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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Simon Tytherleigh

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Graves; Constanze Moorhouse; Matthew Kelly; Rachel Bennett; Sasha Wilmott; Olivia Toulson

Key Clients


URBN UK limited

Cell Therapy Catapult Limited

Anglian Water Services Limited

ARM Holdings

Roche Products Limited

Sepura PLC

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Barnet and Southgate College

Epping Forest College

Work highlights

  • Providing employment law support globally to AVEVA Group plc in connection with the integration of the Schneider Software business which it acquired in March 2018.
  • Advising URBN UK Limited on changes to terms and conditions of employment relating to shift patterns for all Distribution Centre employees, involving advice on collective consultation obligations, contractual changes, employee communication and engagement strategy and drafting of all associated documentation for announcements, scripts for meetings, contractual amendments, letters and FAQs.
  • Providing employment law support to Cell Therapy Catapult Limited, an important life sciences organisation involved in the development, delivery and commercialisation of cell and gene therapy.
  • Providing employment law support to Anglian Water Services Limited (“AWSL”), a major employer in the region, including, assistance to its Employee Relations and Human Resources teams for a number of complex employee relations matters.
  • Continuing to advise global technology business, ARM, on its employment needs across all countries including operating an international employment helpline.
Leading individuals

Constanze Moorhouse - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Elizabeth Graves - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon Tytherleigh - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Kelly - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Rachel Bennett - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Sasha Wilmott - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicola Lashmar

Other key lawyers:Paul Coppin; Louise Bland; Mark Milkovics

Key Clients

Anglian Water Services Limited

General Electric Insurance

Legal & General Insurance

National Grid plc

Cadent Gas Limited

Johnson Controls International plc

Forestry Commission

Halliburton Company

Natural Environment Research Council

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Turkish Airlines


Alitalia Societa Aerea Italiana SPA

Northern Gas Networks



Ewals Cargo Care

Argus Insurance Company (Europe) Limited



Manchester United


Work highlights

  • Acting for Anglian Water in defence of major flood claim following a serious flooding incident dating in 2015 when Kirkley Stream burst its banks following a period of extremely heavy rainfall, causing flooding to 33 properties in the vicinity.
  • Representing Union Hosteleria in defending hotel owners in a claim brought after a teenager sustained serious spinal injury as a result  of falling through the glass floor of her hotel balcony.
  • Global contract for defence of Turkish Airlines claims litigation, which involves co-ordinating claims litigation in over 60 jurisdictions.
  • Advising Argus Insurance Company in the highest value injury claim to be brought before the courts in Gibraltar.
  • Representing Legal & General’s insured, which is a large housing association, in relation to a £500,000 personal injury claim brought by one of its tenants following an accident on the insured’s premises.
Leading individuals

Nicola Lashmar - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Paul Coppin - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Louise Bland - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Wayne Donovan - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Glynne Stanfield

Other key lawyers:Stephen O'Reilly; Martyn Robinson; Helen Teague

Key Clients

Turning Point

South Downs National Park Trust

Royal Society of Chemistry

Dewsbury Endowed Schools Foundation

Institute of Physics

Medical Research Council

Havens Christian Hospice

Further Education Trust for Leadership

Higher Education Academy

Work highlights

  • Establishment of National Oceanography Centre as an independent charity.
  • We continue to advise South Downs National Park Trust, which raises funds for the protection of the national park and promotes its access to all.
  • Havens (a hospice charity) was the sole corporate member of The J’s Hospice, which operates care in the community, and we advised on the transfer up to Havens of the assets and activities of The J’s Hospice.
  • LBAL was formed by 14 further education colleges and is working with a registered charity which is a registered end point assessment organisation, to provide assessors from the constituent colleges and further afield; we advised on the commercial agreement between the parties.
  • Richmond operates a higher education institution in London and is applying to the Office for Students (“OfS”) to be registered with them pursuant to the provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 and with taught degree awarding powers.
Rising stars

