Dentons > Edinburgh, United Kingdom > Firm Profile

Dentons
QUARTERMILE ONE
15 LAURISTON PLACE
EDINBURGH
EH3 9EP
United Kingdom

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Leveraging its international presence and tax practice to advise on complex cross-border mandates, Dentons' corporate tax team in Scotland offers specialist skills across the gamut of areas including real estate, planning for high-net-worth individuals, VAT, financial services, and warranties and indemnities for M&A transactions. Lorna McCaa leads the team from Glasgow, having built a stellar reputation across numerous key sectors, from food and drink and retail to technology and real estate. Gwen Souter is a key contact and a trusted tax advisor to major stock exchange listed companies, privately held businesses and multinational corporates.

Practice head(s):

Lorna McCaa

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The PRS REIT plc

M&G Real Estate (various funds)

The Edrington Group Limited

Wavestone Advisors

Hurricane Energy plc

Scottish Equity Partners LLP

Bute Island Foods Limited

Stagecoach Bus Holdings Limited

John Lewis Partnership

The shareholders of Roslin Cell Therapies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Roslin Cell Therapies Limited and the shareholders of RoslinCT on a very competitive auction sale to Dolly Bidco Limited, funded by private equity investor GHO Capital Partners.
  • Advising HM Government, Department of BEIS on its Future System Operator project.
  • Advising Blofeld Investment Management on its successful joint Takeover Code bid with AlGihaz Holding Company to acquire Main Market listed Lamprell plc for £165m.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Combining considerable breadth and depth of competition law expertise, Dentons is notorious in the Scottish market for its ability to handle complex issues concerning competition litigation, regulatory and subsidy control advice to the UK government and public bodies, as well as merger control guidance at both the UK and EU level. The team is led from Glasgow by Michael Dean, who is vastly experienced in all aspects of competition law including dawn raids, cartel investigations, merger clearances, and distribution and vertical issues, with Adrian Magnus supporting the team from London. Catriona Munro is a contentious competition specialist, while Carolyn Burns has a strong reputation for regulatory and subsidy control advice, particularly in the energy sector. Melanie Martin primarily handles non-contentious matters and regularly advises the UK government.

Practice head(s):

Michael Dean; Adrian Magnus

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled sector knowledge and the ability to deliver clear and concise advice in an extremely technical area.’

‘Melanie Martin is outstanding in supporting the outcome sought and always available with clear direction and timely action.’

‘Melanie Martin takes the time to properly understand an industrial sector that was new to them, and in doing so were able to form the correct strategy.’

‘The team is pragmatic whilst always being very clear where lines need to be drawn. They understand our business well and are responsive and focussed.’

‘Michael Dean is a trusted advisor and always able to give clear, sensible advice.’

‘Melanie Martin is excellent.’

Key clients

Daimler AG

Stagecoach Group

The Edrington Group Limited

UK Government (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Department for Education)

Scottish National Investment Bank

Power by British Volt Limited

Scott Group

Nynas AB

CentralWay Limited

National House-Building Council

Scottish Equity Partners

Dye & Durham

Acorn CCUS (joint venture of Shell, Storegga, North Sea Midstream Partners and Harbour Energy)

Work highlights

  • Advising BEIS on interventions in the energy markets to reduce energy bills for households and businesses.
  • Representing SSWT in ongoing collective proceedings in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) brought by Justin Gutmann against SSWT and two other rail operators in relation to alleged abuse of dominance regarding boundary fares.
  • Advising on The Acorn Project, a significant project for the decarbonisation of the Scottish economy. It is a joint venture of major players in the oil and gas sector which have come together to develop carbon capture, hydrogen and direct air capture projects together with a CO2 transportation and storage network.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 1

Steered by the highly experienced TMT specialist Henrietta Baker, Dentons‘ multi-skilled commercial practice continues to pull in a large volume of both public and private sector work, with a strong portfolio of cross-border mandates. Recent work includes advising on distribution, partnering and logistic agreements, with a notable increase in supply chain arrangements. Recent additions to its client roster, such as the multinational consumer group AM Fresh, bolster a client list already featuring numerous leading retail, sporting and courier organisations, including John Lewis Partnership, FIFA, and Royal Mail. Singled out for his multi-sector approach, the ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ Martin Fanning has been primarily active advising on partnership and outsourcing agreements within the media and entertainment, automotive and telecommunications space, whilst Scott Singer takes the lead on the group’s big ticket retail mandates. Sarah Lima is a leading player in the firm’s cross-departmental team supporting large public sector projects, whereas senior associate Rachael Morris leverages her technological and manufacturing expertise to advise on long-term service agreements and bespoke delivery models.

Practice head(s):

Henrietta Baker

Testimonials

‘Down to earth, practical lawyers who understand our business and the commercial context in which we operate.’

‘The firm did a great job of distilling a complex area into practical advice and good commercial drafting during a contract negotiation.’

‘Good ability to advise on contracts in the context of broader deals/projects and see the bigger picture. Good awareness of the key issues and experience with finding solutions in tricky negotiations.’

‘Martin Fanning is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. We value his commercial input and insights on complex projects, where he is very good at drawing out the key issues and thinking innovatively about how best to move forward. He is quick to put himself in the business’s shoes and picks up new concepts and business ideas quickly, tailoring his advice accordingly.

Key clients

AM Fresh Group

Avis Budget Group

Capita

Daily Mail Group

EDF

FIFA

John Lewis Partnership

M&S

Royal Mail Group

Wella

Work highlights

  • Advising JLP in relation to the exit from its partnering agreement with HSBC under which it provides a branded credit card product to over 1,000,000 customers.
  • Advising DMG Events (DMGE) on its global events arrangements, including in relation to sanctions compliance matters, advice for contracts with suppliers, terms for virtual and hybrid events and its events platform product for the digital events industry.
  • Advising EDF on the review and negotiation of an agreement for payment processor services.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 1

Praised for its multi-jurisdictional M&A offering, the ‘experienced, very reactive, always practical’ and ‘commercial’ team at Dentons is well-placed to assist FTSE 350 clients with mid-market and premium work across a range of sectors, including energy, financial services and real estate. Heading up the team is the ‘solution focused’ Neil Nicholson, who regularly handles UK and cross-border M&A. Matthew Tinger has recently acted in the sale and acquisitions of hotels and real estate assets. With particular experience of advising North American clients, Darren Acres handles a broad range of transactions - including public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity capital market matters. Other names to note include Joseph Altendorff, who specialises in cross-border investment and M&A. James Vernon joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2023, offering a broad practice which covers joint ventures, general corporate advisory, public company takeovers and private M&A.

Practice head(s):

Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experienced, very reactive, always practical and looking for a solution.’

‘Always very reactive, working towards a solution so that a deal gets done whilst protecting my interests. In particular Neil Nicholson and Joseph Collingwood stand out.’

‘Always responsive and always looking for a solution. They are very experienced in M&A which is a value they add to our deals and matters.’

‘They have the ability to work well with buyers and sellers’ legal teams and build a good working relationship. The lawyers we worked with were Neil Nicholson and Joseph Collingwood.’

‘Dentons’ key strength is its availability and willingness to assist in driving a deal to completion. They are very commercial and user friendly. They work collaboratively across disciplines.’

‘Neil Nicholson pays close attention to each deal and is solutions focused. Joseph Collingwood works hard to deliver for the client.’

Key clients

Informa plc

Capita plc

Sigma Capital Group plc

PRS REIT plc

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC

Aprirose Limited

St James Holdings Ltd

Trevipay

Premier Foods plc

BGL

Dye & Durham

Work highlights

  • Advising Informa plc on the acquisition of Tarsus Group at an initial enterprise value of U$940 million.
  • Advising TSX-listed Chorus Aviation Inc. on the acquisition of Falko Regional Aircraft Limited at a value of over $850 million.
  • Advising on the disposal of a 50% stake in TotalEnergies’ Egyptian fuel retail, aviation and lubricants business to ADNOC Distribution.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

Dentons is 'very well versed in DCM and has experts on every topic', though its emerging markets work extends beyond bond issuance and restructuring. The London team leverages the firm's global office network to handle market-leading projects and financings in Africa, the Middle East, the CEE and CIS regions, as well as Latin America. Head of banking and finance Paul Holland leads the emerging markets group in London. He recently acted for HSBC Bank plc, co-ordinating local counsel in Finland and Brazil, in a secured $780m buyer credit facility for a major Brazilian paper and pulp producer. Debt capital markets partner Nick Hayday 'instils confidence in clients, is a safe in his hands'. He advised CPI Property Group on a €700m sustainability-linked bond offering. Debt capital markets specialists Cameron Half and David Cohen  also play key roles in the practice. Half is a key adviser to Hidroelectrica S.A. and assisted the client with its proposed €2bn IPO and listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange. Derivatives and structured debt partner Matthew Sapte and trade and export finance specialist Ian Clements are frequently involved in emerging markets transactions, and Dominic Spacie advises banks, institutional investors, development finance institutions, contractors, and government entities on international PPP, PFI and concession-based infrastructure-related projects. John Inglis, formerly of Shearman & Sterling LLP, joined as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Paul Holland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons is building up its practice as a lot of traditional and US firms move away from emerging markets.’

‘The hires of John Inglis and Colm O’hUiginn has really strengthened the firm’s offering in emerging markets energy and infrastructure.’

‘The team is very well versed in DCM, they have experts on every topic, can share relevant context for every issue and can drive to a pragmatic and acceptable solution. We used Dentons UK and Middle East for two DCM (one was also an LM transaction) and we are very happy.’

‘Nick Hayday – special shoutout. He instils confidence in clients, is very hands on when needed and supportive of his team when not. He has excellent working relationship with other DCM players – other law firms, JLMs, auditors, etc. – and one can be sure to be safe in his hands.’

‘Cameron Half and Victoria Wyer are both are a pleasure to work with professionally and personally. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

UK Export Finance

HSBC Bank

Ghana Cocoa Board

ING Bank N.V.

FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited

CPI Property Group

JSC Silknet

Société Générale

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Republic of Lithuania

Emirates NBD

RwandAir Limited

Anergi Power Holdings Ltd

Eskom Holdings

UniCredit Bank

Qatar Airways

Avia Solutions Group

Hidroelectrica S.A.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Wood & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC Bank in relation to a secured US$780 million Finnvera-supported buyer credit facility in favour of a major Brazilian paper and pulp producer to support the construction of a pulp and paper manufacturing plant in Brazil.
  • Advising CPI Property Group, the leading owner of income-generating real estate in the Czech Republic, Berlin and the Central and Eastern Europe region, on its first sustainability-linked bond issuance.
  • Advising in relation to its annual syndicated receivables-backed pre-export financing facility. The up to US$1.3 billion facility will enable COCOBOD to finance the 2022/23 season cocoa crop for the benefit of Ghanaian cocoa producers.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 1

Providing an ‘exceptional service’ to owners, investors, UHNWIs and lenders in the hotel and leisure industry, the ‘leading’ multi-disciplinary team at Dentons has a significant international footprint, with recent engagements in France, Ireland, Italy and Croatia. Practitioners are well versed in international acquisitions and disposals, day-to-day operational issues, the structuring of mixed-use hotel projects and franchising matters. The trio heading up the practice comprises ‘top real estate lawyer’ Simon Masri, who acts on structured investment acquisitions, joint ventures and disposals in the hospitality sector; corporate expert Matthew Tinger, whose recent highlights have included the sale of Hilton Olympia London for £135m; and Phoenix-based Rick Ross. Also of note is Babette Märzheuser-Wood, head of the retail group and global head of the franchise group, who also advises clients in emerging markets on the use of licensing strategies. Laura Gowing offers significant experience in finance, investment and development transactions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Masri; Matthew Tinger; Rick Ross

Other key lawyers:

Babette Märzheuser-Wood; Laura Gowing; Amy Morin; Laura Mackett

Testimonials

‘Dentons provides exceptional service with a great blend of experience and network. It is a leading firm. Matthew Tinger and Simon Masri provide exceptional service and are always on hand in the field of real estate and hotel transactions.’

‘The team was responsive and provided commercially sound advice. They know the market and are practical.’

‘The Dentons real estate and corporate departments, in particular Simon Masri and Matthew Tinger, have established themselves as one of the most effective and knowledgeable legal teams within the UK hotel transactional sector. It is their collaboration as one effective team, along with their knowledge and deal management expertise, that has resulted in them obtaining the well-regarded reputation they now have.’

‘We have worked with Simon Masri and Matthew Tinger on a number of hotel transactions over the years and have found them to be incredibly diligent and commercial in their approach to managing the transaction process. It is their knowledge, transactional management skills and their proactive approach that sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘Simon Masri is a top real estate lawyer. He is easy to work with and very practical and efficient.’

‘Strength in depth in terms of being able to call people in to assist on urgent cases. Great advice provided when issues arise. Commercially minded in finding solutions which work for all parties.’

‘Simon Masri has an excellent relationship with clients, and he has provided several examples over the last 12 months of strong value add onto cases we have been working on together.’

‘I have worked with the hotels team at Dentons for over 10 years and Matthew Tinger is my main contact at the firm. The team is very much unique team as they are a full-service firm that have a deep-rooted knowledge in all aspects of hotels which has proved invaluable. Matthew heads the team, is very hands-on and is always there to advise me. What really sets Dentons apart is their first-class and responsive service at all times and this is personified by Matthew Tinger.’

Key clients

Aprirose

HPL (UK) Ltd

Timothy Oulton

Topland

KSL Capital Partners

AGO Hotels

Hilton

Arora Hotels

Village Hotels

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin

Work highlights

  • Advising private equity firm KSL Capital Partners on its acquisition of a stake in the eight-strong rural boutique hotels group The Pig Hotels.
  • Advising on the SHUAA-backed Northacre collaboration with Marriott’s St. Regis hotel brand for luxury residences to be operated at No.1 Palace Street, London.
  • Advising HPL on its sale of the enire issued share capital in the entity owning the Hilton Kensington Olympia to a joint venture between Frognore and C1 Capital.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 1

Dentons’ multi-disciplinary retail team advises large retailers, brands, restaurants and franchises based in the UK across the full range of retail and consumer work, including technology, real estate matters, data and cybersecurity issues, outsourcing, and employment matters. James Batham, a seasoned real estate litigator, now co-heads the practice alongside Scott Singer, whose workload covers commercial contracts, IT, and data privacy law for household retailers in the food and fashion sectors. Intellectual property mandates are handled by Anna Copeman, while Tristan Jonckheer is recommended for his work in the TMT and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

James Batham; Scott Singer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good, efficient; very good understanding of our company.’

‘Great experience working with Tristan Jonckheer. Tristan has an excellent understanding of both the legal and commercial drivers and is able to provide innovative contractual solutions for complex issues. Tristan’s ability to advise across TMT, retail and financial services sectors proved invaluable in a highly negotiated and bespoke global arrangement which was vital to achieve business objectives.’

‘A very well-resourced and responsive team, with involvement from multiple partners as needed to ensure no lapse in support for time-critical negotiations. The team is very willing and adaptable to working with different time zones and responds quickly in updating long and complex agreements, ensuring turnaround times are met.’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership (including Waitrose)

Sainsbury’s (including Sainsbury’s Bank and Argos)

Marks & Spencer

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Avis Budget Group

Sports Direct / Frasers Group

Card Factory

Swatch Group Limited

TJX Inc (TK Max and Homesense)

American Eagle Outfitters

Work highlights

  • Advising Sainsbury’s across numerous specialisms, including commercial contracts, technology and outsourcing, real estate, construction and dispute resolution.
  • Advising Fraser Groups across numerous specialisms, including real estate, litigation, data privacy, and employment.
  • Advising Marks & Spencer across numerous specialisms, including commercial contracts, technology and outsourcing, real estate, and dispute resolution.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Offering ‘excellent, industry informed, advice that is practical and strategic in nature,’ the team at Dentons is regularly instructed by major multinationals on the full spectrum of data privacy, protection, and cybersecurity issues. The team, which benefits from the firm’s wider international network, has particular strength in new and developing technologies and is adept at advising on emerging AI and tech data privacy regulation, and also has a strong data breach response practice. Simon Elliott now heads the team and leads on large-scale and high-profile regulatory investigations and class action litigation, while founding partner and former practice head Nick Graham is recommended for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional data privacy matters. On the cybersecurity side, Antonis Patrikios handles multijurisdictional data breach responses as well as cybersecurity compliance and incident preparation plans.

Practice head(s):

Simon Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very collaborative and easy to work with. Always ready with a pragmatic risk-based solution.’

‘Nick Graham is the standout partner. Always a pleasure to work with. Great depth of knowledge and a welcome calm, wise presence in difficult situations.’

‘The team provides excellent, industry informed advice that is practical and strategic in nature.’

‘Nick Graham is fantastic counsel. While Nick is based in the UK and is an expert in UK data protection and privacy, Nick also has a deep understanding of EU privacy laws as well as privacy laws in other locations. This helps Nick to provide guidance that reflects the reality that – for global projects – a client will need to land on single solutions that will work in multiple privacy regulatory environments.’

‘Vast expertise within the team, which engenders confidence in the advice received. Very pragmatic, business-friendly advice.’

‘Antonis Patrikios has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he brings to the table. He is adept at applying that to the specific needs of his clients. He is always available to discuss relevant developments in law and practice, and his industry observations. He is very collaborative.’

‘Strong depth of subject matter knowledge balanced with practical experience of how it applies in a multi-jurisdictional environment without overwhelming the client and looking to explore collaboration of ideas and themes as they apply to compliance risks management.’

‘Simon Elliot is personable but always professional, looking to understand what additional value he and his team can bring to engagements. His industry insights have been particularly helpful and have added richness to the work he has delivered for us.’

