profile tax disputes over the years sets him apart from the competition.’

Key clients

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Aozora GMAC Investments Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLPEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team is able to draw on support from offices all over the globe, and adopts a sector-specific approach to real estate, principally focusing on student housing, build-to-rent, logistics and city office assets. Practice head Bruce Dear is frequently involved in occupier-related matters at some of London’s most prominent locations; the wider team is made up of lawyers with dedicated expertise in regeneration projects, inbound investment into the European market, build-to-suit logistics schemes, innovative transaction structuring and investment vehicles, related estate-related M&A and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Dear

Other key lawyers:

Angus Ford; Balraj Birdi; Mukhtiar Tanda; Tom Goldsmith

Testimonials

‘Tom Goldsmith understands what actually matters to us as a client and what doesn’t, which means we don’t waste time arguing over points that have no commercial or operational impact. We value clear, plain English in written and verbal communications and Tom is very good at this. He is also excellent at dissecting an issue and coming up with a creative fix that is likely to be agreed by everyone. We have now started to use Eversheds Sutherland in France and Portugal, with Tom ensuring a consistently high level of service.’

‘The lawyers coordinate well internally so we as clients get a considered consolidated response. They offer flexibility in terms of fees and billing arrangements.’

‘Our relationship partner, Lee Jackson, watches out for us.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is incredibly commercial and responsive and a trusted advisor to us. He is always accessible, well staffed with associates and takes complicated deals and breaks them down into elements that commercial stakeholders understand and appreciate.’

‘Tom Goldsmith goes above and beyond and his level of service exceeds the average outside counsel. He is always down to earth, proactive and focused on driving a deal to completion.’

‘They take a very comprehensive, hands-on approach to commercial real estate transactions. Very strong in looking at deals from all angles, and in coordinating other advisors (technical, tax, etc.) to provide complete and coherent results. Very proactive in solving problems as soon as they appear (or even anticipating them).’

‘Proactiveness and availability. Good grasp of all issues that have an impact on real estate acquisitions.’

‘Tom Goldsmith and his team have extensive experience acting for corporate occupiers. They have done an outstanding job for us on a number of complex agreements for lease and leases, drawing on this experience. They are highly responsive and honour their fee proposals.’

Key clients

Legal & General

Aprirose Real Estate

Convene

Greenridge

SEGRO PLC

State of Qatar

Elite Partners Capital PTE

Network Rail

Secretary for State for Transport

Grainger

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers a depth of experience in a number of construction matters, with sector specialities including infrastructure, energy, transport and real estate. It also has strength in development finance and a growing practice advising global tech firms on data centre procurements. The firm's global construction arm is led by Simon Oats, while Jonathan Douglas heads the UK practice from London.

Practice head(s):

Simon Oats; Jonathan Douglas

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Neuberger

Testimonials

‘Great legal insight for dealing with tough issues.’

Key clients

Apple

EP Langage Limited

Hammerson

Lendlease

Legal & General

Facebook

SMP

Thames Water

Vantage

Wärtsilä

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a 'very responsive, high-quality' tax team with particular expertise in investment fund taxation. Other areas of focus include cross-border M&A, real estate investment structurings, tax risk insurance work and financial tax matters. Practice head Ben Jones and principal associate Helen Mackey are singled out as 'outstanding practitioners'; Jones focuses on cross-border M&A, investments and reorganisations. Camilla Spielman is a fund tax specialist and Paul Beausang is an expert in real estate tax and structured finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ben Jones

Other key lawyers:

Camilla Spielman; Paul Beausang; Deepesh Upadhyay; Henry Bolton; Helen Mackey

Testimonials

A very responsive, high-quality, team who understand their clients’ needs and customise their product accordingly.’

Ben Jones and Helen Mackey are truly outstanding tax practitioners. They seamlessly blend technical excellence with commercial and practical advice, providing critical support to our business. They are also responsive and go above and beyond to ensure they deliver timely advice in user-friendly format.’

