Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP > Cardiff, Wales > Firm Profile

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
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CARDIFF
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Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Acting on its own and often forming a key role alongside practitioners from across the firm's vast domestic network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its ability to handle M&A, joint venture structuring and corporate governance advice primarily on deals outside of Wales. The team, which is led out of Cardiff by Paul Pugh, is appreciated for its 'understanding of the commercial rationale' of deals, particularly on mandates within the financial services and renewable energy sectors. Praised for her 'patience and tenacity', principal associate Shelley Evans  is also a key member of the team and is afforded a great deal of autonomy to act on financial services-related M&A deals, in particular.

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Testimonials

Take time to understand the commercial rationale for purchase and guiding principles of each transaction. They have a settled team that act as partners with us and take learning from one transaction to another to progressively finesse house positions and similar.’

Paul Pugh is the lead partner who delivers strong oversight on what is often a portfolio of deals, jumping in where required, but primarily empowering his team to act with authority and autonomy.’

Shelley Evans stands out for her patience and tenacity.’

Key clients

Pollen Street Capital

Specialist Risk Group

Jaja Finance Limited

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc.

Kingswood Holdings Limited

Lumon Holdings Limited

Aryza Holdings Limited

Pivotal Growth Limited

Universe Group plc

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

    Led by the 'pragmatic' Richard Pitt , the 'knowledgeable, driven and motivated' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP excels in handling  for clients in the firm's core areas of industry strength, including transport, energy and education, with mandates invariably of a UK-wide nature. A significant proportion of the clients are public/third sector entities and the team is particular accomplished at assisting on public procurement exercises throughout the process, including in relation to disputes that may arise from failed bidders. Luisa Gibbons supports Pitt on the day-to-day running of the team and as well as her public procurement and judicial review expertise, also takes the lead on professional discipline matters. Public inquiries work is another core strength and its longstanding expertise in the area and its sensitivity to the challenges from both sides of the fence (having also run public inquiries themselves) ensures that it is uniquely well-placed and is able to provide 'strategic and politically aware advice that is sensitive to the unique needs of the client'. The 'meticulous' Angharad Haf Hurle and the 'brilliant' Anna Lois Senter are particular standouts for this work.

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    ‘The personalities involved make this team unique – they are warm, genuine, people who care about providing the right advice that my business needs.’

    The practice consists of one of the most experienced, helpful, intelligent, practical and reasonable firms in this field of public inquiries and they are a joy to work with.’

    They are strategic, politically aware, sensitive to the unique needs of the client and always get the job done.’

    They are experienced, knowledgeable, able, driven and motivated.’

    Richard Pitt is a stand out in terms of his pragmatic approach, with his advice always given with an understanding of the context in which my organisation operates.’

    ‘Angharad Hurle deserves particular mention. Her professionalism is second-to- none. She is meticulous in her work and is always in control.’

    Anna Senter – just brilliant, she is bright and easy to work with.’

    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

    The Stationery Office

    NNB Energy

    Lumon Risk Management Limited

    Work highlights

      Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

      Employment > Employment: Recommended Firms Tier 1

      The 'superb' four-partner team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly well regarded for its aptitude at advising large private sector corporate clients (including within the financial services, life sciences and retail sectors) across a broad range of ongoing employment/HR issues, as well as in the context of employment-related corporate support work. Team head Anthony Rees  has a strong reputation advising on international restructurings and mandates with potentionally reputation damaging ramifications, where he is effective at providing advice which is mindful of risk management issues. Rees is also well regarded for his contentious expertise and regularly handles the advocacy himself in relation to employment tribunal matters. Much of  Thomas Player 's work has an international flavour, including advice on cross-border restructurings, as well as as in the context of collective employment law, work which regularly sees him acting in an advisory capacity for many companies operating European Works Councils. Tom Bray  regularly provides the employment law advice pursuant to international commercial and corporate transactions and is also noted for his work within the aviation sector, where he has been particularly active of late advising core client Heathrow Airport on a myriad employment issues exacerbated by the pandemic.

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      The team is superb.’

      Key clients

      RyanAir DAC

      Heathrow Airport Limited

      Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

      Wolverine Worldwide

      Sony Europe BV

      Gresham House PLC

      International Medical Group Plc

      Government Legal Department

      British Business Bank

      Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

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        Employment > Pensions Tier 1

        'The depth of knowledge and insight provided' by Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is 'outstanding' and runs the gamut from pensions advice pursuant to corporate transactions (including scheme mergers), advice on risk management strategies and guidance on Mastertrust-related matters. The office regularly leads on high-profile mandates, including as it relates to SIPP and SSAS arrangements but is also an integral part of the firm's UK-wide cross-office offering. Team head Stuart Earle 'provides practical and easy to understand advice' to both trustees and employees and includes a considerable focus on work relating to the growing prevalence of multi-employer occupational pension schemes. Senior associate Collette Davies  is also recommended and has a particular focus on public sector-related matters.  Check para 

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        They take the trouble to listen to and understand our requirements, and then tailor their approach to satisfy those requirements.’

        The depth of knowledge and insight provided by the Cardiff team is outstanding.’

        Stuart Earle provides practical and easy to understand advice. He doesn’t simply quote law to us, he  explains options and potential outcomes.’

        ‘Stuart Earle provides exceptional quality advice which is delivered in context of audience and situation.’

         

        Key clients

        Nest Corporation

        National Grid plc

        Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water

        Arconic

        Trustee of the SSE Southern Group of the ESPS

        People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Retirement BenefitsPlan

        Volkswagen

        Robert Bosch Limited

        Microsoft/Trustee of the Nokia Group Pension Scheme

        Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

        Work highlights

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

          Under the leadership of the 'commercial and pragmatic' Joanne Canning , Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has cultivated very strong relationships with a range of lenders including traditional clearing banks, as well as alternative capital providers. The scope of the work is broad and includes new money mandates, as well as refinancings and traverses through the capital structure. Property finance is a particular strength with the firm handling mandates throughout the UK including a recent complex lender-side engagement to fund the acquisition and development of a purpose built student accommodation project in Scotland. Senior 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.

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          ‘Joanne Canning is commercial and pragmatic.’

          Key clients

          Barclays Bank

          HSBC Bank

          Royal Bank of Scotland

          Santander UK

          Maslow Capital

          QSix Real Estate Finance

          ABC International Bank

          Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

          Homes England

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            Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

            Able to draw upon substantial resources from Cardiff, as well as across its UK network, the ‘sophisticated and well-resourced practice’ at 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 heads up the claimant offering which continues to receive a tremendous flow of work from lenders, often on a contingent fee basis, stemming primarily from secured commercial and residential lending. The ‘insightful and decisive’ Wayne Davies is particularly skilled in cases involving professional negligence issues arising from commercial lending and fraud matters and large portfolios both under commercial ownership or owned by individual buy-to-let landlords. Gareth Vowles spearheads the firm’s defendant-side offering, which regularly represents intermediaries, lenders and asset managers in claims arising from alleged negligent advice and the mis-selling of financial products. James Coleman‘s work straddles both the claimant and defendant side and includes bringing professional negligence actions for banks alleging mortgage fraud.

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            The team has an impressive breadth of expertise.’

            A sophisticated, well-resourced practice with particular expertise in acting for lenders.’

            Wayne Davies is insightful and decisive in dealing with complex professional negligence matters.’

            Wayne Davies is efficient, good on the law and sensible commercially.’

            Key clients

            Santander

            Bank of Ireland

            Nationwide (including The Mortgage Works and UCB)

            Investec/Kensington Mortgages

            HSBC

            Castle Trust Capital Plc

            West One Finance

            Onesavings Bank

            Metro Bank

            Work highlights

              Real estate > Commercial property Tier 1

              Acting on its own, as well as regularly forming a part of cross-office team from across the UK network, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'personable and pragmatic' seven partner Cardiff-based team frequently has a leading role for an eclectic mix of clients, including investors, developers and occupiers, for many high-profile transactions both inside and outside of Wales. The size of the team ensures that it is able to provide a significant degree of specialism, whether it be in the context of industry sectors or for different types of real estate sectors. The commercial property team forms a vital component for the firm's overarching excellence in the renewable energy sector and is able to advise stakeholders from project inception through to completion. Key practitioners in this space include James Trafford, for wind farms, in particular and Geraint Pullin Thomas , who provides 'sound and industry leading' advice in relation to solar energy projects. Transport is another core industry sector focus for the real estate team, an area that the Helen Thomas  remains active, alongside her broader responsibilities as European managing partner with responsibility for the firm's offices in France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. David Emberson  is a key contact for many institutional clients of the firm in connection with their property work and continues to be the relationship partner for SEGRO. Other recommended practitioners include Gareth Ashfield , who specialises in development acquisition and site set up work for developers; senior associate Jonathan Woodward, who 'delivers an excellent professional service' across a varied mix of property work, including for corporate pension funds across a range of portfolio management issues; and team head Kathryn Roberts .

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              The team has provided amazing support over the past year and is always prepared to go the extra mile.’

              They are personable and pragmatic, and deliver for their client.’

              Eversheds Sutherland has a unique understanding of the commercial property requirements for renewable energy projects from project inception to completion. This understanding coupled with the broad range of complementary services within the Eversheds Sutherland practice ensures that our projects have the best advice available within the industry.’

              Geraint Pullin-Thomas: I have always found the advice from Geraint to be sound and industry leading. He has always proven to be very accessible which key in the dynamic renewable energy industry.’

              Geraint Pullin-Thomas is available 24 hours and is passionate about client service, ensuring we receive the very best advice delivered in a way which is appropriate to the member of the client team being briefed.’

              Jonathan Woodward delivers an excellent professional service always to the highest standards and delivered on time and on budget – not an easy task.’

              Key clients

              National Grid

              SEGRO Plc

              British Gas/Centrica

              Annington Limited

              University of Reading

              Colony Investment Management

              GlaxoSmithKline PLC

              EDF Energy

              RWE Renewables

              Network Rail

              Work highlights

                Real estate > Construction Tier 1

                Acting on its own, as well as frequently alongside other offices within the firm, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 11-strong Cardiff team provides 'very strong commercial advice' to a private sector-focused client base across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious mandates throughout the UK. The team benefits from 'in-depth industry knowledge' across energy, transport and infrastructure and frequently has a leading role on construction and engineering projects within these sectors. Team head Alison Short  is noted for her 'proactive' approach to working on nuclear, water and transport projects and although she is primarily engaged in transactional work, she is also, according to one client, 'unafraid to tell us what will and won't work in dispute resolution'.  The team is also increasingly active in relation to built environment matters for a mix of lenders and developers. Senior associate Rachael Aaron  takes the lead on many of the team's contentious mandates, including on several complex multi-million pound adjudications.

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                ‘The team provides a full service across the wide area covered by construction law. The team members are always available and have always provide good commercial advice fully taking account of their clients’ particular circumstances.’

                ‘A great team of lawyers to work with, very efficient and has in-depth industry knowledge.’

                ‘They provide strong commercial advice.’

                ‘Alison Short provides excellent advice and is always available. Alison has a fantastic understanding of her client and how best to both argue our position and deliver the best outcomes given our commercial priorities.’

                ‘Alison Short has always provided clear, concise and helpful advice. Alison is very approachable, proactive, on top of her practice area, very commercial in her approach and has an excellent understanding of our business and our needs. She is not afraid to tell us what will work and what won’t in relation to dispute resolution, saving time and cost.’

                Key clients

                NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

                Dwr Cymru/ Welsh Water

                NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

                Annington Property Limited

                Transport for Wales

                Stena Line Ports Limited

                Wales & West Utilities

                Work highlights

                  Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

                  Able to draw upon a range of specialisms, including advice on Section 106 agreements, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and environmental impact assessments, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-positioned to assist clients on standalone matters, as well as in conjunction with the firm's broader real estate function. 'Very knowledgeable' team head Kee Evans 'demonstrates excellent commercial awareness', particularly in the context of  planning issues pertinent to transport, renewables and education-related projects. Senior associate Stephen Jefferson  'provides excellent advice which is pragmatic and robust'; he handles the day to day planning work for core client Thames Water Utilities.

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                  The advice I receive is always very well tailored to my needs and audience, and they are always quick to draft and respond to urgent issues.’

                  A diverse team with a range of specialisms, who pride themselves on their resourcefulness.’

                  Kee Evans is very knowledgeable and demonstrates excellent commercial awareness.’

                  Stephen Jefferson – very responsive, provides excellent advice which is pragmatic and robust, always willing to discuss and debate complex matters and gives definitive yet balanced views which ultimately allow important decisions to made.’

                  Key clients

                  National Highways Limited (formerly Highways England Company Limited)

                  University of Reading

                  Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

                  Welsh Government NINRG Solar (Little Crow) Limited

                  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

                  Thames Water Utilities Limited

                  Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

                  EDF Renewable Energy Limited

                  Transport for Wales

                  Annington Property Limited

                  Work highlights

                    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

                    Now headed by Rob Phillips following his arrival in January 2022 from Hugh James and the subsequent retirement of Kathryn Cook in April 2022, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP maintains its market-leading position for a loyal roster of primarily private sector clients across the spectrum of their property-related disputes. Phillips himself brings niche expertise across mineral rights which will add further weight behind the team's already strong presence in the renewables sector, in particular. Other core areas of strength for the team as whole include servicing its large roster of financial services (including REITs, SIPPs and Propcos), transport and utilities clients.

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                    The team is extremely dedicated and provides first-rate advice handling a range of complex litigation and smaller routine work.’

                    ‘They provide clear and precise advice and show a willingness to pick up urgent matters.’

                    Key clients

                    Annington Property Limited

                    Thames Water Utilities Limited

                    Legal & General

                    Associated British Ports

                    Highways England

                    The Welsh Ministers

                    Transport for London

                    Transport for Wales

                    HMV Retail Limited

                    Telereal Trillium

                    Segro Plc

                    Namulas Pension Trustees Limited

                    Romulus Group

                    Work highlights

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

                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strong credentials in the market for advising a primarily UK/international client base across a range of IT-related commercial contracts work, including outsourcing agreements and software development. The team, which is led by Matthew Gough, has a particularly strong reputation in the financial services/fintech space and as well as providing advice on standalone issues relating to regulation and data privacy, also often provides IT-related due diligence pursuant to financial services M&A handled by the firm. Eve England  is also a key member of the team and regularly advises clients on their digitisation strategies.

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                      Matthew Gough and Eve England are brilliant – they know their stuff and always hold their own against anyone we put them up against.’

                      Key clients

                      Thames Water Utilities Limited

                      Pollen Street Capital Limited

                      Schools Software Solutions Limited

                      Scansource Europe

                      Specialist Risk Group

                      Admiral Insurance

                      The National Grid

                      Work highlights

                        Employment Tier 1

                        The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  is a key hub for the firm’s employment and labour practice group, with four partners in a 16-lawyer local team. They form ‘a very business-minded team that is very responsive and able to think from client’s perspective.‘ Practice head Simon Tytherleigh is noted for his expertise in Employment Tribunal litigation. Elizabeth Graves advises on employment matters in the life sciences, technology and financial services industries. Matthew Kelly specliases in assisting Further Education colleges, Higher Education institutions and Academies with employment and governance issues. German-qualified Constanze Moorhouse is the key contact for international employment matters. Legal director Rachel Bennett has numerous clients in the pharmaceutical, transport and water sectors, and principal associate Sasha Willmott focuses predominantly on life sciences and technology.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Simon Tytherleigh

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Elizabeth Graves; Matthew Kelly; Constanze Moorhouse; Rachel Bennett; Sasha Willmott; Alice Townley Smith

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Lizzie Graves and Simon Tytherleigh are super-responsive, understand our business and priorities and always come up with practical solutions to our problems.’

                        ‘Very business minded team, very responsive, able to think from client’s perspective.’

                        ‘Constanze Moorhouse – great key account partner, able to build strong team across different Eversheds’ offices for bigger project, sound and business oriented legal advice and high level of responsiveness

                        ‘We work with Eversheds Sutherland on both contentious and non-contentious matters and in both cases the Cambridge team have been key partners in helping us respond to business challenges in new ways. They are prepared to think outside the box, both by helping us to put our own ideas into practice, and by bringing their own ideas to the table. It’s been a real pleasure working with this team.’

                        ‘Simon Tytherleigh has been excellent in helping us to work out how to put new ideas into practice, particularly around how to develop new legal processes that involve collaboration and hand-offs between the internal and external legal teams. In this way, Simon has helped us to achieve significant improvements in our ability to protect our business, in a cost-effective way.’

                        ‘Extremely responsive. Very pragmatic advice. Understand the needs of the client well.’

                        ‘Matthew Kelly – extremely responsive. Very good technically, but also provides clear and pragmatic advice to the client group. Senior associate Alice Townley Smith – extremely responsive. Excellent rapport with the client group.’

                        ‘Matthew Kelly is always available and ensires a quick turnaround. He has gained an excellent understanding of our institution, issues and stakeholders.’

                        Key clients

                        PPD Global Limited

                        Avantor Inc

                        City, University of London

                        Revolution Beauty Group PLC

                        Richmond-upon Thames College

                        The Wensum Trust

                        Expedia Inc.

                        Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

                        The corporate claims practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘responsive and proactive, easy to contact and provides clear advice and guidance‘. The firm acts directly for clients in handling high-stakes matters for large businesses, among them Johnson Controls International, the Civil Aviation Authority and Legal & General. Practice head Nicola Lashmar in Ipswich is ‘very experienced and technically excellent‘. Partner Louise Bland, legal director Paul Coppin , and principal associate Wayne Donovan, who ‘looks to achieve the very best outcome‘, are vastly experienced in both clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Bland acted for Argus Insurance in a £12m PI claim concerning a high-speed road accident. All named lawyers are based in Ipswich.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Nicola Lashmar

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                        Testimonials

                        ‘The team is responsive and proactive. They are easy to contact and provide clear advice and guidance. Enjoyable to work with and great relationship.’

                        ‘Nicola Lashmar is very experienced and technically excellent in dealing with claims against gas suppliers.’

                        ‘Extremely knowledgeable in the relevant areas of the law. A great deal of knowledge of our corporate history which is helpful in the event of a major claim.’

                        ‘Wayne Donovan – looks to achieve the very best outcome for the client. Always looks to make cost-effective decisions for his client.’

                        ‘Louise Bland understands how to explain English law to foreigners. She communicates well with clients (policyholders) and knows how to get information that is outside the usual scope of a British law firm.’

                        ‘Paul Coppin and Nicola Lashmar are very good, sensible, practical.’

                        ‘Personable, friendly. High technical knowledge and they ensure they are aware of all our own company changes. They understand our culture. They feel like an extension to our team because of their understanding of the issues we have. Their guidance is presented clearly so decisions can be made at the earliest opportunity.’

                        ‘Nicola Lashmar – has a great deal of knowledge about the business and the relevant areas of the law, built up through years of experience representing the business.’

                        Key clients

                        Johnson Controls International

                        Civil Aviation Authority

                        Thames Water Utilities Limited

                        Forestry England

                        UK Research & Innovation

                        Norfolk County Council

                        Gov Facility Services Limited

                        Legal & General

                        Generali Versicherung AG

                        Resolute Management Limited

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

                        The charity practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is led from London and Cardiff, but the Cambridge office has an experienced team that has a specialist focus on advising charities in the education, health, social care and scientific research sectors. Newly promoted partner Stephen O’Reilly is the lead practitioner and he has in-depth experience in establishing and register new charities, releasing permanent endowment restrictions, completing charity mergers, interacting with the Charity Commission, and advising charities on governance issues, such as payments to charity trustees. He supports Our Future Health in setting up one of the largest research projects ever in the UK. Senior associate Martyn Robinson also plays a key role in the practice.

                        Practice head(s):

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

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Stephen O’Reilly; Martyn Robinson

                        Key clients

                        Our Future Health

                        FIA Foundation

                        Turning Point

                        Founders of Global Pathogen Analysis Service Ltd

                        National Oceanography Centre

                        Laidlaw Foundation

                        WICT UK Ltd

                        Medical Research Council

                        Fairleigh Dickinson University

                        Richmond, The American International University in London, Inc.

                        Real estate > Construction Tier 1

                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Cambridge has a ‘straightforward, enthusiastic, and ‘user-friendly‘ construction and engineering practice, which clients describe as ‘incredibly cohesive and client-focused team‘. The firm is prominent in transport infrastructure matters across the UK and counts Transport for London and Network Rail among its clients. Head of the firm’s international transport group Dominic Lacey is ‘incredibly pragmatic‘ in both transactional and contentious work. He acted for the Government of Slovenia in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a road and new Danube River crossing in Bratislava, Slovakia. Tom Douglas specialises in transactional construction, and principal associate Ed Freeman handles complex development projects in the senior living, regeneration  and fulfilment centre sectors. Senior associate Joanne Naylor is ‘extremely hardworking and driven‘.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Dominic Lacey

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                        Testimonials

                        ‘The nature, competence and legal knowledge of certain individuals and the quality of the working relationship with them makes this practice stand out. Other practices have certain individuals that have similar qualities – straightforward, enthusiastic, and ‘user-friendly’, but we have found that at Eversheds there is a small group of partners with whom we have developed a close and useful relationship’

                        ‘Dominic Lacey is very knowledgeable but also quick to understand issues and to identify solutions which other lawyers sometimes take time to evaluate and then provide over cautious advice.’

                        ‘The team is incredibly cohesive. They work very well to provide excellent results. They are a very client-focused team.’

                        ‘Dominic Lacey is a fantastic partner who provides great leadership but allows the individual members of his team to shine and take responsibility in a supportive environment. Joanne Naylor is extremely hardworking and driven. She has led on complex matters and is also one to watch.’

                        ‘The team’s strength is in the high quality of their staff and the enthusiasm and availability of partners to be actively involved in the delivery of high quality legal advice.’

                        ‘I have valued Tom Douglas’ active engagement in the provision of clearly articulated, sector specific, pragmatic legal advice and Alison Mallard’s added value and ability to readily convert it into high-quality legal drafting.’

                        ‘Their response time is phenomenal and they take the best commercial practise for companies which makes working with them super beneficial for in-house lawyers.’

                        ‘Dominic Lacey has outstanding commercial awareness and is incredibly pragmatic.’

                        Key clients

                        Audley Group

                        Transport for London

                        Network Rail

                        Government of Slovakia

                        Legal and General

                        National Highways

                        Signature Senior Living

                        Mace Develop Limited

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

                        At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, corporate partner and team head Jon Cox-Brown specialises in M&A, joint ventures and reorganisations for major corporate clients, entrepreneurs and financial sponsors. He is particularly sough after for transactions in the financial services, fintech and technology sectors. Private equity and equity capital markets are also significant areas of activity.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Jon Cox-Brown

                        Key clients

                        Sygnature Discovery

                        IRIS Software Group

                        Capita plc

                        FLEETCOR Technologies Inc

                        ENSEK Limited

                        Acacium Group

                        Livingbridge

                        Kingswood Group

                        Aston Lark

                        Work highlights

                        • Advised the key shareholders (including Phoenix Equity Partners, previous PE investors) and management team of Sygnature Discovery on the investment by Five Arrows Principal Investments (the PE arm of Rothschild & Co).
                        • Advising FLEETCOR Technologies Inc, a leading global business payments company, on its acquisition of Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX), one of the world’s largest non-bank cross-border payment solutions provider.
                        • Advised the Acacium Group on all aspects of the acquisition of CHS Healthcare, a provider of innovative patient flow, pathway solutions, and continuing healthcare services.

                        Employment Tier 1

                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP coordinates its Midlands employment offering from Birmingham. Headed nationally by Audrey Elliott, the Nottingham office, which houses senior partner Mark Fletcher and Mark Pipkin , is integral to the overall offering. Fletcher focuses on restructuring and TUPE work and executive severances, which is complemented by Pipkin’s experience in handling high profile employment related litigation.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Mark Fletcher; Mark Pipkin

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Audrey Elliot

                        Key clients

                        BMI Group

                        Next Plc

                        Unipart Group Limited

                        Ibstock plc

                        Skanska UK PLC

                        Brake Bros Limited

                        Carpetright Limited

                        Pendragon Plc

                        Specsavers Optical Group Limited (and other subsidiary companies)

                        Sandwell College

                        Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

                        Based in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Nottingham office, the ‘commercial and pragmaticMark Wood works alongside the larger Birmingham banking group on Midlands-wide restructuring assignments across a diverse range of sectors. Wood frequently acts for administrators and liquidators in pursuit of assets and the overall team is recommended for mandates in the retail, hospitality, energy and financial services sectors.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Mark Wood

                        Testimonials

                        ‘I have always highly valued the commerciality and pragmatism of the team, and their ability to advise quickly in pressured situations.’

                        ‘Mark Wood (partner) is someone who has always been great at advising on a timely basis and in pressured situations. He is both commercial and pragmatic.’

                        Key clients

                        PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

                        Interpath Advisory (formerly KPMG Restructuring)

                        Teneo Restructuring Limited (formerly Deloitte Restructuring)

                        FRP Advisory LLP

                        Quantuma LLP

                        Mazars LLP

                        Work highlights

                        • Advising the Trustees of Mazars LLP in the bankruptcy of two individuals on their continued involvement in the 2nd and 3rd largest bankruptcies in UK history.
                        • Acting for Quantuma LLP, the Administrators on pursuing assets of the business and various claims against requisite stakeholders for and on behalf of all creditors of the company estate.

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

                        Under the leadership of global M&A co-chair Richard Moulton , Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has continued to strengthen its position in the London market with a number of key lateral hires over the past 12 months. Notable additions include Waltter Kulvik, a specialist in investment transactions who joined the team from Ashurst‘s Singapore office in May 2022, as well as Martin Mankabady and Adriana Cotter; corporate insurance and regulatory partners who were previously at Dentons until January 2022. The depth of Robin Johnson‘s cross-border transactional acumen ensures that he is regularly sought out for complex, multi-jurisdictional deals across a number of sectors, whereas Simon Masters international M&A capabilities are especially concentrated in French, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian deals. Chris Halliday heads up the industrial transactions desk, where Antony Walsh is also a key contact. Halliday and Walsh are recommended for their additional expertise in insurance and technology, respectively.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Richard Moulton

                        Testimonials

                        ‘The Eversheds team are a diverse group of people that take a genuine interest in the project.  They took time to understand me and my team as well as the business.’

                        ‘Antony Walsh made us feel that ours was the only and most important project in the world.’

                        ‘The Eversheds team worked hard to be collaborative with the other side’s representatives in order to find solutions to the usual assortment of blockages. In all cases, their recommendations sped the process and were accepted by the other side.’

                        ‘Antony Walsh is a deal genius, perhaps just a genius. He breaks down the process to its simple steps and allocates the work to the best people in his business. Antony is an incredible negotiator – calmly bringing every stakeholder around the table and leading all the complex discussions where necessary and giving his team the leadership in the technical sessions around details.’

                        Key clients

                        DuPont

                        Smiths Group

                        Eaton

                        Technip FMC

                        M&G

                        Ricoh

                        Aon

                        Next Plc

                        Rolls-Royce

                        Aviva

                        Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's environment, health and safety team provides global coverage to clients on some of the most high profile and sensitive issues in the sector. As well as this, the team offers a strong expertise in handling non-contentious assurance and compliance work. An internal merger with the investigations and inquiries team has doubled the size of the team and expanded its offering even further. Paul Verrico has recently taken over as team leader and is a fellow of the Institute of Risk and Safety Management. Tim Hill handles high hazard cases for clients within the nuclear, oil, gas, chemical and manufacturing sectors. Solicitors Amy Sadro and Sarah Valentine are both important figures on the team.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Paul Verrico

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Eversheds have been for many years the market leader in this field, and deliver a corporate approach towards criminal health and safety litigation. They provide first class legal advice and support for the largest companies.’