Key clients

Avis Budget Group

Virgin Atlantic

Avania Investments

John Lewis Partnership

Meta

Global Payments

RealtimeBoard (Miro)

Dentsu

TopGolf

Bain

Work highlights

  • Sole global privacy and cyber counsel to Avis Budget Group, advising on all aspects of global data protection compliance and related issues.
  • Embedded into Virgin Atlantic’s data privacy operations to provide strategic and operational support across the full range of data privacy issues facing the company.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Dentons provides the full spectrum of services, with demonstrable experience advising on matters concerning IT and telecoms, commercial contracts, M&A, IP, regulatory and data privacy. Additionally, the practice is noted for its expertise in emerging and disruptive technologies, such as blockchain, AI, satellites and quantum technology. Transactional lawyer Henrietta Baker, who specialises in technology and telecoms transactions, strategic sourcing and commercial contracts, jointly leads the team alongside, Tristan Jonckheer, who is a key contact for telecoms regulatory advice. Dan Burge advises on high-end strategic technology procurement, business process re-engineering and outsourcing projects, while Martin Fanning handles e-commerce and advertising compliance issues. Other key contacts in the group include Andy Lucas and Sarah Lima, both of whom advise on IT outsourcing and business-critical technology projects for clients in the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Henrietta Baker; Tristan Jonckheer

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of technical issues and regulation.’

‘Tristan Jonckheer and his team work tirelessly to quickly understand and get to the heart of the issue, working with an open dialogue to find a suitable solution. This shows their experience and expertise in complex transactions.’

‘Dan Burge is exceptional. Very experienced and always seems to magically make himself available for meetings when we need him.’

‘Dentons consistently provide a commercial service and demonstrate an ability to be able to work to the brief set. The partners have a wealth of industry experience which is invaluable.’

‘Tristan Jonckheer challenges where necessary and recognises the value to thinking innovatively to find a commercial solution.’

‘A well resourced and responsive team, with involvement from multiple partners as needed to ensure no lapse in support for time critical negotiations. The team are very willing and adaptable to working with different time zones and respond quickly in updating long and complex agreements, ensuring turnaround times are met.’

‘Tristan Jonckheer has an excellent understanding of both the legal and commercial drivers. His knowledge of the sector is second to none which proved extremely valuable during difficult negotiations.’

‘The team at Dentons has a good mix of experts from different fields, hence it is easy to get solution under one roof.’

Key clients

Anglo American

Capita

FIFA

Royal Mail Group

Secure Meters

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Wella / KKR

Emtelle

Meta/Facebook*

Transport for London (TfL)

Work highlights

  • Advising FIFA on the launch of FIFA’s global e-commerce solution, with a global FIFA store and individual stores for key FIFA tournaments, with Legends Hospitality LLC as its partner and provider of these e-commerce services.
  • Advising Royal Mail on its “postal drones” project. The transaction will revolutionise RMG’s services to remote communities in the UK, providing faster and more convenient services while reducing their environmental impact, helping RMG to meet its ambitious ESG objectives.
  • Advising Wella, the global hair and beauty brand on the international implementation of its digital marketing strategy.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

The global reach and breadth of Dentons‘s transport practice means that it remains our top choice for international instructions‘. Matthew Hanslip-Ward is at the helm. The team advises on all aspects of the industry ranging from franchises and concessions, projects and infrastructure through to advising on regulations and reform. It is skilled at handling major acquisitions in the rail sector, as well as advising on passenger and freight operations. The group has extensive rolling stock experience and remains busy advising passenger and freight businesses on a diverse range of issues. The London team continues to be involved in various high-profile rail projects around the world. Counsel Martin Watt has particular expertise in rolling stock. Senior associate Jonathan Smith specialises in railway law and regulation and frequently advises on franchising, concessions, rolling stock and commercial contracts. Other key members of the team include Christopher McGee-Osborne who is a known name in the rail and transport sector. Mark Macaulay often advises on significant infrastructure contracts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hanslip-Ward

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Smith; Martin Watt; Christopher McGee-Osborne; Mark Macaulay

Testimonials

‘Detailed knowledge of regulations and legislation regulating the industry, very much able to articulate how they impact commercial enterprises dealing with rail issues. Martin Watt – excellent knowledge’.

Matthew Hanslip-Ward remains one of the steadiest and knowledgeable advisors in the sector. Always on hand to provide measured, yet commercial and practical advice in high-pressure situations‘.

‘Dentons rail practice represented by Matthew Hanslip Ward and Jonathan Smith is a most valuable partner and key advisor for our international rail operations & maintenance business’.

‘Their international experience supported by a global network together with in depth knowledge of the industry is one of their key strengths which we highly value’.

‘Matthew and Jonathan work very effectively with strategic and very practical approaches. Their ability to analyse risks and offer workable solutions is an important value. They are both very responsive, highly flexible, extremely professional and brilliant minds’.

‘The global reach and breadth of Denton’s transport practice means they remain our top choice for international instructions’.

‘Martin Watt -pragmatic approach and responsiveness. Deep industry experience’.

‘Jonathan Smith is like a virtual member of our executive team, supporting us with the trickiest issues and bringing a new perspective to commercial challenges‘.

Key clients

MTR Corporation

Deutsche Bahn

Arriva

Virgin

Stagecoach

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Alstom

Transport for London

Mitsui

Rail Delivery Group

MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited

GB Railfreight

DB Schenker

DB International Operations

Govia Thameslink

Transdev

Sainsburys

Department for Transport

East West Rail

Work highlights

  • Continuing to work on the £18bn+ Crossrail Elizabeth Line concession and, in particular, negotiation of a two year extension to the concession.
  • Working on the £3bn rolling stock InterCity Express Programme for new client, the Department for Transport, its first win on the new DfT panel.
  • Collaborating with another law firm to work for new client, East West Rail, on the new c.£5 bn railway to be constructed between Cambridge and Oxford (and beyond), representing a strategic new rail connection and the largest of its kind in the market, second only to HS2.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Christopher Colclough and Sarah Lima jointly lead the Milton Keynes-based group at Dentons. The team leverages the firm’s international network to advise large companies, most notably Airwair (Dr. Martens) and Sainsbury’s Group. Colclough heads up the corporate side of the practice, and often handles cross-border transactions, and Faye Garvey primarily focuses on private M&A and joint ventures. Senior associate Ryan Chia advises public sector clients on management buy-outs and company formations. Nick Harrison left the practice in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Chris Colclough; Sarah Lima

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Chia; Faye Garvey; Francesca Betterman

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Group (Sainsbury’s and Argos)

John Lewis Partnership

Royal Mail Group

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Cavendish Online

Cognita Schools

Airwair (Dr. Martens)

White Clarke Group

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Group 1

Roku Inc

The National Crime Agency

Strictly F/X

Energie Fitness

Inwido UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal Mail Group on its project to draft and negotiate its terms with a software developer which will design, engineer and develop software to support the RMG platform and data services teams.
  • Advised Metagenics Inc, a global practitioner-recommended nutritional supplement company, on the successful acquisition of its UK and Ireland distributor, Nutri Advance.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Demonstrating ‘very impressive capabilities‘, the Milton Keynes-based practice at Dentons is adept at acting in Financial Ombudsman Service proceedings, and adjudications. Recently promoted partner Rob Francis is among the key names in the office; he is praised for how he deals 'thorny issues and complex problems', and has been leading the firm's work for the National House-Building Council in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Senior associate Sarah Rutnah has ‘excellent judgement‘ concerning commercial fraud and professional negligence claims.

Other key lawyers:

Rob Francis; Sarah Rutnah; Sonia Vilar

Testimonials

‘An excellent team that competes with London disputes firms. It offers great lawyers.’

‘Sarah Rutnah is a litigation partner in the making, one of the best that I know. Sarah is a rising star with a strong technical skills, an eye for the important details and excellent judgment.’

‘Sonia Vilar is a rising star.’

‘The team in Dentons has some really very impressive capabilities, handling a wide range of commercial and related disputes with City-level skill and expertise.’

‘Highly capable team with good experience – timely delivery of high quality advice and always on hand to support and reliable especially in crises.’

‘Rob Francis is a stellar individual. He’s a pragmatic litigator with a great client-facing approach to dealing with thorny issues and complex problems.’

Key clients

Pathfinder Mozambique SA and JV Consultores Internacionais Limitada

National House-Building Council

Assignee of a claim by Green Box Recycling Limited

Iliv Realty PTE

IG Index

Avis Budget UK Limited

Network Rail

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Vodafone Italia S.p.A.

TUI Airways Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising two defendant Mozambican companies in five claims brought against them by an investment trust, English investors and an English company; the complex cross border dispute arises out of the funding of a Mozambique mining project over the course of a decade.
  • Acting for the National House-Building Council (NHBC) in The Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which has requested NHBC to provide evidence surrounding guidance which it issued prior to the fire.
  • Acting for Tui in a group action brought against it by eight employees and former pilots in relation to changes made to Tui’s health insurance benefits.

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

In Milton Keynes, Dentons‘ ‘very robust and versatile‘ team advises a diverse client roster spanning the telecoms, retail and transport sectors. The team regularly dispenses advice on government projects, and transactions in the fintech space. Practice head Sarah Beeby is ‘simply excellent‘, assisting both public and private sector clients with collective consultations, large-scale redundancies, and TUPE transfers. Michelle Lamb focuses on advising venture capital clients on retendering processes, whistleblowing claims and discrimination disputes, while ‘completely trustworthy‘ counsel Verity Buckingham often advises corporations on senior exits, in addition to the defence of tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Beeby

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s support has been invaluable, both from a UK employment law perspective and also globally. Quite frankly, I consider the Dentons team as my very own right-hand person. They acknowledge my risk tolerance and they deliver time and time again. Kudos to the team.’

‘Sarah Beeby leads by example and sets a high standard across the team, always responding promptly to any request for advice, ensuring a satisfactory resolution has been achieved for each one.’

‘The team is adept at handling and advising on employment law and complex and reputationally sensitive employee relations issues for corporates, financial services institutions, government departments and agencies and names in the education, rail and aviation sectors.’

‘Sarah Beeby is a hugely experienced employment lawyer. She is unflappable, very commercial and really gets to the heart of what her clients need. She really gets what an organisation is about and what they need from their external legal advisers.’

‘Victoria Albon is responsive and pragmatic, providing timely and practical advice, with an eye to the commercial realities facing her clients. She is calm under pressure.’

‘Super responsive, practical and commercial. The team really know our business and rapid way in which we operate. Exceptional coordination on global HR projects. Lawyers in the team are very human and always a delight to work with.’

‘Verity Buckingham is very detailed and thorough on corporate support projects. Completely trustworthy and responsive. Simply a pleasure to work with.’

‘The Dentons team is very robust and versatile. The team is able to address our needs very quickly and in sufficient detail across a number of areas, including disciplinary matters, litigation, union issues, contracting, and immigration.’

Key clients

KKR

Ministry of Defence

HSBC Bank plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

FE Fundinfo Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Govia Thameslink Railway Limited

TUI UK Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Wizz Air Limited

3M United Kingdom Plc

Vygon (U.K.) Limited

Drax Corporate Limited

Rackspace Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

American Eagle Outfitters Inc

Royal Albert Hall

Sunpower Corporation UK Limited

Cognita Schools Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising KKR on its purchase of S&P Global’s engineering solutions business, for $975m in cash. Advising on the employment and labour aspects of the purchase in 26 jurisdictions, conducting legal due diligence and negotiating the transaction documents.
  • Acting for TUI in its defence against a claim brought by eight defendants following a change to its PHI benefits in 2021.
  • Acting for Village hotels, defending an application for an injunction brought on behalf of one of the members of the gym (suffering from Dementia) at the client’s hotel.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

The ‘very approachable and highly capable‘ Milton Keynes-based team at Dentons handles the full range of bilateral acquisitions and Islamic financing mandates for both borrowers and lenders. Practice head Christopher Colclough often advises domestic and international lenders on acquisition financing issues regarding retail and office spaces. Robert Wyatt leads the real estate finance team, and regularly acts for high street banks in real estate financings, while Faye Garvey maintains a leveraged finance-focused practice and primarily assists international lenders with syndicated lending matters. Associate Matthew Exton acts for a variety of borrowers in the automotive, infrastructure and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colclough

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are consistently diligent, prompt, and resolve issues in a timely manner.’

‘Very approachable and highly capable.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

NatWest

Metro Bank

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) (UK) plc

Santander

Bank of Montreal

Royal Bank of Canada

Home Décor GB Limited

Africa Mobile Networks Limited

Fifth Third Bank

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Based in Milton Keynes, Dentons' claimant-oriented practice operates across the construction, financial and professional services sectors, and is known for its longstanding position 'at the forefront of professional negligence claims in the banking industry'. Sarah Rutnah assists significant financial institutions on professional indemnity claims against accountants, solicitors and surveyors.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sarah Rutnah – calm, extremely capable, very good at analysing all sides of a problem and reaching a commercially sensible and satisfactory solution.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of the law and has for a long time been at the forefront of professional negligence claims in the banking industry, having acted for many of the leading high street banks. In more recent years, the team has expanded to significantly increase the international nature of its cases.’

‘A commercial professional negligence team with many years of experience.’

Key clients

Apirose / Delta Hotels

Grant Coughtrey

National House-Building Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Delta Hotels on pursuing claims against project managers for failures to set a proper budget for the improvement of two Hilton brand hotels.
  • Assisted Grant Coughtrey in a professional negligence claim against an accountant and tax consultant arising out the entering into and unwinding of an E-Share tax scheme.
  • Assisted in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry by undergoing a critical review of the conduct of many parties and a wider review of accepted “professional” standards.  

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The ‘highly capable‘ Milton Keynes-based team at Dentons assists clients with the full gamut of issues, including the drafting and negotiation of new leases, conditional purchases, and promotion agreements for development land. Robert Wyatt heads up the practice, and has significant expertise in advising land owners, banks, and housebuilders on the management and financing of commercial properties. Senior associate Lorna Rogers primarily assists investors and major occupiers with acquisitions and disposals, in addition to conditional agreements, while associate Susie Stross is particularly apt at handling railway property matters, including mixed-use developments and large infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Robert Wyatt

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Rogers; Susie Stross; Daniel Lowen

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, very supportive of their team and very responsive to clients’ needs, and excellent at problem-solving.’

‘Very approachable, prompt and highly capable.’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership

Taylor Wimpey

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Department for Work and Pensions

Avis

Group 1 Automotive

HSBC UK Bank Plc

National Crime Agency

Mulberry Homes

Abbey Developments Limited

National Westminster Bank Plc

Harp (Longulf)

Work highlights

  • Acted for John Lewis in relation to all property aspects of its £500m joint venture with abrdn for the development of Build to Rent schemes at properties within the John Lewis portfolio.
  • Advising Taylor Wimpey on three unusual development sites using a structure which would allow Taylor Wimpey to take an option over the land with a view to securing planning, buying the land and then building and selling homes.
  • Advised Group 1 on the property acquisition (£20m) of five automotive dealerships at Aylesford, Maidstone under tight timescales where an investor seller was splitting an existing business park.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Utilising an extensive global network of specialists, Dentons acts for a number of major clients operating in Scotland on complex cross-border transactions, spanning a broad range of conventional and alternative financial areas. Team head Stuart Fitzsimmons is considered a market leader for investment trust sector financings and private placement debt transactions. Susan Kelly offers vast experience of advising both borrowers and lenders across a broad range of sectors, including food and drink, manufacturing, technology and real estate. Another key member in Edinburgh is James Wilson, his practice covers real estate finance, leveraged finance and Shariah-compliant structures.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Fitzsimmons

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very efficient, knowledgeable, helpful and professional team.’

‘They have always gone the extra mile to meet tight deadlines and provide assistance where needed.’

‘Robust technical and commercial understanding of the full range of debt instruments.’

‘James Wilson is very helpful in exploring options around the most appropriate controls to manage risk.’

Key clients

Circularity Scotland Limited

Devro plc

Card Factory plc

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Sigma Capital Group Limited

Scottish National Investment Bank plc

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

HSBC Bank plc

3i Group plc

Harwood Private Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Circularity Scotland Limited on a term loan facility of £18m to be used to help fund the start-up costs of its role as administrator of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme. The Scheme is the first of its kind in the UK and is intended to help people recycle billions of single-use drinks containers every year.
  • Advised Devro in relation to an increase in its banking facilities to £90m, comprising both term and revolving credit facilities as well as an accordion option for additional facilities to be provided by a syndicate of five lenders.
  • Advised Card Factory on the refinancing of the revolving credit and term loan facilities provided to Card Factory by a syndicate of four banks, the amendment of the CLBILS facilities provided by those banks and the related intercreditor arrangements.

Finance > Investment funds Tier 2

Dentons investment funds and asset management group consider private funds, listed funds and fund regulation to be key disciplines, recently handling more mandates for clients spanning the closed-ended listed fund space including investment trusts, real estate trusts and offshore investment listed companies. Managing partner for Scotland and funds and corporate finance specialist Claire Armstrong heads the team, her practice particularly focusing on acting for closed-ended listed funds in both an advisory and transactional capacity. Owen McLennan, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, has established a strong private fund and fund regulation practice and is particularly well known for expertise in impact investing.

Practice head(s):

Claire Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent, practical and super responsive. Could not recommend more highly.’

‘A well-resourced and proactive team that understands the requirements of the client.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, industry aware and very responsive and supportive.’

‘Expertise, responsiveness, commercial acumen, flexibility and high levels of client servicing.’

Key clients

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

abrdn plc

Chorus Aviation Inc

Investec Bank plc

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslan (FMO)

Fair4All Finance

Edinburgh Investment Trust

Harwood Private Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office on MOBILIST’s investment into the HELIOS fund.
  • Advised Nederlandse Financierings Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslan(FMO) on multiple impact investment mandates.
  • ADvised Edinburgh Investment Trust on a range of transactional and advisory matters.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects Tier 2

Dentons combines both breadth and depth of expertise when advising a particularly diverse range of private and public sector clients, including lenders and investors, both domestically and internationally. Euan Wilson is one of those spearheading the practice, specialising in large infrastructure and project finance such as PFIs and hub transactions.

