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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cambridge)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP attracts praise for its global footprint, which gives it the capacity to handle national and international work, a unique quality among firms in the region. Simon Tytherleigh in Cambridge leads the team and specialises in restructuring, executive severances and employment tribunal litigation. As an employment tribunal advocate he has appeared in numerous complex cases including multiple claimant discrimination, holiday pay and whistleblowing claims. Other standout figures include experienced partners Elizabeth Graves, who focuses on cross-border employment matters; Matthew Kelly, who specialises in advising clients in the further and higher education sectors; Geoffrey Mead, who acts for college and university clients; and German-qualified Constanze Moorhouse, who leads the firm’s international employment counsel team and regularly manages multi-jurisdictional HR projects. Moorhouse advised Zipcar International on the outsourcing of its member services team to a third party provider, which involved employment law advice on the commercial agreement and the handling of TUPE matters relating to the proposed move of services out of the UK. She also acted alongside senior associate Sasha Willmott for Intercontinental Exchange on employment aspects of the potential acquisition of a multinational business from McGraw-Hill Financial. Graves’s highlights included acting for cloud services provider Carbonite Inc. in employment matters arising from its $14m acquisition of the European assets of EVault. Kelly advised Barnet and Southgate College on its proposed merger with two other colleges. The employment law team’s other clients include Intercontinental Exchange, ARM Holdings and Nuffield Health.

Leading individuals

Constanze Moorhouse - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Elizabeth Graves - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon Tytherleigh - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sasha Willmott - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Leading individuals

Nicola Lashmar - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Paul Coppin - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Ipswich)

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, ‘advice can always be relied upon and the service always represents value for money’. Clients note that ‘as part of a global organisation the lawyers can tap into any area of legal expertise to the highest level of complexity, and their clear and concise advice always exceeds clients’ expectations’. The firm’s corporate claims team has a strong base in the Ipswich office, where Paul Coppin and Nicola Lashmar focus on injury cases; they ‘bring positivity, energy and enthusiasm to their roles’ and ‘always think and plan ahead to give reliable guidance not only on matters in hand, but also any future developments’. Senior associate Mark Milkovics is also recommended and has more than 20 years’ experience in PI litigation. The team is currently representing hotel owners Union Hosteleria ESBA in a multimillion-pound claim brought by a tour operator after a teenager fell through the glass floor of her hotel balcony. Another complex and high-value case for Coppin and his team related to psychological problems including PTSD and multiple personality disorder suffered by a young woman who as a child witnessed her mother being hit by a car. The case is set for a causation-only trial. The corporate claims team was also appointed by Turkish Airlines to handle passenger compensation claims worldwide, which involves co-ordinating claims across more than 60 jurisdictions.

Leading individuals

Nicola Lashmar - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Paul Coppin - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Private client

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

Eversheds Sutherland (international) LLP (Cambridge)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘clearly knowledgeable in the sector and is always commercial, approachable and good value for money’. Clients praise Glynne Stanfield, head of the firm’s UK governance and external relations practice and head of international education group, who works from the Cambridge and London offices. Principal associate Stephen O’Reilly acts for a wide client base of charities operating in the health, social care, education and scientific research sectors. He assists clients with the establishment and registration of new charities, releasing permanent endowment restrictions, completing charity mergers, corresponding with the Charity Commission and advising charities on governance issues, such as payments to charity trustees. Senior associate Sasha Willmott advises charities on employment matters. The firm hired associate Elen Griffiths from Farrer & Co to assist clients with charity law and governance matters. The team recently acted for The Alan Turing Institute on a multimillion-pound agreement with HSBC to enable its data scientists to carry out long-term research into economic data. The firm also advised the National Land Based College on its registration as a charity with the Charity Commission and assisted the Further Education Trust for Leadership with its provision of a grant to fund a research position at University College London. The firm’s clients include the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Turning Point and the Medical Research Council.

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cambridge)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘commercial, approachable and good value; the firm has good industry knowledge and good depth in its team’. A market leader nationally, the firm is known for advising universities on domestic and international matters; sixth form colleges on academisation; and schools on governance and employment matters. The ‘highly committed and client-orientedGlynne Stanfield leads the international education and corporate governance practice and combines ‘sector knowledge with the appropriate pragmatism’. Stanfield and senior associate Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh (who is ‘impressive and highly experienced around contracts with higher education providers’) advised Apollo Education Group on the sale of shares to a private equity consortium. Employment partners Matthew Kelly and Geoffrey Mead advised 28 further education and sixth form colleges in the East Anglia region, as well as industry bodies such as the Association of Colleges, on the implications of the national Strategic Area Review exercise reviewing the delivery of post-16 education. Cambridge Regional College and Global University Systems are also clients.

