Firm Profile > DLA Piper > London , England

DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street
LONDON
EC1A 4HT
England

Living Wage

Brand management Tier 1

DLA Piper's wide-ranging expertise in brand management spans trade mark protection and enforcement, and commercial exploitation of IP rights through advertising and licensing. Sponsorship, media and sports comprise a particular area of strength where the team are 'industry renowned' for acting in high-profile campaigns, such as advising Unilever on football sponsorship arrangements with Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, La Liga and the South American federation CONMEBOL. Noted partners in the sizeable team include Nick Fitzpatrick for exploitation of media rights across all platforms and sponsorship; John Wilks for advertising regulatory work; Duncan Calow for adtech, licensing and commercial matters in publishing, music and television; and Patrick Mitchell for sponsorship arrangements. Associate Désirée Fields is recommended for trade mark and design portfolio management. Ruth Hoy chairs the practice.

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Testimonials

Everyone from partner level to associates at DLA Piper is truly fantastic; a dedicated team of experienced lawyers who are able to seamlessly coordinate international work and provide outstanding results

Key clients

FA Premier League

Bridgestone

Merlin Entertainments

NBA

Vice Media

UNICEF

Commercial contracts Tier 1

DLA Piper specialises in complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions, particularly in the retail, consumer products, manufacturing, hospitality and consumer finance sectors. In addition, the firm provides regulatory expertise alongside its transactional commercial contract practice. International commercial and franchise transactions expert Iain Bowler leads the team, which includes Mark Dewar, who has experience advising on national and international supply chain contracts, as well as commercial transactions involving consumer and consumer finance businesses. Also notable is senior associate Michiko Jo, who combines commercial transactional expertise with regulatory advice.

Leading individuals

Rising stars

Testimonials

‘A very responsive, commercial and experienced commercial team’

‘The firm provides a seamless and effective multi-jurisdictional service’

‘Iain Bowler is extremely knowledgeable, commercial, very approachable and responsive’

Key clients

Starwood Capital

Merseytravel

Government Digital Service (GDS)

Unilever Asia Private Limited

IAG/British Airways

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

DLA Piper’s practice is lauded for its ‘comprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm’s hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leaderWilliam Naunton is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Testimonials

‘A high quality team and expertise in all facets.’

‘Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.’

‘The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.’

‘Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.’

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

‘Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.’

‘The team’s strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.’

‘The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.’

‘William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client’s needs’.

‘Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.’

‘They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.’

‘Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.’

‘William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.’

Key clients

Debenhams Properties Limited

Levi Strauss

Valentino

Shaftesbury Plc

St James Place

DSG Retail

Arcadia Group

Heineken UK Limited

JD Sports

Fraud: civil Tier 1

DLA Piper draws on its large global network of offices to provide a comprehensive service on cross-border civil fraud disputes, with a particular focus on the financial services and energy and natural resources sectors. Areas of expertise include asset tracing, international bribery, corruption and money laundering. The team also offers a rapid response hotline which provides 24-hour global crisis management advice. Jamie Curle, Jeremy Andrews and Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry head the team, which has been significantly boosted by the additions of Patrick Rappo, Rebecca Hopkirk and Anna Mills, who joined as partners during 2018 from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP, RPC and Hogan Lovells International LLP respectively, while Christina Lawrence was promoted to partner.

Testimonials

‘Extremely dedicated to the case and its success, they work seamlessly with teams of local counsels and experts in other jurisdictions’.

‘Clever, quick and always available, they instill calm and confidence’.

‘A smooth running team which has depth and breadth of fraud experience’.

‘First rate civil fraud capability; brilliant at cross-jurisdictional problems’.              

‘Jamie Curle is absolutely brilliant at running cases, moving between the macro and the micro; he has huge expertise in juggling proceedings in different jurisdictions and is a joy to work with’.

‘Very experienced team leaders and enthusiastic junior solicitors who work hard’.

‘Jeremy Andrews is very calm and to the point’.

‘Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry has very impressive tactical nous’.

‘Jamie Curle has excellent client skills and good team management’.      

‘Jeremy Andrews is a standout partner and is hands on when he needs to be’.

Key clients

Thomas Kalaris

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd (in Special Administration)

Premier Wealth

Renova Industries Limited

Health and safety Tier 1

DLA Piper runs the gamut of health and safety work, advising an impressive roster of household name clients. National head Teresa Hitchcock divides her time between Sheffield and London, and is well known for her work in construction and manufacturing. John Gollaglee works across the firm's Manchester and Liverpool offices and is an expert contentious matters, particularly relating to corporate manslaughter. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough similarly splits his time between Sheffield and London and is notably strong in advising on health and safety issues concerning transactions. Legal director Ailish Oxenforth is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

IT and telecoms Tier 1

DLA Piper has strong knowledge of the IT and telecoms sector for outsourcing projects, intellectual property matters, corporate advice and litigation. The group acts for a range of technology and telecoms service providers and technology companies and customers; it has a particular strength acting for the government and public sector clients in digitisation projects, for which Richard Bonnar is highlighted. Other areas of specialism include the financial services, retail, insurance and gaming sectors. For outsourcing projects, practice head Kit Burden stands out, while Mark O’Conor is recommended for advice on cloud computing matters. Telecoms expert Mike ConradiAnthony Day, who leads the firm's global fintech and insurtech practice; and recently promoted partner Chloe Forster, who has particular experience in the retail sector, are also key practitioners.

Leading individuals: IT

Leading individuals: Telecoms

Testimonials

DLA Piper offers top-quality technology advice at reasonable prices with a practical, business-focused approach.

Kit Burden is an outstanding lawyer. He is highly knowledgeable, practical and full of common sense.

Key clients

HCL Technologies

National Grid

Zurich

British Airways/IAG

Cabinet Office

Lego

Wipro

Heineken

UBS

HSBC

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 1

DLA Piper uses its multi-jurisdictional platform to advise clients on cross-border transactions in various key sectors. These include TMT, in which practice co-head Jon Kenworthy is especially experienced, and consumer goods, in which fellow co-head Robert Bishop has been notably active. Bishop recently advised Unilever on its acquisition of UK snacking brand Graze from the Carlyle Group. Rob Salter has  a focus on corporate real estate transactions, and has worked with FTSE100 clients including DS Smith.  Following the departure of private equity specialist Anu Balasubramanian to Paul Hastings LLP, Chris Arnold was promoted to DLA's partnership, while Martin Nelson-Jones was  hired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the infrastructure-related M&A space. The firm also brought on board Tracey Renshaw from Clifford Chance, who has extensive experience in M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector. Charles Severs is an experienced M&A practitioner, especially in cross-border deals for listed public companies.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

The corporate team is very well organised and staffed by high quality, very motivated staff. They each know what their responsibilities are and are focused on delivery. Equally they stand in for each other when the situation demands it

Robert Bishop is highly personable, has an acute commercial sense and a deep industry expertise

Jon Kenworthy is truly outstanding. Exceptionally commercial, he ensures he understands your business and what you want out of the transaction. He focuses on what matters, does not waste time on areas that don’t and never tries to ‘score points’ with the other side. ‘

Key clients

Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods)

General Electric Company (“GE”)

London Stock Exchange Group

Gettaxi Limited

Merlin Entertainments plc

Pearson

Algeco

Discovery Communications

Lafarge Holcim

Fircroft

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

DLA Piper has 'wide experience in media and entertainment, with some excellent partners and lots of resources'. It handles an array of instructions across the film, TV, marketing, advertising, gaming, social media, interactive content, theatre and publishing sectors, where it is instructed by major international media companies, publishers and media rights owners. The film and TV group handles a range of broadcasting and media matters, and the advertising and marketing practice handles sponsorship, regulatory, disputes, clearance, promotions and data work. It is particularly noted for its sports sector expertise where it advises a global client on several of its most important football sponsorship arrangements, and the team also advised The Football Association Premier League on the sale of audio-visual rights to the Premier League competition for the 2019/20 to 2021/22 football seasons. Duncan Calow , who is 'calm, reasoned and approachable' and leads the video games, interactive content and social media practice, also leads on publishing and theatre work with John Wilks and Ruth Hoy .

Testimonials

Ruth Hoy is clever, commercial and tactical.

John Wilks is always very dedicated and aware of the client’s aims.

Duncan Calow is a standout lawyer and trusted adviser to many in the publishing sector; his industry knowledge is very good, he has a broad range of legal skills and is pragmatic in his approach.