Practice head(s):

Euan Wilson

Key clients

Her Majesty’s Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail

Tfl (Transport for London)

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Ministry of Defence

Amey

Envac UK

Department for Education

Blue Transmission

Consort Healthcare (Edinburgh Royal Infirmary) Ltd

World Bank

Ofwat

Consort Healthcare (Durham) Limited

ISS Mediclean

Resolis

Consort Healthcare (Birmingham) Limited

Fife Health Board

Ayrshire Hospitals Limited

Stonehouse Hospitals Limited

Pale Blue Dot

Work highlights

  • Advised Semperian on the purchase of 3 major toll road interests in Ireland from DIF.
  • Advising on the c.£4bn project development of the Acorn Carbon Capture & Storage project in Scotland.
  • Supporting BIIF Infrastructure fund with the transitioning (to date) of 47 LIBOR-based project financings to SONIA with further projects still to transition.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

Embedded in its UK-wide real estate practice, Dentons runs a broad workload and is adept in leasing, transactional, funding and development matters. Practice head Brian Hutcheson has considerable experience in the BTR, office, retail, hotels and leisure, logistics and student accommodation fields. A further standout individual is Barry Edgar, an all-rounder who acts on development, leasing and investment endeavours; he demonstrates particular expertise in transport-related projects.

Practice head(s):

Brian Hutcheson

Other key lawyers:

Barry Edgar; Paul Haniford; Susan Gillon; Hannah Currie

Testimonials

‘Barry Edgar is very solution-driven and makes it his business to know our business.’

‘It’s the people that work in this team that make the difference. They have been excellent.’

‘Brian Hutcheson is attentive, intelligent, pragmatic and detailed in his approach.’

‘Clarity of mind is what you need with a lawyer and Brian Hutcheson is exactly that – an impressive character.’

‘Attentive, responsive and accurate when drafting documents.’

Key clients

M & G Real Estate

Marks & Spencer Plc

Redevco

Praxis Asset Management

Aberdeen Standard

Peel Retail Developments Limited

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

The Student Hotel

Inmark Asset Management Co. Limited

Sigma Capital

Sainsburys

Royal Mail

Frasers Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting M&G Real Estate with their £20m sale to CEG of the landmark Glasgow scheme named the Grid on Cadogan Street.
  • Acted for Frasers Group in the disposal of two retail parks in Glasgow and Aberdeen as part of a UK-wide retail park portfolio disposal, with a value of around £205m.
  • Advice to Pale Blue Dot Energy Limited, the lead developer of the Acorn project designed to combat climate change.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Dentons utilises an extensive network of intellectual property specialists located in Scotland, the UK and across the globe to advise large companies across a broad range of sectors, spanning life sciences, retail, financial services, media, technology and manufacturing. Ross Nicol departed the firm in March 2023 to join Addleshaw Goddard, while former practice head Alison Bryce left to join Brodies in August 2023. Steph Innes joined in September 2023 as partner in Glasgow to lead the practice following a period as head of group legal at Aggreko.

Practice head(s):

Steph Innes

Key clients

National Grid

The Restaurant Group plc

Aggreko

Optos (part of the Nikon Group)

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Marks and Spencer plc

STV Group plc

Nairn’s Oatcakes

The Edrington Group Limited

AccountancyManager

Work highlights

  • Advising Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited on a new, high-profile concession arrangement which will eventually see 200 of its in-store cafés and restaurants across the UK replaced by well-known brands operated by the Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), including the likes of Caffe Carluccio’s, Harry Ramsden’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Slim Chickens.
  • Advising upon Premier Foods Group Limited’s acquisition of The Spice Tailor company and brand, a company which develops and sells authentic Indian and South East Asian meal-kits, founded by celebrity chef and author, Anjum Anand.
  • Advising on all innovation and collaborative work for the National Grid entities as it accelerates the path to net-zero.

Scotland > Transport Tier 2

Most notable for its extensive rail capabilities, the transport practice at Dentons also offers considerable expertise in other key transport sectors in Scotland and throughout the UK, from highways and ports to buses and airports. Mark Macaulay jointly leads the team and is a construction procurement expert, while co-head Euan Wilson specialises in large infrastructure and project finance transactions, including PFI and hub deals.

Practice head(s):

Mark Macaulay; Euan Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Barry Edgar; Malcolm Gunnyeon; Kirsti Olson

Key clients

Network Rail

Transport for London

Stagecoach

Royal Mail

Port of Cairnryan

Semperian PPP Investment Partners No. 2 Limited

Acciona

Jones Brothers

Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited

Scottish Citylink Coaches Limited

Ministry of Defence

Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland)

Work highlights

  • Represented SSWT in ongoing collective proceedings in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) brought by Justin Gutmann against SSWT and (now) three other rail operators.
  • Working with sub-contractor, BDB Pitman, appointed to advise on the development of the East West Railway scheme, a brand new railway.
  • Appointed as DfT’s advisers for IEP in Spring 2022 in replacement of the previous incumbent law firm.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Praised by clients for providing ‘a strong bench of partner-level attention‘ in transactions, Dentons regularly advises leading PE firms and management teams on a range of high-value and mid-market deals, particularly in emerging markets across Asia and Africa. Nicholas Plant, co-head of the global private equity group, is a highly active mid-market adviser whose recent engagements include auction sale processes for high-profile financial services companies. Other key names to note include Stephen Levy, co-chair of both the UK and European PE teams, who serves as relationship partner for some of the firm’s leading sponsor clients, and James Davison, experienced in all manner of cross-border deals. Both Levy and Davison are well regarded for being ‘very commercial in their approach, always available, and extremely personable.

Practice head(s):

Neil Nicholson

Testimonials

‘Experience of working on large cap matters and applying that knowledge and quality of work to mid cap transactions. Always felt we had a strong bench of partner-level attention.’

‘Stephen Levy and James Davison are both very commercial in their approach, always available, and extremely personable.’

Key clients

KKR

CK Holdings Co., Ltd, the KKR-owned holding company of Calsonic Kansei

KPS Capital Partners

Scottish Equity Partners

Centerbridge

Blackstone

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Martin Moller (billionaire founder of Nordic Aviation Capital)

Graphite Capital

Astorg Mid-Cap

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

HIG Capital

TA Associates

BNF Capital

Leapfrog

Temasek

Platinum Equity

Partners Group

Peak Rock Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Astorg Mid-Cap on a majority investment in Avania.
  • Advised Platinum Equity on the acquisitions of Harbison Walker and Imerys’ refractory and high temperature solutions businesses.
  • Advised Canadian pension fund CPPIB on the auction sale of its portfolio company CompareTheMarket.comsubsidiary BGL to private equity house Pollen Street Capital.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 2

Dentons has ' friendly team that is always available to discuss and problem solve', and clients note that the firm provides 'strong technical ability, and high partner visibility and supervision'.  Practice head David Cohen and standout partner Nick Hayday continue to build the DCM team, notably with the hire of 'first-rate partnerNeil Dixon from Linklaters LLP at the end of 2022.  Together, they advise on the full range of DCM products, hence the firm's promotion in the ranking, though it has particular strength in niches such as sovereign debt, regulatory capital trades, and equity-linked bonds. Hayday, who 'instils confidence in clients', and newly promoted partner Victoria Wyer acted for Republic of Lithuania in the updates of its issuance programme as well as a combined offering of €1.8bn in bonds. Cohen handled an issuer substitution for €300m in outstanding bonds of G City Europe Limited, and advised Haitong Bank on its offering of €230m in floating rate bonds.  Cameron Half, who leads the US Securities practice in EMEA, and trustee and agency specialist Catriona ’Kitty’ Lloyd also play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Nick Hayday; Cameron Half; Catriona ‘Kitty’ Lloyd; Neil Dixon; Victoria Wyer

Testimonials

‘High partner visibility and supervision. The Dentons team are always available to discuss and problem solve. They are also a friendly team who are easy to work with and always very professional. There is strong technical ability in the team and a strong PSL service backing them up.’

‘Victoria Wyer, Nick Hayday, David Cohen and Neil Dixon all provide bench strength and are go-to lawyers for transactions.’

‘The team is very well versed in DCM, they have experts on every topic, can share relevant context for every issue and can drive things to a pragmatic and acceptable solution.’

‘Nick Hayday deserves a special shoutout. He instills confidence in clients, is very hands on when needed and supportive of his team when not.’

Cameron Half and Victoria Wyer are both are a pleasure to work with professionally and personally.’

‘Very responsive and proactive team.’

‘Neil Dixon is a first-rate partner whom I have dealt with over a number of years at his prior firm across both banking and insurance capital markets projects.’

‘Dentons has a very good corporate trust team, with a vast array of experience. They are very commercial and bring this to bear in their legal advice. They are also a very good bunch and fun to work with.’

Key clients

Ryanair

JSC Silknet

Republic of Lithuania

CPI Property Group

G City Europe Limited (previously Atrium European Real Estate Limited)

Globe Trade Centre S.A.

Haitong Bank

Hurricane Energy plc

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Avia Solutions Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Republic of Lithuania on not only their programme update and issuance of €650 million 2.125% bonds due 2032, and the subsequent issuance of €900 million bonds 4.125% bonds due 2028 and a EUR 300 million tap of existing €670 million 2.125% bonds due 2032.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on the first ever euro sustainability-linked bond issuance by an investment-grade utility company in Central and Eastern Europe – ČEZ’s €600 million debut sustainability-linked 2.375% bonds due 2027.|
  • Advised the Joint Lead Managers on Finnvera’s issuance of US$1 billion 2.125% bonds due 2028.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

The derivatives practice at Dentons 'punches above its weight', and clients note that 'the team goes out of its way to really understand the business and operational mechanics behind transactions to really allow the contractual terms to match the commercial reality'. The firm climbs the ranking this year due to the strength of its work for major banks, though it is also a key adviser to corporates and funds. Practice head Matthew Sapte is adept in all derivatives asset classes, including ESG-related instruments and Islamic finance. He recently acted for Absolute Collateral in establishing a conventional and Sharia-compliant repo trading platform. Standout partner Luke Whitmore is 'a fantastic sounding board for new ideas and structures and has a real thirst for the new and innovative ideas'. He has extensive experience in the prime brokerage and futures markets, and is a key adviser to leading investment banks on matters such as rates and foreign exchange swap transactions with private equity funds and other structured funds. His recent work also includes advising sell-side clients on the impact of Russian sanctions on derivative positions and the ability to terminate.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Sapte

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons’ derivatives practice continues to bat above its weight. They are quick to provide answers and example language to give you a sense of what you may be looking for, and their globality enables consistency across provision of opinions and jurisdictional surveys, with the London team taking the lead on coordination. The team go out of their way to really understand the business and operational mechanics behind transactions before putting pen to paper to really allow the contractual terms to match the commercial reality.’

‘Luke Whitmore is a standout partner. His ability to engage with all manner of business functions from legal to operations to risk and to break down and explain complex legal issues is superb. He has great market practice and really becomes part of your in-house team when you engage him. He’s a fantastic sounding board for new ideas and structures and has a real thirst for the new and innovative ideas we throw at him, particularly in the digital asset space.’

‘The Dentons team punches above its weight. The practice is solid across the derivatives/structured products area, with great expertise in the developing/emerging markets area, which not all firms possess. The team’s knowledge of the repo/securities lending space is also commendable. Their advice in that realm is good and reflects an actual knowledge of market trends and practice that is hard to find. The prime brokerage and clearing market experience is also an asset. It’s a specialised area that most firms don’t cover well; the team is expert advising on the documentation issues.’

‘Luke Whitmore is very able technically and provides sound, pragmatic advice. He advises not only on transactional work but also turns his hand to delivering critical regulatory projects, which is an important skill set for derivatives lawyers in this time of regulatory change. When we work with Luke, we feel we get value for money and he always delivers on a timely basis. He is a good sounding board and is available to chat things through.’

‘Matthew Sapte is a solid advisor. His knowledge of derivatives and banking matters is well regarded. He provides clear and concise advice on complex issues. His expertise particularly for work connected with the Middle East and CEE is important to us.’

Key clients

Absolute Collateral

Citibank

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Emirates NBD

MUFG

Société Générale

Invesco Asset Management Limited

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

National Bank of Bahrain

Deutsche Bank

SMBC

Bank of Montreal

Benteler Training

Macquarie Bank Limited

Leonteq Securities AG

Ebury

Frasers Group

Sev.en Energy

Northern Trust

ABSA Bank Limited

NBC Global Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Leonteq in establishing a Sharia compliant structured Trust Certificate issuance programme (with multiple structured product functionality).
  • Acting for Absolute Collateral to establish a conventional and Sharia compliant repo trading platform.

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 2

Work highlights

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

At Dentons, 'the efficiency and communication are impressive'. The firm is known for handling high-value public securitisations, private securitisations, forward flow arrangements, trade receivables, corporate loan and trade finance securitisations, and auto loan securitisations, and is highly regarded for its mortgage loan expertise. Peter Voisey stands out for  'his availability to discuss issues at any time of the day and for his incredible calmness and ability to direct client conversation'. Voisey is co-head of the practice with Edward Hickman, who 'provides excellent service'. The 'exceptionally thorough' Catriona ’Kitty’ Lloyd is a key adviser on corporate trust matters. Voisey and Lloyd recently advised the arranger, a global financial institution, on the issuance of £1.2bn in notes by Duncan Funding 2022-1 plc, an RMBS transaction for TSB Bank plc designated as STS under the UK Securitisation Regulation, with Lloyd assisting Citicorp Trustee Company Limited and Citibank, N.A., London Branch in trustee and agency roles. The partners are supported by a strong junior team, which includes senior associate Jimmy Yang and associate Kamraan Akhtar, who both worked with Voisey on a £250m specialist RMBS transaction for Bluestone Mortgages Limited.

Practice head(s):

Peter Voisey; Edward Hickman

Other key lawyers:

Catriona ‘Kitty’ Lloyd; Kamraan Akhtar; Jimmy Yang

Testimonials

‘Peter Voisey is one of the most reliable partners I have worked with in the structured finance space, marking himself out from others both by his availability to discuss issues at any time of the day and for his incredible calmness and ability to direct client conversation.’

‘Dentons has been attentive and delivered a number of pieces for us over the past couple of years. Their efficiency and communication are impressive. Knowing they are on the phone and available to deal with our hectic timelines as meant that we have had peace of mind in the legal aspects of our securitisations and funding discussions.’

‘Jimmy Yang and Peter Voisey as associate and partner in the team have been our main contacts. Personable relationship with both has been key to delivering tasks in a timely and succinct manner. They have provided honest commentary when asked which is worth a significant amount to our company.’

‘Overarching knowledge across their practice area and excellent jurisdictional coverage.’

‘Catriona Lloyd has been exceptionally thorough, and has considered matters more widely than the mere initial request – her clarity of communication stands out. Peter Voisey has extensive experience and exercises innovative thinking for solution finding.’

‘The team at Dentons demonstrated good knowledge in the industry and the key items that we needed to consider. The team was always contactable and was able to turnaround efficiently with extremely tight timescales.’

‘Ed Hickman provided excellent service on this transaction highlighting considerations that were important for us based on his prior experience. He was also able to suggest alternatives on items where we had push back from our counterparty which strikes a good balance for all parties involved.’

Key clients

Coventry Building Society

Principality Building Society

Atom Bank plc

DBRS

Deutsche Bank

Co-operative Bank

Bluestone Mortgages

Santander

Work highlights

  • Advising Bluestone Mortgages on its £250 million RMBS transaction, Genesis Mortgage Funding 2022-1.
  • Advising Coventry Building Society on its annual update of its RMBS programme, Economic Master Issuer PLC, and issue of £350 million series 2023-1 notes under the programme
  • Advising MPowered Mortgages, through MQube, on its establishment of a £2 billion forward flow funding programme for its residential mortgage origination platform.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 2

Dentons has a commodities, trade and upstream finance practice that has 'business acumen, a pragmatic approach and an awareness of the customer's need and this makes a real difference'. Ian Clements, who handles syndicated and bilateral borrowing base, pre-export and structured prepayment financings as well as bilateral transactionally secured trade finance facilities, leads the practice following the departure of Tim Pipe  to Clyde & Co . Clements acted for the Ghana Cocoa Board in the pre-export financing of Ghana's 2022/23 cocoa crop with a potential value of $1.3bn. He also assisted ING Bank with the €365m refinancing of a secured uncommitted borrowing base facility based on Green Loan Principles. Key partner Simon Prendergast is an asset-based lending expert with significant experience in advising both lenders and corporate borrowers on cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ian Clements

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ian Clements and his team have a vast expertise on Trade Finance matters and trade finance bank products.’

‘The team is good, approachable and they have business acumen, a pragmatic approach and an awareness of the customer’s need and this makes a real difference.’

‘Ian Clements: in addition to his experience and expertise in the trade finance field, Ian is very approachable and reliable and a real facilitator in complex transactions and negotiations with customers.’

Key clients

ING Bank N.V.