                        ‘Amy Sadro is a stand out principal associate at the firm, enormously experienced (having cut her teeth for Kennedys) and meticulous in her approach towards cases. Her approach to the detail of cases is second to none. Additionally Tim Hill is a master strategist who has considerable experience in running large scale cases.’

                        ‘Superb, great advisory expertise, very well liked by clients’

                        ‘Paul Verrico – a genuine star in this field, more knowledge of H&S law and cases than anyone else operating in the field Tim Hill – great lawyer with excellent judgment Phil Crosbie – liked by clients, can handle the work of a partner’

                        ‘Excellent team. Broad experience across multiple sectors. Responsive, pragmatic and considered in their approach.’

                        ‘Tim Hill and Amy Sadro. Both are accessible, sensible and balanced in their advice.’

                        Key clients

                        Network Rail

                        China Light and Power Limited

                        Bannatyne Fitness Group

                        Thames Water Utilities Limited

                        Biffa Waste Services Limited

                        Northern Gas Networks Limited

                        Places for People

                        Hutchinson Ports

                        HS2

                        Kingspan

                        Northumbrian Water Limited

                        Next Plc

                        Cadent Gas Networks

                        Drax Power Limited

                        Tarmac Trading Limited

                        BAM Nuttall

                        Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields ‘a technically astute, commercial, and very responsive and proactive team‘ that represents trustees, employers, administrators, life offices and banks , working closely with the firm’s non-contentious pensions practice to provide coverage of the waterfront of pensions disputes. The group is well-versed in construction and rectification proceedings, pensions mis-selling claims, judicial reviews of public sector pensions legislation, enforcement proceedings initiated by the regulator and internal investigations relating to governance. The group is also able to handle ancillary matters, such as disputes arising from data privacy issues. Taking the lead from London is Claire Carroll (provides ‘excellent tactical advice‘), who is experienced in professional liability cases, in addition to pensions disputes more broadly. Jennifer Miles, also in London, handles professional negligence claims for claimants and defendants, as well as issues before the pensions ombudsman and regulator. In Birmingham, Emma King focuses on liability risk reduction for legacy defined benefit pensions, as well as consolidating pension arrangements; while principal associate Daniel Murphy is active in rectification claims and professional negligence cases.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Claire Carroll

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Jennifer Miles; Emma King; Daniel Murphy; Richard Bacon; Felicity Rich

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Technically astute, commercial, and very responsive and proactive team. Provide good value for money. I would recommend them.’

                        ‘Claire Carroll  is very approachable, excellent tactical advice, commercial, responsive and a supportive partner to in-house lawyers. A pleasure to work with. Richard Bacon – Technically excellent, proactive, not afraid of getting stuck into the detail, approachable and supportive. Together, Claire and Richard make an excellent team and they are pleasure to work with.’

                        ‘Claire Carroll knows the pensions industry as well as anyone in the market, and runs a case with breath-taking efficiency and sophistication. She should be the first port of call for anyone with a pensions issue.’

                        ‘Exceptional depth and breadth of experience, encompassing both occupational and personal pension schemes. The pensions disputes team benefits enormously from being part of the firm’s Financial Services Disputes and Investigations (FSDI) department and the synergies that generates.’

                        ‘Claire Carroll is a big name in the field: commercial, savvy, very experienced and an adept multi-tasker. Jennifer Miles is a skilled negotiator and a delight to work with: you’d want her on your side going into any mediation. Richard Bacon is extremely hard working, great technical knowledge, unflappable, very personable.’

                        ‘The disputes team is excellent and they seem to maintain very close links with the non-contentious pensions colleagues so have a great depth and breadth of pensions knowledge. As well as their legal skill set, I have found them invaluable in explaining to us the necessary process and formalities required. As pension trustees we need to use dispute resolution lawyers only rarely so we need that support.’

                        ‘Claire Carrol is leading for us on a court matter and has been excellent, both in her technical work but importantly in working with our diverse trustee board to keep us up to date with the process.’

                        Key clients

                        Standard Life Assurance Limited & Standard Life Trustee Company Limited

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

                        Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

                        Financial Services Compensation Scheme

                        West Northamptonshire Council (formerly Northamptonshire County Council)

                        Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

                        LCP

                        Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

                        Work highlights

                        • Acting for the representative beneficiary members of two Legal & General pension schemes. The sponsoring employers of those schemes brought a claim for rectification of historic governing documents, over the period from the 1990s to 2016, regarding the provisions which provide for increases to pensions in payment during a member’s first year of retirement.
                        • Acting for Standard Life Assurance Limited & Standard Life Trustee Company Limited, as the SIPP provider and SIPP trustee in defending a quasi-group claim brought by eight claimants (all ex professional footballers) against 16 Defendants, all except one of which (the IFA) are pension providers/administrators/trustees, with the majority concerning SIPPs.
                        • Defending multiple mis-selling claims and complaints for Options UK Personal Pensions LLP and Options Pension Trustees UK Limited, including a number of high-profile FOS decisions, relating to Options’ role as a SIPP (self-invested personal pension) administrator and pension scheme trustee. Claims involve numerous complex (often offshore) investments held within SIPPs.

                        Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

                        'Responsive and flexible, and always giving sound and practical advice', the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for its large private sector scheme and trustee and employer clients, which it advises on the waterfront of pensions issues. The group has experience in fundamental benefits reviews, as well as international pensions-related work, drawing on the firm's global office network. It is also adept at pensions insurance, advising insurance providers on buy-ins and buy-outs. In September 2021, the team was joined by Michael Jones from Pinsent Masons LLP, adding significant expertise in defined benefit and defined contribution master trusts. Francois Barker  is a veteran of the pensions space, often advising industry bodies on the direction of pensions law and policy. He co-leads the department with Jeremy Goodwin, who is an expert in trustees' responsibilities and duties. The duo is praise by clients for being 'approachable, facilitative and helpful'. Also recommended are Steven Hull , Sarah Swift  and Mark Latimour .

                        Practice head(s):

                        Francois Barker; Jeremy Goodwin

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Steven Hull; Sarah Swift; Mark Latimour; Laura Brook; Michael Jones

                        Testimonials

                        ‘The team we use are responsive and flexible, and always give sound and practical advice. The team has adapted to our philosophy and work ethic and has responded well to our needs. They are diverse and have supported bringing on their junior staff to work on complex projects’

                        ‘Very responsive and easy to work with. Steve Hull is very experienced and knowledgeable and I have been impressed by Laura Brook. The associates who have been involved are focussed and confident in supporting the Trustees’

                        ‘The Eversheds pensions team are stand out in their field. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for advice.’

                        ‘Jeremy Goodwin is calm and compelling. An excellent lawyer whom I trust implicitly.’

                        ‘Very joined up behind the scenes, resulting in seamless support across different technical areas. Clear, pragmatic and real world advice.’

                        ‘Francois Barker and Jeremy Goodwin both approachable, facilitative and helpful. Very quick to understand complex issues and provide prompt, clear and practical advice.’

                        ‘Depth of expertise coupled with strong dose of pragmatism and really strong communication skills’

                        Key clients

                        Department for Transport

                        Tesco PLC Pension Scheme

                        GE Pension Trustees Limited

                        DXC Technology Company

                        Now:Pensions Trust

                        Legal & General

                        Universities Superannuation Scheme

                        Deloitte UK Pension Scheme

                        HSBC Bank UK Pension Scheme

                        Howden Joinery Group PLC

                        Work highlights

                        • Advised Tesco PLC Pension Scheme on multiple ESG initiatives.
                        • Advising GE Pension Trustees Limited in relation to the closure of the £7bn GE Pension Plan to future accrual with certain active member benefits continued for closure members, including advice on the process, negotiations with the company, preparation of legal documentation, member communications and assistance with liaising with unions.
                        • Advising DXC on two key pension projects: the buy-out of the £1.5 Billion EDS 1994 Pension Scheme into a DXC’s own captive insurer, and the continuation of the project to merge DXC’s £9 Billion UK pension schemes into a single merged scheme.

                        Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 1

                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides assistance to unit funds and OEICs across the gamut of funds-related issues, ranging from establishment and authorisation of funds to taxation and regulatory matters.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Michaela Walker

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Phil Spyropoulos; Stefanie Sahla-Jones

                        Testimonials

                        “Eversheds Sutherland have a team of experts that have been with them for decades and therefore have an incredible amount of experience in the UK funds industry.”

                        “Very strong technical and industry knowledge.”

                        “All individuals in the team have good depth of knowledge. Partners very approachable and hands on. Both Julian Brown and Phil Spyrodopoulos are very knowledgeable.”

                        “The team have a wide range of knowledge and experience and are always willing to find the right person for the job. The team are always willing to come in to share their knowledge and generally help out wherever they can. They are efficient and diligent, a top standard team.”

                        “Phil Spyropoulos is my favourite lawyer in the entire industry and I could not recommend him highly enough. Phil cuts through the nonsense to deliver sensible advice. He has worked with me on my vision to create a ‘retail friendly’ prospectus for our funds, which can be easily consumed by the end clients of our fund range.”

                        “Excellent knowledge of best practice in this area. Eversheds Sutherland also works closely with the FCA and the IA in the rollout of new regulation. Structure of the team means that they know your firm and maximises efficiencies. They are also able to cross-refer and assist with instructions to other partners when other specialist expertise is required.”

                        Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 1

                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers a wide range of issues for education sector clients, including employment, health and safety and intellectual property, spanning student contracts to pensions and litigation. The team is headed by Nicola Bennison, who works on complex contentious matters, with a focus on work involving senior post-holders, equality issues and student matters. Diane Gilhooley serves as chair of education, working on  complex cases before tribunals as well as matters concerning governance. Glynne Stanfield handles the corporate and commercial side of educational institutions. Chris Mordue is 'always available and able to assist at short notice'.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Diane Gilhooley; Nicola Bennison

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Glynne Stanfield; Chris Mordue

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Chris Mordue is very good. Always available and able to assist at short notice – particularly on major projects.’

                        ‘The team has a very good insight into the HE sector and the particular industrial relations and employment law issues it faces. It is therefore extremely well positioned to provide appropriate advice that is practical as well as accurate. They are able to bring in specialists from other relevant areas, such as health and safety, and IP, to provide a full response to broad issues. Their knowledge of industrial action law is particularly strong and helpful.’

                        ‘They are personable, pleasant to deal with and responsive to queries. They are always willing to work with us on briefings for clients, webinars and events.’

                        Key clients

                        University of Essex

                        School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

                        University of Reading

                        Kings College London

                        London South Bank University

                        Middlesex University

                        Richmond University London

                        Queen Mary University of London

                        City University London

                        UKRI

                        NCH London

                        Work highlights

                        • Advising multiple universities on their response to a coordinated campaign of national industrial action by academic staff over pay and pensions.
                        • Advising the University of Reading on the establishment of film studios in Reading in a joint venture with Commonwealth.
                        • Providing strategic and operational EDI advice to sector clients managing the complex interaction of conflicting rights under the Equality Act and freedom of speech rules; providing advice and support for internal investigations; and reviewing of policies and procedures, including in relation to trans rights and to better reflect the boundaries between free speech and unlawful harassment.

                        Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

                        Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

                        The practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has teams overseeing particular specialisms covering judicial review, rent review, telecommunications related cases, rights of light and residential matters. Will Densham 's expertise lies primarily with both rent review and rights of light disputes; he leads the practice, working alongside Stuart Wortley, who has niche expertise in protecting properties against trespass by urban explorers. Thekla Fellas is an expert in telecommunication related matters and assisted the Law Commission's consultation on the implementation of a new Telecoms code. Rashpal Soomal joined the practice from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Will Densham

                        Key clients

                        Annington Property Limited

                        Aberdeen Asset Management

                        AP Wireless (II) UK Limited (APW)

                        Associated British Ports

                        Berkeley Homes

                        Blackstone Property Group/ReVantage Europe

                        Bloc Hotel

                        British Land

                        Canary Wharf Group

                        China General Nuclear Power Corp

                        Coventry City Council

                        Derwent London Plc

                        ED&F Man Group

                        Fordstam Limited

                        Go Ahead

                        IGas Energy

                        Land Securities

                        Legal & General

                        London Bishopsgate BV

                        Longmartin Properties Limited

                        River Court

                        Shaftesbury PLC

                        Sure Honest Limited

                        Teighmore Limited

                        The Leathersellers Company

                        University of Arts London

                        University of London

                        Utopia A Limited

                        Transport > Rail Tier 1

                        The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘advice that has been consistently excellent – clearly articulated, pragmatic and showing a very sound appreciation of commercial reality as well as the pure legal considerations’ under the direction of Mark Brunton and Agnes Koko. It has a strong national offering throughout the country and specialises in all aspects of rail commercial and regulatory matters. The group is recommended for its skill at handling rail franchising/operation contracts as well as rolling stock, infrastructure matters in addition to planning and parliamentary issues. The group also has substantial international expertise with a global focus on concessions, rolling stock and infrastructure projects. Anne Harris specialises in rail related commercial contracts such as rail franchise agreements, regulated access agreements and rail project procurement related matters. William Spickett has recently been promoted to the partnership and has a strong track record in advising on rail projects.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Mark Brunton; Agnes Koko

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Anne Harris; William Spickett; Andrew Bell; Mike Turner

                        Testimonials

                        ‘The strength in depth in this team is simply excellent. Their experience and expertise are up there with the very best magic circle firms but at a better value price point, largely due to their network of offices countrywide, which work extremely well as a seamless whole’.

                        ‘Annie Harris is superlative. No one understands rolling stock better than Agnes Koko and Will Spickett, who has just made partner is one to watch for the future: smart, collaborative, focussed and not one to score points on the other side for the sake of it’.

                        ‘The key person is Anne Harris who has a comprehensive knowledge of the sector coupled with a commercial sense which means she gives focussed, practical advice’.

                        ‘Agnes Koko – Exceptional knowledge and commercially very aware, does not sit on the fence and also responds quickly when asked questions. Understands client needs and is able to interpret this in legal drafting to reflect the commercial position required’.

                        ‘William Spickett – Very good knowledge and commercially astute. Gives you a balanced view and comes up with some strong arguments to make his points. Will listen to the client and interpret their needs’.

                        ‘At partner level, Annie Harris, Mark Brunton and Agnes Koko have all provided extensive advice to my colleagues and me over very many years. Each of them stands out for their exceptional knowledge and experience, responsiveness, commercial focus, the credibility of their advice and their unflappability‘.

                        ‘Mark Brunton is truly excellent. He invests considerable time to ensure the client understands what they are signing up to and the risks. He works very well with different teams, taking the lead in solving problems and developing solutions’.

                        ‘The individuals I deal with on a regular basis (Agnes Koko, Mike Turner and William Spickett) all use their experience and expertise to good effect and this is evidenced in the advice they give and the outcomes from that advice’.

                        Key clients

                        Department for Transport

                        Network Rail

                        Deutsche Bahn

                        West Midlands Combined Authority

                        Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

                        Michael Birchall sits at the helm of an expansive roster of specialised practitioners at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Alistair Cree focuses on high-value M&A transactions in the aerospace and defence sector, while Daniel Hall has a wealth of experience in advising public and private companies on acquisitions, public bids, disposals, joint ventures and fundraisings. Private equity work is a cornernstone of Elizabeth Tindall‘s practice. Legal director Jamie Partridge is noted for his corporate finance expertise. On the commercial side, Kuljeet Gill and Tom Bridgford are the key contacts.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Michael Birchall

                        Other key lawyers:

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

                        Testimonials

                        ‘I find the strength of the team, collectively and individually, to be a great positive.’

                        ‘Daniel Hall – an eye for detail and also the big picture of a transaction. Sees things from the client’s perspective and has a strong commercial sense.’

                        ‘Jamie Partridge has a phenomenal eye for detail and capacity for sustained, high-quality work.’

                        ‘Kuljeet Gill is an incredibly experienced corporate/commercial lawyer with exceptional knowledge and attention to detail and a phenomenal drive, which is invaluable in ensuring deadlines are met and projects completed.’

                        Key clients

                        Morris Group

                        Revolution Beauty Group

                        Forcepoint LLC

                        Shareholders of Cocogreen Professional Substrates Group Limited

                        Globus Group

                        Sovereign Capital Partners

                        Arcline Capital Partners

                        Endless LLP

                        H2 Equity Partners

                        ProCook Group Plc

                        The University of Manchester

                        Work highlights

                          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

                          The ‘consistently excellent‘ litigators at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are closely aligned with the core industry specialisms of the firm, and are therefore especially proficient at handling disputes in the diversified industrial and transport sectors. Matthew Taylor and Michael Clavell-Bate jointly lead the team; both are recognised experts in reputation management work, and are instrumental in maintaining the group’s preeminent reputation in this sphere. Phil Duignan‘s broad practice includes shareholder disputes, warranty claims and cases relating to employee departures, while legal director Thomas Whitfield continues to lead on the defence of high-profile Commercial Court proceedings brought against the Serious Fraud Office.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Matthew Taylor; Michael Clavell-Bate

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Phil Duignan; Thomas Whitfield; Luisa Zukowski

                          Testimonials

                          ‘The litigation team at Eversheds in Manchester is consistently excellent. They provide sound, practical advice across a wide range of litigation matters, from simple county court claims all the way through to complex international arbitration. They are particularly strong at strategic thinking.’

                          ‘Thomas Whitfield leads on our litigation matters and has done so for a number of years. He is technically excellent, highly pragmatic and a genuine pleasure to work with. He consistently secures great results for us.’

                          ‘Michael Clavell-Bate is the relationship partner. He is hugely experienced and is particularly good at drawing on that experience to find creative solutions to complex problems.’

                          ‘Luisa Zukowski is an arbitration expert whom we use alongside Thomas Whitfield where we are involved in arbitration matters. Luisa’s knowledge of arbitration procedure and tactics is superb, and like the rest of the team she’s a pleasure to work with.’

                          Key clients

                          Director of the Serious Fraud Office

                          Daisy Group

                          DXC Technology

                          INEOS

                          Boohoo Group PLC

                          Swissport

                          Johnson Controls

                          Fanatics

                          Crossrail

                          Very.co.uk

                          Work highlights

                            Employment Tier 1

                            Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for global clients active in a broad range industries, including education, aerospace and defence, utilities, and healthcare. In recent years the team has seen an increase in disputes with trade unions and industrial action, as well as in multi-jurisdictional employment matters, although the team is highly experienced in all areas of employment law. Diane Gilhooley leads the HR and pensions team and is noted for her litigation expertise, while Naeema Choudry leads the litigation team and covers complex cases such as strategic employment litigation, executive terminations, and D&I matters. Michael Thompson is another key contact on the team.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Paul Cotton

                            Key clients

                            Warburtons Limited

                            United Utilities Group plc

                            RPS Group plc

                            Equality and Human Rights Commission

                            International Nuclear Services and Pacific Nuclear Transport LImited

                            Sellafield

                            Dechra plc

                            Manchester Metropolitan University

                            Sheffield Hallam University

                            Bradford University

                            London South Bank University

                            Cardinal Newman College

                            Loughborough University

                            Middlesex University

                            Likewize

                            West Midlands Trains Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised Warburtons Limited on its long-term plans for its depot infrastructure to fulfil its contractual obligations in relation to strategic partnerships with a number of retailers.
                            • Undertook recruitment and selection skills training for individuals who had responsibility for recruiting within the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
                            • Acted for H2 Equity Partners and the management team of the Healthcare 21 Group on its sale to Swedish MedTech group AddLife AB (providing HR and employment support).

                            Employment > Pensions Tier 1

                            Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts on pension issues for global corporates seeking advice on UK pensions, with special expertise involving advising on developing pensions law and policy. Practice head Ele Lovering covers risk, liability, and debt management, while Charmian Johnson is a key contact regarding pension provisions. Jon Walters deals with restructuring, de-risking transactions, and compliance and disclosure matters, and Simon Daniel is noted for his expertise on bulk annuity and longevity-hedging transactions. Principal associate Amanda Small specialises in DB and DC arrangements. Principal associate Lauren O’Connor covers de-risking exercises, scheme funding negotiations, and section 75 debt management, while legal director Sarah Lown advises on valuations and managing DB risk.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Ele Lovering

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘A first class in-depth technical resource. With a feeling of personal service and attention at partner level. Knowing that if a matter arises which is complex, there is a firm-wide network which will assist to bring the best advice forward from specialists in other offices. Also the billing process is handled openly with advance warning of costs and the matters dealt with. Compares very favourable in relation to other large firms encountered in this speciality.’

                            ‘Clear advice, a feeling of personal attention, and ready when asked.’

                            ‘In the North West of England, Eversheds Sutherland’s practice stands above the rest. The partner-led service is backed up by talented support and juniors, and there’s a lot of value if you compare the team to regional or particularly London rivals.’

                            ‘Ele Lovering’s level of oversight and involvement makes the whole advice piece hang together, balancing pragmatism and commerciality with not being afraid to give advice that needs to be given. For someone in her position, she stays very down to earth. On our files, she works closely with Lauren O’Connor. Lauren’s also always good to work with, and a very safe pair of hands.’

                            ‘The whole team is good to work with. Always clear and thoughtful.’

                            ‘Ele Lovering is the lead partner. She is sensible and thoughtful in her delivery.’

                            Charmian Johnson is always pragmatic.’

                            ‘Always available and quick to respond. Have a deep understanding of the business and of the scheme.’

                            Key clients

                            Joy Global Industries Pension Scheme

                            Outokumpu Stainless Limited

                            Electricity North West Limited

                            ABB Pension Plan

                            Trustee of the MSD Animal Health Pension Scheme

                            Kellogg

                            DuPont

                            7x schemes sponsored by the INEOS group

                            7x schemes sponsored by The Cooperative Group

                            Calsberg UK Limited Pension Scheme

                            Work highlights

                              Public sector > Education Tier 1

                              Clients of the Manchester-based practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP include an array of higher education providers as well as further education providers and private education institutions. The team acts on employment and immigration issues as well as student matters, covering both contentious and non-contentious work. Recent areas of focus encompass issues of sexual harassment and misconduct, cyber-security, student accommodation and academic freedom. Practice head Diane Gilhooley is a highly regarded education and employment specialist. Robert Gray is a go-to expert for employment and governance matters, while Simon Chamberlain  regularly handles construction projects. Senior associate Siân Jones-Davies  specialises in regulatory matters and student issues.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Diane Gilhooley

                              Other key lawyers:

                              Robert Gray; Simon Chamberlain; Siân Jones-Davies

                              Testimonials

                              ‘Responsive and experts in their fields.’

                              ‘Robert Gray has been consistently excellent over a number of years.’

                              ‘I have worked with Eversheds over many years primarily on employment cases and have always found them easy to work with. Their people are very commercial, professional and rational.’

                              ‘Robert is always excellent to work with and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is diligent, tenacious and also very pragmatic.’

                              ‘We hold the Managing Partner Diane Gilhooley, in high regard, having worked with her for 20 years.’

                              ‘The Education team is particularly helpful because of its sector-specific focus which enables it to provide insight and focussed, tailored advice and support.’

                              ‘The customer facing approach provided by Eversheds; their speed of response; their obvious specialism and current knowledge of the further education sector.’

                              ‘Robert Gray – speedy response and general approach to working through any issues to provide clear advice. Robert and Diane Gilhooley have also provided information events for Governors and staff to bring people up to date with latest developments.’

                              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

                              Work highlights

                              • Advising multiple universities on their response to a coordinated campaign of national industrial action by academic staff over pay and pensions.
                              • Advising a network of overseas (mostly US) education providers, on their resumption of education activities in the UK in the Summer of 2021 (including advising on their obligations under UK health and safety, privacy, employment, student contract and consumer laws).
                              • Advising the University of Manchester on the next phase of the £1.5 billion landmark development of its North Campus site.

                              Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 1

                              The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provide a comprehensive real estate service to a range of clients including developers, institutional investors, and corporate occupiers. The 'bespoke and practical' practice is led by Nancy Brown who specialises in corporate real estate, advising clients in the financial services, retail, and logistics sectors. Phillip Tunney regularly acts for clients in the healthcare sector, and Michael Buchanan advises a number of private and institutional investors on property acquisitions. Legal director Joanna Sowerby specialises in development deals and regeneration projects, whilst Elizabeth Cartwright has particular expertise in investment transactions and defence properties.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Nancy Brown

                              Other key lawyers:

                              Phillip Tunney; Joanna Sowerby; Elizabeth Cartwright; Michelle Millard; Jan Stott

                              Testimonials

                              ‘Very responsive and accurate.’

                              ‘Elizabeth Cartwright, Jan Stott and Michelle Millard are all excellent.’

                              ‘Bespoke and practical – Eversheds has demonstrated strong commercial knowledge along with legal knowledge in their approach, which is refreshing. The partners have been exceptionally good at helping manage relationships with stakeholders.’

                              ‘Phillip Tunney is a stand-out partner. He has a strong ability to approach situations from the perspective of the clients involved, and provide very useful advice in helping manage relationships and negotiations outside of the legal work.’

                              Key clients

                              AXA Investment Managers

                              Barchester

                              Booker

                              Capital & Regional

                              Castle Green Homes Limited

                              The Co-operative Bank PLC

                              English Cities Fund

                              Essar

                              Evans Property Group

                              Eurogarages

                              European Metal Recycling Limited

                              European Tyre Enterprise Limited/Kwik Fit

                              INEOS

                              Johnson Controls Inc

                              Kier Property Developments Limited

                              Lancaster (Jardine Motor Group)

                              Lookers PLC

                              Manchester Airport Group/ Airport City Limited Partnership

                              Morris Homes Limited

                              Muse Developments Limited

                              PH Property

                              Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

                              Toni & Guy

                              University of Manchester

                              General Projects

                              Work highlights

                                Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

                                Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Manchester office is instructed on high-profile, complex projects across the country, offering clients expertise in planning applications, land assembly issues, Section 106 agreements and environmental regulations. The team frequently advises on large-scale regeneration projects, residential and mixed-use developments, and transportation and energy infrastructure. Practice head Richard Lloyd has deep experience in regeneration schemes, while Michelle Moss is particularly recognised for her work on compulsory acquisitions, including handling a number of reported cases involving compulsory purchase orders. Principal associates Fiona Barker-Hall and Catherine Manning also have broad practices in this space.

                                Practice head(s):

                                Richard Lloyd; Michelle Moss

                                Other key lawyers:

                                Fiona Barker-Hall; Sarah Wood; Jane Southworth; Catherine Manning

                                Testimonials

                                ‘The team is brilliant in terms of their attention to detail, their ability to progress with cases in an efficient manner and effectively drive cases. The teams strength is the Partner’s who lead the team, who are always contactable, friendly, helpful and honest. The individuals who deal with our cases have been fantastic, which has yielded positive results. The team has been very good at putting complex cases together, working collaboratively across multi-disciplinary teams, and ensuring that all bases have been covered.’

                                ‘Michelle Moss has been brilliant. She has always made herself available, and has ensured that evidence and cases have been presented in the most appropriate form. Michelle’s knowledge of the CPO world has been second to none, and her experience and diligence has been valued on all of the cases she has worked on. Fiona Barker-Hall has also been exceptional. She is by far the most organised solicitor that I have worked with, and has progressed a very complex case very efficiently.’

                                ‘Richard Lloyd has been outstanding in giving CPO advice. He understands the nuances of how the government work and is pragmatic and measured.’

                                ‘Richard Lloyd leads a superbly competent team of good old fashioned lawyers with a particular expertise in CPO and large scale infrastructure.’

