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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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. Corporate partner and also head of the third sector services team, Paul Pugh advised the Forestry Commission on the investment in leisure group, Forest Holidays, by Phoenix Equity Partners. Huw Rolant Jones is the employment lead on many significant public sector mandates and recently advised the BBC on gender pay regulations obligations and on an equal pay review and audit following the recent disclosure of pay information by the broadcaster. Headed by the 'experienced, intelligent and pragmatic' Peter Jones, the Cardiff office also houses the firm's market-leading public inquiries team. Recognised as 'one of the top law firms in the area', the team 'knows the public inquiry arena inside out' having acted on many of the highest-profile matters in the market including its current representation of Cadent Gas in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry. 'Impressive' senior associate Angharad Shurmer is also noted for her public inquiries expertise and is involved in the Grenfell Tower matter alongside Jones. Bridgette Wilcox has significant experience advising on major procurement matters including her ongoing work for Transport for Greater Manchester on the restructuring of the operation and maintenance contractual structure for the Metrolink light rail system and the procurement of a new operator-maintainer. Other clients include the Welsh Language Commissioner, Serious Fraud Office and NEST.

Leading individuals

Peter Jones - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales
Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With four partners based out of the firm‚Äôs Cardiff office ‚Äď following the recent transfer of Charles Reynard¬†from Leeds ‚Äď and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners spread out across the UK and internationally, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†is well-placed to represent corporates and private equity sponsors in a significant volume of predominantly mid-market transactions. ‚ÄėPragmatic, responsive and knowledgeable‚Äė team head Paul Pugh¬†has superb credentials for handling private equity work and recently acted for Pollen Street Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in insurance broker, Miles Smith. ‚ÄėTechnical, diligent and helpful‚Äė principal associate Richard Franklin¬†regularly works alongside Pugh on transactions and also frequently takes the lead himself as demonstrated by his recent representation of Places for People Group on its acquisition of the remaining 50 percent share in MDH Group. Leveraging its ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äė energy credentials, the team regularly handles M&A mandates in the sector including Iwan Walters‚Äô¬†recent representation of Shell on its acquisition (subject to regulatory approvals) of First Utility. Michelle Davies¬†is also recommended for corporate work within the energy sector. Other clients include Forestry Commission, Welsh government and EDF Energy Renewables.

Leading individuals

Iwan Walters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Paul Pugh - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

 Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†‚Äės two-partner team provides a ‚Äėresponsive and commercial'¬†service to private and public sector clients across a range of litigation including in relation to niche areas such as public procurement litigation, fitness to practice and public inquiry work. In addition to handling general commercial litigation work,¬†¬†Peter Jones¬†¬†leads the firm's national Inquiries and Investigations group and is recognised as 'probably having the greatest experience of working in public inquiries of any solicitor currently in practice'. As well as continuing to lead¬†a team of lawyers acting as Solicitors to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Jones is also currently representing Cadent Gas as an interested party in the high-profile Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Senior associate¬†Angharad Shurmer¬†'displays impressive knowledge of the cases in which she is involved in' and works alongside Jones on the public inquiries handled by the firm.¬†Richard Pitt¬†¬†leads the national transport group within the commercial litigation practice and is also well-regarded in the market for handling public procurement disputes. Pitt is representing Wrexham Glyndwr University in the defence of judicial review proceedings brought by numerous foreign students following the withdrawal of the University‚Äôs¬†sponsorship from international students, who had either failed to pay their tuition fees or whose entrance to the University may have been linked to a fraudulently obtained English qualification. Senior associate Trish D‚ÄôSouza¬†is regularly involved in education-related disputes and assisted Pitt on the aforementioned matter. Principal associate¬†Luisa Gibbons¬†handles a range of general commercial litigation, as well as public inquiries and¬† professional discipline work.