Ghana Cocoa Board

Coöoperative Rabobank U.A

E D & F Man Group

Natixis

UK Export Finance

Trafigura

FBNQuest Merchant Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Ghana Cocoa Board in relation to its annual syndicated receivables-backed pre-export financing facility. The up to USD1.3 billion facility will enable COCOBOD to finance the 2022/23 season cocoa crop for the benefit of Ghanaian cocoa producers.
  • Advising Société Générale on its entry into a letter of credit issuing facility agreement with Maryland InvestCo Limited in respect of the issuance of a £260mn letter of credit in favour of The Crown Estate in connection with the development of the Outer Dowsing Offshore Windfarm Project.
  • Advising a bank in relation to a EUR45 million (plus EUR25 million accordion) asset-based lending (ABL) facility to Spirit of Waterford Distillery, an international whiskey distillery business based in Ireland, to refinance the company’s existing banking facilities and provide ongoing working capital.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

The 'very responsive and strong' four-partner team at Dentons is best-known for its aviation-related work, where it has a 'great awareness of the  commercial sensitivities' unique to a myriad different stakeholders, including banks, lessors and operators. In addition to the firm's core asset finance prowess, the team is also able to draw upon broader competences within the firm, as well as to leverage vast international resources, a one-stop-shop service which is particularly appreciated by major airlines. Paul Holland  is conversant with a broad array of financing transactions (including those utilising commercial and export credit-backed debt), and has provided vital support to several major airlines, including Emirates, during fraught financial and operational times during the pandemic. Stephen Temple has a deep understanding of the commercial sensitivities of clients in the operating leasing market, work which he combines with a strong airline practice that includes TAP Portugal, which he advises across a myriad work alongside Serge Sergiou . Temple co-heads the team alongside Sarah Dyke , whose broad-based asset finance expertise also covers work in the maritime field. Senior associate James Francis  is also a key member of the team and 'has extensive experience in JOLCOs and ECA financings', while at the other end of the seniority spectrum, Nick Chandler  has a consultancy role, having recently retired from the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Dyke; Stephen Temple

Other key lawyers:

Nick Chandler; Serge Sergiou; Paul Holland; James Francis; Grace Stobbart; Lee McLernon

Testimonials

They have assisted us with aircraft finance closings consistently and their service is always superior.’

‘The very responsive and strong strong team has great awareness of commercial sensitivities in complex matters.’

‘Paul Holland was hugely supportive of the airline during its most difficult financial and operational times during COVID.’

‘Serge Sergiou and Stephen Temple strike a difficult balance between keeping a sharp eye on details and not losing the overall objective and drive to close transactions within strict timing.’

‘James Francis brings a lot of calm and experience to the deal and is a confident lawyer we would always want to be on our side. He has extensive experience in JOLCOs and ECA financings.’

 

 

Key clients

Qatar Airways

Airbus Group

MUFG

Emirates

LCI Aviation

TUI Group

TAP Air Portugal

ORIX Aviation

Falko Regional Aircraft

Wizz Air

Minsheng Financial Leasing

RwandAir

Chorus Aviation

BoComm Leasing

Avolon Aerospace

UK Export Finance (UKEF)

Air Nostrum

Survitec Ltd

Ryanair

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

Virgin Atlantic

First Abu Dhabi Bank P.J.S.C.

Avia Solutions Group

Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank

Faurecia

Work highlights

  • Advising the operating lessor ORIX Aviation in connection with the $9.58bn restructuring of Indonesian flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Garuda).
  • Advising Falko on the acquisition from Aergo Capital of a group of five BVI companies leasing four Q400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines and the transfer of the existing Export Development Canada financing of those aircraft.
  • Advising TAP in connection with the $312m finance leases of five A321 aircraft from operating lessor CAVIC Aviation Leasing (Ireland) Co., DAC (CAVIC).

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 2

The ‘friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’ team at Dentons advises listed funds including REITs and other investment trusts and offshore funds on a range of matters, including s. 110 de-mergers, share capital reductions and ongoing operational matters. The practice also provides regulatory and tax support to closed-ended fund managers. Leading the team are London-based Guy Norfolk, who advises on structuring and partnership arrangements, M&A and regulatory issues, and Edinburgh-based Claire Armstrong, whose practice covers real estate and infrastructure among other asset classes. Promoted to partner in May 2022, Owen McLennan advises clients on both fund structuring and restructuring matters, in addition to carving out a niche in impact investing. Senior associate Sarah Wylie rejoined the firm from Dickson Minto WS in June 2022 and focuses predominantly on regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Guy Norfolk; Claire Armstrong

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Friendly, approachable and knowledgeable listed funds team.’

‘Guy Norfolk is very good.’

‘Claire Armstrong provides a high standard of service but from a lower cost location (Scotland) to make for an excellent value service.’

‘Guy Norfolk is an excellent lawyer. He provides calm, carefully considered advice which is well reasoned and commercial. He is very client focused.’

‘Technically, they are all excellent, but also very good at providing clear and constructive advice.’

‘There is always partner visibility, and they have clearly taken the time to understand our business in great depth.’

‘We are always glad to have them on our side when ever we are involved in a transaction/fund raise.’

‘They take a lot of the pressure off internal management and give clear, concise advice. The partner led approach is also something we like, although they are ably supported with very good teams of lawyers.’

Key clients

Baillie Gifford & Co

Investec Bank plc

Invesco Select Trust plc

Hansa Investment Company Limited

Invesco Investment Managers

abrdn

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust

Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust

The PRS REIT

The Edinburgh Investment Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting as egal adviser to Investec on its role as sponsor in the merger between Independent Investment Trust plc and Monks Investment Trust plc.
  • Advising Invesco Select Trust plc regarding the court-approved reduction of its share premium account for its UK Equities share class.
  • Acting as sole legal advisers to FCDO in respect of its flagship MOBILIST programme focused on supporting and corner stoning new listed products in the impact space, with its next phase launched during 2022.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 2

Dentons demonstrates strong competence across the financing and delivery of various infrastructure projects, with experience across the healthcare, education and leisure sectors as well as renewable and conventional power assets. Project finance remains a key plank of the team’s offering, working with a number of investors, SPVs, developers and financial institutions on a variety of funding structures, with team head Euan Wilson recognised as a leading figure in the practice for this work. Both Mark Cheney and Dominic Spacie have broad international practices, acting on the financing of oil, wind, gas and solar and battery developments across the globe, whilst also possessing regulatory expertise to provide advice throughout the whole project cycle. Matthew Hanslip-Ward and Gareth Tenner also come recommended, particularly for their rail expertise.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Tenner; Matthew Hanslip Ward; Euan Wilson; Dominic Spacie

Key clients

Her Majesty’s Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail

Tfl (Transport for London)

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Proserve Energy

Amey

Envac UK

Department for Education

Blue Transmission

Consort Healthcare (Edinburgh Royal Infirmary) Ltd

World Bank

Ofwat

Consort Healthcare (Durham) Limited

ISS Mediclean

Ministry of Defence

Consort Healthcare (Birmingham) Limited

Resolis Limited

Department for Transport

East West Railway

Work highlights

  • Acting for Amey (Amey Belfast Schools Partnership PFI Co Ltd) in the operational aspects of a £120m PFI contract with the Education Authority in Belfast.
  • Advising the DfT in relation to the InterCity Express Programme (IEP), which comprises two of the largest public private partnerships (PPPs) to be awarded.
  • Advising  over 51 PFI project companies on the amendments necessary to their project finance loan documents and associated interest rate hedging swaps which have arisen from the FCA/Bank of England’s move away from permitting use of LIBOR as a reference rate for UK loans.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

The energy practice at Dentons works across the oil & gas energy value chain and provides a full-service offering to clients that encompasses projects, disputes and financing as well as regulatory, commercial and corporate advice. Expertise in LNG, upstream, midstream and downstream as well as in the blue hydrogen space are core features of the ‘highly specialized and experienced’ team’s service portfolio. Highly experienced transactional energy lawyer Humphrey Douglas  heads the department; renowned practitioner Charles Wood is known for designing commercial and regulatory frameworks for market reform and large-scale energy projects; and Colm Ó hUiginn comes recommended as a ‘first class lawyer with exceptional ability at delivering to the client’s needs both in terms of technical legal analysis but also an astute commercial understanding of the industry’.

Practice head(s):

Humphrey Douglas

Other key lawyers:

Charles Wood; Liz Tout; Colm Ó hUiginn; Christopher McGee-Osborne; David Tennant; Torquil Law

Testimonials

‘Profound knowledge and very long track record of energy industry and energy infrastructure.’

‘Colm O hUiginn is a first class lawyer with exceptional ability at delivering to the client’s needs both in terms of technical legal analysis but also an astute commercial understanding of the industry and our strategic objectives. He has a friendly but persuasive style that secures trust and respect from all parties in the negotiation. We have also worked closely with consultant David Tennant who is highly experienced in the sector.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, experienced and competent. They easily understand the key issues and are able to give highly valued advice and present good solutions. In addition, the team responds quickly and with very good quality on request. Furthermore, they deliver on time with a good result.’

‘The individuals are very experienced and knowledgeable. They know the business and they are very professional.’

‘The individuals are positive and service-minded and always seek to find the best way to solve an issue or dispute. They work hard and have strong problem-solving skills.’

‘Highly specialised and experienced team.’

‘Torquil Law is  extremely dedicated and makes significant efforts to understand how our business works to adapt his approach to the legal advice given.’

Key clients

bp

Petronas

Wintershall

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

ONGC Videsh

Ofgem

NewMed

TotalEnergies

CEZ

Romgaz

Acorn consortium (Pale Blue Dot (a Storegga Earth company), Shell, Harbour Energy, NSMP)

Government of India

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Barbados) Limited (FCIB)

Work highlights

  • Advised one of central Europe’s largest national energy utilities, CEZ (Czech Republic), in relation to its taking capacity at a new FSRU in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Petronas on the sale of its 15.5% interest in the Shah Deniz gas field, one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, and associated offshore pipelines in Azerbaijan in a transaction valued at $2.25 billion.
  • Advised Wintershall Dea on its agreement for the expansion of their interest in the Algerian Reggane Nord gas project by acquiring Edison International’s entire 11.25% participating interest.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

The team at Dentons, noted as a ‘very capable team with extensive knowledge of the energy sector’, is led by experienced energy practitioner and ‘trusted pair of hands’ Lucille De Silva, who specialises in work involving renewables and low carbon transactions. The team has a strong reputation for its abilities to advise both private and public sector clients on the full gamut of related matters. Its workload includes advising on the ongoing UK energy crisis, on complex matters involving climate change and work involving renewables, a key example being its work as project counsel on the £4bn project development of the Acorn Carbon Capture & Storage project in Scotland. Key name in the team Christopher McGee-Osborne has expertise across these areas in a public law context. The team was bolstered with the May 2023 arrival of expert consultant in the field John Inglis, formerly of Shearman & Sterling LLPPaul Doris departed to Brown Rudnick LLP in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lucille De Silva

Other key lawyers:

Christopher McGee-Osborne; Mark Cheney; Graham Richmond; Humphrey Douglas; Claudia Thomas; Carolyn Burns; Zara Skelton; Colm Ó hUiginn; Mel Mahon; Adam Brown; Charles Wood

Testimonials

‘The team has a broad range of experience in renewable energy and is our go-to for unique and unusual areas of expertise which other firms might not offer.’

‘Lucille De Silva has strong expertise in renewable energy matters and is a trusted pair of hands and Mel Mahon is extremely responsive. ’

‘This is a very capable team with extensive knowledge of the energy sector, who are able to work at pace but do not neglect the important issues. They are thoughtful and innovative, and quick to pick up new matters and run with them. They work like an extension of our in-house team and perform very well under pressure.’

‘Adam Brown and Charles Wood are exceptional – they work very hard and go the extra mile – they are innovative thinkers who find solutions to complex issues, able to work at speed whilst bringing careful consideration to what we needed them to do.’

‘In our case, Adam Brown and Charles Wood were always three steps ahead to provide accurate, useful advice, often within extremely challenging timeframes and high client pressure. They worked tirelessly to deliver on a range of complex issues.’

‘Christopher McGee-Osborne, Adam Brown, Claudia Thomas and Carolyn Burns consistently add value and bring real expertise in the subject matter. They immerse themselves within the wider team.’

‘Dentons have a diverse team.’

‘Graham Richmond from Dentons is a fantastic resource. He is dedicated and knowledgeable in a broad range of energy technologies and contracting issues.’

Key clients

bp

Pale Blue Dot (Storegga Earth)

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Power by Britishvolt

Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC)

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Ofgem

Electricity Settlements Company Limited (ESC)

Xlinks Limited

XLCC Limited

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Jamaica) Limited (FCIB)

Aggreko

Pathfinder Clean Energy (PACE) Limited

TJX UK

Vantage RE Limited

Asahi CE & Europe Services s.r.o.

Crossbridge Energy A/S

Enbridge

Statkraft

KOWEPO

EDF Renewables

Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)

Diamond Transmission

Centrica

Anergi Power Holdings Ltd

National Westminster Bank plc

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advising as project counsel on the c. £4bn project development of the Acorn Carbon Capture & Storage project in Scotland.
  • Advising BEIS on the Energy Prices Act 2022.
  • Advised Crossbridge Energy A/S on a Co-operation Agreement with Everfuel for the development and offtake of green hydrogen from Everfuel’s anticipated 300MW electrolyser plant.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Dentons is active across the alternative asset, build to rent, senior living and student accommodation arenas. The team has also recently received increased instructions from investors in India, Luxembourg, South Korea, and the US investing into the UK. Rob Thompson oversees the department and is proficient in development and finance transactions, in addition to investment mandates. Alex Coulter is knowledgeable of asset management and is active in the logistics, office, and retail sectors. Laura Gowing is a key member of the firm’s hotel and leisure group, while Simon Masri handles disposals, joint ventures, and structured investment acquisitions. Partner John Arey joined the team from Ashurst in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rob Thompson

Key clients

RTP Global

Harrison Street

Realstar

Heitman

Royal Mail

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Taylor Wimpey

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Transport for London

Redevco

P3 Logistics

GIC

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Mail on the renewal of approximately 150 English, Welsh and Scottish Leases with the landlord, Telereal Trillium.

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

Dentons‘ environment team is noted for its ‘unique and strong support capability’. It is well-equipped to advise its clients on ESG-related matters and the effects of their implementation in both the short and long-term in multi-jurisdictional as well as domestic contexts. Additionally, the team assists its clients on matters at the forefront of the sector, advising on sustainability and the risks of greenwashing. As well as its advisory work involving regulations, the team handles contentious matters of alleged breaches in this regard. Stephen Shergold is at the helm of the practice, while senior associate Annabel Hodge has experience working on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shergold

Other key lawyers:

Helen Bowdren; Sam Boileau; Annabel Hodge

Testimonials

‘Dentons and its global advisors offer a unique and strong support capability varying from technical regulatory support, to strategy development and advocacy, with key decision makers on a national and local level.’

‘Dentons’ political network and strong client focus are key considerations we make in choosing to work with them.’

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 2

The corporate governance team at Dentons is led by Richard Barham and Katherine Harle and is well placed to handle cross-border matters by virtue of its large global network and often advises large multinational clients on regulatory and governance matters, drawing on strength from its data privacy, employment, tax and regulatory practitioners. Barham is a corporate lawyer who handles transactional matters, shareholder and board processes, and governance issues, while Harle handles compliance, regulatory matters and interactions with regulators such as the FCA and Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Sarah Beeby advises on employment law and Dan Lund deals with sanctions, bribery and corruption and fraud. The team was bolstered in January 2023, with the arrival of James Vernon from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Harle; Richard Barham

Other key lawyers:

Dan Lund; James Vernon; Sara Beeby

Key clients

National Bank of Egypt UK Limited

ING Bank NV

Dye & Durham

Development Bank of Ghana

Dignity Health investment

National House Building Council (NHBC)

Work highlights

  • Acting as company secretary for the National Bank of Egypt UK Limited, including attending all board meetings, steering committee meetings and meetings of the audit and risk committee meetings – approximately 16 meetings per annum.
  • Reviewed ING Bank’s existing anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) training, provided to a cross-section of its employees.
  • Advised TSX- listed Dye & Durham, a leading provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions to the legal industry, on its proposed c.$2.5bn acquisition of the Link Group (ASX listed) and its foreign subsidiaries located in various jurisdictions.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 2

Dentons’ patent attorney practice is well-equipped to assists clients with the development of their global portfolios, and therefore attracts large international clients from the space and defence, AI, automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and telecoms sectors. Other industries of strength for the group include retail, leisure, technology, media, and the public sector. Justin Hill spearheads the firm’s European patents group, including across the UK and German offices. Hill is particularly skilled in handling and developing global patent portfolios and supporting clients with strategy and opposition work. Another notable team member is Alexander Rees, who has extensive experience in patent drafting and prosecution proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Justin Hill

Key clients

TikTok

American Eagle

Emtelle UK

Frasers

Lottoland Holdings

M&S

Supreme Committee for Qatar

Swatch Group

TomTom

Virgin

Work highlights

  • Advising Raytheon Technologies on its large European patent portfolio which comprises hundreds of different patent matters involving a wide range of cutting edge technologies.
  • Advising Dexcom on UK, German, and US patent litigation regarding diabetes care.
  • Defended Starkey Labs successfully in oppositions, as well as managing its European patent portfolio.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Headed by Henrietta Baker and Sarah Lima in London, Dentons continues to be a key port of call for high-profile clients such as John Lewis Partnership, Network Rail, Royal Mail Group, Sainsbury’s and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Rukia Khatun in Milton Keynes is knowledgeable of migration to cloud-based solutions in addition to software development and procurement.

Practice head(s):

Henrietta Baker; Sarah Lima

Other key lawyers:

Rukia Khatun; Pardeep Jagpal

Key clients

Avis Budget Group

Essential Living Limited

Fronius UK Limited

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

John Lewis Partnership

Royal Mail Group

Sainsbury’s Group

Sharjah Islamic Bank

SMC Industrial Automation

Solifi Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Mail Group on drafting and negotiations its terms with a software developer who will design, engineer and develop software to support the RMG platform and data services teams.
  • Advised Essential Living on its project to bring online a new website over 2022.
  • Advised Avis in developing a framework for managing data privacy risk across their licensee network.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

The specialist team at Dentons is geared to handle the full spectrum of commercial, contentious, corporate in addition to employment sporting matters. Henrietta Baker and Sarah Lima lead the team from London, while in Milton Keynes, Rose McDowall assists governing bodies with club and organisation infrastructure, and caters to retail agreements for sporting brands as well as terms and conditions for sports broadcasting.

