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Clyde & Co LLP

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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's Guildford team serves clients ranging from mid-sized to global, with an especially strong roster of energy clients. Simon Vere Nicol's experience spans public and private company corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions and much of his work has an international element. Nick Purnell serves clients in a range of sectors including marine/shipping and the wider transportation and logistics sectors, while Richard Elks has a focus on real estate work. Legal director John Hopper is noted for his negotiating skills.

Practice head(s):Simon Vere Nicol

Other key lawyers:Nick Purnell; Richard Elks; John Hopper


'John Hopper is extremely good at understanding and explaining how a point would play out in future negotiations - he can see to the horizon of a negotiation and help us make the right decisions upfront. He also really understands the nuances of the relationship between commercial/practical factors and legal factors and can balance them well. He treats me like his most important client and always has time for me.'

Key Clients

Liberty House Group

P&O Maritime BV

GeoAmey PECS

NoBe Living Holdings

Purplexed LLP

Oaktree CapitalManagement


Anglo International Shipping Group




Wyelands Property Holdings

Urban and Civic PrincessStreet

Harbour Hotels Group

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel on Liberty Industries France's $500m purchase of Europe’s largest aluminum smelter from Rio Tinto.
  • Advising on the $20.4m purchase of 51% of P&O Maritime's joint venture with TIS Group to provide vessel towing services in Ukraine.
  • Lead UK counsel in the preparation of the main and ancillary documents in relation to the sale of OSM Maritime. The deal was cross-jurisdictional and involved a complicated group restructuring prior to the partial divestment of OSM’s shares to Oaktree.  
  • Advising SIMEC on the sales of the entire issued share capital of SIMEC Uskmouth Power, the owner of a coal-fired power station in Newport, to Atlantis Resources.
  • Acting for iSec and Greenergy on a joint venture for the redevelopment of Thames Enterprise Park (Thames Gateway).

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

The Oxford-based team at Clyde & Co LLP has vast proficiency in handling high-value and high-stakes professional negligence matters. Led by Tony Nurse-Marsh, the team regularly handles large claims and disputes for leading clients in the legal and insurance sectors. Other key practitioners include Clive Brett, Jim Taylor, and Katherine Gregory, all of whom have expertise in construction-related claims.

Practice head(s):Tony Nurse-Marsh

Other key lawyers:Clive Brett; Jim Taylor; Katherine Gregory


'Absolutely a top performer.'

'Clyde and Co have strength in depth, high standards and a real understanding of litigation and PI issues through the eyes of the insurers.'

Leading individuals

Clive Brett - Clyde & Co LLP

Jim Taylor - Clyde & Co LLP

Tony Nurse-Marsh - Clyde & Co LLP

Next Generation Partners

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 Guildford team works in conjunction with other UK teams to provide a comprehensive service on the full range of transactions, contentious work and related planning, finance and tax. 'First rate' Adam Taylor-Smith and associate Choisanne Man are especially highlighted for their client-focused approach.

Practice head(s):Adam Taylor-Smith

Other key lawyers:Martin Quicke;John Pearce; Choisanne Man


'A very personal service from a team of talented lawyers. They understand our business and their advice is commercial, which often isn't  the case.'

'Adam Taylor Smith and Choisanne Mann both have the depth of experience coupled with business acumen to give appropriate advice in a timely manner. They are fun to deal with and really feel like part of the team and that our business matters.'

Key Clients

Crew Clothing Co

Saltrock Surfwear

Hotel San Francisco SA


Integra 61




Wylands Capital

Meyrick Estates

Freshwater Group/Daejan Holdings Plc

Frogmore Property Group

Lai Sun Development Group

C & J Clark International

Grainger Plc

Helical Plc

Urban & Civic

Ares UK


Spelthorne Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on client's first property acquisition in the UK and on all aspects of the development site in central London. The land value is £175m.
  • Advising on all aspects of two significant central London development sites, valued at more than £500m.
  • Acting for the client on the disposal of the Magnus portfolio comprising 20 industrial properties across the UK to Blackstone for £150m.
  • Acting on two high-profile transactions involving a major Canadian pension fund, with values of circa £75m and circa £40m.
Leading individuals

Adam Taylor-Smith - Clyde & Co LLP

Rising stars

Choisanne Man - Clyde & Co LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's property litigation department is 'a favourite for household name clients'. The firm advises on the full range of contentious property matters for clients operating in the retail, leisure, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. London-based partner Keith Conway is the practice head. Associate Armel Elaudais in Guildford is the name to note for right to light matters, telecoms issues and specific performance claims.

Practice head(s):Keith Conway

Other key lawyers:Armel Elaudais


'The Clyde & Co team offers a premium service and possess exception legal knowledge; clients love it for its punchy, practical approach to issues'.

'Keith Conway and Armel Elaudais are both widely respected and loved by clients; they work exceptionally hard and have a superb grasp of client demands'.

Key Clients

BOC Limited

Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP

Robert Wiseman & Sons Limited

Mountview Estates plc

Clearstream Banking

European Vision Limited

Henley Property Dev 3 LLP, Henley Ark P LLP and Henley Ark 1000H2 Limited

Clinica Fiore Limited

Kathleen Eade (acting through her litigation friend, Christine Whyke)

Kingswood Wealth Group

Crew Clothing


Spelthorne Borough Council

Dixons Carphone plc

Inditex group

C & J Clark International Limited

AkzoNobel UK Limited (Dulux)

Dairy Crest Limited

Grainger plc

B&Q plc

U+I plc

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for Zara on its plans to expand its Oxford Street store to create a major UK flagship store.
  • The firm is acting for Clarks in relation to opposition to the lease renewal of its store in a shopping centre.
  • The firm advised Dixons Carphone on the highly publicised closures of 92 Carphone Warehouse stores.
  • The firm is acting for investment company Heartland A/S in lease renewal proceedings.
  • The firm is acting for Akzo Nobel in relation to the lease renewal of its Dulux UK headquarters and adjacent decorator centre warehouse premises in Manchester.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP acts for a wide range of clients on technology matters and is distinguished by its sector specialisms in security, logistics, energy, and insurance, with particular emphasis on the latter. The firm has a focus on software procurement, including SaaS and cloud issues. Mark Williamson heads the practice and is noted for his e-commerce, IT, and data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):Mark Williamson

Leading individuals

Mark Williamson - Clyde & Co LLP

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South East: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Jai Sharma is the key contact at Clyde & Co LLP, which focuses on three distinct areas of the shipping sector: cargo, insurance and casualty. Sharma heads up the group on the casualty front and has assisted cargo underwriters with over 300 marine casualty cases throughout his career.

Practice head(s):Jai Sharma

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