Key clients

The Football Association Premier League

Discovery Communications

VICE Media

Copyright Licensing Agency

Genius Sports

Showmax

LEGO

Universal Studios

BPI (British Recorded Music industry)

Matchroom Boxing Ltd/Matchroom Sport

Springer Nature

Sony Pictures

Informa/Taylor & Francis

Dentsu Aegis

BeIN Sport

International Olympic Committee

American Chemical Society Publishing

TEAM

Oil and gas Tier 1

The oil and gas team at DLA Piper is best known for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas transactions, especially when it comes to the acquisition of producing and exploration assets, refinery and pipeline financings and acquisitions, and LNG terminals and related projects, and politically sensitive international energy sector disputes in emerging markets. The contentious facet of the practice is jointly led by James Carter and Philip Chong and has developed a significant expertise in gas pricing and pipeline rights arbitration cases for clients such as Gazprom. Charles Morrison specialises in Africa-related work, and Dimitri Papaefstratiou has extensive experience in international matters.

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

‘This is a flexible and personable team which provides excellent and commercially oriented legal advice.’

‘DLA Piper has real expertise in the most complex and difficult disputes relating to energy-related projects and investments.’

‘The firm has very extensive experience in M&A projects and financing transactions across the geographies it is engaged in and provides valuable insight into the market dynamics and legal frameworks effective in those regions.’

‘This team is known for its first-class knowledge of traditional instruments, letters of credit and guarantees, as well as more complex structures. It boasts a deep legal commercial insight, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.’

‘The DLA Piper lawyers combine huge commitment with energy and judgement.’

‘Dimitri Papaefstratiou is an excellent, knowledgeable and friendly professional who, together with a team of great lawyers, provides his valuable experience and high level of industry knowledge in high-profile international energy infrastructure mandates.’

‘Philip Chong is a standout partner, with an excellent reputation for work coming out of Russia and the CIS states as well East and South East Asia. James Carter is a hardworking and impressive younger partner.’

‘The particular partners who stand out are Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and James Carter. Both have a huge commitment and energy combined with judgement as well as the gravitas and ability to focus a team and lead it.’

‘Dimitri Papaefstratiou’s reliability and subtle advice is something clients require when they enter into complex projects and transactions, always keeping the commercial benefits for the client in mind.’

Key clients

Ineos

Oando plc

China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP) (a subsidiary of CNPC)

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

Vitol

Mytilineos SA

Gazprom

Victoria Oil & Gas plc

DEFA – Natural Gas Company of Cyprus

Wintershall Nordsee

Frontier Oil Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

DLA Piper recently strengthened its London energy offering with the hires of Sarah Thomas from Pinsent Masons LLP and Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The group is particularly strong when it comes to high-profile, large-scale wind and solar power acquisitions, sales, financings and refinancings, including the development of emergent technologies and trends including corporate PPAs, battery storage, and smart metering. The key partners in the team are the 'exceptional' Natasha Luther-Jones, who co-chairs the global energy and natural resources team, and the 'extremely smart' Dimitri Papaefstratiou.

Testimonials

‘This is an extremely capable team in all aspects of renewable infrastructure financing. Key capabilities include power purchase agreements, legal due diligence for financing transactions, corporate structures, property and planning law.’

‘The team shows real dedication to doing great energy and infrastructure work in Africa and encompasses both projects and project finance capabilities.’

‘Natasha Luther-Jones always provides an exceptional service. She is an excellent networker and able to connect clients to make deals happen.’

‘Dimitri Papaefstratiou is an extremely smart lawyer, practical in approach who really seeks to understand the client’s business too address its legal challenges. He has shown great commitment to the Nigerian and Kenyan power markets in particular but has a broad practice that also encompasses infrastructure projects in Europe.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)

E.ON

Element Power

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Mytilineos SA

John Swire & Sons (including its subsidiary Argent Energy)

National Grid

Engie

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 1

DLA Piper's corporate department often represents management on high-value buyouts or acquisitions by PE firms. The firm has handled major mandates of this kind in sectors including financial services, technology, media and retail. Practice head Tim Wright took the lead advising FNZ on its £1.65bn sale by investor H.I.G Capital to CDPQ and Generation Investment Management.  Ed Griffiths and John Pryor are other names to note. within the team. Pryor was made up to the partnership in April 2019 and worked with Griffiths on the the sale of Tangerine Confectionery to Valeo Foods Group, representing management on the sale of the sweet manufacturer, which is known for products such as Dib Dab. Fruit Salad and Black Jack sweets.

Testimonials

I have worked with Tim Wright for over 20 years; he is experienced, commercial, passionate and engaged

Key clients

ABRY Partners

August Equity

Aurium Capital

Beech Tree Private Equity

Coast2Coast Capital

Duke Street Capital

Graphite Capital

H.I.G. European Capital Partners

Inflexion

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Capital

Marwyn Partners

North Edge

Oakley Capital

Oaktree Capital Partners

Sun European Partners

Asset based lending Tier 2

Co-headed out of Leeds and Manchester by the ‘highly commercial and practical’ Sarah Day and Joseph Frew, respectively, DLA Piper is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable about the ABL market’, both at the front end of deals and in the event of distress. Leveraging strong ties with the ABL arms of clearing banks, independents and alternative credit providers, the firm’s lender-side profile ensures that it is exposed to a wide range of deals, from relatively commoditised ones (involving supply chain finance), through to more challenging structured mandates, from both a domestic and international perspective. Frew is appreciated by clients for his ‘experience across more bespoke ABL transactions’ and is also regularly instructed by funders to draft and develop template documentation for ABL facilities.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

The team never tries to score points on the other side of deals and remains practical in its approach‘.

The firm has strong experience executing a wide range of transactions, particularly bespoke structures that are not typical in the ABL market‘.

It has strong ABL legal expertise, with well-resourced teams providing national coverage‘.

Joseph Frew understands a lender’s requirements well and knows how the ABL product operates in practice, which greatly aids speeding up a negotiation‘.

Sarah Day is a key advocate and senior lawyer of her firm‘.

Key clients

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Aldermore Invoice Finance

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Lloyds

Clydesdale Bank Invoice Finance

RBS Invoice Finance

Deutsche Bank

HSBC Invoice Finance

Shawbrook Bank Business Credit

Siemens Financial Services

ING Commercial Finance

Sonovate

Bibby Financial Services

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Aviation Tier 2

DLA Piper acts for leading airlines, maintenence organisations, manufacturers, service providers and major insurers on aviation litigation, regulatory and transactional matters; its 'excellent knowledge of the aviation industry allows the team to provide tailored advice within challenging timelines'. The team also works closely with its colleagues to advise on competition, employment, IP, technology, finance and projects work in the sector, and it is able to leverage the firm's extensive international footprint. Mark Franklin, who has 'exceptional experience and knowledge of the regulatory landscape and will find a route through a regulatory maze where others will get lost', continues to lead advice for Airbus Helicopters and its insurers in relation to the 2013 fatal helicopter crash at the Clutha Pub in Glasgow, which resulted in the loss of life of ten people and various injured parties. Of counsel Kathryn Ward, who is experienced in advising on major air accidents, and Tony Payne, who is 'very hands-on, has great commercial insight and will go the extra mile for his clients', are also key figures, as are senior associates Shereena Rai and Sophie Brophy.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

The team has strength-in-depth and considerable expertise of the regulatory and insurance issues which arise in the aviation market.

The team provides an outstanding service to different stakeholders.

Kathryn Ward has outstanding knowledge of the industry and provides calm, collected and effective advice.

The team is always extremely responsive and eager to assist.

Tony Payne is super-responsive and extremely pragmatic; he understands the industry and always works hard to find commercially viable solutions.

Shereena Rai is a well-rounded senior associate.

The team is excellent in having a strong grasp of regulatory requirements throughout the world (though particularly in Europe).

The team is also aware of the kinds of business pressures faced by clients in the aviation industry.

The team is excellent in urgent situations.

Key clients

Airbus Helicopters

Amazon

Beaufort Underwriting Agency

Bristow Helicopters

British Airways

CityJet

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Emirates

Etihad Airways

KLM Royal Ditch Airlines

Manchester Airport Group

Menzies Aviation

Pratt & Whitney

Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic

XL Catlin

United Airlines

Brexit Tier 2

DLA Piper’s Brexit committee utilises the firm’s international footprint to assist UK and global clients. It is chaired by commercial lawyer Richard Bonnar and benefits from the expertise of Brexit director Paul Hardy, who has previously worked in Westminster and Brussels. The cross-departmental group draws from the trade, financial services, insurance, data, corporate, employment and tax practices and has recently been busy in the consumer goods and retail, manufacturing, food and drink, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and public sectors, including the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The group also recently advised Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on customs and excise rules and assisted Wilko Retail with establishing the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and sourcing models. John Forrest leads the international trade group, Hazel Moffat is co-head of the public law team and Andrew Dyson is the key contact for data protection work.