Practice head(s):

Henrietta Baker; Sarah Lima

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Viaplay

St James Holdings Limited

Southend City Council

Esports Awards Limited

KSL Capital Partners

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Viaplay on its acquisition of Premier Sports from Setanta Sports.
  • Advised a world-ranked bridge player in relation to an application for permission to appeal the arbitral decision of the appeals committee of the English Bridge Union.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Offering ‘an exceptional range of specialist skills’, the corporate and commercial practice at Dentons advises many of Scotland’s leading businesses, fund managers, investors and lenders, as well as a number of international corporates and funders across a broad range of sectors, from food and drink and financial services to energy and retail. Brian Moore oversees the practice, renowned for his expertise regarding public and private M&A, and equity capital markets transactions. Iain Sutherland is a key member of the team and brings significant experience in the utilities and IT sectors in the UK and internationally, while retail specialist Derek McCombe is adept at handling financings, debt fund raisings and restructurings. Owen McLennan was promoted to partner in May 2022, having built a strong practice around private funds and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Brian Moore; Iain Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent commercial awareness and ability to balance legal risks with business needs.’

‘They provide clear communication and management of expectations.’

‘Brian Moore acted on a recent M&A deal where he outperformed the other sides lawyers a number of times and the result was a significant uplift in shareholder valuation.’

‘Brian Moore can really be trusted to get it right, it is so valuable being able to work with a team of lawyers that you can rely on.’

‘Very commercial and adaptable. Good understanding of the law.’

‘The team’s excellent client management, clarity of thought, excellent humour and collaborative approach make them a joy to work with.’

‘Absolutely excellent – practical, brilliant knowledge and very timely advice.’

‘The team of Brian Moore deliver a seamless service in walking a novice through a capital reduction process with a minimum of fuss.’

Key clients

Scottish National Investment Bank plc

QUIZ plc

Scottish Equity Partners

The Edrington Group Limited

AccountancyManager (AM) Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Browns Food Group

Zhejiang Orient Gene Biotech

Stagecoach Group

DT Global

Work highlights

  • Advising on the recommended takeover of Lamprell plc, a £160m cross-border Takeover Code deal.
  • Advising Scottish Equity Partners on its significant growth equity investment in Pelion IoT Limited.
  • Acting for Stagecoach, in back-to-back business and asset transactions, in their strategic acquisition of London bus routes from two existing service providers.

Employment Tier 3

Under the leadership of the Glasgow-based Alison Weatherhead, Dentons' non-contentious employment law offering is particularly strong; the group handles corporate, commercial and TUPE matters in the UK and internationally. On the contentious side, Mark Hamilton has extensive experience in trade union and industrial relations issues, while Claire Maclean specialises in employment tribunal advocacy. Elouisa Crichton's expertise extends to discrimination law and data protection-related employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Alison Weatherhead

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons has an unparalleled breadth of work and expertise in the employment field. The team works really collaboratively, with in-house teams and counsel working seamlessly together.’

‘Claire MacLean is the go-to expert on TUPE. Elouisa Crichton is going to go far, and is a real asset as an associate.’

‘Dentons works well with their London-based teams and with a seamless join – they can provide experienced legal counsel at more realistic hourly rates.’

‘Elouisa Crichton: A safe pair of hands and able to deliver advice in a straightforward pragmatic way. Alison Weatherhead: Personable and easy to deal with.’

‘Dentons combines expertise across many areas, which means that although my primary contact is within the employment law function, I have the strong reassurance that should any issue cross into other knowledge fields or jurisdictions, the firm is able to handle the matter within themselves.’

‘Elouisa Crichton is an excellent employment law practitioner.’

‘They are extremely personable and easy to work with and collaborative in style and like to involve counsel at an early stage. This is in stark contrast to many of its direct competitor firms, which often keep counsel in the dark and adopt silo working practices. Everyone in the team has been very diligent and competent and capable of turning work around at short notice.’

‘One of the standout individuals, who deserves specific mention, is Claire Maclean.’

Key clients

Airwair International Limited

Grünenthal Pharma GmbH & Co.KG

Jackson Distillers Limited

The Holyrood Distillery Limited

Mitie FM Ltd

Amazon UK Services Limited

John Lewis Plc

Aggreko Plc

Ascensos Limited

The Edrington Group

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Howco Group plc

Halfords plc

MND Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised John Lewis on a range of internal projects, acting as part of their in-house employment law team working directly with commercial and HR colleagues within the business.
  • Provided the UK Government with TUPE advice, among other matters, in connection to service provision changes within the public sector.
  • Assisted Mitie plc with employment tribunal claims in the UK, and provided further advice to its HR team on policy and employment issues.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Utilising an extensive network throughout the UK, Dentons is known for handling complex cross-border transactions across all aspects of restructurings, turnarounds and formal insolvencies, as well as advising insolvency practitioners and directors on the purchase of distressed companies. The practice, which also has a strong reputation for insolvency disputes, is led by Derek McCombe, who has particular expertise in the retail sector and regularly acts for secured lenders and administrators on a plethora of insolvency matters. Senior associate Eoghann Green is well regarded for contentious insolvency matters, Douglas Blyth departed in November 2022 to join Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Derek McCombe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Eoghann Green has a wealth of experience. He is great with clients and always has an eye on the client’s key objectives.’

‘The best law firm in Scotland in terms of how well their corporate and restructuring teams are integrated and work together.’

‘A global firm that can draw upon deep sector and international experience and skills.’

‘Derek McCombe shows a real hunger to identify opportunities and make introductions for his business contacts. One of the best-known lawyers in the retail sector.’

Key clients

HM Government

Interpath Advisory

Quiz plc

FRP Advisory LLP

CVR Global LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Henderson & Jones Limited

Grant Thornton

Purepay Retail Limited

Dunfermline Building Society

Zetland Capital Partners LLP

Manolete Partners plc

Equorium Property Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Act for the trustees in bankruptcy of Gregory King, the founder and former owner of the Heather Capital hedge fund. Mr King is suspected of having defrauded the corporate entities operated by him to the tune of more than £100m.
  • Instructed by the liquidators of McKernan Homes Limited relative to significant assets which have been transferred to a sister company prior to insolvency.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 3

Focusing on the heart of the UK’s net-zero ambitions, Dentons continues to act at the forefront of a number of innovative and growing technologies including hydrogen, EV charging, offshore wind farming and carbon capture. David Cruickshank leads the practice and is renowned for his expertise regarding domestic and international energy transition projects, encompassing hybrid technologies, energy efficiency and large-scale renewables projects.

Practice head(s):

David Cruickshank

Testimonials

‘Very skilled and responsive team, with value added from the broader network that is available to offer expertise and/or bandwidth needed to face the challenges of dealmaking.’

‘David Cruickshank offered relentless support with diligence over corporate matters. Great support was also received by the competition team.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

With procurement expert Mark Macaulay (Glasgow) heading up Dentons‘ construction practice, the team is well-equipped in the non-contentious arena. Macaulay is a regular port of call for Scottish, UK-wide and international development, infrastructure and energy sector projects and the group also has a strong profile for contentious work in the transport sector, including rail, ports and roads, due not least to the expertise of the Edinburgh-based Kirsti Olson. Also active in the contentious sphere is Linzi Hedalen, who was promoted to partner in May 2022. Paul Young departed for Shepherd and Wedderburn in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mark Macaulay

Other key lawyers:

Kirsti Olson; Linzi Hedalen; Sarah Alexander

Testimonials

‘The people are very proactive and responsive with impressive IT skills.’

‘Mark Macaulay is simply the best construction lawyer in Scotland for his practical and pragmatic guidance.’

‘Kirsti Olsen is a top-class contentious construction lawyer who creates confidence with clients, argues coherently and advises honestly and directly.’

‘Strong in construction law and very communicative with clients.’

‘Excellent work from Linzi Hedalen, Kirsti Olson, Sarah Alexander.’

‘Kirsti Olson and the team are a delight to work with – very reactive and quick to get to the centre of the issue and provide sound practical advice.’

‘Kirsti Olson is a leading construction disputes lawyer – tenacious, astute and practical.’

Key clients

Capita

P & O Ferries

Energy Vault

Jacobs Engineering Group

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Prudential Assurance Company

Clyde Gateway URC

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Ruskhim LLC

Britishvolt

Work highlights

  • Advising Britishvolt on the £2.5bn development of a landmark 30GWh electric vehicle battery production manufacturing facility in Blyth, Northumberland.
  • Advising The Prudential Assurance Company Limited on all construction aspects of the prestigious, mixed-use development at Haymarket, Edinburgh.
  • Assisted Capita Property & Infrastructure Limited with an action raised in the Court of Session by Greater Glasgow Health Board.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Glasgow-based senior associate Pamela Coulthard heads up Dentons‘ environment team in Scotland, which sits within the firm’s UK-wide environment practice; she is a regular port of call in regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters pertaining to waste management, pollution prevention, and contaminated land, and often provides transactional support to the firm’s corporate and property groups. Recent work involves clients operating in the retail, oil and gas, manufacturing, financial services, and food and drink sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pamela Coulthard

Key clients

Marks and Spencer

Ministry of Defence

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

TotalEnergies

Amazon EU Sarl

Top Golf

Lidl Stiftung & Co

John Lewis Plc

Slip Holdings Pty Ltd

Baxters Food Group Limited

SDI Property Limited/Sports Direct

TK Maxx

Fluor

The Restaurant Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Lidl Stiftung & Co on the incoming mandatory Scottish Deposit Return Scheme.
  • Advising Premier Foods on the acquisition of The Spice Tailor for an initial consideration of £43.8m.
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on all environmental aspects of its £10bn re-procurement of its maritime services contracts.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Solicitor advocate Craig Neilson, who splits his time between Edinburgh and London, heads up Dentons‘ property litigation team in Scotland, whose recent work has included landlord and tenant issues, such as commercial lease disputes, dilapidation claims and the recovery of rent and possession, as well as title problems and construction-related work. One of the main contacts is counsel Fiona MacGregor, an expert in matters at the intersection with property, planning and public law.

Practice head(s):

Craig Neilson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

JD Wetherspoon plc

M & G Real Estate

Marks & Spencer plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Peel Retail Developments Limited

Redevco

TSB Bank plc

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

Wildstone

Work highlights

  • Advised Glasgow Prestwick Airport on number of public inquiries into windfarm developments proposed in close proximity to the airport.
  • Acted for Lujo Properties Limited in a sheriff court action concerning the validity of the landlord’s attempt to irritate the lease.
  • Acted for a private client in a sheriff court action raised against them by James (Glasgow) Limited in a dispute over whether a strip of land owned by the client forms part of the verge to the public road.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Dentons‘ IT and telecoms team leverages the firm’s UK-wide capabilities to advise on a broad spectrum of IT agreements and projects, including outsourcing, tech licensing and emerging technologies. Ross Nicol left the team in 2023 and subsequently joined Addleshaw Goddard. Former practice head Alison Bryce left the firm in August 2023, while Steph Innes joined in September 2023 as partner in Glasgow to lead the practice following a period as head of group legal at Aggreko.

Practice head(s):

Steph Innes

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Avis Budget Group

Marks and Spencer plc

MUFG Securities EMEA plc

National Theatre of Scotland

Ascensos Limited

Aggreko Limited

Bank of Tokyo

Argos

Work highlights

  • Advising MUFG Securities and Bank of Tokyo, a leading Japanese financial services institution, in the negotiation and drafting of a its agreements with major financial data providers and cloud service providers.
  • Advising Sainsbury’s Supermarkets on its IT procurement of payment services, the outsourcing of its data centre services and its payment orchestration services.
  • Advising M&S extensively on business-critical IT projects.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

An ‘excellent team in terms of both experience and knowledge’, Dentons' focus encompasses cross-border equity fundraisings and other stock exchange transactions, including IPOs, secondary fundraisings and M&A transactions for both issuers and their sponsors, nominated advisers, brokers, underwriters and lead managers. The firm leverages its extensive multi-jurisdictional presence to great effect, with a robust track record for deals in emerging markets overseas. Global ECM practice leader Nikolas Colbridge focuses on international financing transactions, while head of corporate Neil Nicholson is a key name for share sales, business sales, joint ventures, fund establishments and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Nikolas Colbridge; Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Half

Testimonials

‘Sound commercial advice whilst respecting legal duties.’

‘Nikolas Colbridge is always available, balanced and pragmatic legal advice, expert handling of complex issues and a great pleasure to work together.’

‘Excellent team in terms of both experience and knowledge. The team is client-oriented, focused on understanding business needs and finding the best and most effective solutions. Their assistance gives a lot of comfort, which is very helpful on ECM transactions, which, by definition, are quite challenging in terms of time pressure and complexities. I also appreciate their transparency and flexibility when it comes to billing matters.’

‘Cameron Half is a top-notch partner for ECM mandates. Cameron combines deep knowledge, practical approach and high standards of work. He is always there for the client and manages work in a transparent and effective manner. Cameron is also a fine negotiator. It always a pleasure to work with Cameron.’

Key clients

Beacon Rise

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC)

Avia Solutions Group

PRS REIT plc

Air Astana

VGP NV

D P Eurasia NV

O’Key Group S.A.

Frasers Group

Hidroelectrica

Work highlights

  • Acted as international and US counsel on a €303 million rights offering by VGP NV, including a placement to existing US shareholders.
  • Acting for Hidroelectrica on an IPO in CEE. The offering size is expected to be approximately €2 billion.
  • Acting for Air Astana on its privatisation and proposed Rule 144A/Reg S IPO and triple listing on London Stock Exchange, KASE and the AIX.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

‘A well-led team with excellent strength in depth', Dentons draws praise from clients for its broad sector coverage and geographical reach, which it leverages to act in emerging markets overseas. The group has a demonstrably strong track record of handling small and mid-market IPO and secondary fundraising work for a range of issuers, sponsors, nominated advisers, brokers, underwriters and lead managers. Neil Nicholson  heads the team, drawing on his expertise to advise clients in relation to the UKLA Listing Rules, the AIM Rules of the London Stock Exchange and the UK Takeover Code. Darren Acres and Verity Kent are further important points of contact within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent quality.’

‘All have outstanding knowledge.’

‘A wide breadth and depth of expertise.’

‘Great level of reactiveness and client service’

‘A well-led team with excellent strength in depth and covering a wide range of sectors with excellent geographical coverage.’

‘Exceptional attention to detail and capital markets knowledge evident in partners and staff.’

Key clients

Science in Sport plc

RA International plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Kinovo plc

Quiz plc

PRS REIT plc

Hurricane Energy plc

Menzies (John) plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

Canaccord Genuity

Ondine Biomedical

Work highlights

  • Advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe and Tennyson Securities on the sale by Cairn Capital, via Bybrook Capital, of shares in i3 Energy plc, dual-listed on the TSX and AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Allenby Capital and joint broker on the proposed reverse takeover of Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Limited by AIM listed San Leon Energy plc.
  • Advised PCF Group on its cash box placings and subsequent delisting on AIM.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

Sitting within the broader regulatory and investigations group, Dentons offers significant breadth and depth of international trade expertise across a wide array of sanctions, export controls, customs, WTO product regulation and national security matters. Team head Roger Matthews' practice ranges from regulatory guidance to investigations and contentious advice. Daniel Lund was promoted to partner in May 2023, having established a strong reputation within both the European and US trade compliance communities, while Kate Poppitt is noted for advising clients across the full cycle of sanctions laws.

Practice head(s):

Roger Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team has international reach and is able to provide advice that cuts across many jurisdictions. Response time is quick.’

‘Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.’

‘Able to explain a complex subject in a way that is easy to follow and understand. Written advice is provided in such a way that one is able to understand the impact on your business – not just quoting the law.’

‘Roger Matthews instructed me to conduct investigative services on behalf of his clients last year. He is highly effective, well-organised and on top of the detail. He goes to a lot of trouble to understand the background and anticipate any potential problems or difficulties. He is extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

BP

Avis

Alvarez & Marsal

Capita

DHL/Deutsche Post

Honeywell

Edrington

ACWA

Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority

Work highlights

  • Lead sanctions advisor to BP, advising it on the full range of issues that impact it in relation to the rapid expansion of Russia sanctions.
  • Advised ACWA Power (leading Middle East investor in power generation) on various trade, financial sanctions and regulatory matters relating to its delivery of power-plant goods from Europe through Russia to the Caspian, for construction in Uzbekistan.
  • Advised DHL/Deutsche Post on extensive and complex export control, customs, and sanctions issues arising out of its business throughout 2023.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Strong relationships with major regulatory bodies are a defining element of the Dentons practice. Katharine Harle, for example, brings her previous in-house experience at the FCA to her current role as team lead of the UK regulatory and investigations group. As a consequence of the firm’s global reach, the client base spans foreign-owned banks operating in the UK, major financial services and insurance players facing cross-border regulatory and compliance issues, and asset managers. The expertise of counsel Zeena Saleh and newly promoted partner Lara Seabourne is demonstrative of the bench strength across all levels.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Harle

Other key lawyers:

Lara Seabourne; Zeena Saleh; Sarah Partridge-Smith

Testimonials

‘Katharine Harle is a remarkably knowledgeable financial services practitioner; she’s enormously hard-working; she gets on brilliantly with clients, including the most sophisticated and demanding ones; she produces superb letters and advice; she’s an astute tactician; and a nightmare for the other side when she needs to be.’

‘Lara Seabourne: an excellent lawyer, and first-rate.’

‘Very responsive and engaged team delivering high quality advice consistently and across the board. Highly recommend.’

‘Exceptional team.’

‘The Dentons team are a well-oiled machine, ably led by Katharine Harle. The calibre of the employees within the team is very high. All of the lawyers which I have had the pleasure of working with are bright, engaging and driven.’

‘Katharine Harle’s previous experience as an FCA lawyer really shows as she is able to draw on her anecdotal experience and provide strategic commercial advice. She is absolutely charming in conferences; intelligent and insightful. Clients recognise the value which she brings to the team.’

‘Zeena Saleh is a star in the making who combines charm and legal analysis to lethal effect where necessary.’