Leading individuals

Peter Jones -  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Luisa Gibbons -  Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s

Led by the ‚Äėvery impressive'Nick Rundle, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‚Äôs¬†‚Äėwell-resourced'¬†team¬†has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume of secured and unsecured debt recovery matters for financial institutions, insurance companies and major corporates including Lloyds, RBS, Western Power Distribution and Legal & General Insurance. Housed within the firm‚Äôs 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. The ‚Äėvery experienced'¬†Anthony Davies¬†is a ‚Äėsafe pair of hands'¬†across a broad array of contentious debt matters and heads up the firm‚Äôs mortgage enforcement team which handles residential mortgage repossession claims for an impressive roster of UK and Irish lenders. Davies continues to provide debt recovery services to challenger bank, Metro Bank, relating to personal guarantee, asset finance debts and complex property receivership instructions. Senior associate Tom Black¬†has ‚Äėexcellent client relationships'¬†and is noted, in particular, for his secured lending debt recovery expertise.¬†Gareth Vowles¬†and¬†Helen Marriott¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Anthony Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s

Nick Rundle - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 

The ‚Äėcommercial and responsive‚Äė seven-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†has the ‚Äėstrength-in-depth‚Äė to provide a ‚Äėproactive service‚Äė to an impressive roster of lender clients across the gamut of real estate, corporate and education financing transactions.¬† ‚ÄėExtremely commercial‚Äė¬†team¬†head Joanne Canning¬†is recognised in the market as a ‚Äėreal deal doer‚Äė and has an ‚Äėuncanny ability to be able¬†to distil complex advice into language a layperson can understand‚Äė. A¬†‚Äėreal leader in the field‚Äė for real estate finance, Canning leads the firm‚Äôs deeply entrenched relationship with local lender Hodge Bank and recently advised it on¬†the development finance funding of a high-profile nine storey residential development (comprising of 102 apartments and ground floor retail space) located in Cardiff city centre. As well as leading locally the firm‚Äôs clearing bank relationships with clients including Lloyds and RBS, Canning has also developed strong ties with challenger banks including Metro, which she recently acted for on a¬†¬£20m property investment loan to a high-profile real estate investment company. In addition to leading the office‚Äôs corporate finance team alongside Canning, principal associate¬†Lowri Gwyn¬†has a strong reputation in the education finance space and has recently handled numerous university refinancings.¬†‚ÄėCommercial and responsive‚Äė associate¬†Melissa Hellio¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Joanne Canning - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 

Next generation lawyers

Lowri Gwyn - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff
Employment: Cardiff - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‚Äėresponsive and pragmatic‚Äô 20-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†provides 'tactically astute‚Äô and ‚Äėvery commercial advice‚Äô across both contentious and non-contentious matters to public and private sector clients including Welsh¬†Water, Wolverine Worldwide, Neilsen Group and British Broadcasting Corporation. The sheer size of the team enables practitioners within it to have significant pockets of expertise. For example, Thomas Player¬†excels at handling industrial relations work and recently represented SPX Flow on its negotiation of a European Works Council in accordance with the EU directive and the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations. Many of Tom Bray‚Äôs¬†clients are major global entities including Heathrow Airport, which he continues to represent on all its employment tribunals and industrial relations needs. ‚ÄėOutstanding‚Äô team¬†head Anthony Rees¬†provides ‚Äėresponsive and solution-focused advice‚Äô across a range of¬†contentious and non-contentious work for both private and public sector clients; he recently successfully defended global motor manufacturing company Toyoda Gosei¬†against claims of victimisation, race discrimination and breach of contract. Other recommended practitioners include Huw Rolant Jones, who leads on all the public sector mandates handled by the group; ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô senior associate Richard Woodhead¬†, who provides ‚Äėsensitive and sensible advice‚Äô on¬†complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims; and legal director Helen Mortlock¬†,¬†who handles employment work for the firm‚Äôs higher education clients.

Leading individuals

Anthony Rees - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides an 'exceptional service' to an impressive array of education sector clients, including numerous major universities and further education institutions, which the team advises on all aspects of Tier 4 immigration. Benefiting from 'expertise in student and staff immigration matters', senior associate Nerys Ireland and associate Francesca Smith are very well regarded in the education sector where they are praised for their 'user friendly style'. On the business immigration front, senior associate Richard Woodhead has significant experience of advising international companies and global plcs on complex immigration and global mobility issues and their interface with UK employment law.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Aided by a vast array of pensions practitioners across its UK and European offices should the need arise, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's¬†Cardiff team has the critical mass and degree of expertise to provide a 'very high standard of advice‚Äô to an enviable list of private and public sector clients including Welsh Water, Cardiff Bus and Volkswagen. ‚ÄėAn expert on what he does but with a real commercial edge', team head Stuart Earle¬†excels at handling work for multinational employers and trustees of large occupational schemes and has a particular degree of specialism advising on matters within heavily regulated sectors. Earle recently advised National Grid on the structure to sectionalise the National Grid UK Pension Scheme and on the subsequent implementation of that sectionalisation. Ian Davies¬†has vast experience across all aspects of establishing and running pension schemes; he recently acted for the trustees of the Hoover (1987) Pension Scheme on a regulated apportionment arrangement. Davies also continues to act as trustee on several schemes, including Prudential Platinum. Senior associate Collette Davies¬†is recommended, in particular, for her pensions work within the education sector. The team was also strengthened by the recent arrival of senior associate¬†Jen Green from¬†Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Leading individuals

