Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Manchester , England

DLA Piper
ONE ST PETER'S SQUARE
MANCHESTER
M2 3DE
England

Banking and finance Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its debt finance and asset based lending expertise, and it is experienced in alternative and complex debt structures. Real estate finance and large corporate transactions are a mainstay of the practice and it is adept at handling complex cross-border instructions. The team acts for numerous banks, borrowers, funds and sponsors. Department head Matthew Christmas  is 'exceptional' and the 'strong' Joseph Frew leads the asset based lending practice in the North West and co-heads the firm's national ABL team. Rebecca Williams handles asset finance matters, while senior associates Charles Weems, who regularly advises on alternative debt structures and Alastair Carruthers, who is experienced in ABL work, are also noted.

Testimonials

The team delivers considered advice and a consistent service

It always does an excellent job

Matthew Christmas is outstanding and a real market leader

Charles Weems is a star of the future

Joseph Frew is excellent on ABL mandates

 

Key clients

Booths

Five Guys

HSBC Bank and HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance and HSBC REF

Lloyds Bank

Matalan

NSG UK Co

Permira Debt Managers

Pemberton Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland plc and RBS Asset Based Lending and RBS REF

Santander UK

Tosca Debt Capital

Maslow Capital

Bibby Financial Services

Banking litigation Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP represents top-tier financial institutions and multinational banks on the full range of banking litigation issues. In Manchester, areas of expertise include complex commercial recoveries, group litigation and class actions, through to asset finance disputes and fraud. The practice has also recently added contentious financial regulatory expertise and offers innovative pricing structures to meet client demands for commercial flexibility. Stewart Plant and John Gollaglee head the team, while legal director Nicola Higgins and senior associate Krystle Robinson are also recommended.

Testimonials

Responsive, collaborative, and cost effective

Happy to talk and very personable

They have in-depth knowledge of the banking and credit industry and this goes across the whole team

All the lawyers are extremely good – including the trainees

They turn cases round quickly and are great at ensuring that deadlines are met

Benjamin Fellowes is great, very knowledgeable, unflappable and very organized

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl. Nat West, Lombard, RBS Invoice Finance)

The Co-operative Bank

Elavon Financial Services

First Data Corporation

WorldPay (UK) Limited

Metro Bank

Payvision

Lloyds Banking Group (incl. HBOS and C&G)

Global Payments

Close Brothers Group

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP represents clients in multi-jurisdictional cases, High Court proceedings and international arbitration. Areas of expertise include technology disputes, outsourcing disputes, professional negligence, corporate and M&A transactional disputes, pensions disputes, data breach issues and contractual disputes. It also advises on data breaches, cybersecurity, regulatory matters and GDPR. The team is now headed by legal director Christina Sharma and Manchester-based Stewart Plant , after former team head Mark Goodwin and legal director Catherine Radcliffe left the firm to form litigation boutique Fortuna Business Litigation.

Key clients

Information Commissioner Office

Lonrho Limited

ABB

Liverpool Football Club

United Utilities

Liverpool City Council

International Cotton Association

USS

Westminster City Council

Delta Airlines

Lloyds Banking Group

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP 's Manchester team sits as part of the firm's international practice, advising large corporates and private equity houses on matters often spanning multiple jurisdictions. The firm also represents clients on contentious data protection matters such as regulatory enforcement and tribunal appeals and enforcement advice under GDPR. Other key client sectors include technology, energy, engineering, retail, transport and infrastructure and the public sector. The 'very commercial' Stewart Plant heads the team, working alongside key partners Jonathan Eatough and Andrew Smith and well-regarded senior associate Leontia McArdle.

Testimonials

‘Very enthusiastic and responsive to client requirements.’

‘Jonathan Eatough is commercial and strategic – a very effective team leader and easy to get on with.’

‘Stuart Plant is very knowledgeable and experienced; has seen it all before, very commercial.’

‘Ben Fellows and Krystle Robinson are very enthusiastic, positive, hardworking and responsive to client requirements.’

Key clients

Information Commissioner’s Office

Klockner Pentaplast

Lonhro

SMG Europe Holdings

Molson Coors

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Scottish Power Energy Retail Limited

NCC Group plc

Bodycote plc

Solutus Advisors Limited

GHD Group Holdings Limited

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP provides an 'excellent all round service'. The team advises on local, regional and national real estate projects, and is best known for its investment experience where it is regularly instructed by blue-chip clients. Development work is also a strong area for the team which has experience in significant regeneration projects. Philip Rooney has a 'wealth of experience'; Richard Thompson is a key contact for investment work, as is Alison Mills. Legal directors Richard Ascroft and Hannah Cheminais, who handles major development projects, are also key figures. North West real estate department head Mark Beardwood heads the Liverpool-based team.