Ben Jones makes time for his clients and has a great grasp of detail and always responds promptly. Helen Mackay is technically strong and gets things done.’

Key clients

Euclid

Siemens AG

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

ING Bank NV

McCain Foods

ECE

Sonnedix UK Services Limited

Perpetual (Asia) Limited

Legal and General Assurance (Pensions Management) Limited

Owens & Minor Inc.

SEGRO plc

Audley Group Limited

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

'The team is extremely knowledgeable in this particular field and applies that expertise to clients' specific circumstances rather than purely applying a generic approach', says a client of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. The firm has a strong buy-side focus and frequently advises investment funds and pension schemes on hedging and derivatives trading. Head of financial services Michaela Walker and head of derivatives and financial collateral Jonathan Master oversee the practice, in which Richard Batchelor handles both trading and regulatory matters, while Jamie Dunlop assists clients with trading and collateral documentation. Senior associate Paul Denham is 'clearly an industry leader in the field of derivatives'. He recently advised Black Alpha Capital on its derivatives trading and prime brokerage arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Walker; Jonathan Master

Other key lawyers:

Richard Batchelor; Jamie Dunlop; Paul Denham

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable in this particular field, but most importantly apply that expertise to our specific circumstances, complexities and needs rather than purely apply a generic approach when providing services.’

‘Not only do they consider the impact on our firm, but also considers the potential outcome of anything we ask them to help us with on our clients and customers. This provides us with ability to always come up with solutions that serves us well whilst knowing that it will never have a negative impact on our clients and therefore damage our reputation in the long run. They are competitive and realistic in their pricing. Most importantly the team spends a lot of time to research and study new market developments and anticipate potential future development, which means that we always approach our clients with future proof solutions.’

‘We have been working closely with Paul Denham at Eversheds who is clearly an industry leader in the field of derivatives. He is able to combine an extremely high level of professionalism with a very personable approach in a way that makes you feel as he is part of your own team. His approach is practical, solution driven and always considers the wider impact of any work he delivers on the bank (and will advise on mitigants for any potential unforeseen risks). He spends a lot of time to understand the economic and reputational impact of any work he performs as opposed to only consider the legal consequences or impacts. He has a broad and in-depth understanding of complex banking generally and is not only up to date with the latest industry developments, but also has the foresight to identify where future changes and developments could impact the bank.’

‘Excellent engagement by the team, which quickly builds up a full understanding of the firm’s business and its position in the wider industry. Excellent knowledge and contact across jurisdictions.’

‘Paul Denham and Richard Batchelor have been exceptional in their level of support for the business.’

Key clients

Arthur Daniels Midland Co.

American Express

Black Alpha Capital

easyJet

ICBC

JB Drax Honoré

Prudential

Sainsbury’s Pension Scheme

Sonnedix

Zurich Pension Scheme Trustee

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP practice is full service, regularly advising on complex merger control issues, compliance matters and market investigations. In 2020, the group has been busy advising on the UK's new subsidy control regime, adding to existing expertise in EU state aid rules. Ros Kellaway co-chairs the international competition practice and specialises in cartels and competition investigations, particularly with regards to the financial services, food and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ros Kellaway; James Lindop

Other key lawyers:

Peter Harper; Lesley Farrell; Rod Lambert; Julia Woodward-Carlton; Claire Morgan

Testimonials

They are client focused and open to innovative solutions.’

They are available to you 24/7 as needed. In a way you believe you are their only client, obviously one is not. Display not only knowledge, but insight from experience.’

Ros Kellaway is one of the most experienced competition law practitioners, with exceptional client skills and links to the major regulators, who she has worked with for many years on a variety of investigations and leniency applications. Julia Woodward-Carlton is also a very experienced competition law partner with excellent client skills and judgement of strategic issues.’

The Eversheds team adopts a hands on approach and is very solution-oriented

I really value working with this team. There is consistently excellent quality across the partners and associates.  The team has really deep experience in UK competition law and they are very committed to achieving the best solution for each individual client, large or small.’