                                ‘Richard Lloyd is easily the best planning and CPO solicitor in the North of England (and beyond!).’

                                ‘Michelle Moss is an industry expert and Fiona Barker-Hall is not far behind Michelle. Both seen as trusted advisers.’

                                ‘Very strong compulsory acquisition and property teams, really dedicated to the best outcome for their clients and to progressing legal matters to resolution. Great understanding of our requirements as a client.’

                                ‘Michelle Moss is a thorough, careful and sensible compulsory acquisition expert. Excellent in getting points across to examining authorities and counter-parties. She works with a well trained and very competent team, has represented us in several Development Consent Orders and CPOs and continues to be our first choice for that.’

                                Key clients

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

                                High Speed Two Limited

                                Thurrock Council

                                The London Borough of Barnet

                                National Grid Viking Link Limited

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

                                Landsec

                                The Martineau Galleries Limited Partnership (Hammerson plc)

                                Homes England and Taylor Wimpey

                                Mentor Mon Morlais Limited

                                Ask Patrizia

                                National Highways

                                National Grid Gas

                                Homes England

                                RWE Generation UK Plc

                                National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (NGET)

                                Work highlights

                                  Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

                                  Praised for having ‘unparalleled expertise and strength in depth’, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly notable for its strengths in complex technical disputes in niche areas such as mines and minerals, legislation affecting residential developments, and judicial reviews. David McGuirk leads the practice with a specialism in disputes arising from commercial or residential property development, including rights to light. Principal associate Alex Wright leads on numerous high-profile infrastructure and business rates disputes, while senior associate Joanne Mills regularly assists with contractual disputes.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  David McGuirk

                                  Other key lawyers:

                                  Alex Wright; Joanne Mills

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘Eversheds’ property litigation team has unparalleled expertise and strength in depth. Its solicitors are leaders in their field and act on some of the biggest cases.’

                                  ‘David McGuirk is a calm and confident presence, whose opponents respect him and who inspires confidence in his clients.’

                                  ‘The team provide strong commercial advice. They can explain the legal position but are able to weigh this against commercial considerations very effectively.’

                                  ‘Alex Wright always makes himself available and responds to emails/calls quickly. He also gives his time to discuss matters before formal instructions are issued to assess whether legal proceedings are the right course of action. Really appreciate the time he gives to better understand legal implications before deciding whether to proceed.’

                                  ‘David McGuirk heads a strong litigation team in Manchester. They have extremely wide experience in all manner of property related disputes. They provide an efficient service, responding promptly as required and their advice is commercial, pragmatic and risk focused.’

                                  ‘At all times I felt in sound hands, and electronic communications were as effective as a face to face meeting. The advice was clear, the options well explained, my opinions taken on board, written communications were prompt and well composed. The outcome was better than I had originally hoped for, which speaks for itself.’

                                  ‘David McGuirk was unfailingly generous with his time and sage in his advice. At no time was any meeting rushed and his advice was clearly the fruit of experience and knowledge. Most compelling was his ability to acknowledge and accept my hopes and opinions and weave them happily into the ongoing process. I was very well served by David and his team.’

                                  Key clients

                                  HS2

                                  Aviva Investors

                                  The Co-operative Bank PLC

                                  Toni&Guy

                                  AXA IM

                                  The Emerson Group

                                  G4S

                                  INOVYN

                                  European Tyre Enterprise Limited (Kwik-Fit)

                                  DXC

                                  Work highlights

                                    Employment Tier 1

                                    The Newcastle-based team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a client base that spans the consumer, financial services, manufacturing, public and transport sectors with strategic contentious and non-contentious advice. Practice head Shirley Hall is an experienced advocate before the employment tribunal and a ‘superstar in the world of equal pay’. Principal associate Suzanne Caveney , who draws on employment as well as pensions expertise and ‘incredibly hard working’ principal associate David Williams , who focuses on financial services work, are also of note. Jessie Uppal left the practice in February 2022.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Shirley Hall

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Suzanne Caveney; David Williams

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘The employment team provides all of the experience, expertise and “weight” that you would expect from a leading national firm, but the services are delivered in a personable and commercial manner.’

                                    ‘Personal service and named contact. Longstanding relationship with the firm and good assurance on soundness of employment law advice. High client priority is given and all queries are dealt with promptly and thoroughly.’

                                    ‘Shirley Hall – excellent long term, well established relationship with Shirley. Shirley absolutely understands our employment context and gives pragmatic advice.’

                                    David Williams is the perfect fit for the team – incredibly hard working and dedicated, thorough but with a real eye for the key issues.’

                                    ‘Superb, highly skilled and diligent team providing high end services to a range of large corporate clients. They leave no stone unturned when striving to protect their clients interests.’

                                    ‘Shirley Hall – a superstar in the world of equal pay. She is incredibly hardworking, astute and helpful. Everything you’d want in a partner leading a team.’

                                    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 Limited

                                    Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

                                    Northumberland County Council

                                    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

                                    Renowned for the depth of its mid-market private equity and equity capital markets offering, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields one of the strongest corporate practices in Birmingham, advising an array of household names on premier, multi-jurisdictional deals. Practice head Mark Beardmore works on a wide variety of deals, exits, and management changes, while seasoned M&A advisor Catherine Eley is frequently sought out by national and international houses for her ‘terrific‘ technical acumen in divestitures and investment transactions. Equity capital markets lead Steven Hacking also handles a number of healthcare sector deals, working with a diverse array of industry players on high-value investments and acquisitions. Nigel Cooke is routinely instructed on big-ticket, cross-border deals for various FTSE 100 and Fortune 500-listed companies. Louise Finnie focuses primarily on private equity-driven transactions. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Mark Beardmore

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Catherine Eley; Nigel Cooke; Peter McHugh; Louise Finnie

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Very responsive, commercially astute and really pleasant to deal with. Great value for money.’

                                    ‘Catherine Eley is a top-notch corporate partner. Delightful to work with and terrific technically.’

                                    ‘Peter McHugh is very hard-working and smart. A good lawyer with great delivery.’

                                    ‘Best value for money in the market.’

                                    Key clients

                                    Reconomy (UK) Limited

                                    Reconomy Group

                                    Wolseley UK

                                    Aston Lark Limited

                                    Baird Capital

                                    ProCook Group plc

                                    AFH Financial Group plc

                                    Create Health Limited

                                    Genting Casinos UK Limited

                                    Gresham House plc

                                    LDC

                                    Compass Group

                                    Livingbridge

                                    Work highlights

                                      Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 1

                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is renowned for its depth and expertise in the sector. It has the largest specialised banking litigation team in the West Midlands and is present on every major banking litigation panel. Team head Neville Gray engages with complex litigation and undertakes a range of contentious work for some of the UK’s biggest companies. Martin Ward has fifteen years’ experience in the financial services sector and has dealt with matters from retail all the way to cryptocurrency. Amanda Rowley is an expert in high value and complex matters, especially in the area of civil fraud, while principal associate Turon Miah provides a wealth of experience in insolvency work.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘They do the job as well as any magic circle firm’

                                      ‘The Eversheds team is a joy to work with, the lawyers are professional, friendly and always available to deal with any queries.’

                                      ‘Turon Miah stands out as an exceptional individual. He is very efficient and provides very clear instructions and analysis.’

                                      ‘Amanda Rowley is immensely hard-working and is totally dedicated to helping the client achieve a successful outcome. She’s an excellent lawyer and is absolutely first-rate at all aspects of the job.’

                                      ‘Martin Ward runs a proactive and diligent team.’

                                      ‘They stand out as leaders in their respective fields in the West Midlands (and across England). Their reputation is well-deserved. I have had very positive experiences working with Eversheds.’

                                      ‘A professional firm, with breadth and depth of sector knowledge.’

                                      Key clients

                                      HSBC UK Bank plc

                                      Nationwide Building Society

                                      Santander UK plc

                                      Creation Financial Services Limited

                                      Options UK Personal Pensions LLP

                                      Very Group

                                      Studio Retail Limited

                                      Legal & General Group plc

                                      Together

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Defending HSBC UK Bank plc in the Ingenious litigation.
                                      • Defending several thousand litigated payment protection insurance claims brought against a number of major clients, including HSBC UK Bank plc and Creation Financial Service.
                                      • Acting for Options Personal Pensions LLP in Russell Adams v Options Pensions, the leading judgment on the application and interpretation of s.27 of FSMA 2000.

                                      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong track record of representing prestigious clients in both High Court litigation and international arbitration. The team has strong specialisms in corporate disputes and civil fraud, and are experts in the automotive, aerospace, technology, outsourcing and energy sectors. Richard Lloyd specialises in managing disputes for clients in the industrial engineering or utilities sectors. Adam Fisher leads the firm's automotive sector and has extensive experience in complex multi-party litigation. Principal associate Ridah Iqbal specialises in technology and outsourcing disputes and has significant experience dealing with cyber security issues. Senior associate Victoria Callicott  is an expert in the utilities sector and has experience in fraud litigation.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Adam Fisher; Rich Lloyd

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Ridah Iqbal; Helen Amison; Victoria Callicott; Louise Howarth; Sarah Jones; Isabelle Mitchell

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘A truly excellent team of lawyers, with a diverse range of talents and a client-focused practice.’

                                      ‘They are proactive in budget setting for their clients.’

                                      ‘Very professional service, with a personal feel. Everybody working on my items were very helpful and honest in thier assessment of the case we had.’

                                      ‘I particular rate Victoria Callicott who I consider to be excellent and a future star.’

                                      ‘Rich Lloyd is one of the best solicitors I have worked with in over 30 years.’

                                      ‘The team is made up of different strengths which add up to a great overall offering. We were supported in a very professional and flexible nature which was a credit to the team.’

                                      Key clients

                                      Boots

                                      Performanta

                                      LSH Automotive

                                      Jardine Motor Group

                                      Thames Water

                                      Mediabrands

                                      Compass Group

                                      Work highlights

                                        Employment Tier 1

                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a number of FTSE 100 companies and for various public sector organisations in the Midlands. It is also recommended for its international and cross-border employment work for its strong US client base. Other key strengths include advising various listed companies on their day-to-day tribunal work as well as advising them on employee relations matters. Audrey Elliott  specialises in both employment law and business immigration issues and has advised many public and private sector clients on international recruitment. Hannah Wilkins is also highly regarded for her work with global companies on a wide range of national and international employment matters. Nottingham-based Mark Fletcher  is another primary contact.

                                        Other key lawyers:

                                        Key clients

                                        BMI Group

                                        Next Plc

                                        Unipart Group Limited

                                        Ibstock plc

                                        Skanska UK PLC

                                        Brake Bros Limited

                                        Carpetright Limited

                                        Pendragon Plc

                                        Specsavers Optical Group Limited (and other subsidiary companies)

                                        Sandwell College

                                        Work highlights

                                          Employment > Pensions Tier 1

                                          Under the leadership of Emma King , the first-class team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP continues to advise on a myriad of complex pension matters for various household names. The practice also advises the trustees of many of the Midlands’ most prominent pension schemes and is home to Gary Delderfield , the head of the national public sector pensions department. Sarah Franklin  has a wealth of experience in advising trustees and scheme sponsors on all aspects of occupational pension schemes. King continues to be involved in diverse issues such as pension scheme restructurings and benefit re-design projects. Principal associate Gavin Paul  possesses significant experience in advising trustees and sponsoring employers operating in the private sector on the full gamut of issues.

                                          Practice head(s):

                                          Testimonials

                                          ‘Excellent communicators. Very responsive to client needs. Very experienced and knowledgeable on all pension matters. Eversheds as a company has a very focused and highly user friendly approach to its clients. Its training and diversity policies are of the highest standard’.

                                          ‘Emma King leads a team of very dedicated and experienced individuals. Emma puts her clients front and centre and has excellent listening skills. Emma is very skilful in selecting the right members of her team to support particular tasks. Sarah Franklin acts as an excellent and very professional alternate partner with an extensive knowledge of the pension scheme within the team. Tom Meyrick has developed into an excellent senior associate and has all the requisite skills to provide consistent and reliable support to Emma and Sarah’.

                                          Very much part of the integral team. Sarah Franklin and Tom Meyrick are always available and respond in a timely way to requests, tailoring responses to our specific needs’.

                                          ‘The lawyers genuinely work as a team, complementing each other. They listen, understand our needs & offer pragmatic advice; it’s ‘applied pensions law’, not just the theory. Georgina Rankin and James Ellis are excellent’.

                                          ‘It really cares about its clients. Sarah Franklin leaves no stone unturned and is very cautious to protect trustees and members, but will listen and be more commercial when appropriate too‘.

                                          ‘The team is very proactive. Georgina Rankin is very commercially aware and pragmatic whilst James Ellis ensures we have all the relevant details so they fit well together’.

                                          The lawyers are very personable, clearly like to build a relationship – it doesn’t feel like they are “on the clock” every second. Very experienced team – seems to have a wide range of skills and experience of different jobs/projects/scenarios. Takes a practical approach – quickly understand what you want and if they don’t they check. James Ellis – sociable, understands what we want, turns things round quickly, broad experience. Emma King – very personable, supportive, gets to the points, sees the issue quickly’.

                                          ‘Responsiveness and ability to translate and resolve complex, technical issues. The team was very responsive and made themselves available at very short notice allowing tight deadlines to be achieved. Emma King’s extensive experience of M&A situations. Alex Lane stood out as a very competent associate and impressed us with his clear delivery of advice’.

                                          Key clients

                                          Ultra Electronics Pension Scheme

                                          Trustee of the Clara Pension Trust

                                          Trustee of the Midland Independent Newspapers Pension Scheme

                                          The Baptist Pension Scheme

                                          The William Hill Pension Scheme

                                          The Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Limited Pension Plan

                                          Trustee of the FDR Limited Pension Scheme

                                          Risk Settlement matters including Pathway – the joint buy-in proposition with Aon

                                          Lancashire County Council

                                          Various Local Government Pension Scheme administering authorities

                                          Work highlights

                                            Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

                                            The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent reputation in the market for its ability to deal with high value multibank transactions and complex asset based lending mandates. National head Patrick Davis has wide ranging experience across banking and finance with specific experience handling leveraged finance and corporate lending work. Ben Tumelty is a key player in the local market with considerable experience in corporate lending and asset based lending.

                                            Practice head(s):

                                            Patrick Davis

                                            Other key lawyers:

                                            Ben Tumelty; Kate Clarke; Lisa Boyle

                                            Testimonials

                                            ‘They combine a proactive approach to drive deals forward with an added value blend of legal expertise with commercial acumen. They are a top regional law firm priced competitively for the package they deliver.’

                                            ‘Sensible, practical counsel who are always looking to get the deal done with the least fuss.’

                                            ‘Comprehensive service provision coupled with end to end guidance’

                                            ‘Patrick Davis, Ben Tumelty and Lisa Boyle are three notable lawyers with an extensive back-book of deal experience, which enables a first-class blend of proactive negotiation and consideration for commercial outcomes.’

                                            Key clients

                                            Shawbrook Bank

                                            Arcline Investment Management

                                            Bloor Homes / Triumph Motorcycles

                                            Livingbridge

                                            Sovereign Capital

                                            H2 Equity Partners

                                            Brompton Bikes

                                            HSBC

                                            Barclays

                                            NatWest

                                            Work highlights

                                              Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

                                              The 'extremely capable and extensive' restructuring team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP caters to a wide range of clients, including banks, mezzanine and asset-based lenders, private equity and distressed funds, as well as corporates and insolvency practitioners. The team works in a number of specialist areas such as automotive, education, energy, healthcare and life sciences. Andrew Jordan is a major name in the local market, specialising in sectors including retail, education, energy and healthcare. He co-leads with Jenna Poulton , who boasts specialist skills in real estate restructuring, distressed banking and syndicated restructurings. Legal director Anne-Louise Lawrence  is another important name, with significant retail experience.

                                              Practice head(s):

                                              Andrew Jordan; Jenna Poulton

                                              Other key lawyers:

                                              Anne-Louise Lawrence; Kiran Khakh

                                              Testimonials

                                              ‘Extremely capable and extensive restructuring team, who are able to answer all queries efficiently and promptly. Balanced advice provided on a very commercial and risk balanced basis.’

                                              ‘Jenna Poulton – always available with clear answers on very technical points.’

                                              Key clients

                                              Formaplex Limited / Elagmore Advisor LLP

                                              PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

                                              Alvarez and Marsal

                                              Teneo Restructuring (formerly Deloitte)

                                              Grant Thornton

                                              Work highlights

                                                Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 1

                                                Underpinned by its significant national footprint, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields one of the largest real estate practices in the West Midlands, working with various blue-chip clients on a formidable volume of high-value projects and redevelopment schemes across a myriad of sectors. Birmingham real estate head David Jones anchors the firm’s commercial development arm, acting for world-renowned investors and developers on major logistics ventures and mixed-use schemes.  National corporate real estate lead Dawn Hilton is a key contact for some of the firm’s most high-profile consumer goods and financial services sector clients, including luxury automotive manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Global real estate practice chair Gurjit Atwal specialises in multi-jurisdictional commercial development and investment matters, while Philip Medford works with national house builders on residential development schemes. Iftkhar Ahmed focuses on consumer and financial institutions matters, whereas Mark Chester is a driving force behind many of the firm’s data centre projects, working with various owners and operators, both in the UK and internationally. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.  

                                                Practice head(s):

                                                David Jones

                                                Other key lawyers:

                                                Dawn Hilton; Gurjit Atwal; Philip Medford; Iftkhar Ahmed; Mark Chester

                                                Key clients

                                                Paradise Circus LP

                                                Segro

                                                Boparan Restaurant Group

                                                Catesby Estates PLC

                                                Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

                                                BDW Trading Limited

                                                Swynnerton Estates

                                                Mckesson

                                                Work highlights

                                                  Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s dedicated real estate litigation team represents a litany of leading corporations, utilities providers, and institutional landlords on highly technical, big-ticket disputes. Practice chair David Feist specialises in energy and real estate investment litigation, helming some of the firm’s most significant, long-running engagements. International real estate disputes head Lisa Barge is a key port of call for a number of household names, who turn to her for assistance in complex injunctive proceedings and breach of contract matters. Rob Holloway , who was promoted to partner in May 2021, specialises in portfolio management disputes, most recently in relation to Covid-induced rent arrears claims. Principal associate Arren Thornton is a business rates appeal specialist who regularly works with clients in the utilities and financial services sectors. Principal associate Charlotte Webster focuses on agricultural land recovery and landlord and tenant disputes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                  David Feist

                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                  Lisa Barge; Rob Holloway; Arren Thornton; Charlotte Webster

                                                  Key clients

                                                  Hammerson plc

                                                  Landsec

                                                  Birmingham City Council

                                                  National Grid Electricity Transmission & National Grid Gas

                                                  Facebook UK Limited

                                                  Mitchells & Butlers plc

                                                  Next plc

                                                  Severn Trent

                                                  HSBC

                                                  Taylor Wimpey

                                                  Work highlights

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

                                                    The service provided by Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Leeds-team is considered to be 'transparent, proficient and meticulous.' The team is regularly instructed by private companies and regionally-based plcs as well as PE houses, often found in the food and drink sector and the retail, diversified industrials and financial services sectors. It can draw on its full service and international network offering. Practice leader Robin Skelton specialises in PE and M&A transactions. Amanda Partland has in particular cross-border expertise; principal Russell Naglis' 'attention to detail, work rate and the respect he gets from his colleagues is a credit to him.'

                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                    Robin Skelton

                                                    Other key lawyers:

                                                    Testimonials

                                                    ‘We have used Robin Skelton and Russell Naglis for many years. They understand our industry and have been exceptional when we have sold two of our businesses.’

                                                    ‘Both Robin Skelton and Russell Naglis have been outstanding. Russell Naglis in particular negotiated so well. He is a young man who we trust implicitly. His attention to detail, work rate and the respect he gets from his colleagues is a credit too him.’

                                                    ‘We have worked with several representatives of Eversheds Sutherland at all levels and welcomed their professional and friendly manner. Every step of each service has been transparent, proficient and meticulous.’

                                                    ‘The individuals we have worked with at Eversheds Sutherland are not only professional and efficient, but also friendly and accommodating. They engage promptly, their communication is excellent and they have supported us through each legal process in a precise and steadfast manner.’

                                                    ‘The team provides responsive and good value service.’

                                                    ‘Alison Starr is always responsive and a real gem as a corporate advisor.’

                                                    Key clients

                                                    Inflexion Private Equity

                                                    Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

                                                    The shareholders of Medequip Group Limited

                                                    McCain Foods Limited

                                                    Parker Hannifin

                                                    Revolution Beauty Group plc

                                                    The shareholders of Tombola Limited

                                                    Fintel plc

                                                    Genuit Group

                                                    The shareholder of Pipes (UK) Holdings Limited

                                                    Work highlights

                                                      Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

                                                      The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in competition law investigations and behavioural competition law matters, as well as the complementary areas of procurement and state aid work. It is particularly active in front of the CMA on merger control matters, and is noted for its international client base. Practice head Kate Newman is knowledgeable of the competition and antitrust implications of transactions and joint ventures, strategic collaborations, commercial strategies and trade practice, while Elizabeth Marshall is a specialist in procurement matters. Legal director Nicola Holmes is well versed in pricing practices.

                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                      Kate Newman

                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                      Elizabeth Marshall; Nicola Holmes; Charlie Markillie

                                                      Testimonials

                                                      ‘The team is very knowledgeable and personable. I feel confident in drawing on their deep practical expertise.’

                                                      ‘We have had the pleasure of working with Kate Newman, who is authoritative and very experienced.’

                                                      Key clients

                                                      McCain Foods Limited

                                                      CitySprint (UK) Limited

                                                      WestRock

                                                      Greencore Group plc

                                                      Thames Water Utilities Limited

                                                      GRUMA

                                                      European Metal Recycling

                                                      Wolseley UK

                                                      Pentland Group plc

                                                      Tyman plc

                                                      Work highlights

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

                                                        Able to draw on a strong international network, the Leeds-based team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP can support a variety of clients; the names on the firm’s roster are active in the TMT, logistics, energy, aerospace and defence sectors. Key practitioners of the team led by Gary Pellow are Richard Matthews, James Hyde, Mark Howarth and Deborah Polden.

                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                        Gary Pellow

                                                        Testimonials

                                                        ‘Deborah Polden is excellent with great attention to detail.’

                                                        ‘The Eversheds team are exceptionally strong in putting forward a strong case for their client, coupled with responsiveness and pragmatism. As compared to other firms I find the team to be comfortable coming up with creative legal arguments based on the most up to date cases but also keeping abreast of what is happening in the market to get a good result for their client.’

                                                        ‘Richard Matthews is excellent, a key partner in commercial litigation.’

                                                        ‘Commercial awareness and strategic thinking is first rate.’

                                                        ‘Mark Howarth is superb and always sees the big picture.’

                                                        ‘Excellent, very connected team, they all seem on top of the issues all of the time. Grasp of detail is outstanding, timeliness of communications very good, collaborative approach and fantastic “translation” of the law to explain why what is happening at any time is happening.’

                                                        ‘Gary Pellow provides clear and sensible advice, helping us to navigate complex commercial disputes and situations.’

                                                        ‘Eversheds continues to punch above its weight in international arbitration and litigation. The Leeds office is involved in some of the largest litigation I have ever seen, against a host of top flight London and international law firms. It more than holds its own against these firms.’

                                                        Key clients

                                                        Director of the Serious Fraud Office

                                                        National Iranian Oil Company

                                                        Department for Transport

                                                        DXC

                                                        McCain

                                                        Johnson Matthey plc

                                                        Specsavers

                                                        WeWork

                                                        Arco

                                                        DHL

                                                        Work highlights

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

                                                          Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP houses a team of ‘first class’ lawyers who act for both large corporates and public organisations. The group leverages its international footprint to advise on global employment and immigration issues, including specialist advice on European Works Councils and global trade unions; practice head Paul Cotton is an expert in these areas as well as advising on boardroom exits and disputes. Tribunal advocate Simon Rice-Birchall  is ‘utterly outstanding’, specialising in complex discrimination cases. It also fields a dedicated higher education practice, with Christopher Mordue and Ben Wood advising several universities and sixth form colleges.

                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                          Paul Cotton

                                                          Other key lawyers:

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

                                                          Testimonials

                                                          ‘Eversheds Sutherland have a diverse client base and the team have a really good knowledge and understanding of many different industries and sectors, which is invaluable when it comes to navigating industry wide issues.’

                                                          ‘Their lawyers are technically first class and their advice and guidance is always on point, they really stand out as leaders in their field.’

                                                          ‘Paul Cotton has provided a lot of support on labour and employment issues. Paul really understands our business and has a wealth of experience in this area, which has been invaluable both on day to day matters and project.’

                                                          ‘Simon Rice – Birchall is utterly outstanding. He is precise, supportive, works with you and enables HR teams to learn and develop in a generous way.’

                                                          ‘They provide great support on smaller local issues and can also quickly assemble large teams with full project management support, which really helps to coordinate larger / cross-border projects.’

                                                          ‘Eversheds Sutherland place a high priority on client satisfaction and retention, and their client relationship management is excellent.’

                                                          ‘Chris Mordue is an absolute super star in employment education matters.’

                                                          ‘Without exception they are down to earth, pragmatic and easy to deal with.’

                                                          Key clients

                                                          Virgin Atlantic

                                                          University of Birmingham

                                                          Yorkshire Water

                                                          Hallmark Cards

                                                          University of Nottingham

                                                          Network Rail

                                                          University of Reading

                                                          Rockwell Corporation

                                                          Pall Corporation

                                                          Work highlights

                                                            Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

                                                            Non-contentious assurance and compliance work are cornerstones of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's environment, health and safety practice. Led by the ‘outstanding market leader’ Paul Verrico, the group also handles major investigations, acting for a variety of international, blue chip and UK clients. Principal associate Philip Crosbie has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, leading on serious fatality investigations as well as being instructed on private prosecutions. For expertise in critical compliance projects, senior associate Charlotte Wood is recommended.

                                                            Practice head(s):

                                                            Paul Verrico

                                                            Other key lawyers:

                                                            Philip Crosbie; Charlotte Wood; Surekha Gollapudi

                                                            Testimonials

                                                            ‘Paul Verrico is an outstanding market leader in the field. Deeply experienced and used to dealing with large organisations in health and safety cases.’

                                                            ‘The junior team is outstanding and provide the highest level of support in cases.’

                                                            ‘Phil Crosbie has a complete grasp of complex issues and an impressive ability to communicate them.’

                                                            ‘Surekha Gollapudi always provides superb case preparation.’

                                                            ‘A diverse and highly qualified team, bringing individual strengths to present a strong united team that is focused on positive customer outcomes by proactive, creative, collaborative strategic thinking.’

                                                            ‘Even better than you would expect from a global top 10 law practice. ES always go the extra mile in understanding their client’s position and what they want to achieve from the instruction. They apply the same level of service excellence to day-to-day matters as they do to the most complex cases and biggest clients.’

                                                            ‘Paul Verrico is dynamic, intellectual, energetic, creative, while maintaining his approachable and down to earth approach to problems.’

                                                            Key clients

                                                            Network Rail

                                                            China Light and Power Limited

                                                            Thames Water Utilities Limited

                                                            Biffa Waste Services Limited

                                                            Northern Gas Networks Limited

                                                            Places for People

                                                            Hutchinson Ports

                                                            HS2

                                                            Kingspan

                                                            Northumbrian Water Limited

                                                            Next Plc

                                                            Cadent Gas Networks

                                                            Drax Power Limited

                                                            Tarmac Trading Limited

                                                            BAM Nuttall

                                                            Bannatyne Fitness Group

                                                            Work highlights

                                                              Employment > Pensions Tier 1

                                                              Clients consider Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to be ‘one of the best firms in the region’ for pensions law expertise. The group frequently advises on multi-billion pound schemes, with practice head Anthea Whitton noted for her expertise in both DB and DC master trusts. It has a strong pool of juniors, including principal associates Andy Wright and Catherine Lonergan. Legal director Gemma Hanley is also recommended for her experience in scheme closure, mergers, compliance issues and industry wide schemes. Richard Shelton left the firm in September 2021 for Addleshaw Goddard.