Testimonials

A very engaging team at all levels, which consistently provides good quality advice.

They team is very commercial and pro-active.

Richard Thompson is extremely commercial, trusted and dependable.

Philip Rooney has an amazing memory and if there is a particularly complex issue he is always happy to give a clear and well advised view.

Mark Beardwood and Richard Ascroft have excellent commercial instincts and have proven to be completely unflappable in the face of very difficult circumstances.

Mark Beardwood has outstanding business and commercial knowledge and understands what is important to the client in legal transactions.

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate Managers

Radisson Hotels

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Picton Capital

MRC Pension Trust

London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund

John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

CBRE Global Investors

Heineken UK

Liverpool Football Club

Downing Developments

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Elan Homes

St James Place UK

USF Nominees

Pace Trustees

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP 's Liverpool corporate team acts for major UK and international corporates, as well as local clients including football clubs and government bodies, on corporate and commercial  joint ventures, international collaborations, private equity based transactions and public sector outsourcing. The firm is able to leverage its network of regional and international offices as it works on matters including M&A, management buyouts (MBOs) and group restructurings. Sarah Bell and Manchester-based James Kerrigan head the team with support from commercial expert Peter Brook. Senior associate Paddy Dwyer is also recommended.

Testimonials

Peter Brook is very keen to ensure value for the client‘.

Key clients

arvato Group

Clydesdale Financial Services Ltd t/a Barclays Partner Finance

Duracell

Flywheel IT Services

Heineken UK

Hunter Boots Limited

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool Football Club

Newell Rubbermaid

PetrolValves Srl

QA Limited

Sutton & Son (St Helens) Ltd

UK Government (NHS England, Cabinet Office, Department for Transport, Natural Environment Research Council, Department for Work and Pensions, Crown Commercial Services, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Unilever

Whirlpool

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP handles sales and acquisitions, private equity transactions, MBOs and various commercial matters for local, national and international private companies, public companies, private equity houses, entrepreneurs and global corporate organisations from its Manchester office. Key client sectors include industrial, Fintech, retail, and food and beverage. Lee Brierley and James Kerrigan head the team. Other key partners include Jonathan Watkins, Yunus Maka and Andrew Phillips who recently joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Senior associate David Booth is also recommended.

Key clients

ABM Industries Inc

BASF

Belstaff

Beech Tree Private Equity

Biffa Group Limited

Clariant

Talk Talk Group plc

Flowtech Fluidpower plc

Key Retirement Group

Lloyds Development Capital

Molson Coors

NCC Group plc

Next

Nichols plc

The Co-operative Bank

The Hut Group

Transport for the North

Verna Group

Corporate tax Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP 's Manchester tax team regularly advises private equity funds, portfolio funds and management teams on private-equity related tax work. It also advises local, national and international companies on tax matters ranging from employee equity schemes, real estate finance, VAT planning and outsourcing arrangements. David Thompson heads the team with support from legal director Stephen Jones.

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Key clients

Flowtech Fluidpower plc

James Grant Group (now YM&U Group)

Thomas International Limited (Management)

Tangerine Confectionery Limited (Management)

Two Sisters Food Group/ Boparan Holdings

Payzone UK Limited

Crawford Healthcare (acted for owners on sale)

Sandton Capital Partners

Shareholders in Richard Wellock & Sons Limited

Carlyle European Technology Partners III Sarl

Employment Tier 1

Led by Alan Chalmers, DLA Piper UK LLP's caseload is heavily dominated by international work spanning multiple jurisdictions. The team routinely advises prominent local, national and international businesses, while also handling complex and high value Employment Tribunal and High Court cases, particularly relating to discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Other areas of expertise include industrial relations and TUPE issues, both in the private and public sectors. The department operates in sectors such as manufacturing, chemicals and food and drink. Legal directors Helen Hall and Emma Mills are key members of the team, while senior associate George Nicholson is recommended.

Testimonials

We have received first class service from Emma Mills and Sam Whittaker. Emma provides a high level of technical expertise and Sam is excellent at the practical engagement required for dealing with matters pragmatically.’