‘Ros Kellaway is an outstanding practitioner with a very solid knowledge of competition law combined with an excellent feeling for the needs of the business. Having worked with her on large matters, she is also a great team player.’

Peter Harper – A go-to advisor, especially in merger control and financial services. He has unerring judgement on legal matters and a real understanding of clients’ commercial needs. Lesley Farrell – Excellent client handling skills and a sharp legal mind. Claire Morgan – Impressive for both commercial sense and legal knowledge.’

Highly competent and experienced team, covering all aspects of competition law. The approach taken is very thorough, with no stone left unturned. A strong client focus and build long-lasting relationships with clients.

Key clients

Agents’ Mutual

Aspen Pharmacare

Europcar

Pentland Brands

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is most known for its funds regulatory expertise. The department is co-led by Michaela Walker and David Saunders.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Walker; David Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Master

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a ‘full-service firm that can chase any fraud claim anywhere in the world’ and has an broad, experienced practice that ‘offers strength and reliability at all levels of seniority’. The department has a particular focus on the financial services arena, as well as acting in significant cross-border fraud disputes. The team is co-led by Neville Byford, who represents claimants and defendant in complex fraud matters; and Neville Gray, who is based in Birmingham and head of the firm’s West Midlands financial services disputes and investigations group.

Practice head(s):

Neville Byford; Neville Gray

Other key lawyers:

Richard Little; Tim Browning; Kimeya Baker; Adam Fisher; Ridah Iqbal; Sheena Buddhdev

Testimonials

‘They are a fantastic team that offers strength and reliability at all levels of seniority. This is combined with individuals who are remarkably reassuring and easy to work with’.

‘Richard Little has an almost psychic ability to determine the key concerns of a judge and how best to address them’.

‘Tim Browning is great to work with and is skilled at both focusing on the detail of a case as well as the bigger picture and broader strategy’.

‘Kimeya Baker is generally excellent and completely dependable’.

‘Fantastic fraud expertise’.

‘Neville Byford would be the first name on the team sheet of any top flight disputes resolution team. Neville is one of London’s most experienced fraud lawyers acting for claimants and defendants’.

‘A full service firm that can chase any fraud claim anywhere in the world, tempered by commercial realism’.

‘Adam Fisher is a cool headed, strategic thinker. Ridah Iqbal is efficient, hard working and great on detail’. 

‘Sheena Buddhdev is remarkable! She is focused on getting the best outcome for the clients, and she achieves this by finding the best argument given the factual and expert evidence available’.

Key clients

Amouzegar

Malaysia’s Minister of Finance (Incorporated) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad

Iranian Offshore Engineering Company

Ben Maher

Bemaco Steel Limited and Prime S.A.

Credit Suisse Trust

Mark Newson-Smith

Barclay Pharmaceuticals Limited (a subsidiary of Celesio AG)

NATS Limited (National Air Traffic Services)

Leavesley Group

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Principal associate Victoria Procter, who is the main contact at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Leeds, is experienced in all aspects of debt and equity restructurings. She is particularly well-versed in the retail, professional services and agriculture sectors.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Procter

Key clients

AlixPartners

Barclays Bank PLC

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor

Clydesdale Bank plc

Deloitte LLP

Duff & Phelps

KPMG

Lloyds Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers

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

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Legal director Kate Ellis’ brand protection practice encompasses trade mark and design protection and exploitation strategies for global, consumer-facing brands.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and trade sectors, as well as in joint venture, shareholder and M&A disputes. Jonathan Leach co-heads the global international arbitration group; Leeds-based Mark Howarth is UK energy sector commercial and regulatory disputes leader; Greg Falkof acts in oil and gas, construction and infrastructure-related matters; and Claire Stockford is an international disputes expert. Other active members are principal associate Cameron Forsaith, and senior associates Ahmed Abdel-Hakam and Kate Lomas.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leach

Other key lawyers:

Mark Howarth; Greg Falkof; Claire Stockford; Cameron Forsaith; Ahmed Abdel-Hakam; Kate Lomas

Testimonials

One of the best dispute resolution and international arbitration practices in London.

