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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP acts for national and international clients from its Guildford and London offices on the full spectrum of corporate, M&A and private equity transactions. Its expertise crosses a broad range of industries, notably the real estate, industrial manufacturing, energy and marine sectors. Highlights included advising Cennox on the acquisition of global ATM manufacturer Diebold International from Diebold Nixdorf. The team also assisted Leon Restaurants with securing £25m in private equity funding to facilitate a secondary sale and raise funds for overseas expansion. Nick Purnell heads the corporate practice and undertakes the gamut of corporate work including joint ventures and outsourcing especially in the infrastructure and marine sectors. Simon Vere Nicoll handles M&A work, joint ventures and fund structuring. Richard Elks' corporate work is focused on the structuring of real estate assets including those located on- and off-shore.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP attracts praise for its 'quick responses, industry understanding, commercial but thorough advice, and value for money', with practice head John Milligan attracting praise for his 'good knowledge of the law and commercial approach'. Milligan regularly acts for domestic and overseas companies and trade associations on a range of EU law and international trade matters, including merger and joint venture clearances, cartel investigations, and public procurement. Its highly active litigation practice has been heavily involved in private enforcement matters, while on the non-contentious front it regularly handles competition authority investigations and EU state aid matters for clients across the insurance, transport, energy, infrastructure and trade sectors. Clients include Greenfields Ireland, a dairy trading company based in Ireland, for which it is handling EU food regulation issues related to its dealings with customers and non-EU suppliers.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's Guildford team works in tandem with its London office to provide the full range of litigation and arbitration services. Key partners include David Bennet, who has noted expertise in the areas of oil and gas, international trading, shipping and construction, and Chris Burdett, who acts for a number of clients in the technology field. Tim Foley has a focus on real estate-related disputes and Mark Walsh handles litigation and arbitration matters, especially in the oil and gas and energy sectors. As part of a global group, the team is often involved in cross-border cases.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's clients are quick to praise the professional negligence practice for its 'top-quality performance; its service regularly exceeds clients' expectations and solutions always take into account technical and pragmatic considerations'. The team in Oxford, which forms part of the firm's industry-leading national practice, handles the full range of professional negligence cases involving all major professions, including financial advisers, construction professionals, and lawyers. Tony Nurse-Marsh ('sharp as a knife and uncannily insightful') heads the regional practice and has wide-ranging expertise in claims involving  solicitors, construction professionals and accountants, among other professionals; he also handles cases involving emerging markets, coverage disputes, and fire-related cases. Other key figures include Clive Brett, who regularly acts for solicitors in regulatory investigations; Jim Taylor, who heads the Oxford team's dedicated claims handling unit; and Katherine Gregory, who has extensive experience in construction-related cases.

Leading individuals

Clive Brett - Clyde & Co LLP

Jim Taylor - Clyde & Co LLP

Tony Nurse-Marsh - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Katherine Gregory - Clyde & Co LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's team is able to draw on the firm's network to handle all aspects of advisory and contentious real estate across commercial, residential and mixed-use projects for national and international clients. It counts plcs such as Grainger and Helical among its clients as well as  Frogmore Property Group,  Aurora Group and Portsmouth City Council. The team acted for Spelthorne Borough Council on the £47m development of the world business centre 4 at Heathrow, which included handling the acquisition of the building, due diligence on the existing title, construction and planning arrangements. as well as a pre-let agreement. Adam Taylor-Smith and Martin Quicke jointly head the department. John Pearce, Will Deeprose and Choisanne Man are other key practitioners

Next generation lawyers

Choisanne Man - Clyde & Co LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's property litigation team provides 'a consistently strong level of service, with practical and relevant support that reflects the business needs of any institution'. Notwithstanding the departure of Tim Foley to Fladgate LLP, the cross-office team continues to handle work for a range of investors, developers, occupiers and retailers, often involving cross-border elements. Keith Conway, aided by Armel Elaudais (who is praised for her 'clear, balanced and concise advice'), acted for B&Q in a claim against its landlord and building contractor over the defective construction of the car park and walkway within a large retail park, which involved substantial remedial works to be carried out by the landlord and its contractor to rectify the defects. Conway and Elaudais also acted for Wincanton in a dilapidations claim made against the client by its former landlord following the termination of a lease of large warehouse premises.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

With a ‚Äėstrong level of service‚Äô, Clyde & Co LLP¬†is recommended for its ‚Äėin-depth knowledge of commercial IT issues in the context of the UK insurance market‚Äô. The firm handles a wide range of major technology and data-driven transactional and contentious matters in its chosen specialist markets of aviation, security, logistics, energy and insurance, with recent new client instructions from Grant Thornton, Expedia and Inditex. ‚ÄėExtremely capable‚Äô practice head Mark Williamson¬†is assisting B&Q with its commercial contracts to ensure they are fit for purpose and compliant with the company‚Äôs internal policies. Williamson is noted for his strength in the insurance sector; in a recent highlight, he and associates Paul O'Donovan¬†and Craig Lightfoot¬†assisted Chubb with putting in place a new hosting arrangement with a new provider for one of its core policy administration systems. Other mandates for the practice included outsourcing, large-scale data analytics projects and complex licencing agreements.

Leading individuals

Mark Williamson - Clyde & Co LLP

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South East: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

The well-staffed marine practice at Clyde & Co LLP in Guildford advises, litigates and arbitrates in cases involving cargo, casualty, and charterparty issues, as well as employment and immigration, ship and asset finance, transactions and trading, insurance, operation and construction matters. In terms of cargo, the lawyers alongside cargo casualty expert Jai Sharma handle logistics and contentious matters involving bills of lading, issues with quality or quantity, contamination and letters of indemnity. Accredited mediator Martin Hall leads the marine casualty sub-practice, focusing on collisions, crisis management, recoveries, salvage, unseaworthiness, fires and explosions, grounding, total loss, and personal injury claims, as well as wreck removal and deep sea recovery projects. Nick Greensmith and technical director John Reed are other names to note in this area. In dispute resolution, the team has particular expertise in arbitration; David Bennet handles marine, international trading and oil and gas related disputes. Simon Culhane and Andrew Nicholas are the main contacts for insurance disputes, while legal directors Eleanor Coates and Rebecca Armstrong cover commercial marine trading disputes.

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