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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

115 COLMORE ROW, BIRMINGHAM, B3 3AL, ENGLAND
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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  covers the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work from its Birmingham base, with an enviable client roster that includes a number of large corporates and private equity houses, carrying out high profile transactions in the region. Mark Beardmore , who has experience of both private equity and M&A transactions, sits at the helm of the practice. Susan Lewis is another key M&A partner with a strong focus on cross-border deals, while Theresa-Marie Stodell  adds experience of restructurings as well as M&A.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardmore

Other key lawyers:Susan Lewis

Key Clients

Rolls-Royce plc

Mitchells & Butler plc

Starbucks

National Grid plc

Legal & General

Capita plc

Anglian Water

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mountain Warehouse and its management and shareholders on a minority investment into the business by  Inflexion (through Inflexion’s specialist minority fund, Partnership Capital).
  • Reprised its role for Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) on the sale of NEC Group to Blackstone. The firm previously acted on LDC's investment in NEC in 2015 from Birmingham City Council.
  • Advised Mitchells & Butlers on its acquisition of a minority stake in 3Sixty Restaurants - the firm that operates the Ego restaurant chain, from entrepreneur Luke Johnson.
  • Acting for Starbucks on a franchise model change throughout selected parts of Western Europe.
  • Acting for Henley Camland on the acquisition from Land Securities of Eastern Quarry Ltd, the corporate entity holding land at Eastern Quarry, adjacent to the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, which is earmarked for significant residential development.
Leading individuals

Mark Beardmore - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Susan Lewis - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  has a specialist banking litigation team in Birmingham which focuses on high-profile work relating to lending, financing, wealth management, mis-selling and negligence. As well as its well-established relationships with major banks, the firm also has also built a reputation for its work for challenger banks, while the team also handles international work out of Birmingham. Chris Busby, who leads the practice, is and also UK head of financial services disputes and investigations. Neville Gray is another key figure and works on investigations and regulatory advice. Other notable names include principal associate Martin Ward , who specialises in asset, motor and invoice finance; and Sarah Hope , who is an expert in mortgage mis-selling.

Practice head(s):Chris Busby

Other key lawyers:Neville Gray

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

Coventry Building Society

Phoenix Group

Santander

Instant Cash Loans

Carey Pensions

Work highlights

  • Advising a range of banks and financial institutions on their complaint handling and litigation strategies for PPI cases.
  • Providing strategic advice to banks, building societies and other lenders in respect of complaints under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
  • Acting for the trustee of the Safeway pension scheme in relation to a sex equalisation case with a value over £100m which was referred by the Court of Appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Defending payday lender Instant Cash Loans in a claim, brought by over 180 individual claimants, for breach of statutory duty and for an unfair relationship under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 on the basis of an alleged lack of affordability assessments.
  • Successfully represented a subsidiary of Coventry Building Society in an interest-only mortgage mis-selling claim which concluded in a three-day trial in the High Court.
Leading individuals

Chris Busby - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Neville Gray - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Hope - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Martin Ward - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's litigation practice has a strong international bent, with a heavy focus on the automotive, aerospace, energy and media sectors. Adam Fisher is one of two practice heads and is particularly prominent in fields of automotive and technology. He works in tandem with Rich Lloyd, whose practice has a strong emphasis on the industrial and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):Adam Fisher; Rich Lloyd 

Key Clients

Cadent Gas

Alternative Parcels Company

Sims Group

Thames Water

Tarmac Trading Limited

John Lewis Partnership

Microsoft

National Grid

Severn Trent

Mitchells & Butlers

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sims in the defence of a multi-million pound claim in the Commercial Court commenced by a key supplier, for damages for alleged unlawful contract termination and various other alleged breaches of contract.
Leading individuals

Adam Fisher - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With excellent strength in depth and international capabilities, the practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is led by the'strong' Patrick Davis and was recently strengthened by the arrival of legal director Ben Tumelty from DLA Piper UK LLP in November 2018 and two associates from Gowling WLG in August 2018. The firm's client roster includes lenders, private equity companies and a range of other large companies, which the team advises on leveraged finance transactions, equity finance matters, refinancing and M&A financing. Former partner Richard Davies left to join Handelsbanken Capital Markets in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Patrick Davis

Other key lawyers:Ben Tumelty

Key Clients

HSBC Bank

Lloyds Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Bloor Homes / Triumph Motorcycles