Testimonials

The team at DLA Piper is extremely helpful and ensures it takes on board recommendations from its clients. It makes an active effort to have regular meetings to discuss ongoing progress.

Paul Hardy is very engaging to deal with, deeply knowledgeable about both the law and international, EU and UK politics, and pragmatic.

Key clients

Wilko Retail Ltd

Howdens Joinery Co

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Oxford Policy Management

Ardagh Group

Soho House

Information Commissioner Office

Action Aid UK

European Medical Agency

ABInBev

EasyJet

GE (Capital)

Hartree Partners UK Limited

McBride Plc

HPD Software Limited

Reed Business Information Limited

SThree

Unilever

Government of Wales

The CityUK

Sibelco UK Limited

ABFA (the Asset Based Finance Association, now part of UK Finance)

BASF plc

Sodexo

Drax Power Limited

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

DLA Piper’s practice is lauded for its ‘comprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm’s hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leaderWilliam Naunton is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

‘A high quality team and expertise in all facets.’

‘Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.’

‘The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.’

‘Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.’

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

‘Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.’

‘The team’s strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.’

‘The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.’

‘William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client’s needs’.

‘Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.’

‘They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.’

‘Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.’

‘William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.’

Key clients

British Airways

Burberry

Credit Suisse

OneWeb

UniCredit

Motorola

National Grid

Philip Morris

Royal Mail

WeWork

Commercial property: development Tier 2

DLA Piper’s practice is lauded for its ‘comprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm’s hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leaderWilliam Naunton is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Testimonials

‘A high quality team and expertise in all facets.’

‘Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.’

‘The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.’

‘Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.’

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

‘Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.’

‘The team’s strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.’

‘The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.’

‘William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client’s needs’.

‘Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.’

‘They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.’

‘Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.’

‘William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.’

Key clients

Mace Group Ltd

Cheyne Capital

Sanofi & Aventis Pharma Limited

Vale Europe Limited

Hadley Property Group

Places for People

Shaftsbury

Orchard Street

Herbal House Investments Limited

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

DLA Piper’s practice is lauded for its ‘comprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm’s hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leaderWilliam Naunton is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Testimonials

‘A high quality team and expertise in all facets.’

‘Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.’

‘The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.’

‘Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.’

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

‘Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.’

‘The team’s strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.’

‘The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.’

‘William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client’s needs’.

‘Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.’

‘They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.’

‘Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.’

‘William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.’

Key clients

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Hilton Worldwide Inc.

Merlin Entertainments

Marriott International

Starwood Capital

Kew Green

HIG Capital

Amaris Hospitality

Villa Plus

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

DLA Piper’s practice is lauded for its ‘comprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm’s hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leaderWilliam Naunton is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

‘A high quality team and expertise in all facets.’

‘Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.’

‘The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.’

‘Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.’

‘Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.’

‘Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.’

‘The team’s strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.’

‘The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.’

‘William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client’s needs’.

‘Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.’

‘They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.’

‘Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.’

‘William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.’

Key clients

Shaftesbury plc

The Pollen Estate

AXA Investment Fund Management

Oval Real Estate

LaSalle Investment Management

Prologis

PGIM Real Estate

St James’s Place UK plc

Savills Investment Management

King Street Capital

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

At DLA Piper, Andrew Dyson and Ross McKean jointly lead the data protection, privacy and security group from Leeds and London respectively; Dyson has notable focus on the financial services, technology and consumer sectors, while McKean handles global data governance and compliance work, breach response issues and global sourcing projects. Alongside the firm’s national network, it also regularly handles international mandates utilising its global offices; in a recent highlight, Dyson acted for Reckitt Benckiser on the roll out of its global data protection compliance programme across Europe, the US and other overseas jurisdictions. Other high-profile clients include 21st Century Fox, Chubb Insurance, Aviva, the London Stock Exchange and Condé Nast International. Senior consultant Simon Persoff is also a key name for financial services clients.

Testimonials

Ross McKean is technically excellent.

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser

Aviva

Chubb Insurance

21st Century Fox

Anglo American

London Stock Exchange

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tata Steel

Stericycle

Condé Nast International Limited

Amdocs

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

DLA Piper is consistently ranked among the most active firms for London Stock Exchange (LSE) IPOs, and though the appetite for floats slowed in 2018, the team remained active with a number of secondary offerings and rescue transactions, particularly in the retail space. The ECM team has recently been most active in the mid to upper-mid-cap market segment, and is on the lookout for issuer and underwriter mandates across AIM and the Main Market. Practice head Alex Tamlyn chairs the Primary Markets Group on the LSE, and Martin Penn is rated for his 'availability and sense of accountability'.

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Testimonials

DLA Piper links up well with its US team and has a strong focus in the life sciences sector.

Nothing is ever delegated to an unknown or unseen lawyer.

Key clients

Mothercare plc

Learning Technologies Group plc

SDL plc

Hutchison China MediTech

Harworth Group plc

PureTech Health

Allied Minds

Zeus Capital

Numis

i-nexus Global plc

EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 2

DLA Piper's global trade and government affairs team advises on the full spectrum of international trade issues, such as export controls, trade embargoes, financial sanctions, customs procedures and international trade agreements. Recent highlights concern multiple assessments of the impact of Brexit, the application of the EU customs framework, advice regarding trade regulation across multiple jurisdictions, and investigatory work. Notably, over the last year the team has been receiving instructions from foreign corporates and sovereign entities in relation to foreign direct investment. Another particular characteristic of the team is that its work is led from London, but it also has a strong, trade-focused presence throughout the UK. John Forrest heads the department and has extensive experience in handling regulatory challenges, among other matters. Splitting her time between London and Birmingham, senior associate Chloe Barker is recommended for her work involving export control restrictions and customs.

Leading individuals

Rising stars

Key clients

TMF Group

Fircroft Group

Melrose

Check Point Software Technologies

James Fisher and Sons

Bank ABC

Svenska Handelsbanken

Reckitt Benckiser Group

Croda International

Fintech Tier 2

Acting for banks, financial institutions, start-ups and various other fintech innovators, DLA Piper's 'very practical' team handles venture capital acquisitions, investment rounds, corporate restructuring and governance matters, as well as the launch of new trading and fundraising platforms, digital banks and wealth management platforms. On the regulatory side the group advise on compliance and authorisation in relation to the use of blockchain technology, PSD2, the Cross-border Payments Regulation, data privacy and data protection. Led by partner Martin Bartlam, the firm runs an ICO masterclass focusing on how best to structure ICOs and the evolution of smart contracts. In addition, through its global digital finance initiative, the team collaborates with digital and crypto businesses across the world to develop a cohesive approach to the regulatory framework of the cryptocurrency industry. Anthony Day has notable expertise in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, AI, and strategic collaborative arrangements, and a reputation for assisting financial institutions, and insurtech and fintech companies with the launch and development of digital platforms.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

“The fintech group at DLA Piper are very knowledgeable and give cost-effective advice.”

“DLA Piper have a clear understanding of the payments industry and an approachable team who are dedicated to delivering exceptional quality.” 

“Martin Bartlam is approachable, commercially-focused and always sees the bigger picture.”

“Michael McKee and Chris Whittaker embody the provision of good commercial advice in a down-to-earth, practical and thoughtful way.” 

Key clients

Archax

Tokeny

IFX Payments

Global Digital Finance

Mash

iYield

Luther Systems

Lendable

Cavmont Bank

Tandem

Liverpool Victoria

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

The infrastructure group at DLA Piper is well positioned in the market, assisting public and private sector clients with various matters. It has a particularly strong PPP practice, advising on closed PPP deals, as well as on the sale of infrastructure assets and refinancings. Head of the international projects group, Colin Wilson, knows the transport, defence and health sectors well. In Manchester, Liam Cowell is increasingly involved in deals in the social infrastructure and waste area, while Alison Fagan is a key contact in contentious matters. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of corporate expert Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in September 2018.

Testimonials

The lawyers in DLA’s team are personable, detail focused and prompt. They are able to bring other resources to the table where questions cut across different specialities.’