They have huge experience – the complete package for international arbitration.

The Eversheds international arbitration team is absolutely top notch. It deals with very high-value and complex disputes – and does so as well as any firm I have dealt with.

Very experienced and knowledgeable, especially in energy arbitrations.

Jonathan Leach is a master tactician and the coolest head around when under pressure.

Mark Howarth is really a standout figure. He’s unflappable and charming, and very clever.

Greg Falkof is a safe pairs of hands with extensive experience. His subject matter expertise, combined with his strong strategic skills and sense for commercial/business reality, make him a top lawyer in his area.’

Senior associate Kate Lomas is a true rising star.

Key clients

Government of Malaysia

1MDB

National Iranian Oil Company

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Senior associate Daniel Prim is a name to note at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. On the contentious side, his experience includes advising clients on defamatory and malicious falsehood claims, trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal.  In addition, Prim undertakes non-contentious work, which includes providing advertising advice to major retailers and financial institutions. Andrew Terry joined Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

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

Acting for multinational corporates across a range of industries including financial services, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recognised for its experience in complex internal investigations. In particular, in 2020, a team led by Emma Gordon negotiated a deferred prosecution agreement, following self-reported corrupt conduct to the SFO. Other recent work highlights include internal investigations relating to allegations of sanctions violations, money laundering, bribery and fraud. Other key names to note are practice head Zia Ullah in Manchester, ‘a no-nonsense adviser with a wealth of experience’, and Steve Smith, who has a ‘true 360 degree view of issues, which allows him to see angles others don’t’.

Practice head(s):

Zia Ullah

Other key lawyers:

Steve Smith; Emma Gordon

Testimonials

The Corporate Crime and Investigations Team consistently produces excellent resources, including the Global Sanctions Guide.

Evesheds do a lot of work for financial institutions and also more general investigations work and criminal defence.

I would recommend Zia Ullah as an unpretentious, conscientious, no-nonsense adviser, with a wealth of experience in his field of expertise. I particularly value his sanctions advice.

Strong team in corporate and financial crime.

Steve Smith is one of the few people who has defended, prosecuted and worked in industry at the highest levels. He has true 360-degree view of issues which allows him to see angles others don’t. Truly engaging with clients.

Steve Smith has excellent judgement and a great manner. A board-level advisor who is all over the detail and committed to doing the best for his client.

Key clients

Syndicate Bank

ASL Limited

Industry focus > TMT Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises and represents a wide range of network operators and key players in the telecoms sector. On the contentious side, Thekla Fellas is regularly instructed in disputes relating to the Electronic Communications Code, following on from her role in various consultations underpinning the development of the legislation. Simon Cloke consistently handles regulatory, strategic and commercial matters for telecoms companies, often with the assistance of Charlotte Walker-Osborn and Nick Stubbs. James Hyde specialises in contentious and non-contentious IT mandates.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cloke; James Hyde; Thekla Fellas

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Walker-Osborn; Nick Stubbs

Testimonials

‘Market leaders in Telecoms advice. What differentiates them from their competition is their practical knowledge in the application of the legislation but also their knowledge and understanding of the implications of the legislation. Their team have a “can do” attitude, positive and proactive approach to managing current and future risk.’

‘Thekla Fellas leads the telecoms specialism and has an unrivalled knowledge of telecoms legislation allied to the numerous other statutes that are often intertwined with the Code. Thekla understands land and property management, development, planning and impact on value and therefore is able to give both strategic advice as well as detailed specific advice.’

Key clients

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Daisy Group Holdings Limited

AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

University of The Arts London

J.H. & F.W Green Limited

Orange Business Services

Arm

National Express

Akamai

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  has particular experience of advising charity clients in the education, research, health, regeneration, mental health and grant-giving sectors. It advises on a wide spectrum of charity law matters including governance, compliance, mergers, commercial, fundraising, campaigning and regulatory issues. It has increasingly been advising on setting up corporate foundations. The key members of the team are Glynne Stanfield, Paul Pugh and the skilled legal director Stephen O’Reilly.