Eurocell

Global Reach Group

Norman Hay

Livingbridge

CBPE

Lloyds Development Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC Bank on all aspects of the management buy-out of Precision Micro, in particular the negotiation of debt facilities to fund the acquisition.
  • Advising Eurocell Group on a multi-bank refinancing transaction.
  • Advising Global Reach Group on the amendment and restatement of its debt facilities.
  • Advising Norman Hay on its cross-border refinancing.
  • Advising a syndicate of three banks on the refinancing of Dunelm Group.
Leading individuals

Patrick Davis - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ben Tumelty - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

As well as acting for administrators of insolvent businesses in the retail, energy, financial services, real estate, education and leisure sectors, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-known for advising lenders on refinancing, restructuring and transactional matters, as evidenced by its appointment to numerous bank panels. Practice head Andrew Jordan is particularly experienced in restructurings in the retail, financial services, automotive and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):Andrew Jordan

Other key lawyers:Jenna Poulton; Laura Taylor; Anne-Louise Lawrence

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Santander UK Bank Plc

Handelsbanken

Allied Irish Bank

KPMG LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Advising PwC on the administration of Extra Energy Supply.
  • Advising on the restructuring of Hawk Hire.
  • Assisting Deloitte on the administration of various businesses and acting on the disposals of business and assets, as well as preparing a number of Company Voluntary Arrangements for the rescue of the businesses.
  • Advising KPMG on the administration of Russell Hume.
  • Acting for Duff & Phelps as the administrators of the Feather & Black retail chain, advising on trading issues and the disposal of assets.
Leading individuals

Andrew Jordan - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a number of FTSE 100 companies, and other global and Fortune 500 companies, on the full spectrum of employment matters. It also acts for public sector organisations, as well as educational institutions (including those in the further and higher education sectors, and schools and academies). David Beswick leads the team, which includes Nick Jew, who specialises in high profile litigation and senior executive issues. Hannah Wilkins is particularly active in the IT sector.

Practice head(s):David Beswick

Other key lawyers:Audrey Elliott; Nick Jew; Hannah Wilkins;

Testimonials

'The firm has a first-rate team'.

'David Beswick is very sensible and easy to deal with'.

Key Clients

Ophir Energy plc

Severn Trent plc

Wipro

Heathrow Airport

Unipart

Avon Cosmetics

Ibstock plc

Associated British Foods

Work highlights

  • Advising Ophir Energy plc on the various employment issues surrounding the Board's decision in September 2018 to relocate this FTSE 350 listed company’s head office from London to South East Asia.
  • Advised Severn Trent Green Power Limited on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Agrivert Group’s UK operational assets and associated support functions for £120m.
  • Advising LHR Airport Limited (Heathrow Airport) on a full support model for the airport in its efforts to communicate with and help EU nationals employed by the airport with the immigration implications of Brexit.
  • Acting as the sole employment lawyers for Unipart providing support on all aspect of its HR needs including strategic projects and restructuring, pension scheme changes, Brexit support and  global mobility matters.
  • Acting as the sole employment lawyers for Ibstock plc, the largest brick manufacturer by volume in the UK, providing support on all aspect of its HR needs across its brick and concrete divisions including strategic projects and restructuring, policy and procedure and employment tribunals.
Leading individuals

David Beswick - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Nick Jew - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Hannah Wilkins - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP represents large global and UK-based clients in all aspects of high profile prosecutions and investigations. In addition, its team is increasingly sought out to provide consultancy advice to clients on the development of policies, and to also assist with behavioural reviews. It also conducts general compliance appraisals. National team head Kevin Elliott acts for some of the world’s largest organisations.

Practice head(s):Kevin Elliott

Other key lawyers:David Young; Philip Crosbie

Testimonials

'David Young is immensely experienced and knows what he is talking about'.

'David Young remains a force for all that is excellent in health and safety representation'.

'Kevin Elliott is technically very strong and a very good advocate'.

'David Young and Kevin Elliott  are both excellent and very highly regarded by clients'.

Key Clients

CPM Group

VPS UK

Kingspan

Leeds University

Frutarom

Kier / Turriff Contractors

Sir Robert McAlpine

Interserve plc

National Grid Electricity Transmission

Dairy Crest

Work highlights

  • Successfully  acted for Sir Robert McAlpine during a HSE prosecution relating to a fatal fall at Glasgow School of Art
  • Advised CPM (a subsidiary of Marshalls PLC) on a fatal accident when a maintenance fitter became trapped in a conveyor.
  • Acted on behalf of the world’s largest producer of food flavourings, in respect of two separate health and safety incidents.
  • Acted for Turriff Contractors following a serious gas explosion.
  • Acted for Interserve in a prosecution brought by the HSE.
Leading individuals

David Young - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by Emma King, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's large team covers the full range of pensions matters and works on a myriad of high-value projects. It regularly generates mandates from the trustees of many of the Midlands’ most prominent pension schemes, as well as many local employers. In addition, the group also advises a number of Midlands LGPS pension funds. Sarah Franklin is a key figure in the group. Liz Fallon has retired as a partner but remains a consultant at the firm.