The DLA team are extremely diligent and have excellent market knowledge.

Alison Fagan is a brilliant lawyer with a deep understanding of the commercial and legal structures of the PFI industry. This allows her to provide incisive and insightful advice to clients in all parts of the market and to be a trusted adviser on long term strategy as well as the details of individual disputes.’

Maria Pereira has deep knowledge of the field and can navigate difficult negotiations.

Key clients

Department for Transport

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

John Laing

Nord LB

Highways England

GE Healthcare

Babcock International

Hitachi Rail Europe

KEPCO

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

With far-reaching international capabilities complementing a strong track record on domestic insurance and reinsurance disputes, DLA Piper has expertise in professional indemnity, cyber insurance and warranty and indemnity claims, as well as in traditional areas such as property and energy insurance disputes. 'Brilliant reinsurance lawyer' Leon Taylor regularly acts for major insurers on property, energy and aviation matters, while Andrew Symons focuses on financial lines, marine and cyber claims. Rebecca Hopkirk undertakes cross-border claims for reinsurers in a wide range of areas.

Testimonials

It was amazing to see the DLA Piper teamwork in action between partners and their associates, across countries/offices and across various specialist legal fields by which they are able to provide a superior legal service

The bespoke knowledge of certain areas of the international insurance arena and the very localised knowledge is excellent

Leon Taylor has proven himself to be a brilliant reinsurance lawyer with whom you can break new legal ground. I was impressed by his ability to dive into a highly complex matter and work out a powerful and compelling solution in a very congenial way

The experience and market presence makes instructing Rebecca Hopkirk a must

Key clients

Aon

Zurich

AXA XL

Allied World

Swiss Re

Placing Platform Limited

R&Q

Berkshire Hathaway/Faraday syndicate/Resolute Management

AVIVA

Munich Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Allianz/AGCS

Liberty Specialty Markets

Talbot Underwriting Limited

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 2

DLA Piper advises clients on various corporate crime, investigatory and compliance matters, with the firm's extensive international network positioning it well for multi-jurisdictional matters. Its areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud investigations, cartel cases, sanctions breaches, crisis management and financial matters. The team acts for clients from a range of sectors including financial services, retail, energy, sports and logistics. Co-head of team Tony Katz focuses on regulatory compliance, white-collar crime and global investigations. Sam Millar, who also heads the team, handles litigation and global investigations particularly in the financial sector. Patrick Rappo joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.

Testimonials

‘DLA is a truly global firm, which is important when dealing with cross-border cases’. 

‘They are very human, responsive and always attentive to clients’ needs.

‘Sam Millar possesses intellect, integrity and humanity – he’s a first-class lawyer and individual’.

‘Patrick Rappo is very professional and knowledgeable about the SFO’s investigation process’.

 

Key clients

Thomas Kalaris

Yu Group PLC

Sport Tier 2

DLA Piper’s sports team has standout expertise in intellectual property and data protection matters, as well as media rights sales, sponsorship deals, stadium financing and, in more emerging fields, e-sports and virtual advertising platforms. The team - which is led by global media, sport and entertainment co-chair Nick Fitzpatrick - has recently been tackling digital piracy matters for sports broadcasters, successfully seeking court orders to disrupt servers illegally hosting live content. Managing partner and IP litigator Simon Levine is currently managing the Premier League’s copyright enforcement programme across the UK, while in the financing space Paul Gray has recently advised lenders on potential financings to four major football clubs in Europe. Associate Sam Churney, whose focus is on brand exploitation, commercial exploitation of media rights and IP, worked with Rakuten on its shirt sponsorship arrangement with Barcelona FC and the company’s endorsement deal with Spanish football star Andres Iniesta.

Leading individuals

Rising stars

Testimonials

‘The sports team at DLA Piper are able to draw on extensive sector experience and adapt quickly to meet the needs of the client.’

‘Probably more experience in sports law then any other firm.’

‘Ruth Hoy has lots of experience, knowledge and commercial good sense.’

‘John Cloke and Patrick Mitchell are experts in their field.’

Key clients

Unilever

The Football Association Premier League

beIN Sports

Discovery Communications

National Basketball Association

UNICEF

ESPN

The Football League

British Horseracing Authority

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

HSBC Bank plc

Afghanistan Cricket Board

Bridgestone

International Olympic Committee

Genius Sports

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

TEAM

VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

DLA Piper's clients include financial institutions, UK and multinational corporates and property companies, which the team advises on the spectrum of VAT issues, international tax and transfer pricing. The advisory group is led by Richard Woolich, while Geoffrey Tack leads on indirect tax disputes in tandem with non-contentious colleagues . In addition to more traditional tax work, the team is regularly called upon to advise corporates on Brexit-preparations. In 2018, Clive Jones and David Smith joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Neville Wright left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Leading individuals

Key clients

bet365

Gulf Related

Kaplan International

TecEx

VATit

Waypoint

William Hill

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

DLA Piper is well known for complex, high-stakes litigation for its domestic clients across the firm's UK offices, but it has also developed a robust cross-border practice, particularly in relation to fraud and regulatory matters. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is global co-litigation and regulatory chair, Jeremy Andrews is UK co-litigation and arbitration head, and Jamie Curle  has extensive experience of cross-border disputes, including structured product disputes, and  fraud and asset tracing matters. James Carter and senior associate Dan Jewell are also highly regarded. White-collar crime expert Patrick Rappo was hired from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP, and Paul Smith left for Harneys in the Cayman Islands.

Leading individuals

Rising stars

Key clients

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Bank of London and the Middle East

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya

Commercial litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper's litigation team is widely recognised for its international reach and deep sector expertise. It frequently advises on high value disputes such as Cyprus Popular Bank's attempts, as special administrator, to register a €3.5bn freezing injunction. Global co-litigation  and regulatory chair Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry focuses on complex cross-border disputes and has particular expertise in banking, energy and natural resources; contentious M&A, fraud and asset tracing, and regulatory disputes.UK co-head of litigation and arbitration Jeremy Andrews is noted for fraud and asset tracing, banking and funds litigation, contentious trusts and estates, and natural resources disputes. Also highly regarded are Jamie CurleJames Carter and Edward Shaw, along with legal director Jeremy Sher and senior associate Charles Allin. Former Hogan Lovells International LLP construction disputes counsel Anna Mills joined as partner.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Key clients

Renova Industries

Unilever

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

Solutus Advisors

Competition litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper’s EU and competition team works closely with the firm’s corporate, litigation and arbitration departments. The group is active on the competition law enforcement front and assists clients with appeals against high-profile investigations, among other matters. The team has strong experience in the pharmaceutical sector, amongst others. Led by ‘strategic thinkerSarah Smith, a team is acting for Indian pharmaceutical company Lupin on its appeal of the European Commission's decision in the perindopril (medication used to control high blood pressure)  investigation. Another significant highlight involves the London- and Brussels- based teams collaborating on the representation of Merck in its ongoing appeal against the European Commission's decision in its citalopram (an antidepressant) investigation. Alexandra Kamerling and Sam Szlezinger are also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

DLA Piper has an excellent reputation in the competition litigation space and is particularly strong on the defence side

The team has strong antitrust expertise in the pharmaceutical sector

Sarah Smith is thoughtful, aware of all relevant developments, and provides advice which is on-point and tailored to the needs of the client. She has excellent technical knowledge, a sharp mind and is also delightful to work with

Key clients

Merck KGaA

Lupin

Discovery Communications

ZeniMax Media

Consolis Group

Construction: contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper's contentious team acts for clients including bluechip corporates, global institutions and contractors, with experience spanning the commercial, residential, hotels and retail sectors. The team is headed up by Mark Hilton who has a focus on international disputes, acting for state institutions, contractors and employers in the Middle East and Asia. Another notable name is Edward Shaw, who has acted for owners, financiers and contractors and recently acted as lead partner representing Erith Contractors in a final account adjudication dispute with a sub contractor. Legal director Jack Banks, who specialises in PPP/PFI disputes, is also recommended. The well-regarded Anna Mills joined the team as a partner from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2018.

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Testimonials

‘Prompt in their advice; understood exactly what we were after, flexible in resources and always had time for us and our cases.’

Key clients

Jean-Francois Clin

Erith Contractors

Samsung Engineering Co

State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

DLA Piper's non-contentious practice is made up of two two core strands. The first is its real estate development, which is led by 'impressive' newly promoted partner Peter Lowe, who covers the commercial, retail, manufacturing and residential sectors, alongside work on data centres and student accommodation. The 'approachable and professionalSarah Thomas, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018, leads the EPC/infrastructure work which includes civil engineering, transport, energy and mining. Lowe was the lead partner acting for Quintain on the construction documentation for its £3bn regeneration project at Wembley Park.