Practice head(s):

Glynne Stanfield (Head of Charity Team); Paul Pugh (Head of Third Sector Services Team)

Other key lawyers:

Stephen O’Reilly

Testimonials

‘Expertise coupled with deep sector experience. Highly personalised service but drawn from a large pool of lawyers. Partner involvement in client care and identifying the correct lawyer for the job. Close collaboration between offices‘.

‘Recently I have taken advice from Stephen O’Reilly’s team in Cambridge re complicated applications to the Charity Commission. I was greatly impressed by the quality of service‘.

Excellent customer support, clear and timely advice, responsive to queries. Stephen O’Reilly has been exceptional in helping us get our charity up and running – he was recommended to me and I would highly recommend him to others‘.

‘As a charity we value its tremendous expertise on charity law and engagement with our regulator, the Charity Commission. The team is able to bring other skills into the mix when required, – property, commercial, lotteries, etc. Stephen O’Reilly is our main point of contact. His knowledge of charity law is really extensive, and his approach is always detailed, and thorough‘.

Key clients

Our Future Health (formerly the Early Disease Detection Research Project UK)

Turning Point

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

National Oceanography Centre

Laidlaw Foundation

Anchor Hanover Group

The National Film and Television School

Medical Research Council

Inner Circle Educational Trust

Richmond, The American International University in London, Inc.

Real estate > Environment Tier 5

Praised for its ‘ability to think three stages ahead’, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly active in contentious environmental matters, handling both prosecution and defence work as well as taking part in challenges to Environment Agency enforcement and suspension notices. The team also acts on non-contentious matters, with Jane Southworth in Manchester playing a key role on that side of the practice. Kevin Elliott, who splits his time between London and Birmingham, leads on the contentious side, together with Newcastle-based Tim Hill, who is a ‘go-to in the water industry'.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Elliott; Jane Southworth; Tim Hill

Testimonials

‘The team has massive strength in depth as a result of recruiting the best solicitors to provide an elite service for corporates. They provide top-rate advice from an incident through to the investigation and a charging decision. The firm frequently bypasses enforcement, using its tactical experience and its ability to think three stages ahead.’

‘Standout individuals include Kevin Elliot, who brings his extensive experience and tactical knowledge to the biggest cases, Tim Hill, who is a go-to in the water industry, and Jane Southworth, who has forgotten more than most people know. A thoroughbred team.’

‘Kevin Elliott is a shrewd and hardworking solicitor.’

Key clients

National Grid

Nuclear Decommissioning Agency

Severn Trent Water

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

European Metal Recycling Limited

Employment > Immigration Tier 5

At international firm Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Audrey Elliott leads the national immigration practice from Birmingham, while principal associate Lizzie Field heads up the London team. The firm advises major businesses on the full spectrum of day-to-day immigration concerns, including sponsorship applications and right to work queries, as well as providing audits and training for clients looking to ensure compliance. Clients include well-known multinational businesses, FTSE 100 companies and global organisations; the team has a particular focus on the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Lizzie Field; Esyllt Martin

Testimonials

‘Full service immigration offering with the experience and expertise to deal with all of our needs.’

‘Esyllt Martin is very prompt and responsive. Distills complex area into concise and complex advice. She is very practical and has a good grasp of both the current law and the horizon in this fast-changing area.’

Key clients

Hermes Fund Managers Limited

Oxford International Education Group

Quantiq Technology Limited

Vantage Data Centers UK Limited

The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom (AASAP/UK)

Towards Zero Foundation

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 6

Led from London by Nick Swiss and also benefiting from a strong regional presence, particularly out of Birmingham, the 'very strong' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has 'great knowledge of the lending market', which it deploys to good effect to a borrower-focused client-base across a range of mid-market matters. The 'commercial and pragmatic' Christopher Akinrele is pivotal to the firm's core focus on behalf of mid-market sponsor clients.