                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                              Anthea Whitton

                                                              Testimonials

                                                              ‘In the specialist area of pensions law they are one of the best firms in the region that comes highly recommended.’

                                                              ‘Quality of advice is excellent. At all times they look out for you and try to identify all potential issues.’

                                                              ‘Good ability to bring in resource from other areas when needed. Very good in high pressure/urgent/complex environment.’

                                                              ‘We have been consistently impressed with the advice we have received from Eversheds’ pensions team. The team provides excellent service: their advice is clear and well communicated, they meet every deadline, and their proposed solutions are always sensible and pragmatic.’

                                                              ‘Anthea Whitton has a deep technical knowledge and an ability to find practical, straight-forward solutions. Anthea’s advice is always carefully considered, well thought-through, and presented in a calm professional manner which inspires confidence and builds consensus.’

                                                              ‘Our main dealings are with Andy Wright who has a breadth and depth of knowledge on pensions. We cannot fault the quality of the service he provides. He is a credit to Eversheds.’

                                                              ‘A standout feature of the team is their willingness to cut to the heart of the matter and present advice in a way that answers our specific questions and is accessible to professional and lay trustees alike. I wish all lawyers would communicate this clearly.’

                                                              ‘Gemma Hanley, and the Leeds team that she is part of, provides first class advice for both business as usual matters and complex circumstances.’

                                                              Key clients

                                                              BT Hybrid Pension Scheme

                                                              The People’s Pension

                                                              Trustees of the Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

                                                              Pension Scheme

                                                              Formica Limited

                                                              Thames Water Utilities Limited

                                                              Trustees of the Bombardier Transportation UK Pension Plan, Bombardier Transportation UK 2003 Pension Scheme and the Bombardier Transportation UK Vice-Presidents Pension Scheme

                                                              Work highlights

                                                                Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

                                                                Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP act for a number of listed PLCs and large private companies in the Yorkshire and North East market. The team also sits on the corporate panel of all clearing banks and handles leveraged finance, investment grade lending and real estate financings. Practice head Paul Castle is an expert in education finance, advising a number of UK universities and further education colleges. Principal associate David Parry is recommended for his experience in acting for borrowers and lending banks. Former practice head Kathryn Walters departed in August 2021 to join Ward Hadaway LLP.

                                                                Practice head(s):

                                                                Paul Castle

                                                                Other key lawyers:

                                                                David Parry; Amy Franks

                                                                Key clients

                                                                HSBC UK Bank plc

                                                                Harworth Group plc

                                                                Cranswick plc

                                                                DFS Furniture plc

                                                                G2M Capital

                                                                Santander UK plc

                                                                UK Land Estates

                                                                Virgin Money (previously Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank)

                                                                Accsys Technologies plc

                                                                Work highlights

                                                                  Public sector > Education Tier 1

                                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts as trusted adviser to numerous higher education (HE) and further education (FE) providers, schools, academies and private education institutions clients. With its broad local, national and international offering, it is able to cover employment work, charity law, litigation and dispute management issues, real estate matters, corporate and commercial issues, intellectual property work, health and safety mandates, constitutional issues and regulatory matters. Practice members also often advise the government and the main FE and HE sector bodies on education regulations. Chris Mordue and Ben Wood combine education sector and employment law expertise, while principal associate Charlotte Tanikal specialises in the acquisition and disposal of estates and accommodation projects. Nicola Bennison leads the firm’s education team.

                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                  Nicola Bennison

                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                  Testimonials

                                                                  ‘We engaged the team to assist us in a major area of work with potential reputational damage. They supplied specialist partners from each relevant area of law and assisted us in pulling together an overall strategy which was coordinated from the top. Excellent service.’

                                                                  ‘Great service and commitment from Chris Mordue – Robust advice provided that was accurate and helped us move forward on our business needs.’

                                                                  ‘We have worked with Chris Mordue for many years and trust him implicitly. His legal and sector knowledge is exceptional as is his commitment to client service.’

                                                                  ‘Eversheds Sutherland provide an excellent service to the Further Education Sector. Eversheds Sutherland are hugely knowledgeable in governance matters.’

                                                                  ‘Without a doubt the stand out Partner I would mention is Ben Wood. He responds to email legal queries very quickly. He is very easy to contact by phone. He is readily available on the virtual platform.’

                                                                  Key clients

                                                                  Durham University

                                                                  University of Leeds

                                                                  University of Sheffield

                                                                  University of Hull

                                                                  University of Bradford

                                                                  University of Huddersfield

                                                                  University of Essex

                                                                  Sheffield Hallam University

                                                                  University of York

                                                                  Leeds Trinity University

                                                                  Norther School of Contemporary Dance

                                                                  York St John University

                                                                  School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

                                                                  University of Leicester

                                                                  University of Reading

                                                                  Kings College London

                                                                  University of Plymouth

                                                                  Askham Bryan College

                                                                  Bradford College

                                                                  DN Colleges Group

                                                                  Leeds College of Building

                                                                  Luminate Education Group

                                                                  RNN Group

                                                                  Wakefield College

                                                                  Windsor Forest Colleges Group

                                                                  Beacon Multi Academy Trust

                                                                  Batley Multi Academy Trust

                                                                  Chelsea Academy

                                                                  Jewish Community Academy Trust

                                                                  LEAD Academy Trust

                                                                  NOVA Education Trust

                                                                  The Potteries Education Trust

                                                                  The Prospect Trust

                                                                  Trinitas Academies Trust

                                                                  The Wensum Trust

                                                                  Work highlights

                                                                  • Advising a number of private sector organisations on their engagement with the sector, helping them to understand education governance and regulation in the UK to inform significant investment decisions.
                                                                  • Providing strategic and operational EDI advice to sector clients managing the complex interaction of conflicting rights under the Equality Act and freedom of speech rules; providing advice and support for internal investigations; and reviewing of policies and procedures, including to strengthen recognition of trans rights and to better reflect the boundaries between free speech and unlawful harassment.
                                                                  • Advising multiple universities on their response to a coordinated campaign of national industrial action by academic staff over pay and pensions.

                                                                  Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

                                                                  The experienced team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP adopts ‘a no-nonsense, commercial approach to property litigation’. Damian Hyndman leads the practice and advises corporate property occupiers, investors and developers on all aspects of contentious commercial property work, with a particular focus on telecommunications-related property disputes. Commended for her ‘great sense of pragmatism and commercial understanding’, Alison Oldfield handles property nuisance work, while Andrew Todd ‘has a wealth of landlord and tenant litigation experience’. Other key members of the team include senior associates Jennifer Leah and Charlotte Miller.

                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                  Damian Hyndman

                                                                  Testimonials

                                                                  ‘The team has excellent in depth knowledge and experience of real estate litigation and in particular development and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. They adopt a a no-nonsense, commercial approach to property litigation. I recommend them for being solution driven and providing an excellent client-focused service.’

                                                                  ‘Alison Oldfield is an expert in her field. She has great legal knowledge, as you would expect, but has a great sense of pragmatism and commercial understanding which can not be underestimated.’

                                                                  ‘Eversheds offer a service to suit all client needs on complex property related litigation. They have wide-ranging resources to call on when needed but can also offer a personal touch to small disputes when a hands-on approach from a small team is needed.’

                                                                  ‘Andrew Todd offers good, solid advice and has a wealth of landlord and tenant litigation experience.’

                                                                  ‘The expertise of the team, the ability to understand a client’s requirements and act accordingly, commercial understanding, ability to translate complex legal issues into understandable language and actions.’

                                                                  ‘Andrew Todd has assisted us for many years on property disputes, both large and small, resourcing them appropriately to the value of the claim. He brings a commercial acumen to disputes and can cut through to get to the heart of a matter quickly.’

                                                                  ‘Good solid commercial advice and good availability to discuss urgent legal issues as and when appropriate. Straightforward to deal with and clear guidance given. Issues are highlighted and dealt with quickly (getting straight to the key issues at hand).’

                                                                  ‘The team take a very practical approach and are always willing to learn technical aspects in the good cause of reaching successful outcomes. Good communication throughout.’

                                                                  Key clients

                                                                  Frasers Group

                                                                  The Peel Group

                                                                  Legal & General

                                                                  WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited

                                                                  UK Land

                                                                  Arqiva

                                                                  McCain Foods GB Limited

                                                                  Housing Ombudsman

                                                                  Newell Brands

                                                                  LNER

                                                                  Work highlights

                                                                    Employment > Immigration Tier 2

                                                                    Despite the departure of dedicated immigration lawyer Nerys Ireland  to Mishcon de Reya LLP, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s broader market-leading employment team retains a number of practitioners who devote considerable time to immigration matters. One of these is senior associate Francesca Clarke, who regularly handles work on her own, as well as alongside the firm’s Birmingham office on business immigration matters, as well as work for higher education providers.

                                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                                    Key clients

                                                                    Leeds Trinity University

                                                                    Work highlights

                                                                    • Providing a dedicated immigration helpline service to Leeds Trinity University covering all aspects of student immigration to enhance compliance and reduce risk.

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

                                                                    Led by Matthew Gough , 'a genuine legal heavyweight', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's sweet spot lies in its non-contentious IP work for Wales and England-based clients, including those in the retail and financial services sectors. A significant amount of this work relates to IPR-related contractual work (including on licensing agreements) as well as IP-related auditing work pursuant to transactions handled by the corporate group. Eve England  is the other partner in the group and is 'brilliant' at handling IP issues in the digital space, in particular.

                                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                                    Other key lawyers:

                                                                    Testimonials

                                                                    Their prompt service, attention to detail and high levels of expertise are a welcome reassurance.’ 

                                                                    Matthew Gough and Eve England are superb lawyers and partners to our business.  Their depth of technical legal issues overlaid by a deep understanding of the sectors and markets in which we operate is unparalleled.’

                                                                    Matthew Gough is a genuine legal heavyweight and constant source of knowledge, counsel, humour and helpful advice.’

                                                                    Eve England is brilliant.’

                                                                    Key clients

                                                                    Schools Software Solutions Limited

                                                                    Specialist Risk Group

                                                                    Scansource Europe SPRL

                                                                    Pollen Street Capital Limited

                                                                    Thames Water

                                                                    Work highlights

                                                                      Public sector Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Martyn Robinson; Stephen O’Reilly; Matthew Kelly; Alice Townley-Smith

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Excellent knowledge of the higher education sector. Wide range of client training and publications on sector-specific issues.’

                                                                      ‘Matthew Kelly is extremely responsive. Excellent knowledge of the sector. Technically very strong, but also a pragmatic style of advice. Alice Townley-Smith has excellent rapport with client team. Very responsive.’

                                                                      Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 2

                                                                      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a large number of international and national public listed companies in High Court litigation and international arbitration proceedings with the Nottingham office acting in close conjunction with the firm’s Birmingham office. The unit has particular sector experience in the engineering, technology, aerospace, defence and automotive sectors. Louise Howarth heads the Nottingham commercial disputes team and, as the firm’s UK energy regulatory disputes head, specialises in Ofgem regulatory investigations and public law challenges. Howarth is lauded for her ‘excellent service’ and for providing ‘very thorough and clear analyses and advice’.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Louise Howarth

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Great team to collaborate with.’

                                                                      ‘Louise Howarth – excellent service from her, very thorough yet clear analyses and advice on some particularly complex topics.’

                                                                      ‘The team supported us greatly for our recent case.’

                                                                      ‘The team were a credit to each other in having different skills and knowledge base. It was a real team effort with our recent support. The team were very flexible and are a credit to their organisation.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Boots

                                                                      Performanta

                                                                      LSH Automotive

                                                                      Jardine Motor Group

                                                                      Thames Water

                                                                      Mediabrands

                                                                      Compass Group

                                                                      Employment > Immigration Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s national immigration practice is led from Birmingham by Audrey Elliott; the key name in Nottingham is ‘outstanding’ principal associate Emily Hasted. The firm’s immigration practitioners work in tandem with their employment counterparts, advising corporate clients on visas, right to work support and other compliance matters, often on an international scale.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Audrey Elliott

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Eversheds has supported us for a quite few years, not only in immigration laws but also in employment law-related matters. Everyone in this firm is incredibly efficient, knowledgeable and professional. The firm keeps us updated with all the latest law/regulations changes, which we find extremely helpful.’

                                                                      ‘Emily Hasted is an outstanding lawyer, knowledgeable, efficient, and has a sense of urgency for each case. I know how busy she is, but she always makes herself available for us whenever we have questions or need support.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Mediabrands Limited

                                                                      Public sector Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an enviable track record of acting for clients from the education sector, which include schools, academies, private education institutions and higher education institutions, providing legal support on all issues they may face. The ‘friendly and approachable’ team provides ‘concise’ and ‘thorough’ advice regarding employment issues, student matters, charity law, real estate issues, intellectual property, health and safety aspects as well as constitutional, governance and regulatory issues, among others. ‘ExcellentNicola Bennison heads the national education offering from Nottingham and is specialised in employment and student issues. The Manchester-based Diane Gilhooley is the firm’s national chair of the education sector.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Diane Gilhooley; Nicola Bennison

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘The lawyers that I have spoken to have been friendly and approachable and I think this really helps, especially when you are dealing with serious matters. Their advice is concise and their written confirmation when provided is thorough.’

                                                                      ‘Nicola Bennison provides excellent and thorough advice and is contactable most of the time when we need her. I also find her very pleasant to work with and her sense of humour is appreciated.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Sandwell College

                                                                      West Nottinghamshire College

                                                                      ACS International Schools Limited

                                                                      Birmingham City University

                                                                      De Montfort University

                                                                      Nottingham Trent University

                                                                      Nottingham University

                                                                      L.E.A.D. Academy Trust

                                                                      Trent College Limited

                                                                      Joseph Chamberland College

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Successfully defended De Montfort University on a complex employment tribunal claim.
                                                                      • Advised Sandwell College on the development of its property portfolio, advising on acquisition and construction and procurement.
                                                                      • Advised Higher Education Institutions and HE sector bodies in relation to their response to industrial action.

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

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for clients ranging from FTSE 250 firms, international companies and start-ups across the full spectrum of technology law, including AI, product counselling, cybersecurity, technology and cyber litigation and breaches, among others. Charlotte Walker-Osborn heads the global artificial intelligence practice and specialises in open source software licensing, mobile and e-commerce and M&A related technology advice. From the firm's Nottingham base, Nick Blane works on large scale public sector IT and outsourcing projects. Gayle McFarlane and Joanne Finch are also of note.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Charlotte Walker-Osborn; Nick Blane

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Gayle McFarlane; Joanne Finch; Gayle MacFarlane

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Technically excellent and super efficient.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      AstraZeneca

                                                                      National Highways

                                                                      Arm

                                                                      Ricoh

                                                                      Urbn (Urbn Outfitters)

                                                                      Dyson

                                                                      Driving Standards Agency

                                                                      Insig AI plc

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advising National Highways in connection with the relet of the Department for Transport’s Free Flow Charging contract which relates to automated electronic road user charging at the Dartford Crossing on the M25.
                                                                      • Advised the Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency on the high-profile and extremely complex outsourcing of the theory test element of the GB driving test.
                                                                      • Acted for AstraZeneca in 2020 and 2021 as an independent advisory in relation to putting in place the global business’ ethical approach and governance in relation to deployment and use of artificial intelligence globally.

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

                                                                      Experienced in Main Market and AIM matters, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles IPOs, reverse takeovers, fundraisings, and public and private M&A for domestic and international clients. Cross-border work is a particular forte for the group, that can draw from a broad international footprint. Corporate specialist Richard Moulton co-leads the team with Stephen Nash, who focuses on equity capital markets and public company takeover transactions.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Stephen Nash; Richard Moulton

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Ali Cree; Mark Roe

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘The firm is a big firm yet gives a smaller firm feel: the level of attention and partner service is excellent. Eversheds consistently make you feel like their number one client which I really appreciate.’

                                                                      ‘Ali Cree is both technically excellent and down to earth. He gives commercially focused and pragmatic advice. He really makes the effort to understand our business and what/how I want my advice given.’

                                                                      ‘Mark Roe (London, Corporate) is very commercial which is much appreciated by busy clients who don’t need lecturing on the law – they need solutions, which he delivers efficiently.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      ProCook Group plc

                                                                      Genuit Group plc

                                                                      NewRiver REIT plc

                                                                      Lookers plc

                                                                      Integrafin Holdings plc

                                                                      Eurocell plc

                                                                      Tyman plc

                                                                      Norcos plc

                                                                      Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc

                                                                      VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc

                                                                      Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations Tier 2

                                                                      The international reorganisations practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP remains a growth area for the firm, exemplified by the recruitment of Eda Demirel into the London team in late 2021. Demirel, who now leads the practice, adds notable US expertise to the practice, which leverages the firm’s wider global network on cross-border mandates. Other key individuals include Amanda Partland, who is based in Leeds; principal associate Helen Mackey, who handles the tax structuring elements of cross-border matters; and senior associate Amy Locke.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Eda Demirel

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Gartner, Inc

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advised Croda International plc in relation to the global implementation of a new Free Share Plan for its employees around the globe as part of a reorganisation.
                                                                      • Advised Signode Group on its corporate reorganisation in the context of a worldwide strategy to move to a single Signode brand.

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

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a broad client base of mid-market buyout houses on deals across Europe, with experience acting across a range of sectors. The practice is instructed on a steady stream of acquisitions and investments, and also routinely represents both sponsors and management teams on exits. The team, which is praised by clients for its ‘sector experience and pragmatic, proactive approach’, is headed by James Trevis in London and is spread across the firm’s UK offices. In London, Richard Kyle is another key name to note, with Mark Beardmore in Birmingham and Robin Skelton in Leeds also highly active dealmakers. The UK team also frequently works with the wider firm’s offices in Europe to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. Jon Gill joined the team in September 2021 from TLT, while Walter Kulvick joined from Ashurst in May 2022. Ceri-Ann McGraa was promoted to partner in the same month.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      James Trevis

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Lizzy Tindall is extremely hard working and efficient. She’s been a huge asset for our firm in bridging the gap between “market” practice in US vs. UK/European LBO transactions.’

                                                                      ‘Combination of international reach and UK network allowing efficient support for both domestic and international transactions.’

                                                                      ‘An extremely hard working team. Very commercially focused. Assisted in overcoming some of non-legal challenges. Great communication and extremely trustworthy’

                                                                      ‘Our experience of working with Eversheds is that they are able to move quickly and are always incredibly responsive. Combined with the team’s sector experience and pragmatic, proactive approach they ensure their internal experts give swift responses and the coordination with the other advisers ensured that our part in the transaction is always extremely straightforward.’

                                                                      ‘In tricky situations they take time to listen to the issue, to ensure they understand it and are then efficient in researching and analysing the potential creative solutions that can be developed. There is always clear, calm communication as to what is required and they will keep working with us until the most suitable solution has been delivered.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Livingbridge

                                                                      Inflexion

                                                                      H2 Equity Partners

                                                                      CBPE Capital Partners

                                                                      Sovereign Capital

                                                                      Baird Capital Partners Europe

                                                                      LDC

                                                                      Aurelius

                                                                      EMK

                                                                      Arcline Capital Partners

                                                                      Inspirit

                                                                      Elaghmore

                                                                      Equistone

                                                                      Silver Tree

                                                                      Pollen Street Capital

                                                                      Specialist Risk Group (HGGC backed)

                                                                      Jaja Finance Limited (KKR & others)

                                                                      Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a range of clients, including those in sectors such as financial services, tech and real estate, on VAT and indirect tax. The team particularly focuses on technical and strategic advice, also working across the the hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail and automotive industries. The team is lead by Giles Salmond, whose work includes tax disputes, contentious VAT work and advising on pension funds. He is supported by corporate head Ben Jones and real estate head Paul Beausang.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Giles Salmond

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Ed Griffiths; Ben Jones; Paul Beausang

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘The Eversheds VAT & indirect tax team is a class act headed by Giles Salmond with highly competent experts in all indirect taxes. The team has a broad range of industry expertise and the quality of their work inspires confidence in clients – great to work with in all respects.’

                                                                      ‘I have dealt most with Giles Salmond and Ed Griffiths who are exceptionally bright tax lawyers with good negotiating skills and a sound grasp of case strategy. They are a fantastic both technically and tactically.’

                                                                      ‘The VAT and indirect tax practice were engaged as part of a transaction to acquire a portfolio of UK leased property assets. They come across as an integrated group and the hand off between property and tax lawyers seemed to be pretty seamless.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Raymond James Investment Services Limited

                                                                      Legal & General

                                                                      SEGRO plc

                                                                      Zirconia Trading Limited

                                                                      London Inflation Plus Fund

                                                                      Phoenix Life Limited

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advised Raymond James Investment Services Limited (a supplier of wealth management and other financial advisory services) on the VAT treatment of their supplies.
                                                                      • Advised Legal & General on all tax aspects of a £500m joint venture with NatWest Pension Trustee within the senior living space.
                                                                      • Advised Zirconia Trading Limited on the structuring and acquisition of M&G Long Income Fund’s Buzz Bingo portfolio of 37 bingo halls for an undisclosed sum.

                                                                      Employment > Employers Tier 2

                                                                      Best known for its stellar portfolio of clients in the financial services, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises PLC's and City employers on the SMCR regime, pandemic related issues, and alongside its financial services disputes team, dealing with complex investigations and reviews. It also houses a busy industrial relations practice, headed by Marc Meryon. 'Impressive' Paul Fontes has earned a solid reputation as defence counsel in tribunals and High Court bet-the-company disputes. He also routinely advises on remuneration, restrictive covenants, business reorganisations and restructurings. Also in the financial space, Sophie White is experienced in complex TUPE issues arising out of outsourcing, corporate and insolvency. Joining in June from GQ | LITTLER, litigator Hannah Mahon is a specialist in unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing claims.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Paul Fontes

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Very knowledgeable, committed and practical lawyers who work exceptionally well with counsel and clients.’

                                                                      ‘Eversheds are a strong practice with good experience in dealing with the financial services sector.’

                                                                      ‘Paul Fontes makes the team. A really impressive individual. Ticks all the boxes. Extremely good on the law, all over the detail, great on strategy, unflappable, a real fighter, great with clients. A reassuring presence on any case.’

                                                                      ‘Marc Meryon has outstanding technical ability, insight and great commitment to the client.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Open Banking

                                                                      Expedia

                                                                      NTT

                                                                      Aon

                                                                      Russell Investments

                                                                      Dimensional Fund Advisors

                                                                      NBC Universal

                                                                      Cyrus One

                                                                      ProCook

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advising on European HR aspects of the agreement by US-based CyrusOne Inc., a global data centre real estate investment trust, to be acquired by KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).
                                                                      • Designed and implemented a public redress process for complainants in light of the findings by Mischon de Reya in relation allegations of bullying harassment, discrimination and victimisation.
                                                                      • Provided employment support to ProCook in preparation for its listing to the Premium Segment of the Main Market at the LSE.

                                                                      Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

                                                                      The practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a key name for household brands and counts high-profile names on its client roster including Lego, Gymshark, DFS and Next. The group handles the full spectrum of retail mandates and leverages its international network to assist with global and cross-border mandates. The team is co-led by Paul Moorcroft and Amanda Partland in Birmingham and Leeds respectively; Moorcroft primarily focuses on real estate disputes, particularly relating to retail estates, and Partland is a key name for corporate transactions in the consumer space. Former practice head James Batham left to join Dentons in mid-2022.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Paul Moorcroft; Amanda Partland

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Every step of each service has been transparent, proficient and meticulous.’

                                                                      ‘The individuals we have worked with at Eversheds Sutherland are not only professional and efficient, but also friendly and accommodating.’

                                                                      ‘They engage promptly, their communication is excellent and they have supported us through each legal process in a precise and steadfast manner.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      LEGO

                                                                      Revolution Beauty Group

                                                                      Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

                                                                      Gymshark

                                                                      DFS

                                                                      Frasers

                                                                      Helly Hansen

                                                                      Kering

                                                                      Next

                                                                      Newell Brands

                                                                      Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has expertise across a range of transactional, regulatory and distribution work in the insurance space. Notably, the practice is recommended for its work in M&A, pension de-risking and insurtech. Practice head Hugo Laing specialises in insuance sector transactions, including M&A, portfolio transfers and reinsurance matters. Cardiff-based Paul Pugh and Manchester-based Paula Gaddum are further key members of the department, with the latter offering extensive experience in insurance market agreements. The team has been bolstered by the arrivals of Martin Mankabady and Adriana Cotter from Dentons in 2022. Senior associate Rosamund Wood advises trustee, sponsor, insurer and reinsurer clients on the full spectrum of de-risking options, while fellow senior associate Henry Dean handles regulatory matters, Part VII transfers and reinsurance issues.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Hugo Laing

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘They are a team you want to work with. They are fun and pragmatic and very much felt like an extension of the internal team.’

                                                                      ‘Hugo Laing is great at client and deal management. He’s never fazed by anything.’

                                                                      ‘Henry Dean is very experienced and helped through a number of complex commercial and regulatory issues.’

                                                                      ‘Hugo Laing is a top insurance lawyer. He is a passionate advocate for clients with a very commercial outlook.’

                                                                      ‘Hugo Laing’s team is very capable and has a better balance of associates than other firms which means work is appropriately resourced.’

                                                                      ‘Rosamund Wood and Henry Dean are very capable and provide an impressive service.’

                                                                      ‘Mark Everiss stands out for his in-depth knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance markets based on years of experience, combined with an excellent eye for detail and a determination to deliver the best results for his clients.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Legal & General

                                                                      Aviva

                                                                      Scottish Widows

                                                                      Standard Life

                                                                      Aegon

                                                                      RGA

                                                                      Royal London

                                                                      Canada Life

                                                                      Fortitude Re

                                                                      M&G

                                                                      Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 2

                                                                      Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s is noted for its expertise in the transport, infrastructure and utilities sectors. The firm’s core client base comprises central government, local authorities, universities and transport authorities. The team regularly advises on transformational projects, governance and structures, and public pensions, as well as fielding a very strong public inquiries team who represent core participants in high profile statutory and non statutory investigations. Huw Jones in Cardiff acts as head of the local government group and is also the employment lead on all public sector matters. Birmingham-based Sarah Jones oversees the public inquiries and investigations offering, in which legal director Isabelle Mitchell also plays an important part. Mukhtiar Tanda and Kuljeet Gill are key senior practitioners in London and Manchester, respectively.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill; Huw Jones; Sarah Jones

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Isabelle Mitchell; Alison Oldfield

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘The Eversheds team works hard to understand the culture and challenges of the workplace and the public sector rules in our particular case. They shape their advice to our circumstances which can be complex. They are able to offer a service where there are specialists that can help when we needed particular issues resolved with tailored solutions.’

                                                                      ‘The team listen well to what we need and always worked hard to give us options and solutions. We have valued their ability to take on board the particular restrictions that can be in place when operating in the public sector and to help us navigate our way through.’

                                                                      ‘I have used the team extensively for advice on CPO matters and their knowledge and pragmatism have been exceptional.’

                                                                      ‘Combine strong technical expertise with approachability and positivity. They have strong lawyers for everything and are adept at making the right connections to give us timely advice at an acceptable cost. The people we work with are team players, both in terms of the way they work with their colleagues and the way they work with us.’