Practice head(s):Emma King

Other key lawyers:Gary Delderfield; Sarah Franklin; Georgina Rankin;Gavin Paul;Alec Bennett;James Ellis;Amanda Smith;Daniel Murphy; Mandy Kaur-Sadler;Fiona Goodman

Testimonials

'Emma King and Sarah Franklin are both excellent, straight talking and pragmatic'.

'Emma King is immensely experienced'.

'Sarah Franklin really knows her stuff, is pragmatic and is very sensible to deal with. If there is a deal to be done she will get it done'.

Key Clients

The Trustees of the BHS2 Pension Scheme

TRW Automotive

Clara Pension Trustees

Box Clever Trustees

Borders to Coast Pensions Partnership

West Midlands Pension Fund in the LGPS

Wales & West Utilities Pension Scheme Trustee

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustee of the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme (participating as an interested party) on a high-profile appeal that was brought by ITV against a decision of the Pensions Regulator to issue financial support directions against ITV in relation to the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme.
  • In July 2018,the firm advised the trustee of the BHS2 Pension Scheme on its £800m “all-risks” buy-out of all the scheme’s liabilities for its 9000 members with Pension Insurance Corporation.
  • The team was appointed as lead legal advisor on all aspects of the establishment of the £40bn LGPS Central investment pool.
  • Advising on a number of complex NHS outsourcing contracts where it has been necessary to move employees from their final salary pension scheme with Nottingham Rehabilitation Services back into the NHS Pension Scheme following a retender of the contract.
  • Instructed by the Trustees of the new Clara Pension Trust, a new consolidator vehicle which aims to provide a route to buy-out.
Leading individuals

Emma King - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Gary Delderfield - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Sarah Franklin - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Gavin Paul - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Birmingham team, which includes Chris Busby and Neville Gray, works closely with practitioners in the Nottingham office on a substantial portfolio of professional negligence claims. The group covers both residential and commercial lending claims as well as having considerable pension sector professional negligence expertise. It routinely advises on major pension related professional negligence claims against actuarial firms and solicitors and also acts for pension trustees and major corporates.

Practice head(s):Chris Busby; Neville Gray; Sarah Langham

Key Clients

Santander UK

Lloyds Banking Group

Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK

Nationwide Building Society

Coventry Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting as joint advisor with one other panel firm for all professional negligence claims against Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Acting as sole advisor to Santander’s corporate and commercial recoveries team.
  • Acting as sole advisor for any residential lending professional negligence claims on behalf of the Nationwide Building Society.
  • Acting as joint advisor for any commercial lending professional negligence claims against solicitors and valuers.
  • Defending Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK Limited (“Carey”) against multiple misselling claims and complaints relating to its role as a SIPP (self-invested personal pension) administrator and pension scheme trustee.

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West Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The energy team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters relating to planning, development and corporate transactions in the water, gas and electricity sectors, and of late has been taking on more work for institutional investors. UK head of water David Jones focuses on the energy and water infrastructure sectors in relation to construction and engineering procurement.

Practice head(s):David Jones

Key Clients

Shell

Blackrock

CGN Europe Energy

Gresham House

Severn Trent

Alfanar

Wartsila

Greencoat

Faro Energy

Thames Water Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Severn Trent and Dee Valley Water on the drafting and negotiation of their new framework agreements relating to the procurement of clean and wastewater treatment works and pipe networks.
  • Acted for the shareholders of HKS Holdings on the sale of its business to Harvest Energy Retail.
  • Advising a joint venture between National Grid and Energinet on the drafting and negotiation of the construction contracts for the 1400MW Viking Link Interconnector Project involving the construction of an electricity transmission link between mainland UK and Denmark.
  • Represented RWE Generation in connection with the application for a development consent order for a proposed port terminal at the former Tilbury Power Station.
  • Represented Community Windpower in respect of its appeal against service of an enforcement notice in respect of alleged breach of condition in the carrying out of works in respect of the approved wind farm in East Ayrshire.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises colleges and universities on corporate, governance and regulatory issues and real estate and charity matters, with a particular focus on the higher education sector. Mark Taylor, who heads the team, has expertise in handling mergers, international collaborations and other corporate and governance related matters, while co-lead Gary Delderfield focuses on pension issues in the higher education sector. Corporate lawyer and principal associate Morag Roddick has particular expertise in charity law.

