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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

1 CALLAGHAN SQUARE, CARDIFF, CF10 5BT, WALES
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Wales

Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With three partners focused on handling corporate work from the firm's Cardiff office, and also able to leverage a significant national and international presence, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly strong at handling upper/mid-market transactional work, often without a connection to the Welsh market. The firm is particularly strong at handling investments by private equity sponsors in the financial services and renewable energy sectors. Team head Paul Pugh has an excellent reputation for handling fintech M&A, while Michelle Davies and Charles Reynard  regularly lead on the firm's energy-related M&A matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Pugh

Other key lawyers:Michelle Davies; Charles Reynard; Richard Franklin; Shelley Evans; Matthew Gough

Key Clients

Pollen Street Capital

Stena Line Ports UK Limited

Kingspan Environmental Limited

Jaja Finance Limited

Greater London Authority

Atlantis Resources

CGN Europe Energy SAS

Places for People Group

Kier Group Plc

Castleoak Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Pollen Street-backed acquisition vehicle, Currency Holdings, on its acquisition of Foreign Exchange Direct Plc.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a majority interest in the Miles Smith Insurance Group
  • Advising Stena on the unwinding of its property-related joint venture regarding a proposed development at Holyhead waterfront with Conygar Holdings Limited and certain related arrangements.
Leading individuals

Paul Pugh - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Able to call upon the expertise of corporate, real estate, employment and litigation lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's multi-disciplinary team handles a range of work for Welsh and English public sector clients, including on transformational projects, outsourcing, governance and regeneration developments. Spearheaded by the 'superb' Peter Jones, the Cardiff office is, however, best-known in the public sector arena as a result of  its market-leading public inquiries team which regularly has key roles in inquiries of national significance.

Practice head(s):Bridgette Wilcox (Public Sector Group Leader); Huw Jones (Head of Local Government); Peter Jones (Head of Inquiries & Investigations)

Other key lawyers:Luisa Gibbons; Angharad Shurmer

Key Clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

LGPS Central Limited

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Welsh Language Commissioner

Teaching Regulation Agency

Education Workforce Council

The University of Manchester

Construction Industry Training Board

Transport for Greater Manchester

Serious Fraud Office

Work highlights

  • Acting for EIO as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Appointed to the Panel to advise the Welsh Language Commissioner in respect of the application of The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.
  • Providing Legal Adviser Services to Panels hearing allegations of misconduct against teachers.    
Leading individuals

Peter Jones - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

'Excellent in the public sector area', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's two-partner team provides an 'outstanding' service on local and UK-focused matters relating, in particular, to public procurement challenges, fitness to practice, and disputes arising in the education sector. Team head Richard Pitt frequently takes the lead on commercial disputes arising within the transport, IT and renewables sectors, and alongside senior associate Luisa Gibbons has been pivotal to the firm's thriving public procurement contentious offering. Noted for his 'impressive strategic sense', Peter Jones heads the firm's 'superlative' national inquiries and investigations group.

Practice head(s):Richard Pitt

Other key lawyers:Angharad Shurmer; Luisa Gibbons; Peter Jones; Dorian Morris

Testimonials

'An understanding of our business and industry; the availability of a wide range of team members; accessibility of partners when required but also the quality of the associates which means we can be confident that much of the time partners will not be required.'

'Access to partners when the matter merits it; but most often, due to the quality of the associates, partner intervention is not required.'

Key Clients

NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Welsh Language Commissioner

Teaching Regulation Agency

Education Workforce Council

Serious Fraud Office

Siemens Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for the client in its position as a  core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Instructed to provide Legal Adviser Services to Panels hearing allegations of misconduct against registrants
  • Represented the SFO in a landmark case setting the boundaries of legal privilege which was recently ruled upon by the Court of Appeal
  • Representing Siemens Plc in respect of its provision of evidence as a core participant to the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry.
Leading individuals

Peter Jones - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Luisa Gibbons - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's two-partner team excels at handling big-ticket debt recovery for large corporates and financial institutions. Housed within the firm’s wider financial litigation offering, the team stands out for its ability to handle complex matters, often involving consumer credit issues, for a wide variety of financial institutions including challenger banks and mortgage banks. Nick Rundle excels at handling complex mortgage-related disputes and co-heads the team alongside Anthony Davies, whose expertise encompasses mortgage enforcement litigation and unsecured debt recovery matters.