Testimonials

‘The construction team are particularly good at understanding the specific needs and requirements of individual clients and tailoring their advice accordingly.’

‘Very helpful team, always on hand to assist and respond in a clear, accurate way.’

‘Consistently impressed by Peter Lowe. He understands the specific requirements and drivers of our business and is able to offer pragmatic and commercially aware advice.’

‘Hannah Thomas and Peter Lowe are both are very approachable and professional in their approach.’

Key clients

Quintain

Mace

Global Student Accommodation

The Office Group

LaSalle Investment Management

St James’ Place

Barings

Debt capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper has a strong reputation for advising clients in new markets in terms of jurisdictions, products and sectors, and it has actively expanded the scope of its work to encompass liability management, redemptions, amendments and tender offers. In 2018, it handled mandates involving fintech-related assets, social and green investment bonds and Masala bonds. It acts for the full range of market participants in both developed and emerging markets, notably India and Turkey, and its recent work includes debt transactions in sectors as diverse as financial services, real estate, technology, infrastructure and renewable energy. Key partner Martin Bartlam specialises in structured credit and asset management, and acts for many private equity credit funds, banks and corporations; international co-chair of financial services Vincent Keaveny acts for issuers and underwriters in international debt capital markets transactions; and Mark Dwyer handles both debt and structured finance matters.

Testimonials

The team has driven the efforts to build the practice, and the high degree of commitment at the partner level is unique‘.

It has a capable cross-border outfit that is able to communicate across offices and get things done‘.

Key clients

Banca IMI

NatWest Markets

Morgan Stanley

Places for People

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited

Workspace group

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 3

The capital markets and structured investment group at DLA Piper has 'deep expertise in structured finance transactions and a particular capability in derivatives transactions', according to one client. The firm is best known for  assisting multinational banks and financial investors in growth securitisation markets and for advising on structured finance and derivatives products internationally. Primarily a securitisation specialist, Vincent Keaveny also advises banks and end-users of derivatives products, repos and stock lending in hedging and balance sheet management transactions. Martin Bartlam has more than 25 years' experience in international structured deals involving securitisations, capital markets products and derivatives. Ronan Mellon predominantly handles CLOs for issuers, arrangers, investment managers and investors, but has in-depth knowledge of credit derivatives and hedging arrangements. Mark Dwyer's recent work includes advising Merlin Entertainments on the repapering of its ISDA Agreements and parent company guarantees.

Testimonials

“Martin Bartlam has commercial savvy and is great in a crisis. At senior associate level Marcus Lovatt is a steady pair of hands and is unflappable.”

Key clients

Ares Management LLC

StormHarbour Securities

Mount Street

Aspect Capital Limited

Accunia Fondsmaeglerselskab A/S

Frontera Capital B.V.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Merlin Entertainments Plc

Saar Capital Limited

Mosel Capital Limited

Green Deal Finance Company

Employment: employers Tier 3

DLA Piper's London employment team benefits from the wider firm's huge global footprint, providing advice on a global scale to big-name clients. The practice's work ranges from High Court litigation to restructurings, outsourcing, data protection and the employment aspects of M&A deals, with key sectors including tech, financial services, life sciences, retail, leisure and media. UK employment head Adam Hartley - who also leads the group's UK and international technology stream - works in tandem with global practice co-chair Tim Marshall, business and human rights expert Jonathan Exten-Wright and legal director Jonathan Hearn.

Key clients

ITV

Uber

Shire

SuperGroup

HSBC

London Stock Exchange

Park Plaza

Crabtree & Evelyn

NetApp

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The 'highly professional and multi-disciplinary' team at DLA Piper specialises in international work, notably in the banking, investment and fintech areas. The firm advised First Data Corporation in coordinating the regulatory workstream for the company’s group reorganisation, through which it sought to place its non-US subsidiaries under a new global holding company.  Financial Conduct Authority approved skilled person Michael McKee is 'always approachable, communicative and patient.' He leads DLA's non-contentious practice, while  head of financial services and investigations Tony Katz leads on the contentious side with white collar specialist Sam Millar. The firm has significant experience in contentious financial services work including enforcement and investigations matters, with a focus on cross-border issues.

Testimonials

‘Sam Millar is a lawyer who inspires real confidence in clients. He has obvious integrity, an eye for the right opportunity to settle the dispute, and hands-on client side experience (as a former in-house lawyer himself) of the financial regulatory issues that arise in practice’

Key clients

Yu Group PLC

Thomas Kalaris

Dixons Carphone Plc

TTT Moneycorp

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Franchising Tier 3

DLA Piper is a key name in the market for international franchising work and regularly advises on cross-border expansion through multi-unit franchise structures, brand roll-outs across multiple jurisdictions, and assists non-UK clients on entry into the UK market. 'First-class adviser' Iain Bowler leads the group and primarily focuses on the retail, food and beverage, and hospitality and leisure sectors; other key individuals include Leeds-based Matt Duncombe, who is global co-chair of the firm’s hospitality and leisure practice; and senior associate Maria Fitzpatrick, who is experienced in geographic expansions.

Testimonials

DLA Piper fields a very responsive, commercial and experienced team. The firm is able to provide a seamless and effective multi-jurisdictional service.

As a global firm, it possesses a good global vision of the franchising industry.

Iain Bowler is extremely knowledgeable and commercial and very approachable and responsive.

Iain Bowler is a first-class adviser with strong knowledge of franchising and very good connections.

London-based partner Iain Bowler is extremely competent. He is able to explain franchising concepts to the client in an effective manner and his ability to help structure franchising projects is sound. Coming from a business background, he never loses sight of the economics of any given matter‘.

Gaming and betting Tier 3

DLA Piper provides regulatory advice in the gambling, betting and media sectors. The firm is also experienced in assisting with licensing agreements, commercial contracts, litigation matters and tax-related issues. Nick Fitzpatrick acts as the global co-chair for the media, sports and entertainment sector and advises on advertisement in the gambling and betting sector. Hilary Stewart-Jones left the practice in June 2018 to join Harris Hagan as a consultant.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

The insurance practice at DLA Piper offers both transactional and regulatory advice, handling life and non-life matters in relation to cross-border M&A, insurance group reorganisations, longevity transactions, Part VII transfers, restructuring and other run-off insurance portfolio matters. The firm's substantial presence around the world means it can offer 'a global service in today's demanding international environment.' Global practice co-chair Prakash Paran - 'a great lawyer with deep insight of the insurance market' - covers M&A, portfolio transfers and insurance linked securities, while the 'outstandingMelanie James, who was recently promoted to practice co-chair, deals with Brexit reorganisations for international insurance groups across company markets and Lloyd's of London.

Testimonials

‘The practice provides a global service in today’s demanding international environment.’

‘They believe in partnering with clients and help them advance their business objectives, rather than simply delivering legal opinions.’

‘All the partners (wherever they are based) are very commercial and solutions-driven.’

‘Responsive and proactive. Good team coordination across the globe.’

‘The level of trust, reliability and confidence in the professional output of the team is always kept up.’

‘Prakash (PK) Paran is a great lawyer with deep insight of the insurance market; he understands the client’s needs quickly, and has a solution-oriented attitude.’

‘Tim Baumgartner has deep technical expertise in the M&A area and general corporate law. He is a great lawyer to work with and quickly absorbs the client’s needs and specific requirements. Tim is a solution-oriented lawyer.’

‘PK Paran is an outstanding negotiator; highly personable.’

‘Melanie James is very personable and technically very strong.’

‘Melanie James and PK Paran have in-depth knowledge of our space and are committed to providing quality and speedy service to their clients. They believe in partnering with the clients and help them advance their business objectives, rather than simply delivering legal opinions.’

‘Melanie James is outstanding in that she combines commercial sense, transaction related expertise and regulatory know-how while also recognizing different cultural approaches when dealing on international transactions.’