Key clients

FCA

FSCS

PwC

Capita

Currency Index Limited

John Lewis Plc

Marks & Spencer

National House Building Council (NHBC)

Dye & Durham

Lek Securities UK Limited

Arion Global Limited

Standish Management (UK) Ltd

LL Funds, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising FSCS on the potential insolvency of Silicon Valley Bank UK.
  • Acting for the FCA in defending a judicial review brought by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking in respect of the FCA’s decision not to re-open the 2012/13 Interest Rate Hedging Products Redress Schemes in respect of a certain cohort of customers.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 3

Dentons provides 'very commercially focused' advice to institutional investors as well as corporate venturers on their investments into and funding of a range of companies, including those in the energy and cybersecurity space. The team is stage agnostic and is equally as comfortable advising on Series A mandates, as it is Series C and beyond, and is able to effectively leverage complementary practice areas as a corollary of the firm's full-service offering. Although it handles a considerable volume of domestic mandates, the firm's sweet-spot lies in resourcing complex multi-jurisdictional matters, where it is effectively able to draw from the firm's vast global network. 'Very commercially-focused' team head Joseph Altendorff continues to lead from the front, although he is also often aided by 'a number of highly talented lawyers', including Joseph Collingwood.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Altendorff

Other key lawyers:

Iain Sutherland; Derek McCombe; James Davison; Joe Collingwood; Annabel Mockridge;Danni Hofmey

 

Testimonials

They have unique experience managing corporate venture capital activities. They have also a wide range of partners around the globe that are helpful for investments outside of the common geographies.’  

‘They have a number of highly talented lawyers on the team, and when one isn’t available, they can plug in others who don’t miss a beat.’

The practice is very commercially focused in that the advice is well-tailored to the client’s interests and objectives.’

‘Joseph Altendorff is very commercially focused and does an outstanding job of bringing to bear legal, commercial and market realities.’

‘Joe Collingwood provided an excellent framework for me as the client to make the decision.’

Key clients

Octopus Ventures

Evolution Equity

Britishvolt

Alto Vita

Atomico

Risilience

M&S Ventures

Empati

EightRoads

Scottish Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Go to counsel for Octopus on its international work.
  • Advised Alto Vita on a large Series A fund raising.
  • Advising leading cybersecurity investor, Evolution Equity. on eight deals in 2022.  

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

At Dentons, the banking litigation practice is viewed as ‘adept at handling large and sensitive banking and finance claims’, working with non-contentious banking colleagues at the team to provide clients support on regulatory investigations, derivatives disputes, ISA interpretation disputes, and securitisation litigation. The team often acts on multi-jurisdictional mandates, evidenced through recent advice given to a leading cloud-based software provider on potential regulatory risks. Felicity Ewing leads the team and has expertise in both group litigation defence and ESG-related financial services claims. Thomas Leyland is a key figure in the practice, notably acting for NatWest in its LIBOR swaps claims defence. Tom Hanson, ‘clever and responsive’, acts for financial institutions in litigation and contentious regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Felicity Ewing

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Leyland; Tom Hanson; Natalia Fludra; Tom Hanson

Testimonials

‘Adept at handling large and sensitive banking and finance claims. Very strong banking litigation associates, who are unusually thoughtful about the underlying issues and grapple with the expert issues.’

‘Tom Hanson is a rising star associate, who is clever and responsive, and challenges counsel’s advice in a constructive way.’

‘The team has extensive experience in banking litigation, and brings this to bear in assisting clients in resolving disputes. I am a barrister that works with this firm as opposed to a client.’

‘Both Felicity Ewing and Tom Hanson I rate very highly. They get on very well with the clients, and are very commercially minded.’

Key clients

Barclays

Citibank

NatWest

Deutsche Bank

Société Générale

JSC TBC Bank

DEPFA Bank

Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”)

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”)

Bluestone Consolidated Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a major retail bank in its defence of a claim by 150 + mortgage customers who are challenging the fairness of a mortgage product.
  • Representing the Financial Conduct Authority on a judicial review brought by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking concerning the voluntary redress scheme established by the FCA in 2013.
  • Advised TSX- listed Dye & Durham on its proposed c. US$2.5bn acquisition of the Link Group and its foreign subsidiaries located in various jurisdictions.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

'A go-to firm for international arbitration', Dentons regularly represents energy corporations in major commercial and investor-state arbitrations. The practice also has a strong track record in the telecoms, infrastructure, financial services, sports and hospitality sectors. Dan Bodle, whose work usually involves Africa, the Middle East or Asia, recently took over from energy commercial arbitration specialist Liz Tout as litigation and arbitration practice head. James Langley acts in both commercial and investor-state matters; Dominic Pellew is experienced in disputes involving Russian and former Soviet Union parties; and counsel Matthew Vinall and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder are also active group members.

Practice head(s):

Dan Bodle

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable, experienced and competent.’

‘They easily understand the key issues and are able to give highly valued advice and present good solutions. In addition, the team responds quickly and with very good quality on request.’

‘Delivers on time with good results.’

‘A go-to firm for international arbitration, particularly ICC and institutional disputes.’

‘Extremely competent, hands-on, and very good and sensible to work with.’

‘Liz Tout is great for her knowledge of the field.’

‘Liz Tout and Matthew Vinall are highly experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘James Langley and Catherine Gilfelder – great competence and intelligence.’

Key clients

HM Government

Newcastle United Football Club

Sony Corporation

Eni

Equinor

Perenco Energies International

Perenco

Future Pipe International

Government of India

TotalEnergies

Avis Budget Group

National Bank of Canada

Crossbridge Energy

West Indian Ocean Cable Company

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Rubis

Network Rail Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Assisted NUFC with its high profile arbitration proceedings brought against The Football Association Premier League (EPL), concerning the well-publicised decision of the EPL in relation to the acquisition of NUFC by a consortium.
  • Assisted the Government of India with its longstanding UNCITRAL arbitration against Reliance Industries and BG Group, concerning an upstream oil and gas project in India, including in relation to challenges to an arbitration award.
  • Assisting the Government of India with its defence to a $275m claim by a UAE entity, the Ras Al-Khaimah Investment Authority, under the India-UAE BIT.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Dentons regularly advises employers and trustees on both defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes, as well as on matters such as regulator investigations, and litigious aspects of buy-outs. Eleanor Hart and Alison Weatherhead jointly lead the practice; Hart heads up the reward-focused side of the team, whilst Weatherhead leads the people, reward, and mobility-focused team from Edinburgh. Counsel Caroline Curran joined the Manchester team in October 2022 from Brabners LLP, and is experienced in handling contentious matters across the pensions space.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Hart; Alison Weatherhead

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Dentons pensions team punches above its weight. They are commercial, pragmatic and easy to work with. Eleanor Hart has a wealth of experience in restructuring and similar issues.’

‘The members of the disputes team all have considerable technical expertise and are involved in a mix of high-profile matters and also those of national importance.’

‘Caroline Curran is very pleasant, pragmatic and easy to work with, with considerable experience in an array of pensions-related disputes. Because of the size of the team, the contentious and non-contentious teams work harmoniously together for the benefit of the client.’

Key clients

Pirelli & C. SpA

Purepay Retail Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Ministry of Justice

Travelport International Limited

Ministry of Defence

Canadian Western Bank

BCA Pension Trustees Ltd

Trustees of the CMESI pension scheme

SITA Information Networking Computing UK Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Trustees of the Basil E Leeder & Sons Limited Pension Scheme

Habib Bank

That Bournemouth Company 3 Limited

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised on a compromise on behalf of the Trustees in order to compromise a section 75 debt claim against the employers.
  • Advised the associated parties of a company in administration on an investigation by the Pensions Regulator that steps in the lead up to its insolvency and subsequent restructuring may have materially impacted the scheme in a detrimental manner.
  • Advised the client on auto-enrolment compliance issues, and provided risk-based advice in response to the complex issues relating to non-compliance with the auto-enrolment requirements.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Dentons advises a variety of international and domestic employers and trustees on the full gamut of non-contentious pensions issues. The practice is dually headed by Glasgow-based Alison Weatherhead and the ‘exceptionally responsive‘ London-based Eleanor Hart, who brings experience in complex cross-border transactions to the pensions team. Further advice the practice offers encompasses matters such as pension scheme buyouts – for which counsel Caroline Curran, who joined the team in October 2022 is a key contact - as well as pension funding arrangements, insolvency-related work, and transactions involving pensions issues. The practice was recently boosted by the arrival of Carolyn Saunders, the former head of the national pensions team at Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alison Weatherhead; Eleanor Hart

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Curran; Carolyn Saunders

Testimonials

‘Eleanor Hart has vast experience in pensions. The breadth and depth of her knowledge has been incredibly helpful within the project we are involved within. Her attention-to-detail has been vital.’

‘The Dentons pensions team punches above its weight. They are commercial, pragmatic, and easy to work with. Because of the size of the team, the contentious and non-contentious teams work harmoniously together for the benefit of the client.’

‘Extremely responsive to short-notice queries. They are able to bring calm and business-focused advice on decisions that are based on very uncertain input data.’

‘Eleanor Hart has been exceptionally responsive, making herself available at short notice and providing a sense of both what the regulations state, and what the regulator is currently focused on.’

‘The individuals have an unusual mix of technical pensions acumen and litigation experience. Eleanor Hart and Caroline Curran are both technically excellent and a pleasure to work with.’

‘There is a wide-ranging skillset across the partners. Their ability to understand what is likely to be important to us within the public sector whilst balancing this against private sector precedence is useful.’

‘Dentons provide a full-range of legal services to suit our requirements. They have strength in depth in all areas and an open and transparent approach to addressing the challenges within the engagement.’

‘Eleanor Hart provided clear and concise advice throughout our pension transaction and was always available to support our needs in the sale overall process.’

Key clients

Edrington Group

Trustees of the Delta Air Lines UK Staff Pension Scheme

Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Purepay Retail Limited

Ministry of Defence

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Government Legal Department

The Cabinet Office

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Travelport International Limited

Edwin James Group Limited

Platinum Equity Advisers LLC

Ministry of Justice / Prison Education Service

Canadian Western Bank

GIC Private Limited

NatWest

KKR Asia Limited

BCA Pension Trust Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the rescue of a pension scheme where its sponsoring employer was in administration.
  • Advised The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Ofgem on its proposals to create a Future System Operator (FSO) with responsibilities for both electricity and gas systems to achieve net-zero and maintain energy security while minimising costs for consumers.
  • Advised an international tyre company on its contingent asset arrangements with the trustees of its five defined benefit pension schemes.

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 3

Dentons' credentials in the ABL market were hugely enhanced following the recruitment of the 'exceptionally professional but personable' Simon Prendergast in March 2022 from Addleshaw Goddard. Prendergast now heads the team and has, since his arrival, successfully exploited the firm's broader banking and trade finance practice, to secure a number of transactions involving multiple layers of debt in the capital structure alongside the more conventional receivables mandates for working capital purposes. In addition, the team is also well-positioned to leverage the firm's international network for multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm's prior Scottish expertise also continues unabated, with Glasgow-based Stuart Fitzsimmons  excelling in advising on ABL-related work in distillery sector.    

Practice head(s):

Simon Prendergast

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Fitzsimmons; Ian Clements; Simon Warburton  Evdokia (Dunya) Maslennikova

Testimonials

‘The team brings a high level of experience and track record to the ABL offering as well as a pragmatic and commercial outlook that helps get deals across the line.’

‘Simon Prendergast is always exceptionally professional but personable, easy to talk and stays calm under pressure. This coupled with a depth of product knowledge and experience offers a high degree of comfort and certainty that the right job will get done.’

 

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Dentons provides ‘a cost-effective and solutions-oriented service’ to UK retail and international banks across a range of public and private syndicated and bilateral corporate lending and investment grade financings. James Ingham, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, regularly acts for lenders providing syndicated facilities to other financial institutions, including in emerging markets jurisdictions. Simon Middleton, who has a specialism advising on transactions within the Nordic markets, is ‘user-friendly and excellent at finding pragmatic solutions between lenders and borrowers’. Middleton co-heads the team alongside the ‘sensible and commercially astute’ Catherine Astruc .  

Practice head(s):

Catherine Astruc; Simon Middleton

Other key lawyers:

Richard Sharples; Will Turner; James Ingham; Marc Gilston; Joe Byron Evans

Testimonials

The team has excellent market knowledge and provides a cost-effective and solutions-oriented service.’

‘Simon Middleton is responsive, user-friendly and excellent at finding pragmatic solutions during tense negotiations between lenders and borrowers.’

‘Simon Middleton is service minded and an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘Catherine Astruc is very bright, sensible and commercially astute.’

 

Key clients

Société Générale;

Standard Chartered;

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken

ICBC

Mizuho Bank

MUFG

Emirates NBD

Commerzbank

Nordea

Danske Bank

Swedbank

Handelsbanken

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Fifth Third Bank

CoinShares

Leadenhall Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Svenska Handelsbanken as a co-ordinating mandated lead arranger and bookrunner on a SEK5bn sustainability-linked revolving credit facility for Husqvarna AB, a Swedish manufacturer of outdoor power products.
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders on the $800m multi-tranche, dual currency facility agreement entered into with Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank.
  • Advising Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and a syndicate of lenders on a €1.1bn dual currency term facility agreement for Securitas AB.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

Dentons provides the full range of legal services with specialist expertise in IT & telecoms, commercial contracts, IP, data privacy and cybersecurity issues. The practice represents a variety of clients from tech vendors and data businesses to to telecoms and media providers. The team is headed by Henrietta Baker who is well-versed in advising tech start-ups while Martin Fanning is a transactional lawyer. Andy Lucas acts for private sector companies on tech projects with support from Dan Burge who represents media businesses and tech providers.

Practice head(s):

Henrietta Baker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of the TMT sector as a whole – the interplay between firms and suppliers, the importance of data, etc. They apply this bigger picture understanding to the work that they do to produce a result which is appropriate for our business.’

‘Martin Fanning is particularly valued as an adviser to the business for his experience and commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Bytedance

Tiktok

Capita

FIFA

Octopus Ventures

Informa

Risilience

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

TD SYNNEX

Viaplay

Vodafone Italia

Work highlights

  • Advised Capita plc on the sale of its IT services and solutions business Trustmarque to One Equity Partners.
  • Advised SITA in relation to a significant dispute with one of its major customers for the supply of airline IT services following a settlement reached in respect of issues arising under that agreement.
  • Advised FIFA on the launch of FIFA’s global e-commerce solution.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: M&A and acquisition financing Tier 3

Dentons is well known in the market for its expertise across the broadest ambit of the infrastructure market, with particular specialism in social infrastructure, renewable energy, transport and defence work. The firm supports longstanding clients on a number of high-profile PFI/PPP interests, with a deep bench of experience that allows the group to act on acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures. Team head Euan Wilson is a secondary market PFI/PPP transactions expert, working closely with funds, strategics and foreign public bodies on a number of cross-border deals, regularly working closely with fellow Edinburgh-based team-head Gareth Tenner , who has a similar skillset. Third group head and rail specialist Matthew Hanslip-Ward is a go-to adviser for a number of established transport entities, while Humphrey Douglas has a practice predominantly concentrated on major M&A mandates for oil and gas companies.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Tenner; Matthew Hanslip Ward; Euan Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Her Majesty’s Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail

Tfl (Transport for London)

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Proserve Energy

Amey

Envac UK

Department for Education

Blue Transmission

Consort Healthcare (Edinburgh Royal Infirmary) Ltd

World Bank

Ofwat

Consort Healthcare (Durham) Limited

ISS Mediclean

Ministry of Defence

Consort Healthcare (Birmingham) Limited

Resolis Limited

Department for Transport

Work highlights

  • Advised Semperian on the purchase of 3 major toll road interests in Ireland from DIF
  • Advised Europe’s leading independent natural oil and gas company, Wintershall Dea, on its agreement for the expansion of their interest in the Algerian Reggane Nord gas project by originally acquiring Edison International’s entire 11.25% participating interest.
  • Advising AIM-listed UK-based oil exploration and production company Hurricane Energy plc on its proposed takeover by Prax Exploration & Productions plc, to be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

Dentons is active across the alternative asset, build to rent, senior living and student accommodation arenas. The team has also recently received increased instructions from investors in India, Luxembourg, South Korea, and the US investing into the UK. Rob Thompson oversees the department and is proficient in development and finance transactions, in addition to investment mandates. Alex Coulter is knowledgeable of asset management and is active in the logistics, office, and retail sectors. Laura Gowing is a key member of the firm’s hotel and leisure group, while Simon Masri handles disposals, joint ventures, and structured investment acquisitions. Partner John Arey joined the team from Ashurst in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rob Thompson

Key clients

RTP Global

Harrison Street

Realstar

Heitman

Royal Mail

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Taylor Wimpey

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Transport for London

Redevco

P3 Logistics

GIC

Work highlights

  • Acted for John Lewis in relation to all property aspects of its £500m joint venture with abrdn for the development of Build to Rent schemes.
  • Advised Life Science REIT on its acquisition of Oxford Technology Park and developments.
  • Advised Frasers Group on the sale of nine freehold and long leasehold retail parks to an investment vehicle of Realty Corporation.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Dentons is active across the alternative asset, build to rent, senior living and student accommodation arenas. The team has also recently received increased instructions from investors in India, Luxembourg, South Korea, and the US investing into the UK. Rob Thompson oversees the department and is proficient in development and finance transactions, in addition to investment mandates. Alex Coulter is knowledgeable of asset management and is active in the logistics, office, and retail sectors. Laura Gowing is a key member of the firm’s hotel and leisure group, while Simon Masri handles disposals, joint ventures, and structured investment acquisitions. Partner John Arey joined the team from Ashurst in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rob Thompson

Key clients

RTP Global

Harrison Street

Realstar

Heitman

Royal Mail

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Taylor Wimpey

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Transport for London

Redevco

P3 Logistics

GIC

Work highlights

  • Advised Life Science REIT on its acquisition of Oxford Technology Park and developments.
  • Advised Frasers Group on the sale of nine freehold and long leasehold retail parks to an investment vehicle of Realty Corporation.
  • Advised sovereign wealth fund GIC on an acquisition of UK Land Estates from Northwood Investors.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

The planning team at Dentons has a varied client base, ranging from national and local government to investors, developers, and infrastructure providers. Roy Pinnock leads the team in advising on all aspects of planning law, including large-scale development and housing, in addition to urban and mixed-use regeneration schemes. The group expertly handles various aspects of residential developments, and Rachael Herbert specialises in developments in the elderly care sector. Michele Vas has demonstrable experience in energy and transport-related infrastructure, advising on Transport and Works Act and development consent orders. At the senior associate level, Lucy McDonnell and Katie Scuoler have extensive experience in compulsory purchases, and the addition of Chris Robinson in February 2022 further strengthens the team’s expertise in CPO advice.

