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Dentons > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1
The banking and finance team at Dentons is on the legal panel for several major UK banks, while also acting regularly for overseas banks as well as for high-profile regional and international borrowers. The practice’s sector specialism includes automotive, manufacturing, TMT, financial institutions and real estate. Peter Cox heads the practice. Senior associate Faye Garvey is another name to note.
Dentons’ commercial litigation practice stands out for its expertise in international work, particularly in the field of financial disputes and investigations. The team specialises also in professional negligence and breach of contract disputes, franchising, product liability, asset finance, fraud and construction. Clients are from the banking, insurance, construction, energy, automotive, sports, retail and leisure sectors. James Fairbairn and Tim Constable head the practice from the Milton Keynes and Watford offices respectively. Watford-based Clare Stothard and Steven Mills are specialists in investment and retail banking disputes.
‘Tim Constable is brilliant‘.
Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey (Haringey Council)
National House-Building Council
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Cox Powertrain Limited
Milton Keynes-based Dentons’ practice is a leader across the full range of commercial property matters, including development and house building, real estate finance, infrastructure and regeneration. Its domestic and international clients are drawn from sectors including retail, banking, the automotive industry, logistics, education and the public sector. Roland Gray heads the team. Robert Wyatt and Greg Rigby are other names to note.
ATS Euromaster Limited
Standard Chartered Bank
Nokia UK Limited
British Arab Commercial Bank
Avis Budget Group
John Lewis Partnership
Oak Furniture Land
Royal Mail Group
Scania (Great Britain) Limited
Southampton City Council
Department for Work and Pensions
Transport for London
Dentons' Milton Keynes-based corporate and commercial team stands out for its global focus, which is reflected in the increasing number of cross-border and international transactions in which it has been involved. The client portfolio includes a number of prestigious owner-managed businesses and well-known UK-based companies. The team has specific expertise in the automotive sector. Managing partner and practice head Andrew Harris specialises in transactional M&A, private equity and funding work. Peter Cox , Christopher Colclough and senior associate Faye Garvey are also recommended.
‘We have an excellent, open relationship with this team‘.
‘They are responsive, knowledgeable, solution minded and proactive‘.
‘The team is lead by people who display an appetite to partnership, high ethics and a positive attitude‘.
‘The team members take all aspects seriously, respond proactively and are keen to ensure they go the extra mile to bring resolution to matters‘.
‘Peter Cox and Faye Garvey are outstanding members of the team‘.
‘Ryan Chia is an up and coming talent making a name for himself in Milton Keynes advising corporate clients‘.
Marshall Motor Holdings plc
Group 1 Automotive UK Limited
Polyco Healthline Limited
Tripod Crest Limited
Home Décor GB Limited
Africa Mobile Networks
The Milton Keynes-based employment team at Dentons is part of the nationwide people, reward and mobility practice, which specialises in a wide range of employment, benefits and immigration matters. The team has a longstanding expertise at the international level, catering for prestigious clients in the retail, transport, technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Sarah Beeby heads the practice. Senior associates Verity Buckingham and Michelle Lamb are also recommended.
‘They offer a practical and commercial approach to employment and HR matters.‘
‘I would highlight their ability to understand the commercial aspects of situations and the sound and practical advice they give for you to be able to achieve the results you need.‘
‘I have always found the team reliable, responsive and solution-focused.’
‘They are a pleasure to work with and an invaluable partner for our team.‘
TUI UK Retail/TUI Airways
Barclays Bank plc
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP
Auria Solutions Ltd
Cognita Schools Limited
Topland Group Holdings Limited
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Avis Budget Group
Sodexo Motivation Solutions UK Limited
Royal Mail Group
Immigration Tier 1
Dentons handles the full spectrum of business immigration matters, including applications of sponsorship, advising on temporary and permanent visa applications and also acts as Level 1 users in managing and addressing Home Office compliance issues. Associate Verity Buckingham heads the practice from the Milton Keynes office.
‘The team at Dentons are knowledgeable, punctual, resourceful, and provided personalised service – knew every one of our members by name and their individual circumstances. Associate Verity Buckingham is truly dedicated and is remarkably impressive.‘
Ocean Partners UK Limited
Providentia Capital LLP
Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd
ADAM Asset Management Ltd
Professional negligence Tier 1
Dentons is skilled in handling high-value negligence matters for its international roster of clients, which include major financial institutions, blue-chip companies, and high-net-worth private individuals. Milton Keynes-based James Fairbairn is the key name to note, bringing a blend of his litigation experience to professional negligence matters. Also recommended is practice head Tim Constable in the Watford office.