Practice head(s):Nick Rundle; Anthony Davies

Other key lawyers:Gareth Vowles; Tom Black; Lindsey Caddy; Amy Earlam

Testimonials

The team is vast and dwarves the competition in the region

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK Plc

North View Group

Western Power Distribution

Severn Trent Water Plc

Legal & General Insurance

MD Insurance

Clydesdale Bank

TSB Bank

HSBC Bank

Virgin Money

Arrow Global

GCI Network Solutions

Metro Bank

Enra Group

SPXflow

Tesco Bank

FSCS

DXC Technology

The Forestry Commission

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Santander UK Plc in an appeal to the High Court on an important point of principle for conveyancers and mortgage lenders.
  • Success at trial in mortgage repossession proceedings where the transfer of the mortgage to Elderbridge was challenged.
  • Success at trial and appeal, in obtaining a judgment for Western Power Distribution for the full balance sought plus full Part 36 consequences on an infrastructure recovery claim.
  • Advising TSB Bank Plc in a complex mortgage claim against a barrister defendant determined at a three-day trial.
  • Advising Castle Trust Capital Plc on a complex mortgage claim proceeding to trial based on issues as to whether the mortgage was regulated, unfair relationships and overriding interests.
Leading individuals

Anthony Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Nick Rundle - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by the 'extremely commercial' Joanne Canning, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's seven-strong team advises a bank-focused client base across corporate lending, real estate finance and education finance matters. Leveraging the firm's strong clearing bank relationships, as well as receiving a considerable volume of instructions from challenger and local banks, the team is well-placed to advise on both local and UK-wide work. Associate Melissa Hellio is gaining a strong local reputation and is praised for her 'commercial outlook'.

Practice head(s):Joanne Canning

Other key lawyers:Melissa Hellio; Lowri Gwyn

Testimonials

Cost-effective and responsive

Joanne Canning provides real advice as opposed to just 'sitting on the fence'

Melissa Hellio provides top-quality advice

Leading individuals

Joanne Canning - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Melissa Hellio - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by the 'outstanding' Anthony Rees, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's four-partner team has the strength-in-depth to cover the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious matters for an impressive roster of domestic and international private and public sector clients. Thomas Player has extensive knowledge of international labour matters, including European Works Councils and cross-border restructuring. Other key partners include Huw Jones, who is the lead on public sector employment matters, and Tom Bray , who as well as his expertise on contentious matters, also regularly handles human resources support work.

Practice head(s):Anthony Rees

Other key lawyers:Thomas Player; Huw Jones; Tom Bray; Emma Allchurch; Georgina Voogd

Testimonials

'Highly professional and timely, with positive and proactive advice that gets things done. Acts as a partner with our business.'

'The team in Cardiff have particular strengths that support our needs in terms of the education sector, labour relations and they have key team members who are able to deliver their services through the medium of Welsh.'

'A pleasure to deal with. Always assured and confident in the advice given and  work done.'

'The individuals that stand out include Anthony Rees, Thomas Player, Sally Isaacs and Huw Jones. They all share the same qualities from my perspective which is the ability to offer sound pragmatic advice that is tailored to the organisational context. They are also exceptionally responsive from a client service perspective.'

Key Clients

Heathrow Airport

C&C Group Limited

Toyoda Gosei Limited

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

UK Research & Innovation

Wolverine Worldwide No

Kubota Group Plc

Sony Europe

Bangor University

Alpha LSG

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sony Europe on all of its UK and European HR legal needs, including on restructuring, discrimination issues, TUPE, share incentives and executive issues.  
  • Reappointed for a further three years, after a recent retender exercise, to continue to advise Heathrow Airport on all of their HR, employment tribunals and industrial relations needs.
  • Advise Michigan-headquartered Wolverine Worldwide on all of its employment law needs in the EU, spanning ten jurisdictions.
  • Advising Alpha LSG Limited on all aspects of employment law in relation to restructuring issues, collective and individual consultation obligations, holiday pay issues, employment tax, TUPE/outsourcing issues, changing terms and conditions, numerous employment tribunal claims and negotiating new collective agreements and effecting strategic executive severances.
  • Represented the Reading Borough Council in reviewing the advice that it had received to-date in defending equal pay litigation.
Leading individuals

Anthony Rees - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Thomas Player - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises an impressive array of education sector clients, including numerous major universities and further education institutions, on all aspects of tier 4 immigration. The firm has also continued to undertake large-scale compliance projects, including in relation to Brexit and the EU Settled Status Scheme.