                                                                      ‘They appreciate the importance some issues have for us due to our particular sensitivities to public law challenges and tailor their team and approach accordingly.’

                                                                      ‘Alison Oldfield has become a trusted advisor. Clear-sighted about the litigation process and risks and with a well balanced understanding of our approach and interests.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Housing Ombudsman

                                                                      Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc (“EIO”)

                                                                      The Haemophilia Society (“The Society”)

                                                                      Telford & Wrekin Council

                                                                      National Highways

                                                                      MSA (Britain) Limited

                                                                      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

                                                                      National Grid – National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) and National Grid Gas (NGG)

                                                                      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

                                                                      Teaching Regulation Agency

                                                                      Public sector > Education: schools Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a track record of handling complex work for multi-academy trusts, free schools and UTCs, including the transfer of church schools into MATs and academy conversions. The team is led by Diane Gilhooley, who handles contentious and non-contentious areas of education governance, including tribunals, organisational change and harrassment claims, and Ben Wood, who specialises in advising educational establishments on governance and employment matters.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Diane Gilhooley; Ben Wood

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘The whole team has a very strong customer focus, friendly, professional and approachable. Evidence of collaboration across the organisation to ensure the best placed person is assigned with supporting any query.’

                                                                      ‘The people are intelligent, demonstrate high levels of moral integrity and humanity. They are also very emotional intelligent and able to deal effectively to a wide range of different, and often complex situations.’

                                                                      ‘Billing is timely, fair and you receive a high quality of service. They are not the cheapest but in our experience are the best at what the do and the quality of service they offer.’

                                                                      ‘Ben Wood has been absolutely excellent. He is highly responsive, astute and understands the nuances of highly complex situations very well. He has a high level of emotional intelligence and an excellent ability to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.’

                                                                      ‘The Education: Schools practice at Eversheds Sutherland is experienced, competent and responsive, with a broad base of knowledge in academisation, assets transfers, new building projects and DfE interaction.’

                                                                      ‘Availability of experts in different fields has been invaluable when we have needed assistance in a new area at short notice. Skills, knowledge appear to be of a high standard.’

                                                                      ‘All individuals dealt with over the last year have been professional, knowledgeable and approachable. In most cases response times have been excellent. The service feels like it is a considerable step above that which we receive from other firms’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Cambridge Meridian Academy Trust

                                                                      Chelsea Academy

                                                                      LEAD Academy Trust

                                                                      ACS International Schools

                                                                      Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

                                                                      Nova Education Trust

                                                                      The Harmony Trust

                                                                      Potteries Education Trust

                                                                      The Great Schools Trust

                                                                      The Laidlaw Schools Trust

                                                                      Beacon Multi Academy Trust

                                                                      Alpha Academies Trust

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advising on a complex array of academy projects including establishing maths schools, closing University Technical Colleges, academising sixth form colleges and advising on PFI issues.
                                                                      • Advising schools and academies on their response to social media and other campaigning and threats of legal proceedings by staff, students, parents and third parties.
                                                                      • Advising schools and academies on Local Government Pensions Scheme issues arising from the outsourcings and insourcing of services.

                                                                      Public sector > Local government Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's government and infrastructure team regularly advises on transformational projects, procurements, regeneration developments, governance and collaborations between the private and public sectors. The firm's inquiries and investigations team has acted on major public inquiries involving local authorities and the procurement team advises on contentious and non-contentious matters across all major sectors. Huw Jones is the firm's head of local government and acts as the main employment lead on all public sector matters, advising extensively on TUPE and restructuring issues. Sarah Jones leads the public inquiries and investigations team, leading the team appointed as the commissioning body in the independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation on Telford.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Huw Jones; Sarah Jones

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Ian Baker; Michelle Moss; Matthew Storer

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Working with the team at Eversheds has been a delight. They understand the scope and what is expected and provide the right guidance and support to ensure all requirements are met.’

                                                                      ‘Simply first class practical legal advice. Excellent customer service. Eversheds quickly understand the root of any problem and are really responsive in coming back to the client quickly with advice. The breadth of specialism within the firm means that no matter how obscure the issue raised by us, they had an expert on-hand who could tackle it. Seriously impressive.’

                                                                      ‘Professional, pleasant and customer focused staff, all with an incisive grasp of public sector legal matters. They are practical and down to earth in their focus and work hard to deliver quickly.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Housing Ombudsman

                                                                      Thurrock Council

                                                                      The London Borough of Barnet

                                                                      Eastleigh Borough Council

                                                                      The University of Manchester

                                                                      Gloucestershire County Council

                                                                      Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland's London real estate team - which offers an 'unusual combination of technical competence and commercial realism' - is led by the hugely experienced Bruce Dear. He fronts a 'very strong occupier advisory team' which acts for a raft of household name clients, including major tech companies. On the investment front, the team handles complex and high-profile transactions, covering acquisitions and joint ventures for clients from a range of sectors, including financial services, office providers, student accomodation, pension funds and many more. The highly regarded Tom Goldsmith has a track record of work on complex, mixed-use development projects and large-scale portfolio purchases and is seen as 'a very strong technical lawyer with excellent project management skills.' Nicholas Bartlett heads up the real estate investment team and also leads the firm's living sub-group, while Lee Jackson plays a key role in the firm's private capital real estate business.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Bruce Dear

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Tom Goldsmith; Nicholas Bartlett; Lucy Chadwick; Gareth Ashfield

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘A very strong occupier advisory team. Highly innovative with a ‘can do’ attitude. Joined up between disciplines and commercial in seeking solutions.’

                                                                      ‘Tom Goldsmith – a stand out market leader. Personally a very strong technical lawyer, but with excellent project management skills.’

                                                                      ‘The Eversheds real estate team have an unrivalled track record of advising major occupiers on their leases in London. Their experience of dealing with large multinational corporations, while providing expert legal advice on the London real estate market, really sets them apart.’

                                                                      ‘Tom Goldsmith is clear in his advice, setting out key negotiation elements, risks and unlike many lawyers sets out solutions to the issues. He maintains a commercial approach to a transaction and listens to clients key objectives, therefore prioritizing which elements with the contracts are critical and must haves versus nice to haves. He manages the client and wider consultant teams expectations in terms of deliverables extremely well and is always available when needed.’

                                                                      ‘Absolute dedication from Tom Goldsmith.’

                                                                      ‘The team is able to understand the priorities of a business and understands that it may need to adjust its approach where it is dealing with a client who is not particularly experienced in real estate transactions. We would encourage other start-ups looking to leave flexible working space for the first time to reach out to them.’

                                                                      They are collaborative and understand the sensitivities of working with central government.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Doric Partners LLP

                                                                      LandSec

                                                                      William Blair

                                                                      The Office Group

                                                                      Thought Machine

                                                                      Brewin Dolphin

                                                                      LifeWorks

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advised The Office Group on their partnership with Argent to develop the flexible office space lead R8 Building at King’s Cross.
                                                                      • Advised new client Doric Partners on the strategic redevelopment and regear of 5/10 Old Broad Street including the regearing of White & Case’s occupation and AXA’s exit from the building.
                                                                      • Advised new client William Blair on their new London HQ pre-let taking 66,000 sq. ft. at 22 Bishopsgate.

                                                                      Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland's London real estate team - which offers an 'unusual combination of technical competence and commercial realism' - is led by the hugely experienced Bruce Dear. He fronts a 'very strong occupier advisory team' which acts for a raft of household name clients, including major tech companies. On the investment front, the team handles complex and high-profile transactions, covering acquisitions and joint ventures for clients from a range of sectors, including financial services, office providers, student accomodation, pension funds and many more. The highly regarded Tom Goldsmith has a track record of work on complex, mixed-use development projects and large-scale portfolio purchases and is seen as 'a very strong technical lawyer with excellent project management skills.' Nicholas Bartlett heads up the real estate investment team and also leads the firm's living sub-group, while Lee Jackson plays a key role in the firm's private capital real estate business.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Bruce Dear

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Nicholas Bartlett; Lee Jackson; Tom Goldsmith; Stewart Womersley; Richard Lampert

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Supportive in our transactions.’

                                                                      ‘Lee Jackson has an excellent big picture view and is detail-oriented at the same time.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      SEGRO plc

                                                                      Aventicum

                                                                      The Office Group

                                                                      Elite Commercial REIT

                                                                      Legal & General

                                                                      EQT Exeter

                                                                      Abrdn

                                                                      Sun Ventures

                                                                      LaSalle Investment Management

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advised SEGRO on Project Orion, a swap deal with Schroders involving the acquisition of a urban warehouse estate in West London for £140m and simultaneous sale of a portfolio of UK big box and urban assets for £205m.
                                                                      • Advised Legal & General on a £500m a 15-year joint venture with NatWest Pension Trustee Limited, to build a portfolio of retirement homes with a gross development value of roughly £4bn.
                                                                      • Advised Sun Venture on their £148m acquisition of 120 Moorgate, London.

                                                                      Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is the port of call for a slew of household names, including Dyson, Thames Water and Meta, when it comes to matters related to international data transfers, data breach incidents, investigations and group litigation, and is singled out for its ‘expertise in freedom of information matters’. Practice head Paula Barrett, who has ‘excellent technical grasp of the law and developing trends’, is particularly sought after by clients in the financial services, telecom and life sciences segments. Other key names are Liz Fitzsimons, who is recommended for freedom of information mattes, and Philip James, who is specialised in fraud prevention, regulatory investigations and international data breach responses.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Paula Barrett

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Philip James; Dave Hughes

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘The Team is quick to respond, particularly in very urgent matters and provides clear pragmatic legal advice.’

                                                                      ‘The team at ES is one of the largest data protection teams in the UK. It is also one of the few data protection teams that can offer expertise in freedom of information matters.’

                                                                      ‘The individuals I work with are dedicated information law practitioners. They are not commercial tech lawyers masquerading as data protection experts. Paula Barret has an excellent technical grasp of the law but more importantly a good grasp of developing trends and sector experience which enable me to benchmark our approach on various aspects of data protection compliance’

                                                                      ‘They really take time to understand the problem and the context of the situation.’ 

                                                                      ‘They actively listen to our problems and think about how we could approach them from a legal perspective. They are also really proactive.’

                                                                      ‘As a firm with a global presence, Eversheds’ global reach allows them to provide consistent jurisdiction-specific advice, which is absolutely invaluable.’

                                                                      ‘Dave Hughes is technically strong, has great knowledge of the sector and adopts a very pragmatic approach when it comes to the advice he gives. He is also incredibly personable and an absolute pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend Dave and his team.’

                                                                      ‘A knowledgeable team with broad experience and a commercial and pragmatic outlook.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Meta

                                                                      Dyson

                                                                      Heathrow Airport

                                                                      Akamai

                                                                      Thames Water

                                                                      Specsavers

                                                                      DWR Cymru Welsh Water

                                                                      IATA

                                                                      NEST

                                                                      Eastman Chemicals

                                                                      Kering Group

                                                                      Epam Systems

                                                                      National Grid

                                                                      MicroStrategy

                                                                      ADP (Automatic Data Processing)

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

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles AI and data, biometrics, blockchain, crypto-asset, M&A and operational resilience work for fintech clients, financial institutions and investors. The team also advises on issues related to IT platforms and the cloud, data protection matters, payment regulations and disputes. Practice head Matthew Gough specialises in commercial arrangements, including the terms and conditions of supply and purchase, IT and outsourcing agreements, and software licensing work. Craig Rogers focuses on the creation of banking, investment and insurance platforms, cloud computing and cybersecurity issues, as well as, regulatory compliance in technology and outsourcing arrangements. Cardiff-based Eve England and Paul Pugh are further key members of the department.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Matthew Gough

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘Craig Rogers is exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable on all things Kenya and fintech.’

                                                                      ‘Matthew Gough and Eve England are best in class.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      Insig AI plc

                                                                      Pivotal Growth Limited

                                                                      Universe Group plc

                                                                      Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

                                                                      Aon group

                                                                      Broadridge Financial Solutions

                                                                      Kubrick Group

                                                                      Maia Technology

                                                                      Admiral Group Plc

                                                                      ZOPA Limited and Zopa Bank

                                                                      Monzo Bank

                                                                      Nexo Capital Inc

                                                                      FLEETCOR Technologies Inc

                                                                      Pollen Street Capital

                                                                      Specialist Risk Group

                                                                      Jaja Finance Limited

                                                                      FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc.

                                                                      Kingswood Holdings Limited

                                                                      Lumon Holdings Limited

                                                                      Aryza Holdings Limited

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                      • Advised Nairobi International Financial Centre, TheCityUK, HM Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Government of Kenya on a new fintech policy and regulatory framework for Kenya.
                                                                      • Acted for Insig AI, a data science and machine learning solutions company, in relation to a deal to deliver ESG scoring tools to an investment company as its outsourced technology partner.
                                                                      • Advised on the formation of Pivotal Growth Limited, a joint venture established with the aim of building a leading, UK-wide mortgage broker.

                                                                      Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is able to utilise both its global reach and its involvement with many of the leading bodies within the financial services sector to expertly handling a range of disputes from investment mis-selling to professional negligence. The team is also regularly involved with regulatory investigations and strategic complaint handling issues. Practice head James Southworth welcomed senior associate Victoria Rogers, formerly of RPC, to the group in May 2021, thus increasing its inter-jurisdictional capabilities even further.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      James Southworth

                                                                       

                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                      Victoria Rogers; Lindsey Roberts

                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                      ‘A strong team able to handle large banking disputes, including those with international elements. The team is well resourced and has strength in depth. They have particularly excelled at managing a large counsel team and liaising effectively with the client. Eversheds has the international reach to handle multi-jurisdiction disputes.’

                                                                      ‘James Southworth has good judgement and is very capable. He has made the right calls and works collaboratively with the counsel team and his fellow partners.’

                                                                      ‘Victoria Rogers is a very capable senior associate who has effectively managed large-scale banking litigation.’

                                                                      ‘The team had great depth and breadth of experience in banking work and is comfortable dealing with the most complex and high-profile disputes.’

                                                                      ‘James Southworth works closely with clients to understand their needs and is excellent at coordinating large teams and driving litigation forward.’

                                                                      ‘Very personable team and good diversity of practice backgrounds.’

                                                                      ‘James Southworth is adept at client management and the team has strong personalities and good engagement.’

                                                                      Key clients

                                                                      The Co-operative Bank Plc

                                                                      Santander UK Plc/Santander Cards UK Limited

                                                                      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

                                                                      Work highlights

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

                                                                      Employment > Immigration Tier 2

                                                                      Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides immigration advice to corporate clients, especially in regards to Brexit, as well as representing clients in strategic employment litigation. The team is active in education, aerospace and defence, nuclear, utilities, and healthcare sectors. Principal associate Simon Kenny is a key contact regarding immigration assistance to universities and corporations in light of Brexit and Covid-19.

                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                      Simon Kenny

                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                        Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Manchester-based finance practice provides support to a wide range of corporate clients and has been heavily involved in advising financiers on the LIBOR transition process. Due to the presence of Taslima Salam, it also offers excellent structured real estate financing expertise. Renewable finance is another growing focus for the team. Jason Wurzal leads the team, acting for major corporate borrowers on their leveraged finance deals. Associate Hannah McAdam is also known for assisting on multi-jurisdictional deals and acquisition financings.

                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                        Jason Wurzal

                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                        ‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, commercial and always very quick to respond.’

                                                                        Key clients

                                                                        Revolution Beauty Group PLC

                                                                        Perwyn LLP

                                                                        Epwin Group plc

                                                                        Qualtex UK Limited

                                                                        Globus (Shetland) Limited

                                                                        Augustus Regis Limited

                                                                        Romaco Limited

                                                                        Fintel plc

                                                                        Andium Homes

                                                                        Reiss Limited

                                                                        Peel Media Limited

                                                                        Footasylum plc

                                                                        Cadogan Estates Limited

                                                                        Flooid Limited

                                                                        Santander UK plc

                                                                        Aeriance Investments

                                                                        Triodos Bank N.V.

                                                                        Barclays Bank PLC

                                                                        Howard de Walden Estates Limited

                                                                        Eurohotels

                                                                        Begbies plc

                                                                        Lookers plc

                                                                        Next plc

                                                                        N Brown plc

                                                                        Renold plc

                                                                        HSBC UK Bank plc

                                                                        The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

                                                                        Urban Splash Limited

                                                                        Meininger limited

                                                                        Topps Tiles plc

                                                                        Morses Club plc

                                                                        LNT Group Limited

                                                                        Maslow Capital

                                                                        Zen Internet Limited

                                                                        Lakeland Limited

                                                                        Wathegar 2 Limited

                                                                        Winsford Devco LLP

                                                                        Anchor Hanover Group

                                                                        FS Wind Limited

                                                                        Beech Developments Limited

                                                                        Venus Healthcare Limited

                                                                        Metro Bank plc

                                                                        Work highlights

                                                                          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

                                                                          Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Manchester insolvency team is known for its energy sector strength, having advised the administrators for both Green Network Energy and People’s Energy. Other strengths include advice on major distressed acquisitions, and on pension plan restructurings. Though he has recently taken a larger role in building the firm’s Yorkshire practice, David Gray continues to be a key player in the market, advising on multiple complex restructurings. Sarah Duignan leads the Manchester team and offers a unique strength advising alternative lenders.

                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                          Sarah Duignan

                                                                          Other key lawyers:

                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                          ‘David Gray is supported by an experienced team. Exceptional experience, practical solutions, good value.’

                                                                          ‘David Gray is very experienced, and has lots of common sense. He looks at a problem from all sides and seeks creative solutions.’

                                                                          Key clients

                                                                          Teneo Restructuring Limited (formerly Deloitte LLP)

                                                                          PwC

                                                                          Interpath Advisory (formerly KPMG Restructuring)

                                                                          Ernst & Young

                                                                          Work highlights

                                                                            Real estate > Construction Tier 2

                                                                            With a team of ‘experts in their field’, the construction practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong sector focus on energy, transport, and government. The team is led by Simon Chamberlain who has extensive arbitration experience, while Chris Pickens assists with the procurement of big spend complex construction and engineering contracts. Gregory Buckley heads the national disputes group with a specialism in avoiding high-profile disputes, and Claire Randall-Smith primarily handles disputes within the built environment and infrastructure sectors. Alice Maloney assists the team with complex domestic and international disputes.

                                                                            Practice head(s):

                                                                            Simon Chamberlain

                                                                            Other key lawyers:

                                                                            Gregory Buckley; Claire Randall-Smith; Chris Pickens; Alice Maloney

                                                                            Testimonials

                                                                            ‘One of their key strength is the team wants to help and deliver well for us and it shines through in everything. They have fielded different people seamlessly to keep transactions moving forward well, adapted well to brief the different levels within our organisation, shown their commercial approach in cost-conscious ways on particular matters, and have invested time and energy in understanding what we want as a business.’

                                                                            ‘Chris Pickens is positive, sensible and hard headed. Very good to work with and we always get a good result. Has good understanding of our market, our business and the drivers.’

                                                                            ‘Claire Randall-Smith has stood out in her work carefully resolving a tricky situation and with her ability to devour detail.’

                                                                            ‘Very good at communicating with the client construction project team as well as the client legal/leadership team.’

                                                                            ‘Alice Maloney is technically extremely able, very personable, always delivers on time and is definitively in the top few of our go-to people for contentious construction work.’

                                                                            Gregory Buckley is very able and approachable and good at understanding and delivering client objectives.

                                                                            ‘The team are very friendly and able to deal with ongoing project queries as well as disputed matters. They are clearly experts in their field.’

                                                                            ‘Alice Maloney is very engaged, always on top of the detail, and very pragmatic.’

                                                                            Key clients

                                                                            Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

                                                                            Cadent Gas Limited

                                                                            Transport for Greater Manchester

                                                                            The Council of the City of Manchester

                                                                            EP UK Investments

                                                                            Barchester Healthcare

                                                                            Muse Developments Limited/English Cities Fund

                                                                            Genr8 Developments LLP

                                                                            Croda International

                                                                            Work highlights

                                                                              Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

                                                                              As part of the firm’s national environment, health and safety practice (EHS), the primary contact in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Newcastle office is Tim Hill, who leads the contentious EHS team; Hill is active in enforcement actions involving the Environment Agency and local authorities as well as compliance breaches and challenges to abatement notices. The wider team, particularly the Manchester-based offering, is also recognised for its experience in the chemical, utilities, waste and recycling sectors.

                                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                                              Tim Hill

                                                                              Key clients

                                                                              REPIC

                                                                              SIMS Group UK Limited

                                                                              Severn Trent Water

                                                                              Legal and General

                                                                              Segro

                                                                              Thames Water Utilities

                                                                              Northern Ireland > Employment Tier 2

                                                                              Eversheds Sutherland‘s Belfast office has been growing rapidly since its establishment in 2017, with multinational clients such as Paypal and Specsavers. Team head Lisa Bryson has a track record of defending high-value and commercially sensitive claims on behalf of employers, with experience in tribunals and the High Court. She is frequently supported by associate Laura McManus.

                                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                                              Lisa Bryson

                                                                              Other key lawyers:

                                                                              Testimonials

                                                                              ‘Great profile in the employment sector.’

                                                                              ‘Lisa Bryson is incredibly focused and delivers for her clients with great efficiency.’

                                                                              Key clients

                                                                              BA Kitchen Components

                                                                              Global Pay

                                                                              PayPal

                                                                              Kingfisher plc – B&Q

                                                                              Kingspan Water & Energy Limited

                                                                              Aviva

                                                                              Marks & Spencer plc

                                                                              Expedia

                                                                              Sky UK

                                                                              Specsavers

                                                                              Northern Ireland Hospice

                                                                              GXO Logistics

                                                                              Edgewater Contracts

                                                                              Sysco (formally Brakes/Pallas Foods)

                                                                              Kestrel Thermoplastics Limited

                                                                              Capita Business Services Limited

                                                                              EshopWorld

                                                                              Sportsdirect

                                                                              Statsports Group Limited

                                                                              Whitemountain Quarries Limited

                                                                              Mediahuis

                                                                              Countrywide Freight Logistics Limited

                                                                              Riggotts

                                                                              Crown Packaging

                                                                              Johnson Controls

                                                                              Westrock

                                                                              Brinks Cash Ireland Limited

                                                                              ITW Limited

                                                                              Hannon Transport Limited

                                                                              Work highlights

                                                                              • Advising Paypal in relation to future of work matters connected to the cohort of frontier or cross-border workers it employs in Ireland.
                                                                              • Handling employment litigation matters for B&Q, Marks & Spencer and Sky.
                                                                              • Advised Whitemountain Quarries Limited on a complex outsourcing.

                                                                              Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

                                                                              Eversheds Sutherland‘s nationwide coverage makes it a popular choice for large-scale clients in the retail and leisure sectors, such as New Look, McDonald’s and Domino’s. The team is additionally active in the residential sector, working with major NI housing associations. Practice head Gareth Planck has experience in leases, acquisitions and disposals, and mixed use development skills. Associate Corrina Cassidy, who is praised for her ‘excellent landlord and tenant knowledge’, provides key support.

                                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                                              Gareth Planck

                                                                              Other key lawyers:

                                                                              Corrina Cassidy; Hannah Boyd

                                                                              Testimonials

                                                                              ‘The team has excellent retail landlord and tenant experience that sets them apart from other firms in Ireland. The team gives solid commercial advice and has the ability to understand and advise quickly on difficult legal issues.’

                                                                              ‘Gareth Planck – partner overseeing the team. Excellent knowledge of the retail market which gives added value to the services provided.’

                                                                              ‘Corrina Cassidy – excellent landlord and tenant knowledge. Gives solid advice and is very proactive on files. Has the ability to highlight and deal with the key legal issues without a fuss getting the job done quickly and efficiently.’

                                                                              ‘From personal experience Gareth and Corrina are head and shoulders above other commercial property solicitors that we have instructed in Ireland.’

                                                                              ‘National firm with great local and national expertise and experience.’

                                                                              ‘Gareth Planck deserves particular mention. Property law expert like no other who runs a great team in Belfast.’

                                                                              Key clients

                                                                              Choice Housing Ireland Limited

                                                                              Kildare Projects Ltd

                                                                              Tim Hortons

                                                                              QSix Real Estate Finance LLP

                                                                              QSix Real Estate Fund

                                                                              Martin Property Group

                                                                              Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland Limited

                                                                              McDonalds Restaurants Limited

                                                                              New Look Retailers Limited

                                                                              Grafton Street Projects Ltd

                                                                              Work highlights

                                                                              • Advising Choice Housing Ireland Limited on its largest-to-date social housing project in Northern Ireland with a combined investment value of £125m (including an initial site acquisition fee of £23m).
                                                                              • Advised QSix Real Estate Finance LLP on the Northern Irish aspects of the provision of acquisition finance to David Samuel Properties for the purchase of the 170,000 sq. ft. Shane Retail Park Belfast.
                                                                              • Advised QSix Real Estate Finance LLP on the provision of cross-jurisdiction acquisition finance to David Samuel Properties for the purchase of Danum Retail Park in Doncaster and Lisnagelvin Retail Park in Londonderry.

                                                                              Employment > Immigration Tier 2

                                                                              Public sector > Education Tier 2

                                                                              Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a highly experienced education team that works with clients across all aspects of education. Over the period under review, the group has handled a number of matters arising from the pandemic; in relation to blended working, health and safety and governance and reputational risk. Other focus areas are sexual misconduct, cybersecurity, accommodation and employment. Mark Taylor advises universities and colleges on corporate, commercial and governance issues,  meanwhile principal associate Morag Roddick advises clients on a wide range of corporate, commercial and funding issues.

                                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                                              Diane Gilhooley; Mark Taylor

                                                                              Other key lawyers:

                                                                              Morag Roddick

                                                                              Testimonials

                                                                              ‘Extremely knowledgeable. Well resourced and therefore able to respond to requirements with alacrity. Feels like an extension of our organisation and that they are working to our best interests.’

                                                                              ‘The individuals I’ve worked with at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are all approachable and extremely knowledgable. You know you’re in safe hands with them and they guide you through whichever process you need.’

                                                                              ‘My main contact at Eversheds has been Mark Taylor, and his services have always been of high quality , pragmatic, relevant, and provided within our required timescales, sometimes at relatively short notice.’

                                                                              ‘Our point of contact is Morag Roddick, who has been unfailingly consistent in both the quality of advice she gives us, and the professional manner in which she does it.’

                                                                              Key clients

                                                                              University of Wolverhampton

                                                                              Sandwell College

                                                                              Solihull College and University Centre

                                                                              University of Reading

                                                                              The Greater London Authority

                                                                              Medical Research Council

                                                                              Vanta Education (owner of BPP)

                                                                              Sheffield University

                                                                              Trafford College Group

                                                                              LEAD Multi Academy Trust

                                                                              Nova Academy Trust

                                                                              University of York

                                                                              Work highlights

                                                                              • Advised universities colleges, and private providers across the education sector on apprenticeships and subcontracting to the value of many hundreds of millions of pounds
                                                                              • Having advised on half of the first wave of the cutting edge Institutes of Technology, our team in Birmingham is now advising on half of the Wave 2 Institutes.
                                                                              • Advised Vanta Education, a global education network, on its sale of BPP, a professional and vocational education provider, to private equity house TDR Capital.