Practice head(s):

Nick Swiss

Other key lawyers:

Chris Hastings; Christopher Akinrele; Patrick Davis

Testimonials

It is a very strong team with great knowledge of the lending market.’

I appreciate that the firm has the capability to undertake a wide variety of due diligence in-house, covering numerous jurisdictions.’

The team has technical and market experience and know-how coupled with a human touch that helps produce the right message or product in each particular set of circumstances. There is also a willingness to roll up sleeves, when time is short and perhaps the piece of work is large in terms of billing; but is important to the client business.’

Christopher Akinrele is a really solid lawyer. He’s commercial, pragmatic and good to work with.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Phoenix Private Equity

Inflexion Private Equity

Livingbridge Private Equity

Daisy Group

Beech Tree Private Equity

Pollen Street Capital

Phenna Group Management

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Simon Waller leads the London team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  which is also able to draw on the firm’s significant regional resources. The practice provides ‘knowledgeable and commercial advice’ to an IP and bank-focused clientbase across the gamut of restructuring and formal insolvency mandates. Although instructions flow from a range of sectors, professional services, construction, retail, and energy, are particularly fertile sources of work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Waller

Other key lawyers:

Carl Allen; Alex Mehdevy; Jamie Leader

Testimonials

The team provides prompt, friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and commercial advice. It also has the ability to bring in additional colleagues with specialisms to assist, whilst maintaining a partner-led approach.’

‘Always available, prompt in their responses to requests, with an ability to quickly understand our. Especially Alex Mehdevy and his team.’