Practice head(s):Anthony Rees; Nerys Ireland

Testimonials

'Technically the team know their stuff, but they live in the real world and support you find pragmatic solutions.'

'The team have the willingness to move from giving top notch, clear and detailed legal advice to engaging directly to enact that advice as part of a team. Eversheds really became part of our team - they made you the priority, not just another billable hour.'

'The team have provided the technical expertise for us to move forward in leaps and bounds; they have held us to account and challenged us, they have sought to understand before making assessments and they have left us in a better place than when they arrived.'

'Nerys Ireland was our main contact and absolutely superb. Able to translate legal jargon into understandable advice and then guide consequent actions.  Under her worked Francesca Smith who adopted a similar hugely helpful approach. I think the key with them is the engaging way they work as partners, not just advisers, and this is true of all Eversheds engagement I have had.'

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Aided by a vast array of pensions practitioners across its UK and European offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a 'very high standard of service' to a varied mix of trustees, employers and providers. Team head Stuart Earle is particularly accomplished at providing pensions advice to multinational employers and trustees of large occupational schemes, and has a particular degree of specialism advising on matters within heavily regulated sectors. Ian Davies is the other key partner of the six-strong team that also includes senior associate Collette Davies, who as well as regularly handling the pensions aspects of corporate transactions also has a burgeoning public sector practice.

Practice head(s):Stuart Earle

Other key lawyers:Ian Davies; Collette Davies; Jen Green

Testimonials

'Pragmatic and commercial approach.'

'Stuart Earle has a real commercial edge.'

'I've found Eversheds Sutherland to be very responsive, experienced and well-connected. In particular the depth and breadth of expertise, and ability for those from different disciplines to work together to provide a seamless service is impressive. Their knowledge of what's going on in industry, government and other circles is helpful and impressive.'

'Stuart Earle is knowledgeable, helpful and very responsive. His industry knowledge is impressive and working with other colleagues he ensures that Eversheds Sutherland provides us with a very holistic service.'

Key Clients

NEST Corporation

National Grid plc

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water

Hoover

Prudential Platinum

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Nokia Group UK Pension Scheme

Volkswagen

Robert Bosch

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Work highlights

  • The firm continues to advise NEST Corporation on a wide range of issues including: day-to-day member queries,  drafting new rules in respect of benefit payments and new death benefit options, and advice on new investment mandates.
  • Advising National Grid plc across its multibillion-pound pension schemes, including the National Grid UK Pension Scheme and the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.
  • Advising the Trustee on their review and implementation of a new investment strategy, which takes account of key covenant issues relevant to the sponsor and the water sector, with a greater emphasis on matching cashflows.
  • Continue to advise the Trustees of each of the defined benefit pension schemes across the Hoover Candy Group.
  • Continue to advise the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), on the implementation of pensions reform for future accrual across the NDA estate in the context of public sector changes which are being implemented in light of Lord Hutton’s review in 2011.
Leading individuals

Ian Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stuart Earle - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Collette Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Co-headed by Nick Rundle and Anthony Davies, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP benefits from a 'core team of accomplished lawyers dealing with complex and higher-value professional negligence cases'. The team specialises in acting for banks as secured lenders in claims brought against solicitors and valuers. As well as expertise in the core professional negligence issues, the team's  has broader financial services litigation knowledge enabling it to act in matter relating to fraud, title rectification and enforcement of directors' guarantees. Principal associate Wayne Davies has a 'wealth of experience' handling negligence claims arising in commercial lending - often involving large portfolios of properties. Senior associate James Coleman has a thriving practice for lenders in claims relating to retail and commercial lending.

Practice head(s):Nick Rundle and Anthony Davies

Other key lawyers:Wayne Davies; Ashley Davies; James Coleman; Alison Poole

Testimonials

'The proactive team provides an excellent level of service.'

'James Coleman is adept at working with big corporate clients and handling large cases and projects.'

'Wayne Davies is technically excellent.'