                                                                              Real estate > Construction Tier 2

                                                                              Fielding a ‘strong, partner-led team‘, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is consistently engaged on a myriad of commercial and infrastructure-driven projects, both regionally and nationally. Non-contentious practice co-chair Peter Scurlock  is highly experienced in high-value project procurements, most notably in the renewable energy and commercial development sectors. Co-chair David Jones is noted for the depth of his expertise in utilities engineering, working with a diverse roster of industry stalwarts on multi-billion pound investments and strategic alliances. Many of the firm’s real estate developer clients turn to Richard Hartigan for support in complex mixed-use projects within the West Midlands and beyond. Principal associate John Batten routinely leads on nationally-significant energy infrastructure developments. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.  

                                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                                              Peter Scurlock; David Jones

                                                                              Other key lawyers:

                                                                              Richard Hartigan; John Batten

                                                                              Testimonials

                                                                              ‘Provide excellent advice in a timely and responsive way and always provide excellent support. Have a number of very good team members who are good at working collaboratively.’

                                                                              ‘David Jones goes the extra mile to provide excellent advice and support and brings a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge to add genuine value.’

                                                                              ‘The people that I have dealt with are knowledgeable, personable, responsive and pragmatic. You feel better about finding your way through a problem when they are on board. ‘

                                                                              ‘Peter Scurlock is very strong. He is very experienced, highly competent and able to make quick pragmatic judgements on complex issues. He is also a pleasure to deal with.’

                                                                              ‘Great team of lawyers. Very efficient with in-depth industry knowledge.’

                                                                              ‘Strong, partner-led team who deliver excellent work product efficiently and with value.’

                                                                              ‘Peter Scurlock has an ideal blend of being super knowledgeable yet approachable and pragmatic at the same time. He can be a hard negotiator on your behalf, but in a balanced and fair way which leaves all sides of the transactions feeling as if the outcome is the right one.’

                                                                              Key clients

                                                                              National Grid Group

                                                                              RTE (Reseau de Transport d’Electricite)

                                                                              RWE Renewables and RWE Generation

                                                                              Hammerson plc

                                                                              Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

                                                                              Severn Trent Water Group

                                                                              Landsec

                                                                              Taylor Wimpey

                                                                              Rolls-Royce

                                                                              Birmingham Airport

                                                                              Segro plc

                                                                              Next plc

                                                                              Work highlights

                                                                                Real estate > Planning Tier 2

                                                                                Drawing on its considerable national footprint, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-placed to advise a litany of high-profile private and public sector clients on major infrastructure projects. Practice head Paul Maile is regularly sought out for his expertise in consenting renewable energy development schemes, as well as regionally-significant public transport terminals and sanitation plants. Principal associate Duncan Williams is particularly focused on residential development matters, working with national house builders on urban extension and regeneration initiatives. Senior associate Kate Radford is noted for her work with HS2, handling multiple planning appeals, including at the High Court. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

                                                                                Practice head(s):

                                                                                Paul Maile

                                                                                Other key lawyers:

                                                                                Duncan Williams; Kate Radford

                                                                                Key clients

                                                                                SEGRO

                                                                                RWE

                                                                                Anglian Water

                                                                                HS2

                                                                                Menter Mon Cyf

                                                                                Tritax Symmetry

                                                                                INRG

                                                                                Oxfordshire Railfreight Limited

                                                                                Inspired Villages

                                                                                Taylor Wimpey

                                                                                Work highlights

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

                                                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers a wide spectrum of of matters for clients, including outsourcing projects, cyber security and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. Charlotte Walker-Osborn heads firm’s global artificial intelligence practice and specialises in outsourcing, product counselling and telecoms. Gayle McFarlane  focuses on the intersection between technology and data as well as commercial issues and regulation.

                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                  Charlotte Walker-Osborn

                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                  Nick Blane; Gayle McFarlane; Joanne Finch

                                                                                  Testimonials

                                                                                  ‘A strong focused team that understands the challenges of the authorities positions as well as the larger picture of strategic outcomes’

                                                                                  ‘Nick Blane is exceptional and able to pin down the finer points of the issue and provide speedy advice.’

                                                                                  ‘Charlotte Walker-Osborn, is an astute lawyer and is dependable. She has an in-depth knowledge of fine legal nuances and keen sense of commercial implications.’

                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                  AstraZeneca

                                                                                  National highways

                                                                                  Smiths Group

                                                                                  Arm

                                                                                  Ricoh

                                                                                  URBN (Urban Outfitters)

                                                                                  Dyson

                                                                                  Driving Standards Agency

                                                                                  Insig AI plc

                                                                                  Work highlights

                                                                                  • Advising National Highways in connection with the relet of the Department for Transport’s Free Flow Charging contract which relates to automated electronic road user charging at the Dartford Crossing on the M25.
                                                                                  • Acting for Zen Internet in negotiating its deal with CityFibre for full fibre and dak fibre
                                                                                  • Advised the DVSA on the high-profile and extremely complex outsourcing of the theory test element of the GB driving test.

                                                                                  Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

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

                                                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for blue-chip institutions, pension funds and property companies in investment mandates, and has demonstrable expertise in the acquisition, disposal and management of shopping centres. Following the departure of George Bacon to Walker Morris LLP in July 2021, Simon Harris, who advises key clients such as Legal & General, Harworth Group and NewRiver Retail on development mandates, jointly leads the team alongside Steve Felstead, who specialises in investment, fund structuring and asset management work. Ian Barker focuses on development and regeneration projects, and Sue Buckworth recently retired.

                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                  Simon Harris; Steve Felstead

                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                  Legal & General

                                                                                  Hammerson

                                                                                  NewRiver REIT plc

                                                                                  Harworth Group plc

                                                                                  Caddick

                                                                                  Morrisons

                                                                                  Land Sec

                                                                                  UK Land

                                                                                  MKM

                                                                                  Frasers

                                                                                  Work highlights

                                                                                    Real estate > Construction Tier 2

                                                                                    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘confident, knowledgeable and proactive’ team in Leeds acts for national and international clients on transactions and contentious mandates arising out of the manufacturing, rail, property development, energy and infrastructure sectors. Sarah Maylor, who acts for infrastructure providers in construction and engineering disputes, jointly leads the practice alongside Jo Hatton-Jones, who advises on the procurement of construction projects in the utilities and energy sectors. Senior associate Joshua Curry provides ‘pragmatic advice’ to clients in construction disputes. Key clients of the practice include National Rail, the University of Sheffield and WM Morrison.

                                                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                                                    Jo Hatton-Jones; Sarah Maylor

                                                                                    Other key lawyers:

                                                                                    Joshua Curry; Joseph Hale

                                                                                    Testimonials

                                                                                    ‘The team at Eversheds are confident, knowledgeable and proactive in the legal support they provide. They have advised on contracts across Europe and navigate the local nuances well.’

                                                                                    ‘Joshua Curry provided excellent advice and support to us on a new property lease. Joshua was approachable and knowledgeable throughout, providing pragmatic advice and operating in a very client-centric way that not only put our interests first, but also gave us confidence in his actions and decision making.’

                                                                                    ‘The team are very dedicated and responsive.’

                                                                                    ‘I would recommend Jo Hatton-Jones and Sarah Maylor for their attention to detail and understanding of client requirements.’

                                                                                    ‘Very fast acting and attentive to our work requests. Have strength in depth and strong all-round construction and contract-related knowledge.’

                                                                                    Key clients

                                                                                    Wales & West Utilities

                                                                                    Network Rail

                                                                                    Legal & General

                                                                                    WM Morrison

                                                                                    Tension Control Bolts Limited

                                                                                    University of Sheffield

                                                                                    University of Leeds

                                                                                    McCain Foods (GB) Ltd

                                                                                    Severn Trent Water

                                                                                    North East Property Partnership Limited (UK Land)

                                                                                    Greencore

                                                                                    Harworth Group PLC

                                                                                    LPC Living Limited

                                                                                    Dreamsapce Construction Limited

                                                                                    Southbank Colleges

                                                                                    Grace and Compassion Benedictines

                                                                                    Real estate > Planning Tier 2

                                                                                    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s planning team is praised as ‘a safe pair of hands’ when advising on wind, solar and energy from waste projects, transport infrastructure mandates, as well as retail and residential developments. Practice leader Peter Nesbit’s planning expertise covers energy and infrastructure projects, particularly in the renewables sector, national rail transport matters, commercial developments and CPOs. Other key members of the team include legal director Roddy Macdonald, who is noted for his expertise in the house building sector, and principal associate Paul McLean, who advises educational institutions on the planning aspects of developments.

                                                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                                                    Peter Nesbit

                                                                                    Other key lawyers:

                                                                                    Testimonials

                                                                                    ‘The planning team that I work with at Eversheds are friendly, well informed and a safe pair of hands. They have excellent knowledge of development projects and are up to speed with the latest issues that can cause problems on development projects in planning and public inquiry.’

                                                                                    ‘Each individual within the practice appears to recognises his or her value within the team and they pull together very effectively to provide a seamless service.’

                                                                                    ‘Their attention to detail, whilst also being able to step back and give strategic advice on project direction, is invaluable. They stand side by side with the client and share the end goal of each project they get involved in.’

                                                                                    Key clients

                                                                                    Segro PLC

                                                                                    Precis Capital Partners

                                                                                    Homes England

                                                                                    Miller Homes and Kier Ventures Limited

                                                                                    Network Rail

                                                                                    Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd

                                                                                    EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

                                                                                    Force 9 Energy Partners LLP

                                                                                    Infinergy Limited

                                                                                    Work highlights

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

                                                                                      Based in Leeds, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s technology team works in collaboration with the firm’s national practice to advise clients across the TMT, retail, utilities and financial services sectors on outsourcing contracts, telecoms arrangements and services agreements. James Hyde has considerable experience in contentious mandates, ranging from IT outsourcing and software licensing to cyber claims and breach of contract issues. Hyde jointly leads the team alongside Nick Stubbs, who advises on IT procurement matters and contractual agreements, while director Edward Williams focuses on IT disputes and associate James Ruane handles data protection work.

                                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                                      Nick Stubbs; James Hyde

                                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                                      ‘The Eversheds team are exceptionally strong in putting forward a strong case for their client, coupled with responsiveness and pragmatism.’

                                                                                      Key clients

                                                                                      DXC

                                                                                      Leeds Building Society

                                                                                      HSBC

                                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                                        Wales > Public sector Tier 3

                                                                                        Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recognised in particular for its work in large scale infrastructure devleopment projects, such as rail freight, renewable energy, airport runways and further public transport schemes. Paul Maile heads the team out of the Birmingham office and specialises in infrastructure and compulsory purchase matters and is noted for his advocacy services. The Nottingham office features partner Laura-Beth Hutton, who is experienced in development consent order applications for large infrastructure projects as well as renewable energy projects and whose practice includes residential work for housebuilders and local authorities.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        Paul Maile

                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                        Karen Mutton; Laura-Beth Hutton; Martin Pinnington

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        SEGRO Plc

                                                                                        RWE

                                                                                        Anglian Water

                                                                                        HS2

                                                                                        Menter Mon Cyf

                                                                                        Tritax Symmetry

                                                                                        INRG

                                                                                        Oxfordshire Railfreight Limited

                                                                                        Inspired Villages N

                                                                                        Taylor Wimpey

                                                                                        Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

                                                                                        With ‘strong technical skills’ and an ‘excellent all-round service’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s dedicated commercial team is active at a national and international level, leveraging the firm’s large network of offices to act for noteworthy clients including AstraZeneca and the Department for Transport. The group’s large size allows for key specialist expertise across a variety of sectors – Matthew Gough focuses on the financial sector, Agnes Koko excels in transport mandates and Kelly Holmes is active in property issues. Peter McCormack heads up the national strategic contracts practice and Richard Prowse is the key name in London, along with principal associate Ed Tompkin.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        Peter McCormack; Richard Prowse

                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                        Kelly Holmes; Simon Crossley; Matthew Gough; Tom Bridgford; Nick Blane; Ed Tompkin; Agnes Koko

                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                        ‘Excellent all-round service – IP, corporate, disputes, commercial contracts.’

                                                                                        ‘Tom Bridgford – excellent deal lawyer and team leader, solution-focused and committed to us a client. Very highly recommended.’

                                                                                        ‘The team displayed strong technical skills and understanding with a depth and breadth of experience that enabled them to provide clear and concise guidance on market best practice. The team were always available, including after hours on short notice, which was immensely helpful when working on a global project across multiple time zones.’

                                                                                        ‘Ed Tompkin was highly professional and a pleasure to work with. He brought strong knowledge and experience to the team and managed and ran with a number of negotiations independently. He provided sound project management skills and great communication. He was often available at odd hours on short notice.’

                                                                                        ‘They have expertise in all areas and so are able to pull knowledge to deliver on complex legal matters.’

                                                                                        ‘They are a very pragmatic, commercially aware team who understand the requirement for mutually beneficial outcomes in any contract negotiation.’

                                                                                        ‘Commercially astute and responsive. Invests in the relationship and understands our business culture, including demands and pressures.’

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        Legal & General

                                                                                        AstraZeneca, plc

                                                                                        Compass Group

                                                                                        Croda International

                                                                                        DXC Technology, Inc.

                                                                                        University of Manchester

                                                                                        Department for Transport

                                                                                        Mitchells & Butlers

                                                                                        Transport for London

                                                                                        Hammerson

                                                                                        Network Rail

                                                                                        Greater London Authority

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

                                                                                        Working closely with the firm’s US and Hong Kong offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP routinely advises on import and export controls, regulatory compliance, and sanctions regimes for a stellar mix of multinationals. James Lindop‘s ‘exceptional expertise’ in international trade ensures that he is called upon to represent clients before the various competent authorities, including HMRC and the European Commission. Indirect tax specialist Giles Salmond is noted for his experience in customs duty mediation and cross-border goods transfers, working with a diverse clientele that ranges from energy providers to food and drink manufacturers. Principal associate Monika Zejden-Erdmann is recommended for her capabilities in export control and sanctions law.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        James Lindop

                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                        ‘Very insightful and pleasant to work with. I always enjoy the communication with them. They proved to be very valuable also with regards to the export controls and sanctions issued in reaction to the war in Ukraine. It was a difficult and constantly changing period, but we managed to handle it well thanks to the cooperation with them.’

                                                                                        ‘Spot on, reactive team, with a diverse working background.’

                                                                                        ‘Knowledgeable, competent, committed.’

                                                                                        ‘James Lindop has provided invaluable support to our trade compliance teams. He combines exceptional subject matter expertise with an appreciation of the practical issues faced by businesses operating with complex supply chains.’

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        Shell Trading & Supply

                                                                                        ESET, spol. s r.o.

                                                                                        Ball Corporation

                                                                                        Teledyne Technologies, Inc.

                                                                                        Santé Global LLP

                                                                                        EDF

                                                                                        Cobham

                                                                                        Brown Forman

                                                                                        Oxford Nanopore

                                                                                        Drax Power Limited

                                                                                        Boohoo

                                                                                        Work highlights

                                                                                        • Advising Shell Trading & Supply on global trade compliance, providing daily and strategic advice – particularly in the context of the new sanctions against Russia.  
                                                                                        • Advised CyrusOne Inc on the FDI aspects of its agreement to be acquired by KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) in a $15bn all-cash transaction.
                                                                                        • Advising Santé Global LLP on a variety of regulatory and international trade issues, particularly in the context of the sourcing, logistics and regulatory compliance of PPE and medical devices during the Covid-19 pandemic.

                                                                                        Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is geared to support on a broad array of investigation, enforcement and risk advisory matters, including s166, cybersecurity, operational resilience, anti-money laundering and financial crime cases. Gregory Brandman is well-versed before the FCA, PRA and SFO, among other bodies, while Jake McQuitty is a go-to for market abuse, senior management misconduct and insider dealing affairs; the pair co-lead the team alongside Julia Neal, formerly of the Enforcement Division of the FSA, who handles a number of cross-border and international investigations, demonstrating particular accomplishments in market misconduct issues and the mis-selling of retail investments.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        Gregory Brandman; Jake McQuitty; Julia Neal

                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                        Steve Smith; Saira Choonka; Adam Berry; Sumitra Subramanian; Hayley Astles

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        Equifax Limited

                                                                                        Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works closely with prominent retail and wholesale banking clients, acting for them as both claimants and defendants across the full spectrum of banking disputes. Practice head David Flack defends wholesale banks against claims of fraud, and also acts for them in enforcement proceedings, while Mark Cooper has carved out a niche in handling matters involving freezing orders. Jennifer Miles stands out for her work on group claims and fraud-related litigation. Andrew Legg retired from the partnership in May 2021 and is now a senior consultant.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        David Flack

                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                        ‘Ability to put together a multi-disciplinary team to cover all aspects of complex banking disputes, including  the insolvency and fraud angles. Also excellent use of associates in their regional offices to maximise efficiency and costs savings’

                                                                                        ‘I would pick out Mark Cooper for his excellent team management and clear and detailed advice, both legal and strategic.’

                                                                                        ‘Good team with a lead partner who is excellent at delegating where appropriate/bringing in expertise. The team make themselves available and provide advice/recommendations in simple language not “lawyer-speak”’

                                                                                        ‘Mark Cooper is excellent – he understands issues quickly and gives advice that is  practical and also has the ability to provide recommendations with the commercial slant that we require’

                                                                                        ‘In depth knowledge of the sector – real day-to-day experience of issues for in-house counsel in the banking sector, and of the issues which can blow up for banks during litigation’

                                                                                        ‘David Flack – highly capable and energetic, makes himself available, pleasant to deal with’

                                                                                        ‘We have little need for commoditised legal services, but we do have a need for individualised specialist advice on complex legal and factual matrices, which demands a significant level of senior legal commitment . We get that from Eversheds’ Mark Cooper, who has proven adept at assimilating the different legal and commercial issues into clear advice about the optimum strategy and tactics.’

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        HSBC Bank Plc

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

                                                                                        Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc

                                                                                        Kamran Amouzegar

                                                                                        Doha Bank Q.P.S.C.

                                                                                        Global Energy Horizons Corporation

                                                                                        HSBC Bank Plc

                                                                                        HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

                                                                                        Various / Interim Court Orders

                                                                                        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s London office acts as the hub for the firm’s global dispute resolution practice; the team based in the capital is responsible for handling key litigation for major clients based around the world. The industrials, consumer, TMT and healthcare sectors are sectors  in which the group is particularly well regarded. Mark Davenport heads up the practice, which also includes  recommended litigator Sheena Buddhdev.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        Mark Davenport

                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                        Richard Little; Neville Byford; Tim Browning; Phillip Richardson; Sheena Buddhdev

                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                        ‘Fantastic tactical advice to deliver results through dispute resolution. The ability to draw on the skills of a wide range of people/departments through their regional network of expertise.’

                                                                                        ‘Mark Davenport – highly experienced with a superb tactical nose.’

                                                                                        ‘Fantastic tactical advice to deliver results through dispute resolution. The ability to draw on the skills of a wide range of people / departments through their regional network of expertise.’

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        Brown-Forman Beverages UK Limited

                                                                                        Tejani

                                                                                        Sepura Limited

                                                                                        Frames Process Systems International B.V

                                                                                        Al Saif Group

                                                                                        Allstate Insurance Company and Mr Richard Silverstein

                                                                                        Bemaco Steel Limited and Prime S.A.

                                                                                        Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s arbitration team is experienced in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, as well as the enforcement and challenges of arbitral awards. Global international arbitration group co-head Jonathan Leach, is an international commercial and investor-state arbitration specialist; ‘standout lawyerGreg Falkof is an Africa and Middle East disputes expert; Claire Stockfordputs in the hours to get the job done‘; and Sheena Buddhdev is a 2021 recruit from Akin Gump LLP. Also key to the team are principal associate and ‘up-and-coming starCameron Forsaith, counsel Ahmed Abdel-Hakam, and senior associates Kate Lomas, Margrit Trein and Michael Armstrong.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        Jonathan Leach

                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                        ‘Eversheds has built up a solid international arbitration practice and has, over a short period of time, become a leading set in this area. The firm is very well resourced and can handle the biggest and most complex cases; and its lawyers are always responsive.’

                                                                                        ‘Greg Falkof is a standout lawyer – he is absolutely first-rate. He is intellectually strong, has brilliant client management skills, and is a wonderful team player and a strong advocate.

                                                                                        ‘Greg Falkof is always calm and measured under pressure, and is able to bring a strong sense of reassurance to clients, even in the most difficult of circumstances. His commitment to his clients and the cases he works on is incredible and impressive.

                                                                                        ‘Greg Falkof is an invaluable member of any team. He also takes his responsibility as a partner and as a senior solicitor seriously, as he always makes time for the junior members of the team. He is a superstar and a go-to recommendation for international arbitration.’

                                                                                        ‘Claire Stockford puts in the hours to get the job done and leaves no stone unturned.

                                                                                        ‘Jonathan Leach is a great leader of the practice in London.

                                                                                        ‘Jonathan Leach and principal associate Cameron Forsaith have substantive knowledge of arbitration, in particular state-investor arbitration. Both are receptive, responsive, knowledgeable. sensible, and produce strong insights.’

                                                                                        Cameron Forsaith is an up-and-coming star with a great ability to pick up issues quickly.’

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        Government of Malaysia

                                                                                        1MDB

                                                                                        National Iranian Oil Company

                                                                                        State of Libya

                                                                                        Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

                                                                                        With ‘very extensive experience in advising states‘, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s London PIL team has longstanding expertise in PIL work, and state-to-state and investor-state arbitrations. Global co-chair of international arbitration Jonathan Leach focuses on international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration and PIL matters; Greg Falkof is experienced in disputes in the oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors, primarily involving Africa and the Middle East; barrister Claire Stockford acts in investor-state arbitration claims; and Mark Howarth is experienced in state-state arbitrations. At principal associate level, Cameron Forsaithhas great breadth of knowledge‘, while Ahmed Abdel-Hakam is ‘a future star‘.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        Jonathan Leach

                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                        ‘The lawyers have very extensive experience in advising states, not just on investment treaty arbitration but also other public international law disputes.’

                                                                                        ‘Fantastic team, full of people who really know the law and provide effective representation.’

                                                                                        Able to organise many lawyers in different jurisdictions meticulously.’

                                                                                        ‘Jonathan Leach always goes the extra mile. He makes hard cases easy.’

                                                                                        ‘Jonathan Leach and principal associate Cameron Forsaith have superior service and responsiveness levels, as well as business-oriented, practical advice. They always closely follow up on lawsuits and share their expertise when needed.’

                                                                                        ‘Greg Falkof is a consummate professional, a lovely person to deal with and extremely sharp. You really want to have him on your side.’

                                                                                        ‘Cameron Forsaith is excellent. He has great breadth of knowledge, and is very easy to work with.

                                                                                        ‘Principal associate Ahmed Abdel-Hakam is a future star – very impressive knowledge of public international law and very easy to work with.

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        State of Libya

                                                                                        Islamic Republic of Iran

                                                                                        Government of Malaysia

                                                                                        National Iranian Oil Company

                                                                                        Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides practical contentious tax advice on issues such as VAT, customs duties, loan relationships, SDRT and tax investigations. In addition the team has expertise in acting for clients in judicial reviews and advising on precedent-setting cases of tax discrimination. David Jervis co-heads the team with Giles Salmond  who specialises in indirect tax with a focus on contentious VAT. Edward Griffiths  advises clients on disputes with HMRC from pre-action through to trial.

                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                        Giles Salmond; David Jervis

                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                        Edward Griffiths

                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                        ‘Very approachable.’

                                                                                        ‘Edward Griffth is very approachable and gives timely updates.’

                                                                                        ‘An engaging and client focused team offering practical yet cutting edge strategic advice on contentious tax issues. Giles leads an excellent technically strong team who are all very pleasant to deal with.’

                                                                                        ‘Giles Salmond is the go to tax litigator and his technical expertise and know how – both in terms of direct and indirect tax matters is second to none.’

                                                                                        ‘The Tax Litigation and Investigations team is extremely strong. They are prepared to go the extra mile to support their clients. They will make time at unsociable hours of the day to ensure that a client’s needs a met. Even when not in the office they are available. In my experience, it compares very favourably compared to other firms. They have also embraced a hybrid form of working which they deploy in every case. Where appropriate they ensure face to face meetings still happen, but to save client’s time and money if it doesn’t need to be face to face they do not insist on doing so.’

                                                                                        ‘Giles Salmond and Ed Griffiths are brilliant. They are permanently contactable and incredibly clever. They are thorough individuals who do not let anything slip by them. They have been involved in, and run, incredibly complicated investigations to support their clients who have been accused of serious criminal activity. I cannot speak highly enough in support of them.’

                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                        PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

                                                                                        Aozora GMAC Investments Limited

                                                                                        Work highlights

                                                                                          Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

                                                                                          Equipped to 'advise on both the legal and tax aspects of schemes that involve overseas components', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP assists public and private companies, including London Heathrow Airport, Rolls Royce and AstraZeneca, with the design and implementation of incentive plans. From Leeds, Mathew Gorringe, who draws on than 25 years of experience advising on the incentives aspects of M&A and IPOs, directs the team. Another key name is London-based Danny Blum, 'who works effectively with colleagues in Singapore, China and the US to assist with' cross-border mandates.

                                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                                          Mathew Gorringe

                                                                                          Other key lawyers:

                                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                                          ‘The team is happy to work on a fixed fee basis. They have a detailed knowledge of a wide range of UK employee incentive schemes and are willing to either guide a client through the process of administering these in-house or to take on the full responsibility for their administration – a flexible approach. They are able to advise on both the legal (corporate law) and tax aspects of schemes that involve overseas components, such as a Jersey-based employee benefit trust, as well as incentive arrangements in our Singapore, Chinese and US.’ 

                                                                                          ‘Danny Blum offers the best customer service of any lawyer I have used since founding my business 15 years ago and is completely trusted by me and my co-founder to set up effective and legal employee incentive schemes that deliver real value to recipients while also protecting our interests as majority shareholders. His own knowledge of the field is encyclopedic and, as a bonus, he takes his responsibility as our client partner seriously, always finding us excellent people within his firm to assist with other areas of law. He always delivers on time and on budget and the quality of written reports and advice is first-class. He works effectively with colleagues in Singapore, China and the US to assist with incentives across our subsidiaries as well as in our UK company.’ 

                                                                                          ‘Eversheds has teams of experts around the world making them a great fit to advise companies on international equity plans.’ 

                                                                                          ‘Danny Blum is extremely responsive, transparent, and helpful. He and his team have provided valuable advice related to the expansion of our equity award program into various foreign jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.’ 

                                                                                          ‘We had the pleasure of working with Eversheds on a project recently. All work was clearly explained and our consent was given at all stages with full understanding of the options. The project was a collaboration but Eversheds provided everything that we needed and guided us through the process superbly’ 

                                                                                          ‘Danny Blum and his team really went beyond our expectations as a client. They provided everything at the right time, everything was prepared to a very high standard and all implications were fully explained.  We are very thankful for this level of care.’ 

                                                                                          ‘The team is incredibly knowledgeable in its subject area. They are thorough and pay attention to detail. They anticipate problems before they arise and provide suggested solutions to those problems. Their client service is excellent, and they always make themselves available when needed.’ 

                                                                                          ‘The partners from Eversheds are knowledgeable, approachable and always make themselves available for questions when needed. They apply commerciality to the situation and find pragmatic solutions to problems.’ 

                                                                                          Key clients

                                                                                          AstraZeneca

                                                                                          Croda International

                                                                                          Greencore Group

                                                                                          MicroStrategy

                                                                                          London Heathrow Airport

                                                                                          Intertrust Employee Benefit Trustees

                                                                                          ProCook

                                                                                          Van Elle Holdings

                                                                                          Roll-Royce

                                                                                          Sygnature Discovery

                                                                                          Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

                                                                                          With its strong presence in the UK, U.S and around the world, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is frequently instructed on multijurisdictional high-value disputes involving brokers and captive insurance companies. Simon Brooks ‘ varied practice includes coverage disputes, negligence claims against insurance brokers, property damage and BI disputes, product  liability claims and D&O issues. Matthew Allen specialises in international arbitration under the Bermuda form, and is sought after for business interruption claims arising from industrial, commercial and retail interests in Latin America, Turkey, U.S and Europe. ‘Future star‘ principal associate Naz Gauri is active on property, specialty risks and Covid-19 mandates.