Practice head(s):Mark Taylor; Gary Delderfield

Other key lawyers:Morag Roddick

Key Clients

University of Wolverhampton

Sandwell College

Solihull College and University Centre

University of Reading

The Greater London Authority

National College for High Speed Rail

Medical Research Council

Manchester Metropolitan University

Liverpool John Moores University

Trafford College Group

LEAD Multi Academy Trust

Nova Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising on the creation of four different Institutes of Technology across the country, including consortia of colleges from Greater Birmingham, London, Thames Valley and the North East.
  • Advised on the merger of Sandwell and Cadbury Colleges.
  • Advised on the legal aspects of establishing the university’s Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills in the Black Country.
  • Advised six different universities of varying sizes and missions on setting up collaborations and joint schools in China.
  • Acting for the National College for High Speed Rail on its set-up and continuing operation.
Next Generation Partners

Mark Taylor - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which acts for a diverse client base of international, national and regional developers and investors, provides comprehensive advice on all real estate-related matters, from residential development, commercial development and infrastructure projects to leasing,  financing and corporate real estate. The team features strong lawyers such as Iftkhar Ahmed, global real estate sector head Gurjit Atwal and residential development specialist Philip Medford, while Mark Chester has particular expertise in data centres.

Practice head(s):David Jones

Other key lawyers:Iftkhar Ahmed; Gurjit Atwal; Philip Medford; Mark Chester; Natalie Edwards

Testimonials

'Unquestionably a fantastic commercial property firm.'

'A very fine firm.'

Key Clients

Hammerson

Landsec

Mitchells and Butlers

Taylor Wimpey

HSBC Bank plc

Seven Capital

Aviva

National Grid

Barratt plc

Blackstone Group

SEGRO

Work highlights

  • Acted for developer Nikal on the development and £100m forward sale of more than 600 apartments at Exchange Square to LaSalle Investment Management.
  • Acted on Blackstone’s £545m sale of the iconic Adelphi building in Covent Garden to Pontegadea.
  • Acting for Anglian Water on its appointment of U+I as its master developer partner for the delivery of a new residential-led quarter in Cambridge.
  • Advised US data centre operator CyrusOne on the acquisition of the share capital of Zenium Data Centres, owner of four operational data centres.
  • Advised Lloyds Development Capital on the sale of live events venue operator National Exhibition Centre Group to Blackstone.
Leading individuals

Gurjit Atwal - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Iftkhar Ahmed - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Philip Medford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The Birmingham construction team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well known for handling heavyweight energy, infrastructure and utility projects. Focusing on non-contentious work, the 'brilliant' Peter Scurlock and the 'technical' David Jones advise infrastructure owners and utility companies on the drafting of framework agreements as well as the negotiation of construction contracts and professional appointments. Another area of expertise for the firm is commercial development.

Practice head(s):Peter Scurlock; David Jones

Testimonials

'Peter Scurlock is an impressive lawyer with a good practice'

'Peter Scurlock is a brilliant mind'

'David Jones is a very good technical lawyer'

Key Clients

National Grid Group (including National Grid Gas and National Grid Electricity)

EDF Energy

National Grid Interconnector Holdings Ltd / Energinet

RWE (including RWE Generation UK plc, Npower Limited and Innogy Renewables UK)

Hammerson plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Severn Trent Water

Land Securities plc

Taylor Wimpey

Birmingham Airport

Cadent Gas Limited

Heathrow Airport

Kier Property

Rolls-Royce

HSBC plc

Work highlights

  • Advising NNB Generation Company on numerous contract packages in relation to the construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.
  • Advising the joint venture between National Grid and Energinet on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for the construction of an electricity transmission link between mainland UK and Denmark.
  • Advising Heathrow Airport in relation to a number of construction projects, including framework agreements, building contracts and design services appointments.
  • Advising SEGRO on the design and build procurement of a major production facility and logistics park known as the East Midlands Gateway development.
  • Advising Nikal on the development at Exchange Square in Birmingham's city centre including 373 residential units.
Leading individuals

Peter Scurlock - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Well-known for its strong track record in residential and energy work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP also advises clients in the private and public sector on infrastructure projects in the rail and aviation sectors, and also advised on the planning for the athletes' village for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Paul Maile, who leads the team, advises major energy suppliers, utility companies, national housebuilders, land promoters and local authorities, often supported by senior associate Duncan Williams.