Leading individuals

Glynne Stanfield - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: Real estate

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, ‘the overall level of service is excellent and the firm is very attentive to clients’ needs’. The firm has a growing national and international reputation for its wide-ranging expertise in real estate matters, though it particularly stands out for its expertise in transport, education, care home and residential projects. Development and regeneration project partner Dominic Morris is ‘knowledgeable in his subject area, timely in his responses and always professional in his approach’. Clare Whitaker is recommended for investment and corporate occupier work and has specific expertise in the hotels and leisure sector, where she acts for a wide range of investors, developers, occupiers and funders. Senior associate Megan D’Souza-Mathew specialises in development and regeneration work for private and public sector clients. Her recent work includes advising on a town centre scheme leisure development and acting for senior living developers on a series of conditional contracts and option agreements for care home and retirement village developments. Associate Jamie Cawthornhas a very detailed and in-depth knowledge of the residential development industry; he can use his experience acting for both buyers and sellers to his clients’ advantage in negotiations’. He focuses on residential and mixed-use development work, regularly acting for national homebuilders. Associates Claire Morgan and Geoff Street are recommended for infrastructure and development work in the transport sector. A key deal for the Cambridge team saw Cawthorn act for the Fairfield Partnership on the £18m sale of a site at Hellingly Green in East Sussex, and on securing planning permission for 460 new dwellings. Richard Birks joined DWF.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dominic Morris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial property: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dominic Morris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial property: Ipswich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dominic Morris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial property: Norwich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dominic Morris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Commercial property: Peterborough
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dominic Morris - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cambridge, Ipswich)

Cambridge houses a strong core of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s construction team, which undertakes projects of national significance and also handles overseas projects. Dominic Lacey leads the Cambridge construction and engineering team and is ‘very personable and has a very good understanding of clients’ specific requirements’. Principal associate Tom Douglas specialises in non-contentious matters with a strong emphasis on the transport sector. He also regularly advises on projects in the education and healthcare sectors. Douglas acted alongside highly regarded senior associate Patrick Cooney and litigation associate Karen Chang for Highways England on a range of design, build, finance and operate matters for projects with a total value exceeding £100m. Lacey and Chang also played key roles in the team’s work for the Government of Bangladesh’s PPP Authority and Roads and Highways Department on a $50m project to develop the country’s infrastructure. This involved drafting PPP contracts and advising on a range of issues such as intra-governmental arrangements. Lacey and Cooney also handled significant matters for the UK’s Department for Transport, including complex negotiations between channel tunnel rail link operator HS1 and UK Power Networks to consolidate power distribution agreements on the HS1 route. The firm’s extensive list of clients also includes Transport for London and Kier Group.

Leading individuals

Dominic Lacey - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cambridge)

Head and shoulders above other firms’, say clients of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has ‘a good range of resource, is always responsive and is willing to share knowledge and good practice’. The team in Cambridge acts for an extensive roster of national and international clients and is an integral part of the large national real estate litigation practice. Richard New has 13 years’ experience and ‘provides very accessible advice for non-lawyers’. He handles heavyweight contentious matters and has been involved in some of the largest disputes concerning business rates in recent years. Clients of ‘excellent, responsive’ associate Natalie Minott rate her ‘first-rate client service and ability to think of every detail’. She has more than 10 years’ experience and regularly advises on residential property disputes. ‘Professional, knowledgeable’ senior associate Samuel Maw, who moved to Cambridge from the firm’s Birmingham office, focuses on residential development disputes, in which he acts for some of the UK’s largest housebuilders. The firm counts National Grid, Taylor Wimpey and Land Securities among its clients. Recent highlights include acting for a leading financial institution in a rating appeal concerning its headquarters, which currently has a £3m rateable value, and representing Group First in several valuation tribunals concerning self-storage warehouses across the UK.

Leading individuals

Richard New - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cambridge)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a team of expert IT and corporate lawyers that acts for established and fast-growth businesses around the technology cluster of Cambridge, as well as national financial institutions and corporates such as the John Lewis Partnership. Transactional technology lawyer and team head Simon Crossley acted for a global bank on its market data licensing arrangement with Thomson Reuters. Crossley and principal associate Michael Loffler, who is part of the company commercial team and specialises in IT and outsourcing, advised National Grid on setting up a new smart meter business. They also assisted global sustainability data reporting services provider Cr360 with a major strategic customer agreement. Other highlights included advising a global bank on the procurement of networks and communications services from BT, and assisting a multinational industrial company with a US parent on procedures for secure intra-group data transfer. Liz Fitzsimons is one of the UK’s leading practitioners for data privacy matters and jointly leads the firm’s global privacy team. IP specialist Adrian Toutoungi (who ‘always seeks to maximise his client’s advantage’) is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Adrian Toutoungi - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon Crossley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Loffler - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cambridge)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘efficient and proactive, providing great quality of work that is really appreciated’. The Cambridge office plays a pivotal role in the firm’s national practice, which offers commercial and contentious IP services to UK and international companies. The team is ‘excellent; really intelligent and careful in its consideration of all procedural and substantive aspects of a case’. Adrian Toutoungi, who leads the Cambridge team is ‘an intelligent and experienced litigator who is always thinking five steps ahead at all stages of litigation’. ‘Proactive and business-oriented’ head of life sciences Simon Crossley is also recommended. Toutoungi represented the UK Intellectual Property Office in a high-profile trial concerning trade mark infringement and passing off claims that resulted in an award of £500,000 in compensation and an injunction. The firm is now pursuing enforcement actions. Toutoungi also advised Raisio Group on the drafting and negotiation of a licence under the Honey Monster brand. The firm also counts Mylan Pharmaceuticals and China National Nuclear Corporation among its clients.

Leading individuals

Adrian Toutoungi - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon Crossley - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Loffler - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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