                                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                                          Simon Brooks

                                                                                          Other key lawyers:

                                                                                          Matthew Allen; Naz Gauri; Mark Everiss

                                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                                          ‘The team takes the time to get to know our business intimately. That results in better, more helpful, advice. The team is highly diverse and generous with their non-billable time. I feel like I always get value for money because they get the right balance of partner and associate time recording.’

                                                                                          ‘Simon Brooks is incredibly knowledgeable. Provides high quality legal and commercial advice.’

                                                                                          ‘Naz Gauri gives me the comfort level of a partner, yet he is an associate. He’s a current and future star. Very good instincts on litigation and asks all the right questions.’

                                                                                          ‘Naz Gauri is a rising star in the team. He is client focused, technically outstanding and delivers on his promises – particularly when there are tight timescales. I would recommend Naz to anyone.’

                                                                                          ‘Mark Everiss stands out for his in-depth knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance markets based on years of experience, combined with an excellent eye for detail and a determination to deliver the best results for his clients.’

                                                                                          Key clients

                                                                                          Qatar Insurance Company

                                                                                          Aon Limited

                                                                                          AXA XL

                                                                                          CNA Hardy

                                                                                          Sedgwick Loss Adjusters

                                                                                          Aon Middle East LLC

                                                                                          Lockton Companies LLP

                                                                                          United Insurance Brokers

                                                                                          IF P&C

                                                                                          Gefion

                                                                                          Work highlights

                                                                                          • Acted for a broker in an insurance coverage dispute for organisers an Ultra Techno music festival in Abu Dhabi, which was cancelled because of the spread of coronavirus.

                                                                                          Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

                                                                                          Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has undertaken a number of major multinational product recall and compliance projects for leading clients in the industrial, automotive and and medical devices sectors. The team places an emphasis on compliance and has built a strong reputation for its work on specialist compliance issues. Richard Matthews leads the team, advising clients on their response to product failures in the automotive, chemicals, food and pharmaceuticals sectors. He is supported by newly-promoted legal director Peter Shervington , who handles commercial disputes arising from product liability issues.

                                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                                          Richard Matthews

                                                                                          Other key lawyers:

                                                                                          Peter Shervington

                                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                                          ‘Specialist product liability team covering both UK and the European Markets. The premier team for high profile and difficult cases – often relating to fatalities or which give rise to group litigation. Unrivalled experience and expertise – the go-to team for the multinational companies.’

                                                                                          ‘Richard Matthews – outstanding team leader. Inspires with his calm and impeccable judgment in the highest pressure situations. No-one knows more about how to successfully defend high profile product liability claims.

                                                                                          Peter Shervington – huge intellect. His command of complicated technical and expert evidence is unparalleled.’

                                                                                          ‘The Eversheds team worked well over multiple jurisdictions, using Eversheds offices globally (particularly in the UK, Germany and USA) and coordinating with other counsel where required.’

                                                                                          Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

                                                                                          Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP defend high value claims and advises on regulatory investigations involving accountants, insurance brokers and pensions advisors. Simon Brooks  is skilled in high value, complex claims, defending legal, financial and construction professionals. Claire Carroll  defends claims brought against pensions professionals, trustees and advisers. Jennifer Miles, meanwhile, led the firm's team which reached a settlement on behalf of a former KPMG audit director who had faced an investigation and enforcement proceedings brought by the Financial Reporting Counsel.

                                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                                          Simon Brooks

                                                                                          Other key lawyers:

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

                                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                                          ‘I have worked with Simon Brooks and Naz Gauri on a number of cases. They are in my experience both knowledgeable and experienced in the field of professional negligence and provide effective and focused representation for their clients.’

                                                                                          ‘Simon Brooks has good judgement, which in my view is the key to effective representation.’

                                                                                          ‘Naz Gauri and Simon Brooks provide excellent service and have a commercial approach. They are approachable and pragmatic.’

                                                                                          Key clients

                                                                                          Marsh

                                                                                          Aon

                                                                                          KPMG

                                                                                          Axa XL

                                                                                          Aon Hewitt

                                                                                          United Insurance Brokers

                                                                                          Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited (the “Trustee”, the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, a British Airways pension fund).

                                                                                          Options Personal Pensions (previously Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK Limited

                                                                                          BDO

                                                                                          Grant Thornton

                                                                                          Work highlights

                                                                                          • Represented an ex-KPMG audit director in both the investigation and subsequent enforcement proceedings brought by the Executive Counsel of the Financial Reporting Counsel under the Accountancy Scheme.
                                                                                          • Acted for a client who had placed insurance coverage for organisers of an Ultra Techno music festival in Abu Dhabi, which was cancelled because of the spread of coronavirus.

                                                                                          Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 3

                                                                                          The closed-ended funds practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises funds and their service providers on issues such as capital and debt raising, mergers, reorganisations and liquidations. The team is particularly strong for regulatory issues, and has an increasing presence for ESG and responsible investing matters. Heading the team is veteran financial regulatory lawyer Ronald Paterson, who takes the lead on advising fund managers on launching innovative funds concerning a variety of asset classes. Associate Liz Kwok handles closed-end fund launches and related corporate transactions, in addition to providing regulatory advice, focusing mainly on ESG. Based in Edinburgh, legal director Sarah Burnside works closely with the London team.

                                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                                          Ronald Paterson

                                                                                          Other key lawyers:

                                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                                          ‘They are a leading team in the listed fund sector and their approach is both efficient and pragmatic.’

                                                                                          ‘Ronald Paterson has extensive experience in the sector and his advice is clear and pragmatic.’

                                                                                          Sarah Burnside ensures that transactional work is performed efficiently and to a high standard.’

                                                                                          ‘Driven professionals – very motivated and always meet deadlines.’

                                                                                          Key clients

                                                                                          Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc

                                                                                          UK Mortgages Limited

                                                                                          VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc

                                                                                          Worldwide Healthcare Trust PLC

                                                                                          Work highlights

                                                                                          • Advised UKML on its tender offer to return c.£40m to Shareholders and enable it to implement further tender offers, which involved producing a circular to shareholders describing the proposals, terms of the tender offer and convening a meeting for its shareholders to vote on the proposals.
                                                                                          • Advised Gresham House Energy Storage Fund PLC on a number of matters, including aspects of its s new £180m debt facility for a portfolio of existing and future UK and Irish battery storage projects.
                                                                                          • Advised VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc on the structuring and initial public offering of shares in GSEO to listing on the premium segment of the Official List and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange plc, raising £240m, and on its subsequent fundraise, which closed in November 2021 and raised £70 million in aggregate, involving a placing under GSEO’s placing programme.

                                                                                          Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

                                                                                          The financial services offering at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is led by Michaela Walker , who has recently been appointed as European financial services head, and advises pan-European clients on the establishment and regulation of funds. The team has significantly broadened its workload to make alternative and private funds space work a significant portion of their practice. In particular, it works on ultra-high-net-worth, cross-jurisdictional real estate and infrastructure issues, with an increasing focus on sustainability; recently, the team advised on the rebranding of a $1b fund for AXA to meet ESG principles. Phil Spyropolous is noted for leading on the firm’s ESG initiatives, while Ronald Paterson is noteworthy for his real estate focus. Notably in April 2022, partner Pamela Thompson retired, whilst Ben Watford left the team.

                                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                                          Michaela Walker

                                                                                          Other key lawyers:

                                                                                          Jamie Dunlop; Richard Batchelor; Michaela Walker; Ronald Paterson; Julian Brown; Phil Spyropoulos

                                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                                          ‘The team has an extreme attention-to-detail and is always is able to suggest appropriate citations to UK law in drafting agreements.’

                                                                                          ‘Jamie Dunlop and Richard Batchelor work well as a team and provide insightful comments on secondary transactions in the UK.’

                                                                                          ‘Our ‘go-to’ team for all things ACS-related. The team are very responsive and will always help at short-notice, where needed. Very considered and commercial advice.’

                                                                                          ‘Richard Batchelor is good to work with. He is hard-working, excellent at simplifying issues for non-lawyers and has a good network which can be useful in negotiations.’

                                                                                          ‘They are specialists in retail investor funds.’

                                                                                          Key clients

                                                                                          Pireaus

                                                                                          Schroders Capital

                                                                                          AEW

                                                                                          London LGPS CIV

                                                                                          Border to Coast

                                                                                          Local Pensions Partnership

                                                                                          IST3 Investmentstiftung

                                                                                          Ageas

                                                                                          Migros-Pensionskasse

                                                                                          Kimura

                                                                                          M&G Securities

                                                                                          Abrdn Asset Management

                                                                                          Aviva Investors Fund Services

                                                                                          Schroders Real Estate Investment Management

                                                                                          Janus Henderson Investors

                                                                                          Rathbones Unit Trust Managers

                                                                                          Artemis Fund Managers

                                                                                          Fidelity International

                                                                                          Ninety One (formerly Investec)

                                                                                          Santander Asset Management UK

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

                                                                                          The energy team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘is hard working, diligent and client focused’ with recognition for handling large scale projects and disputes. The team are instructed on clean energy deals by some of the largest dedicated investment funds such as Greencoat Solar and BlackRock. Robert Pitcher specialises in joint ventures and co-heads the global energy group with Diane Gilhooley. Stephen Hill handles M&A transactions while Indraj Mangat is experienced in asset finance matters.

                                                                                          Practice head(s):

                                                                                          Robert Pitcher; Stephen Hill; Mark Howarth; David Jones; Jubilee Easo; Diane Gilhooley

                                                                                          Testimonials

                                                                                          ‘A very well run team under the direction of Mark Howarth.’

                                                                                          ‘Mark Howarth stands out in terms of his knowledge and leadership skills.’

                                                                                          ‘Pragmatic, commercial advice provided in a timely fashion. Eversheds has developed a great understanding of our business and has developed strong and trusted relationships which represents a key strength.’

                                                                                          ‘Supportive, go the extra mile to provide support and advice, set realistic timeframes for delivery and work to outperform and do so consistently.’

                                                                                          ‘The team has some absolutely top-notch work and for good reason. They are dedicated, knowledgeable and very easy to work with.’

                                                                                          ‘The Eversheds team is hard working, diligent and client focused.’

                                                                                          ‘The Eversheds real estate team who have been working on our offshore wind farm project have been as asset to our project over the last 18 months. They are friendly, easy to work with and very pragmatic. They provide the perfect balance of ensuring that our interests are always protected, while also being pragmatic enough to progress agreements to meet our timescales and maintain our programme.’

                                                                                          Key clients

                                                                                          Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

                                                                                          Energias Renováveis S.A.

                                                                                          Equitix Group

                                                                                          Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE)

                                                                                          EirGrid joint venture

                                                                                          Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Limited

                                                                                          Equinor New Energy Limited

                                                                                          China Southern Power Grid International (HK) Co., Ltd

                                                                                          Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc (GRID)

                                                                                          National Grid – National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

                                                                                          National Iranian Oil Company

                                                                                          National Grid Ventures Limited

                                                                                          NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

                                                                                          TechnipFMC PLC

                                                                                          Menter Mon Cyf

                                                                                          CITIC Resources Holdings Limited (CRH)

                                                                                          Critical Project Services LLC

                                                                                          National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)

                                                                                          Work highlights

                                                                                            Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

                                                                                            Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s contentious team advise across a range of key sectors, including infrastructure, real estate, energy and transport. It also has a significant construction international arbitration practice, notably in the Middle East, France and the US. Jonathan Douglas heads the UK team, acting primarily for purchasers, whilst Simon Oats heads the global team. Jessica Neuberger has developed an increased focus on the energy and renewables sectors, alongside her ongoing PFI/PPP disputes work. Nick Pinder specialises in international disputes in the energy sector.

                                                                                            Practice head(s):

                                                                                            Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

                                                                                            Other key lawyers:

                                                                                            Key clients

                                                                                            Lendlease

                                                                                            St. Modwen Properties Plc

                                                                                            Wärtsilä

                                                                                            EP Langage Limited

                                                                                            CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV

                                                                                            Government of Slovakia

                                                                                            Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

                                                                                            Critical Project Services LLC

                                                                                            The Office Group

                                                                                            Precis Capital Partners

                                                                                            Real estate > Planning Tier 3

                                                                                            Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s planning practice focuses on numerous aspects of planning law, namely strategic residential developments, urban regeneration and judicial and statutory challenges, and energy infrastructure. Moreover, the firm advises on technical planning related matters including the impact of water neutrality on the planning system, and securing infrastructure payments related to strategic policy designations. Practice head Stuart Andrews specialises in the promotion of major residential development and international energy projects. Principle associate Matthew Nixon has extensive experience of contentious matters in the courts, and non-contentious matters concerning Section 106 and highways agreements.

                                                                                            Practice head(s):

                                                                                            Stuart Andrews

                                                                                            Other key lawyers:

                                                                                            Testimonials

                                                                                            ‘Sensible, pragmatic approach to complex planning issues.’

                                                                                            ‘The team are helpful and easy to reach. Their depth of experience is helpful when negotiating contracts and agreements and will come up with commercial and helpful suggestions and solutions.’

                                                                                            ‘The planning legal team is strong and are able to turn around documents and responses very quickly and to a high standard.’

                                                                                            ‘The planning team at Eversheds are truly exceptional and among the elite in the country. The take control of a case with total competence, providing excellent advice with immaculate attention to detail. I have recommended them to clients who have a difficult job that needs high class solicitors to solve, and they have always delivered.’

                                                                                            ‘Matthew Nixon is an exceptionally good planning litigator. He is calm, writes with complete clarity, and approaches problems with a clear head and gives sensible advice. In all of the cases I have done with him, he has been a pleasure to work with, and completely reliable. I would (and frequently do) recommend him to clients in need of a safe pair of hands.’

                                                                                            Key clients

                                                                                            Marlow Film Studio

                                                                                            Moto Hospitality

                                                                                            Westferry Developments Ltd

                                                                                            Fairfield Elsenham

                                                                                            London & Continental Railways

                                                                                            Berkeley Homes (North London) Limited

                                                                                            Berkeley Homes (South London) Limited

                                                                                            Summix

                                                                                            Eastern Quarry (Ebbsfleet)

                                                                                            St Congar

                                                                                            Catesby

                                                                                            Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

                                                                                            The real estate finance team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong practice, advising both lenders and borrowers on UK and pan-European mandates; the firm’s international presence is an asset on cross-border deals. The team is particularly noted for its development finance expertise. Simon Mead is praised as ‘an extremely experienced finance lawyer‘ and he heads the department, which is also home to Robert Ludwig, who advises banks and debt funds on senior and mezzanine transactions, and Chris Brooks, who has a strong pan-European practice. Sheena Wells and Jane Allen are also notable names.

                                                                                            Practice head(s):

                                                                                            Testimonials

                                                                                            ‘One of the largest Real Estate finance teams in the UK.’

                                                                                            ‘The team benefits from a strong regional practice and is one of few providers who is genuinely full service and with depth in all areas.’

                                                                                            ‘Simon Mead is an extremely experienced finance lawyer. He is able to bring sound commercial reason in aspects of a transaction, and combines technical strengths with accomplished negotiating skills. He is supported by a talented and client-centric team.’

                                                                                            ‘Robert Ludwig is very knowledge of the real market, has a strong legal background, and has a very pragmatic approach when it comes to negotiation, leading to a very smooth and easy documentation and funding process.’

                                                                                            ‘Robert Ludwig is very hands on, extremely available and pragmatic.’

                                                                                            ‘Chris Brooks is pragmatic, responsive and commercial.’

                                                                                            Key clients

                                                                                            PRS Operations Limited

                                                                                            Aviva Commercial Finance Limited

                                                                                            LaSalle Investment Management

                                                                                            Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

                                                                                            Audley Group Developments 1 Limited

                                                                                            Bank Leumi

                                                                                            Waveney Capital

                                                                                            NewRiver

                                                                                            Cheyne Capital

                                                                                            Legal & General

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

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

                                                                                            Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles technology contracts, cloud computing procurements and agile software development agreements for clients in the energy, retail, utilities and financial services industries. Practice head Tom Bridgford and Richard Jones,who also leads the firm’s international payment services group, focus on regulatory issues within the financial services arena. Richard Hill was promoted to partnership in May 2021, specialising in large-scale technology outsourcing arrangements, cloud deals, software contracts and data security matters.

                                                                                            Practice head(s):

                                                                                            Tom Bridgford

                                                                                            Other key lawyers:

                                                                                            Key clients

                                                                                            Fiserv

                                                                                            Santander

                                                                                            Smiths Business Information Services Limited

                                                                                            Lookers plc

                                                                                            Anglo American

                                                                                            Smiths Group plc

                                                                                            Work highlights

                                                                                              Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

                                                                                              The ‘first class’ team at Eversheds Sutherland has a particular focus on procurement, construction, and insolvency. The department is increasingly active in multi-jurisdictional matters, where clients benefit from the firm’s global reach. Matthew Howse leads the team and is experienced in areas including financial litigation, commercial disputes and real estate. Associate Emma Paisley joined the team from Worthingtons in 2021.

                                                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                                                              Matthew Howse

                                                                                              Other key lawyers:

                                                                                              Testimonials

                                                                                              ‘The dispute resolution team in Eversheds Sutherland provides a first class service to its clients.’

                                                                                              ‘Matthew Howse is a top rate litigator who always goes the extra mile for his clients. He has a wealth of experience in the local market and is a skilled negotiator.’

                                                                                              ‘Emily Paisley is an astute lawyer who can relay complicated legal issues in a plain speaking manner that is easy for clients to grapple with.’

                                                                                              ‘Matthew Howse has been a great professional in dealing with our case.’

                                                                                              ‘Excellent ability to explain the idiosyncrasies of the Northern Ireland legal system and court process.’

                                                                                              ‘They have quickly taken on board and implemented our specific requirements.’

                                                                                              ‘Emily Paisley is very approachable and responds to any queries quickly and efficiently.’

                                                                                              ‘Competent and helpful staff.’

                                                                                              Key clients

                                                                                              Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

                                                                                              CSC Computer Sciences Limited t/a DXC Technology

                                                                                              PwC

                                                                                              AON UK Limited

                                                                                              Northstone NI Limited t/a Farrans

                                                                                              Legal & General Group Plc

                                                                                              Agua Fabrics Limited

                                                                                              Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

                                                                                              Harcourt Construction (NI) Limited

                                                                                              Northland Deutsche Bucht GMbH

                                                                                              BDO

                                                                                              Four Seasons Healthcare Limited

                                                                                              AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

                                                                                              Clover 51 Limited

                                                                                              Ellard Limited

                                                                                              Funding Circle Limited

                                                                                              Shoe Zone

                                                                                              Roland Graham

                                                                                              Legal and General Assurance Society Ireland

                                                                                              Keenan Corporate Finance Limited

                                                                                              Pearson Management Services Limited

                                                                                              Azzuro Associates Limited

                                                                                              Bentley Corporate Manufacturing LLP

                                                                                              Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

                                                                                              Work highlights

                                                                                              • Advised AP Wireless, a major telecoms site landlord throughout the UK, in a precedent-setting case in relation to the serving of 16 separate sets of Article 7 Notices pursuant to the Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.
                                                                                              • Advised new client AES Global Solutions Limited in relation to a trans-Atlantic contractual dispute it was having with a contractual partner in relation to supply of electrical goods and components.
                                                                                              • Advised Bannatyne Fitness Limited in relation to proceedings served against it by a contractor in Northern Ireland.

                                                                                              Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

                                                                                              Principal associate Laura Shirley is a key contact at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Birmingham, regularly deploying her wealth of experience in all aspects of criminal regulatory defence work. She routinely advises on all areas of health and safety, food safety and licensing in addition to road transport and contentious environmental law matters and is also a solicitor advocate with rights of audience in the higher criminal courts.

                                                                                              Practice head(s):

                                                                                              Key clients

                                                                                              Network Rail

                                                                                              China Light and Power Limited

                                                                                              Scansource Europe

                                                                                              Thames Water Utilities Limited

                                                                                              Busy Bees Nurseries

                                                                                              Northern Gas Networks Limited

                                                                                              Places for People

                                                                                              Hutchinson Ports

                                                                                              HS2

                                                                                              Kingspan

                                                                                              Next Plc

                                                                                              Cadent Gas Networks

                                                                                              Drax Power Limited

                                                                                              Tarmac Trading Limited

                                                                                              Work highlights

                                                                                                Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

                                                                                                Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers clients full corporate tax coverage, with experience in tax risk insurance work, investment fund taxation, and real estate investments. Ben Jones leads the team, and focuses on high value M&A, investments and reorganisations, frequently with cross-border elements. Jones works closely with principle associate Helen Mackey, who is identified as ‘excellent’. Paul Beausang leads on real estate tax, while Deepesh Upadhyay handles the tax aspects of domestic and international finance transactions.

                                                                                                Practice head(s):

                                                                                                Ben Jones

                                                                                                Other key lawyers:

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

                                                                                                Testimonials

                                                                                                ‘The team is comprised of hard-working, erudite, commercial tax lawyers.’

                                                                                                ‘Ben Jones is always available and quickly flags the salient points that may affect our commercial position. Helen Mackey is excellent.’

                                                                                                ‘Strong multi disciplinary practice.’

                                                                                                ‘Deepesh Upadhyay – a high calibre individual in financial transaction space.’

                                                                                                ‘Excellent client service. Partner availability is excellent, and also quality of associates.’

                                                                                                ‘Pragmatic approach.’

                                                                                                Key clients

                                                                                                AIG Europe

                                                                                                Aviva

                                                                                                Zurich

                                                                                                Liberty Mutual

                                                                                                HCC Tokio Marine

                                                                                                Euclid

                                                                                                Brockwell Capital

                                                                                                Berkshire Hathaway

                                                                                                VALE

                                                                                                Phoenix Life Limited

                                                                                                Eutelsat Communications

                                                                                                Legal & General

                                                                                                Vanta Education (formally Apollo Global)

                                                                                                Kinetic Capital/PBSA Debt Strategies I SCSp

                                                                                                Octopus Investment Limited

                                                                                                Tesco Pension Scheme

                                                                                                SEGRO plc

                                                                                                Zirconia Trading Limited (Zetland Capital)

                                                                                                Deka Bank

                                                                                                London Inflation Plus Fund

                                                                                                Work highlights

                                                                                                  Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

                                                                                                  Advising on merger control matters and investigations and demonstrating a specialist knowledge of Foreign Direct Investment regimes in many jurisdictions, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘a very strong team’. Led by highly experienced competition lawyers Ros Kellaway and James Lindop, the competition team at Eversheds also contains the ‘exceptionalJulia Woodward-Carlton  and highly rated Jessica Martin , who is viewed by some clients as an expert in the automotive sector following a secondment at Volkswagen.

                                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                                  Ros Kellaway – International co-chair; James Lindop – head of competition, EU and trade (UK)

                                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                  Julia Woodward-Carlton; Jessica Martin; Claire Morgan; Pater Harper; Elizabeth Coleman

                                                                                                  Testimonials

                                                                                                  ‘The competition team at Eversheds adopts a hands on approach that makes cooperating with the team very pleasant and effective.’

                                                                                                  ‘Ros Kellaway is the lead partner of the team. She has outstanding knowledge in this field of the law and relies on her extensive experience. She is a great and effective communicator and is very solution-driven.’

                                                                                                  ‘Extremely knowledgeable’

                                                                                                  ‘The critical element was the ability to both interpret  the situation legally but also to empathise with the client.  Julia Woodward-Carlton and Ros Kellaway were exceptional to deal with.’

                                                                                                  ‘Very strong team, with huge depth of experience across all main areas of competition law. Also, a very strong client focus. The team builds up strong working relationships with clients.’

                                                                                                  ‘Very thorough, no stone unturned approach. Top people include Peter Harper. Claire Morgan is also very capable and has a great track record in UK mergers.’

                                                                                                  ‘The team provides useful, commercial advice on complex competition and FDI matters. The team is very strong in depth with excellent individuals at the associate level. The team is responsive, approachable and very easy to work with.’

                                                                                                  ‘Elizabeth Coleman:  able to understand our business challenges effectively and bring in specific experts where necessary to ensure we get the most appropriate advice, relative to us doing business in the EU and also specifically for the competition challenges that we face as a company’

                                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                                  Agents Mutual

                                                                                                  Aspen Holdings

                                                                                                  Volkswagen Group UK

                                                                                                  Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

                                                                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is regularly instructed by national and international financial services institutions and their portfolios to handle fraud work. Its work is often cross-border in nature, and the team works closely with the firm’s criminal practitioners. Neville Byford has more than 30 years of experience in the field and also acts in sports fraud disputes; he leads the practice together with Birmingham-based Neville Gray. Kari McCormick is well versed in seeking recoveries from companies and individuals in offshore jurisdictions.

                                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                                  Neville Byford; Neville Gray

                                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                  Kari McCormick; Tim Browning; Daniel Jackson

                                                                                                  Testimonials

                                                                                                  ‘They recognise the commercial challenges faced with dealing with these types of claims and seek to resolve them with as little impact on the business as possible. There hasn’t been anything that the team hasn’t been able to handle due to their breadth of knowledge and expertise across the financial services industry.’

                                                                                                  ‘Neville Byford, partner, is a highly experienced and well organised litigator. Organises his team well and ensures maximum cost benefit for clients.’

                                                                                                  ‘Neville Byford is well organised and knows the area extremely well. He is a real fighter for his clients. Uses counsel efficiently and operates in an efficient way for clients.’

                                                                                                  ‘Neville Gray/Daniel Jackson – both have very good working knowledge of fraud, investment in understanding clients, and the industry as a whole.’

                                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                                  HSBC – Ingenious

                                                                                                  The Government of Malaysia and 1MDB

                                                                                                  HSBC – Mercury

                                                                                                  Bemaco Steel Limited

                                                                                                  Pension Fraud (General)

                                                                                                  Credit Suisse Trust

                                                                                                  Barclays Pharmaceutical Limited

                                                                                                  Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

                                                                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's derivatives and financial collateral team, which is led from London by Jonathan Master, works with a range of clients including investment funds, fund managers, pension schemes and retail banks. Recent work highlights for the buy-side focused team have included advising on initial margin compliance, the implications of LIBOR cessation and derivatives documentation such as ISDA Master Agreements. Other key names include Richard Batchelor, who leads on many of the team's key matters.

                                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                                  Michaela Walker; Jonathan Master

                                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                  Richard Batchelor; Jamie Dunlop; Paul Denham

                                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                                  Aegon

                                                                                                  American Express

                                                                                                  Anchor Hanover Group

                                                                                                  Chetwood Financial

                                                                                                  Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

                                                                                                  JB Drax Honoré

                                                                                                  Nomura Asset Management UK

                                                                                                  Phoenix

                                                                                                  Sainsbury’s Pension Scheme

                                                                                                  Tristan Capital

                                                                                                  Industry focus > TMT Tier 4

                                                                                                  James Hyde became international head of telecoms at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2022, and leads an offering that provides broad support on matters from deals and acquisitions to disputes, with Thekla Fellas especially highly regarded for her capability in Telecoms Code work. Commercial specialist Charlotte Walker-Osborn leads the firm’s international technology focus, while consultant Simon Cloke is also noted.