Key clients

HSBC

Lloyds

Metro Bank

Santander

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Duff & Phelps

BDO

Quantuma

Royal Bank of Scotland

Rolls-Royce plc

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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 Gary Delderfield  photo Gary Delderfield Partner
 Teresa Dolan  photo Teresa Dolan Partner
 Helen Eastwood  photo Helen Eastwood Principal Associate Professional Support Lawyer
 Natalie Edwards  photo Natalie Edwards Partner
 Catherine Eley  photo Catherine Eley Partner
 Audrey Elliott  photo Audrey Elliott Partner
 James Ellis  photo James Ellis Principal Associate
 Sara Ellis  photo Sara Ellis Senior Associate Professional Support Lawyer
 Tracey Evans  photo Tracey Evans Senior Associate
 Liz Fallon  photo Liz Fallon Partner
 David Feist  photo David Feist Partner
 James Finney  photo James Finney Associate
 Louise Finnie  photo Louise Finnie Partner
 Julia Flattery  photo Julia Flattery Principal Associate
 Sarah Franklin  photo Sarah Franklin Partner
 Natascha Gaut  photo Natascha Gaut Associate
 Aida Geragusian  photo Aida Geragusian Associate
 Amelia Gibbons  photo Amelia Gibbons Senior Associate
 Parmjit Gill  photo Parmjit Gill Principal Associate
 Fiona Goodman  photo Fiona Goodman Associate
 Neville Gray  photo Neville Gray Partner
 Steven Hacking  photo Steven Hacking Partner
 Michelle Hancox  photo Michelle Hancox Associate
 Amelia Hardman  photo Amelia Hardman Associate
 Anne Harris  photo Anne Harris Partner
 Zoe Harris  photo Zoe Harris Associate
 Matthew Harris  photo Matthew Harris Associate
 Richard Hartigan  photo Richard Hartigan Principal Associate
 Meg Heppel  photo Meg Heppel Partner
 Dawn Hilton  photo Dawn Hilton Partner
 Wie-Men Ho  photo Wie-Men Ho Legal Director
 Lucinda Holloway  photo Lucinda Holloway Senior Associate
 Rob Holloway  photo Rob Holloway Senior Associate
 Kelly Holmes  photo Kelly Holmes Partner
 Sarah Hope  photo Sarah Hope Principal Associate
 Martin Hopkins  photo Martin Hopkins Partner
 Mugni Islam-Choudhury  photo Mugni Islam-Choudhury Senior Associate
 Tom Ray Jackson  photo Tom Ray Jackson Associate
 Nick Jew  photo Nick Jew Consultant
 Claire Johnson-Cole  photo Claire Johnson-Cole Senior Associate
 David G Jones  photo David G Jones Partner
 Sarah Jones  photo Sarah Jones Partner
 Alexandria Jones  photo Alexandria Jones Associate
 David Jones  photo David Jones Partner
 Andrew Jordan  photo Andrew Jordan Partner
 Amrik Kandola  photo Amrik Kandola Partner
 Mandy Kaur-Sadler  photo Mandy Kaur-Sadler Senior Associate
 Sinead Kendall  photo Sinead Kendall Associate
 Emma King  photo Emma King Partner
 Pooja Kohli  photo Pooja Kohli Associate
 Anne-Louise Lawrence  photo Anne-Louise Lawrence Principal Associate
 Andrew Leeds  photo Andrew Leeds Principal Associate
 Sue Lewis  photo Sue Lewis Partner
 Lynette Lewis  photo Lynette Lewis Principal Associate
 Rich Lloyd  photo Rich Lloyd Partner
 Marie-Louise Ludlow  photo Marie-Louise Ludlow Principal Associate
 Anna Lundy  photo Anna Lundy Associate
 Jane Maclean  photo Jane Maclean Principal Associate
 Paul Maile  photo Paul Maile Partner
 Harpreet Marok  photo Harpreet Marok Associate
 Laura Marshall  photo Laura Marshall Associate
 Alex McCarney  photo Alex McCarney Associate
 Gayle McFarlane  photo Gayle McFarlane Partner
 Peter McHugh  photo Peter McHugh Associate
 Ben McLeod  photo Ben McLeod Principal Associate
 Philip Medford  photo Philip Medford Partner
 Thomas Meyrick  photo Thomas Meyrick Associate
 Tom Milburn  photo Tom Milburn Associate
 Isabelle Mitchell  photo Isabelle Mitchell Principal Associate
 Debra Mitchell  photo Debra Mitchell Senior Associate
 Paul Moorcroft  photo Paul Moorcroft Product Group Head
 Jennifer Morris  photo Jennifer Morris Associate
 Clive Mottram  photo Clive Mottram Legal Director
 Daniel Murphy  photo Daniel Murphy Senior Associate
 Ben Newton  photo Ben Newton Principal Associate
 Peter Norbury  photo Peter Norbury Consultant
 Laura Norris  photo Laura Norris Senior Associate
 Ed Norris  photo Ed Norris Associate
 Frances O'Neill photo Frances O'Neill Senior Associate
 Kristina Oleneva  photo Kristina Oleneva Associate
 Giles Orton  photo Giles Orton Consultant
 Ian Owen  photo Ian Owen Legal Director
 Tammy Paleari  photo Tammy Paleari Associate
 Preetika Parekh  photo Preetika Parekh Associate
 Jessica Parker  photo Jessica Parker Associate
 Gavin Paul  photo Gavin Paul Principal Associate
 Thomas Plant  photo Thomas Plant Associate
 Adele Pogmore  photo Adele Pogmore Senior Associate
 Thomas Pollitt  photo Thomas Pollitt Associate
 Jenna Poulton  photo Jenna Poulton Principal Associate
 Nathan Pritchard  photo Nathan Pritchard Principal Associate
 Keri Rees  photo Keri Rees Partner
 Gerard Relph  photo Gerard Relph Partner
 Sarah Reynolds  photo Sarah Reynolds Associate
 Caroline Robins  photo Caroline Robins Senior Associate
 Morag Roddick  photo Morag Roddick Principal Associate
 Kathryn Rosen  photo Kathryn Rosen Associate
 Nick Saunders  photo Nick Saunders Principal Associate
 Victoria Savage  photo Victoria Savage Chartered Legal Executive
 Peter Scurlock  photo Peter Scurlock Partner
 Mark Shelton  photo Mark Shelton Principal Associate Professional Support Lawyer
 Daniel Shilvock  photo Daniel Shilvock Senior Associate
 Michael Shires  photo Michael Shires Senior Associate
 Parmjit Singh  photo Parmjit Singh Partner
 Samantha Skinner  photo Samantha Skinner Senior Associate
 Angellee Small  photo Angellee Small Associate
 Amanda Smith  photo Amanda Smith Principal Associate
 Nick Smith  photo Nick Smith Associate
 Rachel Soundy  photo Rachel Soundy Principal Associate
 Theresa-Marie Stodell  photo Theresa-Marie Stodell Principal Associate
 Matthew Storer  photo Matthew Storer Principal Associate
 Amy Strettle  photo Amy Strettle Associate
 Thomas Taylor  photo Thomas Taylor Associate
 Laura Taylor  photo Laura Taylor Principal Associate
 Mark Taylor  photo Mark Taylor Principal Associate
 Arren Thornton  photo Arren Thornton Principal Associate
 Heather Tomlinson  photo Heather Tomlinson Senior Associate
 Jonathan Townend  photo Jonathan Townend Partner
 James Trevis  photo James Trevis Partner
 Katharine Vickery  photo Katharine Vickery Partner
 Charlotte Walker-Osborn  photo Charlotte Walker-Osborn Partner
 Hannah Wilkins  photo Hannah Wilkins Partner
 Duncan Williams  photo Duncan Williams Senior Associate
 Anna Woodford  photo Anna Woodford Senior Associate
 Nicola Woods  photo Nicola Woods Senior Associate
 Rob Worsfold  photo Rob Worsfold Associate
 David Young  photo David Young Partner
Number of UK partners : 308
Number of other UK fee-earners : 837