Property litigation Tier 1
Bryan Johnston heads up Dentons' 'commercially aware' real estate litigation group, which has 'superb technical knowledge'. The 15-strong team regularly acts for global banks, residential developers, insurers, retailers and public sector bodies. In 2018, the firm handled cases at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Senior associate Gemma Hunter-Barnes has experience of acting for clients such as Network Rail and Sports Direct in contentious property matters.
‘Able to approach high-value complex property litigation with both sound legal analysis and good tactical judgment‘.
‘Proactive and client focused property litigation experts‘.
‘Dentons are very approachable and a collaborative approach with counsel; they take the smaller instructions just as seriously as the larger ones‘.
Construction Tier 2
Led by Jane Miles, who is noted for her transactional expertise, Dentons' Milton Keynes office focuses exclusively on non-contentious construction. The majority of the group's notable client list comprises of major developers and fund clients. In addition to advising on the day-to-day construction complexities of live projects, the team assists clients with negotiating contractual changes and drafting bespoke agreements.
‘Dentons’ construction team was skilled at adapting building contracts and consultant appointments to suit our needs; it collaborates seamlessly with the real estate practice‘.
Kier Property Developments Limited
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited
Dentons' Watford based insolvency team continues to focus on working with the UK's leading clearing banks. Working in conjunction with the firm's London office, it is able to cover the whole range of insolvency and restructuring work. With international and cross-border experience, Andrea Dunsby heads the team along with property and personal insolvency expert Steven Mills, who also heads the Watford office and Dentons' regional banking litigation practice.
IT and telecoms Tier 3
Dentons' Thames Valley team focuses on non-contentious IT advice, for clients both within the software industry, and those outside seeking IT advice. The team has particular experience with retail sector clients, bolstered further by the addition of senior associate Nick Harrison, who rejoined from an in-house position to head the team. The team also has a strong record of procurement, contract, and outsourcing advice in the automotive, Oil and Gas, and media spheres.
TOTAL (Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited)
The Sainsbury’s Group
The John Lewis Partnership
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
Sita Information Networking Computing UK Limited
United Bank of Egypt
Polyco Healthline Limited
Dentons > Firm Profile
Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index and a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. With a legacy of legal expertise that dates back to 1742, the firm serves the local, regional and global needs of private and public clients.
In October 2017 Dentons merged with leading Scottish law firm Maclay Murray & Spens, significantly enhancing the firm’s scale and capabilities across the UK. Dentons now operates from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Milton Keynes and Watford.
In 2015 Dentons launched Nexlaw Labs, a global innovation platform focused on developing, deploying and investing in new technologies to transform the practice of law (www.nextlawlabs.com). In 2016 it launched a free, quality-based legal referral network known as Nextlaw Referral Network, which covers all of the world’s major legal jurisdictions and enables member firms to refer clients to the law firm most appropriate for their needs (www.nextlawnetwork.com). In 2017 Dentons launched Nextlaw In-House Solutions, a strategic consulting service, with more than 50 former general counsel across the globe ready to provide integrated, multi-disciplinary solutions to in-house counsel (www.nextlawinhouse.com).
Types of work undertaken:
Banking & Finance: Dentons has one of the largest banking practices in the UK and is privileged to be seen as a trusted legal adviser to the majority of banks and financial institutions. The firm’s practice spans all service lines, from general corporate lending to more specialist areas such as lending funds.
Corporate: Dentons’ corporate practice represents and works with clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities, corporate finance and corporate governance. The firm’s strengths are most evident in cross-border transactional work, including transactions spanning the entire firm, from North America to Europe and the rest of the world, China to the Middle East, Africa to Latin America, Russia to the UK, and many more.
Dispute Resolution: Leveraging core practices at each of Dentons’ legacy firms, Dentons has one of the pre-eminent disputes groups in the world. In the UK, Dentons’ commercial litigation team is particularly well known for its work in energy, construction and engineering, banking, financial services, restructuring and insolvency, and international arbitration.
Energy: This globa award-winning team has expertise in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters including electricity, oil and gas, environment and natural resources, project development and finance, and energy trading. The firm’s lawyers handle a wide variety of power generation matters, including those related to renewables, nuclear, natural gas and coal.
Real Estate: Dentons’ lawyers have a deep and wide-ranging understanding of the fundamentals of real estate. The firm plays a significant part in advancing ideas and practice across the industry and is best known for its expertise in development and regeneration, real estate finance/restructuring and insolvency, real estate funds, utilities, hotels and leisure, retail and rail.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications: With a multidisciplinary team around the globe of several hundred lawyers and professionals operating at the convergence of innovation, strategy, finance and law, Dentons represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies to venture capital firms, private equity firms and investment banks. Additional sector expertise includes: automotive; aviation and aerospace; construction; defence; forest products and agribusiness; gaming; luxury, fashion and beauty; and professional services.
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- Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
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