Practice head(s):

Roy Pinnock

Testimonials

‘Michele Vas and Katie Scuoler are standout lawyers.’

‘A very well organised, efficient, and young team with great sector expertise.’

‘Katie Scuoler is extremely capable, knowledgeable and charismatic, with the confidence to challenge the thinking and drive things forward. A privilege to work with.’

‘Their genuinely collaborative approach has made a real difference in progressing a complex strategic development. Their people are responsive and really listen to us as clients, while ensuring they provide objective and realistic advice.’

‘Michele Vaz is always solution focused, approachable and collaborative.’

Key clients

Anschutz Sports Holdings Limited

Bedford Borough Council

Peabody Development Limited

Places for People Developments Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Telereal Trillium

Tide Construction

David Wilson Homes

Capreon

Regal London

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Regal London

Bedford Borough Council

SSE

Keadby

Chelmsford City Council

Marks and Spencer plc

Kier

Patrizia

Work highlights

  • Advised Marks and Spencer plc on the forward planning strategy for the landmark Oxford Street store, progressing the application through the public inquiry held in October/ November 2022 after it was called in by the Secretary of State in June 2022.
  • Advising Chelmsford City Council on the new Chelmsford Garden Community, which involves working collaboratively with Ptarmigan, Halley, and Countryside developers on a planning framework agreement.
  • Advising Places for People on the Gilston Park Estate proposal project, which includes up to 8,500 homes and supporting infrastructure, including six primary schools and two secondary schools.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

Simon Tweedle and James Irvine co-head the ‘professional, efficient and knowledgeable’ finance team at Dentons, covering all aspects of bilateral and syndicated lending, and acting for banks and corporate borrowers in relation to both investment and development facilities. The London team frequently work alongside its European and global network in deals across the office, retail, residential, hotels and student accommodation asset classes. Simon Masri and Jason Sheard are recommended for restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

James Irvine; Simon Tweedle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional, efficient and knowledgeable. Well-connected and commercial.’

‘High level of partner time on deals resulting in fast decision-making processes. Always contactable and commercial in their approach.’

‘Good quality advice with good access to partners. Calm and considered service.’

‘Simon Masri and James Irvine are always accessible and give good, honest, clear advice, and make sure their teams do the same.’

Key clients

DBS Bank

Metro Bank

Chenavari Investment Managers and its funding entity (AREO Sarl)

Ho Be Land

Aprirose

McArthurGlen

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

United Overseas Bank

OCBC

Raven Property Group

Cheyne Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Patrizia AG

Mayfair Capital / Swiss Life

Heitman

Work highlights

  • Advised The Al Habtoor Group in cross-border financing on their European portfolio of hotels in London (Hilton Wembley), Budapest (InterContinental and Ritz-Carlton) and Austria (Hotel Imperial).
  • Acted for Dickinson Street Manchester Limited, Greek Street Leeds Limited, Grosvenor Square Southampton Limited and Southernhay Limited as borrowers in relation to a refinancing by QSix
  • Advising the lender, Cheyne Capital Management (ENIV Sarl), in relation to the acquisition financing of companies which own the HoneyMonster Factory site in Southall, London.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Utilising the firm’s global network, the property litigation team at Dentons handles disputes for a range of national and international clients. Particular areas of expertise for the team include landlord and tenant disputes, insolvency, development disputes and rights of light matters. 'Star in his field' Bryan Johnston leads the team, specialising in business rates and the Electronic Communications code. Thomas Nolan, noted as being 'experienced beyond his years', is another key name with a strong focus on high-end residential property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bryan Johnston is a very well-known property litigator and one of the top ten in the country.’

‘A highly practical hands-on approach to property litigation.’

‘A strong capability across many different aspects of property litigation.’

‘The team offers a full-service for all property-related disputes whether large or small. It has excellent strength-in-depth, is very well-resourced and is very responsive to clients’ needs.’

‘Bryan Johnston leads the team – he is a real star in his field, highly experienced, he focuses on the client’s commercial objective and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Thomas Nolan is experienced beyond his years. His knowledge of the law, across the full range of property disputes, is very impressive and he has excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Co-Operative Group

The Official Receiver

Taylor Wimpey

ATS Euromaster

Argos

London Borough of Southwark

Sainsbury’s Bank

Prestbury

Secure Income REIT

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

Known for its strength in the payments space, Dentons advises on payments regulation, electronic money, digital banking and IT outsourcing transactions for a host of banks, non-traditional lenders and fintech firms, among other clients. The practice has also seen an increase in instructions relating to cryptocurrency, blockchain and the B2B payments space. Gateway and BNPL agreements stand out as a recent area of activity for practice head Tristan Jonckheer, while dispute resolution partner Craig Neilson frequently handles contentious mandates related to cyberattacks, cryptoassets and payments. Jessica Cooke has specific expertise on regulatory licensing issues faced by global financial services businesses, while Matthew Gilhooly is active on financial service outsourcing regulations.

Practice head(s):

Tristan Jonckheer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Tristan and his team work tirelessly to quickly understand the key issues, get to the heart of the issue, and work to find a suitable solution.

Key clients

PayPal

TreviPay (formerly MSTS)

Goldman Sachs

Ripple Labs

Her Majesty’s Treasury

John Lewis Partnership

M&S

ING Bank

SMBC Bank International

FIFA

Work highlights

  • Advising John Lewis Partnership in relation to the exit from its partnering agreement with HSBC under which it provides a branded credit card.
  • Advising FIFA on the launch of FIFA’s global e-commerce solution, with a global FIFA store and individual stores for key FIFA tournaments.
  • Advising Sainsbury’s supermarket on a new payments orchestration arrangement with ProcessOut (PO).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 3

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Instructed by clients working on major developments across the commercial, retail, rail, and development finance industries, the Milton Keynes-based Dentons construction team is ‘swift to respond’ regarding all aspects of non-contentious matters. The group has vast expertise in drafting and negotiating engineering and design contracts, with practice head Mark Macaulay bringing 30 years’ experience of advising national and international companies on cross-border infrastructure and development projects to the team. Counsel Shaun Tame regularly supports funders and developers with construction procurement and contracts issues, while counsel Tasmyn Brittlebank focuses primarily on financing and the letting of buildings.

Practice head(s):

Mark Macaulay

Other key lawyers:

Shaun Tame; Tasmyn Brittlebank

Testimonials

‘Swift to respond, commercial and user friendly – a rare combination.’

‘The whole team are a pleasure to deal with and understand our needs and parameters within which we work.’

Key clients

Life Science REIT

Sports Direct

Verdion

Taylor Wimpey

Kier Property Developments Limited

International Distributions Services plc, trading as Royal Mail

Marks and Spencer Plc

OB Capital Limited

John Lewis

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets PLC

Britishvolt

Work highlights

  • Advising John Lewis Partnership on its new build-to-rent schemes.
  • Advising on Life Science REIT’s acquisition of Oxford Technology Park £180m by way of a share purchase and entry into a development and funding agreement.
  • Advising HOOPP/Verdion on all aspects of the £400m multi-phase and multi-tenanted rail and freight logistics development project on 337 acres of greenfield land in Doncaster.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

The commercial litigation practice at Dentons leverages the firm’s global footprint to act for large domestic and international corporations on multijurisdictional disputes, public inquiries and insolvency litigation. Following the departures of Malcolm Gunnyeon to Brodies LLP and Douglas Blyth to Addleshaw Goddard at the end of 2022, Craig Neilson took over the practice together with the London-based Louisa Caswell and is praised as being ‘a top-notch commercial partner with excellent instincts in a difficult litigation’; he is best known for handling cases involving cyberattacks and data privacy issues. Counsel Fiona Caldow, who is dual qualified in Scots and English law, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Craig Neilson; Louisa Caswell

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Caldow; Sarah Wardell

Testimonials

‘Craig Neilson is a key expert in litigation involving complex issues of crypto assets. He is an outstanding expert in the field.’

‘Craig Neilson is a top-notch commercial partner with excellent instincts in a difficult litigation.’

‘Sarah Wardell is a safe pair of hands.’

‘Depth and breadth of knowledge alongside responsiveness.’

‘Craig Neilson is extremely knowledgeable and highly responsive.’

‘What makes this team unique is the very high calibre of the lawyers. They are all extremely bright and diligent.’

‘Craig Neilson and Fiona Caldow are a fantastic team. Craig has recently assumed the position of head of disputes. Fiona is considered, responsive and provides practical advice to our business, supporting us through some challenging circumstances.’

Key clients

DHL Information Services (Europe) s.r.o.

Eden Springs UK Ltd

Edinburgh International Festival Society

Emtelle UK Ltd

Equorium, part of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

FSCom Limited

Funding Circle Limited

Laboratoires Théa SAS

Manolete Partners PLC

Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP trading as Muller Wiseman Dairies and OTHER

NatWest Group

NHBC

Peel Land and Property Investments Plc

RELX UK Limited T/A LexisNexis

RH Independent Healthcare Limited

RSM Tenon Limited

Shieldwear Limited

Silicon Valley Bank

Snow Leopard Vodka Limited

Société Générale

Sodexo Services Asia Pte

Sofant Technologies Limited

The Edrington Group Limited

The Gupta Partnership

The Macallan Distillers Limited

TSB Bank Plc

Network Rail

Work highlights

  • Represented Mainstream Renewable Power Limited in a judicial review challenging a decision by Crown Estate Scotland.
  • Acted for Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited in relation to two separate public inquiries pertaining to wind farm developments in the proximity of the airport.
  • Advised Lujo Properties Limited, a commercial landlord, following a breach by its tenant and initiated proceedings on its behalf in relation to an action for irritancy, which considered technical legal issues including personal bar and oppression.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Dentons is noted for its expertise in the fintech arena, advising global banks, multinational payment services providers and large-scale retailers, with demonstrable experience in handling the financial regulatory aspects of cross-border banking transactions. Greg McEneny leads the team and focuses on the regulation of derivatives, securities and markets infrastructure. Counsel Adrian Yeo, who joined from HM Treasury in February 2023, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Greg McEneny

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC

Banco Santander S.A. London Branch

Multi Service Technology Solutions, Inc doing business as TreviPay

Mitsubishi Finance Corp.

PayPal, Inc

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The team at Dentons - described as an ‘outstanding international litigation department with a specialism in maximum complexity banking cases’ - is well-regarded for its expertise in financial services and energy disputes. The team can draw on support from the wider firm's huge global platform, and acts for long-established clients both domestically and internationally. Louisa Caswell, known as as a ‘great leader’, has extensive experience in commercial and corporate disputes, particularly in relations to M&A, joint ventures and shareholder actions. Caswell, along with Dan Bodle and Thomas Leyland lead the team. ‘Likeable, shrewd, and experiencedAdrian Giles is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Louisa Caswell; Dan Bodle; Thomas Leyland

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Giles; Craig Neilson; Liz Tout; Dan Bodle; Felicity Ewing; Sarah Rutnah

Testimonials

‘Craig Neilson is a thoughtful lawyer with an excellent client manner.;

‘Sarah Rutnah is an absolute star in the making. An upcoming senior associate on track for partnership, she’s very smart, a good intuitive lawyer as well as being a complete hardworker.’

‘Excellent offering with a magic circle quality but with hands-on partners.’

‘Adrian Giles is an excellent strategist. Louisa Caswell is stand out star in this area’

‘Louisa Caswell is a great leader of the disputes team.’

‘Dan Bodle is a skillful, measured handler of complicated litigation with a high public profile.’

‘Adrian Giles is a likeable, shrewd and experienced partner. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Vodafone Italia S.P.A.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

WEA International Inc. (part of the Warner Music group of companies)

St James Holdings Limited (Newcastle United F.C.)

Capita PLC

BP

American Eagle Outfitters

Sainsbury’s

EDF Energy

Hertz Europe

Avis Budget Group

Government of India

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Pathfinder Mozambique SA and JV Consultores Internacionais Limitada

Eaton Industries

Work highlights

  • Achieved settlement for Vodafone on a termination dispute related to a significant contract for Serie A football broadcast rights.
  • Defending a £63 million claim for alleged breach of confidence by PwC.
  • Advising part of the Warner Music group of companies in a complex claim with cross-border elements, brought by a company that operates a record label in Africa.

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Dentons assists a number of household name clients across a span of sectors in both contentious work, including the defence of multi-party tribunal claims, and non-contentious mandates including restructuring, employee transfers and wide-ranging HR policy implementation. As part of a global firm, the team is well-placed to advise on cross-border and cross-jurisdictional matters, and such employment projects are a specialism for practice head Purvis Ghani. Co-head of the London team Rhodri Thomas has High Court-level employment litigation experience and also handles investigations and transactional mandates. Counsel Esther Langdon is also recommended, specialising in employee competition matters, including post-termination restrictions and confidentiality obligations.

Practice head(s):

Purvis Ghani; Rhodri Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Esther Langdon; Emily Russell

Testimonials

‘Takes the time to understand the needs of the business.’

‘Dentons’ UK-based employment team has been an invaluable asset for our small, US-based, company. In addition to their subject matter expertise, the team is always professional, responsive, pragmatic, and pleasant to work with.’

‘Our main contact, Esther Langdon, is an extraordinary attorney. In particular, she consistently is able to balance our U.S.-centric approach and our business objectives with UK-based compliance requirements and practices.’

‘Associate Emily Russell has been extremely helpful in every aspect of our work.’

‘I have worked with Purvis Ghani for a number of years. He is an exceptional lawyer. Very responsive and cares deeply about his client relationships. He also brings a measured and calming influence to anything he handles. Highly recommended.’

‘Availability, responsiveness, link to colleagues in every jurisdiction, suggesting solutions and ready to implement them.’

Key clients

Envu

Kinaxis

TK Maxx

Liberty Insurance

Daktronics

Altus Group

Mitie Group Plc

Standard Chartered Bank

CBRE

Yamaha Music Europe

MUFG Bank

Trammell Crow Company

Yondr Group

Amazon UK Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Handles a wide range of employment tribunal claims on behalf of TUI from constructive and unfair dismissal to discrimination.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 4

The health and safety team at Dentons regularly dispenses advice concerning compliance with health and safety regulations, and the associated civil and criminal risks therein; the group assists clients with the impacts of Brexit on businesses. Stephen Shergold leads the team after the departure of Scotland-based former co-head Malcolm Gunnyeon to Brodies LLP in October 2022. Helen Bowdren is experienced in handling Environment Agency and HSE investigations and prosecutions, leveraging her significant international experience. Consultant Sam Boileau, who often leads on inquests, is noted as being ‘thorough and meticulous’.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Shergold

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons are great – they are reliable, responsive, commercially aware and know the law inside-out. They will always go the extra mile for clients.’

‘Sam Boileau in particular is great. He really knows his stuff and his judgement is spot on – he is very commercially aware and spots potential problems well before they appear and he is thorough and meticulous. He works closely with Amy Morin who is also very good.’

‘The team are very responsive, knowledgeable and practical about the advice they provide. They’re a valued advisor to our business on all matters relating to health and safety.’

Key clients

John Lewis & Partners

Avis Budget Group

Auria

Work highlights

  • Advising HB St Martins PTE on the removal of ACM panels from the exterior of residential and commercial premises.
  • Advising Sohar Industrial Port Company on the procurement of emergency fire protection services at a major industrial port facility.
  • Advising BASF in relation to the impacts of Brexit on its European and UK chemicals business, including the application of the new UK REACH regime and transitional arrangements.

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

Dentons provides comprehensive strategic and compliance advice to a range of major multinational clients in relation to a number of complex immigration issues, providing end-to-end support as part of an integrated immigration service combining the resources of its practices nationwide. Practice head Sarah Ingles-Carlyle is noted for her immigration work with international clients looking to establish a UK presence or hire new workers into existing UK branches, and has a demonstrated capacity in providing strategic advice on the risks of mobilising global talent. Senior immigration manager Oliver O’Sullivan provides valuable support, working with a number of blue chip companies in relation to their global workforce.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ingles-Carlyle

Other key lawyers:

Oliver O’Sullivan

Testimonials

‘The main and essential asset as far as we are concerned is the regular updates on the latest immigration changes and the thorough follow-up and reminders (visa renewals, processes, etc.) for ongoing cases. This saves our company potential issues such as rejections, and we know that our house is in order, so to speak.’

‘The team we work with is very thorough, and they always reply to our queries and messages. If they can’t assist right there and then, they get back to us straight away to arrange a date and time to pursue.’

‘Dentons understand our ways of working and what is expected from them in support of our expats and hires. Their team of qualified, experienced immigration professionals recognise the service we need is not always one size fits all, and they have the flexibility to adapt to provide the service we need. They provide robust case working support as well as guidance and ad hoc support on out-of-scope questions/scenarios that arise from time to time.’