Practice head(s):Paul Maile

Other key lawyers:Duncan Williams

Key Clients

db Symmetry

RWE Generation

Menter Mon Cyf

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Heyford Park Developments

Community Windpower Limited

Morris Homes

Bathurst Estates

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising db symmetry in connection with its application for a development consent order for a rail freight interchange at Hinckley.
  • Represented RWE Generation in connection with the application for a development consent order for a proposed port terminal at the former Tilbury Power Station.
  • Representing Taylor Wimpey UK in connection with various developments, including 1,300 dwellings at Perryfields, Bromsgrove, 2,000 dwellings and associated infrastructure at Comeytrowe, Taunton and 1,500 at Burleyfields, Stafford.
  • Advising Community Windpower in connection with its appeals against an enforcement notice and a failure to discharge a condition to enable development of its consented windfarm at Sneddon Law, East Ayreshire.
  • Advising Birmingham City Council in respect of its application for planning permission for the athletes' village for the Commonwealth Games.
Leading individuals

Paul Maile - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its impressive client roster of leading banks, institutional landlords, large housebuilders, corporate occupiers and utility companies, and covers all property disputes arising out of developments, real estate management, insolvencies, investment transactions, and landlord and tenant conflicts. The group is increasingly involved in rent review disputes as legal assessor. National head of the real estate dispute resolution group Paul Moorcroft, head of litigation in Birmingham Lisa Barge and David Feist are highly respected litigators who handle a broad range of work in the sector, while principal associates Rob Holloway, who specialises in the retail and real estate investment sectors, and utility sector expert Arren Thornton are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Moorcroft; Lisa Barge; David Feist

Other key lawyers:Rob Holloway; Arren Thornton

Key Clients

HSBC Bank Plc

Land Securities Plc

National Grid Plc

Mitchells & Butlers Plc

Hammerson Plc

Next Plc

Severn Trent Plc

Taylor Wimpey Plc

John Lewis and Partners (including Waitrose and Partners)

Wolseley Plc

Work highlights

  • Represented Calor Gas in an appeal against the award of the arbitrator on a rent review relating to one of its key trading sites in the UK at Port Clarence.

  • Acting for Young and Co Brewery in a rent review dispute regarding a significant London public house.
  • Acting for Savills UK as legal assessor in arbitration proceedings regarding several legal issues in a high value rent review dispute in respect of a large site in the Midlands.
Leading individuals

David Feist - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Lisa Barge - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Paul Moorcroft - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Arren Thornton - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rob Holloway - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice is headed by Charlotte Walker-Osborn, who specialises in non-contentious technology and telecoms law. The firm works for clients across a wide range of sectors, advising on cloud agreements, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Another name to note is partner Adam Fisher, who heads the technology and outsourcing practice.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Walker-Osborn

Other key lawyers:Adam Fisher

Key Clients

Ricoh Europe plc

John Lewis plc

Severn Trent plc

Toyota (GB) plc

ARM (globally)

CRH plc / Tarmac

Smiths Group plc

Page Group

Specsavers

Akamai

Kingfisher plc

Honda Motor Europe (EMEA)

AstraZeneca plc

Honda Finance plc

ITSO Limited and ITSO Transit Hub Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted ITSO in agreeing a series of interconnected deals to embed its UK-wide interoperable smart-ticketing solution onto mobile, including negotiating a deal with a leading wallet provider.
  • Acting for Ricoh Europe in relation to a number of its additive manufacturing (3D printing) deals from the UK and with international input – with deals for the UK, Western Europe and the US.
  • Acted for the John Lewis Partnership on multiple strategic and day-to-day technology contracts for its entire business.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters across all aspects of IP, and much of the team's work is international or cross-border given the firm's increasing global footprint. Department head Rupert Bent, who joined in early 2018 from Walker Morris LLP, where he also led the IP practice, has substantive experience of high-profile litigation, with clients including a number of media and entertainment giants.

Practice head(s):Rupert Bent

Key Clients

National Grid PLC

University of Derby

Genting Casinos UK Limited

Tombola Limited

Halewood International Limited

Manchester International Festival

Work highlights

  • Significant contractual work relating to the research and development activities of National Grid.
  • Advised the University of Derby on a broad range of IP matters and transactions, both on a standalone basis and in the context of broader commercial work.
  • Providing IP advice to Tombola Limited in relation to a variety of transactional and branding matters, currently assisting in a domain name complaint.
  • Advising Halewood International Limited on a number of IP disputes including a passing-off allegation with a major multimedia company.
  • Provide IP advice to Manchester International Festival in relation to a variety of matters and issues relating to copyright.

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.