Key clients

Aetna

AIG

Aon

Athora

Starstone

Euclid

Arag

Aviva Plc & Aviva Ventures

AXA

Compre

FM Global

Fosun

Generali

Hannover Re

Liberty Mutual

MS Amlin

Munich Re (HSB/Munich Re)

Saudi Re

Sompo Canopius

Swiss Re

Intellectual property Tier 3

DLA Piper's 'practical and solution-orientated' team provdes 'pragmatic and commercial advice that is clear and concise' and 'a multi-jurisdictional approach to IP advice and enforcement'. The group assists with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly relating to trade marks, copyright and transactions. Ruth Hoy heads up the practice following the departure of former practice head Claire Bennett to FiveAI; Hoy has a particular focus on fashion and retail-related matters. Other key individuals include litigator Simon Levine and Bonella Ramsay, who focus on the media, sports and entertainment industries, and life sciences sector respectively; and legal director Désirée Fields, who is a trade mark and brand protection specialist.

Testimonials

The team has excellent technical know-how.

Ruth Hoy is strategic and clear in her advice and is a trusted adviser.’

Key clients

The Football Association Premier League Limited

BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited

Nike

Emirates Airlines

Cantel Medical (UK) Limited and Cantel (UK) Limited

Bajaj Auto Limited

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)

Papa Johns

Toshiba

Reed Business Information Limited (“RBI”)

Brewdog plc

NLA Media Access Limited

ASOS

Merlin Entertainment

International Airlines Group/ British Airways

Duracell

UEFA

FIFA

La Liga

The Asian Football Confederation

Department for International Trade

Universal International Music

Mining and minerals Tier 3

The mining offering at DLA Piper, which is led out of Sheffield by EMEA sector lead Petra Billing, aims to takes a holistic approach to client needs and provide sector-specific advice locally, nationally or internationally, drawing on the firm's huge global footprint. Sarah Thomas has significant experience of advising on major infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally and across a range of sectors, particularly focusing on the energy, mining, process and water sectors.

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s broad range of experience both in the UK and internationally adds new perspective and insight to clients’ businesses.’

‘The advice from DLA Piper on mineral property matters is second to none, which provides the necessary confidence to the operational side of the business. Petra Billing and Roger Collier are standout partners.’

‘This team truly delivers a unique level of unconditional care, attention and uncompromising support, many times under much pressure and frustration when circumstances beyond control pop up to complicate matters.

‘The mining lawyers at DLA Piper always find time to communicate, explain, elaborate, advise and generally offer a supporting hand.’

‘The team has the breadth of knowledge, commercial perspective and tenacity to resolve problems. Sandy Telfer is outstanding when it comes to mineral planning applications and Sheila Irvine shines in commercial property support for mineral and other commercial property transactions.’

‘Associates Nadia Gehlen and Jennifer Keogh provide quick and efficient turnaround.’

‘JP Douglas-Henry, Jamie Curle, Sean McGuiness and Bridgette De Bourbon continuously demonstrate their professionalism through 24/7 hard work, showing a genuine and unrestricted commitment to their clients.’

Key clients

Government of Kenya

Aggregate Industries (UK) Limited/ LafargeHolcim

Tarmac/CRH

The Coal Authority

Ineos Upstream Limited

Republic of Guinea

Ibstock Brick Limited

Sibelco UK (Unimin)

Tata Steel UK Limited

Syrah Resources

RecyCoal

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Under the leadership of Matthew Swynnerton, the DLA Piper pensions team advises on a range of big-ticket matters covering longevity swap transactions, insurance buy-ins, GMP equalisation, GDPR compliance, complex benefit scheme changes and defined benefit funding agreements. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors in relation to equalisation. Swynnerton, who also offers his pensions knowledge to industry guidance initiatives concerning pension scams, works in tandem with Tamara Calvert, who also handles contentious matters.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

Tamara Calvert is pleasant, knows her stuff and is always helpful

‘Associate Beth Casinelli is a good technician who is very good at digging out obscure facts.’

Key clients

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

Novartis UK Pension Scheme

Aviva

National Grid (ESPS)

E.ON UK (ESPS)

Grainger Inc

Du Pont (U.K.) Limited Pensions Fund

The Premier League

Heineken

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Under the leadership of Matthew Swynnerton, the DLA Piper pensions team advises on a range of big-ticket matters covering longevity swap transactions, insurance buy-ins, GMP equalisation, GDPR compliance, complex benefit scheme changes and defined benefit funding agreements. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors in relation to equalisation. Swynnerton, who also offers his pensions knowledge to industry guidance initiatives concerning pension scams, works in tandem with Tamara Calvert, who also handles contentious matters.

Testimonials

Tamara Calvert is pleasant, knows her stuff and is always helpful

‘Associate Beth Casinelli is a good technician who is very good at digging out obscure facts.’

Property finance Tier 3

DLA Piper is known for its expertise in cross-border financings, particularly advising on deals involving pan-European portfolios. The team regularly handles acquisition and development finance, advising clients on both the lender and borrower sides, and focuses on assets such as hotels, student accommodation, and co-living and co-working spaces. The firm also has a niche expertise in sports stadium financing, where Paul Gray is particularly active, and advises on restructurings and CMBS issuances. Toby Barker, whose expertise covers hotels and hospitality assets, leads the team, which also includes Christopher Chan.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

Paul Gray is the go-to guy for stadium financing. He knows the team exceptionally well, and has deep knowledge of the market and the product. He is unflappable, calm under pressure, and extremely capable.

The team is very strong at representing client issues and guiding clients where needed.

DLA Piper provides a good, partner-led service.

Chris Chan is very commercial, gets to the heart of issues quickly and provides sensible solutions. The team is solid and gets the job done with minimal fuss.

Key clients

M&G

HSBC Bank Plc

Round Hill Capital

Aareal Bank AG

HIG

Cheyne Capital

KKR

Mace Developments

Goldman Sachs

Aviva

Mount Street

Solutus Advisors Limited

Property litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper's strength lies in handling rights of light and other neighbourly and property development-related matters alongside contentious landlord and tenant issues. Fully accredited CEDR mediator Ian Brierley heads the 'knowledgeable, experienced and reactive' team, which includes senior associate Alasdair Thomas, who has a specialism in contentious property development matters. In recent significant work, the team advised the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on whether the event of Brexit will frustrate its lease of its premises in Canary Wharf with the claimant, Canary Wharf Group, seeking a declaration that this was not the case.

Leading individuals

Rising stars

Testimonials

‘Provides solutions to difficult issues, making it easy for the client to make informed and correct decisions.’

‘The team is always clear about strengths and weaknesses of a case and how that translates commercially.’

Key clients

European Medicines Agency

Royal Mail Group

Aroland

Far East Consortium

HS2

The Pollen Estate

Mace

Telereal Trillium

AXA

St James’s Place

Public international law Tier 3

DLA Piper's investment arbitration practice continues be highly sought after to act as counsel for sovereign clients and private entities in investor-state and ICSID arbitration proceedings. The practice has a notable presence in emerging markets in Latin America and Africa and also advises on international financial sanctions; territorial boundary disputes; trade and investment negotiations; and on the Laws of the Sea under the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea treaty. Kate Cervantes-Knox, Janet Legrand QC  and Scott Horton are highly regarded.

Testimonials

Very capable and well-organised team, with strengths in investment arbitration and a very good presence in Africa.’

The team has a good grasp of the ‘pure’ public international law aspects in the investment arbitration space. Recommended in the strongest terms for both inter-state cases and investment arbitration. The team may be more cost-effective than the top firms in investment arbitration, but will offer as much in terms of quality.’

‘Kate Cervantes-Knox and of counsel Ben Sanderson are excellent at running international arbitrations that involve large teams of lawyers based in different countries. Kate is a first-rate lawyer with a problem-solving disposition.’

DLA Piper’s arbitration team is very collegiate, and extremely pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Republic of Kenya

Kyrgyz Republic

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Thailand

Turkcell

Rail Tier 3

DLA Piper is able to leverage its international footprint to advise on complex rail sector instructions. It is experienced in franchising work and rolling stock procurement, and it also offers expertise in major infrastructure projects. Light rail mandates are also a key focus.

Structured products and securitisation Tier 3

DLA Piper acts for multinational banks and financial investors in growth securitisation markets, as well as handling cross-border structured finance transactions. In 2018, it saw significant activity in CMBS, RMBS, CLO and auto loan securitisations in the UK, Greece, Poland and Portugal. It also acted in US and European arbitrage CLOs, finance platform structuring for new challenger banks with fintech services, and both performing and non-performing portfolio transfers. Among its most recent innovations is its partnership with tokenisation platform Tokeny to develop an off-the-shelf tool to link corporate issuers with investors through blockchain technology.  Vincent Keaveny has more than 20 years' experience in advising banks, financial institutions and corporates on securitisation and structured finance. Martin Bartlam is a leading adviser on fintech applied to mortgage platforms and real estate financing structures. Steven Krivinskas acts for financial institutions and borrowers, and has  an increasing focus on transactions in the fintech sector.