Ian Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Stuart Earle - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The 'enormously experienced and well-resourced' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†provides 'clear and commercial' advice to¬†lenders ‚Äď including Santander, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and GE Money ‚Äď in claims brought against solicitors and valuers. As head of the secured recoveries part of the firm's financial services dispute resolution group,¬†Nick Rundle¬†regularly handles work for lenders including Bank of Ireland which he is representing in bringing claims against¬†two firms of surveyors resulting from allegedly negligent advice provided in connection with a decision to advance funds on security of a commercial premises. The 'knowledgeable and commercially focused' Anthony Davies¬†is a 'very safe pair of hands' and as well as handling professional negligence arising from title defects in lending transactions, also has a particular specialism in professional negligence against construction professionals including architects, engineers, loss adjusters, builders and underpinning contractors arising from the defective construction claims.¬†'Technically knowledgeable'¬†senior associate Lisa Murphy¬†provides 'common sense and pragmatic advice' and is a key member of the team that also includes 'excellent' senior associate James Coleman, senior associate¬†Ashley Davies, and 'very effective' principal associate Wayne Davies.

Next generation lawyers

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

Benefiting from 'strong industry knowledge' and the ability to leverage a large international network, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a multi-disciplinary offering to a range of clients including investors and financiers engaged in energy, transport and social infrastructure projects including those structured on a PFI/PPP basis. Recognised by one client as providing the 'same high-quality advice that a magic circle law firm will provide, while giving a more hands on and cost-effective solution', the team is best-known for its expertise within the renewables space where it has begun to handle an increased volume of instructions from institutional investors including investment funds such as Blackrock and Macquarie. 'Truly an expert in her field', Michelle Davies spearheads much of the clean energy work handled by the team and is praised for her 'excellent knowledge of the industry and power value chain'. Corporate partner Iwan Walters has significant experience within the renewables sector and recently advised EDF Energy Renewables on its disposal of a majority stake in five of its UK onshore wind farms to Greencoat UK Wind. Other recommended practitioners include Jean-Pascal Boutin, who heads up the energy regulatory team; Rob McNabb, who has extensive experience of advising on the construction of renewable energy projects both in the UK and abroad; and senior associate Philip Barratt ,who regularly assists Walters on renewables corporate transactions.

Leading individuals

Iwan Walters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Michelle Davies - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property: Cardiff
Commercial property: Cardiff - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Headed by James Trafford, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's nine-partner team provides a 'top-quality service' to a varied mix of investors, developers and end users. Praised for its 'excellent industry knowledge', Trafford and the 'superb' Geraint Pullin Thomas spearhead a dedicated real estate clean energy practice which is active in projects in Wales and England. Thomas recently provided the real estate input for Belltown Power on the financing of the 25MW windfarm in Powys. Kevin Booth leads on the office's developer mandates and recently advised Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition of the balance of Jubilee Park (the development in Rogerstone Newport) and the simultaneous disposal of parts to Bellway and BDW. A partner within the investor sub-group of the real estate practice, David Emberson handles a raft of work for leading property investment and development company, SEGRO plc, including advising it on a major property swap transaction with Legal & General. Other recommended practitioners at partner level include Helen Thomas and Andrew Burns, who both have a strong focus on real estate work within the transport/infrastructure sector; Nefydd Jones, who provides 'excellent work' for corporate occupiers including GlaxoSmithKline; and Kathryn Roberts, who leads the firm’s Volume Services team which provides high-volume conveyancing services for many of the UK’s major financial institutions. Senior associate Jonathan Woodward is also recommended. Other clients include Transport for London, Annington, Persimmon Homes and EDF Energy.