Key Clients

Santander

Bank of Ireland

Nationwide (including ThMortgage Works and UCB)

Deutsche Bank

GE Money

Investec

HSBC

Capital Trust Capital Plc

Legal & General Insurance

MD Insurance Services

Work highlights

  • The firm acts for two large UK-based banks across a range of professional negligence matters, including in cases where the client suffers a shortfall of more than £30,000 on a residential mortgage account (these cases involve claims against solicitors and surveyors for negligence relating to residential mortgage transactions).
  • Advising the lender in connection with claims against a leading firm of residential property surveyors relating to the alleged overvaluation of 14 properties in connection with 14 separate mortgage applications during the period 2006-2010.
  • Represents a bank in relation to a loan made on a Grade II listed manor house within its own grounds.
  • Representing a bank in a professional negligence claim following the failure by solicitors to redeem all existing charges upon completion of a remortgage, with the consequence that the bank's charge has not been capable for registration.
  • Instructed by a secured business lender to pursue a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors which failed to register a charge at companies’ house, with the consequence that the security was void when the company became insolvent, leaving the client as an unsecured creditor.
Next Generation Partners

Wayne Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

James Coleman - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's Cardiff team forms a key component of the firm's multi-disciplinary/office offering to developers, investors and an increasing roster of financiers engaged in energy, transport and social infrastructure projects including those structured on a PFI/PPP basis. The team is particularly well-known for its renewable energy projects expertise, where it is able to provide corporate, real estate, regulatory and financing input on many large international mandates handled by the firm. Corporate partner Michelle Davies is noted for her clean energy projects expertise, work which regularly sees her involved in global deals, including in the Middle East. Iwan Walters  recently relocated to the firm's Dubai office.

Practice head(s):Michelle Davies

Other key lawyers:Rob McNabb; Jean-Pascal Boutin; James Trafford

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn

Blackrock

Centrica

EDF

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

Wartsila

Macquarie

E.ON

Rwanda Development Board

IFC

Work highlights

  • Advised a UK infrastructure fund as the purchaser in a competitive auction process to acquire 24 solar farms comprising 142MW across the UK from Canadian Solar
  • Acted for the purchaser on the £100m IPO of shares on the Specialist Funds Segment of the London Stock Exchange’s main market and associated acquisition of a seed portfolio of energy storage systems with a capacity of 70MW
  • Advised CGN EE on its acquisition of a majority stake in North Pole Vindkraft Holding, the holding company for Markbygden ETT, which is involved in the construction of Europe’s largest single site onshore windfarm in Markbygden, Sweden
  • Advising NNB Generation Company as one of two law firms responsible for all construction and EPC contracts for £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear new-build project.
  • Advising Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm on the land assembly elements of the lateral infrastructure cable route.
Leading individuals

Michelle Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by James Trafford, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's ten-partner team has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume of work, primarily in the private sector, for a well hedged array of clients including developers, investors and corporate occupiers. While the team does handle some regional projects, it is best-known for its work outside of Wales, including on real estate-related energy and transport matters. David Watkins, who has expertise across a range of finance, portfolio acquisitions and estate management; Helen Thomas, whose clients include a number of high-profile UK and international corporate occupiers; Geraint Pullin Thomas, for renewable energy-related real estate matters; James Emberson , who has extensive experience in acting for institutional clients in connection with acquisitions and disposals, property management work, are all recommended. At an associate level, Jonathan Woodward is very well regarded.

Practice head(s):James Trafford

Other key lawyers:David Watkins; Helen Thomas; Geraint Pullin Thomas; James Emberson; Kevin Booth; Andrew Burns; Jones

Testimonials

'The Cardiff real estate team provide a first rate, professional service which is unmatched across the sector, leading the way in residential investment, development and construction.'

'David Watkins superbly manages of the Eversheds team to ensure we get all the support we need.'

'Geraint Pullin Thomas has fantastic knowledge relationships with client to ensure the right resources in terms of skill sets and manpower are allocated to the various work streams. Unequalled commitment to the client.'

'Jonathan Woodward is bright and enthusiastic and has full commitment to the transactions engaged on, always available to take on challenging tasks.'

'Janet Morgan manages the transaction team to deliver a great client service, ensuring that all matters are progressed to completion with least impact on client. Handles a range of transactional work across the residential spectrum to the highest standards.'