Very professional, yet personal in approach.’

Long-term relationships enable quality conversations due to an understanding of the organisation and the organisational history – stability within the team has enabled this relationship to grow over a number of years.

George Nicholson is highly responsive to our matters and provides reliable, thorough advice.

George Nicholson is unique because he does not overcomplicate and makes clear and concise summaries of options, without too much legal jargon.’

Key clients

AB InBev

ABB Limited

Akzo Nobel

ATPI Group

Canon (UK & Europe)

Collaborative Solutions LLC

Compass Minerals Group

Diversey Limited

Elopak UK Limited

International Hotels Group plc (IHG)

Johnson Matthey plc

Kelly Group

Magnox Limited

Northumbrian Water Group

NuGeneration Limited

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Group plc)

Sealed Air Limited

Sodexo

The Claims Guys

The Co-operative Bank Limited

Verna Group International

Wave Utilities

Runshaw College

Argo Aviation International Ltd

SDL Plc

Energy Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its expertise across new nuclear build and decommissioning, renewable energy and embedded generation mandates and it is instructed by sponsors, developers and funders.  The team has also advised waste contractors and investors on waste projects and is able to handle contentious work in the energy sector. The team is engaged on local, national and international energy mandates. Darren Walsh heads the team and Andrew S. Davies is active in the waste and water sectors. Legal director Ben Morton is also recommended.

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Rising stars

Testimonials

Darren Walsh has vast knowledge of the energy sector

Key clients

Kelda Water Services

Sellafield

Korea Electric Power Corporation

Rolls-Royce

Renewi UK Services (formerly Shanks Waste Management Ltd)

Vital Energi Solutions

LondonEnergy

Liverpool Combined Authority – Mersey Tidal One

Pilkington

Ansaldo Nuclear

Innasol

Nu-Generation

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

United Utilities

GE / Alstom Power

BAM Nuttall

BAM Infra

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP handles a full range of restructuring and insolvency work and is commended for its ability to advise on complex, cross-border mandates across a range of sectors. The team, which is led by Robert Russell , is active across a variety of instructions including distressed real estate, formal insolvency, corporate restructuring, portfolio restructuring and acquisitions; and is praised for its contentious restructuring and insolvency capability. Christopher Roberts handles non-contentious work.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

The team is very active and is strong on cross-border matters

Robert Russell is very able and very experienced

Christopher Roberts is excellent

The team has the ability to deal with both small and large matters and is able to adapt the product and service to the circumstances

It has an exceptionally high standard of staff and output

The team has a flexible style that works well with clients of all sizes

Christopher Roberts and Robert Russell are both excellent lawyers; they are technically exceptional and have a strong presence in the local market place

It gets the job done and has a flexible style that is tailored to the job in hand

 

Key clients

BDO

Calumet International

Deloitte

Endless LLP

Hobs Reprographics

PwC

Sandton Capital Partners

Shawbrook

Solutus Advisors

IT and telecoms Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's team, which takes a 'business-first approach' works with both national and international clients on a wide range of matters relating to cloud computing, IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, systems integration, service transitions and procurement. Other areas of expertise include data protection, privacy compliance, digital strategies, data audits and GDPR. Key client sectors include financial services, manufacturing and industrial. Edinburgh-based John McKinlay and Liverpool-based Sarah Bell, who specialises in IT-related procurements, co-head the team, while Lee Brierley leads the Manchester technology and sourcing team. Stephen Wright is also regarded as a stand-out partner for his commercial approach.

Testimonials

‘A really effective and very strong TMT team.’

‘Good knowledge of IT matters and a clear understanding of commercial issues from the perspective of the client. The team takes a business issues first approach rather than a legal issues first approach.’

‘Steve Wright stands out. He has good personal understanding of IT matters. He really makes an effort to understand the business problem being addressed. He can challenge the commercial thinking as well as the legal thinking.’

‘Sarah Bell is a strong negotiator and master of the detail of a contract.’

Key clients

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd / Hotter

Biffa Group Limited

Cabinet Office

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

EVBox

Globe Union

HCL Technologies

Key Retirement Group Limited

Merseytravel

Mitrefinch Limited

Mobysoft Limited

NCC Group

Next

Saudi Telecom Company

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

The Hut Group (THG)

Transport for the North

Verna Group International

Local government Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is 'very dedicated and the team is quick to understand issues at hand'. It advises its local government clients across the UK on a range of matters such as corporate and commercial projects, planning, outsourcing; real estate; projects; pensions; and disputes. Peter Brook is experienced in large scale outsourcing transactions, legal director Sophie Stewart handles planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters. Legal director Gemma  Cowap handles commercial matters, while Sarah Bell and Liam Cowell , who is 'always available', jointly head the team.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive team and shows leadership.’