Key clients

NBCUniversal International Limited

Mitie

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Hunter Boot Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Acro Aircraft Seating Limited

Ceridian Europe Limited

Altus Intervention

TC BioPharm Limited

Upfield UK Services Limited

HiFix

Clearglass Limited

Senning (UK) Limited

Solinq Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Supports Altus Intervention on all of their UK inbound visa applications.
  • Supported NBC Universal with all of their UK and Europe inbound visa applications as well as providing strategic immigration advice across these regions.
  • Supported the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce with all of its UK inbound visa applications.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

Led by the ‘incredibly knowledgeable and practical’ Neil Griffiths, the ‘proactive and pragmatic’ team at Dentons provides ‘high quality and commercial advice’ to banks, IPs and debtors across the gamut of restructuring, insolvency and distressed investing. The team has recently been particularly active handling a number of high-profile matters within the beleaguered UK energy sector, including Ian Fox's advice to the board of Britishvolt on its restructuring options given its deteriorating financial position. Contentious insolvency work also remains a mainstay of the practice, with the firm noted for its ‘ability to think innovatively as new situations and problems emerge’. This thoughtful and sophisticated approach has over the years come to the fore in the firm’s high-profile representation of the joint administrators in the LBHI2 (Lehman Brothers) estate. The ‘exceptionally good’ Tessa Blank  and associate Jonathan Sears, who is ‘a brilliant technical lawyer’, have been pivotal members of the team on the aforementioned matter, as has ‘highly capable’ counsel Luci Mitchell-Fry.

Practice head(s):

Neil Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Ian Fox; Catherine Astruc; Celia Hayward; Richard Pallot-Cook; Jason Sheard; Tessa Blank; Luci Mitchell-Fry; Mark Price; Helen Anderson; Jonathan Sears

Testimonials

They provide high quality and commercial advice.’

What I think stands out is that depth of experience and, from that, the ability to think innovatively as new situations and problems emerge.’

It is completely on the ball in responding quickly, being proactive and providing pragmatic advice.’

Neil Griffiths is incredibly knowledgeable and practical in his approach.’

‘Ian Fox is solutions oriented and commercial.’

Tessa Blank is exceptionally good with clients and a great communicator.’

Richard Pallot-Cook and Celia Hayward provide a first-class service and have an excellent understanding of their clients’ needs, often anticipating and managing challenges before they become impediments to a transaction.’

Jonathan Sears is a brilliant technical lawyer.’

Key clients

Power by Britishvolt Limited

Hurricane Energy

Ofgem

BDO

Beal Bank

PwC

Knight Frank

Interpath/KPMG

Hurricane Energy PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising the board of Britishvolt on its restructuring options given its deteriorating financial position and contingency planning (with EY) for the potential administration of the company.
  • Advising Hurricane Energy on one of the first restructuring plans in the UK.
  • Providing advice and assistance to energy regulator Ofgem in relation to issues arising from the significant volatility/disruption in the energy markets.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

The construction team at Dentons offers extensive advisory services on diverse domestic and international construction projects, spanning UK build and development, and UK and international energy and infrastructure projects. The contentious construction practice, led by Esther McDermott, is proficient in resolving a myriad of disputes from payment issues to professional negligence claims, through avenues including arbitration and litigation. Akin Akinbode specialises in resolving engineering and construction disputes, along with facilities management and PFI-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Esther McDermott

Other key lawyers:

Akin Akinbode; Michael Wright; Tessa Birch; George Harris

Testimonials

‘Akin Akinbode is a superb leader on large cases and also a prominent decision-maker within the firm. Unflappable, experienced and deep sector specialism.’

‘Michael Wright is a very strong senior associate and is building a great reputation for strong results.’

‘Esther McDermott is incredibly talented and efficient. She leads multi-jurisdiction, international teams in a seamless joined-up way. She really drives cases forward with passion and efficiency and is the most well-organised instructing solicitor I have ever worked with, which means that complex tasks get done on time and with extra icing on top.’

‘The contentious construction team at Dentons is a diverse, forward-thinking team with deep experience of construction and energy disputes.’

‘Esther McDermott is a brilliant partner – a real winner who gives everything for her clients. Esther leads on some of the most significant contentious litigation domestically and internationally. She is well-respected in the market and offers incisive strategic, legal and commercial advice.’

‘Tessa Birch is a star. A key member of the team – always on top of the detail and a great team player. Tessa is easy to work with and leads on a number of matters and is the trusted associate. A partner in the making – top quality. George Harris is a popular and talented up-and-coming member of the team.

‘The team is well experienced and provide valuable advice in relation to construction and utilities matters.’

‘Akin Akinbode is very intelligent and agile. We very much admire his ability to read the curves around the bends. We find he is astute and cuts through complexity quite quickly. He is dependable.’

Key clients

Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V.

JD Euroway Finance Inc

Uzmetkombinat JSC

Taylor Wimpey

Transport for London

Helical plc

M&G Real Estate

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Hammerson plc

Virgin Media

Nightingale Architects Limited and IBI Group (UK) Limited

The Nederlander Group

Sankofa Corporation Limited

Salvesen Insulated Frames Limited

GTH Construction Limited

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

General Electric Company

Work highlights

  • Acted in £6m TCC litigation relating to ground conditions and professional negligence.
  • Acted in multi-party TCC litigation relating to construction of multi-storey car park at Grand Central Station in Birmingham.
  • Acted in high value claim in relation to defects at Old Trafford Cricket Ground including a reported and highly publicised strike out application [2023] EWHC 166 (TCC).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 4

Recommended by clients for its ‘deepness of knowledge’, Dentons is known for its work in the UK courts, having handled various High Court proceedings. Justin Hill helms the practice, often acting for world class tech companies in patent portfolio matters. Counsel Marie Jansson-Heek has advised clients on opposition and appeal proceedings, while senior associate James Marsden’s experience encompasses enforcement and licensing advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Justin Hill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The topic of a patent was very complex. This deepness of knowledge allowed them to draft very compelling and tangible application.’

‘Great customer service and advocacy.’

‘Commitment to my company as a client and effort to learn our business, competitors, and technology.’

Key clients

Starkey Labs

Positec Tool Corporation

ArQit

Dexcom

Zuru

Eckoh plc

Opteran Technologies

QLM

Naked Energy

Congenica

Work highlights

  • Defended oppositions and manage the European patent portfolio for Starkey Labs, the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world. This mandate includes dealing with cutting-edge technologies associated with hearing aid iPhone integrations, novel materials, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.
  • Advising Dexcom on UK, German and US patent litigation involving our long-standing client Dexcom and Abbott diabetes care. Dexcom followed Justin Hill and Marie Jansson-Heeks from Olswang and have engaged them in contentious litigation support across multiple jurisdictions as well as numerous contentious opposition proceedings before the European patent office.
  • Working with Arqit to develop and protect its technology.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

The ‘excellent’ practice at Dentons offers a full IP service, acting for household names in trade mark prosecution matters, as well as being involved in numerous High Court proceedings in recent years. The practice is also noted for its global reach. Practice head Anna Copeman handles a variety of contentious matters, alongside managing international brand licensing and franchising agreements for American Eagle Outfitters. Senior associate Jennifer Cass advises clients on a spread of contentious and transactional matters, while James Marsden has recently handled IP enforcement and licensing advisory work for numerous clients.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very helpful, practical and responsive to instructions.’

‘They are a strong team of experienced experts. Commercially focused, proactive and creative in finding good solutions for their clients.’

‘Their depth of knowledge, experience both locally and internationally with a global understanding and outlook in brand protection is invaluable to us.’

‘James Marsden and Anna Copeman are great leaders to their team.’

‘Dentons have excellent lawyers who do everything they can to explain things clearly and lighten the load of a busy in-house legal department. They are approachable and not at all stuffy.’

‘Our main contact has been James Marsden in the intellectual property team. He has been very helpful on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark and domain name issues.’

‘The team around Anna Copeman understands the needs of our business and industry, and provides tailored advice and services that protect our brand and support critical decision-making.’

Key clients

American Eagle Outfitters

Frasers

Lottoland Holdings Ltd

M&S

Supreme Committee for Qatar (World Cup 2022)

Swatch Group

TomTom International B.V

Virgin Enterprises Limited

Positec Tool Corporation

Naked Energy

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled complex proceedings commenced again American Eagle Outfitters Inc (AEO) by Lyle & Scott Limited (L&S) alleging breach of a co-existence agreement and passing off.
  • Appointed by The Swatch Group to defend 19 simultaneous attacks against core trade marks brought by Samsung following a successful High Court claim brought by Swatch.
  • Provided general IP advice to the Supreme Committee of Qatar in relation to the World Cup 2022 ranging from branding to the development of bespoke apps and the management of IPR relating to that.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Dentons has a strong reputation in international, strategic portfolio management, which encompasses litigation, advisory work, transactional matters, and undertaking prosecutions. The team strongly benefits from the firm’s global network of offices, enabling it to seamlessly handle cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. Anna Copeman chairs the trade mark practice and jointly leads the IP team, and she is regularly active in contentious proceedings and brand enforcement mandates. Anna Brown is another core team member and her client roster includes global companies, governmental departments, and tech companies, as well as start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Eagle

Argex

Benevolent AI

Frasers

Lottoland Holdings

M&S

Swatch Group

TomTom

Virgin

Positec Tool Corperation

Work highlights

  • Represented American Eagle Outfitters in proceedings brought by Lyle & Scott, which alleged breach of a co-existence agreement and passing off.
  • Defended The Swatch Group against 19 simultaneous revocations against core trade marks brought by Samsung following a successful High Court claim brought by Swatch.
  • Advised TomTom International on its 2022 logo rebrand.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Operating across a myriad of sectors and industries including financial services, real estate, transport and energy, the ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Dentons is engaged by a diverse roster of corporate clients on both contentious and non-contentious competition law matters. Under the leadership of Adrian Magnus, the competition group has tripled in headcount since 2015. With over has over 35 years’ experience, Magnus advises clients on merger control and behavioural matters, with a particular focus on the competition aspects of commercial contracts. Christopher Graf is noted for his diverse practice focus and is regularly instructed on big-ticket merger control matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Magnus

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Graf; Rebecca Owen-Howes; Thalia Morris

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, supported by a practical approach to filings and reviews.’

‘Very responsive, good balance of extensive knowledge supported by practical application.’

‘Like an extension of our in-house team. Their advice is always clear with the right level of detail depending on the audience, whether that be non-legal colleagues or GCs. We receive risk-based options on how to proceed on matters with a great understanding of commercial issues such as profitability.’

‘The individuals we work with are have a great knowledge of competition law but are also able to explain the intricacies of the law well. They are well organised and clear on timelines – always delivering what they promised.’

‘Excellent support – could not be better.’

Key clients

Merck KGaA

BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Yamaha Music Europe

John Lewis/Waitrose

Stagecoach South Western Trains

Marks & Spencer

Avis Budget Group

Capita

TotalEnergies

Airwair International Limited (Dr Martens)

Dye & Durham

Compare the Market

Work highlights

  • Advising BEIS on interventions in the energy markets to reduce energy bills for households and businesses.
  • Representing SSWT in ongoing collective proceedings in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) brought by Justin Gutmann against SSWT and two other rail operators in relation to alleged abuse of dominance regarding boundary fares.
  • Coordinating Yamaha Music’s representation in RPM investigations by various European competition authorities.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Noted for its expertise in government-related work, Dentons is knowledgeable across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious work and operates at the cutting edge of major project development work, advising on procurement, industry and environmental regulation, state aid and other European public law issues. The team has recently been re-appointed to the Crown Commercial Services legal panel and is led by the vastly experienced Christopher McGee-Osborne and Catherine Bingham; between them, they oversee a team which boasts considerable experience across a number of key industries, from defence and energy, to transport and finance.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Bingham; Christopher McGee-Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Richard Caird; Katharine Harle

 

Testimonials

‘The team has a strength in depth and an ability to throw large numbers of excellent people at projects.’

‘They have a sound commercial awareness and they show a lot of common sense in proposing and actioning pragmatic ways forward.’

‘They have an excellent technical ability and understanding of very extensive and technical legislation, and work closely with in-house legal and parliamentary counsel (in very challenging timeframes) on projects.’

‘Christopher McGhee-Osborne has excellent managerial skills and grasp of the breadth of the team’s engagement across large projects, helping to pull disparate elements together in a coherent way and spearheading initiatives to disseminate shared learnings.’

‘Christopher McGhee-Osborne is excellent technically and is available to the client round the clock whenever needed.’

Key clients

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (legacy Department for International Development (DFID))

Cabinet Office

Ministry of Defence

Ofgem

Ofwat

Network Rail

DEFRA

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Diagnostics.ai Ltd

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Scottish National Investment Bank

Department for Education

FCDO

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Transport for London

Acorn CCS (joint venture among Shell UK, Storegga, Harbour Energy and NSMP)

UK National Infrastructure Bank

National House-Building Council (“NHBC”)

Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited

Marks and Spencer plc

David Wilson Homes (South Midlands) Limited

Places for People

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Department for Transport

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on the Energy Prices Act 2022.
  • Advising Ofgem on issues arising from the significant volatility/disruption in the GB energy markets.
  • Representing the National House-Building Council in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

Praised by clients for its ‘outstanding’ business crime and investigations group, Dentons advises regulators, governments, and corporate clients in multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to fraud, money laundering, and corruption. The department also offers in-depth expertise in both trade and financial sanctions, demonstrating particular strength on sanctions policy, law-making and licensing developed in the UK and EU. Katharine Harle and Louisa Caswell co-lead the practice, bringing extensive financial crime experience to the team, while Chris Brennan shows ‘excellent judgment’ when solving regulatory issues. Roger Matthews focuses on international trade and sanctions, while Dan Lund is also recommended for his expertise in financial crime.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Harle; Louisa Caswell

Other key lawyers:

Chris Brennan; Roger Matthews; Craig Neilson; Dan Lund; Rebecca Dix; Zeena Saleh; Sarah Partridge-Smith; Dan Bodle

Testimonials

‘An outstanding international litigation department with a specialism in complex banking cases and handling high-net-worth and demanding clients.’

‘Chris Brennan is a great recent signing who brings excellent judgment and legal understanding to all of his cases. Dan Bodle is skilful and measured handler of complicated litigation with a high public profile.’

‘A number of practitioners with extensive experience in the field. They have an approachable style.’

‘Sarah Partridge-Smith has exceptional experience from her time at the FCA and can offer unique insights in this space.’

‘Rebecca Dix is well organised and a pleasure to work with. She will no doubt go from strength to strength in her new role with Dentons.’

‘Very client focused and practical firm. Also a strong well-being emphasis.’

‘Rebeccca Dix is a talented and engaging lawyer with good depth and breadth of experience in business crime. Excellent at outreach to clients.’

Key clients

BP

Work highlights

  • Advising BP on Russian sanctions and wider trade compliance support.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

Dentons‘ sports team is headed up by corporate and M&A specialist Richard Barham. Supported by Matthew Tinger, Barnham regularly works with investors and owners of elite football clubs on acquisitions, investments, and sales, and also provides assistance to clients on the commercial and regulatory aspects of football event bids. Dan Bodle is a key contact for clients seeking advice on football club ownership arbitration disputes. TMT specialists Georgina Kirkwood and Rose McDowell are key names to note for their work on sports broadcasting deals.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barham

Key clients

FIFA World Cup Qatar

St James Holdings Limited

Southend City Council

Viaplay

World-ranked bridge player

Emma Capital

Esports Awards Limited

KSL Capital Partners

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Mike Ashley’s St James Holdings Limited on the sale of Newcastle United (NUFC) to a joint venture involving the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers following settlement of NUFC’s arbitration against the English Premier League.
  • Provided commercial and regulatory advice to Viaplay on its acquisition of Premier Sports from Setanta Sports.
  • Advising Southend City Council on Southend United’s proposal to build a new stadium, hotel, football academy and residential development at Fossetts Farm, and redevelop the existing stadium at Roots Hall as a new residential quarter.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A

A ‘great team with unique and valuable insight on local practice and law’, Dentons is active in the full range of corporate deals in the region and acts for clients in a range of sectors, including energy, TMT, healthcare and real estate. Cross-border transactions are a key strength of the team and it is able to draw on the firm’s offices across the wider Middle East. The ‘superb‘ group head Iain Black stands out for his M&A and joint venture practice and David McGrory provides extensive counsel to clients engaged in the fintech, spacetech, renewables, aerospace and healthcare industries. Senior legal consultant Catherine Beckett and associate Kislay Kumar have also been active on an array of mandates. Ross Barfoot and Stephen McKenna were new arrivals in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Iain Black

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dentons Corporate and Commercial teams are excellent and work closely with the infrastructure team to provide seamless advice across transactions.’

‘Iain Black has developed a close understanding of our business over many years and is a superb operator. We have recently developed a good understanding with David Mc Grory and Lamia Al Lamki who have been strong performers.’

‘We engaged Dentons to assist with an equity investment. The work outputs and time commitments from David and Kislay were absolutely outstanding.’

‘David McGrory is an exceptional corporate lawyer. He is very commercially aware, is pragmatic, does not waste time and energy arguing over minutiae, finds solutions where others can’t, and has an engaging personality. His grasp of the law is impressive, as is his ability to communicate complex issues effectively in plain English. He was very well supported by Kislay, whose work ethic was quite exceptional.’

‘Great team with unique and valuable insight on local practice and law.’

‘Iain Black is a great resource and partner.’

Key clients

National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed)

DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

Gulf Capital

MENA Infrastructure Fund

Snam

Dulsco

Ryse Energy Holdings Limited

A.T Kearney Middle East

Cordis Medical

Bayer US

Hertz Europe

APICORP

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

International Finance Corporation

Karen Wazen

Ryse Energy Holdings Limited

Zero & One Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Mitsui, APICORP and IFC on a series B fundraise, pursuant to which it partially divested and re-structured its existing investments in Yellow Door Energy and entered into a new shareholders’ agreement with the incoming majority investor, Actis.
  • Advised Dulsco on its cross-border acquisition of Advance Global Recruitment Ltd (AGR), as part of its international expansion plans.
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We start with inclusion as we believe that inclusion will help drive greater diversity, whereas diversity is not enough on its own.   Our I&D strategy is organised around the three key pillars of Talent – to attract, retain and progress the best people;  Culture – to be the most inclusive firm; and Clients – to collaborate with our clients on I&D and progress priorities together.

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