Martyn Robinson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephen O'Reilly - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Glynne Stanfield; Clare Whitaker

Other key lawyers:Matthew Kelly; Stephen O'Reilly; Martyn Robinson

Key Clients

Natural Environmental Research Council – National Oceanography Centre

Richmond, The American University in London

Medical Research Council

Newnham College

Bolton College

Hartpury College


Collab Group

Lambeth College

Work highlights

  • Advised Natural Environment Research Council (“NERC”) on the establishment of National Oceanography Centre as an independent charity.
  • Advised Richmond, The American University in London Inc. (“RAUL”), on the registration process with the Office for Students  (OfS).
  • Advised the Medical Research Council on the establishment of Health Data Research UK, a charitable research institute.
  • Advising Newham College of Further Education on its application to establish an Institute of Technology (IoT) with its higher education partner Queen Mary University of London and various partners from industry.
  • Advised New City College Corporation and Epping Forest College on all aspects of their merger.
Leading individuals

Glynne Stanfield - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Martyn Robinson - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stephen O'Reilly - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge
Commercial property: Cambridge - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Dominic Morris; Clare Whitaker

Other key lawyers:Jamie Cawthorn; Geoff Street; Claire Morgan; Megan D’Souza-Mathew

Key Clients

Signature Senior Lifestyle

Audley Group

Dacorum Borough Council

Legal & General Senior Living

Mayfield Villages

Taylor Wimpey

Homes England


Mace Developments

Legal & General UK Property Fund

Work highlights

  • Eversheds Sutherland acted on all aspects of Mayfield’s first acquisition of a retirement village site in Watford, Hertfordshire which will deliver 253 homes for the over 55s.
  • Advising Audley on a £125m refinancing deal with HSBC and Bank Leumi (UK).
  • Advising Signature on all legal aspects of acquisition, development and funding of its care homes including its current relationship with Welltower Inc and Revera Inc who provide financing backing to Signature.
  • Acting on the disposal of a town centre site in Hemel Hempstead to Hill Residential for residential development in a scheme comprising 200 residential units and a 6,000 sq ft convenience store.
  • Acting for Mace Developments on its appointment by Stevenage Borough Council as developer for the council’s SG1 regeneration project in Stevenage town centre.
Leading individuals

Clare Whitaker - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Dominic Morris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Megan D’Souza-Mathew - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Dominic Lacey

Other key lawyers:Tom Douglas; Catherine Andrews; Ed Freeman; Patrick Cooney

Key Clients

Brunel University London

Signature Senior Lifestyle Limited

Legal & General

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Department for Transport

Transport for London

Highways England

Audley Court Limited

Lancaster plc Limited

Dacorum Borough Council

Work highlights

  • In additional to working on circa 7 live developments sites, we worked with Audley on the re-financing of 15 multi-phase sites to bring them within a new £125m revolving credit facility.
  • Having previously acted for the Government of Rwanda to conclude the un-funded project agreements for an unsolicited bid by Mota Engil for the New Bugesara Airport, we were retained again to participate in the negotiation of funding arrangements and conditions with incoming banks and equity investors, led by the African Development Bank.

  • Working with new client Peabody to rationalise its existing multi-contract housing stock maintenance contracts.
  • Leading on negotiation of ARM contracts appointing Contractors and Professional Team for new ARM offices in Tokyo, South Korea, France and UK.
  • Developing new suite of construction contracts for Jardine Motors Group adapted to reflect specialist needs of the business.
Leading individuals

Dominic Lacey - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Catherine Andrews - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ed Freeman - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Patrick Cooney - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Tom Douglas - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Next Generation Partners

Samuel Maw - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Simon Crossley

Other key lawyers:Adrian Toutoungi

Leading individuals

Simon Crossley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):Simon Crossley

Other key lawyers:Adrian Toutoungi; Alexa Parry; Victoria Clissold; Sara Patel

Leading individuals

Adrian Toutoungi - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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