 

Key clients

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Halton Borough Council / Mersey Gateway Crossing Board

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Liverpool Vision

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Transport for Greater Manchester

 

 

Pensions Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's pensions team, led by Liverpool managing partner Ben Miller is recognised for its trustee work, acting for the trustees of some the largest UK occupational schemes. The practice has a wide range of capabilities including scheme advisory and documentation work, as well as advising providers of small, self-administered schemes and self-invested personal pensions. Other areas of expertise include scheme mergers, reconstructions, scheme closures and pensions aspects of corporate matters. The team is also experienced in advising on de-risking strategies such as changes in benefit design and buy-in and buy-out of liabilities. Claire Bell, Jeremy Harris and senior associate Kate Beech are key team members.

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Rising stars

Testimonials

Strong technical pensions knowledge delivered in easy to follow language.

Excellent team, very professional – always delivers a quality outcome.

Claire Bell is an excellent partner with a reassuring and supportive attitude. Always delivers a quality product on time. Friendly and approachable but completely professional.

This practice is responsive, direct, pragmatic and efficient and very cost effective which leads to a happy client. They have a very practical and pragmatic ‘can do’ approach which leads to the client reaching where it wants to be with a minimum of fuss.

Key clients

Trustee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme

Trustee of the Royal Insurance Group Pension Scheme

Trustee of the VINCI Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Jacob’s Bakery Retirement Benefit Scheme

Trustee of the Trinity Retirement Benefit Scheme

Trustee of the Medical Research Council Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Warburtons Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Trustees of the Navigator Terminals UK Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Trustee of the Svitzer Marine Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Horserace Totalisator Board (1968) Pension Scheme

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP 's projects, energy and infrastructure team handles a raft of local, national and international projects. It stands out for its expertise in transport, health, education, energy, nuclear, waste and water sector projects and it is engaged by sponsors, funders and procuring authorities. PPP and PFI projects and disputes are also a key area of expertise. Team head Andrew S. Davies stands out for his waste and water sector expertise, while Liam Cowell regularly handles infrastructure projects. Legal directors Ben Morton and Sidrah Arif, who is experienced in project finance transactions, are also noted, as is senior associate Lorna Pattison.

Testimonials

‘Alison Fagan provides high-quality and timely advice.’

‘Darren Walsh has outstanding energy sector knowledge.’

‘Andrew S. Davies’ knowledge of the PFI sector, particularly in the waste and water sectors, is pretty much unparalleled.’

‘Lorna Pattison has a superb eye for the detail and is always brilliantly prepared and has a pleasant demeanour but can be tenacious when called for.’

‘The team has a responsive and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Vital Energi

Sellafield Ltd

Transport for Greater Manchester

Kelda Water Services Limited

Mersey Gateway Crossing Board

InfraRed Capital Partners

Semperian PPP Investment Partners

Dalmore Capital

Equitix

Liverpool Combined Authority – Mersey Tidal One

KEPCO

London Energy

Brookfield Asset Management

Avrenim Facilities Management

Transport Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP specialises in advising on major transport infrastructure projects, including motorways, railways and airports, among others. The firm's practice has expertise in transport disputes, while also dealing with aircraft, shipping and super-yacht finance; equipment finance and leasing and smart ticketing. UK managing partner Liam Cowell heads the team and focuses on infrastructure and project finance transactions.

Testimonials

The DLA Piper team has an excellent cross section of experience and expertise’.

The advice is provided in good time, often around some very tight deadlines’.

Ben Morton and Liam Cowell bring a wealth of PPP road sector market expertise from both client and bidder side’.

Liam Cowell and Ben Morton are always willing to challenge where appropriate, drawing on their expertise if they consider that commercial or legal positions being proposed do not deliver their client’s best interests’.

