Firm Profile > Dentons > Milton Keynes , England


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.

Rising stars

Key clients


Lloyds Banking Group

British Arab Commercial Bank


Metro Bank

P J Care Group


Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

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.

Leading individuals


Tim Constable is brilliant‘.

Key clients




Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey (Haringey Council)

National House-Building Council

Sainsbury’s Argos

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Taylor Wimpey

Saracens Ltd


Cox Powertrain Limited


Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

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.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Key clients


ATS Euromaster Limited

Argos Limited


Standard Chartered Bank

Taylor Wimpey

Nokia UK Limited

Network Rail

Citi Bank

UBS Bank

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

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

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.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners


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‘.

Key clients

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

Polyco Healthline Limited

Tripod Crest Limited

Home Décor GB Limited

Africa Mobile Networks

Informa plc

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

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.

Next Generation Partners


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.


Key clients

TUI UK Retail/TUI Airways

Barclays Bank plc

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP

Auria Solutions Ltd

Cognita Schools Limited

Calsonic Kansei

Topland Group Holdings Limited

Wizz Air


Virgin Atlantic Airways



Avis Budget Group

Sodexo Motivation Solutions UK Limited

Amalia Illgner



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.

Rising stars


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.

Key clients

Ocean Partners UK Limited

Providentia Capital LLP

Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd

ADAM Asset Management Ltd

Asylum Aid

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.

Leading individuals

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey

National House-Building Council (NHBC)

West Bromwich Building Society

Co-Operative Bank

Barclays Bank

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‘.


Key clients

Network Rail


Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey


Knight Frank



Thomson Reuters



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.

Next Generation Partners


Dentons’ construction team was skilled at adapting building contracts and consultant appointments to suit our needs; it collaborates seamlessly with the real estate practice‘.


Key clients

Troy Verdion

Kier Property Developments Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

McArthur Glenn

Sports Direct

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Taylor Wimpey


John Lewis


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

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.

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Key clients

Avison Young


Begbies Traynor LLP

Eddisons Commercial Limited

GVA (Bilfinger)

Jones Lang LaSalle

Lambert Smith Hampton Group


Moore Stephens LLP

Carter Backer Winter

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.

Key clients

TOTAL (Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited)

The Sainsbury’s Group

The John Lewis Partnership

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Saracens Limited


Sita Information Networking Computing UK Limited

United Bank of Egypt

Mavens Limited

Polyco Healthline Limited

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 (  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 (  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 (

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK & Middle East Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Cohen
UK & Middle East Managing Director Lisa Sewell
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sarah Beeby  photo Sarah Beeby
 Francesca Bettermann  photo Francesca Bettermann
 Verity Buckingham  photo Verity Buckingham
 Christopher Colclough  photo Christopher Colclough
 Peter Cox  photo Peter Cox
 Chris Denny  photo Chris Denny
 Faye Garvey  photo Faye Garvey
 Bryan Johnston  photo Bryan Johnston
 Jane Miles  photo Jane Miles
 Neill Pemberton  photo Neill Pemberton
 Shaun Tame  photo Shaun Tame
 Matthew Wilmot  photo Matthew Wilmot
 Robert Wyatt  photo Robert Wyatt
Number of UK partners : 182
Number of other UK fee earners : 578