Testimonials

“The firm has in-depth knowledge from a legal perspective and extensive experience in various securitisation transactions, and is, therefore, able to be pragmatic.”

“The experience we have had with Steven Krivinskas cannot be described as anything other than fantastic. He comes with the full package: in-depth knowledge and excellent commercial awareness.”

“The practice is very easy to deal with, technically good, responsive and commercial – all while being easy going and personable.”

“Ronan Mellon is very responsive, experienced and commercial.”

Key clients

Ares Management LLC

StormHarbour Securities

Mount Street

Aspect Capital Limited

Accunia Fondsmaeglerselskab A/S

Frontera Capital B.V.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Merlin Entertainments Plc

Saar Capital Limited

Mosel Capital Limited

Green Deal Finance Company

Acquisition finance Tier 4

With a strong offering in London and key regional centres including Manchester and Birmingham, DLA Piper provides a cost-effective and 'solutions-oriented' service to an increasingly balanced array of lenders and borrowers in the mid-market. Although the firm's clearing bank ties continue to generate a significant deal flow – as does its roster of mid-market private equity sponsors – the team has successfully re-calibrated its practice to include a growing number of credit funds. The 'pragmaticAndy Kolacki has expertise across the spectrum of senior and subordinated capital structures, including unitranche deals for direct lenders, while Philip Crump  has been particularly active for lenders leveraged domestic and cross-border matters.

Testimonials

The team is attentive and pro-active in moving deals forward.

Andy Kolacki was able to take a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to getting the deal over the line.

Mark Dwyer is a superstar.

Key clients

HSBC

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Silicon Valley Bank

Ares Management

Bain Capital Credit

BlueBay Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners

Hayfin Capital Management

Pemberton Asset Management

Discovery

Heineken

VEON

LivaNova

Workspace Group

Graphite Capital

Symphony Technology Group

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Praised for its 'attention to detail and extremely high-quality legal advice', DLA Piper has a strong foundation representing an impressive roster of banking clients. This includes Lloyds and RBS, which it advises across the spectrum of financing mandates, including on general corporate lending, working capital, and corporate-led acquisition financings (in addition to leveraged mandates). The 'business-savvyMark Dwyer has a 'fantastic reputation', and as well as general corporate lending expertise he also has a particular expertise in financing UK public takeovers of listed companies. Dwyer has recently handled numerous refinancing mandates for listed corporates, including Merlin Entertainments plc, which he advised on an increased and extended £600m revolving credit facility used to repay term loans.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

Mark Dwyer is a superstar lawyer who offers excellent technical advice.

Mark Dwyer and his team always considers the bigger picture.

Key clients

HSBC

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Silicon Valley Bank

Ares Management

Bain Capital Credit

BlueBay Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners

Hayfin Capital Management

Pemberton Asset Management

Discovery

Heineken

VEON

LivaNova

Workspace Group

Graphite Capital

Symphony Technology Group

Corporate tax Tier 4

DLA Piper's team handles a range of transactional and advisory tax work in relation to corporate, real estate and financial servicesmatters. The  firm also advises more broadly on international taxation, which sits alongside a strong transfer pricing practice. Having joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in November 2018, Clive Jones took over the leadership of the department from international VAT expert Richard Woolich. In addition to experience on international transactions, funds and investment structures, Jones has particular expertise in European tax risk insurance.

Testimonials

Richard Woolich has a very wide range of knowledge in all areas of tax, with clear, concise and reliable written tax advice

Key clients

Brewdog plc

Dropbox

Heineken UK

Kaplan International

Marsh & Mclennan

Mondalez

Stanley Black & Decker

Vice Media

Emerging markets Tier 4

DLA Piper has a group of experienced partners in London and has a strong flow of mid-market transactions in the emerging markets. The energy sector is a key focus for the London finance practice and Charles Morrison, who focuses on trade and project finance and is dual-qualified in the UK and Tanzania, handles oil and gas development projects in Africa. Consultant Nigel Drew acts for arrangers, bidding consortia, contractors and the public sector on international projects and structured finance transactions across a wide range of sectors.

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

DLA Piper is consistently ranked among the most active firms for LSE IPOs, and though the appetite for floats slowed in 2018, the team remained active with a number of secondary offerings and rescue transactions, particularly in the retail space. The ECM team has recently been most active in the mid to upper-mid-cap market segment, and is on the lookout for issuer and underwriter mandates across AIM and the Main Market. Practice head Alex Tamlyn chairs the Primary Markets Group on the London Stock Exchange, and Martin Penn is rated for his 'availability and sense of accountability'.

Testimonials

DLA Piper links up well with its US team and has a strong focus in the life sciences sector.

Nothing is ever delegated to an unknown or unseen lawyer.

Key clients

Mothercare plc

Learning Technologies Group plc

SDL plc

Hutchison China MediTech

Harworth Group plc

PureTech Health

Allied Minds

Zeus Capital

Numis

i-nexus Global plc

EU and competition Tier 4

Apart from its ‘solid’ competition law expertise, DLA Piper’s full-service team is also able to draw on the expertise of the firm’s litigation and arbitration team, when needed. The team has a proven track record of successfully handling merger control issues at both national and international level; one recent example is advising private equity company Grovepoint on the disposal of its subsidiary, Payzone, to the Post Office. Led by department heads Sam Szlezinger, Alexandra Kamerling and Sarah Smith (all of whom are recommended by clients), the practice is well-placed to handle other matters such as competition investigations, compliance audits, regulatory work, state aid, and commercial agreements. In terms of industry-specific expertise, team members are adept at advising clients in sectors such as the media, sport, pharmaceuticals, energy, manufacturing, retail, and banking.

Testimonials

The team stands out for its breadth of experience

Strong merger expertise

Sarah Smith is intellectually fierce, calm under pressure, and has a great manner with clients

Alexandra Kamerling is a well-known academic specialist in this field; she also fights hard for the interests of the clients

Sam Szlezinger is very experienced and simply amazing

Key clients

Payzone

Nisa Retail

Dignity

Heineken UK

Discovery Communications

OCS

John Menzies

John Swire & Sons

Axalta Coating Systems

Metal & Waste Recycling

Ecolab

Rolls-Royce

NFU Mutual

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

The 'highly professional and multi-disciplinary' team at DLA Piper specialises in international work, notably in the banking, investment and fintech areas. The firm advised First Data Corporation in coordinating the regulatory workstream for the company’s group reorganisation, through which it sought to place its non-US subsidiaries under a new global holding company.  Financial Conduct Authority approved skilled person Michael McKee is 'always approachable, communicative and patient.' He leads DLA's non-contentious practice, while  head of financial services and investigations Tony Katz leads on the contentious side with white collar specialist Sam Millar. The firm has significant experience in contentious financial services work including enforcement and investigations matters, with a focus on cross-border issues.

Testimonials

‘They do not sit on the fence and caveat their opinion’

‘DLA Piper continuously demonstrates in depth knowledge of the industry and business’

‘They exercise great care in understanding the issues and presenting options that work from a legal and business perspective’

‘Michael McKee is an expert in his field and is happy to explain in terms suitable for non experts’

‘The team is outstanding at delivering exceptional and well informed yet commercially pragmatic client service’

Key clients

First Data Corporation

FirstRand Bank

C&C Group plc

Conviviality Plc and PwC (Administrators)

European Bank

High yield Tier 4

Tony Lopez leads the capital markets and structured investments practice at DLA Piper. He focuses on high yield bonds and leveraged finance, as well as debt capital markets and special situations. The firm is best known for acting on behalf of corporate issuers in large UK and international high yield transactions. The firm is also active in the restructuring market. Steven Krivinskas also handles high yield debt alongside structured finance, securitisation and other debt capital markets transactions.

International arbitration Tier 4

DLA Piper's 'very engaged team is competent, knowledgeable and willing to keep long hours on assignments'. The practice has particular strength in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors, and fields an experienced team of investment treaty disputes lawyers. It also has significant geographical reach on the African continent. Philip Chong is particularly recognised for his expertise in energy and infrastructure related disputes; the other key practitioners are Kate Cervantes-Knox, James CarterEdward Shaw and of counsel Ben SandersonChristina Lawrence was promoted to the partnership, and construction, project and engineering disputes expert Anna Mills was hired from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

The excellent arbitration team has experience in a broad range of cases, including very complex, high-value disputes with significant profiles; it also has an impressive ability to tap into expertise across the firm’s range of international offices‘.