Key clients

Welsh Government

Transport for Greater Manchester

Mersey Gateway Crossing Board and Halton Borough Council

Network Rail

Liverpool City Council

Highways England

Construction Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP is 'strong on contentious construction work' and is active across domestic and cross-border disputes. The energy, water, transport and social infrastructure sectors are key areas of focus. In Manchester, the 'brilliantPaul Giles heads the contentious construction team which includes the 'very experienced' David Moss and Alison Fagan, who is 'exceptional' on PPP and PFI projects and disputes, as well as senior associates Anthony Willis and Robin Jack. On the non-contentious side, the team in Liverpool, which includes senior associate Jennifer Price-Thomas, acts on high-value, development work for developers, corporate occupiers and institutional funds. Elspeth Christie has joined Brabners LLP.

Key clients

United Utilities Water

Unilever

Sellafield

Bachy Soletanche

BAM Construct UK

BAM Nuttall

Severfield (UK)

Integrated Bradford LEP

General Electric/Alstom Power

Yorkshire Water

Downing Group

UPS

Semperian PPP Investment Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Equitix

Merlin Entertainments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council/Manchester Life

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Wood Group (incorporating AMEC Foster Wheeler)

Renewi UK Services (formerly Shanks Waste Management)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Dalmore Capital

Royal Mail Group

Kelda Water Services/Alauna Renewable Energy

Griffen UK Logistics Fund

Quintain Estates

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

BMM JV

BAM Infra BV

BAM International

Crime: general Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed on a range of investigations and is experienced in corporate crime prosecutions involving various issues such as corruption, dishonesty, tax evasion and bribery. The team represents companies and individual clients on investigations and prosecutions by HSE, CPS, the Police, the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and the Office of Fair Trading. The team also stands out for its cross-border expertise. Regulatory lawyer and criminal litigator John Gollaglee is a key contact.

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Intellectual property Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP represents big-name clients on IP litigation across industries including retail, finance, manufacturing and pharma. Areas of expertise include patents, trade marks, designs, disputes and transactions. Co-head of team Lee Brierley focuses on non-contentious IP, with particular experience in relation to brand acquisitions and licensing, technology partnering arrangements and licensing and manufacturing agreements. Liverpool-based Peter Brook, who also co-heads the team, specialises in technology IP matters. The team recently advised the London Stock Exchange Group on a successful claim for trade mark infringement.

Testimonials

Jim McDonnell is engaging, keen to learn about the business, down to earth, good with internal clients and he is clearly very knowledgeable’.

Key clients

Arvato

Belstaff

Capital&Centric

BMW

Premier League

Newell Brands

Sellafield

GE Healthcare

AO World plc

The Wheatsheaf Group

Property litigation Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its expertise in advising property investor clients, and is regularly instructed by pensions funds and institutional investors. Telecoms and complex dilapidations cases are a key area of expertise and the team also handles management work for clients with large property portfolios. Department head Martin Griffiths handles a range of complex landlord and tenant disputes, telecoms matters, rights to light issues, release of restrictive covenant cases and major development projects. Legal director Rachael Jones is also a key figure.

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Testimonials

Martin Griffiths and Rachael Jones are very knowledgeable and give very balanced advice

The team is very commercial

Martin Griffiths provides consistently good and balanced advice

Rachael Jones is extremely good, knowledgeable and efficient

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Liverpool Football Club

Picton

Universities Superannuation Scheme

USF Nominees Limited (Unilever’s Pension Fund)

Heineken

Pilkington

Akzo Nobel (Dulux)

FI Real Estate Management

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

DLA Piper UK LLP is experienced in handling development and investment work for public and private sector clients. The team advises on high-profile developments in Manchester and across the UK, and has particular expertise in funding and in structuring specialised assets. Department head Mark Beardwood acts for a number of investment clients; Robert Arnison stands out for his development work expertise; and Tom Kelsall leads on development and development-funding matters and co-heads the North West real estate finance team.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

HS2/Secretary of State for Transport

Barings Real Estate Advisors

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Capital & Centric

Balfour Beatty Investments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

CBRE Global Investors

Houghton Regis Development Consortium

FI: Real Estate

Solutus Advisors

Beaufort Capital

Maslow Capital

The Soller Group

Planning and environment Tier 3

DLA Piper UK LLP's planning department is a 'close knit team which is always responsive'. It handles the full range of planning work and is regularly engaged on high-profile infrastructure and energy projects, acting for public and private sector clients. Recently promoted legal director Sophie Stewart specialises in development planning and compulsory purchase and is increasingly involved in the planning aspects of major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Leeds-based Andrew Batterton heads the Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool-based planning teams.

Testimonials

Sophie Stewart is an exceptional lawyer who has deep knowledge of the planning system with experience including infrastructure projects, CPO matters, appeals, the s106 regime and High Court actions.