Key Clients

Transport for London

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

SEGRO Plc

British Gas/Centrica

Annington

CBRE Global Investors

Persimmon Homes

Transport for London

EDF Energy

RWE

Work highlights

  • Development of the Education and Enterprise Campus into a new college campus, a STEM Centre, a new Secondary School, a new Special Educational Needs School, a “tech hub” and digital incubator and a new sports centre, to serve the College, schools and local community.
  • The firm advised Karbon Homes, one of the North East’s largest housing providers, on its £250m bond issue.
  • Advising SEGRO on the relocation of Japan Centre (leading provider of Japanese food and retail) from Victoria Industrial Estate to Premier Park.
  • Advised Picture Living in connection with the acquisition of a seed portfolio of residential assets from Places for People.
  • Acting for Telereal Trillium on the sale of a 10-acre development site to Cardiff University for the future development of its College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.
Leading individuals

David Watkins - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Geraint Pullin Thomas - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Helen Thomas - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

James Emberson  - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

James Trafford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Rising stars

Jonathan Woodward - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Best-known for its transactional expertise, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's 13-strong Cardiff team either takes the lead on its own or in collaboration with offices from across the firm's network, on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects. Rob McNabb excels in handling the construction aspects of big-ticket international energy projects, including advising the developers engaged in solar projects in Egypt. Focusing more on UK-based matters, Alison Short is the other partner in the team and has developed specialist expertise and many years’ experience in the nuclear, water and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):Rob McNabb; Alison Short

Other key lawyers:Madi Dacey

Testimonials

'The team has a strong grasp of the technical issues and the legal implications - good practical advice on the likelihood of success rather than exploiting client desire to win a case with low chance of success; excellent handling of litigation process; selection of barristers and expert witnesses and managing their needs and availability; excellent instruction of barrister and expert witnesses and guidance on preparation of detailed documents.

'Eversheds has the ability to address complex commercial needs at both strategic and detail levels - excellent understanding of construction risk management. Excellent, detailed work.'

'Alison Short's ability to respond to complicated client needs was impressive - she has strong understanding of construction risks at a detailed level; excellent drafting skills; good response times; and is open to innovation, making positive modifications to industry standards, without failing to point out potential drawbacks. She also has the ability to communicate complicated legal nuances to clients.'

Key Clients

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Acciona and Swicorp

NNB Generation Company (HPC)

Greencoat

Stena Line

Annington Homes

TATA Chemicals Europe

Centrica

Work highlights

  • Acted for Welsh Water in the development of its Water Network Alliance, which will support Welsh Water to deliver leading water company services to its customers throughout most of Wales and Herefordshire and parts of Deeside and Cheshire and to build a resilient water network that eliminates interruption of water supply and enhances water quality.
  • Advised Acciona and Swicorp on the construction aspects of three solar projects in Egypt, financed by IFC (the World Bank).
  • Advising EDF’s subsidiary company NNB in respect of its £20bn development of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, Somerset.
  • Advising in relation to Greencoat Solar Assets II Ltd's acquisition of two portfolios of solar plants, totalling eight projects with a combined size of approximately 35MW.
  • Advising Stena Line in relation to its Holyhead Port redevelopment project.
Leading individuals

Rob McNabb  - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alison Short - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Although the Cardiff team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is fairly small, it regularly works alongside other practitioners across the firm's network, as well as in conjunction with the office's vast real estate offering, across a range of planning and environmental issues. 'Very solid' principal associate Kee Evans heads the team and is particularly noted for her environmental expertise, which includes advice on contaminated land matters, acquisitions/disposals and all Welsh legislation. Key industry sectors include transport, health care and renewables.

Practice head(s):Kee Evans

Testimonials

'Kee Evans was prepared to give sound advice around complex issues- she has a good depth of knowledge and provides practical as well as legal advice to resolve issues.'

Key Clients

Glaxo SmithKline

National Grid

Nuclear Decommissioning Agency

REPIC

Sims Group UK

Severn Trent Water

Legal and General

Segro Plc

Koch Industries

Thames Water

Nestle

Work highlights

  • The Cardiff team provided environmental advice and support to GlaxoSmithKline on the sale of its iconic Horlicks Factory in Slough.
  • Advice to a household name utility company in relation to the environmental permitting regime and the link with the funding/pricing arrangements agreed by the relevant utilities regulator.
  • Advised a large US manufacturing company in relation to a breach of the ROHS Regulations by one of its suppliers.
  • Acted as lead adviser for Elite Partners Capital on its first UK real estate acquisition.
  • Advised a large water utilities company on a range of contentious and non-contentious environmental issues, including in the context of Environment Agency investigations into matters of strategic importance with potentially heavy penalties.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Sitting as an integral part of the firm's UK-wide property litigation offering but also regularly generating and leading on its own case load, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's seven-strong team has the strength-in-depth to handle a broad range of litigation for a diverse array of clients, such as major institutional landlords and financial services entities (including SIPP providers). The transport and energy sectors are also growing and key focal points for the team, with major national clients instructing the team on property disputes arising across their portfolios including on major strategic advice. Team head Kathryn Cook acts on a range of contentious property issues including landlord and tenant matters and property-related professional negligence.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Cook