                                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                                  James Hyde; Charlotte Walker-Osborn

                                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                                  AP Wireless

                                                                                                  DXC

                                                                                                  Eutelsat

                                                                                                  Wavenet

                                                                                                  Arqiva

                                                                                                  Nokia

                                                                                                  NTT

                                                                                                  Orange Business Services

                                                                                                  Zen Internet

                                                                                                  Smiths Group

                                                                                                  Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 4

                                                                                                  Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

                                                                                                  Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

                                                                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers broad expertise across a variety of key types of construction work, including infrastructure, real estate, energy and transport. It is also active on construction investment and development finance matters, advising funders and lenders. The practice also continues to advise global tech firms on data centre procurement and commercial property fit-outs. The team is co-led by Jonathan Douglas, who leads the UK practice from London, and Simon Oats, who leads the global construction and engineering group.

                                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                                  Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

                                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                  Lucy Chadwick

                                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                                  Lendlease

                                                                                                  St. Modwen Properties Plc

                                                                                                  Wärtsilä

                                                                                                  EP Langage Limited

                                                                                                  CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV

                                                                                                  Government of Slovakia

                                                                                                  Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

                                                                                                  Critical Project Services LLC

                                                                                                  The Office Group

                                                                                                  Precis Capital Partners

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

                                                                                                  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a combination of high-profile corporates, including several FTSE-listed businesses, as well as leading financial institutions, across financial crime investigations, internal compliance matters, and throughout enforcement proceedings, and is particularly noted for its position on the FCA Skilled Person panel, reflecting its strength in advising regulated financial services firms on compliance issues. The nationwide practice is headed by Manchester-based Zia Ullah , who has an international practice encompassing anti-bribery and corruption work and money laundering advice, and strong international sanctions capabilities, and is a regular advisor to major financial institutions. In London, Emma Gordon  is a key name for cross-border corporate investigations, regularly interacting with UK and US regulatory bodies and enforcement agencies.

                                                                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                                                                  Zia Ullah

                                                                                                  Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                  Emma Gordon; Ruth Paley; Steve Smith

                                                                                                  Testimonials

                                                                                                  ‘Great AML specialists’

                                                                                                  ‘Ruth Paley is an integral partner within the Corporate Crime and Investigations team at Eversheds. Her experience and knowledge of AML law, procedure and compliance is nothing short of outstanding. Ruth is a powerhouse performer in global corporate investigations relating to offences of bribery, fraud and money laundering. Her approach to internal investigation interviews is calm, considered and concise. Truly an outstanding lawyer.’

                                                                                                  ‘Eversheds has a pragmatic approach to legal advice, and their knowledge and experience is invaluable. They are confident in their conclusions, and deliver in a clear and concise manner. We also believe they are value added – i.e. their pricing is reasonable. They understand what the regulator may expect, and their advice is tailored accordingly; enabling us to meet our regulatory and commercial obligations.’

                                                                                                  ‘Gregory Brandman is well regarded in the industry and as a firm we have worked closely with him over the last 6 months. His advice is pragmatic and he is realistic. He takes onboard all stakeholder comments, and exercises diplomacy. He has a good gut feel on how the regulator will react, and he is usually right.’

                                                                                                  ‘Eversheds have a strong corporate crime team, with particular capability in the anti-money laundering (“AML”) and sanctions space.’

                                                                                                  Key clients

                                                                                                  Airline Services Limited

                                                                                                  Work highlights

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

                                                                                                    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

                                                                                                    Employment > Immigration Tier 5

                                                                                                    International firm Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a strong corporate-focused immigration team, providing strategic support across a range of sectors. Audrey Elliott leads the national practice from Birmingham, and has been central to recent efforts to help clients develop and implement immigration policies in the aftermath of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Former team head Lizzie Field moved to Bristows LLP in September 2021, and the team took on three new associates, including principal associate Louisa Cole from Pinsent Masons LLP.

                                                                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                                                                    Audrey Elliott

                                                                                                    Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                    Louisa Cole; Esyllt Martin

                                                                                                    Testimonials

                                                                                                    ‘Friendly and approachable, able to explain complex legal requirements in layman’s terms so we are able to understand and relay messages back to our employees. We have one dedicated point of contact who understands our business well, but other members of the team are also able to help out when needed.’

                                                                                                    ‘The team are very responsive and take me step by step through the process.’

                                                                                                    ‘The lawyers in Eversheds always come cross very professional and knowledgeable. They make us feel confident to seek advice from them whenever we need. Apart from delivering excellent service to us, Eversheds always keep us posted with the current regulations. Great law firm!’

                                                                                                    ‘Immigration counsel has been excellent. We require responsiveness on a short timeline and often have complex issues to resolve. The team has been excellent.’

                                                                                                    ‘Louisa Cole has been our primary partner on all immigration matters and is responsive, flexible and thorough. She is also practical which is essential for our business.’

                                                                                                    ‘Esyllt Martin – very knowledgeable on visas and immigration, professional and pleasant to work with. Provides lots of hands-on support and guidance to our organisation, and keeps us up to date with any developments in the visa space. Has managed a high volume of work, and communicates her advice well to HR, recruitment, managers and employees from our organisation.’

                                                                                                    Key clients

                                                                                                    The University of Sheffield

                                                                                                    Mediabrands

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

                                                                                                    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a number of high profile bodies in the fields of science, medicine and research as well as other substantial registered charities in the UK and commercial companies seeking to establish corporate foundations. Under the leadership of Glynne Stanfield and Paul Pugh the team continues to be busy in a number of other key areas from advising banks lending to charities to advising on commercial collaborations with the not-for-profit sector. Stephen O’Reilly has recently been promoted to the partnership.

                                                                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                                                                    Glynne Stanfield; Paul Pugh

                                                                                                    Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                    Stephen O’Reilly

                                                                                                    Testimonials

                                                                                                    ‘The team delivered on time and on budget and wrote a comprehensive and excellent report that showed a clear understanding of our business purpose’.

                                                                                                    ‘Stephen O’Reilly was extremely knowledgeable about the areas in which advice was sought and was happy to go the extra mile to translate the legal requirements of our project into practical advice that could be understood by non-lawyers’.

                                                                                                    ‘Stephen O’Reilly is a very practical lawyer. He provides sound and useful advice, and has extensive experience to call upon. He is always available when needed’.

                                                                                                    ‘For a charity, the approach from Eversheds Sutherland is hard to beat. They possess in-depth knowledge of charity law and best practice, and a working knowledge of the governance arrangements for a wide range of different charities. In addition they are also able to call upon specialists in other areas, eg property, when necessary’.

                                                                                                    ‘They have the wisdom to know when they do not have the required expertise, and therefore cannot advise. Counterintuitively, this makes me more likely to use them in future, knowing I will only get the best advice’.

                                                                                                    ‘Stephen O’Reilly is my main point of contact. He is extremely knowledgeable, but also an easy person to deal with. He is prepared to stand up for the Charity he represents to ensure that decisions are always taken in the best interests of the charity’.

                                                                                                    Key clients

                                                                                                    Our Future Health

                                                                                                    FIA Foundation

                                                                                                    Turning Point

                                                                                                    Founders of Global Pathogen Analysis Service Ltd

                                                                                                    National Oceanography Centre

                                                                                                    Laidlaw Foundation

                                                                                                    WICT UK Ltd

                                                                                                    Medical Research Council

                                                                                                    Fairleigh Dickinson University

                                                                                                    Richmond, The American International University in London, Inc.

                                                                                                    Real estate > Environment Tier 5

                                                                                                    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has developed a specialist offering in the market for water utility providers, including the largest UK water utility company. The firm’s lawyers have a diverse range of expertise, including Jane Southworth, who specialises in the chemicals sector, and Tim Hill, who focuses on high-hazard energy chemical and high-risk manufacturing clients. Paul Verrico, head of the firm’s EHS team, has cross-qualified this year as a Chartered Member of IOSH and as a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. The firm’s previous head of EHS team, Kevin Elliott, departed the firm in January 2022.

                                                                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                                                                    Paul Verrico

                                                                                                    Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                    Testimonials

                                                                                                    ‘We use the team for their specialism in water prosecutions under the Water Industry Act 1991.’

                                                                                                    ‘The team has a very good understanding of the interests and needs of major corporate clients when it comes to environmental prosecutions and the requirements of environmental permits.’

                                                                                                    ‘Ability to provide clear, concise and timely legal advice on complex legal issues.’

                                                                                                    ‘The team builds strong relationships with clients. The root of those relationships is quite simply listening carefully to them and doing everything it can to meet their needs. The quality of written work produced by the team is very high indeed. Working, and having worked, with many firms, this is the one I have seen work hardest for its clients.’

                                                                                                    Key clients

                                                                                                    Thames Water Utilities Limited

                                                                                                    Severn Trent Water

                                                                                                    National Grid

                                                                                                    Nuclear Decommissioning Agency

                                                                                                    Network Rail

                                                                                                    European Metal Recycling Limited

                                                                                                    South Staffordshire Water Plc

                                                                                                    Northumbrian Water

                                                                                                    Work highlights

                                                                                                      Employment Tier 5

                                                                                                      Embedded in its UK practice, Eversheds Sutherland is well placed to provide national and international companies with strategic HR, transactional and TUPE advice alongside employment tribunal support. With the addition of Euan Smith from Pinsent Masons LLP in July 2021, the team has significantly boosted its energy sector capabilities but also acts across various other sectors. He now heads the employment and pensions practice and is the senior office partner for the firm’s Edinburgh office.

                                                                                                      Practice head(s):

                                                                                                      Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                      Testimonials

                                                                                                      ‘The team are diverse in the skill set they have to offer – there is no legal issue too great or too small.’

                                                                                                      ‘The prompt responses from the team are always much appreciated, as is their expeditious nature in handling and addressing any matters.’

                                                                                                      ‘Dawn Dickson: Practical, experienced and very motivated in getting the best for the client.’

                                                                                                      Key clients

                                                                                                      Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance Limited

                                                                                                      The Turing Trust

                                                                                                      Jabil

                                                                                                      Kinly

                                                                                                      Cabot Corporation

                                                                                                      Construction Industry Training Board

                                                                                                      Macdonald Hotels

                                                                                                      Liontrust Asset Management

                                                                                                      AGS Airports

                                                                                                      Petrofac

                                                                                                      Capita

                                                                                                      Tennent Caledonian

                                                                                                      Forestry Commission

                                                                                                      Trillium Asset Management

                                                                                                      Work highlights

                                                                                                        Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 6

                                                                                                        The 'exceptionally professional' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which includes lawyers in London and across its regional offices, provides 'focused commercial advice' to mid-market financial sponsors and corporates on acquisition finance matters. Christopher Akinrele  'provides commercial advice' and is at the forefront of the most prominent leveraged finance matters for sponsors and their portfolio companies. Nick Swiss  heads up the UK banking practice.

                                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                                        Nick Swiss

                                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                        Chris Hastings; Chris Akinrele; Patrick Davis; Jonathan Malim; Christopher Williams; Catherine Jones; Alex Smith

                                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                                        ‘Personable, and easily able to explain complex legal issues to business leaders of non legal backgrounds. Also being able to provide honest and objective advice is a breath of fresh air.’

                                                                                                        The team is exceptionally professional and gives focused commercial advice.’

                                                                                                        Chris Akinrele provides commercial advice and understands issues and challenges ahead of time.’

                                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                                        Daisy Group

                                                                                                        Alcumus Group

                                                                                                        Augusta Ventures

                                                                                                        Jaja Finance Limited

                                                                                                        Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

                                                                                                        Led from London by the 'highly experienced' Simon Waller  and also able to draw on the expertise of practitioners spread throughout its regional network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'commercial and cost-effective' advice to IPs, lenders, corporates and boards of directors, primarily in the context of mid-market UK restructurings/insolvencies. The energy sector has recently proved to be a particular fertile source of work and, led by Carl Allen, the team has picked up some notable IP instructions relating to energy supply insolvencies caused by the recent rapid increase in costs in the wholesale markets. Jamie Leader joined Enyo Law LLP in April 2021.

                                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                                        Simon Waller

                                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                        Andrew Jordan; Carl Allen; Alex Mehdevy; Sheena Buddhdev; Alex Rogan; Zoe Aarons; Felicity Jordan

                                                                                                        Testimonials

                                                                                                        The team is responsive, friendly, knowledgeable, collaborative and commercial/cost effective.’

                                                                                                        They combine excellence and outstanding technical knowledge.’

                                                                                                        Simon Waller is highly experienced and strong technically but puts it into practical terms.’

                                                                                                        Alex Mehdevy provides commercial and pragmatic advice.’

                                                                                                        Alex Rogan provides a straightforward and honest approach.’

                                                                                                        Felicity Jordan is a star in the making. She’s already got a great reputation in the industry for her excellent work.’

                                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                                        Kroll Advisory Limited

                                                                                                        PricewaterhouseCoopers

                                                                                                        Alvarez & Marsal

                                                                                                        BDO LLP

                                                                                                        Mazars LLP

                                                                                                        Public sector > Education: individuals

                                                                                                        Finance > Banking and finance

                                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland added Deborah Archer, from PwC Legal, to their growing team this year.

                                                                                                        Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction

                                                                                                        Led by managing partner Dani Kabbani, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team acts for developers and funders on renewable energy projects in the MEAP region, including solar and wind projects. The team is also considered the go to for PPP projects in Qatar and is instructed by government entities on multiple procurement matters. Senior associate Benjamin Clark leads on sponsor and lender projects across the MENA region, working with Iwan Walters in Dubai. Principal associate Samer Sarkis is also recommended.

                                                                                                        Practice head(s):

                                                                                                        Dani Kabbani

                                                                                                        Other key lawyers:

                                                                                                        Benjamin Clark; Samer Sarkis

                                                                                                        Key clients

                                                                                                        Qatar General Electricity and Water Co (Kahramaa)

                                                                                                        Qatargas

                                                                                                        Aspire Zone

                                                                                                        Public Works Authority of Qatar

                                                                                                        Ministry of Transport

                                                                                                        Ministry of Finance in Qatar

                                                                                                        Ministry of Health in Qatar

                                                                                                        Qatar Airways

                                                                                                        Qatar National Tourism Council

                                                                                                        Ministry of Municipality and the Environment

                                                                                                        Work highlights

                                                                                                        • Advising Ashgal on the structuring, negotiation and delivery of a new wastewater treatment plant in Southern Doha.
                                                                                                        • Advising a multinational power developer and its consortium on Qatar law matters in connection with its bid for the Facility E independent water and power (IWPP) project under development by the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa)
                                                                                                        • Advising Ashgal on the delivery of four new health clinics across Qatar.
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                                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland has a culture of, and commitment to, client service excellence. It is known for its commercial awareness, the quality of its legal advice and its bespoke, innovative solutions, as well as the sector knowledge it brings to its clients.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                                        Senior office partner Matthew Allen
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                                                                                                        Rachael Aaron photo Rachael AaronPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Louise Adams photo Louise AdamsAssociate
                                                                                                        Emma Allchurch photo Emma AllchurchAssociate
                                                                                                        Kate Anderton photo Kate AndertonSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Gareth Ashfield photo Gareth AshfieldPartner
                                                                                                        Helen A’Bear photo Helen A’BearAssociate
                                                                                                        Philip Barratt photo Philip BarrattAssociate
                                                                                                        Tom Black photo Tom BlackSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Kevin Booth photo Kevin BoothPartner
                                                                                                        Jean-Pascal Boutin photo Jean-Pascal BoutinPartner
                                                                                                        Tom Bray photo Tom BrayPartner
                                                                                                        Julia Bridge photo Julia BridgeSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Andrew Burns photo Andrew BurnsPartner
                                                                                                        Lindsey Caddy photo Lindsey CaddySenior Legal Manager
                                                                                                        Joanne Canning photo Joanne CanningPartner
                                                                                                        Francesca Clarke photo Francesca ClarkeAssociate
                                                                                                        Alun Cole photo Alun ColeConsultant
                                                                                                        James Coleman photo James ColemanSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Kathryn Cook photo Kathryn CookPartner
                                                                                                        Jonathan Cronin photo Jonathan CroninSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Emma Cullen photo Emma CullenAssociate
                                                                                                        Trish D'Souza photo Trish D'SouzaSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Ian Davies photo Ian DaviesPartner
                                                                                                        Anthony Davies photo Anthony DaviesPartner
                                                                                                        Collette Davies photo Collette DaviesAssociate
                                                                                                        Wayne Davies photo Wayne DaviesPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Ashley Davies photo Ashley DaviesSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Michelle T Davies photo Michelle T DaviesPartner
                                                                                                        Julie Dilcock photo Julie DilcockPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Neil Dite photo Neil DiteAssociate
                                                                                                        Amy Earlam photo Amy EarlamSenior Associate
                                                                                                        William Ellerton photo William EllertonPartner
                                                                                                        Laura Ellis photo Laura EllisAssociate
                                                                                                        David Emberson photo David EmbersonPartner
                                                                                                        Eve England photo Eve EnglandPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Shelley Evans photo Shelley EvansSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Kee Evans photo Kee EvansSenior Associate
                                                                                                        David Farmer photo David FarmerLegal Director
                                                                                                        Elizabeth Fevyer photo Elizabeth FevyerLegal Director
                                                                                                        Richard Franklin photo Richard FranklinSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Jason French-Williams photo Jason French-WilliamsPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Joe Geen photo Joe GeenAssociate
                                                                                                        Emma George photo Emma GeorgeSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Hazel Gibb photo Hazel GibbSenior Chartered Legal Executive
                                                                                                        Antony Gibbons photo Antony GibbonsAssociate
                                                                                                        Luisa Gibbons photo Luisa GibbonsSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Daniel Gilligan photo Daniel GilliganAssociate
                                                                                                        Rhodri Glyn photo Rhodri GlynSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Matthew Gough photo Matthew GoughPartner
                                                                                                        Nadine Gutteridge photo Nadine GutteridgeSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Lowri Gwyn photo Lowri GwynPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Fiona Hammett photo Fiona HammettSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Ben Harris photo Ben HarrisAssociate
                                                                                                        Monnaza Hassan photo Monnaza HassanSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Marianne Hobbs photo Marianne HobbsAssociate
                                                                                                        Martin Holden photo Martin HoldenSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Nicola Holt photo Nicola HoltSection Manager
                                                                                                        Eszter Horvath-Papp photo Eszter Horvath-PappAssociate
                                                                                                        Eilian Hughes photo Eilian HughesAssociate
                                                                                                        David Hughes photo David HughesPrincipal Consultant
                                                                                                        Angharad Hurle photo Angharad HurlePrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Nerys Ireland photo Nerys IrelandSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Sally Isaacs photo Sally IsaacsLegal Director
                                                                                                        Stephanie James photo Stephanie JamesAssociate
                                                                                                        Shona Jenkins photo Shona JenkinsAssociate
                                                                                                        Sarah Jenkins photo Sarah JenkinsSenior Operations Manager
                                                                                                        Catherine Jones photo Catherine JonesSection Manager
                                                                                                        Nefydd Jones photo Nefydd JonesPartner
                                                                                                        Jeff Jones photo Jeff JonesHead of Agile Compliance
                                                                                                        Huw Rolant Jones photo Huw Rolant JonesPartner
                                                                                                        Rebecca Jones photo Rebecca JonesAssociate
                                                                                                        Peter Watkin Jones photo Peter Watkin JonesPartner
                                                                                                        Gareth Jones photo Gareth JonesAssociate
                                                                                                        Clare Keates photo Clare KeatesSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Scott Keddle photo Scott KeddleAssociate
                                                                                                        Joe Kelly photo Joe KellyAssociate
                                                                                                        Amanda Knowles photo Amanda KnowlesPrincipal Legal Manager
                                                                                                        Huw Landry photo Huw LandrySenior Associate
                                                                                                        Claire Laviers photo Claire LaviersAssociate
                                                                                                        Duncan Lendrum photo Duncan LendrumPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        James Lewindon photo James LewindonHead of Eversheds Agile – UK
                                                                                                        Danielle Llewellyn photo Danielle LlewellynAssociate
                                                                                                        Tim London photo Tim LondonPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Tracy Luke photo Tracy LukeSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Fraser MacRae photo Fraser MacRaePrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Gareth Marks photo Gareth MarksSection Manager
                                                                                                        Helen Marriott photo Helen MarriottSenior Associate
                                                                                                        David Marshall photo David MarshallSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Rob McNabb photo Rob McNabbPartner
                                                                                                        Aida Mebrahtu photo Aida MebrahtuLegal Director
                                                                                                        James Molland photo James MollandAssociate
                                                                                                        Richard Moore photo Richard MooreAssociate
                                                                                                        Janet Morgan photo Janet MorganSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Dorian Morris photo Dorian MorrisAssociate
                                                                                                        Helen Mortlock photo Helen MortlockLegal Director
                                                                                                        Matthew Musgrave photo Matthew MusgraveAssociate
                                                                                                        Tiffany Neville photo Tiffany NevilleSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Glenn Newberry photo Glenn NewberryHead of Costs Unit
                                                                                                        Natasha Nicholas photo Natasha NicholasAssociate
                                                                                                        Lee O'Connell photo Lee O'ConnellHead of Legal and Compliance Consulting
                                                                                                        Shelley Page photo Shelley PageAssociate
                                                                                                        Anna Lois Parry photo Anna Lois ParryAssociate
                                                                                                        Nicole Pearson photo Nicole PearsonSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Stephen Perry photo Stephen PerrySenior Legal Manager
                                                                                                        Katie Phillips photo Katie PhillipsAssociate
                                                                                                        Jennifer Pinder photo Jennifer PinderSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Richard Pitt photo Richard PittPartner
                                                                                                        Thomas Player photo Thomas PlayerPartner
                                                                                                        Alison Poole photo Alison PooleAssociate
                                                                                                        Hugh Powell photo Hugh PowellAssociate
                                                                                                        Rebecca Powell photo Rebecca PowellSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Janet Price photo Janet PriceLegal Director
                                                                                                        Alex Price photo Alex PriceSenior Operations Manager
                                                                                                        Paul Pugh photo Paul PughPartner
                                                                                                        Laura Rajanah photo Laura RajanahPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Gemma Reed photo Gemma ReedAssociate
                                                                                                        Anthony Rees photo Anthony ReesPartner
                                                                                                        Elaine Richardson photo Elaine RichardsonAssociate
                                                                                                        Graham Richardson photo Graham RichardsonPartner
                                                                                                        Helen Rowland photo Helen RowlandSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Nick Rundle photo Nick RundlePartner
                                                                                                        Alexandra Shapland photo Alexandra ShaplandSenior Associate
                                                                                                        James Shawe photo James ShaweSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Alison Short photo Alison ShortPartner
                                                                                                        Angharad Shurmer photo Angharad ShurmerSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Rachael Sleigh photo Rachael SleighSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Leigh Smith photo Leigh SmithManagement Consultant
                                                                                                        Francesca Smith photo Francesca SmithSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Joanna Smye photo Joanna SmyeAssociate
                                                                                                        Tracey Spence photo Tracey SpencePrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        David Sweet photo David SweetAssociate
                                                                                                        Jemma Thomas photo Jemma ThomasPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Leanne Thomas photo Leanne ThomasAssociate
                                                                                                        Jonathan Thomas photo Jonathan ThomasDirector
                                                                                                        Helen Thomas photo Helen ThomasPartner
                                                                                                        Geraint Pullin Thomas photo Geraint Pullin ThomasPartner
                                                                                                        Jenny Thompson photo Jenny ThompsonPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        James Trafford photo James TraffordPartner
                                                                                                        Miriam Treharne photo Miriam TreharneAssociate
                                                                                                        Tina Trewartha photo Tina TrewarthaSection Manager
                                                                                                        Kylie Underhill photo Kylie UnderhillAssociate
                                                                                                        Georgina Voogd photo Georgina VoogdAssociate
                                                                                                        Gareth Vowles photo Gareth VowlesPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Tamsin Wallace photo Tamsin WallaceSenior Associate Professional Support Lawyer
                                                                                                        Rebecca Warden photo Rebecca WardenPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        David Watkins photo David WatkinsPartner
                                                                                                        Gillian Watkins photo Gillian WatkinsSenior Associate Professional Support Lawyer
                                                                                                        Mark Watson photo Mark WatsonPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Adam Weatherley photo Adam WeatherleyAssociate
                                                                                                        Oliver Weerasuriya photo Oliver WeerasuriyaAssociate
                                                                                                        Lauren Wetherill photo Lauren WetherillAssociate
                                                                                                        Debi Whitehead photo Debi WhiteheadHR Consulting Manager
                                                                                                        Andrew Wilcock photo Andrew WilcockSection Manager
                                                                                                        Bridgette Wilcox photo Bridgette WilcoxPartner
                                                                                                        Martha Williams photo Martha WilliamsSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Emma Williams photo Emma WilliamsPrincipal Associate
                                                                                                        Claire Williams photo Claire WilliamsAssociate
                                                                                                        Jessica Wilson photo Jessica WilsonAssociate
                                                                                                        Richard Woodhead photo Richard WoodheadSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Jonathan Woodward photo Jonathan WoodwardSenior Associate
                                                                                                        Julie Young photo Julie YoungSenior Associate
                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
                                                                                                        Antitrust and competition Martin Bechtoldmartinbechtold@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 146
                                                                                                        Banking and finance Dr Alexander Honrathalexanderhonrath@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 232
                                                                                                        Compliance Dr Joos Hellertjooshellert@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 185
                                                                                                        Construction Dr Steffen Jungsteffenjung@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 310
                                                                                                        Corporate Dr Matthias Heissematthiasheisse@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 231
                                                                                                        Employment Frank Achillesfrankachilles@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 275
                                                                                                        Energy Dr Werner Brickwedde, LL.M.wernerbrickwedde@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 211 86467 51
                                                                                                        Energy Dr Martin Weitenbergmartinweitenberg@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 211 86467 58
                                                                                                        Financial services and investment management Dr Carola Rathkecarolarathke@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 40 808094 200
                                                                                                        Insurance Fabian Volzfabianvolz@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 391
                                                                                                        Intellectual property Dr Tobias Maiertobiasmaier@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 Schreiberlutzschreiber@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 40 808094 444
                                                                                                        Life sciences Dr Tobias Maiertobiasmaier@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 262
                                                                                                        Litigation and dispute management Dr Joos Hellertjooshellert@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 185
                                                                                                        M&A Christof Lambertschristoflamberts@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 217
                                                                                                        Pensions Dr Rolf Kowanzrolfkowanz@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 40 808094 230
                                                                                                        Private equity Sven Schwenekesvenschweneke@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 153
                                                                                                        Procurement law Carsten Eichlercarsteneichler@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 264
                                                                                                        Real estate Dr Gerhard Moltgerhardmolt@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 137
                                                                                                        Restructuring and insolvency Dr Christian Hilpert, MBAchristianhilpert@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 30 70 01 40 600
                                                                                                        Tax Dr Stefan Diemerstefandiemer@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 89 54565 239
                                                                                                        TMT Dr Lutz Schreiberlutzschreiber@eversheds-sutherland.com+49 40 808094 444
                                                                                                        Trade and distribution Dr Joos Hellertjooshellert@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 Brüninghauscarstenbrueninghaus@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

                                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland: Wenzel Röhsner has been admitted to the Vienna bar

                                                                                                        Wenzel Röhsner, LL.M. (29) has been admitted to the Vienna bar in March 2022 and appointed Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland in Austria. He specializes in intellectual property and litigation law with a focus on tort, civil and corporate law.

                                                                                                        Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce the admission of Michael Röhsner to the Vienna bar

                                                                                                        Michael Röhsner, LL.M. (26) has been admitted to the Vienna bar in December 2021 and has been promoted to Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland in Austria. He focuses on data protection, IT law and cybersecurity.

                                                                                                        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.