Sophie Stewart is friendly, approachable, and is empathetic to the commercial needs of her clients.

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Liverpool City Council

Highways England

HS2

Mersey Gateway Crossings Board Limited and Halton Council

Sefton Borough Council

Cadent Gas/National Grid Electricity Transmission

Elan Homes

Downing Developments

East West Railway Company

Heineken

DLA Piper’s UK offices provide a full range of legal services to meet the ongoing needs of clients wherever they do business. It is one of the largest law firms in the UK and has seven offices in the major commercial centres of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, and public bodies and governments.

Types of work undertaken:Corporate: DLA Piper is a significant operator in the UK, providing transactional and advisory work in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, tax, and investment funds.

Employment: a market-leading practice with a strong reputation for delivering solutions-based advice and supporting clients in the day-to-day management of their people, legal issues and risk. Its lawyers work on a strategic and operational level on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the private and public sectors.

Finance and projects: includes experienced teams which advise on asset-based lending, asset finance, debt capital markets and securitisation, leveraged finance, project finance, real estate finance, and trade and commodity finance. Lawyers in this practice also advise on loan workouts and refinancings.

Intellectual property and technology: this award-winning practice is made up of experienced intellectual property, information law, technology and sourcing, commercial, telecoms, media and sports lawyers, and offers a unique, global, full-service capability.

Litigation and regulatory: the global litigation and regulatory group comprises over 1,800 contentious and regulatory lawyers. The practice group is dedicated exclusively to regulatory risk and dispute resolution, and includes litigators, arbitrators, criminal defence lawyers and ex-regulators, along with government relations, public policy and media relations advisers.

Real estate: this practice combines local experience with an international perspective to provide high-quality commercial and innovative advice. A full range of legal services is offered, including transactions, planning and property management. Clients include developers, investors and corporate end users.

Restructuring: the firm has one of the largest restructuring teams in the UK, with over 130 restructuring and insolvency lawyers who work as part of one of the largest global restructuring teams of any legal practice. The team regularly advises on high-profile assignments from the mid- market up to the largest and most complex national and international restructurings and insolvencies.

Tax: the firm provides advice on local and national tax, as well as a commercially integrated approach to cross-border structures and tax efficiency. It offers the full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations, including arranging operations to reduce effective global tax rates, transfer pricing, tax disputes and post-acquisition integration.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Al Khobar, Albany, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Atlanta, Auckland, Austin, Baltimore, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Bratislava, Brisbane, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Calgary, Casablanca, Chicago, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuwait City, Kyiv, Leeds, Lisbon, Liverpool, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, New Jersey, New York, Northern Virginia, Oslo, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Prague, Raleigh, Riyadh, Rome, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, São  Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Sheffield, Silicon Valley, Singapore, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Sydney, Tampa, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, Warsaw, Washington DC, Wellington, Whitehorse, Wilmington, Yellowknife.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK managing partner Sandra Wallace
Corporate Charles Cook
Employment Adam Hartley
Finance and projects Colin Wilson
Finance and projects Sarah Day
Intellectual property and technology John McKinlay
Litigation and regulatory Neil Bowker
Real estate William Naunton
Restructuring Mark Jackson
Tax Richard Woolich
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Booth  photo David Booth
 Lee Brierley  photo Lee Brierley
 Alan Chalmers  photo Alan Chalmers
 Matt Christmas  photo Matt Christmas
 Liam Cowell  photo Liam Cowell
 Jonathan Eatough  photo Jonathan Eatough
 Paul Giles  photo Paul Giles
 John Gollaglee  photo John Gollaglee
 Nicola Higgins  photo Nicola Higgins
 Robin Jack  photo Robin Jack
 Stephen Jones  photo Stephen Jones
 James Kerrigan  photo James Kerrigan
 Yunus Maka  photo Yunus Maka
 Leontia McArdle  photo Leontia McArdle
 Emma Mills  photo Emma Mills
 David Moss  photo David Moss
 Stewart Plant  photo Stewart Plant
 Andrew Smith  photo Andrew Smith
 Sophie Stewart  photo Sophie Stewart
 David Thompson  photo David Thompson
 Darren Walsh  photo Darren Walsh
 Jonathan Watkins  photo Jonathan Watkins
 Stephen Wright  photo Stephen Wright
Number of UK partners : 230
Number of other UK fee-earners : 770