Other key lawyers:Julie Dilcock

Testimonials

'Julie Dilcock is highly experienced and proficient, communicates very effectively, and is very patient and pleasant to discuss legal matters with.'

 

Key Clients

Legal & General

Annington Property

Thames Water Utilities

High Speed Two

RWE Generation UK

SEGRO Plc

Transport for London

Network Rail

Cuadrilla Resources

HMV Retail

Forestry Commission

Stena Line

Work highlights

  • Sole legal adviser to Thames Water Utilities across its diverse portfolio dealing with all contentious property and property management issues.
  • Continuing to represent the Forestry Commission across its diverse portfolio including advising at a strategic level in relation to its operations as well as acting on all business-as-usual contentious property and property management issues across its estate.
  • Continuing to act to protect Cuadrilla’s interest in relation to an injunction and contempt proceedings obtained in respect of anti-fracking protestors occupying land near to test sites in the North of England.
  • Acting for RWE Npower across a range of contentious property issues arising across its portfolio of properties including office accommodation and power stations.
  • Acting for HMV across its portfolio of retail properties dealing with all contentious property and property management issues, including break notices, lease renewals, dilapidation advice, termination issues and strategic advice in terms of the management of its stores.
Leading individuals

Kathryn Cook - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by the 'excellent' Matthew Gough, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly well regarded for handling IT-related work for financial services companies, including on software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Gough has gained an excellent reputation in the market for advising on fintech matters, both from a contractual law perspective associated with new products developed by financial institutions, as well as in relation to providing due diligence input on M&A handled by the firm in the sector. Principal associate Eve England has a focus on supporting clients on the digitisation of their services and operating models.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gough

Testimonials

'Matthew Gough is very good at handling IT-related work involving a consumer law overlay'

'There are genuine stars working day in day out in this area with a great mixture of skills and experience, and it is a team that works very easily with us.'

'Matthew Gough is great to work with. His experience and practicality shine. It is difficult for opponents to argue with him much of the time. I like the way he priorities issues well so we are focusing on the valuable items for us. This attitude flows down well with his team of associates as well.'

Key Clients

Thames Water

British Bankers Association

Schools Software Solutions

Scansource Europe

Nationwide Building Society

British Gas

Admiral Insurance

Veezu Holdings

The National Grid

Work highlights

  • Advising Thames Water across a range of commercial matters, including on a variety of IT contracts with leading IT suppliers in connection with software development, cloud and outsourcing.
  • Reviewing and amending software licences for training tools hosted and maintained by Schools Software Solutions on its website and advising on the impact of the GDPR.
  • Advised Veezu Holdings, a tech-focused taxi group, on a wide variety of IT contracts, including software licence and maintenance.
Leading individuals

Matthew Gough - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Eve England - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Active in work across the TMT sector, including in niche areas such as consumer law, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly advises IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their IPR. The 'excellent' Matthew Gough handles a significant amount of IP work for clients in the digital financial services and fintech space, including advice on their commercial arrangements.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:Eve England

Key Clients

South Hook LNG Terminal Company

Admiral Insurance

Places for People Group

Schools Software Solutions

Transport for London

Liverpool Victoria

Scansource Europe SPRL

Enviroactive Ltd

Veezu Holdings Limited

Airbus DS Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting South Hook LNG Terminal Company across a range of commercial matters including IP issues relating to its corporate procurement activities, such as advising on the procurement of IT licences and specialist consultancy services.
  • Advising Schools Software Solutions Limited on the development of apps and the agreements relating to the licensing and exploitation of the same.
  • Supporting Scansource Europe SPRL, an international reseller of communications and security goods and solutions, in connection with a range of legal matters, including advising on implications of software licensing and other issues impacting its resale of third-party licences.
  • Advising Veezu Holdings, a tech-focused taxi group, on IP arrangements with third parties and the IP issues relating to the apps which it uses with its customers.

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