Leading individuals

James Trafford - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Nefydd Jones - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Woodward - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by Rob McNabb , Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's two-partner construction team is particularly focused on non-contentious matters and provides 'commercial advice' on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects for clients including Stena Line, RWE Generation UK and EDF Energies Nouvelles. Specialising in work within the renewables sector, much of McNabb's work is of an international nature, with many of his current and past projects taking place in the Middle East and Africa. He is currently involved in numerous renewables projects in Egypt, including advising Swicorp and Acciona Consortium on three 50MW solar projects in the country. Alison Short  is particularly accomplished at handling energy and infrastructure-related work; she continues to represent EDF Energy on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project and also acts for Welsh Water in respect of contracts relating to its £1.7bn water and wastewater services investment programme. At the non-partner level, senior associate Madi Dacey , who specialises in advising on engineering and construction contracts within the renewables sector, and associate Claire Laviers , who provides 'a sound and sensible approach', are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rob McNabb - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by principal associate Kee Evans, the 'responsive and knowledgeable' four-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'thorough and well-considered advice' to national and international clients across a range of planning issues including advice on section 106 agreements, section 16 common land consents and the Community Infrastructure Levy. Mirroring the firm's overarching strength in the energy sector, the team has significant experience advising on the planning issues associated with transactions within the renewables space; it was recently involved in reviewing the planning history associated with a site in Powys with which the firm had been instructed to advise on the financing of a 12-turbine wind farm. Transport is another area of specific expertise and Evans recently led a team which assisted Network Rail in securing an Order to allow for the demolition of a bridge between Cardiff Central and Newport station. Other clients include Aberystwyth University, SEGRO, Forestry Commission and Highways England.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Kathryn Cook heads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's six-strong team out of Cardiff which forms an integral part of the firm's national group of approximately 60 lawyers. A significant focus of the work out of the Cardiff office is in relation to handling the property litigation needs of major institutional landlords, including the likes of Annington Property, across their property portfolios including strategic advice on service charge issues, dilapidations, trespasser claims, development disputes and contractual disputes. The financial services sector is also an area of strength, with the team regularly handling disputes work for pension funds including in relation to self-invested personal pensions (SIPPS) portfolios; Cook represents Industrial Property Investment Fund across a range of contentious work emanating from its portfolio of more than 2,000 industrial units including on all aspects of tenant default and dilapidation issues. The team is also handling an increased flow of instructions from education clients, as well as on property disputes within the energy sector, where it often works closely with its market-leading real estate team. Senior associate Sara Dolley is also recommended. Other clients include Centrica, Stena Line, Forestry Commission, and HMV.

Next generation lawyers

Sara Dolley - 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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent reputation advising local and national entities from the financial services, defence and TMT sectors, across a range of work including software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Team head Matthew Gough has a  particular specialism advising on fintech matters, both in terms of the contractual issues associated with new products developed by financial institutions, as well as assisting on due diligence in relation to M&A handled by the firm in the sector. Along with principal associate Eve England, Gough also spearheads the firm's consumer law offering, and as well as their fee-earning work for clients (particularly in relation to support and advice on the IT systems used in connection with consumer contracts), both lawyers are members of the Law Society's reference group on the government’s consumer law reforms and are regularly called upon to provide input on proposed legislative changes in the area. England was also recently seconded to fast-growing technology-focused taxi group, Veezu Holdings, and provided advice to it across a wide range of IT contracts. Other clients include The National Grid, Schools Software Solutions, Scansource Europe and Nationwide Building Society.

Leading individuals

Matthew Gough - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by Matthew Gough, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's two-partner team has a focus on handling non-contentious IP matters, including advice for IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their intellectual property rights (IPR), as well as assisting the firm's corporate lawyers on IP due diligence on M&A transactions handled by the firm. Gough is well-versed at handling commercial contract work and continues to represent Schools Software Solutions on app development and the attendant licensing agreements. Principal associate Eve England has significant IP experience in the digital space and also excels at advising clients on consumer law-related IP issues. England was recently seconded to fast growing technology-rich Welsh taxi company, Veezu, where she has handled a wide range of commercial and IP work for it, including on copyright matters and advising on new IP licensing and development agreements. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Places for People Group and Liverpool Victoria.

Next generation lawyers

Eve England - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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