Philip Chong is a tactically astute, thoughtful and heavy-hitting leader in London‘.

Kate Cervantes-Knox and of counsel Ben Sanderson are excellent at running international arbitrations that involve large teams of lawyers based in different countries‘.

James Carter is a highly capable and hardworking younger partner‘.

Associate Gemma Read has a real eye for detail‘.

Key clients

Gazprom

Government of Ghana

Hiranandani Family

Republic of Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Samsung Engineering

Republic of Guinea

Republic of Zambia

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 4

DLA Piper's corporate department often represents management on high-value buyouts or acquisitions by PE firms. The firm has handled major mandates of this kind in sectors including financial services, technology, media and retail. Practice head Tim Wright took the lead advising FNZ on its £1.65bn sale by investor H.I.G Capital to CDPQ and Generation Investment Management.  Ed Griffiths and John Pryor are other names to note. within the team. Pryor was made up to the partnership in April 2019 and worked with Griffiths on the the sale of Tangerine Confectionery to Valeo Foods Group, representing management on the sale of the sweet manufacturer, which is known for products such as Dib Dab. Fruit Salad and Black Jack sweets.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

I have worked with Tim Wright for over 20 years; he is experienced, commercial, passionate and engaged‘.

Key clients

ABRY Partners

August Equity

Aurium Capital

Beech Tree Private Equity

Coast2Coast Capital

Duke Street Capital

Graphite Capital

H.I.G. European Capital Partners

Inflexion

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Capital

Marwyn Partners

North Edge

Oakley Capital

Oaktree Capital Partners

Sun European Partners

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

The team at DLA Piper is well versed in advising clients on product compliance, regulatory and product safety matters, recalls, investigations and transactional projects covering multiple jurisdictions. The group is instructed by retail, home appliance, and pharmaceutical companies, among others. Teresa Hitchcock in Sheffield leads the firm's safety, health and environment team; she is experienced in assisting clients with a variety of matters, including labelling and product withdrawals. Alastair Clough, who is also based in Sheffield, advises on regulatory and healthcare matters.

Key clients

Newell Rubbermaid UK

Juul Labs Inc

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Smart Things Inc.

Magic Leap Inc.

Tenmat Ltd.

Reputation management Tier 4

DLA Piper's defamation and reputation management team acts on a national as well as a global level and is able to rely on an expanded legal toolbox due to its position as an international full-service law firm, including a data protection unit. The London team is headed by Ruth Hoy and Duncan Calow with regional support from Richard Taylor in Birmingham, Andrew Smith in Manchester and Paul Stone in Leeds. Legal director Claire Sng assists clients with securing remedies at a pre-action stage via "right to be forgotten" and platform take-down procedures.

Key clients

American Chemistry Society

Informa UK

Laurence King

Pan Macmillan

Palgrave

Taylor & Francis

Springer Nature

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

Despite the departure in March 2019 of Michael Fiddy  and Amy Jacks to Mayer Brown International LLPDLA Piper maintains a well-resourced team out of London and key regional hubs (including Birmingham and Manchester) and is well-positioned to handle insolvency/restructuring work in the domestic mid-market in particular. Strong ties with insolvency practitioners and UK clearing banks continue to generate a significant flow of traditional restructuring and insolvency work for Chris Parker's five-partner team, with the firm's role for the Official Receiver following Carillion's demise a particular highlight.  

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal

PwC

Conviviality Group Plc

Monarch Airlines for Manchester Airports Group

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Banking syndicate on Evans Cycles

Environment Tier 5

DLA Piper specialises in applications for premises licences and environmental litigation, including the defence of environmental prosecutions, as well as in environmental compliance issues in relation to real estate and lender transactions. The firm is also experienced in advising on recycling, waste diversion and the environmentally friendly transportation of dangerous goods, and assists with the legal protection of the client’s reputation after incidents. Sheffield-based Teresa Hitchcock regularly advises industrial organisations on compliance issues and the reduction of environmental liabilities.

Key clients

Tarmac Services

Boparan Holdings

Unilever

BEIS

Wilko

Lloyds Pharmacy

Planning Tier 5

DLA Piper UK LLP’s planning offering is headed by Birmingham-based Trevor Ivory, who handles strategic development projects, planning appeals, and judicial review applications for the firm’s commercial clients. Cited expertise includes urban and city centre redevelopment projects, commercial office developments, mixed-use properties, and lifestyle centre developments. CPO applications and environmental impact assessments are also handled by the team.

Shipping Tier 5

Supported by its global footprint, DLA Piper is regularly engaged on cross-border shipping, ship finance and shipbuilding disputes; the firm has 'excellent relationships with overseas offices and is able to manage cross-jurisdictional cases'. The team is particularly active in the Greek and Far East markets and has a large ship liner following. It has 'wide-ranging experience of overseas litigation and crisis management'; and in an example of its contentious expertise, the team is advising on a dispute against ship owners regarding the unauthorised deviation of a vessel.

Testimonials

‘The individuals are quick to respond, and there is a depth of knowledge within the firm.’

Linos Choo‘s experience both in this industry, and in other related sectors, means that they the team is a match for any of its competitors.

Linos Choo is commercially savvy and a shrew negotiator.’

Helen Vickers is thorough and a safe pair of hands.’

Linos Choo has an outstanding ability to remain cool under pressure.’

Linos Choo is very fast and efficient in responses.’

Key clients

Bank of London and the Middle East

Gard AS

Tata Steel UK

Standard Chartered Bank

Zurich Australia

Manfred Lauterjung Befrachtung GmbH

DTEK Trading SA

Bank Pozitif

COSCO

Gazprom PJSC

Administrative and public law Tier 6

DLA Piper represents a number of commercial judicial review claimants in their challenges to government and local authority policies; a leading example in this area saw Paul Stone handling Uber’s challenge to Knowsley Council’s licensing regulations. Procurement challenges are another strong point for the team, while Hazel Moffat’s public inquiry expertise is being applied to the Magnox Inquiry into the award of a £6.2bn decommissioning contract in the nuclear power sector. General public law advisory work is provided to a diverse range of commercial and public sector clients spanning the fields of transport and infrastructure (where the Department for Transport is a key client), energy, education, health and social housing.

Testimonials

The partners and associates at DLA Piper are unfailingly sensible, hardworking, down to earth and knowledgeable in the field

Key clients

Uber Britannia Limited

Ocean Outdoor Limited

Department for Transport

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Market Operator Services

Transport for Greater Manchester

Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association

Heineken Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Office of Rail and Road

Transport finance & leasing Tier 6

With three partners based in the UK who have a considerable focus on asset finance work, and also able to tap into the firm's huge international network, the 'reactive and very commercial-minded' team at DLA Piper is a dependable choice for clients engaged in the cross-border financing of transportation assets. Richard Skipper leads on most of the big-ticket aviation financing mandates handled by the team and has strong ties with numerous banks, airlines and lessors. Global head of asset finance Alan Cunningham has a broad practice that includes a niche focus on business jet transactions.

Testimonials

The team has been around for a long time and has a wealth of experience, which is very valuable for concrete transactional matters or more generally for ad hoc questions‘.

Key clients

AviaAM Financial Leasing

Etihad Airways

Flybe

HSBC Equipment Finance (UK) Limited

Lombard North Central

Shawbrook Bank

British Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Air Mauritius

Air Seychelles

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
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 Mike Conradi  photo Mike Conradi
 Mark Dewar  photo Mark Dewar
 Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry  photo Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry
 Mark Dwyer  photo Mark Dwyer
 Nick Fitzpatrick  photo Nick Fitzpatrick
 John Forrest  photo John Forrest
 Mark Franklin  photo Mark Franklin
 Vincent Keaveny  photo Vincent Keaveny
 Patrick Mitchell  photo Patrick Mitchell
 Charles Morrison  photo Charles Morrison
 Dimitri Papaefstratiou  photo Dimitri Papaefstratiou
 PK Paran  photo PK Paran
 Martin Penn  photo Martin Penn
 Rob Salter  photo Rob Salter
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 Kathryn Ward  photo Kathryn Ward
 Richard Woolich  photo Richard Woolich
 Tim Wright  photo Tim Wright
Number of UK partners : 230
Number of other UK fee-earners : 770