In Germany, more than 160 lawyers, tax advisors and notaries in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Munich provide advice to multinational groups, listed and medium-sized companies, investors, financial service providers as well as family businesses in all relevant areas of commercial law.

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
Number of lawyers : 3,000
in this country : 160
Eversheds Sutherland
the global law practice that sets the standards
Contact : Dr Alexander Niethammer, LL.M. (UConn) (managing partner)
Other offices : Please see www.eversheds-sutherland.com for details of offices around the world

The Lex 100 Verdict

‘Localised but international’, Eversheds Sutherland offers the enviable combination of ‘working with global clients but from regional offices across the UK’. For some trainees, this means that they can undertake a training contract whilst ‘remaining close to home’. Impressively, ‘there is a sense, both nationally and internationally, that everyone is on the same page’. Recruits were happy to discover that the ‘people at Eversheds were welcoming right from the assessment centre all the way through to the training contract itself’. Partners are ‘just as easy to approach for support or supervision as the associates’ and ‘there is a one-team approach where everyone assists each other’. Eversheds has amassed seven Lex 100 Winner awards this year, which include living up to expectations, confidence of being kept on and international secondments. Trainees were unimpressed with the level of administrative support on offer, particularly whilst working from home, and noted that ‘the IT systems can be poor’. Some recruits also feel ‘slightly annoyed that the regions do the same work as London but aren’t remunerated anywhere near as well’. Trainees found ‘lockdown and working from home quite isolating’, ‘project crunch times’ stressful and ‘working for four weeks straight, including the weekends’ tiring. More rewarding for recruits were ‘running my own completions on corporate and real estate deals in my first two seats’, ‘praise from clients’ and ‘being closely involved in some very high-profile M&A and private equity deals’. For a firm that ‘focuses on working together as a global team’ in a ‘friendly and approachable’ atmosphere, apply to Eversheds Sutherland.

Eversheds Sutherland berät Reconomy bei Übernahme der deutschen Noventiz-Grupp

München, 10. Dezember 2020 - Die globale Wirtschaftskanzlei Eversheds Sutherland hat Reconomy, den führende Anbieter von Entsorgungs- und Rücknahmelösungen in Großbritannien, bei der Übernahme des deutschen Entsorgungsfachbetriebs Noventiz beraten. Verkäufer ist das deutsche PE-Haus SEAFORT Advisors.